Great bass fishing at Lake Tahoe! |

Great bass fishing at Lake Tahoe!

Don Quilici



CAPLES LAKE: No report.

DAVIS LAKE: No report.

EAGLE LAKE: No report.

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR: According to Wiggin’s Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif., “Frenchman’s has great fishing with limits of various sizes. Some as large as 5 pounds have been taken. Bank fishing has been best. Select Power Bait and worms are the best bait.”

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords General Store in Woodfords, Calif., reported nice activity at Indian Creek Reservoir for rainbows up to 3 pounds.

He said the reservoir is now ice free and received its first plant of rainbows about two weeks ago.

Best results have been for bait fishermen using Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers.

Summit Lake, located just above Indian Creek Reservoir, is also ice-free and has been producing limits of Eastern brook trout for fly fishermen in the late afternoons.

PYRAMID LAKE: The Gilly Sporting Goods Store in Sparks checked in with a report that fishing was extremely good last Saturday and then almost completely shut down on Sunday.”

Shore fishing in the “Nets” area was rated as very good on Saturday with many Lahontan cutthroat trout weighing over 10 pounds.

Fly fishermen at the Nets were using the same type and colors of flies as they have all season.

Spincasters at the Nets or Popcorn were using standard colors of Tor-P-Do lures, but they were having the best success with dark-colored Bucktail jigs. They would cast the jigs out, let them sink to the bottom and then retrieve them in a slow, jerking manner.

Boaters trolled with Flatfish, Kwikfish or Rapala lures at a depth of about 20-30 feet. They were also catching lots of nice-sized cutthroat on Saturday.

RED LAKE: Dave Kirby stated that the ice at Red Lake appears to be unsafe and that fishermen should exercise extreme caution if venturing out onto the ice.


SILVER LAKE: No report.


LAKE TAHOE – North Shore: Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters reported limits of average sized Mackinaw trout, up to 6 pounds. His clients have been fishing in 250-450 feet of water, very early in the morning, in front of the Carnelian Bay-Kings Beach area. They have been trolling with Herring Dodger flasher blades with pearl-colored Apex lures or live minnows.

LAKE TAHOE – South Shore: Mike Nielsen of the Tahoe Topliners at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. said, “Fishing for Mackinaw trout has been very good. Last Wednesday, we caught a total of 19 Macks. We were trolling at a depth of 80-140 feet in front of Eldorado Beach. The Macks ran up to 10 pounds and they were hitting black/gold Rapala lures.

Fishermen have also been picking up Macks to 4 pounds by jigging. They have been using white-colored Gibbs Minnow jigs, tipped with a live minnow at a depth of 160 feet.

Toplining has been producing nice rainbows on the Nevada side in the Cave Rock area.

There was an unconfirmed report of an 8 pound rainbow caught at Cave Rock from shore with a worm.”

Nielsen also said that the most interesting news at South Lake Tahoe was the largemouth bass fishing success in the various channels at the Tahoe Keys area at South Shore. The bass are running up to 5 pounds. They are being taken on green or blue Berkeley Frenzy lures, a Rattletrap type lure. The further back in the keys, the better the bass fishing has been.

TOPAZ LAKE: According to Chuck Fields of the Topaz Lake Marina, “Fishing from shore has been producing the biggest fish.”

On March 19, Case Hoffman of Minden was on the east shore and used a Panther-Martin lure to nail a 4-pound, 12-ounce German brown.

On March 25, Steven Eddens of June Lake, Calif., caught a 6-pound, 12-ounce Eagle Lake strain rainbow with a floating nightcrawler while fishing from the north shore.

Boaters have been catching rainbows, up to 2-3 pounds, with the average size being 1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds. They are limiting out, trolling in the south-middle part of the lake with orange or red Rapala or Needlefish lures.

WALKER LAKE: According to Bob Tompkins of the Gun and Tackle Store in Hawthorne, “Fishing has picked up along the east shoreline and it has been pretty spotty on the west side.”

The fourth annual Colvin’s Lahontan cutthroat trout fishing derby attracted 385 contestants on April 1. They averaged 2-3 fish per angler.

The largest “Cutt” was a 9.7 pounder caught by Jack Martindale of Fallon. He was trolling with a black/red, U-20 Flatfish lure.

The second largest trout was a 8.11 pounder taken by Frank Miller of Hawthorne. It was taken while trolling with a black/red Tor-P-Do lure.

Last Saturday, one of Tompkins’ clients caught a 7.5 pounder on a Chartreuse/red dot Tor-P-Do lure. They were trolling in 2 feet of water on the east side.

Also, last week, Mike Sevon of the Nevada Division of Wildlife produced a 7 pound cutthroat while fly fishing from a float tube on the east side.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Dennis Dunn of the Wildhorse Resort said, “It was 62 degrees here yesterday. The ice is starting to break up and the ice fishing is done for the year. We’ve got three areas of open water. The open-water fishermen have been catching some nice-sized rainbows and German browns. Perch fishing has slowed way down as they are spawning.