Tasty opening day awaits anglers
Hello, fellow anglers. Are you excited? In less than 24 hours California streams will open for the season (with the exception of all streams that lead into Lake Tahoe, including Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and the Upper Truckee rivers. These streams will open on July 1.
But for the rest – East/West Forks Carson River, Silver Creek and Wolf Creek – open Saturday, April 24.
First, two corrections on my last article. The opening day is the 24th, not the 25th, and the Naw barbecue is not 25 miles past Markleeville, but 2.5 miles past Markleeville and will be between noon and 2 p.m. at the Carson River Resort.
As usual, you bring one trout fileted, I will use my special recipe and I will cook lunch for you. Also, I will be cooking home fried potatoes, all at no cost to anyone. Just an annual event to have a special moment on opening day.
Even if you don’t want lunch, stop by to talk to fellow anglers and have a good time.
And if you want – not required – you can make a donation to Kids’ Fishing Day, or purchase a Mac-The-Naw fishing hat for $5 and all proceeds go to Kids’ Fishing Day at Sawmill Pond. This year, this money will be used to stock the pond.
If anyone has any questions, call the Naw line at (775) 267-2977.
And if you’re wondering if there will be any fish this opener, as of last Sunday the waters were still great and the Department of Fish and Game is scheduling to plant the East Fork Carson River, West Fork Carson River, Markleeville Creek and Silver Creek. So there is no excuse not to come on down.
Courtesy of Victor Babbitt, let’s see what is going on in the fly-fishing world.
The sun is finally here to stay, we hope! The fly-fishing has started to kick in and the season is just about here.
We’ve been casting a few flies here and there with Indian Creek Reservoir topping the list for the best action. I think the Alpine County area is going to make a great comeback this season. Maybe if we can all convince the fishermen who frequent Indian Creek Reservoir and other Alpine County fisheries to release most of the fish they catch, the quality of fishing might stick around for awhile.
Some of the fish that we have been hooking are in the 6-plus-pound range and fight like freight trains.
Another spot that we all thought would be blown out by this time is the East Walker River. The flows have started to rise but should be good for the opener. The East Carson is starting to get murky but should fish all right along the edges. The West Carson should be one of the better, close to Tahoe, choices. The flows are not yet blown out on the west fork and should have quite a few fish stocked for the opening weekend.
If you head out to Indian Creek Reservoir, the best fly-fishing seems to be at the southern end. Our best luck has been with olive crystal buggers stripped either really slow along the bottom or fast and jerky with a full sinking line. The fish tend to school up and cruise the shorelines, so if you aren’t hooking fish just keep casting and the schools always seem to show up. There have been a few reports that blood midges have been hatching. This will make for some great surface action. Try a martis midge or an emerging blood midge.
Indian Creek is between the towns of Woodfords and Markleeville and is about a half-hour drive from Tahoe.
The California side of the East Walker River is going to be a great spot for the opener. If the flows stay down, the flies to use will be baetis imitations and stone flies. There have been a few micro caddis as well. If the flows come up, streamers as big as you can throw them will be key. Also on cloudy days be looking for that baetis hatch no matter how high the flows are. Just stick to the edges and your success should be good. The Nevada sections are at their peak right now and should stay good for a while.
The East Walker is outside the town of Bridgeport, about an hour-and-a-half from Tahoe. The West Walker will also be something worth a try. It usually gets quite a few fish just before the opener. Crystal buggers will be the best on that river.
For those who do not fly-fish yet and would like to learn to tie flies or to learn how to fly-fish, there are numerous ways to get started. Books and videos are a great way to get a good knowledge base. Also taking a class on fly-tying or fly-fishing really gives you the needed head start. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters will be offering Learn to Fly-Fish classes throughout the spring. These classes are taught by professional guides and you will learn the basics of casting, fly-fishing knots, equipment selection, entomology (the study of bugs), stream etiquette and catch-and-release tactics. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters will also be offering free casting clinics each week, which are taught by FFF certified casting instructors. Good fly-casting is the basis to successful fly-fishing.
For details on these classes or any of the opening weekend fishing spots, stop by the shop or give us a call at (530) 541-8208. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (next to the Timbercove Lodge and across from Safeway). Please remember to catch-and-release all of your wild trout!
I hope this puts you on the fish, and don’t forget to pick up an Alpine County Fishing Guide at your local tackle shop (or Woodfords Station in Woodfords). Try the pizza bread, my favorite to keep you going all day. Hope to see you all there, and don’t be afraid if you happen to see me talking with the law. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to ride with officer Dave Bazzone, and film the “Outdoor Recreation” show and to learn more of his duties as a California Fish and Game Warden.
And don’t forget to wear your license in plain sight, above the waist. Hope to see you there.
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