FRENCHMAN LAKE: Dock is out of the water. Best fishing is at Turkey Point for bank fisherman. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
LAKE DAVIS: All docks are out of water. Still able to launch at Honker. West side of lake is closed at Camp 5. Fishing is picking up. Honker and Mallard have produced fish up to 8 pounds. Still 1-2 fish per rod, but 3-5 pound average. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844. J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 530-832-0270.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The river has been bumped up to 1,500 C.F.S. as they are releasing a lot of water out of Tahoe in anticipation of the winter runoff. Make sure to fish the slower, deeper water and pocket water as the fishes metabolism has slowed down with the cold water. They are looking for the softer, slower water to hold in, especially with the high flows. Bugs of choice have been small nymph and midge patterns in sizes 16-18, San Juan worms and Sculpin patterns if you want to strip for larger fish. You will need to cover a lot of water thoroughly when it is cold as the fish will not move far to look for food.
This time of year you want to fish the slow, moving deeper areas if you are on moving water. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature is 45 degrees, the fishing has been up and down depending on the weather on the day you fish. Best fishing has been very early morning until an hour after the sun gets on the water on bluebird days. If possible fish on cloudy or windy days, as it will move the fish into the shallows for longer periods. Fishing late morning and mid day have been best if you can get into deeper water, either off shore or in tubes or boats. Baitfish patterns in olive and white have been taking fish and beetles have been getting grabs also. Remember to fish dark flies on dark days and light flies on bright days. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558
LAKE ALMANOR: Cold mornings open up to warm afternoon sunshine and bright blue skies. It has been clear, cold, windy and dry. Surface temps at 43 degrees warming to 44.5 mid-day. Clarity is poor, about 3.5-4 feet in both basins. Morning northeast winds gusting to 15 mph had white caps all over the east side. Add in the muddy inflow from the powerhouse at the Hamilton Branch and you have a tough day ahead.
Generally, fishing has been poor. Almost zero boat traffic around the lake. The west side of the peninsula offered some protection from the wind. With the water so murky and visibility poor, try bright fast-action lures in Fire Tiger patterns, 1/6 ounce, Speedy Shiners and J5 Rapalas at 2.5 mph. Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures, 530-258-6732.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing. The salmon fishing picked up on the Sacramento River last week. There was a good amount of rain, enough to raise the river and attract new fresh king salmon. There are many salmon in the 4-8-pound range and some bigger ones mixed in. Dave Jacobs landed a 41-inch, 42-pound salmon near Red Bluff California this week. The salmon fishing looks good for the next week, with good salmon fishing weather forecast.
Back-trolled, sardine-rapped Kwikfish style lures should entice a bite.
The Sacramento River salmon fishing will remain open through Dec 16. Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service, 530-646-9110.
CAVE LAKE: Anglers are catching carry over trout and fall-stocked trout. Most fish being caught are 10-12 inches with the occasional 14-inch plus rainbow. Water temperatures in the mid 40s. PowerBait, nightcrawlers, mealworms, Mepp, and Panther Martins should do well. For fly rodders, hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies. Cave Lake is located eight miles south of Ely on U.S. 93, turning onto Success Summit road (State route 486) and continuing east for seven miles. NDOW.
BOCA: Sitting at 74 percent capacity as out-flows have decreased to 123 CFS below dam. Fishing has been good. 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. With steady flows coming out of the LT, fish won’t be so 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 done with the recent snow. Campground on west side of lake is closed. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
AMERICAN RIVER: The river is running at 3,500 C.F.S., which is perfect. The lower river is open and the upper section opens on Jan 1. This is the area to target for large Steelhead. This very diverse river is about two hours away from Reno. It is a tailwater fishery, so even if we get some rain, which is what you want for steelheading, it stays clean enough to fish. There are steelhead up to 16 pounds on the river. This is a great wading river so it can be fished effectively without using a guide and boat. Jan.-Feb. are prime months as it is much warmer than Pyramid, which is normally slower during then.
Swinging large custom-tied leech patterns on sink-tip lines, or nymphing with an indicator or naked (no indicator). Use eggs, nymphs and smolt that imitate the King Salmon fry (spawn in the river in September and October). Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.