Carson River Resort transforms opening day into fiesta |

Carson River Resort transforms opening day into fiesta

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. Welcome to opening day. Yes, Saturday all streams with the exception of all tributaries that run into Lake Tahoe will be open. Streams such as Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and the Upper Truckee River are closed until July 1.

Also, the first annual Markleeville Fish Fling and Barbecue will be Saturday, at the Carson River Resort. The resort is 2.5 miles past the town of Markleeville, off State Route 89.

The event will start at 8 a.m. for a fishing derby. Then at 11 a.m., merchants will set up their displays. Hot dogs and sodas also are available until 1 p.m. Then at 4 p.m., there will be award ceremonies for the derby and the Fish Fling. The Fish Fling is a contest where you will fling a fish. Actually, they will be flinging a stuffed pillow-like fish toward a target, and the closest to the target wins one of the various prizes provided by local merchants. The Fish Fling will span from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., so stop in and fling it. Who knows, you might be the champion flinger.

During the awards presentations the barbecue will begin and this you can’t miss. In talking with Brad Davis, the barbecue will consist of chicken, tri-tip, beans, salad, bread and cake. Also, there will be a live country rock band for your entertainment until 8 p.m.

So I hope to see you there. What a day – fish derby, lunch, Fish Fling contest, barbecue, live music and local merchants showing their wares. And a lot of fun. For any questions, you can call Brad Davis at the Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.

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

Caples Lake: John Voss states there is still plenty of ice on the lake. The resort will be closed until Memorial Day weekend for spring cleaning.

Red Lake: No ice fishing. The ice started breaking up last week and some anglers have been fishing by the dam using power bait or inflated night crawlers for rainbow and brook trout.

East/West Carson River: Planted by California Department of Fish and Game last week and Alpine County planted 3- to 7-pound rainbows to ensure a good opening day.

Special note: From Hangman’s Bridge downstream to the Nevada state line is zero limit and has special regulations. Artificial lures or flies only, with a single barbless hook. Hangman’s Bridge is approximately 1 mile past Markleeville on State Route 89.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Planted by CDFG with good rainbow trout. Many limits have been coming out by anglers using sherbet or yellow power bait. Also, the campground is open.

South Lake Tahoe: Toplining early a.m. from Logan Shoals to Edgewood has been productive for rainbow and browns ranging from 3 to 5 pounds, trolling rapalas in a rainbow pattern in 60 feet of water. Mackinaw action is also good, trolling a pearl pattern flat fish in 200 feet of water. Best area has been in front of Ski Run Marina. For more information, or if you’re looking for a professional guide, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Topaz Lake: Shore fishing has been very slow. Boaters trolling blades and a night crawler out in the center of the lake have had good success. Rapalas also are producing some rainbow. But best success has been with blades and a night crawler. For more information, call Chuck or Linda at Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

Now let’s check out our fly-fishing report from Victor Babbitt at Fly Fishing Outfitters.

Can I borrow a coin? It’s going to be a flip of a coin whether the flows on our local rivers (Tahoe tributaries are closed until July 1) are going to be fishable for the opener.

It’s beautiful today, but by the weekend it looks like cooler weather and a bit of clouds. If that is the case, the fly-fishing will probably be great! The trailwater fisheries will be the safest bet on Saturday morning, but the most crowded as well. I think the East Walker River in California will be the best spot within a couple of hours drive of Tahoe, and the second best will be the Little Truckee River on the north end of Tahoe. Both are controlled flows and won’t be affected by the runoff.

The East and West Carson rivers will probably fish better in their upper reaches with lower flows and less tributaries. If the rivers are too crowded and/or blown out, head for one of our local lakes like Spooner, Indian Creek or Summit Lake. All of these have been fishing great for the fly-fisherman. Another option would be to head for the Sacramento River, Feather River or the Yuba River, all of which are fishing great right now.

As far as flies go, for the East and West Carson rivers, I would stick with stonefly nymphs, flashy mayfly nymphs and caddis pupa for the nymph fisherman. For the streamer fisherman, try large flash buggers tied with crystal flash chenille and/or zonkers. Olive has always been a good color for me on the opener. Dry flies are out for a while … The East Walker River will fish well with stonefly nymphs, black APs and San Juan worms for the nymph fisherman. Dry fly diehards can have some fun as well with stimulators, baetis (BWOs) and possible micro caddis. My favorite would be streamers of the large persuasion with lots of color and fished down and across. Work the banks hard, looking for the big Browns.

The Little Truckee River should fish well with baetis imitations, midges and possibly gray drakes. Fish both the nymphs and if hatching, the dries. Stimulators work well on occasion this time of year. Once again, streamers will work with a full-sinking line and fished down and across. This is just a sampling of the fishable areas and the flies that will work, so try different things and other waters as well. You never know what might fish great with the changing weather conditions.

I have had to keep this short, so stop by the Fly Fishing Outfitters for more information and all the special flies and equipment you might need for another great trout opener. If you’re looking to get a good start for fly-fishing this season, think about taking out one of our guides to teach you all of the techniques to get you into fish and some great spots for fish for the rest of the season. Also, introduction for fly-fishing classes are going on now, so sign up and learn a new sport and get out and fish! We are at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across from the new Safeway and next to Timbercove Lodge. Our phone number is (530) 541-8208. Thanks for reading, and have a great opener! Please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout!

Good luck on the opener. Don’t forget your camera. Have a great time. Please slow down, as there will be anglers walking to and from hole to hole all along the roads. If you get a picture of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Attention: Mac-The-Naw. And if you have any questions, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!

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