Mac the Naw: Fishing starts to pick up in Tahoe region |

Mac the Naw: Fishing starts to pick up in Tahoe region

Captain Bobby from Tahoe Sport Fishing helped a visitor from South Carolina haul in this 17.2-pound mackinaw near Tahoe Keys on Wednesday, Aug. 12. It’s the largest lake trout Tahoe Sport Fishing has brought in all summer.
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Hello fellow anglers; the weather cooled down a little and fishing is picking up around the area. Last weekend I took a trip early Saturday morning up to the East Carson River above Markleeville. The mornings are cold, but it warmed up by about 7:30 a.m. I fished a few long stretches of the river I have never fished before. I tip my hat to Alpine County Fish and Game Commission. I just picked these spots at random because of the way they looked, like something out of Field & Stream magazine. With the fishing glasses I use, I could see virtually every rock and crevice. I saw no fish until I threw out a silver Panther Martin spinner and the river came alive with rainbow trout. I caught and released many trout, all in the 12-to-14-inch range.

I had my excitement and decided to head home about 10 a.m. I visited friends that were staying at Indian Creek Campground, and what do I see as I rounded the last corner before the lake? Mrs. Naw had come up to visit our friends and was just leaving the campground area. I told her of my adventure and she decided to join me for a couple hours of fishing. We tried a few other areas and caught and released a few more trout. It was a good thing I packed an extra pole and her vest that morning. I also discovered that using a red-and-white rubber mini jig was just as effective on the trout and made it easier to release them safely.

For those venturing to the Carson River this weekend, don’t worry if the bridges or areas close to the road are packed with fellow anglers. The river is flowing with fish; you just need to walk a little more and enjoy what you are doing. I have fished many areas of the river this year I have never fished in the past and have had better success.

Now let’s check out local waters:

LAKE TAHOE: Kokanee action has been red hot in the early morning. Tahoe Sport Fishing has reported limits for all their clients using a kernel of corn near the Camp Richardson area. One angler reeled in a 17.2-pound mackinaw on the Hopper V last week using flashers and a live minnow in the Tahoe Keys area. Daniel Leal from Knoxville, Tenn., caught a 29-inch, 10-pound mackinaw in 185 feet of water near Camp Richardson. Captains Bobby and Zach have been fishing the west and south end of the lake with great success. For more info call Tahoe Sport Fishing at 530-541-5448.

CAPLES LAKE: Water level is 6 feet below the high water line and fishing has picked up with the cooler nights. Alex Patz from Oakland, Calif., reeled in a nice 3-pound rainbow trolling flashers and a worm behind his kayak while Jason and Cole Taira caught a 4-pound brown fishing with a worm off of one of the resort’s rental boats. Kaiden Tapiey also caught a 3-pound rainbow trolling a wedding ring. Caples Lake Resort is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until November, when they shut down to prepare for winter conditions. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888. They offer boat and canoe rentals, a general store and cabin rentals along with boat launching facilities.

SILVER LAKE: No recent reports from anglers. El Dorado Irrigation District will start increasing the water flow in September. Use caution if take your boat on the lake; it has prop eating rocks when the water gets low.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Water level is up and they have been letting some water in the lake. The weeds are horrific, but for the more serious angler this lake holds 2-to-8-pound rainbow trout. Fly anglers have done well in the evenings using Woolly Buggers. The campground and boat ramp are open and, for shore anglers, I recommend fishing by the dam area. Also change up your tactics by using a 3-to-4 foot leader on a sliding weight — that will get your Powerbait to float higher above the weedy bottom. Last Saturday morning we saw only four campers in the campground.

BLUE LAKES: Campground is open and the water level is getting lower. The fishing has been rated as very slow.

WOODS LAKE: Campground is open with no fishing reports. This area has a lot to offer for the camper and hiker. Just above the lake you can hike to Winnemucca Lake and Frog Lake. I recommend bringing a camera; the views are breathtaking.

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

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