Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41 Issue 15 - Page 10

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10 September 16 , 2022 VOL . 41 • ISS . 15
Early Morning Bite For Bank Anglers and Trollers
CHESTER - Last week ’ s heat wave is officially over , we are going to see a significant drop in temperatures over the next week . Daytime highs are predicted in the low 70 ’ s and overnight lows will be dipping into the high 30 ’ s . A welcome relief for all of us including the fish . Water temperatures are unchanged , hovering in the low 70 ’ s as water level is dropping quickly . Lake level is currently sitting at 4477.13 approximately one foot less than 2021 and four plus feet less than 2020 on the 9th of September . There was a significant amount of smoke and haze at lake level on Saturday clearing off in the evening . The USFS closed the ramp at Almanor West as a result of low water and other ramps will soon be in jeopardy . Canyon Dam is the only available public ramp , there are private ramps available for launching for a fee including Plumas Pines in Prattville . There has been no change to fishing conditions or patterns over the past week , most boats are concentrating their efforts between Lake Haven and Big Springs as fish continue to seek comfort from warming waters . We should see water temps drop this next week and hopefully scatter fish throughout the lake . Fish are being caught on crawlers and plastics at one mph and fast trolling hardware at 2.5-3 mph . The bite has been early as the fish get lock jaw late in the morning . Bank fishermen ( lots of them ) continue to target fish at Hamilton Branch bait remains the top choice from shore . There are numerous navigational hazards popping up throughout the

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IONE – Channel catfish , largemouth bass and bluegill are all on feeding on small threadfin shad as bait schools begin to congregate around Lake Amador . “ I took my daughter Brookelynn out fishing Sunday evening and she caught a nice 3 lb . catfish on a crappie jig ,,” reported Lee Lockhart at the Lake Amador Resort . “ We landed a few small bass , as well as some bluegill , in the Mountain Springs and Jackson Creek arms of the lake . There are lots of small shad schools everywhere on the lake . The shad are small , so use small shad imitation 1 to 3 inch lures and you will find success as we did .” “ This also means fall top water bass season is just around the corner . The quality of water is killer , with clarity down to 6 feet deep ,” Lockhart stated .
Carp are also on the bite at Amador . “ Stick ,” Mike , and Chip from Sacramento caught 11 carp near the dam while using homemade dough bait on a recent trip . Their total weight was 41.8 lbs . “ They received a free day pass . Come get these carp out of the lake and you too can get a free day pass ” said Lockhart . The lake is 27 feet from full and one boat lane is open on the launch ramp .
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SACRAMENTO – Salmon fishing is very tough on the Sacramento and American rivers in the Metropolitan Areas , but anglers who hit the lower American River in the early morning and evening hours are picking up a few stripers . “ Stripers are being caught here and there on the American , but few have been going out in the hot weather ,” reported Alan Fong at Fisherman ’ s Warehouse . “ Before the recent heat wave , guys throwing top water lures , jerkbaits , S-Wavers and Glide Baits were hooking fish in the evenings in the stretch of river from Watt Avenue to Paradise Beach . Most of the fish range from keeper-size to 4 pounds .” “ The fishing is slow for salmon at the Mouth of the American ,” confirmed Miles Ghoston at Ghost Bait and Tackle . “ Most people haven ’ t been going fishing the heat we ’ ve seen lately .” As the weather and water temperatures cool , expect to see an improvement in the salmon action on both the Sacramento and American rivers . Water releases from Nimbus Dam into the American River were 3220 cfs at press time .
- Dan Bacher
Charlie King was fishing in the Frank ’ s Tract area of the delta when this big bass fell prey to his Fishlab Rattle Popping Toad .
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