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Anglers, avoid Blue Lakes road

Columnn by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers!

Temperatures are dropping, but not the fishing.

Last Tuesday I got the fishing bug (as usual ), so I went on an adventure.



I started at Blue Lakes. But only 1 1/2 miles from my destination, there was a lady holding a stop sign.

As I spoke with her she informed me that the construction ahead was to straighten and widen the road, and that there would be a 30-45-minute delay.



This project is ongoing, and will take approximately two years to finish.

So if you want to go to Blue Lakes, set aside a little extra time and bring water.

Not wanting to wait, I turned around — figuring that is was a beautiful day and not wanting to waste it — I went to Woods Lake, a small little lake cradled in the Sierras.

As you approach the lake, venture to your right. Keep going past the two cabins and to the right to a fallen tree. There, you’ll see, as I could see, the deepest part of the lake.

Casting a Panther Martin 1/8 ounce black and red with a gold blade, I had so much fun reeling in many small rainbow trout — all caught and released.

Still not satisfied, however, I then went to Crater Lake.

This lake is located 1.8 miles past the Blue Lakes turnoff. Take a dirt road to your right. There, I had excellent success for native brook trout, again using the same lure.

Now, leaving Crater Lake, I went to the West Fork Carson River. I actually did not fish because I was saddened by the flows of water. In early spring parts of the river that would be 15 feet wide are now only 2 1/2 feet wide. We can only pray for a good winter to replenish our streams.

Now lets check out the fishing reports.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE : Kokanee action is still good. Best area is Camp Richardson out in deep water using a Mack Imperial lure, which is an imitation Red magic. Use this trolling behind flasher blades and don’t forget a rubber snubber. Mackinaw action is doing good to excellent from Cave Rock to the golf course in 200 to 250 feet of water. Fish average 3-6 pounds trolling or jigging because Nevada Department of Wildlife has planted rainbow trout twice at Cave Rock in the last few weeks. For details call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

CAPLES LAKE : Still catching many limits, mostly rainbows. The lake has been planted by California Department of Fish and Game with good-sized rainbow. With the derby that was held two weeks ago by Kirkwood, many of the trophy fish have been coming out in the 2-6-pound class. The best action has been trolling flasher blades with a needle fish in silver patters and fluorescent red. For details call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

INDIAN CREEK : Shore anglers are still doing good, just ask Paul Smith of Gardnerville. Last week Paul caught a 2-pound, 10-ounce rainbow using rainbow power bait. The best action has been around either side of the dam.

RED LAKE : Action has been slow. The water has been dropping to the point where the stream used to go out by the dam is now used as a foot path or for vehicles. There has been some action early in the a.m., and I mean early. Use Kast Masters in a gold pattern or Panther Martins in a white pattern. For details call the guys at the Outdoor Fly Fishing Outfitters at (530) 541-8208.

I hope this puts you on fish. If you have a picture of your catch drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, attn: Mac-The-Naw. If you have questions or comments about fishing call the Naw-Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishing and tight lines!


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