Fishing outing made this birthday extra special |

Fishing outing made this birthday extra special

Column by Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. The weather may be iffy, but fishing has been productive.

Let me tell you of a special birthday party I attended last Saturday at Indian Creek Reservoir for Minden resident Steve Lightfoot, my compadre of fishing and Dollar Donator (another story).

Four of us ventured to the lake to enjoy a good day of fishing and friendship – myself, Greg Lightfoot, Brad Roland and Lightfoot. We all started at approximately 8:30 a.m. and throughout the morning it was like eenie meanie miney moe as to which pole got the next bite. I must say, though, Greg with his two-pole stamp was quite busy. Greg received five bites to my one. But we all caught good fish. It took me until 12:30 p.m. or so before I could get my chair out. That is how exciting the day was. The trout were biting on night crawlers, rainbow or yellow power bait. All of the fish caught were 14 inches-plus, with the exception of one 18-1/4 inches.

Now for you anglers who come in the back way, via Diamond Valley Road – the road is extremely muddy in some parts. Please drive slowly so as not to rut the road or lose control. It is slippery, even at slow speeds. There is an alternative on State Route 89 between Woodfords and Markeleeville. This will provide you a paved road 90 percent of the way. And for many of us who have never seen the lake frozen, you would not believe the lake is only open by one-third. The rest of the lake is under ice and snow. Weather permitting, I will be there Friday – come and say hi.

Now other places to go fishing:

South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action has been great for average 3- to 5-pounders all over the South Shore, jigging and trolling. There was a private derby last Saturday. Many boats reported 10 or more Macs. Rainbow and brown action has also been productive. The best areas are Dead Man’s Point to Logan Shoals, or the entrance or mouth of Emerald Bay. For more information, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Ice fishing. Two feet of ice, plus, as reported, many anglers have told me of good luck at the dam area, using night crawlers or salmon eggs. I did receive one unconfirmed report of an angler (Buzz McClelland) of South Lake Tahoe, who caught 13 Mackinaw and four brown trout, jigging near the dam. I am still waiting for the photos. We will see. For more information, call the Caples Resort at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lake. Ice fishing, 2 feet of ice. Anglers fishing close to shore in 5-to-8 feet of water have had good success with brook trout using night crawlers just under the ice.

Carson River East/ West, Trout Creek, Taylor Creek, Truckee River (South Shore), Wolfe Creek, Silver Creek all closed to fishing.

Topaz Lake: Fish still very slow for shore anglers. But trollers have had some good-to-fair success. Last week Roger Lantz caught a 6-pound, 10 3/4-ounce rainbow trolling blades and a crawler on the south end. And before that, Bill Bohlin of Walker, Calif., caught a 5-pound 10 1/2-ounce Eagle Lake trout trolling a brown streamer fly.

Both of these fish were the product of the fish that were raised by the Topaz Marina, and I can tell you, there is a lot more most likely bigger in Topaz from this project. For more information, call Chuck or Linda Fields at Topaz Marina, at (775) 266-3550.

Well, I hope this puts you onto fish and don’t forget your camera. If you have a photo, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Attention: Mac-The-Naw. If you have any questions or comments, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!

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