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Mac the Naw: Spring has sprung on local waters

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Hello fellow anglers; spring has sprung in our local area. With temperatures this weekend forecasted to reach into the 70-degree range, we are all getting the fishing bug. Renee and I set out on another fishing adventure through Alpine County last weekend. This report will reflect on our adventures:

SILVER LAKE: The lake is completely thawed out and many anglers have been fishing along the shore. The Kit Carson Resort is scheduled to open in mid-April. Anglers have been using Kastmaster lures and Powerbait — a few fish were caught in the 8-to-13-inch range.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake was thawed out from just past the dam to halfway up to the spillway area. Many anglers were shore fishing along the highway and we saw one angler on his pontoon float tube powered by an electric motor trolling the ice line. As of last Sunday the lake was one-third thawed, and with our warming temperatures there will be more shore area open by this weekend. The water level is rising and was at 53 feet — that is about five feet up on the resort ramp. I spoke to John from the resort, he told me they might open a month earlier than usual this year. I will keep you updated as to when the boat ramp will open.

CARSON RIVER (CALIFORNIA): Will open to fishing April 25; the flow as of last week was up and running perfectly. I spoke to the manager of the Carson River Resort, and they are gearing up for a great year — there will be some new faces at the resort this year and a few new additions that I will cover in a future article. Alpine County Fish and Game are set up to keep the rivers planted with even more fish than last year. I have not been able to reach California Department of Fish and Wildlife to see if they will be planting the area this year. To get in reservations at the Carson River Resort, call (530) 694-2229.

CARSON RIVER (NEVADA): NDOW has planted the river in Douglas County, Lyon County and Carson County with 400 pounds of rainbow trout. This should be a good weekend to get out there and wet a line.

RED LAKE: We saw two groups of anglers ice fishing last Sunday, but I would recommend staying off the lake. There was open water showing on the north end of the lake and light blue areas in the middle; for obvious reasons, we did not stop and venture out on the ice to see what they were using.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: I counted three float tubers, two full-sized boats and 14 vehicles last Sunday. We fished for a couple hours using Powerbait and various lures, but received no bites on our side. The lake level is holding and algae is starting to grow on the bottom. I spoke to a fellow angler that reported his lady friend caught a 4-pound rainbow a week before using a spoon. The campground is scheduled to open on May 1, but hopefully they will open earlier.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level has come up and many anglers have been using the Douglas County ramp. I have not received reports from the last two weeks on the Topaz Lodge Derby — it will continue until April 12, where at 7 p.m. the drawing and prizes will be awarded. For more information call the Topaz Lodge at (775) 266-3338.

ALPINE COUNTY ROAD PASSES: As of this week Monitor Pass is open while Ebbetts Pass is still closed.

NDOW NEVADA FISH PLANTS: Carson River East Fork and upper river in Douglas County, Carson River in Lyon County, Carson River in Carson County, Mitch Pond, Baily Pond and Walker River East Fork in Lyon County.

FREE FISHING DAYS: California — July 4 and Sept. 5.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to If you have a question or a report in our local fishing world call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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