12-pound Pyramid trout wins a $7,500 package

BLUE LAKES AREA, CALIF: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930): The weather was lousy over the weekend and there was nobody here on Saturday or Sunday due to the wind.

CAPLES LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported that the lake is thawing a little by little, but the ice is too thin to be out on.

DAVIS LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association reported: As of April 11: Red-hot action here cooled down sharply from a week ago, as wind, a full moon and the ending of the rainbows' spawning cycle combines to slow down the action. There are still quality fish in the 3-pound range being caught, but not close to the numbers of recent weeks. Trolling has been slow.

FEATHER RIVER, CALIF: Dave Jacobs/Hank Mautz (Professional Guide Service) (800-355-3113) or (530-365-8140): Spring salmon fishing is starting to improve from Oroville to Gridley for chrome bright salmon to 35 pounds. Best bets have been backbounced K-15 Kwikfish with a sardine wrap. Large No. 6 Blue Fox #6 spinners have also produced springers to 35 pounds for boat and bank anglers. Average salmon have been 10-18 pounds with many large fish in the high 20-30 pound range. Feather River daily limits for salmon are one per person.

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Wiggin's Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif. (530-993-4683): Bank fishing has been excellent with inflated nightcrawlers or rainbow Power Bait. Many limits are being taken from the north end in the coves. The fish are close to shore there. We've also had good reports from those fishing Lunker Point. Trollers are doing great with Sheep Creek Specials flies or flashers with nightcrawlers at the north end. Fly fish with bead head Prince Nymphs or Sheep Creek Specials.

FT. CHURCHILL COOLING PONDS (on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): Elmer Bull: I had a report that Tim Hayden of Yerington caught a few nice bass, awhile back. He was fishing along the levee.

HINKSON SLOUGH, NEV (on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): Elmer Bull:

Rich Ellington, retired from NDOW, fished on Friday. He did well on trout, up to 15 inches, with Brass Bead-Head flies under the surface. There were about 10 fishermen at the slough.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report. Summit Lake (above Indian Creek Reservoir): Dave Kirby reported a fishermen and his son fished for 1.5 hours. They did not get a bite, saw no fish on the surface and no fish rising.

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR, NEV: Missy at Burke's Market at Silver Springs (775-577-2750): Fishing has really picked up. One fisherman said he caught 6 pounds of Catfish with minnows at Beach No. 4. They are catching big Walleyes at Beach Nos. 10 and 12.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Andy at the Gilly Sporting Goods Store in Sparks at 358-6113: It is doing good with Nymphs. One fly fisherman caught a 25-incher on a Midge. I fished there Saturday, caught and released two, ate lunch and went back to work.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Carla Molino of the Pyramid Lake Store at (775) 476-0555: When the wind did not blow, the fishing was very good. The fly fishermen were doing well with lots of "turn backs" in the 8-10 pound class. They were using Woolly Worms, Woolly Buggers, Beetles and Copper Johns. Not many happy boats, they were fighting the wind. George (Pyramid Lake Charters) has been going out about once a week due to the wind.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Tim Wilson of the Pyramid Lake Marina and RV Park at (775) 476-1156: We have had wind the last couple of days. It has been a bit "breezy," but the lake is producing for those brave enough to fish it.

Some bigger boats have gone across to Anderson Bay and the others are in front of Pelican Point.

Lots of 7-8 pounders caught.

The Truckee Fly Casters were out over the weekend and it was spotty for them. Some were catching fish, some were not.

PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Jeri Grellman of Sparks of Hog Charters (358-5199): The weather was pretty nasty over the weekend and Chris did not go out.

RED LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported that the lake is thawing a little by little, but the ice is too thin to be out on.

LAKE TAHOE - North Shore:

Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters and Tahoe Trophy Trout at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552): We have been trolling at all levels from 50 feet deep down to the bottom at 350 feet. We locate the fish on the fish finder and then troll in a "Figure Eight" pattern, right over them. 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. The Macks have been running up to 5-6 pounds.

LAKE TAHOE - East Shore: Gene St. Denis: 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.

TOPAZ LAKE: Chuck Fields at the Topaz Lake Marina (775-266-3550) reported: Not much going on. Not a lot of people out here. Some boats yesterday (Sunday) caught their limits in two hours.

The fish were running about 1.25 pounds. They were trolling about 200 feet off shore with flashers and nightcrawlers on the west side in front of the homes. The weather was windy but did not get bad and there was a light snow.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR, NEV: Dennis Dunn, Mark and Scott at the Wild Horse Resort (775) 758-6472: Two fishermen from Winnemucca caught their limits in three hours on Friday morning. 14-18 inches. Weather is typical Spring.

Come dressed for anything from 6 to 60 degrees.


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