Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 13

FRESHWATER VOL.38 • ISS. 14 CONTINUED FROM PG 9 EAGLE LAKE July 19 - Aug 2, 2019 He said, “After landing 51 bass to 4.5 pounds at New Melones, we hooked 31 fish to 3.5 pounds in the Delta concentrating on rocks and weeds with the ima Squarebill crankbait or the the Rock N’Vibe Suspend in Hot Craw.” Windmill Cove has been the location for Stockton-area bank fishermen, and some huge bluegill hauls have been taken out of the main San Joaquin River here with red worms or jumbo red worms. Catfish are also landed on sardines, Gavin visited Lake Pardee on June 25 and traded punches with this big anchovies, or rainbow. chicken livers in Photo courtesy of the LAKE PARDEE RECREATION AREA, Lake Pardee. any of the south Delta sloughs. Smallmouth “Like Bridgeport, Twin Lakes have been bass can be found along the rocky a little fickle lately, though there has been structure in the north Delta sloughs with some very nice fish up to nearly 5 pounds live minnows, plastics on the drop-shot, or being caught. Successful anglers have deep-diving crankbaits. - Dave Hurley been using PowerBait, Mice Tails and inflated crawlers from the shore as well as boats, and successful trollers have been using Kastmasters, Thomas Bouyants, Rapalas and Needlefish. There has been EASTERN SIERRA some decent fly action from anglers tubing or kayaking and stripping streamers near Trout Bite Slows As Spring the inlets of both lakes,” Reid related. Gives Way To Summer “Virginia Lakes are all thawed out and BRIDGEPORT - “Fishing at Bridgeport starting to fish pretty well. Of course, not Reservoir has been a little hit and miss all anglers are having great days but we these days, the surface temperatures are have talked to quite a few anglers who high but there is still a lot of cold water have been able to catch and release 20 coming into the reservoir from the snow or 30 fish per day. Trumbull has been melt,” said Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting producing lots of nice brookies and we Goods. “The fish seem to be a little saw at least one photo on an angler’s deeper than usual and they also seem phone of a released brookie that was well to be a little scattered. Some anglers over a pound,” Reid exclaimed. are still reporting some pretty good days and we’ve had some reports of fish up to around 7 pounds being caught and released.” FOLSOM LAKE “Bait anglers are still using Mice Tails, crawlers, pinched crawlers and PowerBait, Trollers Battle Rainbows and trolling has been decent with Rapalas, Kings Needlefish and Thomas Buoyants.. There SACRAMENTO – Boaters are still has been some pretty good fly fishing catching some rainbow trout and king lately too, striping leech patterns down salmon, but the action has slowed down near the dam has produced some nice browns this past week and there are some with the warmer weather. “My first trip produced two rainbows in fly anglers doing well the 17 to 18 inch up in Buckeye Bay range and one 18 still water nymphing,” inch king,” said Reid disclosed. Jerry Lampkin of cont. The top offering has been an orange, olive or brown fly trolled around 1 mph. If fly trolling isn’t your bag, you can slow troll with Sure Catch spoons, Thomas Buoyants or Needlefish. Orange colors are working well. If you like to troll faster don’t hesitate to experiment with Speedy Shiners and Rapalas in orange, perch and brown trout patterns. Fly anglers are finding some surface activity and hooking up with midge imitations. If the fish aren’t up top, try working a No. 10 bead head black or olive Woolly Bugger. Looking ahead, trollers can expect the bite to get very good as the water temperature rises and the trout concentrate in deep water areas. When that happens spoons such as Needlefish, Speedy Shiners and Ex-Cels typically produce great results. If you plan on taking your RV to Eagle Lake this summer or fall be sure to ask the folks at the Eagle Lake RV Park about the Fish Sniffer special. No RV, no problem! Dave at Heritage Land has a full menu of rental cabins available both large and small. Heck you can even rent The Fish Sniffer’s Paul Kneelands rustic Spalding cabin. EAST DELTA It’s Frog Time on the Delta STOCKTON - It’s summertime in the Delta, and that means recreational boating is in full swing while the bulk of the fishing action is on the slower-moving San Joaquin side of the Delta, The arrival of the annual specialty frog tournaments is on the horizon, and a number of Delta angler are gearing up for the tournaments. The Ultimate Frog Challenge is in late July out of Russo’s Marina, and the original frog tournament, the Snag Proof Open, is the following weekend, August 3/4, also out of Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island. Dan Mathisen of Dan Mathisen Outdoors has been working frogs primarily in preparation for the upcoming tournaments, and he said, “I am forcing the action right now to get ready, but punching, plastics on the drop-shot, and spinnerbaits in the wind are all working. “I have been finding striped bass from Eddo’s upriver to Holland Tract with chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for linesides to 26 inches, but if I was targeting them, I would use either an Optimum Bad Bubba Shad swimbait or a River2Sea SWaver. There are tons of golden shiners in the river right now,” said Mathisen. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, took a father and 12-year old son out for two days of fishing with the first day at New Melones and the second in the Delta. 11 TNG Motor Sports Guide Service. “The rainbows hit chrome/chartreuse Speedy Shiners at 25 feet deep, while the king hit the same lure at 50 feet deep.” “On my next trip, the two anglers fishing with me landed two rainbows in the 17 inch class. Again, all the trout would hit was Speedy Shiners.” Lampkin is planning to head to Klamath to pursue spring run Chinook salmon on the Klamath River, which opened on July 1. Any time you fish Folsom Lake you have the possibility of hooking a quality king salmon. For example, Raz Ortiz landed a 7 lb. 4 oz. king while trolling a white Radical Glow tube at Folsom near the dam. Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle confirmed the tough bite for salmon and trout at Folsom. “Boaters are picking up salmon up to 5-1/2 pounds while slow rolling shad down at 55 feet deep,” noted Pfanner. “Anglers are landing holdover rainbows while trolling with nightcrawlers on lead core line in the South Fork and off Beals Point.” Folsom Lake is holding 920,266 acre feet of water, 94 percent of capacity and 114 percent of average. The water level is 460.86 feet in elevation. - Dan Bacher KLAMATH/TRINITY RIVERS Spring Chinook Fishing Open Now! SACRAMENTO – The recreational Chinook Salmon fishery opened on portions of the Klamath and Trinity rivers on July 1, as per emergency fishing regulations that have been adopted and approved by the California Fish and Game Commission and the state Office of Administrative Law. The spring Chinook Salmon fishery is open from July 1 through Aug. 14 on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and from July 1 through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork). The daily bag limit has been set at one Chinook Salmon (no size restrictions), and the possession limit is set at two Chinook Salmon. The fall Chinook fishery will open Aug. 15 in the Klamath River and Sept. 1 in the Trinity river. The basin in-river quota is 7,637 adult Chinook Salmon for 2019. Regulations will remain the same as in 2018 with a two-fish daily bag limit, with no more than one fish over 22 inches (such as one adult and one jack). The possession limit remains the same at six fish, with no more than three fish over 22 inches (effectively three daily bag limits). The in-river recreational adult fall Chinook quota is divided among four sectors in the Klamath River Basin: KLAMATH RIVER (1) 3,500 feet downstream of Iron Gate CONTINUED ON PG 12 Trophy Black Bass ers Tim 1st Pros! To D AY OR N IGHT G UIDED T RIPS L EARN S HALLOW T O D EEP W ATER T ECHNIQUES 3019 2319 Boats LARRY HEMPHILL Guide & Instruction Service ( 530 ) 674–0276 Northern California Lakes Licensed & Bonded Join us for a unique experience that will keep your family coming back year after year! 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