FRENCHMAN LAKE: Full and there are at least four creeks still providing water. The lake is really beautiful. It is also very large compared to years past. The fishing has been decent to great depending on the day. The surface temperature is in the mid 60s, but the water is much colder below. This has slowed down the spring hatches and everything seems to be a month behind. Midges are out in force but Callabaetis and Damsels seem to be behind a bit. Fish are being caught with a variety of methods, but the top two seem to be fishing small midges under an indicator in around 8-12-feet of water or slow stripping Olive Wooly Buggers and Leaches with a medium sinking line. Frenchman should fish pretty well until the surface temperatures top 70 degrees. As the water warms up it will be more important to fish early and late. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LAKE DAVIS: Davis is also really full. There is not much shoreline to fish and this year it is going to be really important to have your float tube or pontoon boat with you. Things are a bit behind at Davis as well, but there are already some Damsels hatching and on nicer days some fish can be seen in the shallows. Davis has gone from about 15-20 percent full to over 100 percent. There was already a lack of fish in the lake due to the low water and the drought and now the fish are even more spread out. There are some really big fish in Davis, but it is going to be tough going until stocking catches up with the size of the lake. The good news is Davis should just get better and better over the next couple of years. Blood Midges fished under an indicator in 8-20 feet of water is as good a bet as any, but you can also strip Damsel nymphs on a floating or intermediate sinking line as well. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The Truckee is still humming along with snow still melting in the high country. Most of the river in Nevada is still unfishable, but there are some spots worth doing in California. The upper stretch from Tahoe City to around Boca Bridge is fishable, although the flows are still high. You can fish the edges and the slower water behind rocks and in seams. Nymphing with a lot of weight and two heavy flies either under an indicator or high-sticking is the way to go. Use a big indicator if you are using one at all and make sure you are getting down to the bottom with a good dead-drift. There have been some nice fish being caught on the California side in the Glenshire area, as well as the Highway 89 stretch above Truckee. Be careful wading. The river can look fine, but it has a lot of water in it and can take you down quickly. Flows are: Town of Truckee 2040 CFS, Boca Bridge 3190 CFS, Farad 3640 CFS, Reno 3200 CFS and Vista 3730 CFS. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are 641 CFS. This is really high for the L.T., but fishable. There is still water coming out of the banks and the fish are hanging out in places that usually might not even have water. You have to approach the Little Truckee as if it is a brand new river to you and look for good holding water and slower pools. Nymphing with 4X or 5X tippet and plenty of weight with your flies is a must. The bugs on the Little Truckee are small and the flies we use to imitate them are not heavy enough on their own. BB split shot will help get your flies down to the fish. There are some bugs around and we should see some hatches like Green Drakes and PMDs sometime soon. The Little Truckee remains crowded and a favorite spot of many locals because it is fishable and easier to get around than the Truckee. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
PYRAMID LAKE: Usually by now the fishing has gotten tough, the water is too warm and most of the fish have moved out into really deep water. But this year is different. There are plenty of fish cruising in close to shore and there are some good fishing days yet to come. The influx of the Truckee River has helped keep the surface temperatures down a bit. First light and last light are the time to fish, but if you can get out to the lake on a bad weather day, fish can still be caught any time. There are midges and Callabaetis hatching and plenty of Tui Chubs, Perch and Qui Ui in the shallows. By now you should have a good idea where and when to fish so get out there and get one more day in before the lake closes on July 1. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
RENO AREA URBAN PONDS: Urban ponds have beeen stocked and will continue to receive fish as long as conditions permit. Best methods for urban ponds are to use a sliding sinker setup with Powerbait off the bottom, or nightcrawlers below a bobber. Spinners and Kastmasters are a great option too. Fish are suspended from 7-12 feet. All urban ponds have a limit of three game fish. NDOW
LAKE ALMANOR: Surface temps in the mid 60s. Clarity is good in both basins, about 14-15 feet. Lake levels and water quality are excellent. Water is pouring into Almanor. The Hamilton Branch, Bailey Creek and the North Fork of the Feather River are running fast, clear and strong.
Aquatic insect hatches are popping off all over both basins, fish are active. A good bite from Rec. 2, north to Bailey Creek had nets going out, followed by happy fishermen slapping high fives. Mostly Rainbows were reported along with a couple Browns and some pesky 12-inch Chinook Salmon. Rainbows up to 5-pounds reported.
Naked threaded crawlers down rigged from 10-14 feet at 1.0 mph early and then dropping down to 20-22 feet. There were a few reports of fast action working well in the Almanor West area. Trolling RGSS, or #2 Needle fish at 2.8 mph. The east basin is looking good. Clarity has greatly improved. The entire east shore is a good trolling lane this time of year.
Bug hatches are the main attraction and the famous Hex Hatch hasn’t even started yet. Fish are packed with insect larva emerging from the muddy bottom. Canyon Dam is another good place to drop in and hug the east shoreline all the way to the Dorado. All marinas, ramps and resorts are open. The next couple weeks will should be great for the fishing crowd, but after that when school gets out expect more boat traffic. Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures, 530-258-6732.
KNOTT CREEK RESERVOIR: Opens to fishing June 10. Fishing is expected to be good for opener. The usual, bead head nymph patterns, scuds and woolly buggers consistently catch fish here. Dead-drifting midge patterns under a strike indicator can also be productive at the right times. Artificial flies and lures only and single barbless hooks. Roads are expected to be rough and 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Provided by NDOW
BOCA: This lake has been the most consistent, but recently with all the fishing pressure it has received fish have spread out. Most fishermen will find the majority of the fish at the north end to the last riffle of the Little Truckee River (special regs exist here so read up on the rules). Some anglers have success at the dam too. Great fishing for the Cutthroat and Rainbows from shore with the occasional Brown thrown in. For those who can launch their boats by the campground, there has been some pretty good Kokanee fishing. Toplining Pink and Orange spinners, hoochies, squids or spoons can pull in Kokanee ranging from 13-16-inches. Most of Boca may not be accessible due to closure over the dam. Lake is at 100 percent capacity and running over spillway. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
STAMPEDE: Lake is slowly rising and is at 95 percent capacity and the flow going out has decreased to 65 CFS. For years, this lake suffered through drought and with the abundance of water this year it should rebound. With an aggressive stocking of Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats over the next few years, this lake hopefully could produce trophy-sized Cutties such as those in Pyramid. For now, those with boats have had success catching Rainbows and Cutthroats. Kokanee action has been sporadic, but those having success are pulling in 12-15-inch Kokes. The only way to access campgrounds and boat launch is by taking 89 to Hobart Mills and then through Dog Valley. Boat launch is open. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.