Mac the Naw: Weather looking promising for Memorial Day weekend fishing
Special to the Tribune
Hello fellow anglers; hard to believe we are at Memorial Day weekend already. Recent weather has been a challenge, but is supposed to change for the better this weekend.
Although the weather may be warm and sunny, remember that the waters flowing in our rivers are just above freezing and can be dangerous. The current on the East Carson River was running at 2,200 cubic feet per second last week, enough force to take out a full sized pickup truck. Use extra care when fishing in these waters; the only statistic this weekend should be a couple filleted trout on the barbecue.
This report will be for Alpine County and surrounding waters:
SILVER LAKE: Lake is thawed. Kit Carson Lodge is scheduled to open Friday, June 3. Fishing from shore has been fair, and some anglers have taken their boats out and trolled with Rapalas — rainbow and mackinaw action has been fair to good. For more information, call Kit Carson Lodge at 209-258-8500.
CAPLES LAKE: Lake is thawed, but there has been a thin sheet of ice in the early mornings usually gone by 7 a.m. The resort opened Friday, May 27, including the general store, lodging, boat rentals and launching facility; the campground is closed and scheduled to open in mid-June. Shore anglers have done well by the dam or the spillway area using Powerbait or inflated nightcrawlers, and the area by Woods Creek is also productive. Best bet for boaters has been flashers and a nightcrawler or longlining Rapala’s. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
WOODS CREEK: Closed, due to open in early to mid-June.
RED LAKE: Lake is thawed. There is no camping nor boat launch facilities here; you can carry in your small boat, canoe or float tube and shore fishing is also available. Salmon eggs, worms and Kastmaster lures can be productive along with fly fishing.
BURNSIDE LAKE: Closed, scheduled to open in late June.
BLUE LAKES: Road is open 7.5 miles in, to the fourth gate, from Highway 88 to Charity Valley.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Campground is open along with the boat ramp; they have tent-only and RV camping areas. They do not have hookups but a dump station is available; the camp area has heated showers and restrooms for guests only. Fishing has been slow for most, and a few reports have come in from angers using small spinners or spoons; average size has been 12 to 14 inches.
Water level has come up a couple feet, which may be throwing the bite off. A new addition to the lake is the anglers survey box located by the restrooms near the unimproved launch ramp on the dam side on the lake. For more information, stop by Todd’s Bait, Tackle and Supplies.
CARSON RIVER EAST FORK (California side): River was running high and wild last week, but with a few cool nights the water has come down to 700 cubic feet per second as of Wednesday, May 25. The water is clear with a little green tint. Alpine County planted the river Wednesday, and the fishing is on. With the amount of fish planted for opening day and this week, it will basically be a trout farm this weekend. Fish are scattered throughout the river, so there is no need to fish only by the bridges. Powerbait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs or small spinners like the Rooster Tail or Panther Martin will do well. For more information and to get your picture taken for the next report, stop by Carson River Resort.
CARSON RIVER WEST FORK (California side): Waters are running smooth and clear. Alpine County planted the river this week and the fishing will be great. Salmon eggs, Powerbait or drifting a nightcrawler with a pinch weight in the holes are recommended.
MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: Water is clear and smooth, and Alpine County planted this week. Make sure to respect private property when fishing the area. Small spinners work very well in slower waters, while drifting mice tails through the faster waters is very productive.
SILVER CREEK: Water was running well with a little stain on it from the runoff, planted by Alpine County this week. Salmon eggs, Powerbait and spinners are productive on the river.
CAMPGROUNDS OPEN IN THE ALPINE COUNTY AREA: Silver Creek, Hope Valley, Kit Carson, Markleeville Creek, Sorensen’s Resort, Carson River Resort, Grover Hot Springs.
Hope to see you on the waters this weekend. If the day and nighttime temperatures stay low, the rivers will exceed fishing expectations this weekend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Good fishin’ and tight lines.