Mac the Naw: Derby and ice fishing planned for the New Year |

Mac the Naw: Derby and ice fishing planned for the New Year

Hello fellow anglers, Got enough winter yet? Well it has only just begun and will get worse with the changing of the seasons. Just like in the seasons we adapt to the change, and like in fishing, we also learn to adapt. Dec. 22 can be looked at two different ways. It is the first day of winter, bundle up and stay in. Or we can remember that the days will be getting longer 1 minute each day. We change from sitting on the shore at our favorite lake in shorts a tee shirt and a cold beverage, to long johns, big coats a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate. This will be the scene on January 1st 2012 at Topaz Lake.

Also speaking of Topaz lake, the Topaz lodge will start there annual derby starting January 1st 2012. There will be a change this year. In talking with Carilyn from the general store at Topaz Lake, the cash award for tagged fish will be $100 per tagged fish which also will get you $10 of free slot play and 10 tickets into the drawing which will be held in April of 2012. You can catch as many tagged fish as you can, but each tag will be paid at $100. Unlike the past couple of years where the 2nd and 3rd tag was a progression in dollar amounts. The derby is open to anglers 21 years of age and older, due to the sponsor of this derby being the Topaz Lodge and Casino. Like last year, there will be plenty of tagged fish planted in the lake prior to the starting of the year. Also as a note, the NDOW has planted over 15,000 pounds of trout over the last couple of months. Good news this year, opening day Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday.

The following Saturday will be the annual ice fishing get together at Red Lake. This is not a derby or a contest, I invite anyone to join us to learn the fun of ice fishing. No special gear to bring, just yourself regular fishing equipment and some warm clothing. If you need a hole drilled, I will drill you the first one and loan you my auger to drill another. As we get closer to Jan. 7, I will give you more info on what you need to bring. This get together is also provided that the weather co-operates with us, as no one wants to fish in a white out or a blizzard.

Hope your holidays are great and that you do not put the fishing gear away to wait for warmer weather. If you get a picture of your catch send it to If you have any questions in our local fishing world call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Topaz Lake and ice fishing update to follow in the next Naw report. Good fishin and tight lines.

Lets check out what’s happening in our local fishing world.

LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis pulled in a nice 10.4 pound rainbow last week using a rapala. The bite has been off and on, Gene reported a 16 and a 19 pound mackinaw caught top lining with rapala lures or trophy stick lures. Many smaller macs have been coming in from 1 to 6 pounds. Some anglers have had good success at Cave Rock right off the shore for 13 to 19 inch rainbows and cutthroat trout. One thing to remember when fishing big stick baits in Tahoe, put a little pro-cure on it. For more information on fishing Tahoe or would like to get that favorite angler or yours a great stocking stuffer. Call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: The lodge will open on December 24th. As of last week the lake was still open with no ice forming. Will keep you updated.

RED LAKE: Ice is starting to form around the edges. STAY OFF the lake until the ice has established itself to at least 6 to 8 inches of ice and is stable. And then that is not saying it is safe as conditions are always changing.

INDIAN CREEK RES: The lake level is still high and the water is clear. As my friend Thornton Vanhorn and I found out a couple weeks ago. Fishing is very good if you move around the lake to find where they are at. After a good walk around the lake, we caught 4 nice rainbows and lost 10 or more in an area 20 feet long.

CARSON RIVERS: Closed on the California side except for from Hangmans bridge to the Nevada state line. Which is catch and release only with artificial lures with a barbless hook. But on the other hand, from the Nevada state line into the Carson valley. Fishing is open all year long with a five fish limit and no bait, lure or hook restrictions. I have received a few good reports from anglers fishing at or below the broken dam in Gardnerville.

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