Lake Havasu beckons
By Doug Busey
Tribune fishing writer
Hello, fellow anglers.Not much going on, except great weather. There are a couple things to tell you that might perk you up a bit.
On Feb. 21-24 the Rocky Mountain Elk Camp will be in Reno and on March 9, you can turn your clocks ahead one hour, the start of Daylight Savings Time. The Naw is going back to Lake Havasu, Ariz., on May 14 to fish for monster catfish and striped bass. There, however, are some stipulations for me on this trip. I am not allowed to leave the boat unless we are at the dock or the marina. No more snake adventures for me.
Let’s check out our local waters for fishing conditions:
LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis informed me that Mackinaw action has been excellent, the best it has been in two months. He has been limiting at Cal/Neva and Dollar Point in 80 to 250 feet of water. St. Denis has been trolling a dodger and a minnow with a longer leader. Average catch has been 2 to 6 pounds. He told me the fish have been full of Kokanee and crawdads. Toplining from Ski Run Area to the Nub has produced a 6-pound brown and a 5-pound rainbow, as well as an estimated 18-pound, 38-inch Mackinaw on a No. 18 rapala with black and silver pattern. Shore fishing at Cave Rock has been real slow due to the change in weather. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.
CAPLES LAKE: There is a lot of snow up there. Richard from the resort told me the lake has 1 foot of hard compacted snow on top of 3 to 4 feet of ice. He has seen many anglers go out, but no one has reported back in with their catch. If you want rainbow and brook trout, go to the spillway area. If you want Mackinaw trout, fish off of the dam. Maybe I’ll see you up there this weekend. For more info, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.
RED LAKE: I have not been here for two weeks. I have two reports: One is from an angler from Woodfords who went up to ice fish on Feb. 3. He saw a 10-foot berm from the parking area, turned around and went home. Last Sunday, an angler from Markleeville said he and his friends went up the previous day and there were about 20 people fishing. Many of those anglers had a couple of fish after working hard to get them.
EAST FORK CARSON RIVER: As many know, the portion of the river from Hangman’s Bridge down to the Nevada state line is open all year. With special regulations, barbless hook, artificial lures (flies only) and zero limit. When I passed the bridge on Sunday, one angler obviously needed to reread the regulations. He was cited for a barbed hook on his fly. Just a word to the wise, wardens are watching. Also a reminder, the Carson River Resort is now open all year if you just want to get away. For more info, call (530) 694-2229
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: All I can say is WOW. In the 20-plus years I have fished this lake, this was a first. Renee and I went up there last Sunday to find a sign that read “Road Closed” on the Diamond Valley entrance. We drove around to the airport entrance, which is clear all the way to the airport. As soon as reach the airport, the yellow divider line disappeared into a snow bank. No getting in there either. As we drove back slowly, I could see from the ranger’s station that the lake still was frozen, but it did have a few light blue areas, showing where it was thinning. I will let you know when you can get in without snow shoes or a snow mobile.
TOPAZ LAKE DERBY RESULTS WEEK 6: First place and $50 went to Patty June from Placerville with a 3.11-pound rainbow; second place and $25 went to Jess Merrithew of Wellington with a 3.7-pound rainbow. Nadia Darancette of Minden caught a 3-pound rainbow with $250 tag on it.
TOPAZ LAKE: Talking to Linda Fields, the fishing has slowed down a bit. Most anglers have caught a few but not like it has been. As of last weekend, the marina launch is open for small boats, 14 to 16 foot shallow drawn boats. The marina is open 8 to 5 daily. If you don’t have a boat, then you can rent one. If you do go to the marina and no one is there, reach Chuck or Linda on their mobile phone at (775) 266-3550.
PYRAMID LAKE: Warning, the two-week derby is still going on and more than 200 boats are expected. So far, the leader is Lisa Stevens of Eureka, Calif., with a 12.12-pound cutthroat trout. It was caught early a.m. at Hell’s Kitchen.
MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE AREA: Located out of Yerington in Wabuska. Opened last week. On Hinkson slough, one fly angler caught and released 30 rainbows 8 to 12 inches on a sheep creek fly. The cooling ponds have been producing 8- to 12-inch catfish on chicken livers.
Hope this helps to put you on the fish. Remember if you get a picture of your catch, E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be in the Naw Hall of Fame. This will automatically enter you for a grand prize drawing at the end of the year. If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Leave a message and I will get back to you.
Good fishin’ and tight lines.
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