Truckee-Tahoe Fishing Report

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WEEK OF 10/28/2014


Truckee River: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES!

Flows: Truckee 5.9 CFS!!! Glenshire 28 CFS, Boca 52 CFS, Farad 66 CFS-water temps: 46-50

Big Truckee:  Nice weather until Thursday as rain and snow will be with us through the weekend.   Water temps have come down and that means one can fish all day now!   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 most anglers if they are going to fish the river will fish downstream of the Boca outlet.    Even though water levels are now low the fishing has been pretty good with some good dry fly fishing if you know time and place.  Great time to use a dry dropper rig and cover some water!  Nymphing will consist of Stones or October Caddis trailed by PMD, Caddis, BWO and Midge patterns have been great.  Also, Crayfish are done molting but don't pass up on throwing a crayfish pattern in those deep holes and stretches that one can find on the Big T.  Streamer fishing and dry fly fishing has picked up recently below Boca.  That means not just nymphing!  Explore different stretches of water and give your old spot a break or try and fish the area lakes.  Still, most fish will be taken by high-sticking the pocket water.  Lots of things on the menu now such as BWO's, Baetis, Midges, October Caddis, Stones, and waning hatches of Caddis and PMD's.  If you're fishing dries consider using 4x-6x leaders now and when nymphing 4x-5x tippet. Caution!  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!), 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, Brown #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:  41 cfs!!

Little Truckee:  Flows are going to be running at the current rate for the rest of October unless some flow comes from Independence Lake later.  Boca outflow has decreased to 9.6 CFS. The lake is now listed at 20% capacity!  Good news and bad as the lower river will suffer but the lake will get a reprieve.  It will get busy here now as anglers will be looking for somewhere else to fish!  Please be courteous to others!  Go out with 5x-7x leader and hook size 16-22 on patterns.  Expect to see more people here during the latter part of the afternoon and evening as they will be giving the main river a break, if there being Ethical, as the water temps here are stable and cooler from being drawn from the bottom of Stampede dam.  Can be some fantastic Dry action here but it can be frustrating with the refusals so sharpen your skills!  Bugs being seen here are BWO's, Baetis, Midges, and some sporadic PMD and Caddis.  Small patterns in red have been excellent here lately! 


  • Bird's Nest Olive sz 16-18 (1)
  • Hogan's S&M Olv nymph sz 16-18 (2)
  • Hogan's Indigo Child sz 18 (5)
  • Craven’s Two-Bit Hooker Red  16 (2) 
  • M's Hotwire May Olive sz 18 (2)
  • Burk’s Crystal HBI Baetis sz 18 (2)
  • Copper Johns Red, Olv, Blk size 16-18 (1)
  • BWO soft emerger sz 18 (8)
  • Rainbow Warriors size 18 (5)
  • Tailwater Tinys Olive & Red size 20-22 (5)
  • KF Flasher Blk, Olv sz 18
  • Craven’s JuJubee Midge (all colors) (5)
  • Two Tone Zebra Midge (5)
  • Flashback Pheasant Tails sz 18-20 (2)
  • Craven's TB JuJu Baetis sz 16-18 (5)
  • WD-40’s Olv, Blk sz 20-22 (5)
  • Drymerger BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Craven’s JuJu Baetis or Purple Baetis sz 16-20 (5)
  • TB Zebra Midges (5)
  • Crack Back BWO (2)
  • Soft Emerger BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Hogan's Indigo Child sz 18 (5)
  • Pickpocket Green or Purple sz 18 (2)
  • Sloan's Mitey Mites sz 18-20 (7)
  • Sloan's Mitey May sz 18 (7)
  • San Juan Worms (2)
  • Flex Floss Worms (2)


  • Cutter's Bi-Vis sz 16-18 (8)
  • Mercer's Low Water Baetis sz 18-20 (8)
  • Yellow, Royal, or Orange Stimis sz 16 (7)
  • Royal Wulffs sz 18-20 (8)
  • Para Midge Blk, Olv, Wht (5)
  • Thorax Baetis sz 18-20 (8)
  • Challenged BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Burk’s Silhouette dun BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • BWO Ext. sz 18-20 (8)
  • Humpys Red or Yellow sz 18 (9)
  • Royal Wulff sz 18-20 (9)
  • Q''s Hatch Matcher BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Q's Hackle Stacker BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Little Olv Stone sz 14 (7)
  • Missing Link Olv sz 16-18 (7)
  • Q's Loopy BWO sz 18 (4)
  • Q's Half-Dun Olv sz 18 (4)
  • Griffith's Gnat sz 18-20
  • Klink BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Sparkle Dun Baetis sz 18-20 (8)
  • Zebra Midges (5)
  • STREAMERS (slow strip at the inlet)
  • 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!  Some good Callibaetis hatches now and Midging 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

Audio Report

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

Print Report

WEEK OF 10/28/2014

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


WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:  Some cold wintery mix expected to arrive Thursday night and  stay with us through the weekend.  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.  Also, for spin fisherman throwing barbless artificials in the Big Truckee below the Boca outflow for CATCH & RELEASE fishing can be good.  Flows are very low at 52-66 CFS. 


**DONNER   Some inclement weather rolling into our area Thursday night so dress accordingl if your venturing out this Halloween weekend.  Mack fishing here has been fair and Jigging for these guys has been good at depths from 70-90 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 45-80 feet with most of the schools being between Loch Leven Lodge and China Cove as these are considered next years Kokes.  Paul Thomas sent in a report on Donner this week stating that he was catching turned Kokes along with next seasons Kokes, lost some bigger fish too, in about 40-60 feet of water around the China Cove area.  He was using Spinner/Hoochie combination lures tipped with beige salmon eggs behind silver flashers.  Paul stated that fish hit after he shut down the motor and the boat almost came to a complete stop.  Water temp was 57.  Awesome!  Thank you to Paul and Nancy Thomas for that report.  Also, for the boaters, there is a section off the shoreline at the State Park where the depth drops off quickly and lots of fish are concentrated there.  Small Macks have been busy cruising the shorelines in the morning and evening picking of small rainbows.  Throw imitations that will mimic these and smaller baitfish now in these dusk and dawn hours to be successful! 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 20% 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.   Stocked the week of 5/19/14 ?, 6/16/14.

**STAMPEDE:  Lake is stable now at 22% 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.    This lake was stocked the week of 4/13, 5/12/14.

*PROSSER:   Lake is at 21% 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!

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 5.9 pouring a bucket of water into the river would create more flow than it has now.


**JACKSON MEADOWSWith this lake being stocked a while ago with a healthy planting of DFW trout this lake will fish great for months now!  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.  As water levels drop slightly the only launch feasible for boats is the one at Pass Creek not Woodcamp!   Lake is at 61% 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.