FRENCHMAN LAKE: Water temperatures have dropped. Surface temps are in the 50s. Nymphing with Maholo Midges and Nymphs is hard to beat. Fish can be found in anywhere from a foot of water down to 20 feet. There are also some fish eating on the surface in the shallows in the mornings. Loco Ants, Midges and Parachute Adams are all good bets. Frenchman’s should be a great place to spend the day for the next month or more. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LAKE DAVIS: Conditions are like Frenchman except fish are hard to find. Davis still needs some help from Fish and Game to get the numbers back to where they should be. Changing the regulations so fewer fish are kept would also help out a lot. If you can find some fish, the good news is they are big and fat and fighting hard. Stripping Wooly’s and leaches in 4-12-feet of water is a good way to go. Indicator-nymphing with Blood Midges like the Albino Wino in 6-10-feet around the weed bed edges is also worth a try. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows have dropped above Boca and flows have increased below Boca. With the current cold snap, temps have dropped also and with that fish have become more active. With the current flows and water temps, start looking to fish moderately fast water. Trout this time of year, with the water flow stabilizing, will be found in the usual places, such as seams and swift water during the day and middle and end of pools in the mornings and evenings.
On the California side, late morning hatches consist of Trico’s, Micro Blue Winged Olived and Pale Evening Duns. Evening hatches are Micro Caddis and a few October Caddis. Fish have keyed in on the October Caddis larva and pupa throughout the day. Nymphing with an October Caddis and a smaller dropper either high stick style or under an indicator is a great way to spend the day.
In Nevada, good hatches are coming off mid-morning. Hatches in the morning have been Micro BWOs, Trico’s, and PEDs. The fish have keyed in on the PEDs. Hatches in the evenings of micro caddis. Best flies have been streamers and hopper/droppers have been successful with a PED, with a few fish looking for the hopper as well. Don’t be afraid to throw the crayfish or an October Caddis as your lead fly. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are 72 CFS. These are great flows. Fishing has been good. Late morning hatches include Micro Blue Wing Olives, Midges and Mahogany Duns. Mid-day, look to a hopper/dropper rig. Nymphing and hopper/dropper have been successful. There have been some October Caddis sightings and swinging an October Caddis pupa or even a Dry can be effective. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
PYRAMID LAKE: Opened for cutthroat trout fishing Oct 1. The lake still has a lot of closed areas and beaches. The road to the north end of the lake is still not fixed. Everything north of Warrior Point remains closed. On the south end, Dago and Howards are in the same situation. Nothing has been done to get those areas ready for fishing season. Try to avoid the first couple of weekends at the lake. It is going to be a zoo at the three or four beaches that normally hold fish and fisherman in the fall.
Fall Forecast: There are plenty of Tui Chubs around the west shore, from Popcorn to Warrior. This is normal for this time of year and expected. The water has come up more than 10 feet since January and helped the Chubs and the alkalinity levels. The surface temperatures are still in the 60s and likely will keep fish in deeper water for another few weeks. Accessing deeper water from shore is a must for the first part of October in places like Block House and Popcorn. Dago, Howard’s and Monument all offer this type of access as well, but are all still closed. Stripping streamers with a fast-sinking line or tossing spoons or Jigs in deeper water is usually the way to go in the fall. If the rest of the fishable beaches do not get opened before November, it could be a tough first few months at Pyramid.
The beaches that are open hold more fish in the spring months when the fish are in spawn mode. Most of us have been fishing the closed areas in October-February and it looks like we will not have that opportunity this year or maybe for the foreseeable future. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
EAST WALKER RIVER: Flows are 204 CFS. These are great flows for the fall. There are still plenty of hoppers around despite the low overnight temperatures. Fishing big dries in the seams and slower water has been getting the attention of some pretty big fish. Hopper-dropper rigs fished in the same water also working well. At 204 CFS, most of the fish are out of the main current and closer to banks. The river is perfect and worth the drive. Just about any normal East Walker techniques are worth some time. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing. The Sacramento River is starting to see a few more salmon return, but the sizes are small most days, with kings 7-12 pounds in the Barge hole area. Anderson Balls Ferry has been top spot.
Over on the Feather River near Oroville, the salmon fishing has gotten better, averaging 12-20 salmon hook ups a day, with most salmon 15-30 pounds. The red hot salmon fishing should continue through October.
Drifting roe-tipped with a puffball and bait button has been the top technique, with back-trolling a sardine-wrapped flatfish style plug a close second. The Sacramento River salmon fishing will remain open to king salmon fishing through Dec 16. Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service, 530-646-9110.
FEATHER RIVER: Salmon fishing is hot on the Feather River near Oroville, Calif. Many limits and there seems to be thousands of king salmon that have arrived to the upper reaches of the Feather River. With lots of cold water racing down the Feather River, king salmon are having no problem finding their way to the spawning grounds. Boats and bank anglers doing great. The great salmon fishing should last through October. Salmon are large, averaging 16-24 pounds with several kings over 30 pounds. Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. 530- 646-9110.
BILK CREEK RESERVOIR: Fishing has been fair for trout and good for bass. Rainbow trout were last stocked in June before water temps started to rise. Trout fishing in the early mornings or late evenings should remain good through the fall.
Fly Fisherman retrieving Zug Bugs, Woolly Buggers, Sheep Creek Specials, Damsels and small Leech patterns under the surface will pick up bass all day. Fly and spin anglers in float tubes casting top water poppers at the bass will catch fish early and late in the day. Bait fisherman using Powerbait or worms have had success with bobbers or a sliding sinker off the bottom. NDOW
WILD HORSE RESERVOIR: Surface water temperatures are in the 60s and with overnight lows dropping into the 30s and even high 20s, expect the surface temperatures to drop. While the lake has lots of algae, expect it to die off with the colder temperatures. Fishing has been mostly fair, but should pick up as the water temperature drops. Shore fishing should start picking up here. Bait fishermen should use the usual, worms or PowerBait for trout. Fly-rodders should be trying hares ears, PTs, prince nymphs, copper Johns and wooly buggers. The campground and fish cleaning station are open and on a first-come, first-served basis. NDOW
ANGEL LAKE: Good shore access, though a float tube gives anglers better mobility and access to some of the better fishing spots. Bait anglers have seen fishing slow as trout are keying on aquatic insects. Fly-rodders have had success using small elk hair caddis, hopper or yellow 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 to the level the fish are at. Spin anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way. Provided by NDOW
KNOTT CREEK RESERVOIR: The blue/green algae bloom has almost entirely cleared up. Fishing has been fair to good with fish averaging 17-18-inches. As water temperatures cool down, expect fishing to get better. Fall fishing as Knott Creek can be excellent at times. NDOW
BOCA: At 90 percent capacity and fishermen will find most of the fish 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). Some anglers always have success at the dam too. Great fishing for the Cutthroat and Rainbows from shore with the occasional Brown. For those who can launch their boats by the campground, it has been slow for Kokanee fishing. Fishing in the morning for Kokanee try depths of 40-55 feet and use pink and orange spinners, hoochies, squids, or spoons and then later in the morning go to depths of 55-65 feet with similar lures in blue, purple, or green. Most of Boca may not be accessible due to closure over the dam. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
WASHOE LAKE: Benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade. Fishing is slow due to the low numbers of fish currently residing in the lake. Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake. Lucky anglers may have success on white bass or channel catfish. Focusing efforts around Little Washoe Lake may provide the best opportunity for a successful day. NDOW
CROWLEY LAKE: Fishermen landing some beautiful Bows and Browns to 22 inches. If you have never fished this stillwater, now is the time. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.