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A couple of gift ideas for anglers

Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers. Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for our Christmas season, a time of giving.

For those of you still thinking of a good stocking stuffer, let me give you a couple good ideas. For the troller, a new set of Ford fender trolling blades, a spool of Stren fishing line, small lures; rapalas, needle fish, kastmasters, or roostertails.

For the bait angler, a spool of Stren fishing line, a new product, the powerbait spoon, and of course powerbait in a variety of colors, swivels weights and hooks, or you can get one of those annoying bells.

Fly anglers, line cleaner, an assortment of flies, a couple of new leaders. And for all of the California anglers, a new fishing license.

As of Jan. 1, the California fishing season will start, but for the Nevada anglers your license is good until Feb. 29. Just a note: Topaz Lake Hotel and Casino has planted and tagged more fish this year than they have ever have in the past. General manager Rick Ross told me the tagged more $1,000 and $500 than ever before.

I will give you all the details of the new derby next Friday. Oh, are you going to be excited.

Two winners per week and the grand prize this year is an eight-foot Pelican fishing boat with a three-horsepower motor. But for now let’s check out our local waters.

LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis reports good to excellent fishing for mackinaw trout. Gene has been the Cal/Neva point and Sugar Pine point, averaging 3-to-8 pound fish. On the south east end, Logan Shoals has produced some nice fish. Last week on his boat a 14-pound mackinaw was caught and released, and a 5-pound rainbow was caught and was had for dinner. For more info, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Hold on to your poles. As of a week and a half ago, the lake had open water. With our recent storms and frigid temps, the lake has now frozen. In talking with John Voss, owner of the resort, many anglers have been ice fishing and some have enjoyed ice skating. As he told me, there is a little less than a foot of ice covering the lake. One angler came into Woodfords General Store and told Dave Kirby that he had caught a few good rainbow trout and that the lake had 10 inches of ice. For more info, call the Caples lake Resort at (209) 258-8888. They will open the lodging part of the resort this week.

RED LAKE: I have had reports of up to 12 inches of ice on the lake and fishing has been good for brook trout and cutthroat trout. I will be venturing up to check out the conditions this weekend with my good friend and lifesaver Steve Lightfoot. Lightfoot drove all the way from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., to ice fish with me. I only hope with my slight handicap that I can. Hope to see you there. I’ll give you a full report nest week. In the same vicinity, Blue Lakes road is closed for the season.

SPECIAL NOTE: All the passes, including California state highways 4 and 89 over Monitor Pass, are closed. Indian Creek Reservoir can be reached but there is a thin sheet of ice covering it, and I do not recommend going anywhere close to it.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. I will be at Red Lake on Saturday morning, and it could be too early to see if the Naw can still fish one-handed. I hope this helps to put you on the fish.

If you have any questions, you can call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Any pictures can be e-mailed to syingling@tahoedailytribune.com, or simply drop them off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

I am starting a Naw hall of fame this year, and by the closing of the California fishing season, I will draw randomly two winners for a special prize. So see you don’t need to have the biggest, you only need to be lucky. Just like fishing.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

TOPAZ LAKE: To open Jan. 1 with big fish and big surprises for the 2008 derby. For info on fishing or boat rentals, call Chuck Fields at (775) 266-3550. Happy New Year to Chuck and Linda Fields. I will see you this year on opening day.

PYRAMID LAKE: Last week, two nice cutthroat trout were taken from shore on a torpedo lure. Both were over 8 pounds, one caught at Block House and the other at Spider Point. Trollers have fair luck on the west side of the lake in either 20 foot or at the 40 foot depth level.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER: From Hangman’s Bridge is open to catch and release artificial lures and flies throughout the whole year, with the upper part closed to fishing until April 26, as is the case with the west fork. For more info, call the Carson River Resort at 1-866-694-2229 as it is now an year-round resort.


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