Mac the Naw: A lot of snow remains up there |

Mac the Naw: A lot of snow remains up there

Jennifer Dow of Carson City shows off her 4-pound, 16-inch Sacramento perch caught from Pyramid Lake.
Special to The R-C |

Hello, fellow anglers. I can hardly believe it is May, especially since most of the higher lakes still have snow on them.

Many of our backcountry lakes will be not be accessible until mid- to late-June and possibly into July. But there is one thing you can always count on. June is the month for kids’ fishing derbies to commence.

On June 3, the Lake Tahoe Optimist club will host the annual Sawmill Pond Kids Free Fishing Derby in South Lake Tahoe. The pond is located on the corner of Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Sawmill Road. It will start at 8 a.m. and run until noon. There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to help kids with loaner poles to bait and tackle. There is no preregistration need for this derby. The age limit is 14 years and younger to attend. There will be prizes, hot dogs and drinks available. Call The Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at 530-541-8208 for more information.

Down here in the valley, the annual Lampe Park Free Kids fishing Derby will be held on June 3-4. For this event you will need to preregister at the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department on Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. The derby is open to kids ages 3 to 12 years old. They are always looking for volunteers to help set up and take down the event, as well as river help, fish cleaning and the loaner pole and bait tables. You can contact Heather Gertsch at 775-684-9018 or Tiffany Ellis at or for more information.

I hope to see you at both events.

CAPLES LAKE: As of April 28 the lake still had 7 feet of snow covering it. The resort is scheduled to be open by mid-June. The El Dorado Irrigation District boat launch and day use facility has not specified a date they will open.

RED LAKE: The lake had a couple feet of snow on it as of last weekend and is melting quickly. But with the weather we experience, there may some snow flurries in the area this weekend.

BLUE LAKES: The road is closed and has no date schedule scheduled to open.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The campground is scheduled to open on Friday. The lake level is still high and the fishing has been spotty. I have had reports from anglers who have been shore fishing … one day only a few bites, while two days later the bite was good and hard. Most have been using rainbow or green Powerbait. There have been a few in the 2- to 5-pound range, but most have been in the 12- to 14-inch range. Renee and I tried to fish the lake last weekend. That was until we saw over 20 vehicles at the lake. It looked like a family reunion or a small Burning Man gathering. On our way out, approximately one-half mile from Diamond Valley Road, I saw in my rear view mirror a 1967 Corvette convertible with the top down coming up behind us. All the while eating our dust from the road. That will tell you the dirt road is passable by any vehicle.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: Fishing was good in the Hope Valley area. Most anglers were using salmon eggs or Powerbait. A few were throwing spinners. The water was flowing smoothly but high. As you get to the canyon area, the flows pick up to dangerous levels. Alpine County planted the river last week with 900 pounds of catchable trout with some up to 6 pounds. Stop by the Creekside Lodge for more information.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: The flows have picked up and are running very high and muddy. Due to the intensity of the flows they were not planted with trout last week. Both Ebbetts and Monitor passes were closed as of Wednesday when I checked with CalTrans. Stop by the Carson River Resort for more information.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level is starting to come back up a few feet over the last week. Fishing has been fair for shore and boat anglers. Green or rainbow Powerbait has been most productive from shore. Anglers trolling Rapalas early or late evenings have picked up a few in close to the shore area. During the afternoons, most fish have been caught in the 30-to-50 foot depths. Flashers and a night crawler have been more productive. Stop by the Topaz Landing Marina for more information.

PYRAMID LAKE: The fishing has been slow to fair. Two weeks ago, Jerry and Jennifer Dow from Carson City were fishing for big cutthroat trout by Windless Bay. As the story was told to me by Jerry, Jennifer threw a torpedo spoon and had a good bite. Jerry instructed her to play the spoon a little since the fish might come back and hit it again, as well it did. When Jerry reached over the side, he said what the heck is that? As you can see in the photo, Jennifer is holding a 4-pound, 16-inch long Sacramento perch. When they went into the Crosby Lodge, they noticed a trophy Sacramento perch mounted on the wall. The fish that Jennifer had caught was larger than the one up on the wall!

JUNE LAKE LOOP: Most have been fishing very well from shore to boats. Many fish in the 14- to 18-inch class have been caught. June and Gull lakes have been fishing well for trollers using Rapalas with four to five colors of lead core line. Taz Devils and Needle fish have also been productive. Grant Lake was productive for trollers fishing Rapalas 100 feet off the shore for big browns and rainbows. The best bite has been the evening hours. Stop by Ernie’s Tackle and Ski Shop in June Lake, Calif. for more information.

NDOW FISH PLANTS: Rye Patch Reservoir, Wilson Common, Mitch Pond, Martin Slough, Davis Creek and if water conditions are good, the East Walker River with brown trout.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a photo of your catch, send it to or if you have a question or a report in our local fishing area, call the Naw line at 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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