*Designates best areas to go fishing now.
ALL RIVERS AND CREEKS WILL OPEN 4/28/2018 UNLESS DESIGNATED BY CDFW RULES!!!
NOTE FOR THE WEEK:
COOLER MORNINGS and REASONABLE TEMPS DURING THE DAY. LAKES HAVE BEEN STOCKED AND BEING STOCKED THIS WEEK!!! GO FISH!!!! The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats again this season in BOCA, STAMPEDE, DONNER, AND PROSSER RESERVOIRS with hopes that they will survive AND attain trophy sized proportions in the years to come. THIS MEANS AS AN ANGLER ONE SHOULDN’T BE KEEPING THESE SUB-CATCHABLE SIZE CUTTHROATS BUT PUTTING THEM BACK SO IN TWO YEARS THEY WILL ATTAIN SIZES SUCH AS 15-18 INCHES! YOU ARE STEWARDS OF THESE WATERSHEDS SO ACT LIKE IT FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY DOWN THE ROAD! Stocking from the DFG will hopefully be better this year and with the upcoming stocking of trout slated for Donner that will hold true.
WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:
LOW’S IN THE 40’S AND HIGHS GETTING INTO THE 70’S FOR THE WEEK. GET OUT, FISH, RELAX.
Lake was planted the week of 8/6 and shore fishing has been great. Fishing around the boat launch using power bait or worms off the bottom or using a variety of spinners or kastmasters has provided steady action. Fishing will be best in the mornings for both trollers and shore angler. Trolling for kokanee in about 65" - 75" of water still providing some limits for anglers familiar with the intricacies of this fish. Mackinaw fishing has slowed with boats only 1-2 juvenile fish a day.
Fishing here will be best mornings and evenings as trout seek cooler water mid-day. Try fishing worms or power bait around the dam or casting lures along deeper drop-offs. Please keep in mind if fishing the Little Truckee inlet, any moving water will still be considered the river which falls under special regulations (C&R, No Bait, No Barbs).
The detour will remain in effect here until October. Boat ramp access will be through Hobart Mills Rd. as the dam is still closed. Great lake levels here has seemed to spread fish out making it a little harder for boat anglers to locate the schools of Kokanee. Experienced anglers still having no problem of getting limits by about 8-9am. Trolling in about 60'-70' using hoochies in pink has been best. Between the multiple trout species and the small mouth this lake has been providing some of the best action as of late for both shore anglers and trollers.
Prosser has been fishing fair for trout in mornings and by mid-day the bass become most active providing steady action the rest of the day. Try bait around the dam for trout and crawdad lures, soft plastics or jigs for the smallmouth. Worms, Papalas, Kastmasters or Crawdad lures work well for both species!
WIDE OPEN! Some big Rainbows here but reports have been sporadic. Look for a good season here but only with increased plants by the DFW! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!
WIDE OPEN! Turkey Point and Lunker Point will be your best bet. Inflated nightcrawlers and powerbait working the best. For the Fly flingers midges suspended or on a slowwww retrieve. CONTACT OUR BLAIRSDEN STORE FOR FURTHER INFO! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!
(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK): OPEN AS OF 4/28! Fish here now as later it will not be as productive due to lower warmer water. Small spinners and spoons for the gear person while drifting salmon eggs or nightcrawlers will work best for those who prefer bait.
*LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER
(ABOVE STAMPEDE): OPEN AS OF 4/28! Same as the main Truckee but with less fish per square mile!
Great lake levels providing easy launching for boats. Both shore angling and trolling have been good here. Jackson Meadows is a great bet for those looking to escape the crowds and find some good trout fishing! Using big Rapalas or Kastmasters around dam could be that ticket for a fish of a lifetime!
Season is winding down here as the warmer weather approaches. Good days and some not. Lots of fish cruising the shallows but half of those seem disinterested in eating. These cruisers are just out of eye sight so will be difficult to locate them. Indi fishing is the way to go for these guys and one can be rewarded with a 10+ lb Cuttie.
*These guys are highly recommended for Donner Lake, Stampede, and Boca!
FISH TALES GUIDE
CHRISTOPHEL's GUIDE SERVICE
TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE
CAPTAIN FISH JAMES
SHAUN'S GUIDE SERVICE
SHAUN PATRICK RAINSBARGER
MICKEY's BIG MACK CHARTERS - 530-546-4444
TAHOE SPORT FISHING - 530-541-5448
CHUCK's CHARTER FISHING - 530-546-8425
CAPTAIN CHRIS' FISHING CHARTERS - 530-583-4857
HOOKED UP SPORT FISHING - 530-546-2221
Watercraft inspections are mandatory for all boats launching on Donner Lake. Inspections are only provided at:
• Truckee-Tahoe Inspection Station (located off Highway 267 and Truckee Airport Rd on Chandelle Way) – Open 7 days a week, 8:30am – 5:30pm — Station opening on May 17th
• Alpine Watercraft Inspection Station (located off Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Rd) - Open 7 days a week, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Take 3 steps closer to fun — Clean, Drain and Dry your vessel in preparation for your inspection. For questions, please contact the Lake Tahoe and Truckee Boat Inspection Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-824-6267.
Inspection prices for Donner Lake are as follows:
• Annual: $40/vessel
• Seasonal (May – Sept): $25/vessel
• Monthly: $10/vessel
• Donner Only (May – Sept): $20/vessel
Boaters who certify that their vessel only launches on Donner Lake are eligible for a Donner Only sticker. Donner Only vessels are required to be inspected once per season. Boaters who do not exclusively launch on Donner Lake must submit to monthly inspections.
(Stampede, Boca, Prosser and Jackson Meadows Reservoirs, Lake of the Woods and the waters of Lakes Basin):
Be sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your vessel before launching. Boaters must complete a Sierra/Nevada County Self Inspection Permit prior to launching. Forms are also available at the launch ramps.
• For more information on Sierra County’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Ordinance 1041 and their AIS Prevention Program, please click here: Sierra County AIS
• For more information on Nevada County’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Ordinance 2357 and their AIS Prevention Program, please click here: Nevada County AIS