Truckee-Tahoe Fishing Report

As of the 16th of November the only moving water that is open is the Truckee River from Trout Creek to Stateline and the Litttle Truckee between Stampede and Boca.  All catch and release barbless artificial, no kill!  For those of you who don't know Prosser Creek, Milton, and Martis Lake are CLOSED!  Know before you go, read your Regs!


AS OF 11/23/2014


Truckee River: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures onlyGENERAL REG SECTION CLOSEDNO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES!  

Flows: Truckee 21 CFS!!! Glenshire 35 CFS, Boca 90 CFS, Farad 114 CFS-water temps: 39-44 degrees 

Big Truckee:  Nice weather this Thanksgiving week with temps climbing to almost 60 by Wednesday.  Cold temps in the morning so dress accordingly!   Water temps are getting cold and fish are starting to get more lethargic and picky.  Fish are pretty concentrated now and everyone should put in the back of their minds what the river looks like now.  Take a careful look at structure that is now out or partly out of the water for a reference later when the water does come up.  Almost no water coming out of Tahoe and anglers that are going to fish the river SHOULD fish downstream of the Boca outlet.  Personally I wouldn't fish the Main river anymore this year because of the conditions, but if you must please fish below the Boca outflow as there is slightly more water found there.  Don't be one of those people who are out to target Browns on spawning beds!  Let them do their thing.  Cudos to NPR and the DFW for saying it's okay to fish the Truckee in good conscience because the water is so low and it will be easy to catch fish.  Great job.  If this state had any ethics about its resources, such as Montana,  it would have closed the Truckee and LT a while back to fishing.  Caution!  Almost forgot to mention those "shops" that still send people here with quides or no quides to our waters as it appears money outweighs ethics. If you do fish the Truckee in Nevada please be aware that New Zealand Mudsnails have been found in sections of water there so please clean your shoes and gear accordingly to avoid aquatic hitch hikers!   Study the water and turn rocks and see what is going on, also seine for what is in the drift.  Little things like this and slowing your approach to the river’s edge will greatly increase your chances of being successful.  Again, make sure your box is stocked with every conceivable stage of bugs that are present now!  (x) = drawer number.  NOTE: TRY OUT SOME NEW WATER SUCH AS THE NORTH FORK YUBA AROUND DOWNIEVILLE (GOOD DRY FLY FISHING ON LIGHT RODS),  PYRAMID FOR SOME NICE LAHONTAN CUTTS (now open!), BOCA, STAMPEDE, DONNER FOR MACKS, FRENCHMANS, OR DAVIS LAKE FOR SOME EAGLE LAKE STRAIN BOWS.   
Donner looks like the only source of relief for the Truckee and that's not encouraging.


  • Doug O's Stonedaddy sz 8 (1)
  • Bird's Nest Olive sz 16-18 (1)
  • Pickpocket Bright Green or Blk (2)
  • Wooley Buggers Black or Olive sz 6-8 (3)
  • Craven’s TB JuJu BWO sz 16-18 (5)
  • Hogan's Indigo Child sz 18 (5)
  • Mercer's Biot Epoxy Back Golden Stone sz 8 (1)
  • Gill's G-6 Caddis Olv, Pearl sz 14 (4)
  • Sloan's Mighty Mite sz 18-20 (5)
  • M's Hotwire May sz 16-18 (2)
  • Craven's Two-Bit Hookers Red, Drk Olive #16  (2)
  • Haddon's Dead Drift Cray sz 8 (7)
  • Prince Nymphs sz 12-16 (1)
  • Hares Ears sz10-16 (1)
  • Copper Johns Red,Blk, Olv, Zebra sz 10-18 (1)
  • Morrish's TB Deep Oct Caddis sz 8 (4)
  • Pheasant Tails sz 14-20 (1)
  • Randy's Buddies Green or Pearl (2)
  • Copper John's Red, Olv, Blk sz 16-18 (1)                                                 
  • Doug O's Peaches and Cream PMD jig sz 14-16 (2)
  • Hares Ears sz 12-16 (1)
  • Mercer's Glint Nymph Orange Belly sz 14 (1)
  • Sloan's Mighty May BWO sz 16-18 (5)
  • Mercer's TB Micro Stone Blk sz 14 & 18 (1)
  • Bird's Nest Natural sz 14-18 (1)
  • Gill's Oct Caddis emerger sz 8 (4)
  • Mercer's CB Micro May Olv sz 16-18 (2)
  • Stefan’s Brick sz 8 (1)
  • Gill’s Skipper Stone Golden sz 8-10 (4)
  • Craven's JuJu BWO sz 16-18 (5)
  • Hogan's S&M nymph Olv (2)
  • Mercer's TB Oct Caddis sz 8 (4)
  • Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6  Blk, Brwn, Coffee (3)
  • Burk's Crystal HBI Baetis sz 1 (5)
  • Hart's Dark Lord sz 14-16 (1)
  • Pierce's Soft Hackle Prince (1)
  • Zebra Midges
  • Soft Emerger BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Any nymph you would use on the LT!!


  • Thalken's Double Dutch Bugs sz 6 (7) Great indicator substitute!
  • Royal Wulffs sz 16-20 (8)
  • Turk’s Tarantula Org or Tan (7) Indi Substitute
  • Klink BWO sz 18-20 (7)
  • Elk Hair Caddis Blk sz 16-18 (7)
  • Stimi Olive sz 10 (7)
  • Burk's Silhouette BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Cutter's Bi-Vis Olive sz 14-16 (8)
  • Sparkle Dun Baetis sz 18-20
  • Klink BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Mercer's Low Water Baetis sz 18-20 (8)
  • Challenge Baetis sz 18-20 (8)
  • Para Adams sz 14-20(4)
  • BWO Ext. 18-20 (8)
  • Orange & Yellow Stimis (7)
  • Burk's Silhouette PMD sz 18 (8)
  • Griffith's Gnat sz 18-20 (5)
  • Q's Hackle Stacker BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Q's Half Dun Olive sz 20 (4)
  • Q's Loopy BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Q's Hatch Matcher BWO sz 18 (4
  • Humpy's Yellow and Red (9)
  • Ramsey's Goofball Green (7) Indi Substitute

STREAMERS (slow strip, deep pools)

  • Bunny Leech Blk, Olv sz 6 (3) 
  • Sheila Sculpin (3)
  • Wooly Buggers sz 6-8 Olv or Blk
  • Mini Loop Sculpin (3)
  • Bandit Leeches sz 6 (3)
  • Danny Boy Sculpin (3)
  • Woolhead Sculpin sz6 Blk or Olv (3)
  • Wier's Sculpin sz 4 (3)
  • Space Invader sz 4 (3)


Flows:  32 cfs!!

Little Truckee:  Flows are going to be running at the current rate for the rest of the winter.  Alright, I'm going to say it.  Personally I wouldn't fish the LT or the main river for the rest of the year because of the conditions.  These fish have been beaten on more so than I can remember.  For those of you decide it's okay to fish to spawning Browns that's not cool.  A photo op with a big snakey spawned out Brown is not okay.  Good job guys.  Let them do their thing and give them the rest of the year off.  Ethics people, it's not that difficult to rationalize what's right and what's wrong.  If you must fish the LT please stay off beds, don't wade through the river for any reason, and just fish to feeding fish!

NYMPHS;  Midges and small BWO Baetis patterns 16-24 sizes.  

DRIES: Midges and small BWO Baetis patterns 18-24 sizes


  • Bale Hopp Buggers size 10 (3)  
  • Wooley Buggers Blk, Olv (3)
  • Bunny Leech Blk, Olv sz 6 (3)
  • Jay Fair "Wiggle Tails" Box by Fly reels!


  • Midging under Indi's, using Hover/Intermediate line, or slow stripping buggers or leeches!  Midge in the early morning and evening. 
  • LOCAL SUGGESTED GUIDES:  Brian Slusser-Orvis endorsed guide (530) 386-0525   Jay Clark-Brian's Partner (530) 414-1655  Frank Pisciotta-The Dean of Guides (530) 587-7333  Matt Heron-Tahoes Premier Guide out of Squaw (518) 225-6587  Matt "Gilligan" Coles-The Mayor of Hirshdale (775) 351-6665.  Jim "BigFly" Landis (530) 448-9920

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Donner Lake Aug. 21-22
Donner Lake Aug. 21-22

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Donner Lake Gets Fish!

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Sage - Circa Slow Action Rod

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As of 11/23/2015


*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Now a Davis Lake and Frenchmans Report!


WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:  Nice weather for the week with temps almost getting to 60 by Wednesday.  Cold temps in the mornings so dress accordingly!  All the lakes are fishing well but Donner has been best for shore angling while Stampede has been best for boat anglers(see report below for launch conditions).  Sleepers are Boca and Jackson Meadows.  Lakes further away that fish well this time of year are Pyramid, Eagle, Almanor, Davis, Frenchmans, and yes, Tahoe.


**DONNER   Cold mornings with lows in the 20's and by the afternoon into the low to mid 50's.  Donner has dropped a little to 37%.  Mack fishing here has been good and Jigging for these guys has been best at depths from 55-75 feet and some smaller guys being caught along the shoreline. Kokanee fishing has still be good with fat little guys ranging from 8-11 inches in 45-70 feet with most of the schools being between Loch Leven Lodge and China Cove as these are considered next years Kokes.  Small Macks have been busy cruising the shorelines in the morning and evening picking off baitfish.  Kastmasters, Krocodiles, Rooster Tails, Rapalas or anything that will mimic a baitfish will elicit a bite. This lake was stocked the week of 3/16/2014, 4/20/14, and 5/11/14, 6/2/14, 6/16/14 and 6/23/14!

**BOCA  Lake level very low here at only 27% capacity.  Small car top boats, small aluminum boats or float tubes here, water level is too low to launch anything else.  Fishing by the dam in the morning has been good along with the inlet portion of the lake more towards the evening or on cloudy days for macks that are stacked up here.   Stocked the week of 5/19/14 ?, 6/16/14.

**STAMPEDE:  Lake is stable now at 24% capacity and fishing has been decent for Rainbows, Macks, and Smallies.  Small boats can still launch to the right of the ramp as they are concentrating their efforts outside the inlets and the deeper sections around the dam.  Shore fishing has been sporadic for the Bows with powerbait, nightcrawlers, and various hardware.  Smallies are suspended along shelves in the Davis Creek arm and most are being taken on suspending baitfish patterns, Crayfish patterns, and various Jigs worked down these shelves.  Some big smallies here, but you'll have to work hard for them.   This lake was stocked the week of 4/13, 5/12/14.

*PROSSER:   Lake is at 27% capacity and has been fishing good for Smallmouth Bass.  Thank you to Mike Campbell for complimenting our fishing staff.  Glad you had a good time.  Fishing has been tough on most our lakes this year so it's nice to hear about some positive results.  Crayfish and minnow patterns have been good for the flyflingers and Crayfish crankbaits, Senkos, Panther Martin spinners, and live worms have been good for the rest.  Fishing outside the inlets and around the dam has produced the best results.

***DAVIS LAKE:  Yes, a report on Davis Lake!  For the Fly Flingers in Boats or Float Tubes the best areas have been Lightning Tree, Fairview Point, Mosquito Cove, and along Five Tree Point shoreline.  Stripping Jay Fair's Wiggle tails in Olive and Black have been good along with nymphing Chironomid and midge patterns.  Waning Callibaetis hatches have also picked up some fish where there are lots of weeds such as the Mosquito Cove area.  Highly recommended that you use nothing less than 4x leader or tippet here as the takes are aggressive!  As the weeds start to disappear now with the colder temps those trolling hardware have had lots of success with needlefish, kastmasters, wedding rings, and small Dick Nites.  Best areas for the boat guys have been Mallard Cove to Grizzly.  Big Rainbows here as the average is around 18 inches!

FRENCHMANS:   Like Davis, this lake fishes well this time of year and sees few anglers on any given day.  Stripping Jay Fair wiggle tails in Olive or Mahogany, Olive or Dark Brown Wooley Buggers, or Midging under an indi have all been productive in 3-6 feet of water has been good.  Slightly breezy days have been better than calm days but the fishing has been pretty good otherwise.  Great place to catch some strong bows that will strip line!  3x and 4x  leader or tippet recommended. 

TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK)  Just don't fish here as water levels are so low.  With a CFS of only 8.6 pouring a bucket of water into the river would create more flow than it has now.


**JACKSON MEADOWSLake continues to fish well but if you're looking for the bigger fish you'll have to work hard.   If you're looking for bigger fish here you're going to have to fish the face of the dam more as there is always some big fish hanging on the ledges of the dam.  Fishing small apex's about 25-35 feet down has been the ticket here fo boaters as some anglers can't keep trout off their hooks!  Small trout in the 12-14 inch range but numbers are high.  Look for larger trout on the bottom in 45-55 feet of water or off the face of the dam with small minnow or crayfish imitations.  Lake is to  low to launch boats now unless they're small aluminum ones.   Lake is at 54% capacity and it's a great escape from the masses that descend on Truckee on the weekends.  Stocked the 6/9/14, 6/16/14.