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 3/2/2015


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

Flows: Glenshire 69 CFS Below Prosser 186 CFS, Boca 299 CFS, Farad 329 CFS-water temps: 36-40 degrees 

Big Truckee:  A decent storm left us with about 10 inches of snow here in Truckee and about 18-20 up top.  We need a storm like this every week for the next two months to make a dent in our dire water situation though!  Unfortunately, the temps will be close to 60 by the end of this week according to the weather reports.  Best hours to fish will be 10 to 3.   Water temps are cold and fish are somewhat lethargic and somewhat picky.   Lots of Midges and small BWO/Baetis Mayflies and even Skwala Stones  Flows are reasonable but the general outlook could be dismal if we don't see an increase in out snowpack.  Snowpack sits at 36% now.  Start to think about March Browns now as we press into this month and the accelerated fishing season!  Use patterns such as Gill's SH March Brown, 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 dries to rising fish.  Best sections to fish have been the Glenshire stretch as some anglers have seen double digit days 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)
  • 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:  157 cfs!!

Little Truckee:  Flows have been stable now for weeks at 157 cfs!  Access is wide open here and the fishing has been pretty good though fish here are looking pretty beat up with all the pressure.  Lots of midges, Baetis and even some winter stones on the menu now!  Best time to fish is 11-3.

NYMPHS;  Midges and small BWO Baetis patterns 16-24 sizes.  sporadic Small Winter Stones.  

DRIES: Midges and small BWO Baetis patterns 18-24 sizes.  sporadic Small Winter Stones.


  • 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 may fish well this week but timing will be the key with the nice weather settling in for the end of the week.  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.      

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

Clean, Drain & Dry your boat and fishing gear to prevent the spread of invasive species – Learn more at

As of 3/2/2015


*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Now a Davis Lake and Frenchmans Report!  Snow may limit access to certain areas such as Jackson and the backside of Stampede.  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. 


WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:   Nice Weather for the weekend as temps may climb to 60 but for the early part of the week temps will be fairly cold.  We need storms like the one on Friday night for the next two months to make a dent in our water situation though!


**DONNER :  Lake is at 49% capacity.  Donner has been fishing sporadically as some fisherman are still taking small Macks along the North shore and some around the China Cove area.  Rainbows have been sporadic up and down the North shore with Powerbait or nightcrawlers.   Kastmasters, Krocodiles, Rooster Tails, Rapalas or anything that will mimic a baitfish will elicit a bite.  If you're in a boat right off the ramp in about 100 to 135 feet is a good concentration of macks.  Trolling through this group of fish with #2 and #3 needlefish and similar patterns has brought some success.  Light on the 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 26%.   Be careful about driving down to the shoreline as some areas are like quicksand!  Nightcrawlers, Rapala's, Powerbait, small Kastmasters, and jigs have been good for Rainbows and Browns.   Stocked the week of 5/19/14, 6/16/14.

**STAMPEDE:  Lake is dropping and is at 21% capacity.  Fishing has been slow for Rainbows, Macks, and Smallies.  Some thin ice in the inlets but for the most part lake is wide open.  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 24% capacity.  Recently, a decent Smallmouth bite around the dam and along the shoreline for those who prefer the Bronzebaks to Trout.  Small Rainbows here but since this lake was only stocked once fishing has been pretty slow, much better around the dam and Prosser Creek arm for the sporadic trout bite.  

***DAVIS LAKE:    For a more comprehensive update contact Mark at out Blairseden store. 530-836-2589.

FRENCHMANS:   Same as Davis.

PYRAMID LAKE:  With nice weather later this week fishing may good for this time of year as March tends to be more favorable fishing here.  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:    Lake is at 90% Capacity!  Check conditions here as the recent snowfall may have limited access to this lake.  Call Sierraville Ranger Station!