Mac the Naw: Respect the limits while fishing |

Mac the Naw: Respect the limits while fishing

The Rodger family from Texas shows off their delicious catches hauled in aboard Tahoe Sport Fishing’s Dory-L on July 12. They spent the morning fishing near Rubicon Point on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.
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Hello fellow anglers; there are only two things that make me extremely angry and I experienced both of them two weeks ago. While fishing, I met an angler with a limit of nice rainbow trout. Later on that same morning I saw him fishing again in the same spot catching more fish; he had taken his first catch home and returned the same day to catch more fish. As defined in the state fishing regulations, you may catch and keep five trout per day. That does not mean you can catch five, give three away and keep fishing nor take your five fish home and come back the same day and continue to fish. What is it about the word “limit” that is so hard to figure out? This to me is simple greed, and these people are stealing from the rest of us. I have kept my camera at home for a while, but it is back with me; I urge all anglers to do the same. There are two phone numbers I would like to share with you. In California you can call CalTIP at (800) 952-5400, and in Nevada you can call Operation Game Thief at (800) 992-3030 to report any wildlife violation.

The other item that bothers me is trash. On my last excursion, I picked up cans, plastic bottles, Powerbait jars and lids, bottle caps, beef jerky packages and even found where someone enjoyed a 12 pack of beer but was too lazy to pack out the empties. They left them all around their illegal fire pit. Let’s keep our lakes and rivers clean. If you can pack it in you can surely pack it out. That 12 pack of beer that weighed 10 pounds when you bought it only weighs 12 ounces when finished. A couple extra Walmart bags in your tackle box will help you with that.

Now for a more positive note, here is your local fishing report:

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is still 98 percent full. The fishing has picked up very well due to Kirkwood PUD/EID planting 3,500 pounds of trophy trout and California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently planting the lake with pan-sized rainbow trout. Jeff Bovero from El Granada, Calif. caught a 4-pound rainbow off the dam using orange power eggs while Sean Mathews from Folsom, Calif. caught a 3-pound rainbow using crawlers. The Woods Creek and Emigrant Creek inlets have been producing many fish for anglers using a bobber and nightcrawler. The resort is open for boat launching and rentals and the general store is open seven days a week. For more info call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

SILVER LAKE: Lake level is up and the fishing has been good. CDFW was scheduled to plant last week. The boat launch is open and Kit Carson Lodge offers boat rentals. For more info contact the lodge at (209) 258-8500.

RED LAKE: Fishing has been slow for most anglers. Algae has started to bloom over the lake.

BLUE LAKES: The water level has started to drop. Fishing has been rated as slow, but a few anglers have caught some pan-sized rainbows using salmon eggs on the upper lake.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The weeds have almost taken over the west side of the lake. If you do decide to fish that side, I recommend a 3-foot leader when using Powerbait. As for the east side by the unimproved launch area, the weeds are there but not as bad. There have been many fish in the 3-to-5 pound range coming out in the last few weeks. I met an angler one morning with a 6-pound rainbow he caught on Powerbait. The boat launch and campground area is open.

WEST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: Fishing has been good for anglers using salmon eggs. CDFW was scheduled to plant last week and Alpine County Fish and Game planted two weeks ago. There are still plenty of fish throughout the river. For more info call Creekside Lodge at (530) 694-2511.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: After the rains subsided, the river cleared up and has been fishing well. Kevin Hall from Wellington, Nev. caught a nice 8.12-pound trout on a worm and two weeks ago Peggy Bristol caught a 2-pound rainbow using salmon eggs. Many good reports have come to me from anglers using salmon eggs in the faster moving waters. For more info call Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229. If you catch a nice fish stop in and let Angel or Robert take your picture.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, 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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