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Fishing Corner: Massive trout catch breaks record at Topaz Lake

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
Patrick Prudhel, of Genoa, was trolling Topaz Lake and caught a record 14-pound, 9.5-ounce rainbow trout.
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Hello fellow anglers. I am here to tell you, Topaz Lake’s fishing this year was outstanding.

The weather on Jan. 1 surprised many anglers as we experienced some extreme winds as well as some good rain in the afternoon.

But for those who stuck it out, they were rewarded with a double rainbow.

My fishing partner Tom Blotter from Minden and I got on the lake at 6:30 a.m. We trolled the lake with Rapalas and jigs and by the end of the day, we had caught and released 39 trout up to 18 inches.

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Tom had a nice fish up to the boat which would have been in the 20-plus inch range, but unfortunately had a short distance release.

I counted a little over 325 shore anglers and 39 boats on the lake around 11 a.m. Everyone we spoke with had caught fish and spirits were high.

The rain that came in the afternoon did not dampen any spirits. We saw families, friends and met some new angler friends.

Tom and I kept our campers at the Topaz Landing Marina and moored the boat for three wonderful days of fishing. By the end of the trip we had caught and released 84 trout.

The fishing had been a little slower on the days before, but still very productive. On Jan. 2, Joe Lash from Carson City was shore fishing with his girlfriend Lisa Edmonds and caught a nice 9-pound, 2.25-ounce rainbow on Powerbait.

The big news was yet to come with Patrick Prudhel from Genoa.

Patrick was trolling the lake and caught a nice 14-pound, 9.5-ounce rainbow trout. This my fellow anglers may be the new Topaz Lake record.

With the 50,000 pounds of trout planted by NDOW and the holdovers in Topaz, this year is shaping up to be phenomenal for fishing.

The lake level has come up 5 feet as compared to last year’s opening day.

Topaz Lake offers camping (with and without hookups) and boat launching at the Douglas County Park on the north east side. The Topaz Landing Marina offers camping with full hookups, boat launch and mooring on the northwest side of the lake just behind the Topaz Lodge, they can be reached at 775-266-3550.

Anglers may use a valid California or Nevada fishing licence and can fish from shore or from a boat.

We saw anglers fishing from a sailboat, and even one local angler that drove his tractor down to the shore and fished. Now, even though the Topaz Lodge is not holding its annual fishing derby this year, you can bring your catch to the general store to have your fish weighed in and have your picture taken.

The store will have an angler “Wall of Fame” board showing off the catches from anglers. There will also be an angler bragging board with the top big fish weighed in to date.

If you need up to date fishing information, call or stop by the Topaz Lodge General Store. Their phone number is 775-266-3338.

For those that get on the Topaz Lodge “Wall of Fame,” you also have the chance to have your picture here in the Naw Hall of Fame.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. I hope to see you on the lake. If you have a picture of your catch, send it to sports@recordcourier.com.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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