Labor Day weekend fishing report |

Labor Day weekend fishing report

by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers, here’s a small special report to give you some ideas for our upcoming Labor Day weekend.

This weekend has some special events going on for anglers and for those that just want to have fun with a lot of food.

Saturday is free fishing day in California. All regulations must be adhered to but a license is not required.

If you are headed to Topaz Lake for the weekend, the Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its 52nd annual deep pit barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It is located at the fire station right above the Topaz Landing Marina on the lake. They will have a live band with dancing, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Not to mention the great barbecue, which is cooked right there on site in a deep pit oven from the night before.

For those going south a little more. Bridgeport will be holding its 10th annual western barbecue and concert to benefit the Fishin’ Mission Foundation on Saturday at the Bridgeport Barn and Terrace. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the dinner hosted by CoCoMoes Q from Gardnerville. Entertainment will be provided by Locked-N-Loaded. There is a no host bar provided by the Bridgeport Gun Club. Grand raffle prize will be a Pit Boss Austin XL wood pellet grill. Proceeds will benefit the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation to stock Bridgeport Reservoir with trophy rainbow trout. For information visit

For those sticking around the local area, the Carson River east and west forks in California will be stocked by Alpine County with 800 pounds of 1-5-pound rainbows. The East Fork is running at 148 cubic feet per second and is perfect for late summer fishing. This may be the last plant for the West Fork as the water levels are getting a little low. But that just means the next plant will be larger on the East Fork. Heenan Lake will open this weekend. The lake is located on Monitor Pass highway 89 south of Markleeville. Special regulations apply on this lake. Catch and release, artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. The lake is open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two months out of the year, and will close on the last Sunday in October. Boats are allowed with electric motors only. You will have to hand launch as there is no ramp. I would recommend a float tube, kayak or canoe. Shore fishing can be a little tricky due to the weeds along the shore line. This lake is the home of the brood stock for the Lahontan cutthroat trout, which provides eggs for hatcheries all over the United States.

Hope to see you on the waters this weekend. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to I will be all over testing many of our lakes and rivers. Good fishin’ and tight lines.