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Carson forks stuffed with trout with more on the way

WON Staff Writer
Published: Aug 24, 2017


MARKLEEVILLE — A weekend thunderstorm added a bit of color to the East Carson, but didn’t impact the excellent trout fishing that is going on there and on the neighboring West Carson, said Todd Sodaro of Creekside Lodge.

“Salmon eggs are crushing it. Orange Power Bait is No. 2. Nightcrawlers No. 3 and then Panther Martins,” Sodaro said.

The dry fly fishing on the West Carson has been excellent during the evening when the crowds thin and the bugs emerge, said Eric Meza of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. “If I don’t have an evening trip I go to the West Carson and fish dry flies,” Meza said. “There are bugs everywhere – stoneflies, caddis, little yellow sallies.”

The fishing should get even better with another plant of 1,800 pounds slated for the east and west forks for the week before Labor Day. That won’t be the last plant of the season either. Sodaro ordered 29,400 pounds of trout for this season but because of high, cold water, couldn’t begin planting until the last week of June.

Nearly two tons of trout – 3,600 pounds – went into Indian Creek during May and June and another 3,600 pounds went to Lake Alpine. That leaves almost 10 tons of trout for the Carson forks and Markleeville Creek. The trout come from Desert Springs Trout Farm in Oregon.

This year’s trout buy is the largest ever by Alpine County. Sodaro said he has been ordering 27,000 to 28,000 pounds for the last 10 years but this year he gave it a boost in order to make Alpine County an even more desirable trout angling location.

Although May and June were a washout, expect September and October to be epic. Not only are more fish being imported, there will be enough water to sustain productive conditions.

“I can’t wait for next month,” Meza said. “The water will be perfect. The hoppers will come out. It will be awesome.”

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