Truckee-Tahoe Fishing Report

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WEEK OF 9/17/2014


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

Flows: Tahoe City 13 CFS!!! Glenshire 73 CFS, Boca 81 CFS, Farad 106 CFS water temps:  morning 59-62 to afternoon 67-70!

Big Truckee:  The weather for the week looks like high 70's mid 80's by the end of the week.   I wouldn't even fish the upper stretch and I would only fish till midafternoon on the lower stretch of the Big T as water temps will get past 68 by then! Very little water coming out of Tahoe and very little water coming out of the dam at Boca.    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.  Stones trailed by PMD, Caddis, BWO and Midge patterns have been great.  Also, Crayfish are molting so 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.  Most fish will be taken by high-sticking the pocket water.  Let's be ethical here and give the fish a break when water temps reach 68 degrees 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-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 YUBA (GOOD DRY FLY FISHING TO WARY FISH ON LIGHT RODS), OR INDEPENDENCE LAKE FOR SOME NICE LAHONTAN CUTTS.   
Some encouraging news for the Big T may just be heresy as the expectation of getting relief from Independence and Tahoe may not happen.  Donner looks like the only source of relief and that has just started.


  • Doug O's Stonedaddy sz 8 (1) There here!
  • Pickpocket (2)
  • Wooley Buggers Black or Olive sz 6-8 (3)
  • Craven’s TB JuJu PMD sz 16-18 (2)
  • Little Yellow Stone Nymphs (1)
  • Mercer's Biot Epoxy Back Golden Stone sz 8 (1)
  • Gill's G-6 Caddis Olv, Pearl sz 14 (4)
  • Gill's Pimp Flymph PMD sz 14 (4)
  • 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)
  • Randy's Flash Caddis sz 14-16 (2)
  • PT's sz 12-16 (1)
  • Randy's Buddies Green or Pearl (2)
  • Copper John's Reds and Copper 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 Yellow or Orange Belly sz 14 (1)
  • Bubbleback Yellow sz 16 (2)
  • TB or No Bead Crack Back PMD (2)
  • Bird's Nest Natural sz 14-18 (1)
  • Gill's TB PMD nymph (4)
  • Mercer's Z-Wing Caddis Amber sz 16-18 (2)
  • Stefan’s Brick sz 8 (1)
  • Gill’s Skipper Stone Golden sz 8-10 (4)
  • Craven's JuJu PMD sz 16-18 (5)
  • Hogan's S&M nymph PMD (2)
  • Lafontaine's Sparkle Pupa (2)
  • Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6  Blk, Brwn, Coffee (3)
  • Burk's HBI PMD sz 16
  • M's Super Pupa Green sz 12 or Tan sz 16 (2)
  • Pierce's Soft Hackle Prince (1)
  • Midges
  • Any nymph you would use on the LT!!


  • Thalken's Double Dutch Bugs sz 6 (7) Great indicator substitute!
  • Royal Wulffs sz 16-18 (8)
  • Turk’s Tarantula Org or Tan (7) Indi Substitute
  • Green Drake Wulff (7)
  • Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16 (7)
  • Cutter's E/C Caddis sz 12-16 Olv and Tan (7)
  • Cutter's Perfect Ant (7)
  • Sawmill Ant  sz 12 (7)
  • Mercer's Poxyback Green Drake (7)
  • AK's Melon Quil sz 16 (8)
  • Challenged PMD sz 16-18 (8)
  • Para Adams sz 12-18 (4)
  • Cream Puff Orange/yellow sz 16
  • Orange & Yellow Stimis (7)
  • Burk's Silhouette PMD sz 18 (8)
  • Klink PMD sz 18 (8)
  • Q's Hatch Matcher PMD sz 16 (4
  • Deer Hair Ant sz 10 (4)
  • Humpy's Yellow and Red (9)
  • Ramsey's Goofball Org, 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 September unless some flow comes from Independence Lake later.  Boca outflow is at a trickle again at 8.6 CFS. The lake is now listed at 16% 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 aftenoon 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 PMD's, Little Yellow Sallies, PED's, Small Caddis, BWO's, Midges and Terrestrials such as small ants and hoppers.  Small pattens in red have been excellent here lately! 


  • Bird's Nest Natural or Improved sz 16-18 (1)
  • Hogan's S&M PMD nymph sz 16-18
  • Gill's G-6 Caddis Olv or Pearl sz 16 (4)
  • Craven’s Two-Bit Hooker Brown  16 (2) 
  • BubbleBack Nymph sz 16 (2)
  • Burk’s Crystal HBI PMD sz 16 (2)
  • Copper Johns Red, Olv, Blk size 16-18 (1)
  • PMD 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 16-18 (2)
  • Craven's JuJu Baetis sz 18-20 (5)
  • WD-40’s Olv, Blk sz 20-22 (5)
  • Drymerger BWO sz 18-20 (8)
  • Craven’s JuJu Baetis or Purple Baetis sz 16-18 (5)
  • TB Zebra Midges (5)
  • Crack Back BWO (2)
  • Little Yellow Stones  (1)
  • Hogan's Indigo Child sz 18 (5)
  • M's Hotwire May Olv sz 18 (2)
  • Sloan's Mitey Mites sz 18-20 (7)
  • Sloan's Mitey May sz 18 (7)
  • San Juan Worms (2)


  • Cutter's Perfect Ant sz 12 (7)
  • Lawson's Green Drake (7)
  • Yellow or Orange Stimis sz 16 (7)
  • Griffiths Gnat sz 18 (5)
  • Para Midge Blk, Olv, Wht (5)
  • Bear's Para Sulpher Orange  sz 16
  • Challenged PMD size 18-20 (8)
  • Burk’s Silhouette dun PMD sz 16-18 (8)
  • Cream Puff Orange and Yellow
  • Humpys Red or Yellow sz 18 (9)
  • Royal Wulff sz 16-18 (9)
  • Q's Film Critic Green Drake (7)
  • Q's Hatch Matcher PMD sz 18 (4)
  • Solitudes Ext Body PMD sz 18 (8)
  • Solitudes Para Body PMD sz18 (8)
  • AK's Melon Quill sz 16 (8)
  • Q's Half-Dun Creamy Orange sz 18 (4)
  • Mercer's PMD Cripple sz 16 (8)  Great pattern!
  • Lawson's PMD Cripple sz 16 (8) Cripple patterns are deadly!
  • Hoppers
  • 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 9/17/2014


*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  


WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:    Nice weather in the morning but by the early afternoon we get inundated with smoke from the King Fire west of us!  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!  On sunny days get off the river by NOON as water temps spike to almost 70 by this time.  Be ethical when fishing our river!).  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 but honestly I wouldn't fish this stretch until temps get into the 50's and more water is flowing thru there.


**DONNER :   This lake was stocked heavily a while ago but still continues to fish well!  With temps in the low 80's for the week it's a great time to get out 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 still be 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.  Kokes haven't turned yet but will soon so now is the time to get out and fish for them!  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 16% 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.  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 waned as kokes are turning and with water levels at 24% capacity( that's correct) it's a must to have 4-wheel drive to launch and even that's been risky especially with the recent rain!  Everyone is now utilizing the area east of the ramp to launch their boats now.   Kokes are spread out all over now and some are even starting to turn!  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 great here too in the Davis Creek arm and 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 21% capacity and has been fishing great for the Smallmouth.  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.  Smallmouth fishing here has been great in the evening hours!


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 54 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.  A 7lb Brown was caught and released two weeks ago!  As water levels drop slightly the only launch feasible for boats is the one at Pass Creek not Woodcamp!   Lake is at 69% 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.