Mac the Naw: Trout season opens in Alpine County, it’s time for fishing |

Mac the Naw: Trout season opens in Alpine County, it’s time for fishing

An angler fly fishes on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, California.
Provided / Clark Blanchard / California Department of Fish and Wildlife |

Hello fellow anglers; it’s time to get ready to do some fishing. The general trout opener in many California counties will commence Saturday, April 30, one hour before sunrise. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession.

I suggest you check the regulations on the body of water you plan to fish. Regulations differ on season opening and closing dates in some locations, daily limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions. For more information, check your 2016 California Freshwater Fishing Regulation booklet or visit

For those people that feel they can catch and keep their five-trout limit in the morning then come back out and catch more fish, CalTIP is a hotline set up by California Department of Fish and Wildlife for honest anglers to report violators breaking the rules and regulations set up to protect and serve avid anglers. The CalTIP number is 800-952-5400.

In Alpine County, you can also call the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department at 530-694-2231. They will take your information and route it to the local game warden. Let’s make this a great opening day for all to enjoy. The roads will be full of anglers and campers driving and walking from hole to hole; make sure to be attentive on the road this weekend.

Special note: The streams that lead into Lake Tahoe are all closed to fishing until July 1: Upper Truckee River, Taylor Creek above and below Fallen Leaf Lake, Trout Creek. These are located on the south end of Lake Tahoe.

This report will give you the information you need for fishing and camping in the Alpine County area:

SILVER LAKE: Thawing, and it’s recommended to stay off the ice. There is open water around the area of the boat launch and Plasse’s Resort. Neither Plasse’s Resort or Kit Carson Resort have opened for the season yet.

CAPLES LAKE: Has about 2 feet of ice with 1-3 feet of slush and snow on it. There are many areas around the shore with open water, and fishing open water along the shore is good in the early season. Please stay off the lake, as ice conditions are very unstable this time of year. There are also still deep snowdrifts that can be dangerous, so watch your footing. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.


RED LAKE: Thawing quickly, with many open areas around the lake. Ice fishing will have to wait until next year.

BLUE LAKES: Road is open to the second gate, approximately 2.3 miles in from Highway 88.

BURNSIDE LAKE: Road is not open yet for the season.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Campground and boat launch area is scheduled to open May 6. The lake has been fishing well; I fished last weekend and caught up to a 16-inch cutthroat trout throwing spoons and Powerbait from the shore, and saw a few other anglers having success by the dam. The lake has brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout ranging from 8 inches to 8 pounds.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (Alpine County): Planted with rainbow trout by Alpine County Fish and Game Commission, and water was running nice as of last Monday. With cooler temperatures, runoff will be at a minimum and hold the river real nice for fishing.

A special note to anglers: waters from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada state line are open to catch-and-release with artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. For more information, call Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229; they provide a general store with ice, propane and firewood, along with RV and tent camping.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK (Alpine County): Water was running a little high last Monday, but should slow down with cooler temperatures. Planted with trout last week by Alpine County Fish and Game. For more information, call Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511. It has lodging and is home to Todd’s Bait Tackle and Supplies shop.

SILVER CREEK: Trout planted on April 21.

WOLF CREEK: Road still closed for the season.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: Planted with trout.

MONITOR AND EBBETTS PASSES: Closed as of April 25.

CAMPGROUNDS: Open — Turtle Rock, Crystal Springs, Markleeville Creek. Closed — Kit Carson, Wolf Creek, Silver Creek, Woods Lake, Hope Valley.

Fish plants in Alpine County were funded by Alpine County Fish and Game, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and South Tahoe Public Utility District. Together they have planted 3,600 pounds of catchable rainbow trout, with some rainbows up to 5 pounds or more.

I hope you have a great fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to If you have a question or a fishing report in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. I hope to see you on the rivers. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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