Labor Day weekend promises to be big for anglers |

Labor Day weekend promises to be big for anglers

Column by Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers and welcome to Labor Day weekend.

Please be patient in all that you do, there area a lot of people venturing to the same same things you are doing.

Just remember, you have no time clock to punch (like most of us), so you’ll get where you’re going when you get there.

Now people have been asking about my last article: “Keep an eye on your pole.” Well, here is why. Three weeks ago, Jerry Baker and I went to little Washoe Lake in Nevada to catfish. As I’m standing there with my pole out, Jerry said to me, “You have a bit.” I looked around to see my pole sliding across the grass. As I reached for it, the pole sped up. Next thing you know all I could see is my reel speeding across the water (like a cartoon), then it was gone. After I removed the dumbfounded look on my face, I realized that it was my Shimano reel and Shakespeare Ugly Stick that just took off. So I went in after it. Five or 10 minutes later, Jerry came in to help. Then I felt something hit my leg. As I reached down I felt the line. I gave one end to Jerry and I pulled in the other end. All at once Jerry yells out, “I found your pole,” and then a giant catfish jumps out of the water. I retrieved the fish and started back to shore. All I could say to everybody was: “Sorry.” The catfish was 27 inches long and wasn’t happy I found him.

Lesson to be learned: Always hold onto your pole.

Now, where’s the fishing hot or not:

South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action still is hot, but jigging Krippled Herrings using silver or white pattern with a live minnow on one hook around the Keys area or Ski Run area. Rick from the Sportsman caught a 17-pound Mackinaw last Monday. Top lining with rapalas from Cave Rock to Deadman’s Point has also been good. Kokanee action has been spotty to slow. Using large blades with a Kokanee bug on a wedding ring with a piece of white corn has been the best approach in 65 to 90 feet of water using a dowrigger or lead core line (10 colors). Shore anglers have been doing good at Cave Rock using nite crawlers. For more information, phone the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Trollers doing very well early a.m. to about 1 p.m. using medium blade and nite crawlers. Shore angling fair to good with powerbait or nite crawlers. For more information, phone the Caples store at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lake: Or now as some people call it, Green Lake; the algae has tanekn over the majority. Fishing is slow.

Blue Lakes: waters are down, but some limits are coming in by the launch area or by the rocky area past the campground. Powerbait or worms from Short Wave have been the most productive. Lures have turned off. Trollers have been doing well with rapalas (small) or blades or nite crawlers. Correction: There are no shower facilities at Blue Lakes.

Carson River River West Fork: River is way down. The best areas are around Swenson’s downstream using panther martins or Kastmasters.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Also has a lot of algae. The best area to fish is on the dam side. The water is considerably deeper and less prone to green slime, but fishing has been slow.

Topaz Lake: Very early morning, a few fish have come in on trolling. Flasher blade and a nite crawler almost on the bottom. Then the skiers come out So head for shore and fish. It’s safer. Now, if you’re still there at noon Sunday, head for the Topaz Fire Station behind the casino and above the marina. The Topaz Lake Volunteer Firefighter will be holding the annual barbecue fund-raiser with more food than you can eat. Raffles and an auction (one year, I got a guided hunt, with dogs, for pheasant for only $45), so you never know. A live band for dancing and enjoyment. For information on the barbecue, call fire chief Bob Gable at (755) 266-3634. For information on fishing, call Chuck Fields at (775) 266-3550. Hope to see you there.

I hope this helps you on where to go or not to. Before I go, two notes to put on the calendar: Sept. 17-19: Alpine County Family Fishing Derby at Caples Lake; and Sept. 25 is California Free Fishing Day.

And, as always, if you have pictures of your catch, drop them off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, attn: Mac-The-Naw. Or if you have any questions, you can call the Naw-Line at (775) 267-9722. Leave a message. I’ll get right back to you. (Please leave your number slowly.) Sorry. there have been a few I could not understand. Have fun. Enjoy. And please be and act safe.

Good Fishing

Scheduled plants by CDFG:

Burnside Lake

Caples Lake

Blue Lakes upper/lower

Alpine Lake

East Carson River

West Carson River

Markleeville Creek

Mosquito Lake upper/lower

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