California opener draws near
April 10, 2014
Hello, fellow anglers!
Well, here we are only two weeks away from opening day of the California fishing season. This is when most lakes, rivers and streams open for the year, and some rivers change limit and tackle regulations. Check your regulations before you go fishing to know these changes. For example, all the rivers and streams leading into Lake Tahoe do not open until July 1. These include Trout Creek, Taylor Creek, and the Upper Truckee River, all located on the south end of Lake Tahoe. It's cheaper to pick up a free regulation book than to be educated by the game warden.
In my last article, I told you about a couple surprises in Alpine County. First, I would like to welcome David and Marilyn Nickerson to the Carson River Resort. The Nickerson's are the new managers of the resort. I had the pleasure of meeting them last week. They are real down to earth customer service oriented country folk. And best of all, they love to fish and enjoy the outdoors. If I were you, I would start making your reservations soon for this summer. You can reach the Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.
Second, there is a new restaurant and tackle shop opening on April 24. They are located on Highway 89, just a couple miles up from the intersection of 88 and 89 in Woodfords, the site of the old burger place and gas station. New owners Tony and Dayne are calling the place, Todd's Bait and Tackle. They will have a full fishing tackle shop and will serve burgers, chili dogs and hot dogs. There will be dining inside with seven tables as well as four tables outside to enjoy your meal, or just get something to go. The phone numbers are (530) 613-9525 or (530) 863-6256.
For those inquiring minds. Todd Sodero has not moved The original Todd's bait and Tackle from Markleeville is not an owner of the new shop, however, he will be working at both locations. So, now you have a place to get lunch on you way up to the Carson River Resort on opening day.
Now, it's time to check out your local fishing report:
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LAKE TAHOE: Many of you may have seen last week's photo of Gene St. Denis and know fishing for mackinaw has been very good. Last week, Gene caught 29-, 21- and 18-pound mackinaws trolling a rainbow pattern Trophy Stick lure. Gene also said he lost a mackinaw right at the boat that would have competed for the lake record. I also heard from a few other anglers that have similar luck in the same area. Anglers have been toplining from Cave Rock to Logan Shoals in 40 to 60 feet of water with stick baits. The reason for this great fishing may be due to Nevada Department of Wildlife planting Cave Rock with a few thousand rainbow trout about a week ago. Call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters (530) 544-6552 for information.
CAPLES LAKE: The lake still has ice on it and is thawing out with our warmer daytime temperatures. Dave reported some anglers are still out ice fishing. With 60-degree temperatures the lake should thaw out by early to mid May. The resort is scheduled to open toward the end of May or first of June. Call Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888 for information.
BLUE LAKES-BURNSIDE LAKE-WOLF CREEK: As of today were still closed and not scheduled to open by April 26. I will keep you informed.
CARSON RIVERS, CALIFORNIA: Closed to fishing until April 26. Both the east and west fork were planted this week by the California Department of Fish and Game with catchable rainbow trout. The Alpine County Fish and Game will be planting the week of opening day.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level has dropped a little. The access road to the dam area is accessible now and many anglers have been doing very well. Renee and I fished last week for an hour-and-a-half and caught and released many fish in the 10- to 13-inch class. Lew Souder and Fred Jones fished last week and were very successful throwing various colored spoons. The campground is scheduled to open on May 1. The lake was planted recently with rainbow trout in the one-half to two-pound class.
TOPAZ LAKE: The water level is still too low to launch boats from the marina or the Douglas County park area. Many anglers with small boats have been shore launching. I have not received any reports from the lodge on the derby. The derby drawing will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. in the casino. You must be present to win.
MITCH DRIVE PARK POND: The Gardnerville Ranchos pond was planted with one-pound and bigger fish this week. They were supplied by O'Banion fish hatchery in Smith Valley. Fishing has been good for bait and lure anglers.
NDOW FISH PLANTS: Wilson Common Pond, Baily Pond, Carson River in Douglas and Lyon counties, Walker River east fork, Lake Tahoe.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure, hope to see you on the waters. If you have a question in our local fishing world, call the "Naw line" at 267-9722. Good fishin' and tight lines!