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 has dropped nearly 1,000 cfs in the last two weeks. It is running at 708 through Reno and is fishable. You will want to stay on the edges as it is still higher than normal with more powerful flows. Grays and Bronco creeks are not dumping as much stained water into the river in the Farad area, so the Truckee is starting to clear up. The bite has been early from 7-11 a.m. and then again after the sun goes down. Anglers landing some nice Bows and Browns on Caddis Pupas, B.H. Pheasant Tails and Birds Nests. Let your flies swing at the end of the drift. Crawfish will start molting soon, so get out your small Lobster patterns and start drifting them. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
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.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing report, River flows are 10,500 CFS. Sacramento River salmon fishing opened July 16, with a couple salmon caught below Red Bluff. It was slow as expected, but with plenty of water this year and lots of fish starting to make their way upriver, the season will improve as the weeks go on. There have been a few salmon caught below Corning area. It is normal for the kings to take their time. The salmon will be here, more salmon will migrate upriver each day.
Lower Sacramento River trout fishing is excellent. Catching Rainbows. Great action. Fishing from the Redding area down to Anderson. For fly fishing, best flies have been Pheasant tails, Birds Nest, Hogans SM, and Blue wing olives. Spin fisherman doing well using small green corky. King Salmon Fishing on the Trinity River is open until Aug. 31. Kirk Portocarrero, 1-800-670-4448.
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 <FZ,1,0,6>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 anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way. Provided by NDOW
KNOTT CREEK RESERVOIR: Bead head nymph patterns, scuds and woolly buggers consistently catch fish here. Dead-drifting midge patterns under a strike indicator can also be productive at the right times. Artificial flies and lures only and single barbless hooks. 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.
CROWLEY LAKE: Fishermen landing some beautiful Bows and Browns to 22 inches. The area is in the height of the runoff. Crowley has been coming up a foot a day which is incredible since it is about 4 miles long. If you have never fished this stillwater, now is the time as it fishes best in the middle of the summer when it is the slow time around our area due to water temps. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
LAKE SABRINA: (Bishop, Calif.). The lake is back on the rise and is getting close to spilling.
Fishing is fairly good, lots of bigger fish came out last week. The afternoon has been the best time for fishing. Fishing the inlets with nightcrawlers, Salmon Eggs, Jigs, MiceTails basically just about anything and everything seems to be working. KastMasters, Thomas Buoyants and nightcrawlers are working for those who enjoy trolling. Just like drifting the lake, try PowerBait or nightcrawlers by the rock piles. Shore fishing is (a bit tough with the lake so full. Those by the dam fishing might try Salmon Eggs, nightcrawlers, PowerBait or tossing Lures. Quite a few big fish are showing up lately. Lake Sabrina Boat Landing, 760-873-7425.