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Squeezing in that fishing vacation

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Brandon Browning, 13, of Carson City, Nev., holds up his limit of five fish while a deer sneaks up to eye the catch at Upper Twin Lake in Bridgeport, Calif., on Aug. 8. This was Browning and Grandpa Chuck Bonas' last outing before school starts. Browning was unaware of the doe behind him when the picture was taken. The day was topped by a bald eagle swooping across the lake for some fishing of its own.

Hello fellow anglers. A scary thing happened to me last week. Someone asked me where I had been on vacation this year. That is when I realized, I have not take any vacations. Just a weekend here and there with friends. The nights are getting shorter and the summer is getting away, but that's OK. As the end of summer bleeds into fall fishing, this is the best time of year. Our local waters are cooling off and the fish are becoming more active. Many anglers have asked why the Nevada Department of Wildlife has not planted any of the local fishing ponds. When water temperatures reach 70 degrees the survival rate is not very high. But on a good note, there will be more fish plants to come in cooler days. I talked with Blain Merrell from the Mason Valley Hatchery last week. They will start planting our urban fish ponds come mid September as the water temperatures lower. As for other local areas, here is your report.

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good the last couple of weeks. The Tahoe shelf and Sugar Pine Point are productive. Cal/Neva point is also good if you like combat fishing, as many guides and locals do fish that area. I talked with Gene St Denis. He has been fishing 150 to 200 feet of water off the Tahoe shelf and has been netting 1- to 6-pound fish. Last week, his biggest fish was a 10 and 12-pound mackinaw. One of his clients on the PT109 caught a nice 8-pound rainbow trout with flashers and a live minnow. The kokanee bite is still going good, but not as good as it was for Bill Brush from Nevada City, Calif., a few weeks ago. Brush reeled in a 5.2-pound kokanee while he was fishing with Tahoe Sports Fishing Charter out of South Lake Tahoe. Most anglers are trolling in 20 to 600 feet of water off Camp Richardson. The fish have been suspended in 30 to 50 feet of water. Wilson flashers and a kokanee bug are the most productive. For more info call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is dropping a couple inches each day as the El Dorado Irrigation District slowly lets water out. The bite slowed down last week. A few anglers got bites with yellow or pink power bait off the dam area. Other anglers walked in from Woods Creek and caught a couple throwing small spinners or night crawlers. The Caples Lake General Store and Marina are still open for launching or boat rentals. Good news my fellow anglers. The Kirkwood Public Utility District, in cooperation with the EID, will be planting 3,000 pounds of trout at the end of this month. Of those, 66 percent will be catchable and 34 percent will be trophy trout. For more lodging and fishing info call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

WOODS LAKE: Camping is great, hiking is phenomenal, but the fishing has been slow. A few anglers hiked around the lake to catch a couple small rainbow trout. We call them camp trout because they fit perfectly in your pan for lunch.

RED LAKE: There have been few reports mainly due to slow fishing activity.

BLUE LAKES: Fishing is good for shore anglers. The best action was reported around the dam area at the lower lake. Salmon eggs have been the most productive. This sudden rise in action is because the California Department of Fish and Game planted the lake twice in the last few weeks. Bring bug repellant because the yellow jackets and mosquitos can get nasty up there.

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CARSON RIVER, CALIF: The west fork has dropped dramatically. The best action is in Woodfords Canyon. You will have to do some walking as the fish have scattered from the bridges. The East fork is doing well. The flows are higher due to the water that was released from Kinney Res up higher. In talking to Chad last week, many anglers have come in with limits. The biggest brought to the resort was 4.5 pounds. The best action is on salmon eggs with a small pinch weight. The fish are spread out up and down the river so don't be afraid to walk that next bend, and the next. For more info call the Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RES: The lake level is still high, as high as the weeds. Use caution when launching your boat. The weed line is all the way out to the two points and back to the South Cove. Float tubers are having a blast. The fishing is great if you set yourself right between the weeds. One angler caught a 3.5-pound brown in those weeds. I promised I would not reveal her identity, but I can say that I did see the fish. It was a brown and it was beautiful.

I fished and camped with some friends here a couple weeks ago. We caught a few rainbows up to 15 inches. I threw a fire tiger colored Thomas Buoyant lure while a friend fished off the bow with a night crawler. We both did equally well. Early morning or late afternoon had the best bite. I must also say thank you to Larry, our camp host. I only wish more places had such friendly and helpful people. I hope the Forest Service reads this and gives him a big high five. He made about 20 campers have the time and memories of a lifetime.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level has dropped. The Topaz Marina, rental boats and the launch are shut down for the season. The county ramp is on the last few feet on concrete and I have not received a reply on when they may close the ramp. The campgrounds are still open. Many anglers are launching from the shore. The water temperature is high and the fish are deep. Chuck may now have a little more time on his hands between helping his kids and getting ready for next year.

I hope your next adventure is a memorable one, if you get a photo of your catch send it to breagan@tahoedailytribune.com . Be careful that a deer does not try to get your fish when you're not looking. If you have any questions in our local fishing waters call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722, and yes the Naw and Mrs. Naw are planning a drive up the coast to fish every river and lake we can find from the Napa Valley to Gold Beach Oregon and back down another way. We will get vacation.

Good fishin' and tight lines.

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