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State parks looking for boaters’ help

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. I am back from Arizona and its 105-degree temperatures. So happy to be home again, where it looks like we’re moving right into winter.

Before I catch you up on the fishing, I would like to give you some vital information that the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks Department would like to hear from you. Effective Nov. 1, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is requiring that aquatic invasive species (AIS) boat inspectors be present when boat ramps at Lake Tahoe are open. The Quagga and Zebra mussels and other (AIS) are a significant threat to Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem and quality of recreation. Boat inspectors will help protect Lake Tahoe from this problem.

The LTNSP department is holding a call-in or e-mail period on Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. They would like to hear from the public on three specific questions:

• Do you operate a motorized boat on Lake Tahoe?

• What days of the wek do you use your boat on Lake Tahoe

• What hours of the day do you use your boat on Lake Tahoe? You can help them by calling (775) 684-2793 or you can e-mail your answers to Please limit your response to the questions at hand.

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The Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks appreciates the publics involvement in helping them to set boat ramp operating hours and needs your understanding with the need to protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invasive species. The parks department is looking at Cave Rock and Sand Harbor boat launches between the periods of Oct. 1 through April 30. Take a minute to help protect Lake Tahoe’s fishery and public recreation.

Now let’s check out our local fishing report.

LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis reports the best fishing in months. Mackinaw fishing has been most productive at Cal/Neva and Dollar points, fishing 80 to 220 feet of water. Dodgers and a minnow or large lures have produced 2- to 16-pound macs, with many limits. Logan Shoals and Deadman’s Point have also been productive for macs, using flashers and a worm. Shore anglers have been catching 1- to 2-pound rainbows at Cave Rock launch. For a nice treat, leave your pole at home and head up to Taylor Creek and watch the kokanee salmon run up to spawn. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK: All tributaries running into Lake Tahoe have closed to all fishing as of Sept. 30 2008.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake now looks like a large pond. But anglers have been catching some nice mackinaw and brown trout. The resort still has rental boats at this time, but no word on the launching facilities. Anglers have been using night crawlers off the bottom or throwing kastmaster or super-dupper lures from shore. This will require a little walk to the lake. Please respect the workers at the dam area who are trying to complete the rebuilding job as soon as they can. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

BLUE LAKES: As of Oct. 8, the road was open, but the campground has closed for the season.

RED LAKE: The lake still is a little green, but some anglers have had good success for good-sized brook trout up to 13 inches. Night crawlers or gold kastmaster lures have been best producers. With our colder temperatures the lake should turn over quickly and clear up. Best area has been in the bend of the dam.

CARSON RIVERS: Both rivers were planted recently with 500 pounds each of catchable trout and trout up to 10 pounds. This time of year requires patience and little walking to find the fish. Todd from the Carson River Resort told me almost every angler who has checked in with him has been successful. Worms or salmon eggs have been most productive. For more info, call the Carson River Resort at (877) 694-2229. Special note: Most of California streams close on Nov. 15, but the Carson River Resort is open all year.

HEENAN LAKE: Open until the last Sunday in October. Heenan is located on top of Monitor Pass on Highway 89 out of Markleeville. This is a catch-and-release lake with artificial lures or flies only, barbless hook. The lake is only open to fishing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Viewing the lake last weekend, the lake is down and still full of weeds. No anglers on the shore but a couple float tubers were doing fair with wooly buggers by the dam.

TOPAZ LAKE: Closed to fishing until Jan. 1, 2009.

PYRAMID LAKE: Reports from anglers, the lake is dirty and the fishing is slow. Special note: There are a few changes at the lake. You may still keep two fish, but the size restrictions have changed. You may keep two fish 17 to 20 inches long, or you may keep a single fish 17 to 20 inches and one over 24 inches. The permit costs at Pyramid Lake are as follows: three-day, $24; 10-day, $49; annual permit, $74; and one-day, $9.

Hope this helps you in you fishing adventures. If you get a photo of your catch, you can e-mail it to syingling@tahoedailytribune. If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722.

One sad-but-good thing is I am already gearing up for ice fishing this year. Red Lake and Silver Lake will be great this year. As for Caples? We will see when the time comes.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.