Fishing weather is heating up
Hello, fellow anglers. We shot past spring and are now starting summer.
This weekend we should see 70 degree temperatures for all surrounding areas. But do not let Mother Nature fool you. Our weather can and will change dramatically this time of year.
So far as I have been keeping a journal, there has always been snow or a heavy frost on the ground on the last Saturday in April, otherwise known as opening day of fishing season in California. Also remember, just because the sun is shining bright and warm, the back country in our more rugged areas still have snow drifts and the ground is still saturated.
This can cause comfort with dangerous situations. For instance, take the hike into the Woods Creek area behind Caples Lake. The rocks are cold and damp from the night temperatures, they appear to be dry but in fact are extremely slippery. Take your time and be safe when traveling by foot or by vehicle.
SILVER LAKE: Completely thawed out. Anglers have been shore fishing with some luck by the parking area by the boat ramp. I have no reports on when the boat launch will open.
CAPLES LAKE: On March 21 the lake was completely thawed out. I received a report from Dave Meteer that two brown trout were caught near the spillway that weighed 3 and 4 pounds. Some anglers have been fishing off the dam and catching small rainbows using powerbait or night crawlers. Sam Present of Gardnerville caught a 19-inch rainbow last week. The resort is open for cabin rentals and they are putting in the docks. They will open the boat launch and general store to the public in mid-April. The EID/USFS boat ramp will open on May 1. This is a good time of year to fish the Woods Creek area if you don’t mind a little hike. Call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888 for information.
RED LAKE: Renee and I drove by a couple weeks ago to see open water on the north side of the lake and blue areas in the middle of the lake. We could not believe our eyes when we saw people out on the lake ice fishing and walking close to the thinning blue areas. I just ask my fellow anglers to use a little more common sense. It is not worth risking your life to catch a fish. By this weekend most or all of the ice should be gone.
CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA: The rivers will open on April 25 this year. There is a section from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada state line that is open all year for catch and release, artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. Sam Present fished from the bridge down about two miles and reported the water was fast and cold. Sam did not see any fish nor did he catch any fish, but still had a great day of fishing. As of right now the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has no plants scheduled for Alpine County in April. Alpine County Fish and Game will plant the rivers with rainbow trout. This is due in part to donation boxes that are set up around the county and your generous contributions. Carson River Resort will be ready for opening day with a few surprises this year. For information or to make reservations call 530-694-2229.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The campground is scheduled to open May 1. This is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. The lake level is still up, but the algae is coming in sooner this year. I fished with Renee since your last report and threw every color of spoons I had, including kastmasters, while Renee tried various colors of powerbait. We received no bites or hits. There were many anglers out and did not see or hear any excitement around the lake. But that will not deter me. I know there are big fish in the lake and will be back fishing this weekend.
TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level has come up from 50 feet on Jan. 1 to 63 feet on Tuesday. The good news is that the boat ramp at the Douglas County park is open with the small dock in the middle of the ramp. As for the Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby, there have been 300 fish brought into the store this years 2 pounds and larger and only 14 tagged fish have been brought in. There are still more tagged fish to be caught, all worth $100 instant cash. Ron Brister was the Week 10, first- and second place winner with a 3.10 and a 3.9 pound rainbow. The Week 11 winners were Phil Oren from Flagstaff, Ariz. with a 3.12-pound, 21-inch rainbow and second-place was Mike Jenkins of Minden with a 3.12-pound, 20-inch rainbow. The Topaz Lodge Derby drawing is April 13 at 7 p.m. in the main casino (you must be present to win). They will give away $1,000 in cash and prizes. Call the Topaz Lodge at 209-266-3338 for information.
NDOW FISH PLANTS: Mitch Pond, Baily Pond.
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 report or a question in our local fishing world call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722.
Good fishin’ and tight lines.