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Fishermen turn back the clock

Doug (Mac-the-Naw) Busey

Hello, fellow anglers.

Sorry I’ve been away, but I’ve had a bad bug this last week. Now I would like to share a story with you.

In 1969, two young men met at their new junior high school. They became very close friends over the years because of similar interests such as fishing.

These two lived about a mile apart but would meet somewhere between their homes several times a week, tie up their gear and ride five miles to one lake and eight miles another on their bikes. And this was after school.

They went on camping trips to various places with their families, fishing for trout, stripped bass, catfish, blue gill, large-mouth bass, and a lot more. As one told me, he still can remember fishing for big catfish in Tahoe Keys when there were no houses there. They would fish right there on the 15th street bridge at what is now called Light house Shores, where the lake comes into the keys. He remembers about the west fork of the Carson River, where they would be dropped off while mom and dad would go back into town to shop. Then they would get picked up five hours later and go home.

Both of these gentleman can remember fishing on Sawmill Pond together in South Lake Tahoe. After they both graduated in 1976, they drifted apart, not seeing each other or even knowing where the other had moved. Thirty years later, the two friends finally found out where each had moved to. One of the men is Mike Kunz, who had moved to Arcata, Calif., several hundred miles away, had nice family and had settled down.

The other moved 20 miles away to nearby Minden. On Aug. 10, they decided to go fishing together.

They met at Cave Rock at 6 a.m. and went out with Gene St. Denis. Kunz and his two boys, Gabe and Aaron, and yours truly had the best reunion an angler can imagine. Everyone caught fish and talked about the old times.

But the best part is the next day when we all gathered at my house and had barbecue mackinaw for lunch. His family and mine, including fathers, mothers, sons and grandchildren. Now there are plans to go ice fishing and deep sea fishing.

A “reel” good ending or is it a good beginning? Now let’s check out our local fishing conditions:

LAKE TAHOE: Report from Blue Ribbon Charters. Rainbow and brown action has been slow due to water temperatures. The mackinaw action has been very good, average sizes 3-to-7 pounds, with one at 12 pounds. Best areas have been Dollar, Sugar Pine or the Cal/Neva Point. Trolling in 150 to 380 feet of water with dodgers and minnow right on the bottom. For more info, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Fishing has been good for planter rainbows. A few weeks ago KPUD planted 4, 000 fish with 40 percent of them being of trophy quality. And they are still there, except for a 7-pound rainbow that was caught by the spillway area on a silver kastmaster lure. Special note: The El Dorado Irrigation District has closed the entire area around the lake to camping. I feel it is probably because of the trash issue. You can still camp at the campgrounds across from the resort. For more info, call the Caples Lake store at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Fishing has been good to slow. Early in the morning has been productive on power bait off of the dam. Anglers catching mainly brook trout.

BLUE LAKES: Both lakes have been planted this week with rainbow trout. Fishing has been good to very good for average sized rainbows.

CARSON RIVERS: Both have been planted with average sized rainbow ( 8-to-14 inches). The west fork has been good producing smaller fish. East fork has been more productive on the larger fish. Larry Peterson caught a 4.9 and a 2.8 pound rainbow on a floating Rapala. And now for the fish story of the week. An unnamed angler was fishing with his son and caught a 7-pound rainbow. When he cleaned the fish, three small handfuls of gravel came out of the fish. He looked at his son and said “I told you they were feeding off the bottom.”

INDIAN CREEK: Beware of the yellow jackets, they are much worse than in years past. The lake is still up and still mossy. No fish reports recently.

TOPAZ LAKE: In talking to Linda Fields at the marina, the fishing has been slow to nothing. The area is pretty smoky as of last Tuesday night. But for some good news, there are dry camping spots available on the jettys in front of the marina. Meaning, no power or camp fires. For more info, call Topaz Marina at 775-266-3550.

PYRAMID LAKE: Still closed but will reopen on Oct. 1.

HEENAN LAKE: Will open Sept. 1. Remember special rules and regulations apply. Catch and release only, barbless hooks, artificial lures or flies only. The lake is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from sunrise to sunset. You may use a boat on the lake, but you must carry it up and down to the water. There is no ramp and you can’t use gasoline motors. Electric motors are allowed.

THE ALPINE COUNTY FISH COMMISSION will be planting various places in area with trophy-sized rainbow trout. They will be planting this week as well as next week. This is to ensure everyone who fishes Alpine County can come home with a big fish story, with the exception of Don Quilici, or at least a very happy memory. Mainly they will be planting both the Carson River and Markleeville Creek.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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