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Remember, don’t use dynamite when fishing in Illinois

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. Sorry for no reports.

I have been in Illinois for the last few weeks visiting family and, of course, fishing. Before I get into the report, I would like to share an interesting point about Illinois.

First, a nonresident fishing license for the year is $24.50. Second, in the regulation book there is a paragraph that reads: It is against the law to use dynamite or nitroglycerin to obtain fish. Very interesting, don’t you think?

But back to our world of interest. On Saturday, Pyramid Lake reopens for fishing. If you have never fished this lake, there are some very strict rules you must abide by. You may only use artificial lures or flies, you can only keep two fish and there is a slot limit: 16-to-19 inches or over 24 inches; you can keep two in the lower category or one in each. But you can only keep one in the over 24-inch category.

In addition, you must obtain a tribal permit at the lake or from the Gilly in Reno on Rock Boulevard. The way I go is take U.S. 395 North to the North McCarran exit, turn right to Pyramid Highway, take a left, then go 20 miles to the lake. All anglers must stop at the creel station on the way out, whether successful or not. Now for a basic report.

LAKE TAHOE: Mac action has been good at Dollar Point and Cal-Neva areas, trolling the usual dodger and a minnow; average has been 4-to-6 pounds. On a calm, flat day, jigging crippled herrings in a silver pattern tipped with a minnow has been good from Edgewood to Ski Run. The fish here have averaged 2-to-4 pounds. The Kokanee bite is off. They are getting ready for the annual run up Taylor Creek to spawn. As of last week, the surface temperature was between 60 to 64 degrees. When the temperature gets between 55 and 58 degrees, the rainbow action should take off. For more info, call Gene St. Denis at Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

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CAPLES LAKE: According to Kelly, three 6-pound rainbows were caught this week. Best action has been at Emigrant Cove or at the spillway. Spinners or rapalas have been most productive. One hunter was hiking around the lake with no deer, but he had the presence to bring a telescoping pole and, on his first cast, caught a 5-pound brown. He was very inventive, being that he had no stringer and he bungeed it to his backpack. The ramp is open and the water up. Shore anglers have also done well with panther martin lures. For more info, call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK THE UPPER TRUCKEE RIVERS: All rivers in South Shore will close to fishing on Saturday, meaning today is your last day.

BLUE LAKES: Last week an angler caught his limit of rainbow trout at the lower lake and released twice as much on a small kastmaster.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK: Last week, three rainbow between 6.9 and 7.9 pounds were caught on night crawlers or salmon eggs. The waters are perfect. But with our rain of late, the big fish are holding tight to the bottom. For more info, call Brad at the Carson River Resort, General Store and Bait and Tackle Store at (877) 694-2229.

TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing is slow, and today is your last chance to fish because the lake is closed from Oct. 1 until Jan. 1.

HEENAN LAKE: Located at the top of Monitor Pass. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, sun up to sun down. Catch and release and artificial flies or lures only. For more info, call the Tahoe Flyfishing Outfitters at (530) 541-8208.

If you get a picture of your catch, you can email it to or drop it off at the Tribune office.

If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the NAW-LINE at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.