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Anglers ready for Fun Club

Column by Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers, and a very happy new year to you all. The new year starts with the High Mountain Anglers gearing up for another fun season.

Many people have labeled this club as the bass club, “that power bait club,” the trout trollers. Well, I’m here to say, yes, it’s all true. This club takes off every month for a weekend of fun for all. Whether you cast a plug for the elusive largemouth bass, or use your float tube and toss your fly, or maybe you like to sit in your easy chair, soak up the sun, and cast a night crawler or power bait. It means no never mind. If you have a 10-foot aluminum boat or a 17-foot bass tracker, or if you have no boat at all, you are welcome.

This club is designed to bring friends and families together. Also, the High Mountain Anglers are co-sponsors to three kids’ fishing events: Raley’s Sawmill Pond in June, the Mac-The-Naw and Longs Sawmill Pond in July, and Tahoe Paradise Park, to again bring kids and family together. It is not a fly-fishing club, not a bass club, but a fun club. Whether you are a novice or consider yourself a self-proclaimed pro, the High Mountain Anglers is a club for young and not-so-young families and couples.

For all the information on how you can be a member, call Jay Alsbury, 1998 president, at (530) 544-8722 after 6 p.m. (The club is based in South Lake Tahoe). You won’t regret it. No pressures of having to go to every function, it’s your choice through the whole year which outings you want to attend, with no penalties. Go for it!

Well, let’s now see where the fishing is.

South Lake Tahoe: Top lining in the Cave Rock area with rapalas will bring you good fortune. Rainbow and browns have been on the bite. Mackinaw action also has been good in front of Edgewood Golf Course, jigging or trolling in the Keys area. For more information, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Ice has set in; many anglers have done very good. If any of you read the Nevada Appeal last week, there was a picture of 20 trout on the ice in the foreground and an angler in the background fishing. Caption read: “Only three anglers caught these fish.” Sorry, I will not release the names, but what’s wrong with this picture? Look out, guys.

But for those obedient anglers, small jigs or spoons are producing well, or an inflated night crawler. For weather or fishing information, call the lodge at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lake: Doing well also, as you can see in the picture. Rainbow spoons or Swedish pimples have been very productive. Also, night crawlers. The main key to getting bites is to keep your presentation moving – sometimes slow, sometimes erratic. And as with all ice fishing, use caution when venturing out on the ice. If no one is on the lake, there might be a reason. Advice: Go home. Or if you see someone, ask them how thick the ice is. Use your head, and in a few weeks I will be inviting all to join me when the ice is at least 2-feet thick.

Indian Creek: Some open areas are free of ice. No reports of action at this time.

Topaz Lake: Now open and doing great. Trollers using black/silver broken back rapalas, or small or med blades and a night crawler. Please use caution this time of year. The winds can come up suddenly. Opening day, I got off the lake by 12:30. By 1:30 three boats had capsized. Boats were beached everywhere. Remember to wear your life jacket. With the temperature of the water and threat of hypothermia, survival can hinge on a few minutes. Luckily, fellow boaters pulled the people from the lake unharmed. For weather or fishing conditions, call Chuck or Linda at the marina, at (702) 266-3550. (Francine, now you’re glad we got off the lake?)

Well, now, let’s see what the fly-anglers are doing.

The fly-fishing has been fun for those out giving it a shot. Some people won’t try it because of the cold or they are too busy skiing. Although the skiing is great right now, the fly-fishing can be a barrel of fun. Take a break and try a few of these spots for some great action.

Our closest areas are Indian Creek Reservoir. Indian Creek has a lot of ice but has an opening on the west side. The fish are in the shallower areas and near the aerators. Try a mixture of colors of woolly buggers and prince nymphs. The East Carson, in the Minden-Gardnerville area, has been fishing well with bead heads and woolly buggers. Try a brown crystal bugger and/or a bead head hares ear. These two spots are within a 45-minute drive.

If you don’t mind a longer drive, there are numerous other spots fishing well at this time of the year. One of the better spots is the East Walker River. The river was quite frozen for awhile but has thawed and is back to fishing well. Small nymphs drifted under an indicator will be most appropriate. Another spot would be to drive down to the Owens River below Pleasant Valley Dam. This is a particularly good spot throughout the winter due to its lower elevation. Some days you might stick with nymphs and others you might hit the midday baetis hatch and fish dries.

Other spots worth a mention are Pyramid Lake, Truckee River below Verdi and the Coastal Rivers for steelhead. For those who don’t find fly-fishing in the cold their favorite thing to do, fly-tying is a great way to pass those cold days and evenings away. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is offering a three-night fly-tying course to teach the basics of fly-tying. The course will start on Jan. 15 and continue on Jan. 22 and 28.

For details on conditions, classes, guide trips or travel, give Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters a call or stop by the shop at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd, or call them at (530) 541-8208. Fly-fishing is a year-round sport that can be enjoyed by all. Please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout.

Good luck to you all again. If you happen to get a photo of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Attn: Mac-The-Naw. You could be in the Naw Hall of Fame. Be safe, and don’t forget to buy your new California fishing license before you go. Good fishin’!


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