Tahoe trout season opens with low water, lots of fish
April 23, 2015
Like a turkey before Thanksgiving, area trout have reason to be wary.
The general California trout season opens an hour before sunrise Saturday, allowing trout fishing on most of the state's lakes, rivers and streams.
Lots of stocked fish and low water levels mean the fishing should be good this weekend and throughout much of the season, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan on Tuesday.
"It's a lot of fun," the spokesman said of opening day. "There's several thousand fisherman. They're catching fish and everyone's happy."
Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day, with 10 in possession at any one time, but anglers should check the specific regulations for the body of water they're fishing.
Both Nevada and California require anglers to be licensed. Licenses from either state allow for fishing in Lake Tahoe. Fishing on tributaries to Lake Tahoe upstream to the first lake and within 300 feet of the tributary mouths remains closed until July 1. Fishing at Marlette Lake, on the lake's East Shore, doesn't open until July 15.
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Several area water bodies have been stocked with trout ahead of opening day. Prosser Creek Reservoir, just north of Truckee, and the west fork of the Carson River, south of Lake Tahoe near the junction of state routes 88 and 89, were among the water bodies stocked with trout this week, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife records. The east fork of the Carson River, near Markleeville, and Caples Lake, near Kirkwood Mountain Resort, were planted with trout last week, as was Boca Reservoir, just east of Truckee, according to the records.
Lake Spaulding, west of Truckee, is among the spots near Lake Tahoe that have been fishing particularly well, Hughan said.
"It's a good time," he said of fishing's opening day. "There's no reason you can't get your 10."
The area burned by last year's King Fire will also open Saturday, in part due to the demand for access to fishing. The fire burned nearly 100,000 acres on the west slope near Pollock Pines. Falling trees remain a danger in the area.
"We've been getting calls from all across the state asking us to lift the fire closure," Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree said in a statement. "People want to access their Forest to fish, cut firewood, collect mushrooms and continue many other activities and traditions they have not been able to do. Public safety was the primary reason for the fire closure. Reopening the area means it is critical that people take responsibility for their own safety."
More information on angler licensing is available from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, at http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife, at http://www.ndow.org/fish.