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Mac the Naw

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Courtesy of Doug Busey Jon and Jenifer Neilson from South Lake Tahoe rented a boat a couple weeks ago and caught a nice dinner of rainbows in the middle of Caples Lake. They were using green power bait and worms. -

Hello fellow anglers, fall has fallen, but the fishing continues on. According to a United States survey mentioned on 99.1 FM talk radio, there is an 11 percent increase in fishing and 7 percent increase in hunting among Americans. Why not? That way you know what’s in your freezer and where it came from. Best of all, you know whose hands touched it.

The coming of a new season also brings closures. As of Sept. 30, Topaz Lake and the rivers and streams that lead into the Lake Tahoe basin will close for the year. But then again, Heenan Lake located in Alpine County is now open for fishing. Remember to always read your regulations. Heenan Lake is open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset through the last weekend in October. Catch and release and only artificial lures or flies with a barbless hook can be used.

Most campgrounds stay open until mid- or the end of October, but check before you head out. Markleeville Campground is closed for the year.

Now for your local fishing report.

LAKE TAHOE: Top lining is rated as slow around the lake. The kokanee are gathering around Camp Richardson area and are starting to lose the silver color for their trip up Taylor Creek. The mackinaw action is good from CalNeva to Sugar Pine Point. Anglers are trolling silver or white flat fish in 120 to 200 feet. Average mac has been 1 to 6 pounds. Gene St. Denis reported a few macs in the 7- to 15-pound class. Cave Rock was planted last week with 1,700 pounds of rainbow trout by Nevada Department of Wildlife. Kastmaster lures or worms are the most productive. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

SILVER LAKE: Scheduled to be planted this week by California Department of Fish and Game. With the cooler overnight temps, the fishing has picked up a little. Recommend that only small boats use the launch facility.

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CAPLES LAKE: The marina launch has closed for the season due to low water. They do have boat rentals available. The Environmental Improvement District launch ramp is open as of last week. Fishing is good for pan-size rainbow trout. Rye Gregg from Lodi, Calif., caught his limit from shore near the dam. Rye was using Kastmasters and orange power bait. Jon and Jenifer Neilson from South Tahoe rented a boat a couple weeks ago and caught a nice dinner of rainbows in the middle of the lake. They were using green power bait and worms. Bruce Bailey from Colfax, Calif., caught his limit trolling a wedding ring-marshmallows and worm combo in Emigrant Cove. The CDFG is scheduled to plant this week. The general store is still open. For more information, call 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Few reports and what I received was not good. Wait for ice fishing.

BLUE LAKES: The lake is low, fishing is rated slow. The CDFG has not planted the lake many times this year. The campground stays open until end of October to mid November depending on weather. This is one of the most beautiful lakes to fish, no matter how the bite is.

CARSON RIVERS: Renee and I fished last weekend for two days. We hiked up and down the east fork and caught a few pan-size trout, one in the 3-pound range. When we started, I had a brand new 1/8-ounce white Roostertail lure. By Sunday, it was bitten, beaten up and bent. I love that lure. Ernie Moseley from Pollock Pines, Calif., caught a nice 5-pound rainbow and many other pan-size rainbows using worms. The west fork is barely moving in Picketts Junction. You can walk across in areas and not get your ankles wet. The CDFG and Alpine County Fish Commission will be planting both rivers this week. Mostly, on the east fork from the Highway 4 bridge to just above Hangman’s Bridge and near Woodfords Canyon on the west fork. The rivers remain open to fishing until Nov. 15. They have a campground area, RV with hookups and cabins for rent. For more information, call Todd at 877-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake level is still high. High enough that you still have to use the four-wheel drive route if you want to park at the dam. I got a report from the two Steves, Lightfoot and Brower. They fished last week and caught two trout 3/4 to 1 1/2 pounds using power bait. Lightfoot told me they saw another angler shore fishing with four fair-size rainbows. The lake is weedy but clear. The campground usually closes its gates in mid-October. You might see us down there fishing this weekend.

TROUT CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER AND TAYLOR CREEK: All streams that lead into Lake Tahoe will close to fishing as of Sept. 30. My advice is to leave your rod at home and go watch the salmon run up Taylor Creek.

TOPAZ LAKE: Sept. 30 is the last day to fish until Jan. 1. The Topaz Landing marina launch is closed due to low waters. Use the county ramp.

Hope to see you on the waters. If you get a photo of your catch send to If you have a question or a report in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. A reminder, taking fish or game illegally is poaching. Just like the anglers using bait on the Carson River last weekend. In California call Cal-tip at 800-952-5400, in Nevada call Operation Game Thief at 800-992-3030. –

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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