Early Christmas news for anglers
Hello fellow anglers; I hope your Thanksgiving was a grand memory. I spent my Thanksgiving day, fishing in the morning and enjoying family the rest of the day. I do have a special early Christmas present for you all later in this report.
But first, I would like to thank all the anglers who have called the Naw line or have shared their fishing adventures this year. I hope I have answered all your questions, and you have educated me as well. We all like to brag about our fishing adventures, but some of the stories I have heard would make a game warden look at you in a different light.
Example: An angler boasted about catching seven trout in one day and giving them away so he could keep on fishing. First of all, the limit is five fish. Second thing, when you catch a fish and give it away, it is still considered part of your daily limit. Only if you catch and successfully release your fish, may you continue to fish. I enjoyed many days this year where we had 15-fish days. I also have had to stop fishing early in the day because I had caught and kept my limit before my friends had. That was partial torture right there. But we must all be accountable for knowing the laws while we fish.
So, please keep the stories and reports coming. But think first, would you share this with a game warden?
Both of our states have a tip line when you see people taking fish or game illegally. California is Cal-Tip at 1-800-952-5400. In Nevada call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030. We all make mistakes, and we all need education and reminders of these laws.
Now let’s check out our local fishing report:
LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been rated good to excellent. Most success has been at Dollar Point or Sugar Pine Point. Anglers have been fishing right on the 150-200 and even the 220 foot mark. They have been using flashers and live minnows. Chrome Flatfish have been successful in these same areas. The average fish has been 2 to 6 pounds, with a few in the 7- to 9-pound class. December has been a good month for larger fish in shallower water. Topliners have been doing fair using a small dodger or Sidekick in a watermelon pattern, both followed with a half of a night crawler. Keep an eye on your pole as the fish have been hitting light. Most fish have been just on the lip. The best areas have been Logan Shoals, Skunk Harbor and Sand Harbor. Rapalas are also good this time of year. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.
CAPLES LAKE: The resort will have open cabins on Dec. 20, just in time for ice fishing. As of last Wednesday the lake had started to ice up. There were some small areas of open water, so for now, stay away and off the lake. I am personally looking forward to January to safely ice fish on it. You can call the Caples Lake Resort to check their message at 209-258-8888.
RED LAKE: As of last Wednesday the lake was iced over, just not enough to fish on. Here again, I will wait until the end of December to venture out on safe ice. I like to have a minimum of 8 to 10 inches before I go out. I will keep you updated on its condition.
CARSON RIVERS: All are closed to fishing, with the exception of the East Fork from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada state line. This section has restrictions: Catch and release only, artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. This is located on the California side. On the Nevada side, the Carson River is open to fishing all year long.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Here is your early present: The Alpine County Fish Commission has planted the lake this week with 1,800 pounds of nice rainbow trout. The lake level has dropped down about 10 feet, which means getting to the dam area is much easier. A few anglers have been calling about their success this week, including the two Steves — Brower and Lightfoot — who said they were surprised and delighted that the fishing was back the way it used to be. Lightfoot also asked me why I did not tell him when they were planting. Simple answer: It would not be fair if I told them before I told all anglers. Merry Christmas, a little early. And a special thank you to Alpine County for another successful year of great fishing …
TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing season opens Jan. 1, 2014. I will get you updates on the Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby as I get them.
TROUT PLANTS: Nevada has planted Baily Pond and Mitch Park Pond. As the year progresses, The Nevada Department of Wildlife moves its planting to the southern portion of the state.
ROAD CLOSURES: As of Thursday, all passes are open with no controls. That will change soon with a cold front moving our way, which will make our high temperatures lower than our now low temps. In Alpine County, Burnside Road and Blue Lakes Road are closed for the season. All others are open, but can close in a minute’s notice this time of year.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. Any questions or reports in our local fishing world. Call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Good Fishin’ and tight lines.