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Another great season comes to a close

BRUCE AJARI

The 1998 general trout season came to a close this past weekend.

With plenty of water, the season proved to be a very good one for most anglers.

The lakes and reservoirs fished particularly well all season long this year due to the unusually cold and wet spring weather.

This kept lake waters cooler into the summer months and the fishing was fairly consistent throughout the year as a result.

Most lakes maintained above-average water levels through the summer and most found fishing fairly consistent. Kokanee fishing was particularly good in Boca, Donner and Stampede this year, though the average size of the fish seemed to be smaller overall. This good Kokanee fishing is probably a direct result of the aggressive stocking by Project Kokanee.

Kokanee were seen in the Truckee River and most tributaries this fall. We have seen more of these fish each season which is probably directly related to the large numbers that Project Kokanee puts into each of these drainages each year and the corresponding higher water releases.

The Truckee river never got below a release rate of 200 cubic feet per second this season which meant that it was very difficult for fishermen to wade.

From personal experience a release rate of 160 cubic feet per second can be very difficult to wade and anything above this is treacherous for the average sized angler.

Though the water in the river was high, fishing was good during the mid-summer months.

The river and the fishery have apparently benefited from the flood of 1997. The fish that were caught were fat and healthy.

The fall fishing showed that there are still some very nice fish in the Truckee River. Anglers fishing with bait, lures and flies all caught some very respectable fish, both browns and rainbows.

While streams and general season lakes such as Martis Lake are closed for the season now, the rest are open year-round and can continued to be fished right on through the winter. Lakes such as Boca, Donner, Prosser, Stampede, and Tahoe can still be productive.

Lakes outside our region such as Davis, Eagle, Frenchman and Pyramid Lake in Nevada have been fishing extremely well.

The first three lakes fish very well until the weather closes access to them. Davis and Frenchman are year round lakes and Eagle closes Dec. 31.

Pyramid Lake in Nevada will fish extremely well through about mid-December and pick up again in mid-March until it closes the end of June.

The water level in Pyramid has risen dramatically and the fish have responded positively. Last year the overall size of the fish were better.

This season, even the small fish seem to be in better shape.

For those of you that have to fish moving water for trout, the Nevada side of the Truckee and the East Walker are two very good winter locations.

Just remember to get a Nevada fishing license to fish these waters.

Though the season will close for most anglers once the lakes are inaccessible and frozen over, a few strong souls will fish through the ice for trout.

While most others are enjoying skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, these brave souls will punch holes through the ice and fish through them.

So though the 1998 general trout season has come to an end, there are still fishing opportunities to keep the ardent angler occupied if he or she chooses to travel a bit.

Should you chose to hang things up for the season remember to clean up your equipment and back off the drags on those reels so they will be in good shape when you dust them off in the spring.

Fishing report

Just a reminder that streams and some lakes such as Martis Lake are now closed. Consult your regulations if you are not sure if a water is open.

Boca – (33,379 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore are having fair success. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Those trolling for trout are using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlet should have fair to good action using a variety of nymphs, streamer and emergers.

Donner – Fishing has been fair to good. Most anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had some success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair to good success.

Lake Tahoe – Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the 5- to 7-pound range. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Tributaries are now closed.

Prosser – (9,994 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair. Bank fishermen are using nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Most trollers are pulling a combination of flashers and nightcrawlers or a minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.

Stampede – (204,695 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair. Most shore anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Those throwing lures are also having some success. Flyfishermen are doing well near the inlet streams on nymphs, streamers and midges.

Other Waters – Frenchman fished good this past week.

Still many smaller fish, but some bigger fish are starting to show. Davis Lake has also been very good with fly fishermen taking fish to 8 pounds in the Freeman Creek area. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair to good.

Pyramid Lake northeast of Reno is fishing well.

The bigger fish are beginning to show.

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