Ice fishing heating up |

Ice fishing heating up

Hello fellow anglers. A very Merry Christmas to you all.

I won’t bore you with any stories. So you can go play with your new fishing tackle.

Red Lake is frozen and has 10 to 12 inches of ice on it. I ventured out last Saturday to check out the conditions. And, boy did I have fun. Between my friend Steve Lightfoot and myself, we caught seven Brook trout and one Rainbow in only three hours. What were we using, you may ask? Well, the only way this time that you’ll find out is to come up to Red Lake on Sunday. I will be there with friends at about 9 or 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. Even if you don’t have an auger (use mine). No special equipment is needed. Just bring what you would normally use at Red Lake (except trolling blades or your fly fishing pole). If you have any questions, call me at (702) 267-9722. The NAW line is always on.

Now, where can you go in South Lake Tahoe when you can get out? Rainbows are good from Stateline to the Cave Rock area using Rapalas – gold, silver or rainbow patterns. The Mackinaw have been good to fair around Ski Run area or Tahoe Keys to Baldwin Beach. Jigging still is your best bet with Krippled herrings , using two-ounce size whites or blue/silver patterns (with a live minnow on one hook). For more info, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Also 10-12 inches of ice. There has been many anglers on the ice, but no reports of any catches (Always use caution on any iced-over lake). And for your convenience, the Caples General Store will be open, just in case you need or forgot something. For more info, call the Resort at (209) 258-8888.

Blue Lakes: Snowmobile access only for ice fishing.

Indian Creek Reservation: Iced over. No fishing accessibility. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ICE FISH! Extremely unsafe.

Topaz Lake: Closed until Jan. 1. The lake is clear of ice. The water level is five feet from being full and the ramp will be open. For more info, call Topaz Landing at (775) 266-3550. See ya there …

Walker Lake: For those of you that don’t mind a drive. Anglers trolling at the Cliff area (which is just south of Sportsman’s Beach) have been producing three to four-pound Cutthroat trout using No. 2 Torpedoes in a green-sparkle pattern.

Pyramid Lake: Top-lining from Windless Bay to Warrior Point has been producing many Cutthroat, using a No. 2 or 3 green with black-dot Torpedoes. Most of my catches have been close to shore (around 25 to 30 feet) or there are three or four dropoffs from 30 to 55 feet. The fish are suspended right off the dropoffs. For more info, call the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at (530) 541-8220.

Speaking of fly fishing, let’s see what’s going on in our fly fishing world.

Fly fishing these days requires a drive, but the fishing has been worth it. Recent trips to the Rosachii section of the E. Walker River have been very successful. We have gathered a lot of bug specimens and tried to tie up some newer patterns to match them. When fishing trips are less frequent, I find it fun to spend some extra time at the vise creating new patterns to match the samples I collected on the previous trip; then trying them out the next time I get down to the river. When this works, it really increases my confidence in my fly-tying.

After noticing a lot of midge larvae in the water and collecting a few, we tied up some small tan and olive San Juan worm-style flies which caught some rainbows from 10″ to 17″.

The flows are fairly stable here this time of year, but the water is so cold the most consistent technique is to short-line nymph fish with weight on the leader.

The golden stone fly nymphs are becoming more abundant in the river now. The largest fish of the week, a 23″ brown, was caught on a No. 6 rubber-legged golden stone fly nymph. It’s time to get to the vise and tie up a few of these before the next trip.

Pyramid Lake is also worth the drive these days. It usually fishes the best when the weather is nasty. Some very large fish are being caught in the North Nets area.

The setup to use here is a full sinking-shooting head line; cast out as far as you can. Be sure it sinks to the bottom and strip it back in to you. The leader should be three to five feet long with a dark-colored fly tied to the end. Twelve to 20″ above this is tied a light-colored fly. Purple, black, olive, white, crystal are all good colors to experiment with when tying up some woolly buggers.

For more information about anything here or about our new Tahoe chapter of Trout Unlimited, please call Geoff at (775) 588-3310.

The chapter is steadily growing in members and is hoping to increase its involvement in the local watershed issues. Unfortunately, bad weather canceled our work on Taylor Creek with STHS students. More on this later. The next T.U. meeting will be on Thursday, Jan 21. at Sprouts at 7:30 p.m. SEE YOU THERE! Happy holidays to all.

Well, I hope this helps to put you on fish and I hope to see some of you come up to Red Lake on Sunday to ice fish or to see what it’s all about. Hopefully my friend Weedimeyer will show up. Remember any questions or comments, call the NAW line at (702) 267-9722.

Good fishin’.

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