Meeting on native trout set in Truckee May 24 |

Meeting on native trout set in Truckee May 24

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will host a Stakeholder’s Meeting on Wednesday, May 24, for those interested parties regarding the Truckee River Recovery Plan for the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

This is another meeting such as the one I reported about last month in Reno.

The good news is that this one is in our backyard. The meeting will be held at the Truckee Public Utility District Office, 11570 Donner Pass Road, in Truckee from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Those interested in hearing what Fish and Wildlife have planned for the Truckee River should attend. As I reported last month, the plan is proceeding to reintroduce the native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. One of the major concerns of fishermen that is still unanswered is what will happen to the existing rainbow and brown trout populations categorized as exotic species.

It should prove to be very enlightening to those of you that have not heard about the plan to bring back the native fish. As part of the Endangered Species Act, the plan to re-establish a self-sustaining population of these fish is proceeding. The endangered cui-ui and the threatened the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout are the species targeted for restoration.

These stakeholder meetings are supposed to be a forum for feedback from various segments of the population either for or against the plan to make sure that there is an awareness of all issues. After garnering this feedback from the general public, technical committees will make their recommendations leading to the formulation of a Truckee Basin Ecosystem-plan.

If you have an interest in the river I strongly suggest that you attend this meeting and listen to what these people have to say. The more aware that you are of the plan, the better.

Attend the meeting, formulate your own opinions and provide as much feedback as you can to present your position. Not all groups are going to agree, but the common thread is the Truckee River that we all love.

On a lighter note, I heard about this story and just had to share it with you readers. While I do not typically do these types of stories, this one struck a cord with me.

I am a big proponent of kids and fishing. Well, it seems that on the opening day weekend at the invitation of his friend, J. J. Macrel, Andy Small of Tahoe City went fishing to Crowley Lake between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. Small went with J.J.’s grandfather David Bayless and friend Park Bechtold.

As the story goes, Small borrowed equipment from the grandfather so he could fish during the opener. I think you have probably guessed the rest of the story at this point. Small caught the largest fish of the group, 3 1/4 lb. pound rainbow trout.

Not only did this turn out to be the largest fish of the group, it wound up to be the largest fish of the opening day weekend reported at the Crowley Lake General Store. Small won a large trophy and a quiet ride home.

For those of you who have not seen pictures of Crowley Lake on opening day weekend, it is a mass of humanity. Estimates during the opener typically run in the range of 10,000 anglers.

What this proves is that you do not always have to be a seasoned angler to catch that big one. Fishing is not rocket science and a little luck goes a long way. Congratulations!

Fishing Report

Boca – (34,412 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair to good. Most anglers fishing from shore near the inlet are having some success. The area near the dam is also fishing well. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having some success. Most were using a combination offlashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Kokanee fishing has been good. Fly-fishermen near the inlet should have fair to good action using a variety of nymphs, streamers 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 fair to good success.

A few large fish continue to be reported. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair to good success. Fish were supposed to be planted this past week and again this week.

Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6,228.71) Fishing has been good for Mackinaw trout. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for Mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is improving. 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 feet of these tributaries.

Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed) Fishing has only been fair overall. Blood midges are showing due to the mild winter. Others 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 Quiqley 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 bag limit, 14 inches maximum) – Fishing here is fair to good. Fly-fishermen fishing this stretch between Stampede and Boca concentrate on nymphs and streamers with occasional hatches where a dry fly will work.

Prosser – (25,000 ac. ft.) Prosser is filling and fishing has been fishing fair to good. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Fly-fishermen near the inlets are fishing primarily with nymphs and streamers.

Stampede – (217,535 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Most shore anglers are catching 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 steady improvement as the weather warms.

Truckee River – The release is still at 74 cubic feet per second from the dam at Tahoe City. In the Truckee area the river is running lower than last week at 272 cubic foot per second rate. Seasoned anglers can do well. Most fish are being caught in the areas with the higher flows. Most fish being caught in the special regulation areas are being caught on large nymphs or streamers. The upper stretch of the river is fishing poorly due to the low flows. The Truckee was supposed to have received a planting this past week

Other Waters – Davis and Frenchman lakes fished fair to good this past week. Reports indicate that fishing has been good and that there have been good numbers of people fishing these two lakes. Pyramid Lake has still been fishing well but has slowed a bit. The lake should continue to fish well through at least the end of May.

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