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Majakat
09-18-2008, 05:42 AM
Boat is being picked up today, simple fix and less than $200(phew), so we can use downriggers and troll if we care to this weekened - where would you go?

We are in Reno, would like to keep to about an 1-1.5hr to the lake...we have only been to those 3 local lakes, not sure of what else isnt TOO far away...

If other, please elaborate!

vvbob
09-18-2008, 12:39 PM
Eagle Lake!!!!

2.5 - 4 pound fish.

Trolling 3" Berkley Power Grubs, in Pumpkinseed,& Watermellon. 1.3mph at 10-25'. 8-)

Majakat
09-18-2008, 12:48 PM
i wish! *we were there 2 weeks ago, ray has to work saturday, so we would have to drive up late and im not sure where we would stay - did you see my EL report, wow that was fun!

we are going to be back up there for 9 days over thanksgiving

and a question - how do you get internet there??

edited to add our eagle lake trip report- *i so wish it were closer!
http://www.fishsniffer.com/cgi-bin/forumsyabb/YaBB.pl?num=1220881627/0#0

ReelJerks
09-18-2008, 02:56 PM
I have a brother in Reno and he's telling me Frenchmans is ON FIRE !

But, he's a fly-fisher dude and fins around in his small but very high priced tube.

Wherever you shall decide, it should be great weather.

Edd

shon42073
09-18-2008, 04:23 PM
If I was in reno I'd go to the truckee or little truckee river. Oh wait a sec. you wanna fish a lake with downriggers, I guess stampede, that way I'd be able to fish the lil truckee in the evening for a true test of skills.

Majakat
09-18-2008, 04:38 PM
If I was in reno I'd go to the truckee or little truckee river. *Oh wait a sec. you wanna fish a lake with downriggers, I guess stampede, that way I'd be able to fish the lil truckee in the evening for a true test of skills.

lol - dont want to use the downriggers necessarily, but want to be on the boat! unfortunately river fishing is hazardous for the 20 mo old - at least he is contained in the boat... you have fun in the truckee though! Ray gets out with the fly rod when i feel like baby tending on the bank...

Athlete24
09-18-2008, 06:01 PM
You might want to check the flows for the little truckee. We tried to fish it above stampede at the end of July and found it to be just a trickle.

renorich
09-18-2008, 06:44 PM
Frenchman's. I've limited out with my sons and grandson's the last three times there. Forget the downriggers and use powerbait or worms. Make sure you float the worms with a blower otherwise you will get alot of catfish. We have fished every other week starting 6 weeks ago. Good luck. East side of lake has been good, but I understand that around Lunker point has also produced. I live in Sparks and it takes me about 1 hour to get on the lake.

dinos marine
09-19-2008, 05:21 AM
nobody mentioned donner, prosser, or stampede. those should be pretty good as well? i would go for donner, close to home, and you can stop over at truckee on the way home (or better yet, cabelas) :D ;D

Majakat
09-19-2008, 06:47 AM
Thanks! We are also in sparks, out in spanish springs - I think this is where we will go! We actually havent been there since July!


Frenchman's. * I've limited out with my sons and grandson's the last three times there. Forget the downriggers and use powerbait or worms. Make sure you float the worms with a blower otherwise you will get alot of catfish. We have fished every other week starting 6 weeks ago. *Good luck. *East side of lake has been good, but I understand that around Lunker point has also produced. I live in Sparks and it takes me about 1 hour to get on the lake.

Pyramid_Kid
09-19-2008, 12:45 PM
Here is the local fishing report from the RGJ. The used to do a weekly report but looks like their only doing it every other week. These reports are from the 12th of Sept. So they may be a little out dated. Almost everything listed is at or about in side of 3 hr drive.

FRENCHMAN LAKE: Fish were in very deep water a week or two ago. They have started to show up in areas where they can be caught on a fly rod again. Shallow water areas that have direct access to deeper water have been holding the most fish. Use a type two sinking line in 6 to 12 feet of water. Snail patterns and bead head nymphs fished very slowly is the way to go. Wiggin's Trading Post, 530-993-4683

LAKE DAVIS: Fishing from shore continues to be somewhat slow and inconsistent; those fishing from boats have had higher fish counts. However, the fishing continues to improve as the water temperature cools, the water temperature being close to 65 degrees last week. Early on the water is the best bet for the fly fishers. Be on the water by 7:30 a.m. and you will not only find that the fish are coming in close to shore, but you will find that they are rising within casting range. They seem to head for slightly deeper water around mid morning. Web site: dollardsmarket.com. E-mail: dollards@psln.com.


TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows remain outstanding from Truckee to Reno. Air temps are starting to come down and the water temps as well. The bug activity is starting to pick back up and the fish are coming alive. Nymphing and streamer fishing have been productive as of late. Dead Drifting Crayfish, Golden Stones and October Caddis with a smaller dropper like a Burk's Bottom Roller fished under a big indicator or Czech style is catching a lot of fish. Flows: Town of Truckee 256 c.f.s.; Boca Bridge 551 c.f.s.; Farad 590 c.f.s.; Reno 379 c.f.s. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are up to 182 c,f,s,. We can only hope that the water remains this way through the fall season. When water levels are this high many fish are free to roam from Boca Reservior into the Little Truckee. Nymph fishing should be spectacular this fall on the L.T. Baetis are starting to show and can be used wet or dry. Size 18 Dun's are catching fish mid morning and the nymphs in the same size can be used all day.

EAST WALKER RIVER: Flows are at 91 c.f.s.. These are great flows for this time of year. Keep a close eye on them however as they can change daily. The best flows are not so much the number of the flow but how long they have been the same. Cooler weather has brought the water temps down and the fishing has really picked up. Hopper Dropper setups are working well. Droppers to try include: Burk's Bottom Rollers in size 14 and 16, Baetis in size 16 and 18, Pheasant tails in size 16 and 18 and Hares Ears in size 14 to 18. Reno Fly Shop, 825-3474. www.renoflyshop.com.

EAST CARSON RIVER: Flows are down to 36 c.f.s. It is starting to get really low and clear. The fish are spooky and hard to catch. For best results fish the deeper pools and wear camoflage type clothing. When the East Carson gets this low it is very important to be stealthy. Hopper Dropper setups are the way to go here as well. Reno Fly Shop, 825-3474. www.renoflyshop.com.

SPARKS MARINA: Fishing is good. Try a slip bobber 25 feet under a bobber with a nightcrawler dipped in Berkeley garlic sauce as an attractant. Good in mornings and evenings. Mark Fore & Strike, 786-3474 or 322-9559.

SACRAMENTO RIVER: Flows are 7,500 c.f.s. Trout fishing has slowed on both spin and fly gear. Fishing is fair for wild rainbow trout in the 1-3-pound range with an occasional 4-pounder. Fall salmon are moving upstream and trout fishing should improve. Side-drifting small glo-bugs in various egg color combos and/or live cricket or crawlers with a Quickie Puffball has worked well. Back-trolling small Hot Shots 50s or small K-4/K-5 Kwikfish in various color combos can also be effective.

All Central Valley rivers are closed to salmon fishing. Salmon season will re-open Nov. 1 until Dec. 31. Dave Jacobs/Hank Mautz Professional Guide Service, (800) 355-3113. Web site: www.davejacobsfishing.com.

TRINITY RIVER: Flows are stable at 450 c.f.s. Salmon fishing has been slow, however good fish are still being caught. Most spring salmon are in the upper river near Lewiston, Calif., some early fall salmon are in the lower river from Willow Creek to Junction City. Expect more jack salmon now with the occasional adult salmon and steelhead. Side-drifting and back-bouncing roe has been the best technique for bank and boat fishermen. More fall run salmon and steelhead will begin to show up in the coming weeks as more fish enter the Klamath River.

The Trinity and Klamath rivers are two of the three rivers in California that anglers can keep salmon this time of year. Dave Jacobs/Hank Mautz Professional Guide Service, (800) 355-3113. Web site: www.davejacobsfishing.com.

UPPER TWIN LAKES: Terry Taylor from Las Vegas won the derby with a 6-pound rainbow caught with a wooly bugger. Jim Joseph from Gardnerville used a red and gold Buoyant to catch a 5-pound, 14-ounce rainbow. Good-size stringers coming in from shore with nightcrawlers and Powerbait. Gold Kastmasters also worked well. The lake was stocked with 100 rainbows and browns from private ponds. Mono Village Resort (760) 932-7071.

LAKE SABRINA (Bishop, Calif.): Fishing is getting better. It might be due to the Alpers stocked by Inyo County on Monday for the Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Classic. DFG stocked a few fish last week. Patches of yellows are starting to appear in the canyon. Across from the landing, Aspens are beginning the annual turn -- soon the slopes will be dotted with yellows, golds, oranges and reds and the lakes rimmed with the same brilliant colors. The dropping of the lake has slowed, but it does continue to drop. Fishing the inlets with salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, Powerbait or Gulp (especially Chunky Cheese) brought in several limits, as did trolling flashers and worms or wooly buggers. Those wanting to try lead core -- 4 colors seemed about the right depth.

The Bishop Area Chamber Of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is operating the Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Classic thanks to another grant from Inyo County. The tournament will run through Sept. 30 and will include the streams as well as the lakes. Inyo County and the Bishop Area Chamber Of Commerce will plant a big load of tagged Alpers worth $50-500. In addition to the tagged trout, heavy plants of trophy Alpers will be planted to make the Bishop Creek Canyon the place to fish during the month of September.

www.LakeSabrinaBoatLanding.com. Lake Sabrina Boat Landing, (760) 873-7425. E-mail address is Fish@OurLakeSabrina.com.

SOUTH LAKE: A cold snap moved into the area last week, bringing very cool evening temperatures down into the high 20s at Parchers. As expected, the fish responded well to the fall weather and started biting like crazy. To make things even better, South Lake was planted with Alpers for the first annual Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Classic and then the DFG dropped in the largest plant of fish since July. Things are looking good for the fall bite.

Trolling is still producing a lot of fish, but the shallow water bite near the inlets has really improved. Powerworms, Lip Ripperz and Mini-Jigs are responsible for most of the trophy fish, but solid stringers of fish to 4 pounds were also caught using Chartruese Powerbait and nightcrawlers. Chartruese and natural are the hot colors. Fly anglers are doing excellent as well on black or olive wooly buggers.

The lake level is continuing to drop and has lost about 6 feet since mid-August. Boats up to 14 feet are still clear to launch as of Sept. 6, but the Forest Service is expected to close the launch ramp within a week. Info: (760) 873-4177. E-mail: sierrasmitty@cebridge.net.

SOUTH FORK BISHOP CREEK: Creek fishing went wide open following a heavy plant of fish by the DFG on top of last weeks Alpers stocking by Adopt-A-Creek. Some toads to 5 pounds, 1 ounce have been coming out of the creek on salmon eggs, jigs and spinners. Weir Pond is absolutely on fire after DFG and Alpers plants this week. Jigs, Powerworms and salmon eggs are best.

Adopt-A-Creek in partnership with the Piute Palace Casino are still stocking Alpers with bright orange tags worth $25-$100 in casino credits. Five of these tagged fish will be put in the creeks, North Lake & Intake II each week. Info: (760) 873-4177. E-mail: sierrasmitty@cebridge.net.

SMITH CREEK RANCH: The Ranch opened back up with a bang. The Reno ladies Fly Fishing Club wa there last weekend. Everything from ants on the surface to leaches fished near the bottom seemed to be working. The fish are very active and have a lot of energy when hooked. There is plenty of openings through October at the Ranch.

LASSEN MEADOWS RANCH: The Lake is in its best shape in recent memory. The work the owners have done on the lake is really starting to show. Numerous improvements including a spawning stream are making this a must do opportunity. The fishing is unbelievable right now and the fish are very active.