Good weekend for fishing |

Good weekend for fishing

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
Courtesy photo

Hello fellow anglers. It is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer fun. The fishing action is picking up around our local area as well as surrounding areas.

Just ask Ken and Annette Oberson, of Gardnerville, Nev. The couple took a trip to New Melones Reservoir, Calif., on May 15 to do some crappie fishing. When they arrived early, they decided to do a little bass fishing. Annette was tossing a plastic bait called a Weenie while Ken assembled their large net, just in case they get the big one. Annette thought she had caught the bottom when Ken noticed that the bottom was swimming away. In fact, it was actually a large fish. Ken maneuvered the boat to allow Annette to fight and play the fish out. About 45 minutes later, Ken netted what was on the other end of her line. A 15-pound large mouth bass, 29 inches long with a 23-inch girth. It was all done using an 8-pound Stren line and a lot of patience, experience and team work. There are more big fish stories in this article.

LAKE TAHOE: Best areas have been Dollar and Sugar Pine points. Fishing 130 to 200 feet of water right on the bottom with a flasher and a live minnow. Gene St. Dennis reported mackinaw in the 2-to 5-pound class with a few in the 7-to 12-pound class. Anglers are having fair success drifting live minnows near Cave Rock in 50 to 150 feet of water, or look for the rock pile north of the Cave Rock launch. For more info call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.


SILVER LAKE: The ramp is open and some nice mackinaws have been brought in at 2-to 5-pounds. Shore anglers are doing fair using powerbait or night crawlers.

CAPLES LAKE: The El Dorado Irrigation District boat launch is open on the north end of the lake. The Caples lake general store and boat launch is also open. TJ, JP, Jesse and Heather from the U.S. Virgin Islands rented a boat this week and caught a nice 14-inch rainbow. Ken Hucthinson (the front desk manager of Kirkwood Lodge) caught a 12-pound and a 7-pound mackinaw a couple weeks ago, but would not disclose the location. Shore fishing is good if you do not mind a hike down to the Woods Creek area. The lake is close to capacity and will stay that way through most of the year. For more info call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

BLUE LAKES ROAD: Open to the fourth gate, which is 7.4 miles in.


BURNSIDE LAKE: The road is now open. I have not received any fishing reports.

WOODS LAKE: As of May 23 the road was not open.

RED LAKE: Fishing is fair to slow. The best action is early morning with small spinners, kastmaster lures or inflated worms.

CARSON RIVERS: Last week the California Department of Fish and Game planted two loads of catchable rainbow trout. This week the Alpine County Fish Commission planted some nice 2-to 4-pound trout in both the east and west forks. In talking with the new, new manager of the Carson River Resort, Chad Machado, he told me the rivers are running well and have a slight stain but are very fishable and loaded with trout. Chad has been with the resort for many years part time and is experienced with fishing the local area. Chad is making some changes in the appearance of the resort, but the great hospitality will stay the same. For more info on fishing or to make reservations call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229. If the mail box says full, try back again soon. It only means the line is busy. Another bug Chad is working out.

INDIAN CREEK RES: The campground and boat ramp areas are open. The fishing is fair for shore anglers using inflated crawlers, salmon peach or sherbet powerbait near the tent camp area or by the dam. Anglers have also had luck throwing kastmasters or Thomas Buoyant spoons off the dam. Float tubers have done well in the shallow end of the cove area using brown or green buggers. The damsel fly hatch is soon to take off. For more info call the Anglers Edge Fly Fishing shop at 775-781-7112.

Good luck and be safe this weekend,There will be a lot of people on the road. As a note, the 24th Annual Lampe Park Kid Fishing Derby is coming up soon. Don’t forget to get the kids registered. For more info call Tammy Lancaster at 775-315-0860 or email her at or Steve Hamilton at 775-782-0742 or email him at For the adults reading this, volunteers are also needed to make this a successful event. If you have any questions in our local fishing world call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. If you get a picture of your catch send it to The Naw is taking this weekend off from fishing. Because good friends Geary Ness and Deanna Lucier will become one as they exchange their wedding vows on May 25th 2013. I have fished with Geary many times in the past and he is usually a catch and release kind of guy. This one is a keeper. Don’t let her get away. Congratulations my friends.

Good Fishin’ and tight lines.

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