Getting ready for great fishing |

Getting ready for great fishing

Doug Busey
Tribune fishing writer

Hello fellow anglers, A great year of fishing so far, and it only gets better. For all the Topaz lake anglers, you had better get to fishing. As of 6 p.m. Sunday the derby will conclude until next year. I must say, the Topaz Lodge out did themselves this year. Each week there were an average of 30 to 50 fish weighed in more than two pounds, and all the way through the derby were tagged fish being caught. The action was fierce this year. But unfortunately the derby has to end sometime. At 7 p.m. Sunday at Topaz the tickets will be drawn, you must be present to win. Let me tell you, I have seen the prizes that will be given out this year and one word describes them – awesome. These prizes were donated by Bob Dutcher No. 1 wholesale bait and tackle. Also there will be cash prizes awarded from $25 to $500. Hope to see you at the ceremonies.

Now don’t let the ending of the derby stop you from fishing Topaz. The water level is high, waters are clear and the whole summer is going to be excellent fishing – despite the water and jet skiers. Where else can you enjoy a morning and afternoon of fishing and an evening of entertainment and fine dining? All within walking distance from your own private room. Check out or call 775-266-3338. Now lets check out our local fishing report.

LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been good between storms. Last week Gene reported a nice 11 pound brown caught of Eagle point. He was trolling 6 1/2 inch Trophy Stick lure. Many limits of Mackinaw have come in up to 13 pounds. Cal/Neva and Dollar points have been the most productive trolling in 120 to 200 feet of water. For more info call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Fishing has been good for ice anglers. The lake has three to four feet of ice with five feet of snow on top of that. Best bait of choice has been bay shrimp. Best areas have been right out in front of the lodge this year. Rainbows up to 3.5 pounds and mackinaws up to 12 pounds. Small spoons or kastmeaster lures have been the favorite of the jiggers. The Caples lake keeps an updated blog at or you can call the Lodge at 209-258-8888 for reservations or info.

RED LAKE: I have not been to the lake for many weeks due to the weather and have no fishing report from anglers. Last report I had was three weeks ago when there was five feet of ice with three to six feet of snow on top of that.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVATION: Fishing has been up and down. I fished with Paul Agueilera from Carson City last weekend. We walked the lake for four hours in 20 to 40 mile per hour winds. Paul caught one rainbow and one brown each about 1.5 pounds. I caught one 1.5 pound rainbow and a 4 pound cuttbow. We ran into friend Lew Souder from Gardnerville that had caught five cuttbows from 3 to 4 pounds each. Steve Lightfoot and Steve Bowers from Minden fished the Thursday before that for three hours and only had one bite. One day it is lures the other crawlers and powerbait. The road from Diamond Valley was clear as of last Saturday, the lake is still higher than usual with a few weeds. I have spoken with a representative from the BLM in regards to, If the camp ground will be open in time for the California fishing season opening day. They told me that after water testing and ground clean ups, they plan to open on April 29. And when I asked why so late, opening day is on April 30. Their reply was, opening day of what. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and the campground opens on time.

CARSON RIVER EAST AND WEST FORK-MARKLEEVILE-CREEK WOLFE CREEK-SILVER CREEK: All will open to fishing on April 30. I talked with Todd from the Carson River Resort, he told me they are getting ready for opening day and can not wait for good weather. For lodging info or fishing info call 877-694-2229.

TOPAZ LAKE: The fishing has been great the last couple of weeks when the wind does not blow. It seems that the fish are getting bigger. Last weeks derby winner Dusty McDonald from Topaz caught a 5.14 pound rainbow. Second place was Eva Bell from Yerington with a 4.5 pound rainbow and she also caught her third tagged fish worth $300. For more info or interested in a boat rental call Topaz Landing and Marina at 775-266-3550.

UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER-TROUT CREEK-TAYLOR CREEK: Does not open for fishing until July 1. Make a note of that or you will be cited.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. Starting in May the Naw report will also include a stocking report from Nevada and California fish and game. If you get a picture of your catch, you can e-mail it to aflanz@tahoedailytribune

.com or drop it off at the Tribune attention sports/ fish picture. If you have any questions in our local fishing world call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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