Fish Report for 11-24-2023
Topaz Lake open year-round; new regulations for stream and lake fishing
by Doug Busey
Hello fellow anglers. I hope you are enjoying time with friends and family over this Thanksgiving weekend. The seasons are changing and so are some fishing regulations in California. As of November 16th, the lakes in Inyo and Mono counties have closed to fishing for the season and will reopen on the last Saturday in April. Along with these regulation changes, come the changing of river and stream fishing for most of California. I say most of California for a reason. There are some streams and tributaries that are closed to fishing until next year. While many change over to catch and release with use of artificial lures and flies with barbless hooks. I recommend checking the CDFW regulations for any area you plan to fish.
Now as most anglers know, Topaz Lake is now open all year long, which being on the stateline, will allow you to use a California or a Nevada valid fishing license. Be sure to check the expiration date on your license since both states now have a 365 day expiration date. Also a reminder. California is requiring a boater's safety card when venture out on any California body of water. As of 2024, anyone younger than 60 years of age must have a boaters safety card. In 2025, all boaters must have a Boaters safety card. You can go to dbw.park.ca.gov to get all the information and sign up for a safety class online. The classes start at zero dollars and all are approved. The reason California has this requirement is for the safety of the boater and their passengers, as well as the public around them. There have been many instances where a person goes out and buys a new boat to enjoy a weekend with the family. They learn to ski and fish. But do they know what to do if they see a buoy with a circle on it? Or diamond shape? Circle means areas with restricted operations such as speed limits or a no wave zone., while a diamond buoy is to alert boaters for hazards. And if you see a buoy with a diamond and crosshairs, this means boating is not allowed in that area.
The most important of all is the orange flag. If you see a boater waving an orange flag, slow down and look, because there is a person in the water. I asked the CA Park Dept if they would accept my Nevada state boaters safety card. I was told that there were many different regulations in the State of CA and I would need to take one of their approved courses. Which I am taking now. It is always nice to have a refresher course to keep up with new rules and reminders of the old ones. As of the new year, I will include one question in each report for you to think about and research on your own. And following that report, I will give you the answer to the previous question that was asked. Driving and owning a boat comes with responsibilities. Due to changing weather and fishing regulations, most of you will be enjoying family, football and a lot of food over this weekend. I have narrowed down this report to the basics.
CAPLES LAKE: The EID day use and boat ramp are closed for the season. The resort is closed right now. But is expected to open back up in mid December. I have also been told that they may be opening up the restaurant in the new year. The lake got its first snow on the 15th. The lake will start to freeze over the next month and I hope to be ice fishing by January. Only if there is not 10 feet of snow on the lake like last year. For more information check out the Caples Lake website at capleslakeresort.com.
RED LAKE: No fishing reports over the last few weeks. The lake is starting to freeze over. Stay off the lake until the ice is 6 to 8 inches. See you at the end of December or January for ice fishing.
BLUE LAKES-TAMARACK LAKE-SUNSET LAKES: The road is closed for the season.
BURNSIDE LAKE: As of this week, the road was still open. Use extreme caution if you venture in. There is one way in and out of the lake, and the road is not so flat.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: The lake was tested and has not had any detectable blue green algae . Anglers have been using inflated crawlers or green Powerbait by the dam. Always rinse your catch when you get home before eating or freezing . Both roads are open. You will see some construction going on along the road by the lake. They are installing guardrails along the dirt road and there has been talks to include railing down by the dam area to restrict overnight camping. I have not heard back from BLM in regards to when the campground will reopen.
HIGHLAND LAKES-WOODS LAKE-LOOPE CANYON-SILVER HILL: Closed for the season.
CARSON RIVER EAST FORK ALPINE COUNTY: The fishing regs have changed to catch and release with artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. It does get mighty cold up there. But when Renee and I fished the last day of the regular season. There were plenty of big fish still left in the river. And we released all of our catches. The Carson River Resort is open all year with cabin rentals. Fish in the mid morning, and sit by the river with a campfire by evening.
TOPAZ LAKE: The lake level has fluctuated a bit within a foot up and down. The Douglas County ramp and day use is open all year for anglers and us diehard winter campers and fishers. The NDOW recently planted 7000 catchable rainbow trout. Shore fishing has been good on the Nevada side of the lake. I have not fished or heard of any anglers on the CA side recently. Trollers have been doing well with flashes and a half crawler. Or try pulling a spinner behind the boat. Take you time when boating this time of year. Hyperthermia can set in within seconds if you fall overboard. And always keep an eye out for fellow boaters that may need assistance.
MONITOR AND EBBETTS PASS: Both are open as of this week. keep an eye on the weather. This time of year they can close on a day's notice with inclimate weather.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. Remember to let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Carry extra supplies in your vehicle in case of a breakdown, not all areas have cell service. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to [email protected]. See you on the waters soon. 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.
Carson Now Reportsfor Friday, November 3rd, 2023
Silver Lake: The water level is still up and the trolling has been good
Caples Lake: The winter shore fishing is a good time for browns
Woods Lake: Woods Lake Report
Red Lake: The water level is still high on the dam
Blue Lake Lower: Fishing was slow with a few anglers getting a couple fish
Burnside Lake: The road was still open as of this week
Heenan Lake : Open until November 30th
Indian Creek Reservoir: The lake level is still up and there have been a few anglers fishing there
Highland Lakes: Closed until next year
West Carson River (CA): Fishing regulations change on November 15th
East Carson River (CA): The river has come down a little with our colder temperature
Topaz Lake: The fishing has been good for catchable rainbows as well as a few in the 2-3 lb class
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens River Report
Carson Now Reportsfor Thursday, October 19th, 2023
Silver Lake: The lake level was up and the boat ramp has plenty of water to launch
Caples Lake: Fall fishing is good for mackinaw and large brown trout
Woods Lake: The lake is scheduled to close on the 31st of October
Red Lake: The lake level is at 90 percent capacity
Blue Lake Lower: The road will remain open until the first snow flies in the area
Burnside Lake: The lake was planted recently by the CDFW with catchable trout
Indian Creek Reservoir: The lake is still at a caution level for Blue Green algae
Topaz Lake: The lake level has dropped a few feet over the last few weeks
West Carson River (CA): The river is running at 30 CFS
East Carson River (CA): The river is still running high for this time of year at 120 CFS
Markleeville Creek: The river was running at 26 CFS last week
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