Ice fishing derby on for Saturday |

Ice fishing derby on for Saturday

Hello, fellow anglers! Well, are you all ready? The weather is cooperating and the Mac-The-Naw Ice Fishing Derby is on for Saturday.

Everyone interested will meet at Caples Lake at 8:30 a.m. There is only one change: In talking with Richard, the manager of the resort, he is allowing people to park down by the store (not in front of the resort), but by the launch area. As Richard told me, “I don’t want anyone getting a ticket parking too close to the highway because of snow removal.”

So we will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the store to get organized, then we will decide on where to go from there, and depart around 9 a.m. There will be plenty of augers to borrow if you don’t have one. No special gear is needed “except your new California fishing license.” Make sure you wear it, because I have invited my special friend, Dave Bazzone, California Department of Fish and Game warden. But if you have any questions on what to bring, call my voice mail at (775) 267-9722.

Now what is this derby about, and what does it cost, and what do I get?

First, to have fun, to get out and meet people, learn, and find a new winter sport.

Second, there is no entry fee. But if you want to buy a Naw hat to support Kids’ Fishing Day, or give a donation, then I say “fine.”

Third, the prizes have changed. Compliments of John Voss, owner of the Caples Lake Resort. First place for the lady angler and gentleman angler, a Mac-The-Naw hat, a guest appearance on the “Outdoor Recreation” TV show, and a $75 gift certificate good toward dinner for two or a lodging at Caples Lake Resort. Second-place for the lady angler and gentleman angler, a gift certificate for $25 twoard purchases at the resort.

Now for rules. Anyone can fish; only one fish will be allowed to be weighed in for each angler. Mackinaw are not allowed to be entered. If you want to leave early, you can still win. I will be taking names, phone numbers, and weights all day. But remember, you can only weigh-in one fish. At 1 p.m. prizes will be given out in front of the store, which will be open for anything you forgot or to get some freshly-made hot soup or sandwiches. Hope to see you all there.

One last helpful hint: Smelly jelly is the best attractant that I have ever used and the only place I know to get it is The Sportsman. So you best hurry before it’s all gone.

Now for those who won’t be joining us, where else to go fishing:

South Tahoe: When you can get out, top-lining for Mackinaw has been very productive in the rocky areas – Baldwin Beach or Cave Rock areas. Shore anglers, Cave Rock has produced some good-size rainbow in the 1.5- to 2.5-pound class, using night crawlers. For more information, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Blue Lakes: Snowmobile access only, or skis. Ice fishing is excellent, using almost any jig or bait.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Still iced over most of the lake, but there is accessibility on the north end by the dam. Early a.m., using spinners, Kastmasters, or night crawlers has been productive for good-size rainbow. For more information, call the Outdoor Fly Fishing Outfitters, at (530) 541-8208.

Topaz Lake: Slow for trollers. The water temperature has got down to 38 degrees as of Wednesday, which may contribute to the slow bite. Some shore anglers on the Nevada side by the boat ramp have caught some rainbow in the 1- to 1-1/2-pound class. For more information, call Topaz Landing Marina, at (775) 266-3550.

Now, let’s see what’s going on in our fly-fishing world.

This fly-fishing report is provided for you by Geoff Beer of Trout Creek Flies (775) 588-3310. Due to the rapidly changing weather of late it is best to call for the latest road and water conditions.

The Rosachii section of the East Walker River is fishing well with nymphs. Some patterns to try here include golden stonefly nymphs in sizes #6 or #8. A particular favorite of mine is the rubber-legged version of the golden stonefly nymph. Also be sure to try some midge nymphs; in particular the Larva Lace patterns were very effective the last time I was there. Tan, olive, amber, and clear are good colors to use. Fish are also being caught on small mayfly nymphs in sizes #18 and #20. Try using pheasant tails or hare’s ears.

On the sunny, calm days we have caught fish on dry flies. We used #18 – #20 parachute adams and adams midge patterns to take fish to 19 inches on a recent trip to this wonderful river.

Another great place to fly-fish these days is Pyramid Lake (north of Reno). Some excellent catches of cutthroat trout have been made with woolly buggers in black, purple and olive. The best places to try at Pyramid Lake are north of the “nets,” Warrior Point, and Block House.

When you pay for your day-use permit, ask for directions to these areas; they have some great maps of the lake that are free.

Soon the “North Pond” in Mason Valley Refuge near Yerington will open to fishing for the season. We will have a report on how it is very soon.

Our most recent meeting of the Tahoe chapter of Trout Unlimited was held last week. The guest speaker was Rick Robinson of the Tahoe Conservancy. He spoke about various projects being planned for the streams in the Tahoe Basin and welcomed T.U.’s involvement. We are currently building fish boxes (incubators) out of old coolers. Anyone who would like to donate a 48-quart cooler or some PVC pipe to the cause, please call me.

Our next meeting of T.U. will be at Sprout’s restaurant at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Come on out and get involved in improving our local streams.

Don’t forget the big fly-fishing show at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds Feb. 3 through 7. It is a perfect opportunity to see all the new gear for the new year. See you there. Tight lines, Geoff.

Well, I hope this helps to put you on fish. And if you have any questions on the Caples Lake Ice Derby, please call my voice mail at (775) 267-9722. I’ll get back to you all. Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Good fishin’!

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