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Mac the Naw: Fishing, friendship and saying goodbye

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Hello fellow anglers; Christmas is right around the corner soon followed by New Year’s Day. Time seems to get away from us throughout the year, but when Christmas comes we all start to think about family and friends we have had over the years. I would like to share with you a person that has been a part of my life, and how he shaped many friendships in my life:

As many anglers know, I have been fishing Indian Creek Reservoir for 20 years. Steve Lightfoot has been my fishing partner for all of those years. Our two favorite anglers were Jessie and George; those two would tell us stories of their past fishing adventures, and in the process offer the greatest fishing tips we have ever received.

Later on in life I met Deanna Lucier, who inititally was not an avid angler. Our friendships grew over the years and I was later introduced to Geary Ness, Deanna’s new boyfriend and fellow avid angler. A year and half ago Geary and Deanna were married and I was introduced to Geary’s grandfather, George — the same George I met at Indian Creek Reservoir 15 years earlier. We had a lot of catching up to do and did so on many camping/fishing trips and barbecues shared together. But there is never enough time to completely catch up with life and the times you share with people.

I am sorry to say that on Dec. 14, George Raymond Ness Jr. passed away. I had the privilege to know George, be his friend, learn from him with his lifetime of experience, and listen to the best guitar-picking angler I have ever heard. Thank you for being a part of my life.

To all fellow anglers that read this, make sure you tell that person that has made a difference in your life. It is important to know that we do.

Now that winter is officially here on Monday, Dec. 21, lets check out our local fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good. Average fish has been 2-8 pounds with a few in the 9-to-15-pound range. Best areas have been Sugar Pine Point and the shelf near Tahoe City. Anglers have been using flashers and a live minnow or the occasional U20 silver/white Flatfish in 120 to 180 feet of water. Later, as the sun rises, the recommendation is to move to deeper water (down to 280 feet). Toplining has been fair.

For more information or to book a charter on Lake Tahoe, call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: The resort is open for winter and the snow has piled up; last report was at 3-5 feet. Due to snowy conditions, I have not had any reports of the condition of the ice; most of the snow blows off of the lake. That means when we ice fish in January, we will be bringing the bigger shovel to get to the ice. For more information call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: A fellow angler told me there was about 2-4 feet of snow around the lake; they did not check the ice condition. I personally will wait until January to ice fish there

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: I fished the lake last week and walked three-quarters of the way around it throwing spinners, spoons and Powerbait. Only in the last hour of fishing did I start to catch some nice rainbows. Most were caught on a rainbow pattern Thomas Buoyant spoon and a couple on rainbow Powerbait. I talked to a few other anglers that did not have any luck and left after three hours; persistence does pay off.

I would like to address the people who use the lake for skeet shooting. While I was there, I picked up 85 shotgun shells and 16 spent 38 Special casings from the shore of the lake, where most anglers drive down to fish and launch their boats. I also noticed that in the lake, out as far as I could see, it looked like little orange land mines on the bottom. While hunting is allowed at Indian Creek Reservoir, leaving your garbage is not.

The shells are gone, but we have to live with looking at orange saucers in the lake; do not know why anyone would fire a pistol across an open lake. If you decide to fish the lake, remember that the paved road is not plowed and the dirt road off Diamond Valley can be muddy and slippery.

TOPAZ LAKE: Will open to fishing Jan. 1 and the Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby will be in full force. I will be on the lake the first week of January searching for the $100 tagged fish. As of now, the Topaz Marina will not be open while the Douglas County campground and boat ramp will be open. I have not received any information on the lake level as of yet and will have a special Topaz Lake report Wednesday, Dec. 30 with updated information. For more information on lodging or the fishing derby, call the Topaz Lodge at 775-266-3338.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch you can send it to If you have any questions 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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