Gone Fishin’: New map updates area fishing scene
Local angler Brian Bartlett, of Tahoe Angler Productions, has produced an updated version of the original Truckee River Fishing Access & Accommodations map.The old map was produced by Streamline. Bartlett bought the copyright last year and improved the map. The map provides access points and some descriptions of the river at those points as the first map.New to this version is the inclusion of topographical data so the angler can get a good sense of the terrain. The map has also been extended to the east beyond the original stopping point at Sparks. It extends east to Clark Siding at Exit 32 off of Interstate 80.The new version has also more clearly defined the wild trout sections of the river and provided more information on wild trout areas including the newest wild trout water, the Little Truckee River between Stampede and Boca Reservoirs. It also delineates areas of private ownership so anglers will not be trespassing on someone’s property.While regulations may be subject to change, this map provides the angler a wealth of information particularly in relation to access. With a copy of this map an angler can find his or her way around to some of the best points from which to access the river.The Truckee is a difficult river for many to fish. A map such as this helps anglers to find the productive locations on the river. Another valuable component of this map is that it provides a great hatch chart which Ralph Cutter of the California School of Fly fishing has provided. This hatch chart outlines the peak periods of emergence for the insects on the river. If an angler follows the guidelines given in the chart he or she will most likely be successful in catching some beautiful trout.As Bartlett pointed out, it was his goal to provide both a seller- and user-friendly guide to the Truckee River. This map has succeeded in providing an excellent overview on who can fish, where to fish, when to fish, how to get there, what to use, and why there are restrictions such as in the wild trout sections of the river.Bartlett also points out that the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Recovery Plan being undertaken by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act could have an impact on the river’s management. Presently there are no fish being planted between Truckee and Tahoe City as has been the past practice.Do I think that this map is worthwhile? You bet. If you are going to attempt to fish the Truckee River, or even if you fish it regularly, you are going to want to pick up a copy of this map. It is titled Truckee River Fishing Access and includes Placer, Nevada and Sierra counties in California, and Washoe and Storey counties in Nevada. The cost is about $6.50, and it’s worth every penny.Take a look at one and I am sure that you will agree it is a tremendous resource when fishing the Truckee River. Pick one up at one of the area shops. It is a good investment and will aid in you in fishing the river. Brian tells me that at least one more map is in the planning stage for another area river.FISHING REPORTBoca – Boca has been fishing fair. The water level is very low. Anglers are still having success. Anglers near the dam are still catching fish. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boats that can still be launched are having some success. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Kokanee fishing is good for those experienced anglers that can get a boat in the water. Fly fishermen near the inlet have experienced fair to good action early and late. Nymphs and streamers have accounted for most of the fish caught recently. When it calms down, midges are very productive.Donner Lake – Fishing has been fair to good. Anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had fair to good success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow-imitating lures have had fair 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 overall. The creeks opened this past weekend. Keep in mind that any large fish that you catch are most likely fish that have come out of the lake to spawn. Please release these fish. 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) 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 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) – Fishing here has been fair in the stretch between Stampede and Boca. Fishing has been fair near the inlet area of the Little Truckee into Boca reservoir. Fly fishermen fishing this stretch between Stampede and Boca are experiencing frequent hatches where dry flies and emergers have been productive. Nymphs and streamers are still the first choice if there are no fish on the surface.Prosser – Prosser has been fishing fair. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.Stampede – 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 success for kokanee salmon. Most use 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. There is still good action, mostly subsurface, with nymphs such as the pheasant tail and the bird’s nest. There is some good surface activity early and late as well. Streamers are also working.Truckee River – 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. Try an elk hair caddis, hares ear parachute or an E/C caddis. A grasshopper pattern can also work well. Fishing has hit the typical summer early morning or late evening peaks in activity throughout our local waters.Other Waters – Jackson Meadows has been fishing fair. Davis and Frenchman lakes are fishing fair this past week. Typical summertime patterns are now occurring. Fish early and late to have the most success.
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