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Springtime is a good time for fishing

Bruce Ajari
Gone Fishin'

Spring officially arrived last week and the weather on Easter weekend was very nice. Now that we are into spring anglers can really anticipate the coming trout season in our region.

The snow is quickly receding and the sure signs of spring are all around us. The ground that was covered by a blanket of snow has begun to show itself and the birds I associate with spring, such as the robin and white pelican at Pyramid Lake, have made their appearance.

As a result of the snow melting, angler access to local waters is beginning to improve. Lakes that have been frozen are starting their spring thaw. Access to the Truckee River’s special regulation section that is open for artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks from the confluence of Trout Creek on the east side of Truckee to the state line is now much better. This is a zero-kill season, so no fish may be taken during the winter season, which runs from Nov. 16, 2007 to April 25, 2008.

The general trout season opens on Saturday, April 26 to waters not currently open. After a pretty decent winter the snowpack should provide a good amount of early season runoff this year.

While there will undoubtedly be more snow in our forecast, the longer days of spring seem to lessen these events. The snow just does not hang around very long after a snowstorm in the spring.

Putting in a good amount of time fishing in the winter really gives the angler a great appreciation for the warmer temperatures of spring.

A day at Pyramid Lake this past weekend with a group of anglers from the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers was extremely pleasant with the daytime temperature in the low 60s. Just a week ago we were out during a snowstorm that made conditions very cold. Blowing snow and wind makes for uncomfortable conditions.

This past weekend I found myself looking skyward and watching large flights of white pelicans that arrive each spring to feed upon the spawning Lahontan cutthroat trout and the Cui-ui. The pleasant day allowed us the opportunity to look skyward rather than bracing against an icy wind.

Once the lakes lose their winter ice pack and access becomes available, the fishermen will be out on force on lakes such as Boca, Prosser and Stampede. The fish will be hungry as well having come off a decent winter.

Enjoy the pleasant days that spring will bring for those who like to get out and wet a line. Do not forget to get that California fishing license if you have not already done so. Fishing season is beginning to shape up!