Try fishing the Ranchos
February 13, 2014
Hello fellow anglers, fishing has been up and down over the past couple of weeks. So, that is why I will tell you of a new place to try your luck.
Some of you may already know of this place, to others, this will be a new adventure. Located in the Gardnerville Ranchos is a relatively new urban fishing pond, Mitch Drive Park Pond, located on Mitch Dr. and Topaz Lane. Since 2012, the pond has been planted with rainbow, tiger and brown trout, as well as large mouth bass, blue gill and channel catfish.
This facility offers a cement platform with seating and protective guardrail (equipped with pole holders) for seniors and special needs anglers. The rest of the area surrounding the pond has a walking trail and grassy areas for anglers to enjoy a lazy day of fishing with family and friends.
The pond originated in December of 2011 and has been stocked by NDOW on a consistent basis. Just this week, the pond was planted with brown trout.
Now you have a new place close to home to get out for an hour or so to wet a line when the weather is questionable. Let's check out other local waters:
LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good, when you can get on the lake. Best areas have been Meeks Bay and the area from Skyland to Cave Rock, trolling a dodger and a minnow in 150 to 250 feet of water. The fish have been active and very hungry. That could be due to the new nutrients flowing from our recent rain, which also raised the lake level a few inches. I'm also reminded, make sure to keep your line clean. After a few trolls you will see what I mean. Top lining has picked up for anglers in the Cave Rock area. They have been dragging large stick baits and catching some nice rainbows. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.
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CAPLES LAKE: We got a lot of rain and they got the snow. John Voss reported 5 feet of snow on top of the 12 inches of ice on the lake. Some anglers have ventured out to fish, but not reported back. Looking for another get away? The resort is open with mid-week specials on cabin rentals. What a great way to spend a few days by skiing at Kirkwood in the morning, come back to warm up, then go do a little ice fishing in the afternoon. Don't worry about an ice auger, all guests receive free use of the resort's ice auger. For information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
RED LAKE: The lake still has 10 to 12 inches of ice and an additional few feet of snow on top of that. With our warmer temperatures, use caution on all frozen bodies of water. Night crawlers or salmon eggs have been most productive. I personally like to jig gold Kastmaster lures or rainbow colored Thomas Buoyant spoons.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Renee and I ventured up last weekend. I talked with Bob Engelhardt from Minden. Bob had been there for a few hours and caught a couple cutthroat and a rainbow trout. He told me of the weekend before (the day I did not go), when fishing was great and that he used power bait from shore. Bob also informed me he caught and released many fish over the course of the day — and left with his limit of 5 fish, all over 2 pounds. My friend, Paul Aguilara, invited me to fish with him on Sunday, however, I declined to fish in that nasty weather. Paul told me he lost two fish over 4 pounds and his friends who had joined him watched from the comfort of their vehicle, as the weather was nasty and downright cold. Sometimes I am not willing to go to any length to catch a fish, but we will give it another try this weekend. Hope to see you there.
TOPAZ LAKE: I was hoping for a better report this week. With our recent rain, I had high hopes for a higher lake. But it seems the rain bypassed Topaz Lake and the surrounding area. The lake has come up about 10 inches, but not enough for the park to open the boat launch. The park ranger told me they would need the lake to come up two more feet before they could safely open the ramp. Chuck Fields from Topaz Marina said he also cannot open his launch or even put in rental boats, yet. I have not received any reports from Topaz Lodge this week on the derby. For information, call Topaz Lodge & Casino at 775-266-3338.
MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE AREA AND FORT CHURCHILL COOLING POND: Has opened for fishing for the year. This area is located off ALT 95 between Wabuska and Yerington.
NDOW FISH PLANTS: Bailey Pond, Wilson Common Pond, Mitch's Pond, Walker River West Fork, Topaz Lake, Hinkson Slough, North Pond, Fort Churchill Cooling Pond.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a report or a question in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Good Fishin' and tight lines.