Hello fellow anglers, and happy Independence Day to you all.
There will be a lot of people out and about this weekend so be careful for yourself and the other person.
If you are headed out to do some fishing this weekend, I have the place. No. 1 on the list this week is Caples Lake. This is what they offer: bed and breakfast rooms, cabins on the lake, general store, 12-14 foot fishing boat, kayaks or canoe rentals. If that isn’t enough, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife cleared out its trout hatchery in the Sacramento area and planted 15,000 fish in Caples Lake last week.
The El Dorado Irrigation District, in an effort to bring Caples Lake back to the fishery it was before the work on the dam, planted 1,800 pounds of trophy sized rainbows a few days ago. Also, the water level on the lake is almost full. Bring your boat to utilize the two launch ramps at Caples Lake or just find a spot and enjoy a day of shore fishing with friends and family. For information or to make reservations call 209-258-8888.
Now, let’s check out other waters in our area:
LAKE TAHOE: The mackinaw action has slowed a little. Gene St. Denis reported a 10-pound mackinaw on Tuesday and a few in the 1- to 5-pound range. Anglers have been using flasher blades or dodgers followed behind with a live minnow. I used a Banjo Minnow one time with special trout juice on it and did very well. The best mackinaw action has been the Tahoe City drop off, Cal/Neva point. Flatfish in chrome or white have been doing well. Anglers have started in 120 feet of water and gone down to 250 feet. Kokanee action has been good from Camp Richardson to above Taylor Creek. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.
SILVER LAKE: The lake level is way up and the boat launch is open with a few areas to shore fish. Warning: They have boat eating rocks in this lake, just as they have in Caples Lake, so use caution. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted the lake with about 8,000 pounds of rainbow trout.
WOODS CREEK AREA: Great access to fishing Caples Lake inlet from the rocky shore. You can also hike back to the old bridge and see the waterfall behind the lake, located one-half mile east of Caples Lake on Highway 88.
WOODS LAKE: Located 1.2 miles east of Caples Lake, dry camping and a small lake with rainbow trout are available. Plenty of day hiking to higher lakes in the area; try Winnemucca and Frog lakes to fish or simply enjoy the wild flowers.
BLUE LAKES: The road is open to both upper and lower lakes, where you will find dry camping. Rural camping is available at Tamarack and Sunset lakes. These are located approximately a few miles before lower Blue Lake on a marked dirt road turn off. Blue Lakes was planted recently. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent.
RED LAKE: Also known as green lake, due to excess of the algae bloom in the summer. The three angler reports I received this week all said fishing was bad. The lake does hold rainbows, brook and cutthroat trout.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake has come down about 18 inches and the weeds are getting heavier. The boat launch near the campground is open. They offer tent as well as dry RV camping, in addition to water faucets around the camp area and a heated shower for campers use. The fishing has been slow. I fished by the camping area for 2 hours with spinners, spoons and powerbait with not one hit. I watched 3 other anglers near the boat launch and not once did I see them jump to their poles. The lake was planted earlier this month. Bob Engelhardt showed me a picture of some beautiful 2 to 4 pound rainbows he caught a couple weeks ago on a secret color of powerbait (that he would not disclose to me). The lake has plenty of shore fishing areas. And you can watch the eagles hunt overhead.
CARSON RIVER, CALIFORNIA SIDE: The east Carson is still running good, although the west fork has slowed down a lot. California Fish and Wildlife finished its last fish plant of the year last week when about 3,000 fish were planted on these two rivers. For the good news, Alpine County Fish and Game is planting both rivers this week. I will give you a hint, they are not all where you would think they would be. Last week, Renee and I were fishing some fast water with some willows and did quite well. Renee used salmon eggs and I used a Panther Martin spinner. I looked upstream and saw what looked like a large brown dog crossing the water. As it came closer, however, I realized it was no dog, so we gathered our gear and moved through the brush as quick as possible as the bear passed right in front of us. The Carson River offers camping at the Carson River Resort, Markleeville Campground, Grover’s Hot Springs, Sorensen’s Resort and Wolf Creek Campground.
TROUT CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK: As of July 1, these streams are all open for fishing. Remember, these waters are not planted by fish and game, they are planted from the lake to regenerate Lake Tahoe for years to come. I have learned to practice catch-and-release with a barbless hook on these waters. There are plenty to catch and fillet from the surrounding areas.
HIGHLAND LAKES: A great place to get away and catch some brook trout. Two lakes are located approximately 1.5 miles near Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4, just watch for a sharp left U-turn. Go approximately 5 miles in on a good dirt road and you will come up on a flat lake with mountaintops surrounding the little lake. They have dry camping available with portable toilets on site.
BURNSIDE LAKE: Located above Hope Valley at the intersection of Highway 88 and 89, approximately 5 miles away on a dirt road. Dry rustic camping and rainbow trout are available.
I wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July. Remember, campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and in designated campfire rings. If you have a fire, put it out with water not dirt. Stir it and water it again. Then, stir and water it one more time. If you are responsible enough to have a fire, then be responsible enough to put it out the right way.
If you have any questions in our local fishing world call the NAW Line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.