Lakes are best bet for anglers
Overall, the opener last Saturday was pretty slow due to the incredibly nice weather. I have been through many an opening day with cold and snowy weather. Given all of the moisture that we had to contend with this spring, the warm weather was a welcome sight.
Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures produced a lot of early-morning run-off, so the Truckee River was not very fishable. At the current flows, the Truckee River is more conducive to kayaking than fishing. The kayakers appeared to be having a ball over the weekend.
The long-term forecast is calling for warm temperatures for the next nine days, which means that run-off will continue to be a factor in fishing the Truckee River. Right now it looks like it will be quite some time until the river calms down enough for it to be productive. To give you an idea of the high flows, the water at the Boca Bridge is running at 3,550 cubic feet per second.
Even the Little Truckee River between Boca and Stampede reservoirs is running extremely high. Water is being released at 1,140 cfs. This is a very high flow for this water, and fishing will be tougher as a result.
Smaller creeks that are typically good options during the opener were also tough to fish because of the increased volume of water. The warm weekend really made things tough for anglers who like to fish moving water.
We typically would prefer cooler temperatures overall to permit a gradual melting of the Sierra snowpack. A warm start is not a good thing from a water usage or flood control point of view. Warm temperatures create a very fast run-off that can cause the need for releasing some of the water that could have been stored for use if the snow melt were gradual.
The lakes are all filling quickly, and the fishing is picking up in these waters. Anglers should concentrate on these areas for the month of May.
There have been good reports of fish being taken on almost all of the local lakes during the opener. Some very large fish were also caught.
Lakes outside the area such as Davis and Frenchman’s are fishing well according to a number of reports that I have received. A few large fish are being caught at Davis and good numbers of fish are being taken at Frenchman.
Pyramid Lake near Nevada has been fishing very well for the past several weeks, but appears to be slowing down as the spawning period nears its end. While there are good numbers of fish swimming in the shallows, they were very tough to catch this past weekend. Anglers could see hundreds of fish in front and behind them, but they did not seem interested in anything that the anglers had to offer.
Water temperatures have been climbing to the 61-degree mark by afternoon. A temperature over 62 degrees will most likely signal the end to the fishing for shore anglers at Pyramid because the fish will seek cooler water in the deeper regions of the lake. Fish may still be taken, but it will probably be an early morning bite over the next several days. After that, the best thing to do will be to wait until the lake opens up to angling again in October.
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