Mac the Naw: Time for fall fishing |

Mac the Naw: Time for fall fishing

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
Stephen Wong of Kirkwood, Calif. hauled in this 3-pound brown trout Oct. 3 at Caples Lake. Wong caught the trout topwater on a black fly.
Courtesy Photo |

Hello fellow anglers; time to get out and enjoy some fall fishing. Now for those who do not fish, take a trip up to Alpine County just to see the fall colors. Take Highway 88 up to Caples Lake or Highway 89 through Markleeville up to Monitor Pass — and please don’t forget your camera. Now for those you who do fish, here is your local report:

SILVER LAKE: The Kit Carson Lodge will be closing this month. Due to low water conditions, they have already closed their boat rentals. For those of you who want to take your own boat out, use extreme caution. It’s not only the boat-eating rocks you have to be aware of, now you have to watch for the prop-eating rocks as well. Shore fishing has been slow, but should pick up with cooler temperatures.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level has now dropped to 12 feet below the high water line. When launching your boat, raise the motor — the county ramp has a few rocks at the end of the launch. Fishing has been up and down over the last couple weeks. Stephen Wong from Kirkwood caught a 3-pound brown trout on a black fly, Leo Guerreo caught a 2-pound rainbow on a Kastmaster. Last Monday, I took my niece Chelsea and her husband Jim out trolling for a few hours. We tried Rapalas, Kastmasters, flashers and a worm, various spinners — and received not one bite. Meanwhile, back on shore, Renee and my sister Barbara tried various colors of Powerbait with only a couple bites. The Caples Lake Resort will be open until Oct. 20 for cabins and boat rentals. They will close for winterization and open up later in the year. For more information call (209) 258-8888.

BLUE LAKES: The road is still open, the lake level is low. The campgrounds will be closing with the hint of the first snow.

RED LAKE: The lake level has dropped about 10 feet. I have had a few reports of anglers catching a few rainbows with gold Kastmaster lures and salmon eggs.

HEENAN LAKE: Located on top of Monitor Pass and is open until the last Sunday in October. This lake is a catch-and-release lake, and only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks can be used. Special note: fishing is only allowed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake still has a few weeds but is still very fishable. This time of year is when my friend Steve Lightfoot and I always find the bigger fish. If you plan to do some camping, this is the last weekend the campgrounds will be open until next May. On Oct. 13 at approximately noon, the campground will officially close for the year — but that does not mean the fishing ends.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (Alpine County): The water level is way down to the size of a small creek in the Hope Valley area. Most anglers have been fishing the canyon down to Woodfords. If you don’t mind a little hiking, there are still some nice fish in there. For more info, stop by Todd’s Bait Tackle and Supplies.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK (Alpine County): The water levels are low, but there are still plenty of good fishing spots. This is a great time of year to sight fish with a fly — Bud from Auburn caught a 3-pound rainbow on a San Juan worm last week and Tad from Grass Valley caught a 3-and-a-half-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. If you want to do some camping, the Carson River Resort will be open through November — they have RV and tent camping right on the river. For more info call (530) 694-2229.

TOPAZ LAKE: Closed until Jan. 1, 2015. I think we all need to do a little praying for rain and snow to get this lake back up to where it was a couple years ago.

NDOW FISH PLANTS: Baily Pond, Mitch Park Pond, Marilyns Pond, Sparks Marina and the Walker River west fork.

MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA: Closed on Sept. 30, will open in February.

WEBER RESERVOIR: Will close Oct. 15.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. If you have a picture of your catch, send it to Hope to see you on the waters — good fishin’ and tight lines.

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