Spring fishing almost here
Tribune fishing writer
Hello, fellow anglers, welcome to a new season. This Sunday is the vernal equinox or, as most people say, the first day of Spring.
With Spring brings many great things like more daylight hours to fish.
It also reminds us that the Lampe Park Kids Fishing Derby is coming closer. This year the derby will be June 4-5. Bring your pole and camera and experience one of the greatest fishing events of the year. The derby is open to kids ages 3 to 12 years old. Tickets are free, but you must pre-register early to receive your session ticket.
Special note this year: Registration will not be held at the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department. Registration will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Raleys in Gardnerville. If you need further information, contact either Tammy Lancaster at kidsvolunteers@
aol.com or 775-315-0860, or contact Angela Gerhart at Gerhartam@
yahoo.com or 775-315-7734.
Derby hats, pins and other items will be available for sale the day of the derby. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or six tickets for $5. Grand prize this year (but are not limited to) a family Disney trip valued up to $2,000, as well as three Best Buy gift cards valued at $500 each. All proceeds go right back into the derby.
The following week will be the Sawmill Pond Kids derby on June 11. This derby is for all children 14 years of age and younger. There is no preregistration needed, participants just need to show up between 8 a.m. and noon. There will be raffle prizes available to derby contestants. Participants can get their ticket when entering the derby on the meadow side of the pond.
But even before all of this, the big kids get a day to fish on April 30. This is when most of our streams and rivers open for fishing in California. Check your regulations as you will see, all rivers that lead into Lake Tahoe remain closed until July 1. This year I will be talking to California Department of Fish and Games wardens for the names of anyone that does not follow the rules. And as a bonus, you can get your name in the Naw fishing report. But not in a good way. Now lets check out our local waters.
LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been very good when you can get out. As a note, Sand Harbor and Cave Rock boat launches are open. Best areas have been Dollar and Cal/Neva points. Anglers have been trolling large dodgers with a fat minnow right on the bottom from 120 to 220 feet of water. Average fish has been 2 to 6 pounds with an occasional 8 to 11 pound fish. Toppling has been hit and miss around Logan Shoals or Deadmans point. No reports for shore anglers at Cave Rock area. For more info call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-44-6552.
CAPLES LAKE: 5 feet of snow on top of 3 feet of ice. But there have been many anglers out trying their luck. On March 12 Jeff Strametz of Gilroy Ca caught a 3.2 pound rainbow. He was fishing right in front of the lodge. So far that has earned Jeff 1st place for the month of march for the $100 prize at the Caples Lake Resort. Most anglers have been using small spoons or kastmaster lures. Night crawlers have been good, but the most productive bait has been bay shrimp. For more information or to enter your catch in the derby go to capleslakewrodpress.com.
RED LAKE: 4 feet of snow on top of 4 to 5 feet of ice. No reports from anglers these last couple of weeks. They must be going to Caples Lake.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVATION: The lake was planted recently with large rainbow and cutthroat trout. Lew Souder from Gardnerville showed me a picture of a nice 8 pound plus fish and said his friends caught a few more than 4 pounds, Paul Aguilera from Carson city caught a 3.5 rainbow a couple of weeks ago on a trip with me. At that time the lake was half frozen and there was only a one lane path through the snow to the lake. By now the lake has thawed out, but he road is very muddy coming from Diamond Valley. Do not use the entrance off of highway 89 as they do not plow that road and can be vary dangerous. With our ever changing weather always drive with caution.
TOPAZ LAKE: To catch up with the derby, week 9 there was no fish weighed in due to nasty weather. Week 10, 32 fish came in over 2 pounds and 2 tagged fish. Winners were 1st place Gary Nelson 3.10 pounds and Greg Rondy with a 3.9 pound trout. Week 11, 53 fish came in over 2 pounds and 2 tagged fish. 1st place went to Tim O Brian of Gardnerville and 2nd place went to Russ Wickwire from Markleeville. derby ends in 3 weeks so you better get fishin. For more info on the derby or just want to get away for a few days go to topazlodge.com .
BAILY POND: Located in north Douglas County was planted last week with nice rainbow trout.
As a word of caution, be extremely careful this time of year around all streams, rivers and creeks. With the spring thaw, waters can come up very fast and can have devastating results.
Also on our higher lakes, even though you read that there is three or more feet of ice on a lake, changes come quickly and always be safe.
If you get a picture of your catch, send it to aflanz@tahoedaily
tribune.com or drop it off at the Tribune, attn: sports/fish picture. If you have any questions in our local fishing world call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. See you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.
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