Mac the Naw: Great things to look forward to as days get longer |

Mac the Naw: Great things to look forward to as days get longer

Hello fellow anglers; the holidays are over and we have great things to look forward to this year. It is only 93 days until the California fishing season starts, 43 days until daylight savings time begins, and now that we are past the winter solstice, each day will be lighter a minute longer until June 30. Those are just a few things to get excited about now.

Another reason to get excited — let me show you how to save money next time you go fishing, camping or hiking. The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is available for $80 a year for anyone 61 years of age and younger and valid for one year from date of purchase. For those 62 years and older the price is $10 for a lifetime golden pass. For citizens that have a permanent disability, the pass is free regardless of age. The passes are available for citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and they are accepted by Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation. For more information, call 888-ASK-USGS, visit or stop by your local BLM or U.S. Forest Service office.

Now let’s see what’s going on in our local fishing area:

CAPLES LAKE: As of last week, Kirkwood Mountain Resort has received over 200 inches of snow on its highest peaks. That means ice anglers are going to have to dig a couple feet of snow before reaching 2 feet of ice to drill through. Many anglers have been out last week fishing the dam or spillway area. Small spoons and Kastmaster lures have had the best action, while nightcrawlers and freshwater shrimp are still catching fish. Best action has been within 15 to 50 feet of the shore. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Action has been hot and cold. Gold Kastmasters and rainbow Thomas Buoyant spoons have been good while nightcrawlers, Powerbait and shrimp have been producing rainbows and cutthroat. The last report was 18 inches of ice with 1-2 feet of snow.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake still has a thin layer of ice covering 75 percent of it. The north end of the lake has open shoreline from the unimproved launch area across the dam and on the west side of the lake. With all this open water and thin ice, there were a few individuals that were out on the ice by the campground area just 50 feet away from open water. If you need to ice fish, please go to the higher lakes.

I fished for a few hours with various colors of spoons with no hits, then used Powerbait and casted just to the edge of the ice. I missed a couple fish, but all in all it was a great day to be out.

TOPAZ LAKE: Has come up a little. I fished here with my friend Tom Blotter last week and we trolled Rapalas in various places of the lake. I eventually changed to a vampire-pattern Rapala and started to catch fish; we longlined and used lead line, catching fish using both techniques.

The winner of the Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby last week was Carin Ford from Sierraville, California, with a 5.3-pound rainbow. There were 39 fish weighed in at two pounds and larger. For more information, 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 area, call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Have picture of your catch? Send it to Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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