PYRAMID LAKE: Shore fishing was hot after the brief snowstorm on Saturday. However, it was slow for boat anglers, as it seemed the fish had moved to shallow water. Jim Hartfiel of Just Rite Fishing in Sutcliff said there was four inches of fresh snow on Saturday at the dock at Pelican Beach, which discouraged many anglers from venturing out. Doran Wheeler of Susanville, Calif., landed a beautiful 6-pound cutthroat at about 10 a.m. on Sunday while spin casting from shore. Other shore anglers picked up some nice fish, too, including a 32-inch beauty that was caught about 2 p.m. Boaters should begin to have better luck as the fish move back into deeper water. The lake temperature on Sunday was 42 degrees. Hartfiel said the cutts prefer water that is in the 48- to 52-degree range. Just Rite Fishing, Sutcliff, 476-0126 or Reno Fly Shop, 294 E. Moana Lane, Reno, 825-3474.
TRUCKEE RIVER: Fishing California in catch-and-release areas has been pretty good as water has warmed to about 40 degrees. Anglers are having the best luck using nymphs in the eddies and deep pools. If you plan to fish on the California side, be sure to follow the new winter regulations because wardens have been ticketing anglers who are breaking the rules. In California, it’s catch-and-release, barbless hooks, artificial bait and zero limit. In Nevada, the Truckee is a really good bet right now. Warmer weather and warmer water have really helped to wake things up. Dead drift nymphing with indicators is the most productive method but there are some dry fly opportunities happening each day as well. Don’t wait too long as the run off is coming. Reno Fly Shop, 294 E. Moana Lane, Reno, 825-3474 or Mark Fore & Strike, 786-3474 or 322-9559.
SPARKS MARINA: Fishing is beginning to improve with several people taking home limits. As warmer weather raises the water temperature fishing will only improve. The marina is stocked with thousands of pan-size rainbow trout. Nightcrawlers are the best bet, but Kastmasters, Panther Martins and Roostertails also will catch fish. The fish are spread out around the lake, so if you’re not catching fish, move to another spot and you should catch some nice fish. The Gilly, 1111 N. Rock Blvd., Sparks, 358-6113.
LAKE DAVIS: Rainbow bite has turned on even more as bright, sunny weather has taken hold, producing more. The best areas to fish have been at Honker Cove, Coot Bay and the dam. Try Power Bait, nightcrawlers and jigging with small jigs. The fishing season for streams in California opens April 28. Updates are available at www.dfg.ca.gov/lakedavis. Dollard’s Sierra Market, Portola, CA (530) 832-5251 or Reno Fly Shop, 294 E. Moana Lane, Reno, 825-3474.
HINKSON SLOUGH: Fishing here is beginning to improve with some reports of 20-inch fish being caught. Try using a zug bug or a water boatman with intermediate line for best results. The limit is two trout and 15 warm water game fish, which not more than two may be black bass. As of March 1, it is unlawful to possess black bass between 11 and 14 inches in length. Reno Fly Shop, 294 E. Moana Lane, Reno, 825-3474 or The Gilly, 1111 N. Rock Blvd., Sparks, 358-6113.
FRENCHMAN LAKE: Warmer weather is causing the ice to thaw so call ahead for the latest conditions. The best bet at Frenchman is nightcrawlers and Power Bait. Wiggin’s Trading Post, Chilcoot, Calif. (530) 993-4683 or Reno Fly Shop, 294 E. Moana Lane, Reno, 825-3474.
BOCA RESERVOIR: The ice is starting to break up here and warmer weather will continue that process. A better bet right now is the Truckee River. The Gilly, 1111 N. Rock Blvd., Sparks, 358-6113.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Access to the lake is still limited because of recent snow. Anglers can expect to have little chance of getting in until sometime early next month. Tight Lines Guide Service, Grass Valley, (530) 273-1986 or Sierra Anglers Guide Service, Truckee, (530) 414-1374.
LAKE TAHOE: Afternoons have been the best and overall Mackinaw fishing has fairly steady. Our crew will head out to go Utah fly fishing in the spring. Rubicon Bay and Sugar Pine have all been producing. Live minnows and flashers from 150 to 200 feet deep has consistently been picking up limits of macks. Mickey’s Big Mack Charters, Carnelian Bay, (800) 877-1462 or Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 544-6552.
DONNER LAKE: The ice is almost all gone here but the big storm over the weekend makes it tough to launch boats. Several shore anglers were trying their luck before the storm set in. Truckee fishing guide Keith Kerrigan with Sierra Anglers Guide Service said it could early April before boats can get back on the lake. Tight Lines Guide Service, Grass Valley, (530) 273-1986 or Sierra Anglers Guide Service, Truckee, (530) 414-1374.