View Full Version : Carsons, Red, Caples 11/15/09 (Pics)

Captain Compassion
11-15-2009, 11:25 AM
Sunday dawned sunny and a very cold 16 degrees in the Carson Valley. It's the 15th and the last day to fish the Carson except in the special regs area. Having caught only one fish on the E. Carson all year I had to give it one last try. Picked up Jetspray and we headed up. First stop was the East Carson at the Campground hole. To our dismay the river was half covered with ice and those sections that were moving were full of slush. We fished awhile but kept snagging our offerings on ice. Next we headed up 88 and checked the W. Carson at the 89 bridge. Here it was even worse with the river covered in thin ice both above and below the bridge. Next up to Red. There was no one fishing at the dam because Red is mostly covered with ice as well. The ice is 2 to 3 weeks early this year. Must be global warming. ::) Up over Carson Pass to Caples where we parked below the spillway and took the snowey trail to the lake. The lake is clear of ice for now and we fished with Gulp, Kastmasters and small plastics. We only got one small brown for our trouble. There were fish around but they semed sluggish. On our way back to the Carson Valley we stopped to check out a spot at the bottom of the canyon. We had seen fish here earlier in the day. Dave managed to catch a nice 3# fish on Gulp. When we left there were a good number of fish remaining. Hope they holdover. I'd like to give them a try again in 5 months. A wonderful day.


Icy E. Carson

Icy W. Carson

Icy Red

Snowy Caples Shore

Caples No Ice

Dave Kicks Back

Little Brown

W. Carson Bows

No Fishing From Bridge

11-15-2009, 12:09 PM
dang i woulda threw somthing in front of those bows!!

11-15-2009, 12:25 PM
Those bows have everything in the planet thrown at them, they have lockjaw bigtime. I can usually get them to hit a midge or a nymph, but that is about it. :'(

11-15-2009, 12:27 PM
yeah true that :-/ now that i think of it.. i would try a beadhead woolybugger.. or a night crawler

11-15-2009, 01:03 PM
CC, thanks for sharing the story and pics no matter what the results were. Your day was still better than mine because I was at work while you got to fish. Good Luck on the next fishing trip, and FISH ON!

11-15-2009, 01:17 PM
yeah true that :-/ now that i think of it.. i would try a beadhead woolybugger.. or a night crawler

I tried that before, all the stupid ones have been caught already. nothing but the smart ones are left now. :D
thanks for sharing Richard!

Captain Compassion
11-15-2009, 01:55 PM
I talked to a local there and they said that these fish were stocked Wednesday and only a few had been caught. Hope they last the winter.


11-15-2009, 04:03 PM
i would try a fatty trebble hook and snag em!!
S4L!! :D