FRENCHMAN LAKE: Entire lake open and road clear. The water is getting warm and fish are moving out to deeper areas. The midge and Calibaetis hatches are coming off in the late mornings, prompting a heavy feed until the wind comes up. As the water warms up, it will be important to fish early and late. Main boat ramp is under repair, only dock is at Lunker Cove. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
LAKE DAVIS: Davis is full. Water temp is 74-76 degrees. There is not much shoreline to fish and it is important to have your float tube or pontoon boat with you. There are damsels hatching and some fish can be seen in the shallows. There are some big fish in Davis, but it is going to be tough going until stocking catches up with the size of the lake. Davis should get 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. Trout have been coming up into the shallows in the morning to feed. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754. J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 530-832-0270.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The Truckee is dropping. The upper stretch from Tahoe City to around Boca Bridge is fishable. 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 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.
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
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. Spin <FZ,1,0,8>anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way. 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.
LAKE SABRINA: (Bishop, Calif.). Still not spilling, but South Lake is for the first time since 2011. There is concern about flooding in the valley. Lake Sabrina has dropped about 2 feet in the last week.
Catching is good from the dam, the shore, trolling, drifting and the inlets. Sabrina was stocked last week. The inlets are still the place to be, especially if using MiceTail, nightcrawlers, Jigs, PowerBait or Salmon Eggs as the Owens Valley Suckers are spawning. Trolling picked up a tad, you might try diving Rapalas, KastMasters, Flashers and a nightcrawler, red/gold Thomas Buoyants, Kastmasters or just a worm (don’t forget the swivel). If you enjoy drifting, you might go with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Dam fishing picked up, especially on the far side of the dam in deeper water – Sierra Slammers, nightcrawlers and PowerBait working there.
The backcountry trails are getting a bit easier to hike although there is still snow at the higher elevations. The water is flowing high in the creeks. Lake Sabrina Boat Landing, 760-873-7425.