Caples Lake record falls |

Caples Lake record falls

Doug Busey

Norm Perini of Pioneer, Calif., recently caught 26- and 14-pound Mackinaw, trolling right down the middle of the lake.

Perini was using a Rebel lure in approximately 35 feet of water. What is so special about the larger of the two catches? The 26-pounder now stands as the largest Mackinaw ever caught in Caples Lake.

Caples Lake is a place where you don’t need a four-stroke motor to catch trophy trout. The lake is located on Highway 88, a mile south of Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

At Caples Lake you will find lodging cabins, a general store for all the little things you need from fishing to munchies. Boat rentals and boat launching are also available. Caples Lake offers various species of trout: brookies, rainbow, brown and the trophy Mackinaw.

The launch ramp is open at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

Big boat owners beware: The depth of the launch ramp is very low and not safe for large boats. The lake level has to come up a foot or two to safely launch and retrieve your boats. The depth on the launch is only 2 feet at the most.

For more information on Caples Lake, you can call the general store at (209) 258-8888.

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