Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3812 May 24- June 7 2019 - Page 14

12 May 24 - June 7, 2019 FRESHWATER VOL.38 • ISS. 12 FRESHWATER REPORTS: Sorenson said anglers can catch and release 30 to 40 fish averaging 1-1/2 pounds each while fishing in the shallows. Most of the fish are spotted bass, with an occasional largemouth mixed in. “Cast to the bank and reel in a tube, worm, Senko or Ned rig,” he advised. “There is also some top water action available.” Few anglers have been targeting Chinook salmon lately, although that bite should pick up soon. Sorenson and other anglers have reported catching a few kings while targeting bass with an array of offerings. To target the salmon, boaters should troll with hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind dodgers in the Bidwell Canyon area. Lake Oroville is holding 3,329,526 acre feet of water, 94 percent of capacity and 115 percent of average. The lake level is 886.55 feet in elevation. - Dan Bacher CONTINUED FROM PG 11 LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR cont. trout up to 8 pounds. “I saw a 20 and a 24 inch striper caught off the pier today,” he said. Cut anchovies or shad are the baits of choice, fished either from shore or a boat. However, the biggest fish caught lately was the 15.9 lb. striper caught by Jon Takara on a Rapala off a rental boat. Another fisherman landed a15.76 pound cat in Cowboy Cove while using anchovies. The lake is holding 151,136 acre feet of water, 94 percent of capacity. The surface water temperature at the marina ranges from 56 to 58 degrees. If you are looking to rent a boat, contact the Marina ahead of time to check current wind conditions at (925) 371-2628. - Dan Bacher NEW MELONES LAKE PARDEE LAKE Kokanee Salmon Fishing Takes Off ANGELS CAMP – The kokanee salmon bite has turned on at New Melones Reservoir. “Right after our last fishing report kokanee on New Melones kicked off with several limits coming in to Glory Hole Sports,” reported Gene Hildebrand of Glory Hole Sports. “Gary Burns of Take it to the Limit Guide Service has been anticipating this year’s bite for some time now, and it is now upon us with some nice and fat kokes in the 1.5-2 lb. range and up to 16” in length. Gary says these are really nice kokes so far this year and expects them to get even better. “ “Jerry a good friend and I took it to the limit on Melones, the first limits of 2019,” said Hildebrand. Jay Winchester of Lockeford was off the water and cleaning fish by 10:30 a.m., Shore Anglers Battle Big Rainbows FOLSOM – Trout plants will continue through the late spring and summer at Lake Pardee, due to the cold waters of the lake that come from the Mokelumne River. The latest plant of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout has boosted the fishing at the lake. Shore anglers are still reeling in fish at Pardee, with the top action reported in the early morning hours this time of year. Most anglers are using PowerBait and nightcrawlers to hook their fish, though tossing out Kastmasters, Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and other lures is also worth a try. Jody and Diane Ratto of Tracy teamed up to bag two rainbows weighing up to 7.5 pounds while soaking PowerBait in Blue Heron Cove. Dennis Hayes landed a 3 lb. trout while bait fishing from shore at the Woodpile, reported Mike Massaglia of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. Finally, Joe Hernandez of Cameron Park demonstrated his angling prowess by catching a 16 inch trout from shore near the marina. Few anglers have been out kokanee fishing lately. In recent weeks, anglers have landed kokanee up to 16.5 inches while trolling with pink Paulina Peak Tackle and other lures, tipped with white shoe peg corn. The warming weather will These folks didn’t let breezy conditions stop them from limiting out on stripers while working the San Joaquin River. They caught fish while both trolling and drifting live minnows. Photo courtesy of TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE, Loomis. landing a limit of kokanee up to 1.4 lbs. Jay was trolling an Apex lure down 40 ft. and was using a green dodger. The best bite time was 9:00 am Big trout honors got to Ron Linn of Sonora, who landed a limit of rainbow trout off the bank up river off the bank using worms. His largest rainbow was 3 pounds, 11 ounces. Catfish are getting very active on the lake using cut baits. Glenn “Big Cat Daddy” Mitchell and Edward Winters were fishing Melones and brought home a chest full of catfish weighing up to 8.9 lbs. “When your nickname has SUPERSTITIOUSLURES@GMAIL.COM Big Cat in it, don’t expect to get an SUPERSTITIOUSLURES.COM exact location on 3809 where they caught the fish but I was informed it was ‘here and there’ if that helps,” noted Hildebrand. “Also, not to be outdone by weight, Wayne Silliman landed a 10 lb. 14 oz. cat in Angels Cove using minnows.” There have been lots of reports that Now Catching the crappie bite on Melones is hot, STRIPED BASS with nice bag limits TROUT using minnows and crappie jigs. CATFISH Big bass honors • LARGEMOUTH SALmON • TROUT BASS go to Rob Griffin, • STRIPED BASS who caught and The New Marina released a 10.49 lb. • Building CATFISH & Boat Rentals largemouth while • NOW LARGEmOUTH BASS using a Yamamoto OPEN!!!! Senko. $25 boat New Melones rentals Reservoir’s every current lake level Monday Los Vaqueros Recreation Co. is 1046.40 and thru Friday 9990 Los Vaqueros Rd. 41.60 ft. from full, (non holidays) Byron, CA, 94514 down from the high of 1057.05 www.NORCALFISHING.COm level on March 9. Water 2907 A Contra Costa Water District Facility 3125 levels have begun ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY? to reverse the downward trend and have been slowly rising the last week from snow melt that should top off the lake at a comfortable elevation of 1058.00 before water releases exceed incoming water. Water temperatures are 69-71 degrees and clear. The Tuttletown upper ramp is operational as well as the Glory Hole Point side of the lake, which has the high ramp working. Angels Cove ramp is also in use. OROVILLE LAKE Spotted Bass Bite Breaks Loose! 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