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Labor Day signals summer’s end, but fall fishing abounds

BRUCE AJARI

With the Labor Day weekend ahead, the summer has wound to an end.We can all tell by the fact that the kids are now in school and traffic has become manageable.While now is the time we all get those winter preparatory chores done, it is also time to think about getting ready for some outstanding fall fishing.A hint of fall is in the evening air these days. While it is still unseasonably warm during the days, the nights are cooling off nicely.The trees will soon turn color and the fishing will get good as some fish begin to feed in anticipation of the coming winter. Other species such as the Kokanee salmon, brook, brown and lake trout begin their spawning rituals in the fall.This year the fishing in nearby Frenchman and Davis lakes should prove to be outstanding with the introduction of all the fish earlier this year. Fish typically grow very quickly in these two lakes. As a result, the fish should not only be plentiful but large, as well.Locally, our streams and lakes that have benefited from another good water year should prove to have some outstanding fishing. Lets take a look at these waters individually.Stampede Reservoir is perhaps the best trophy fishery in our region. It has all the ingredients to produce large trout. It does boast consistently large brown and rainbow trout, but most anglers come for the Kokanee. In the fall the Kokanee school up prior to spawning.You can typically find these fish near the dam in waters 60 to 90 feet deep. Anglers locate these schools and either troll with downriggers or jig for them.Kokanee fishing at Stampede this year has been good, but the fish have been small for the most part. This is probably due to the large numbers of new fish that are introduced each year by Project Kokanee.Nearby Boca and Prosser reservoirs should also provide good fishing.Anglers here concentrate near the inlet or the dam areas in the fall months. Most anglers are after rainbow or the pre-spawning brown trout.Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake provide the angler with an excellent opportunity to catch some nice lake trout (mackinaw). Fall is spawning time for the lake trout and they become quite active.Fly fishing on the Truckee River can be good.Some large fish can be taken on streamers and crayfish patterns during this period. October caddis imitations can also produce some fish during the fall.Other waters in the area can also produce some outstanding fishing. The backcountry lakes are particularly good in the fall.A short hike can get you into many of the area’s lakes and streams that can provide some excellent fishing.Brook, rainbow, brown and even golden trout can be caught in the high country.You do not have to travel far to get great fall fishing. Each year I always plan on traveling to the southern Sierra to fish, but never seem to make it because the local fishing keeps me here. I will make it one of these years, but how can you pass up our local waters.Enjoy the change of seasons and get that fishing rod ready for what promises to be an outstanding fall fishing season. Get your chores done early, and enjoy some great fishing.Fishing reportWith the warm weather most lake fish have headed for the comfort of deeper water. As a result, anglers fishing early or late in the day, or those fishing deeper water have been most successful. Keep this in mind for your fishing outing.Boca – (38,880 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore near dam 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, streamer, and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair to good. 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 apiece 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. Remember, tributaries to Tahoe opened July 1 and will close again on Sept. 30.Martis Lake – (Martis Is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed). Fishing is fair. 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, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams, and Grffith’s Knat are good choices.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 – (20,671 ac) Fishing here has been fair. Bank fishermen are 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 – (209,012 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. Topliners have fair to good success for Kokanee salmon. With the warm weather, the fish are being found in deeper water. Most use a flasher of some sort and a Kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is at 303 cubic per second. Fishing has been good on the river. Lots of pressure though.Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. Caddis and yellow stone activity in the evenings is waning. 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, a humpy, elk hair caddis or a parachute adams are hard to beat. Grasshoppers are abundant and imitations can take some fish during the day. Streamers can be good as well.Other Waters – Frenchman fished fair this past week. The latest reports indicate that the fishing has slowed a bit.Davis Lake has been planted and fishing has been fair. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair. 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.Sierra Sun E-mail: sun@tahoe.comVisitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | CommunityCopyright, tahoe.com. 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