Truckee-Tahoe Fishing Report

As of the 25th of April all moving water is open except tribs that feed Tahoe.  Be aware that regulations still exist on the Truckee(Trout Creek to State Line), Little Truckee(Between Stampede and Boca), Prosser Creek(Below Prosser Reservoir), Martis Lake, and Milton Reservoir.  Know The Regs or get fined!  Ignorance is no excuse! 

AS OF 6/28/2015

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!  1000 FT BELOW TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK IS UNDER GENERAL REGS.

Flows: Glenshire 8 CFS! Below Prosser 14! CFS, Boca 60 CFS, Farad 101 CFS-water temps: 65-74! degrees VERY LOW FLOWS!

Big Truckee:  Weather this week is going to be unseasonably warm with daytime temps getting close to 90 degrees!  Flows have dropped considerably and water temps have spiked to almost 70-74 during the latter part of the day now.  This is just the beginning of summer and the outlook could be grim if the river doesn't get a bump in flow from the local reservoirs.  Even 50 cfs would be something.  I would really start looking for other water to fish at this time and I would NOT fish the Truckee for the rest of the summer and fall.  YES, THAT IS CORRECT, DON'T FISH THIS RIVER IF YOU HAVE ANY ETHICS AND HOPEFULLY THE CALIFORNIA DFW GETS ON BOARD AND CLOSES THIS RIVER SOON TO FISHING! 

 

 

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:  30 cfs!!  VERY LOW FLOWS!!  I would try and fish somewhere else now and give the LT fish a break!  

Little Truckee:  Low flows here too, but with cooler water being drawn from the bottom of Stampede the LT's trout have it much better than their cousins on the Big Truckee.  Algae is starting to build up now and temps increasing very quickly down the system here with the unseasonably warm daytime temps we are seeing.  Start looking towards fishing Stillwater as this section will get worse if the flows remain the same and algae gets worse.  Good hatches of Little Yellow Stones, small Caddis, PMD's, Midges, and sporadic BWO/Baeits.  Lots of Terrestrial activity in the form of Carpenter Ants and smaller varieties of the same along the banks now.  Like the Main river Dry-Dropper set-ups will help you cover lots of water instead of watching for heads surfacing and won't spook trout like indicators will.  Use Snake river mud to disquise your leader from these wary trout when throwing dries or fishing just under the film!  These fish have seen everything for the past 3 years with no break and know a good drift from a not-so-good drift.  If you fish here you have to have your A game! 

NYMPHS;  Caddis, Midges, Micro Stones, small BWO/Baetis, PMD's, Yellow Sallys and Green Drake nymphs patterns 12-24 sizes. 

DRIES: Caddis, Midges, BWO/Baetis, PMD's, Yellow Sallys, Carpenter Ants patterns 8-22 sizes. 

INLET:  Swinging flies at the mouth of the Little Truckee as it enters Boca has remained steady and in the evening there can be some very good top water action with Midges and Calibaetis.  Subsurface patterns such as leeches and buggers can also produce some aggressive grabs in the evening and early morning! 

  • 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:  Closed at the end of June.

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Donner Lake Aug. 21-22
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Donner Lake Gets Fish!
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As of 6/25/2015

 

*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Every lake was stocked the past two weeks except for Prosser!  A possible stocking of for Donner Lake but not confirmed.  Stampede and North Fork of the Yuba were stocked last week!  Fishing in our area has been consistent but you'll have to work for the fish now.   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.  No Stockings scheduled for this week so you're going to have to work to catch fish as those easy planters have acclimated to their environmentWe don't know the exact date the DFW will stock fish so the statement of "the week of" is what it means.

 

WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:    Weather will be warmer than usual for our area this week with temps getting close to 90 degrees!

 

***DONNER :  Lake is at 72% capacity.  The recent stocking of DFW trout has injected some life into this lake and shore anglers are doing well!  Some boaters have been having success catching Macks around the China Cove area in about 65-90 feet of water with Rainbow and Koke imitations.   Jigging has also been taking some nice Macks also when they've been holding deep.  Kokanee fishing is good as trolling at about 55-80 feet down is now the method with dodgers in Gold, Silver, or variations of the same with Pink, Orange, or Green followed by Pink, Orange, and Chartreuse spinners, wedding rings, Spin Hoochies, Hoochies, Kokanuts, and  Glow Tubes in lighter colors in the morning and darker colors in the afternoon.  Kokes are coming in a bit larger now at 11-14 inches now.  Best fishing for these landlocked salmon has been in the humps between Loch Leven and China Cove in 55-65 feet and some as deep as 80 feet.  Macks are being found under these schools of Kokes in this area too.  As the season progresses they may come up in size to maybe 15-16 inches if food is plentiful and competition for food low.  For the shore fisherman this week you should have plenty of stockers to go for with the upcoming stocking of DFW trout!  We are stocked with everything to get you out there and catch those fish!  Some might be rewarded with a nice Mackinaw that might venture in to feed on these planters!   This lake was stocked the week of 4/1/2015, and will be stocked this week 5/31/2015!

**BOCA  This lake is at an abysmal 13% right now and it won't get any better.  Fishing here has been pretty good as fish are really concentrated.  Small car top boats, prams, and float tubes.  Be careful about driving down to the shoreline as most areas are like quicksand!  Best spots to fish here are around the dam in the morning tossing small minnow imitatiions, larger spoons and spinners for the browns that cruise here early and outside the inlet for trout looking for colder water temps.  Nightcrawlers, Rapala's, Powerbait, small Kastmasters, and jigs have been good for Rainbows and Browns.   This lake was stocked the week of 4/19/15 and will be stocked this week 5/31/2015!

***STAMPEDE:  Lake is at 17% capacity.  Surface temp is 70 degrees here, which is driving the Kokes deeper now.  Fishing has picked up for Rainbows here, especially in the LT arm, and toplining for Kokanee has been great for those who can launch their boats.  There is a new launch site now east of the old launch.  Old launch east of original boat launch is now to shallow! Reports of most Kokes ranging in the 14-16 inch range.  Best spot has been the creek channel of the LT arm in about 30-35 feet and bumping the bottom.  Pink and Orange have been the go to colors here with Green and Yellow variations also picking up some fish in the mornings.  In the PM with the sun on the water try some darker colors such as Purple, Blue and Black.  Go deeper later and shallow in the AM.  Shore fishing has been good 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 4/12/15, 6/7/2015 and 6/21/2015!

*PROSSER:   Lake has come up slightly too about 26% capacity.  Recently, a decent Smallmouth bite around the dam and along the shoreline for those who prefer the Bronzebacks to Trout.  Some GOOD reports of stocked rainbows and some stocked Cutties in the Prosser Creek arm.  Use small flashy lures for these guys and if that doesn't work go with nightcrawlers and powerbait.  This lake was stocked the week of 4/19/15.

***DAVIS LAKE:    Fishing from the bank has been tough recently but with the expected plant of DFW trout weeks ago it should pick up.  A lot of the holdover fish have moved into deeper water and those with boats will have the best success. Hot spots are in the Northwest part of the lake with a good Damsel hatch and a very good Hex hatch on the Northeast shore with hardly any fish feeding on these very large Mayflies!  Patience needed here but the pay-off could be a large Rainbow!  Needlefish, Wedding rings, Dick Nites, or similar trolled in about 20-35 feet of water has been best.

FRENCHMANS:   Has been fishing slowed a little with the increasing water temps.  Recommend fishing in the morning and evening hours here with the emphasis on the morning hours as fish will be more active then.

PYRAMID LAKE:  CLOSED THE END OF THE MONTH!  CUTTS ARE IN DEEP WATER NOW AND IT SEEMS BOATERS ARE THE ONLY ONES HAVING SUCCESS!
 

TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK)  OPEN AS OF 4/25/2015.  DON'T FISH!

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER (ABOVE STAMPEDE 89 NORTH TOWARDS SIERRAVILLE OPEN AS OF 4/25/2015.  DON'T FISH!

**JACKSON MEADOWS:    Lake is officially sitting at 76% capacity.  Lots of water coming in from the surrounding creeks is a good sign along with the surrounding snow on the mountains.  Fishing from boat has been best in 15-20 feet of water with Needlefish, Wedding rings or similar lures tipped with nightcrawlers have been the most effective.  Don't discount using Rapalas as some of the larger trout have gone for these.  Some nice rainbows being caught around the Woodcamp boat launch but you're going to have to work for them.  Some days are good and some days are not.  Hey, it sure beats work!  Best areas here for the boaters has been Southwest corner of the lake and across the dam.  For the shore fisherman holdover trout and now DFW stocked Trout will be pretty eager to bite on nightcrawlers floated with a mallow or powerbait, while those throwing hardware are using small Kastmasters, Roostertails, and Panther Martins.   Lake will receive it's first stocking of the year this week 5/31/2015!

ALL STREAMS AND CREEKS are OPEN UNLESS OTHERWISE DESIGNATED!! (STREAMS THAT FLOW INTO TAHOE ARE STILL CLOSED!!!!) IF YOU ARE UNSURE, PICK UP A COPY OF FRESHWATER REGS AND AVOID COSTLY FINES!!

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.   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