Mac the Naw: Only a few days left to fish many of our local waters |

Mac the Naw: Only a few days left to fish many of our local waters

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
10-year-old William Saluveer hauled in this brown trout with a rented pole while fishing Mammoth Lakes on holiday from Sweden with his family.
Courtesy Photo |

Hello fellow anglers; we only have a few days left to fish many of our local waters. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, fishing season will come to an end for the majority of California’s rivers and streams, as well as lakes in Inyo and Mono counties. Check your regulations, as some of the California rivers will convert to catch-and-release with special gear restrictions — such as artificial lures or flies only with barbless hooks.

On the other hand, rivers in Nevada and lakes in California’s Alpine County are open to fishing all year long. Some of our local lakes have seasonal road closures to ensure safety. As of this week, all roads in Alpine County were open without restrictions, but that can change on a day’s notice with our ever-changing weather this time of year. Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return when venturing into the backcountry. Never go around gated roads and obey all warning signs — they are put there to ensure your safety.

Now, a look at the local report:

LAKE TAHOE: Fishing for mackinaw has been rated as very good; as the weather gets colder, the mackinaw seem to get bigger. Favorite areas have been north of Emerald Bay in 30 to 120 feet of water, trolling Rapalas with a black-and-silver pattern. Cave Rock to Logan Shoals area will start to pick up for toplining for rainbows and browns with a black-and-silver or brown pattern Rapala. Tahoe City shelf to Carnelian Bay has been productive for anglers using flasher blades and a live minnow or a Banjo Minnow. If you can graph a good school of fish in the area, try drifting a live minnow right on the bottom. I use a half- to three-quarter-ounce weight with a 24-inch leader and a gold circle hook that some anglers would better recognize as a large salmon egg hook. As many may know, Cave Rock boat ramp is open once again for launching. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552; I would recommend booking your party now before they get filled up for the winter season.

CAPLES LAKE: Resort is closed for the season; if you call up there you will get an old message stating they are open, but they are not. Both of the boat ramps are closed for the season. A few anglers have reported catching some nice rainbows from shore off the dam using inflated nightcrawlers. I have a special request this year: I am asking for anglers to call the Naw Line with up-to-date ice fishing reports when the season is upon us. I have been using three local anglers that live in the area for reports over the past few years, and this year we have lost one to cancer and the other two have moved out of the area. I want to make sure you have the latest information on ice conditions.

SILVER LAKE: Fishing has been slow, but should pick up with cooler temperatures. The boat ramp is open, and I would recommend using caution as all campgrounds and resorts in the area are closed for the season. Kastmasters or No. 2 Needlefish are good this time of year. Shore fishing with nightcrawlers can also be rewarding.

RED LAKE: Algae has been clearing up and fishing has been slow. I will be waiting for ice fishing around Christmastime, provided we get some much colder temperatures.

WEST CARSON RIVER (California side): Water levels have lowered over the last couple weeks and fishing has been rated very slow. A few anglers have been catching some rainbows in the 10- to 13-inch range with salmon eggs or Powerbait. For more information, stop by Creekside Lodge.

EAST CARSON RIVER (California side): Alpine County Fish and Game Commission, funded by Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, has put in the last fish plant of the season. Fishing has been very good higher up on the river past Carson River Resort. Try two salmon eggs without any weight in calmer-moving waters. Get to the deeper, faster waters and use a small pinch weight with a dollop of salmon peach Powerbait. A small one-eighth ounce Panther Martin or Rooster Tail have also still been productive. For more information, stop by Todd’s Bait Tackle and Supplies.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Weeds are clearing up as the weather cools. The water level is down a little, which allows anglers to drive around the first cove to fish by the dam. Fishing has been rated as fair. My last trip to the lake was a windy one, as usual. I saw one angler catch a nice 1.5-pound rainbow using green Powerbait. The campground and boat ramp has closed for the season; the unimproved launch ramp is open. A special note to anglers: on the last weekend of the month, Alpine County Fish and Game will plant the lake.

PYRAMID LAKE: Fishing here continues to be good; I have had reports of up to 11-pound cutthroat trout caught in the Hell’s Kitchen area. Many anglers have had good success from Windless Bay to the nets area while fishing in 20 to 50 feet of water. They have been using No. 1 or No. 2 Torpedo spoons. Remember to keep an eye on the northeast end of the lake while in a boat; when you can’t see the shore, it may be time to head for shore. The wind can come up quickly and become dangerous.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a picture of your catch, send it to If you have fishing report, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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