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Donner Lake
Location: Donner Lake

, CA 0
County: Nevada
Country: UNITED STATES
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DATE REPORT
05-20-2015 Fair action at Donner
There is enough water for launching and the fishing is fair. (530) 587-4844 ...
05-13-2015 Donner lacking trout
Lake is at 62% capacity. It's been over a month now since this lake ...
05-06-2015 Kokes showing at Donner
Donner is launchable and trout fishing is good for planters from shore. Trollers can get ...
04-15-2015 Donner macks on the prowl
Mackinaw fishing is fair for those putting in the time. No kokanee yet. Trout bite ...
04-08-2015 Donner trout plant sparks mack bite
Shore anglers were cashing in on planted trout before the weather hit earlier in the ...
04-01-2015 Donner get trout plant
A trout plant went in Wednesday and that bodes well. (530) 587-4844 ...
02-19-2015 Donner mack bite decent
Donner has been producing consistenly. Mackinaw are 100 to 135 feet deep trolling with No. ...
02-04-2015 Donner Lake Fish Report
Rainbows and small macks can be caught from the shore with jumbo nightcrawlers or bright ...
01-29-2015 Donner Lake Fish Report
This is the best bet in the area. Holdover planters and juvenile macks are what's ...
01-21-2015 Donner Lake Fish Report
Open water and easy launching here if you want to pursue rainbows and the occasional ...
01-14-2015 Donner Lake Fish Report

Launch ramp is open and ice free. Shore fishing is possible. Rainbows and small mackinaw ...

01-07-2015 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shoreline anglers use nightcrawlers, large silver Kastmasters for rainbows and shallow-cruising mackinaw. Best stretch is ...

11-26-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

11-19-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mack fishing here has been fair and jigging for these guys has been good at ...

11-12-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Cooler weather is bringing macks up. There is some mack action early and late. Some ...

11-05-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Great weather this week if you need to get your fix.  Mack fishing here has ...

10-29-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mack fishing here has been fair and Jigging for these guys has been good at ...

10-22-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

10-15-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Best bet in the Truckee area. Rainbow trout can be caught from the shore. Mackinaw ...

10-08-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

With temps in the low 70's for the week it's a great time to get ...

10-01-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Lake is 75% full and water is being let out. Shore fishing is fair along ...

09-24-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner is decent. Kokanee are turning and getting ready to spawn. Some trout action from ...

09-17-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner is down to 75% of full. Fishing has slowed. Donner is the best bet. ...

09-10-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Water is coming out of the lake and going into the Truckee to try to ...

08-27-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout bite has slowed but planted rainbows are being caught along the west shore. Nightcrawlers ...

08-20-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing from the northwest shore with Power Bait or nightcrawlers result in  planted trout. (530) ...

07-31-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Lake level is dropping but launching is possible. Trout fishing has been good from shore ...

07-16-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Planted rainbows are caught on the west end of the lake near the fishing pier. ...

07-09-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Good fishing for trout is being enjoyed on the west end. Kokanee are scattered but ...

06-25-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Lake is getting planted for the second week in a row. Bite has been very ...

06-18-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kastmasters, Power Bait or nightcrawlers get planted trout. Kokanee fishing has been good for those ...

06-11-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fingerling trout were dumped in last week and mackinaw are coming up to feed. Rainbows ...

06-04-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Small kokanee are being caught between Loch Leaven and China Cove. Fish are 35 to ...

05-28-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing for rainbows from the shore continues to be solid. Kokanee bite is improving and ...

05-22-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Small macks are cruising the shoreline. Planted rainbows have been tough to catch. Kokanee are ...

05-14-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers are enjoying steady action from the west side of the lake with planted ...

05-07-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee bite is picking up a bit. Kokes are small – expect 11 and 12 ...

04-30-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers are getting planted trout on the west end of the lake near boat ...

04-23-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner is 75% of capacity and launch ramps are open. Lake was planted with trout ...

04-09-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Water temps are in the mid-40s. No kokanee yet. Mackinaw can be caught toplining in ...

04-02-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Boat ramp is clear. Fish the west end to the north end for planted trout. ...

03-19-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

Lake this week gets a plant of trout from DFW. Boat ramps are open.  (530) ...

03-12-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

A few mackinaw are being caught from the surface to 40 feet deep. Nothing huge, ...

01-22-2014 Donner Lake Fish Report

The boat ramp is iffy for larger boats but shore anglers can get trout along ...

11-27-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing is good for planted rainbows for shore. Go to the west end of the ...

11-06-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Launching is precarious. Don’t bring big boats and all others should go slow. Mackinaw are ...

10-30-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Ramps are open and smaller crafts can be launched. This is the best producing lake ...

10-23-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing remains OK for planted rainbows. Kokanee bite continues but is so-so. Mackinaw are a ...

10-09-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee bite is quite good. Fish are turning and moving upstream but there are less ...

10-02-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee and mackinaw fishing are both good. Trout fishing from the shore on the west ...

09-25-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

A plant of rainbow trout went in this week. Find trout along the west shore. ...

09-18-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

West end has hatchery trout. In the morning, try the shallow areas like China Cove. ...

09-11-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Not many people here, but there is decent shoreline fishing for trout. (530) 587-4844
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09-04-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Boat launch and public fishing piers are the best places to catch planted trout. Do ...

08-29-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Planted trout can be caught along the west end. Kokanee aren’t being targeted. The kokes ...

08-21-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

There are some trout being caught in the morning on the west end. Kokanee bite ...

07-31-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Planted trout entertain anglers on the west end. Kokanee bite is so-so. Find them at ...

07-24-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Get out in the morning and evening to beat the heat and boat traffic. Silver/blue ...

07-18-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout are being caught from the public piers on the northwest side of the lake. ...

07-10-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

West end is the spot for trout for both shore and boat anglers. Kokanee are ...

07-04-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Best bait for trout has been small nightcrawlers, inflated and fished off the bottom. (530) ...

06-27-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

It’s hit and miss. Some limits, some get skunks. Small kokanee are caught between China ...

06-20-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee bite is good for fish in the 12 to 13 inch range. Find them ...

06-12-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout action remains good for planted trout. A 10 pound brown was caught by an ...

06-06-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout and kokanee keep anglers satisfied. Best action is early. Kokanee are 20 to 60 ...

05-29-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

A plant went in last week. Trout take salmon eggs, Power Bait, Gulp worms from ...

05-22-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trollers get kokanee are 30 to 50 feet deep near China Cove. Most are in ...

05-16-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Water is warming and kokanee bite is improving. Most are 10 to 12 inches. A ...

05-02-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore fishing is good from the west side and Loch Leven. Rainbow bite is solid. ...

04-24-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Multi-species action is the norm here. Rainbows have been and continue on a hot bite, ...

04-17-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers fishing from the west side of the lake get planted rainbows. (530) 587-4844

04-11-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

The first trout plant of spring went in this week at Donner and that will ...

04-03-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Rainbow trout are being caught on the west end. Small mackinaw are shallow. Larger macks ...

03-20-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Ramp is clear and lake is free of ice. Smaller mackinaw and rainbows make up ...

03-13-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw fishing has been good. Smaller fish are in the upper thermocline. Some shore anglers ...

01-17-2013 Donner Lake Fish Report

The lake is free of ice and shore anglers working on the west end are ...

12-19-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore fishing hasn’t been too bad for planted rainbows and the occasional cruising mackinaw. Macks ...

12-12-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

The west end of the lake near the beach is good to cast for mackinaw ...

12-05-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Top spot is near the boat dock. Get out early or fish near evening for ...

11-28-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

There has been steady rain but this lake and Stampede offer best chances at trout ...

11-21-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore fishing is good on the northwest side near the boat ramp for rainbow trout. ...

11-14-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore fishing for planted trout has been better than fair. One of the best options ...

11-08-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trollers and bank anglers are getting planted rainbow trout. Those using jigs or spoons with ...

10-31-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

DFG planted trout this week and the bite has been good on the west end. ...

10-25-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing remains consistently good. Trolling for rainbows along the shore going 15 to 30 feet ...

10-17-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee fishing is done. Jigging and trolling for mackinaw has been decent at China Cove ...

10-11-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers get trout at the west end of the lake with Power Bait and ...

10-04-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Still worth fishing for kokanee here. There are some silver fish but most are in ...

09-26-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout bite has picked up at the west end. Small lures, salmon eggs or nightcrawlers ...

09-19-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee and mackinaw fishing has been decent. Kokanee are 40 to 60 feet deep and ...

09-12-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout bite has slowed. Most average two trout per outing. Kokanee have spread out and ...

08-29-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing is quite good even though the plant went in two weeks ago. The middle ...

08-22-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout were planted Wednesday on the west end near the boat launch. Kokanee fishing has ...

08-16-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout bite is more off than on. Knowledgeable anglers have an edge. Small Panther Martins, ...

07-19-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

This was planted last week. Get a minnow trap and use minnows for mackinaw three ...

07-12-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore angling has been tough. Boaters catch mackinaw and kokanee. Kokes are 65 to 75 ...

07-05-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

If you want to catch fish at Donner, catch minnows from the lake and get ...

06-27-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee bite is good at  Donner but fish are small. Donner’s are nine to 11 ...

06-21-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

An angler using single salmon eggs caught 7 kokanee from the bank on the north ...

06-14-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Juvenile macks are being caught by shore by those throwing large Kastmasters. That will end ...

06-07-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

The northwest end of the lake has been good for planted rainbows. The lake is ...

05-31-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Planted rainbows are providing entertainment on the west end of the lake, near the public ...

05-23-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

The west end to the middle of the lake has trout. Lake was stocked heavily ...

05-17-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee bite is improving. Kokes are deep – find them 40 to 50 feet below ...

05-09-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee bite is good for fish 11 to 12 inches. Troll 25 to 40 feet ...

04-25-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner has been slow. Macks take big plugs or jigs near the bottom.
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04-18-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

A few rainbows, a few macks and a few small kokanee can be had here. ...

04-04-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report
Donner is fishable but is low. The boat ramp is open but the water is ...
03-07-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report
The lake is open and the launch ramp is open. The lake level is low ...
02-15-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

The water is open and there should be the ability to launch a boat by ...

02-08-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

The parking lot and boat ramp is open. Fishing is so-so. (530) 587-4844

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02-01-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing at Donner is so-so. The boat ramp is open and clear. (530) 587-4844DETAIL

01-18-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

More catching is going on in the middle of the lake than either end. Bait ...

01-11-2012 Donner Lake Fish Report

The lake ice free and the launch ramp is open. Fishing isn’t great but it’s ...

11-30-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers are getting rainbows. One of the better options in the area. (530) 587-4844

11-16-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The east side of the lake has small kokanee, rainbows and a few mackinaw.  (530) ...

11-09-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Anglers are jigging for macks. They haven’t moved shallow yet. Rainbow fishing is so-so. (530) ...

11-02-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mack bite isn’t hot but some are being enticed with jigs. Rainbows and browns are ...

10-26-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The water has dropped a bit. The fishing has slowed for both planted mackinaw and ...

10-19-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The mackinaw bite is getting decent. Jigging is best but big plugs pulled along the ...

10-12-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw bite has picked up. Jigging with two to four ounce spoons has been the ...

10-06-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

There are still some kokanee being caught from 35 to 75 feet deep. Trout bite ...

09-28-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee continue to be caught at 35 to 75 feet. Mackinaw are below the kokanee. ...

09-21-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee are being caught from 35 to 75 feet. Small kokes in the 12 inch ...

09-14-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The kokanee bite has turned on here. Fish are biting at 40 to 60 feet. ...

09-07-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Most of the attention is on mackinaw and boaters are trolling or deep jigging. Kokanee ...

09-01-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank fishing is slow due to lack of trout plants. Juvenile mackinaw come near the ...

08-25-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

A lot of hit and miss. Early morning provides the best time. Warm weather sends ...

08-10-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

It’s generally slow unless you’re fishing near the boat launch. Use patience and fish through ...

07-27-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

There’s a consistent rainbow trout bite. Kokanee has been a tough go. Fish are scattered ...

07-20-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Fishing slow during the middle of the day. Shore anglers can get rainbows and juvenile ...

07-14-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

This hasn’t been planted with catchable trout in a while and the slower days are ...

07-07-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

This continues to fish well from both shore and boat. Trollers are getting a few ...

06-29-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank fishing remains good because of the frequent plants of rainbow. Runoff has caused water ...

06-23-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

This is the most planted lake in the Truckee area and is fishing well for ...

06-15-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank anglers and trollers do best at the west end where there is deeper water. ...

06-09-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

This received a plant of rainbows last week and shore fishing is good for bait ...

06-01-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers get planted rainbows and a few juvenile mackinaw crusing the shallows. Go big ...

05-26-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw are shallow and chasing planted trout. Shore anglers are getting macks to four pounds. ...

05-19-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Trout plants have made fishing for rainbows much better. There have been reports of big ...

05-11-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The piers on the west end are best for planted rainbows. Boats trolling for macks ...

05-05-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The ramp is open and easily accessed by boats and shore anglers. Planted trout entertain ...

04-28-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Recent plants have made bank fishing for rainbows quite productive for those putting nightcrawlers just ...

04-14-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank fishing is possible here. Locals go out for limits of rainbows in the morning ...

04-07-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank anglers need patience. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait get holdover rainbows and an occasional brown. ...

03-30-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The launch ramp is partially plowed and access is day-to-day. Shore fishing is limited and ...

03-10-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The boat launch is clear but fishing is slow. (530) 587-4844

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03-03-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Only access is the shoreline north of the launch ramp. Ramp is closed with snow/ice.

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02-23-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The launch ramp is snow bound so the only fishing here is from the bank. ...

02-17-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Ramps are closed due to heavy snowfall.

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02-10-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

The water is clear of ice and the ramp is open. Mackinaw bite is sporadic. ...

02-02-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw are from 50 feet to shallower depths. Feeding cycles are few, get on it ...

01-27-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw are scattered. Launch ramp is plowed an open. (530) 587-4844

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01-19-2011 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner Parking lot and ramp is plowed but the ramp is low so be careful. ...

11-17-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Slow in general. Some mackinaw are being caught from shore and holdover rainbows can be ...

11-11-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore fishing for trout still remains good. Boat launching is possible although there is snow ...

11-03-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Water temperatures are in the low 50s. Use the boat ramp with caution because the ...

10-28-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers and boaters are getting planted rainbows with Power Bait, inflated nightcrawlers and trolled ...

10-20-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The plant of trout that went in two weeks ago has kept anglers happy. Trollers ...

10-13-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Shore anglers are getting planted rainbows with a few larger than a pound. Macks are ...

10-06-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw are suspended in deep water and taking jigs or trolled plugs. A trout plant ...

09-29-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank anglers get planted rainbows. There are some small kokanee still being caught. The mackinaw ...

09-22-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The kokanee are as high as 45 feet but few are larger than 11 inches. ...

09-15-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

A 35 pound mackinaw was taken this week by a local angler who fishes the ...

09-08-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

A plant of trout last week aided the shoreline bait bite. Mackinaw are deep but ...

09-01-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The slow trout bite got a boost with the first plant of trout in more ...

08-25-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Kokanee fishing continues to be slow. Trout fishing is best on the west end but ...

08-18-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The west end of the lake produces planted rainbow. The kokanee bite remains spotty. The ...

08-04-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

This continues to fish well with bait and small, bright spinners. The deeper water in ...

07-28-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Planted trout are caught from the public piers. Inflate nightcrawlers to keep them off the ...

07-21-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Two recent heavy stocks of trout have made this an ideal family destination. Shoreline anglers ...

07-14-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner has turned on and is the best spot in the Truckee Valley. Use Power ...

07-08-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner received a trout plant this week. Pick a dock and throw Power Bait or ...

06-30-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The first trout plant went in this week and that will provide a boost. The ...

06-23-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank angling is fair near the public piers and boat launch area. Mackinaw and kokanee ...

06-16-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The kokanee bite hasn’t quite turned on. Best thing here is bank fishing for rainbows ...

06-09-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw and kokanee are being caught, neither in great numbers and without a pattern. Guides ...

06-02-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The water remains cold here and shore fishing for holdover rainbows has been good. The ...

05-26-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The kokanee bite has been slow and macks are at varying depths from 35 to ...

05-19-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Water temperatures are in the high 40s and fishing is sporadic. There are big browns ...

05-13-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

The lake is 80% full but hasn’t been stocked. Shore fishing near the boat ramp ...

05-06-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw are being caught in 90 feet of water 40- to 60-feet below the surface ...

04-28-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Bank anglers using Power Bait or floating worms catch rainbows. Trolling has been spotty. There ...

04-21-2010 Donner Lake Fish Report

Mackinaw are being cauight from 50- to 70-feet. Nothing near the surface and no kokanee. ...

03-26-2008 Donner Lake Fish Report for 03-26-2008
The lake is open and the fishing is starting to pick up. The water temperature ...
03-12-2008 Donner Lake Fish Report 03-12-2008
Still iced over, but we are hoping that Donner Lake will be opening up in ...
11-26-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 11-26-07
The water has stopped running out of the lake and the bite is good. One ...
11-16-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 11-16-07
The water has dropped and the bite is also getting better. Now the jig bite ...
10-18-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 10-18-07
The same thing for the Mackinaws ,but the Kokanee are still biting. Try trolling in ...
08-13-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 08-13-07
The bite is okay for the Macks, ranging in the 2 to 5 pound size. ...
07-20-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 07-2-07
WHAT HAPPENED? The bite has been so bad on Donner Lake that we have not ...
06-27-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 06-27-07
The bite on Donner Lake has fallen off for the Kokanee. Most of the fish ...
05-22-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 05-22-07
The bite for the macks is slow with a Big Mack being caught hear and ...
05-10-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 05-10-07
The Mack bite is slowing down because Fish & Game planted 3,500 trout last week ...
03-28-2007 Donner Lake Fish Report 03-28-2007
Bank fishers getting some planter and holdover rainbows at the west end. Inflated 'crawlers, as ...
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