Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3614 June 23- July 7 2017 - Page 13

Bass Fishing Motherlode Lakes !
VOL . 36 • ISS . 14
FOLSOM
Bass Enter Summer Pattern
SACRAMENTO – Bass fishing at Folsom Lake has entered its summer pattern , having slowed down from the hot action of a month ago .
Anglers can expect to hook a lot of small bass . To target the quality fish , anglers should hit the lake early in the morning and fish off the points .
Boaters can expect to hook a mixture of spotted , largemouth and smallmouth bass while fishing with Aaron ’ s Magic Robo Worms on Carolina and drop shot rigs . Fishing with top water lures and crankbaits is worth a shot first thing in the morning and right before dark .
“ Folsom Lake is almost full and should remain within a few feet of the top for the month of June and well into July . We still have a great snow pack and this should be the best boating season that Folsom Lake has ever seen ,” according to the staff at the Folsom Lake Marina .
“ If you are coming to the lake on a weekend , plan to arrive early in the day . Parking is very limited because of the high water and on weekends all entrances will probably close . A State Pass allows for free entrance into the park , but only if there is parking available . Be sure to bring a lot of patience when you come to the lake . We are expecting our ramps to be very busy and lots of people out enjoying Folsom Lake ,” they cautioned .
“ Debris is still on the lake and boater need to be very careful . Launching can be a problem , as the driftwood is everywhere ,” they added .
Folsom Lake ’ s water level is 461.42 feet in elevation , 4.48 feet from maximum pool . The reservoir is holding 927,462 acre-feet of water , 95 percent of capacity and 113 percent of average .
FEATHER RIVER
Striped Bass Action Surges With Arrival Of New School
YUBA CITY - After a temporary slowdown , anglers fishing the Feather River are seeing a resurgence in the striped bass action .
“ A whole new run of fish has arrived in the river ,” said Bob Boucke of Johnson ’ s Bait and Tackle . “ There are lots of shakers showing , but also some bigger fish in the 10 to 20 lb . range .”
Boucke said drifting with live jumbo minnows is producing the most fish , but shore anglers are also picking up stripers while bait fishing with pileworms and anchovies . Trollers using Bombers and Yo-Zuri lures , tipped with wormtails , are also landing stripers .
“ The stretch from the Yuba City boat ramp to the area where the muddy water of the Yuba enters is kicking out the most fish ,” said Bouck . “ The river is also producing stripers from Star Bend to Nicolaus .
He said the muddy water is caused by an orchard that has collapsed into the Yuba River above Marysville . “ The section of the Yuba from above the mud to Daguerre Point Dam is the best local place to target American shad with flies and jigs at this time ,” he added .
The Department of Water Resources is currently releasing a combined 12,600 cfs below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet
-by Dan Bacher
LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR
Fishermen Land Several Rainbows Over 6 Pounds
BYRON - Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the warming temperatures ,

FRESHWATER

with a lot of activity reported at the fish cleaning station lately , according to Brian Demmunik at the Los Vaqueros Marina .
“ The fish are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point , as well as past the Rock Wall ,” said Demmunik . “ The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic scented PowerBaits , nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures . The latest plant featured 2000 pounds of Mount Lassen rainbows .”
Anglers landed several 6 + pound trout in South Cove this past week . These fish included a 6.42 pound rainbow caught on a Kastmaster , a 6.8 pounder taken on a worm and a 6.45 pound trout fooled with PowerBait
Striper fishing has slowed down , though fewer “ shakers ” and more medium to large fish are being caught , reported Demmunik
“ The pier by the Marina and from Oak Point south towards South Cove are producing decent action ,” said Demmunik . “ From shore , fish cut anchovies or shad for the best success .”
“ A photo of a 24 + inch largemouth shown against a tape measure caught in the back of Cowboy Cove from a boat was brought into the Marina this past week . The fish was released to be
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June 23 - July 7 , 2017
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Mike bagged this huge 2 pound kokanee while fishing at Lake Don Pedro in late May .
Photo courtesy of GOLD COUNTRY SPORTFISHING , Oakdale .

GONE FISHING Continued from Pg 1

2 pounds .” It was a late day in May that I met up with Captain James for on an action packed day at Boca Reservoir . Joining us were my buddy Ian Rigler and Ron Kimble and his daughter Willow Cramer .
When we arrived at the lake I was puzzled to see that we did not make the customary turn at the dam that is because this year the road over the dam is closed , making the access to the launch ramp difficult .
Instead , Captain James elected to launch off the sloping bank on the east side of the lake . “ I recommend a 4WD vehicle for launching here as there is no ramp or dock . Last year I had to tow out several guys who got stuck .”
With Netzel ’ s spacious 22 ’ Boulton safely in the water , he steered us to our first stop of the morning and began setting out the lines . Netzel added a piece of scented shoepeg corn to the hooks of a pink
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Radical Glow tubes trailing a Rocky Mountain Tackle Dodger .
It wasn ’ t long before the first rod had a strike . Netzel pulled the rod from its holder and handed it to Willow , who expertly fought the chrome bright kokanee within range of the net where Netzel expertly scooped up the first keeper of the day .
With no lines in the water we scrambled to get our lures baited and set on the down riggers . What followed next was an incredible flurry of action . In fact the action was so fast and furious that we had difficulty keeping our rods in the water .
As quickly as the action began it ended . When the frenzy is on you must take advantage of the opportunities and we did not . Kokanee are notorious for their ability to come unbuttoned and this morning was no exception . Netzel estimated we had over 50 fish hooked but many came unattached , leaving
3612 us short of our limit .
When the bite shut off , Netzel reached into his bag of tricks searching for a bit of magic . This is when a guide is worth his weight in gold . There is no substitute for experience on the water . Captain James made a few lure and location changes and in short order we had filled out our limits .
Back on shore , Captain James expertly filleted our catch . Kokanee
3613 are outstanding table fare and nothing is better when they are freshly caught . Since our trip to Boca , the action at Stampede has exploded and as such Netzel has been concentrating his efforts there .
If you would like to to book your own landlocked salmon adventure to the “ Truckee Triangle ,” you can contact Captain James Netzel at 888- 975-0990 or visit his website at www . fishtighlines . com .

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