Is it still winter, or is it spring?
Hello, fellow anglers. I just love and hate this time of year. You get the bug to go fishing, but you have to play the spring-time game with the weather.
Before we get to the fishing report, just wanted to remind you of the important day coming up at the end of May. To be more specific, May 31 and June 1 is the Lampe Park Free Kids’ Fishing Days in Douglas County. Starting Tuesday, registration will start at the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department on Waterloo Road. On this day, you can sign up your child and also buy raffle tickets.
For more information on this great event, you can e-mail KFDVolunteer@aol.com or call Trent Dowell at (775) 267-2724. Dowell can give you all the info you need for your child, and if you are a bigger child like me, you can ask how you can become a volunteer for this event.
Last year, there were more 2,000 kids, so you can see how being a volunteer is so important. Now let’s see what’s going on with our local waters:
CAPLES LAKE: Talking to John Voss, there still is 2 to 3 feet of ice on the lake. Many anglers still enjoying ice fishing. Most have been at the spillway, with a few venturing to the dam. Voss estimates that the lake will thaw sometime from the beginning to the middle of May. For more information, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.
RED LAKE: Reports from anglers are that fishing has been slow. They say the lake has 2 to 4 feet of ice on it. This is a report I received last week. Always use caution on all frozen bodies of water this time of year, and never go alone.
CARSON RIVERS, WOLF CREEK, SILVER CREEK: Open on April 26 for the 2008 season. Just remember, the last Saturday in April. The east Carson from Hangman’s Bridge downstream is open to catch and release, artificial lures and flies only.
TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK, THE UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All streams that run into Lake Tahoe on the South Shore DO NOT OPEN until July 1.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Last weekend, I counted one tent trailer, three RVs and three tents, and that was on the dam side. The campgrounds are set to open Tuesday. I only hope they have a plan this year to help with the bear problem. Last year, besides myself, I received 14 complaints from anglers about the radical bear problem they have in the campground area. I have talked with other resorts in the area, and they seem to have a solution to resolve the bear problem by 90 percent. They plan to spray the perimeter of the campground with ammonia and will spray again if there is a problem bear in the area.
Fishing was fair last week. Saw many anglers with nice fish from 12 inches to 3 pounds using powerbait or worms to trolling. See you Saturday, weather permitting.
TOPAZ LAKE: Linda Fields reports many anglers coming in with good fish. Fields said most were trolling rapalas, needlefish, or flashers with a worm. The lake is coming up and the ramp is open. No reports from shore anglers. For more information, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.
PYRAMID LAKE: Crosby Lodge reports biggest catch last week was 12.9 pounds, which was caught with a green spoon off shore at Pelican Beach. Two 11-pounders and two 10-pounders were also brought in. Remember, the nets area is still closed to fishing.
EAST WALKER RIVER: Special report from friend Russ Sterling of Indian Hills. Sterling and family fished the elbow from north to south and told me they threw various flies, powerbait and crawlers for a total of three days. The results from this trip were no bites and no fish. The only reason for this that I could see was the water had come up a little and the water still is real cold. Sterling and his family are seasoned trout anglers. If they were unsuccessful, I think I would wait a little longer until I venture up.
I hope this helps to put you on fish. If you get a photo of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be in the Naw Hall of Fame. If you have any questions about our fishing world, call (775) 267-9722.
Good fishin’ and tight lines.