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What are you waiting for? Heenan Lake is open

Doug Busey, Tribune correspondent

Hello, fellow anglers.

Why are you reading this? You should be at Heenan Lake fishing. Today is opening day.

Heenan is located outside of Markleeville, approximately 2 miles past the Carson River Resort. Take the Monitor Pass turnoff and proceed about 4 miles and the lake will be on your right.

Special regulations apply. This lake has a zero limit, meaning catch and release only and artificial lures or flies only with barbless hooks. No gasoline motors are allowed, but you may use an electric motor on your carry-down boat or canoe.

Heenan Lake is a hatchery for the Lahontan cutthroat trout. Over the past year this lake has produced over 150,000 fish, which are planted throughout California and Nevada. One last special regulation: Heenan Lake is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset. Prominent lures have been gold kastmasters, black/red panther martins. Best flies have been scuds, black bead head wooly buggers.

As for fishing elsewhere, most all of Alpine County has been stocked heavily with rainbow trout as you will read in your fishing report. But one thing to remember while you’re out camping: No campfires are allowed outside of designated campgrounds and only in a fire ring. No charcoal BBQs and you can only use a propane cookstove with a permit from the forestry department. So be careful and enjoy the outdoors. Leave it the way you found it — clean.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action is good. Last Thursday, my father and I fished with Gene St. Denis of Tahoe Trophy Trout, trolling a dodger with a minnow in 200 feet of water. We caught our limits and released six others. The largest was 27 inches. For more information about Tahoe Trophy Trout, call Gene at (530) 544-6552.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Kokanee action is extremely slow. Top lining from Cave Rock to Logan Schoals has been productive for rainbows and browns. Mackinaw action has been good around the Ski Run area to the nub and up to Camp Richardson, trolling in 200 feet of water in the early morning. For more information, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

CAPLES LAKE: Action has been good. CDFG recently planted 2,300 pounds of rainbow trout, average size being 1/2 pound. Best action has been using rapalas or a flasher with worm. Fly-anglers have done good with wooly buggers. For more information, call Caples Lake resort at (209) 258-8888. Ask for Maria.

CARSON RIVER EAST AND WEST FORK: Last Wednesday, my friend Steve Lightfoot and I caught and released numerous average rainbows drifting salmon eggs. Both rivers have been planted heavily by CDFG and will also receive a plant by the Alpine Fish Commission. These fish average in size from 4 to 8 pounds. Of special note, East Fork Carson River from Hangman’s Bridge down stream to Nevada state line is catch and release only, using artificial lures or flies with a single barbless hook. For more info, call Brad Davis at the Carson River Resort at 1-877-694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK: full of fish but windy, slimy and full of weeds. No reports for this week.

TOPAZ LAKE: In talking with Chuck Fields, all he can tell me is action has decreased, but you can still go down and have fun because on Sunday, fire house station No. 5, located behind the marina, will be holding their annual deep pit BBQ fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call Chuck at the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

For your information, CDFG planned plants for this week are at Alpine Lake, Woods Lake, Kirkwood Lake and East and West Fork Carson River.

Well, I hope this helps to bring in the fish. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, be safe and take lots of pictures. If you get a photo of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe daily Tribune: att: Mac The Naw, sports. Or if you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw-Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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