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Captain Compassion
05-10-2007, 10:54 PM
I am new to Minden, Nevada and to this board. I attended UNR about 35 years ago so I have some knolwedge of the area. In my month here I have fished Topaz (3 planters), E. Carson (zilch), W. Carson (1 planter) and Markleeville Creek (1 planter). Yesterday I fished Indian Creek and caught 6 and kept one of 3 1/2#. Both my wife and I hooked and lost fish that were down right scary. Tomorrow I wil try fishing the Highway 88 lakes. I hope I'm not to early.

I would be interested in any comments or advice about other fishing spots in the area and the best time of the year for fishing certain areas. I will go most anywhere that my old 4-Runner can get to and fish any day of the week.


Ol Angi
05-11-2007, 01:02 AM
My dad is from Gardnerville and he fishes Topaz, Stampede and Pyramid. *Right now, if there is not a lot of wind, it should be pretty good. *We were up on Lake Tahoe last Friday, and caught 3 kokes up to 4 lbs. *I think any time the weather permits, try one of the lakes. *

Good luck and welcome to the board.

05-11-2007, 02:19 AM
A client and later partner of mine owned most of the Carson Valley around Minden and Hope and Bagley Valleys on the California side many years ago. There was good trout fishing in the Carson River that went through Hope Valley and Bagley Valley had a special lake called Heenan Lake where the Ca DFG raised trophy trout broodstock with the permission of my client/partner. Ca DFG is in control of both now. Check the DFG special regulations and access for both. It's strictly catch and release now.

My wife and I were married by the Justice of Peace for Minden in 1976
(still married) in his pretty backyard. Sent a deposit to a local Basque restaurant in Minden for our reception for a small group. Fortunately, my wife did not want a big wedding and we sorta semi eloped. Got to the restaurant and they had forgotten about us, couldn't serve us and I couldn't get my deposit back immediately. All of the wedding group was staying at South Shore. so I suggested going to Harveys Top of the Wheel that said that they could accomodate us. Only problem was that I didn't know how I was going to pay for it. As we waited for the wedding party to regroup at Harveys, I won enough playing Blackjack to pay for the reception, including drinks and champagne. Harveys found out what the story was and brought out beautiful wedding cake for us on the house. Everyone in the wedding group won money and had a great weekend doing their own thing. Turned out to be just the kind of wedding we wanted.

Good luck and enjoy exploring the area.


05-11-2007, 05:49 AM
Welcome to the board. Let us know how the Hwy 88 trip goes. Some of my favorite spots up there. As of a week ago Silver was ready but Caples & Red were still frozen over. They may have broken free by now.
I haven't made the trip up yet, it's a long haul for me at 2hr 15min each way but worth it. As soon as I see reports that they are all iced out I will be heading up.
Good Luck,


05-11-2007, 06:50 AM
If you like being up in the mtns I would try fishing Hobart Creek Reservoir. Its up above Carson City. Its a great little lake. But it has some restrictions. Single barbless hooks, artificial baits only, no worms, no power bait. So small spinners, and flyfishing only. Bring your waders as the water is pretty during the summer. Also bring your OFF as the mosquitoes can be unrelenting at times, and some sun screen. One of the worst sun burns Ive ever had I got at Hobart.

Fish to be had out of this little reservoir are mainly naturally acuring brookies they average in size from 6-10 inches. This is mostly a fishing for quantity type lake, not quality (size). Also NDOW stocks the lake with rainbows and cutt throat trout. These fish typically are 10-14 inches.

Your 4 runner should not have much of a problem getting up to the top of the mtn. The last time I was up there 2004 I took my full size 3/4 ton dodge up the dirt road to get to it, and it wasnt in all that great of shape at the time. Last I heard in 2005 they regraded the road so it should be in pretty good shape still.

If you need directions I can get them too you just shoot me a pm.

05-11-2007, 09:28 AM
somebody says welcome back to the area. there is good fishing no matter which direction you go

05-11-2007, 06:17 PM
last year around July I went with a couple friends to the Minden/Markleyville area- near the location of the Death Ride (bicycle) anyway- near Markleyville, we hit a few rivers and near one of the bridges- we got some Huge-Browns!

I really enjoyed the area and wish I were there!


Captain Compassion
05-11-2007, 09:46 PM
Todays trip (3/11/07) was to Caples, Silver and Red along 88.

Caples had a little ckear water around the dike and dam but mostly very rotten ice. Fished 30 mins with no strikes.

Silver was all clear. Fished by dam and caught one small brown. I was about to leave at 11:00 AM when the DFG super tanker came. They dumped anrond 2,000 trout from the boat ramp. Fishing did indeed get better. Used 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster with single barbless hook. My wife and I caught and released an estimated 25 trout in 45 mins.

Red Lake was all clear. Fished off of dike. I caught 1 11 inch Cutthroat.

This is the first time I've fished these three lakes. What beautiful country.

Tomorrow or Monday I am going over Ebbits Pass. I've never been in this area.

05-12-2007, 02:27 AM
Try Bridgeport reservoir if you want a shot at some nice 2-5 lb. footballs!
Topaz has some nice home grwn trout also.
Welcome to the boards and have fun exploring all the fishing holes!

Captain Compassion
05-12-2007, 11:40 AM
Troutfan: Try Bridgeport reservoir if you want a shot at some nice 2-5 lb. footballs!

I fished both Twin Lakes and Bridgeport on the Monday after opening day. It was beautiful but no fish. I wasn't fishing all that hard. :)


05-12-2007, 02:11 PM
Bridgeport is still on the slow side as it gets warmer the fishing will get hotter.

Captain Compassion
05-12-2007, 03:15 PM
Bridgeport is still on the slow side as it gets warmer the fishing will get hotter.

If nothing else I'll be there for there 4th of July. It's the best place to be.