Lakes - May 25 Fishing Report

Mountain Hardware & Sports, Lakes - May 25 Fishing Report
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Boca Reservoir
Donner Lake
Jackson Meadows
Stampede Reservoir

*Designates best areas to go fishing now.

VERY BUSY THIS WEEK AS THE HOLIDAY CROWDS HAVE ARRIVED EARLY SO BE PATIENT WITH YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS, CAMPERS, AND BOATERS!

WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:
Seasonable Temps in the 70’s until Friday and the weekend when temps will dip to the upper 60’s.

**DONNER:
The lake level is at 80% and climbing slowly. Boat launch is open and reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 80-90 feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around China Cove. Macks are ranging from 5-8 pounds and have been hitting small spoons such as Hum Dingers and Needlefish. For the bank fisherman, there was a plant of sub-catchable size Pilot Peak Cutthroats put into the lake last week. Throw everything you have at the trout now, ie: powerbait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties. By casting closer and then working your way out a little further one can detect what depth the trout are cruising and having patience is key to success now. Get a guide for this lake and learn the ropes! Guides listed on bottom of this page and all are highly recommended! This lake was planted the week of 4/24 with Cutthroat trout.

***BOCA:
This lake has been the most consistent but recently with all the fishing pressure it has received fish have spread out! Most fishermen will find the majority of the fish at the North end of the lake to the last riffle of the Little Truckee River (special regs exist here so read up on the rules). Some anglers always have success at the Dam too. Great fishing for the Cutthroat and Rainbows from shore with the occasional Brown thrown in! For those who can launch their boats by the campground there has been some pretty good Kokanee fishing! Toplining Pink and Orange spinners, hoochies, squids, or spoons can pull in Kokanee ranging from 13-16 inches. Most of Boca may not be accessible due to closure over the dam and we don’t know when the barrier will be lifted! Lake is at 100% capacity and running over spillway.

***STAMPEDE:
Lake is slowly rising at 90% now and the flow going out has increased to 1180 CFS. For years, this lake has suffered through drought and with the overabundance of water this year the lake hopes to rebound. With an aggressive stocking of Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats over the next few years this lake hopefully will produce trophy sized Cutties such as those in Pyramid. For now, those with boats have had great success catching Rainbows and Cutthroats. Kokanee action has been sporadic but those having success are pulling in 12-15 inch Kokes. Not much on the Macks here but I’m assuming that if you’re targeting them you can have success. THE ONLY WAY TO ACCESS CAMPGROUNDS AND BOAT LAUNCH IS BY TAKING 89 TO HOBART MILLS AND THEN THROUGH DOG VALLEY! ROAD HAS BEEN PLOWED AND BOAT LAUNCH IS OPEN!!!!!

**PROSSER:
This lake has been the focus of some debate recently with its low water level. Lake is sitting at 9800 acre feet, which correlates to about 45% capacity, as the Bureau of Land and Reclamation is matching the flow in with the flow out because the Truckee is flowing below 6000 CFS in Reno. June 1st is the expected time that flow will be cut severely below the dam (which in turn will affect fish habitat below the dam) to start filling this lake. With an abundance of snow and rain it is amazing to me and others that utilize this lake for recreation and those who live near it that it hasn’t filled. Since this lake hasn’t seen many stockings of fish over the past few years fishing may be slow until the DFW starts to plant it consistently this summer. The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats this season with hopes that they will survive attain trophy sized proportions in the years to come.

**DAVIS LAKE:
Lake is full and spilling over dam! Haven’t seen this for some years now! Look for a good season here with increased plants by the DFW! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!

***FRENCHMANS:
Same conditions as Davis which is great news. Fishing should be great this summer at this lake with the winter we’ve had! Boat launch still not open. CONTACT OUR BLAIRSDEN STORE FOR FURTHER INFO ON ICE CONDITIONS! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!

***Lakes Basin:

PYRAMID LAKE
More areas of this lake have opened up and fishing has been pretty good from day to day!

TRUCKEE RIVER
((GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK): Fishing well for the first time in years! This stretch of the Truckee this year could be very good as a lot of fish have moved up the system to occupy spots that were vacated during the drought! Best bets on this stretch will be slower water and worms and salmon eggs will do the best! For those who want to throw lures go with 1/8 oz to ¼ oz size spoons, spinners, and minnow imitations.

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER
(ABOVE STAMPEDE): OPEN! Very fishable water right now and it has been fishing well. Nightcrawlers and Salmon eggs have been go to baits and small lures in the 3/16 oz to 1/8 oz are adequate.

***JACKSON MEADOWS:
ACCESSIBLE BY SNOWMOBILE ONLY! SORRY FOLKS BUT THIS AREA WON’T BE ACCESSIBLE UNTIL MID JUNE! LOOK FOR UPDATES!

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