Hello fellow anglers! I’ve got to tell you, I love this time of year. Cool crisp mornings and nice afternoons is a perfect recipe for fishing.
Last week, Renee and I invited Geary and Deanna Ness to camp with us on the east fork of the Carson River. We packed all the coveralls and the long johns, ready for a cold four days of camping and fishing. We stayed at the Carson River Resort RV park. We had all the comforts of home, as the resort has full hook ups there. We even watched John Wayne movies after a nice evening around a camp fire.
Each morning we got up early to find new fishing holes. We had our best luck 2 to 7 miles up river. Over four days we caught approximately 60 rainbow and cutthroat trout ranging from 12 inches to a few pounds. We even kept enough to have a “Naw-B-que” one day and a few to take home. We released the rest to catch another day.
We met a wide variety of campers, some fished and some just enjoyed the great outdoors. I met 15-year-old Tristen Whitaker and his grandfather, Brian Sherwood, from Stockton, Calif. One morning as we were leaving to go fishing, they were just coming back from a successful hunting trip. Tristen had got his first buck deer, a nice 3x4 he had shot at 65 yards while in a standing position.
As a note, the Carson River Resort is open all year for cabin rentals. They have a full-service RV park and a campground right on the river. They have a general store for all the food and fishing items you may have forgotten to bring. The campground and RV park does close during winter season, but fishing season is open until Nov. 15. For more information, call the Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229. You still have time to get one last camp trip or two.
Other waters in our area are also fishing well:
LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action is still doing good ranging from 2 to 6 pounds, with a few in the 7- to 15-pound range. Anglers have been fishing 150 to 200 feet of water with a dodger and a live minnow 12 inches behind it. Bets areas have still been the Tahoe City shelf and Dollar Point. Topliners have been doing good for small rainbow trout 10 to 16 inches. They have using a Seps Side kick in a watermelon pattern followed by half of a night crawler. Best areas have been Eagle Point, Sand Harbor and Logan Shoals area. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.
CAPLES LAKE: Water levels are down, the EID boat ramp is closed. The Caples Lake ramp is open for small boats to launch on their dirt ramp. Rental boats are still available through Oct. 27 and the store is open from 8 to 5 every day. Nick Burruel caught a 2-pound rainbow from the shore while Jeff Bovero caught his limit fishing off the dam area. This time of year is good for browns and mackinaws. For more info call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
RED LAKE: A couple anglers have reported fair fishing for brookies and rainbows off the dam. They were throwing Kastmaster lures or salmon eggs.
BLUE LAKES: The road is still open as of last Wednesday. The campground is closed for the season. Use caution when you venture back in this area this time of year. The weather can change on you very quickly. Also in this area is Tamarack Lake, Upper and Lower Sunset lakes. Salmon eggs or small spinners are most productive.
UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK AND TAYLOR CREEK: Closed to all fishing for the season. Will reopen July 1 2014.
CARSON RIVERS ALPINE COUNTY: Both rivers have been planted by the CDFG and the Alpine County Fish Commission on Oct. 13. Salmon eggs or yellow power bait was the most productive. If you are a fly angler, I had the most fun throwing an elk hair Caddis or an Adams fly. Both were tied by Bruno Huff from Alpine County. If you are not an angler but enjoy the most fantastic fall colors, you have to take a trip up Highway 89 or Highway 88 to believe a tree can turn that color of red and yellow gold.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level has dropped a little. I talked with Chelsey Kendall last week after she took her family up to enjoy a nice day of fishing. They were fishing with power bait near the dam and caught a few nice rainbow trout. Small boats can be launched on the unimproved ramp on the east side of the lake. Boaters and tubers reported good fishing throwing Thomas Bouyant spoons. The campground and boat launch on the east side of the lake are closed for the season.
WOLF CREEK AND SILVER CREEK: Located on Highway 4 past Markleeville. Anglers have done fair for small rainbow trout. They had to do a little walking to find where the fish were holding. Best areas were in the faster waters and not the slow moving pools.
TOPAZ LAKE: Closed to fishing until Jan. 1 2014. To those people fishing on the California side off of Highway 395 last week. You need to read your regulations more closely. That is a hefty fine and you could lose your fishing privileges. As of last Wednesday the lake has received more than 10,000 pounds of rainbow trout from The Nevada Department of Fish and game. And they plan to put more in before opening day.
HEENAN LAKE: Located on top of monitor pass on Highway 89. This is the last weekend it will be open to fish until next year. Open Friday trough Sunday catch and release only. You can only use artificial lures or fly with barbless hooks.
NDOW PLANTS: Last couple weeks. Baily Pond, Mitches Pond and Hinkson Slough.
CDFG PLANTS: Last couple weeks has been East and West Carson River forks in Alpine County.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question in our local fishing world call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Good Fishin and tight lines.