Cool fishing in the heat

Lodi, Calif. resident Sammy Lang caught this Lahontan cutthroat trout using night crawlers in the East Fork of the Carson River. The fish was 2 feet long and weighed about 3 pounds. East Fork Resort Photo

Hello fishing friends.

The heat is on and the fish are going on vacation. With recent temperature extremes, rivers are receding and water temperatures are rising. The fish didn’t fly south, they just went deeper or slept in the currents. This report may not be favourable. But I will always tell you the truth about what’s hot and what’s not. Speaking of hot. I advise those who venture to go camping, find out from the area you are going to visit, because of the extreme conditions. Many national forests and public lands have banned campfires and charcoal barbecues. This also includes many designated camping areas. So let’s leave the firewood at home and give our firefighters a little leeway. And maybe, a little of that leeway for the rest of us, too. I would like to ask each of you to do me a favor. When you see one of our firefighters in your community, take the time to shake their hand or just say thank you. We need to let them know, “We see you and we respect the work you do for us so that we can sleep at night or camp in peace. »

CAPLES LAKE: The lake level is still rising, but the fish have gone deeper. Anglers had the best luck early in the morning or in the evening. Trollers use lead cores or riggers in 25 to 40 feet of water. Rapalas or flashers and a crawler were the most productive. Anglers picked up a few near the dam or near the spillway. EID day use and boat launch are open. Caples Lake Resort is open for boat, kayak and cabin rentals, as well as boat launches. The general store is open for the little things you might need. For more information, stop by Caples Lake Resort.

WOODS LAKE: Campsites are available on a first come basis. The brook trout fishery was slow to fair. Fishermen use salmon roe in the morning.

RED LAKE: Fishing was slow, but a few rainbows and cutthroat trout were caught off the dam with salmon eggs or puffy night caterpillars. Kast masters or Thomas Buoyant spoons have been productive. The lake as of June 23 had no detectable blue-green algae

BLUE LAKES: The level of the lake is still rising. Camping is available on the upper and lower lakes. Lake Superior is a bit low for this time of year. Fishing was better for anglers on the lower lake for catchable rainbow trout. Powerbait was the most productive.

BURNSIDE LAKE: The fishing was good during the early hours of the day. Camping is available. No campfire allowed.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Stay out of the water. Do not touch the scum in the water or on the shore. Do not allow pets to drink or come near water. Fishing is not advised at this time due to blue-green algae being at danger level. The campground is closed for the season.

CARSON RIVER WEST FORK ALPINE COUNTY: Water level is low and running at 26 CFS. Fishing has been slow, but anglers are getting a few in the deeper waters of Hope Valley or Sorenson downstream to Woodfords. For more information, stop by the Creekside Inn.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK ALPINE COUNTY: Flows dropped to 92 cubic feet per second. The fishing was slow. But for fishermen who are not afraid of a short walk. Fish these deeper untouched holes and faster moving waters early in the morning or an hour before sunset. Sammy Long of Lodi was fishing with a nightcrawler and caught a 24 inch, 3 pound cutthroat trout. For more information or to get your picture taken in the next Naw report, stop by the Carson River Resort and let them take your picture.

UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK: All located at the south end of Lake Tahoe. Fishing was slow with few catches. Remember that these waters are caught and released with artificial lures or flies only.

TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level has dropped about a foot over the past two weeks. The water temp was in the mid 60’s. We fished last weekend from 5:30-10am and had one fish with no other hits. We tried all four corners of the lake. I spoke with another fisherman who jumped in and entered at the same time as us. They were using flashers and nightcrawlers and caught a nice rainbow and had a few more hits. I saw an angler on the west side catch a good sized rainbow with an electric bait.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. I’m going to spend a few days in the Sierra checking out some remote waters for your next report. Hope to see you soon on the waters. If you get a photo of your catch. Send it to [email protected] Good fishing and taut lines.

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