The weeds are getting thick and the water temps have risen. Early morning or late evening bite has been your best bet. The CDFW planted the lake with catchable rainbows. 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 ice 2 to 5 pound rainbow or cutthroat trout.
Still only open to the cow camp due to last years storms. There are some good camping areas along the roadside in the area. Bring mosquito repellent.
I ventured up last Saturday evening with Tom Blotter from Minden NV. We started trolling at 6:30 pm, got our first hookup at 6:30 and 45 seconds. Fishing turned off with in the hour and a half. Next morning we started at 5:30 am. I caught 2 and Tom caught 7, we were fishing on the south end of the lake. and by the noon hour the heat was to much and the fishing had turned off at 10 am anyway. All fish were in the 16 to 18 inch class.
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 brought in.Chelsea from Ojai grabbed a 3-8 Rainbow with power bait using a "Barbie Pole" no less.Everett from Murrieta 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.
Grant Fire Update: A lightning caused fire started Monday between Silver and Grant Lakes west of Hwy. 158 of approx. 400 acres is burning northwest. A portion of the highway is closed but access is still open to all lakes and creeks.
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 Sept. Due to it's depth of up to 120' 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 and red dot frog "Tommies" or red magic and red dot frog Needlefish or any pink and frog pattern Tasmanian. During summer some lure draggers add line to get down to 11 colors mid day.
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 had logged 24) 3 to 7 pound Rainbows caught. 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' deep. For now this seems to be the zone the bigger fish are hanging at in Gull.
Lake level has dropped a couple feet 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 near Labor Day.
The river has been planted by the South Tahoe PUD and the CDFW recently. Fishing has been good in the early morning or late afternoon hours. Salmon eggs or Powerbait has been most productive. small spinners have worked well in the deeper pools.
The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce has planted the river twice in the last few weeks. Fishing has been very good for those that 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. Powebait or night crawlers have also been productive. The CDFW planted the river a few weeks ago with catchable rainbow trout. For more information stop by the Carson River Resort.
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 1/2 of a worm 18" behind the blades. The CDFW planted the lake last week. The Caples lake resort is open for launching and boat rental. The EID boat launch and day use facility is open daily. For more information stop by the Caples Lake Resort.
Open all the way to the upper lake. The fishing has been slow to fair. There has been no fish plants yet this year. All fish are hold overs from last season.