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Looking for a weekend angle? Try Tahoe streams

Hello, fellow anglers. This is a very special weekend. Why, you may think. Sunday, July 1 is the opening day for fishing Tahoe’s local rivers and streams, including Taylor Creek, Trout Creek and the Upper Truckee River.

Please remember the fish in these tributaries are native to the Tahoe Basin, so please practice catch-and-release. There are always the East and West Fork Carson River, Wolfe Creek, Silver Creek, Markleeville Creek for catch-and-keep.

Also, special this weekend, starting Friday, there will be no campfires, chainsaws and off-road driving allowed in the Tahoe Basin except in designated campgrounds. Check for special regulations wherever you go. You are allowed to drive on designated dirt roads, but do not go exploring off of these roads. You can be cited with fines up to $5,000. This is due to the extreme dry conditions of our forest lands. We all want to keep our forest areas green.



So let’s check out our fishing world.

South Lake Tahoe: Fishing has been good around the Zephyr Cove area drifting live minnows. Just ask Steve Lightfoot of Minden; the past two weekends he has caught a 3.8-pound rainbow, a 2.4-pound Brown and a couple more rainbow in the 1.5-pound range. For more information, call the guys at The Sportsman, at (530) 542-FISH.



Caples Lake. Recently planted. Action has been good for anglers using night crawlers with no weights used near the spillway by the large boulder. For more information on conditions, call the Caples Lake General Store at (209) 258-8888.

Blue Lakes: Anglers using sherbet or rainbow power bait have had good success on the lower lake.

East and West Carson Rivers: Recently planted. Have been very good in the faster-moving waters. The waters are very low, but action is still good for those who work at it. A night crawler with one salmon egg has been the best attractant. For more information, call Brad at the Carson River Resort, at (530) 694-2229.

Indian Creek Reservoir: If you can deal with the wind, fishing is good, using yellow or sherbet power bait.

A special note from the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce: This month alone they will be planting 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout. This includes East and West Carson Rivers, Caples Lake and on July 19 they will plant one-half ton of rainbow in Lake Alpine. These fish will range from 1-to-6 pounds. If you ever want information on future plants or recreation in beautiful Alpine County, you can contact Bob Anderson at (530) 694-2475.

Topaz Lake: During the week when the jet skis and ski boats are not as plentiful, fishing has been very good on the South Shore for anglers drifting power bait or night crawlers along the cliff area. For more information, call Chuck or Linda Fields at the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

Good luck on your fishing expedition, and, remember, in the Tahoe Basin there are extreme restrictions in our forests in regard to campfires, smoking, driving off-road and all internal combustion motors, including chainsaws and generators.

Make sure you find out these regulations wherever you camp.

If you ever have any questions or comments, you can call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!


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