Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3812 May 24- June 7 2019 - Page 11

FRESHWATER 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 DAVIS LAKE Trollers Do Best on Big Rainbows 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 The bass are biting well with many anglers using nightcrawlers to hook up with the bass. If you are fishing from shore, we recommend the south end of the lake. The south end of the lake is perfect spawning habitat for bass, and Jon Takara caught this 16-pound striped bass while working a Rapala at Los they are Vaqueros Reservoir on April 19. starting Photo courtesy of the LOS VAQUEROS RECREATION AREA, Livermore. to move into the shallows to 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 2018. 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 Spring Catches! 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. 9 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 colors. Big trout honors go to Ed E. of Livermore, who caught a six-and-a-half pound trout while fishing spoons in the Narrows. 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. 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