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Mac the Naw: Plenty of local areas to fish

Happy anglers show off their morning catches after fishing with Tahoe Sport Fishing’s Captain Zach on the Hawk I near Obexer's Marina on the West Shore.
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Hello fellow anglers; I have heard over and over how bad local fishing is because of low waters in our area. There are plenty of places to fish in our local area that are very fishable. Renee and I fished up on Wolf Creek, Silver Creek and the East Carson River last weekend. Some were good and others were slow, but we adjusted for every place we fished and had a successful, fun day.

I have to tell you of an experience we had on the East Carson River. I was fishing on a long stretch of the river when an angler from upstream apologized and asked to pass in front of me. I had not noticed he was playing a nice trout. I reeled in my line and gave him plenty of room to pass. He was successful and landed a nice 2-pound rainbow. That is what courtesy is all about when fishing around other anglers.

Later that afternoon, Renee had been fishing a 10-foot stretch of the river and having good success. An angler from upstream was walking in the river on the other side casting a jig. After about 15 minutes, he worked his way down and walked right into where Renee had been casting. We decided to leave, but first I had to tell him that he was rude in what he had done. The man started yelling at us, saying that he has a right to fish anywhere he wants, this is a public river, he works six days a week and pays taxes and had paid a lot of money for his license. I told him I just wanted to let him know he was rude. He then accused us of poaching and wanted to call the game warden, so I offered him the number. He then proceeded to tell me that he wanted to put his fist in my face and throw my wife into the river. At this time Renee and I ended the conversation and headed for the truck. We parked about 100 feet from the area and we could still hear him yelling. This angler had issues or just had a bad day, and we did not want to add to it. We left the area and fished elsewhere.



The day was good, Renee had mastered the art of throwing a Roostertail lure in fast-moving water and caught and released over 15 fish. But the angler was correct, he did have the right to fish anywhere he wanted, he just did not want to use common courtesy. I only wish him good fishing and tight lines away from other anglers. Here is your local fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE: Captain Zack from Tahoe Sport Fishing said kokanee have started to come into the south end of the lake. Kokanee fishing is usually good from mid-July to September. Last week they caught 20 kokanee and four mackinaw. They have been fishing mainly the west and northwest end of the lake and have been getting limits of average mackinaw on most trips. For more infor call Tahoe Sport Fishing at (530) 541-5448. For those anglers that want to shore fish, Cave Rock was planted with rainbow trout this week by Nevada Department of Wildlife.



CAPLES LAKE: The water level is still high and the lake is clear. The El Dorado boat launch is open at 6 a.m., while the Caples Resort ramp opens at 8 a.m. The fishing has been on and off. I fished with Geary and Deanne Ness two weeks ago and we could not buy a bite, even in my favorite hole. We trolled for four hours and decided to try another place. I did see a couple anglers with one small rainbow each. The lake was planted with trophy rainbows three weeks ago and a few of them have been caught, which leaves about 1,430 pounds left to catch. The resort is open for boat and cabin rentals, and for more info call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Currently green with algae, as is typical this time of year. Fishing has been slow for all anglers I have spoken to.

BLUE LAKES: The lake has dropped about 20 feet in water level and 100 feet in shore level. Some anglers have been shore fishing with salmon eggs and getting pan-sized rainbows, perfect for breakfast. The boat launch is not usable except if you want to carry your small boat or canoe to the lake.

WEST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted the river last week — the last plant of the year for them. Many anglers have been doing well with salmon eggs or small spinners. Alpine County Fish and Game was scheduled to plant this week, but due to low waters they may have only planted a couple areas. For more info or to make a reservation, call Creekside Lodge in Markleeville at (530) 694-2511.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: Water level is stable and fishing has been very good. CDFW planted the river last week and Alpine County Fish and Game planted this week. Anglers have been using small silver spinners in the faster moving waters and some anglers have been using orange or yellow Powerbait. If you want to have a fun time, use a fly rod or an ultra light with a small pinch weight and drift into faster waters. For more info call Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229. They have cabin rentals along with full hook up RV and riverside dry campgrounds.

Hope to see you on the waters. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to dprice@recordcourier.com. 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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