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Mac the Naw: Go fishing, it’s doctor prescribed

Courtesy of Topaz Lodge Joyce Oberman of Silver Springs took second place in week nine of the Topaz Derby. She snagged a 2.8 pound and 20 inch rainbow. Topaz Lodge General Store staff reported that most of the anglers coming in the store are catching limit. Not a lot of two-pounders, but still plenty of tags left out there.

Hello fellow anglers. The Naw has been out of commission for a while with a pulled back ligament. With the help of Dr. Paul Fischer I was able to fish for a half day last week with friends at Indian Creek Reservoir. How many people do you know who have a prescription to go fishing from their doctor?

Dr. Fischer told me “too much work and not enough exercise.” As soon as I’m able, I will follow his prescription, doctor’s orders.

Many of you may saw the picture of the giant gold fish in last week’s paper that was caught in Lake Tahoe. To some it was astonishing, but to me, not so much. My mother and father used to drop my friend Mike Kunz and I off at the 15 Street Bridge back in the late 60’s to fish (that is when there were no houses in Tahoe Keys). We caught catfish and saw many gold fish on the south side of the bridge, but back then the gold fish were only a few inches long. As we worked our way around Venice’s drive one day, to Lighthouse Shores Drive, we saw the largest catfish we’d ever seen perched under the lily pads. That catfish eluded us for years. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that I heard of a 3.5-pound catfish caught out of Emerald Bay by an angler at the boat camps. So there is nothing that would surprise me that was caught in Lake Tahoe. People have dumped their live wells in the Tahoe Keys for years. I only hope we never hear of an angler catching a pike.

Let’s check out our local waters.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake has regained its ice. It’s also gained a foot or so of snow on top of two feet of ice. With our changing temperatures this time of year always use caution. Last week, two mackinaw trout were taken by the dam on a night crawler. The resort is open for cabin rentals but the general store is closed until mid May thaw. For more info call the Caples Lake resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: The warmer temperatures bumped the lake to mushy status a few weeks ago. Last week, however, anglers told me that the lake still had 20 inches of ice on it. Fishing was fair for small rainbow and brook trout. They were using worms and jigs. The lake will likely become slushy again during afternoon times with warmer weather in the forecast. Use caution and always ice fish with a friend.

INDIAN CREEKS RES: Last week, Don Quilici from Carson City and I went up for a half day of fishing. The only ice we saw was near the campground area. We expected to see only a couple other anglers there on a Thursday afternoon, but there were 24 anglers, two float tubers and a boat by1 p.m. The two Steve’s, Lightfoot and Brower, arrived before us and caught a couple small trout. Don and I fished with night crawlers and powerbait, and we each caught and released a couple small trout. The game warden from Alpine County gave us a visit as well as all of the other fellow anglers. Unfortunately one angler fishing on the dam did not have a valid California fishing license. A citation can be expensive and possibly lose you fishing privileges. It is cheaper to buy a license than pay a ticket. Many anglers asked when the lake will be planted again. The California Department of Fish and Game usually plants the lake mid April with catchable rainbow trout. The Alpine county Fish Commission has not yet confirmed when the plant will happen. I will keep you informed when I get the latest update.

CARSON RIVERS IN CALIFORNIA: The east fork above Hangman’s Bridge and the entire west fork are closed to fishing until the last Saturday in April, which this year will be the 27. East fork Carson River below Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada stateline is open all year to catch and release. Special regulations are artificial lures or flies with a barbless hook only. The Carson River Resort is also open all year for your relaxation and enjoyment. It’s located one mile from Carson River fishing and two miles from the Markleeville hot springs. For more info call 530-694-2229.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake has been ice free for some time now. Anglers have been catching limits of small rainbows. Only a few have been in the 2-pound or more class. Week No. 9 of the derby reports, first place was Royce Keyes from Reno, Nev., with a 2.12-pound rainbow, and second place was Joyce Oberman from Silver Springs, Nev., with a 2.08-pound rainbow. No tags were brought in to the Topaz General store for week No. 9, but there are plenty of them still out there swimming around. The Nevada State Park boat launch is open. As for the Topaz Marina, I have not heard if the ramp has enough water on it yet. For more info or to stay a couple days, call the Topaz Lodge at 775-266-3338.

NEVADA FISH PLANTS: For the last couple weeks, fish plants were at Bailey Pond, Mitch Park Pond, Sparks Marina, and Crystal Peak Pond.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch send it to If you have a question or a report in our local fishing world call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Reminder to Nevada anglers, it’s time to get your new fishing license.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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