Truckee – May 24 Fishing Report
REMEMBER THAT ON APRIL 28TH ALL CREEKS AND RIVERS WILL BE OPEN UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE BY DFW REGS. (TAHOE TRIBS FOR EXAMPLE)
DON’T FORGET TO PINCH THOSE BARBS, CATCH & RELEASE ONLY NOW!
NOTE FOR THE WEEK: MODERATE FLOWS PRIMARILY TO RELEASES FROM TAHOE! WE WILL SEE SOME COOLER TEMPS AND PRECIP FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. Cold mornings still so dress accordingly. GOOD DRIFTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS! Late Spring fishing can be good so keep at it!
TRUCKEE RIVER: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES! CATCH & RELEASE ONLY PLEASE!!! 1000 FT BELOW DAM AT TAHOE CITY IS CLOSED ALWAYS; GENERAL REGS FROM THERE TO TROUT CREEK (267 BRIDGE); BARBLESS ARTIFICIAL FROM THERE AND A CATCH AND RELEASE ETIQUETTE PLEASE!
FLOWS: Tahoe City Truckee 208 (BELOW DONNER CREEK) 346 CFS, Below Martis Creek 536 CFS (Glenshire), Below Prosser Creek 558 CFS, Boca 773 CFS, Farad 939 CFS-water temps: 45-49 DEGREES!
BIG TRUCKEE: Flows are still running a bit high, but water clarity is pretty good. Use Your SPRING and HIGH-WATER Techniques. Trout this time of year, with the water flow being HIGH and COLD, will be found in the usual places such as seams behind large boulders, back eddies, edges of big pools, or on the edges that drop into deeper water. Get proficient with your nymphing techniques because the payoff could be one of the elusive big trout that reside in the T. From Glenshire downstream to Stateline, flows are a little high and streamer fishing can be effective. Fishing streamers along edges can elicit some exciting action as some big trout will be looking for an easy meal. Don't discount Crayfish patterns as they are always a meal for a large trout. Fish them as if they are a traditional streamer in a fleeing or wounded fashion as they’re an easy target for large trout! 1x, 2x for streamer rigs, leaning more towards the 2x. If the streamer gig isn’t your thing don’t worry as there are still plenty of trout being caught on nymph rigs. Darker Stones, March Browns, Green Drakes and Caddis in crawler stages and now more prevalent hatches of BWO’s, Baetis, and Midges are all present on the Trout’s diet this time of year. For the purist, one can sit on the banks and wait for some nice fish to rise to Baetis, BWO’s, Midges, and intermittent March Brown’s still coming off. Big stimi’s worked along the edges of deep water (Upper Hirschdale) are taking some fish too. On another note let’s all remember proper ethics and C&R techniques as temps have dropped. Let’s not play trout to exhaustion and handle minimally or not at all. Remember, there will be days where you'll do great and the next you'll get your you know what handed to you, it's the Truckee. To learn the river exponentially, hire one of our local guides. It's worth the money if you fish this occasionally or want to learn it's secrets! Great list of local guides on bottom of page!
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: NO BAIT!!! NO SCENTED LURES!!! PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER ANGLERS AND THEIR SPACE! PLEASE DON’T FISH ONE SPOT FOR TO LONG. CATCH & RELEASE PLEASE!!!
FLOWS: 203 CFS!
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS going down to a HIGHER rate of 203 CFS on this stretch it will fish a little BETTER. Light leaders and stealthy approaches will still be required. Trout here have not seen a break from anglers all year because of the lack of wintery weather so please be conscience of proper C&R techniques! Access is OPEN here now and with flows up fish can be found everywhere throughout the system. Trout here will be feeding on a steady diet of Midges in the morning and then turning their attention to BWO’S, Baetis, and Midges again in the evening. Cloudy days can produce some great dry fly activity here! So, have all stages of these bugs in your box. The rule of thumb here has been 4x-5x-6x depending on the situation. Go to patterns that always work are San Juan Worms, Flex Floss Worms and Glow Bugs.