Outdoors: Fishing report for week of 09/05

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LAKE ALMANOR: No report.

LAKE ALPINE: No report.

BLUE LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER): No report.

BOCA RESERVOIR: No report.

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR: No report.

BURNSIDE LAKE: No report.

CAPLES LAKE: Was reported as being a little bit better for fishermen with nightcrawlers or Power Bait. The dam was the best area for the shore fishermen and the boaters were trolling in the deeper water.

CARSON RIVERS (EAST AND WEST) IN CALIF.: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station at Woodfords (530-694-2930) checked in with this report: There was a plant of large-sized rainbow trout on Friday at both the West and East Carson Rivers. The trout were hand planted in the larger pools.

East Carson: Very low and crystal clear. Best for fly fishermen, working the deeper holes.

West Carson: Extremely low and crystal clear. Best for fly fishermen, working the deeper holes. There was a report of a 4-pound, 3-ounce rainbow taken on a nightcrawler on Monday.

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

CONVICT LAKE AND CONVICT CREEK: No report.

CROWLEY LAKE: No report.

DAVIS LAKE: The lake is down but still has lots of water. A few boats, last Thursday. it was windy at times. Not much action.

EAGLE LAKE: Dave Meserve of the Eagle Lake Marina (530-825-3454) sent in this report: "Daily ups and downs prevail, with fishing ranging from moderate to good. Fish are averaging 2-4.5 pounds, with some exceeding 5 pounds. Best techniques continue to include trolling and still fishing using slip bobbers. Nightcrawlers, Needlefish and Rapala lures are producing the best results. Warm weather is keeping the fish in the 25-45 foot range. This week's hot spot continues to be in the Shrimp Island area with Eagles Nest and Wildcat running close behind. Early to mid-morning times continue to show the best results. Camping reservations are no longer available or needed as we move into the Fall season. With schools now back in session, Eagle Lake welcomes Senior Citizens. Those with Golden Age Passports are eligible for one-half rate camping with no limit on stays."

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: No report.

FROG LAKE: No report.

HEENAN RESERVOIR: Dave Kirby reported that the opening weekend was rated as fair. On Friday, there were about 65 fishermen with an average of about 1-1.5 fish per angler. Some of the larger cutthroat were in the 27-29 inch class. Saturday was about the same as far as fishing success. Sunday was slightly better. The water temperature was high and the weather was hot on Friday and Saturday. It rained on Sunday afternoon which cooled things off.

HOBART RESERVOIR: No report.

HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA: No report.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Was rated as only fair. Water was warm and murky. Best with inflated nightcrawlers or Power Bait.

Summit Lake, above Indian Creek Reservoir: No report.

JUNE LAKE LOOP (GRANT-GULL-JUNE-SILVER LAKES-RUSH CREEK): No report.

KIRMAN (CARMEN) LAKE: No report.

KENNEY RESERVOIR: No report.

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR: No report.

LUNDY LAKE: No report.

MAMMOTH LAKES AREA: No report.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: No report.

NORTH POND: No report.

OWENS RIVER:

Benton Crossing (Upstream): No report.

Benton Crossing (Downstream): No report.

POORE-SECRET-ROOSEVELT-LANE LAKES: No report.

PYRAMID LAKE: Closed.

RED LAKE: No report.

SACRAMENTO RIVER: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing in Redding, Calif. (800-670-4448) gave this report: Anderson to Red Bluff: King salmon fishing is starting to pick up some. Larger amounts of fish coming up the river. Last few days, 400 fish a day passing the diversion dam. A late year for the Kings. Anglers seeing a fish per rod. Putting in full days. Water flow is at 9,500 CFS. They are using T-50 Flatfish lures or bouncing roe. The average size is 12-20 pounds."

SILVER LAKE: No report.

SHASTA LAKE: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing in Redding, Calif. (800-670-4448) gave this report: "Rainbow trout fishing is still great. Fishing has remained steady. Fishing 60-100 feet deep with downriggers. Fish are in the 1-5 pound range. Trolling shad pattern lures."

SOUTH-NORTH-INTAKE 2-BISHOP CREEK (WEST OF BISHOP): The Bishop Creek Lodge (760-873-4484) checked in with this report: The weather is beautiful. Daytime temps are in the 70's to low 80's with nighttimes in the high 40's.

South: The top trout was a 9 pound, 7 ounce Alpers Rainbow with a Power Worm. This was one of the few big ones that we saw this week. The lake level has dropped very little, remaining very good for fishing. Anglers are see a lot of big fish swimming around but very few are coming out. Most fishermen are dangling a nightcrawler deep and doing very well. Fishing from shore has been good using worms or Power Bait. Most gold lures are doing well: Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyant, Mepps, etc. Trolling has been good with a Rapala or just a nightcrawler and a piece of split shot.

North: Fishing was very good with most anglers coming home with limits. Salmon eggs were good and a lot of action with a Trout Trap and Mealworm.

Intake No. 2: Was good with lots of limits being bagged and not too crowded for a major weekend.

Bishop Creek: The water level is perfect and the pools are full of fish. Most anglers are doing exceptional. A young fishermen from Riverside, Calif. nailed a 3-pound, 6 ounce and a 3 pound, 2-ounce Alpers Rainbow, while fishing with nightcrawlers at Parchers Hole.

Backcountry: We have had nothing but praise for the backcountry. Between the weather and the great fishing, most are having a ball. For fly fishing, a white May Fly is tops while the lure fishing is good with a gold Thomas Buoyant lure.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: No report.

LAKE TAHOE - North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters (800-877-1462) reported, "The big news this last week took place on Saturday afternoon and evening. I had a total of 32 people on my boat, The Big Mack II, for a wedding. Bob "Slick" McCulloch and Lynda Harp, both of Carson City, got married at sunset. We were just off shore on the southwest side of the lake. I was the official who married them. It was a very nice wedding, followed by lots of partying by lots of happy people.

On the fishing side, we have been catching about a dozen Mackinaws per trip. Most of the Macks are in the 3-5 pound class, with the biggest this last week checking in at 8 pounds. I'm tagging and releasing the smaller ones. Still doing best in the first two hours of daylight, trolling 250-550 feet deep, right in front of the Carnelian Bay-King's Beach area. We are trolling silver flasher blades with live minnows or pearl colored Apex lures."

LAKE TAHOE - South Shore: No report.

LAKE TAHOE - East Shore: No report.

TOPAZ LAKE: Lake level is low. Fishing is slow. Not very many fishermen. Mostly speed boats, water skiers and jet skis. The season will close on Sept. 30.

TWIN LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER):

Upper Twin: No report.

Lower Twin: No report.

Robinson Creek: No report.

VIRGINIA LAKES AREA: No report.

WALKER LAKE: No report.

WALKER RIVERS (EAST-WEST-LITTLE):

East Walker (Nev.): Small rainbows and German browns in the 12-14 inch class are being caught on Panther-Martin or small, gold Phoebe lures in "The Elbow" area.

West Walker (Nev.): No report.

East Walker (Calif.): No report.

West Walker (Calif.): Very low and crystal clear. Difficult to fish.

Little Walker: Very low and crystal clear. Continues to produce easy limits of small brookies and rainbow trout on worms in the Willow Flat area.

WASHOE LAKE: No report.

WEBER RESERVOIR: Bob Tompkins of the Gun and Tackle Store in Hawthorne (775-945-3266) reported that Weber is still closed to fishing due to low water levels. All access roads remain roped off.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort (775-758-6472) gave this report: "It's really cooling off, up here. It got down to 36 degrees last night (Sunday). The fishing has been above average for this time of the year. The water level is down, it's about 40 percent of normal, but everyone is catching fish. They are catching rainbows and German browns about 3-5 feet under the surface and the catfish and perch are right on the bottom. The trollers are using flasher blades and worms. We had a big party on Saturday night, complete with about 50 people and a live band until 1 a.m. The highlight of the evening was when I had to break up a fight between four gals from the Owyhee Indian Reservation. They really got into it, hot and heavy. Yesterday, we had another range fire up here. It was about 2,000 acres on the PX Ranch, just south of here. They threw all kinds of men and equipment at it and the fire was out by dark."

WINNEMUCCA LAKE: No report.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: No report.

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