East Carson River Report

East Carson River (CA) - Markleeville, CA (Alpine County)

by Doug Busey

Last week Renee and I took a four day trip to Alpine County. We set up a base camp at the Carson River Resort. We fished the river the first two days, between the small rain storms that came in unfortunately the fishing was very slow. I caught a couple small trout on a silver and black Panther Martin, while Renee tried various colors of power eggs and powerbait with only a few hits.

The next day, which was a week ago last Wednesday. We decided to take our time packing up to venture back home. We left at about 1:30pm, arrived home at 2:30 and unpacked and turned on the news to see that highway 89 north of Markleeville had been closed due to an extreme rain storm that hit the area right after we left.  All I could think of is. How many disasters can those poor people of Markleeville endure? First it was Covid, then the Tamarack fire and now a torrential rainstorm.  This is a town of local small owned businesses that survive each year from tourists and local dollars.  If you have not been to the tiny town of Markleeville. I encourage everyone, as soon as highway 89 is open. Take a day trip or an overnighter to explore the area. Have lunch at the many sandwich shops and restaurants. Stop in at the Cutthroat Saloon to wet your whistle, check out the general store. While you're there, stop at the Chamber of Commerce to get all the information on the history of Markleeville CA. This may sound like a big-small town, But if you have a good arm, you could throw a baseball from one end to the other

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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