Mac the Naw: Counting down until opening day |

Mac the Naw: Counting down until opening day

Andy Maas of Edinburgh, Scotland displays a 10-pound mackinaw he caught April 1 off Camp Richardson on a Tahoe Sport Fishing boat.
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Hello fellow anglers; I am counting the days to the California fishing season. On April 25 most of California’s lakes, streams and rivers will open for fishing. Always check your regulation book for every body of water you fish as regulations can change and some waters do not open until later in the season. For instance, Taylor Creek, Upper Truckee River and Trout Creek open July 1.

For those anglers headed down to Mono County, I have a few reports to share with you. James Erdman from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said its high elevation and numerous natural flow lakes mean that lake levels, while definitely lower than in non-drought years, remain in good shape for this year’s fishing season. Gary Jones, long-time owner of Silver Lake Resort in June Lake concurs, “Silver Lake is only down about 11 inches this year and they are looking forward to a good opener and fishing season.”

If you love to fish the Bridgeport Reservoir, Grant Lake Marina or West Walker River, come early this year. That’s the advice of Jeff Simpson, economic development manager and staff member for the Mono County Fisheries Commission, who is stocking those locations heavily in the early part of the season making the best time to fish during the opener and in May, June and July.

As for the Alpine County area, Alpine County Fish and Game will start planting the week before opening day. They will be stocking Silver Creek, East and West Carson rivers and Markleeville Creek with 3,600 pounds of rainbow trout. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is also scheduled to plant Alpine County area streams and rivers. The Sierras will be well stocked for this year’s opening day — make sure to plan ahead of time and call that favorite resort of yours to reserve your spot. Now let’s check out our local fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good to fair. The weather this time of year can turn on or off the fishing day by day. Andy Maas from Edinburgh, Scotland was fishing on one of the boats from Tahoe Sport Fishing on April 1 and — this is no April fools — caught a 10-pound mackinaw while fishing near Camp Richardson. Other areas to fish on Lake Tahoe are Logan Shoals, Cal Neva point or the area known as the Tahoe shelf off of Tahoe City. For more info, call Tahoe Sport Fishing at (530) 541-5448.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is at 55 feet and should stay there respectfully through July. Anglers have been fishing at the spillway or the dam area and have been catching good rainbow trout. Most anglers have been using PowerBait or night crawlers, while a few have thrown Kastmaster lures. If you don’t mind a hike, Woods Creek area is a good spot this time of year. A little warning, the area received 10 inches of snow with the last storm that past by. The Caples Lake Marina and General Store have moved their opening day to May 1 due to recent weather changes. The El Dorado Irrigation District boat ramp is also scheduled to open May 1. For more info call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK: All located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, will open to fishing July 1.

WOOD LAKE: Road is still closed.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open 4.5 miles into the third gate.


RED LAKE: Thawed and the area received some snow last week. Shore fishing was fair before the snow — anglers were using small gold Kastmaster lures or night crawlers off the bottom.

INDIAN CREEK: Campground scheduled to open April 24, but that can change as fast as our weather has recently. Fishing has been rated as slow, but a few anglers have ventured to the other side of the dam and caught a couple rainbows up to 14 inches. Most anglers have been using PowerBait or marshmallows. The water level is still up and the algae has started to grow.

TOPAZ LAKE: Renee and I ventured up a couple weeks ago. We launched our boat and trolled the lake with medium Cowbells and a quarter-inch piece of worm on one line and a slammer on the other. We caught two rainbows over the 2-pound mark and a 13-inch rainbow. I recommend getting out there early, as the bites stopped about 11:30 a.m. We got off the lake a little too late and were not able weigh in our fish — the main reason was because we found out the Mountain View Barbeque in Walker was only open until 5 p.m. on the weekends. If you have ever eaten there, you would know which is more important — at least to us it was. I talked with Chuck Fields from the Topaz Marina last week and he told me that he had started to put in his rental boats, but had to take them out because the water level started to go down quickly. The Douglas County ramp is still open for all boats, but that can change quickly with the water level dropping each day. Good luck to all the derby entries this weekend — the drawing will be held inside the Topaz Lodge Sunday at 7 p.m.

NEVADA FISH PLANTS: These plants have taken place over the last week: West Walker River, East Fork Walker River, Mitch Pond, Baily Pond, Wilson Common Pond.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch send it to If you have question or a fishing report in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Next report will be on April 24 for an update on opening day of fishing season. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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