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20 FRESHWATER June 7 - 21, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 13 FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 19 FOLSOM LAKE great things as the water is flooding the green grass and new vegetation. When this happens, the lake fishes entirely differently as jigs and plastics don’t work as well while chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures take off of the shad and bluegill move into the shallow, newly- flooded waters. This normally happens earlier in the season, but this water will give a shot of life to the bass fishery.” - Dave Hurley cont. Tight Lines Guide Service produced 10 rainbows ranging from 14 to 18 inches. They caught the fish while trolling Speedy Shiners from 20 to 35 feet deep from the main body to the South Fork. “The fishing will continue to be good until the jets skis run us off the lake,” said Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motor Sports Guide Service. “This week the weather changed a bit, but the Liskies braved the wind and rain to score a 9 pound catfish, a 20 inch, 3 pound king, a 19 inch landlocked steelhead and a few smaller kings and rainbows. “Our neighbor Steve and his grandson Danny put on their raincoats and found a couple of nice rainbows too,” said Lampkin. - Dan Bacher OROVILLE LAKE/ THERMALITO AFTERBAY Spotted Bass Action Is Great These anglers rounded up full limits of stripers while drifting minnows in the San Joaquin River on May 17 while fishing with Captain James Netzel. Photo courtesy of TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE, Loomis. KLAMATH/TRINITY RIVERS KNIGHTS LANDING/ COLUSA AREA Spring Chinook Fishing Opens July 1, Fall Chinook Regulations Adopted Bait Anglers Target Stripers, Channel Cats SACRAMENTO – Few anglers have been out fishing lately on the Trinity and Klamath rivers, although you can currently fish for species other than salmon on both rivers now. However, that will all change when spring Chinook fishing reopens on both rivers July 1. 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. 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. 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. Then on August 15, the fall Chinook season regulations will go into effect. At the Fish and Game Commission’s; May 16 teleconference meeting, the Commission unanimously adopted regulations for the fall salmon seasons on the Klamath/Trinity and Central Valley river systems. The Klamath River fall Chinook Salmon ocean abundance forecast of 274,200 adults allows anglers a daily limit of two Chinook salmon, no more than one of which may be greater than 22 inches, and a possession limit of six, of which only three may be greater than 22 inches “Klamath River fall Chinook Salmon returns are predicted to be above average, and that should provide good angling opportunity,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Branch Chief Kevin Shaffer. COLUSA – Anglers are hooking some big striped bass while drifting jumbo minnows on the Sacramento River from Knights Landing to Colusa. “One angler reported and releasing two stripers measuring 40 and 35 inches while drifting jumbo minnows on recent trips in the Tisdale area,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports. Shore anglers are also picking up some channel catfish averaging 1-1/2 to 2 pounds each in the Sacramento at Knights Landing. However, any time that you toss out G&S Bait, chicken liver or mackerel for the cats, you have the chance of catching a monster cat in the 10 to 20 lb. class. Just ask Dave Butler, who brought in two catfish weighing 14 and 17 pounds on his latest trip to Knights Landing. while fishing live jumbo minnows in the evening. The City of Colusa’s new Colusa Boat Launch Facility is now available for anglers fishing the Sacramento River. The ramp is located in the Colusa Sacramento River State Recreation Area. This area offers visitors campsites and picnic sites also. For reservations, please call City Hall at (530) 329-9198 Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm. LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR 13 Lb. Rainbow Leads Catches BYRON – Big, bold rainbow trout are the reward for anglers going to Los Vaqueros Reservoir. Richard Saclayan of San Jose demonstrated his angling prowess by landing a 13 pound trout while using Power Bait. Kenneth Daniels of Turlock bagged an 11.76 lb. USFS- Rogue River & Illinios River trout while using a Over $400,000.00 in equipment and accessories. blue Kastmaster. And Jerry Brown For sale for $125,000.00 (no, not that Jerry Call Mark Henry at (503)362-5737 3810 Brown) caught a 5.35 lb. trout with green PowerBait. DELTA STRIPERS! “I’ve seen anglers walking by with Specializing in Light Tackle Live Bait Drifting, limits of trout every Spooning and More! 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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 Trollers Battle Big, Robust Kokanee OROVILLE – If you like to catch and release a lot of spotted bass, with an occasional largemouth mixed in, now’s the time to hit Lake Oroville. “The bass fishing is off the hook at Oroville,” said Jamey Sorenson at North Valley Tackle and Pro Shop. “The fish are hitting right on the bank. Just about everything you want to throw is working. Anglers are using Senkos, Float Worms, tubes, Ned rigs, jigs and other lures.” The spots are averaging 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds. Sorenson hasn’t heard any reports of big largemouths landed over the past couple of weeks. To target largemouth bass, the Thermalito Afterbay is your top local prospect, although the action is spotty because of the cold water conditions. “On my last trip there, I caught and released a few largemouths in the 2 lb. class while using Keitech swimbaits around the tules,” said Sorenson. “The water temperatures are in the fifties, with all of the cold water the Department of Water Resources is running through the afterbay now. There is some warmer water in the back coves of the reservoir.” Boaters are hooking Chinook salmon averaging 15 to 18 inches long, along with an occasional larger fish to 4-1/2 pounds, while trolling hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, and Gulp Minnows in pearl patterns behind dodgers on Lake Oroville. “Anglers are hooking an average of 4 to 5 fish per day in the Limesaddle area of the lake,” said Craig Newton at Willfish Bait and Tackle in Auburn. “The pond smelt the salmon are feeding on are really small, ranging from ½ to ¾ inches long.” Lake Oroville is holding 3,397,362 acre feet of water, 96 percent of capacity and 115 percent of average. The lake level is 891 feet in elevation, nine feet from full. - Dan Bacher ANGELS CAMP – It has been years since New Melones was a viable option for kokanee anglers as this was the signature Mother Lode kokanee lake for years, but the phenomenal start to this year continues with kokanee to 17 inches reported this week. 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