Have faith in Mother Nature
Hello fellow anglers. Welcome to spring-winter. Only a couple weeks ago I was enjoying a day on the lake with no coveralls or even a jacket on. I was worried there might be no more ice fishing due to our unseasonably warm weather.
But I have faith in Mother Nature. A couple of years ago we were returning from the fishing derby award ceremonies at Topaz Lodge in mid-April and it was snowing so hard we could only drive 25 mph most of the way home.
With our recent storm, I do have faith our lakes will rise enough to launch our boats and to keep our higher lakes frozen to ice fish a few more times this year. Now lets check out our local report.
CAPLES LAKE: As of Monday the lake still had 10-12 inches of ice on it. The late afternoons brought slush on top, but the nights brought the ice back to its original form — hard and slick. Some anglers have ventured out to catch small rainbows, however, there are no recent reports of any larger fish. The best action has been with night crawlers off the bottom by the spillway. Caples Lake Resort is open for cabin rentals, the General Store is still closed until about the beginning of May. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
RED LAKE: The ice has also been reported as slushy in the afternoon. The ice was reported at 8-10 inches. The fishing has been good for most anglers. Anglers have been using small spoons or gold Kastmaster jigs. Small night crawlers have been producing a few. Remember, always use caution when venturing out on a frozen body of water.
CARSON RIVER: For those who enjoy river fishing, remember the east fork on the California side from Hangman’s bridge to the state line is open all year with special regulations. Artificial lures or flies only with barbless hooks, and the limit is zero (catch and release only) for the Nevada side from the state line throughout Douglas County and beyond. The river is open with a five-fish limit and you may use lures, flies, or float a salmon egg. Carson River Resort is open for reservations all year. Call 530-694-2229 for information.
Blue Lakes, Woods Creek and Burnside Lake in Alpine County are closed for the season.
MONITOR PASS: Has been open for most of the season this year, but with our recent change in weather, I feel it will close.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: I missed going fishing last Monday, and I do regret it. Reports are that the ice has come off of the lake and the fishing has been doing very well. Anglers have reported using powerbait and catching rainbows up to 1.5 pounds. Some anglers have thrown Thomas Buoyant spoons from the dam and produced some nice fish. I will be up there this Monday to make up for lost fishing time. Use caution on the dirt road as it gets very muddy and slippery. The paved road has been open so far this year, but that can change with weather.
TOPAZ LAKE: Water level is still too low to open the boat launches at Topaz Landing Marina and the state park, but I have some good news. I spoke with the people at Topaz Lake RV Park. They normally allow boat launching only for their guests, however, they have most graciously opened their boat launch to the public until the lake has enough water to safely open the state park ramp. When I spoke with them, they did not have their docks in the water, but there is plenty of room to shore launch large and small boats. For more information, you can contact them at 530-495-2357. They are located 100 feet north of the agriculture inspection station, or as I call it, the bug station. As for the derby report, a 15-inch, 1.5-pound tagged trout and 26 fish weighing better than 2 pounds have been brought in so far this year. That means there are a whole lot more tagged fish out there to be caught. One angler caught a 15-inch, 1.5-pound trout that got him a $100 cash prize. Not all of the tagged fish are big ones. In week four, to me this is a first, Neal Linbarger caught two trout that weighed in at 3.10 and 3.7 pounds and took home the first- and second-place cash prize for the week. The largest trout I have recorded for the year so far is Dave Gilbert with a 5.10-pound rainbow. Remember, any trout caught in Topaz lake is eligible for the derby and the weekly prizes. And get this, last week the NDOW planted 1,290 pounds of Tiger trout in the lake. Call Topaz lodge at 775-266-3338 for information.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure and hope to see you on the waters. If you have a question or a local fishing report, call the Naw line at 775-267-9722.
Good Fishin’ and tight lines.