Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 15
VOL.38 • ISS. 14
Kid’s Fishing Derby Draws
IONE– Trout plants continue at Lake
Pardee, making this reservoir the only
Mother Lode lake featuring weekly trout
plants during the summer.
The Kid’s Fishing Derby was a big
success at Pardee on Saturday, June
29, with over 200 kids participating in the
event, reported Dave Keyser at the Rocky
Mountain Recreation Company. Kokanee
Power, the Central Valley Anglers out of
Lodi, and the Jackson Rancheria and
numerous other sponsors sponsored the
In addition to the 1000 pounds of trout
planted by the Calaveras Fish Farm, there
was a trout pond for children along with
plenty of raffle prizes, food, and games.
“Pardee Lake put on a great Kids
Fishing Derby and Kokanee Power was
there to help with volunteers,” according
to the Kokanee Power Facebook page.
“There was a big turnout of kids and
families to enjoy the day, catch some trout
and learn about fishing. Great job, Pardee
Lake staff, for putting this event on!”
Shore anglers are experiencing the top
success while tossing out garlic green
or rainbow PowerBait off Rainbow Point,
Porcupine Point and the Mud Hole.
The kokanee bite should bust loose
within the next few weeks as the
thermocline develops. Robbie Dunham
of Koke Machine Guide Service fished
the lake recently for kokanee, and they
released four small kokanee before dialing
in on the rainbows with Speedy Shiners at
8 to 15 feet near the river mouth.
“Black bass fishing is really good at
Pardee,” said Keyser. “Boaters are using
plastics, worms and creature baits for a
mixture of largemouth and smallmouth
bass. Some anglers are also using top
water baits early and late in the day.”
Big fish honors go to Gavin , who
caught a 2 lb. trout; Leon, with a 6.6 lb.
largemouth bass; Less Wood with a 6.8
lb. brown trout; and “Herk” with three
hefty channel catfish.
Pardee is 100 percent of capacity.
Final Days of Cutthroat
Season End with Bang
RENO - This isn’t going to be your
typical “Hot Bites” feature, it’s more of a
full-fledged article; a hybrid of sorts. Let’s
see how I can do.
The fishing at the end of the 2018/2019
trout season was maybe the best any
of us locals have ever seen. June is
typically a good time to catch numbers of
2-4 trout, but this year it was a great time
to catch numbers of 6-9 pound trout with
bonus fish up to 17 pounds in the mix.
“What?” You say.
“How can this be?”
Yep, you read that
correct. The last
two or so weeks
of this season
offered up fishing
on par with the
last October at
the beginning of
the season. Even
though the water
was fairly cool for
late June at 67-69
degrees, a good
bite developed to
compliment and “on
fire” trolling bite.
jigging is only
an option when
the water is at its
warmest, and the
bait is balled up.
Trolling was off the
hook, literally, for
those topline trolling
Lyman’s on the
lake’s north end.
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the endemic race of fish.
There is a very notable
difference between the
game qualities of the
sluggish Summit Lake
fish and the true natives
of the lake. Hook a big
“Pilot,” and you have a
real battle on your hands.
Hook a big Summit, and
you have dead weight
with some headshakes.
Every big Pilot we
hooked yanked line off
at will. Several of the
“smaller” 6-8 pound fish
had us convinced that
we had hooked into
something much larger.
If you have yet to catch
a double digit Pilot, you
should expect a fish that
fights very similarly to a
Chinook salmon for its
Pyramid Lake diehards
could not be more
excited about what’s to
come next fall. There
is no way that next
October will not be
loaded with double digit
trout when the season
Ava caught her first ever fish while fishing at Lake Almanor with reopens. There has not
been a better end to a
Capt. Bryan Roccucci on June 28.
Photo courtesy of BIG DADDY’S GUIDE SERVICE, Quincy. trout season since the
reintroduction of the true
native race of fish to the
lake. Pretty much everybody has been
could be seen with the naked eye chasing
spoiled with multiple double digit sized
schools of chubs. The hottest area
trout to end the season.
was the section of beach from Warrior’s
The Truckee River is still flowing high
Point up to Monument Rock, but the fish
and cold, and the lake is as full as it has
occasionally moved up to the area around
been since the flood of 1997. The Tui
the Needles as well. Basically, if you
Chubs are enjoying fantastic conditions
could find the fish, you were in for a really
for their spawn. There should be an
good day of fishing.
On my final three trips of the season, my excellent crop of young chubs for the trout
to gorge on over the summer.
scores were as follows: Trip 1: 80-ish fish
Next October the bite should be on fire
landed for two rods- with 7 fish over ten
pounds and the biggest at 15 pounds. Trip for those vertical jigging around balls of
chubs. If you plan to get in on this bite, it
2: We had trouble finding the fish- 20 fish
is probably the best fishing of the season.
landed for two rods with one 11 pounder.
It’s also your best shot at a 20+ pounder.
Trip 3: 50-ish fish landed for two rods with
You will need the best sonar you can
three fish in the 10-11 pound range.
All in all, the fishing was red hot. I
I am currently employing an HD
wasn’t alone. Jeff Morris related a trip
Lowrance unit, and I couldn’t be more
where he and his father landed 7 fish over
ten pounds with the best going 17 pounds. pleased. I can watch my jig fall right
into a fish’s face, and work the fish until
Jeff picked up a bunch of his fish at first
he spooks or bites. Usually, they bite.
light vertical jigging with Crippled Herring
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The fish then scattered, and that’s
Herring. Chrome finishes and glow/
when his Dad caught the 17 pounder
chartreuse are hard to beat. Remove the
slow trolling a U-20 Flatfish along the
stock hooks and replace them with high
bottom. All of these fish were bright silver
quality needle sharp premium barbless
“Pilot Peak” fish. The Summit Lake fish
have almost been entirely absent from
The other lure that has produced day in
the catches. At this point, there really is
and day out throughout the season has
no reason for the Paiute tribe to continue
been the size 4 Lyman. A lot of different
stocking inferior fish that are not actually
colors work, but the one with a glow pearl
body and a chartreuse back has been my
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