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Take advantage of last chance to fish California waters

Doug "Mac-the-Naw" Busey, Tribune fishing writer

Hello, fellow anglers.

Well, your final weekend of fishing many California waters is here. As of Monday all waters in Mono and Inyo Counties close to fishing. In Alpine County, all rivers will close, including the Carson River east and west fork, Silver Creek, Wolfe Creek and Markleeville Creek.

There is one place that will stay open to fishing all year. That would be the East Fork of the Carson River from Hangman’s Bridge down to the Nevada state line. There are special regulations to abide by. The limit is zero, artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks only.

The weekend looks to be nice and clear, so get out and enjoy the fishing while we can. As a note, the lakes in Alpine County remain open to fishing all year. This means real soon we can all go ice fishing at Red Lake and Caples Lake. Speaking of ice fishing, the ice fishing get-together will be in early January. Keep an eye on the Naw report to be a part of something new this year.

Here’s what is going on in your local waters:

LAKE TAHOE: Action has been rated as fair to good for Mackinaw trout. Best areas have been Sugarpine Point, Dollar Point or Cal-Neva Point. Starting in 80 feet of water going to 200 as the morning progresses. Average fish is 2 to 4 pounds with a few in the 9-pound range. The fish are coming off of the spawn and are getting hungry. Fishing should pick up within the next couple weeks. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

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TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK: All closed to fishing for the season. But head up to Taylor Creek to see the salmon run. It is a sight to see and remember.

CAPLES LAKE: The resort is closed to get ready for the winter season. Expected to reopen around the end of the month. Don’t let that stop you. Fishing has been great the last couple of weeks. Anglers throwing rapalas or Kastmasters from the spillway or the dam have caught numbers of fish. Eric St. Denis hand-painted a trophy stick lure and caught a nice 8-pound rainbow from the dam area. Some anglers have caught rainbows and browns using worms or power bait in the same areas. For an updated message, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: The lake is still a little slimy from the algae that is starting to turn over. With our colder temperatures, the lake should clear up soon. Fishing has been slow. A few anglers have reported catching small brook trout on Gold Kastmaster lures.

BLUE LAKES: As of Wednesday, the road was still open. No reports have come in from either upper or lower Blue Lakes. Remember that weather conditions can close the road in a day without notice. Be winter wise when traveling in the high country.

CARSON RIVERS: Both east and west forks were planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout, with the fish weighing from 2 to 6 pounds. Remember that this Sunday is your last day to fish these rivers, with the exception of below Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada state line. Fred Jones of Grass Valley caught a limit of five rainbow trout, totalling 15 pounds. For more information, call Todd at the Carson River Resort at (877) 694-2229. They are now open all year.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: I met some friends at 9 a.m. for some fishing recently. There were 21 vehicles, nine float tubers and three boats on the lake. Most of us caught a fish or two. At one time the boaters and tubers were at the unimproved launch ramp, and it reminded me of a breakfast cereal (Cheerios). Weather was great, a little chilly here and there. Largest fish of the day I saw was 2.5 pounds; the smallest was 6 inches. Most of the fish caught were rainbow along with a couple brown trout. Anglers were mainly using power bait; all colors were working fair. Night crawlers were also productive. Warning to all, the bathrooms are locked for reasons. I have not found out why. As most know, the campground is closed for the season.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch, you can email it to syingling@tahoedailytribune.com, or drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune office. You to could be in the Naw Hall of Fame.

If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722..

Good fishin’ and tight lines.