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‘Naw is headed to back to Lake Havasu

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. Well, I guess it is that time again.

The ‘Naw is headed for the Colorado River and Lake Havasu City, Ariz. I know what you are thinking. This time I have been told by my friends, customers, and family members that I’m to stay on the boat. No picture taking and no hiking adventures.

That is fine by me as I will leave the snakes to their territory, and I will stay in mine. I will, however, return in time for the kids’ fishing derbies. Just a reminder: The Lampe Park kids’ day is May 31-June 1. You can register with the parks department in Gardnerville at 1327 Waterloo Lane. If you would like to be a volunteer, call Pam Rodrigues at (775) 267-1795 or Trent Dowell at (775) 267-2724.

The Sawmill Pond Kids’ Fishing Day is on June 7. This derby requires no preregistration and is open to kids 14 years of age and younger. For more info, call the ‘Naw line at (775) 267-9722, leave a message and I will return your call upon my return. Just a reminder, Sawmill Pond was stocked last week thanks to the efforts of the El Dorado County Fish Commission.

Before I get to your fishing report, there is one group of people I would like to say “Thank you” to. That is the Lampe Park kids derby organizers. Last year, they donated 25 fishing poles to the Sawmill Pond event. It’s all about our kids.

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good on the north and south shores. The best areas have been the Tahoe City shelf and just off the Ski Run shelf in 100-to-200 feet of water. Most productive has been trolling dodgers and a minnow or a flat-fish lure. Top lining has been fair. Gene St. Denis reported that a 9-pound rainbow and an 8-pound brown were caught trolling rapalas. The Cave Rock launch has been slow to good. Anglers have been picking up some rainbows in the 2-to-4 pound range using salmon eggs. One angler caught a 7-pound brown. For more info, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552

CAPLES LAKE: The lake is starting to thaw and is dangerous to venture out on. Richard told me they plan to open the resort on May 23. The lake should be open and ready to fish by then. The lake level is still low, so call first before you venture up with your boat as the ramp may not be open yet. They are taking reservations now for June-August. In August, the lake will be drained down to start on a public launch and day use area. For more info, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: By the time you read this, the lake should be completely thawed. As of last week, it looked like a slushy. Fishing should be very good for the first few weeks after thaw.

CARSON RIVERS: Fishing has been good over the last couple weeks. The warmer temperatures have brought the fish to life. One angler caught and released 90 fish using a lure. Last week, the Alpine County Fish Commission planted the rivers with some nice 2-to-6 pound rainbows. Salmon eggs have been the most productive of all baits, second only to night crawlers. For more info, stop by or call the Carson River Resort at (877) 694-2229.

TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK: All rivers on the south shore of Lake Tahoe are closed to fishing until July 1.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Water levels are down and fishing is still fair. Last week, one angler caught a 4-pound rainbow. I spoke with the information officer from STPUD for Indian Creek to find out what’s going on. The information will amaze you. I have been invited to take a tour of the lake in June. I will pass along all the great things that will be happening.

TOPAZ LAKE: Linda Fields reports trollers have been doing fair to good. Most anglers have brought in two or three fish. Linda also said that there were no hot spots on the lake. Anglers have been catching fish on the edge and in the middle. Best use has been flashers and a night crawler or a needle-fish lure. No report on the shore angling. For more info, call the Topaz Lake Marina at (775) 266-3550.

PYRAMID LAKE: Watch out for thunderstorms and lightning. Action has been fair for trollers around the block house area to sutcliff. Torpedoes or frog pattern kwik fish lures. Special note: The Nets area is closed to fishing until May 15.

DAVIS LAKE: Surprise, the CDFG will be planting thousands of pounds of Eagle Lake trout ranging from 14 inches to 6 pounds. To get more info on this, call the CDFG at (530) 532-4754.

BLUE LAKES: No word yet on an opening date.

SILVER LAKE: Located 10 miles west of Caples Lake on Highway 88, the ice is coming off of the lake. There is much open water around the highway and Kays place.

I hope this helps to put you on the fish. Next article will be on May 30. Anybody with questions on the Sawmill Pond kids’ derby – or if you would like to volunteer – call the ‘Naw line at (775) 267-9722. I will return calls the week I return from Arizona.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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