WEEK OF 7/22/2014
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!
Flows: Glenshire 225 CFS, Boca 469 CFS, Farad 525 CFS water temps: morning 62-63 to afternoon 68-69
Big Truckee: Mid to High 70's to begin the week and then back into the 80's for the rest of the week. Partly cloudy for Monday and Tuesday and then the sun returns. Great time to get out before the heat comes back! Water-master at Tahoe says the recent rain will keep flows going for another 2 weeks or so. We'll see what happens. Even though water levels are fluctuating the fishing has been pretty good with some good dry fly fishing if you know time and place. Some prolific Caddis hatches in the evenings for the purist in you and some areas it seems that the fish haven't seen a fly for a while. Explore different stretches of water and give your old spot a break! Most fish will be taken by high-sticking the pocket water and one should think about giving the fish a break in the afternoon since water temps climb to 68-69, but early this week temps may not get that high. Don't despair, you can get out for the evening to get your fix if you missed the early session for some very good caddis, little yellow sallies, and PED action. Let's be ethical here and give the fish a break during the heat of the day to cut back on the mortality rate of trout when they're stressed by these high water temps. Lots of things on the menu now such as Caddis, Stones, Mayflies (PMD's, PED's), Midges, and Terrestrials (Ants, Hoppers). If you're fishing dries consider using 4x-5x leaders now and when nymphing 3x-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 YUBA (GOOD DRY FLY FISHING TO WARY FISH ON LIGHT RODS), OR INDEPENDENCE LAKE FOR SOME NICE LAHONTAN CUTTS.
STREAMERS (slow strip, deep pools)
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: 48 cfs!!
Little Truckee: I've about given up trying to understand what the Water Master is doing with the flows here as one day they're low and the next up. Go out with 5x-7x leader and hook size 16-22 on patterns. Expect to see more people here during the afternoons 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 PMD's, Little Yellow Sallies, PED's, Small Caddis, BWO's, Midges and Terrestrials such as small ants and hoppers.
WEEK OF 7/21/2014
*Designates best areas to go fishing now.
WEATHER FOR THE WEEK: Very nice temps to begin the week with overcast skies and 20% chance of rain but be aware not to be caught on the water when some of the late afternoon thunderstorms pop up. 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 from Trout Creek to Glenshire Bridge, then again from Prosser outflow to Stateline can be fun if you prefer moving water and catch and release trophy trout fishing! If you prefer to keep a couple then the stretch through town to a 1000 ft below the dam at Tahoe City may be the place for you.
**DONNER : This lake was stocked heavily weeks ago but still continues to fish well! With temps in the 70's to begin the week it's a great time to get in the morning and evenings to fish though this lake will still put fish out during the day. Mack fishing here has been fair and Jigging for these guys have been good at depths from 70-100ft and some smaller guys being caught along the shoreline. Kokanee fishing has been good with fat little guys ranging from 10-12 inches in 45-80 feet with most of the schools being between Loch Leven Lodge and China Cove and some larger Kokes in the 13-14 inch range on the opposite shore from the boat launch suspended 60-80 feet in 100-120 feet of water. With the recent stocking some 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 has dipped recently to 26% capacity with the outflow being 200 cfs more than what is coming in. 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. Lots of PWC(Personal Water Craft) or Jetskis ripping around the lake during the day so look for morning and evening fishing to be more productive. Stocked the week of 5/19/14 ?, 6/16/14.
**STAMPEDE: Kokanee fishing here has been great, but with water levels at 27% capacity( that's correct) it's a must to have 4-wheel drive to launch and even that's been risky! Many are utilizing the area east of the ramp to launch their boats now. Rick Kennedy and John Minnis still reporting good Kokanee action with fish ranging in the 12-13 inch range in the top 25-40 feet of water but some larger fish are being taken around the island in 45-55 feet of water. Another hot spot has been off the boat launch when water depth reaches 35-45 feet. Spinners, Hoochies, and Radical Glow Tubes have been go to lures in colors with pink, orange, and Purple. Best Dodger colors have been copper with any Orange and Pink in it! Look for Macks underneath these schools of Kokes and some larger ones still hanging out in the deeper sections of the lake around the dam. Trout fishing has been best in the coves up and down from the campgrounds and boat ramp. Smallmouth fishing has been sporadic in the Davis Creek arm but some of those that are being caught have been pretty nice! This lake was stocked the week of 4/13, 5/12/14.
*PROSSER: Lake is at 28% capacity and has been fishing decently for bass. Fishing outside the inlets and around the dam has produced the best results. Smallmouth fishing here has been great in the evening hours! Was stocked the week of 4/20!!!!!
MARTIS LAKE: A real sleeper of a lake early on, wide open and no crowds. Great for those who are learning to fly fish without the critics you'll find on the rivers!
TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK) Few reports but always fishes well for those who like to keep a couple and soak some bait. Water levels or CFS ratings here will greatly impact fishing as the flow here will dip significantly here when July arrives!
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER (ABOVE STAMPEDE 89 NORTH TOWARDS SIERRAVILLE) Stocked about a months ago but with low water now being an issue fishing has been fair at best through this stretch. Stocked the week of 5/12/14.
**JACKSON MEADOWS: With this lake being stocked weeks ago with a healthy planting of DFW trout this lake will fish great for months now! If you're looking for bigger fish here your 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. Lake is at 80% capacity and it's a great escape from the masses that descend on Tahoe. Stocked the 6/9/14, 6/16/14.
ALL STREAMS AND CREEKS are OPEN UNLESS OTHERWISE DESIGNATED!! IF YOU ARE UNSURE, PICK UP A COPY OF FRESHWATER REGS AND AVOID COSTLY FINES!!