December 2018 fishing report for the Central Sierra Mountains area

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt December 2018


What kind of Fishing Season/Year/Winter are we going to have?

It is starting off pretty well so far with a good storm over the Holiday bringing much needed moisture and a little snow pack as well.  It seems all of the rivers are making a good comeback as far as fish numbers and health are concerned.  The Truckee in California and in Nevada, The Little Truckee, The East Carson River below Hangman’s and the Walker Rivers.  All have been fishing well over the past few months. Now it just takes a little luck for the conditions to cooperate and we could have a full Winter of good access and successful angling.  Storm days or cloudy days tend to be the best for the hatches with fish rising to Baetis and Midges.

The fish will eat numerous other items under the surface during the Winter months.  A Stonefly Nymph is always a good option as they are always in the water column due to their multiple year life cycle.  Try from size 14 to as big as a size 8 in darker colors. Pat’s Rubber Legs tends to be a good all around option paired with a Midge or Baetis Nymph.  You have to put it on their nose as they will not move far for a meal with the colder water temperatures. When the rivers are healthy, it seems we get about one out of every three or four years that we get to fish hard through the months of December and January.  Cross your fingers and hope for the conditions to line up!

Pyramid Lake!

There are other places to fish as in Pyramid Lake which has been producing some really nice fish so far this year.  Pyramid has become the go to Winter fishery for those that can hack the conditions which tend to get pretty nasty, some will do anything to get at one of those beasts.  If you haven’t fished Pyramid Lake yet and would like to get a quick start, hire a guide which will expedite your success rate and fill you full of knowledge for your next visit.  I say next visit because once you have experienced the thrill of landing a large Cutthroat most anglers have to return!  The Northern beaches have finally reopened which has given everyone a chance to spread out again and not spend so much time a Pelican Beach which has been hammered over the past few seasons.  The shop has all the ingredients needed for a successful day at Pyramid including flies, rods and reels etc. Give it a shot but be prepared!

Ice Fishing!

Fishing through the Ice is another form of recreation that can be a good time over the next couple of months.  Ice Fishing has its’ own challenges and the conditions have to be just about right for good success.  Of course the Ice needs to be stable and it is no fun if the wind is really blowing.  My favorite days are the sunny ones with little wind which happens more often than not, a California type experience.  Red Lake and Caples Lake are the two we access the most with Red Lake seemingly having more fish but on the smaller size and Caples lake having the opportunity for a larger catch but not as consistent.  It is really convenient at Red Lake with easy parking in the Dam area and the fishing is best right in front of the Dam in 3 to 15 feet of water which equates to about 10 to 30 feet out from the Dam face.  Caples can fish well near the Spillway or in front of the Dam as well.


Contact us for more information!

For more information on any of these opportunities or any others in the general area, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will do our best to get you set up with whatever it takes to get out on the water or Ice over the next few months.  No need to put your fishing rods away, it just takes a little more planning for a comfortable day on our area waters.  We are located 3.5 miles into California from the Casinos here on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and we can be reached by phone at 530-541-8208.  Thanks for reading and we hope you can get out and enjoy some time on the water!

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