Fall fishinglooking fantastic
October 27, 2016
Hello fellow anglers. I took a week off to go fishing and ran into a range from pouring rains one day to 40 mile an hour winds two days later and then to the most picture perfect day we have ever had on Pyramid Lake.
It is definitely fall. Fishing this time of year is fantastic when you get out. Unfortunately, there are also some closures to remember this time of year. In this report I will give you first-hand experience of all the places we fished as well as the experiences of other anglers.
LAKE TAHOE: Great news for fellow anglers, as the Cave Rock boat lunch has opened to public use once again. When the wind is not howling, the fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most anglers have been fishing the Tahoe shelf to Cal/Neva Point in 150 to 220 feet of water. Eagle Rock has also been productive. Try using a set of flashers or a medium silver or white dodger, followed by a live minnow right on the bottom. Average fish have been in the 3- to 6-pound class with a few in the 10-pound-plus club. As the days get shorter, the top line action should pick up for rainbows and browns. The best areas have been from Cave Rock up through the Logan Shoals area. A No. 7 silver patterned Rapala has been most productive. Call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552 for more information.
SILVER LAKE: The camp areas are closed for the season. The boat ramp is open, but I would recommend smaller vessels. I spoke to a fellow angler who fished it last week. He was using Rapalas and Needle fish. After a few hours of non-productive fishing, he loaded up his boat and ventured to Bear River Reservoir. Here, the lake level was way too low and too unsafe to launch.
CAPLES LAKE: The resort has closed for the season and will reopen in spring. Due to the untimely passing of owner John Voss, the resort will not be open for the winter season. The El Dorado Irrigation District launch facility has also closed for the season. Shore angling this time of year can be very rewarding, as the browns are feeding closer to shore. Night crawlers or Kastmaster lures are most productive around the dam or the spillway area. The Woods Creek area is hot and cold this time of year. I also recommend using caution when hiking down to the area, with the recent snow/rains and colder temperatures. Footing can be an issue.
RED LAKE: Cooler temperatures have activated some fair fishing on the lake. A few reports of small rainbows from anglers using salmon eggs or night crawler have come in.
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BLUE LAKES: As of this week, the road is still open, but that can change very quickly as weather will shut it down within a day's notice. I heard a report from one angler who took his small boat up there a couple weeks ago: They trolled with flashers and worms and had a slow but productive day for small rainbows.
WEST CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: With the recent rainfall, the water level has come up a little and fishing was fair. This was for anglers that do not mind a little walk through the canyon area. The river has not been planted since last month due to water level fluctuation. For more information stop by the Creekside Lodge.
EAST FORK CARSON RIVER: Over the last couple of weeks, the CFS has gone from 180 to 2,000 and back down to 200 due to the rain we had last week. As a note, the Alpine Chamber of Commerce has donated $40,000 for fish plants for the rivers in Alpine County. Renee and I fished last week for a couple days. We did have to do some walking but I'll tell you, we caught and released over 15 fish each day. The fish averaged 12-14 inches with the exception of three that Renee caught in the 2-pound class. We used 1/8 ounce black and silver or yellow and silver Panther Martin spinners. Powerbait was hot for many anglers, but if you are going to catch and release, use the small spinners. If you use Powerbait, your fishing adventure may be over sooner than you wanted fish. Fly fishing was good using a copper jon with a black wooly bugger. The water has cleared up and fishing has been very good. For more information stop by Creekside Lodge.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake level has dropped a bit allowing you to drive around the cove to fish by the dam. With the weather temperatures getting cooler, the weeds are breaking up and the lake is clearing up, but it's not completely weed free yet. We ventured out last week to fish for two hours until the wind came up about 11 a.m. and blew everyone out of the area. I talked to one angler who caught a nice 18-inch rainbow using rainbow Powerbait. The campground and boat ramp is closed for the season. Anglers can still launch small boats off the unimproved launch. Alpine County plans to plant the lake in late November. With cooler weather the fishing will only get better. I have given the lake a new name, "Windian Creek Reservoir." Somehow, that valley has a vortex of weather it creates all by itself.
TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing would be fantastic if the lake were open to fishing. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has started its year-end fish plants. This month, 2,500 pounds of Triploid rainbow strain, 2,000 pounds of Incline rainbow strain and 4,700 pounds of the Tahoe strain rainbow trout have been planted. The lake will open to fishing on Jan. 1, 2017.
PYRAMID LAKE: I ventured out last Friday with fishing partner Tom Blotter from Minden. We started about 6:30 a.m. and trolled north through Windless Bay up to Monument Rock. I fished a 1-ounce red/black dotted torpedo spoon while Tom used a 2-ounce two tone lime torpedo spoon. We were fishing lead core with 4-7 colors in 30 to 60 feet of water. The fishing started off good with fish in the 18- to 24-inch class. The farther north we ventured, the slower the bite became. We decided to fish the Separator area, but before we did that we headed farther south past the nets toward Popcorn Beach. We fished right on the drop-off areas through the weed lines. By 4:30 we had at least five double hookups and had caught and released approximately 20 fish apiece. The weather was warm and the lake fairly flat. We never had the time to fish the Separator area. We will on our next adventure.
NEVADA FISH PLANTS: Mitch Pond, Baily Pond, Mountain View Park.
UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK: Closed to fishing until July 1, 2017.
Fishing season will close for Inyo and Mono counties on Tuesday. Most of our rivers in California will also close on this day. Check your regulations for special catch and release areas that stay open though our winter months in California.
Most of the campgrounds in Alpine county have closed for the season. The Carson River Resort is open all year for RV and tent camping. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a report or a question in our local fishing area call the Naw line at 267-9722. Good fishin' and tight lines.