Watch for changing weather conditions
Hello, fellow anglers. The weather is questionable, but we have to expect changes this time of year. The higher lakes are starting to thaw and the Naw is up there right now, checking out the conditions. I only hope I don’t encounter snow on my adventure.
As a reminder, Saturday is free fishing day in Nevada. A license is not required for any angler. But you must abide by any regulations regarding the water you choose to fish. The Nevada Department of Wildlife will be planting most of the urban ponds in our area.
SILVER LAKE: The lake has thawed about 90 percent and a few boaters have taken advantage of the early bite. Tom Blotter fished mid-week and caught a couple mackinaws in the 18-inch range. Tom also landed a nice 6-pound mackinaw using Rapalas. The ramp is open, but use caution this time of year because the lake level is down about 10 feet.
CAPLES LAKE: The lake has open water around the Woods Creek area and along most edges of the lake. This is a good time to fish for big rainbows and browns. The resort is scheduled to open later in June. The lake should ice out in mid to late June.
RED LAKE: The lake is thawing out and should be ice free very soon. There is open water around the edges for anglers to enjoy. Stay off of any ice left on the lake.
WOODS LAKE: Is still closed.
BLUE LAKES: The road is open to the third gate, approximately 4.5 miles in to Faith Valley. It is estimated this area will be fully open in early July.
CARSON RIVER WEST FORK CALIFORNIA: The waters are high and the clarity is stained. Some anglers have had luck with salmon eggs in the slack water pools. When the sun is shining, Panther Martin silver spinners have had success. Peggy Bristol of Wellington caught a 4-pound rainbow using night crawlers. The river have not been planted due to high water conditions. Stop by Todd’s Bait and Tackle for more information.
CARSON RIVER EAST FORK CALIFORNIA: The river is running strong and fast. Not many anglers have been out this year due to the conditions. The river has not been planted due to water conditions, however, the Alpine Chamber of Commerce will load up the rivers as soon as the conditions calm down. Stop by the Carson River Resort for more information.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake is high and starting to get a few weeds. The lake was planted last week by the Alpine Chamber of Commerce and South Lake Tahoe PUD. I advise anglers who fish the inlet stream to practice proper angling. I’ve seen many anglers snagging fish by the camp area and keeping them. If you accidentally snag a fish in the side or by the tail, you must release the fish unharmed. Only fish caught inside of the mouth are a legal catch. Salmon peach or rainbow power bait have been productive. Fly anglers have been using olive buggers in the middle of the lake with good success. The campground and boat ramp are open. Stop by Todd’s Bait and Tackle for more information.
TOPAZ LAKE: The water level is up, but beware of the floating debris coming in from the runoff. Early morning has been more productive for anglers using blades and night crawlers. As the sun comes up, you need to go deeper. Shore angler have had fair success with power bait. With the cloud cover and cooler temps, this would be good weekend to fish the lake.
Here are some reports from down south in Mono County:
JUNE LAKE: Boat and shore bait fishermen have been doing well with crawlers, power bait, mice tails and pinched crawlers. A nice 4-5 pound cutthroat was taken from east shore this week. Trollers git’n bit with Taz Devils with pink/green patterns and a variety of Needlefish have been hauling in some nice rainbows and cutthroats. Start out early in 25 feet or so, increasing to about 50 feet by mid-day.
GULL LAKE: Bait and trolling methods working similar to June with multiple limits being caught. Try adding a marsh mellow or power bait to your crawler to float off bottom better. One visitor got a 5-pound rainbow first cast off back of his boat moored at Gull Lake Campground and not much after. That’s the “first cast jinx.”
SILVER LAKE: The lake is fuller than full, decreasing shore access so boat, tube, kayak fishing is best bet for nice rainbows, browns and an occasional cutthroat. Try the inlet end up in the flooded areas. Logan at the marina suggests removing the head of a white/bubblegum mice tail and adding red power bait with the tail.
GRANT LAKE: The lake is finally full and over the spillway for first time in years. This results in excellent bait and lure fishing from boats, tubes, etc. in the upper end near the inlet. Also try Rapalas with spin gear in say 6 to 10 feet in evenings closer to shore or in the shallower upper section.
RUSH CREEK: I can’t remember seeing more water in Rush. The creek is still fishable but use care and common sense out there. Bait offerings are not working well due to high flows, so throw Thomas Buoyants, Panther Martins, and Sierra Slammer jigs and swim baits. A nice 4-pound cutthroat was taken below Silver Lake recently.
For you fly fishermen, work all the lakes with tubes/small boats on top early and late going deeper to 25 feet with streamers and buggers as the sun warms the surface. Add a dropper to that streamer and stick to inlet areas when fishing Silver and Grant.
Check with the lake marinas and Ernie’s Tackle and Ski Shop at 760-648-7756 in June Lake Village for more current and detailed information.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. In the next report I will have a full detail of the Alpine County higher lakes and surrounding waters. If you get picture of your catch send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have question or a report in our local area call the Naw line at 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.