Boca – (14,087) ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair, but is dropping rapidly. Water is being released at 250 cubic feet per second while only 98 cfs enters the lake. It looks bleak for Boca for the rest of the season. Anglers fishing from shore near the inlet are having success. Anglers near the dam are still catching fish. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having good results. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow-imitating lure. Kokanee fishing is improving. Fly-fishermen near the inlet have experienced fair action early and late. Nymphs and streamers have accounted for most of the fish caught recently. When it calms down, midges have also produced.
Donner – Fishing has been fair to good. Weekly plants are stimulating action. Anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had fair-to-good results. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow- imitating lures have had success.
Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6,226.42) 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 are fair. Remember tributaries to Tahoe are closed to fishing until July 1 and close again Sept. 30. No fishing is allowed within 300 ft. of these tributaries.
Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed.) Fishing has been fair to good. Most activity has been early and late with blood midges and callibaetis imitations. Most anglers are using nymphs such as the Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A.P. Streamers that imitate small fish and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams and Griffith’s Gnat are good choices.
Little Truckee River – (This area between Stampede Reservoir downstream to Boca Reservoir is now subject to artificial barbless lures with a two-fish bag limit of fish 14 inches maximum) – (98 cubic feet per second) Fishing here has been tapering off a bit as the flows have been reduced. Fishing has been fair near the inlet area of the Little Truckee into Boca reservoir. Fly-fishermen on this stretch between Stampede and Boca concentrate on nymphs and streamers with more frequent hatches where a dry fly can work.
Prosser – (12,320 ac. ft.) Prosser has been fishing fair. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Fly-fishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.
Stampede – (185,258 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Shore anglers are catching a few more fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Topliners have fair-to-good results for kokanee salmon. Most used a flasher of some sort and a kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. Look for improvement as the weather warms. Fly-fishing has really taken off. Most inlet areas and coves seem to have working fish. Most action is still subsurface with nymphs such as the pheasant tail and the bird’s nest. Streamers are also working. Hatches are increasing and fish are becoming more active.
Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City has been raised to 230 cfs. In the Truckee area it is running at 254 cfs. The river is in good shape from Tahoe City on down. Fishing has been fair to good throughout the river. Seasoned anglers have been doing well. Prince nymphs, Bird’s nests and pheasant tail nymphs have produced some fish as well as streamers. Because of the increasing hatches, dry flies are now working as well.
Other Waters – Jackson Meadows has been fishing well. Davis and Frenchman lakes are fishing fair to good last week. The damselfly hatch has begun at Davis.
Pyramid Lake has finally slowed down last weekend for the shore anglers. Boaters should continue to see success trolling during the rest of the season until the lake closes June 30.
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