Courtesy of Mountain Hardware & Sports
*Designates best areas to go fishing now.
WILL BE BUSY NOW ON THE WEEKENDS FOR THE REST OF SUMMER SO BE PATIENT WITH YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS, CAMPERS, AND BOATERS! The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats this season in BOCA, STAMPEDE, DONNER, AND PROSSER RESERVOIRS with hopes that they will survive AND attain trophy sized proportions in the years to come. THIS MEANS AS AN ANGLER ONE SHOULDN’T BE KEEPING THESE SUB-CATCHABLE SIZE CUTTHROATS BUT PUTTING THEM BACK SO IN TWO YEARS THEY WILL ATTAIN SIZES SUCH AS 15-18 INCHES! YOU ARE STEWARDS OF THESE WATERSHEDS SO ACT LIKE IT FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY DOWN THE ROAD!
WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:
From snow on the ground on Monday to low 80’s by the weekend this is what living at this elevation is all about! So, for those of you who don’t follow the weekly weather I would highly suggest it if you are planning a trip to the mountains.
The lake level is at 91% and climbing slowly. Boat launch is open and reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 70-90 feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around China Cove. Macks are ranging from 5-8 pounds and have been hitting small spoons such as Hum Dingers and Needlefish. For the bank fisherman, there was a plant of sub-catchable size Pilot Peak Cutthroats put into the lake last week. This has brought in lots of juvenile Mackinaw who are feeding on these planters and they range from 2-4 pounds. Throw everything you have at the trout now, ie: powerbait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties. By casting closer and then working your way out a little further one can detect what depth the trout are cruising and having patience is key to success now. Get a guide for this lake and learn the ropes! Guides listed on bottom of this page and all are highly recommended! This lake was planted the week of 4/24 with Cutthroat trout.
100% full and going over the spillway. 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 of the lake to the last riffle of the Little Truckee River (special regs exist here so read up on the rules). Some anglers always 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 13-17 inches. Most of Boca may not be accessible due to closure over the dam and we don’t know when the barrier will be lifted! Access to the boat launch can be accessed by taking 89 to Prosser Dam Road, across Prosser Dam to the backside of Boca. THIS ROUTE ISN’T FOR THE MEEK AS THE ROAD IS RUTTED OUT AND VERY BUMPY! Lake is at 100% capacity and running over spillway.
Lake is slowly rising at 95% now and the flow going out has increased to 634 CFS! For years, this lake has suffered through drought and with the overabundance of water this year the lake hopes to rebound. With an aggressive stocking of Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats over the next few years this lake hopefully will produce trophy sized Cutties such as those in Pyramid. For now, those with boats have had great success catching Rainbows and Cutthroats. Kokanee action has HEATED UP and those having success are pulling in 13-16 inch Kokes. Not much on the Macks here but I’m assuming that if you’re targeting them you can have success. THE ONLY WAY TO ACCESS CAMPGROUNDS AND BOAT LAUNCH IS BY TAKING 89 TO HOBART MILLS AND THEN THROUGH DOG VALLEY! ROAD HAS BEEN PLOWED AND BOAT LAUNCH IS OPEN!!!!!
This lake has been the focus of some debate recently with its low water level. Flows have been cut to 29.5 below the dam recently and the lake is starting to fill. Should be full within 2-3 weeks if flows remain low below dam. Since this lake hasn’t seen many stockings of fish over the past few years fishing may be slow until the DFW starts to plant it consistently this summer. There was a stocking of Cutthroat in the Fall of 2016 that were destined for Webber Lake and there have been reports of anglers catching these fish ranging from 14-20+ inches! Smallmouth bass made a reappearance around the dam which can be fun for newbies and veteran anglers alike! The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats this season with hopes that they will survive and attain trophy sized proportions in the years to come. THIS MEANS AS AN ANGLER ONE SHOULDN’T BE KEEPING THESE SUB-CATCHABLE SIZE CUTTHROATS BUT PUTTING THEM BACK SO IN TWO YEARS THEY WILL ATTAIN SIZES SUCH AS 15-18 INCHES! YOU ARE STEWARDS OF THESE WATERSHEDS SO ACT LIKE IT FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY DOWN THE ROAD.
Lake is full and spilling over dam! Haven’t seen this for some years now! Look for a good season here with increased plants by the DFW! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!
Same conditions as Davis which is great news. Fishing should be great this summer at this lake with the winter we’ve had! Boat launch still not open. CONTACT OUR BLAIRSDEN STORE FOR FURTHER INFO ON ICE CONDITIONS! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!
More areas of this lake have opened up and fishing has been pretty good from day to day!
(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK): Fishing well for the first time in years! This stretch of the Truckee this year could be very good as a lot of fish have moved up the system to occupy spots that were vacated during the drought! Best bets on this stretch will be slower water and worms and salmon eggs will do the best! For those who want to throw lures go with 1/8 oz to ¼ oz size spoons, spinners, and minnow imitations.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER
(ABOVE STAMPEDE): OPEN! Very fishable water right now and it has been fishing well. Nightcrawlers and Salmon eggs have been go to baits and small lures in the 3/16 oz to 1/8 oz are adequate.
SORRY FOLKS BUT THIS AREA WON’T BE ACCESSIBLE UNTIL LATE JUNE! ROAD IS OPEN TO WEBBER LAKE ONLY! WEBBER HAS JUST OPENED TO FISHING AND IT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC TO FISH! LOOK FOR UPDATES AND WE’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE ROAD REOPENS!
Local Lake Guides
*Each of these guys are highly recommended for Donner Lake and Stampede!
FISH TALES GUIDE
CHRISTOPHEL's GUIDE SERVICE
TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE
CAPTAIN FISH JAMES
SHAUN'S GUIDE SERVICE
SHAUN PATRICK RAINSBARGER
Tahoe Lake Guides
MICKEY's BIG MACK CHARTERS - 530-546-4444
TAHOE SPORT FISHING - 530-541-5448
CHUCK's CHARTER FISHING - 530-546-8425
CAPTAIN CHRIS' FISHING CHARTERS - 530-583-4857
HOOKED UP SPORT FISHING - 530-546-2221