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Mac the Naw: Lakes stocked with rainbows

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Hello fellow anglers, just returned from fishing for salmon and steelhead on the Rogue River in Oregon. We did well thank you, caught and released more than 20 steelhead and kept a nice 30-pound salmon. I highly recommend the Grants Pass, Ore., area for anyone that is looking for big fish and great scenery. The Naw will not be fishing this weekend. I will be paying my respects at Topaz Lake Saturday at 1 p.m. with many other fellow anglers and friends for Linda Fields. Linda was taken from us too early in life after she lost her battle with cancer. Linda and Chuck Fields have owned and operated the Topaz Landing Marina for 20 years and she has been a dear part of many of our lives in one way or another. All I can say is, thank you for being a part of mine.

This is a brief fishing report for this week.

SILVER LAKE: Fishing has been fair to good for shore anglers. Water levels have dropped and the larger boats are not recommended to launch. The Kirkwood Public Utility District has planted the lake with 1,500 pounds of 1-to-3 pound rainbows last week.

CAPLES LAKE: Lake levels have also dropped and the Caples launch area is closed, but boat rentals are still available. The Environmental Improvement District launch ramp on the north side of the lake is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until weather says otherwise. The KPUD planted another 1,500 pounds of 1-to-3 pound rainbows last week. They spent $10,000 for anglers enjoyment between Silver and Caples lakes, to bring this area back to the fishery it used to be. California Department of Fish and Game will be planting the lake next week with catchable rainbows. Last Sunday, there were 21 boats on the lake and all were catching fish. Unfortunately, most of the catches we saw were 8-to-12 inches long. The Rio and the Lynch families from Sacramento had a great day as they fished by Wood Creeks area. They were using power bait and salmon eggs off the shore and caught dinner for the night. Mike Burriss from Fair Oaks, Calif was trolling a silver and blue Kastmaster right down the middle of the lake and caught a nice 5-pound mackinaw. Mike Harris caught a 3-pound rainbow off the dam. He was using corn yellow power bait. John Voss -owner of Caples Lake Resort told me the lake has been going down about three inches a day. -With the cooler nights the bite will start picking up around the lake. For more info call 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Fishing has been hit and miss. A few reports from anglers fishing off the dam have been that they are catching some 8-to-13 inch brook trout. Unfortunately, a couple reports of no action at all. Personally, I wait until the lake has about 8 inches of ice, around the end of December to early January. That is when the fishing is at its best.

CARSON RIVERS: The west fork is extremely low and you will have to do some hiking to find the holes. The CDFG planted the east and the west forks last week. The east for is running low but very fishable in all areas. Todd Sondero from The Carson River Resort told me of one angler that came in with five trout that had a total combined weight of 20 pounds. The Alpine Fish Commission has plenty of fish left to plant for the year.

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TOPAZ LAKE: Now that the jet skiers have moved on and the temperatures have dropped, fishing has picked up a little. The fish are still deep. Anglers have been using black and silver or fire tiger rapalas. I have no reports from shore anglers. Get in as much fishing as you can before the lake closes to fishing on Sept. 30. It will reopen on Jan. 1.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Water levels are dropping and we are getting into the best time of the year to fish Indian Creek. When the weather cools more over night the fish become more active and start moving around the lake. Inflated nightcrawlers and power bait are most productive. Fly anglers use a black or olive color wooly bugger.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch send it to If you have a question or a report in our local fishing area call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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