As of 9/30/15
DON’T FORGET TO PINCH THOSE BARBS, PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH & RELEASE!
TRUCKEE RIVER: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES! 1000 FT BELOW TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK IS UNDER GENERAL REGS.
Flows: Glenshire 24 CFS! Below Prosser 28 CFS!, Boca 94 CFS, Farad 104 CFS-water temps: 52-58! degrees VERY LOW FLOWS!
Big Truckee: Don't Fish and Don't Ask If you have any idea of what is going on! I would highly recommend looking for other water to fish at this time and I would NOT fish the Truckee for the rest of the summer and fall if you have any Ethics! YES, THAT IS CORRECT, DON'T FISH THIS RIVER IF YOU HAVE ANY ETHICS AND with the DFW and States stance on the Truckee that it can run dry and it still will not fall under closure regulations.
Not sure what to say as temps below the Boca outflow are good for the trout but with flows at 81cfs I still wouldn't fish. That goes for many of us as these trout just survived a brutal summer and are now on the mend to make a recovery. They are like a boxer just getting up off the mat from being knocked down, let them get that count to gather themselves and then you can get at them. For me that would be after the browns spawn in October/November and by that time hopefully winter has arrived and my thoughts of fishing will have waned until the spring. Many should focus on Pyramid opener in October as the season there is being slated to be very good. Just my opinion that I hope many will share. We've waited this long why not wait a little longer.
Little Truckee River: NO BAIT!!! NO SCENTED LURES!!! PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER ANGLERS AND THEIR SPACE! PLEASE DON’T FISH ONE SPOT FOR TO LONG. CATCH & RELEASE PLEASE!
Flows: 45 CFS! Same rule as the Big Truckee if flows drop below 80 CFS!
Little Truckee: TU stream restoration has been over for a couple of weeks now and as expected the flows went up and now are down to 45 cfs! I wouldn't fish here now either until I saw the CFS go to 80 or more again. Fishing here may be sporadic as these trout here need to figure out there new digs. Kudos to those involved as this will greatly enhance this tailwater for spawning and fish habitat. Fish Midges in the morning, PMD's from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and Caddis and Yellow Stones in the evening. Some BWO/Baetis activity too. The rule of thumb here has been 5x to 7x depending on the situation. Good luck and remain ethically strong.
INLET: Swinging flies at the mouth of the Little Truckee as it enters Boca has remained steady and in the evening there can be some very good top water action with Midges and Calibaetis. Subsurface patterns such as leeches and buggers can also produce some aggressive grabs in the evening and early morning!
Midging under Indi's, using Hover/Intermediate line, or slow stripping buggers or leeches
As of 9/30/15
*Designates best areas to go fishing now. Pyramid opener on the 1st of October! Trout plantings are done for the year! Both Jackson Meadows and Donner were stocked about 2 months ago. Fishing in our area has been consistent but you'll have to work for the fish now. If you're looking for a change from the local lake you may want to make a drive up to the Gold Lakes Basin as these lakes have been stocked quite frequently this season and have been fishing well. Be very careful driving close to the shorelines of our local lakes as you may find yourself stuck axle deep in the quicksand like ground. We don't know the exact date the DFW will stock fish so the statement of "the week of" is what it means.
WEATHER FOR THE WEEK: Weather for the week will be cool with rain on Thursday and possibly Sunday so dress accordingly.
***DONNER : Lake is at 53% capacity. For those with boats 21 ft or larger be cautious of the "hitch" at the end of the boat launch now. Throw everything you have at the trout now, ie: powerbait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties. By casting closer and then working your way out a little further one can detect what depth the trout are cruising and having patience is key to success now. Mornings will be your best bet here as this lake hasn't seen a stocking in about 2 months now. Next years Kokes are still being caught around the humps between Loch Leven(70-75 ft)and China Cove(60 ft)and still some nice Macks being caught in deeper areas of the lake by jigging or trolling along with those little shakers. For the kokes using a RGT in pink, peach,or orange and similar colors in hoochies with pink or orange irredescent colored dodgers,sidekicks, or slingblades has been the go to's. Get a guide for this lake and learn the ropes! Guides listed on bottom of this page and all are highly recommended! This lake was stocked the week of 4/1/2015, 5/31/2015, and this week of 7/12/2015!
**BOCA: This lake is at an abysmal 12% right now and it won't get any better! Fishing here has been pretty good as fish are really concentrated. Small car top boats, prams, and float tubes. Be careful about driving down to the shoreline as most areas are like quicksand! Best spots to fish here are around the dam in the morning tossing small minnow imitatiions, larger spoons and spinners for the browns that cruise here early and outside the inlet for trout looking for colder water temps. Nightcrawlers, Rapala's, Powerbait, small Kastmasters, and jigs have been good for Rainbows and Browns. This lake was stocked the week of 4/19/15 and will be stocked this week 5/31/2015!
***STAMPEDE: Lake is at 13% capacity. Surface temp is 68 degrees here, which is driving the Kokes and Macks to the deepest portions of the lake. With a stocking of trout weeks ago shoreline fishing has picked up but morning will be your best bet for success! Kokanee and Macks are holding in the deepest portions of the lake now at about 70-80 feet. The bite has been tough recently and jigging has been a viable option for these guys now. Use scents and anything else you have to get these finicky fish to bite. There is a film that is being seen on this lake and it has to due with the lack of incoming water. Again, shore fishing will be decent 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 4/12/15, 6/7/2015, 6/21/2015 and 7/12/2015!
*PROSSER: Lake has dropped slightly to about 24% capacity. Recently, a decent Smallmouth bite around the dam and along the shoreline for those who prefer the Bronzebacks to Trout. With the recent pressure this lake has seen the Smallmouth have become quite picky. Some GOOD reports of stocked rainbows and some stocked Cutties in the Prosser Creek arm. Use small flashy lures for these guys and if that doesn't work go with nightcrawlers and powerbait. This lake was stocked the week of 4/19/15.
***DAVIS LAKE: Lake has benefited from the cooler nights and has seen the bite improve slowly. For the trollers expect about 3-5 fish per hour in depths of 12-18 feet. Dick Nites copper redheads, Needlefish red dot frog, and Wedding RIngs in chart and red tipped with a peice of nightcrawler. For the fly flingers it's been about the same with Calibaetis in various stages and midges in the morning hours being the ticket. Lake will get progressively get better as we march on to the month of October.
FRENCHMANS: Very slow still. Will need more time to recover than Davis.
TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK) OPEN AS OF 4/25/2015. DON'T FISH!
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER (ABOVE STAMPEDE 89 NORTH TOWARDS SIERRAVILLE) OPEN AS OF 4/25/2015. DON'T FISH!
**JACKSON MEADOWS: Lake is officially sitting at 51% capacity. Fishing from boat has been best in 35-45 feet of water with Needlefish, Wedding rings or similar lures tipped with nightcrawlers have been the most effective. Don't discount using Rapalas as some of the larger trout have gone for these. Some nice rainbows being caught around the Dam and smaller planters off the Pass Creek area. Some days are good and some days are not. Hey, it sure beats work! Best areas here for the boaters has been Southwest corner of the lake and across the dam. For the shore fisherman going for DFW stocked Trout they will be pretty eager to bite on nightcrawlers floated with a mallow or powerbait, while those throwing hardware are using small Kastmasters, Roostertails, and Panther Martins. Lake was stocked the week of 5/31/2015, 7/5/2015, and 7/12/2015!
ALL STREAMS AND CREEKS are low and shouldn't be fished!
Local Lake Guides: FISH TALES GUIDE SERVICE-ED FISK 530-559-7175, CHRISTOPHEL's GUIDE SERVICE-MARC CHRISTOPHEL 530-680-1492, TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE- CAPTAIN FISH JAMES (888) 975-0990. SHAUN'S GUIDE SERVICE-SHAUN PATRICK RAINSBARGER (530) 802-4484. Each of these guys are highly recommended for Donner Lake and Stampede!
Tahoe Lake Guides: 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, and HOOKED UP SPORT FISHING 530-546-2221