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Mac the Naw: Beware of rattlesnakes while fishing

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
Captain Steveo on Tahoe Sport Fishing’s Hopper IV shows off a brown trout caught last Sunday on Lake Tahoe near Tahoe Keys.
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Hello fellow anglers; I have to tell you, last weekend at the Lampe Park Kids Fishing Derby was so rewarding. The fishing was slow both days but there were a few nice fish caught. At one time I felt as if I were at a ball game. I could hear the crowd cheering at one end of Willow Creek with voices rising and lowering in unison as a 4-year-old angler reeled in a 7-pound trout. As I approached the angler, I heard a lull in their voices and thought the fish had gotten away.

Then a loud cheer sounded as the fish was netted followed by loud clapping. That, my friends, is what it is all about: volunteering and coming together to make a difference in a young person’s life, and to get them hooked on fishing.

As we venture out this weekend, I want to remind all: with temperatures rising quickly, warm weather brings rattlesnakes. Yes, my friends, we do have rattlesnakes in the Sierras from Carson Valley to Wolf Creek area and beyond. Use caution wherever you venture. I was bitten by a rattlesnake in 2008, and to this day I have limited use of my left hand — I feel very lucky to even have any use of my left hand. Rattlesnakes are not to be taken lightly. Now, let’s check out our local fishing:

LAKE TAHOE: The captains from Tahoe Sport Fishing have landed more than 100 fish in the last few weeks. Mike from North Fork American River caught a 6-pound, 24-inch brown while fishing near Tahoe Keys. Captain Bobby reported a 5-pound and a 2.5-pound brown also caught in the same area, and the mackinaw bite has been very hot. They have been fishing the south end of the lake. For more info call Tahoe Sport Fishing at (530) 541-5448.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake is almost at full capacity, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife was scheduled to plant it this week. A few anglers have reported good action in the Woods Creek area with nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures. Caples Lake Marina is open for launching and boat rentals, and the county ramp is also open for boat launching. For more info call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

BLUE LAKES: Road is open all the way in to upper and lower Blue Lakes; they have dry campgrounds at both lakes with bathrooms. CDFW planted both lakes last week with catchable rainbow trout.

WOODS LAKE: Campground is open for dry camping and fishing is rated very slow. The lake has rainbow trout planted a few times a year by the CDFW.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Campground is open with a word of caution: do not feed the bears. If you are caught feeding bears, you will be asked politely to leave and not allowed to come back. First, it is against the law to feed wildlife and second, it is a safety issue to all campers in the area. Fishing, on the other hand, has been slow — a few anglers have caught some nice rainbows in the 1.5-to-2-pound class as well as a few smaller fish. Most anglers have been fishing on or near the dam. The boat ramp is open near the campground and the water level is still in a good range.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (CALIFORNIA): Last week, a 7.2- and 5.11-pound trout were caught using a brown spinner while another angler caught a 6.14-pounder on a live cricket. CDFW planted the river last week with rainbow trout. The river has started to clear up and the fishing has been doing very well. For more info call Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK: Fishing has been a little slow for the last few weeks; CDFW is scheduled to plant the river this week, which should pick up the pace a little. Anglers have been using small spinners or power eggs for most fish, and some anglers have been throwing mice tails with a little luck — your best bet is always salmon eggs. For more info call Creekside Lodge at (530) 694-2585.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. I will be out this weekend in Alpine County fishing various locations and hope to see you on the waters.

If you have a photo of your catch, send it to dprice@recordcourier.com. Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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