Courtesy of Mountain Hardware and Sports
*Designates best areas to go fishing now.
ALL RIVERS AND CREEKS ARE CLOSED UNTIL 4/28/2018 UNLESS DESIGNATED BY CDFW RULES!!!
NOTE FOR THE WEEK:
COLD MORNINGS and REASONABLE TEMPS FOR THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK! STILL LOTS OF SNOW AROUND THE UPPER ELEVATION LAKES SO ACCESS WILL BE LIMITED THERE. The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats again 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! Stocking from the DFG will hopefully be better this year and with the upcoming stocking of trout slated for Donner that will hold true.
WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:
LOW’S IN THE 30’S AND HIGHS GETTING INTO THE LOW 60’S BUT BY THE WEEKEND THINGS WILL CHANGE AS SOME WEATHER WILL COME IN AND TEMPS WILL DROP!
THE FISHING HAS STILL BEEN GOOD FOR SHORE FISHING! FIRST SCHEDULED STOCKING SLATED FOR THIS WEEK! Last stocked the week of 10/8! Boat launch is OPEN and larger boats can be launched now. The lake level is at 56% and holding steady. Reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 18-75 feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around ledges and drop-offs. Mack that are closer to the shore right now are ranging from 2-5 pounds mostly and have been hitting small spoons such as Kastmasters, Krocodiles and larger spinners. 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 will be planted for the first time this year the week of 4/22/2018! *
ACCESS LIMITED on WEST SHORE of this lake! Holding steady as out-flows have DECREASED to 98.2 CFS below dam. Some people have been able to launch boats from the shore at the inlet. Kokanee fishing here is still quiet despite the surface temps coming up to around 50 degrees. Fishermen will find most of the fish at the Dam or 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). Great fishing for the Cutthroat and Rainbows from shore with the occasional Brown thrown in! With steady flows coming out of the LT fish will be more apt to venture up the river, but one will find that some spawning fish will return to the lake. Access to the boat launch is not feasible. CAMPGROUND ON WEST SIDE OF LAKE IS CLOSED!
ACCESS TO BOAT LAUNCH IS WIDE OPEN! Lake is HOLDING at 92% even with flows being bumped to 217 CFS. Kokanee fishing is in full swing as of this weekend! Toplining is your best bet and concentrating around the Island and outside the inlets will produce the best results. Kokes caught have been ranging from 13-15 inches initially but some larger specimens are ready to be caught! 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. When access opens finding trout from the shoreline can be hit or miss. Right time right place scenario! Not much on the Macks here as the theory is the population was depleted by random die offs during the drought years. Smallmouth Bass fishing can be good in the Davis Creek arm of the lake once temps are right. Hint, fish structure! THE ONLY WAY TO ACCESS CAMPGROUNDS AND BOAT LAUNCH IS BY TAKING 89 TO HOBART MILLS AND THEN THROUGH RUSSEL VALLEY VIA DOG VALLEY ROAD! CAMPGROUNDS ARE CLOSED!
ACCESS IS WIDE OPEN HERE, BUT FISHING HAS BEEN SLOW. LAKE HAS COME DOWN TO 39% CAPACITY AND CONTINUES TO DROP. Lake is wide open, but fishing is hit or miss. Late stockings in the fall of 2017 could help though but hasn’t paid off yet. 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 but they are few and far between with this put and take lake. Smallmouth bass have made a reappearance around the dam which can be fun for newbies and veteran anglers alike! The more pressure this lake receives the more difficult smallmouth will be to catch. They are like Carp and are very sensitive to angling pressure! One must change up their strategies on these fish if they are going to be successful. 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.
WIDE OPEN! Some big Rainbows that we knew where in here have now appeared! Anglers had been taking some in the range of 18-22 inches before the lake iced over and they will be waiting for those willing to ice fish. Look for a good season here but only with increased plants by the DFW! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!
WIDE OPEN! If you can get to Turkey Point it will be your best bet. Inflated nightcrawlers and powerbait working the best. For the Fly flingers midges suspended or on a slowwww retrieve. CONTACT OUR BLAIRSDEN STORE FOR FURTHER INFO! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!
(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK): CLOSED UNTIL 4/28!
*LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER
(ABOVE STAMPEDE): CLOSED UNTIL 4/28!
WAITING TO HEAR WHEN ROAD WILL BE OPEN! STOCKED TWICE IN OCTOBER, FINALLY! CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS REGULARLY NOW.
FISHING better here and will continue to as the season progresses! Both boaters and Shore fishermen having good reports from day to day. Boaters will be Jigging or trolling through bait balls to be most productive. Fly guys are using INDI techniques over the standard stripping techniques now but that also depends where they are fishing. Some very large Cutties have been caught this time of year, so it’s feast or famine! BE CAREFUL AND IF BOATING BE SURE TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN AND LIFEVESTS!
Local Lake Guides
*These guys are highly recommended for Donner Lake, Stampede, and Boca!
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