Mac the Naw: Not exactly hook, line and sinker at Ken Hembree Classic |

Mac the Naw: Not exactly hook, line and sinker at Ken Hembree Classic

Hello fellow anglers. My fishing partner Tom Blotter and I had a challenging time at the Hook Line and Sinker Classic last weekend, April 9-10, at Topaz Lake. We were on the lake by 6 a.m. Saturday, and the fishing was on. We were trolling Rapalas deep and longlining them. When we came off the lake at 6:30 p.m., Tom weighed in a 3.7-pound trout and I weighed in a 2.57-pounder. We fished through calm water in the morning to whitecaps and pouring rain and wind through the afternoon and into that evening.

Sunday we started at 5:45 a.m. on calm water with no wind in sight, using the same techniques — and struggled to get fish in the boat. As the day progressed, the weather stayed calm, and the fishing got tougher.

By the end of the derby at 4 p.m., the results were in. I was fortunate enough to get 20th place while Tom took a sixth-place finish. The winner of the classic was Tricia Kermodle from Minden with a 6.23-pound, 22.5-inch rainbow trout caught from the shore on a nightcrawler.

Now let’s check out our local fishing areas:

BEAR RIVER RESERVOIR: Located on State Route 88 just west of Silver Lake, was free of ice March 28.

SILVER LAKE: Report from Dave Price: as of last Tuesday, the lake had some blue areas on its west end, with a smaller patch of open water closer to the lodge and highway.

CAPLES LAKE: There is open water around the Woods Creek area and a little blue toward the middle of the lake. I will put away my ice fishing gear. The lake may still have a few feet of ice in areas but is unstable this time of year.

Caples Lake usually becomes ice-free about six weeks after Bear River Reservoir’s ice is off. As the ice clears, the open areas around the shore become very active for browns and mackinaw trout. Throwing Kastmasters, small spinners or a fly usually produces some nice fish. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: Still iced over as of last week. I would recommend staying off the lake due to unstable conditions this time of year.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Both roads are open, and the water level has come up. Fishing has been good to fair and algae is starting to form on the bottom. Fly anglers have had success with brown and green Woolly Buggers from a float tube. Shore anglers have been using rainbow, salmon peach or garlic Powerbait, and there were a couple reports of anglers throwing gold Kastmasters off the dam.

The campground is closed at this time. For more information, call Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511.

TOPAZ LAKE: Week 13 derby results: first place went to Sam Sliger with a 3.3-pound, 20-inch rainbow. Week 14 went to Tricia Kermodle with a 6.23-pound, 22.5-inch rainbow.

This is the last week of the Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby. The drawing will be this Sunday at 7 p.m. sharp, and you have to be present to win.

For more information, call Topaz Lodge at 775-266-3338.


MONITOR AND EBBETTS PASSES: Still closed as of April 13.

EAST AND WEST FORK CARSON RIVERS, MARKLEEVILLE CREEK, WOLF CREEK, SILVER CREEK: Located in Alpine County, closed until April 30. I will have a full report on these in a special opening-season article. For more information, call Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229.

TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All located on the south end of Lake Tahoe and closed to fishing until July 1. Make a special note: these waters do not open on April 30 with the rest of the California season.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to If you have a question or a report in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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