Fishing season almost in full swing

Hello fellow anglers:

We have only one more week until the 2009 season will be in full cast, beginning April 25 through Nov. 15.

Alpine County Fish and Game Commission along with the Alpine Chamber of Commerce will be planting lakes, rivers and streams this spring, summer and fall. County officials have assured that fish plants will take place throughout the season. The Alpine County Fish and Game Commission has a current valid permit to plant in all waters of Alpine County.

Rainbows, browns and brookies will be plentiful in the beautiful waters of all of Alpine County.

From Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley to Bear Valley. More than 60 area waters that await the most avid angler.

Fishing licenses and supplies are available at the following locations: Carson River Resort, Woodfords station, Caples Lake Resort, Kirkwood General store, Markleeville General store and Sorenson's and Hope Valley Resorts. Caples Lake Resort and Kit Carson Lodge will offer boat rentals and launching facilities.

In Bear Valley visit the Bear Valley Cross Country for licenses and supplies, also the Bear Valley Sports Shop and Bear Valley General store. The moto for Alpine County this year is "2,000 fish per mile and you!" 

With the weather conditions that look as though they will cooperate this year, opening day should be one to remember. In talking with Todd at the Carson River Resort, he said he has kept an eye on the rivers, the evening temperatures have still been low to keep the snow pack from blowing out the river. But we still have a week to go, and Mother Nature hopefully will treat us good this year.

Now, to give you an idea of what to expect on the east and west forks of the Carson rivers, Markleeville Creek and Silver Creek.

On April 8 the west Carson was planted with 1,800 pounds, Saturday the east fork of the Carson river was planted with 1,800 pounds. This past week the east and west fork of the Carson rivers, Markleeville creek and Silver creek received 3,600 pounds of rainbow trout. Now for the kicker, the week of opening day they will plant another 3,600 pounds in these rivers and creeks.

This year a little added bonus, you will not have to worry about getting to the bridge's first just to get a spot to fish.

American Trout and Salmon Hatcheries have a new hose extension they will be using for planting. This will enable them to get to the whole river system and not just where bridges and places to pull off the road and plant.

This kind of commitment will continue throughout the fishing season this year in Alpine County.

Now as a reminder this year, California free fishing days are July 4 and Sept. 7.

If you need any information about Alpine County fishing you have three options: Stop by the visitors center in Markleeville located at 3 Webster St., call the Carson River Resort at 877-694-2229 or you can call the Naw line at 775-267-9722.

Any one of us will help you to enjoy the California openers this year.

If you happen to be around the Carson river Resort on the openers, stop by and let me take a picture of your catch and join in the comrodery that all anglers enjoy. Hope to see you there.

Now just a little report for Lake Tahoe; Last Sunday the lake was picture perfect with only a hint of a slight breeze. Renee and I joined our good friend Gene St Denis and his son Eric for a little fishing. I have to say though, I can not stress  enough on how much a knowledgeable guide can really make a difference in a day on the water. We fished for 5 hours, had many short hits, a few shakers and kept 4 mackinaws. And as you can see from the picture, Eric beat us all with the largest fish. But as I watched other anglers pass by, one was on a mission to go as straight a he could not paying attention to depth of where he was going or his down riggers. The angler never rose from his seat to attend to even a bite. Another angler was not paying attention enough and was untangling lines and down rigger balls for a long while. And I will tell you one thing. We were not using fancy store bought rigs or flashers, These blades were home made from stainless steel with some paint on them. Fishin just can't get better. For more info call Blue Ribbon Charters at 530-544-6552.

SPECIAL NOTE: Although April 25 is called the California openers. Remember that all waters leading into Lake Tahoe, I.E. Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and the Upper Truckee river all located on the south end of the Lake are Closed until July 1, 2009.

See you on the Carson River for the openers, If you have any questions in out local fishing world you can call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Have a photo of your catch, email it to or you can drop it off at the Tribune. You can be in the Naw hall of fame.  Good fishin and tight lines.


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