Mac the Naw: Checking in on Alpine County’s higher lakes
Special to the Tribune
Hello fellow anglers; I wanted to give you a small report on the higher lakes in Alpine County. Although down in the valley temperatures have been in the low 40s to mid 70s, the higher lakes are still in winter-spring mode. Temperatures are in the low 30s, not rising until after midday and may only hold a mid-60 degree temperature for an hour or so. Be prepared when you travel to higher elevations.
SILVER LAKE: Thawed and fishing has been productive for small rainbows and mackinaw trout. Some anglers have ventured out in small boats.
CAPLES LAKE: 90-percent thawed and Caples Lake Resort will open Friday, May 27. The general store and boat launch will be open, and boat and kayak rentals will be available. Spring is a great time of year to get up there and fish for browns. Drew Meteer, Caples Lake Resort’s general manager, was fishing in 8 feet of water and caught a 2.5-pound rainbow on bubble gum garlic Power Eggs.
RED LAKE: Thawed and is only accessible to vehicles by the dam. The dirt road on the north side of the lake is not safe to drive on. Spring fishing can be very productive, and you want to fish the lake before the algae bloom begins in mid-June.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Campground and boat launch facility are open. Fishing last week was very unproductive for many anglers. I ventured up with Renee and our friends Geary and Deanna Ness; we tried every color of Powerbait we had, nightcrawlers and some lures. Renee had three bites and caught one; Geary had one bite; I got a big bite and then realized another angler had caught my line.
We saw 10 other anglers and not one had any success, except for a couple kayakers that fished the inlet for the spawning cutthroat trout. I highly recommend if you catch a spawning cutthroat to release it; spawned fish are not a very good meal.
This may be a negative report, but I tell it like it is. This week could be different; that is why it’s called fishing and not catching.
LAKE TAHOE: Special note for boaters: Sand Harbor boat ramp is open Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. They recommend small boats only (up to 14 feet) because of the draft on the water.
I will have a full report next week for Memorial Day weekend. Have any questions in our local fishing area? Call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. If you have a picture of your catch, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good fishin’ and tight lines.