California streams to open April 25 |

California streams to open April 25

Column by Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. Sorry I’ve been away, but I’ll explain later.

For now, I have some great news and some sad news.

The great news is on April 25 all streams in California open, with the exception of streams in the Tahoe Basin (i.e. Trout Creek, Upper Truckee and Taylor Creek), and all that lead into the lake are closed to all fishing until July 1.

But all other streams and rivers will be open, i.e. East and West Fork Carson River in Alpine County. As I viewed the rivers last weekend, we are in for a real treat. Waters were flowing easy and clear, as long as the weather cooperates.

And as usual, the annual Naw Barbecue will be on Saturday at the Carson River Resort, 25 miles past Markleeville. Now a lot of you are saying, I thought the resort was called the East Fork Resort. Well, you are right, it was. Until last year, when longtime manager and good friend Walt Boitano passed away, sadly to say. Walt had managed the resort for 25 years or more.

This will be a sad year. I’ll miss his friendship and stories of the river.

But in speaking with the owners, they have decided to change the name. They said Walt was the East Fork Resort, so the new name is the Carson River Resort. And they plan to expand to offer more for everyone who visits the resort. On opening day the store plans to be open with limited stock, but they will try to have supplies for the angler.

And as for what or where I’ve been, I’ve been helping with the annual Alpine County Fishing Guide. This guide will help you to explore unknown areas to help the novice to the expert in all types of fishing – streams, lakes, fly-fishing. Many writers and local guides share their inside tips on how to fish Alpine County successfully. The guide is available at most local tackle shops, i.e. Outdoor Fly Fishing Outfitters, Woodfords Store, Caples Lake Resort, and the Carson River Resort and many other locations. So pick one up; it’s full of information for all.

Now let’s see what’s going on in our fishing world.

South Lake Tahoe: Cave Rock area doing good for top lining rapalas. Mike, from the Sportsman, reports good Brown action. Also shore anglers have been doing good, using live minnows. Mackinaw action has been also good in the Ski Run and Camp Richardson areas, either drifting minnows or trolling dodgers and a minnow. Most productive depth is 100 to 180 feet of water. For more information, call The Sportsman, at (530) 541-FISH.

Truckee River, Trout and Taylor creeks: Closed until July 1.

Caples Lake: Ice is thick enough to fish, but there is 2-4 feet of snow on it. Call before going up, (209) 258-8888.

East/West Fork Carson River: Closed until next Saturday, April 25.

Indian Creek Reservoir: With the recent good weather and plants, fishing has been good. A rumor of an 8-pound rainbow (I’ll wait for the picture). But last weekend Harry Dietz of Carson City does have a picture of a 22-inch rainbow he caught using rainbow power bait.

Topaz Lake: Still doing fair trolling rapalas, says Chuck Fields. For those out most of the day do get their limits. Anglers still fishing with night crawlers by the inlet are doing very well in the a.m. For more information, call Topaz Landing at (775) 266-3550.

Well, I hope this helps to put you on fish. If you have any questions on opening day or the Naw Barbecue, you can call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Leave a message, I’ll get back to you. Happy fishin’!

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