Mac the Naw: Fishing season opens in California on Saturday |

Mac the Naw: Fishing season opens in California on Saturday

Joe Valentine, a volunteer, uses a tube to load up the Carson River with rainbow trout during an Alpine County Fish and Game Commission plant March 13. California Department of Fish and Wildlife has also planted the river with rainbow trout.
Courtesy Doug Busey |

Hello fellow anglers; this is a special opening day fishing report for our local area. As you know, Saturday marks the opening of fishing season in California and for most of our local rivers and streams. The rivers located on the south end of Lake Tahoe do not open to fishing until July — this includes Upper Truckee River, Taylor Creek, Trout Creek and all streams that run into the lake.

Make sure you check your regulation book for all bodies of waters you fish; some areas have special regulations, such as catch-and-release with artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. Most important of all, you must have a valid 2015 California fishing license — this license gives you the privilege to try and catch one of the fish in the pictures that accompany this article.

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office will be assisting the California game warden this year to make sure everyone is playing by the same rules. Just a note, fishing with out a license is punishable by a $750 fine and possible loss of fishing privileges. If you see anyone not adhering to the rules, you can call CalTIP at (800) 952-5400 — this would includes seeing people using nets or snagging fish.

Last week, I was honored to join the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission in planting some rather large rainbow trout in the east and west forks of the Carson River. Along with Alpine County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has planted both rivers with rainbow trout. This should make for an enjoyable opening day and season.

In this report, I will not just give you a fishing report, but I will tell you where you can camp, get supplies, fishing tackle, propane and offer a couple places to eat:

CARSON RIVER RESORT: Located 2.5 miles past Markleeville on Highway 89. Offers tent camping and RV sites with hookups, cabin rentals and has a newly-remodeled general store with groceries, fishing tackle, propane, ice and firewood. The resort is under new management and has many new things to offer — it will also be the new picture hub for the Naw Hall of Fame. Robert, the resort’s new general manager, will be sending me weekly pictures of anglers showing off their catch. There is another special event going on at the resort, but you will have to stop by to see what they have in store. They can be reached at (209) 258-8888.

SORENSEN’S AND HOPE VALLEY RESORT: Located in Hope Valley 5.1 miles west of Woodfords on Highway 88 and offers cabin rentals, tent and RV camping with some hookups, a general store and cafe. They can be contacted at (530) 694-2230.

CREEKSIDE LODGE: Located in downtown Markleeville, offers lodging and some tackle and fishing information. They can be contacted at (530) 694-2511.

CRYSTAL SPRINGS CAMPGROUND: Open; located on Highway 88 a mile east of Woodfords. Offers tent and RV camping with no hookups.

MARKLEEVILLE CAMPGROUND: Open; located a quarter-mile past Markleeville on Highway 89. Offers tent and RV camping with no hookups.

TURTLE ROCK PARK CAMPGROUND: Open; located two miles north of Woodfords on Highway 89. Offers tent and RV camping with no hookups.


GROVER HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK: Open; located on Hot Springs Road in Markleeville. Partially open for RV and tent camping.

ALPINE CAFE: Two locations. One is located a mile north of Woodfords on Highway 89 and offers groceries, fishing tackle and the best burgers in the area (in my opinion) along with a 24-hour gas station. The second location is downtown Markleeville, and offers some tackle and good food.

ALI’S CAFE: Located in downtown Markleeville. Good food.

ALPINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Located in downtown Markleeville, offers local information for the area. For the non-fishing visitors Saturday, it will have live music, food, the Alpine County Bookmobile, representatives from the United States Forest Service and Smokey Bear along with the history of Snowshoe Thompson. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be contacted at (530) 694-2475.

BLUE LAKES CAMPGROUND: Closed, but the road is open to the third gate 4.5 miles up Blue Lakes Road.




ALPINE COUNTY TROUT PLANTS: Markleeville Creek, Carson River East Fork and West Fork, Silver Creek.

Good luck and have a great opening weekend. If you get a picture of your catch and have not stopped by the Carson River Resort, send it to If you have a report or a question in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. See you on the rivers this weekend. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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