Truckee-Tahoe Fishing Report
WEEK OF 6/13/2013
GENERAL REG SECTION OPEN FROM 1000FT BELOW TAHOE CITY DAM TO TROUT CREEK
SPECIAL REG WATER OPEN FROM TROUT CREEK TO STATE LINE
DON’T FORGET TO PINCH THOSE BARBS, CATCH & RELEASE PLEASE!
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Truckee River: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES!
Flows: Glenshire 297 CFS, Boca 575 CFS, Farad 665 CFS water temps 56-60 Degrees.
Big Truckee: Flows are coming down but with water being drawn off the top of Tahoe water temps have risen. Caddis have become prolific on certain stretches of the river in the evenings now. Unlike Mayflies, one should skate or dance there Caddis dries a bit as Caddisflies are fast emergers. Other hatches include PMD's in the late mornings, Little Yellow Stones, PED's and the occasional Green Drake emergence in the evenings with the Caddis. Rolling big Stoneflies during the day with imitations of Mayfly crawlers and Caddis Pupa behind them can be effective. Look to fish the pocketwater more now as the water temp rises along with outside temps. The flying Carpenter ants have gone for the time being but there is a lot of ant activity along the rivers edge so don't discount the use of these patterns. Crashing one of these tasty morsels over an area that is seeing a lot of ant activity can bring on a splashy rise that will get your pulse up! Even though water temps are on the rise one should note that sometimes its necessary to have good repeated drifts! Nymphing will consist of large primary flies such as Pat's Rubberlegs, Buggers, large Copper Johns(reds!), Prince Nymphs, large Caddis pupa and Stonefly imitations trailed behind 16-18 inches with Caddis, PMD, PED, Midge and General nymphs such as Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, and Birds Nests in sizes 14-18. Gilligan and a few others have spotted adult Green Drakes but numbers have been limited to say the least. Fish this pattern more down toward State line where flows are bigger. Don't overlook streamers as some nice fish are still being taken this way and with water temps inching towards the 60 degree mark fish are more apt to chase your offerings. Sculpin imitations have been the best. Streamer fishing will be best in the wee hours of morning now or into dusk. Soft hackle imitations of Caddis and Mayfly's work well when fish are feeding just under the surface. If the California side of the Truckee is getting you flustered maybe a trip to the Nevada side will turn your luck around. 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.
- TB instar nymph sz 16-18 (2)
- Craven’s TB JuJu PMD sz 16-18 (2)
- Mercer's Biot Epoxy Back Golden Stone sz 8 (1)
- Craven's Catastrophic Pupa sz 14 (2)
- Fox's Caddis Pupa Olv, Tan, Cream sz 14 (2)
- Red Head Prince Nymph sz 8-16 (1)
- Craven's Two-Bit Hookers Red,Olv,Blk Brwn (2)
- Whitlock's Near Nuff Crayfish sz 4 (9)
- Hares Ears sz10-14 (1)
- Copper Johns Red,Blk, Olv, Copper sz 10-18 (1)
- Gill's PMD Pimp Flymph sz 16 (4)
- DBL Bead RBLG Hares Ear sz 8 (1)
- Hogan's S & M Nymph sz 16 Olv, Brwn (2)
- Solitude's Tung Golden Stone sz 10 (1)
- Sloan’s Micro Mays Olv sz 16-18 (2)
- Mercer's Glint Nymph Org Belly sz 16 (1)
- Gill's G-6 Caddis sz 14-16 Green, Pearl (4)
- TB or No Bead Crack Back PMD (2)
- 20 incher Bead or No Bead sz 10 (1)
- Gill's Skipper Stone Golden sz 8 (4)
- Stefan’s Brick sz 8 (1)
- Gill’s Skipper Stone Olv sz 8 (4)
- Moorish’s Biotic Nymph sz 14 (2)
- Morrish's Hotwire May Olv sz 16-18 (1)
- Partridge & Pheasant Soft Hackles sz 14 (8)
- Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6 Olv, Blk, Brwn, Coffee (3)
- Burk's HBI PMD sz 16 (2)
- Mercer's Z-Wing Caddis Cream or Olv sz 16 (2) No Bead!
- Randy Johnson's Buddy Holly Pearl sz 12 (2) It's Back!
- Thalken's Double Dutch Bugs sz 6 (7) Great indicator substitute!
- Royal Wulffs sz 12-18 (8)
- Turk’s Tarantula Org (7)
- Ext Body PMD sz 16 (8)
- Gill's Para PMD sz 18 (4)
- RP's Ant(Sawmill Ant) (7)
- Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16 (7)
- Gill's Carpenter Ant (4)
- Randy Johnson's Sierra Caddis sz 12-16 (9) Skate these!
- Para Adams sz 14-16 (4)
- Gill's Sir Francis Green Drake sz 10 (4)
- Orange Stimis (7)
- Cutters E/C Caddis sz 12-18 (7)
- Gill's Snowshoe Caddis sz 14-16 (4)
- Solitude Carpenter Ant sz 8 (7)
- Q's Extendo PMD sz 16 (4)
- H2O's PMD emerger sz 16 (8) PMD's are big now and this will fit the bill!
- Cahill light sz 14-16 (8)
- Q's Hatch Matcher PMD sz 16 (4)
- Ramsey's Goofball Org, Green (7) Floats like a cork!
STREAMERS (slow strip, deep pools)
- Slumpbuster sz 8 (3)
- Sheila Sculpin (3)
- Wooly Buggers sz 6-8 Olv or Blk
- Mini Loop Sculpin (3)
- Bandit Leeches sz 6 (3)
- Bunny Leech sz 6 Blk or Olv (3)
- Woolhead Sculpin sz6 Blk or Olv (3)
- Wier's Sculpin sz 4 (3)
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: Little Truckee 219 CFS Special Regs
Little Truckee: Flows have stabilized here for the moment so fishing should be more consistent. I still here grumblings from anglers who recently fished here that they haven't caught any fish or very few. All I have to say is that the LT and the Big T are difficult to fish and that going out once or twice will not yield great results. You have to put in your time or get a guided trip to understand these areas. Mind you that the winter was the driest in about 100 years and that the trout here saw angling pressure almost all winter. The fish here are just educated. A great spot to start here is at the inlet as there are a lot of fish stuffed in here but as the flows go so will the fish! Get out here now because when the flows drop to the mid 100's it will be back to the usual light tippets and stealthy approach that this tailwater is famous for. Main hatches here will consist of Midges, BWO's-Baetis Mayflies, small stoneflies and now PMD's. Also, aquatic worms are ever present so the use of a San Juan worm can be very effective. One can expect to utilize tippet and leader in the 4x,5x,6x range leaning more towards the 5x, 6x range.
- San Juan Worms (2)
- Craven’s Two-Bit Hookers Red,Drk Olv (2)
- Sloan’s Micro Mays Olv, Brwn (2)
- Hogan's S & M nymph Brown sz 16 (2)
- Burk’s HBI PMD sz 16 (2)
- Copper Johns Red, Olv, Blk size 16-18 (1)
- Gill's PMD pimp flymph sz 16 (4)
- 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)
- Mercer's Micro Stone sz 14 (1)
- Idyle's PMD Soft Emerger (8)
- Morrish's Hotwire May sz 16-18 (1)
- WD-40’s Olv, Blk sz 20-22 (5)
- Drymerger PMD sz 16-18 (8)
- Craven’s JuJu Baetis or Purple Baetis sz 16-18 (5)
- TB Zebra Midges (5)
- Crack Back BWO and PMD (2)
- Mercer's Micro Stone sz 14 (1)
- Gill's Blue Diamond Phillips sz 18 (4)
- Gill's Skipper Stone Golden sz 10 (4)
- Gill's G-6 Caddis sz 16 Green or Pearl (4)
- Almost Dun PMD sz 18 (8)
- Yellow or Orange Stimis sz 10,16 (7)
- Lawson's PMD sz 18 (8)
- Griffiths Gnat sz 18 (5)
- Para Midge Blk, Olv, Wht (5)
- Gill's Snowshoe PMD sz 18 (4)
- PMD Ext Dun sz 16 (8)
- Captive Dun PMD size 16 (8)
- Burk’s Silhouette dun PMD sz 16-18 (8)
- Humpys Red or Yellow sz 18 (9)
- Royal Wulff sz 16-18 (9)
- Gill's Snowshoe Caddis sz 16 (4)
- Solitude's Double Wing Caddis sz 16
- Cutter's E/C Caddis sz 16-18 (7)
- Q's Extendo PMD sz 16 (4)
- Burk's Yellow Stone sz 14-16 (4)
- Q's Yellow Stone sz 14 (4)
- Cutters little yellow stone sz 14-16 (4)
- STREAMERS (slow strip inlet, deep pools)
- Bale Hopp Leech size 10 (3)
- Wooley Buggers Blk, Olv (3)
- PT’s Bead or No Bead size 16-20
- Fox’s Callibaetis Nymph size 14-16 (5)
- Jay Fair’s Buggers (Indiv. Box) Inlet
- Midge Adult and Emergers (5)
- Wooley Buggers Olv or Black sz 6-8 (3)
- Bubba’s Callibaetis sz 14-16 (6)
- Skip’s BH Callibaetis nymph (6)
- Sheep Creek Specials BH or no Bead(6)
- Mercer's Poxyback Callibaetis sz 14-16 (4)
- AK's Callibaetis sz 14 (4)
- Zebra Midge blk or grn sz 18-20 (5)
WEEK OF 6/13/2013
*Designates best areas to go fishing now.
WEATHER FOR THE WEEK: Looking at low 70's and high 60's with breezy conditions during the day and nightime temps in the 30's.
**DONNER : Donner is still fishing well a week after its first stocking of the year! Get the kids out there or your buddy who has a difficult time catching fish and have a good time! Remember to be a steward and keep just what you can eat! No need to fill your freezer with multiple trips and leave some fish for the kids to catch! Powerbait will be the primary bait one will be using along with small shiney lures such as 1/12 to 1/8 Kastmasters, Roostertails, or Panther Martins. Kokanee fishing has picked up here and one will be targeting 50 to 65 feet of water now between the area of Loch Leven and China Cove. Pink, Orange and Chartruese have been the best color choices. A large brown measured at about 30 inches was caught over the weekend. The angler who caught it was trolling at a depth of 30 feet. Catching minnows can be deadly this time of year for the Macks as they are within casting distance. Also, for those trolling for Macks action has been good. Trolling the usual suspects that will imitate small Kokes and Rainbows will be the top producers. Early morning off the boat launch one can troll some larger imitations of rainbows because some big Macks always come in to feed on these stockers. This lake was stocked the week of 5/26/2013!
*BOCA: Boca is holding steady at about 68 percent capicity and has been quiet on action. Always a sleeper of a lake that no one wants to talk about. Best action by shore fisherman has been the dam and at the deeper troughs outside the inlet, especially with the flows starting to drop coming out of the LT. If you pinch your barbs and fish lures only one can work the Little Truckee River that flows into Boca but be cognizant that you may be fishing besides flyfisherman. Please be curteous to each others space. Also, concentrate off points as large fish will be suspended here. Shore fisherman can be successful by throwing all sorts of bait and lures such as large spinners and small stick baits that will imitate kokanee, rainbows, or baitfish. This lake will be stocked??
**STAMPEDE: This lake will get its first stock of DFW trout this week! Mack fishing has slowed a touch here but that doesn't mean that you won't hang one. Fish under or around schools of Kokes now if your targeting the Macks. Word is from Keith Zenker that the Koke bite is great and that you'll be fishing 40 to 65 feet down for them and that the larger ones are being taken by bumping the bottom in about 60 to 70 feet of water. Pink, Chartruese, and Orange in hoochies and squids have been go to's. Spinners will also work in these colors so don't dismay if these lures are your go to's. 20 to 40 fish days for the Kokes are here for some! See Mr Z at our store or give him a call to find out the latest news. He's got us stocked with some great Kokanee gear! For the shore fisherman spoons, large Spinners, and stick baits will work and of course if you're throwing bait nothing beats an inflated nightcrawler drenched in your favorite scent. Action here has been better for the boater, but with the upcoming stock of trout this week it should pick up considerably. This lake was stocked the week of 6/10/2013!
PROSSER: From the dam down to the section where the two inlets meet fishing has been fair at best. Trout in the 14 to 18 inch range and now Smallies have been caught on Kastmasters in 1/4 oz to 1/8 oz in Perch, Watermelon, Brook trout, and Gold early and late while Firetiger, Chrome/Blue, and Chrome have produced better during the mid day hours. Look for similar colors in Roostertails, Panther Martins, and Thomas bouyants. This lake will be continue to fish worse as the seaon progresses because it's level continues drop to the 40 percent capacity mark and will not see the halfway mark this summer. Smallmouth fishing will be better this summer than trout fishing here as the water temps will be like a bathtub. For those who have more patience than me throwing nightcrawlers, Powerbait, or Salmon eggs will certainly be a sure bet when the schools come by. Trollers should concentrate along drop offs by the shoreline and through the Prosser Creek arm with needlefish, Dick Nites, and Sierra Spinner(there just not for Kokes!) tipped with a nightcrawler. This lake will be stocked??
MARTIS LAKE: Fishing has been good here but one must remember that this is a barbless artificial catch and release fishery only! A great place for someone who wants to learn how to flyfish or for kids who just want to catch some fish on lures.
TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK) Some nice trout have been caught here recently. Look for faster water with depth to it or as some call it, pocketwater. Trout will post up in these areas as water temps have reached the 60 degree mark. This is a general reg section so you can use bait and you don't have to pinch your barbs.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER (ABOVE STAMPEDE 89 NORTH TOWARDS SIERRAVILLE) Fishing through the Perazzo Meadows for Brookies has been good and some nice Rainbows being caught below Weber Falls. Won't last long as these fish get taken out as this section is under general regs!
***JACKSON MEADOWS: You can know get into Jackson Meadows and reports that are coming out is that the lake is full and the fishing is great! Anglers here are doing great throwing powerbait and small lures such as 1/8 oz Kastmasters, Panther Martins and Roostertails. For the trolling crowd the action has been the Northwest corner of the lake where the creek flows in. Other areas have been off drop offs into deeper water. Needlefish, Dick Nites, Kastmasters, and Sierra Spinners tipped with a Nightcrawler always works well. This lake will be stocked??