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Free grub, stocked streams: Anglers, it must be opening day

Hello, fellow anglers! This time of year is special to all who fish. Yes, I’m talking about the California stream openers.

As of Saturday at approximately 5:03 a.m., the East and West Fork Carson River, Silver Creek, Markleeville Creek and all streams in California are open (with the exception of streams leading into Lake Tahoe, i.e. Taylor Creek, Trout Creek and the Truckee River; these open on July 1).

But for the Alpine County streams, get ready. The California Department of Fish and Game has been stocking heavily all week. The waters are good and clear and for a change, the weather is cooperating.



Also, as a tradition for the openers, is the annual Naw-B-Que, at the East Fork Carson River Resort, about two miles past Markleeville. Like every year, I invite all to come share stories, relax, and if you bring me one trout cleaned, preferably filleted, I will use my recipe and cook your lunch, along with country potatoes. Furnishing your own beverage is the only “catch.” The Naw-B-Que will start at noon and end when there is no more fish to cook. Come enjoy, relax, or come to have your picture taken for the Outdoor Recreation TV show. And the largest fish weighed in at the Naw-B-Que will receive a hat and his or her picture in the Tahoe Daily Tribune. I hope to see new friends and old friends.

Now let’s find out other fishing conditions.




South Tahoe: Mackinaw action is good for drifting minnows off of the peninsula in front of Ski Run Boulevard. Shore anglers, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has planted rainbow trout at the Cave Rock area.

For those who want to top line a rapala this also is a good area, using a #5 or #7 rainbow or black/gold pattern from Cave Rock to Logan Shoals. For more information, call Rick or Jack at The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Frozen and not safe to ice fish, and as of last Tuesday, no open shoreline to fish. With the warm weather, shore fishing should be available in one or two weeks. The general store is not open at this time. For update information, call Richard at the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

Blue Lakes: The road is still closed approximately five miles in, but there is still access to the West Fork of the Carson River and camping along Blue Lakes Road.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Recently planted with rainbow trout, fishing has been good near the dam area using yellow or green power bait. Inflated night crawlers also have been productive. This might be a good getaway from the streams on first light Saturday morning.

Topaz Lake: Boaters trolling flashers and a night crawler still are the best ticket, mainly on the south end. Some limits have been coming in for those spending most of the day. Shore anglers averaging two fish per rod, again, on the south end using inflated night crawlers.

Special note: Monitor Pass is open for those who might want to jump over from the East Carson River. Any more information, call Chuck at the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

Now for all you fly-anglers, let’s see what’s going on:

The weather is staying on the cool side and that should make for a decent opener! We have a few great things happening this season, one of which should help out one of our favorite fisheries.

The East Carson River from Hangman’s Bridge downstream to the state line will now be catch-and-release with a limit of zero. The other fishery that will change its regulations is the Little Truckee River. There will now be a size limit enforced that will allow the taking of two fish up to 14 inches; all fish more than 14 inches must be released. It seems like things are moving in the right direction as far as improving some of our fisheries for the catch-and-release fishermen. Hopefully in the future we can create a few more pieces of water, a little closer to Tahoe, for catch-and-release.

For those who are heading out for the opener this weekend I would try the edge of the East Carson River as well as the West Carson River. I think the West should fish better than it has in years. Stick to streamers and stonefly nymphs for the most part and maybe some small baetis nymphs as well. The East Walker in California should be better than ever if the flows stay down where they are right now. Golden stonefly nymphs, baetis nymphs and caddis emergers will do well for the subsurface. For dries, I would use blue wing olives, stimulators or elk hair caddis in the evening.

Any of the small streams might be worth a try since runoff hasn’t gotten out of control as of yet. Markleeville Creek, Upper East Carson, Upper West Carson and maybe even Forestdale or Charity creeks. The lakes that are thawed will be worth a shot – Indian Creek, Spooner Lake, Summit Lake, Scotts Lake and Topaz Lake. Spooner has been fishing outstandingly for the past couple of weeks and you can do well from shore or a float tube. Try using crystal buggers, midge pupas, leeches and prince nymphs with an intermediate fly line.

The fly-fishing should be good for the general opener, so take out the rods and have some fun! For more information on any of these waters, please contact Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters will be offering beginning fly-fishing lessons starting this weekend as well as a fly-tying class starting on the May 4. So if you have a hard time on the water this weekend and you need a little help, stop by the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across from Safeway and next to the Timbercove Lodge, or phone (530) 541-8208.

Remember to check your regulations; there are some changes, i.e. East Fork Carson River, East Walker River. I hope this helps to put you on fish. Please drive safely and use extreme caution this weekend. There will be many anglers hopping from spot to spot. Slow down, enjoy. Come to the Naw-B-Que, show me your fish, and you may be in the Naw Hall of Fame. If you have any questions or comments, you can call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.

And don’t forget to wear your license in plain view above your waist.

Good fishin’!


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