Always prepare for weather changes in Sierra
Hello fellow anglers, winter came back and stirred up the fishing.
I now think that is behind us, for at least a week or so. This time of year, never trust Mother Nature and always be prepared. I have been caught off guard back in the high country as well as an overnight trip to Indian Creek Reservoir. One day we were in shorts enjoying a beautiful warm spring day, to wake up to four inches of snow the next morning.
Remember, always tell someone where you are going and when you are to return. Bring warm clothes plenty of water and a few energy bars. One never knows what could happen, but we can be prepared if it does.
LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been good. Anglers have been trolling in 150 to 250 feet. The best areas have been Dollar and Sugar Pine Point. They have been trolling a dodger with a minnow or chrome or white Flat Fish lures. The average mackinaw has been 2-6 pounds with a few in the 6- to 18-pound class. The kokanee action has picked up for anglers fishing off Camp Richardson. Some anglers have done fair top lining early in the morning or late evening. Be advised that Sand Harbor boat launch is open for small boats only and will be closing this year on July 1, due to low water level. I would recommend Cave Rock to launch your boat. For more information or if you are looking for a charter, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.
SILVER LAKE: The lake level is high and the boat launch is open. The lake has been planted by the CDFG. Shore anglers have been doing well around the park area with powerbait or salmon eggs. The only report I have for boaters is that the wind was blowing 30 mph last weekend and we decided not to launch.
CAPLES LAKE: The lake is at it capacity. The Caples Lake Marina and general store is open for launching, boat rentals, snacks and fishing supplies. The ramp is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. The CDFG has planted the lake heavily with some nice rainbow trout. Sonny Findley caught a nice limit throwing a Kastmaster lure near the Woods Creek area. David Hawks and Jim McGarvey rented a boat and caught a good stringer of rainbows trolling rainbow Rapalas. Paul Katosh from Kirkwood caught a 5 pound mackinaw trolling a hand painted Kastmaster near Woods Creek area. For more information call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
BLUE LAKES: The road is open to the upper lake and CDFG planted the lake this week. The campground is open for dry camping. The road is paved to the lower lake followed by a dirt road to the upper. Bring mosquito repellent and plenty of warm clothes. The day time temps are great, however, the nights tend to get a little chilly.
RED LAKE: Very few reports have come in from this area. The lake has rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout.
CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The east fork has cleared up very well and the flows are still good. The CDFG has planted the east and the west fork with 1,600 pounds of rainbow trout. Anglers have done well with worms, powerbait and salmon eggs or throwing Panther Martin spinners. A fly angler was throwing nymphs and caught a 3-pound, 4-pound, and 5-pound trout and broke off an estimated 9-pound trout. Fishing is good. The west fork has been producing nice fish near the bridges and down in Woodfords Canyon area. For more information, stop by Todd’s Bait and Supplies on Highway 89 south of Woodfords.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level is up and the fishing has picked up. The Alpine County Fish Commission planted the lake on June 7. The campground is open for tent and dry RV camping. They have restrooms and heated showers for guests. The boat ramp is open near the campground. The lake is starting to get weedy so watch your prop.
UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK: All streams on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore are closed until July 1.
ECHO LAKE: Located on top of Echo summit off Highway 50. A special friend gave me a great report. They fished last week and caught their limit of nice rainbow trout. They were using Panther Martin spinners or powerbait.
ROAD CLOSURES IN ALPINE COUNTY: All are open except for Forestdale Road.
ALPINE COUNTY TROUT PLANTS BY CDFG: Caples Lake, Silver lake, Kirkwood Lake, Kinney Reservoir, Blue Lakes upper and lower, Carson rivers east and west, Burnside Lake. Markleeville Creek and Silver Creek.
I hope your next fishing adventure is a success. Remember that campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds when you venture out. If you have a question or a report in our local fishing world call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Hope to see you on the waters.
Good fishin’ and tight lines.