Fall fishing has officially arrived
Hello fellow anglers. Fall is officially here, as Renee and I discovered when we returned from fishing the delta for a week. When we went over Carson Pass on Highway 88 at 3 p.m., the temperature was only 42 degrees.
That is a definite change of seasons, and also the time of year when some lakes open and others close for the year.
This time of year has two special events going on. One is the fall colors around Alpine County and along Emerald Bay Road on the south end of Lake Tahoe. With our three-year drought, most of the aspens have lost many of their leaves, but there are still some spectacular colors to be seen.
And, if you get a chance, take a trip to Taylor Creek to see the spawning of the kokanee salmon. Taylor Creek is located a half-mile north of Camp Richardson on Emerald Bay Road.
Remember that all rivers and streams leading into Lake Tahoe are closed to fishing for the year, so leave your pole at home and bring your camera.
As for fishing, here is your local report:
LAKE TAHOE: The Nevada Department of Wildlife recently planted the Cave Rock area. This, my friends, is a big trout magnet. Shore anglers and boaters have been doing well for mackinaw and a few browns. With the weather cooling down, anglers have had success top lining Rapalas from the Tahoe Keys area to Emerald Bay.
CAPLES LAKE: The water level is about 12 feet down from the high water line. The Caples Lake Marina and boat launch are scheduled to remain open until November. The El Dorado boat ramp is still open, but can close at any time. George Osbourne of Apple Hill, Calif. was trolling flashers and a crawler in the middle of the lake when he caught a nice stringer of rainbow trout. George’s largest trout was 3 pounds. Brandon Burrell from Elk Grove, Calif. was fly fishing on the dam and caught a nice 6-pound rainbow. Call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888 for information.
RED LAKE: I have had a couple good reports from anglers catching some pan-sized rainbows. One angler was using a gold Kastmaster lure while the other caught his on an inflated night crawler.
SILVER LAKE: The water level is way down and I would not recommend launching your boat, unless you have a small aluminum boat, a canoe or kayak. Shore fishing is still accessible if you walk south from the parking area.
TOPAZ LAKE: Closed to fishing until Jan. 1, 2016.
PYRAMID LAKE: Fishing has opened for the season as of Oct. 1. This lake has special fishing regulations on size limit as well as artificial lures or flies only with barbless hooks. You are not required to have a Nevada fishing license, but you must obtain a tribal permit to fish Pyramid Lake. Check rules and regulations before you start fishing. Special note, leave the light weight trout pole at home. Here you can expect to catch 20-pound cutthroat trout.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level is up and the weeds are getting better. With our cooler weather, the weeds are starting to dissipate. The campground and boat launch are scheduled to close Oct. 12. Night crawlers or power bait have been the most productive. I fished last week for an hour or so, I received many hits but caught no fish. It was still a great time fishing.
CARSON RIVERS, CALIFORNIA SIDE: The water level on the west fork is down to a small trickle. Some anglers have caught some rainbows, but you will have to hike to find them. The east fork is flowing slower but still very fishable. I received reports of 3- and 5-pound trout last week, with many small ones. Due to the low water this year, the Alpine County Fish and Game is not planting trout again this season. A lot of factors have gone into their decision. Water flow as well as water temperatures play a large role to ensure a healthy sustainable fishery. The season closes on Nov. 15, so we have plenty of time and there are still many fish to be caught. Call Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511 for information.
BLUE LAKES: The water level is way down and the fishing has been reported as very slow. The campground is open, but can close this time of year at any time due to weather.
ALPINE LAKE: Located on Highway 4 over Ebbetts Pass. Alpine County Fish and Game planted the lake with 1,800 pounds of catchable and trophy sized rainbows. If you have never driven over Ebbetts pass, my advice is to give yourself a little extra time because there is a seven-mile stretch where it looks like they followed a snake when building the road. It is narrow in places, so drive with caution and take your time.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have a question or a fishing report for our local area, call the Naw Line at 267-9722.
Good fishin’ and tight lines!