Eastern Sierra (North) Fish Report.

Eastern Sierra Fishing Report

by Doug Busey

Hello fellow anglers, The kids fishing days are behind us now. It is now time for the adults to wet a line. Before we get to the report, I would like to stress the importance of fire danger. We are a tinder bow waiting for a minuet spark to set us off. That is why it is so important to always be careful when we are out enjoying the local beauty we have. I have had people laugh at signs that say, Campfire permit required to operate a gas stove or lantern in many areas. It may not be the stove itself that is a danger, It is the match you lit that stove with. There are stiff penalties if you have a campfire outside a designated areas. Even in some designated areas a permit is required. It takes only minutes to obtain a permit online or at your local forestry or BLM office, or at the Alpine Chamber of Commerce in Markleeville. There will be no excuses if you cause injury or loss, because of stupidity. The fire in Carson City last week was allegedly caused by people that did not know how to dispose of waste products properly. Not only do we need to watch ourselves, but to watch out for others and report any thing that may look unsafe to the proper authorities. Now lets get to your local fishing report.

CAPLES LAKE: The Caples Lake Resort and general store is open for the season. Both the EID and the resort are available for boat lunching. The lake level is very high and the fishing has been rated very good By Joe Voss. Many anglers form boat and shore have been catching good sized rainbows. Boaters have been using flashers and worm. The shore anglers have had better success with lures, but night crawlers or Powerbait has also been productive. The lake was planted by CDFW a few weeks ago and is scheduled soon for another plant of catchable rainbows. The resort is planning to do a special plant this season of trophy trout, but that will be later in the season. For more information stop by the Caples Lake Resort.

WOODS LAKE:  The road has now opened and the CDFW has planted the lake with rainbow trout.

RED LAKE:  The fishing has been very slow.  A few anglers reported a couple rainbows using salmon eggs off the dam.

BLUE LAKES:  The road is open to upper and lower Blue lakes. The CDFW planted the lake last week with catchable rainbow trout. I have not received any reports for the last couple weeks of fishing conditions.

BURNSIDE LAKE:  The road has opened for the season, and was planted by the CDFW with Catchable rainbow trout.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake level is still up, the weeds are starting to show up but still very fishable. The lake was planted last  weekend by Alpine County with 1800 lbs of 1 to 5 pound rainbow trout. The fishing has been good for shore anglers using green or salmon peach Powerbait.  Renee and I fished last Sunday with Geary and Deana Ness from Minden Nv. We caught a half dozen rainbows and a couple cutthroat trout up to 3 pounds. Now is the time to get out the fly rod for an evening of fun with a black or olive wooly bugger.

CARSON RIVER EAST FORK CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river is running good but very fishable. The river was planted last week by Alpine County with 2 to 5 pound rainbow trout. This along with the CDFW plant last week has made the river equal to a hundred fish per mile. mice tails and small spinners have been most productive. Rainbow or green Powerbait has also been productive. For more information stop by the Carson River Resort.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE:  The river is fishing well in the hope valley area or near the Woodfords area. In the canyon area is still running fast. The CDFW planted the river last week with catchable rainbow trout. Alpine County planted the river last week with 2 to 5 pound rainbow trout. Floating a night crawler down stream has been very productive in the Hope Valley area. For more information stop by the Creekside Lodge.

NEVADA RECENT FISH PLANTS:  Sparks Marina, Baily Pond, Martin Slough, Davis Creek, Wilson Common Pond, East fork Walker river.

BACK ROADS REPORT:   Burnside lake, Highland lakes, Schneider Cow camp, Poor Boy,Silver Hill, Pleasant Valley are open for the season. Closed roads are Forestdale, Loope Canyon and Wolf Creek.

Grant Lake Marina and Campground(no phone service). Lake has been rising all Spring due to run-off which has led to inconsistent catching. Fishing has improved this week and will continue to do so as lake level stabilizes. Visited with some of the Ol' Timers that fish Grant all summer and they say trolling deeper with lead core 5-7 colors is definitely picking up. A new method to me is also working: with spin gear drag a wooly bugger off a half filled cast-a-bubble about 3-5' deep any time you see fish feeding near the surface. Ol' Dan has been catching and releasing some nice Browns this way.

RUSH CREEK:  Creek is still running pretty full but is accessible. Flows should taper off soon. Some nice 2-4lb Rainbows and an occasional Brown are being caught mostly on Crawlers and Salmon Eggs. Fly fishing is picking up with dry's or streamers and buggers.

SILVER LAKE:  Silver Lake Resort(760-648-7525). I always suggest stopping in at the Resort to get the latest on what's working. Silver has been consistently cranking out nice 2-6lb Oregon Desert Springs Rainbows since last August due to an aggressive stocking program. Most are being caught with the typical floating baits from a boat.

GULL LAKE:  Gull Lake Marina(760-648-7539). William at the Marina says fishing has slowed a bit for the uninformed so make sure you check for some tips. Fishing should pick up with the weather change coming and each week CDFW stocking. My pal Big Al and I were out last week and did great pulling in some nice Rainbows up to 16".

JUNE LAKE:  Big Rock Resort(760-648-7717) and June Lake Marina(760-648-7726). Mike at Big Rock is telling me trolling a needlefish about 3 colors is working for some nice Rainbows and 7-9 colors (40-50') with Tazmanians for up to 4lb Cutthroats lurking in deeper water. Powerbait as always is working as Susanna from So-Cal hauled in a 3-1/4lb Rainbow rolling some dough. Abby at June Lake Marina reports about the same and suggests working the ledges near the shorelines in the mornings then moving deeper as the day warms up. report provided by Ernies Tackle and Ski Shop. They can be reached at 760-648-7756.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch send it to [email protected].  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 Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Silver Lake: Level is Up and Boat Landing is Open!
Caples Lake: Fish Have been Biting on Caples!
West Carson River (CA): The River is Still Running Fast!
East Carson River (CA): Waters are Still High but Very Fishable.
Topaz Lake: Shore Anglers Have Been Doing Well!
June Lake: Fishing has Improved!
Gull Lake: Home of Monster Trout!
Silver Lake: Silver is Still Cranking out a lot of 2 to 6lb Rainbows!
Rush Creek: Shoot and Scoot!
Grant Lake: Lake is Rising 6" or so a Day!

Carson Now Reports
for Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

: Kids Fishing Derbies!
Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Fishing Report
: Silver/Caples/Blue Lakes Update.
Indian Creek Reservoir: Indian Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
West Carson River (CA): Carson River West Fork Fishing Report
East Carson River (CA): Carson River East Fork Report