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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 2014-11-19 20:12:35

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 or on cloudy days for macks that are stacked up here.   Mountain Hardware & Sports (530) 587-4844

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Caples Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-22 20:50:36

Water temperature is 54 degrees and cooling down. Fishing is definitely picking up. (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 2014-11-26 16:57:57

Cold mornings with lows in the 20's and by the afternoon into the low to mid 50's.  Donner has dropped a little to 37%.  Mack fishing here has been good and Jigging for these guys has been best at depths from 55-75 feet and some smaller guys being caught along the shoreline. Kokanee fishing has still be good with fat little guys ranging from 8-11 inches in 45-70 feet with most of the schools being between Loch Leven Lodge and China Cove as these are considered next years Kokes.  Small Macks have been busy cruising the shorelines in the morning and evening picking off baitfish.  Kastmasters, Krocodiles, Rooster Tails, Rapalas or anything that will mimic a baitfish will elicit a bite. (530) 587-4844

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East Fork Carson (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-11-12 16:36:43

Not much pressure here but there are trout in the East Fork. Indian Creek Reservoir will be planted after the rivers close on Nov. 15.  Creekside Lodge (530) 694-2511

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Heenan Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-29 16:17:31

Closed until next September

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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 2014-11-19 20:13:34

A plant of 1.800 pounds of 2 to 6 pound trout will be planted before the end of the month. Call first. Creekside Lodge (530) 694-2511

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Jackson Meadows Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-10-22 20:54:50

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 (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 2014-11-05 15:54:43

Lake is at 21% capacity and has been fishing good for smallmouth bass.   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. (530) 587-4844

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Pyramid Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-12-17 16:51:36

The week started off quietly due to winds but the big storm that was predicted passed us by.  Saturday, the fishers were having luck from Monument all the way down to Dago Bay.  The shore fishers had better luck again this week than the boaters. The hot colors were frog, black, silver and purple. The biggest fish was brought in by Scott Anderson of Reno, NV.  Scott brought in his 20 pound, 2.4oz, 34.5in catch fishing from Sand Hole and using a frog flat fish.

Travis Williams of Reno, NV brought in an 18 pound, 5.6oz, 34.25in also from shore at Block House also using a frog flat fish.

Other than the above we had (1) 14#, (4) 13#, (2) 12#, (2) 11# and (1) 10# weigh in. Crosby’s Lodge (775) 476-0400 GUIDES: George Molino 775-476-0555 Cutthroat charters; Joe Mendes Eagle Eye Charters – 775-574-0900

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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 2014-11-05 15:55:34

Lake at 22% capacity and fishing has been decent for rainbows, macks, and smallies.  Small boats can still launch to the right of the ramp as they are concentrating their efforts outside the inlets and the deeper sections around the dam.  Shore fishing has been sporadic for the trout with Power Bait, nightcrawlers, and various hardware.  Smallies are suspended along shelves in the Davis Creek arm and most are being taken on suspending baitfish patterns, Crayfish patterns, and various Jigs worked down these shelves. Mountain Hardware (530) 587-4844

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Tahoe (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-11-05 15:56:13

Jig bite for mackinaw is steady. Most are in the 3 to 6 pound slot. Mike Nielsen (530) 721-0593

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Truckee River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-11-26 16:58:46

Nice weather this Thanksgiving week.  Cold temps in the morning so dress accordingly!   Water temps are getting cold and fish are starting to get more lethargic and picky.  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.  Almost no water coming out of Tahoe and anglers who are going to fish the river should fish downstream of the Boca outlet.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters (530) 587-4844. Mountain Hardware & Sports (530) 587-4844

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West Fork, Carson River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-10-29 16:14:46

Alpine Co. Fish and Game planted Friday 1,800 pounds of trout in the East and West Carson. Fishing pressure is light so those out on the water are enjoying great numbers of fish. Indian Creek Reservoir will be planted after the rivers close on Nov. 15.  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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