Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 10
July 19 - Aug 2, 2019
VOL.38 • ISS. 16
lake, the Redbud Arm and off Rattlesnake
“On my latest morning adventure, I
caught and released 15 largemouths to
4-1/2 pounds in the Redbud Arm,” he
stated. “The fish were showing from the
surface to 30 feet deep. That water was
clear – you could see a lure in 6 to 8 feet
of water. The water surface temperature
has risen to 75 degrees.”
He noted that he saw one bass angler
catch and release two channel catfish in
the 12 lb. class while drop shotting with
A recent tournament produced a top five
fish weight of 29.56 pounds, he added.
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pounds while fishing Mice Tails in the
The Bear River Lake Resort stocked
the lake prior to their annual trout derby
with 1,000 pounds of trophy rainbow trout
averaging 4 pounds each. The CDFW
planted 2,000 pounds of rainbows and
30,000 fingerling browns on May 28.
PG&E planted the lake also planted the
reservoir on June 12 with 1500 pounds of
rainbow at a half pound average.
Doug 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.
Further up Highway 88, at Caples Lake,
shore anglers have been catching lots
of planted rainbows and some holdovers
while trolling flashers and worms from
boats and PowerBait and worms from the
shore, reported Joe Voss at the Caples
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. Bruno Huff of Gardnerville
landed a 9 lb. German brown while trolling
on the lake He also landed a 7 lb. brown
and a 4 lb. mackinaw.
One angler also landed a 17 lb.
mackinaw while pulling a Flatfish behind
Doug Brearley Lands 7.25 Lb.
Doug was soaking PowerBait near the inlet at Collins Lake during a June adventure and had
quite a bit of excitement on his hands when this 7.25-pound rainbow decided to feed.
Photo courtesy of the COLLINS LAKE RECREATIONA AREA, Oregon House.
a dodger the deep channel from dam to
The California Department of Fish and
Wildlife planted 2,000 pounds of rainbow
trout at Caples on June 19. Nearby
Silver Lake, known for its rainbow, brown
and mackinaw trout, received a plant of
rainbows on the same day.
The road to Woods and Kirkwood Lakes
have opened, but anglers haven’t reported
on the fishing so far.
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“I’ve been catching and releasing 15
to 20 fish per trip while fishing top water
lures and jigs,” said Guercio. “The fish are
ranging in size from 2 to 5-1/2 pounds.
I’ve been doing best in the middle of the
now deceased brother Jerry was and it was
Jerry’s experience that inspired Randy to
found Purple Heart Anglers back in 2009.
Randy Houston is typical of the guys
met over the years that run successful
non-profit organizations. He is outgoing,
$60 per night or
driven and has a very Type A personality.
$360 per week
“Addiction on post-traumatic stress
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Almost as soon as Marc started dropping
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the downriggers down we started getting hit,
some of the fish stuck some of them didn’t.
www.eaglelakeheritage.com It didn’t take long to determine that the hot
set up for the day
was a pink UV Sling
Blade teamed with a
Some of the
salmon we reeled up
were little guys that
on Highway 88 at Carson Pass
we shook behind the
boat, but there were
enough quality fish
in the 13 to 15 inch
class to keep things
turned out to be an
epic smack talker
and I can hold my
own so we had a
good time. About
half way through
the morning we
pulled to the shore
to let Randy off
the boat as he had
Ken Salvi caught this 4 lb, 24 inch German brown near Emigrant Creek.
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Marc and I spent
hour or so
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on the water. When
the fog gave way to
AT CAPLES LAKE!
OREGON HOUSE - The spring surge
is over and trout fishing has settled into
a normal pattern for summer at Collins
While the number of trout caught
each week doesn’t match the early May
mayhem we are still seeing 5, 6 and 7
pound trout on a regular basis. Trolling
around 35 ft. is a good strategy but with
ski season open and fewer boats trolling
overall most catches are coming in either
from shore or bait fishing in coves or from
boats near the dam.
Doug Brearley (above) made such a
catch up near the inlet, landing this 7.25
lb. beauty on PowerBait. We’ve had quite
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sun and a stiff breeze kicked in we headed
for the ramp, got the boat on the trailer
and headed for the Purple Heart Anglers
BBQ in the overflow parking lot.
I opted to pass on the BBQ a bid Marc
farewell once we got his boat parked in
Marc is a top notch guide and I look
forward to hitting the water with him in
the future. He is a true gentleman and
lots of fun to fish with. If you’d like to
chase kokanee or mack in the Truckee
area I can highly recommend Marc. He
can be reached at (530) 680-1492 or you
can check out his guide service online at
pattern Rapala on the other. Once I had
the Speedy Shiner working at 15 feet off a
leadcore rig, I’d just started to deploy the
Rapala when the Speedy got slammed…
The trout put up a vigorous fight and
jumped several times. When I got it to
the net it turned out to be a thick 16 inch
chrome bright rainbow. It was a good ‘bow
for French Meadows and I was pleased.
With the rainbow released I quickly got
the spoon back into the water expecting
Save for a couple short strikes, I had no
more action for the next 4 hours. I tried
everything in my gear kit that usually
works at French Meadows without results.
I was actually on my way back to the
ramp when I marked some nice arches on
the Lowrance holding right on the bottom.
I grabbed a black Mag Lip 2.5, started
peddling at 2 mph and spooled the lure
out until it was occasionally ticking the
Five minutes later I hooked up. I
suspected that the fish was a brown based
on the bulldog battle it put up, but it was
no match for my Vance’s trolling rod.
When the fish boiled to the top I was
pumped to see that it was a 17 inch brown.
What a way to end the day!
While my first trip of 2019 to French
Meadows wasn’t super productive, I did
catch a couple dandy trout and I’m itching
to hit the lake again very soon. I have a
feeling the bite is going to be very good
once the water climbs into the 50’s.
High Country Trout Adventure To
French Meadows Reservoir
French Meadows is one of my favorite
local trout lakes and I try to hit it several
times per year.
Since French Meadows is situated near
the Sierra summit, the lake was late to
open this spring after the intense winter
of 2018/19 and I wasn’t able to make it in
to the lake until May 30. I was expecting
big results and while I definitely had some
excitement I think the best spring action is
yet to come.
Lucy and I arrived a few minutes after
sunrise on the 30th and after about 20
minutes of rigging time, I dropped the
big Hobie Pro Angler into the water at the
south launch ramp.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lake
higher and I noticed right away that were
was a lot of wood
on the surface
ranging from small
pieces of bark
and twigs to huge
stumps and massive
We also fish Folsom, for $50
from the ramp I
noted that the water
Boca, Lake Tahoe and
was clear and colder
the Sacramento River.
than I expected at
My plan was to
troll fast with a
gold Speedy Shiner
on one rod and a
jointed J-9 rainbow
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