Fishing Indian Creek & Carson River

An evening at Indian Creek Reservoir.

The Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers (TTFF) recently hosted an outing to Indian Creek Reservoir and the East Fork of the Carson River. This was done for the fishing and also to honor a fallen member.

Larry Svelund was one of our active members, and served on the board for the past several years. An accomplished fisherman, Svelund was an integral part of the TTFF outings. He loved to strip streamers in his float tube, a vision that many of us have etched into our memories.

Take a drive to enjoy the fall scenery and give these two destinations a try.

Svelund lost his battle with cancer in April. He loved these waters so much that he wanted his ashes spread on the East Fork of the Carson River.

Indian Creek Reservoir and the East Fork of the Carson River are located near Markleeville, where most of us only get to infrequently. Svelund spent a lot of time there and loved the fishing.

The fishing in the lake can be good with some large fish. According to reports, there are rainbow, brown, lake trout and Lahontan Cutthroat. The Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce are planting fish.

The lake can be fished from shore, boat or with float tubes or pontoon boats. Most fly-fishers use 5 to 6 weight rods since there are some large fish in the lake and to deal with the winds that frequently come up in the afternoons. A floating line, intermediate sink line and a full sinking line are helpful to cover the entire water column to find the fish.

The East Fork of the Carson River downstream from Hangman’s Bridge is an excellent location for fly-fishers. It is a special fly-fishing-only section of water that holds some beautiful native rainbow trout.

The same gear used on the lake will work on the East Fork of the Carson River. Generally, the only line you will need is a floating line.

Fall fishing in these waters can be good. The East Fork of the Carson River gets quite a bit of pressure during the season, much like our local special-regulation waters.

Take a drive to enjoy the fall scenery and give these two destinations a try. They are only about 51 miles from Tahoe City and 29 miles from South Lake Tahoe, but many local anglers seldom make the trek south to check out these gems.

(See Sightseeing for water levels.)

Boca Reservoir | The road over the dam is closed until further notice. Inflow is at 72 cfs and the outflow is 106 cfs. Powerbait, nightcrawlers and lures are all working. Fly-fishers have been catching some fish near the inlet with nymphs, streamers and dries.

Donner Lake | Fishing has been fair to good. Kokanee fishing has been fair to good. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Mackinaw fishing has been good. Fly-fishers are catching some fish with streamers.

Lake Tahoe | All tributaries are open to all fishing until Sept. 30. Fishing has been fair to good for mackinaw. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Most shore anglers use inflated nightcrawlers.

Little Truckee River | The flow is at 72 cfs. This flow is down slightly from last week. Nymphing and dries should both work at this level. Dry dropper rigs are also recommended. Hatches are similar to the main Truckee.

Martis Lake | Zero kill. Catch and release only with barbless artificial lures or flies. Fishing is best early in the season and the fall. Smallmouth bass are part of the fishery.

Prosser Reservoir | Fishing has been fair. Anglers using bait, lures and flies have all caught fish. Fly-fishers have done well near the inlet areas. Bass fishing is good if the water is warm.

Stampede Reservoir | The road will be closed over the dam through 2018. Access to the boat ramp will be through the Hobart Mills side. Fishing has been fair from shore. Nightcrawlers, Powerbait and lures have all produced from shore. Fly-fishers have been doing well near the inlets with nymphs and streamers. The kokanee fishing is still producing for those in the know. Smallmouth bass fishing is good if the waters are warm.

Truckee River | The flow out of the dam in Tahoe City is at 71 cfs. The flows through Truckee are at 221 cfs. Fishing has been fair for those working hard. Hatches are starting to wane. Blue-Winged Olives are the major hatch for fall. Grasshoppers are still available. Crayfish imitations and streamers are accounting for some large fish. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, but an angler may keep two fish with a minimum size of 14 inches during the regular trout season.

Davis and Frenchman lakes | Both are full. Boat, shore and fly anglers are catching fish. Reports from Davis are only fair at best. Cooler temperatures are finally here and fishing should get better.