Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3815 July 5-19 2019 - Page 25

SANTA CLARA VALLEY LAKES cont. STAMPEDE LAKE Kokanee Fishing Lights Up SACRAMENTO – Kokanee salmon are on an excellent bite at Stampede Reservoir, as evidenced by the latest trip to the lake by James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service. “Three anglers and I caught 20 kokanee in the 14 to 16 inch range on the trip,” said Netzel. “We had to release a lot of small ones in order to These anglers were pretty happy after banging out limits of Stampede Reservoir kokanee with get our limits.” Captain James Netzel on June 9. “The Paulina Peak’s Tackle Orange Photo courtesy of TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE, Loomis. Moon was the top producer with a matching Peak performer dodger,” note Netzel. “We also used cotton candy the bass bite continues to very good. and purple haze with matching teardrop Changing gears, post spawn bass At Whiskey town anglers are boating dodgers. The 40 to 50 feet range was the fishing is productive at Shasta. The spots kokanee that range up to 17 inches. best depth for us.” are holding 15 to 30 feet deep during the Shasta trollers are hooking rainbows Craig Newton at Willfish Bait and Tackle day, but move shallower during low light that run 15 to 17 inches and browns confirmed the abundance of 10 to 12 inch periods. Overall a Mother’s Finest worm that can go as much as 6 pounds. Hum kokanee at Stampede. rigged on a drop shot set up is the top Dingers, Cripplures and pink Wiggle “If you want to hook the bigger kokes, offering, but poppers, walking baits and Hoochies are doing a lot of the damage you need to fish deeper at 55 to 65 feet crankbaits are scoring fish early and late on the rainbows. For browns 3.0 Mag Lips deep,” said Newton. “One customer in the day. The average spotted bass runs and rigged shad have been producing reported landing a limit of kokanee to 15 about a pound, but fish to 4 pounds have well. inches while trolling mini-hoochies behind been landed in recent days. The trout are scattered from 25 to 60 Shasta remains near maximum pool and dodgers.” feet deep depending on the location and - Dan Bacher there is lots of wood still on the water so the time of day. boaters are advised to use caution. CONTINUED ON PG 25 SHASTA/WHISKEYTOWN LAKES Trout Fishing Improves At Shasta, ‘Kokes Bite At Whiskeytown HOW TO in the deepest pools. Back bouncing can be done from either a powerboat or a drift REDDING- The trout bite has steadily boat. To back bounce, the boat has to gotten better at Lake Shasta, while be moving slower Now Booking Folsom Lake Trout & Salmon! than the current, Also Fall Run Kings on the Sacramento River but still moving downstream. Custom 23’ Rogue Jet With a rod armed with the same rig used for jigging roe drop the bait to the bottom and begin Cpt. 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The kokanee were holding from 15 to 35 feet deep as of press time. anglers to pursue largemouth bass and crappie in the Santa Clara Valley. “Boaters and bank anglers are hooking bass at Anderson while drop shotting with Robo Worms, throwing small swimbaits and throwing small green pumpkin-colored jigs at 5 to 15 feet deep,” said Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait and Tackle. “The fish average 1 to 1-1/2 pounds, but there are lots of them.” If you want crappie, Clements recommended tossing out Mini Jigs in the north end of Anderson. The fish average around ¾ pounds each. “The black bass at Calero are grabbing top water lures and creature baits,” Clements continued. “Anglers are also throwing Hula Grubs and Senkos in the grass. 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We Reopen On Sept. 21, So Get On Target By Calling, Emailing Or Visiting Us Today! Located 45 Miles North of Sacramento (530) 724-0552 3814 continued from page 12 nearly all approaches because the fish are spooky and the current is very light. The slip bobber rig works great because it allows the anglers to present a natural looking piece of roe from a distance with maximum stealth. To set up the rig, slide a string bobber stop and a bead on the main line of a spinning rod. Next slide on a large slip bobber, followed by a bead. Finally tie on a snap swivel. Place an 18-inch leader tipped with an egg loop snelled octopus hook in the snap followed by a light slinky. The bobber stop should be adjusted such that the slinky is only ticking the bottom slightly as the bobber drifts. Place a small chunk of roe in the egg loop and pin a puffball on the hook. As the slinky works along the bottom, the puffball will float the roe up into the face of the salmon, setting the table for subtle reflexive take. If the bobber stops, dips or moves to the side immediately pick up any slack and set the hook with authority. Plunking is the final technique we’ll discuss. This method is used exclusively by bank anglers. To plunk, take a stout spinning rod and tie a snap on the end of the line. Put a 6 to 10-ounce pyramid sinker in the snap and place a large split shot 18 inches above the sinker. Then take a 30-inch piece of 20-pound leader material and tie a snap to one end. Thread a Spin ‘N’ Glow on the leader and tie on an octopus hook using an egg loop snell. Place a medium size chunk of roe in the egg loop and set the leader aside. Cast the spinning rod into a lane where you believe salmon will be traveling and put the rod in a holder with the rod tip high. Tighten the line until the sinker is holding firmly. Snap the baited leader on the line and allow it to slide down into the water. It will travel down to the split shot placing it right in front of any salmon moving through the slot. Generally, when plunking, the strike will be obvious and the salmon will hook itself.