Kids caught some big fish at the Derby

Valley resident Michael McQuain flexing on his absentee fishing buddy J.D.  with this 7-pound, 27-inch German brown trout he caught in the Carson River on May 29.

Valley resident Michael McQuain flexing on his absentee fishing buddy J.D. with this 7-pound, 27-inch German brown trout he caught in the Carson River on May 29.

Hello fellow anglers. I wanted to thank all of the Kids’ Fishing Derby committee members, the volunteers and our great community that gave so much to make the 31st annual Douglas County Kids Fishing day a huge success last weekend. I would also like to congratulate the following young anglers that caught the biggest fish for their session. Jason Maas-6.89lbs, Judah Iaeger-6.83lbs, Wrennley Shine-5.51lbs- Steele Curry-3.37lbs, Lily Steele-2.59lbs, Clayton Maddon-2.51lbs, Rylan Hughes-1.07lbs. These were your trophy winners, but actually, we were all winners. The committee will now take a few weeks off and start planning for next year’s event. If you would like to become a part of next year’s derby.

Go to for all the information.

I must say, we timed that event perfectly and mother nature cooperated. Because this weekend will be in the mid- to upper-90s. Wherever you venture out to, make sure to bring plenty of water or Gatorade, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Sodas and caffeinated drinks may make you feel cool and refreshed, but the caffeine drains your body of the fluids you need to keep hydrated. I am one of those people that will be getting out on the water this week. But I will be fishing from just before sunrise to about noon, and then back on the water about 6 p.m. to dark. A reminder that Saturday is free fishing day in Nevada. You will need to abide by all regulations for the body of water you are fishing, but a license is not required. Saturday is also Nevada State Parks Day. All entrance fees will be waived, but there may be fees for camping or boat launching. As a note, our neighboring state of California will have their free fishing days on July 6 and Aug. 31 this year.

SILVER LAKE: Renee and I ventured up last week for the morning. We did get there a little late. We started at 6:30, which we should have started about 5:15. Fishing was very slow to nil. We tried deep and shallow with Rapalas from an F5 to a J12 with no action. The lake level is full, and the ramp is accessible. Make sure to keep an eye on your depth finder. If you’re not familiar with the lake. You may get a few snags or find one of those prop eating rocks or run aground on one of the jetties.

CAPLE LAKE: The lake level is up and the KGID day use and boat ramp is open. The Caples Lake Resort is open for launching and boat rentals. Tom and Gabby Schaeffer from Reno were staying at the resort last weekend and landed a nice brown and a mackinaw. Best action has been by the Woods Creek or Immigrant Cove area. Rapalas or Thomas Buoyant spoons have been most productive. The lake is scheduled to be planted by the CDFW next week with catchable rainbow trout. For more information stop by the Caples Lake Resort.

RED LAKE: The lake level is up. I have not received any reports from anglers, nor have I fished it since it iced out.

BLUE LAKES: As of this week, the road was open to the third gate. But with our warming temperatures, that may change.


HOPE VALLEY FISHING ACCESS: The parking area is open, but the walk path and fishing platform are closed.

WOODS CREEK ACCESS: The lot is open for access to Caples Lake.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake is at a caution level for blue green algae. Stay away from algae and scum in the water. Do NOT let pets go in the water, drink the water, or eat scum on the shore. Keep Children away from algae. If you fish the lake. Make sure to rinse your cleaned fish in fresh water before eating or freezing them.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK ALPINE COUNTY: Fishing has been fair for anglers fishing out in the meadow in Hope Valley. Nightcrawlers or a single salmon egg has been productive. The river was flowing at 250 CFM this week in the valley. As many may know, the white bridge in Woodfords canyon is closed to vehicle traffic as a safety concern. The Alpine County F&G is scheduled to plant the river next week.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK ALPINE COUNTY: The river is running clear with a little stain on it. This week it was running at 1150 CFM and may go higher this weekend. Fishing has been fair to good for anglers that don’t mind a little hike. Spinners, mice tails or nightcrawlers have been most successful. In faster moving waters, ditch the powerbait and use power eggs. They are just as productive and would come off your hook every few casts Alpine County F&G has scheduled a plant for next week. For more information, or to get your picture taken with your catch. Stop by the Carson River Resort.

There are a lot of rafters and kayakers on the river right now. Be aware of them and use a little courtesy as they pass by.

TAYLOR CREEK-UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER-TROUT CREEK: All located on the south shore or Lake Tahoe is open to catch and release fishing with artificial lures or flies only.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level is the highest it has been in years. Early morning fishing on the south end where the drop off goes east and west has been successful for anglers with blades and a crawler or pulling a Rapala right off the bottom. But be careful of the willows that are on top of the shoal. Shore anglers have been using salmon peach or chartreuse powerbait, but fishing has been slow.

NDOW FISH PLANTS: These are for the last two weeks, Davis Creek Pond-Mitch Pond- Seeman Pond-Mountain View Pond No. 1 and No. 2-Desert Creek- Carson River in Douglas and Lyon counties-Wilson Common Pond. As a note, all the fish from Lampe Park kids derby went to Seeman Pond.

JUNE LAKE LOOP AREA: The Loop lakes every other week including this week usually, and assuming all their hatcheries are operating fully, they stock every week after Memorial Day through Labor Day then go back to every other week, so we’ll keep an eye on that. Remember, there are other groups that bring in bigger Rainbows from Oregon from 1-1⁄2 pounds up to 8 pounds to augment the State stockings primarily before holiday weekends.

UPPER OWENS RIVER ABOVE BENTON’S CROSSING: As mentioned, this year’s Cutthroat run up from Lake Crowley has been one of the best we’ve seen in years although a bit different… Most of the Cutts were in spots we haven’t seen them in for quite some time or never and not in places (or to a lesser amount) they’ve set up shop in the past ten years. Having not fished it for a couple weeks a secondary run, which sometimes happens, may have taken place. We’ll see next time out. Most caught were “Stray Cutts” in the deeper water below spawning runs with a beaded Yellow Spot nymph and a few on Wooly Buggers. When we do get back out there still may be some but not likely. So what’s next? Typically over the years when the Cutthroats have returned to Crowley it comes alive with Browns and Rainbows now that they’ve got the river back to themselves. We’ll continue nymphing the deeper bends and cut banks in the morning and switch to Caddis or Mayfly patterns for the afternoon. As the temps warm up we should see more hatches of usually about mid-day. Are we going to see a good hopper season? Hope so! After last year’s no show it’s anyone’s guess. If conditions are right we may start seeing them by late July into September producing some great top water action and drawing up some big Browns from Crowley to get in on the buffet.

GULL AND JUNE LAKES: Gull has been fishing so well that we haven’t been on June Lake since the Opener. We’ll hit June soon to see what’s up. At Gull we’re getting 20 to 35 rainbows on half to all day trips releasing most. The usual suspects bait wise are Salmon Peach and Garlic (that’s the light green labeled just “Garlic” on the lid) Powerbaits, Mice Tails, Garlic Pinched Crawlers, a nightcrawler under a bobber, and red and gold Thomas Bouyants.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to I hope to see you on the waters soon. Good fishin’. and tight lines.


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