Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3812 May 24- June 7 2019 - Page 11
VOL.38 • ISS. 12
For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle,
the Fishing Instructor, said, “The bass
are getting active as there are a lot of
fry in the water. The bass are focusing
upon the fry, and they are in all stages of
spawning as they are on beds, in spawn,
and also in post-spawn modes. You can
catch crankbait fish throughout the day,
and spinnerbaits are working on windy
days. Flipping a black/red Chigger Craw
will catch the most fish, and there is a
top water bite as the water temperature
is coming up as it is in the 60’s right now.
There is no problem catching fish, but the
bigger giants have been hard to find. We
had had a few swirls, but overall the larger
fish have been lethargic.”
Kris Huff of Stockton took the second
Wednesday Night Shootout of the year
held out of Ladd’s Marina in Stockton by
a number of elite Delta bass fishermen.
He said, “I walked away with the WIN
during the Wednesday nighter in the
Delta with just shy of 20 pounds with a big
fish at 8.62. I am stoked about this win -
especially with the crowd that shows up.”
Sturgeon fishing remains outstanding
for the few anglers trying. Captain Joe
Gamez of Golden State Sport Fishing was
out on Captain Mike Funtanilla of Bend Ur
Rod’s boat for 9 oversized and three slot
limit sturgeon on Wednesday with plenty
of other missed opportunities.
- Dave Hurley
Trollers Do Best on Big
PORTOLA – The ice is completely off
Lake Davis and trollers are experiencing
the top action on the huge rainbows the
reservoir is known for.
“The fishing is good, but not great,”
reported Jeanne Graham of the J & J
Grizzly Country Store and Campground
Resort. “Boaters are trolling with Dick
Nites in copper red head and red dot frog
in the top 10 feet of water on the lake’s
east side. The fish being caught are big
ones 20 inches and over.”
Shore anglers are experiencing the top
fishing while throwing out PowerBait from
shore at Mallard. Two anglers targeting
trout also reported catching and releasing
12 largemouth bass in the 12 inch class in
the Lightning Tree area.
The surface water temperature is 53
degrees and boat launching is available,
May 24 - June 7, 2019
are biting well
to hook up
with the bass.
If you are
the south end
of the lake.
end of the
lake is perfect
Jon Takara caught this 16-pound striped bass while working a Rapala at Los
Vaqueros Reservoir on April 19.
Photo courtesy of the LOS VAQUEROS RECREATION AREA, Livermore. to move
start their spawning season. If you have a
but the docks aren’t in yet.
boat, the rock points with the deep drop-
There are lots of big rainbows in the
offs are the best bet. Many of the bass are
lake. The California Department of Fish
nesting, so try to find areas where they
and Wildlife stocked 14,420 pounds
might be spawning.
of rainbows in the reservoir in August
As the season grows warmer, the
sunfish fishing has picked up. Several
Davis Lake is holding 82,692 feet of
large crappies and bluegill have been
water, 100 percent of capacity and 123
reported to the marina staff. Sunfish are
percent of average.
a great target fish for kids and can be
- Dan Bacher
easily caught using red worms or mini
nightcrawlers. We suggest fishing for them
near large weed patches or at any tree
that has fallen into the lake. You will likely
LAKE DEL VALLE
get a strike quite quickly. If not, recast.
30 Lb. Striped Bass Leads
We are in the final weeks of trout fishing
before the water temperatures start to
rise. The next week or two is looking like
LIVERMORE – The striped bass
mild weather so expect these trout to
bite has come alive in the last couple of
hand around for a while longer. The trout
weeks at Lake Del Valle. Many stripers
are gunning hard for shad imitations and
are being caught on anchovies in Heron
spoons. Kastmasters work well for getting
Bay. As the water temperatures rise,
the trout interested in your lure. Smaller
look out for the striped bass boils. The
spinnerbaits can work as well. If you are
striped bass follow the schools of shad
fishing from shore, the east beach area
as they start to spawn.
is a great place to land a trout and is
Big fish honors go to Kenny K. of
accessible to everyone. I
Livermore, who landed a 30 pound
striped bass on anchovies while he was
fishing in the Narrows!
The lake temperature has been in the
lower 60s for most of the day, finally
bringing the smallmouth and largemouth
bass out at Del Valle.
If you like throwing bait, the corn
yellow PowerBait has been the main
bait that anglers out here have been
using to catch the trout. If you have a
boat, we recommend anchoring off to the
center of the cove and drifting your bait.
Kastmasters are great if you want to throw
a lure. We recommend flat chrome or gold
Big trout honors go to Ed E. of
Livermore, who caught a six-and-a-half
pound trout while fishing spoons in the
The catfish bite is also starting to pick
up as the water temperatures warm.
Many of the catfish that have been caught
are being caught on chicken livers or
anchovies. The catfish are moving around
in the tule patches at various points
around the lake. If you see carp rolling in
the tules, there is a good chance there are
– Captain Jacob
DON PEDRO LAKE
Trollers Lay into Kokanee
LA GRANGE – Kokanee salmon are on
the bite at Don Pedro Lake as the water
temperature warms and the thermocline
Monte Smith of Gold County Sport
Fishing reported on his latest trolling
adventure on the reservoir.
“We had 11 kokanee by midday, and
we had a triple hook up which was pretty
exciting,” he stated. “The kokanee are fat
and a few of them are just ounce shy of 2
pounds at 15 inches”
“They are just beautiful fish, but they
are scattered at depths from 26 to 57
feet. I have been running small hoochies
or Uncle Larry’s spinners behind Sling
Blades, and with the kokanee scattered
out, you have to stay with it. We weren’t
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