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With fall nearing, it’s time to start thinking about closures

Column by Doug Busey, Tribune fishing writer

Hello, fellow anglers.

Well, this is the time of year when our lakes and streams close. So, let’s set the facts straight on who is doing what.

HEENAN LAKE is now open only Friday through Sunday, sunrise to sunset. There is no limit; it’s catch and release only. Artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks can be used. Boats are allowed, but no gas motors, and you must carry your boat to the lake.

TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK and the TRUCKEE RIVERS leading into LAKE TAHOE on the South Shore will all close Sept. 30. On that note, TOPAZ LAKE also closes Sept. 30. All of the other streams in the Sierra district (i.e. East and West Carson River, Wolf Creek and Silver Creek) will close on Nov. 15. There is one exception this year: All streams and rivers in Inyo County will close Sept. 30. Mason Wildlife Area (I.e. Hinkson Slough, North Pond and the cooling ponds in Lyon County) will close Sept. 30.

Now for the openers.

PYRAMID LAKE: Pyramid opens Oct. 1.

Now that you have all this information let’s check out where we can catch some fish.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been slow. Steve Lightfoot, Bill Sandborn and I ventured out on Tahoe last Wednesday. We found the fish in front of Nevada Beach stacked up in 105 feet of water, but to no avail. We tried various spots drifting minnows, but without success. We trolled rapalas on the Nevada Beach dropoff, also with no luck. I called Mike Nielson from The Sportsman, he also had the same luck.

Even though the waters are calm and the day is bright, fishing has been slow on the South Shore. For more information call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

BLUE LAKES: Fishing has been good for those who don’t mind a bit of a wait. Why the wait? Construction workers are straightening and widening the road.

EAST AND WEST CARSON RIVERS: Waters are still low but big fish are still being caught. Roger Benson, using a gold Mepps spinner last Sunday, caught an 8-pound,10-ounce rainbow. This was on the East Fork. On the West Fork, Chris Tuttle caught a 7-pound and a 5-pound rainbow trout. Even though waters are low, if you search hard enough, you also can catch fish this size. For more information, call Brad at the Carson River Resort at (775) 694-2229.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: If you like camping, enjoy yourself. If you like fishing, go somewhere else. Why? Low waters and a heck of a lot of algae.

BURNSIDE LAKE: For some unknown reason, the California Department of Fish and Game planted a lot of rainbow trout. Many limits have been coming out. At this time, I would recommend taking the youngsters up there. They would have a blast.

TOPAZ LAKE: A few nice tiger trout have been caught using powerbait. Trolling action has slowed. Remember, you only have until the last day of September to fish here. For more information call “Chucky” at Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

FRENCHMAN’S LAKE: Fishing is going very well. The fish are moving near the shore. Recent reports this week show a 3 1/2-4 pound rainbow measuring 20 1/2 inches caught on a Mepps spinner. Also, an angler from Reno, bank fishing from Crystal Point, caught a 2-pound rainbow using an inflated night crawler. Other good areas have been the old boat dock and near the dam.

I hope this puts you onto some good fish. If you have a photo of your catch, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, attn. “MAC THE NAW.” You too could be in the next Naw Hall of Fame. If you have any questions or comments about fishing, call the Naw-Line at (775) 276-9722.

Good fishing and tight lines!

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