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Fishing: Anglers need to stay careful on the ice this winter

by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers! What happened? Last week it was winter, now it’s back to fall.

One nice thing about the winter is being able to ice fish. That’s right, as of last Tuesday, West Muller went to Red Lake to check out the conditions. This is his report: He punched a hole in the ice with his auger to find out that the ice was safe to be on. And using a Kastmaster lure, he caught brook trout right off the bat. A word of caution; with our day time temperatures in the 50-degree mark. Always approach any frozen body of water with extreme caution.

We have not had that many days of extreme low temps, meaning the lake’s ice will fluctuate. If you have any questions in regards to ice conditions, you can contact the Sportsman of South Lake Tahoe. They are located mid town on the corner of Sierra Boulevard and Lake Tahoe Boulevard, or you can call them at 542- FISH. They are the local headquarters for all your ice fishing needs. From augers, poles, jigs, to worms.

As I write this article, Darrell from Caples Lake calls to inform me that many people are ice fishing. He reported an angler came over from Kirkwood resort on his lunch hour and caught his limit of rainbow trout. The angler told him the ice is 8 to 10 inches thick. For more info on Caples Lake call the lodge at (209) 258-8888.

Now for a few reports from other areas.

LAKE TAHOE: About a week ago my friend Steve Lightfoot and I had the honor to fish with Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon charters. We fished in front of the casinos in about 180- to 240-feet of water using silver dodger flashers and a 12-inch leader. All together we caught approximately 10 mackinaws, ranging from 2 to 7 pounds. My advice to all anglers is if you are a seasoned angler or a novice, you can always learn and pick up tips from a professional fishing guide such as Gene St. Denis. If you want to hook up with Gene, you can call him at (530) 544-6552. And what better way to surprise that special angler than with a stocking stuffer gift certificate to fish on Lake Tahoe.

INDIAN CREEK: Fishing has been slow this last week. The only report I received was five hours of fishing with one hit and one long distance release.

TOPAZ LAKE: Will open January 1. In talking with Chuck Fields of Topaz Marina, he said the lake needs to come up at least another foot before the ramps can open. And with all of the snow and rain we all got here, Topaz received very little. For more info call Chuck at (775) 266-3550.

PYRAMID LAKE: Fishing has slowed down over the last week or so. But many anglers are still having good success, Mainly the fly angler off the beaches using popcorn beetles or purple or black wooly buggers, Mike Murphy caught a 7-pound cutthroat last week. This report came from Doug Willet from the Gilly in Sparks . For more info you can call them at (775) 358-6113.

This will give you a little info on our local area. I hope you have a pleasant outdoor experience. If you have any questions in our fishing world call the NAW line at 267-9722, good fishing and tight lines.

— Doug Busey is the fishing columnist for The Record-Courier.