Head for the mountains to fish, beat the heat
Hello, fellow anglers. This weekend is going to be hot with a side of lightning. Be careful out there waving that rod around in Alpine County, especially on Sunday. But where else would you rather be when it’s hot down below? When Renee and I left Caples Lake last Sunday at 3:30 p.m., it was 79 degrees; when we reached the middle of Minden, it was 94 degrees. You decide. A special thank you to all that called the Naw line on the mystery lizard. It was a Blunt-Nosed Leopard lizard commonly found in the Pine Nut area, Wellington and Dayton.
Now let’s check out our local fishing report:
LAKE TAHOE: Early morning has been good-to-fair toplining for rainbows and browns. Trolling at 110 to 250 feet at Sugarpine and Cal/Neva points have been doing very good for Mackinaw. Anglers have been using a dodger and a minnow or large Trophy Stick lures. Gene St. Denis reported many limits last week. Cave Rock and Sand Harbor shore fishing has been slow to spotty. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at (530) 544-6552.
SILVER LAKE: The lake is still high. Water is clear and fishing has been fair to good. Last week an angler caught a 22-pound Mackinaw trolling.
CAPLES LAKE: Fish on, I tell you. Renee and I trolled last Sunday. We used medium cowbells followed 18 inches behind with a quarter of a night crawler. By 3:30 p.m. we were done; we could not reel in another fish. It was that good. But I am here to say, this weekend should prove to be better. On Tuesday, the EID and KMPUD planted 1,500 pounds of rainbow up to 1-pound-plus, 700 pounds of trophy fish. Who said it couldn’t get any better? Bring your sunscreen and allergy pills, because the sun is very strong this time of year and the pollen is flying off the trees. The water level is maxed out, as the water was going over the spillway. For more information, or if you need to rent or launch a boat, call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.
RED LAKE: Fishing has still been slow. I have not seen or heard of any fish caught more than 12 inches in the last three weeks. Water level is still high. Many anglers have launched their boat on the far side of the lake.
BLUE LAKES: The lake is high and some anglers have done well for pan-sized rainbow. The California Department of Fish and Game has indicated that it doesn’t have any scheduled plants for the lake as of yet.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The campground is closed for repaving. The lake is still higher than normal. Fishing has been fair for patient anglers on or near the dam. The new stringer count is up to three (that is how many anglers have lost their strings this year that I have seen). The lake is very weedy in many areas. The lake still holds a lot of large rainbow and cutthroat trout. Best fishing is O-dark thirty to noon.
CARSON RIVERS CALIFORNIA SIDE: Both rivers were planted a week and a half ago with catchables and trophy rainbow. Scott Strayer from Huntington Beach, Calif., caught a 5.9-pound rainbow on salmon eggs. The rivers have come down a lot over the last few weeks, making it very fishable. For more information call the Carson River Resort at (877) 694-2229. Go stay for a night; you’ll never come home.
MARKLEEVILLE CREEK, SILVER CREEK: Planted in last 11⁄2 weeks and still fishing nice.
CARSON RIVER NEVADA SIDE: Down by the the broken dam, fishing has been very good over the last couple weeks. I have had many anglers tell me of their success from the dam all the way up to the trailer park.
TOPAZ LAKE: Water is still high as of last Monday. Not many places to shore fish. Few anglers trolling all day for a few fish up to two pounds. You do need to go deeper to get them this time of year. Downriggers or lead core will get you to the fish. For more information on fishing, boat rentals or launching, call Topaz Landing at (775) 266-3550.
Wherever you go this weekend, make sure you follow the rules about campfires. In many areas in California and Nevada, you are only allowed to have a campfire in a designated campground area. Keep our outdoors safe and green.
If you get a picture of your catch, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the Tribune. 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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