Pleased with fishing at Lahontan Reservoir

BLUE LAKES AREA, CALIF: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930): Fishing in this area is slowly improving as the weather slowly warms up.

CAPLES LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported that the lake is still iced over, but the ice is getting too thin to be out on.

CAPLES LAKE, CALIF: Doug Busey of Douglas County reported there is open water by Woods Creek and out in the middle. It is too thin to be out on.

CARSON RIVERS, CALIF: East Carson River: Lots of fishermen over the weekend but no reports by any of the fishermen.

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Wiggin's Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif. (530-993-4683): Spring fishing is off to a great start. Many limits being reported by bank fishermen using a variety of baits: Nightcrawlers, green marshmallows, Chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait, plus spinners. Try fly fishing off shore at places like Lunker Point, Turkey Point or Crystal Point.

Trollers are doing well with flashers and nightcrawlers at Salmon Egg Shoal.

FT. CHURCHILL COOLING PONDS (on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): Elmer Bull: A few small catfish being caught, but still no bass.

HINKSON SLOUGH, NEV (on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): Elmer Bull: My daughter and fished on Easter afternoon for a couple of hours. There were no other fishermen.

We got skunked, while spincasting with lures and spinners.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported the fishing has been fair but is improving with the warmer weather. Not a lot of limits.

Chris Vazquez of Gardnerville caught a couple of nice rainbows, including a 4-pounder, trolling with small Kastmaster lures.

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR, NEV: Shirley at Burke's Market at Silver Springs (775-577-2750): Everyone has been pleased with the fishing out here.

One fisherman with minnows got into a school of Walleye on Saturday that were 17-21 inches.

The fishing has been good at Beach No. 7 and between Beach Nos. 4 and 6 for Catfish, Wipers, White Bass and Walleye.

There was a 7.75 pound Walleye reported but the fisherman would not tell us where he caught it.

NORTH POND (on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): Elmer Bull: My daughter and fished on Easter afternoon for a couple of hours. There were no other fishermen.

We got skunked, while spincasting with lures and spinners.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Andy at the Gilly Sporting Goods Store in Sparks at 358-6113: The fish are still biting well. The fly fishermen at The Nets are using Nymphs, Cooper Johns and Pheasant Tails. I had a report of an 8-pounder out there.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Carla Molino of the Pyramid Lake Store at (775) 476-0555: Fishing has been pretty good for fly rods. Pelican Point turns on and off for fishing success. The Nets is the best fly fishing location, but trying to find a spot to fish is hard at times because of all the fishermen. The boat fishing has been spotty. The best fishing has been out in front of the fly fishermen at The Nets.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Tim Wilson of the Pyramid Lake Marina and RV Park at (775) 476-1156: Fishing has been a little slow but it is picking up.

The majority of the fish are being caught at about 30 feet deep, close to shore, with the standard lures: Apex and Flatfish.

Fly fishing has been decent with Woolly Buggers and lots of Nymphs and Cooper Johns.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Jeri Grellman of Sparks of Hog Charters (358-5199): Chris had a client out on Friday, who lost a 10-pounder right at the back of the boat. They were trolling deep water near Spider Point.

On Sunday, Chris took a friend out and they caught and released 20 cutthroat, with the largest being 23 inches.

RED LAKE, CALIF: Doug Busey reported that there is open water showing along the shore by the highway. The ice is not safe to be on.

LAKE TAHOE - North Shore:

Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters and Tahoe Trophy Trout at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552): The fishing has been tough, from slow to good, dependent on the day. We are getting 0-5 Macks per trip, and they are in the 2-14 pound range.

We have been trolling at all levels from 50 feet deep down to the bottom at 350 feet. I've been fishing at Cal-Neva, Dollar and Sugar Pine Points.

LAKE TAHOE - South Shore: Gene St. Denis: I've been fishing at Camp Richardson and Ski Run Shelf. Trolling at 45-60 feet at Camp Rich and then going deeper to 150-240 at Ski Run, with silver Herring Dodger flasher blades and live minnows.

LAKE TAHOE - East Shore: Gene St. Denis: Toplining is dead slow to good, dependent on the day. I'm toplining Rapala. Rebel or A/C lures in 15-25 feet of water for rainbows, Mackinaw and browns at Deadman's Point, Logal Shoals and Sand Harbor. Getting 0 to 4 fish per trip. The shore fishermen at Cave Rock are catching 0-4 rainbows with an occasional small Mack.

TOPAZ LAKE: Chuck Fields at the Topaz Lake Marina (775-266-3550) reported: Not a lot of people out here since the Topaz Lodge burned, because there is no place to eat.

There have been some limits caught, but most of them are out of boats, trolling with nightcrawlers. The boats are spending an entire day on the lake to catch a limit. One boat had 10 fish with five of them being over 2.5 pounds. Shore fishing is real slow, with an occasional fish, here and there.

TRUCKEE RIVER, NEV: Andy at The Gilly Sporting Goods Store: It is doing well for fly fishermen in the late afternoons.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR, NEV: Mark and Scott at the Wild Horse Resort (775) 758-6472: The ice is all gone. A couple of boats yesterday (Sunday) caught their limits of nice rainbows, with nothing under 15 inches. The cutbows are hot on nightcrawlers with most people limiting out in 3-4 hours. The rivers are clear enough for bait or spinners.


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