Fishing report for week of July 26

Topaz pelicans are eating well

BLUE LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER): Both lakes continue to be very good with lots of limits on Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers. Meadow Lake is reporting limits of nice Eastern brook trout on inflated nightcrawlers.

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR: Jim Reid of Ken's Sporting Goods Store reported, "The reservoir is still mossy and the bite has slowed down but the boaters who are stillfishing are catching fish. They are averaging 2-3 fish per fisherman and those rainbows are averaging 2-3 pounds."

CARSON RIVERS (EAST AND WEST) IN CALIF.: The water is low and clear in both rivers. Best fishing for fly fishermen. A 2.8 pound rainbow from the East Carson on salmon eggs near the Monitor Pass Junction. Nice limits from the West Carson but nothing big.

CONVICT LAKE AND CONVICT CREEK: David DeSurra of the Convict Lake Resort reported that 300 pounds of Alper's Trophy Rainbow trout will be planted this week.

Convict Lake: The largest trout were a 2.90 rainbow on a nightcrawler at the inlet, a 2.82 pound rainbow on rainbow Power Bait and a 2.52 pound rainbow on a Thomas Buoyant lure at the outlet.

Convict Creek: A 3.26 pound rainbow on a nightcrawler , a 2.13 pound rainbow on a nightcrawler and a 2.00 pound rainbow on yellow Power Bait.

EAGLE LAKE: Dave Meserve of the Eagle Lake Marina said, "Fishing continues to be great. Many are being caught in the 4-5 pound bracket. Eagle's Nest continues to be the hot spot for stillfishing with worms. Trolling with Needlefish lures is the most productive boat method with most of the fish being caught 20-40 feet deep."

Feather River: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing at Redding says, "Picking up some king salmon (15-30 pounds) using Flatfish lures with a sardine wrap in the morning and then bouncing roe throughout the day."

HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA: West Lake was reporting good fishing for mostly Eastern brook or an occasional German brown from shore with Power Bait or from float tubes or inflatable rafts with assorted flies or small lures.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Is rated fair due to the water conditions. Catching some fish but no limits. Summit Lake, above Indian Creek, has been very strong for early evening fly fishing by the "dead tree."

SACRAMENTO RIVER: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing at Redding says, "King salmon fishing in the Redding area is poor right now. River is at 15,000 C.F.S. Look for fishing to change when numbers of salmon traveling upstream increases."

SOUTH-NORTH-INTAKE 2-BISHOP CREEK (WEST OF BISHOP): Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts checked in with this report: "As you can tell from this report, fishing with almost anything is working. I think that you could place a piece of bubble gum on a hook and catch a limit."

South Lake: Trolling with an olive or purple bead head Wooly Bugger fly has been great for rainbows. The German browns have been coming out by the dam or behind the island with nightcrawlers or trolling with Rapala lures.

North Lake and Intake No. 2: Fishing is exceptional at both lakes. Panther-Martin lures are getting a lot of action as well as Trout trap lures. Power Bait still is the favorite for bottom fishermen.

Sabrina Lake: The lake is full and the fishing remains great. A lot of action with nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. People trolling with Rapala lures have been coming in with some great limits.

Bishop Creek: The creek has been doing great. All anglers are coming in with nice fish. The largest was a 4-pound, 14-ounce rainbow on salmon eggs, a 4-pound, 12-ounce rainbow on a Trout Teaser lure and a 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow with salmon eggs.

LAKE TAHOE - North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters reported, "We've been catching nice Mackinaw trout on each trip and tagging and releasing the smaller ones. I'm trolling 250-550 feet deep in the area in front of Carnelian Bay and King's Beach. We are using Herring Dodger flasher blades with either live minnows or pearl Apex lures."

LAKE TAHOE - SOUTH SHORE: Jack Martin of the Sportsmen's Sporting Goods Store at South Lake Tahoe checked in and said, "Fishing is great for Kokanee salmon all the way from Elk Point on the Nevada side to the mouth of Emerald Bay on the California side. Lots of limits. They are trolling 40-65 feet deep with Al Wilson flasher blades with an Imperial Magic spoon and a kernel of white corn. The best time is from 5:15 to 9 each morning.

Mackinaw trout fishing has remained very good with at least one 20 pounder being caught every week."

TOPAZ LAKE: Linda Fields of the Topaz Marina gave this report, "It's time to go to the higher lakes. It's real quiet here, there are fish but they are not biting. On Friday, we released all of our fish from the pens. About 2,000 rainbows averaging 2.5 pound and 14 inches." We had to release them because the pelicans were getting into them, big time."

UPPER TWIN LAKE: Jim Wilkins reported, "The warm weather has driven the fish deeper but stringers are still being caught using Power Bait or worms. The largest trout were a 6-pound, 15-ounce rainbow caught with a nightcrawler and a 5-pound, 4-ounce rainbow taken on rainbow glitter Power Bait. Mono Village stocked the lake with a number of German brown trout in the 3-7 pound class."

WALKER LAKE: Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services said, "We've got some fishermen limiting out with live minnows in the deep water in front of the Cliffs. The cutthroat have been running 3-5 pounds with the biggest being right at 6 pounds."


East Walker River (Nev.): Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services reported, "The "Elbow" area continues to remain good for nice rainbows on Panther-Martin or Roostertail lures or with Power Eggs or nightcrawlers."

East Walker River (Calif.): Was flowing at 275 C.F.S. Best for fly fishermen with Nymphs or Caddis flies for German browns up to 25 inches.

West Walker River (Nev.): No report.

West Walker River (Calif.): Good for everyone, bait fishermen, spincasters and fly fishermen. Lots of average sized trout.

Little Walker River: Good fishing for small rainbows and brookies on worms near Obsidian Campground.

WEBER RESERVOIR: Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services reported, "The crappie fishing has slowed way down but the catfish are still biting on anything that stinks."

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort said, "It's summertime and the water is getting mossy but the fish are still biting good. They are hitting on Power Bait or the brand new "Walking Worms," an artificial worm that moves continuously. Trolling is still doing well but the shore fishermen are doing better. They are catching rainbows in the 20-inch class."


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