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December is the time for anglers to be cautious driving to their hot spots

Hello, fellow anglers. Well, winter weather is here. Not many anglers are venturing out. But for those who do venture out, here are some very important things to remember.

Even though the sun may be out, while driving the Sierra there are many areas this time of year that never see sunlight. These areas even in the afternoon may be covered with a thin sheet of ice, even when the road looks dry. These areas are dangerous. Just slow down on your entire trip wherever you go. A blind corner could turn into disaster.

Also, while out in the cold weather, there is another danger: “frostbite.” Many people take this for granted, only because they have a sub-zero suit or jacket on. Frostbite can set in sooner than you think. Frostbite usually attacks your fingers, toes and your face and ears. You need to familiarize yourself with the warning signs before it’s too late. If any part of your body feels numb or tingly, seek warmth in your vehicle or go inside. If you don’t, your skin will begin to turn red, then white and finally gray or yellowish. In the final stage your skin will turn extremely white, blister, and become completely numb.



If you think you might have frostbite, warm the affected area gradually. Do not submerge the affected area in hot water. Use dry heat gradually. Very important! Please do not rub the area as it will slough off if you do. You can recover circulation by slowly moving the affected body part if you are able. If you feel you have frostbite, seek immediate medical attention. Just make sure whatever you do when out in the elements protects your body and your eyes.

Now let’s see what’s going on in our local area.




South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action is good for 2- to 4-pounders with an occasional 6- to 8-pounder. Best area is the Ski Run area, 160 to 200 feet of water. Trolling or jigging have both been productive. Top lining for browns and rainbow trout also have been very productive in the area from Rubicon Point to Emerald Bay or Deadman’s Point. Fish in the rocky areas, 30 to 60 feet with #8 to #12 rainbow rapalas. For more information, call the guys at The Sportsman, at (530) 542-FISH.

Trout Creek, Upper Truckee, and Taylor Creek In South Shore: Closed until July 1, 2000.

Caples Lake: Clear of ice; water is low. Brookies are slowly coming in around the dam area. Night crawlers in a bobber have been productive, and if you happen to see a 2-3-foot submarine cruising the shore, bring out your big tackle. Seems the Mackinaw are feeding in the same area. Last week, a 23.7-pound Mackinaw was caught and released. Also, a special note: The general store and boat launch is closed, but the restaurant is open certain days. For more information, call the Caples Resort at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lakes: Partially frozen, but my advice is DO NOT venture out on the ice. This is the third time it has frozen and then thawed. It only took three hours for the lake to thaw. Fish the shore if you must go.

Carson River East and West Fork: Closed.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Completely turned over. Water is clear and some good-sized rainbow have been caught using yellow power bait around the ramp or by the dam area.

Topaz Lake: Remember opening day is Jan. 1, and with all the large rainbow that were raised at the marina this year and released into the lake, there will be a lot of 3- to 8-pounders. Call this year.

Well, I hope this helps you on your next outing and don’t forget the Annual Mac-The-Naw Ice Fishing Derby in January. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, you can call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Leave a message and I will get back to you.

Good fishin’!


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