Fishing report for week of 09/12
Nun takes trophy at Convict
LAKE ALMANOR: No report.
LAKE ALPINE: No report.
BLUE LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER): No report.
BOCA RESERVOIR: No report.
BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR: No report.
BURNSIDE LAKE: No report.
CAPLES LAKE: Was reported as being a little bit better for shore fishermen with nightcrawlers or Power Bait. The dam was the best area for the shore fishermen and boaters were trolling the area along the highway.
CARSON RIVERS (EAST AND WEST) IN CALIF.: There was a plant of large-sized rainbow trout last week in both the West and East Carson Rivers. The trout were hand planted in the larger pools.
East Carson: Very low and crystal clear. Best for fly fishermen, working the deeper holes. There was a report of a 5 pounder and a 4-pounder, both taken on Power Bait.
West Carson: Extremely low and crystal clear. Best for fly fishermen, working the deeper holes.
CATNIP RESERVOIR: Was reported as being very slow for fly fishermen in float tubes. The roads were very dusty and the reservoir water was warm and murky.
Big Springs Reservoir, also in Northern Humboldt County, was reported as excellent fishing for large rainbow trout, by fly fishermen using float tubes and olive Matuka flies.
CRATER LAKE (Near Kit Carson Pass): No report.
CONVICT LAKE AND CONVICT CREEK: David DeSurra of the Convict Lake Resort (800-992-2260) sent in this report: “It’s fall and the woderful weather continues.”
Convict Lake: The top trout were a 4.33 pound Alpers Trophy Rainbow Trout taken on the south shore with a nightcrawler by Sister Joann of the Sacred Heart Convent, a 4.21 pound Alpers on a mini marshmallow on the north shore, a 4.05 pound Alpers on a Panther-Martin lure on the south shore and a 3.2 pound Alpers at the inlet on Power Bait.
Convict Creek: The top trout was a 5.1 pound Alpers taken on a gold Super Duper lure.
CROWLEY LAKE: No report.
DAVIS LAKE: No report.
EAGLE LAKE: Dave Meserve of the Eagle Lake Marina (530-825-3454) sent in this report: “Fishing continues to be good as we move out of the full moon. Trout weighing in excess of 4 pounds were weighed in at the Eagle Lake Marina, Saturday and Sunday. Shore fishing remains somewhat slow. Trolling with nightcrawlers and a wide variety of lures and trolling flies seems to be best at this time. Still fishing with worms remains very productive. Many anglers are also using trout attractants on lures. The current hot spot seems to be in the springs area of Eagles Nest with the area from Wildcat to Shrimp Island holding its own. More fishermen are reporting success outside the Eagle Lake Marina Jetty. Early to mid-morning times continue to show the best results. Camping reservations are no longer available or needed as we move into the Fall season. With schools now back in session, Eagle Lake welcomes Senior Citizens. Those with Golden Age Passports are eligible for one-half rate camping with no limit on stays.”
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: No report.
FROG LAKE: No report.
HEENAN RESERVOIR: Was reported as basically fair due to the warm water temperatures and the warm weather. Sould imporve as the weathercools.
HOBART RESERVOIR: No report.
HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA: No report.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Was rated as only fair. Water was warm and murky. Best with inflated nightcrawlers or Power Bait.
Summit Lake, above Indian Creek Reservoir: Producing some fish. Best in the late afternoon when the sun goes off the water.
JUNE LAKE LOOP (GRANT-GULL-JUNE-SILVER LAKES-RUSH CREEK): No report.
KIRMAN (CARMEN) LAKE: No report.
KENNEY RESERVOIR: No report.
LAHONTAN RESERVOIR: No report.
LUNDY LAKE: No report.
MAMMOTH LAKES AREA: No report.
MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: No report.
NORTH POND: No report.
Benton Crossing (Upstream): No report.
Benton Crossing (Downstream): No report.
POORE-SECRET-ROOSEVELT-LANE LAKES: No report.
PYRAMID LAKE: The 2001-2002 Lahontan cutthroat trout fishing season will open on Oct. 1.
RED LAKE: No report.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing in Redding, Calif. (800-670-4448) gave this report: “Anderson to Red Bluff: King salmon fishing is getting better every day. Over 800 fish passed the diversion dam yesterday. We saw limits over the weekend, below Balls Ferry. Starting to see larger salmon. Water flow is at 8,500 CFS. They are using T-50 Flatfish lures or bouncing roe. The average size is 12-30 pounds.”
SILVER LAKE: No report.
SHASTA LAKE: No report.
SOUTH-NORTH-INTAKE 2-BISHOP CREEK (WEST OF BISHOP): The Bishop Creek Lodge (760-873-4484) checked in with this report: The weather is beautiful. Daytime temps are in the 70’s to low 80’s with nighttimes in the high 40’s. The colors are really beginning to change now and it is going to be gorgeous in about two weeks.
South: Alpers stocked again on Friday with some 7-10 pounders. F&G stocked us on Friday and the weekend was great. The top trout were a 9-pound, 6-ounce Alpers by the dam using a Trout Teaser, a 8-pound, 6-ounce Alpers in the lake with a silver Rapala lure and a 5-pound, 3-ounce rainbow using a nightcrawler. Power Bait or nightcrawlers worked best from shore with pretty good action on Trout Trap Stingers (The frog color with a tan tail). Trolling is really picking up by the rockslide area and in front of the island.
North: Was very good because of a large F&G stocking early in the week and the holdover Alpers from last week’s stocking. Salmon eggs and Trout Traps seemed best. A couple caught and released about 35 fish using red/gold Thomas Buoyant lures.
Intake No. 2: Was great with salmon eggs or Power Bait. There were several float tubers who did well with lures and salmon eggs.
Bishop Creek: Salmon eggs were the hit of the weekend with light action with lures. The fly fishermen did well with light colored Midges or Mayflies. The colors are changing on the stream banks, so the walking and stalking is pretty spectacular now.
Backcountry: Light flies or Thomas Buoyant lures seem to be working best.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: No report.
LAKE TAHOE – North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters (800-877-1462) reported, “We have been catching about a dozen Mackinaws per trip. Most of the Macks are in the 3-5 pound class, with the biggest checking in at about 7-8 pounds. I’m tagging and releasing the smaller ones. Still doing best in the first two hours of daylight, trolling 250-550 feet deep, right in front of the Carnelian Bay-King’s Beach area. We are trolling silver flasher blades with live minnows or pearl colored Apex lures.”
LAKE TAHOE – South Shore: Joby Cefalu of Mile High Fishing Charters at Tahoe Keys Marina (530-541-5312) said that the bigger Macks are beginning to gorge themselves as they go into their spawning phase, which should make for some very good fishing in the near future at South Shore.
Fallen Leaf Lake: A 3.2 pound Kokanee salmon was taken on a Needlefish lure with a worm, while trolling on Cefalu’s 22′ Trophy sport fishing boat.
LAKE TAHOE – East Shore: Joby Cefalu said that the top fish recently was a 14-pound Mackinaw taken while trolling in front of Cave Rock.
TOPAZ LAKE: Lake level is low. Fishing remains slow with not very many fishermen. Mostly speed boats, water skiers and jet skis. The season will close on Sept. 30.
TWIN LAKES (UPPER AND LOWER):
Upper Twin: Dick Christianson of Mono Village (760-932-7071) sent in this report: Fishing continues to improve as the weather cools a little and the big browns are beginning to move to spawning areas. Mono Village planted 50 rainbows from 3 to 8 pounds. Woolly Bugger flies are hot! Terry Taylor of Las Vegas brought in a 9-pound, 5-ounce rainbow on a green one. There was also a 7-pound, 10-ounce rainbow on a nightcrawler and a 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow on a red/gold Thomas Buoyant lure.
Lower Twin: Steve Marti of the Twin Lake Resort (760-932-7751) reported that Fall fishing is well underway in the Eastern Sierra. With fewer crowds and the same weekly stockings, anglers should enjoy better luck in the weeks ahead. The top trout of the week were a 8-pound, 5-ounce rainbow while trolling with a Thomas Buoyant lure and a 5-pound, 6-ounce rainbow, trolling with a Rapala lure.
Robinson Creek: Still doing well.
VIRGINIA LAKES AREA: No report.
WALKER LAKE: Reported to have really picked up, with excellent fishing for cutthroat trout up to about 3 pounds. Trollers who trolled in front of “The Cliffs” caught and released more than 40 trout. They were trolling at a depth of about 35 feet deep with black/white dot TOR-P-DO lures or dark colored Flatfish lures.
WALKER RIVERS (EAST-WEST-LITTLE):
East Walker (Nev.): Small rainbows and German browns in the 12-14 inch class are being caught on Panther-Martin or small, gold Phoebe lures in “The Elbow” area.
West Walker (Nev.): The Sierra Trout Foundation is making its first stock this Fall on Saturday on the West Walker in the town of Walker. Clint Koble of Mono Village at Upper Twin will be at Walker Burger in Walker at 10 a.m.
East Walker (Calif.): No report.
West Walker (Calif.): Very low and crystal clear. Difficult to fish.
Little Walker: Very low and crystal clear. Continues to produce easy limits of small brookies and rainbow trout on worms in the Willow Flat area.
WASHOE LAKE: No report.
WEBER RESERVOIR: Bob Tompkins of the Gun and Tackle Store in Hawthorne (775-945-3266) reported that Weber is still closed to fishing due to low water levels. All access roads remain roped off.
WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort (775-758-6472) gave this report: “It’s really cooling off, up here, well below freezing. It got down to 16 degrees, one night. Fishing is pretty darn good. The perch are really hitting and the trout are beginning to come around because of the colder weather. They are catching rainbows and German browns, trolling just under the surface and the catfish and perch are right on the bottom. The trollers are using flasher blades and worms.
On the hunting side, we’ve got lots of hunters up here who are hunting blue grouse. We had one muzzleloader hunter check in with a 25-inch spread, 4 X 4 buck.”
WINNEMUCCA LAKE: No report.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: No report.