Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 6

4 FRESHWATER July 19 - Aug 2, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 16 FRESHWATER REPORTS ALMANOR dam at Lake Amador. “The fish are good-sized, averaging Big ‘Bows Grab Worms & around 10 pounds each,” disclosed Elizabeth Lockhart Flies at the Lake Amador Resort. CHESTER - Trout fishing at Almanor “There a lot bigger fish remains excellent. Few browns are being landed; one showing at this point, but legions of big rainbows are on the cruise looking to feed. angler left a carcass on the The rainbows are averaging 2 to 3 dock after pounds and the biggest fish can weigh as filleting a much as 6 pounds. The trout are feeding catfish that on large mayfly nymphs, but trollers like we estimate Captain Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s to have Guide Service are fooling them trolling weighed 1 inch pieces of threaded worm pulled around 25 slowly near the bottom in 25 to 35 feet pounds.” of water. On days when worms aren’t Bluegill working a small Gulp! Minnow slow trolled offer lots of without blades or flashers will often draw light tackle strikes. action for Folks that visit the lake that don’t want young and to troll are scoring quality rainbows while old anglers alike at mooching crickets and meal worms just Amador. Fishermen are off the bottom in 25 to 30 feet of water. tossing out mealworms, golden These anglers use their sonar unit to find grubs and mini-crawlers under Captain Bryan Roccucci (Left) and Steve pose with Steve’s big bag Almanor rainbow during a June 23 a concentration of marks and then either bobbers around brush, structure adventure. anchor or drift. Photo courtesy of BIG DADDY’S GUIDE SERVICE, Quincy. and docks. “The Carson Creek Fly anglers working near Plumas arm is one of the better places Pines are enjoying success working the to target them,” revealed spokesperson Peggy Manza. Minnows and P-Line Laser Minnows along rainbows with full sinking lines tipped with Lockhart. “The shad fishing is best in the Sunrise the bottom for the macks.” large may fly nymph imitations and small “We are also seeing a lot of largemouth area of the river,” said Craig Newton at “French Meadows Reservoir is providing smelt imitations. bass caught,” she noted. Anglers are Willfish Bait and Tackle. “Anglers are decent fishing for trollers,” said Newton. While the Almanor trout bite shows using an array of plastic worms, jigs, using 1/16 and 1/32 oz. jigheads with “Red and gold and crawdad pattern no sign of slowing down, it typically Senkos and other lures for the fish. chartreuse and champagne grub tails. Rapalas and other lures are working the does slow significantly in late July and The annual moonlighter bass Fishermen are using both bobbers and best for rainbows and browns in the 15 to throughout August. With shorter days and tournament is set for Saturday, August 10 split shot to get their lures out.” 20 inch range.” big numbers of pond smelt on the move, at 7 p.m. to Sunday, August 11, at 7 a.m. On Newton’s most recent striped bass Up off Highway 20 in the Yuba River the bite should improve in September and For more information, call (209) 274- trip on the river, he reported catching watershed, Fuller Lake is kicking out peak with some really outstanding fishing 4739, and releasing stripers to 7 pounds while rainbows for anglers trolling with mini- in October and early November. - Dan Bacher crawlers or fishing leech pattern flies. throwing swimbaits from his boat in the stretch between Howe Avenue and Rainbow trout plants are boosting Business 80. The stripers are feeding on the trout fishing in the Crystal Basin the shad in the mornings and evenings. this summer. SMUD will coordinate six LAKE AMADOR The American from the U.S. Geological separate trout plantings from June through AMERICAN BASIN Survey gauging station cable crossing Catfish and Sunfish Highlight August. Hell Hole Kokanee Begin about 300 yards downstream from the Union Valley, the largest of the three Summer Fishing Biting Nimbus Hatchery fish rack site to the reservoirs, will get 10,000 pounds; Ice IONE – If you’re looking to hook big mouth at Discovery Park will open on House, 8,750 pounds; and, Loon Lake, AUBURN – An array of kokanee catfish, try soaking mackerel, chicken liver 6,250 pounds. The fish provided by SMUD July 16, 2019. The bag limit will be two salmon, mackinaw and German brown and anchovies around the corners of the Chinook salmon per day, with a total of will come from Mount Lassen Trout Farms trout are available four fish in possession. of Payne’s Creek. The company also for anglers heading - Dan Bacher stocks SMUD’s Rancho Seco Lake, which to Hell Hole annually hosts the very popular Trout Reservoir. Derby. “Kokanee averaging around 11 inches are hitting BERRYESSA LAKE hoochies, spinners Trollers Land Kokanee and and spoons behind AMERICAN RIVER Trout dodgers,” said Craig Shad Offer Top Action as Newton at Willfish WINTERS – The top-notch kokanee Anglers Get Ready for Salmon salmon fishing continues at Lake Bait and Tackle. SUPERSTITIOUSLURES@GMAIL.COM “Browns up to 6 Berryessa for fish in the 13 to 17-1/2 inch Opener pounds are also range. SUPERSTITIOUSLURES.COM SACRAMENTO – American shad are hitting Rapalas.” Continued on Pg 7 producing the top fishing on the American 3809 Mackinaw up into River as anglers 3816 the mid-teens are gear up for the also available, but salmon opener on the windy weather July 16. 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