Bite picks up on streams, lakes |

Bite picks up on streams, lakes

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers.I would like to clear up one item in regards to Sawmill Pond. Yes, I am accepting donations to plant the pond again, but the stocking will be either late this summer or next year.

Thanks to all who have already donated. You can do so by dropping off your donation at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, attention: Mac-the-Naw/Sawmill Pond or you can stop by the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. on the South Shore.

Now for some trivia: An angler catches two big Mackinaw trout, then places them in his live well (note: you can not keep a fish in a live condition in any container per CDFG regulations). When you get back to shore you are met by the game warden. You are proud of your catch, so you show him. But when you open the lid there are two Macs and four small Kokanee. Are you over your limit? I’ll reveal the answer in my next column.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: In talking to Gene St. Denis, he has been going to the Tahoe City shelf and the Sugar Pine Point to fish in 120- to 250-feet of water. His set-up has been dodgers or flashers followed by a minnow one foot behind. The fishing has been hot and cold – one day great, the next he has had to work real hard for the fish. For more information, call Blue Ribbon charters at (530) 544-6552

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: According to Rick Muller, the Kokanee bite is hard from the Keys area to Emerald Bay. If you are using a downrigger, fish down in the 40- to 60-foot depth. For those using lead core, use 8 to 10 colors. Most productive has been a Fred’s Magic. Mackinaw action has been very good from the casinos to the Ski Run shelf in 80 to 200 feet of water drifting minnows. For more information, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

CAPLES LAKE: Word from the El Dorado Irrigation District is that the lake level will be full at least until the end of October. Last year, water levels got so low that boats couldn’t launch and fishing was limited to the shore.

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The lake has finally come alive according to Kelly from the resort. Bill Duffany caught a 6-pound rainbow on a rapala. Don Bosworth caught a 6.5-pouind rainbow using a mepps spinner. And Joe Lavezzo caught a 3.5-pound Mackinaw using powerbait from the shore. For more info, call the Caples Lake General Store at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Last report I recieved fishing was fair to slow for brookies. Some have been caught using inflated night crawlers, or throwing gold kastmasters.

SILVER LAKE: According to Don Quilici of Carson City a 7-pound rainbow was recently caught on flashers and a night crawler and another 7-pound was caught on a rapala.

BLUE LAKES: Upper lake has been slow going, while lower lake is doing well. Three anglers caught and released 17 rainbows caught on night crawlers.

EAST CARSON RIVER: Fishing has been good for anglers. Anthony Vattvone used salmon eggs to entice a 6-pound rainbow onto his line, Randy Lopez caught a 7.5-pound rainbow on a Panther Martin and Kevin Simonson pulled in a 5.5-pound rainbow on a night crawler. This may be the place to be this weekend. For mor info, call the East Fork Resort at (877) 694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake is full of slime and weeds. I fished for three hours recently and got three little bites.

TOPAZ LAKE: According to Chuck, he suggests anglers wait untill after Labor Day weekend when it cools down and summer vacations are over. Some anglers have put in a full day for one catch. Slowness could be mainly attributed to high temperatures and jet skiers. For more information, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

PYRAMID LAKE: Opens Oct. 1.

FRENCHMAN’S LAKE: Shirley reports the lake is overflowing with anglers and campers weekly. Rainbow action has been fair with some limits caught on worms. If you like catfish, she says you can’t keep them off your hook. Boaters have been trolling deep with flashers and night crawlers. For more information, call Wiggins Trading Post at (530) 993-4683.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: In Elko County, Nev., Dennis reports fishing is very slow. The most exciting thing that has happened is lightning hit his gas pumps last week. Luckily no one was hurt;, the pumps will be fixed this week and gas is $3.50 a gallon.

Hope this helps to put you onto fish. If you get a photo of your catch, you can e-mail it to or just drop it off. If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishing and tight lines.