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Drought taking toll on fishing

Hello, fellow anglers.

Yes, we are on a very rough drought situation. We all need to conserve water. We can do this, but our rivers, streams and reservoirs cannot. Our rivers, including East/West Carson rivers, are down to the extreme. I have heard that this is the worst drought since the 1800s.

Please, let’s all conserve water. Even though we get a little thunderstorms with some rain, that is still not enough. As an example, I have 15 trees in my sanatorium, a place I can go to, a 20 by 20 deck, for peace. Two of my 50-foot trees are showing the stress of drought.



Not only our trees do we need to be concerned about, but ourselves. When outdoors make sure you carry or have access to water. Soda pop is not a substitute. You need to hydrate your body with good fluids; be smart, stay cool and drink water.

Now for a fishing report:



South Shore: In talking to Jim at The Sportsman, fishing is good. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you where. I guess by Cave Rock to Emerald Bay. The only thing Jim could tell me is kokanee are in 40-60 feet. I would say that they are from the Camp Richardson area to the mouth of Emerald Bay.

Brown and rainbow action is good, using lead core around the Logan Shoals area (four colors). Using a needle fish this week, a 7-pound-14-ounce rainbow was caught. For more information, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH. Ask for Rick.

Caples Lake: Low but still doing great for brook and rainbow trout. Shore anglers doing good by the dam, or on the big rock near the spillway. Trollers using flashers in the 25- to 55-foot depths are limiting out. For more information, call the Caples Store at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lake: Fishing is very slow. No real reports of any action except for camping.

East/West Carson rivers: Both have been planted with good-sized rainbow. Waters are very low, but still fishable. Salmon eggs with a night crawler have been very productive. As of Wednesday, I spoke to the Carson River Resort and it was pouring so hard I could not hear Rick on the other end. This was a godsend. We all need some good rain. For more information, call the Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Algae blooms. Very extensive. But fishing is good for long liners – meaning the ability to cast beyond the weed line. Note: Using sunglasses that are Polaroid will enhance your ability to cast in the proper distance.

A special note before our fly-fishing world: Many of you saw on the news of the tragic devastation on the Carson River at a place called the Mexican Ditch, east of Carson, where the waters were so low that 940 pounds of fish lost their lives. We must all hope for a good, strong and safe winter.

Courtesy of Victor E. Babbitt’s insight, let’s see what’s going on in the fly-fishing world:

Fly Fishing Report Supplied by Victor E. Babbitt

Float Tubin’ is were it’s at! Dust off the old tube and launch at your favorite lake, river fishing’s getting tough! It’s time to get back into the Stillwater fly-fishing mode with the sinking line and a lot of subsurface patterns. Some of the better places lately have been Indian Creek Reservoir, Red Lakes, Caples Lake, Spooner Lake and Burnside Lake. Another one to try is Crater Lake with its numerous Brookies and 4-wheel drive access.

You can fish from shore or take a tube for a bit better access. Matukas, Prince Nymphs and Damsel Nymphs will work great! If you fish Caples Lake, fish the dam area or over at the Woods Creek inlet with Prince Nymphs, Calibaetis Nymphs or Hares Ear Nymphs, Wooly Buggers and the Little Rainbow Trout Pattern. If the fish are rising, try Parachute Adams, Beetles or Hopper Patterns. Clear sinking lines have been doing well!

If you can get past the weeds, Spooner Lake is fishing well from the middle area. Try the same patterns listed above. Backcountry fly-fishing is also worth a shot! Try Heather or Suzy Lakes out of the Lily Lake Trail head or access the Velma’s from the Bay view trailhead. If you want a different experience try hiking into Raymond Lake and try for some of the Golden Trout.

For those of you who just can’t fish the still waters, the Carson River has been OK in the evenings with Caddis Flies. The Truckee River is about the only thing that is actually fishing really well at this time.

Fish the section from Town down to the Herschdale area.Stonefly Nymphs, Caddis Pupas and Streamers for the subsurface and Stimis, Chernobyl Ants and that sort for the surface action. On occasion the Little Truckee River has been doing well in the afternoon with a PMD hatch from about 2-4 pm. I’d say definitely worth checking out!

If you do not own your own Float Tube, I would suggest picking one up if you plan to do any fishing in the late summer. The flows on our rivers are getting worse by the day and I can’t imagine them staying good mush longer. As for the lakes though, they should fly fish well through the rest of the year. Also don’t forget about Heenan Lake, which will be opening at the beginning of September. The way it is looking it should be decent fishing!

If you would like further information on these fisheries or any others in our local area, please give us a call at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and we can set you up with anything you might need to get into the fish. We also offer fly fishing lessons and guide trips to some of the better waters in our area! We are located at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (across from Safeway and nest to the Timbercove Lodge) and we can be reached by phone at (530) 541-8208. Please Remember to catch and release ALL of your wild trout!

Good luck in your outdoor fishing adventures, and if you have a photo of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Attention: Mac-The-Naw/Sports, and any questions or comments you have, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!


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