Mac the Naw: Fishing just getting started in some areas around Tahoe |

Mac the Naw: Fishing just getting started in some areas around Tahoe

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
Krey caught this 8-pound mackinaw on the Hopper I with Captain Scotty on Saturday, Nov. 7, on a live minnow in front of Ski Run Marina.
Courtesy Photo |

Hello fellow anglers; fishing season is just getting started in some areas. In California, this will be your last weekend to fish many rivers and streams. On Monday, Nov. 16, a majority of rivers and streams in California will be officially closed for the season — including all lakes in Inyo and Mono counties. Some areas have already closed for fishing for the year, including all streams that lead into Lake Tahoe.

Speaking of Lake Tahoe, this is a great time to get out and fish for mackinaw. I have seen more large fish come out of Lake Tahoe in November and December than any other month. Top lining an F13 or F18 Rapala in 30 to 75 feet of water is a fight you can never forget. My favorite areas are from Camp Richardson to a mile or two past the mouth of Emerald Bay.

If you never fished Lake Tahoe, I would highly recommend a sportfishing guide — not only to get you on the fish, but for safety reasons. If you are not familiar with the lake and wind conditions, a good trip can change into a nightmare really fast. Many of the captains from Tahoe Sportfishing have been doing well with good-sized mackinaws over the last couple weeks. For more information call Tahoe Sport Fishing at 530-541-5448.

CAPLES LAKE: The resort has closed the marina and general store for the season; the El Dorado County boat ramp is also closed for the season. They received some good snow from our last storm. The lake level was 12 feet down from the full level as of Oct. 30. If you can brave the cold, this is a good time of year to fish for browns and mackinaws. I personally can’t wait for ice fishing to get started. They do have cabin rentals available during the season. For more information call Caples Lake resort at 209-258-8888.

CARSON RIVERS (CALIFORNIA): Water flows are up and the water is clear. If you are fishing this weekend, I would recommend the east fork and to do a little walking with two poles. I keep a Panther Martin silver spinner on one and the other has a split shot and some salmon eggs. A few reports came from anglers that fished most of the day and caught a couple small rainbows. The section from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada state line is open all year with special regulations: artificial lures or flies only with a barbless hook and zero limit — all fish must be returned unharmed back to the river. For more information contact Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229 or Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Lake level is still up and the weeds are almost a thing of the past. I fished the lake two weeks ago and was very happy to be able to cast a lure with out removing weeds on every cast; I caught one 13-inch rainbow and lost a couple others. Use caution when driving in on the Highway 89 side of the lake. The road is not plowed and can be very icy; I would recommend the entrance from Diamond Valley Road. With our cooling temperatures and clear waters, fishing should start to pick up a little.

TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing season will open Jan. 1. Topaz Lodge has not released any information on the derby for the new year; I will also let you know if the Douglas County Parks ramp or the Topaz Landing Marina will be accessible for opening day. Nevada Department of Fish and Wildlife has planted over 10,000 pounds of trout since the lake closed this season. For more information or to make reservations for opening day call Topaz Lodge at 800-962-0732.

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

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