A fishing road trip to Walker
August 14, 2015
Hello fellow anglers, the heat is on and the fishing is good. Last week Renee and I headed down to Walker, Calif.
What a great little town.
We stayed at the West Walker Motel, a quaint little place we have admired for many years. And to our advantage, it is located right across the street from the best barbecue for miles around. The Mountain View Barbecue is famous for its smoked pork ribs, brisket and one heck of a great burger. You can't miss it, just look for the smoker out front that is going 24 hours a day.
As for the West Walker Motel, we stayed in the "Cowboy" room, which offers all the amenities you would need, clean from top to bottom, and they have the Walker Market less than a quarter-mile down the road. They also have an "Australian" room and a "Wizard of Oz" room and many more.
The first night of fishing was great, although the catching was not as good as we would have liked. After a long day of fishing and stuffed from the barbecue, we sat out on the front porch of our room and enjoyed the blackness of the night. The only thing we did not like was that all the crickets went to bed at about 10 p.m. Next day, we set out to fish the West Walker and Little Walker rivers and somehow we ended up in the ghost town of Bodie, Calif. There is no fishing in Bodie, but it's a great place to go back and see how people lived 100 years ago.
So if you ever need a change of scenery, check out the Walker area. There is something for everyone to enjoy in just a short drive from Carson Valley. Call the West Walker Motel at 530-495-2263 for information.
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Now for our local report:
LAKE TAHOE: The Kokanee action has turned on for anglers from Camp Richardson to Emerald Bay. Captain Larry on the Hopper II took out the Beck family from Collegeville, Pa. and caught their limit of nice Kokanee. Steve Beck caught a 12-pound mackinaw on the same trip. Jim Brock from Austin, Texas was fishing with Tahoe Sport Fishing on another trip and caught a nice 12-pound, 13-ounce mackinaw. Both the mackinaw and kokanee action has been rated as very good on the west shore. For more information call Tahoe Sportfishing at 530-541-5448.
CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is dropping an inch or two per day and fishing has slowed down a little. Most shore anglers have had better luck by the spillway or the dam using Powerbait, power eggs or worms. Don Lewis of Sacramento was trolling a fluorescent white and red Needlefish in the middle of the lake and caught a 3-pound rainbow trout. A few more rainbows in the 2-3 pound range have also come in. The general store and marina are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and the county boat ramp is open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. With this hot weather, Caples is the place to cool off and fish. Call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888 for information.
RED LAKE: The lake level is still good and the lake is still green. I did talk to one angler that caught a couple small rainbows using Powerbait. I personally will wait until ice fishing season.
BLUE LAKES: I spoke to Daniel Goff from Minden last week. Daniel and his family from Texas spent a few days camping and enjoying the woods around the area. They fished a little and had no success. The lake level is down considerably but that did not stop them from having a great adventure. The Blue Lakes area is off Highway 88 out of Hope Valley. There is more than just fishing in this area. They have camping, hiking, biking and a few off road trails to venture out on. I have been to seven lakes just within a few miles of the Blues Lakes campground. I spoke to another angler who told me he caught two small rainbows out of his canoe a couple of weeks ago.
EAST CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river was planted two weeks ago by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Alpine County Fish and Game. Fishing is still good and many anglers have caught and released over 15 fish a day, mainly small rainbows. Glenn George from Grass Valley, Calif. caught a 7.10-pound rainbow, David Brack also caught a 7.10-pound rainbow using a Thomas Buoyant spoon. The fly anglers have been doing well with a Crippled Adams and a red Copper Jon #18. Call Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229 for information.
WEST CARSON RIVER: The water level is low and the fishing has been spotty. Many anglers are catching small rainbows around the bridges. If you want to get bigger fish you will have to walk into those areas that are less fished. California has finished with planting for the season but the Alpine County Fish and Game has scheduled a plant later this month. Call CreekSide Lodge at 530-694-2511 for information.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level has come down a little and the weeds are plenty. You might want to use heavier line just to get out of the weeds on the west side of the lake. Fishing has been fair for early morning or evening anglers. Tony at Alpine Café reports anglers have been throwing white mice tail or gold Panther Martin spinners by the dam with good success. The east side of the lake is less weedy and better for bait anglers. The campground and boat ramp are open from 6 a.m.-8pm. Call Alpine Cafe and Tackle at 530-694-1900 for information.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have a question in our local fishing area call the Naw Line at 267-9722. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.