Trash becoming a problem along Carson rivers |

Trash becoming a problem along Carson rivers

by Mac the Naw

Hello, fellow anglers.

I would like to inform you of an ongoing problem: trash.

I went to Alpine County to fish the West and East Carson rivers recently. One thing first: the East Carson is like chocolate milk due to rainstorms; the West Fork is clear.

But the shore is not. I cannot believe the negligence of people. I picked up 12 bottle caps, four power bait jars, 15 cans, two potato chip bags, three lids from salmon eggs and power bait. Come on, people! Let’s keep it clean.

In fact, I was thinking of a volunteer program: Go to the East and West Fork Carson rivers once a month to fish and pick up trash. Please call me on the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722. Let me know your opinion. Maybe we can organize something. Be sure to leave your name and phone number.

Now for our fishing report:

South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action has been very productive from the Keys to Taylor Creek, trolling a dodger followed by a live minnow (available at The Sportsman). Kokanee have been slow, but should pick up in a few weeks. Some rainbow have been caught around the Cave Rock area using rapalas. For more information, call the guys at The Sportsman, at (530) 542-FISH.

Caples Lake: Fishing is excellent. Reports of 3- to 4-pound rainbow and Browns have been caught. And limits of good-sized rainbow have been common. The ramp is still open and clear. Boaters exercise caution on the water, as there are many rocks close to the top of the water. Most have been marked with buoys, but use caution. For more information on wind conditions or fishing, call the Caples Lake Resort and Store at (209) 258-8888.

Blue Lakes: Fishing has been good using panther martin lures or Kastmasters. Some limits have been reported. Also inflated night crawlers have been successful.

West Fork Carson River: Best action has been upon the Blue Lakes Road area or in the canyon by Sorensen’s. A split shot with a night crawler is your best bet.

East Fork Carson: Doing good for rainbow, holding in the deeper holes using a night crawler tipped with a salmon egg. Because of a thunderstorm, the waters are stained by dirt and mud.

Lake Alpine: Stocked Tuesday with 2- to 5-pound rainbow. Fishing has been good using rooster tail lures in a black pattern. Green or yellow power bait also have been productive.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Early a.m. is your best time to get those nice 2- to 4-pound rainbow that were planted by the Alpine County Fish Commission. Captain America power bait has been the most productive. Best area is near the dam.

Topaz Lake: Fishing has been very slow due to water temperatures and water skiers. It is the time of the year when people enjoy the water.

Shifting gears, Victor Babbitt has the scoop on what’s going on in the fly-fishing world:

Summer’s over and the so are the water flows on our local rivers!

September is usually my favorite time of the year for fly-fishing on our streams, but the lakes are a better bet this Fall. The West Carson is almost non-existent and the East is down to the lowest I have ever seen! Heenan Lake fished OK on the opener but should improve greatly when the temperatures start to drop the later we get into the month.

Caples Lake, Red Lake and Indian Creek Reservoir have been holding their own and should get better as the fall approaches as well.

If fly-fishing moving water is your only option, the Truckee River has water but it hasn’t been fishing that great. It should improve dramatically in the next few weeks with the cooler temperatures. Look for the larger western style drakes to start coming off sometime in the near future. A large Parachute Adams works well. Also Hoppers, Fall Caddis and BWO’s should be filling in. The East Carson has fish but they are really spooky and hard to get at. Fall Caddis, Stones and Hoppers on the surface and tiny mayfly patterns for the subsurface.

If you have a float tube, Heenan Lake will be fun on the weekends. The weeds are pretty thick along shore so being out in the lake is a must. Cone head Buggers in Black, Purple and Olive worked well on the opener as well as Midge Pupas, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs and PT’s for the subsurface. Try the heave it and leave technique with the nymphs (indicator fishing with a wind drift).

Get down deep with a big streamer for Caples Lake! The big fish are there but usually are taken in the depths. If the fish are rising try Griffith Gnats, Para Adams and Black Gnats. For Nymphs, try Prince Nymphs, Hares Ear Nymphs and Calibaetis Nymphs. The old heave it and leave it will work well here too. Fish the Dam areas and or the Woods Creek inlet area.

If you are having a hard time catching fish on our public waters, sign up for a day on East Peak Lake! East Peak is a private fly fishing only lake at Heavenly Ski Resort. It has huge rainbows in it and can only be fished with a guide. We take all ages of fishermen and it can be a great way to land a fish of a lifetime. For more information on these fisheries or any others in our area, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters or give us a call at (530) 541-8208 and we are located on Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd next to the Timbercove Lodge and across from the new Safeway. Good luck and please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout!

Remember, you only have about three weeks to fish on Topaz. As of Oct. 1 the lake will be closed to all fishing until Jan. 1, 2002. For any information, you can call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

I hope this helps to put you on fish and if you get a picture of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. You can be in the Naw Hall of Fame. And if you have any questions or comments, call the Naw Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!

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