Don Q’s Fishing Report For Northern Nevada & Beyond: June 3

Posted By on June 3, 2015

by Don Quilici, Special to the Carson Valley Times

Fishing Report

As of June 03


Rick and Patti Apted – Lake Sabrina Boat Landing (760-873-7425) ( reports:

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing:


DON’T FORGET THE JACKET (even if it’s warm in Bishop)

WATCH OUT FOR DEER if you’re on the road around dawn or dusk.

What a GREAT weekend at the Lake – a bit on the warmer side with highs in the mid-70s with beautiful fluffy white clouds and a bit of a breeze to keep you cool. With the warmer temps, the run-off has begun and the Lake is on the rise.

Fishing slowed a tad this week although there were some anglers that got limits galore while other struggled and only picked up a few.

Your best bet is to fish the Inlets.

Jigs, such as the Sierra Slammer, Nightcrawlers, Power Bait and Salmon Eggs seem to be working the best.

Trolling Thomas Buoyants or Nightcrawlers (don’t forget that swivel) close to shore or thru the channels.

Shore fishing – Salmon Eggs, Nightcrawlers or Power Bait.

It’s best if you take a bit of a walk to get away from the boat landing.

We’re expecting another DFW stocking this week, with a BIG FISH stocking sometime in June.

The Young’s of Palmdale kept the fishing tradition alive, taking young James out on the Lake for his first fishing expedition. According to his Elders – John, Jim and Matthew, he landed not only his first fish, but quite a few after that – welcome to the fishing club James!

And our pesky little skeeter friends are back, so don’t forget the bug juice, but remember to try and keep it, your sunscreen  and any other Foo-Foo juices off your hands – fish don’t like the taste or smell.

If you’re coming to the Lake, don’t forget sunscreen and dark glasses –that sun is pretty bright against the blue sky and the glare off the water.


May want to add some raingear for the week, too.

If you’re planning on hiking – PLEASE BE PREPARED – hike with a buddy – leave a note on where you’re headed – when you’re expected back – what you’re wearing – take plenty of water & food – dress in layers – you’ll start out cool, but will probably warm up – CHECK THE WEATHER!

Not only is your life on the line, so are the Search and Rescue Teams.

Looks like we might have some thunder booms in the forecast for next weekend, so pack the poncho.

Temps start out this week in the high-60s and end up in the high-50s for the weekend. Lows should be in the high-30s thru the whole week.

You can check out the weather forecast according to Howard our local weather ‘guesser’ at

You can also check out – enter Aspendell, CA (which is the little community right below Lake Sabrina) in the search field and you’ll get the forecast for at the higher elevation. You may need to scroll down on the webpage to see the temps.

The CHSRA Finals Rodeo is coming to Bishop June 16th – 19th.

Several hundred of California’s best cowboys & cowgirls plus families, friends and fans will arrive in Bishop for the CHSRA State Finals Championship.

Since 2005, our community has hosted this prestigious and exciting event and the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is proud to support this important project.

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing Summer hours:

Boat Rentals & Store Hours – Sunday thru Saturday:  7:00am to 7:00pm

Café Hours  – Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 

Breakfast – 7:00am to 11:00am

Lunch – 11:00am to 4:00pm

All campgrounds are now open in the Bishop Creek Canyon.

Bishop Creek Lodge, Creekside RV Park, Cardinal Village Resort and Parchers Resort are all open.

For those of you who haven’t found us on Facebook, check out

Hope to see you soon!

Juanita, Rick, Patti, Bryan & Len

A "Keeper" at Shasta Lake, California. Photo courtesy of Kirk Portocarrero at outdooradventures

A “Keeper” at Shasta Lake, California. Photo courtesy of Kirk Portocarrero at outdooradventures


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Jared Smith – Parchers Resort (760-873-4177) (

Bishop Creek Canyon
Fish & Trail Report

Summary & Trail Report

Mother Nature finally brought us a taste of summer this week as the wintery weather of last week was quickly replaced by warm sunny days with temps soaring into the low 70’s at resort levels.

The hiking trails are opening up quickly, although the higher elevations still have some snow to contend with, and the warm weather has made what snow drifts that still remain quite mushy and difficult to navigate.
Trail reports came in from Sabrina Basin where Blue Lake is now ice-free but things get a bit snowy beyond that.

A few folks have made it up to Piute Pass now and they report mostly clear trail up to Piute Lake with snow just near the top of the pass.

No reports from anyone getting over Bishop Pass yet, just those who get as far as Saddlerock or Bishop Lake and turn back as snow drifts are still quite substantial on the pass.

The Tyee Lakes trail is mostly open but the upper lakes are still frozen.

The first peak-baggers of the season visited us this weekend as a group of Sierra Club folks managed set out to climb Vagabond and Cloud Ripper on Saturday.

Still plenty of snow at the higher elevations but the peak of the backcountry season is quickly approaching and if the weather stays this warm, we’re going to see the backcountry open up very soon.
Bishop Creek South Fork
Creek flows continue to be hearty, especially with the warm weather, making for some great fishing conditions on the South Fork.

The bite slowed down a bit following a busy holiday weekend but most of the fishin’ folks are managing to catch some fish, commonly Rainbows in the 10-13 inch range.

Salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, spinners and mini-jigs are producing best.
Weir Pond
Still no word from Weir Pond as folks have been too busy bouncing the stream or fishing the lakes.
North Lake
It was a pretty quiet week in the canyon this week so reports from North Lake were a bit hard to come by, but the few who did report in found the bite a bit on the slow side.
Intake II
Reports ranged anywhere from excellent to terrible this week so it was a bit hard to gauge how the bite actually was.

Those who did best fished by the pump house or the dam, especially the corner where the intake pipe pours into the lake.

Grasshopper jigs, pink & white Mice tails or garlic Power bait were reported to be productive.
Lake Sabrina
Shore fishing slowed down a bit following the holiday weekend but folks fishing from a motorboat, kayak or float tube are still doing quite well.

The George Inlet and the Dingleberry inlet are holding fish and they’re cooperating for folks soaking nightcrawlers or fishing mini-jigs.

Grasshopper or cricket colored Sierra Slammer jigs accounted for some good catch counts this week.

A single salmon eggs drifted down one of the inlets is also producing well. South Lake
Thanks to the precipitation over the past few weeks the lake has come up a couple feet, but the reservoir is still extremely low and the fishing has been mediocre at best. A few Browns are being caught on Rapalas and there are a mix of smaller Brook Trout and Rainbows falling for worms at the inlet.
Backcountry Fishing
Excellent fishing is there for anyone willing and able to lace up their hiking boots and hit the trial.

Treasure Lakes cranked out some great Golden Trout hybrids this week, mostly on spinners like Panther Martins.

Long Lake was good for a mix of Rainbows and Brookies, mostly near the main inlet that flows down from Spearhead.

Most of the lakes above 11000ft are still iced over or mostly iced over, but we’re expecting that to change quickly with the wonderful summer weather that we’re experiencing.
Out & About
Solid reports from the Upper Owens as spawning Cutthroats are up in numbers and are huge, upwards of 24”.

Crowley is also producing some healthy fish for our guests, Browns, Rainbows and Cutts to 4 lbs, mostly bait fishing with nightcrawlers off Sandy Point or in McGee Bay.

Pleasant Valley Reservoir is also producing some big fish near the launch ramp.


Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store in Bridgeport (760- 932-7707) ( reports:

June 01, 2015

Bridgeport fished pretty well this past week though it seemed to taper off quite a bit as the moon started to get more full.

There were lots of nice browns caught in the 1 to 2.5 pound range as well as rainbows up to about 5 . 5 pounds.

There are also still some very nice perch showing, some going almost 3 pounds.

Trolling has been the best with small bright colored rapalas, needlefish and blades/crawlers.

The bait anglers have been using a variety of baits including crawlers, different colors of power bait, power eggs and mice tails. Garlic and anise scents also seem to be helping the bait anglers out quite a bit.

There are lots of midges as well as callibaetis coming off right now so the fly anglers should be able to get into some fish with both streamer patterns and stillwater nymphing.        


Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) ( reports:

Bridgeport Reservoir 5/29/15

Good weather forecast for this week.  

The Bridge will fish well in the early part of this season.

It received a good jag of TROPHY RAINBOWS, & catchable sized browns, rainbows, and cutthroat recently.

Conditions are excellent despite low water.

A small boat launch/courtesy dock near the dam will get you on the water.

Tubers should do great this spring working the drop-offs with Loebergs, crystal leeches, and punk perch patterns.

On the warmer days still water nymphing with Assassins, callibaetis nymphs, broken back midges, gillies, and flashback PT’s will get you pull downs with your Under-cator. 10-13 feet should get you into them.

See Jeffery at the marina for flies, and fishing info.


John Voss of the Caples Lake Resort (209-258-8888) (www.capleslakeresort,com) reports:

Fishing is great here at Caples Lake Resort.  

2 lb Mackinaw was caught by resort guest, John Pierce, drifting in a Caples Lake Resort fishing boat with nightcrawlers by the Woods Creek inlet.

The lake level is at 60 feet (62’ is full). You can see by the second picture that the water is already spilling over the top of the spillway. Awesome news in this drought year.

The Emigrant Lake Trail on the south side of the lake is free of snow and several guests have already hiked up to Emigrant Lake.

Looks like a spectacular summer at Caples Lake thanks to the Eldorado Irrigation District (EID) keeping the outflow to a minimum this winter and spring and also due to the unexpected precipitation in April and May.

4 pound, 6 ounce Rainbow from Little Virginia Lake, Calif.  Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lakes Resort.

4 pound, 6 ounce Rainbow from Little Virginia Lake, Calif.
Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lakes Resort.


Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) ( reports:

Crowley Lake 5/29/15

The fish have “turned the corner” at Sandy Pt. and are now concentrated in McGee Bay and off Stormy Flats. 13-18 feet.

All three species of trout, & an occasional Sacramento Perch can be netted on Crowley right now.

There are still good numbers at Sandy Pt. at times. Hilton has slowed down.

Water clarity remains very good with no algae issues.

You will also see some significant aquatic weeds beginning to grow at the 12-13 foot depth. Lake level is holding steady, and this is the condition that promotes weed growth out to 18 feet.

The steady chironomid hatches have triggered some consistent bites during the good weather/high barometer periods.  

I suggest you have crystal emergers and pupa patterns #18, gillies #18 & 20, crystal tiger midges both dark, and copper #14 through 18 along with their articulated brethren the “broken back midges” #16 and 18.  

Try the BB dark zebra, or the long shank crystal zebra midge as your lower fly.

Articulated patterns like broken backs work well when you have “texture” like some wind on the surface.

My Under-cator strike detector “slides” if you wish to make it easier for you to fish deeper water.

Lake is not dropping currently, and boat launching is fine. 


Rob Anderson of (775-742-1754) reports:

May 26th

Davis is low for sure but is in great shape for late May.

There are some Callabaetis, Blood Midges and even a Damsel or two starting to show up.

The latest report from May 26th has a few fish rising in shallow water and starting to stage for the Damsel migration.

June should be a good month at the lake.

There is a ton of shoreline due to lower water and this could be a really good year for shallow water sight fishing.

Bring all your standard Stillwater flies and be ready for anything.


Wiggin’s Trading Post at Chilcoot (530-993-4683) reports:

With the rainy days over & the warm sunny days back in full force, the weather has attracted quite the nice crowd in this past week.

We had many reports from fisherman who had good luck shore fishing.

The fish caught averaging 12-14 inches, most were using nightcrawlers which still remains the #1 choice of bait & fishing by the dam appears to be the hot spot with the best of luck.
5/26 A regular fisherman had great luck catching his limit fishing around the Dam. He was inflating his nightcrawlers while also using yellow power bait.
Last week our regular, Larry Mitchell, known as Mitch, caught a beautiful 4 lb rainbow, 22-23 inches in length! He was fishing at the Dam using nightcrawlers.
5/28 Mitch headed up to the lake again to retry his luck & give his lucky spot a go again. This time he caught 4 rainbows each weighing in average about 3 to 3 1/4 lbs! He was using nightcrawlers off shore.
5/25 Mike Clark from Reno, NV caught 5 rainbows averaging 10-15 inches in length. He too was fishing near the Dam.
This past week Bob Parry, the fish whisper of Nor-Cal Guide Service and also a local, took 3 clients out, fishing from boat & caught limits. The largest was 3lbs & the rest averaged 17-20 inches in length. They were fishing with power bait. They had tried trolling but had no luck.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing.

Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) ( reports:

Hot Creek 5/29/15

The bite has been pretty good on the nicer days.

Flows are up a little with the string of rainy days.

Heavy aquatic weeds are making drifts tougher in the limited open water.  

Some good caddis/mayfly activity currently.

High winged dark olive, or dun colored bodies #16/18 are good profiles for the BWO’s. Keep them well dressed to ride high in the foam.

PT’s & bird’s nest patterns are best for nymphs.

Small parachute midge or mayfly patterns used with a 10 foot leader are best for surface presentations when the fish are on the midges/or clusters.

There are a few sections that can be fished with a dry dropper nymph rig.

Try my hi-vis caddis pattern, it works well here. Small dead drifted Punk Perch, broken back zebras, small gillies, egg patterns, SJ worms, scuds, flashback PT’s, or assassin birds nest bead heads in #18 are good calls for the dropper. Size 18 or smaller crystal olive caddis larva or zebra midges are good calls as droppers.

This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.


Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store in Bridgeport (760- 932-7707) ( reports:

June 01, 2015

We had several reports from Kirman this week, it sounds like it’s been pretty tough up there.

A few anglers were able to bag brookies up to about 18 inches and cutts up to about 27 inches, but they’re being pretty tight lipped overall.

It sounds like there is an over abundance of scud in the water right now so I’d guess those fish are gorging themselves and not looking to eat much else.

If you’re going to give it a try I’d be packing scud patterns and leech patterns with a few droppers.           

Closed. Will re-open July 15, 2015.


The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (800-720-ODWF) ( reports:

The ocean is open for harvest of Dungeness crab.

Anglers continue to catch surf perch from the beaches near Winchester, Bandon and Coos Bay. The best fishing is usually on the incoming tide. Sand shrimp is one of the best baits to use when fishing for surf perch.

Recreational ocean salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened on March 15. The season is open for all salmon except coho, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and a minimum size for Chinook salmon at 24 inches or larger.

Fishing has been difficult due to rough seas and there are few reports of fish being caught, but fishing should improve with conditions.

The next all-depth halibut open days will be May 28-30, June 11-13, and June 25-27. Halibut anglers this past weekend had great success with some fish weighing up to 70 pounds. The nearshore halibut season does not open until July 1.

Starting on April 1, fishing for bottom fish is restricted to inside the 30 fathom curve. Fishing for black rockfish has been good from Charleston to Bandon.

The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of cabezon is not allowed Jan. 1 – June 30.

To help anglers identify common species and comply with the regulations, ODFW has produced several sheets of ID Tips for blue vs. black rockfish and for China, copper and quillback rockfish, as well as a handout titled “What Can I Keep, and How Many?”


Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) ( reports:

Upper Owens River 5/29/15

The section from the Bridge DOWN STREAM to the lake is now open.

We are seeing decent numbers of cutthroats actively on the redds, but the spawn is winding down and some of the fish are spawned out, or pretty beat up.

The white fuzzy markings on the fish are a fungus that is caused from removal of the protective slime that coats the skin. It may, or may not be lethal. 

You may also get into a nice brown that has moved up from the lake to feed on roe, or small rainbow fry.

Water clarity can be poor when the irrigation canals are being utilized to flood irrigate the pastures. This inputs a fair amount of muddy, weedy water below the confluences of these feeder canals which loop back into the river proper.

Access has improved; however I would not take a passenger car in after a significant T-storm.

Flows have dropped back down to winter release rates (43 CFS above Hot Creek.) I do not expect the LADWP to increase flows again this summer as they have used their water allotment for 2015 from Grant Lake already.

This has made conditions ideal for the spring run of cutthroat & cuttbows up from Crowley.

Dead drifting a variety of patterns through the shallow gravel beds, deep slots, & pools with or without an Under-cator can produce grabs.

Crystal leeches, Agent orange,  assassins, flashback pheasant tails, crystal eggs, SJ worms, & broken back midges will all work depending on the water you are angling. It is crucial to keep your flies near the bottom, and your fly line and Under-cator OFF the fish so you do not shadow them.

Drag those hooks sets downstream so you pull into the fishes mouth and achieve “angle” when you come tight.

Some midge and mayfly activity; but the staged up fish don’t really care as they are not feeding.

Special angling regs in effect year around above the Benton Bridge.


Open year around above the Bridge. 

Middle Owens River (Bishop area) 5/29/15 

Temps in the Owens Valley rising, will be 90 this weekend.

Flows currently 101 CFS below the dam at Pleasant Valley Reservoir.  

Numbers have not been great recently for drift boat trips however; we are still getting some good sized bows and good numbers of smaller browns while pulling streamers with sinking tip lines.  

Very good conditions for wading the WT section.

At low flows dry\dropper rigs can be very effective in some runs, or riffles.

I have been told that a significant flow increase is not in the short term water management plans this year due to the extreme drought.

The bite slowing down as the sun gets higher, & air temps climb.

You will see some large spring caddis, and last generation smaller BWO’s #18-20. High-vis & natural caddis adults, parachute hi-vis mayfly, or blue dun adults are correct profiles for surface presentations.

Assassin birds nest, flashback pheasant tails, broken back midges, crystal olive caddis, & olive zebra larva patterns good calls for nymphing with an Under-cator. Have some Loebergs, Punk Perch, & crystal Vanderleeches if you choose to toss streamers.

This fishery remains open year around.

Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Anglers are finding some success at the upper marsh for panfish and catfish.

Mealworms or night crawlers below a bobber will catch fish.


Onion Valley Reservoir

Closed. Will re-open second Saturday in June, 2015.

Blue Lakes

Closed. Will re-open second Saturday in June, 2015.

Knott Creek Reservoir

Closed. Will re-open second Saturday in June, 2015.


Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) ( reports:

Valley Reservoir 5/29/15

Fishing has been so-so here.

The levels are really fluctuating as the LADWP uses PVR as a “buffer” to accommodate the water used for power generation. It has dropped as low as 4376′, & up to 4388′  

Watch the mud along the banks near the inlet on the low side.

Access around the inlet sucks after levels get up above 4385′.

The small river section has been best for numbers of smaller rainbows, & browns-use dry/dropper bead head nymph combos here.

Forget fishing the river, or inlet if the hydro station is ramped up. Power generation can occur anytime during the spring.

Stimulators, hi-vis para BWO’s, or hi-vis caddis may be used as the upper fly-use crystal olive caddis larva, flashback PT’s, Assassins, broken back or crystal tiger & zebra midges as your dropper bead head nymph. T

ubing  has really picked up from the launch ramp, up to the inlet section.

Streamers like Loebergs, Agent Orange, Crystal leeches, & Spruce-A-Bu’s will get you into some nice browns, & larger bows in the rez proper.

Use a full sinking, or heavy sink tip line to get down 10-15 feet quickly.

You can also fish “Crowley midge style” in the rez near the drop-offs.

Fish chironomid patterns below an Under-cator.

Gillies, broken back midges, crystal emergers & pupa patterns. Tiger & zebra midges are always a solid choice for your larva pattern.

This fishery is open year around.

The Gorge 5/29/15

This fishery is not effected by flow increases on the Middle Owens, and with the recent increased water it is receiving is really fishing well & worth the hike if you enjoy small wild browns.

Have those mayfly nymphs, PMD adults, & caddis adults handy.

The spring caddis are coming off steady.

This maybe the best dry fly fishery we have during the spring months.

The Gorge could be classified as the true “tailwater” from Crowley Lake.

The fish here are all wild browns with a large one going 16 inches. Moderate/difficult hiking is required to access the more secluded sections. Rock hopping and bush whacking can be expected.

Dry/dropper bead head nymph combos work well in the deeper pools. Use PT’s, Assassin birds nest, broken back midges, tiger midges, & crystal olive larva patterns as the nymphs. Hi-vis para BWO’s, Stimulators, parachute midge adults, & elk caddis, & hi-vis caddis are good choices for your dry fly.

Pack in water, have cleated wading boots and a stout staff. 2-4wt. rods are perfect for this water.

Snakes may be out early!


Rob Anderson of (775-742-1754) reports:

May 26th

Cooler stormy weather over the past 10 days or so has really helped the fishing.

The water temperatures have stabilized around 60 degrees on the surface and it has helped keep some fish in shallow water.

Tui Chubs are starting to roam and cruise in close as well.

The hatchery area has been slow but some of the normal early fall and late spring beaches have been producing.

The numbers of Pilot Peak strain fish also tend to go up some this time of year.

Fishing off ladders as well as Pontoon Boats and Float Tubes are all worth a try. There are plenty of fish in 8-20 feet of water but that could change as soon as we get some warmer weather.

Windy days are still best for sure.

Early mornings have been worth getting up for lately as well.

For Stripping flies use Midnight Cowboy’s and Olive Martini’s. For Indicator rigs the Red Maholo Nymph has been awesome. Larger Midges and Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches are also worth a try.


Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at and (1-800-670-4448) report:

King Salmon closed. Will re-open July 16.


Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at and (1-800-670-4448) report:

Fly Fishing:

As of  May 30, 2015 water flow is currently 7,500 CFS and steady.
Lower Sacramento River fishing report–  

Sacramento River Rainbow trout fishing is fantastic !
Water is clear, and weather perfect.

Mornings and afternoon trips have been great. 

We are fishing from the 44 bridge to Jellys Ferry Bridge daily.
We offer both spin fishing and fly fishing.

Working best are PT’s, and  Micro Mayflies.

Starting April 27th, the area of the Sacramento River from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 Bridge will be closed until August 1 , 2015. 

Please do not be alarmed , as we will still be fishing daily.

This is a very small portion of the river system, and this will help ensure the preservation of our salmon and trout fishery.
Drift  boats or Jet boats available.

We cater to all levels of anglers.

Daily drifting Redding, California and Anderson, California.

Groups and Clubs welcome, we can accommodate ANY size group.


Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at and (1-800-670-4448) report:

Striped Bass:

May 30, 2015
The Striped Bass fishing has slowed.
The Striped bass fishing  is fishing is slow, we are focusing on great fishing a little higher up the river system.

May and April were two prime months this season for 2015.

Short window but it was fun while it lasted.

We sincerely appreciate you all, and we will continue to provide you with the all the latest, honest fishing reports.  

Call us today at 1800-670-4448


Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at and (1-800-670-4448) report:

May 30, 2015  Shasta Lake guided fishing

Northern California fishing Lake Shasta

Offer daily guided fishing on Lake Shasta. Excellent fishing.

For Shasta Lake fishingcatching Rainbow Trout and King salmon, trolling Shasta Lake main body, fish ranging in size 2 to 4 pound.

Trout fishing has been good.
King salmon, up to  75 ft deep. Salmon fishing heating up this week.

Catching a combination of trout and salmon now!

Getting into some monster Brown trout.
Spotted bass and Small mouth bass, Catching limits of bass daily- RED HOT !  We are catching bass along the banks and down 35 ft . Averaging over 40  hook ups a day. This weekend produced 91 bass on Saturday and 104 bass caught on Sunday’s guided trip.

Using spinner baits and crankbaits early morning, and using rubber worms the rest of the day, with mid-afternoons being the best as the day warms. 

If you have any more questions or to book your Northern California guided Lake Shasta fishing trip, please call us at 1-800-670-4448. 


A continuing report of limits of average sized Mackinaw Trout being caught on silver flasher blades and minnows, trolled at depths of 100-300 feet on the west side of the lake near Homewood, California.


Rob Anderson of (775-742-1754) reports:

May 26th

The water is still really low for the most part on the river.

This last batch of rainy days did not do much to change the water except for make it a little off color in places.

It is fishable for sure.

The stretch between Tahoe City and Truckee is really low and gets a little better downstream of Truckee.

There is 158 CFS coming in from Boca and the flows are outstanding in the canyon section down to the state line.

The flows get a little lower due to diversions in Nevada but the river is still in great shape all the way through Reno.

Caddis are starting to hatch on the lower river in the evenings as well as some Little Yellow Stones.

Nymphing during the day with Caddis or some generic bead head nymphs in size 16-18 is a great bet.

A stonefly for a lead fly in size 8-10 can’t hurt either.

The evening dry fly fishing should only get better for the next few weeks.

Flows are: Town of Truckee 60 CFS, Boca Bridge 308 CFS, Farad 322 CFS and Reno 193 CFS.


Rob Anderson of (775-742-1754) reports:

May 26th

Flows remain at 90 CFS. They have been this way for a while now.

PMD’s are starting to show up sporadically in the middle of the day. The PMD hatch should only get better in the coming weeks.

There are still some lingering Baetis as well.

Nymphing with some really small PMD’s, Baetis or Midges in sizes 18-22 has been working best. 5X or 6X tippet is a must.

Be stealthy, wear some neutral clothing and make really good drifts.


Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store in Bridgeport (760- 932-7707) ( reports:  

June 01, 2015

The Twins are producing fair numbers of pan sized fish, we haven’t heard of any larger fish the past few days but sometimes anglers don’t bring them into town to brag!

Bait anglers should have some success with power eggs, power bait and crawlers, trollers can go with small rapalas, blades/crawlers and needlefish.

Fly anglers should try matukas, mini leeches, simi seal leeches and seal buggers with a soft hackle or zug bug dropper.         


Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store in Bridgeport (760- 932-7707) ( reports:

June 01, 2015

The Virginias have been a little tougher than usual though they are getting into some nice pan sized fish including some nice native browns and brookies.

The weather has been pretty good and it’s always a nice area to spend the day!!

Power bait, mice tails and crawlers are hooking some fish for the bait anglers, Thomas Bouyants and kastmasters are getting some hook-ups for the lure anglers and fly anglers are using mini leeches, matukas and simi seal leeches.  


John and Carolyn Webb of the Virginia Lakes Resort (760-647-6484) ( report:

The week was mostly clear with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees to a high of 60. It continued to stay warm through Saturday. 

Fishing was not that good but if you spent more time than normal to get your limit you would have a limit.

Bait: Inflated night crawlers was number one, Garlic power bait (sage green) saw most of the action.
Lures:  Fair to good action on Thomas Buoyant’s in red/gold, Yellow and gold, some action on small gold Kastmasters, try different lures, you just never know.
Fly and bubble:  Not much hatching two weeks ago.  Too rainy, snowy and cold then it warmed but not enough time for the “bugs” to get their act together.
Fly rods:  Black Woolly buggers #8, Loberg’s and Olive Twin Lakes special (dirty tail my version “Dirty Doc”), , did ok but nothing spectacular.  Midges:  Not much action when the temperature is inconsistent.
Backcountry:  Has seen sparse action due to the lack of anglers hitting the trail.  I encourage everyone to keep only what they can eat, it is a resource that should be of value to everyone.
Note:  If the trout bleeds, it’s yours, PLEASE don’t toss it back into the lake as it will die.  If you care about the resource please be careful when releasing fish back into the lake.  Also, IT ATTRACKS BEARS!
Carolyn 6.1.15


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

No new updates. No Lahontan cutthroat have been reported or seen at Walker Lakes since 2009.

Launching is not possible right now.


Rob Anderson of (775-742-1754) reports:

The East Walker is still 22 CFS.

This is probably in part to some rain and cooler weather.

The flows are going to continue to change with the weather over the next month or so until irrigation water is used up and the river goes into drought mode sometime soon.

Get it in now if you want to fish the EW.

We could be in for a long hot summer.


Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store in Bridgeport (760- 932-7707) ( reports:

East Walker River:

June 01, 2015 

The East is still running at 22 CFS and is likely to not have much change in the near future.

There are still a few fish to be caught by focusing on the deeper pools and runs as well as the undercut banks. It’s tough fishing and you’ll need to be on your game for sure, but the upside is that many of the fish that are being caught are in the 18 to 25 inch range.

The water temps are still good and the fish are very thick and healthy.

The anglers who have been enjoying the greatest success have been using dry/dropper rigs with an attractor on top like a madam x, stimulator or humpy and underneath they’re running a rainbow warrior, silver streak, flashback emerger, micro mayfly, san juan worm or white zebra midge.

We haven’t heard much about dries or streamers lately though they may work in the early morning or late evening.

If you’re planning on hitting up the river and would like to hire a guide Andrew Sears is available to help you out, just give us a call for availability!


Sceirine Ranch:

June 01, 2015

We didn’t have any anglers on the ranch this week, give us a call if you want to have some private water all to yourself!        


Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) ( reports:

East Walker River 5/29/15

Twenty CFS is a trickle.

They have been holding at this release here for a while. 

This fishery is open year around with special regs in place.


Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store in Bridgeport (760- 932-7707) ( reports:

June 01, 2015

The small amount of snow we still have is melting and causing the West to be high and muddy, pretty tough fishing right now but I’d only expect it to be this way for another week or so, as the snow melt starts to subside the water will clear up and the fishing should get much better!