Sammy Lang, a resident of Lodi, California, caught this species of Lahontan trout using nocturnal crawlers on the East Fork of the Carson River. The fish was 2 feet long and weighed about 3 pounds. East Fork Resort’s photo
Hello fellow anglers.
The heat caught on, and the fish took leave. With recent temperature extremes, rivers are going down, and temperatures are rising. The fish did not fly south, they just went deeper or lay dormant in the currents. This report may not be favorable. But I will always give you the truth about what’s hot and what’s not. Talk about hot. I would advise those who are venturing out to do some camping, check out the area you are going to visit, due to the harsh conditions. Many national forests and public lands have banned campfires and charcoal barbecues. This also includes several designated camp areas. So, let’s leave the wood at home and give the firefighters a little “breathing” room. And maybe a little breathing room for the rest of us, too. I would like to ask each of you to do me a favor. When you see any of our firefighters in your community, take the time to shake hands with them, or simply say thank you. We need to tell them, “See you, and respect the job you’re doing for us so we can sleep at night or camp in peace.”
Capes Lake: The lake level is still high, but the fish have gone deeper. Fishermen have the best luck in the early morning or evening hours. Trolls use lead core or bottom rigs in 25-40 feet of water. Rapalas or Flashers and crawlers were more productive. Beach fishermen pick up a few from the dam or through the waterfall stream. Use of the feast day and the boat ramp are open. Caples Lake Resort is open for boat, kayak, and cabin rentals, as well as launch boats. The general store is open for those little things you might need. For more information, stop by the Caples Lake Resort.
Lake Woods: Camping spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Fishing for brook trout was reasonably slow. The fishermen were using salmon eggs in the morning.
RED LAKE: Fishing was slow, but a few rainbows and trout were caught from the dam with salmon eggs or overgrown nocturnal reptiles. Kast masters or Thomas Buoyant spoons were producers. Until June 23, the lake had no detectable blue-green algae
Blue Lakes: The lake level is still high. Camping is available in the upper and lower lakes. The upper lake is a little lower at this time of year. Fishing was better for fishermen in the bottom lake of rainbow trout. Powerbait was more productive.
Burnside Lake: Fishing was fair during the first few hours of daylight. Camping is available. Campfires are not permitted.
Indian Creek Reservoir: Stay out of the water. Do not touch the scum in the water or on the beach. Do not let pets drink or go near the water. Fishing at this time is not recommended because the blue-green algae are at risk. The camp area is closed for the season.
Carson River West Alpine County Fork: Water level is low and operates at 26°C. Fishing has been slow, but anglers get little in the moving deep waters of Hope Valley or from Sorenson downstream to Woodfords. For more information, stop by the Creekside Inn.
Carson River East Fork Alpine County: Flows down to 92 cubic feet per second. Hunting was slow. But for those anglers who don’t mind a little walk. Catch those pristine deep holes and faster-moving water in the early morning, or an hour before sunset. Sammy Long of Lodi was fishing with a night crawler and fishing for 24-inch 3-pound trout. For more information or to get your photo in Naw’s next report, stop by the Carson River Resort and let them take your photo.
Upper Truckee River, Taylor Creek, Trout Creek: all located on the southern tip of Lake Tahoe. The catch was slow with few catches. Remember that this water is caught and released using artificial bait or flies only.
Lake Topaz: The lake level has decreased about a foot or so over the past two weeks. The water temperature was in the mid-sixties. We fished last weekend 5:30-10am and had one fish with no other injuries. We tried all four corners of the lake. I spoke with another Hunter who got off and got in at the same time we did. They were using flashers and night crawlers and caught a nice rainbow and got a few more hits. I’ve seen a fisherman on the beach on the west side catch a good sized rainbow with a powerbait.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. I’m going to spend a few days in the Sierra to check out some backwaters for your next report. I hope to see you on the water soon if I get a picture of your fishing. Send it to [email protected] Good fishing and tight lines.