Mac the Naw: Take dad out fishing to celebrate Father’s Day |

Mac the Naw: Take dad out fishing to celebrate Father’s Day

Doug Busey
Special to the Tribune
Tiffany Lambert of Minden, Nevada, displays this 6-pound rainbow she caught at Caples Lake using yellow and garlic Powerbait on Sunday, June 5.
Courtesy / Caples Lake Resort |

Hello fellow anglers; we have had two successful kids fishing derbies locally. The 27th annual Lampe Park Kids Derby had 1,300 kids attend, and last Saturday, June 11, was the Kids Fishing Derby at Indian Creek. My hat goes off to all the volunteers that came together to make it such a successful and fun event. Now it is time for the kids to take dad fishing. Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19, and what better way to give back than to take your dad fishing. The first time my father took me fishing, I didn’t know what to think. We hiked down to a spot on a lake that reminded me of the intro to The Andy Griffith Show; I swear it was the same lake.

My first fish was a 6-inch bluegill caught on a worm and a bobber. I did not know what to do when the bobber started to bob and swim away; my dad told me to reel, so I did for about five feet then set the pole down, grabbed the line and pulled that fish in. I had caught my first fish.

I caught a few more that morning and mom cooked them up for dinner that night. Throughout dinner, I told the story of how I caught dinner. I was hooked for life.

I thank my dad every day for giving me the gift of fishing. Through fishing, I have met many fellow anglers and made some good friends.

The weather is supposed to be back to normal by this weekend, so get out and enjoy our lakes and streams with the family.

LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been great when the wind is not blowing you off the lake. Best areas have been Cal/Neva and the North Shore. Flashers and a live minnow have been most productive in 130 to 220 feet of water. Average mackinaw has been 2-5 pounds with a few in the 8-to-10-pound class. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Fishing has been good, and the water level is at 60 feet; both of the boat launches are open. Tiffany Lambert from Minden, Nevada, caught a 6-pound rainbow on yellow and garlic Powerbait and Jerry Tamamtini caught a rainbow and mackinaw trolling lures in the middle of the lake. The general store is open for launching and boat rentals seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, stop by Caples Lake Resort.

RED LAKE: Fishing has been poor for many shore anglers. The lake has started its annual algae bloom.

WOODS LAKE: The road is open and camping is available. No fishing reports have come in so far.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open to the fourth gate into Charity Valley.

CARSON RIVER EAST AND WEST FORK (California side): Both rivers are running high, the east fork is a little muddy from the snow runoff while the west fork has a slight tint to it. Greg Jennings from Fair Oaks, California, caught a 2 3/4 pound rainbow last week using a Copper John nymph. There are plenty of fish in both rivers, you just have to get down to them. For more information, stop by Carson River Resort.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Fishing has picked up a little, which may be due to the recent fish plant of 1,800 pounds. I camped here with friends last week, and we caught some small rainbows using Thomas Buoyant spoons while others used Powerbait. Lake level is way up and the lake is clear; weeds have started to show up, but are minimal. The boat ramp is open, and last week there were anglers with larger boats trolling the lake. For more information, stop by Creekside Lodge.

TOPAZ LAKE: A fellow angler fished the lake last week and caught two rainbows ranging from 15-17 inches long; he was using Rapalas in the middle of the lake. He told me the waters on the south end were pretty dirty due to runoff coming into the lake. For more information, stop by Topaz Landing and Marina, which is open for boat launching and rentals.

TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All located on the south end of Lake Tahoe, closed to fishing until July 1.

NDOW FISHING PLANT SCHEDULE: Through June 9, plants include West Walker River, Baily Pond, Davis Creek Park Pond, Spooner Lake and Wilson Common Pond.

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

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