Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41, Issue 07 - Page 6

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6 May 13 , 2022 VOL . 41 • ISS . 7
LAKE ALMANOR
Quality Bass and Trout on Tap
Chester - Plumas County is experiencing another winter like storm with snow at lake level , with overnight temperatures dropping into the low twenties and daytime highs in the forties . The unsettled weather has our water temperatures dropping back into the low fifties as Mount Lassen could see another two plus feet of fresh snow . Lake level continues to rise , with the wet spring we should see an increase in water levels into early June . Winds the past two days have made for difficult if not impossible fishing conditions . Our weather is expected to settle down Tuesday afternoon and is looking favorable for next weekend . Fish remain scattered throughout the lake , catching has been dependent upon winds . When weather allows , we were targeting fish in the top fifteen feet of the water column , fast trolling hardware at 2.5-3 mph . We are covering ground and fishing for ten or twelve bites . The fish are in great
Raith Heryford , RH Guide Service , continues to put his clients on jumbo stripers . These monsters are caught and released ! Photo Courtesy of RH Guide Service

FRESHWATER REPORTS

shape as they continue to gorge on insects . Red / gold and red dot frog have been my top producers with brown trout and perch patterns good choices as well . The majority of the fishing pressure remains the northwest section of the lake . Bass fishermen continue to pick up quality fish ( when weather allows ) in the shallows , white plastics are getting the job done . Hamilton Branch is your best shot at fishing from the bank . Canyon dam remains the only public boat ramp , the USFS has not announced when the Almanor West ramp and campground will open .
Please use caution when motoring as there are a number of navigational hazards throughout the lake . Bryan Roccucci AKA “ Big Daddy ” has marked the larger hazards and reached out to Plumas County and PG & E to have the hazards removed . - Quail Lodge Lake Almanor Lodging & Guide Service
SACRAMENTO AREA / AMERICAN RIVER
Capital City Spring Striper and Shad Fishing In Full Swing
SACRAMENTO – If you want to catch stripers and shad with a variety of methods , now ’ s the time to hit the Sacramento River in the metropolitan area . “ Shore anglers are hooking stripers while using MegaBait and Duo Realis jerkbaits from Discovery Park to Garcia Bend ,” said Alan
Fong at Fisherman ’ s
Warehouse . “ Boaters are also picking up stripers while fishing with sardines and other baits in this section of river .” Shad fishing is “ on fire ” on the Sacramento at the Freeport Bridge , Miller Park , Discovery Park and Verona , said Fong . Boaters are fishing with pink and chartreuse jigs , as well as using Sabiki rigs on drop shot rigs . Fong noted that anglers are limited to using only three hooks on a Sabiki rig ; more than that can
get you cited by the CDFW . The shad action has also started on the lower American River . “ My brother has been catching 5 to 10 shad per trip while fishing with I inch pink grubs on 1 / 32 oz . jigheads at Howe Avenue ,” he said . Water releases to the American River below Nimbus Dam are now 1,500 cfs . Bass fishing in the North Delta is going strong “ On my latest trip to the Snodgrass Slough area , Denise Loo , Warren Trumbly and I caught and released 30 largemouths . with the best five totaling over 2 pounds . The biggest was a little shy of 7 pounds . We fished with Chatterbaits and flipped with Brush Hogs in 2 feet of water ,” he explained .
- Dan Bacher
BERRYESSA LAKE
Quality Kokanee , Rainbows Show in Catches
SACRAMENTO – The kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishing at Lake Berryessa is definitely perking up , according Nate Kelsch of Big Nate ’ s Guide Service . “ John and Jessica , owners of J and J Tackle , went out for a Berryessa potluck trip on my boat and it was EPIC to say the least ,” stated Kelsch . “ They scored the first 2 full limits of fat kokanee from 12 to 16-1 / 2 inches to come out of the lake this year and kept 7 rainbows to 22 inches , We also released 4 small trout and some smaller kokanee while fishing the lake ’ s north end .” visit

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