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Mac the Naw: Good week for rainbow

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Hello fellow anglers; Renee and I just got back from fishing the East Carson river for a couple days. The flows are still high but very fishable. We had long-distance releases and caught a few small rainbows. Drifting salmon eggs or a night crawler with a very small split shot seemed to work the best. I hit a couple on a red-and-white spoon. If you have not been up to the Carson River resort in awhile, you have to check out the new renovations they are doing to the resort, from the new landscape to the complete change of the store. With all this change one would think the price rates would go up. I talked to Chad Machado, the new manager, and he assured me that the rates are staying the same and you can expect the same great service. Chad has been with the resort part time for many years and has only recently stepped in as new manager after Todd Sondero left to seek other adventures.

Before getting to our report: A reminder that fire season is here. We need to be fire aware when venturing outdoors. Always douse your fire with water; do not cover it with dirt. Embers can stay active for days under a few shovel fulls of earth alone. If you see someone that has left a camp area and they have not fully extinguished their fire, do the right thing by pouring some water on it. That way we all have a place to come back to enjoy later. Just a note, even a discarded water bottle can start a fire when the scenario is right. If you can pack it in full, you can pack it out easier when its empty. Be fire smart.

LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been good for mackinaw trout. The north end has been the most productive, especially at Cal/Neva- Sugarpine points. Some days the afternoon bite has been better, trolling 120 to 150 feet of water with a flasher and a live minnow. On June 7, Robert Bartles was fishing on Gene St. Denis’ boat and caught a 24-pound, 42-inch mackinaw. On that same trip they lost a larger fish. Average mac has been 2 to 5 pounds, with one this week at 15 pounds. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake is warming up; it is now about 50 degrees. The bite is coming on good. A 5-pound rainbow was caught at the spillway last week. Mackinaw have been in the top 15 feet of water. Woods creek area has been producing some pan-size rainbows for shore anglers using night crawlers and salmon eggs. The marina is open for launching and boat rentals. The EID launch ramp is also open. The county campground, located across from the resort, is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Dress warm as it is still cold in the mornings and evenings up there. For more information, call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: I have not received any reports and have not fished the lake in more than two weeks.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open to upper and lower Blue Lakes. CDFG has not planted the lake so far. No reports for the lake have come in.

BURNSIDE LAKE: The road is now open.

CARSON RIVER ALPINE CO: The water is still running high. the fishing has been slow. A few anglers we saw had caught a few pan-sized rainbows. They were drifting half a worm or a salmon egg with a small split shot. Most fish were caught right next to the shore. A fly angler caught and released two 5-pound rainbows — they were caught on a prince nymph fly. The rivers have not been planted this week. For more information, call the Carson River resort at 877-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RES: The water level is still good, the campground and boat launch is open. Last week the lake was planted with 1,000 pounds of nice-size trout. With our cooler temperatures this week, the fishing should turn on. The best areas have been on the dam or on the other side of the dam. Inflated night crawlers or powerbait has been most productive. A few anglers have thrown some kastmasters or small spinner from the dam and had been successful.

ALPINE COUNTY REPORT: A new tackle store has opened in Markleville. It is located in the Creekside Lodge main office. This is where you will find Todd Sodero. You will see a sign that reads “Todd’s Bait and Takle” right out front. Yes, that is spelled correctly. Todd takes guests of the lodge out fishing local waters when he is not in the office. Silver Creek has been doing very good as well as the west Carson river. They have been using a fly rod with a salmon egg. Average fish has been 10 to 12 inches. For more info call the Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511.

TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER AND TROUT CREEK: Closed for fishing until July 1. These streams are not planted by the CDFG. As a rule I use barbless hooks on my lures and practice catch and release in these waters. It is not a regulation by CDFG, just a suggestion to preserve our native population of rainbow and brown trout.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. Next week the Naw is heading out to fish Lake Tahoe and catch an Aces ball game. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to Any questions in our local fishing world call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. As a reminder, mark your calendar for July 6 and Sept. 7. These are the Nevada free fishing days this year. California only has one free fishing day per year and it has passed.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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