FRENCHMAN LAKE: As the water temp get into the 50s, fish get active. The fish average 14-18-inches and are pulling hard for their size. Both wading and float tubing are the ways to put fish in the net here. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The larger fish numbers have tapered off over the summer, but they should be on the chomp again come fall. Try running streamers in the fall as the bigs are looking for some meat and potatoes to load up on, as most of the hatches of the smaller insects have waned. Some success using October Caddis patterns this time of year. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are at 94 CFS. Fishing has been good. Morning hatches of Micro Blue Wing Olives and midges have been coming off. Mid-day, look to a hopper/dropper rig. Nymphing and hopper/dropper have been successful, there are a few fish coming up and eating dries, but you have to search those fish out. A hopper midge is a good go-to for this time of year. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
PYRAMID LAKE: Opens for cutthroat fishing Oct 1. This world-class trophy fishery should be in excellent shape as it received approximately 10 feet water this spring, due to all the runoff. All the fresh water brings the alkalinity rate down and helps the fish grow larger in a shorter time frame. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing. King salmon fishing is fair at best compared to the Feather River. There are a few returning up the Sacramento River, but most of the salmon are small, 7-12 pounds, with the rare 20-pound salmon coming into the nets. The best fishing has been near the Barge Hole below the the Coleman Hatchery at Anderson balls Ferry. The Sacramento River salmon run could get better in the coming days, but usually the run iis n full stride by mid- September. 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. Simply put, salmon fishing is red 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.
SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR: This stillwater located out of Elko has large Rainbows to 7 pounds and wipers (White Bass/Stripped Bass). Both stripping and indicator fishing are productive. It is not unusual to have 15-20 fish days here. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
ILLIPAH: While the water level is low, the lake isn’t losing any more water and the inflow appears to be keeping up with evaporation. The trout fishing has slowed as they move into the deeper, cooler water. The usual — worms, PowerBait or mealworms should all work. Small spinners and spoons should be good for spin fishermen. Black and olive wooly buggers, small chironomids, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs are good starting points for fly rodders. The trick is to get any of the presentations deep into the water column. NDOW
DONNER LAKE: Was stocked at least three times this summer. The lake level is at 95 percent capacity and holding steady. Boat launch is open and reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 60-90-feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around China Cove. Macks are ranging from 5-8-pounds and have been hitting small spoons such as Hum Dingers and Needlefish.
Kokanee fishing has been steady with the best spot being between China Cove North to Loch Leven Lodge. Kokes are ranging from 10-12 inches and can be found suspended at depths of 45-65 feet. Throw everything you have at the trout, Powerbait, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
STAMPEDE: Lake is steady at 98 percent capacity and the flow going out is at 137 CFS. Fish will be difficult to find for the shore fisherman so have patience. With an aggressive stocking of Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats over the next few years this lake will produce trophy-sized Cutties such as those in Pyramid. For now, those with boats have had success catching Rainbows and Cutthroats trolling the drop-offs throughout the inlets in depths of 15-35-feet of water. Kokanee action has been good this season and those having success are pulling in 13-16-inch Kokes suspended at 40-60 feet in deeper water. Go light and bright UV colors such as pinks, oranges and chartreuse in the morning hours, then switch to darker colors such as blues, purple and greens in the late morning. Not much on the Macks here as the theory is the population was depleted by random die offs during the drought years. Smallmouth Bass fishing has picked up here. Fish structures. The only way to access campgrounds and boat launch is by taking 89 to Hobart Mills and then through Russel Valley via Dog Valley Road. Road is good and boat launch and campsites are open. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
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.