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Mac the Naw: Fishing looking good for the fourth

Aboard Tahoe Sport Fishing’s Hawk I, captain Zach Gordon took a family fishing along the North Shore and came back with a full stringer of 10 mackinaw ranging from 3 to 7 pounds.
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Hello fellow anglers; I would first like to say thank you to all the firefighters that worked on the Washington Fire for saving Markleeville and the outlying communities of Alpine County. On Sunday, I took a drive up to the Wolf Creek area. The fire hit and missed along the east fork of the Carson River — most of the area was untouched by the fire, although there were a few areas that burned down to the river’s edge. The Wolf Creek area was hit hard, but Silver Creek Campground survived. As of Wednesday, they have opened Monitor and Ebbetts passes. I do warn you ahead of time to bring some tissues as you view what a forest fire can do to our lands and wildlife.

This also serves as a reminder of why campfires are only allowed in designated camp areas. Yes, lightning started this fire, but it began as a smothering ember smaller than a campfire and grew to 17,000 acres. We need to use common sense whenever we are outdoors; a tossed cigarette, broken bottle or even driving over dry grass can start a fire just as easily. Our land is for everyone’s use, and it is our job to protect it as we enjoy it.

Last year when we went to Indian Creek Campground, the spot we stayed in had been vacant for two days. I gathered some pinecones for a campfire that evening and placed them in the cleaned campfire ring for later use. When I came back 15 minutes later, Renee asked me why I started the campfire so early in the day. I replied I had not, and wondered what happened to the pinecones I had gathered — only to find they had self-ignited with embers in the fire ring left from two days earlier. Lesson learned: never use dirt on a campfire, always douse the fire with water until it is completely out, then put some more water on it.



In the water, I am happy to say Alpine County is fully open and ready for a great Fourth of July weekend. So lets all enjoy and get ready for some awesome fishing. Here is your fishing report for our local area:

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good. Tahoe Sport Fishing has been bringing in limits of average sized macs from 3 to 7 pounds and the best areas have been on the north shore off the Tahoe shelf. Kokanee have been coming in around Camp Richardson. For more info call (530) 541-5448.



TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK: Opened up for fishing July 1. As a rule, I practice catch and release when fishing these areas — they are not stocked by the state and serve as the natural fish resource for future of Lake Tahoe. Use rooster tail and leave the salmon eggs and worms at home.

CAPLES LAKE: The water level is a foot from being full, and fishing has been great both from a boat and on shore. Ken Salvi caught a 5-pound mackinaw trolling flashers and a nightcrawler by the dam while Matt Nolan was using a jig by the dam and caught a 5-pound rainbow — anglers have been doing well from the shore by Woods Creek and the spillway area. Six-year-old Caitlynn Shaw caught a 5-pound rainbow with green PowerBait. Caples Lake Marina and General Store is open for launching and rental boats. For more info call (209) 258-8888.

WOODS LAKE: Campground is open and the lake was planted a couple weeks ago by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

BLUE LAKES: Both lakes have been recently planted with rainbow trout. The campground is open and will fill up quickly.

BURNSIDE LAKE: Recently planted with rainbow trout.

WEST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: Water level is getting low — CDFW planted this week and Alpine County Fish and Game has plans to do the same. Most anglers have been using salmon eggs through the Woodfords Canyon area. For more info call Creekside Lodge at (530) 694-2511.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: Flow is still good and the water has cleared up. CDFW is scheduled to plant this week along with Alpine County Fish and Game. Salmon eggs or salmon peach PowerBait has been productive, and small spinners have also been working well. Take your time getting here, as Caltrans is repaving Highways 89 and 4 from Woodfords through Markleeville and over Ebbetts Pass. There may be some delays as you very venture to your favorite fishing hole.

For more info call Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229. If you stop by there with your catch, ask them to take your photo for the Carson River Resort book of fame.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK, SILVER CREEK: Water levels have been very low. For those willing to get wet and walk a little, there are still some nice fish out here.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Campground scheduled to reopen Thursday. CDFW has planted the lake with rainbow trout, and Alpine County has also planted half-pound to 6-pound rainbow trout. Weeds have taken over the west shore of the lake and are moving to the east side. PowerBait has been very productive for those that use a 3-foot leader on sliding weight. Fly fishing has been good using a olive wooly bugger right under the surface of the water and over the weedy areas.

I hope you have a safe and memorable weekend. I will be around most local areas this weekend fishing with friends, and I hope to see you on the waters.

If you get a photo of your catch send it to dprice@recordcourier.com. If you have any questions in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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