Doug Busey Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Doug Busey

by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers, We have one week to go to the California opening day fishing season. On April 29, 2017 the lakes and steams in Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties will open for fishing. On a special note; the rivers leading into Lake Tahoe do not open until July 1, 2017.

These waters would be the Upper Truckee River, Trout Creek and Taylor Creek. For those that would like to  enjoy a nice breakfast before venturing out on that Saturday morning. There will be a pancake breakfast held at the Woodfords Firehouse on 60 Diamond Valley Rd from 7 am to 11 am. All proceeds will go to the Eastern Alpine Fire/Rescue with a cost of $5 per person.

The weather is looking good for this years opener. I would caution all anglers while fishing on our local waters. With our recent snow fall and slightly warmer temperatures, there will be higher than average run off this year. As of April 20th the east fork Carson river was running at 1200 cubic feet per second.

The river has changed its course in many of the areas. A couple of the levees  have been breached and split the river into two paths. For instance, the area known to many as Pebble Beach located south of the Carson River Resort. Now has a stream running right through the middle of the camp area. Up higher on the east fork has a new addition, a large boulder has come down from the mountain side and lodged itself right in the middle of the river.

Yes the river has changed a little, but that only means more slack waters in other areas giving us all more areas that will hold fish. The west fork of the Carson River as of April 20th was running  high and clear in the Hope Valley area. One of the best flows I have seen it in years.

As you get into the  Sorensons Resort area to Woodfords, Use extreme caution as the waters are moving very fast an can be dangerous. Now as we go up to the Wolf Creek area, the road is closed due to major mud slides in the area. Silver Creek is flowing high but and will most likely to have muddy water due the run off.

I checked with Cal/Trans this week. They are planning to open highway 4 from the jct from Monitor pass area to 2.4 miles west to Ebbetts pass approximately to the Wolf Creek turn off.  Highway 89 over Monitor pass may also be open. But with changing weather that can change at any time. Always check ahead of time by going to Cal/Trans website to reduce delays.

For those planning on camping in the area. The Carson River Resort, Grovers Hot Springs and Turtle Rock Park camping areas will be open for tent and RV camping. For those anglers looking for more cozy accommodations, there is the Creekside Lodge, Sorensons Resort, Woodfords Inn or the Carson River Resort. I would also recommend for all those that wish to huddle around a nice warm campfire, to get your annual campfire permit.

They can be obtained at the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce in Markleeville Ca. For those new to the area, the Alpine Chamber of Commerce has all the information to enjoy the area from fishing to hiking, biking, camping, lodging, or rafting. If you visit the Chamber make sure to say thank you for providing funding to plant Alpine County with  thousands of pounds of rainbow trout each year.  For opening day, the Chamber will provide 1800 pounds of catchable to trophy rainbow trout.

CAPLES LAKE:  The lake is still iced over with snow drifts. The Resort has no scheduled date for opening at this time.

RED LAKE: The lake is iced over and has snow drifts. Melting quickly and is dangerous to venture out on.

UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER, TROUT CREEK, TAYLOR CREEK: All located on the south end of Lake Tahoe, Closed until July 1, 2017

BLUE LAKES: Road is closed.

WOODS LAKE:  Road is closed.

BURNSIDE LAKE:  Road is closed.

WEST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA:  Opens to fishing April 29,2017. Will be stocked by Alpine County.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA:  Opens April 29, 2017. Will be stocked by Alpine County.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK:   Opens April 29, 2017. Will be stocked by Alpine County.

SILVER CREEK:  Opens April 29th, 2017. Scheduled to stocked by Alpine County. Subject to road closures.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake level is up, the water is mostly clear. Fishing has been fair for shore anglers. Reports last week form one angler of a couple 13 inch rainbows and a 5 pound rainbow caught on green Gulp Powerbait. The camping area is scheduled to open in May. Boaters can launch on the unimproved launch area by the dam. For boaters, I recommend a slow troll with a Thomas Buoyant spoon or a bead head wooley bugger fly. The paved road and the dirt road is open.

TOPAZ LAKE:  The derby has ended as of last Sunday. There were approximately 1800 fish weighed in with many tagged fish caught this year. Fishing has slowed down for boat anglers. The shore anglers have been doing very well on the California side. Chartreuse or rainbow Powerbait has been the most productive.

JUNE LAKE LOOP:  The loop consists of June, Gull, Silver and Grant Lake with Rush Creek running from the back country through Silver and Grant. All lakes are ice free at this time. All of these waters are planted regularly by the Ca. Dept of Fish and Wildlife in addition to private stocks by the lake marinas. Large "native" rainbows, browns and cutthroats also inhabit these waters. The loop offers all types of fishing from float tube to trolling, ship (boat) to shore, bait to fly fishing. Each year they have the "June Lake Loop Monster Trout Contest" held only on opening day sat. April 29th. In this event you do not have to be the biggest to win. They have a wide range of categories ranging from of course the largest overall to the ugliest, type of fish, location caught, and a kids category. No entry fee required. Just bring your trophy trout to any marina weigh station or Ernies Tackle and Ski Shop. For more information call Ernies at 760-648-7756.

If you see an angler taking to many fish, snagging, or any wildlife violation also know as poaching. call the CAL-TIP in California at 800-952-5400 or Operation Game Thief  in Nevada at 800-992-3030. These phone numbers are  printed on the back of every fishing license.

NDOW TROUT PLANTS; Hinkson Slough, Martin Slough, Wilson Common Pond, Mitch Pond, Mountain View Park, Liberty Pond, Lohontan Reservoir.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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