View Full Version : Snow, Rain, and a Liberal Splashing of Trout

02-16-2009, 06:01 PM
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My options were looking limited. *I reasoned that Pyramid Lake would be a zoo with all the derby folk, Tahoe was a no go with all the snow, Mason Valley had a very slow opener, and the master of the Truckee "Goldentrout" told me the river was fishing tough. *Where to go? *Probably should just sit on my duff. *Na, I haven't fished in two weeks, got to get out and wet a line. *So, I went to the Sparks Marina. *I figured if I'm going to get skunked, at least a won't have to go far. *Last year I fished the Marina 3 times for a grand total of 0. *My expectations weren't very high.
I made the long 5 minute drive, and parked at the boat launching area. *You can't drive right to the water, cartoppers only. *I unhitched my might 90 pound Lowe, and drug throught the rocks, over the ramp, then down "goosepoop beach." *(Borrowing a Wiza term) *I then made one more run up to the truck to grab my 115 amp deep cycle battery. *About 2 minutes later, I was fishing. *I let a Sep's Sidekick trailed by a nigthcrawler on one rod, and a J-7 Gold and Black Rapala on the other. *I had the first rod out and was in the process of letting the second out, when I saw the first rod bounce out of the corner of my eye. *It was fleeting moment, "Was that what I thought it was?" *I thought to myself. *I then trolled for about 15 minutes and I had another grab. *I reached down and grabbed the rod... nothing there. *This process must have happened 5 or more times at least. *Finally, one really grabbed the J-7 hard and took off in the other direction. *Following a decent little bout, I had the first fish of the day in the boat.
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*Considering I fished this spot 3 times last year for a grand total of zero, I was pretty happy with this performance. *I trolled around for another hour and had a few more grab and goes. *About 2 hours in, I was 1 for 12. :-/ :-/ :( :( *My Jon Boat has no rod holders on it, and I reasoned that the rods were sliding down the gunnel and not providing a solid hookup. *So, I wedged the rods in the back corner of the boat, and that made quite a difference.
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*My next 3 grabs, I went 3/3. :) *After that, the fishing became catching, and I wound the day up with 7 landed, and had about 20 grab and goes. *The land to hookup rate was dismal, although better with the rod repositioning. *At one time I actually held my worm and dodger rod, and when I felt the tentative strike, I let line out and let the trout eat it. *
I fished about 4 hours, and froze my butt off in the last 30 minutes. *I wasn't prepared for the blizzard that hit around 2:30. *All in all, a fantastic day of February trout fishing.

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The Squall, Scheels in the background

02-16-2009, 06:07 PM
At least you finally caught some fish Mr Sockeye, and that was a good report and some good pictures of some fat fish. That place will be swamped tomorrow ;D

02-16-2009, 06:12 PM
nice job i always think of fishing there but i never do maybe one day ill actually do it since i only work right down the street i have fished there one time before and caught one fish that was about 6" long not a big one but it was a fish

02-16-2009, 06:15 PM
Well. good to see somebody braved the elements... I whimped out when they were saying high winds, otherwise I might have gone out....

Nice catching... 8-) Sounds fun !!


02-16-2009, 06:26 PM
Liberal Splashing?! >:( I like conservative splashin! heheheh just kiddin ;)

02-16-2009, 06:27 PM
that was a fun read mike, nice job, and great pics of those fatties.

02-16-2009, 06:42 PM
No fishing for two weeks? Man, I know what you mean. I'm about there myself. That's great, catching fish within sight of Scheels.

A good omen for you Mike!! ;)

What exactly is the Sparks Marina? Waterskiers.or just fishing and small boats. Never been there.


Captain Compassion
02-16-2009, 06:50 PM
Hey you got to fish and actually caught something. Wonderful pictures. Those are pretty bows. The sneak boat strikes again.


02-16-2009, 06:56 PM
The persistence paid off. Nice pics by the way..

02-16-2009, 07:05 PM
I was out there last week tossing bass stuff and small beetle spins from shore to see if anything was alive, yet.


Have yet to get any pan fish,bass or cats out of this lake...............
just the 12- 18" Bows, tossing "Stuff" fron the shore line.

Hay, anytime you need some help, pulling that outfit into the water let me know. ;)

and we have to hit Stampede, for U know what, a lot, next year...........I have a elec. troll motor now.......ALSO!! ;D ;D

02-16-2009, 07:34 PM
Hey Mike congrats on gett'n some! With no rod holder, I put the rod in front of one leg and held in the "pit" of the second. I'm sure most people are gett'n the fever about now :D (thats why I got out last week) Might try some shore fish'n at Pyramid or hitt'n the "Lucky Truckee" during the next snowstorm ;) Congrats on taking advantage of what you are given. Good luck, Eric :)

02-16-2009, 07:48 PM
Hey Sockeye is that the little lake is right in the middle of Sparks? I haven't been up that way in some time I didn't recognize it...

02-16-2009, 10:33 PM
Nice work Mike those trout look like they're in great shape and nice size. goor read. thanks


02-16-2009, 10:55 PM
I've stayed in the motel near there while doing a job at an auto parts warehouse who's name escapes me at the moment, I'm sure y'all know it though.

At any rate, I watched some folks fishing there every evening for about a week and didn't see any thing happening so I'd say you did well. I'd also say that's a nice fish. 8-)

02-17-2009, 05:20 AM
Very nice Mike. Great story....Great pics…esp the fish in the water pic.
That is amazing action and a huge fish
And only 5 minutes away

Z :)

02-17-2009, 06:04 AM
If you have taken I-80 all the way through Reno/Sparks you can't miss the Sparks Marina. *It is located directly off the freeway to the north, and directly west of Scheels. *I actually could see inside Scheels from the lake.

Things to keep in mind: *It is a small lake, why they call it "Marina" I have no idea. *They do use it for wake boarding tournaments occassionally. *Currently, only electric trolling motors are allowed/no gas. *It was formed during the New Year's Flood of 97. *Before that, it was the Helm's Gravel Pit. *Water from the flood filled the pit, and a lake was born. It is about 100 feet at its deepest point. *It currently has a very nice park, new homes, restuartants, and other retail along its shore. *

The Fishing: *The Spark's Marina kicked out a new body of water record channel catfish last year. *It was 12 pounds and some change, not bad for a lake that is only 12 years old. *Rainbow trout are the dominant species, but there are aslo channel catfish, brown trout, green sunfish, and spotted bass. *I was talking to NDOW biologist Matt Maples, and he told me they electrofished a 7 pound spotted bass from the Marina. *That fish is still alive. *He tells me that nobody really targets the spotted bass. *If you look in the newest Nevada Fishing Regulations, there is a picture of a 6 or so pound brown trout from the Marina. *Although it is an urban pond, it does offer a certain trophy aspect.

By the way, these are some of the best quality fish that I've seen NDOW ever produce.

02-17-2009, 06:28 AM
Good job Mike! Best fishing & report around Reno in a few weeks. I do have a good Idea for Mason Valley now that I know what its like this year.

02-17-2009, 08:26 AM
There used to be a tiny little lake that we used to race outboard hydroplanes and runabouts on in the mid to late 80's and I was wondering if that might be the same lake.

02-17-2009, 08:56 AM
You need to get two of these at Cabelas, the Sportsmans or even Wally world....................

about $32 each at Cabela's.


02-17-2009, 09:26 AM
Nice job Mike [smiley=cheerleader.gif]

I have to be really hard up to fish there I'm glad that Pyramid will be nice on Saturday ::)

Fishing Buddy has tried to get me out in his patoon boat there is no way if I cant put my boat on the water then I would rather not fish it. ;)

Those are some nice looking fish didnt know they were that big there might have to try it from shore :-/

02-17-2009, 09:30 AM
Amazing! I am so longing to go fishing, weather has been to rough for the little guy so I have stayed home - i am burnt out on working and need to recreate!

02-17-2009, 09:46 AM
Make a picnic out of it and don't forget warm gear!!

A fish is a bonus.

Nothing like a nice chair and a "Blankie"................

Here is a picture of a few that I took home on Feb 20th of 2007.


02-17-2009, 12:04 PM
Great post Mr Sockeye. *What an urban fisherman...right in the shadow of Scheels to boot! *By the way is the Sparks Marina the former Helms Pit that was on the Super Fund for toxic cleanup from chemical leakage from across I-80 some time ago?


02-17-2009, 02:15 PM
Way to go Mike,nice little pond you got there. Maybe i"ll give it a try next casino run with the wife.


02-17-2009, 02:44 PM
Great post Mr Sockeye. *What an urban fisherman...right in the shadow of Scheels to boot! *By the way is the Sparks Marina the former Helms Pit that was on the Super Fund for toxic cleanup from chemical *leakage from across I-80 some time ago?


Are you serious?? :o

Hey Mike, Do your lures glow in the dark now? ;D

02-17-2009, 03:12 PM
I know that you guys all hate the government and don't want to hear that they sometimes do things right *;), but the Superfund project cleaned up the site as it has many others.


The major contaminant was gasoline and MTBE from across the highway. The water has been fine for over 10 years.

Berryessa Kid
02-17-2009, 05:41 PM
Nice report. It seems odd to be able to shop for tackle while you troll?? Interesting. I have seen this place from the freeway many times. Now I know. Thanks for the pics. Steve.

02-17-2009, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the Pics and report Mr Sockeye.

I am personally becoming a firm believer in foul weather fishing.
Beautiful 'Bows!
I noticed the trout I landed this past weekend had vibrant colors also. Is that a normal thing for the colder months?


02-17-2009, 06:57 PM
All that money and still no stinking boat ramp or stinking trailer parking areas!!

02-18-2009, 05:40 AM
Sorry Ed. I guess you'll just have to find some other lake for water skiing. ;) ;D

02-18-2009, 07:05 AM
Good job Mike, sounds like you pulled a “Rabbit out of a hat”.

It almost seems like Trout love those old toxic waste sites. I believe the Anaconda Settling Ponds on the Clark Fork is the countries largest superfund site and the place looks like hell but the Trout are gigantic.

Berryessa Kid
02-18-2009, 08:10 AM
Sorry Ed. I guess you'll just have to find some other lake for water skiing. ;) ;D

[smiley=rotfl2.gif] [smiley=rotfl2.gif] Actually, I think Ed is a tuber ;D I can just see him behind the Alumaweld.... weeeeee.... faster honey!!! :) :)

02-18-2009, 10:24 AM

I am a tuber !!


02-18-2009, 10:55 AM
Hey Mr Sockeye- thanks for the good report and pictures. I know it feels good to finally have some success at a place that hasn't been much to talk about in the past. To pull a complete 180 like you did must have been awesome! Good job.

Berryessa Kid
02-18-2009, 11:30 AM
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Mr. ED has a way of making huge fish look small just by holding them up..... That Sea Doo he is riding is actually 17.5' long :o I remember the day of that picture, they were out at Orroville doing testing for Ocean Pacific shorts.

02-18-2009, 07:58 PM
As Doc said, yes it was a superfund site. I tell people that I fish there, and they look at me with questioning eyes. :o :o :o

It is no longer a superfund site, but it did have the highest fecal choleraform counts in the Truckee River Drainage. We were being educated about the dangers of using "Treated Water" at work for irrigation, and there was a nice little chart, showing us where water that is treated by the sewer plant compares with other local water sources. I think the treated water from the plant had 2 parts per million of fecal choleraforms, while water in the Spark's Marina had 400 parts per million. :) :) :) Bon apetite! Actually, I would assume that is well within healthy levels. Trout are like canaries in the coal mine, and if they can survive, you have good water conditions. When the carp and bullhead catfish start going belly up, you may have a problem. ;)