California fishing opens Saturday
April 24, 2014
Hello fellow anglers, there is less than 24 hours to go before the California fishing season officially opens.
When the sun comes up on Saturday, there will be a lot of casting going on. I urge every angler who has purchased a sport fishing license to also pick up a copy of the fishing regulations. The game wardens will be out checking to make sure we all follow the regulations.
As a reminder, streams that lead into Lake Tahoe do not open for fishing until July 1. This includes Trout Creek, Upper Truckee River and Taylor Creek, all located on the south end of Lake Tahoe. One fish over your limit or forgetting you are in California and fishing with a Nevada license can cost you up to $1,000 or more, not to mention a possible loss of fishing privileges.
A recently proposed regulation would have made it unlawful to follow the plant truck in Alpine County. Of course, the proposal did not pass, so it is not unlawful. It just shows signs of a desperate angler.
This year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Alpine County Fish Commission have made sure all anglers will have an awesome opening season. Over the last couple of weeks they have planted the East Fork and West Fork of the Carson River, Markleeville Creek, Silver Creek and Lake Alpine with almost 8,000 pounds of rainbow trout. By Saturday morning, they should be pretty hungry for anything that flies by them.
I will not be able to make this year's season opener, but Renee and I will be fishing the following week on the rivers. I hope to see you on the waters. Here is your local report for Alpine County:
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SILVER LAKE: As of last week the lake was ice free and many anglers were taking advantage of spring fishing from shore.
CAPLES LAKE: The lake has open water at the spillway and Woods Creek as of last week. Many anglers have been tossing a night crawler off the edge of the ice and having success for rainbows and browns. Stay off of the lake, as it is unstable and quickly thawing. Even with our recent cooling trend it is unsafe to venture out there. In talking with Dave from the resort last week, the lake should be completely thawed by mid-May. Call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888 for information.
BLUE LAKES: The road is only open to the third gate, approximately 4.5 miles.
BURNSIDE LAKE: Road closed.
WOODS LAKE: Road closed.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The campground will open on May 2 at noon. The fishing has been very good for small rainbow and cutthroat trout. Renee and I recently ventured up to fish for a couple hours. I threw Kastmasters and spoons while Renee used Powerbait. We caught and released many trout in a short time and I talked to other anglers who had the same fortune.
CARSON RIVER EAST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: The water is running a little green as of last week but should clear up for opening day. Carson River Resort is open for tent and RV camping, and cabin rentals are also available. They have a fully stocked general store for all the items you forgot to bring or just need to re-supply. Call Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229 for information or to make reservations. Make sure to stop by and say hello to the new managers of the Carson River Resort, David and Marilyn Nickerson. Give them a big Alpine County welcome.
CARSON RIVER WEST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: The waters are running clear and fast as of last Tuesday. Fishing should be good from Blue Lakes Road through Hope Valley to Woodfords. When fishing there, be sure to stop by the new Todd's Bait and Supplies on Highway 89 just a few miles up from Woodfords Junction. They offer fishing tackle as well as burgers and hot dogs. They can be reached at (530) 863-6256.
WOLF CREEK, SILVER CREEK: The road is open and the rivers have been stocked.
KINNEY RESERVOIR: As of last Tuesday the road was closed past Wolf Creek.
I hope you have a great opening day fishing adventure. If you have any questions about our local fishing world call the Naw Line at 267-9722. I will share some pictures of this year's opening day in my next article.
Good fishin' and tight lines!