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Memorial Day Weekend will draw a fishing crowd

Doug "Mac-the-Naw" Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. Welcome to Memorial Day weekend.

Remember a few rules on this three-day weekend. Please take your time on any adventure that you may embark on, as there will be many people enjoying Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas – especially in the Hope Valley area of Alpine County. Not all will be fishing; some will be biking, hiking and rafting on the Carson rivers. Most say to give them an inch; I say give them a few feet to let them enjoy the same thing you are doing: enjoying the great outdoors and relaxing.

The most important rule for our anglers who will be everywhere they can is that streams leading into Lake Tahoe, including Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and the Upper Truckee River (all on the South Shore) are CLOSED to all fishing until July 1.

If you have the urge to stream fish, the Carson River is only a short drive out of Meyers on Highway 89. Approximately 15 miles will take you to the heart of Hope Valley, where you can catch rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Average size this year has been 10 to 14 inches with many 3- to 5-pound fish caught and the exceptional 9.5-pound rainbow that was caught 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Please slow down to enjoy your weekend and for other places to go, here is your fishing report.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis from Blue Ribbon Charters reports that Dollar Point to Cal-Neva Point has been very productive for Mackinaws, average size 3-5 pounds with one to three fish coming in at 6-15 pounds. Gene has been fishing at a depth of 170 to 260 feet, trolling flasher blades or a dodger blade followed by a live minnow. Jigging has also been productive in the same area. Use a white jig tipped with a minnow and bounce it right off the bottom. For more information, call Gene at (530) 544-6552.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Mike Nielson of the Sportsman in South Shore reports that Mackinaw action has been good trolling a rapala in 20 to 50 feet of water. Best patterns include black/silver or black/gold. Mike’s best success has been in the Emerald Bay area, mainly in the rocky spots, although the bigger fish are in 100 to 150 feet of water in the same area using a dodger and a minnow. For more info, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

CAPLES LAKE: Fishing has been very slow. The ramp is open, but I advise to use caution as the water level is still low and there are only a couple of feet of water on the ramp. The ramp is open at 7 a.m. and the general store is open for whatever you may need. For more info, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Last week, Jack Martin and Russ Wickwire were up at the lake to watch the CDFG plant 2- to 4-pound cutthroat trout. These fish were brought down from Heenan Lake after they were milked. A special twist is that the CDFG has tagged some of these fish for $10. You need to return the tag to the address that is listed on the tag. This could be a profitable weekend.

Just a special note: The CDFG wardens will be watching just in case some people decide the temptation is to great and attempt to snag fish. Trust me, this will cost you dearly. The Naw will also be out and about with his camera.

INDIAN CREEK: Also known as “Windian Creek,” fishing has been fair. Wayne Gongaware of Woodfords caught two 3-pound rainbows last weekend, using inflated night crawlers. Best action has been by the dam with crawlers or rainbow power bait.

BURNSIDE LAKE: Road closed.

BLUE LAKES: The road will be open on the 28th. Special note: No trailers, boats or camping allowed. Day use only. The road to Tamarack Lake is closed.

CARSON RIVERS, EAST AND WEST FORK: The water is high, fast and semiclear. The CDFG will be planting this week with catchable rainbows on both rivers. The Alpine County Fish Commission planted some nice 3- to 6-pound rainbows recently. Last week, Kevin Griffin of Carson City caught a 3.9-pound rainbow on a Panther Martin lure. Salmon eggs have been most productive lately.

Special note: 1 mile south of Markleeville is Hangman’s Bridge. From here downstream to the Nevada state line it’s zero-limit, catch and release only, single-barbless hooks, artificial lures or flies only. From the bridge upstream, you can use bait. For more info, call the Carson River Resort and general store at (877) 694-2229, or stop by to get your picture taken and be on Brad’s wall of fame.

TOPAZ LAKE: In talking to Chuck Fields of the Topaz Marina, not many anglers have been out this last week. Most who have made it out have caught their limit or close to it. Best action has been from the shore using night crawlers. The lake has dropped a bit, but there still is enough water to launch safely. For more info, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

I hope this helps put you on the fish. If you get a picture of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, attention: sports – Mac the Naw.

If you have any fishing questions or concerns, please call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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