August 21, 2002
One of the best weeks
at Convict Lake, Calif.
LAKE ALMANOR, CALIF: No report.
LAKE ALPINE, CALIF: No report.
BISHOP, CALIF. AREA: Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts (760-873-4484) reported:
North Lake and Intake No. 2: Fishing was reported good at both. Power Bait or nightcrawlers were doing great. Good reports from the creek leading into North Lake. Salmon eggs were the key.
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South Lake: The two largest trout were a 6-pound, 12 ounce rainbow on a Panther Martin lure with 2-pound test line and a 6-pound, 11-ounce rainbow using a red/gold Thomas Buoyant lure. The fishing has been spotty with most anglers reporting good results but a few coming back with only a few fish. Nightcrawlers remain the top bait. Thomas Buoyant lures behind the island or trolling with a olive Woolly Bugger fly. Trolling with a set of flashers and a nightcrawler was awesome this week.
Bishop Creek: The water flow remains down with the flow from the lakes at a minimum. This combined with F&G stocking has made for good fishing. Salmon eggs have remained popular with nightcrawlers working well. Fly fishing at Weir Pond was great with black ants and small Midges. Mosquitoes were doing well on the creek.
BLUE LAKES, CALIF. AREA: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station
(530) 694-2930 checked in and said, “A very good weekend, especially at Lower Blue. Four anglers caught their limits from shore on the back side of Lower Blue, with assorted flavors of Power Bait. Their biggest was about 1.5 pounds.
BOCA RESERVOIR, CALIF: Fish very early in the morning, from the boat ramp to the white cliffs and towards the dam. Troll at depths of 25-35 feet. Best “Kokanee Super Bugs 2” are: Black Sparkle, Fire Tiger, Lollipop and Watermelon. Remember to tip the end of your hook with one piece of white corn.
BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report.
BURNSIDE LAKE, CALIF: No report.
CAPLES LAKE, CALIF: No report.
CARSON RIVERS, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported the water is extremely low on the West Carson River. Very few fish being caught. A report of one 2-pound rainbow.
CARSON RIVERS, NEV: No report.
CONVICT LAKE, CALIF: Dave DeSurra of the Convict Lake Resort (800-992-2260) reported one of the best weeks of the entire summer with over 25 big trout landed.
The top rainbows were a 6.26 pound Alpers Trophy Rainbow Trout while trolling 10 colors of leadcore line with a Needlefish lure, a 4.4 pounder while trolling along the south shore with a nightcrawler, a 3.50 while trolling a Rapala lure, a 3.0 with a marshmallow and salmon egg from the south shore and a 3.0 with Power Bait from the south shore.
CONVICT CREEK: Top fish were a 3.09 on a nightcrawler, a 2.67 on a lure, a 2.57 on a Trout Teaser, a 2.54 on orange Power Bait and a 2.49 on salmon eggs.
CRATER LAKE, CALIF. (Near Kit Carson Pass): No report.
CROWLEY LAKE, CALIF: Susie Greilich at Kittridge Sporting Goods Store in Mammoth (760-934-7566) sent in this report: Special regulations began on Aug. 1: Two trout limit, 18 inches minimum size, fly or barbless lures only. Float tubers are using Midges at McGee Bay. Boats are trolling Alligator Point with Thomas Buoyant lures.
DAVIS LAKE, CALIF: No report.
EAGLE LAKE, CALIF: Larry and Flora Chapman of Carson City reported catching a number of Eagle Lake strain rainbows in the 2.5-4 pound class by using sliding bobbers and nightcrawlers on a size No. 6 hook. They fished between 6:30 and 8 a.m. at a depth of 30 feet in 50-foot water.
FEATHER RIVER, CALIF: No report.
FORT CHURCHILL COOLING PONDS, NEV: No report.
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Wiggin’s Trading Post in Chilcoot (530-993-4683) sent in this report: A regular fisherman of the lake caught his limit (16-18 inches) in less than 30 minutes while bank fishing about 50 feet off shore at Crystal Point. He was using nightcrawlers. Another angler limited out last Tuesday trolling with a copper Thomas Buoyant lure on lead core line and he had to go pretty deep. Float tubers are finding fly fishing is good near the dam.
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 Paul Smith of Garnerville caught a 2-pound, 10-ounce rainbow on rainbow Power Bait.
Summit Lake (above Indian Creek Reservoir): Three fly fishermen in float tubes, fishing in the late afternoon, caught and released 18 trout in 3.5 hours.
JUNE LAKE LOOP AREA, CALIF: Susie Greilich reported:
June Lake: Trolling with 4-5 colors of leadcore line with Bikini or Bubblegum Needlefish lures.
Grant Lake: Trolling with broken-back Rapala lures. Shore fishermen using Power Bait.
Gull Lake: Black/gold Rapalas or Thomas Buoyant lures.
Silver Lake: Gnats in the evening near the inlet from float tubes.
Rush Creek: Small spinners.
KINNEY RESERVOIR, CALIF: No report.
LOWER KINNEY LAKE, CALIF: No report.
KIRMAN (CARMEN) LAKE: No report.
LAHONTAN RESERVOIR, NEV: No report.
LUNDY LAKE, CALIF: No report.
MAMMOTH LAKES AREA, CALIF: Susie Greilich sent in this report:
George Lake: Power eggs, green Roostertail lures, or blue/silver Thomas Buoyant lures.
Mamie Lake: Trout Teasers, Sierra Specials or gold Kastmasters.
Mary Lake: Surface action in the morning with any attractor fly. Mid-day with Captain America Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers.
Twin Lake: Rainbow Power Bait.
Mammoth Creek: Small spinners.
MARKLEEVILLE CREEK, CALIF: No report.
NORTH POND, NEV. (On the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): No report.
OWENS RIVER, CALIF: Susie Greilich sent in this report:
Upstream: Evening Caddis hatch.
Downstream: Evening Caddis hatch.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Closed until Oct. 1.
RAYMOND LAKE, CALIF: No report.
RED LAKE, CALIF: No report.
Red Lake Creek: No report.
ROOSEVELT-LANE LAKES, CALIF: No report.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, CALIF: No report.
SILVER LAKE, CALIF: No report.
SHASTA LAKE, CALIF: No report.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR, CALIF: Get there early. Troll from the boat ramp to the front of the island and then work towards deep water in front of the dam. Troll at depths of 45-55 feet. Use red Dick Nite lures, Clown Needlefish lures, or these Kokanee Bugs: Black/Sparkle, red/green or Lollipop. Remember to tip the end of your hook with one piece of white corn.
LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. – North Shore:
Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters (800-877-1462) reported: My fishermen are catching limits of 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 Apex lures.
Gene St. Denis of Tahoe Trophy Trout at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552): We’ve been trolling in front of Cal Nevada and Dollar Points at a depth of 100-190 feet. We’re using Herring Dodger flasher blades with a live minnow.”
LAKE TAHOE, CALIF. – South Shore: Gene St. Denis: 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: Jigging has been a very effective method. We use 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.): Linda Fields of the Topaz Lake Marina (775-266-3550) reported: The big news is the three Tiger Trout that were caught by three youngsters, fishing off the jetty with Power Bait. The Tigers were well over 2.5 pounds each. Fishing is a little slow for this time of the year. The boaters are catching about 1-2 fish per fisherman, mostly with nightcrawlers, Power Bait or Triple Teaser lures.
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 Lakes Resort reported: Weekly stocks by Calif. F&G have kept anglers happy during the slow fishing due to the heat and warm water. Experienced fishermen have been trolling at 30-35 feet with Thomas Buoyant lure . From shore, rainbow glitter Power Bait is still the best along with inflated worms.
UPPER TWIN LAKE: No report.
ROBINSON CREEK: Flows have been reduced considerably but the levels are still good for fishing and enough for weekly stockings. Red salmon eggs and small Panther Martin lures with red markings are still working the best.
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.): No report.
WASHOE LAKE, NEV: No report.
WEBER RESERVOIR, NEV: No report.
WILDHORSE RESERVOIR NEV: Dennis Dunn of the Wild Horse Resort (775-758-6472) reported: It was pretty good this last weekend. We had several nice limits. I caught four rainbows on Friday that were 17 inches. The boaters have been trolling with silver flashers and worms. The fly fishing has been very good in the mornings. The water level is holding a little above last year’s level. The 80,000 rainbows that were planted late last spring are now about 12 inches, they have been growing about one inch a month. Perch fishing is doing well and we’ve got nice-sized Channel Catfish coming in.
WINNEMUCCA LAKE, CALIF: No report.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIF: No report.
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