Many options for opening-day anglers on opening day
Today is an exciting day. Most are planning what to do and where to go Saturday for the 2004 California rivers and streams fishing opener.
In your planning, remember that all streams leading into Lake Tahoe, including Taylor Creek, Trout Creek and the Upper Truckee River, will remain closed until July 1.
Also remember to read your California Department of Fish and Game regulation book to ensure you know of any changing rules. In our local area the following waters will be open: Carson River East/West Fork, Wolf Creek, Silver Creek, Markleeville Creek and the Walker River and, of course, various lakes in the area. The most popular is Twin Lakes near Bridgeport.
For newcomers, the area 1 mile past Markleeville on Highway 89 is Hangman’s Bridge. This is a catch-and-release area with single barbless hooks, artificial lures and flies. The limit is zero. This is from the bridge downstream to the Nevada state line. But wherever you are fishing, you must wear your California fishing license in plain sight above the waist.
Now for a little more incentive. The Carson River Resort will be holding their annual fishing derby. There is no entry fee. Just stop by the resort with your catch and you may walk away with one of the fantastic prizes that will be offered this year. Preregistration isn’t necessary. The resort is located 2.5 miles past Markleeville on Highway 89. Bring in your catch for Brad or Todd to weigh and photograph.
Now if you don’t have plans for lunch, everyone is invited to the eighth annual Naw-B-Que at the cabin just past the resort on the right. (Just look for Jed Clampett’s place and the West Coast’s largest pine trout, a 12-footer). This is where you bring me one cleaned-and-filleted trout and I’ll use my special recipe and cook your lunch along with some home-grown potatoes. You must supply your own beverage.
For those who just want to stop by and swap fish stories, you are invited. There will be many outdoor writers and news crews on hand. Maybe you can be famous, or just full of trout.
For more information on the opener, call Brad Davis at the Carson River Resort. And for anglers who might forget some things, Brad will have everything you need. At the resort you can find fishing gear, bait, sodas, warm clothes (just in case), camping supplies, and my favorite, a lot of munchies. Of course, there are cabins to rent, as well as a nice campground right on the river. Brad can be reached at 1 (877) 694-2229.
Hope to see you there!
Before I get to your local fishing report, please remember to slow down on the roads this weekend. There will be anglers hopping from one hole to another with one thing on their mind: fishing. So please use caution while driving from one area to the next.
LAKE TAHOE: A week ago my wife, Renee, and I went out with Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters. When I told you last time that the fishing was hot, that was an understatement. We started fishing at around 1 p.m. and in 45 minutes we had a nice limit of Mackinaw trout, ranging from 3 to 6 pounds. We were trolling dodgers and a minnow with Gene’s famous attractant that only he knows the main ingredient. Last Tuesday, Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Toplinners reported a 13-pound Mackinaw and a lot of average 3- to 5-pounders following the 28-pounder Nielsen caught two weeks ago. Mike also told me the rainbow bite has slowed down due to the water temperature. Last week, it was 45 degrees and now it’s 38 degrees. Also with the winds, it’s hard to stay on course.
CAPLES and RED LAKES: Stay off of the ice! Both lakes are showing open waters that are unstable. In talking with Miysha from the Caples Lake Resort, they have started to raise the level of the lake 4 to 6 inches of a day. By June 1 the lake should be at its normal level. They plan to open the ramp Memorial Day weekend or sooner, depending on the weather. For more information, call the Caples Resort at (209) 258-8888.
INDIAN CREEK: Due to the high winds there hasn’t been any reports of anglers catching anything but cold. But there have been a lot of people trying. This weekend, the chilly and wet weather should subside to give you that opportunity to fish for the 2000 pounds of CDFG has planted over the last few weeks.
TOPAZ LAKE: Linda Fields of the Topaz Marina reports that Dick Shepel and his fishing buddy, Carlos, were drift fishing from a boat. They were using night crawlers and caught nine rainbows from 2.2 to 3.3 pounds. Shore fishing has also picked up on the south end. For more info, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.
Taylor Creek, Upper Truckee and Trout Creek in the Tahoe Basin: Closed to all fishing until July 1 .
I hopes this puts you onto fish wherever you go. If you get a picture of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. You too can be in the NAW Hall of Fame. Regarding any questions in our fishing world, please call the NAW line at (775) 267-9722 . Good fishin’ and tight lines.