Mac the Naw: Shorter days, cooler temperatures bring better fishing |

Mac the Naw: Shorter days, cooler temperatures bring better fishing

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Hello fellow anglers; fall is only a few days away. Snow was falling at Kirkwood last week, and this is the time of year to bring extra gear while fishing — such as warm clothing.

Temperatures in our surrounding areas can change rapidly. Last week we fished Weber Lake, located east of Yerington. When we left, it was 92 degrees and by the time we got to the Topaz Lake area it was 72 and raining. Always check the weather before you venture out.

Now for our local fishing report:

CAPLES LAKE: Will remain open until mid-October, then close for the winter season. Due to the recent passing of owner John Voss, the resort will restructure and open again in the spring.

I hope to see you on the waters. This time of year, the fishing only gets better as the days get shorter and temperatures cool down.

Fishing has been good for shore anglers by the dam. Garlic Powerbait or nightcrawlers have been most productive; the fish have gone deeper, so trollers have been working hard for just a couple fish. California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted the lake last week with some catchable rainbows, and that should get the browns and mackinaw on the bite soon.

Fished here a couple weeks ago with Steve Lightfoot; we worked the lead core with Rapalas and small cowbells with a half a nightcrawler, and caught a couple small rainbows. As of this week, the boat ramp was still open and will close at the first sign of significant snowfall.

WOODS LAKE: Planted with small rainbows by CDFW a couple weeks ago. Nightcrawlers or salmon eggs have been most productive.

RED LAKE: Some anglers have reported catching a few small rainbows using salmon eggs off the dam. In a few months, we will all be gathering here for the annual ice fishing get together. Where has the summer gone?

HIGHLAND LAKES: Great for small brook trout. Use caution, as weather in the area changes on a daily basis. Salmon eggs or small flies are your best bet. The far end of the lake by the campground has been the most productive area.

BURNSIDE LAKE: Recently planted by CDFW. Small spinners or salmon eggs are productive here.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Early morning fishing has been most productive, and anglers have been using garlic or salmon peach Powerbait. The weeds are still plenty, but that is where you will find the fish. Best areas to fish have been by the campground or by the dam. Campground is still open and usually closes around the end of October, depending on weather.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK (California side): CDFW planted the river a few weeks ago with small rainbows, and water flows have dwindled down to a crawl in a few areas. I would recommend the canyon area between Woodfords and Sorenson’s Report. Hike down to the deeper pools or faster moving rocky areas.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (California side): Flows are very good and the river has fished well. I fished here with a one-eighth ounce yellow and silver Panther Martin spinner, and caught and released 15 nice rainbows. Talked to a few anglers that were using orange Powerbait and also had good success. The fish are spread out along the river; I recommend a little walking and fishing the faster waters to get more action.

TOPAZ LAKE: Water level has dropped about 10 feet, and the Douglas County ramp is still open. Fishing has been good for boat anglers very early in the morning; they have been using downriggers or lead core trolling in 30 to 50 feet of water with Rapalas or Needlefish, and the average fish has been 13 to 16 inches. Shore anglers have been doing fair with Powerbait or inflated nightcrawlers. Remember that fishing season closes Oct. 1 and will reopen Jan. 1, 2017.

WALKER RIVER (Nevada side): Water flows are very good for this time of year; last year there was hardly any flow at all. Fishing has been productive down through the Wilson Canyon area. Nevada Department of Wildlife planted the east and west rivers last week. Roostertails or Panther Martins have been working well; in the deeper holes, Powerbait or salmon eggs have produced a few rainbows.

NEVADA FISH PLANTS: Sites over the last two weeks include Spooner Lake, Truckee River, West Walker River, East Walker River, Mitch Pond and Sparks Marina.

CALIFORNIA FISH PLANTS: Burnside Lake, Blue Lakes (upper and lower), Caples Lake, Woods Lake, Carson River east and west forks and Kinney Reservoir.

I hope to see you on the waters. This time of year, the fishing only gets better as the days get shorter and temperatures cool down.

If you have photo of your catch, send it to Have a question in our local fishing area? Call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Dress accordingly and be prepared for fall weather. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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