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Alpine (fresh water lake)
Updated 2013-09-25 20:15:04

Lake Alpine was planted this past week by Alpine County. Make sure to obtain a fire permit and call the Forestry Dept. at 209-795-1381 for up to date fire restrictions as we are still in a dangerous fire time. Make sure to check the weather before heading to the high country, as it can change quickly at this time of year. Launching is precarious. The drop-off is steep.

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Bear River Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-01 21:13:23

Weekend anglers catch small rainbows using Power Bait, nightcrawlers. Corner of dam is best spot. The stretch between the Boy Scout camp and the LDS camp also is good. Trollers get fish 15 to 20 feet deep using Rapalas. There is launching near the dam (209) 295-4868

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Blue Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-09 23:04:06

Morning is the best time to get out. Beat the boaters to the water. The dropoff near the inlet or the dam are the best spots. Mountain Hardware & Sports (530) 587-4844

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Boca Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:47:58

Lake is at 16% capacity.  Small car top boats, small aluminum boats or float tubes here, water level is too low to launch anything else.  Fishing by the dam in the morning has been good along with the inlet portion of the lake more towards the evening.  Lots of PWC(Personal Water Craft) or Jetskis ripping around the lake during the day so look for morning and evening fishing to be more productive.Mountain Hardware & Sports (530) 587-4844

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Caples Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-01 21:16:02

Trout fishing is improving as surface temps have dropped to 60 degrees. (209) 258-8888

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Crystal Basin (fresh water lake)
Updated 2013-08-21 21:33:22

Union Valley Lake water levels have been falling steadily, pushing smallmouth bass into deeper water around lake. Also early morning water tempetures are starting to dip below 70 degrees all signs that fall is coming early to this lake. Look to find Smallmouths in 15 to 25 feet of water during the day, lots of smaller fish up in the shallows, but bigger fish are being found a little deeper. Rainbow trout plant has bolstered planter fishing, some limits being taken by trollers at 35 feet. Tight Lines  Randy Williams Fishing Service (530) 957-3053

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Donner Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-15 21:46:11

Best bet in the Truckee area. Rainbow trout can be caught from the shore. Mackinaw are near Loch Leven and China Cove. Boat launching is possible here and this is the only lake in the area that’s possible. (530) 587-4844

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East Fork Carson (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-10-08 16:02:34

East Carson is fishing very wekk. West is running very low but is fishable between Picketts Junction and Woodfords. Both east and west will get two more plants in Ocotber. Creekside Lodge (530) 694-2511

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Heenan Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:58:22

Heenan Lake continues to fish very well for broodstock cutthroat. Flies and lures are producing equally well. Best it’s been in 10 years.  Creekside Lodge (530) 694-2511

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Ice House Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2010-04-28 15:42:38

Snow is melting rapidly and the lakes are rising in the Crystal Basin. The mackinaw and kokanee fishing has been slow at Ice House and Union Valley. Loon Lake is iced over.  (530) 647-2306

Previous Report: 2010-04-21 15:35:25  

Indian Creek Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:59:06

Indian Creek is slow. Trout can be coaxed but it will be better when it gets cooler (and planted again). Creekside Lodge (530) 694-2511

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Jackson Meadows Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:48:59

If you're looking for bigger fish here you're going to have to fish the face of the dam more as there is always some big fish hanging on the ledges of the dam.  Fishing small apex's about 25-35 feet down has been the ticket here for boaters as some anglers can't keep trout off their hooks.  Small trout in the 12-14 inch range but numbers are high.  Look for larger trout on the bottom in 45-55 feet of water or off the face of the dam with small minnow or crayfish imitations.  As water levels drop slightly the only launch feasible for boats is the one at Pass Creek not Woodcamp!   Lake is at 69% capacity and it's a great escape from the masses that descend on Truckee on the weekends. (530) 587-4844

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Jenkinson Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-06-11 22:27:07

Sly Park Lake launch facilities are good.  Trout can be found 15-35 feet of water trolling the narrows.  DFW will be making plants  and bolstering trout fishing. As of  6/7/2014  the water temp was 70 degrees and the smallmouth and largemouth bass are all over the lake actively feeding. They can be found in 15 feet of water with 4 inch plastics being the ticket.. Randy Williams Fishing Service (530) 957-3053 

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Little Truckee River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-03-12 20:39:06

Good dry fly action in the afternoon on the Little Truckee. Big Truckee is cold. Water temps are in the low 40s and trout are lethargic. The Nevada side is much more productive. A large plant of trout went in near Reno. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters (530) 587-4844. Mountain Hardware & Sports (530) 587-4844


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Loon Lake Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2010-06-02 23:50:34

Loon remains the last frozen lake in the Crystal Lake basin.


Previous Report: 2010-04-21 15:38:41  

Mosquito Lakes (fresh water lake)
Updated 2013-08-21 21:34:22

Fishing at Mosquito Lakes has slowed since there have not been any recent trout plants. (209) 795-1686

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North Fork Stanislaus (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-30 20:30:35

Snow last Friday preceding the opener, shutting down the available spots to fish and congregated the fishermen to only one or more spots they could access. With nice weather heading our way this upcoming weekend, fishing should be awesome. The road through Big Trees, which was closed over the weekend due to snow, has been opened to Beaver Creek. (209) 795-1686

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Pinecrest (fresh water lake)
Updated 2011-10-19 16:59:54

Bait fishing at the Inlet has been hot using salmon eggs and power bait. Larger fish have been caught Panther. Martins and Rooster Tails have also been doing great from shore.

Trolling has been very good  Trolling depth has been 15’. To 25 feet Use blades with crawlers. Lures to try behind blades. Needlefish.Triple Teaser, Kastmaster and Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler.

Fly-fishermen have been using the Black Wooly Bugger. Using float tubes past buoys. Still the best fishing for planters. Another great week of fishing at Pinecrest. It just doesn’t get much better. (209) 965-3637

Prosser Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:49:33

Lake is at 21% capacity and has been fishing great for the smallmouth.  Crayfish and minnow patterns have been good for the flyflingers and Crayfish crankbaits, Senkos, Panther Martin spinners, and live worms have been good for the rest.  Fishing outside the inlets and around the dam has produced the best results.  Smallmouth fishing here has been great in the evening hours. (530) 587-4844

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Pyramid Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-15 21:49:41

Two weeks into the new season and there have already been 25 LCT over 15 lbs. caught. The largest so far is 24 lb. 3.2 oz.Tahoe Fly Fishing (530) 541-8208, (775) 476-0400

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Red Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-06-11 22:28:05

Fishing is ok at the upper end of the lake.  Fish with Nymphs under an indicator or full sinking lines pulling Buggers with a Blood Midge trailer.  Red San Juan’s will work as well. Tahoe Fly Fishing (530) 541-8208


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Silver Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-03 08:22:14

DFW planted 1,200 pounds of rainbows last weekend. Fishing has been very good. Tahoe Fly Fishing (530) 541-8208

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Spicer Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-31 07:36:30

Spicer Reservoir has dropped to approx. 50 plus feet below the ramp so be prepared when you launch a boat. (209) 795-1686

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Stampede Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:52:04

Kokanee fishing here has waned as kokes are turning and with water levels at 24% capacity. It's a must to have 4-wheel drive to launch and even that's been risky especially with the recent rain.  Everyone is now utilizing the area east of the ramp to launch their boats now.   Kokes are spread out all over now and some are even starting to turn.  Spinners, Hoochies, and Radical Glow Tubes have been go to lures in colors with pink, orange, and purple.  Best Dodger colors have been copper with any orange and pink in it.  Look for macks underneath these schools of kokes and some larger ones still hanging out in the deeper sections of the lake around the dam.  Trout fishing has been best in the coves up and down from the campgrounds and boat ramp.  Smallmouth fishing has been great here too in the Davis Creek arm and some of those that are being caught have been pretty nice. 888-975-0990 (530) 587-4844

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Tahoe (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-08 15:52:25

Kokanee have moved into the creeks leaving anglers to macks and rainbows. Both are eager to bite along the west shore. Mack limits come easy. Trolling can attract rainbows. Mike Nielsen (530) 721-0593

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Truckee River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-10-08 16:01:39

Fish are pretty concentrated now and everyone should put in the back of their minds what the river looks like now.  Take a careful look at structure that is now out or partly out of the water for a reference later when the water does come up.  Very little water coming out of Tahoe and very little water coming out of the dam at Boca.    Even though water levels are now low the fishing has been pretty good with some good dry fly fishing if you know time and place.  Great time to use a dry dropper rig and cover some water!  Nymphing will consist of Stones trailed by PMD, Caddis, BWO and Midge patterns have been great.  Also, Crayfish are done molting but don't pass up on throwing a crayfish pattern in those deep holes and stretches that one can find on the Big T.  Streamer fishing and dry fly fishing has picked up recently below Boca.  Mountain Hardware & Sports (530) 587-4844


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West Fork, Carson River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-10-08 16:02:19

East Carson is fishing very wekk. West is running very low but is fishable between Picketts Junction and Woodfords. Both east and west will get two more plants in Ocotber. Creekside Lodge (530) 694-2511

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White Pine Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-04-30 20:24:20

White Pines Lake, located near Arnold was planted twice this past week.  (209) 795-1686

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