Young anglers don’t want to miss Sawmill Pond event |

Young anglers don’t want to miss Sawmill Pond event

By Doug Busey

Tribune fishing writer

Hello, fellow anglers.Well, it’s that time again. Time for two great things to happen on the same day. First, is the Sawmill Pond Free Kids’ Fishing Day on Saturday. This annual event for children 14 and under will start at 8 a.m. and run until noon.

The Optimist Club, employees from both South Shore Raley’s stores and yours truly will be on hand to ensure a wonderful day for all. The Optimist Club will cook the hot dogs and serve beverages and Raley’s personnel will get the young anglers set up to fish.

If you need a loaner pole, we have them. In fact, I would like to thank a few people for their generosity in this department: The Sportsman, for supplying enough line and weights to redo all of our loaner poles and the entire staff of the Lampe Park Kids’ Fishing derby in Gardnerville for their donation of 30 rod and reel combos, various prizes and tackle. This now gives us 100 loaner poles, which are ready to go first thing Saturday morning.

And I especially want to thank the two organizations that make this possible: Raley’s and the Optimist Club.

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Preregistration isn’t required for this event. Sawmill Pond will be stocked Friday but will be closed to fishing until Saturday morning. This will ensure that we have plenty of fish for the derby. We are asking that all chairs and coolers be set back from the pond a minimum of 10 feet to give the anglers enough room. Also, please no lures are to be used during the derby.

Be sure that you enter on the meadow side of the pond to pick up your package and raffle ticket.

We are looking for some volunteers to help net and bait on the pond with the kids. Anyone needing information on this event or prefering to make a donation, please call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722, or we’ll see you on Saturday.

Now for the big kids. Saturday is the Nevada and the California free fishing day. You must follow all regulations that pertain to the body of water you fish, except the matter of having a fishing license. Now let’s check out our local fishing world:

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: The rainbow and brown action has slowed a little but should pick up with more stable weather. Mackinaw action has been good in the Tahoe City and Camp Richardson areas, trolling live minnows or jigging a silver herring with a minnow. The Ski Run shelf has been fair to good for jigging or drifting live minnows. Average catch has been 3 to 5 pounds, with the exception of a 19-pounder caught last weekend. For more information, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: Action off Cal/Neva Point has been fair to good for 3- to 7-pound Macs, with a few in the 10- to 18-pound range. Dodgers and a minnow are the best presentation, but you will have to work the bottom hard to get them. Cave Rock to Nevada Beach has been fair for drifting minnows with the average Macs 2 to 5 pounds. For more information, call blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Fishing has been slow. According to Richard, anglers have had best luck at the spillway area for rainbows and brook trout. Gold kastmasters have been best for brookies, while worms or power bait have been working for the rainbows. A recent stocking put 3,800 fish in the 1-pound range into the lake. The boat launch and general store are open at 7 a.m. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Small brook and brown trout have been caught off the dam for anglers using crawlers. The other side of the lake has produced some larger fish up to 2 1/2 pounds. The lake has been stocked a couple of times recently.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open and the CDFG has planned to stock next week. Reports have been about small rainbows 9 to 12 inches caught on salmon eggs.

CARSON RIVERS: On the west fork, Eric St. Denis of Lake Tahoe caught a 4-pound rainbow out in the meadow on worms. Also, Renee Heinichen of Minden caught a 3.4-pound rainbow using worms. On the east fork, Gary Cronhardt of Vallejo caught a 3.11-pound rainbow on green powerbait and Jason Dinkel reeled in a 1.5-pound brown on a yozuri lure. This week both forks will be stocked by the Alpine County Fish Commision as well as the California Department of Fish and Game. For more information, call the Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: To be stocked by the Alpine County Fish Commission.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The last three times I have been here the wind has been nasty and during my last trip lightning struck right behind the dam. As for this weekend, there is a kids’ derby that will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and get this, they will stock the lake at 10 a.m. with 1,000 pounds of trophy and catchable rainbow trout. As Dave Zelmer told me, the kids really enjoy stocking the fish as much as catching them, maybe a little more. This I can see.

TOPAZ LAKE: As of last week the anglers had to work all day to get a limit, with all of the jet skis and water skiers around. Trollers have had best luck on needle fish or rapalas. There was a fire in the area on Tuesday and roads were closed, but the blaze was controlled and the roads re-opened on Wedneday. For more information, phone (775) 266-3550.

LAHONTAN LAKE: Don Quilici and Don Hettrick of Carson City and Rich Bachle of Fernley caught and released 100 white bass, four perch, a walleye and a 5-pound carp. They were fishing in the narrows using anything that looked like a fish, including white roostertail lures.

For all of you fly anglers out there, Victor Babbitt of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters has the latest conditions for you.

West Carson River: Flows are perfect! Fish are eating golden Stones, Caddis and various May Fly imitations. Fish the Pocket Water for best results!

East Carson River: Flows a bit high still but fishing well with Streamers, Small Stones, big May Fly Nymphs and Caddis along the edges! Dries are just around the corner! Best fishing should be below Hangman’s Bridge.

Truckee River: Below the town of Truckee is fishing well and the flows are perfect for this time of the year. Golden Stones, Green Drakes, Gray Drakes, Baetis and Caddis are working! Fish the deeper holes with a bunch of weight and hang on!

Little Truckee River: Once again the flows are in perfect shape and there will probably be some crowds. Fish with Midges, Green Drake Nymphs, PMD’s and Caddis. Some of the best fishing is between Stampede Reservoir and Boca Reservoir.

East Walker River: Flows are low and the water temps are getting high in the middle of the day but well worth fishing at the crack of dawn! Caddis have taken over and the May Flies are still there!

Red Lake: Great Stillwater fishing! Blood Midge Emergers, Damsel Nymphs and Calibaetis Nymphs just under the surface. Stripping Buggers will also work!

Indian Creek Reservoir: Fishing well with Damsels and Calibaetis! Float Tubing is best or from a boat. Summit Lake is also doing well just above Indian Creek Reservoir.

I hope this helps you find the fish. If you get a picture of your catch, E-mail it to or you can drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. You could be in the Naw Hall of Fame.

If you need any info on the Sawmill Pond Kids’ Fishing Day, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722, or drop by the pond Friday night, as the Naw will be there getting things ready for Saturday.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.