Hello fellow anglers, fishing has been up and down over the past couple weeks. So, that is why I will tell you of a new place to try your luck. Some of you may already know of this place. To others, this will be a new adventure. Located in the Gardnerville Rancho’s is a relatively new urban fishing pond. The name is called Mitch’s Pond, located on Mitch Drive and Topaz Lane. Between 2012 and 2014 the pond has been planted with rainbow, tiger and brown trout as well as large mouth bass, blue gill and channel catfish. This facility offers a cement platform with seating and protective guardrail (equipped with pole holders) for seniors and handicap anglers. The rest of the area surrounding the pond has a walking trail and grassy areas for anglers to enjoy a lazy day of fishing with family and friends. The pond originated in December of 2011 and has been stocked by NDOW on a constant basis. Just this week the pond was planted with Brown trout. Now you have a new place close to home to get out for an hour or so to wet a line when the weather is questionable. Lets check out other local waters.
Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action has been good, when you can get on the lake. Best areas have been Meeks Bay and from Skyland to Cave Rock,trolling a dodger and a minnow in 150 to 250 feet of water. The fish have been active and very hungry. That could be due to the new nutrients flowing in from our recent rains which also raised the lake level a few inches. Which also reminds me, make sure you keep your line clean. After a few trolls, you will see what I mean. Top lining has picked up for anglers in the Cave Rock area. They have been dragging large stick baits and catching some nice rainbows. For more information call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.
Caples Lake: We got a lot of rain and they got the snow. John Voss reported 5 feet of snow on top of the 12 inches of ice on the lake. Some anglers had ventured out to fish, but have not reported back. Looking for another get away? The resort is open with mid week specials on cabin rentals. What a great way to spend a few days by skiing at Kirkwood in the morning, come back to warm up, then go do a little ice fishing in the afternoon. Don’t worry about an ice auger, all guests will receive the free use of the resorts ice auger. For more information call the Caples lake Resort at 209-258-8888.
Red Lake: The lake still has 10 to 12 inches of ice and additional few feet of snow on top of that. With our warmer temperatures we will be having, use caution on all frozen bodies of water. Night crawlers or salmon eggs have been most productive. I personally like to jig gold Kastmaster lures or rainbow colored Thomas Buoyant spoons.
Indian Creek Res: Renee and I ventured up last weekend. I talked with Bob Engelhardt from Minden. Bob had been there for a few hours and caught a couple cutthroat and a rainbow trout. He told me of the weekend before (the day I did not go) that fishing was great and that he used power bait from shore, caught and released many fishing over the course of the day. When Bob left he had his limit of 5 fish all over 2 pounds. My friend Paul Aguilara invited me to fish with him on Sunday. I declined to fish in that nasty weather. Paul told me he lost two fish over 4 pounds and his friends, that had joined him, watched him from the comfort of their vehicle as the weather was nasty and down right cold. Some times I am not willing to go to any length to catch a fish but we will give it another try this weekend. Hope to see you there.
Topaz Lake: I was hoping for a better report this week. With our recent rain storms I had high hopes for a higher lake. Seems the rain bypassed the Topaz Lake and the surrounding area. The lake has come up about 10 inches but not enough for the park to open the boat launch. The Park Ranger told me they would need the lake to come up two more feet before they could safely open the ramp. Chuck Fields, from the Topaz Marina, said he also can not open his launch or even put in rental boats, yet. I have not received any reports from Topaz Lodge this week on the derby. For more information call the Topaz Lodge and Casino at 775-266-3338.
Mason Valley Wildlife Area and Fort Church Hill Cooling Pond: Has opened for fishing for the year. This area is located off ALT 95 between Wabuska and Yerington.
NDOW Fish Plants: Bailey Pond, Wilson Common Pond, Mitch’s Pond, Walker River WF, Topaz Lake, Hinkson Slough, North Pond, Fort Church Hill Cooling Pond.
Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a report or a question in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. If you get a photo of your catch you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Fishin’ and tight lines.