Lakes - October 31 Fishing Report

Mountain Hardware & Sports, Lakes - October 31 Fishing Report
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Boca Reservoir
Donner Lake
Independence Lake
Jackson Meadows
Little Truckee River
Prosser Lake
Stampede Reservoir

*Designates best areas to go fishing now.

NOTE FOR THE WEEK:
The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats this season in BOCA, STAMPEDE, DONNER, AND PROSSER RESERVOIRS with hopes that they will survive AND attain trophy sized proportions in the years to come. THIS MEANS AS AN ANGLER ONE SHOULDN’T BE KEEPING THESE SUB-CATCHABLE SIZE CUTTHROATS BUT PUTTING THEM BACK SO IN TWO YEARS THEY WILL ATTAIN SIZES SUCH AS 15-18 INCHES! YOU ARE STEWARDS OF THESE WATERSHEDS SO ACT LIKE IT FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY DOWN THE ROAD! Stocking from the DFG has been rather sparse this year considering the amount of stocking that other regions have received.

WEATHER FOR THE WEEK:
Weather will be decent except for Friday and the weekend as “OLD MAN WINTER” returns! About a foot of snow expected by the end of the weekend! Temps will be in the lower 30’s at night but daytime temps will eventually reach the 60-degree MOST OF THE WEEK then winter returns for the foreseeable future!

***DONNER:
THE FISHING HAS STILL BEEN GOOD FOR SHORE FISHING! Stocked the week of 10/8! Boat launch is getting tricky as larger boats will bottom out! The lake level is at 41% and holding steadily going down. Boat launch is open and reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 18-75 feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around China Cove. Mack that are closer to the shore right now are ranging from 2-5 pounds mostly and have been hitting small spoons such as Kastmasters, Krocodiles and larger spinners. 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 5/21, 6/25, 7/9, 8/20 AND 10/8 with Cutthroat trout or Rainbow trout! *

*BOCA:
WAS STOCKED THE WEEK OF 10/8! 71% CAPACITY as out-flows have increased to 205 CFS below dam. Fishermen will find most 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 this area is the spot now. With increased flows coming out of the LT this has caused Kokanee to start up the system to spawn. Soon to follow the Kokes will be the Browns and Rainbows. PLEASE RELEASE LARGE BROWNS SO THEY CAN SPAWN TO KEEP THIS EXCELLENT BROWN TROUT FISHERY GOING! Access to the boat launch can be accessed by taking 89 to Prosser Dam road, across Prosser Dam to backside of Boca. THIS ROUTE HAS GOTTEN ROUGH AGAIN AND IS NOW decent FOR TRUCKS TRAILERING BOATS AND CAMPERS! Was Stocked the week of 7/9, AND will be stocked the week of 10/8!

****STAMPEDE:
Lake is steadily dropping and now sits at 88% and with flows being increased to 165 CFS this lake will continue to drop. For years, this lake has suffered through drought and with the overabundance of water this year the lake has rebounded well. Fish will be difficult to find for the shore fisherman with the lake so full so have patience locating fish! 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 trolling the drop-offs throughout the inlets in depths of 15-35 feet of water. Kokanee action has BEEN GOOD THIS SEASON, BUT NOW THINGS HAVE SLOWED AS MOST THE KOKANEE HAVE FINISHED SPAWNING. Start turning your attention to the larger Rainbows that are being found outside the Sagehen and LT arms now! They can be found in about 12-18 feet of water usually close to a shelf that leads to shallow water. Best access will be by a boat, but some are doing well from the shoreline. Right time right place scenario! Not much on the Macks here as the theory is the population was depleted by random die offs during the drought years. Smallmouth Bass fishing has picked up here as there has been reports of some large ones being caught recently in the Davis Creek arm of the lake. Hint, fish structure! THE ONLY WAY TO ACCESS CAMPGROUNDS AND BOAT LAUNCH IS BY TAKING 89 TO HOBART MILLS AND THEN THROUGH RUSSEL VALLEY VIA DOG VALLEY ROAD! ROAD IS GOOD AND BOAT LAUNCH AND CAMPSITES ARE OPEN! This Lake was Stocked the week of 6/4 and 7/16!

**PROSSER:
LAKE HAS COME DOWN TO 58% CAPACITY AND CONTINUES TO DROP. PROSSER was stocked weeks ago and fishermen are catching Rainbows in the 12-14-inch size mostly in the Prosser Creek arm of the lake. 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. There was a stocking of Cutthroat in the Fall of 2016 that were destined for Webber Lake and there have been reports of anglers catching these fish ranging from 14-20+ inches but they are few and far between with this put and take lake. Smallmouth bass have made a reappearance around the dam which can be fun for newbies and veteran anglers alike! The more pressure this lake receives the more difficult smallmouth will be to catch. They are like Carp and are very sensitive to angling pressure! One must change up their strategies on these fish if they are going to be successful. The plan is to start stocking Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats this season with hopes that they will survive and attain trophy sized proportions in the years to come. THIS MEANS AS AN ANGLER ONE SHOULDN’T BE KEEPING THESE SUB-CATCHABLE SIZE CUTTHROATS BUT PUTTING THEM BACK SO IN TWO YEARS THEY WILL ATTAIN SIZES SUCH AS 15-18 INCHES! YOU ARE STEWARDS OF THESE WATERSHEDS SO ACT LIKE IT FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY DOWN THE ROAD. This Lake was Stocked the Week of 5/21, 6/4, 7/30, AND 10/1!

*DAVIS LAKE:
Lake is finally fishing well! STOCKED ONCE AND FISHING HAS BEEN TOUGH FOR THIS PUT AND TAKE FISHERY! Fishing here has picked up with the drop in lake temps! Some big Rainbows that we knew where in here have now appeared! Anglers have been taking some in the range of 18-22 inches and if a catch and release philosophy could be maintained we may see a resurgence in this lake next year! The Rainbows are working the shallows eating chubs! Hint, Hint! Look for a good season here but only with increased plants by the DFW! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK! This lake has only been stocked once on 6/25!

***FRENCHMANS:
FULL AND FISHING great this month!! This lake has been on fire for the past few weeks and one should concentrate on the shallows this time of year. Look for trout to be in about 8-10 feet of water off drop offs. Throw everything you have at them and you’ll be rewarded! Boat launch should still be OPEN! CONTACT OUR BLAIRSDEN STORE FOR FURTHER INFO! 530-836-2589 AND ASK FOR MARK!

***Lakes Basin:

**TRUCKEE RIVER
(GENERAL REG SECTION FROM TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK): Fishing well for the first time in years! Flows are down and recently anglers are seeing an increase in catch rates with the trout congregating in pools! 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): Low Water but still 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:
STOCKED TWICE IN OCTOBER, FINALLY! Should be good for little while but with any put and take lake it won’t last very long as winter will be here soon. Lake level is at 54% capacity and continues to drop. Fishing early in the season was good but it seems without any stockings this summer things have been tough. Lots of small trout ranging in sizes from 6-10 inches. Larger fish will be difficult to locate and will take more than just a few trips here to figure out this lake. Working the face of the dam at certain depths can sometimes bring up a larger trout or just getting out early in the morning and working the shoreline. Nightcrawlers and Salmon Eggs will be better here than Powerbait for the bait fishermen. The lure fishermen will have success with small Rapalas and minnow imitations along with those in boats. Great lake to get away from the swarming crowds of Tahoe. Stocked the week of 9/17, 10/1, and 10/22!

PYRAMID LAKE
OPENED THIS MONTH AND IS FISHING DECENTLY. Look for the bait balls and be ready to strip or jig bait fish patterns! Those from boats traditionally have had more success than those from shore in the weeks following opening day. Jigging and trolling through bait balls will be the most productive technique. Will be windy for the first of the week, but then calmer weather will settle in for the last part of the week! BE CAREFUL AND IF BOATING BE SURE TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN AND LIFEVESTS!

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