Fishing report for week of Oct. 18

Monster trout at Convict Lake

LAKE ALMANOR: No report.

LAKE ALPINE: No report.

BLUE LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER): Dave Kirby of the Woodfords General Store said the two lakes are still producing good fishing. Best results at Upper Blue for anglers using inflated nightcrawlers or Power Bait, just off the bottom. Best results at Lower Blue on rainbow Power Bait.


BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR: Andrew Sears of Ken's Sporting Goods Store reported, "The reservoir is still low. It is still difficult to launch a boat but getting better, as the mud dries out. However, the fishing has been slow."

CAPLES LAKE: No report.

CARSON RIVERS (EAST AND WEST) IN CALIF.: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station reported:

East Carson: Was very low and clear. The fly fishermen were doing the best. They were using dry flies in the early mornings or after the sun went down. Bait fishermen were struggling to catch any fish.

West Carson: Was very low and clear. The fly fishermen were doing the best in the mornings or after the sun went down. They were using dry flies. Bait fishermen were struggling to catch any fish.

CRATER LAKE (Near Kit Carson Pass): No report.

CONVICT LAKE AND CONVICT CREEK: David DeSurra of the Convict Lake Resort reported that Tim Alpers will be stocking 125 pounds of 5-10 pound trophy trout on Oct. 19. The annual Fall Fishing Derby will run through Oct. 31

Convict Lake: James Medlock enticed a monstrous 9.53 pound Alpers rainbow with a green/yellow Trout Teaser lure near the jetty. It is the largest fish of the season, so far. A 6.87 pound Alpers rainbow was taken on a olive fly from the jetty. A 6.17 pound rainbow was caught with a Super Duper lure on the south shore. A 6.16 Alpers fell for a Sierra red dot fly along the south shore. One angler caught a 6.10 pound Alpers and a 5.75 pound Alpers with a gold Kastmaster lure on the south shore. A 5.66 pound Alpers on a nightcrawler at the north shore. A 4.56 Alpers on green Power Bait.

Convict Creek: No report.

CROWLEY LAKE: No report.

DAVIS LAKE: Has a rating of good. Fish size and weight has been averaging 16 inches and up to 4 pounds. Good morning fishing at Fairview and Bluff Cove. Mallard Cove, Camp Five and Eagle Point have been producing well. Power Bait is the most popular bait. Trolling is rated as fair to good. Trolling Woolly Bugger flies 3-4 feet below the surface is the most productive method at this time.

EAGLE LAKE: Dave Meserve of the Eagle Lake Marina reported that overall fishing has been good. Bobber fishing continues to produce the best catches, especially off the Marina jetty. Nightcrawlers, Power Bait, marshmallows and jigs seem to be the most popular. Trolling is producing best with nightcrawlers, flies or Needlefish lures.

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: Rated as great at all areas. Trollers are going deep. They are using up to seven colors of lead-core line, right off the bottom. Best areas are Lunker Point and Turkey Point. Good action with flasher blades and worms for rainbows up to 3 pounds. Campgrounds are now closed.

FROG LAKE: No report.

HEENAN LAKE: No report.


HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA: West of Bridgeport, Calif.:

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

East Lake was also reporting good fishing. Mostly small rainbows and Eastern brook from shore with Power Bait or from float tubes or inflatable rafts with assorted flies or small lures.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Rated as only fair. Still murky. Not many fishermen.

Summit Lake, above Indian Creek Reservoir, is still reported to be good for fly fishermen. Best in the very early morning or in the late evening hours.


KIRMAN (CARMEN) LAKE: Andrew Sears of Ken's Sporting Goods Store reported that fishing has slowed down. It is not red hot like it was earlier. Still best for fly fishermen in float tubes, but spincasters using Trout Teaser lures are doing well.



LUNDY LAKE: No report.



NORTH POND: No report.


Benton Crossing (Up): No report.

Benton Crossing (Down): No report.


PYRAMID LAKE: No report.

RED LAKE: No report.

SACRAMENTO RIVER: According to Kirk Portocarrero of Redding. Calif.,

Anderson: Anglers putting in full days. They are picking up a few, but large fish. River is at 6,300 C.F.S. Salmon are ranging in size from 18 to 35 pounds. Boaters are using Flatfish lures wrapped with sardines and bouncing roe.

Redding to Anderson: Fishing for rainbow trout is productive most days. Early mornings is the best. Anglers are catching 10-20 fish per day. Spin and fly gear being used. Glo-Bugs, Wee Warts and Flatfish lures are producing fish.

SILVER LAKE: No report.

SHASTA LAKE: Most anglers are catching rainbows averaging 16 inches, with some fish up to 4 pounds. The main areas to fish are Waters Gulch, Toupee Island, Ski Island, the Dam and Dry Creek. Shad imitations like the Cripplure or Hum Dingers in silver/purple or silver/blue behind Sling Blade dodger blades are working best.

SOUTH-NORTH-INTAKE 2-SABRINA-BISHOP CREEK (WEST OF BISHOP): Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts checked in with this report, "The daytime temps are in the 60's, with the nights getting to the high 20's and low 30's."

North Lake: Fishermen did well last week. Power Bait and nightcrawlers were the baits of choice.

Intake No. 2 Lake: A little slow this last weekend. Some fish on Trout Traps in the mossy areas, gold Super Dupers and Colorado spinners.

Sabrina Lake: No report.

South Lake: Stocked on Thursday with Calif. F&G rainbows, on Friday with Alpers Trophy Rainbows and on Friday with a full load of a mix of Eagle Lake rainbows and German browns. The lake is teeming with fish and the anglers are reporting excellent results. Most of the fish coming out were being taken on nightcrawlers. A lot of anglers reported good fishing with rainbow Super Duper lures and some with gold Super Dupers.

Bishop Creek: Both Alpers and Calif. F&G stocked this past week so the fishing has been great. Lots of limits on nightcrawlers and red salmon eggs. Quite a few of the big Alpers came out. The largest was a 6-pound, 3-ouncer on nightcrawlers.

Weir Pond: No report.

Backcountry: With the early snow, not many overnighters. Knee-deep snow at Bishop Pass. Reports of great fishing with crickets or nightcrawlers in the Chocolate Lakes area. Reports from Treasure Lakes of good fishing with baits.


LAKE TAHOE - North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters reported, "We're catching mostly Mackinaw trout with an occasional rainbow. On Sunday, four anglers caught their limits of eight Macks, up to 8 pounds. We are tagging and releasing the smaller ones. We've been 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: Rick Mueller of the Sportsmen's Sporting Goods Store at South Lake Tahoe said, "Kokanee salmon fishing is done. They are in Taylor Creek. Mackinaw trout fishing is rated as fair. It is good some days, other days you have to struggle to catch one. The best areas are off Ski Run and at Al Tahoe. Best action is by jigging with 4-ounce spoons or by trolling Herring Dodger flasher blades with minnows in water 120-180 feet deep. Rainbow trout fishing is picking up. Best around rocky areas on the east and west shore. Catching 10-16 inchers with Rapala lures or with flasher blades and worms."

TOPAZ LAKE: Closed until Jan. 1.


UPPER TWIN LAKE: Jim Wilkins reported, "Big rainbows are being caught from shore and by trolling. A 7-pound, 9-ounce rainbow was taken on a combination of Power Bait and a nightcrawler. A red fly caught a 5-pound, 12-ounce rainbow. The lake continues to be stocked by Calif. Fish & Game on a weekly basis."


WALKER LAKE: Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services said, "Boaters are catching trout. Saturday, one angler caught four cutthroat, up to 3.5 pounds. They were taken on Fire-Tiger Flatfish lures. He was trolling at the Cliffs at a depth of 35 feet. Also on Saturday, Wes Craig of Fallon caught three fish on Blue Fox Pixie lures. The weather was unreal, it was absolutely beautiful."


East Walker River (Nev.): Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services reported, "The "Elbow" area is good for rainbows and an occasional German brown on Panther-Martin or Roostertail lures or with Power Eggs or nightcrawlers."

East Walker River (Calif.): Continues to be good fishing even though it is low. Flowing at 40 C.F.S. Best for "Fly Guys" using Nymphs or streamers.

West Walker River (Nev.): No report.

West Walker River (Calif.): Low and clear. Continues to be good for bait fishermen, spincasters and flycasters. Lots of average sized trout. Best with salmon eggs, nightcrawlers,small spinners or mosquito flies.

Little Walker River: Low and clear. Very good fishing for small rainbows and brookies on worms or red salmon eggs near the U.S.F.S. Obsidian Campground. Many of the Quaking Aspen have already lost their leaves. Saturday, Don Quilici and Elaine McGee of Carson City were fishing in the Hoover Wilderness Area. They caught numerous Eastern brook trout, saw mule deer and had a large black bear walk across the trail in front of them.

WEBER RESERVOIR: Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services reported, "Access to the reservoir is now open but check on current fishing conditions and restrictions at the Schurz Smoke Shop on U.S. 95."

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort said, "The weather has improved. We are up to 18 degrees at night. The rainbow trout fishing is excellent for both shore fishermen and trollers. Most of the rainbows are in the 15-18 inch class with an occasional one in the 20-22 inch range. They are being caught mostly with nightcrawlers and a piece of corn or with Roostertail lures. The German brown trout fishing is starting to pick up."




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