Fishing Report: Time to renew licenses

Hello fellow anglers.

A few things to mention this week.

Remember, Nevadans or those that fish Nevada waters, as of March 1 you will need to renew your license.

That means Saturday.

Now for some information a little down the road, but very important.

The 2008 Kids' Fishing Derby at Lampe Park in Gardnerville will be May 31 and June 1 this year.

How would you like to be a volunteer? Sure could use your help. You don't even need to know how to fish to make a difference in a child's life on this special weekend.

For more information, you can call 267-2724 or you can send an e-mail to

You can volunteer one or both days.

For the Sawmill Pond Kid's Fishing Day, we have not chosen a day yet. Right now, we are looking at May 31 or June 7.

I will let you know as soon as I hear to give you plenty of time to plan for the event. Now let's see where can we fish when we have 2 to 15 feet of snow around most of our lakes.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Last week, a customer of the Sportsman came in to ask where to fish. Jack and Rick turned them on to Dennis Mitchell. Next day the man came back to thank them for a good recomendation. Three anglers went out and all caught their limits of mackinaw trout.

When you can get out fishing from Reagan Beach to Ski Run Area has been productive. Shore fishing at Cave Rock Ramp has been slow to extremely non-productive. For more information, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE: Gene St. Denis brought out his GPS and headed for Dollar Point. Trolling dodgers in a white out is a feat in itself, but it paid off very nice. Gene reported an 18-pound mackinaw and a couple smaller ones.

For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552.

CAPLES LAKE: John Voss told me they have 3 to 4 feet of ice with 2 to 6 feet of snow on top of that. Does not sound fun to me. Just as a note, Kirkwood has 300 inches of snow to give you a comparison.

RED LAKE: With our last storm the lake recieved 3 to 5 feet of new wet snow on top of 4 feet of ice. If you decide to fish the lake, move away from the shore where the ice is not 5- to 6-feet thick. The farther out you go, the thinner the ice will be. Please always use caution and fish with a partner.

INDIAN CREEK: As of last weekend, Indian Creek was still closed on both entrances due to snow.

With our warming temperatures down in the Valley, there is a slight possibility it may be accessible by this weekend.

I will be going up to see if it is on Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed.

TOPAZ CASINO DERBY REPORT: In first place with the biggest fish caught this year, Tony Hemmah from Wellington caught a 6.1-pound rainbow trout, giving him $50.

In second place, Ron John caught a 4.11-pound rainbow trout, giving him $25 and Ron Huett caught a 2.3-pound tagged trout for $50.

TOPAZ LAKE: Shore fishing has been slow. Boaters have picked up trout with medium gold and silver cow bells and a night crawler in 30 to 45 feet of water. A special thank you to Obanion Fish Hatchery in Smith Valley, Last year, they donated two plants of large high quality trout.

PYRAMID LAKE: Not many reports due to the weather. Don Quilici of Carson City told me Ryan Hueber from California caught a 10-pound cutthroat on the Feb. 18, then on the Feb. 21 he was back at the north nets and caught a 10.12-pound cutthroat on the same black fly.

MASON VALLEY COOLING POND: Some anglers have been catching channel cats from 8 to 10 inches. But Dave Rodway from Gardnerville caught nice 2- and 1.5-pound channel cats two weeks ago using night crawlers and a marshmallow.

He also told me he caught a couple small bass and a nice bluegill that got off right on shore.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Located 60 miles north of Elko. Great for ice fishing, but a long way to go. Four anglers from California last week fished for four days. Their catch was 835 perch and four channel catfish and all caught their limits of trout each day. For more information, call the Wildhorse Resort at (775) 758-6472.

Good luck in your fishing ventures. If you have any questions in our fishing world call the Naw line at 267-9722. Good Fishin' and tight lines.


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