Great fishing to be found under the ice
Tribune fishing writer
Hello fellow anglers. I have to tell you, even an avid ice angler like myself is saying, “enough is enough.” I fished Red Lake two out of the last three weekends and found the ice to be deep. At one time I had to use an extension on my auger to get through the ice – my auger will go through six feet of ice. Now with four to eight feet of more snow on top of that, it is time to put up the auger for awhile.
But that does not mean I will stop fishing. It will give me time to do some spring maintenance on my reels like putting new line on, polish the guides for better casting, and greasing up the gears and the bail spring. As a note, make sure to use the proper lubricant for your reel or it may ruin a future fishing trip.
Now lets check out our local waters.
When you can get out, the mackinaw action has been good. Best areas have been Dollar Point and Cal/Neva points. Anglers have been trolling Trophy Stick lures or a flasher and a live minnow in 130 to 200 feet of water. Remember to keep your presentation right on the bottom. Gene St Denis has been averaging macs in the two to five pound class with five macs in the seven to 13 pound class. Top lining around Logan Shoals and Sand Harbor has been a hit and miss game. A couple reports came in with a 10 pound mac and a six pound brown last week. Cave Rock shore fishing has been slow with a few rainbows in the 12 to 16 inch class. For more info or to reserve a seat on the PT 109, call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.
On Feb. 13, Cory Ocheltree from Rocklin, Calif. caught a 12 pound mackinaw through four feet of ice and compacted snow with only two pound test line. A possible win for the February big fish contest at the Caples Lake Resort.
Let me share a story from a fellow angler. He was ice fishing by the dam, there was five feet of ice to drill through and three to four feet of snow on top of that. He stood on top of his cooler to drill his hole ( what a funny sight that would be). After about 20 minutes or so of drilling and clearing the hole the angler started fishing. All was peaceful until two paramedics came up to him and asked if he was all right. Seems that a concerned motorist was driving by and though the man was in need of help and called 911 – all the motorist could see was a man bobbing up and down in a deep hole in the snow. The paramedic took his vital signs and made sure he was OK.
This is a funny story with a good ending, but could have easily been a tragic story. There is no need to go to that extreme to put your safety on the line to catch a fish. I also have to say my NAW hat is off to the motorist and the paramedics that took the time to care. For more info on Caples Lake go to capleslake.word
Use your own judgment. I personally will wait until spring thaw to fish the lake. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
One friend went up to the lake on the Diamond Valley entrance and he got up to where you can see the lake and noticed it had frozen over again. So he turned around and got stuck for about 45 minutes because of snow and ice on the road.
That is not a place to get stuck, as not all cell phones work in that area.
TOPAZ LAKE FISHING
Most anglers have been using Rapalas No. 5 or No. 7 in a black/silver or a fire tiger pattern. Blades followed by a half of a night crawler or a Father Murphy’s dick slammer.
With our cold morning temperatures the boat ramps are icy. If you want to leave your boat at home and rent a boat, call the topaz Marina at 775-266-3550
MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE AREA
Located in Wabuska, Nev. south of Yerington, Nev. on Highway 95. If you want to kick some bass, try Hinkson Slough or the Fort Churchill cooling pond. The areas open to fishing are North pond, crappie pond, bass pond and beaver pond. All other waters on the management are closed to fishing.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to email@example.com or you can drop it off at the Tribune, attention: sports/ fish picture. Any questions in our local fishing world, call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Stay safe. Good fishin’ and tight lines.
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