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Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes in Sierra

Hello, fellow anglers. Memorial Day weekend is here already. But at least we have some great weather to get out and fish and have fun.

Beware of rattlesnakes while venturing out. Yes, we do have rattlers in the Sierra. They have been spotted just the last couple weeks in Jacks Valley, Carson Valley, Topaz Lake and the Indian Creek area. Be careful and be safe. There will be a lot of people out and we all need to just take our time.

Remember to get your campfire permit if you are camping in an undesignated camp area. The fire danger will be very high this year.

Now let’s check out our local fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE: Fishing has been very good on the north end of the lake. The Tahoe Shelf to Carnelian Bay right on the drop off. Use a downrigger and get right on the bottom. Fish with a dodger and a minnow, a Rapala or an AC plug. You can also use a set of flashers with a #3 rainbow or brown patterned Rapala three feet behind it. Many limits have been coming in for average sized Mackinaws in the 2- to 5-pound range. Top-lining has picked up a little in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. Call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552 for information or to set up a charter.

SILVER LAKE: The lake still has ice on it and is thawing quickly. With our temperatures, the lake should be ice-free by the end of May.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake has 2-4 feet of ice on it, with a little thinning around the edges and some open water. The resort is scheduled to open by mid-June and the lake should be ice-free by or before mid-June as well. No report on when the EID boat ramp is scheduled to open.

RED LAKE: I received a report this week that I have not heard of in many years. Friend and fellow angler, Josh Otto, went up to fish the lake and it was a good thing he brought his ice auger. The lake still had 3.5 feet of snow and ice on it as of last Wednesday. Josh did very well with a few nice pan-sized rainbow trout. He was jigging a gold Kastmaster. I recommend to always use caution this time of year on the ice. Josh is an experienced ice angler, but I would not recommend such a venture to an average angler.

WOODS LAKE: Road is still closed.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open to the second gate, approximately 2 miles.

BURNSIDE LAKE: Road closed.

WOLF CREEK: Road closed due to mud slides.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK CALIFORNIA: The river has risen two feet in the last week and is running very fast and cloudy. Use extreme caution along the edges of the river. The road was closed at the junction of Monitor Pass and Highway 4. No reports for this week due to high water. Stop in at Todd’s Bait and Tackle in Markleeville for more info.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK CALIFORNIA: The river is running very high and fast. No fishing reports have come in the last couple weeks.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: The river has come up this last week. The fishing has been fair if you fish in the slack waters. The fish have been right on the bottom. Salmon eggs or power eggs have been most productive. Be respectful of private property when fishing this area.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake is scheduled to be planted today. This fish planted is funded by the South Tahoe PUD and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce. Fishing has been slow with the recent temperatures rising. The lake is up and the algae is starting to show up as well. The campground is officially open. Power bait or Thomas Buoyant spoons have been producing some fish. I fished last week with Tom Blotter, a friend from Minden. We caught nine fish with a couple in the 2-pound class. It was hard to fish with all the helicopters buzzing us for two hours.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level has been fluctuating up and down for the couple weeks. The early morning bite has been fair. As the sun rises, boat anglers need to go deeper. The best shore action has been on the California side or the farthest south area on the Nevada side. Be mindful this weekend as there will be anglers as well as skiers on the lake. If you fish the canal, watch for rattle snakes. Stop in at Topaz Marina for more info.

TROUT CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK: All streams leading into Lake Tahoe are closed to fishing until July 1.


EBBETTS PASS: Closed from Alpine Lake to the junction of Highway 89.

JUNE LAKES: 8-10 Rainbow were taken on the south shore throwing a silver Thomas Buoyant. Trolling Taz Devils 4-5 colors and wooly buggers weighted to 10 feet or so have grabbed some nice Cutts and Bows in the 2-4 pound range. Try a bugger/streamer tied to a Taz instead of hook provided with lure. I’d try this on any of the Loop lakes.

Gull Lake: Lake is rounding into form after algae turnover during opener week has cleared. Typical baits are best bet from shore or boat. A 5-7 rainbow was brought in from shore at Gull Park on Garlic Power Bait.

Silver Lake: Producing nice sized Browns and Bows along with the DFW plants using the “usual suspects” bait and lures.

Grant Lake: Trolling is working with Taz pink and frog patterns 4-5 colors as well as shore fishing “the narrows” with crawlers, power baits, and chuck-n-lures.

Rush Creek: Flows are high but still workable using lures and streamers and baits in slower, deeper water.

Note: As weather warms we should see an above normal winged insect population throughout The Loop resulting in excellent dry fly fishing.

Check in with the local marinas and Ernie’s Tackle and Ski Shop at 760-648-7756 for the gear and info needed.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to and I hope to see you on the waters this weekend. Good fishin’ and tight lines.