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Captain Compassion
12-26-2018, 09:19 AM
The 2018 fishing year is over and the numbers are in. 2018 was a very slow year for me. I was unable to fish Pyramid Lake for the first 3 months of the year due to truck troubles. Stocking activity by CDFW was low to non existant in the waters I fish. On a positive note I gaind another fishing partner. JB Fishing (Jeff) retired and moved into the area in April and it was fun to show him some of the many fishing spots in the area. There were good days. Topaz was good from the shore and boat. The West walker had it's moments including a 5 fish 23# limit for Jeff on July 5. Dave got a $100 tagges fish at Topaz. Good days on the W. Carson and Silver Lake. The East Carson was good late in the season. Not great numbers of fish out of ICR but it was consistant and in the fall provided my biggest fish ever out of that lake. A fish of 7.5 pounds. Pyramid was poor for me this year with only one good day of trolling with Dave. On 49 fishing days I managed 126 trout. Of these 19 were quality fish. There were 11 skunk days.

The following is a break out by number and type.

115 Rainbows Largest 7.5# on 11/06/18 from ICR.
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11 Cutthroat Largest 6# 25 inches on 04/13/18 Pyramid Lake.
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1 Bowcut 3# 03/07/18 Topaz Lake
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Best fishing day.

If not the day where I caught the most or biggest fish the best fishing day for me was 10/18/18 at ICR. I had been bummed out by the poor fishing I had been having in the fall. Jeff and I had checked out the West Carson and found it low and fishless. Might as well take a look at ICR. We got 3 fish off the north shore. I got a 6# and a 4.5# fish. Jeff got a fish of 5.5# This day went a long way towards erasing my fishing blues.

A 6# fish makes my day.
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Pictures are frozen memories. Of the hundreds I took this year on various fishing trips these are my favorites.

Labradoodle - ICR.
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Middle Earth - West Carson River.
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/18-02.jpg

Afternoon Wind Mosaic - Pyramid Lake.
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/18-03.jpg

High Summer - Red Lake.
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/18-04.jpg

Fishing Buddy - ICR.
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A Summer Afternoon - ICR
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Island in the Calm - Pyramid Lake.
http://www.graywave.org/sniffer/18-07.jpg

Below the Bug Station - Topaz Lake.
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First Sunrise 2018 - Topaz Lake.
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Fly Line - Pyramid Lake.
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Here is to a fish filled 2019. Hopefully Pyramid will be a little kinder to me. Topaz is a little lower starting off this year which should give better shore access especially on the east side. Hopefully the river to the south will be running this spring. ICR as always will be close and good for fishing. Hopefully the Carson and the Walker will be a little kinder with more regular stocking. My numbers may be down a little due to scheduled medical procedures in February and March. Nothing drastic and I should be going strong soon after that.

Happy New Year.
Captain Compassion

Don - Nevada
12-26-2018, 10:16 AM
Awesome photos.

Best of luck for 2019.

Waterdog
12-26-2018, 10:44 AM
Awesome post and pics. Truly appreciate your sharing.

Curmudgeon
12-26-2018, 06:54 PM
Awesome report - thank you for sharing.

49 days fishing under any circumstances sounds like an amazing year!

Troutbead
12-27-2018, 09:15 AM
Why did CDFW not plant the numbers they usually do? Was the money diverted, or is it all part of the plan to slowly eliminate planting altogether? Canít blame drought.

Carpet Guy
12-28-2018, 02:25 PM
One reason the fish plants were cut back in the areas I fished, hwy 4 and 108 was due to the hatchery at mossican creek being blown out last spring by the small dam above it. Flooded the hatchery and washed many trout into Don Pedro

Captain Compassion
12-28-2018, 04:05 PM
The American Hatchery is still trying to catch up after a couple fish kills from drought and flood. Some of their fish went to the area stocked by the Mossican Creek.

CC