Doug Busey Fish Report

by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers, I just returned from fishing Topaz Lake with friend Tom Blotter. We had a great day of fishing, but to see the devastation from the Slinkard fire was hard to accept. We saw where the fire came within feet from homes in the Topaz area. To all the firefighter and the volunteers, We owe you a great deal of Tanks and gratitude. Unfortunately the annual Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department BBQ had to be cancelled, due to what mother nature had thrown their way. They have rescheduled the event for September 16th at the Topaz Lake Fire station, which is located at the bottom of the hill behind the Topaz Lodge. I am asking everyone to mark their calendar to attend this event. Not only to support the volunteers, but to say "Thank you" for what you do for the community. If you are not able to attend, you can always make a donation to their fund.

Caples Lake: The lake level is dropping slowly, but there is still plenty of access to launch a boat. Most anglers have been catching rainbows in the 12-14 inch class. Flashers and a half a worm has been most productive. Shore anglers have been using do fair at the spillway area. Some have walked down to Woods Creek tossing kastmasters or using powerbait or salmon eggs. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted the lake recently with catchable Rainbow trout. For the larger rainbows and mackinaw trout, I would recommend going deeper on your troll. For more information stop by the Caples Lake Resort.

Blue Lakes: The lake level has dropped. The fishing has been fair for average sized rainbows. Salmon eggs have been most productive. Kastmasters or small spinners have been doing good in the evening hours.

Burnside Lake: The lake was planted 10 days ago by the CDFW with catchable rainbow trout. I spoke with a fellow angler that fished the lake this week. He told me the fishing was slow, he had used bait and lures. His only fish came on a Thomas Buoyant spoon.

West Carson River California Side: The river is running low and very fishable. The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce planted the river last week with 800 lbs of Rainbow trout. The fishing over the weekend was great. reports of many rainbows from 12 inches to 4 lbs. Powerbait was most productive while few anglers threw Panther Martin spinners. For more information stop by the Creekside Lodge.

East Fork Carson River California Side: The river is still running fast, but it is clear in between rain storms. The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce planted 800 lbs of Rainbow trout last week. Fishing has been very good for most anglers. For those that are not catching fish, my advise is to move down about 50 feet. There are plenty of fish in that river because, the CDFW also planted the river this week.. The Leontini family  from the bay area stayed at the Carson River Resort last week. Tom Leontini caught a nice 4.25 rainbow and his son Anthony caught a 4.0 lb rainbow. By end of their trip they had caught a nice limit of rainbows. For more information stop by the Carson River Resort.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Fishing has been slow, the water level is coming down. The weeds are still plentiful. Fly anglers have been site fishing  on the south end of the lake and doing well in the evenings. Shore anglers have picked up some rainbows and cutthroat trout in the early morning or late evening by the dam. So far this year the lake has been planted with over 4000 lbs of rainbow and cutthroat trout. For more information stop by Todd's Bait and Tackle.

Silver Creek: Fishing has been good for smaller rainbows. The CDFW planted the river last week. I recommend to stay away from the road way and take a walk to those deeper downstream pools. Small spinners or salmon eggs.

Topaz Lake: Fishing in between rain storms has been a challenge this week. My advice is to get up there early and leave early. Tom and I fished from 6 am to 2 pm on Wednesday. We fished Rapalas and Needlefish lures. The bite was fair and we caught and released 17 fish ranging from 12 inches to a few pounds. We also kept 2 fish in the 2.5 pound range because they had swallowed our lures to deep. Topaz lake is only open until the end of September. You still have a couple weeks to get in a trip. The lake will then open on January 1, 2018.

June Lake Loop Report: Grant has been drawing down for the past month which has opened up more accessible shoreline. As the lake recedes and becomes shallower in some areas fish move to deeper cooler water so a good spot one day may not be a few days later. Please note this applies mainly in "Upper Grant" with the entire lake at a higher level than past drought years. My take is still the same amount of trout but less area to find 'em. The best shot for some nice Browns is early mornings 8 or 9 colors lead core near Privy Point. Also try threaded night crawlers with a flasher near the dam. We've been having great fun in the late evenings trolling streamers with a fly rod or Rapalas on spin gear near the shorelines.

Rush Creek: Some of the larger fish in Silver Lake have made their way down into Rush. A 3-8 Rainbow using a mice tail was pulled out along with others in the 2 to 3lb range. Salmon eggs and crawlers are working along with Thomas Buoyants, Panther Martins, and Kastmasters. Fly guys are chucking streamers, buggers, nymphs, egg patterns and san juan worms.

Silver Lake: Silver is still awesome for stringers of the 4000lbs of 1 to 4lb Oregon trout dropped in two weeks ago. Plenty of shoreline to cast from and out of boats on the cabin side of the lake.

Gull Lake: Keeps on cranking out daily limits and some "monster" Oregon Rainbows in the 4 to 7lb class that have been put in during the summer including a 7-8 hauled in on a garlic pinched crawler. Gull Lake Marina has plenty of flat bottom and pontoon "party" boats available this time of year.

June Lake: Big Rock Resort guests have been scoring some nice 4 to 5lb Rainbows along with 3 to 4lb Cutthroats. Abby at June Lake Marina reports bait fishing at about 25' to 30' is working well. Trolling 6 to 9 colors lead core is happening using Tas Devils pink and frog patterns, red and gold "Tommy Boys", and red dot frog Needlefish which are all on hand in the Marina tackle shop. When available they offer hourly boat rentals.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Have report or a question in our local fishing area, call the Naw line at 775-267-9722. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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.

More Reports

Carson Now Reports
for Monday, August 28th, 2017
: Doug Busey Fish Report
Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Fish Report
Caples Lake: Caples Lake Fish Report
Woods Lake: Woods Creek Fish Report
: Blue Lakes Fish Report
Burnside Lake: Burnside Lake Fish Report
Indian Creek Reservoir: Indian Creek Reservoir Fish Report
West Carson River (CA): West Fork Carson River California Side Fish Report
East Carson River (CA): East Fork Carson River California Side
Topaz Lake: Topaz Lake Fish Report
: Alpine County Back Roads Fish Report
Heenan Lake : Heenan Lake Fish Report

Carson Now Reports
for Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
: Doug Busey Fish Reports
Caples Lake: Caples Lake Fish Report
Woods Lake: Woods Lake Fish Report
: Blue Lakes Fish Report
Kinney Reservoir: Kinney Reservoir Fish Report
Highland Lakes: Highland Lakes Fish Report
West Carson River (CA): Carson River West Fork California Side
East Carson River (CA): Carson River East Fork California Side Fish Report
Markleeville Creek: Markleeville Creek Fish Report
Silver Creek : Silver Creek Fish Report
Indian Creek Reservoir: Indian Creek Reservoir Fish Report
Topaz Lake: Topaz Lake Fish Report
June Lake Loop: June Lake Loop Area Fish Report
Silver Lake: Silver Lake Fish Report
Gull Lake: Gull Lake Fish Report
June Lake: June Lake Fish Report
Grant Lake: Grant Lake Fish Report
Rush Creek: Rush Creek Fish Report