You need to know how to fish in heat
Hello, fellow anglers. Hot enough for you?
Recently, it has felt like the lyrics from that Mark Chesnutt country song, “It’s too hot to fish.” But only for those that can’t stand the heat, I say.
Fishing has not been too bad if you know how to fish in 100-degree temperatures. We just need to get up at 4 a.m. and fish until noon, then retreat until about 5:30 and fish until the sun goes down. The main thing we need to remember is drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. If you start to feel too relaxed (light headed ) or a tingling in your arms, hands and legs, or if you stop sweating, you may be on your way to heat stroke. Most important thing of all, beer or caffeinated drinks will not keep you hydrated. Water is your best solution. Have fun on the water and be safe.
CAPLES LAKE: The fishing has been fair to good for average sized rainbows. Shore anglers using powerbait have been most successful. The boaters have been using flashers and half of a worm 18 inches behind the blades. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) planted the lake last week. Caples Lake Resort is open for launching and boat rental. The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) boat launch and day use facility is open daily. For more information stop by Caples Lake Resort.
WOODS LAKE: The campground is open and fishing has been fair due to the 300 pounds of rainbows planted by CDFW last week.
BLUE LAKES: Open all the way to the upper lake. The fishing has been slow to fair. There have been no fish plants yet this year. All fish are holdovers from last season.
KINNEY RESERVOIR: The lake was planted by CDFW last week with catchable rainbows.
HIGHLAND LAKES: Still only open to the cow camp due to last winter’s storms. There are some good camping areas along the roadside in the area. Bring mosquito repellent.
CARSON RIVER WEST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river has been planted recently by the South Tahoe PUD and the CDFW. Fishing has been good in the early morning or late afternoon hours. Salmon eggs or Powerbait have been most productive. Small spinners have worked well in the deeper pools.
CARSON RIVER EAST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce has planted the river twice in recent weeks. Fishing has been very good for those who do not mind a little walk. If you stick to the side of the road, your luck will be as fulfilling. I personally like to use a small Panther Martin spinner in the faster moving water. Powerbait or night crawlers have also been productive. CDFW planted the river a few weeks ago with catchable rainbow trout. Stop by the Carson River Resort for more information.
MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: Fishing has been fair to good. Here again, you need to get wet and walk the river, making sure not to trespass on private property. CDFW planted the river a couple weeks ago with catchable rainbow trout. Mice tails or Powerbait have been most productive.
SILVER CREEK: The river has slowed down to a very fishable level. The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce has planted the river recently. Fishing has been fair for those willing to walk the river.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The weeds are getting thick and the water temperatures have risen. Early morning or late evening bite are your best bet. CDFW planted the lake with catchable rainbows and the lake is full of big fish from the plants this year by Alpine County. You just need to learn how to fish in and around the weeds. The weeds hold fish on hot days, you are going to snag in the weeds over and over. But the reward can be a nice 2- to 5-pound rainbow or cutthroat trout.
TOPAZ LAKE: I ventured up last Saturday evening with Tom Blotter from Minden. We started trolling at 6:30 p.m. and got our first hookup at 6:30 and 45 seconds. Fishing turned off within the hour and a half. The next morning, we started at 5:30 a.m. I caught 2 and Tom caught 7, we were fishing on the south end of the lake, and by noon the heat was too much. The fishing had turned off by 10 a.m. anyway. All fish were in the 16- to 18-inch class.
JUNE LAKE LOOP AREA: Grant Fire Update: Lightning caused a fire that started Monday between Silver and Grant lakes west of Highway 158. As of Wednesday, the fire had burned 400 acres.
Silver Lake: The lake has receded a bit lately so there’s more shore fishing available however, a boat is best to access entire lake. Silver is receiving big fish almost every other week now and seeing plenty of quality 2- to 4-pounders and up. Chelsea from Ojai, Calif., grabbed a 3-pound, 8-ounce rainbow with power bait using a “Barbie Pole,” no less. Everett from Murrieta, Calif., hauled in a 7-11 ‘bow in a float tube with a fly rod dragging a Matuka. That’s the biggest recorded fish caught in The Loop recently. When visiting Silver Lake, stop in at the Resort Cafe for the best breakfast around.
Gull Lake: Gull is still producing limits on all methods. Shore fishing is good but like Silver somewhat limited, so rent a boat and go get ‘em. During July the Marina logged 24 rainbows in the 3- to 7-pound range. And that’s just what was recorded. Two loads of Big Fish were dropped in July with more due this month. A 7-8 ‘bow was landed using power bait and a 6-8 on a pinched crawler by Collin from San Diego. Trollers are doing well with “Tommy Boys” and Needlefish about 30 feet deep. For now, this seems to be the zone the bigger fish are hanging at in Gull.
June Lake: June is still the most easily accessible Loop lake for fishing from shore. Big fish were put in last week with more on the way this month and in September. Due to its depth of up to 120 feet, June is a go-to for resident cutthroats, rainbows and an occasional brown during the summer. Troll 6 to 9 colors lead core, using red and gold or red dot frog “Tommies.” Red magic and red dot frog Needlefish or any pink and frog pattern Tasmanian will also work. During summer, some lure draggers add line to get down to 11 colors around mid-day.
Grant Lake: The lake level has dropped a couple of feet the last two weeks, but is still over spillway and should stabilize at full or near full level rest of season. Shore fishing is best primarily at Privy Point, The Narrows and accessible areas of the upper lake. You want to be near Rush Creek inlet to still fish from boats and tubes. Trolling Bloody Rippers, Thomas Buoyants and whatever the guys at the marina suggest are working 6 to 9 colors in mornings and evenings. Try #9 and 11 Rapalas with spin gear closer to surface after sundown. This is when the browns move in near shore to feed. Big fish were dropped in last week and more should be added around Labor Day.
Rush Creek: Rush is fishing as well as I can remember for this time of year. Flows hit a peak during mid-July and have been tapering off since meaning there is more, safer access. A good amount of 1- to 4-pound rainbows have been caught on night crawlers and salmon eggs. As always, “Tommy Boys” and Panther Martins are working. With a fly rod, chuck some dries if you can reach the slower moving water. Otherwise, try fish buggers and streamers across and downstream, then work upstream with nymphs, San Juan worms and egg patterns through the deeper pools and undercuts. Call 760-648-7756 or stop in and see the guys at Ernie’s Tackle and Ski Shop for more information.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure — if you have a photo of your catch send it to email@example.com — and I hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.