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Mac the Naw: Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby approaching

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune

Hello fellow anglers; are you ready to get paid to go fishing? The annual Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby will start Jan. 1, 2015. Many anglers have asked if there’s enough water in the lake to fish — yes, the lake is very low but very fishable.

Due to the low water, the Douglas County boat ramp and Topaz Marina will not be open. I would also exercise extreme caution for those that decide to shore launch their boats. Many areas are very shallow and have some mud bogs that you cannot see until it is too late — last year, many anglers with four-wheel drive were getting pulled out by the local towing company. We just need to use common sense.

I spoke to the Nevada Department of Wildlife a couple months ago to see if they would be planting the lake this year. Karie Wright told me they have been monitoring the lake for oxygen levels and sustainability for the survival of the fish. As of last month, they have been planting the lake with catchable trout. So far they have planted approximately 7,000 pounds of triploid strain rainbow trout.

As for the derby, the rules have not changed. You must be over 21 years old to participate in the derby. Any trout weighing 2 pounds and over is to be brought to the general store to be officially weighed in for the weekly cash give away — heaviest fish is awarded $50 and second heaviest is awarded $25. Any tagged fish is worth $100 cash plus $10 free slot play and 10 entries into the drawing. All non-tagged trout 2 pounds and over will also receive $5 in free slot play and 10 entries into the drawing. The derby will run from Jan. 1 until April 12. On April 12 at 7 p.m. inside the Topaz Lodge, tickets will be drawn for cash and prizes valued at $1,000. You must be present to win.

Where else can you make a little extra money for doing something we all love to do? For more info or to make reservations, call the Topaz Lodge and Casino at (775) 266-3338.

CAPLES LAKE: The water level is still up and the fishing has slowed down a little. A few anglers have had success fishing off the dam or by the spillway with nightcrawlers, or casting Rapalas or Kastmasters. The resort will open for the winter season and cabin rentals in mid-December. For more info, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Good news anglers: Alpine County Fish and Game planted the lake last Friday with 1,800 pounds of 1-to-5 pound rainbow trout.

I spoke to an angler that was at the lake when they planted last week — people were casting their lines right in front of the plant truck as they were unloading the fish. In less than an hour, seven anglers had caught their limits of 2-to-5 pound trout. The angler I spoke with did not even wet a line that day; I could feel the frustration in his voice as he described the way that anglers were acting. One day we will have a regulation that states, ‘You must keep 25 feet of distance from any vehicle planting fish, and must maintain that distance for a half-hour after the truck has completed the plant.’

The lake level is still good and the weeds have minimized. For more info, stop by Todd’s Bait and Tackle located inside the Creekside Lodge in Markleeville, Calif.

CARSON RIVER, MARKLEEVILLE CREEK, WOLF CREEK, TROUT CREEK, TRUCKEE RIVER AND TAYLOR CREEK: All located in California, are closed to all fishing.

CARSON RIVER IN NEVADA: Open for fishing all year.

NEVADA FISH PLANTS: Baily Pond, Mitch Pond, Wilson Common Pond, Topaz Lake.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch send it to dprice@recordcourier.com. If you have any questions in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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