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Get out and about, but clean up after yourself

by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers.

The fishing as well as the weather is heating up for this weekend. Summer has finally found us.

It is time to get out the camping gear and head out to higher grounds to beat the heat, and enjoy some good fishing. This weekend you will find Renee and I out all over Alpine County. We will be camped out at Indian Creek Reservoir and head out from there.

We plan on fishing Silver Creek, the east and west fork of the Carson River and might even make it up to Caples Lake. Meteorologist Mike Alger says it will only be in the high 80 to 90 degree range in the higher elevations.

Much cooler than our home, which is to be over 100 degrees. Remember to bring a few things with you if you venture out this weekend. Plenty of sun screen SPF-50 and bug repellent as the mosquito’s are out.

When venturing out try to remember the seven principles of leave no trace, No. 1: plan ahead and prepare, No. 2: travel and camp on durable surfaces, No. 3: Dispose of waste properly, No. 4: Leave what you find. No. 5: Minimize campfire impacts, No. 6: Respect wildlife, No. 7: Be considerate of other visitors. You can find more information by Googling “leave no trace.” Now for your fishing report.

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action has been very good in the early morning hours. Last week I joined Gene St. Denis, Paul and Turner Crain from Sacramento, Calif., and Tim and James Dondelinger of Dayton.

We fished the north side of the lake starting out in 120 feet of water with a dodger and a minnow. As the morning progressed we fished deeper water up to 200 feet. We landed 10 mackinaw trout from 2 to 5 pounds and lost 6 others. The lake was like a picture post card with only a hint of wind. Tim told me he wanted to fish Tahoe for a long time and had plans to rent a boat for him and his son to fish. I suggested hiring a guide for your first trip. He told me that was the best decision he has ever made. Fishing Lake Tahoe takes many years of experience, it is not like fishing on Caples or Topaz Lake. I highly recommend a guide for your first adventure. You will also find it is less expensive to hire a professional fishing guide than to rent a boat to fish on Lake Tahoe. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Charters 530-544-6552.

SILVER LAKE: The water level is up and the fishing has been good. The lake was recently planted by the Kirkwood PUD with 674 lbs of trout. 66 percent are catchables and 34 percent are trophy trout 2.5 pounds and bigger.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is almost at capacity. Fishing has been good. Angela Lalum caught a 3 pound mackinaw on a rapala. Matt Martin caught a 3 pound mackinaw with a dodger and a crawler. 13 year old Grace caught a 3 lb rainbow trolling an orange and white Rapala. Last Monday the lake was planted by Kirkwood PUD with 2,425 lbs of catchable rainbow trout, and 800 lbs were 2.5 lbs and bigger. Shore anglers have had success with inflated crawlers by the spillway or off the dam. Boat rentals are available at the Caples Lake General Store and marina. For more information, call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

WOODS LAKE: Located just east of Caples lake on Highway 88. The lake was planted by CDFG this week.

RED LAKE: I have received three reports and all were the same, very slow to nil.

CARSON RIVER: The water levels have come down and the fishing has picked up. Most anglers have been using salmon eggs. Chad reported many limits of catchable sized rainbows coming in. Last week Alpine County planted some nice trophy sized rainbows. A word to wise, don’t fish by the bridges, move down stream a hundred feet or so and you will find more fish. For more info call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229.

BLUE LAKES: Reports of pan sized rainbows have been caught with powerbait or night crawlers. The campground is open. Make sure you bring plenty of mosquito repellent. No plants from CDFG yet this year.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Anglers have been hot or not. One angler and his two sons caught a good stringer of rainbows off the dam using night crawlers. But then said the bite shut off as fast as it came on. The campground and boat ramp is open. Maybe we will see you out there this weekend. Fly fishing in the evening on a hot summer day is like being in heaven.

FLY FISHING REPORT: East Walker River Catch & Release: The flows are very inconsistent. Dries that have been producing a few fish are small hopper patterns, yellow sallies, PMD’s all in a size 14. Nymphing has been producing the most with Golden stones, yellow stones, Hot Pink San Juan’s and Rainbow Warriors. We’re guiding and instructing new Fly Fishers daily down on the bountiful Catch & Release waters of Rosaschi Ranch and California waters, feel free to call the shop and make an appointment to learn.

East and West Carson: Flows have come down and temperatures are perfect for trout. Alpine county has stocked this past week. Orange or yellow stimulators with a drop of a red copper john, size 14 flash back pheasant tail or prince will give you a great chance to get a hit. Nymphing rig would consist of a rubber legged golden stone, caddis pupa in olive or cream and a bubbleback midge. Catch and release area is doing slightly better, though to get into the wilds, you’ll need to walk a little more down stream. Watch for the snakes, they’ll hang along the river to cool off when the temps come up. For more information call the Anglers Edge Fly fishing shop at (775) 781-7112.

Hope your next adventure is a great one. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to If you have any question in our local fishing world call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.