Don’t become an ice fishing statistic
Hello, fellow anglers. The snake man is here to give you a small fishing report from our local areas.
I have to start with a call I received from an angler from Kirkwood. He told me about how Kirkwood Lake has some ice covering it and he was eager to ice skate and fish.
The angler had told me that he was going that weekend. This was last weekend. I would like to educate all on the dangers of ice-covered waters.
This time of year we get ice and thaw over and over again. The ice on Alpine County lakes is very unstable this time of year. As we saw over the last two weeks, we had below-freezing temperatures that covered Red Lake with 1/2-to-1 inch of ice as well as Kirkwood Lake. And now you see that the temperatures have dramatically risen.
I will keep you informed with all of my connections from the locals of the area. I’ll pass on when it will be safe to venture out on certain bodies of water to ice fish or to skate.
I do not want to write about anyone unless you are holding your catch. A stringer of five nice fish is not worth a trip to the hospital or even worse, losing your life.
There are many qualified shops in our area to call to find out the conditions of certain lakes and their ice conditions. Here are just a couple: Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888, The Sportsman at (775) 542-FISH, or you can call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.
I have looked back in my journals over the years, and only two out of the past 10 years have I felt safe enough to tell people they could ice fish before Christmas. Some may call me way too cautious, but you are still here to fish aren’t you?
Let’s check out the local conditions on our higher lakes in Alpine County:
SILVER LAKE: As of 10 days ago, the lake was icing over. Now the lake has thawed again. No fishing reports.
CAPLES LAKE: Talking to the general manager, Richard told me the lake looks like it does in June. In fact, at 9 p.m. on Monday, it was 45 degrees. There is only snow on some of the higher peaks with very little around the lake. The water level has dropped approximately 20 feet. Anyone that wanted to take a small boat out would have to hand carry it a ways – even a canoe or a kayak is a workout. Some anglers have come up on the weekends and have fished at the spillway, but no one has reported anything. The resort plans to open for lodging Dec. 16 to Dec. 20, and hopefully there will be ice fishing. For reservations or general info, call (209) 258-8888.
RED LAKE: Reports of great fishing a little over a week ago until the ice came. Anglers have told me of many large cutthroat trout being caught. Then the weather changed and the lake began to ice over. But as of last Tuesday, the lake had thawed out. This weekend might be good for shore fishing, but we need to wait on the ice fishing.
ALL RIVERS AND STREAMS IN ALPINE COUNTY: Closed to fishing except for the east fork of the Carson River, which is open all year to angling. Remember that the stretch of water from Hangman’s Bridge down to the Nevada state line is open. There are restrictions: zero limit, artificial lures or flies only. No bait fishing is allowed. There now are a few more rivers open all year to fish. For more information, call the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at (530) 541-8208.
INDIAN CREEK: I attempted to fish there three weeks ago, only to find out that fishing is now a new learning experience for me with my disability. I can do some basic bait fishing, but my fly fishing will have to wait. Fishing was very good, though. Using yellow or red power bait, or night crawlers, some anglers did well with Kastmasters from shore fishing from the dam.
TOPAZ LAKE: Will open in 26 days. Hope to see you there.
I hope this helps to educate the new anglers to the area and remind the seasoned anglers about how quick the area can change. If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Leave a message and I will call you back ASAP. Good fishin’ and tight lines.