Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 4016 - Page 15

VOL . 40 • ISS . 16
August 27 , 2021
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FRESHWATER REPORTS :
CONTINUED FROM PG 14
NEW MELONES LAKE
Fish Bait Deep for Holdover Rainbows
ANGELS CAMP – TROUT - This time of year beginning in mid- August it seems the holdover trout begin to show up for anglers , and this year we would expect the same bite to happen on Melones . For anglers wanting to dangle some bait , the trout have been willing to bite nightcrawlers and PowerBait , and will also go after live minnows . The spillway has been producing limits or angles fishing down to 60 ft . depth . Trolling Apex lures will produce strikes from reported 4-6 lb . holdovers . Use a flasher and a scent such as Pro Cure Trout and Kokanee special . KOKANEE : Trolling for kokanee has slowed some with anglers coming off with water with 2-3 fish per angler in the 1.5 lb . range . Troll hoochies with dodgers , Flutterbugs tipped with shoepeg corn and Pro Cure scent . BASS : With water levels on the fall , look for suspended bass and target them with wacky rig , jigs or a soft plastic swimming bait near baitfish . For deep water lethargic bass , try barely moving pulsating baits to trigger a strike . CRAPPIE – The best shot at crappie is getting into a cove , dropping a light and using crappie jigs or live minnows . New Melones Reservoir ’ scurrent water level is 945.10 and down 142.90 ft . from full , leaving the lake sitting about 43 % of capacity . The water temperature is in the eighties . Water visibility is anywhere
This lucky angler was fishing with Dalton Heryford when he landed this beautiful salmon .
Photo Courtesy of Sac Valley Fish & Fowl Guide Service
from 4-6 feet and will have some mudlines on the weekends due to the high amount of boat traffic out on the lake . Glory Hole Point Boat Ramps : Highest ramp is in water from 1088.00 to 1025.00 ( CLOSED ) Middle ramp is in water from 1028.00-to 940.00 ( OPEN ,
IMPENDING CLOSURE SOON ) The concrete lower ramp at the end of Glory Hole Point is now set up with two courtesy docks and operational . Driving down to the ramp , the road is slightly bumpy , but manageable . Tuttletown Boat Ramps : Highest ramp in water from 1088.00 to 1031.00 ( CLOSED ) Middle ramp in water from 1036.00 to 942.00 ( CLOSED ) Lower concrete ramp is NOW OPEN 945.00 to 900.00 ( Courtesy docks in place ) Angels Cove Boat Ramp and parking lot : ( CLOSED ) - Gene Hildebrand , Glory Hole Sports
LAKE OROVILLE / THERMALITO AFTERBAY
Lake Level Gets Lower and Lower
OROVILLE – All boat ramps at Lake Oroville , including the Bidwell Canyon , Spillway , Loafer Creek and Limesaddle facilities , are currently closed to boat launching as the lake level continues to drop . Lake Oroville is holding only 820,326 acre feet of water , 23 percent of capacity and 34 percent of capacity . The water level is 634 feet in elevation , 266 feet from maximum pool , the lowest level since the lake filled in 1968 . On the Lake Oroville Fishing Reports Facebook Page , Dave Koistinen reported , “ I ’ m sorry to see the Big O closed to launching boats . I had a great year catching kings . I caught my personal best landlocked king weighing 11.92 pounds and
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