Mac the Naw: Fall fishing is officially here in the Lake Tahoe region |

Mac the Naw: Fall fishing is officially here in the Lake Tahoe region

George Osborne from Apple Hill, Calif., caught this string of rainbow trout while trolling in the middle of Caples Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
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Hello fellow anglers; fall is officially here. Renee and I just returned from fishing the delta for a week and when we went over Carson Pass on Highway 88 at 3 p.m., the temperature was only 42 degrees. That is a definite change of seasons, and also the time of year when some lakes open and others close for the year.

With our three-year drought, most of the aspens have lost many of their leaves, but there are still some spectacular colors to be seen in our local area. If you get a chance, take a trip to Taylor Creek to see the spawning of the Kokanee salmon. Taylor Creek is located a half-mile north of Camp Richardson on Emerald Bay Road. Remember that all the rivers and streams leading into Lake Tahoe are now closed to fishing for the year, so leave your pole at home and bring your camera. As for fishing, here is your local report:

LAKE TAHOE: Nevada Department of Wildlife recently planted the Cave Rock area, and it is a big trout magnet. Shore anglers as well as boaters have been doing well fishing for mackinaw and a few browns. With the weather cooling down, anglers have also had success toplining Rapalas from the Tahoe Keys area to Emerald Bay.

CAPLES LAKE: Water level is about 12 feet down from the high water mark. Caples Lake Marina and boat launch is scheduled to remain open until November. The El Dorado boat ramp is open at this time, but can close anytime. George Osbourne from Apple Hill was trolling flashers and a crawler in the middle of the lake and caught a nice stringer of rainbow trout; his largest trout was 3 pounds. Brandon Burrell from Elk Grove was fly fishing on the dam and caught a nice 6-pound rainbow. For more information call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Have had a couple good reports from anglers catching pan-sized rainbows. One angler was using a gold Kastmaster lure while the other caught his on an inflated nightcrawler.

SILVER LAKE: Water level is way down and launching your boat is not recommended, unless you have a small aluminum boat, canoe or kayak. Shore fishing is still accessible if you walk south of from the parking area.

TOPAZ LAKE: Closed to fishing until Jan. 1, 2016.

PYRAMID LAKE: Fishing opened for the season Oct. 1. This lake has special fishing regulations on size limit and only allows artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. You are not required to have a Nevada fishing license, but you must obtain a tribal permit to fish Pyramid Lake; check the rules and regulations before you start fishing. Special note: leave the lightweight trout pole at home; here you can expect to catch 20-pound cutthroat trout.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Water level is up and the weeds are getting better with cooler weather. The campground and boat launch are open, but are scheduled to close Oct. 12. Nightcrawlers or Powerbait have been the most productive. I fished here last week for an hour or so and received many hits but caught no fish; still had a great time fishing.

CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: Water level on the west fork is down to a small trickle. Some anglers have caught rainbows, but you will have to hike to find them. The east fork is flowing slower, but still very fishable.

Due to the low water this year, Alpine County Fish and Game Commission will not be planting trout for the rest of this season. There are a lot of factors that have gone into their decision; water flow as well as water temperatures play a large role to ensure a healthy sustainable fishery. The season will close Nov. 15, so there are still many fish to be caught. For more information call Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511.

BLUE LAKES: Water level is way down and fishing has been reported as very slow. The campground is open, but can close this time of year anytime due to weather.

ALPINE LAKE: Located on Highway 4 over Ebbetts Pass. Alpine County Fish and Game planted the lake with 1,800 pounds of catchable and trophy-sized rainbows. If you have never driven this way, give yourself a little extra time as there is a seven-mile stretch where the road is narrow in areas. Drive with caution and take your time.

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

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