Truckee-Tahoe Fishing Report

As of the 16th of November all moving water is CLOSED except for the LT between Stampede and Boca and the Truckee from Trout Creek to Stateline.  These areas are under CATCH & RELEASE ONLY with barbless artificials only!  That means that Prosser Creek and Milton are closed for those who have to ask.  

 

As of  2/11/16

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!  CATCH & RELEASE ONLY!  1000 FT BELOW TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK IS CLOSED!

Flows: Glenshire 184 CFS! Below Prosser 289 CFS!, Boca 355 CFS, Farad 374 CFS-water temps: 34-40 degrees GREAT FLOWS NOW!

Big Truckee:   Current flows are great right now and with the warmer temps during the day it is a great time to get out and fish the Big Truckee!  From Glenshire down to State Line it has been pretty good for this time of year and the trout being caught look healthy.  As we move on to March look for spawning Rainbows and try to avoid them at times so they can do their thing.  Streamers, Baetis, Midge and aquatic worm patterns are the patterns you'll have the best results with.  It's going to be very cold this week so dress accordingly!  

 

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 ONLY NOW!

Flows:  38 CFS!  Some fantastic days here during the winter on dries!

Little Truckee:  Flows have dropped recently to 38 CFS but shouldn't effect the fishing here.  The LT can be very productive during the winter months as long as there is access and as far as I know the road here has some difficult spots in it that will require 4 wheel drive.  With recent rain this road has become more accessible but not for those inexperienced driving on rutted out roads!  Trout here will be feeding on a steady diet of midges and baetis so have all stages of these bugs in your box.  The  rule of thumb here has been 5x to 7x depending on the situation.   Good luck!

INLET:  Ice and slush conditions.

  • 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.  

PYRAMID LAKE:  Continues to fish well, especially for those who have boats!  Now down to 15-30 fish days for some and the size of the Cutthroats are still good.  This time of year it's better to get out prior to a High Pressure system moving in, that means windy with or without precip is ideal.  Best when wind is coming at you as opposed to away from you.  When it's sunny and nice look to fish in the morning or late afternoon.    Temps were in the mid 40's so those doing better were getting down to 15 feet or more jigging Tui Chubs patterns back to the surface or now stripping bugger/beetle rigs.  Again, be on alert for windy or soon to become windy conditions for those of us utilizing float craft.  This lake can be very dangerous, so if in doubt get to shore! 

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

Donner Lake Gets Fish!
Donner Lake Gets Fish!

Sage - Circa Slow Action Rod
Sage - Circa Slow Action Rod

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As of 2/11/16

FEB. 7 LAKES UPDATE:  If you are going to go ice fishing it is recommended that you proceed with extreme caution as the ice on most our lakes are thin around the edges.  I was out on Prosser on Saturday and the ice there is about 8-10 inches thick in the outer Prosser Creek arm, not sure about around the dam.  Boca and Stampede had about 7-8 inches of ice on Monday this week but with the temps getting to 60 during the day it may be unstable by this weekend.  Never go out by yourself if you can help it or be prepared for the worst case scenario.

*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Pyramid is still fishing well and with the clear weather for the next 10 days it will be a great time to get to this lake.  If you get a chance get out there.  Fishing in our area has been consistent but you'll have to work for the fish now.  Just a reminder that all moving water, rivers and creeks, are now closed EXCEPT for the LT between Boca and Stampede and the Truckee from Trout Creek to Stateline.  Barbless Artificials and Catch & Release Only!  Lakes are under general regs and are open year round unless designated.  IE: Martis, Mitlon to name a few.  If unsure, look up the regs on the DFG Website!

 

 

WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:   Clear and temprate for most the week with some clouds rolling in by the weekend but with no precip in sight for the next 10 days or so.

 

***DONNER :  Lake is at 46% 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.  Marc Christophel was on the lake recently and had success toplining for Macks.  Best spots for these guys were on the East side of the lake using Rapala F11 and F13 in orange/white.  Also, for those jigging for the Macks the area of China Cove has lots of these guys stacked up around depths 85-90 feet.   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  Was out on Boca on Monday and ice thickness around the dam was about 7-8 inches but with the current warm temps we've had this week only those who really trust the thinning ice are going out.   The Inlet area of this lake is open water and some have had good success catching rainbows here.  If it's moving water here it is RESTRICTED TO RULES OF BARBLESS LURES AND FLIES AND CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING ONLY!  Those who trust the current ice conditions are catching Kokanee, Rainbows and some nice Browns.  Nightcrawlers and minnow imitation jigs are your best bet for the browns.

***STAMPEDE:  Conditions have changed drastically since early last week and trying to ice fish here can be dangerous for those who are unfamilar with reading ice conditions!  Early this week ice thickness was about 7-8 inches but as stated before since temps have reached 60 for the past couple of days ice may have thinned and become unstable.   This lake was stocked the week of 4/12/15, 6/7/2015, 6/21/2015 and 7/12/2015!

*PROSSER: Recently fished here and the outer reaches of the Prosser Creek are has about 8-10 inches of ice.  Recommended that you fish early here as the edges get soft in the afternoon.  With temps getting to about 60 for the past couple of days ice will have thinned and if you're not experienced at reading ice conditions it is not recommended that you go out.

***DAVIS LAKE:  Call our Blairsden store for more info!  530-8362589 Ask for Mark!

FRENCHMANS:   No go for anything with the current weather pattern in place!

PYRAMID LAKE:  Still fishing well here but be careful for those windy fall days if you are utilizing a boat!  This lake is notorious for capsizing boats!  For those throwing hardware from the shore we have stock in the Sierra Spoons in the best colors and for those trolling the lake we have new flatfish patterns from Hendrix Outdoors, Lyman's, and Murphy's Vibrator Spoons.  Large schools of Cutts are being found of Pelican to Spider Point in about 20 to 55 feet of water.  If you find the Tui Chubs you'll find the Cutthrouts!  Shore fisherman will be able to reach the second shelf and it will increase their chances of catching some of those big ones that hang out there in the deeper water!

 

TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK)  CLOSED AS OF 11/16/2015.  DON'T FISH!

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER (ABOVE STAMPEDE 89 NORTH TOWARDS SIERRAVILLE CLOSED AS OF 11/16/2015.  DON'T FISH!

**JACKSON MEADOWS:    Lake is officially sitting at 39% capacity.  As with Davis this may be your last shot to fish this lake this year.  Road may have snow on it in places and 4WD is recommended.   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