Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 4013 | Page 15

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VOL . 40 • ISS . 13


July 9 , 2021
off the bottom by shore fishers . Rick Allerton and Family of Modesto caught 14 trout and a big crappie off the rental dock . It was a good showing of what can be done without a boat . The early morning seems to the best time , then the trout take a siesta until about dinner time . Mason from San Jose was trolling a Firetiger SpeedyShiner about 44 ft down when he hooked a 3-1 / 4lb beauty of a rainbow trout . The Walrath Family from Ukiah brought in a limit starring a chunky 6.5 pound rainbow trout fishing along the shoreline near the dam using a Junebug and yellow PowerBait . Yuriy Kolomyza of Roseville also caught his 6.75 lb lunker trout by the dam using PowerBait . Marquise from Sacramento caught a nice catfish in the late evening using sardines . Zach & Cody Madewell of Paradise reeled in a 5.5 lb catfish in Elmer ’ s Cove using hotdogs . Catfish will inhale just about anything stinky dropped along a muddy bottom . The biggest catfish I ’ ve seen come out of Collins Lake this year was caught , and released , by Earl Hudson from Antioch back on June 16 . Earl broke some traditional catfish clichés , reeling in this 22 pound behemoth mid-day while using a Rat-L-Trap . On the bass front there ’ s a healthy bite out on the east side and in and among the coves . David Delgado reported that he and his friend Justin Leonard caught and released 7 Spots and Largemouth in total using spoons , Roboworms and a Ned-rig all before 10 am and mostly out on the east side near the islands ( watch your props folks , it ’ s shallower than we ’ re used to for June !). The lake is currently 47 ft from full ; In a normal year we might expect a level like this mid-November at the end of the Irrigation Season . The surface temperature is up around 78 ° F and the lake surface area is down around 575 acres ( it ’ s about


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1000 acres at spill ). Our main ramp remains open , although we expect in the next couple weeks to only have one paved lane for launch . The lake is busy on Saturdays and Sundays but weekdays , especially before noon , are still pleasant . The same is true of camping ; you ’ ll be hard pressed to find an open site on a summer weekend but there are still tent sites and even a few hookups available mid-week , especially for shorter rigs . Even with these drought conditions , decent fishing persists for the skilled angler , and even a beginner early in the morning or with the right luck , can still land a lunker .
- Ed Palma
Bait Tossers Find Top Rainbow Action
PORTOLA – Trolling for trout has slowed down at Lake Davis , with the best results going to anglers fishing PowerBait from shore and a boat . “ Shore anglers are catching goodsized trout while fishing Power Bait and worms off Mallard early and late in the day ,” said Jeanne Graham at J & J ’ s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort . “ Fishermen are averaging about 3 to 4 fish per rod . Most of the holdover fish range from 15 to 21 inches ” Ed Dillard , fishing guide , has been finding trout success while anchoring up and fishing PowerBait off Big Island . “ His clients have been catching limits of rainbows over 17 inches ,” said Graham . “ They have also been releasing planter rainbows .” Fly fishing enthusiasts are taking advantage of the damsel fly and hex hatches that have been taking place at Davis . Graham hasn ’ t heard any black bass and catfish reports over the past couple of weeks . For the brown bullhead catfish , she suggested using nightcrawlers and prepared catfish baits . The fish range from 1 to 2 pounds on average . For largemouth bass , anglers should toss out swimbaits , jigs , plastic worms and top water baits around weeds and structure .
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Fly Fisherman and Trollers Catching Trout
LASSEN COUNTY - Fly fishing is still hot . All my clients are fly fishing , whether the can cast a fly rod or not . If they cannot cast , we cast the fly for them . From there it ’ s just a matter of paying attention to the indicator and setting the hook when it moves , We help , they learn . We are anchoring up in shallow water , 7-10 feet deep , and nymphing . We had limits on every trip out last week , plus we released , lost , and missed many fish . The water temperature is warming and the Eagle Lake Trout will not be available in shallow water where nymphing takes place for much longer . They will move to deeper , cooler , more comfortable water for the summer months . In October they should move back into shallower water when we can again cast flies for them . Trolling is currently good in 25- 40 feet of water off Wildcat Point and Eagles Nest . Troll your spoons 15-25 feet deep . Needlefish , Excel , Thomas Boyant , and Speedy Shiner lures in Red / gold , red / pearl , and red dot frog patterns work well . Start trolling early . The trolling bite is best before the sun hits the water . Adjust your baits deeper as the morning wears on . If you want to book a trip , contact me at 916-201-4648 . Whether you are fishing with me or not , don ’ t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about fishing , camping , or lodging at Eagle Lake .
- Tim Noxon
Salmon Season to Begin on July 16
YUBA CITY – The salmon season will begin on the Feather and Sacramento Rivers on July 16 , 2021 , barring any emergency closure by the CDFW in this year of extreme drought . The Feather from the unimproved boat ramp above the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall to 200 yards above the Live Oak boat ramp will be open to salmon fishing from July 16 through October 31 . The Feather from 200 yards above Live Oak boat ramp to the mouth . will be open from July 16 through December 16 . or purposes of this regulation , the lower boundary is defined as a straight line drawn from the peninsula point on the west bank to the Verona Marine boat ramp . The Sacramento River from the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing will be open to salmon fishing from July 16 through December 16 . Note : It is unlawful to take fish 0 – 250 feet downstream from the overflow side of the Moulton , Colusa and Tisdale Weirs . The Sacramento River from the Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing to the Carquinez Bridge ( includes Suisun Bay , Grizzly Bay and all tributary sloughs west of Highway 160 ) opens to salmon fishing from July 16 through December . Note : It is unlawful to take fish 0 – 250 feet downstream from the overflow side of the Fremont and Sacramento Weirs . The limit will be 2 Chinook
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