Mac the Naw: Gearing up for spring fishing |
Doug Busey
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Mac the Naw: Gearing up for spring fishing

Hello fellow anglers. Spring has sprung and we are getting closer to opening day fishing season in California, which is April 27. But not all waters will open on this day. Always read the regulations for each body of water you plan to fish. There are regulations regarding seasons, limits and fishing equipment like artificial lures or flys only. Unfortunately, some anglers have not read these rules and received citations for fishing closed waters. This penalty can carry a fine of hundreds of dollars and the loss of your fishing privileges. Regulation books are available at you local sporting goods dealer. Education is the best policy.

Speaking of education, head down to the Reno Expo this weekend, April 5-7 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The Angler's Edge and F3T will be showing The Fly Fishing Film Tour for the second year in a row. They will have great short films as well as good camaraderie and prizes. All who attend will be eligible to win a trip for two to TroutHunters on the banks of the world-renowned Henry's Fork in Island Park, Idaho. Tickets and information are available by calling the Angler's Edge at 775-781-7112 or at Coming soon to my fishing report will be a pick of the week fly-fishing report provided by the Angler's Edge of Gardnerville, Nev. Now for your report.

LAKE TAHOE: Gene St Denis rates mackinaw action as excellent. Gene is averaging six to seven fish one day then up to 14 the next. Best areas are Sugar Pine and Dollar Point, 150 to 180 feet of water. Most fish have been in the 1-to 7-pound range. Cal-Neva point is good fishing, but you will need to fish deeper in the 180-to 250-foot range. Toplinning has been rated as slow. A few anglers have trolled the Cave Rock to Sand Harbor stretch to only get one fish a day. For more info call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 775-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: The report from John Voss is Bear River Res, which is located 24 miles west of Caples Lake at an altitude of 6,000 feet, thawed out two weeks ago. Historically, Caples Lake has thawed out six weeks afterward so I recommend staying off the lake.

RED LAKE: There are reports of anglers catching a few rainbows and brook trout though a foot of ice one week ago. I give the same recommendation. Time to get off the ice and wait for spring fishing.

TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All located in the South Shore, are closed to fishing until July 1.

CARSON RIVERS EAST AND WEST FORK (in California): Closed to fishing until April 27. The exception to this is Hangman's Bridge to the Nevada state line, which is open all year to catch and release, artificial lure and flys with barbless hooks. I had a chance to fish it last week. The water was about 32 degrees and running as it should in late July. I only hope we have some snow hidden away high up to keep the flows moving this year. I spoke to a member of the Alpine Fish Commission in regard to fish plants this year. He told me they will be providing plenty of fish for the season. I will also be attending a California Department of Fish and Game meeting in few weeks, which I will share with you in a future article. For the record, it was cold. I fished for a half hour, received two hits while fishing with a small Thomas Bouyant spoon. For more info call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RES: Fishing has been slow for shore anglers using powerbait or night crawlers. I fished last week and caught small rainbows on salmon peach powerbait. The fly fishing was doing great last week for float tubers using wooly buggers. This lake can come on very fast and there are a lot of big fish in this lake. Last December, the Alpine County Fish Commission planted a few hundred pounds of 3-to 5-pound fish. It froze 10 days later and stayed that way for two months. There are holdovers from years past, which according to local authorities are in the 7-to 15-pound class.

TOPAZ LAKE: No report in regards to the derby for two weeks. Anglers have reported shore fishing has picked up for small rainbows 12 to 14 inches. Boaters have reported a slowing trend in action. For more info call Topaz Lodge at 266-3338.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a picture of your catch, send it to If you have a question or a report in our local fishing area call the Naw Line at 775-266-9722.

Good Fishin' and tight lines.