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Getting involved with the Truckee

Bruce Ajari

The Truckee River is a critical resource to our local area. In an area that relies so much on tourism, having a great trout stream such as the Truckee brings many anglers here to fish its waters and to enjoy the other recreation that the area has to offer.Recognizing its value and importance to the region, the first Truckee River Day was set up three years ago to increase public awareness of this fragile resource. More specifically, Truckee River Day is designed as a family event to increase awareness of conditions affecting watershed health and to provide “hands-on” involvement in river restoration.People learn firsthand about the river watershed by planting seedlings, re-vegetating banks, building rock stairways and just plain cleaning up the trash and debris that has collected over time. The highlight of the day is watching several hundred children excitedly release Cutthroat trout into the river.One of the projects on the schedule of events is the Little Truckee River Weir Project. As part of a collaboration between several federal and state agencies, planting, staking, miscellaneous mitigation to repair damage is done as contractors fill in the weir that has caused several accidents and two deaths. This is a long overdue project.Specialists in the areas of archaeology, history, wildlife, plant ecology, fishing and geology will be on hand to lead groups in special projects. Participants will get a first hand look at the environmental health of the river and track progress through this group effort. Sponsored by the Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group, in concert with the National Forest Foundation, the event drew 700 volunteers last year.This year’s third annual Truckee River Day is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11. The event is free thanks to the generous contributions from local patrons including the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Placer County Water Agency and Northstar-at-Tahoe. All volunteers receive a free river day T-shirt if they register by today. Registration forms are available through the Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group and at the Villager Nursery in Truckee. Participants should bring a clean pail for releasing fish; trash bags for clean up, planting tools and a sharp knife for those who want to participate in re-vegetation, sturdy shoes, layered clothing and water bottles. For information, call the Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group at 587-4509.In addition to Truckee River Day, this year, a symposium will be Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Truckee Community Center. “Whispers from the River: The Early Truckee River Landscape,” will be the topic of the first presentation presented jointly by Dr. Susan Lindstrom, a Truckee resident, and Jean McNicol, an esteemed elder of the Washoe Tribe from Nevada.Dr. Lindstrom is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in anthropology from U.C. Davis. She is currently a consulting anthropologist working with federal, state and local agencies, as well as private industry, on archeological, historic and cultural heritage concerns. McNicol is an expert on Native American uses of the Tahoe-Truckee region.Dr. Michael Barbour has been a professor of biological sciences at U.C. Davis for thirty years and will speak on, “Changing Landscapes in the Sierran Rain Shadow.” Dr. Barbour’s work has focused on the conifer forests of California and Baja north through the Sierra Nevada. He is currently on the scene doing the watershed assessment in the Lake Tahoe Basin, an issue of national priority highlighted by last year’s presidential visit.Refreshments, and a chance to chat with the symposium participants and a book signing will follow the presentation. This symposium is free and open to the public. A generous grant of $1,000 to the Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group from the Sierra Futures Fund of the Sierra Nevada Alliance makes the Symposium possible this year. The Sierra Futures Fund is a small-grant program offered by the Sierra Nevada Alliance to its member groups through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. In its first three rounds, the program has awarded $18,000 to grassroots groups throughout the Sierra for new collaborative educational, advocacy, or on-the-ground conservation projects.The Truckee River is the lifeblood of the our recreational region. Managing it for future generations is the responsibility of all those who benefit from it. Please participate in both the symposium and the third annual Truckee River Day if your schedule permits, the river deserves the attention.Fishing reportBoca – (38,178 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair to good. Anglers fishing from shore are having some success. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair success on Kokanee. Most are using a combination of flashers and a wedding ring or Kokanee Bug with a piece of white corn. 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, streamers and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair. 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. Kokanee fishing has also been fair to good Most are trolling Ted’s Bugs, Kokanee Bugs or wedding rings with a piece of white corn behind a flasher.Lake Tahoe – Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the five to seven 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.Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed). Fishing is fair to good. Most use nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A.P. Small midge patterns have also been good at times. Streamers that imitate small fish, and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, use patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith’s Knat.Little Truckee River – Fishing has been fair to good Most anglers are using nightcrawlers, Powerbait or salmon eggs at the inlet of Boca Reservoir. Flyfishermen are taking fish on nymphs, emergers and streamers.Prosser – (14,699 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair. Bank fishermen 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 – (205,998 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Most shore anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Those throwing lures are also having some success. Kokanee are beginning to school. Best bet is to troll some form of flasher and a Kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. As Kokanee school up near the dam jigs such the Buzz Bomb will work well.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is at 338 cubic per second. Fishing has been fair due to recent rains. Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. In the wild trout section below Truckee, flyfishermen are using nymphs such as the caddis larva, prince, birds nest, hares ear or pheasant tail with good success. For dries, try a humpy, elk hair caddis, Quigley cripple or a parachute adams, all of which are hard to beat.Other Waters – Frenchman fished fair to good this past week. Davis Lake has been fair. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair to good Milton Reservoir has been fishing fair to good for flyfishermen. Middle Fork of the Feather River & Portola Area – The Middle Fork of the Feather River and many of the smaller streams in the area have been heavily stocked and are fishing fair to good.Pyramid lake northeast of Reno opens on October 1. Fishing is typically good from the middle of the month right up until it turns cold around the end of December.Sierra Sun E-mail: sun@tahoe.comVisitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | CommunityCopyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site maynot be used without permission.About tahoe.com… 


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