Fishing opens in California Saturday |

Fishing opens in California Saturday

Doug Busey
Tribune Fishing Writer

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Hello, fellow anglers; this a special early report to get you up to speed on what’s going on for opening day. As many of us know, April 30 will be the California opening day fishing season. Most streams, rivers and lakes in California open for fishing. Note: I said most will open. Read your California Department of Fish and Game regulations on certain bodies of water that will not open on this date like Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and Upper Truckee River. All of these are located in the Tahoe basin. All tributaries that lead into Lake Tahoe will open on July 1.

The best place to go in our area would be Alpine County. A short drive down Highway 88 out of Minden or Highway 89 out of South Lake Tahoe will get you to the east and west fork of the Carson River, Markleeville Creek, Wolfe Creek and Silver Creek.

The CDFG, the Alpine County Fish Commission, chamber of Commerce and the South Tahoe Public Utilities District are plan to plant as in past years, with no deviation from there regular plant schedule.

As of last Sunday, the rivers were running hard but mostly clear. With our temperatures rising, so will our rivers. You need to use extreme caution while you are fishing. The outside temperature may seem warm and comfortable, but the rivers carry our higher elevation snow melt. Hypothermia is a definite factor. Stay safe.

Now lets check out current info for opening day.

Alpine County campgrounds scheduled to open on April 29 include: Crystal Springs, Indian Creek Reservoir, Markleeville Creek. Turtle Rock is scheduled to open April 30 and Grovers Hot Springs State Park has no confirmed date yet to open. The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and visitors center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but will be open this Saturday. Don’t forget to get your California fishing license, but you might want to get it before you leave. The only place in the county that has them available is the Markleeville general store, and as of last Saturday their machine was down. They’re hoping to get back on line by the weekend.

For Minden area, go to the Anglers Edge. For Tahoe residence go to Raleys. In Carson City go to Walmart.

For fishing supplies, food, ice and water there is the Carson River Resort, Woodfords store, or the Markleeville General store and Sorensons Hope in Hope Valley. Some road closures to make a note of include Highway 4 and Blue lakes and Burnside road. It’s a good idea to monitor pass is scheduled to open before the weekend.

There will be a lot of anglers walking along the roadside this weekend, slow down a little and give them an extra foot or two.

For those of you that leave so early that you do not have time for breakfast, we got you covered. On opening day from 6-10 a.m. the Woodfords Volunteer Fire Department will be having a pancake breakfast for a great low price of $5. The area located at 60 Diamond Valley Roads in Woodfords off Highway 89.

For those of you that would rather fish lakes, Indian Creek Reservoir has been doing good to fair. The water level has risen four feet in the last two weeks and will continue to rise due to less water that will be used this year for irrigation in the valley. The last full moon was on the 18, and fishing should pick up. The campground is scheduled to open April 29 if all of the preparation is finished and water testing is done, which also means the boat ramp will be open.

Hope you have a great fishing -camping adventure this weekend. Law enforcement will be out everywhere, so make sure you have your fishing license and campfire permits (permits available at Alpine County Chamber of Commerce).

If you have any questions in our local fishing area call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. If you get a photo of your catch send it to Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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