Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3815 July 5-19 2019 - Page 29

July 5 - 19, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 15 D 27 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 efforts. 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 rainbows. “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 noted. “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 derby, although he or another person in his boat took third place twice. “I still can’t believe that I won the derby. It was amazing,” McArthur added. Larry Valder- rama, also of Stockton, won second place 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 Martin off the with their winnings. Photo courtesy of BEAR RIVER LAKE RESORT. dam. 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Photo courtesy of CAPLES LAKE RESORT. $200. the lake 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 day. 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, (209) 295-4868. 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 rental. 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. Now Booking Now Open In Ripon Calif. On Hwy 99 At The Jack Tone Rd. 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