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 8/30/2015

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 9.4 CFS! Below Prosser 14.5CFS!, Boca 100 CFS, Farad 111 CFS-water temps: 60-69! degrees VERY LOW FLOWS!

Big Truckee:  Don't Fish and Don't Ask If you have any idea of what is going on!   I would highly recommend looking  for other water to fish at this time and I would NOT fish the Truckee for the rest of the summer and fall if you have any Ethics!  YES, THAT IS CORRECT, DON'T FISH THIS RIVER IF YOU HAVE ANY ETHICS AND with the DFW and States stance on the Truckee that it can run dry and it still will not fall under closure regulations.       

It has come to my attention that for certain individuals and groups that it is okay to fish the Truckee.  Take a good look at yourself, then look at your surroundings, then look at the thin water with fish stacked up and tell me it's okay to fish this river.  Go ahead and do the "bucket" fishing method Mr. R Martin and turn in your ethics card at the door and you can justify it by saying "the water is cold enough in the morning/ I carry my thermometer with me so I know when not to fish anymore" or "I/we need to make money."  These fish haven't really got a break for about 3 years and this current year has been pretty taxing on them.  People are going to do what people are going to do, can't change that or their justification of what they're doing.  It's like arguing politics, you can do it till you're blue in the face and you still won't get anywhere.  My constituents and I would like to fish the river again and keep the recovery period to a minimum but now is not the time, so just leave those poor trout alone and get on them after we get a solid winter again.

 

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:  16 CFS!  Same rule as the Big Truckee!

Little Truckee:  TU stream restoration may still be in effect as flows are a mere 16 CFS!  Best guess would be that the watermaster hasn't got the go ahead to start releasing more flow here.  Wouldn't fish this stretch until flows get over 80 CFS.  But hey, that's us, you may have a different view of the situation than us and think it's okay.  When flows due get bumped fish Midges in the morning, PMD's from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and Caddis and Yellow Stones in the evening.  The  rule of thumb here has been 5x to 7x depending on the situation.   Good luck and remain ethically strong.

 

 

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.  

PYRAMID LAKE:  Closed 

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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

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As of 8/30/2015

 

*Designates best areas to go fishing now.  Don't forget that September 5th is a Free Fishing Day in California!  Trout plantings are done for the year!  Both Jackson Meadows and  Donner were stocked about a month ago and Stampede about 5 weeks ago.   Fishing in our area has been consistent but you'll have to work for the fish now.  If you're looking for a change from the local lake you may want to make a drive up to the Gold Lakes Basin as these lakes have been stocked quite frequently this season and have been fishing well.  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.  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 for the week will be very nice and fluctuating between upper 70's to low 70's for the week, nights will be cool and comfortable.  Expect breezy conditions for the rest of the week.

 

***DONNER :  Lake is at 65% capacity.  Lake is fishing better for some with the most recent plant of trout a couple of weeks ago!  Throw everything you have at the trout now, ie:  powerbait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties.  By casting closer and then working your way out a little further one can detect what depth the trout are cruising and having patience is key to success now.  Kokanee fishing has remained consistent, though small fish, around the south side west end of the lake and the hump between China Cove and Loch Leven lodge in 45-80 feet of water.  Orange has been the go to color here but don't discount trying others as you progress to deeper depths and other areas of the lake.  Marc Christophel reported catching a 13 1/2 inch Koke on the Hump this weekend and said they're would be more like this one but you'll have to drag your gear or jig!  Some good Mack fishing also in the south side west end of the lake at depths of 80-100 feet with #3 needlefish in Silver, White and Cop Car prints.  Set back on clip about 80 to 100 feet with no dodger!  This lake was stocked the week of 4/1/2015, 5/31/2015, and this week of 7/12/2015!

**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 13% capacity.  Surface temp is 74 degrees here, which is driving the Kokes and Macks to the deepest portions of the lake. With a stocking of trout weeks ago shoreline fishing has picked up but morning will be your best bet for success!  Kokanee and Macks are holding in the deepest portions of the lake now at about 70-80 feet.  The bite has been tough recently and jigging has been a viable option for these guys now.  Use scents and anything else you have to get these finicky fish to bite.  There is a film that is being seen on this lake and it has to due with the lack of incoming water.  With hot temps this week and the water becoming stagnant we could possibly see a fish kill similar to last year because of low oxygen levels in areas of the lake.  Again, shore fishing will be decent 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, 6/21/2015 and 7/12/2015!

*PROSSER:   Lake has dropped slightly to about 25% capacity.  Recently, a decent Smallmouth bite around the dam and along the shoreline for those who prefer the Bronzebacks to Trout.  With the recent pressure this lake has seen the Smallmouth have become quite picky.  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 has slowed a little with 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.

FRENCHMANS:   Fishing has 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!
 

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 58% capacity.  Fishing from boat has been best in 25-35 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 Dam and smaller planters off the Pass Creek area.  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 going for DFW stocked Trout they 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 was stocked the week of 5/31/2015, 7/5/2015, and 7/12/2015!

ALL STREAMS AND CREEKS are low and shouldn't be fished!

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