Gone Fishin’: Left with no time to fish
This is a question that the writer of an outdoors column gets asked very frequently: how much do I get the chance to fish?
Well, with two very active young teens in the family, the answer is usually “not enough” lately. While my children keep me busy with their own aquatic endeavors, I try and keep abreast of what is happening by getting out to the water an hour or two whenever I get the chance. Whether it is after work, after dinner or even between activities, I usually have some equipment in my car so I can go on a moment’s notice.
This past weekend was certainly no exception with my children swimming at the Northern Zone High School Swimming Championships in Carson City and me working as an official both days. Somehow, I just could not get back into town before the sun went down.
What about Sunday, you say? Well, it was Mother’s Day and that would not be good form, although my wife is an extremely understanding woman when it comes to my fishing endeavors. So a day spent in the yard and in the house doing chores was on my agenda.
While out in the yard there are a number of things to observe while mowing the lawn or pulling some weeds. It is amazing how much there is to relate to your fishing outings. A good example is seeing many of the bugs that sometimes become trout prey. Because I live fairly close to the Truckee River, I often see some of the aquatic insects from nearby. Caddisflies, mayflies and midges are the most frequently seen.
This time of year, besides the midges I see termites and carpenter ants, both prime trout food. It is amazing how little it takes to get me thinking about being out on the water these days. Why, I could have even sworn that I saw a 10-pound rainbow trout swimming in the pool at the Zone Championships! I suppose that I was wrong about that, though.
Guess I need what some of my close friends call a “fish fix.” With the Nevada State High School Championships this weekend again in Carson City, and with both of my children qualifying, I do not think that I will be out much this coming week either. With two great kids of which I am very proud, it is sometimes easy to forget that their mother had a great deal to do with how each has turned out thus far.
Well, on Mother’s Day I do remember this very important fact and every other day of the year for that matter. My wife told me to go fishing on Mother’s Day. What a great wife and what a great mother! But the yard work and the house are enough for me today.
Maybe later I will tie some of my special flies so when I get the chance during the work week I can sneak out after work and get that “fish fix!”
Boca – (15,876) ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore near the inlet are having some success. Anglers near the dam are still catching fish. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having some success. 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 Lake – Fishing has been only fair. Anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had limited success. The water is slowly warming. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had limited success.
Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6226.44) 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 slow overall. Remember tributaries to Tahoe are closed to all fishing until July 1 and closes again on Sept. 30. No fishing is also allowed within 300 ft. of these tributaries.
Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may be bagged or possessed) The lake is presently at its normal level. Fishing has been fair. Most use nymphs such as the Hares 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 Quigley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith’s Knat 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) – (250 cubic feet per second) Fishing here has been fair to good with the increased flows. Fishing has been fair to good near the inlet area of the Little Truckee into Boca reservoir. Fly fishermen fishing this stretch between Stampede and Boca concentrate on nymphs and streamers with occasional hatches where a dry fly can work.
Prosser – (11,773 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 – (190,150 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair. Shore anglers are taking a few fish, some very nice size ones. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Topliners have fair to good success 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 fishermen have had it tough during the early season near Stampede’s inlets. It has been hit or miss with a variety of nymphs, streamers and emergers.
Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is presently at 76 cubic feet per second. In the Truckee area it is running at 262 cubic feet per second. The river is in good shape in the lower river from Truckee downstream. Fishing is fair in the Truckee area with most success in the lower river. Fly fishermen seem to have some success with stonefly nymph imitations and streamers. Bird’s nests and pheasant tail nymphs have also produced some fish.
Other Waters – Davis and Frenchman lakes are fishing fair to good this past week. Reports indicate that it has not been consistent. Pyramid Lake is improving. Look for steady improvement through May.
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