VOL . 41 • ISS . 19
December 9 , 2022
Roger Haney caught his limit of stripers while was using BladeRunner Spoons on the California Delta . BladeRunner Spoons can be deadly when the shad school up in the fall .
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tietz
Josh Hugh , of Valley Springs , was fishing on the California Delta with Barebones Guide Service when he nailed this nice striped bass .
Photo Courtesy of Brett Brady
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run Chinooks at the facility this year than they did last season , but it was still far from the all-time record run of 19,000 fish in 2018 . A total of 5,534 salmon have gone over Woodbridge Dam to date . As of today , 7.4 million eggs are on hand . The hatchery ’; s production goal is 7.5 million eggs and 6.4 million salmon smolts , according to Bill Smith , Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery manager . “ We ’ re just below average on the fall run and we have one more spawn to do . We took in a lot of fish in the upper twenties this season , the same big fish that anglers saw on the ocean this year ,” said Smith . A couple of hundred steelhead have returned to the hatchery to date . The staff plans to begin spawning steelhead on December 15 .
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- Dan Bacher
Spotted Bass Lead Late Autumn Angling Parade
OROVILLE – Anglers fishing from kayaks and boats with 4WD vehicles are catching and releasing big numbers of spotted bass , along with an occasional king salmon , at Lake Oroville . “ Guys fishing Oroville catching a lot of bass and getting an occasional salmon to 7 pounds while bass fishing in the Middle Fork ,” revealed Craig Newton at Willfish Tackle . “ Anglers are doing best on the spotted bass while tossing out Hula Grubs , fat tail worms and other plastics . The kings
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- Dan Bacher
Fly Fishing For Lahontan Cutthroats Improves Greatly
RENO - Following the storm system in early November , fly fishing at Pyramid Lake has improved greatly with shore fishing becoming the method of choice for a majority of anglers . As water temperatures have decreased , fish have moved into shallower water and are now targetable from the shoreline . Lahontan Cutthroat Trout feed in slightly deeper water adjacent to the shoreline , so look for depth changes that occur close to shore . Cutthroat have seemingly switched away from baitfish patterns and are keying in more on smaller presentations . Both sinking line and floating techniques
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