Mac the Naw: Welcome to Memorial Day weekend |

Mac the Naw: Welcome to Memorial Day weekend

Tahoe Sport Fishing’s Captain Bobby shows off a 15-pound mackinaw hauled in on Lake Tahoe Tuesday.
Courtesy Photo |

Hello fellow anglers; welcome to Memorial Day weekend. Before I get to our local report, I have to tell you about some great people. As many have heard, due to the lack of rain in the Carson Valley the 26th-annual Lampe Park Kids Fishing Derby was going to be moved to Mitch Pond. But it will carry on at Lampe due to the generosity of the Carson Valley ranchers, who collectively agreed to give the amount of water needed for the five-day event. That, my friends, is what community is all about. I tip my hat to the Carson Valley ranchers for stepping up and making a difference for the kids — in appreciation, I will be wearing my big black hat on Sunday during the derby. The derby will be held on June 6 and 7, and registration forms are available at the Douglas County Parks Department — for more info call Heather Gertsch at (775) 684-9018. Those that would like to volunteer at the derby can call Rachelle Dumas at (775) 309-3873 and those who would like to become a sponsor can contact Steve Hamilton at (775) 392-3579 — you can also get info via email at I will have a special article in next week’s fishing column.

Now lets check out what’s going on in our local fishing world:

LAKE TAHOE: John Shearer of Tahoe Sport Fishing reported a 15- and 8-pound mackinaw caught this week. They have been fishing the south and west shores of the lake, and Shearer said they have been in 120 to 180 feet of water bouncing the bottom with live minnows. Many limits have come in, with the average size between 2 and 5 pounds. For more info call Tahoe Sport Fishing at (530) 541-5448.

CAPLES LAKE: Rain and snow has been good to the lake, and it is now at the 58-foot mark — only 4 feet short of the high water line. One angler was fly-fishing near the Woods Creek inlet and caught a nice 8-pound mackinaw. While other anglers have had good luck with flashers and worms, shore anglers have had good success by the spillway or on the dam using inflated nightcrawlers. The Caples Lake Resort is open for the season — the boat launch and general store are open, with cabin and boat rentals available. The El Dorado Irrigation District boat ramp and day use facility is also open. The Caples Lake campground is scheduled to open this weekend. For more info contact Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

BLUE LAKES: As of May 14 the road is only open to the fourth gate, approximately 7.5 miles into Charity Valley.

WOODS LAKE: Open as of May 14. Use caution and bring plenty of warm clothes with you — we may be almost in June, but the nights up there get mighty cold.



INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level has come up about 2 feet, the water is clear and the algae has started to thicken on the bottom. Hunter Wheatley from Carson City was fly-fishing with a friend last weekend and lost a few, but did catch a nice 13-inch rainbow. Shore fishing has been slow; I fished for a couple hours last Sunday with no luck on lures or bait. I spoke to few anglers and they reported the same luck. The campground and boat ramp is open. I recommend that you adhere to the bear warning signs and make sure you put all food and anything that may smell like food in the bear boxes at night.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (CALIFORNIA): The waters have been clearing up a little, but that can change with the weather. Many anglers have been doing well with spinners or salmon eggs. Robert Lewis from the Carson River Resort told me his son Travis caught a 3.5-pound rainbow using salmon eggs. The Alpine County Fish and Game Commission has planted the river with a mixture of 12-inch to 4-pound rainbows. The resort is open for cabin rentals, RV and tent camping with the general store for all the things you for got to bring. For more info contact them at (877) 694-2229, or stop by and let Robert take a picture of your catch.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK (CALIFORNIA): The river is flowing good and clear. A few anglers have reported some nice catches in the Hope Valley area through Woodfords Canyon. Most anglers have been using nightcrawlers or silver spinners. Alpine County Fish and Game Commission has planted the river with a mixture of 12-inch to 4-pound rainbow. For more info contact Creekside Lodge at (530) 694-2511.


Good luck fishing. I will be around taking pictures along both rivers this weekend — if you get a picture of your catch, send it to If you have any questions or reports in our local fishing area call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Be safe, as there will be a lot of people on the roads this weekend. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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