Fishing report for week of September 13

A 7.51 pound rainbow at Convict Lake

LAKE ALMANOR: No report.

LAKE ALPINE: No report.

BLUE LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER): Dave Kirby of the Woodford's General Store said that the fishing has dropped way off at both lakes now that school has started. Not many anglers.

BOCA RESERVOIR: Dick "Father" Murphy of Fishing with Father Murphy advised fishermen that the best fishing from Kokanee salmon is from the boat ramp to the white cliffs. Stay in 50-60 feet of water and troll at a depth of 45-50 feet. Use small silver flasher blades with Kokanee Bugs tipped with a kernel of white corn"

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR: Andrew Sears of Ken's Sporting Goods Store reported, "The water level is real low. It is tough to get a boat out onto the lake, but the best fishing continues to be stillfishing from an anchored boat. The fishing is good one day, not good the next."

CAPLES LAKE: No report.

CARSON RIVERS (EAST AND WEST) IN CALIF.: Dave Kirby of the Woodford's Station reported, "Good action on the West Carson River. A 5-pound, 4-ounce rainbow was taken on a silver Mepps lure and a 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow was caught with a nightcrawler."

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

CONVICT LAKE AND CONVICT CREEK: David DeSurra of the Convict Lake Resort reported that this was one of the best weeks of the entire season.

Convict Lake: The largest trout were a 7.51 pound Alper's Rainbow caught on green Power Bait, a 6.46 pound Alper's on salmon Power Bait, a 5.10 Alper's on nightcrawlers, a 4.97 Alper's on a nightcrawler, a 4.79 Alper's on yellow Power Bait and a 4.75 Alper's on a Super Duper lure.

Convict Creek: The largest trout of the week were a 3.45 pound Alper's on a red/white Daredevil lure and a 2.06 pound Calif. F&G rainbow on a silver Super Duper lure.

CROWLEY LAKE: No report.

DAVIS LAKE: No report.

EAGLE LAKE: Dave Meserve of the Eagle Lake Marina said, "Fishing conditions continue to be very good. South shore action remains the strongest just outside the jetty at the Eagle Lake Marina. Other hot spots include the Circus Grounds, Wildcat Point, Eagle's Nest and Shrimp Island. Best bait is nightcrawlers from shore, still fishing or while trolling. Best lures continue to be Needlefish and Rainbow Runners. The use of Sepp's mini-flashers has also been successful this past week."

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: According to Wiggin's Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif., "Leon Marhanka of Reno caught a stringer of rainbows totaling 8.5 pounds with the largest weighing just over 2 pounds. Another angler caught a 4-pounder and a 3-pounder."

FROG LAKE: No report.

HEENAN LAKE: Reported good action with about 4-5 fish per angler.


HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA: West of Bridgeport: 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: Is still murky. Best action was fishing in the top part of the water with bobbers and long leaders.

Summit Lake, above Indian Creek Reservoir, is rated as fair. Fishermen are struggling to catch limits. The best time is late in the day after the sun goes down.


Grant Lake: No report.

Gull Lake: No report.

June Lake: No report.

Silver Lake: No report.

Rush Creek: No report.



LUNDY LAKE: No report.


George Lake: No report.

Mamie Lake: No report.

Mary Lake: No report.

Twin Lakes: No report.

Mammoth Creek: No report.


NORTH POND: No report.


Benton Crossing (Up): No report.

Benton Crossing (Down): No report.


PYRAMID LAKE: Is now closed until Oct. 1.

RED LAKE: No report.

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

Anderson: Fishing the Ball's Ferry area and seeing about a fish per rod on a good day. Salmon ranging in size from 18 to 35 pounds, averaging 20 pounds. Using Flatfish lures with sardine wraps and also bouncing roe.

Redding to Anderson: Fishing for rainbow trout is productive in the early mornings and late afternoons. There are some 10-20 fish days. Glo Bugs, Wee Warts and Flatfish lures are producing the fish.

SILVER LAKE: No report.

SHASTA LAKE: No report.

SOUTH-NORTH-INTAKE 2-BISHOP CREEK (WEST OF BISHOP): Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts checked in with this report: "It is almost beginning to feel like the Indian Summer is starting. The leaf and bush colors are starting to turn."

South Lake: Rainbow Power Bait or nightcrawlers have been the best from shore or behind the island. Fishermen trolling with green Woolly Bugger flies have been catching lots of planters. Not big but lots of fish. Some German browns on nightcrawlers or Rapala lures. Lots of Eastern brook trout taken behind the island.

North Lake and Intake No. 2: Fishing has been wonderful for Alper's rainbows. Lots of big limits coming out of both lakes. Gold Kastmaster lures or nightcrawlers have been super.

Sabrina Lake: A lot of action with nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. Trolling with rainbow Rapala or olive Pistol Pete lures has been good. Velveeta cheese and Power Bait are still great.

Bishop Creek: The largest trout was a 7-pound, 8-ounce Alper's rainbow taken with a white tube jig and rubber mealworm.

Back Country: The cold weather has driven most of the hikers out. The conditions remain nice but it is very cold above the 9,000 foot level.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Dick "Father" Murphy of "Fishing with Father Murphy" advised fishermen to begin trolling in front of the island and work toward the dam. Troll at a depth of 45-55 feet. The best action is with small silver flasher blades with Kokanee Bugs tipped with a kernel of white corn or green Needlefish lures or red Dick Nite lures. The Kokanee salmon are running 1-1.5 pounds in the 15-16 inch class.

LAKE TAHOE - North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters reported, "We're catching mostly Mackinaw trout with an occasional rainbow. The Macks are running up to about 10 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: Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners at South Lake Tahoe checked in and said, "Kokanee salmon fishing is red, red, red hot. Everyone is catching limits. The Kokanee are scattered all over from 40 to 90 feet deep. The best action is with small silver flashers and Red Magic spoons. Some of the Kokanee are beginning to turn red. There is some rainbow trout action while toplining. The Mackinaw trout fishing has slowed down a touch."

TOPAZ LAKE: Linda Fields of the Topaz Marina gave this report, "It was another quiet weekend for fishing. A few fishermen went out but there was not much action. There were the usual speed boats, jet skis and water skiers. Be sure to remind everyone that the lake closes to fishing the end of the month"

LOWER TWIN LAKE: Lots of nice stringers of fish are coming in, which is keeping the fishermen happy. The largest trout of the week were a 6-pound, 5-ounce rainbow while trolling a red/gold Thomas Buoyant lure, a 5-pound, 10-ounce rainbow on a Hot Shot lure, a 4-pound, 13-ounce rainbow with a Super Duper lure, a 3-pound, 7-ounce rainbow on rainbow glitter Power Bait and a 3-pound, 4-ounce rainbow with Lemon-Twist Power Bait.

UPPER TWIN LAKE: Jim Wilkins reported, "Great action from both shore and boats. The largest trout of the week were a 6-pound, 2-ounce rainbow while trolling an olive green Woolly Bugger fly, a 5-pound, 3-ounce rainbow also on a Woolly Bugger fly, a 4-pound, 12-ounce rainbow while trolling with a nightcrawler and a 3-pound, 6-ounce German brown from shore with a nightcrawler. Power Bait, silver Kastmaster lures and Phoebes lures continue to bring in stringers of rainbows up to 3 pounds."


Virginia Lakes: No report.

Virginia Creek: No report.

WALKER LAKE: Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services said, "Boaters are catching some nice fish trolling between Sand Point and the Cliffs. They are using TOR-P-DO, Flatfish, Apex or Rapala lures, 30-45 feet deep. Flasher blades with live minnow are also working very well.

Shore fishermen at Sand Point and the Cliffs are catching limits of 3-5 pound Lahontan cutthroat trout with Sparkle Nugget, Sherbet or Rainbow Power Bait or with live minnows."


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

East Walker River (Calif.): Water flow is at 190 C.F.S. Has picked up for the spincasters. Good for "Fly Guys" using tiny Midges for German browns, up to 25 inches.

West Walker River (Nev.): No report.

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

Little Walker River: Low and very clear. Easy limits of small rainbows and brookies on worms near the U.S. Forest Service Obsidian Campground. The Quaking Aspen trees are beginning to turn color already.

WEBER RESERVOIR: Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services reported, "Access to the reservoir is still closed."

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort said, "The weather has been beautiful. It is 20-25 degrees at night and 65-70 in the daytime. Fishing continues to be excellent. I can't believe how it has remained good. Heck, the rainbow trout are even hitting the plastic worms (Kamikaze worms with watermelon tails) that fishermen are using for smallmouth bass. Nightcrawlers and Power bait are producing lots of limits. The rainbows are running up to 20 inches."




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