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Time is running out to enter prize friendly Walker River Derby

Doug Busey

Hello, fello anglers.

The first thing I need to say is a “BIG THANK YOU” to all of the firefighters that worked on the Waterfall Fire. Working at Lowe’s in Carson City, I had a front row seat to the most terrifying thing I have ever seen. My NAW hat is off to you all.

For our angling world, the West Walker River Derby is almost over. You have until July 31st to enter your catch at the Walker General Store. No entry fee or application is required. This derby is sponsored by the Walker, Coleville and Topaz businesses.

There have been at least 30 prizes donated, so even if you come in 20th place, you’re a winner. For more information you can log on to highsierrafishing.com or sierratrout.com, or you can call Jeff at the Mountain View Barbecue at (530) 495-2107.

Now let’s check out our fishing world:

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Mike Nielsen from the Sportsman reports the Kokanee action is on board for the season. Fishing in front of the Keys in 120 to 180 feet of water, the kokanee are suspended in the top 20 to 30 feet of water. Flashers, followed by a red magic tipped with a piece of white corn, has been producing some small 10- to 12-inch fish. Mackinaw action has been good from the Keys to Emerald Bay using the standard dodger and minnow. Last week there was a report of an angler that caught two 25-pound Macs – I’m still waiting for photos. For more information, call the gang at the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis has had best success fishing Dollar and Cal Neva points. He has been using herring dodgers with a short leader, followed by a minnow in 150 to 300 feet of water. For more information, call Gene of Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: Sorry no report this week. You can call the general store at (209) 258-8888 for the latest news.

RED LAKE: A report from Dave Kirby from Woodfords General Store, Cameron and Tyler Daniels caught there limit of brook trout from the dam using mini crawlers and power bait.

BLUE LAKES: Anglers are still catching fair-sized rainbow trout, both upper and lower. Word of caution, bring mosquito repellent.

CARSON RIVERS: Fishing on the west fork has been challenging, although there have been some good fish caught on roostertails. The east fork has been the better of the two. Last weekend, many large fish were brought into the Carson River Resort: Dale Falcone caught 3.7- and 3.6-pound rainbows, while Angel Falcone, 8, caught her limit and Pat Giles of Gardnerville caught a 3.6-pound rainbow on salmon eggs. Last week, the California Department of Fish & Game planted 1,500 pounds of fish; this week, the Alpine Fish Commission will do another plant. For more info, call the Carson River Resort at (887) 694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK: Last Sunday, Steve Lightfoot and his grandson, Jonathan Guy, fished for five hours. Unfortunately, they only received a couple of hits and did a great job of helping rid the lake of weeds. Even so, the best part is when you take a kid fishing. In my opinion, when Steve fishes and can’t catch a 2- to 4-pound fish here, the fishing is slow.

CARSON RIVER NEVADA SIDE: A couple of anglers have told me they have had good luck up by the broken dam using rooster tails between the bridge and the dam.

TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing has been almost nonexistent due to the low water and the numerous jet ski and boating activity on the lake. In talking with Chuck Fields, the water level has dropped five feet this month. Another month like this and the ramp may close early. For more info, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550

Hope this puts you onto some fish somewhere. Special note: Remember NO camp fires are permitted outside of designated campgrounds. The list of campground info for the local area includes: Alpine County (530) 694-2475, BLM Carson (775) 885-6000, USFS Carson (775) 882-2766, USFS Bridgeport (760) 932-7070, USFS Lake Tahoe (530) 573-2600 and Washoe County Parks (775) 785-4319.

If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the NAW line at (775) 267-9722 and if you have a picture of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, attention: Mac The Naw/Sports. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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