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Season ends; rivers closed

Staff Reports

The 1999 season came to a close this past Monday. With five good winters in a row, and plenty of water in local streams and reservoirs this season, fishing was pretty good overall.

The fall season has been a little slower than normal, probably due to the unseasonably warm weather. Most anglers have noticed that water temperatures in the lakes have been much warmer than usual for this time of year. As a result, fishing has not seemed to be as good, particularly in lakes.

With another La Nina year in store for us this year, odds seem to favor another good water year. A recent article on the effect of La Nina on our local weather pointed out that, with few exceptions, a strong La Nina brought us normal or above normal precipitation. If this holds to true, our local fisheries should be very good again in 2000.

Those of you who fished in our region this year have probably noticed that the fish in the Truckee River have been very fat and robust. From reports that I have gotten throughout the year and my own experience, even the water east of Reno was producing well this past season.

With the coming millennium, it has been three years since the flood event. In this time the river has become a very wonderful fishery again. Many large fish were caught in the river this year, and I would anticipate more of the same next year.

Each year there seems to be a fly that works better than most in our region. The hot fly this year in the Truckee River was undoubtedly the Flash Caddis. The creation is the product of local guide Randy Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Tackle and Guide Service. It represents a caddis pupa and accounted for many fish and drew raves from many anglers this past season.

While the General Trout Season has ended in our region many easily-accessed, year-round lakes are still available to fish. These lakes include Boca, Donner, Prosser, Stampede and Tahoe. In addition, Davis and Frenchman, north of Truckee, boast some excellent fishing right up until they freeze over.

Pyramid Lake in Nevada has also been fishing well and will continue to produce some good catches. While Pyramid is usually slow in January and February, fishing picks up again in March through May.

Fishing now can be categorized as spotty. When the wind is blowing, fishing has been very good this month, but when it hasn’t been the fishing has been tough. There have been good numbers and some larger fish are now beginning to show with a little more frequency.

My family and I attended the Tahoe-Truckee Flyfishers Annual Dinner at the Crystal Bay Club in Nevada past weekend. New board members elected were Ernie Gray, Ned Long, and John Twichell.

Bob Krumm, a Montana Guide and Wyoming resident, presented the program on the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. He provided an overview of the fishing opportunities on many of the waters within this region. I was impressed by the number fish species available. They include Yellowstone Cutthroat, West Slope Cutthroat, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, golden trout, lake trout, and arctic grayling.

While at the dinner, I found out that local Truckee fly fishing guide and expert fly tier John Roberts has a state record pending for the Mountain Whitefish caught in our own Truckee River. The current record is 1 lb. 8 oz specimen from the East Carson River in Alpine County caught in 1994. While John’s fish is larger, I did not get the details, but will follow-up on this accomplishment in a future column. Congratulations to you on your record catch.

While the 1999 season may have come to a close, do not forget the waters that are still open. For those of you that are hanging up your rods in favor of the skis or snowboards for the season, you can still see plenty of fishing on the television and see the latest gear at one of the many sports shows that occur during the winter months.

This is also the time of year where my column scales back to once a month. I may produce more than one a month, but that all depends on what there is to report. With that said, have a great Thanksgiving Holiday next week with family and friends.

FISHING REPORT

The General Trout Season has closed. The following waters are year round lakes that are still open.

Boca – (24,222 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair to good. Anglers fishing from shore are showing improved catches. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait and lures from shore. Boaters are also having some success. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Kokanee fishing has been good. Flyfishermen near the inlet are having 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 are still having success. Best times continue to be early and late in the day. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair to good success.

Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6227.46) Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish typically are in the five to seven pound range. A guide is highly recommended ~you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing has been fair.

Martis Lake has closed for the season

Little Truckee River has closed for the season.

Prosser – (9,845 ac. ft.) Fishing has been fair to good. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Trollers have been successful using flasher combinations. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.

Stampede – (199,629 ac.ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Most shore anglers are catching fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Kokanee Fishermen toplining and using downriggers are finding good action for Kokanee. Most use a flasher of some sort and a Kokanee Bug or Wedding Ring with a piece of white corn. Flyfishermen near the inlets have been doing fair to good.

Truckee River has closed for the season.

Other Waters – Davis and Frenchman lakes reports that fishing is fair to good. Davis appears to be the better of the two, but is crowded. Pyramid Lake, northeast of Reno, is fishing well for both trollers and shore anglers. Good numbers of fish as well as some pretty decent size ones have been reported.


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