Fishing report for week of 12/08


Upper Blue Lake: No report.

Lower Blue Lake: No report.


CAPLES LAKE: Doug Busey of Douglas County said, "A fisherman from Pollack Pines, Calif. caught and released a trophy Mackinaw trout last Thursday. It weighed 23.7 pounds. He caught it while spincasting from a boat with a silver/blue Kastmaster lure on the opposite side of the lake. Caples is still ice-free, but it has a skim of ice each morning."

DAVIS LAKE: Boat launching required a four-wheel drive vehicle. Best shore fishing was at Eagle Point and Camp No. Five. Fly fishing was best on the west side of the lake from Catfish Cove to Freeman.

EAGLE LAKE: Fishing has been good with lots of fish being caught by trollers fishing 5-10 feet deep with nightcrawlers or frog-colored Needlefish lures. Average fish were in the 4-pound class. Bait fishermen were scoring at the north end of the lake with nightcrawlers.

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: Great fishing at Nightcrawler Bay for limits up to 13 inches. Trollers have been using flashers and nightcrawlers. Shore fishermen were using Power Bait or nightcrawlers.


PYRAMID LAKE: The Gilly Sporting Goods Store reported, "Fishing continues to be consistently good. No really huge cutthroat. Some days the fish are of quality size. On other days they are just average size.

Trollers were doing best with silver or frog-colored, U-20 Flatfish lures at Warrior Point or across the lake.

Spincasters were scoring with various colored Tor-P-Do lures at "The Block House."

Fly fishermen at "The Nets" and at "Popcorn" were using black, white and Chartreuse Woolly Bugger flies."

RED LAKE: Doug Busey of Douglas County reported, "The lake is half frozen. It is frozen on the end by the dam. There are people out on the ice fishing, but the ice is still thin enough to be considered very dangerous."

SACRAMENTO RIVER: Was rated as very good. Chrome-bright king salmon (7-20 pounds) were being taken from the Barge Hole down to Jellys Ferry Bridge. Mostly on Flatfish lures but some on roe. Best results were in slow moving water.

SILVER LAKE: No report.


LAKE TAHOE - North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters reported, "Limits of average sized Mackinaw trout, up to 6 pounds with an occasional larger-sized Mack. Fishing in 250-450 feet of water, very early in the morning, in front of Kings Beach. Trolling with Herring Dodger flasher blades with pearl-colored Apex lures or live minnows.

LAKE TAHOE - South Shore: Mike Nielsen of the Sportsmen's at South Lake Tahoe said, "Fishing has been fair, mostly Mackinaw. The trout are scattered all along the south end of the lake. Nothing big, the biggest are running up to 8 pounds. The best action has been for trollers using Herring Dodger flasher blades and live minnows. Fishing for rainbows and German browns is, at best, fair."

WALKER LAKE: According to Bob Tompkins of the Gun and Tackle Store in Hawthorne, "Fishing continues to be good. Lots of boats over the weekend. The cutthroat are running up to about 6-7 pounds. Good success on the south end and the east side of the lake. Boaters are scoring by trolling with silver or Fire Tiger, U-20 Flatfish lures or with various colored Tor-P-Do lures."

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Had several inches of fresh snow on Tuesday morning. Ice is now forming on the reservoir. Shore fishing is over for the year. Anglers should be able to ice fish by Christmas. About four days ago, the temperature dropped down to -17 degrees.


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