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Mac the Naw

Hello, fellow anglers. Hey, are you getting excited about opening day for the California streams on April 28? I am.

The waters, as of one week ago, are excellent. But with our low snowpack, I feel we may not have a good summer season. (I hope that I am wrong.)

Now let’s get excited again. This year, Markleeville will be holding the first annual Fish Fling and Barbecue. This will be at the Carson River Resort, approximately 2.5 miles past the town of Markleeville.



From the information I have received, there will be a live country band, a horse-drawn stagecoach for rides around the resort, a barbecue with all the fixings. As for the Fish Fling, this, from what I heard, is a contest where people fling fish toward a target for prizes. I don’t think they will be using real fish, at least I hope not. Also, there will be local merchants showing and selling their wares. All this will be happening on April 28. If you need any more information, call Brad Davis at the resort, (530) 694-2229.

Now let’s see about where the fishing is going on:



South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action has been spotty, but toplining has been very productive. Last Wednesday, Mike Nielson of Tahoe Topliners caught a nice 5-pound brown trout using a rapala. Nielson was in the area of Ski Run. For more information, call the guys at The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: As of Tuesday, covered with 2 feet of ice with 2 feet of snow on top of that. For more information, call Todd at the Caples Store at (209) 258-8888.

(Special note: As of this Monday, for two weeks, the gates to the resort will be closed to all for spring remodeling. So all you anglers will have to park up on the road.)

Red Lake: There is some open water and I have had recent reports of unsteady ice along the edges. My advice is wait until the lake has thawed before attempting to fish.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Action has been good for all anglers with lures, flies or bait. Best areas are on the other side of the dam near the far point or by the unimproved boat ramp.

Carson River: Silver Creek, Wolfe Creek, Markleeville Creek are closed until April 28.

Trout Creek, Taylor Creek, Upper Truckee River in the Tahoe Basin are closed until July 1.

Blue Lakes Road: Still closed.

Topaz Lake: Boaters working most of the day have brought in good limits of 1- to 1-1/2-pound rainbow, trolling flasher blades followed by a night crawler. Shore angling still is on the slow side.

The derby at the Topaz Lodge has ended. The 13 weekly winners were invited last Saturday to see who would win the grand prizes. Winners included, first place, $1,000, John Goody; second place, $500, Hugo Fonzo; and third place, $250, Joe Buffo. All other qualifiers were presented a new rod and reel.

If you need any information on fishing conditions at Topaz, call Chuck or Linda Fields of the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

Now let’s check out our fly-fishing conditions, courtesy of Victor Babbitt at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters:

It’s not spring yet, but it might be by next week. This past storm sure put a bit of a damper on the fly-fishing. It was starting to get good in a few places and then snow, snow and more snow. All it will take is a bit more warmth and the fish will start taking the fly again with a vengeance. A few spots that I have been hearing about should fish great this next week. Spooner Lake thawed a week or so ago, but I have not had any great reports as of yet. Then again, there were a ton of fish in that lake last year at the end of the season, which I am sure will start to get active with just a bit of sunshine. Summit Lake is another spot that has been good lately, but a bit on the crowded side. Small midges were the ticket, fished just under the surface.

If the run-off stays in control, the East Carson River in Nevada has been fun lately as well. Fish this with stonefly nymphs and woolly buggers. And once again, if you don’t mind driving, the Yuba River, Sacramento River, Owens River and the American River are all fishing great right now. Catch it while you can before our local river opens and have some great dry fly action to get you warmed up for the local openers in a couple of weeks.

Our favorite fishery this time of year has been a bit messed up this winter season. The East Walker River took a beating when the flows were dropped for the cleanup of the oil spill. It does seem like it is making its comeback at a rapid rate, though. We have had few guys out lately that have figured it out and done quite well with midge patterns, stonefly adults, San Juan worms and baetis imitations. Streamers are always worth a try this time of year also. I must admit I cannot wait to fish the opener in California on the Walker. I think a lot of the fish that were downstream during the spill have moved upstream above the spill and congregated in the upper three miles of river or so. Be careful, it could be quite crowded again this year.

If you would like more information on these fisheries or any others in our area, stop by the shop and we will set you up with anything you might need for a great day on the water. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is now back to full size and stocked up with all the goodies and a few new items as well. We are at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (across from the new Safeway and next to Timbercove Lodge). Our phone number is (530) 541-8208. Please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout!

I hope this puts you onto fish and if you get a picture of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Attention Mac-The-Naw. You could be in the Naw Hall of Fame. If you have any questions or comments, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!


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