FRENCHMAN LAKE: Frenchman’s is a lot like Davis this time of year. The only difference is you can get some fish in the early mornings, fishing a deep water indicator rig. Fish can be caught on midges and Callabaetis Nymphs 15-20 feet down. Once the surface temperature gets warm in mid-morning, it is not a good idea to keep fishing. Look for Frenchman’s to be really good this fall. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
LAKE DAVIS: The surface temperatures at Davis are above 70 degrees and the hot weather has Davis in summer mode. The fish are deep and only feeding in shallow water at first light. Unless you are camping or staying in the area, Davis is not really worth it until fall. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The flows drop daily. The snow pack in the mountains is diminishing quickly with the summer heat and the Truckee is dropping steadily. We now are in a situation where the Truckee is the story of two rivers. One fishable and one not yet. The river from the headwaters in Tahoe City down through the Glenshire stretch is in great shape. The water is pretty clean, low enough to fish and there has been some great fishing. Once you get downstream of Boca Bridge, the Truckee is still two or three times its normal flows for this time of year. Once you get to the Nevada side you can also add in a clarity issue. These conditions are changing and getting better daily. It should not be long before most of the river, even through Reno, is fishable again. If you are headed out to the fishable Truckee, take along your nymph box and plenty of extra weight. High-sticking some of the slower water along the edges and seams is the way to go. The patterns are not as important as the drift. Extra weight will get you down to the fish and help a ton with your drift. Indicator nymphing is also a good bet, especially for those who are not as seasoned on the Truckee. Try a Stonefly Nymph with a PMD or Caddis dropper and a size BB weight above the top fly. Make sure you use an indicator big enough to hold all that stuff up. If you are on the river in the evenings look for a random fish along the edges sipping some dries just before dark. Flows are: Town of Truckee 426 CFS, Boca Bridge 989 CFS, Farad 1250 CFS, Reno 1020 CFS and Vista 1290 CFS. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows on the Little Truckee were down to 86 CFS for a little while and are now up to 175. These are fishable conditions on the LT. The fishing is pretty tough and the water is crowded. There is still a sparse PMD hatch going on in the late mornings, but besides that it is much smaller stuff. Nymphing at these flows can be good. There is not as much crap on the bottom and you can get a good drift. You can also use a little heavier tippet up to 4X depending on the size of flies you are using. Have some PMD dries with you in case you see some rising fish. The best time to fish is between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on most days and then again in the evenings. Don’t overfish the water and take your time between casts. The Little Truckee is a very technical fishery and 95 percent of the fish are caught by 5 percent of the anglers there. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
EAST WALKER RIVER: Flows are 1130 CFS. This is as low as they have been this season, but don’t expect them to come down a lot anytime soon. The middle to southern Sierra is still packed with snow and run off is in full swing. At 1100 CFS it is impossible to cross and very tough to find a place to fish. If you don’t know the East Walker really well it is still too high to fish. 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 approaching mid 70s clarity, still good, 12-14 feet. Water quality is excellent. Aquatic inset hatches have dominated the fish food menu for the last month and now the famous hex hatch is kicking into high gear. The bite has picked up the last couple days. Everywhere around both basins anglers are reporting fish. Slow trollers are getting them on naked thread crawler at 1.0-1.2 mph. Almanor West and the west side of the peninsula, north of Rec .2, have been producing some nice fish. Averaging 2-3 pounds, however a few bigger fish reported and one at 5.2 pounds.
Many recently planted rainbows and small salmon are chasing everything. Watch your lines, or you could be dragging one around and not know it. Fish are focused on slow moving items. Larva moving slowly up from the bottom are being picked off like endless snacks. So, a slow moving crawler looks like a more satisfying meal. Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures, 530-258-6732.
CARSON RIVER: The flows are 1520 CFS. They are coming down slightly each day. It could be another two weeks to a month before the flows reach fishable conditions. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters. 775-742-1754.
WILD HORSE RESERVOIR: Surface water temperatures are above 70 degrees and fishing for trout is still pretty good. Anglers should fish deeper where the trout have escaped to cooler water. Anglers are still catching fish in the Hendricks and Penrod arms. Bait fishermen should use the usual, worms or PowerBait for trout. Sherbet PowerBait seems to be the ticket, though other colors will work. Spin fishermen should be using spinners and minnow imitators like Rapalas. This time of year, gold, black and gold, or green and gold spinners work well. For the minnow imitating lures, black over white or silver, dark blue over white or silver and dark green over white or silver work well. Fly rodders should be trying hares ears, PTs, damsel fly nymphs, damsel adults, mayglies and wooly buggers. The campground and fish cleaning station are open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Wildhorse has been stocked with more than 18,000 catchable trout over the past couple of weeks. Anglers may keep one smallmouth bass 15 inches or longer. NDOW
ANGEL LAKE: The water level is up making shore access difficult in many areas due to brush. If you have a float tube, kayak or canoe, it will help. Bait anglers have seen slow fishing as aquatic insects are coming out, though fly-fishermen are finding good fishing. Fly rodders have had success using small elk hair caddis, hopper or stimulator with an olive or peacock soft hackle dropper below, though any dropper fly with green or peacock herl will work. Small spinners and rooster tails should also be effective, just give them enough time to sink. Provided by NDOW
BOCA: Full and going over the spillway. This lake has been the most consistent, but with all the fishing pressure it has received fish have spread out. Fishermen will find most 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 also. 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. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.