AMADOR LAKE - "Lots of huge trout are being caught" said Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store. "13 pounders, 8 pounders and I can see a guy putting a nice stringer of fish into a little red car with the biggest looking to be a good 6 pounds". White seems to be the best color: white grubs and white Power Eggs. Trollers are using firetiger Rapalas and fly fishermen are using black wollybuggers to catch trout over 7 pounds. The lake is 20 feet from full. They are planting 600- pounds of cutbows daily from Monday through Friday. The launch ramp is still at one lane, but they will soon be switching over to two lanes.
PYRAMID LAKE--Reported to be the best cutthroat fishing in memory, with huge fish landed. Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported picking up 12 cutthroats to 23 inches in 2 1/2 hours trolling Apex lures 17 to 25 feet deep over 50 to 60 feet of water on the south end of the lake from the South Nets to Pelican. Fly fishermen were doing well at the North Nets and the Washout. Adam Garcia of Reno caught a 10 3/4 pounder one morning and went back out the next day and landed a 12 pounder at the Washout on a black jig. Crosby's Lodge checked in another 10, and two 13's this past week.
LAKE TAHOE--Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported that trolling was excellent for macks with limits of 2- to 6-pound macks coming quickly out of 350 feet of water. The fishes' stomachs showed they were feeding on kokanee, minnows, crawdads and shrimp. Dodger and minnow combos were working well for Daniels. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported that fishing on his last afternoon trip was "off the charts". His clients caught 8 fish from 2 to 6 pounds in the first 1 1/2 hours and 6 more before calling it a day. The macks came out of 150 feet of water and hit spoons and small plugs near the bottom.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento--The river was high, muddy, and full of debris throughout. Some sturgeon were being caught, and striper fishing was good for small fish to about 6 pounds in the Deep Water Channel. Try the Courtland area and the Turning Basin and off Marshall Road with bloodworms and mudsuckers bank anglers, and drifting jumbo minnows, jigging and trolling deep-diving plugs for boaters.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.--The river was down to 4500 cfs on Sunday from 30,000 cfs just days before, and running dirty green on the lower end but with good color above Ice Box, according to WON Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Plunkers reported decent steelheading on Saturday at Social Security Bar, and driftboats began on Sunday with fish spread throughout the river.
COOS RIVER, South Fork, Coos Bay, Ore.--According to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret's Guide Service, the steelhead are starting to arrive in big enough numbers that there are fish scattered throughout the river. You do need a permit here, and there are special regulations, but it can be worth it for the good steelheading. Look at the middle to end of January for the best action.
COQUILLE RIVER, North Fork, Myrtle Point, Ore.--There have been a few steelhead caught over the last week and some of them have been as high as Lavern Park, according to guide Curtis Palmer. "This is a little early by my calculations," he said. "A few fish have been caught downstream as well. A great deal of this small river is not accessible due to the private lands.
COQUILLE RIVER, South Fork, Powers, Ore.--There have been a few steelhead caught already this season, but I only know of one fish this last week, said Palmer. "With all the flooding in the area, I think Friday was the first day it was fishable and even then the water would have been brownish. Three boats drifted on Saturday and none of them got a nibble. A report came in of a steelhead being caught down near the forks of the river on private land and another fish being lost at the same fishing hole by another angler. Both fish came while anglers were plunking bait, which is a common way to fish high water with lot's of color and very little visibility."
ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.--Thursday, the river was high with a milk- washed green and not very much visibility, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret's. "Fewer than a dozen drift boats put in at the hatchery, and with weather being fair, the river on a drop and no pressure by sportsmen, I thought it was going to be great, but I was wrong. 5 Chinook's is what I know of, and there were some very good anglers fishing. I did see fish rolling at the top of the drift in the morning and again salmon were showing them selves just above Iron Head take out. Saturday, with weather holding, had the river stuffed full of anglers, fishing did pick up, but again I was told that it was difficult and everyone had to work extremely hard to get the salmon to bite. I was told of two boats that got three 3 and of a boat that caught 5 Chinooks.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore.--According to Jack Jermain of The Fishin' Hole in Shady Cove, the river had dropped out some from the rain, the tributaries slowed down some, and now the top 12 to 13 miles is back into shape. The stretch down to Rogue Elk Park and probably Shady Cove is fishable, but the river is still high. Not a lot of action, but that will change soon. Steelhead are being targeted by sidedrifting roe and yarnballs, and fly guys are nymphing with indicators.
RUSSIAN RIVER--According to Dave Delmue at Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville, the river is just starting to turn, and flows are at 3800 cfs, but the color is starting to get a little green. Hatchery and wild steelhead are starting to come in for plunkers at Dry Creek, or most any creek coming into the river where they are bringing in clearer water. It doesn't look like a lot of rain this week, so the upper river should be fishing well mid-week and above Wohler should be in good shape in the next few days. Guerneville are could be in good shape by the weekend.
SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.--Friday was the first day that the river was fishable after all the storms. There was close too 3 dozen boats on the river and not a single person had a story of catching a fish, according to guide Curtis Palmer. Saturday was just as busy, but the information from anglers was a little more encouraging. One guide from the Roseburg area said his clients hooked two nice Chinooks, but they lost both of them. He said another well-known fishing guide came down the river behind him all day and they hooked one salmon and got it in the boat. There were a few more reports and they were about the same. The fishing is very slow and angler's are having to work very hard just for that one or two bites from a day of fishing.
SMITH RIVER--Guide Phil Desautel of Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service said the river is nice and green and slowly dropping, but not really fast because of the long sustained storm. It was in perfect condition and a handful of steelhead and a few left over salmon were in the river, rolling below the Hwy. 101 bridge. Desautel has been running combo trips, but focusing mainly on steelhead. He connected while plunking on Tuesday, then driftboats began sidedrifting. Desautel put his clients onto some action, including a 12-pound hatchery fish. It's still early here for the best steelhead action, however.
TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS KLAMATH RIVER, Seiad--The river was high and unfishable from the I-5 Bridge downstream to the mouth.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate--The river remained fishable down to the I-5 Bridge in spite of heavy rains last week, and the few anglers on the water made some nice catches of adult steelhead to about 5 pounds, plus numerous smaller fish from 12 to 17 inches. The best fishing was by using drifted nightcrawlers held off the bottom with Puffballs, and backtrolled crawdad-patterned plugs.
TRINITY RIVER, Lewiston--Only the upper river just below Lewiston was fishable for much of the week, but fishing was good. However, the river was called a "zoo" because of all the anglers pushed into such a short stretch of river. By Sunday, though, anglers were able to spread out as the river cleared down to the North Fork. Anglers were catching anywhere from 2 to 5 bright steelies an outing on flies, backtrolled plugs, and drifted roe. Some of the fish being caught were large for the Trinity, exceeding 10 pounds.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek--The river was blown out from below the North Fork to the mouth.
NORTH COAST LAKES CLEAR LAKE--Clear Lake Guide Service said live bait will dominate the action and give anglers their best shot at a good fish now, but you can also slow fish with ripbaits, rattlebaits and swimbaits, or fish a little faster with the now proven variety of umbrella rigs. Concentrate on areas of rock, docks, and shallow offshore features or move to deep and steep rock like Henderson and Frasier Points. And don't forget the catfish!
LAKE BERRYESSA--The waters are stained but fishable, although a little time may be needed to bring the bite back on.
LAKE SONOMA--The waters are high and off-colored, but the bass are biting by covering a ton of water in 3-10 feet with LuckyCraft BDS3s in the Table Rock Shad pattern, jigs, spinnerbaits, worms and spoons. The steelies are headed up the creeks now after all the rain.
UPPER BLUE LAKE--Head up for some easy limit trout fishing with either downriggers from 20 to 30 feet or toplining.
DELTA REGION SACRAMENTO RIVER side--Stay tuned to see how long it takes to be fishable again. The waters are running high, fast and full of debris. December is usually a great month for both stripers and sturgeon.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-- Stripers were being targeted in Broad Slough and in other protected areas. The Antioch Pier continues to keep anglers busy, but for smaller fish. Try the Power Lines and use grass and pile worms for sturgeon and lots of stripers. For variety, find crappie and stripers around Frank's Tract and then go inside for some catfish.
NORTHEASTERN AREA LAKE ALMANOR-- After all that drenching rain, things are back to normal again. Great weather the past week has got boats on the move. With surface temperatures cooling, fish can be found in the top 20 feet all morning and into early afternoon. Or until the sunshine and flat surface drives them a little deeper.
BAUM LAKE--The Fly Shop in Redding said with so many other fishing destinations closed or blown out, Baum Lake is a great option to get out on the water and catch rainbows.
CASSEL FOREBAY--Closed until further notice for repairs. All water has been drained into the natural creek channel that flows into Baum Lake in order to work on structure repairs in the canal. The section above the canal near the post office is fishing well but does not accommodate a lot of fishermen. There's been no indication as to when repairs may be completed or when the fore bay may reopen.
EAGLE LAKE--While wind was still a problem, jig fishing was still doing well at Rocky Point, Pikes Point, the Gallatin Jetty and Christie Day use area with orange, brown, dark green and black. Eagle Lake closes to fishing on Dec. 31.
PIT RIVER--The river is still blown out.
SHASTA LAKE--Both bass and trout were in the top 20 feet where the bait was, but 20 more feet of new water has pushed them down. Primary and secondary points in the main lake will be best as the creek arms will be too cold. Try the lower third of the arms from Bridge Bay to the dam for fewer bass, but better fish. There is lots of debris above Sugarloaf and log booms put in on the Squaw Creek just about Lundy Flat and one mile above Hirz Bay. Above Arbuckle on the Pitt will also be an area to stay clear of. Watch out for debris wherever you go.
BERKELEY--Consistent good fishing action greeted Berkeley boat anglers. Rockfish and lingcod counts were steady along the Marin coast. Full pots of Dungeness crabs were hauled up and easy limits gleaned from them along the route between the fishing grounds and the Marina. The Happy Hooker made a successful last of the year ocean trip, and is now relocating to Martinez for a season of sturgeon and striped bass.
BODEGA BAY--Boaters, with the sportboat New Sea Angler leading the fleet Friday and Saturday, scored well on heavy Dungeness crabs, with limits caught daily along with limits of quality rockfish plus several nice lings to 12 pounds. The New Sea Angler will be fishing Humboldt squid beginning the first of January. Surf fishers worked Doran Beach for perch and the Fort Ross area for rockfish, cabezon, greenling and an occasional bonus lingcod.
EMERYVILLE--All fishing for Emeryville boats was done at the Farallones this week, with crabbing done enroute. Most of the runs were made by the New Huck Fin, Sea Wolf, New Salmon Queen and New Seeker. The report for every trip was the same... full limits of rockfish and full limits of crabs with decent counts of lingcod to add to the tally. The only variable was the number of passengers, when the counts went up for Saturday and Sunday.
EUREKA--Crabbing inside Humboldt Bay grew difficult due to high freshwater flows. Outside the Bay, the ocean was rough for much of the week, but crabbing remained limit-style for those that made it out. Jetty fishers did well during the week on rockfish and perch, but high winds kept activity to a minimum during the weekend.
FORT BRAGG--Rough water kept most boaters ashore and divers out of the water. Abalone season closed November 30 and the innards were saved for fish bait. Just a few people fished the beaches this week for surfperch using Gulp! sandworms or pileworms. The Telstar hauled in limits of Dungeness crabs over the weekend.
HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA--Tunitas, Martins Beach and San Gregorio areas gave up plenty of good quality rockfish and lingcod this week for anglers aboard the Huli Cat and the Queen of Hearts. The Huli Cat pulled limits of crabs as well. At Pacifica, funky water slowed crabbing, so anglers patiently waited for the water to clear. Rockfish and lingcod bit for those able to get on the water.
MARTINEZ--Stripers were thick and biting like crazy from piers, shore or boat. Sturgeon began reacting hungrily to increasing fresh water flows coming out of the Delta. Boaters soaking baits and hoping for big sturgeon were not unhappy when stripers bit instead.
OAKLAND--Mike Huyne at Mike's Bait in Oakland reported sturgeon action rated at 2 to 3 fish per day per skiff off of the Oakland Airport and just south of Dumbarton Bridge. A different group of boaters made runs around the corner and up towards the Delta for great striped bass action. Perch bit well at 7th Street Pier and at Alcatraz Island.
OYSTER POINT--Pier fishers using pileworms brought up limits of pile perch, while people soaking bigger baits for sturgeon caught plenty of rays. Sturgeon chased a herring spawn off of Coyote Point and a decent number were caught. A customer of Oyster Point Bait and tackle caught a 25-pound striped bass at China Camp.
PORT SONOMA--Sturgeon activity increased notably in The Napa, Petaluma and Sonoma systems as they took up positions to feed in the increasing freshwater flows. Striped bass appeared to be on the same wavelength, because they also bit like crazy this week.
NORTHERN FOOTHILLS AMERICAN RIVER--The river was still running high and cloudy--not muddy. No one had reported doing any fishing to the Georgetown Ranger Station. The river is only open below the Hwy. 49 bridge.
BULLARDS BAR--The lake was at 77-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that a big bass tournament was at the lake on Sunday, but results were not available by press time. Must be some bass biting!! CAMP FAR WEST--The lake was spilling, muddy, and full of debris. This past Friday, an angler caught 18 bass on Brush Hogs and lizards in green pumpkin and watermelon/red flake in 10 to 12 feet deep on the main body.
COLLINS LAKE--The lake was 14 feet from full and muddy. The catfish bite improved with the inflow of water from all the rain. Chuck and Carissa Quinn and Darin Nunes caught a big stringer of cats that included 15-, 8-, 7 3/4-, and 6-pound whiskerfish--all taken with worms at the Beach. Another angler caught a 15 1/2 pounder at the bridge on anchovies. The DFG made another plant this past week and trout fishing was pretty good, though not everyone was catching limits. Shore fishing at the dam, Beach, and campgrounds was producing at least 2 to 3 fish per person. Bobby and Steve Nolan of Sacramento caught limits of rainbows to 2 3/4 pounds at the dam on Power Bait. Jill Curtis of Grass Valley landed a 4-pound rainbow at the dam using Power Bait.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR--The lake was at 92-percent capacity. The lake was off-color and few anglers were out. Skippers Cove Marina is raffling off two guide trips from Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service and Ed Fisk at Fish Tales to support the pen-rearing program-- check with Lisa Rogers at the marina office for the $5 tickets. The drawing will be held at the end of March 2013 when the trophy fish are released. Call (530) 432-6302 for info.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The road to the lake was open, but there was little fishing pressure according to the Foresthill Ranger Station.Watch out for downed trees and rocks.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR--The lake was at 52-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that one boat trolled at the powerhouse and the dam with dodger/Needlefish combos at 20 feet deep and toplined black/yellow/gold Panther Martin spinners to catch 6 rainbows to 12 inches. The roads were clear and passable, but visitors need to be on the lookout for downed trees and rocks.
LAKE OROVILLE--The lake was at 64-percent capacity--up 45 feet from the recent rains!! The upper river arms were very muddy and there were large debris fields blocking whole sections of the lake--USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE RUNNING!! Guide Ron Gandolfi reported having to shut down the big engine and pick his way through the debris fields on the trolling motor in order to get past. The off-color water had the fish up shallow during last weekend's AC Pro-Team tournament. Gandolfi said that crankbaits, spinnerbaits, ripbaits, swimbaits, and worm-headed Senkos were working very well for fish averaging 2 pounds. Cody Myers won the event with 15 pounds including a 6-pound kicker that was caught on a chatterbait. The West Branch, North Fork, Slot and main body were all producing fish on the points and adjacent walls from 2 to 20 feet deep.
ROLLINS LAKE--The lake is full. Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that trout anglers were doing well at the inlet casting Rooster Tails. Trollers were picking up some trout running Rapalas as deep as 75 feet. Smallmouth bass were active in the shady coves and hitting gold crankbaits.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE--The lake was at 80-percent capacity.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR--The road to the lake was open, but there was little fishing pressure, according to the Foresthill Ranger Station.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The lake was at 72-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station said the road to the lake was clear and boaters were hitting the lake, but recent reports were not available.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY--The lake was at 131.8-foot elevation--70-percent capacity. Again, it was reported that most anglers stay off the lake during the duck season, but try cranking the rock banks along the west and north sides of the lake to avoid conflict with the hunters.
SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS BOCA LAKE--The lake was at 38-percent capacity. The fishing was best at the dam for shore anglers using Power Bait and worms.
CAPLES LAKE--The lake was at 65-percent capacity. The area received several feet of snow this past week. Caples Lake Resort reported that the lake had frozen over, but the ice was much too thin for ice fishing. The resort said that the ice might be safe by Christmas. The resort will reopen for the winter season on December 20.
CARSON RIVER (East)--Todd Sodaro reported that the flows had dropped from 3500 cfs during the heavy rains to 350 to 400 cfs. The water was a little cloudy but fishable. Few anglers were seen parked at Hangman's Bridge.
DAVIS LAKE--The lake was at 68-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing and Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that shore fishermen were picking up some nice rainbows to 20 inches at Camp 5, Mallard Point, and Jenkins on Power Bait. Fly fishing was good on nymphs, snail and leech pattern under indicators at Jenkins where double-digit catches were common. The Fairview and Mosquito Slough areas were muddy from all the runoff. Dillard warned that the roads were frozen solid in the morning, but very muddy by afternoon. Lots of people found themselves stuck trying to get around the lake in the afternoons.
DONNER LAKE--The lake was at 42-percent capacity. The west end and north side were still producing rainbows for shore anglers using Power Bait, worms, and salmon eggs. Casting a Krocodile spoon or Smithwick Rogue from shore in the early morning or evening could draw a strike from a mack.
FRENCHMAN LAKE--The lake was at 58-percent capacity. Fishing from shore was good at Lunker Point, Turkey Point, and the dam. Watch out for mud on the roads around the lake in the afternoon.
GOLD LAKES BASIN--Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that the roads to the lakes were open, but some had ice forming along the shores that would make fishing difficult.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR--The lake was at 71-percent capacity. The roads were open, but ice could be a problem. Shore fishing could be good at the boat ramp and at the inlet area on the east end of the lake--4- wheel drive recommended.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR--Todd Sodaro reported that Alpine County would be planting 1800 pounds of 2- to 5-pound rainbows this week.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR--The lake was at 56-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the road to the lake was snowed in for the season--snowmobile access only. Last report until spring.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)--The lake was at 71-percent capacity. Not much fishing pressure this past week with the weather, according to Sly Park Resort, but we did get one report from Laura and Scottie Southerland, who had a chance to fish the lake last week. They launched their Fish Rite at 2 p.m. and trolled the south side of the lake through the narrows with good results toplining. They had over 30 hookups and kept 10 trout for limits by 5:30 p.m.
LOON LAKE--The lake was at 73-percent capacity. The road was open to the lake according to the Georgetown Ranger Station, but ice could be a problem at the boat ramp.
PROSSER LAKE--The lake was at 33-percent capacity. With the road to the lake open, Mountain Hardware and Sports recommended fishing at the dam for rainbows using Power Bait and worms.
RED LAKE--Snow and ice!! Wait until the ice is safe--probably a couple more weeks.
SILVER LAKE--The lake was at 45-percent capacity. Snow and ice!! Wait until the ice is safe--probably a couple of more weeks.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR--The lake was at 78-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that one boat caught a 3-pound mack trolling a Lyman lure at 70 feet deep at the dam, plus 1 brown and 2 rainbows on Wedding Rings at 15 feet deep between the island and the boat ramp.
TRUCKEE RIVER--The main river was flowing 55 cfs along Hwy 89, 170 cfs in Truckee and 740 cfs below the Boca Outlet. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that their guide Peter Santley took a trip to the Little Truckee below Boca Reservoir and the client landed 3 of 5 trout hooked to 18 inches on midge nymphs 3 feet under small indicators, and BWO dries.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR--The lake was at 61-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that the road to the lake was open, but icy stretches could make the trip difficult. Mathis said fishing was better in late January-February.
SACRAMENTO VALLEY AMERICAN RIVER--The American River was still murky last week, and, though the release from Nimbus Dam was not all that high at 2,000 cfs, it seemed a lot higher because the river was backed up by the high flows in the Sacramento River. Anglers fishing the edges below the salmon closure area below Ancil Hoffman Park were hooking a few steelhead on large flies fished under indicators like No. 8 and 10 egg-sucking leeches, rubberlegs, and stoneflies. Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and roe. The weir at Nimbus Hatchery has been taken out and anglers were catching dark salmon plus a few steelhead in Nimbus Basin.
FOLSOM LAKE-- The lake was high and murky, and fishing was a challenge for both trout and landlocked king salmon anglers, as well as bass fishermen. Anglers have another impediment in the form of a 5 mph speed limit on the lake. Bass fishermen were getting a few bass by fishing creek inflows at the backs of coves where the water is a bit warmer than in the main South and North forks. The only open boat ramp is at Brown's Ravine Marina. Bank fishermen were catching a few planter trout on bait at Granite Bay.
FEATHER RIVER--The river stayed in fishable shape with a greenish tint, and some steelhead were being caught fly fishing with red copper Johns, San Juan worms, and egg patterns. Bait fishermen were drifting roe and nightcrawlers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff--Water conditions started to clear in the Balls Ferry Area over the weekend, but there's only a couple of days left for the salmon season which closes on Dec. 16. However, a few bright late fall king salmon were being caught on sardine-wrapped, backtrolled plugs in the Barge Hole.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding--The river just below Keswick Reservoir down through Anderson and above tributaries still flowing mud was fishable over the weekend and producing some nice catches of fat rainbows. Fishing should remain good until sustained cold weather hits.
YUBA RIVER--It was still blown out over the weekend, and Englebright Reservoir muddy throughout. It will take a week or so with no more storms to clear.
MOTHERLODE CAMANCHE LAKE - Mt. Lassen Trout delivered 600 pounds to the South Shore Pond and 600 pounds to the South Shore ramp recently. The California Department of Fish and Game plant 1500 pounds of trout at the North shore ramp, also. The lake turned over last weekend, and fish should now be found in the top 15 feet of water whether fishing from the bank or by boat. Power Baits in rainbow and chartreuse are most commonly used, as well as choice lures and 'crawlers. Planter fish tend to stay near the shorelines while holdover fish (from last year) are in the main part of the lake.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR -- Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing recommends launching at Blue Oaks to start fishing for trout and then cover water until you find them. While the depthfinder is good at locating fish, the birds will give you a good idea where to find the bait and the fish that follow them. Not all baitballs hold fish. Smith likes to troll dead end coves and buoy lines and shore lines with heavy spoons on leadcore lines from 4 to 6 colors deep at about 3 miles an hour this time of year. The bass bite is tough and you should use a slow presentation with lures, jigs, and drop-shotting or dartheading plastics.
LAKE MCCLURE - Jason Mello of A-1 Bait and Tackle in Snelling said "the bass bite at Lake McClure has turned on." In 45 minutes time he caught 4 bass and had another one bust his line. There were a couple anglers trolling for trout up by the dam that limited out using a hammered nickel Cowbell and 'crawler 20 feet deep. There are crappie being caught, as the lake rangers are finding numerous carcasses in the cleaning stations at Barrett's Cove and Horseshoe Bend. Trout and catfish are also being caught off the bank at Barretts Cove.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Jannett Sturevant at the McSwain Marina said "I can see a guy reeling in a nice-size trout right now over by the Brush Pile." Fishermen have been using Power Eggs, Power Bait 'crawlers and red Rooster Tail spinners to catch trout. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said "there is good trout fishing from the banks with chartreuse Power Bait at the Brush Pile. Trollers have been scoring limits to 3.75 pounds trolling hammered nickel Cowbells with 'crawlers from the Floating Restroom upriver to the fence lines.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Department of Fish and Game is now planting rainbow trout weekly at New Melones. Trolling has been slow. Most of the fish are near the surface. "The fish will feed were the water has flushed insects off the hillside and into the water", said Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sports. Try toplining 100-150 feet behind the boat with a F5 Rapala, Rebel Crickhopper, or a 'crawler. Shad patterned trolling spoons will also catch some quality fish. For bait, garlic scented Power Bait or a 'mallow/'crawler combo will catch them. There are a lot of fair to nice bass being caught. The spotted bass are gorging themselves on shad. This is a good time to fish a vertical presentation. Try locating balls of shad suspended over the main creek channels (Mormon, Angels, Coyote, etc.) and target the fish feeding above and below these shad. 1/2-oz. and 3/4- oz. spoons in shad patterned colors are good choices.
- Western Outdoor News