Don Q’s Fishing Report For Northern Nevada & Beyond : June 11

Posted By on June 11, 2015

by Don Quilici, Special to the Carson Valley Times

Fishing Report

As of June 10


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.

It was another week of ‘Fun & Games’ courtesy of Mother Nature. She threw a little bit of everything at us again – rain, thunder, sleet, heat, snow and just some down-right awesome weather. Like they say ‘Just wait five minutes and the weather’s bound to change’. With the bit of heat we got and that wet, wet rain of Memorial Weekend, the run-off has begun. We’re picking up about 4 to 5 inches of water a day and quite a few rocks have disappeared in the channels.

And this week, the catching part of fishing picked-up some.

You know the drill – fishing the Inlets – it’s all working at ALL the Inlets – Jigs (Sierra Slammers), Salmon Eggs, Nightcrawlers, and PowerBait.

Trolling is still on the slow slide, but we’re recommending the tried and true if you’re really into trolling – Thomas Buoyants or just a Nightcrawler (don’t forget the swivel).

Drifting the rock piles with Power Bait or Nightcrawler.

Fishing the shoreline – try Salmon Eggs, Nightcrawlers or Power Bait.

DFW stocked the Lake last Wednesday with a proper load of fish along with some trophy fish. Speaking of trophy fish, there’s a stocking to take place sometime in June of some larger fish in the Canyon.

Had some nice limits come out of the Lake this week.

The Laddusaw’s, that would be Scott, Jeff, Mike and Dave along with Brian Beavers all were eating good with their limits caught on Salmon Eggs and Nightcrawlers. And when you’ve got the fishing bug, nothing’s gonna stop the Arozna family – Preston, Karl and Charles – all caught limits with a 2-3/4 pounder thrown in for good measure – caught on Lures and Power Bait. Joe Greitl and Winter Douglas snagged their limits using Power Bait. Mark Hassell bested friend Mike Aldrete by an eighth of a pound hooking a 2-1/4 pounder.

The skeeters  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. AND DON’T FORGET A JACKET! 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.

Also, if you meet stock on the trail, please go to the low-side, that way if the mules are startled they’ll go to the high side and not down the canyon.

The thunder booms are staying in the forecast so pack the poncho.

Looks like the temps will be in the high-60s to low 70s for the week and weekend with a chance of showers.

Lows should be in the mid-40s thru the whole week.

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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.

Are you heading for Bishop over 4th of July weekend?

Saturday the 4th is FREE fishing day – no license need.

There’s also a big day planned at the Bishop City Park. 

Join friends, family, and others at this free all day event.

Free swimming, free softball tournament, free pie & ice cream, live entertainment & good old-fashioned fun for all!

And then in the evening, come on out for the Fabulous Fireworks Show at Bishop Airport.  It’s the annual Fundraiser for Bishop Volunteer Fire Department. Come on out and give them your support!

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing Summer hours:

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

Café Hours  – Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 

Breakfast – 7:00 am to 11:00 am

Lunch – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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


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

Parchers Resort:

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 So. 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” range. Salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, spinners and mini-jigs 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 Micetails 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 4lbs, 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 07, 2015

Bridgeport has toughened up a bit with the bait anglers reporting having a little trouble getting into more than a couple fish a day, the trolling however has still been hanging in there pretty good and the perch are biting pretty good down near the dam now. Shore anglers are having limited success for trout with power bait, mice tails and crawlers. Trollers are doing the best with small rapalas and needlefish. Perch fishermen are using trout teasers and tactical teasers for the best success.         


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

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 that 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.


Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service (530-283-4103) ( reports:

Meanwhile back at Bucks Lake the Trophy Mackinaw have finally settled into a consistent groove. We have been hooking 4 to 6 of the big fish each day with the fish running from 9 to 18 pounds on custom painted plugs.

The last several trips there has been a lot of hooting and hollering on the back deck of my boat along with a good many high 5’s and fist bumps as we have seen some great battles out of these big fish on the light tackle.

The last week brought more of the unsettled weather we have been seeing here in Northeastern California featuring lightning, thunder, and some steady down pours of rain but most of it held off till the afternoons giving us pretty nice mornings to fish.

In addition to the Mack bite the Kokanee bite has been going wide open at Bucks with the fish running 12 to 12.5 inches and thick. The best bite has been on watermelon Wild Things followed by Pink Tiger Uncle Larry’s Spinners fished 20 to 28 feet. This is some great fast action fishing especially when you are getting kids involved in it. Look for this bite to roll right on through summer with the fish getting bigger as we go.


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). 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.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Very low water conditions. Very few places to fish.

Happy fishing at Convict Lake, California.  Photo courtesy of the Convict Lake Resort

Happy fishing at Convict Lake, California.
Photo courtesy of the Convict Lake Resort


Convict Lake Resort (800-992-2260) ( reports:

Dear Don,

It’s been two weeks since my last fishing report and I’m pleased to post some great photos of quality fish on this report.

Over the last two weeks, we have seen a handful of two-four pounders, (6) five pounders, (3) six pounders and (4) seven+ pounder at the general store.

Those counts are just the fish that were reported. I’m sure there were even more lunkers pulled from the lake over the last two weeks. 

To see all these photos visit our 2015 Fishing Gallery. 

FYI, my reports are comprised of fish upload onto our gallery by noon on Friday. All other fish will be on the next week’s report.  

Catch of the Week: 

Fish 01 Convict

Ruben Galarza from Fontana, CA with a super stout 8 pound 3 ounce Rainbow. He was using a pink Mice Tail and was posted up at Windy Point.

Other notable catches this week:

Team Lenny (Tony Hartvigsen and Jim Johnson) each caught a toad. Tony with a 6 pound Rainbow and Jim with an 8 pound Rainbow. They were fishing at the Inlet and using Nightcrawlers.

Chelsea Walsh representing for the young female anglers out there. Her Convict Lake lunker was a 7 pound and 12 ounce Rainbow. She was using a Nightcrawler along the South Shore.

Glen Jordan of Lancaster, CA with a fat 6 pound and 13 ounce Rainbow. Glen was using a Sierra Slammer along the North Shore. 


Thomas Buoyants and Mice Tails were the hot rigs of the week. Tasmanian Devils or Needlefish continue to hook up quality fish for the folks out there trolling. You cant go wrong with inflated Nightcrawlers.  The top Powerbait color was yellow. In the creek, Salmon Eggs were the hot ticket. The top shore locations on the lake were the South Shore and Inlet. Other locations to try: North Shore, Inlet and Hangman’s Tree.

Here is a list of other baits/lures that can be productive: 

Sierra Slammers, Tasmanian Devil, Green or brown Marvel Fly Lures, Trout Teasers, Panther Martin, NeedleFish, Rooster Tails, and Bite-on Fury Shad on Power bait. I was suggest using some type of added attractant. Pro-Cure, Bait-On, Lip Ripperz and Berkley all make excellent attractants, which are sold at the general store. 

Here is a list of recommended flies:
Dry Flies:

Adams, Female Adams, Cutter’s Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Black/Red Ants, Sierra Bright Dot, Royal Coachman and Hoppers.

Wooly Bugger (black, brown, olive, or green), Mutuka (black, brown, olive, or green), Hornberg, and Muddler Minnows.
Wet Flies (Nymphs):

Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Zebra Midge (red and black), Copper John (red and copper) and San Juan Worm (brown or red).

Other Resources:

View our Convict Lake Fishing Map and Fishing Rig Suggestion brochures. Both brochures are available in the General Store.

Derby News: 

The Round-Up at the Lake Fishing Derby will be running for only 12 more days. It will ending on June 18th. Don’t miss out on a chance to win $6,000 in Resort Prizes! 

Happening right now is the Hangman’s Bonus Cash Weekend from June 5-7. 

$2000 in cash prizes.


Slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms possible throughout the week.

The high temps at the start of the week will be in the low-70’s and the lows in the mid-40’s.

Here is the National Weather Service link that is usually quite accurate: 7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.

Sunrise – Sunset:

Sunrise this week 5:35 am – 5:34 am and Sunset 8:14 pm – 8:17 pm.


The DFG planted the lake and creek at the beginning of the week.

We stocked 400 pounds of Trophy Trout on June 4th.

The county is schedule to stock 400 more pounds of Trophy trout at the end of next week.


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

Crowley Lake 6/4/15

The bite has been inconsistent the last few days; but when you are scratching 20 plus inch browns it makes up for it!

The fish have “turned the corner” at Sandy Pt. and are now cruising 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. & Six Bays at times.

Hilton can turn on in 15 feet or more depending on wind direction.

Water clarity remains very good with no algae issues.

You will also see some significant aquatic weeds beginning to grow at the 12-14 foot depth. Lake level is holding steady, and this is the condition that promotes weed growth out to 18 feet. As the days lengthen, and the weeds begin to consume the bottom, locating clean mud will be difficult in under 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. 


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Fishing has been good for rainbow trout in the 11- to 13-inch range.

Anglers are also catching tiger and brown trout.

The weed growth remains minimal and the lake is at full water capacity.

Power Bait and small spinners are working well for all species.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

The bass action has really come on this past week with anglers catching and releasing a 7-pound, 5-ounce fish and several in the three-pound range.

Many of the bass were taken using a small rubber grub on a jig head, but a variety of other bass lures also worked well.

The water levels came up with the storm action of a week ago and fish such as crappie and trout are also being taken over most of the lake.

A free family fishing derby will take place at the reservoir for Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to noon.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Opened on May 1 and has been fishing well for those making the short hike in to the lake. Artificial flies and lures (single barbless hooks) are required.


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

Hot Creek 6/4/15

The run-off from Mammoth Creek has the levels up significantly.

Might be some off colored water at times during T-storms.  

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.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Bilk Creek Reservoir:

Bilk Creek is about 80% full and should fish well throughout June and early July for both bass and trout. Lots of trout have been stocked because other waters are too low to receive their usual allocations.

Chimney Reservoir:

No new reports, but it’s usually slow this time of year.


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

June 07, 2015

We haven’t heard any new news from Kirman this past week, as soon as we get some info we’ll pass it on to you!          


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Very few people fishing which means fishing is probably not good yet, but could pick up near the dam as the water gets lower in the next couple weeks.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Colorado River:

The striped bass bite continues to be good along the river. The average fish is coming in at two pounds but some are pushing five. Shore anglers have found consistent action while fishing anchovies near Davis Dam. The area around the Nature Center has been popular for bother stripers and catfish.

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500) ( reports:

Closed. Will re-open July 15, 2015.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

High summer temperatures are beginning to show. Despite the heat, anglers hitting the water have been rewarded with feisty fish.

Striped bass have not been very selective and seem to hit much of what is thrown their way. Anglers are using live shad, anchovies, jigs and various lures. Stripers can be found chasing bait at the opening of coves and throughout Vegas wash. Catfish are taking the same baits.

Black bass continue to provide good action with most being caught along points outside of Callville and Hemenway.

The average size is about two to three pounds


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Now is a great time to catch a variety of fish species the reservoir has to offer.

Fishing the rocky shelves with drop shots can produce some of the smallmouth bass while the largemouth bass are holding near submerged brush in the back of coves. Striped bass in the main body of the lake are averaging two pounds and are hitting shad imitations fished near the mouth of coves.

Willow Beach Marina has reported that anglers have taken several stripers in the double-digit range, some as large as 19 pounds. Most are being caught near the marina while others are coming from waters to the south.

Trout imitation lures such as offered by Rago Lures or A/C Plugs work well.


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

Middle Owens River (Bishop area) 6/4/15 

Temps in the Owens Valley are very warm.

Fish the lower light periods.

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

Numbers have been down on drift boat trips.

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.

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.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:


Opens the Second Saturday in June—June 13, 2015.

Access to the Pine Forest best with a 4-wheel drive.

Roads in to the Pine Forest are in decent shape in advance of the opener.

Onion Valley Reservoir:

Onion is about 40% of capacity for the opener.

It has been stocked with about 1,500 trout and will have fish and water until about mid-summer. Irrigation demands will quickly drain the lake and fishing should be done by the mid-July.

Blue Lakes:

Blue Lakes is located only a couple of miles above Onion Valley Reservoir but is only accessible by a hiking trail.

It offers opportunity for both bait and fly anglers.

It about 50% full this year and should provide good angling throughout the summer. It is stocked each fall with fingerling trout dropped from a helicopter.

Fishing has been and remains good for both bait and fly anglers.

Four species of trout can be caught in Blue Lakes: brook, tiger, rainbows and cutbows. Fish from 10 to 18 inches are being caught.

Knott Creek Reservoir:

Knott Creek is about 50% full for the opener. T

iger trout and rainbows have been stocked and there are large holdover fish.

Knott Creek is an artificial flies and lures fishing destination.

Check the regulations for all of the rules.

Fish early because hot weather can cause significant weed buildup in the reservoir.

Fish early before the sun hits the water and late when the sun is going down.

It will have water all year because NDOW owns a minimum pool for the reservoir.


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

Pleasant Valley Reservoir 6/4/15

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 due to hydro power generation which can happen at any time.  

Heavy weeds are now present in the transition section near the inlet, and along the lakes shoreline as levels have remained relatively stable for a couple weeks.

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.

Tubing  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 6/4/15

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!


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Rye Patch is fair to slow for catfish, wipers and walleye.


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  June 8, 2015 water flow is currently 7,200 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  Bonneyview Bridge  to Anderson, CA .
We offer both spin fishing and fly fishing.

Working best are PT’s, and  Micro Mayflies.

Starting April 27 th, 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.


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

San Joaquin River 6/4/15

Run-off has begun, should last for a couple more weeks.

The wild trout here are eager to hit most surface imitations in the #14-18 range.

I like hi-vis para mayflies, Stimulators, and  hi-vis caddis patterns as a point fly.

Tie a two foot dropper off the hook bend and add a blue winged olive or natural caddis adult.  Dry/dry tandems are effective and can really help you see you imitations in riffle water, or shadows.


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

June 8, 2015  Shasta Lake guided fishing

Northern California fishing Lake Shasta

Offer daily guided fishing on Lake Shasta. Excellent fishing.
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. Getting into a few monster Brown trout, too !
King salmon, up to  75 ft deep. Salmon fishing starting to heating up this week. Catching a combination of trout and salmon now !
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 crank baits 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. 


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Has been stocked and is fishing well.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Lake Tahoe is the place to be if you are fishing from a boat in northern Nevada.

It may be one of the few places you still can launch a boat and catch a fish. Anglers have been reporting good success catching Mackinaw in the 3-5 pound range. Anglers are concentrating in the 150 – 300 feet with white dodgers and minnows. Kwikfish and broken back lures have also been working.


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.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Small mouth (and some largemouth) fishing has been decent.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

Flows in the Truckee are less than 200 CFS and that means more rocks than deep pools to fish in. Fish when the water is cool if you’re going to practice catch-and-release. Flows will get even lower as spring turns in to summer.


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

June 07, 2015

The Twins are hanging in there with some decent shore fishing as well as trolling, the Upper Twin kicked out a 7.5 pound rainbow and the Lower Twin kicked out another 10 pound brown this week!

Trollers are using rapalas, needlefish and blades/crawlers.

Bait anglers are going with mice tails, power bait and inflated crawlers as well as power eggs.

Fly anglers can go with seal buggers, matukas, mini leeches, soft hackles and ap emergers.          


Judy Allen at Annett’s Mono Village (760- 932-7071) (

Upper Twin Lake:

Nolan Rhoades from Santa Ana landed a 7-pound, 15-ounce Rainbow using a Zonker fly.

John Carlin was fishing from shore when he caught his 7-pound, 8-ounce Rainbow.  John lives in San Piedro and was using nightcrawlers.

Bruce Johnson from Modesto brought in a 6-pound, 14-ounce Rainbow with nightcrawlers.

CA Fish and Game planted 800-pounds plus 10 trophy Rainbows on June 2nd.

We all enjoyed the afternoon showers we received this past week.

Our water level at Upper Twin Lake is very high.




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

June 07, 2015

The Virginias have been pretty good for some nice rainbows and also some nice brookies. Little Virginia also kicked out a 9 lb 11 oz rainbow yesterday! Bait anglers have been using mice tails, crawlers and power bait, lures to try include Jakes Spin-A-Lure, Thomas Bouyant and Kastmasters. Fly anglers can go with matukas, seal buggers, stillwater nymph, simi seal leech, mini leech, ap emerger, zug bug and soft hackle.


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 45. It continued to stay cool through Friday, then it started snowing around 2 pm which continued past 8 pm. Fishing was good but if you spent any time on the lake they would have had to send out a search party to locate your remains, but you would have had your limit. 

DFW stocked Wednesday, and was able to get into Trumble Lake, as there was a crew moving the trees that had been cut from the high winds, and it will be open by June 12 or sooner.

Inflated nightcrawlers, Garlic power bait, mouse-tails, and chartreuse garlic glitter saw most of the action.

Good action on Thomas Buoyant’s in red/gold but try different lures, you just never know.
Fly and bubble: 

Only hatch has been small surface midges and a few bottom midges. 

Still too rainy, snowy and cold then it warmed but not enough time for most of 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:  Albino Baron, and copper Zebra midge.

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 ATTRACTS BEARS!


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.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife ( reports:

The East Walker River is very low (22 CFS) and very clear. Adequate water flows throughout the year are going to be a big problem for this popular fishery. Fish in the spring because there is no guarantee that the river will fishable past late spring or early summer.

Check the regulations for rules governing fishing on the East Walker.


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

East Walker River:

June 07, 2015 

The East is running at 105 CFS right now which is a very good flow to fish.

The weather has been off and on rainy the last several days and this seems to have made the fishing a bit tougher.

Most of the better reports we’ve been getting have been coming from the Nevada side or the California side downstream past the bridge on Hwy 182.

The anglers who seem to be doing the best are fishing small midge patterns under a larger dry and working the deeper pools and runs.

The fish that are being caught are mostly in the 16 to 20 inch range though there’s not lots of them being landed.

Flies to try include san juan worm, flashback emerger, zebra midge, dark lord, miracle nymph, madam x, stimulator.                  

Sceirine Ranch:

June 07, 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 6/4/15

Flows have been very low for an extended period.

Aquatic weeds are prevalent in the channels.

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 07, 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!