Bruce Ajari: General trout season opener usually slow
Saturday, April 23 marks the beginning of the 2010 general trout season. Since many of our local waters are open year-round in some fashion now, it has become less significant to many.
With a snowpack that keeps building in small increments, we are definitely better off than last year. However, the snowpack is still below normal in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee basins.
What this means for anglers is that the lakes and streams within our region will once again be quite low at the end of the season. The Truckee River is projected to stop flowing again at Tahoe City sometime in the late summer or fall.
The best trout fishing will occur early in the season in both our lakes and streams, while the fall fishing should favor the lakes due to the low water condition projections.
As for the opener, it should be pretty typical and totally dependent on the weather, as always. Warm weather means the runoff will be increasing with snowmelt. This would mean the best conditions would be prior to the peak run-off in the day that would tend to get the water off-color.
If the weather is cool, the best fishing will be in midday due to the low run-off that would result. The water would remain clear and the angler would be looking for the optimum time of the day when the water temperatures would be at their warmest.
Early season means cold water, and the fish will not move far for an anglerand#8217;s offering. As a result, early-season anglers need to slow down and work a likely spot thoroughly. Cover as much water as you can, concentrating on the most likely spots that hold fish.
Look for eddies or the soft water behind obstructions close to shore. Logs and rocks mid-stream will also be likely spots to hold fish. Fish will seek this type of water out to expend the least amount of energy during the cold high flows of spring.
Fishing should be good early on. However, with the low flows that we had last fall, we may have less hatch activity on the river than we did last season. It is highly likely that we could have lost some aquatic insects during these low flows and freezing of the river.
All in all each opener is pretty much the same. There should be a nice fish or two caught, but overall the fishing should be fairly slow. As I said before, keep an eye on the weather and fish the streams when they are fairly clear during the warmest parts of the day.
and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.