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Mac the Naw: Fishing is not over yet in Lake Tahoe region

Hello fellow anglers; another season has come and gone, but the fishing is not over yet. There are plenty of places to fish in our local area, and the rivers in Alpine County do not close until Nov. 15.

I would like to give you some background on all those fish that are planted each year in Alpine County. There is a lot more to planting fish than just calling up the truck and telling them where to put fish. It takes teamwork from many individuals and most of all, money.

Alpine County Chamber of Commerce works in tandem with Alpine Fish and Game Commission to plant fish throughout the county. The chamber allocates approximately $40,000 towards these plants each year. That equals six full loads and a half load, along with business donations and Alpine County Fish and Game submissions at the end of the season — they receive their funding from South Tahoe Public Utility District. They plant starting in April and continue until their funding is depleted, then the chamber takes over.

These waters include the rivers in Alpine County as well as Indian Creek Reservoir and Alpine Lake. Last month, Alpine County Fish and Game approached the chamber to plant the east fork of the Carson River in California. It was the chamber’s decision not to plant there due to low water and high temperatures, and was not the decision of the commission as was stated in my last article.

“It was a tough decision for the board, due to the potential hit our businesses would take,” said Terersa Burkhauser, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Fishing is an important activity in Alpine County.”

My hat is off to Alpine County to take the initiative to make that decision. Fishing is an important resource to Alpine County, but the health of the fish they plant is also as important to them. Next time you are in Alpine County, stop by the Chamber of Commerce and say thank you.

We also need to say thanks South Tahoe Public Utility District for its partnership with Alpine County Fish and Game Commission for keeping the local area full of beautiful trout. Now, let’s check out our local fishing:

LAKE TAHOE: No reports from anglers in the last few weeks, but I can give you some good locations for fishing. As the lake gets colder and the mackinaw start coming in closer to shore, November and December are the best moths for big mackinaws. This time of year I prefer to top line a No. 12 or Rapala Magnum in 40 to 150 feet of water. The best area I have fished is from Camp Richardson to just past the mouth of Emerald Bay. The Tahoe shelf off of Tahoe City is a good place to set your down riggers fishing in 150 to 230 feet of water. I prefer a dodger or flashers followed by a live minnow — my favorite is to drift a live minnow near the Cave Rock or Logan Shoals area.

CAPLES LAKE: The resort has closed its marina and general store for the season; cabin rentals are available until December. At that time they will reopen the resort for the winter season. John and Curt Gaare caught a couple 2-pound rainbows a few weeks ago. Matt Nolan from Pleasanton, Calif., caught a 4-pound brown on a brown pattern Rapala while Branbon Burrell caught a 2-pound rainbow on white Power Eggs. I have not received any information from El Dorado Irrigation District regarding when it ramp will close but with recent weather, I would guess they have also closed for the season. For more information call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

CARSON RIVERS IN CALIFORNIA: Although they have not been planted, fishing continues for those that do not mind a little walk. Mike Sadler from Brentwood, Calif. caught a couple nice 2-pound rainbows this week. Mike was using salmon eggs and Powerbait for his catches. I took a walk along the east fork and caught and released seven small rainbows in two hours. Fishing is still good if you work for it. 

I haven’t received any reports on the west fork. For more information call Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water is still up, but the campground and boat ramp is closed for the season. You still can launch small boats from the east side of the lake. A guest at Carson River Resort caught five small rainbows this week from the shore. This is my favorite time of year to fish the lake along with early spring. As the water temperature cools down, the fish become more active.

UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK: Closed to fishing for the year.

TOPAZ LAKE: Closed for the year, will reopen Jan. 1. In the last month, Nevada Department of Wildlife planted 8,000 pounds of rainbow trout in the lake.

HEENAN LAKE: This will be the last weekend the lake will be open.

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

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