Reno-Tahoe area fishing report

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 2013-04-02 15:24:11

April 2nd Fishing Report
Pyramid Lake
With the Full Moon behind us now the fishing has already started picking up. The water temperatures are slowing climbing into the upper 40's in the last couple of days. There are way more fish in shallow water now and good reports have come from all over the lake. Schools of fish have been seen cruising the shelf at places like Windless Bay, Pelican and the Nets. The water at the hatchery is scheduled to be turned on any day now. Most of the females being caught still look a little "green" or not quite ready to spawn yet. As the water warms up into the 50's over the next couple of weeks they should be ready.
Weather is still going to play a part in the day to day action at the lake. It is important to fish the mornings and evenings on those sunny Blue-bird days. For shooting head set-ups, Olive Martini's and Midnight Cowboys have been working well on the back and Lime Green Tadpoles have been hard to beat as a dropper. It is a great idea to fish a bright fly on the front of your rig so you can see the fly as it gets close to you on your retrieve. Don't get in a hurry to re-cast. Fish have been following all the way to the ladder. For nymphs and midges, Red Maholo Nymphs are still hard to beat as either a top or bottom fly. The males are really keying in on red this season. Maholo Midges are a good way to go for the bottom fly. Good Maholo Midges to try are Copper Tops, J.W.'s and for Maholo Stretch Midges try the P.M.S. or the Albino Wino. Report from Rob Anderson
Truckee River
The Truckee is in its initial stages of the run-off season. This time of year the river flows start to Yo-Yo due to warmer longer days and snowmelt in the higher elevations. It is really not effecting the river too much right now especially in the upper stretches around the town of Truckee. The fishing has been really good for this time of year which is due in part to the lack of snowpack. Skwala Stoneflies have been lurking around in the afternoons on the California side, especially on cloudy days. Baetis Mayflies are out in both California and Nevada. The flows are a little high on the lower river and are being affected by the tributaries along the way. On the lower river fish the edges where fish may be holding out of the current. The fish are really spread out and can be found just about anywhere right now. Flows are: Town of Truckee 220 CFS, Boca Bridge 493 CFS, Farad 538 CFS and Reno 506 CFS.
Davis Lake
Lake Davis is currently 100% ice free though vehicle access is limited. The West side access points are still covered by snow but will melt quickly here in the next few weeks. The East side of the lake is open all the way up to Fairview point. Boat access is very limited, Honker Cove is still under repairs and only small craft can use the Lighting Tree Boat ramp.
The rainbows are ganged up around the feeder creeks and points nearby with one thing on their mind; Spawning. The spawn this year will be quick and short due to the low snow pack as feeder creeks will dry up sooner than normal. The lake is about one month ahead of normal spring time conditions. Hatches are sparse including large Blood Midge, and smaller Chronomids. Effective flies are Wiggle Tails, Blood Midge Pupa, Gold Rib Hare's Ears, and Wooly Buggers. The color Hot Orange Glimmer can be enticing to spawning fish. Look for fishing conditions to improve in the next month as the hatches will increase with the warmer weather and the rainbows will come off the spawn eager to feed. Report from Jon Baicchi - Baiocchi's Troutfitters
Frenchman's Lake
Frenchman's is ice Free as well. The water is cold and the fish are hanging out in channels and creek beds. The urge to spawn keeps them in areas where water flows into the lake. The fish are still pretty deep and the fishing has been a little tough. Deep Line indicator rigs used to hang midges and nymphs in 10 to 20 feet of water can be very effective right now. Blood Midge Pupa and just about anything in Red or Wine in size 10-16 is a good bet. Late mornings seem to be the best time to be out there. Wooly's and leaches fished with a fast sinking line in 10-14 feet of water is also worth a try.
East Walker River
The East Walker has been fishing great. The flows have been at 40cfs for a week or so now. On the California side small midge patterns have probably been the best thing going but we have had some good reports on dries as well as dry/dropper rigs. If you're fishing in the upper mile keep your dries small, in the 18 to 20 size range, especially in "The Mile" section. In Nevada you can go with larger dries as there's some stonefly action happening. Fish have really started to look up for sure. Stonefly husks are can be seen around the banks on dry rocks. There are a few ways to approach the Nevada side right now. Take two rods, one with a big Stonefly dry in size 8-12. Rig the other rod with a nymph rig either with or without an indicator. The water is low enough to High Stick without an indicator right now. Use a Stonefly and a Baetis dropper. Fish your dry fly rod through an area first concentrating on the edges, seems and slower water where fish might be hanging out looking for an easy meal. Most takes are going to be right away. Once you have made a few casts switch to your sinking flies and clean up the rest .
Irrigation season is right around the corner so keep an eye on the flows before you go. With low snowpack the East Walker could and should be fishable all summer.
Little Truckee River
Flows are 235 CFS. Although on the high side, the Little Truckee is fishing pretty well. The best thing about higher flows on the Little Truckee is that it gives the fish a break from the pressure and allows them to spread out some. There is somewhat of a Baetis hatch going on cloudy afternoons and there can still be a Dark Winter Stone or two as well. Take your small dries with you and be ready in case you run into some rising fish but go with the mindset that Nymphing with size 18-22 Midges and Nymphs in dark colors will be the way to go. The road is open all the way to the top parking lot with no problems.

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