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Column: Heenan Lake catches fancy of anglers

Hello, fellow anglers.

Well, I’m here to tell you Heenan Lake opener was a success. I counted 68 tubers, two canoes and two aluminum boats. Most everyone I spoke with had success.

My friend, Brad Davis, from Carson River Resort, and I enjoyed success casting from the shore, using various spoons mainly in an orange-and-gold pattern.



This year, whenever you go to Heenan Lake you will meet Bob Rufenacht the acting game warden. He is there with his wife, Dianne, to educate anglers on the special regulations and proper catch-and-release techniques. Also, this year Rufenacht is opening the gate to allow a few people closer to launch their carry-down boats. This, I think, improves anglers’ spirits and promotes safety because it is not an easy walk carrying an aluminum boat. My Naw hat is off to the devout anglers who have done this.

Remember to fill out the simple survey upon your departure. It takes less than two minutes. Also, great news: The algae is at a minimum. I’ve never seen the lake as clear as it is this year.




Now for your fishing report:

South Lake Tahoe. Big Mackinaws are coming in around the Tahoe Keys and Ski Run area in 150 to 250 feet of water. Keep an eye on your screen as you will see that the Macs are stacked up heavy. Jigging is the most predominant method, but many Macs have been caught trolling. The Kokanee are suspended in deep water, just past the blue line in 50 to 90 feet. Rainbow and brown trout action has been spotty to fair trolling rapalas on the West shore. For more information, phone the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Many of the big fish that were planted two weeks ago are turning up. Anglers have had best luck from shore between the lodge and the spillway area or right on the dam using inflated night crawlers or Sherbet power bait. Trollers having best luck using rapalas for the big planters or blades and a night crawler for good brook trout. For more information, call the Caples general store at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lakes: Picking up for shore anglers using Captain America or Sherbet power bait around the dam area.

Blue Lakes: Waters are down, but fishing is good at lower using salmon eggs around the campground area. Upper has been fair just off the road using night crawlers or salmon eggs.

Carson River: West is fair. The best areas have been downstream from Picketts Junction. The East fork above Hangman’s Bridge has been doing good to fair using spinners in a yellow pattern. Gold and orange kastmasters are also working well, while eggs or night crawlers are doing a fair job. For more information, call the Carson River Resort at (775) 694-2229 and ask for Brad.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Doing good to fair for rainbow action. Anglers using Captain America power bait near the dam area by the yet-to-be-improved launch ramp.

Topaz Lake: Fishing has been fair with colder temperatures arriving. Night crawlers and green power bait have been effective. Remember that as of Oct. 1 Topaz Lake will be closed to all fishing until Jan. 1, 2001. For more information, phone Chuck or Linda Fields at Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

Hope this puts you onto the fish. If you have a photo, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune: Attention Sports, Mac-the-Naw. If you have any questions or comments, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’.


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