Mac the Naw: Big fishing in Lake Tahoe |

Mac the Naw: Big fishing in Lake Tahoe

Mark Wiza pictured with a 19 pound 10 ounce mackinaw caught March 22 off Camp Richardson. This 37 inch fish hit a Lyman Lure trolled on lead core line in 50 feet of water.
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Hello fellow anglers. Well, here we are only two weeks away from the California opening day fishing season. This when most lakes, rivers and streams open for the year, and some rivers change limit and tackle regulations. Check your regulations before you go fishing to know these changes. For example, all the rivers and streams leading into Lake Tahoe do not open until July 1. These include Trout Creek, Taylor Creek, and the Upper Truckee river all located on the south end of Lake Tahoe. Its cheaper to pick up a free regulation book than to be educated by the game warden.

In my last article, I told you of a couple surprises in Alpine County. First up, I would like to welcome David and Marilyn Nickerson to the Carson River Resort. The Nickerson’s are the new managers of the resort. I had the pleasure of meeting them last week and they are real down to earth, customer service oriented country folk. Best of all, they love to fish and enjoy the outdoors. If I were you, I would start making your reservations soon for this summer. You can reach the Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229.

Second up, there is a new restaurant and tackle shop opening up on April 24. They are located on Highway 89, just a couple miles up from the intersection of 88 and 89 in Woodfords. The sight of the old burger place and gas station. New owners Tony and Dayne are calling the place, Todd’s Bait and Tackle. They will have a full fishing tackle shop and will serve burgers, chili dogs and hot dogs. There will be dining inside with seven tables as well as four tables outside to enjoy your meal, or just get something to go. There phone numbers is 530-613-9525 or 530-863-6256.

For those inquiring mind, Todd Sondero has not moved the original Todd’s Bait and Tackle from Markleeville and is not an owner of the new shop, But will be working at both locations. So now you have a place to get lunch on your way up to the Carson River Resort on opening day. Time to check out you local fishing report.

Lake Tahoe: As many might have seen last weeks photo of Gene St. Denis, You know fishing for mackinaw has been very good. Last week Gene caught a 29-pound, a 21-pound and an 18-pound mackinaw trolling a rainbow pattern Trophy Stick lure. Also noted is that Gene lost a mackinaw right at the boat that would have competed for the lake record. I also heard from a few other anglers that have similar luck in the same area. Anglers have been top lining from Cave Rock to Logan Shoals in 40-60 feet of water with stick baits. Reason for this great fishing may be due to NDOW planting Cave Rock with a few thousand rainbow trout about a week ago. For more info call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters 530-544-6552.

Caples Lake: The lake still has ice on it and is thawing out with our warmer day time temperatures. Dave reported some anglers still out ice fishing. With 60 degree temperatures the lake should thaw out by early to mid-May. The resort is scheduled to open towards the end of May or first of June. For more info call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

Blue Lakes, Burnside Lake, Wolf Creek: As of today we’re still closed and not schedule to open by Saturday April 26. I will keep you informed.

Carson Rivers California: Closed to fishing until April 26. Both the east and west fork were planted by CDFG with catchable rainbow trout this week. The Alpine County Fish and Game will be planting the week of opening day.

Indian Creek Reservation: The water level has dropped a little. The access road to the dam area is accessible now and many anglers have been doing very good. Renee and I fished last week for an hour and a half and caught and released many fish in the 10 to 13 inch class. Lew Souder and Fred Jones fished last week and were very successful throwing various colored spoons. The campground is scheduled to open on May 1. The lake was planted recently with rainbow trout in the 1/2 to 2 pound class.

Topaz Lake: Water level still is too low to launch boats from the marina or the Douglas Park area. Many anglers with small boats have been shore launching. I have not received any reports from the lodge on the derby. The derby drawing will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the casino. Must be present to win.

Mitch Pond: The Gardnerville Ranchos was planted with one pound and bigger fish this week. They were supplied by O Banion Fish hatchery in Smith Valley. Fishing has been good for bait and lure anglers.

NDOW Fish Plants: Wilson Common Pond, Baily Pond, Carson River in Douglas and Lyon counties, Walker River east fork, Lake Tahoe.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure, hope to see you on the waters. If you get a picture of your catch send it to . If you have a question in our local fishing world, call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin and tight lines

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