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 4/22/2015


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

Flows: Glenshire 103 CFS Below Prosser 111 CFS, Boca 249 CFS, Farad 304 CFS-water temps: 47-51 degrees 

Big Truckee:  Very low flows above the Boca outflow.  Flows have also dropped below Boca a they are only releasing 104 cfs out of the Dam.  Thunderstorms on the menu for the next two days and then possibly some rain on Friday.  Best hours to fish will be 10 to 4.   Water temps have come up and fish are more apt to sample your offerings now.   Lots of BWO's, Midges, March Browns, Stones, and even some sporadic Caddis activity.  Flows are decent but the general outlook could be bleak as we progress into the late spring.  Snowpack sits at 5%( that's no misprint) now.  Start to think about March Browns and even some Caddis patterns now as we press into this month and the accelerated fishing season!  Use patterns such as Burk's TB March Brown or Pheasant Tails in size 12 and 14's.  Fishing has been pretty good with a mix bag of streamer fishing to throwing BWO, March Brown, and even Caddis dries to rising fish.  Best sections to fish have been the Glenshire stretch as some anglers have seen double digit days here, but don't disregard the sections toward State Line as water is more open here.  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.  


  • Doug O's Stonedaddy sz 8 (1)
  • Gill's SH March Brown sz 12 (4)
  • Burk's TB March Brown sz 14 (7)
  • Bird's Nest Olive sz 16-18 (1)
  • Gill's Blue Diamond Phillips sz 18 (4)
  • M's Pickpocket Bright Green or Blk (2)
  • Gill's Canadian Tuxedo BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Wooley Buggers Black or Olive sz 6-8 (3)
  • Craven’s TB JuJu BWO sz 16-18 (5)
  • Hogan's BWO Slow Guy sz 18 (5)
  • Mercer's Biot Epoxy Back Golden Stone sz 8 (1)
  • Mercer's PB Skwala Stone sz 10
  • 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)
  • Pheasant Tails BH or No Bead sz 12-14 (1) General purpose March Brown Pattern!
  • Randy's Buddies Green or Pearl (2)
  • Copper John's Red, Olv, Blk sz 16-18 (1)                                                 
  • Doug O's Sweet Pea BWO (2) New Pattern!
  • 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 Soft Hackle BWO sz 16 (4)
  • Mercer's CB Micro May Olv sz 16-18 (2)
  • Stefan’s Brick Dark sz 8 (1)
  • Gill’s Skipper Stone Golden sz 8-10 (4)
  • Craven's JuJu Baetis sz 16-18 (5)
  • Hogan's S&M nymph Olv (2)
  • Copper John's Zebra sz 18-20 (1)
  • Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6  Blk, Brwn, Coffee, Tan (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 sz 18 (5)
  • 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)
  • Yeager's Tantrum sz 10 (7) Olive, Tan, Golden Great Indi substitute!
  • 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 16-20(4)
  • BWO Ext. 18-20 (8)
  • Orange & Yellow Stimis (7)
  • Gill's Para BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Griffith's Gnat sz 16-18 (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 Red (9)
  • Silvey's Little Olive Stonefly sz 14
  • Skwala Stone Stimi sz 10
  • 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:  92 cfs!!

Little Truckee:  Since their dumping so much water out of Boca it only seems right that the flow on the LT has dropped to 92 cfs.  Makes perfect sense.  Get out early here and watch for Thunderstorms later in the day.   Some fish here are looking worn out as they have been hooked many times throughout the non-winter season we have had.  Trout will become picky as the flows have dropped, so think about dropping a leader/tippet size to coax refusals.  Lots of Midges, Baetis and BWO's  on the menu now!  Best time to fish is 9-4.

NYMPHS;  Midges, Micro Stones, small BWO Baetis patterns 16-24 sizes. 

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

INLET:  Swinging flies at the mouth of the Little Truckee as it enters Boca has been pretty good for hungry rainbows that weren't ready to spawn this year.  Dennis Peirce's SH Prince has been the go to fly here!

  • 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 

  • 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 (518225-6587  Matt "Gilligan" Coles-The Mayor of Hirshdale (775) 351-6665.  Jim "BigFly" Landis (530) 448-9920
  • PYRAMID LAKE:  Lake is starting to fish much better now as many anglers are experiencing double-digit days now.  Cutties are starting to move closer to the drop-offs and will cruise the shallows above these areas also.   Can be very crowded at times around the South Nets now!  Mixed bag on techniques as slow stripping buggers trailed with beetles or nymphing with Maholo nymphs and midges have both worked.   Be smart be safe when venturing out here as the weather can be unsuspecting and dangerous especially if you're utilizing floating apparatuses.  We are now in stock of Pyramid Patterns from local guides.      

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As of 4/22/2015


*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Fishing in our area is starting to look good and with the lack of snowpack the key this year will be starting your season early!  More weather as later in the day for Tuesday and Wednesday their may be some Thunderstorms.  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.  Donner and Stampede were both stocked last week and this week Boca and Prosser will receive a stocking of fish!  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:    Some unsettled weather over the next few days in the form of thunderstorms and maybe a day of rain on Friday.  Temps will vary between 50-60 during the week.


***DONNER :  Lake is at 65% capacity.  With a plant of catchable size Rainbows this will inject some life back into this lake!  Some boaters have been catching Mackinaw by top lining Firetiger print Rapalas.   Jigging has also been taking some nice Macks also when they've been holding deep.  Kokanee is starting up as toplining 6-8 feet down is now the method with dodgers in Pink scale or variations of the same followed by Pink spinners, wedding rings, microsquids, and Kokanuts.  Kokes are a little small ranging in the 11 inch range.  As the season progresses they may come up in size to maybe 13-14 inches if food is plentiful and competition for food low.  For the shore fisherman this week you'll have to work a little bit harder to catch those planters as they are dispersing through the lake now.  We are stocked with everything to get you out there and catch those fish!  Some might be rewarded with a nice Mackinaw that might venture in to feed on these planters!   This lake was Wednesday 4/1/2015!

**BOCA  Dumping a lot of water from this lake recently with releases at 386 cfs  below the Dam.  Lake was starting to fill but now has dropped to 24% full.  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 mostly hungry rainbows that are of age yet to spawn.  Nightcrawlers, Rapala's, Powerbait, small Kastmasters, and jigs have been good for Rainbows and Browns.   This lake will be stocked this week! 

***STAMPEDE:  Lake is holding at 21% capacity.  Fishing has picked up for Rainbows here, especially in the LT arm, and toplining for Kokanee has been great for those who can launch their boats.  Like I mentioned, launching any boat other than a small aluminum one can be an adventure and 4-wheel drive is an absolute must.  Go to the right of boat launch and find the steep rocky shoreline, drop boat in and then turn boat and head in direction back to old boat launch as there is a sand bar developing just outside of new launch site.  Reports of most Kokes ranging in the 14-15 inch range and one caught almost to 16 inches!  Same as Donner as one will be toplining down to about 6-8 feet with anything in a combo of Pink.  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 4/12/15.

*PROSSER:   Lake is dropping quickly as it now sits at 18% capacity.  Recently, a decent Smallmouth bite around the dam and along the shoreline for those who prefer the Bronzebacks to Trout.  Some sporadic holdover trout here and with the upcoming stocking of fish this lake should start to fish well again.  Use small flashy lures at first as the stocked fish will be more aggressive than hungry and then after a couple of days Powerbait and other baits will start to take more fish.  This lake was stocked the week of 4/12/15 and supposedly again this week! 

***DAVIS LAKE:    Fishing from the bank has been tough recently but with the expected plant of DFW trout this week it should pick up.  A lot of the holdover fish have moved into deeper water and those with boats will have the best success.  Needlefish, Wedding rings, Dick Nites, or similar trolled in about 15-25 feet of water has been best.

FRENCHMANS:   Has been fishing very well!

PYRAMID LAKE:  With some Thunderstorms coming in later in the day be careful not to be caught out on your boat out on this lake.  Cutts are in the shallows and have been congregating in the South nets area of the lake.  Caution as this area can get pretty crowded this time of year.   For those trolling we now carry Lyman's sz 4 and sz 3 flatties in popular Pyramid colors and Father Murphys Pyramid Vibrator Spoons.  These have been the go to lures at this lake this year.  Early has been best for the boaters as the Cutties will be more accessible of the shelves at this time but when they move to the shallows the bite gets tougher.  Be safe, be smart when you venture out here.



**JACKSON MEADOWS:    Lake is a couple of feet above the dam gates so my best guess would be around 80% full.  Lots of water coming in from the surrounding creeks is a good sign along with the surrounding snow on the mountains.  Fishing from boat has been best in 15-20 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 Woodcamp boat launch but you're going to have to work for them.  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 holdover trout have been pretty eager to bite on nightcrawlers floated with a mallow or powerbait, while those throwing hardware are using small Kastmasters or Roostertails.