Truckee River – Mar 27 Fishing Report
AS OF NOV 16TH, ALL CREEKS AND RIVERS WILL BE CLOSED UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE BY DFW REGS.
DON’T FORGET TO PINCH THOSE BARBS, CATCH & RELEASE ONLY NOW!
NOTE FOR THE WEEK: HIGH FLOWS PRIMARILY TO RELEASES FROM TAHOE! AS TAHOE WAS DRAWN DOWN QUITE A BIT IN THE FALL IT PUZZLES US WHY THEY ARE LETTING GO OF ALL THIS WATER STORAGE NOW. Daytime temps will be in the UPPER 40’S lows will be in the 20’S! GREAT SNOW amounts weeks ago and then more recently some heavy amounts of Rain. Regional reports state that we are at 80% of normal for the winter so again we are a little concerned about the released of water from Tahoe right now. GOOD DRIFTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS! Winter fishing can still be good so keep at it! ACCESS WILL BE VERY LIMITED RIGHT NOW WITH THE RECENT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS!
TRUCKEE RIVER: Trout Creek to Stateline barbless Flies and lures only. NO BAIT! NO SCENTED LURES! CATCH & RELEASE ONLY NOW!!! 1000 FT BELOW TAHOE CITY TO TROUT CREEK IS CLOSED, AND YES THAT MEANS PROSSER CREEK IS CLOSED!
FLOWS: Tahoe City 904 Truckee (BELOW DONNER CREEK) 1070 CFS, Below Martis Creek 1340 CFS (Glenshire), Below Prosser Creek 1478 CFS, Boca 2140 CFS, Farad 2230 CFS-water temps: 39-42 DEGREES!
BIG TRUCKEE: Flows High as they are releasing quite a bit of water out of Tahoe. Use Your WINTER and HIGH-WATER Techniques. With the current flows and water temps, one will start looking to fish areas where fish can escape the high flows that exist now. 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 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! 2x and 3x for streamer rigs, leaning more towards the 3x. If the streamer gig isn’t your thing don’t worry as there are still plenty of trout being caught on nymph rigs. Sculpins, Darker Stones(skwallas), 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 the intermittent Skwalla hatch along the edges of deep water (Upper Hirshdale). 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 ONLY NOW!!!
FLOWS: 520 CFS!
LITTLE TRUCKEE: With FLOWS going up to a High rate of 520 cfs on this stretch, while rather inaccessible at the moment, will fish much better. Not so light leaders now but 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 LIMITED 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, Winter Stones, and Midges again in the evening. Cloudy days can produce some great dry activity here! So, have all stages of these bugs in your box. The rule of thumb here has been 4x-5x depending on the situation. Go to patterns that always work when the water is up is San Juan’s, Gummy Worms AND Glow Bugs. STILL SPOTS OF SNOW ON ROAD, SO IF YOU GO BE PREPARED FOR THESE CONDITIONS!