The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocked Sparks Marina with about 7,000 rainbow and brown trout earlier in June, which led to some happy young fishermen for Kids Free Fishing Day on June 10.
There were about 550 children at the free event, for which poles were provided, along with ice cream and face painting.
The event was held in conjunction with Free Fishing Day in Nevada and was one of several such events held around the state.
Unfortunately, there are no more scheduled free fishing events broken for this year.
This week’s fishing report, as provided by various sources
LAKE DAVIS: The lake is at about half capacity. The boat docks are not in the water at Honker Cove. Anglers are launching their boats at Camp 5 and using rainbow runners, Dick Nites or needlefish for rainbow trout. Anglers should troll either west to east on the north side of the island, or south to Eagle Point and back to Camp 5 in 20 feet of water. Browns and rainbows are up to 20 inches. Shore anglers fishing Mallard Cove and Honker Cove are doing better with orange Powerbait than nightcrawlers. J&J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 530-832-0270.
FRENCHMAN LAKE: Fishing around west cove by the dam is producing fish. A PT nymph under indicator is doing well. Mountain Hardware, Truckee, 530-587-4844.
TRUCKEE RIVER: There has been a good variety of bugs on the river and fly selection can be overwhelming. With the abundance of options, see what bugs are most present where you’re fishing. Flipping rocks works as well but it doesn’t necessarily show what’s actually in the drift and what the fish are seeing downstream.
What the river lacks in dry fly hatches, it makes up for in abundance in food found sub-surface. Stick with nymphing using either an indicator or a euro setup. The fish have begun to move into faster water more consistently, and less effort should be put on the tailouts and slow, deep water found in pools. Focus more on the riffles, pocket water and tops of pools for best results. Mid-mornings have seemed to be the best for fishing and getting an early start will be beneficial in the coming weeks. Anglers are still finding some nice fish on streamers, especially those willing to ride it out until dark and take advantage of these long days. From Miles and crew at Trout Creek Outfitters in Truckee, 530-563-5119.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are at 150 cubic feet per second. The dry fly bite has become increasingly consistent with the PMDs being the main course and a caddis hatch showing up for dessert for those willing to stick it out until dark. As these fish see more and more angling pressure, try spreading out and give other anglers space. Try fishing here mid-week, early in the mornings or late in the day and try different areas of the river that see fewer anglers. This will help spread out angling pressure, keep both the fish and the fishers happy and give you a better shot at a trophy fish as the bigger, wiser fish often look for inconspicuous areas to tuck away in and often wait until odd hours of the day to let their guard down. For those looking to toss some nymphs, try a euro set up to be able to effectively pick apart the many seams the fish can hide in. From Miles and crew at Trout Creek Outfitters in Truckee, 530-563-5119.
TOPAZ LAKE: Topaz has been stocked well and is fishing great, especially around the south end. Aim for the beds, where the smallmouth bass are more aggressive. Mark Fore & Strike, 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
SPARKS MARINA: Stocking will continue at some of the cooler ponds including the Sparks Marina, Marilyn’s Pond and Baily Pond. The best method for summer is a salmon egg under a bobber on light line. Many of the ponds have vegetation that takes hold of the bottom, making fishing deep a challenge. Small spinners can also be effective when the water is cool early and late in the day. Fly-fishing with small terrestrial dry flies or peacock body nymphs should work well into summer.
Wilson Commons, Mitch Park Pond and the Verdi Ponds all hold some warm-water species that can be fun to target when trout fishing slows.
Fishing for carp and catfish has become popular here, especially along the east side. Mark Fore & Strike, 775-786-3474 or 775-322-9559.
WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: Anglers report that trout fishing from shore has slowed, but for those who can get on the water — either in a float tube or boat — success has been better. Perch fishing has been poor due to the die-off though a few are being reported in the creel. Bass fishing has picked up and anglers report some nice bass, though they must be immediately returned to the lake until July 1. Windy conditions seem to provide better fishing success for trout than calm conditions. For trout, the same fly patterns continue to work as fly-fishermen are having some success with wine-colored leech patterns as well as wine or red chironomids. Olive, wine and black/blood leeches and buggers have also produced a few fish. For bait anglers, try fishing an inflated worm a few feet off the bottom using a slip sinker in water that is 8-12 feet deep. Another option would be to roll some PowerBait to make a bell shape and fish it in a similar fashion to the inflated worm, using a slip sinker and it will float up a couple of feet above the bottom. Make sure to dip the PowerBait in the water for a few seconds after it is on the hook to gel it up so it doesn’t come off the hook when casting. Wildhorse was stocked with 10,000 trout in early April, approximately 5,000 trout in May and 500 wipers a few weeks ago. NDOW.
LAKE TAHOE: The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex in Gardnerville began stocking 100,000 catchable, Lahontan cutthroat trout into Lake Tahoe on June 1 and will continue stocking throughout the summer as conditions allow.
The fish will be stocked at various, publicly accessible locations in both the California and Nevada portions of the lake. Approximately 20 percent of the trout will be tagged to help biologists evaluate the success of the stocking effort along with the growth, survival, and distribution of the fish.
CROWLEY LAKE: Fish are scattered and no concentrations are being found. Some fish are going deep while a few are still about 18-20 feet down. Damselflies have been showing up. Best patterns have been chironomids, damselflies and midges. Sierra Drifters, 760-935-4250 or [email protected]
HOT CREEK: Flows are dropping and a lot of weeds are in the canyon. Dry flies have been productive, along with smaller flies hung as a dropper. Terrestrials like small hoppers and ants are good flies to throw in the Interpretive and canyon areas. Scuds, worms and pheasant tails are working. Sierra Drifters, 760-935-4250 or [email protected]
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