Watch out for rattlers
July 21, 2017
Hello, fellow anglers. The weather is hot and the skies are like a stormy winter's night with all the smoke in the area. As we venture out, there are a couple things to remember.
For one, you are only allowed to have an open campfire in a designated campground. Many places in our area like Indian Creek Reservoir (outside of the designated campground) do not allow charcoal grills. You may be cited if you are found using a charcoal barbecue or have an illegal campfire outside of a designated camp area.
Another big warning as you venture out to fish or just for a little walk. The rattlesnakes are out in full force this time of year. Last week, fellow angler and friend Tom Blotter from Minden was taking a walk above Stephanie Way. As he came to a small clearing, he spotted something lying in the middle of the path. It was a four-foot diamondback rattlesnake. Luckily, that day he did not have his dogs with him. Many think that rattlesnakes are only in the valley areas. I am here to tell you, they are in the Indian Creek area and as far up as the top of Ebbetts Pass.
If you want to read about a deadly adventure with a rattlesnake, do a Google search for "fishing writer survives bite from deadly snake." Be safe on your next outing.
You have heard the saying, "Always carry a big stick." That stick is used for waving back and fourth in front of you while you walk. If a rattler is in the area you will be warned majority of the time before you get too close. If you happen to come across a snake, just back off and go the other way.
Now let's check out our local fishing report:
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CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is up and fishing has been slow. Renee and I trolled a couple weeks ago for 4.5 hours without a single hit. We used Rapalas to Needlefish lures, I jigged a Kastmaster while Renee tried Powerbait. I saw a few anglers fishing at Woods Creek and saw no action. We spoke to many boaters as they passed by and none of them had experienced any success. A few said they caught a few small rainbows fishing from the shore near the dam. They were using salmon eggs or inflated night crawlers and. Stop by Caples Lake Resort for more information.
RED LAKE: The lake has started to turn that summer green color. I have received a few reports of small rainbows that have been caught with salmon eggs from shore.
WOODS LAKE: The road opened last week. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is scheduled to plant the lake this month with catchable rainbow trout.
BLUE LAKES: The road has opened up to the lower and upper lake. CDFW is scheduled to plant the lake with catchable rainbow trout.
WEST CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river is running smooth and clear. Anglers have been drifting salmon eggs with a split shot from Blue Lakes Road all through the Hope Valley area. CDFW is scheduled to plant this month with catchable rainbow trout. Anglers have also had success with small silver spinners.
EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river is extremely fishable. For those that have not ventured up this year. You may have to relearn how to fish the river all over. The river has changed its course from last year. CDFW is scheduled to plant the river with catchable rainbow trout.
MOSQUITO LAKES UPPER AND LOWER: Located over top of Highway 4 on Ebbetts Pass. The lake is scheduled to be planted by CDFW this month with catchable rainbow trout.
WOLF CREEK, SILVER HILL, LOOPE CANYON: The road is closed indefinitely due to damage from the last winter.
HIGHLAND LAKES: The road is only open to the cow camp, which is approximately four miles in, as of this week.
BURNSIDE LAKE: No fishing reports have come in. The road is open, but trucks or 4-wheel drive are advisable because the winter has damaged parts of the road.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The water level is still up and the weeds are growing good. The lake has been planted twice this year from the Alpine County Chamber Of Commerce. CDFW has planted the lake with catchable rainbows. The lake was also stocked with Lahontan cutthroat from Heenan Lake this year. The lake has a lot of fish, but due to the weed population you have to do some creative fishing. If you are using Powerbait, my suggestion would be to use a very long leader to get your bait above the weeds.
TOPAZ LAKE: I spoke with fellow angler and longtime friend Dan Maldonado. He fished a couple weeks ago with his wife and had good success on the California side with various colors of Powerbait. Dan told me the rainbows were 14 to 19 inches and very clean and healthy. If you decide to do some trolling, I would get out early and be off the lake by noon or sooner. This is due to the amount of water and jet skiers.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have question or a report in our local area, call the Naw line at 267-9722. Good fishin' and tight lines.