Mac the Naw: Fishing picking up in Lake Tahoe, local waters |

Mac the Naw: Fishing picking up in Lake Tahoe, local waters

Hello fellow anglers; there is a lot of fishing going on around our area. But a word to the wise: although we have had nice weather this last week, the higher mountain roads can be very dangerous if you are not paying attention. Slow down and take your time; the fish will still be there when you arrive.

Now let’s check out our local fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good off the Tahoe City Shelf and Cal/Neva Point. Average fish has been 2-7 pounds with a couple in the 11-pound range. Trollers have been dragging the bottom in 130-180 feet of water with flashers and a live minnow. Toplining has been fair around Eagle Point or Deadman Point and anglers have been successful with 3 1/3-5-inch Rapalas. Best patterns have been silver and black or rainbow. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Ice is about 4 feet thick with 12-18 inches of snow on top. Most anglers have been using gold Kastmasters to jig or freshwater shrimp. Drew Meteer from the resort caught a 20-inch mackinaw this week while Cub Wolfe and Tom Grothous from Smith, Nevada, caught three mackinaws ranging from 15-21 inches.

Be prepared to put your gear over a 3-4 foot berm of snow when you arrive. Also note, the resort has only one entrance and exit due to the snow conditions; as of last weekend, the main entrance and parking area is under 5 feet of snow.

For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Parking area is plowed, and as a reminder, no trailers are allowed to park behind the dam area. The lake has about 4 feet of ice with 18 inches of snow on top. At the end of the parking area are snow stairs that someone has built to make the trek to the top of the dam a little easier; it is also where people have taken their dogs to do their business. There were about 35 people enjoying the lake last Saturday afternoon. I spoke to a few anglers and I only heard of three fish caught during my three-hour fishing adventure; I was not one of those lucky anglers.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Lake is thawed and fishing has been spotty. The dirt road off Diamond Valley is muddy in a few areas while the paved road is open all the way in. The county and a few locals have also been plowing the paved road after each storm. But always use caution; there are a few areas where the sunlight does not see the pavement. For more information call Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511.

TOPAZ LAKE: Rising slowly. The largest fish weighed in for the derby last week was a 4.6-pound tagged rainbow, with the angler remaining anonymous. Most have been using Powerbait or nightcrawlers.

As of last week, the Topaz Marina is not open. I talked to Chuck Fields last week and he is working on getting the rental boats out. The Douglas County Park is open for shore fishing and the boat launch is open with plenty of water.

For more information on lodge reservations or the derby, call Topaz Lodge at 775-266-3338.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question or a report in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Have picture of your catch? Send it to

See you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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