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Illegal campfires are a serious concern

Hello, fellow anglers, I have been away for a couple weeks fishing in Oregon and Northern California from which I will give you the full story in Sunday's edition of The Record-Courier.

For now, I would like to address one serious issue. Last week we spent a few days on the east Carson River. I fished until around 7:30 p.m. each evening and on my way back to camp, I spotted four illegal campfires along the river. How many times do we have to put our firefighters lives in danger to get the message out there? No campfires are allowed outside of designated campground areas. A designated campground has signs and most have a designated camp host. While it is legal to camp along the river, you are not allowed to have a camp fire. Let's all try to save what wilderness and public lands we have left.

LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been mixed. We have released several larger macks at 18, 22 and 24 pounds. Cal Neva Point, Sugar Pine Point, Dollar Point and the Tahoe City Shelf have been productive with effort — working and bouncing bottom 100 feet to 250 feet with flashers and minnow, white and chrome dodger and minnow and flat fish in chrome/white. Bringing presentations just under the kokanee schools in 100-120 feet over to 300-600 feet have resulted in some monsters, as well as dragging presentations over cliff edges to deep water drop-offs. Cave Rock, Lake Forest and Sand Harbor are open. Fishing is going to improve with all this feed in the water from this summer. Contact Gene St. Denis at Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552 for information.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level has dropped in recent weeks. Fishing has been productive for anglers trolling flashers and half a worm. Mike Harris of Roseville, Calif., caught a 4-pound rainbow. Shore anglers have done fair from the dam, spillway or the Woods Creek area with salmon eggs or throwing 1/8-ounce Kastmaster lures. CDFW planted the lake with catchable rainbows this month. Caples Lake Resort is open with fishing boats and kayak rentals. The EID day use area and boat ramp is open.

WOODS CREEK: The CDFW planted the lake this month with catchable rainbow trout.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open to upper and lower Blue lakes. Fishing has been fair for anglers using small spinners or salmon eggs. CDFW planted the lake this month with catchable trout.

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BURNSIDE LAKE: Located eight miles in from the junction of highways 88 and 89 in Hope Valley. The road is rough and you should take your time venturing in. I have not had any reports from this area for awhile.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake level has come down a little. The weeds are plenty and the fishing has been spotty over the last few weeks. The lake holds many trophy-sized rainbows and cutthroat trout. If you can deal with the weeds, the reward is in the 2-6 pound range. There are also smaller trout in the lake and this time of year can be rewarding for bass anglers. The lake has largemouth bass ranging from 8 inches to 2 pounds. The best areas are by either one of the dam areas off the rocks.

WEST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The water level is great, while the fishing has been a little slow from the reports I have received. The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and the South Tahoe PUD planted the river on August 10th with 12 inch to 4 pound rainbows. Take little walk away from the bridges and you find some of those lrger fish along the banks. For more info stop by Todd's Bait and Tackle.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: Renee and I fished for a few days last week. We used small silver spinners or Powerbait. We caught many of those small cutthroat trout planted by the CDFW. I caught so many I went to a barbless hook set up. I talked with few anglers that had good luck using salmon eggs and a small split shot. The river was planted on Aug. 10 by the Alpine Chamber of Commerce and the South Tahoe PUD. Those fish were 12 inches to 6 pounds. I had better luck in the faster moving areas then the deep pools. For more info stop by Creekside Lodge.

TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing has been slow for trollers. I ventured up with fellow angler Tom Blotter last week. We still fished with Powerbait and Berkley Gulp for the morning hours. Tom had me 7-to-2 fish on the fish count. We then trolled Rapalas in on the south end and we picked up a few more. Most trout were in the 12 to 17 inch class. The water level has started to come down a foot or so over this last week. For more information stop by Topaz Landing Marina.

ALPINE COUNTY BACK ROADS: Pleasant Valley, Schneider Cow camp, Highland Lakes (rough road), Poorboy, all open to vehicles. While Loope Canyon, Silver Hill and Wolf Creek roads are closed indefinitely.

HEENAN LAKE: The lake will open on Sept. 1, Friday through Sundays only. Catch and release with artificial lures or flies only, with barbless hooks. Located on top of Monitor Pass on Highway 89. Boats or canoes are allowed with electric motors only, and it is carry down access. If you want to see what a large bowl of Cheerios looks like, come check out the amount of float tubers who enjoy the lake.

JUNE LAKE LOOP: From now through October in the Loop is a real treat, with mild temps and less fishing pressure due to decreased visitors as kids start back to school. Daytime temperatures are in the mid- to high-70s, with occasional afternoon clouds and a few sprinkles to keep it cool and fresh. Lows at night are starting to dip into the high 40s.

Trout Plants: CDFW is continuing weekly plants in June, Grant, Silver, Gull lakes and Rush Creek. Additional plants of larger rainbow trout from Desert Springs Hatchery in Oregon are being dropped in, thanks to Mono County and the private marinas. Visit Ernie's Tackle and Ski Shop (760-648-7756) or marinas at each lake for information.

June Lake: Oregon trout were put in July and August with more due in early September. Shore fishing has been good due to easy access from boats in 25 to 30 feet. Trolling 9 colors in deeper waters for larger rainbows and cutthroats. Check out the Big Rock Resort Marina or June Lake Marina.

Grant Lake: Oregon trout were planted in July and more are due in early September. The lake is receding and this has opened up more easily accessible shoreline. Grant is where you want to go for some nice browns, especially as fall approaches. Mornings run 6 to 9 colors then try the shallower Rapala/streamer method in the upper/inlet portion of the lake. Visit Grant Lake Marina; you have to stop by due to lack of phone service.

Rush Creek: Flows are pretty much normal or slightly above for this time of year. Hit the section from Grant Lake inlet upstream and Silver Lake outlet downstream taking the time to fish every nook and cranny you can along its entire run to Grant.

Silver Lake: Whoa! Silver received 4,000 pounds of 1- to 3-pound Oregon trout on Aug. 18. These fish are loads of fun to catch and great eating with nice pink color. Also, there are still plenty of trout in the 4-pound range from previous plants. In a boat, try the east shore along the cabins. Stop in at Silver Lake Resort and Marina for updated information.

Gull Lake: Gull continues to put out a steady stream of CDFW planted limits along with a good amount of 4- to 7-pound Oregon fish due to those trout that were planted in July and August, and like the other lakes, more are coming in early September. Gull is particularly suited for fly chucking "tubers" due to its compact size and relative shelter from wind. See the folks at Gull Lake Marina for information.

Good fishin' and tight lines.