Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3812 May 24- June 7 2019 - Page 13

landed 20 fish, including 10 keepers. said Reimers. “They released a 15 pounder and kept their limits of fish from 19 to 22 inches. On the day before that, Jim and Nancy Paulus had a great day, landing 25 fish, including 20 keepers. The couple released a 12 lb. hen and kept their limits of fish in the 20 to 24 inch class. - Dan Bacher CONTINUED FROM PG 9 DON PEDRO LAKE May 24 - June 7, 2019 FRESHWATER VOL.38 • ISS. 12 cont. targeting rainbows, but our first fish of the day was a trout.,” Smith concluded. Don Pedro has risen to 86 percent of capacity. - Dave Hurley EASTERN SIERRA Opening Week Offers Great Trout Fishing BRIDGEPORT - “The opener on Bridgeport Reservoir produced pretty good numbers of fish for most of the anglers out there,” reported Jim Reid at Ken’s Sporting Goods. “It sounds like the trolling was the best with anglers reporting fish being caught on Needlefish, Rapalas, Thomas Buoyants, night crawlers and Tasmanian Devils.” “There were lots of browns caught with the largest one we saw weighing in at 6.5 pounds. There were also lots of rainbows caught ranging in size from 1 to 5 plus pounds. There were also some pretty good perch caught yesterday as well, some up to 2 pounds. The shore anglers reported getting into some good fish down near the dam casting lures and some on bait. The bait anglers did the best with Mice Tails, PowerBait and inflated night crawlers,” tipped Reid. “Though we haven’t seen any double- digit browns from Twin Lakes yet there were lots of nice fish caught up there with some going nearly 6 pounds. Successful bait anglers were using Mice Tails, PowerBait and inflated night crawlers, while lure anglers did the best with Rapalas, Needlefish and Kastmasters. There were some good fish caught from the shore but it seemed like the anglers out in boats did the best,” Reid related. “The East Walker is still running at about 300 cfs right now and the fishing has been holding out pretty good. It can be a little difficult to get your flies down near the bottom where they need to be but if you add some weight and get them down there you should be able to have some success. There’s good numbers of some pretty good fish being caught, FOLSOM LAKE Trollers Battle Holdover Rainbows FOLSOM – Trollers are still picking up quality holdover rainbow trout at Folsom Lake. Steve and Dillion paid Collins Lake a visit this April and trolled “Two anglers fishing up full limits of fat rainbow trout. with me on my latest trip Photo courtesy of the COLLINS LAKE RECREATION AREA, Oregon on the lake landed six House. rainbows ranging from 16 to 17 inches long,” said Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motor Sports some stretching the tape at well over 20 Guide Service. “We hooked the fish on inches. Nymphing has still been the best UVF Speedo spoons and chartreuse/ technique, but the streamer action has chrome Speedy Shiners at 20 feet deep.” picked up a bit this week too. The Rosachi “We fished the whole lake, but caught section in Nevada is also fishing pretty all of our fish near the dam,” reported well and the crowds are much lighter,” Lampkin. “The surface water temperature advised Reid. was 71 degrees. I haven’t hooked any king salmon or heard of any landed over the past couple of weeks.” Bass fishing is also going strong on Folsom. “Folsom is in full bloom with all FEATHER RIVER three species of bass moving up on beds,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’Bass The Striper Beat Goes On Fishing Experience. “Look for most of YUBA CITY – The striper action keeps these to be in the top 15 feet of water and going on the Feather River and the shad with the lake still rising.” are appearing in good numbers on the “The lake is only 7 feet from full. It lower river. Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s should be a great fishing season, with our Guide Service reported limits of stripers last trip out producing 20 plus fish up to 5 on his recent trip. pounds,” Paganelli added. “On my last trip, two anglers and I Folsom Lake is holding 892,929 acre caught 25 fish, including 10 keeper size feet of water, 91 percent of capacity and stripers,” said Reimers. “We kept six fish 120 percent of average. The lake level from 19 to 22 inches and released the is 458.33 feet above sea level, 7.67 feet rest, including a 10 from maximum pool. pound hen.” Now Booking Folsom Lake Trout & Salmon! They drifted with - Dan Bacher live jumbo minnows Custom 23’ Rogue Jet at the mouth of the Bear River and then at Star Bend. KLAMATH/TRINITY RIVERS “On the previous trip we made, a Anglers Gear Up for Spring father and his two Chinook Opener on July 1 Cpt. Jerry Lampkin – 25 years of experience fishing young children Salmon, Steelhead, Stripers, Trout & landlocked Kings on SACRAMENTO the Feather, Sacramento, American Rivers and Folsom Lake – Although you can currently fish for 3809 T.N.G Motorsports Guide Service species other than (530) 320-0994 • www.tngmotorsports.com 11 salmon on the Trinity and Klamath rivers at this time, few anglers have been out fishing lately. However, that will all change when spring Chinook fishing reopens on both rivers July 1. “While you can still legally fish The Trinity River, for now it will be a little unsafe as the releases will vary widely from 2,000 CFS all the way up to around 10,000 CFS over the next month,” reported the Fly Shop in Redding. “For now, we have ended guided trips on The Trinity. Although the fish showed late, we had some great days over there with the best in the past month.” The Fish and Game Commission at its April meeting voted unanimously to open a short-term fishery on spring Chinook Salmon on the Klamath and Trinity rivers. Spring Chinook Salmon became a candidate for listing under CESA at the Commission’s February meeting, when emergency regulations were adopted that closed salmon fishing on the Klamath and Trinity rivers until August 15. Since February, CDFW held several meetings with the public, fishing interests, affected counties and CESA petitioners to evaluate whether a fishery could happen that would protect the salmon, allow fishing, and provide some economic relief to citizens and counties in the affected area. The Commission voted to reopen fishing on July 1 in both the lower Klamath and upper Trinity rivers with a one fish bag limit and two fish possession limit. The Commission heard from CDFW that projections for Chinook salmon fisheries are looking better than last year. In May, the Commission will consider increasing bag and possession limits on the Klamath and Trinity rivers to a three fish bag limit with no more than two adults and nine fish possession limit with no more than six adults. The public may keep track of the quota status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling the information hotline at (800) 564-6479. LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR 7.11 Lb. Trout Tops Trout Derby BYRON – Marco won first place in the April Trout Derby at Los Vaqueros Reservoir with a 7.11 lb. rainbow trout. The second place winner was Allen, 6.67 lbs., while the third place winner was Gou, 6.47 lbs. Trout fishing has been a “little slow,” but should pick up with the arrival of another plant of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout on May 8, said Travis at the Los Vaqueros Marina. 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