Don’t close book on fishing season
October 23, 2015
Hello fellow anglers. Another season has come, but is not over yet.
There are plenty of places to fish in our local area. The rivers in Alpine County do not close until Nov. 15. I would like to give you some background on all those fish that are planted each year in Alpine County. There is a lot more to planting fish than just calling up the truck and telling them where to put fish. It takes teamwork from many individuals and most of all, it takes money.
The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce works in tandem with the Alpine Fish & Game Commission to plant fish throughout the county. The chamber allocates approximately $40,000 toward these plants each year. They plant six full loads of fish, approximately 1,800 pounds of fish, and one-half load thanks to donations from local businesses and Alpine County Fish & Game.
Aided by South Tahoe Public Utility District funding, they start planting in April and continue until their funding is depleted, and then the chamber takes over. These waters include Alpine County rivers as well as Indian Creek Reservoir and Alpine Lake.
Last month, Alpine County Fish & Game approached the chamber to plant the Carson River's East Fork in California. It was the chamber board's decision not to plant due to low water and high temperature. It was not the decision of Alpine County Fish & Game, as I stated in my last column.
Alpine Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Teresa Burkhauser said, "It was a tough decision for the board due to the potential hit our businesses would take. Fishing is an important activity in Alpine County."
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My hat's off to Alpine County to take the initiative to make that decision. Fishing is an important resource to Alpine County, but the health of the fish they plant is also as important to them.
Next time you're in Markleeville, stop by the Chamber of Commerce and say "thank you." We also need to say thank you to the South Tahoe Public Utility District for their partnership with Alpine County Fish and Game Commission to keep our local area full of beautiful trout.
Now, let's check out our local fishing area:
LAKE TAHOE: I have not received any reports from anglers for a few weeks, but I can give you some good locations for fishing. As the Lake gets colder, the mackinaw start coming in closer to shore. November and December are the best months for big mackinaws. This time of year, I prefer to topline a No. 12 or Magnum Rapala in 40 to 150 feet of water. The best area I have fished is from Camp Richardson to just past the mouth of Emerald Bay. The Tahoe City Shelf is a good place to set down riggers fishing in 150 to 230 feet of water. I prefer a dodger or flashers followed by a live minnow. But, my all time favorite is to drift a live minnow near Cave Rock or Logan Shoals.
CAPLES LAKE: The resort has closed its marina and general store for the season. They do have cabin rentals available until December. At that time they will reopen the resort for the winter season. John and Curt Gaare caught a couple of 2-pound rainbows a few weeks ago. Matt Nolan from Pleasanton, Calif. caught a 4-pound brown on a brown pattern Rapala. While Brandon Burrell caught a 2-pound rainbow on white power eggs. I have not received any information from the El Dorado Irrigation District in regard to when its ramp will close. With our recent weather activity, I would guess they have closed for the season also. Call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888 for more information.
CARSON RIVERS IN CALIFORNIA: Although they have not been planted, the fishing continues for those that do not mind a little walk. Mike Sadler from Brentwood, Calif. caught a couple of nice 2-pound rainbows this week. Mike was using salmons eggs or Powerbait for his catch. I took a walk along the East Fork and caught and released seven small rainbows in two hours. Fishing is still good if you work for it. George Greenlee from GG River Rods took Susan Alger from Terra Haute, Ind. and her friend Carolyn Hopkins from San Clemente, Calif. up to Alpine lake a couple weeks ago. They caught five small rainbows and had the time of their lives. Russ Reid from Discovery Bay, Calif. caught some nice rainbows on the East Fork as well. I have received no reports on the west fork. Call Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229 for information.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water is still up, the campground and boat ramp is closed for the season. You still can launch small boats from the east side of the lake. Trini from Carson River Resort told me one of their guests, Bobby Franks, caught five small rainbows this week from the shore. This is my favorite time of year to fish the lake, next to early spring. The fish become more active as the water temperature cools down.
UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK: Closed to fishing for the year.
TOPAZ LAKE: Closed for the year. Will reopen on Jan. 1, 2016. In the last month, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has planted 8,000 pounds of rainbow trout in the lake.
ALPINE COUNTY BACK ROADS: As of Oct. 21, Silver Hill was the only road closed. That can change quickly this time of year.
HEENAN LAKE: This is the last weekend the lake will be open in 2015.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a question or a report in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at 267-9722. See you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.