Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3815 July 5-19 2019 - Page 29
July 5 - 19, 2019
VOL.38 • ISS. 15
Stockton Angler Wins Bear River Lake Trout Derby
oug McArthur of Stockton won
the annual trout derby held at Lower
Bear River Reservoir in the
Highway 88/Carson Pass
corridor on June 8 and 9 by
catching a 4.51 lb. rainbow.
McArthur landed the fish
while trolling with a small
rainbow trout pattern Rapala
just outside of the 5 mph
buoy as he was driving the
boat back towards the ramp.
McArthur won $700 for his
The Bear River Lake Resort
stocked the lake prior to
their annual event with 1,000
pounds of trophy rainbow
trout averaging 4 pounds
each. The CDFW also planted
the reservoir in May with 1,000 pounds of
“The fishing on Friday and Saturday was
slow,” said McArthur, a member of the
Kayak City Fishing Team and owner of
Team Fishing Guide Service. “I
didn’t catch a thing either day.”
“On Sunday, I hooked a
small trout in the morning and
lost it at the back of the boat. I
turned around and trolled back
through the same area and got
another hit. The fish peeled out
lots of line as I put the boat in
neutral,” said McArthur.
“It was a 4.51 pound rainbow,
the only 4+ pound fish caught
all weekend at the lake,” he
“I lost my father to cancer
here on Father’s Day weekend
10 years ago, Even though I
was fishing by myself in the
boat, I think dad was riding along with
me,” he stated.
This was the first time he has won first
place in the
he or another
person in his
boat took third
“I still can’t
believe that I
won the derby. It
rama, also of
in the event by
catching a 3.37
lb. rainbow off
the bank while
tossing a Panther
The top three winners of the Bear River Lake Resort Trout Derby pose
with their winnings.
Photo courtesy of BEAR RIVER LAKE RESORT. dam. He won
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The Caples Lake Resort is open and anglers are hooking rainbow, mackinaw and brown
trout throughout the lake.
Photo courtesy of CAPLES LAKE RESORT.
Finally, Lauren Keith of Lodi landed a
The California Department of Fish and
3.19 lb. rainbow while fishing rainbow
Wildlife planted 2,000 pounds of rainbow
PowerBait by the dam, winning $100.
trout at Caples on June 19
The lake is full and the boat ramp and
Nearby Silver Lake, known for its
marina facilities are in full operation,
rainbow, brown and mackinaw trout,
according to Rich Spears, resort manager.
received a plant of rainbows on the same
Over the past month, a couple of other
big fish have been caught at the lake.
For more information, contact the
While fishing solo, Spears caught and
Caples Lake Resort, (209) 258-8888.
released a beautiful 12 lb. brown
trout while trolling a blue/white
Rapala three weeks ago.
Then on Memorial Day
weekend, a friend, Dave
Porchellar of Lodi, reeled in a
10 lb. mackinaw while trolling
with lead core line.
For more information, contact
the Bear River Lake Resort,
Further up Highway 88,
Caples Lake has completely
thawed out. Shore anglers have
been catching lots of rainbows
while using white spinners and
worms from the shore and boats,
reported Andrew Peterson at
the Caples Lake Resort. Both
boat ramps at the lake are open
to launching and the marina is
open, with boats available for
Boaters are hooking some
mackinaw to 3 to 20 pounds
while using Rapalas and other
lures. “I caught a 5 lb. mackinaw
while trolling a Rapala at 10 feet
this week,” he said.
Doug McArthur of Stockton took first place in the Bear
Bruno also landed a 9 lb.
River Lake Resort Trout Derby by landing this 4.51 lb.
German brown while trolling on rainbow trout on June 9.
Photo courtesy of MILA McARTHUR.
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