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 5/18/2015



Flows: Glenshire 68 CFS Below Prosser 113 CFS, Boca 209 CFS, Farad 236 CFS-water temps: 49-52 degrees 

Big Truckee:  Very low flows above the Boca outflow.  Flows have also dropped below Boca as they are releasing 110 cfs out of the Dam.  This weeks weather looks windy starting on Monday and Tuesday and then giving way to some wet weather for the rest of the week maybe into the next week!  Best hours to fish will be 10 to 4.   Water temps have come up and fish are more apt to sample your offerings now.   Lots of BWO's, Midges, March Browns, Stones, and even some sporadic Caddis activity.  Flows are decent but the general outlook could be bleak as we progress into late spring. Great BWO and an unconfirmed larger Mayfly hatch right now!  Sporadic hatches of March Browns, PMD's, and Caddis too.  Best sections to fish have been the Glenshire stretch as some anglers have seen double digit days here, but don't disregard the sections toward State Line as water is more open 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)
  • Yeager's Tantrum sz 10 (7) Olive, Tan, Golden Great Indi substitute!
  • 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:  88 cfs!!

Little Truckee:  Lot of Attention here but you can still catch some pretty large Browns if you've got your game on!  Fish here all day until the T-Storms arrive.  Great BWO hatches here along with some sightings of Green Drake nymphs in the riffles.  Some fish here are looking worn out as they have been hooked many times throughout the non-winter season we have had.  Trout will become picky as the flows have dropped, so think about dropping a leader/tippet size to coax refusals.  Lots of Midges, Baetis and BWO's  on the menu now!  Best time to fish is 9-4.

NYMPHS;  Midges, Micro Stones, small BWO Baetis patterns 16-24 sizes. 

DRIES: Midges and small BWO Baetis patterns 18-24 sizes. 

INLET:  Swinging flies at the mouth of the Little Truckee as it enters Boca has been pretty good for hungry rainbows that weren't ready to spawn this year.  Dennis Peirce's SH Prince has been the go to fly here!

  • 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 is starting to fish much better now as many anglers are experiencing double-digit days now.  Cutties are starting to move closer to the drop-offs and will cruise the shallows above these areas also.   Can be very crowded at times around the South Nets now!  Mixed bag on techniques as slow stripping buggers trailed with beetles or nymphing with Maholo nymphs and midges have both worked.   Be smart be safe when venturing out here as the weather can be unsuspecting and dangerous especially if you're utilizing floating apparatuses.  We are now in stock of Pyramid Patterns from local guides.      

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As of 5/18/2015


*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Fishing in our area is starting to look good and with the lack of snowpack the key this year will be starting your season early!  Marginal weather all week with PM rain Monday and then scattered T-storms the rest of the week.  Memorial Day weekend will follow the same pattern so dress accordingly.   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 environment.  We 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 a little cooler this week with Scattered afternoon Thunderstorms and Memorial Day weekend looks like a similar weather pattern.  Dress accordingly because the fish don't care if it's raining or not.


***DONNER :  Lake is at 67% capacity.  It's been over a month now since this lake has seen a stock of catchable Rainbows so you're going to have to be patient.  Some boaters have been having success catching Macks around the China Cove area in about 90-110 feet of water with #3 silver needlefish and similar lures.   Jigging has also been taking some nice Macks also when they've been holding deep.  Kokanee is fishing is okay as trolling at about 30 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, Scorpions, Hoochies, Kokanuts, and Tubes with Pink being the hottest color.  Kokes are a little small ranging in the 11 inch range.  Best fishing for these landlocked salmon has been between Loch Leven and the Handicap fishing pier.  As the season progresses they may come up in size to maybe 13-14 inches if food is plentiful and competition for food low.  For the shore fisherman this week you'll have to work a little bit harder to catch those planters as they are dispersing through the lake now.  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!

**BOCA  This lake is at an abysmal 15.8% 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 mostly hungry rainbows that are of age yet to spawn.  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! 

***STAMPEDE:  Lake is at 18% capacity.  Surface temp is 55 degrees here, which is perfect!  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.  Like I mentioned, launching any boat other than a small aluminum one can be an adventure and 4-wheel drive is an absolute must.  Still, some are launching North Rivers and the like.  Go to the right of boat launch and find the steep rocky shoreline, drop boat in and then turn boat and head in direction back to old boat launch as there is a sand bar developing just outside of new launch site.  Watch your props as you approach the shore as some have reported damage from rocks in the shallows!  Reports of most Kokes ranging in the 14-15 inch range.  Best spot has been the creek channel of the LT arm about 20 feet of water.  Pink has been the go to color here in Tubes, Hoochies, Spinners, and the Shasta Tackle Kokanut!  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.

*PROSSER:   Lake has come up slightly too about 24% 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 this week it should pick up.  A lot of the holdover fish have moved into deeper water and those with boats will have the best success.  Needlefish, Wedding rings, Dick Nites, or similar trolled in about 15-25 feet of water has been best.

FRENCHMANS:   Has been fishing very well!

PYRAMID LAKE:  With some Thunderstorms coming in later in the day be careful not to be caught out on your boat out on this lake.  Cutts are in the shallows and have been congregating in the South nets area of the lake.  Caution as this area can get pretty crowded this time of year.   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.  Early has been best for the boaters as the Cutties will be more accessible of the shelves at this time but when they move to the shallows the bite gets tougher.  Be safe; be smart when you venture out here.

TRUCKEE RIVER(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK)  OPEN AS OF 4/25/2015.  No reports from here as the only moving water is coming from the feeder creeks not Tahoe!  Yes, that is correct as there is no water coming out of the dam at Tahoe and there won't be for the rest of the season!

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER (ABOVE STAMPEDE 89 NORTH TOWARDS SIERRAVILLE OPEN AS OF 4/25/2015.  No reports from this section as water levels are low from water being diverted to Sierraville.

**JACKSON MEADOWS:    Lake is a couple of feet above the dam gates so my best guess would be around 80% full.  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 have been pretty eager to bite on nightcrawlers floated with a mallow or powerbait, while those throwing hardware are using small Kastmasters or Roostertails.


Local Lake Guides:  FISH TALES GUIDE SERVICE-ED FISK 530-559-7175 AND CHRISTOPHEL's GUIDE SERVICE-MARC CHRISTOPHEL 530-680-1492  Both 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