Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3812 May 24- June 7 2019 - Page 6

4 FRESHWATER May 24 - June 7, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 12 FRESHWATER REPORTS ALMANOR Trout Dine on Bugs & Slam Spoons! CHESTER - “It feels like spring has sprung here at Lake Almanor,” related Captain Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service. “The weather has been fantastic, and all this nice weather has put the spring bite into overdrive.” “All three species of fish, rainbow trout, brown trout and king salmon, continue to make their presence known in a big way. Savage strikes followed by some drag screaming runs and a bunch of rod bending torque come together to make for quite a day of fishing and put some big smiles on faces,” Roccucci exclaimed. “So, we have nice weather, rising water temps (now in the mid to high 50’s) and a pretty good start to the aquatic bug hatch season. The bugs make up an important part of the food supply for the fish here at Almanor, and when they start coming off, you better believe the fish know it. The bug hatches tend to concentrate large numbers of fish which translates into some pretty exciting fishing for us. Recent trips have seen us hooking more than 20 fish per outing. By the way, this is just getting started and will keep on rolling right on into summer,” Roccucci predicted. “At this point we’ve been focused on speed trolling spoons on light tackle for our fish. We won’t slow down our presentation until we have to,” Roccucci concluded. LAKE AMADOR Target Trout in Carson Creek Arm IONE – The surface water temperature at Lake Amador has risen to above 70 degrees, so there were no trout plants over the past couple of weeks as a result. Trout plants will resume when the water temperature cools in the fall. Trout fishing has tapered off with the warmer weather, but anglers are still bagging some quality rainbows and Lightning trout. For example, Roy Beck caught a 4.50 lb. rainbow on orange PowerBait from shore, according to Elizabeth Lockhart at the Lake Amador Resort. The trout have gone deeper and aren’t as active. The Carson Arm is best spot to target trout with PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Rapalas, since Lake Pardee is releasing cold water into the lake there. Crappie are moving into structure, where small minnows or jigs are producing fish. Largemouth bass are in all stages of spawning with most in post-spawn mode, so anglers are using an array of techniques to entice the fish. Catfish action is improving with the warmer water conditions. Use mackerel, anchovies, sardines, chicken liver and other baits for the hefty channel cats. The lake is only 4 feet from full. - Dan Bacher AMERICAN RIVER Shad Appear at Discovery Park SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Reclamation raised releases from Folsom Lake into the American River below Nimbus Dam from 8,000 cfs to 9,000 cfs on May 6 – and then dropped the flows back down to 8,000 cfs on May 10. The reason for the change was “storage management, then ramping back down for public safety for the weekend.,” said Peggy Manza, Reclamation spokesperson. These high releases are expected to attract good numbers of shad into the American River. The hot spot lately has been at the mouth of the American at Discovery Park, but expect the schools of fish to move upriver shortly. “Shore anglers are nailing shad at Discovery Park,” said Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle. “Anglers are doing best while throwing out darts and shad jigs with chartreuse and pink tails on a 30 inch leader, topped with a half-ounce sliding sinker. They report catching maybe 15 to 20 fish apiece one day and then 2 or 3 the next.” “The shad fishing on the American has been slow, but that should change soon,” said Alan Fong of the Fisherman Warehouse. “I heard one report of four anglers catching eight shad while fishing the river at Sunrise.” Boaters are just starting to hit the Sacramento and lower American for shad as the launch ramps open. - Dan Bacher BERRYESSA LAKE The Kokanee Are Back LAKE AMADOR Trout Planted Seasonally! Lake Almanor Now Booking Lake Almanor Eagle Lake R ainbows and Lake Davis Browns! Bucks Lake Captain Bryan Roccucci Lake Tahoe Call for Best Dates – (530) 370-1001 WINTERS – The kokanee salmon are back at Lake Berryessa, though not in big numbers, according to a report by Christy Carpentier, who made a trip with her husband Mike to the reservoir. “After some promising reports we thought we would give the big B a try,” she reported. “We were on the water @ 8am. After a few downrigger issues we started our troll just north of the dam. There Captain Bobby has been putting his clients of some very nice we had a few bites, We Tahoe macks. These fish hit the box during an April 26 trip. Photo courtesy of TAHOE SPORTFISHING, South Lake Tahoe. lost one trout at the net and caught a 11.5” koke 34’ down on Gvf Lures orange gold digger. BULLARDS BAR/ “Around 11am we moved out to the ENGLEBRIGHT main lake and Mike immediately landed a 10” koke on a pink hoochie at 28’ that he RESERVOIRS released. We played tag with a few more Trollers Bag Feisty Kokes fish and ended our day with a nice 18” DOBBINS – If you want to hook a trout 5’ down on GvfLures gold digger and limit of kokanee salmon, Bullards Bar gold Kaos pattern dodger,” she said. Reservoir remains a solid prospect for “It may not sound like a great day of trollers. However, it might take longer fishing, but to be catching kokanee at all to get your limit than it did earlier this at Berryessa makes me happier than you spring. can imagine! Fingers crossed that this “Bullards Bar is still producing limits once incredible fishery may have a chance of kokanee,” revealed Craig Newton at at coming back,” she added. Willfish Bait and Tackle, “but the fishing Troy Barr of T-Roy’s Guide Service is slower than it has been. Anglers are reported kokanee success on an getting the bigger fish at 50 to 60 feet instructional trip to the lake the day before deep. The smaller fish, running 9 to 11 the Carpentiers’ trip. Barr and Jeremy wound up with 9 kokanee, one Eagle Lake inches long, are hitting at 35 feet deep. The fish are showing at three main spots strain rainbow, and a bonus 25-pound – the dam, Willow Creek and the main catfish while trolling from 15 to 27 feet body.” deep, Anglers are trolling with spinners, “We arrived to overcast windy weather, spoons, hoochies and other lures, tipped and we had to cover a lot of ground and with white corn, behind dodgers. The then the sun came out around 9:00 a.m. kokanee limit at Bullards Bar is 10 fish. and they started biting,” said Barr. “The Bullards Bar is holding 917,302 acre majority of fish came on RMT blades feet of water, 95 percent of capacity and in front of an Uncle Larry’s spinner, but 117 percent of average. one hit a hoochie with Atlas Mike’s garlic Englebright is holding 71,891 acre feet scent. Herring & anise scent did the best. of water, 103 percent of capacity and 107 That big cat gave our Phenix 8ft Reaper percent of average. kokanee rods a work out.” - Dan Bacher Continued on Pg 8 Salmon • Striper • Trout • Kokanee FISHING DERBY! June 8 & 9, 2019 7500 Lake Amador Dr., Ione, CA 95640 40800 Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666 3811 • Cafe • RV Park • Waterslide • Campground • Disc Golf • General Store Cafe Open Seasonally On Friday, Saturday & Sundays 209-274 -4739 WWW.LAKEAMADOR.COM $1000 in Prize Money Must pre-register • Call for details! (209)295-4868 • Stripers • Oroville Kings • Stampede Kokanee (530) 272-7137 • (530) 263-4451 3807