Fishing report for week of September 27

Wildhorse down to 12 degrees

LAKE ALMANOR: No report.

LAKE ALPINE: No report.

BLUE LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER): Dave Kirby of the Woodford's General Store said that both lakes continue to do well. Not many fishermen. Beautiful weather. The best action was at Lower Blue Lake with marshmallows and Power Bait from Shore. The campground at Upper Blue Lake is now restricted to Day Use only.

BOCA RESERVOIR: Dick "Father" Murphy of Fishing with Father Murphy advised fishermen to troll for Kokanee salmon in the middle of the reservoir at a depth of 25-35 feet. The best area is between the white cliffs and the east bank for Kokanee salmon.

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR: Rick of Ken's Sporting Goods Store reported, "It's quiet. The water is low and dirty. The best fishing is to still fish from a small boat with worms on the bottom. Difficult to launch the boats due to low water level."

CAPLES LAKE: No report.

CARSON RIVERS (EAST AND WEST) IN CALIF.: Dave Kirby of the Woodford's Station reported, "Beautiful weather and a ton of motorcycles this last weekend. Not many fishermen."

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. Shore 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. Shore 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 1,400 pounds of brood stock rainbow trout were planted last week by Calif. Fish and Game, plus a regular plant of 1,000 pan-sized rainbows.

Convict Lake: The largest trout were a 8.75 pound Calif. F&G rainbow on a white Trout Teaser lure, a 7.62 pound Calif. F&G rainbow on rainbow Power Bait, a 6.36-pound Calif. F&G rainbow on rainbow Power Bait and a 5.69 pound Calif. F&G rainbow on a silver Kastmaster lure.

Convict Creek: The largest trout were a 2.64 pound rainbow on red salmon eggs and a 2.40 pound rainbow on rainbow Power Bait.

CROWLEY LAKE: No report.

DAVIS LAKE: No report.

EAGLE LAKE: Dave Meserve of the Eagle Lake Marina said, "Fishing continues to be very good! Fish continue to average 2-4 pounds with numerous trout being caught in the 5-6 pound class. Rumors of fish weighing as much as 8 pounds or more. Jigging from the jetty is becoming very popular. Trolling at various depths with nightcrawlers or lures continues to be effective."

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: According to Wiggin's Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif., "Great fishing trolling with nightcrawlers or lures like Needlefish. We are seeing limits of rainbows which include 1-3 pounders. Bank fishing is picking up again. Nightcrawler Bay has been very productive this past week with worms."

FROG LAKE: No report.

HEENAN LAKE: No report.


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.



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: Anglers seeing limits this last week. River at 8,000 C.F.S. Salmon ranging in size from 18 to 40 pounds, averaging 25 pounds. Using Flatfish lures wrapped with sardines and bouncing roe.

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

SILVER LAKE: No report.

SHASTA LAKE: No report.


STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Dick "Father" Murphy of "Fishing with Father Murphy" advised fishermen to troll at a depth of 40-50 feet from the boat ramp to the "big island" early in the morning and then later, to move to the front of the dam. 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: Jack Martin of the Sportsmen's Sporting Goods Store at South Lake Tahoe said, "Fishermen are catching lots of Kokanee salmon right now. They are catching and releasing them because the Kokanee now have their red spawning colors. The salmon are schooled up in front of the mouth of Taylor Creek. They are being caught by jigging with 2-ounce Crippled Herring or Buzz Bomb lures. Early morning hours are the best, before the wind comes up.

Mackinaw fishing has been good for Macks, 4-9 pounds, up to about 12 pounds. The best place is in front of Ski Run, at a depth of 80-140 feet with M-2 Flatfish or J-Plug lures."

TOPAZ LAKE: Chuck Fields of the Topaz Marina gave this report, "It's the end of the 2000 fishing season. It closes on Saturday. No one is fishing right now. We had an earthquake Monday night. It was a 4.9 and everything really shook, rattled and rolled."

LOWER TWIN LAKE: Cooler nights are bringing the fish closer to the surface. Calif. Fish and Game is still stocking weekly. Mono County is stocking this week with Alper's Trophy Rainbow Trout. The top trout were a 4-pound, 3-ounce rainbow on a Kastmaster lure and a 3-pound, 15-ounce rainbow with a red/gold Thomas Buoyant lure.

UPPER TWIN LAKE: Jim Wilkins reported, "Cooler nights continue lowering the water temperatures, adding to catches. Olive Woolly Bugger flies are knocking them dead! Several catches of nice trout were caught trolling on the surface with red/gold Thomas Buoyant lures including a 4-pound, 13-ounce German brown and a 3-pound, 12-ounce rainbow. A 5-pound, 3-ounce rainbow was taken with Sierra gold. Lots of stringers of pan-sized rainbows on rainbow glitter Power bait, or nightcrawlers."


Virginia Lakes: No report.

Virginia Creek: No report.

WALKER LAKE: Last Thursday, Don Quilici and Norm Budden of Carson City and Gunny Benson of Douglas County fished with Bob Tompkins of the Walker Lake Guide Services. They trolled at depth of 25-45 feet between Sand Point and the Cliffs. Fishing was slow but they caught and released a number of small cutthroat trout on a variety of lures and live minnows.


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

East Walker River (Calif.): Is awesome. Flowing at 130 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, mosquitoes.

Little Walker River: Low and clear. Good fishing for small rainbows and brookies on worms near the U.S.F.S. Obsidian Campground.

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

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort said, "Fishing has been excellent. Primarily rainbows, but once in the while a German brown gets caught. The trout are running up to 22 inches. They are being caught with silver flasher blades and worms or with Roostertail lures. The temperature got down to 12 degrees on Monday night. It's nippy."




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