Fishing Report for April 27 – Reno Gazette-Journal – Reno Gazette Journal
FRENCHMAN LAKE: The lake is full and spilling over the spillway. Most fishermen are doing fairly well. Frenchman Campground has been plowed as well as the boat ramp and are accessible for use.
Streams open Saturday. On April 20, a local fisherman caught a 16-inch rainbow by the boat ramp using nightcrawlers. Call for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing. Wiggins Trading Post 530-993-4683.
LAKE DAVIS: The water is going over the spillway. Access to the lake is still a challenge, since the access roads still have several feet of snow on them. The ice is almost all gone on the lake. Look for a good season here with increased plants by the DFW. J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 530-832-0270.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The river is high. It does not look like the flows are going to come down anytime soon. The conditions are going to change a lot over the next couple of months with warmer and colder weather and storms. It might be a while before we see some fishable conditions. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: At 160 CFS, fishing the edges is important, and the seams and slower water. Look for active fish in the larger runs. There is a project in place this summer to raise the level of the dam at Stampede Reservoir by 11 inches. The issue here short term is there is going to be a lot of the water released for the work. This means the Little Truckee could be flowing hard for quite some time. They are not going allow the lake to fill up. Keep an eye on the flows before you go this season. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
PYRAMID LAKE: Tamarack Beach heading south to Popcorn is open to fishing. There are still three areas closed. Everything to the north of Shot Dog beach, including Warrior Point and Monument as well as the South Nets heading south to Washout beach are still closed. Also, Dago and Howards beaches remain closed. There are some gouges in the roads and beaches in those areas due to flooding and they may not open this spring.
The lake has risen since the beginning of winter and it has made it impossible to wade out to the normal spots near the shelves on almost all of the shallow beaches. This spring is going to be different than most. There are two possible scenarios that can change the situation on the shallow beaches. Either we can have a big wind event out of the east or north and the shelves could get re-set, or we will have to wait until the lake comes up another foot or two with more run-off to bring the fish into the more shallow water.
The beaches with a steeper drop off on the south end are more fishable and the drop-offs are easier to get to. Stormy days are going to be important to good fishing this spring, as well as low light situations in the early mornings and evenings. Check your depth on your indicator rigs at any of the beaches because they have all changed. Float Tubing and Pontoon Boats are going to play a key role this year, especially as the water warms up in April. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
EAST WALKER RIVER: Flow is at 85 cfs. Fishing has been good early morning and late afternoon from the elbow upstream to the state line. The river didn’t get blown out by the last couple storms so it should continue to fish well. The NDOW fish truck is planning a trip there soon and will be planting the Elbow and downstream.
RENO AREA URBAN PONDS: Urban ponds have begun to be stocked and will continue to receive fish as long as conditions permit. Best methods for urban ponds would be to use a sliding sinker setup with Powerbait off the bottom, or nightcrawlers below a bobber. Spinners and Kastmasters are a great option too. Fish are suspended from 7-12 feet. All urban ponds have a limit of three game fish. NDOW
LAKE ALMANOR: The lake is full. Surface temps have been up and down, but generally about 45.5 degrees. Clarity is still poor, maybe 3 feet, less in some areas. Fish are scattered in search of smelt or any insect event that may go off early.
The bite seems to have picked up. Several boats reported limits just prior to the last round of squalls.
Almanor West to Airport flats, Dorado, Prattville and Rec. 1 to the A-Frame, all reporting action. Sizes have been all over the range from 14-inch Rainbows to 3.8-pounders. White trolling flies, with or without wiggle fin action disks, 1/6 ounce Speedy Shiners in Fire Tiger, white, chartreuse, are reporting fish.
Clarity is compromised somewhat from run off, also a slower speed is recommended. Muddy inflows from the Hamilton Branch still the main problem in the west basin.
The Almanor Fishing Association winter crews released approx. 25,000 7.5-inch Rainbows last week in the west basin.
All roads up are good. There’s still a lot of wind possible. Canyon Dam is the only public ramp open with dock. Rec. 1 & 2 with docks. USFS ramp, still closed. Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures, 530-258-6732.
KNOTT CREEK RESERVOIR: Opens to fishing to fishing June 10. Fishing is expected to be good for opener. The usual, bead head nymph patterns, scuds and woolly buggers consistently catch fish at Knott Creek. Dead-drifting midge patterns under a strike indicator can also be productive at the right times. Artificial flies and lures only ands single barbless hooks. Roads are expected to be rough and 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Provided by NDOW
LAKE TAHOE: Lake Tahoe is near full for the first time in a decade. Anglers have been reporting good luck catching Mackinaw in the 3-5-pound range from boats concentrating in the 100-300 feet depths with white dodgers and minnows. Early mornings have also been productive in the 10-20-foot range for both rainbow and brown trout. Shore anglers have reported catching rainbow trout using spinners. Cave Rock and Sand Harbor boat ramps will be open in 2017. Stocking of rainbow trout will occur throughout the summer months. NDOW
LAKE SABRINA: (Bishop, Calif.). Lake Sabrina boat landing will open May 1. The road is open and the Lake Sabrina boat landing and the parking lot is mostly clear. Lake Sabrina Boat Landing, 760-873-7425.
CROWLEY LAKE, and surrounding areas: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has planned 660,000 pounds in fish stocking allotments for Mono County and Inyo County.
In addition to CDFW’s allotments, Mono County plants 3,200 pounds of fish, with the majority of the 6-9-pound trophy trout arriving before opening day on Saturday. In total more than 675,000 pounds of fish are stocked in tandem with Mammoth Lakes, Inyo County, Bishop and private marinas and resorts along with the CDFW.
Some of the Mono County streams and lakes regularly stocked throughout the fishing season include Rock Creek, Rock Creek Lake, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin (which includes Twin, Mary, Mamie and George), the June Lake Loop (June, Gull, Silver and Grant), Saddlebag Lake, Lundy Lake, Big Virginia and Little Virginia Lakes, Twin Lakes in Bridgeport, Bridgeport Reservoir, Robinson Creek and the West Walker River.
The following fishing hotspots are thawed and road accessible: Crowley, Convict, June, Gull, Silver, and Grant lakes, Bridgeport Reservoir, Upper and Lower Twin Lakes in Bridgeport, the East Walker and West Walker rivers, as well as parts of the Lower Owens River.