Mac the Naw: Big trout lurking in Carson River |

Mac the Naw: Big trout lurking in Carson River

Renee Heinichen ice fishing on Red Lake. As of this week, the lake was still iced over but thinning in the middle.
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Hello fellow anglers; I have to tell you, I have seen some big trout come out of our local area — but Idaho has us beat. On Jan. 8, Larry Warren was fishing on the Clearwater River in Idaho with 6-pound test line and caught a 28-pound rainbow trout (steelhead). Unofficially, this is the Idaho state record. I say “unofficially” because the trout was released due to state laws protecting endangered species. On this body of water, trout with an intact adipose fin are required to be set free. Now we know why it grew so big. The angler did get a picture and released it back into the river. If you want to read the story and see this monster trout, search “Fox News 28 pound trout caught in Idaho.” I know there is a trout almost as big in the Carson River. I have seen this fish and almost caught this fish last year while fishing with my good friend Geary Ness. Now if one of us does catch this fish this year, you will be the first to see it. I will photograph this fish and release it back to the river. Now let’s check out our local waters.

CAPLES LAKE: As of last Monday, there was water showing around the rocks and the lake had only six inches of ice on it. There were people ice fishing, but we were not among them. I talked with Drew from the Caples Lake Resort this week and he does not advise anglers to venture out on the ice. With our April-like weather, I feel the lake is too unstable to venture out on. I will keep you updated on the conditions or you can contact the resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: As of this week, the lake was still iced over but thinning in the middle. Ice anglers were fishing along the dam area close to shore. The edges had about 10 inches of ice on it. Most anglers were using nightcrawlers and were catching 10-to-12 inch rainbow and cutthroat trout.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Last Sunday, Renee and I fished here joined by Geary and Deanna Ness from Minden, Nev. We fished for five hours with only a few bites and caught one 13-inch cutthroat, which was released. I talked to a few other anglers and their luck was about the same. One angler reported a float tuber who fished early that morning and had caught five trout about the same size. The lake is ice-free; the campground area is closed until April. There were more people walking their dogs than there were anglers. We had a great day of fishing with friends. I even thought I heard a bullfrog a few times.

TOPAZ LAKE: This past week the lake has been rated as slow; only 15 fish came into the Topaz General Store to be weighed in. So far this year they have weighed in 108 fish two pounds or bigger and 10 tagged fish. That means there are still plenty of tagged fish to be caught. To get you caught up on the Topaz Lodge Derby: in week two — first place was Jack Amante from Gardnerville, Nev. with a 4.5-pound rainbow and Dusty McDonald in second place with a 3.4-pound rainbow. In week three, first place went to Ed Adams from Wellington, Nev. with a 5.9-pound rainbow and second place went to Rand Logsdon from Mammoth Lakes, Calif. with a 4-pound rainbow. During week four, Ron Wilson from Wellington, Nev. came in first with a 3.11-pound, 22-inch rainbow and John White from the Bay Area got second for his 3.11-pound, 19-inch rainbow. For more info on the Topaz Lodge Derby or to make reservations, call (775) 266-3338.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to If you have a question in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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