Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 10

8 July 19 - Aug 2, 2019 FRESHWATER VOL.38 • ISS. 16 lake, the Redbud Arm and off Rattlesnake Island.” “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 Robo Worms. A recent tournament produced a top five fish weight of 29.56 pounds, he added. FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 7 cont. pounds while fishing Mice Tails in the Marina Cove. 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 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. 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 COLLINS LAKE Doug Brearley Lands 7.25 Lb. Rainbow Trout 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 Woods Creek. 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. - Dan Bacher EAGLE LAKE CABIN RENTALS • Cabins and Lodge Rooms • Fishing Tackle • Camping Supplies • Marina • Boat Rentals CAPLES LAKE RESORT Bass Bite On Fire! CLEARLAKE - Want black bass? Now’s the time to hit Clear Lake, according to Tom Guercio of Tom’s Guide Service. “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 WHAT’S HOT 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 Furnished I’ve met over the years that run successful Cabins from 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 disorder are widespread among the veteran Awesome community ,” said Houston. “What we seek • Trout Fishing to do it to get the vets out of their day to • Hiking day routine and get them out on the water • Biking for a fishing trip or out into the field for a • Relaxing hunt. Over the years we’ve taken more than 1,000 veterans on trips. Some of the trips are local but sometime we travel as far away as Alaska or Costa Rica. Locally we host events at places like Stampede, Camache, Berryessa, Donner, Eagle and the California Delta.” Rentals — Real Estate — Lots & Land Almost as soon as Marc started dropping For Reservations and info: the downriggers down we started getting hit, (530)825-2131 some of the fish stuck some of them didn’t. It didn’t take long to determine that the hot set up for the day 3813 was a pink UV Sling Blade teamed with a pink Kok-A-Nut. 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 interesting. Mr. Houston 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. another Purple Heart For information, call (209)-258-8888 Anglers event to attend. Marc and I spent another hour or so P.O. Box 88, Kirkwood, Ca 95646 on the water. When the fog gave way to GREAT FISHING AT CAPLES LAKE! CLEAR LAKE OREGON HOUSE - The spring surge is over and trout fishing has settled into a normal pattern for summer at Collins Lake. 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 CONTINUED ON PG 9 continued from page 1 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 the shade. 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… FISH ON! 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 more action. 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 bottom. 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 888-975-0990 ponderosa pines. 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