Wind stories replace big-fish tales |

Wind stories replace big-fish tales

Hello, fellow anglers.

Fishing remains slow in most areas.

Let me tell you about a recent outing at Topaz Lake. Last weekend, Renee, Steve Lightfoot and I camped for two nights. What an experience it was. The lake was mostly flat with ripples, but with wind gusts up to 50 mph coming from all different directions, sometimes at the same time. On Saturday as Steve and I sat at the waters edge, I thought a bird had done his business on us from above. As we both looked up, we noticed rain coming from the blue sky. It was if you were looking up during a snow storm, but no clouds were evident. Not until we looked way back over our shoulders did we see a very small dark cloud coming over the Western side of the mountain. That will give you an idea of the wind velocity.

At one time the winds were so bad that it picked up a large Coleman camp stove that was on the table and tossed it like a rag. I counted four boats that entire day. But the one thing I still don’t understand about water-skiers is if you have the whole lake to use at your pleasure, do you have to continuously drive your boat within 75 to 100 feet right in front where people are fishing? I will never understand the mentality of that.

Overall, we had a great trip, We got two bites and no fish, but I would go back and do it all again. Topaz Lake is a great place to be, come wind, rain or shine.

Now let’s check out other local fishing areas:

LAKE TAHOE: Trolling flashers and a minnow still isbest presentation. The action has been up and down over the last couple of weeks. Guide Gene St. Denis has been averaging 2- to 6-pound Mackinaw trout, with the exception of 20- and 18-pound Macs last week. Top lining has been fair in the early morning and evening hours. Cave Rock shore fishing has been very slow. Kokanee fishing has been very good for 5- to 13-inch fish. Best areas have been Camp Richardson and Taylor Creek; the fish are suspended 80 to 120 feet in the deeper waters. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Lake level has come down a little. Fishing has been good to fair for trollers in deeper waters, 30 to 50 feet.  Anglers brought in 3- and 4-pound rainbows into the general store last week. Shore anglers have been doing good in the early morning hours with powerbait or using Kastmaster lures. For more information, call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Fishing has been slow to dead due to the murky conditions from the lake turning over the last few weeks. One angler described it as an ugly lake right now.

BLUE LAKES: The water level has dropped many feet. The fishing has been spotty, some days good, some days nothing. Night crawlers have been the most productive. For those of you planning on a camping trip, keep your campsite clean and put the food and beverages away at night. The bears have been very aggressive. This report was provided by Don Quilici of Carson City.

TOPAZ LAKE: If you don’t have plans for the Labor Day weekend, plan a trip to Topaz Lake. Enjoy the beauty and the annual Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department BBQ. It will be held on Sept. 5 at 1990 Austin Street, just up from Topaz Marina. It starts at noon and runs until 6 p.m..Come for the day or the weekend. For more information, check with

CARSON RIVERS EAST AND WEST FORK: In talking with Todd Sandero, the Alpine County Fish Commission has planted 1,800 pounds of rainbow trout, which are up to 8 pounds, and brown trout up to 6 pounds. The California Department of Fish & Game has planted 1,000 pounds of  catchable rainbows last Tuesday. Jake Andronico of Fairfax, Calif., caught an 8-pound rainbow, Stew and son, Cody Wilkinson, of Elk Grove, Calif., caught a 2-pound brown, a 3-pound rainbow and a 5.5-pound rainbow on night crawlers. Alpine County plans to stock both rivers for the Labor Day weekend. For more information, call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Fishing has been real slow, the lake level is still up and the weeds are still thick. The BLM campground will open on Aug. 27 at 8 a.m. In talking with Fran from the office of the BLM, they have finished the repaving of the campground area. They have not stocked the lake since July of this year. But there are some big rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout still in that lake. Who cares if you bring in a little salad here and there.

PYRAMID LAKE: Closed until Oct. 1.

The weather will be way cool this weekend and will most likely stir up the fishing. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to Or you can drop it off at the Tribune. If you have any questions in our local fishing world, call the Naw line at 775-267-9722.

The Naw will be back in a few weeks for the next report. I will be sharing time with relatives from Illinois for a couple weeks – my sister, Barbara Lehr, and her kids, Jarrod and Chelsea. And, yes, we are going fishing. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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