July 3, 2002
Nice sized king salmon
in the Feather River
LAKE ALMANOR, CALIF: No report.
LAKE ALPINE, CALIF: No report.
BISHOP, CALIF. AREA: Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts (760-873-4484) sent in this report: The weather continues to be great. We are in the low 80’s. The nights are cooling off which makes it nice for sleeping.
South Lake: The fishing has been great. There have been numerous reports of large fish being broken off as they approach the boats. With the huge stocking we got last week, we are guessing them to be German browns. Most of the break-offs have been with Rapala lures. Trolling with a No. 11, rainbow Rapala lure has been very effective. Most anglers are coming out with limits or close to it. Many boaters have been going to the inlet, sitting right in the stream and doing exceedingly well with nightcrawlers or salmon eggs.
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North Lake and Intake No 2: Fishing was great at both North Lake and Intake No. 2. Heavy stocking led to nice stringers. Rainbow or yellow Power Bait stole the show with lots of action. Red/gold Thomas Buoyant lures were awesome.
Sabrina Lake: No report.
Bishop Creek: The top two trout of the week were a 3-pound, 8-ounce rainbow on salmon eggs and a 3-pound, 7-ounce rainbow while jigging a Trout Trap. The water level remains good and everything was stocked this week, including Alpers Trophy Rainbow Trout. Reports of good fishing all over with salmon eggs or nightcrawlers. Some good action with Power Bait. Good fly action in Weir Pond with Mosquitoes or Royal Coachman flies.
BLUE LAKES, CALIF. AREA: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station at Woodfords (530-694-2930) checked in with this report:
Upper and Lower Blue Lakes: Catching limits of rainbows from shore on Power Bait and inflated worms. The black flies and the mosquitoes are fierce, so bring plenty of repellent.
Upper and Lower Sunset Lakes: A hiker was reported to be OK after falling, hurting his leg and knocking himself out.
BOCA RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report.
BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report.
BURNSIDE LAKE, CALIF: No report.
CAPLES LAKE, CALIF: No report.
CARSON RIVERS, CALIF: Dave Kirby checked in and said:
East Carson: Good fishing with spinning gear, bobber and flies. One angler caught and released 8 rainbows. The largest was 3 pounds. Was planted yesterday for the Fourth.
Silver Creek: Good fishing with spinning gear, bobber and flies.
West Carson: A number of limits. Larry Sigafus of Gardnerville caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce rainbow on a 1/8 ounce Roostertail lure. Was planted yesterday for the Fourth.
CARSON RIVERS, NEV: No report.
CONVICT LAKE, CALIF: No report.
CONVICT CREEK: No report.
CRATER LAKE, CALIF. (Near Kit Carson Pass): No report.
CROWLEY LAKE, CALIF: No report.
DAVIS LAKE, CALIF: No report.
FEATHER RIVER, CALIF: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing in Redding, Calif. (800-670-4448) send in this report: River at 5,500 C.F.S. King salmon being produced 10-20 pounds. Bright and chrome in color. Using Flatfish lures with sardine wrap or bouncing roe. Average one fish per person. Three fish limit. Larger salmon should be arriving soon.
FORT CHURCHILL COOLING PONDS, NEV: No report.
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Wiggin’s Trading Post at Chilcoot (530-993-4683) reported: Trollers are going deep now — about 4 colors of leadcore line. Bank fishermen are floating nightcrawlers or rainbow or Captain America Power Bait. Cooper colored Dick Nit lures with a pink tip are also a good choice. The afternoon hatch for fly fishermen has been great. The days have been hot so fish early.
FROG LAKE, CALIF: No report.
GREEN LAKE, CALIF: No report.
HINKSON SLOUGH, NEV. (On the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): No report.
HOBART RESERVOIR, NEV: No report.
HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA, CALIF: No report.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR. CALIF: Dave Kirby reported that it is getting pretty murky due to the low water and rising water temps.
Summit Lake (above Indian Creek Reservoir): No report.
JUNE LAKE LOOP AREA, CALIF:
Grant Lake: No report.
Gull Lake: No report.
June Lake: No report.
Silver Lake: No report.
Rush Creek: No report.
KINNEY RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report.
LOWER KINNEY LAKE: No report.
KIRMAN (CARMEN) LAKE: No report.
LAHONTAN RESERVOIR, NEV: No report.
LUNDY LAKE, CALIF: No report.
MAMMOTH LAKES AREA, CALIF:
George Lake: No report.
Mamie Lake: No report.
Mary Lake: No report.
Twin Lake: No report.
Mammoth Creek: No report.
MARKLEEVILLE CREEK, CALIF: Was planted yesterday for the Fourth.
NORTH POND, NEV. (On the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): No report.
OWENS RIVER, CALIF:
Upstream: No report.
Downstream: No report.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: No report.
RAYMOND LAKE, CALIF: No report.
RED LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported limits of Eastern brook trout interspersed with some rainbows on Power Bait or worms.
Red Lake Creek: No report.
ROOSEVELT-LANE LAKES, CALIF: No report.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, CALIF: Kirk Portocarrero send in this report: King Salmon opens on July 16 in Red Bluff. Number of salmon counted passing over the Red Bluff Diversion Dam since May 15 is 1,755 Kings.
SILVER LAKE, CALIF: No report.
SHASTA LAKE, CALIF: Kirk Portocarrero send in this report: No change. Trolling and picking up many King Salmon on the Dry Creek Arm. Fishing is great. Kings at 10-18 inches. Starting to see bigger salmon, up to 6 pounds. A few rainbows. Using Shad pattern lures.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report.
LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. – North Shore:
Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters (800-877-1462): “My fishermen are catching average sized Mackinaw trout with an occasional rainbow. I’ve been tagging and releasing most of the smaller ones. We’ve been trolling 250-550 feet deep in the area in front of Carnelian Bay and King’s Beach. We are using Herring Dodger flasher blades with either live minnows or pearl Apex lures.
Gene St. Denis of Tahoe Trophy Trout at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552): “We’ve been trolling at depths of 130-250 off of Cal-Neva Point and Dollar Point with a silver Herring Dodger flasher blade and a live minnow.”
LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. – South Shore: Gene St. Denis said: “The Macks are stacked from 130-to 250 feet deep. We’ve been trolling in front of Camp Richardson with silver Herring Dodger flasher blades and live minnows. Jigging has also been good with white Herring jigs tipped with a minnow.”
LAKE TAHOE, NEV. — East Shore:
Gene St. Denis said: “Cave Rock is a little slow but steady. Jigging has been the most effective method. We’re using a white jig, tipped with a live minnow. Either a two-ounce or four-ounce jig depending on the wind.”
TOPAZ LAKE, CALIF. AND NEV.): South end has been best for boaters still-fishing at a depth of 20 feet with either Power Bait or worms.
Topaz Canal, Nev: No report.
Little Truckee River, Calif: No report.
Truckee River, Calif: No report.
Truckee River, Nev: No report.
TWIN LAKES, CALIF. AREA:
LOWER TWIN LAKE: Steve Marti of the Twin Lake Resort at Lower Twin Lake (760-932-7751) sent in this report: A 6-pound, 5-ounce rainbow on a nightcrawler, a 5-pound, 12-ounce rainbow with a black/white Rapala lure, a 5-pound rainbow while trolling with a green/orange Rapala lure and a 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow while trolling with a Thomas Buoyant lure. Corina Duncan of Vacaville, Calif. won the Heaviest Fish award at the Gini-Marie Women’s Fishing Derby. She teamed with her partner Karen Parroff, also from Vacaville, to win the Heaviest Stringer award.
UPPER TWIN LAKE: Dick Christianson of Mono Village (760-932-7071) sent in this report: Catch of the season was a 8-pound, 3-ounce rainbow on a red Hot Shot lure. Pat Barr of Carson City caught a 4-pound German brown on a Woolly Bugger fly. Mono Village planted 60 German browns and rainbows that averaged 4-7 pounds each.
ROBINSON CREEK: No report.
VIRGINIA LAKES, CALIF. AREA: No report.
WALKER LAKE, NEV: No report.
East Walker (Calif.): No report.
West Walker (Calif.): No report.
East Walker (Nev.): No report.
West Walker (Nev.): No report.
Little Walker (Calif.): Easy limits of small brookies and rainbows on worms in the Willow Flat area, above the U.S.F.S. Obsidian Campground.
WASHOE LAKE, NEV: No report.
WEBER RESERVOIR, NEV: No report.
WILDHORSE RESERVOIR NEV: Dennis Dunn of the Wild Horse Resort (775) 758-6472. reported: “Well, it’s steady but not hot. They are catching some nice trout but not a whole lot of them. Three guys were trolling and found big fish at a depth of 35 feet. They caught 7 rainbows in the 2-3 pound class. They were using silver flasher blades with a black/brown Woolly Worm fly on about a No. 6 hook. The perch are hitting white jigs, tipped with a piece of worm. Doug Busey of Douglas County caught 3 Channel Catfish that weighed a total of 25 pounds. He was fishing from shore at Hot Creek. The fly fishing is great for everything.”
WINNEMUCCA LAKE, CALIF: The lake is completely ice free. Still lots of snow drifts around the lake. Some scattered patches on the trail. Good fishing from shore for Eastern brook and Kamloop trout with either gold Kastmaster or red/white TOR-P-DO lures.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIF: No report.
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