Fishing ‘heats up’ for Memorial Day weekend |

Fishing ‘heats up’ for Memorial Day weekend

Doug Busey, Tribune Fishing Writer

Hello, fellow anglers. I made it back from Lake Havasu, Ariz., with all parts attached. But let me tell you, if there ever was a time to complain about the weather, this was it.

It was just too hot.

The temperature on Saturday was 110 degrees and Sunday it climbed to an unbearable 115 degrees. This gives true meaning to the song line “It’s too hot to fish. So happy to be home.”

Let’s check out what’s going on for the Memorial Day weekend. First, remember that there will be as many people walking from spot to spot as there will be people driving. Let’s slow it down a bit and enjoy this great holiday. Remember to check with local authorities on fire restrictions. And keep the alcohol to the camping area.

LAKE TAHOE: The toplining h as been slow due to the “W.” With cooler temperatures and calmer days, the bite should pick up. Best areas are Logan Shoals, Nevada Beach, Cave Rock and Ski Run to Regan Beach. Mackinaw action has been good in the early a.m., meaning the good bite is over by 9:30 a.m. Dollar Point and the Ski Run shelf areas have been most productive. Try the usual dodger and a minnow, or a down rigger with flatfish lure, fishing in 80-to-280 feet of water. Average Mac has been 1-to-6 pounds, with a 7-and a 9-pounder coming in last week. Shore fishing at Cave Rock has been real slow. Should pick up by this weekend with the recent plant of 5,000 rainbows. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.


CAPLES LAKE: The ice has melted and the marina will open this Friday. The water is low and coming up 6 inches a day. Only 16-foot boats or smaller are recommended for right now. If you don’t have a boat, then they have rentals. The hours of the general store and marina are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. For more info, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: The lake is thawed and some anglers have caught good-sized brook trout on worms and small spinners. Gold Kastmaster lures work well at this lake. Remember there is no camping allowed at this lake – day use only.

BLUE LAKES: I spoke with Tami of the Alpine County Public Works last Tuesday. The previous weekend the lake had thawed a little and then refroze. The road is open to the third gate, and they do plan to open the road to the lake on Friday. Just a note: The lower campground will be completely open, with the exception of two spots that are still covered in snow. The county road to upper Blue Lakes will be open, but due to snow the campground will not be. This is controlled by the forest service. Remember, this report is all contingent upon weather conditions. If you plan to go up there, dress very warm. The lower Blue Lakes road campground is open and you better get there early.

CARSON RIVERS EAST & WEST: The California Department of Fish and Game planted both rivers this week with 8-to-13-inch trout. The Alpine County Fish Commission has also planted some nice trophy rainbows. In talking to Todd at the Carson River Resort, he suggests trying the following in order: salmon eggs, worms, then powerbait. For the fly angler, Chad said that the water was a little high and murky, but a black wooly bugger is the key ticket. With the colder night temperatures the water should clear up a little more. The resort also will be open for all you need, all you forgot, and unfortunately, all you lost. Call the guys at the Carson River Resort at (877) 694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Waters are still low, but fishing is fair. If you plan to camp, do not forget to bring along a squirt bottle of ammonia to spray around your camp area to deter bears. If you place food in your vehicle, make sure the windows are up and spray around each door.

TOPAZ LAKE: Linda Fields reports a lot of jet skiers and a few anglers. Most anglers have ventured out in the early morning until about 10 a.m. to avoid the Skidoo rush. Blades and a needle fish or night crawlers have been the most productive, but you must go deep. For more information, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

JUNE 7: This is a California free fishing day. Also, this is the annual Sawmill Pond Kids’ Fishing Derby. This year, I have some very exciting news about Sawmill Pond, which I will share with you in an exclusive Sawmill Pond article next week. Right now, I am asking for all of the original High Mountain Anglers to join me at this year’s event. Please call me to let me know if you can attend.

I hope this helps to put you on the fish. If you capture a photo of your catch, send it to or drop it off at the Tribune office. If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the NAW-LINE at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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