Little Washoe Lake is continuing its recovery after being drained last year and receiving a stocking of catfish last week.
It’s not ready for fishing yet, but Ashley Sanchez with the Nevada Department of Wildlife said efforts are underway to restore it as a fishery. She added the lake will likely receive more fish stockings later this year.
Biologists with the Mason Valley Fish Hatchery planted about 450 channel catfish last week at Little Washoe from Rye Patch Reservoir. Most are about eight inches long.
Last year, NDOW worked with partners to repair the water diversion that feeds the Washoe Lakes system, located just south of Reno between Washoe City and New Washoe City.
Water begin flowing into Little Washoe Lake again in November. The Washoe Lakes system includes the Big and Little Washoe lakes, as well as the Scripps Wildlife Management Area that lies between the two.
Here is this week’s fishing report, as compiled from various sources:
LAKE DAVIS: Anglers are picking up bass now, from boats and shore around the dam. Try Needlefish and light spoons. For bass, spinner baits are doing well early in the morning. Info from Mark Fore & Strike, 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
FRENCHMAN LAKE: Almost entire lake is open; fishing around west cove by the dam is producing fish. PT nymph under indicator is doing well. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
TRUCKEE RIVER: Fishing is a little easier east of Sparks, where the river is wider and slower. Run an indicator with a leech or bugger, or even dry flies. Between Tahoe and down past the town of Truckee, the river is high and fast, making the fishing more technical, as fish are up against the edges where there is more debris. Mark Fore & Strike at 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: As the majority of the rainbows finish up their spawn, fishing should continue to improve over the coming weeks, especially if the flows remain in the 150s. With these solid flows, the euro nymphing game has been excellent. Using heavy anchor flies will be necessary to make sure your flies are being seen. Jigged pheasant tails, green drake nymphs or caddis pupa will be large enough bugs to provide the weight needed to get down, but using a baetis or midge as your point fly will be what you likely find fish on.
Even with the higher flows, 6x is still best out here for both dry flies and nymphs, as these fish are smart. The dry fly bite remains spotty with your best odds being mid-day for the potential hatch of baetis as well as some march browns in the mix. Although most of the fish have finished up their spawn, there will still be a few that are late to the party as well as the vacated redds present, so continue to keep an eye out for these when wading to give the best odds for success of the next generation of trout. From Miles and crew at Trout Creek Outfitters in Truckee, 530-563-5119.
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PYRAMID LAKE: Fishing has slowed and is now more likely a three- or four-fish day instead of a 20-fish day. This is a good time of year to have a beach to yourself around the north end. The south ends are a little more crowded. Trollers are around Dago Bay, going down about 30 feet. Tui chub are spawning now, which are the main food source for the cutthroat. Mark Fore & Strike, 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
TOPAZ LAKE: Topaz has been stocked well this season and is fishing great, especially around the south end. Sim for the beds, where the smallmouth bass are more aggressive. Mark Fore & Strike, 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
SPARKS MARINA: Kastmaster lures have been working well here, because they can be cast farther out and they sink deep. Nightcrawlers or Powerbait also working well, with a bobber. Some rainbows up to 3 pounds coming out lately. Fishing for carp and catfish has become popular here, especially along the east side. Mark Fore & Strike, 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
DONNER LAKE: The boat ramp is open There are some holdover rainbows being caught by anglers trolling worms and flashers, Rapalas, and small spoons. The best shore fishing for anglers is near West End Beach and boat ramp. According to fish and game, Donner Lake has not been stocked yet. Currently at 84 percent capacity. Mountain Hardware, Truckee, 530-587-4844.
BOCA RESERVOIR: Boca is almost full. Mornings and evenings are producing more bites now. Anglers are seeing a good rainbow and cutthroat bite off of the dam using Powerbait and worms. There is a five-fish limit in this lake with no size limit. Anglers trolling the shore line with small spoons and small Rapalas are also producing some fish. Boats can be launched on the east and west shore. For launching larger boats, the main boat ramp on the west side is recommended. Currently at 78 percent capacity. Mountain Hardware, Truckee, 530-587-4844.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Boat ramp is open with a decent trout bite happening in most of the coves. Anglers trolling for Kokanee should try trolling around 30 feet for the best size fish. Not much is going on for shore fishing. The best spot for shore anglers is off the dam using Powerbait, worms or casting lures. Currently at 50 percent capacity. Mountain Hardware, Truckee, 530-587-4844.
PROSSER RESERVOIR: The boat ramp is open. Trolling for cutthroat and rainbows is good in 15 feet of water. Prosser also has great shore access around the whole lake with a good shore bite. Throw your favorite lures off the bank or soak a worm off the bottom or under a bobber. Regulations here are a five-fish limit with no size limit. Prosser is fishing the best out of all the Truckee reservoirs now. Currently at 51 percent capacity. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
HOT CREEK: The road to the canyon parking lots is clear and both sections of the creek are fishing best in the late mornings and early afternoons. Flows are lower now. Good bug hatches are making for plenty of surface activity on most days. Blue Winged Olives, caddis and midge imitations on the surface are getting fish.
When fishing nymphs, try unweighted midge patterns, scuds, SD crawlers, #20 Flashback Pheasant Tails and caddis larva and pupa patterns. Look for open runs and pockets along the weed lines and fish any water that looks deeper than the surrounding river bed, as they tend to hold more fish. Sierra Drifters, 760-935-4250, [email protected]
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