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What happens when 2 Macs become 2 Macs, 4 Kokanee?

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers.

The days are getting shorter and the fishing is getting better. Soon I’ll be writing about ice fishing – no! Sorry, I won’t get that far ahead of myself. Use caution on the roads during this Labor Day weekend, there will be a lot of people venturing out. Being the last, big holiday weekend of the summer, I don’t think the astronomical gas prices will keep most of us at home.

So far, I have not received a photo of one of the big fish that was released into Sawmill Pond last month. They are either still there or we have some camera-shy lil’ anglers.

Before proceeding to the report, let’s see how you did with the last week’s trivia question. If you are fishing on Tahoe and catch two large Mackinaw, but by the time you get to shore and look in your fish well, there are four extra Kokanee. Are you over your limit?

In speaking with the California Department of Fish and Game, yes, technically you are. But most game wardens can tell if the Kokanee salmon were actually regurgitated from the Mackinaw trout. And they would understand that you were not taking more than your limit. But as I was told, they cannot speak for all of their officers. Actually, this is a true story, except that he was not approached by an officer.

Local fishing conditions are:

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Kokanee action has been fair trolling in the Keys area to Camp Richardson, using flashers followed by a Fred’s Magic in 65 to 75 feet of water. Mackinaw action has been off and on with the average size being 3 to 6 pounds. Trolling flat fish or apex lures from the Keys area to in front of the casinos has been most productive in 180 to 220 feet of water and drifting live minnows in front of the casinos in 60 to 120 feet of water. For more info, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH

EAST TAHOE: Rainbows have been fair from Logan Shoals to Deadman’s Point trolling seps flashers followed by either a night crawler or a floating rapala. Mackinaw action has been hot for three days, then off, then on again, trolling dodgers and a minnow in the Deadman’s Point area in 150 to 222 feet of water. For more info, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

SILVER LAKE: Some reports of good fishing for rainbows with medium flashers and a night crawler.

CAPLES LAKE: Last Tuesday the lake was planted with 640 pounds of rainbow trout ranging from 1.9 to 8 pounds. Special note: These big plants are not from CDFG; this was made possible by a grant from the Eldorado Irrigation District to the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District. Also some good news, a new boat launch on the North Shore is in the planning stages, with funding from EID and the U.S. Forest Service. The only bad news is that it is three to five years away. Fishing has been good for trollers in the Woods Creek area using flashers or rapalas. You might want to call first; wind can be a problem. Bob Griffin caught a 5-pound rainbow still fishing with worms at the spillway. Mike Mayry caught a 7-pounder trolling a new lure called an E-Chip. He was trolling north of Woods Creek with lead core using four colors. Ramp hours are Sunday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Fishing has been fair to good, mainly in the early morning or late afternoon. Kastmasters in gold color. Some have had success with worms or rainbow powerbait.

CARSON RIVER: Last week, the state planted 600 pounds of catchable rainbows and this week Alpine County will plant some larger fish. Rivers are rated at excellent for flow and clarity. Fishing has been rated good for anglers using salmon eggs and 1Ú2 a night crawler. Still many large fish coming out, unfortunately the pictures are still in the camera. On the West Fork, an 8-pound rainbow was caught with salmon eggs. For more info, call the Carson River Resort at (877) 694-2229.

BLUE LAKES: With the cooler weather, the mosquitos are mellowing out. Some reports of shore anglers getting limits on inflated night crawlers.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Last Saturday, I camped out and fished with no success. I started again at 6 a.m. on Sunday. I threw spinners, kastmasters, all colors of power bait and, of course, night crawlers. Not a bite until I went to the archives of power bait hahas, meaning colors you don’t know why you bought them. I put on salmon peach and for the next three hours I couldn’t keep the fish off the hook. The only reason I stopped is because I used the whole jar. Only goes to show you, change is always good.

TOPAZ LAKE: Sorry to say you only have until the end of this month to fish; the lake closes on Sept. 30. And the fishing has been slow to dead, but I have good news (no, I didn’t switch my car insurance). The 38th annual Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department will hold their deep pit barbecue fund-raiser at the fire station right behind the marina on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. If you don’t want to fish, come to a great cause, eat and dance to a live band. For more info, call Chuck Fields, assistant fire chief, at (775) 266-3550.

FRENCHMAN’S LAKE: Trolling rapalas near Frenchman Creek outlet through the narrows off Big Cove, this has been good for rainbows. Shore anglers, fish in deep waters off the dam using night crawlers or bright-colored powerbait. For catfish, go to Turkey Point, use night crawlers or chicken livers. For more info, call Wiggins Trading Post at (530) 993-4683.

PYRAMID LAKE: Closed until Oct. 1.

HEENAN LAKE: Located on top of Monitor Pass – opens today. There are some very strict rules to follow. The lake is catch and release, artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks, no gas motors on the lake. If you bring a small boat, you must carry it down. The lake is only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays sunup to sundown. The most important thing of all, the fish must be released unharmed. That means do not throw your fish onto the shore to take a picture, please keep your hands wet and keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Hold your breath, that will give you an idea how long a fish can be out of water.

Hope you have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. For more information, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.