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High-altitude fishing offers hot temp reprieve

Hello fellow anglers. The fishing, as well as the weather, is heating up this weekend. Summer has finally found us. It is time to break out the camping gear and head out to higher grounds to beat the heat, and enjoy some good fishing.

This weekend you will find Renee and I all across Alpine county. We will be camped at Indian Creek Res and head out from there. We plan on fishing Silver Creek, the east and west fork of the Carson River and maybe even Caples Lake. Meteorologist Mike Alger says it will be in the high 80-to 90-degree range in the higher elevations. Much cooler than our home, which will be hotter than 100 degrees. Remember to bring a few things with you if you venture out this weekend. Plenty of sunscreen, SPF 50, and bug repellent to battle the mosquitoes.

When venturing out try to remember the seven principles of leave no trace. No. 1, plan ahead and prepare. No. 2, travel and camp on durable surfaces. No. 3, dispose of waste properly. No. 4, leave what you find. No. 5, minimize campfire impacts. No. 6, respect wildlife. No. 7, be considerate of other visitors. You can find more information by Googling (leave no trace). Now for your fishing report.

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action is good in the early morning hours. Last week, I joined Gene St. Denis, Paul and Turner Crain from Sacramento and Tim and James Dondelinger of Dayton, Nev. We fished the north side of the lake, starting out in 120 feet of water with a dodger and a minnow. As the morning progressed, we fished in deeper water up to 200 feet. We landed 10 mackinaw trout in the 2-to 5-pound range, but lost six others. The lake was like a picture postcard with only a hint of wind. Tim told me he wanted to fish Tahoe for a long time and had plans to rent a boat for him and his son to fish. I suggested hiring a guide for the first trip, and he told me that was the best decision he ever made. Fishing Lake Tahoe takes many years of experience. It is not like fishing Caples or Topaz Lake. I highly recommend a guide for your first adventure. You will also find it is less expensive to hire a professional fishing guide than to rent a boat to fish on Lake Tahoe. For more info call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.

SILVER LAKE: The water level is up and the fishing is good. The lake was recently planted by the Kirkwood Public Utility District with 674 pounds of trout. About 66 percent are catchables and 34 percent are trophy trout 2.5 pounds and bigger.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is almost at capacity and fishing is good. Angela Lalum caught a 3-pound mackinaw on a rapala. Matt Martin caught a 3-pound mackinaw with a dodger and a crawler. Thirteen-year-old Grace caught a 3-pound rainbow trolling an orange and white Rapala. Last Monday, the lake was planted by Kirkwood PUD with 2425 pounds of catchable rainbow trout, and 800 pounds were 2.5-pounds and bigger. Shore anglers have had success with inflated crawlers by the spillway or off the dam. Boat rentals are available at the Caples Lake General Store and marina. For more info call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

WOODS LAKE: Located just east of Caples Lake on Highway 88. The lake was planted by California Department of Fish Game this week.

RED LAKE: I have received three reports and all were the same, slow to nil.

CARSON RIVER: The water levels are down and the fishing has picked up. Most anglers are using salmon eggs. Chad reported many limits of catchable sized rainbows coming in. Last week, Alpine County planted some nice trophy-sized rainbows. A word to wise, don't fish by the bridges. Move down stream 100 feet or so and you will find more fish. For more info call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229.

BLUE LAKES: There are reports of pan-sized rainbows caught with powerbait or night crawlers. The campground is open. Make sure to bring plenty of mosquito repellent. No plants from CDFG yet this year.

INDIAN CREEK RES: Fishing is hit or miss. One angler and his two sons caught a good stringer of rainbows off the dam using night crawlers, but said the bite shut off as fast as it came on. The campground and boat ramp is open. Maybe we will see you out there this weekend. Fly fishing in the evening on a hot summer day is like being in heaven.


EAST WALKER RIVER, catch and release: The flows are very inconsistent. Flies that are producing a few fish are small hopper patterns, yellow sallies, PMD's all in a size 14. Nymphing is producing the most with golden stones, yellow stones, hot pink San Juan's and rainbow warriors. We're guiding and instructing new fly fishers daily down on the bountiful catch and release waters of Rosaschi Ranch and California waters. Feel free to call the shop and make an appointment to learn.

EAST AND WEST CARSON: Flows are down and temperatures are perfect for trout. Alpine county has stocked the river this past week. Orange or yellow stimulators with a drop of a red copper John, size 14 flash back pheasant tail or prince will give you a great chance to get a hit. Nymphing rig would consist of a rubber-legged golden stone, caddis pupa in olive or cream and a bubbleback midge. The catch and release area is doing slightly better, though to get into the wilds you'll need to walk a little more down stream. Watch for the snakes, they'll hang along the river to cool off when the temperatures come up. For more information call the Anglers Edge Fly fishing shop at 775-781-7112.

Hope your next adventure is a great one. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to bregan@tahoedailytribune.com. If you have any question in our local fishing world call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722.

Good Fishin' and tight lines.