Rob Cryder: Donner Lake fishing hot
Rob's Fishing Line
Well, it is that time of year again and#8212; in my opinion, the best time of year to go fishing in our local lakes. Yes, the lakes are low and in many cases you cannot launch your boat, so it limits our choices, but the shore fishing is great right now.
The fish have moved closer to shore so get the kids together, make sure they dress warm and take them fishing. I went to Donner Lake a couple weeks ago and in about an hour or so I caught my limit of five trout casting right from shore. I used an 1/8-ounce Little Cleo lure. It was gold with a red stripe down half the front side. It was a blast using a very light spin cast rod and reel. I would also recommend using a small gold Kastmaster lure, too, since they hit it like crazy too.
I talked with other fisherman there since and it seems that they were successful using a variety of lures and some used Power Bait. One guy and his daughter were using what looked like a little cream-colored squid that had a couple orange-colored legs. They tossed it out there from one of the docks with no extra weight, let it drift with a little jerk here and there and, fish on! I saw them land three trout in about 15 minutes and lose a few more, too. One gentleman even caught a couple of Mackinaw to 16 inches from one of the docks using Power Bait.
I also took my boat out on Donner Lake a couple of times lately with my good friend Greg and we trolled a Little Cleo lure and a trout-colored Apex lure. I buy a two-rod license every year so that I have a better chance of catching fish from shore or from my boat. I calculated that every five to 10 minutes we landed a fish. A number of times we had double hook-ups. We caught trout up to 13 inches and landed a couple of Mackinaw at 17 to 18 inches, too. I cooked the Macks by smoking them, and they were delicious. I talked to other boat fishermen at Donner Lake recently and they had a similar experience in catching a lot of trout using their favorite lures. So the trout were not too picky of late and were hitting all kinds of lures. I have to say, that this has been my most successful year at Donner.
Since the water is so low there, it is making it difficult to launch a boat. I would only recommend launching smaller boats now. It appears some gravel needs to be dropped into the launch area to level it out while the water is low to make it easier for us. I am hoping it will get done someday, since this problem persists each year.
We havenand#8217;t been alone out there, either. A couple of bald eagles have been fishing there. Periodically you see them flying overhead looking for a meal. I read an article recently that described the outdoors as and#8220;Godand#8217;s theater,and#8221; and I wholeheartedly agree.
Since the fishing is so good right now, I will try to go a few more times before winter sets in. I hope to take a friend or two along with me to share the experience.
How about you? Before it gets too cold and the snow flies, why not take the kids down to your favorite local lake and give it a try?
and#8212; Rob Cryder is a 10-year Truckee resident who hopes to help others, especially children, catch fish through his column.