Mac the Naw: Recent rain makes for unsure fishing |

Mac the Naw: Recent rain makes for unsure fishing

Doug Busy
Special to the Tribune
Ethan Sides from Sonoma Calif., hooked a 5-pound, 30-inch rainbow trout at Caples Lake.
Submitted to the Tribune |

Hello fellow anglers, we are having some definite strange weather this year. Just a recommendation, if you plan to go into the back lakes that require driving on a dirt road, that road is now wet and muddy and will be for awhile. Especially when the road has many trees that shade parts of the roadway. Those shaded areas may still have some standing water over the road and may only look a few inches deep, but there may be six inches to a foot of mud under that water that will get you in trouble. Use caution on all road ways both dirt and paved, avoid the wet areas. With our weather getting back on track the fishing should pick up in our local area. I do not have a lot to report at this time, due to our recent weather.

Lake Tahoe: When the wind is not blowing, the fishing has been very good for mackinaw. Gene St. Denis told me he has been getting limits of average mac’s from three to eight pounds,with a few in the 10 to 15 pound class. Gene has been fishing along the Tahoe City shelf in 120 to 220 feet of water. Best action has been with a flasher with a live minnow. The CDFW has planted Cave Rock with small rainbows over the last few weeks. For more info call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

Silver Lake: The water level is still up and the boat ramp is open. This week John Endter from Minden, Nev., caught a nice 17-pound 10-ounce mackinaw and measured 38 inches long. According to the park ranger, this was the largest recorded mackinaw for the lake. John caught this mac on his first cast with a 2 ounce jig , and he was fishing in 40 feet of water.

Caples Lake: The water level is still up and both ramps are open. With the weather settling down the fishing has picked back up. Jennifer Donnelly was drifting power eggs from a boat near the Woods Creek area and caught a 2-pound rainbow. Ethan Sides was trolling deep with a Rapala by the spillway area last week, and caught a 5-pound rainbow. The marina and general store are open for boat rentals and launching. There are plenty of fish in this lake with the plants of 15,000 rainbows by the CDFW, and a plant of 1800 pounds of trophy sized rainbows by the El Dorado Irrigation District. For more information call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

Red Lake: Also referred to as green lake due to the extensive algae growth in the summer months, has been rated as very slow for shore anglers.

Blue Lakes: The road to the lake is paved, but the road then turns to dirt. So there again, be careful of standing water on roadways. I have had a few reports of some anglers catching a couple fish on the lower lake and no report from the upper lake.

Indian Creek Reservoir: The campground is open and very damp. Bring a tarp with you if you plan to tent camp. Remember to put all food, coolers, bbq’s in the bear containers at night. This time of year they do have bears problems in the area. Some suggestions are to spray your camp area before with ammonia before turning in and keep a can of wasp spray nearby. The wasp spray was a trick I got from a former camp host in California. He told me that the can will shoot up to 25 feet away and will deter most intruders. The fishing has been rated as good at times and then just turns off. I would plan an early day of fishing because the wind usually comes up by the mid afternoon.

Carson Rivers Alpine County: Due to run off from our recent rains the east fork is full of sediment and silt, but as of last Wednesday it was starting to clean up a little. The west fork has cleared up much better. Not many reports over the last week. I talked with Dayne at Todd’s Bait and Supplies this week. Dayne suggested to wait until after this weekend to come up to fish. For more info call Todd’s Bait and Supplies at 530-694-1900.

I will have a couple days off next week and will plan to fish as many bodies of water in the Alpine County area as I can. I will have a more complete report for you then. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to If you have a question in our local fishing area call the NAW-Line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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