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 12/15/2014


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

Flows: Truckee 82 CFS!!! Glenshire 88 CFS, Boca 341 CFS, Farad 368 CFS-water temps: 37-40 degrees 

Big Truckee:  FLOWS ARE UP WITH THE RECENT WEATHER!  Snow off and on for the rest of the week except Thursday.  With the recent precip water is being released from Boca and that means flows that are more in norm with this time of year.  Cold temps for the rest of the week so dress accordingly!   Water temps are getting cold and fish are starting to get more lethargic and picky.   Lots of Midges and small BWO/Baetis Mayflies.  Hopefully these flows continue as long as we get weather.  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)
  • 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:  44 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  for the rest of the year because of the conditions.  These fish have been beaten on more so than I can remember.  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 be considerate to others around you and don't play fish to exhaustion.

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 

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  • PYRAMID LAKE:  Lake may fish well this week but timing will be the key as fronts will be coming and going all week.  Overcast skies with intermittent rain/snow will also draw fish closer to ledges for the ladder guys and one should be able to get into fish most of the day.  Mixed bag on techniques as slow stripping buggers trailed with beetles or nymphing with Maholo nymphs and midges have both worked.  Throwing baitfish patterns too has seen some success when the Cutts have been chasing baitballs.  Be smart be safe when venturing out here as the weather can be unsuspecting and dangerous especially if you're utilizing floating apparatuses.  We should be replenished with more patterns from Umpqua especially the Maholo nymphs by Monday.      

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As of 12/15/2015


*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Now a Davis Lake and Frenchmans Report!  Weather has changed so access to area lakes may be limited!


WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:   Mixed precip by Wednesday night in the form of snow and rain.  Cold temps in the morning so if you go out please 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 :  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  With recent releases here lake level is now at 20%.  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:   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. 

PYRAMID LAKE:  With the weather pattern changing from one system to another this week timing will be key.  Fish before the front moves in and you should have success.  Overcast skies with intermittent rain/snow mix will also help pull fish closer to ledges throughout the day.  Be extra careful about the wind conditions as this lake can capsize boats easily.  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.  Be safe be smart when you venture out here.



**JACKSON MEADOWS:    Access may be limited!  Check with Sierraville ranger station for road conditions!  Lake 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.