Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3614 June 23- July 7 2017 - Page 16

14 FRESHWATER June 23 - July 7, 2017 FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 11 LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR cont. caught again,” added Demmunik. The reservoir is storing 153,293 acre-feet of water, 96 percent of its 160,000 acre-foot capacity. This is the most water ever stored at Los Vaqueros. Pumping has stopped and the reservoir will slowly drop. The water clarity remains good. Water temperature is down slightly, 64-64 degrees. NEW HOGAN LAKE The Striper Beat Goes On VALLEY SPRINGS - If you want hook lots of scrappy stripers, New Hogan Reservoir continues to be a great prospect. The three fishermen trolling with Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing on his latest trip to New Hogan landed 13 stripers. “The grade of the fish have come down a bit,” Smith noted. “Most were smaller fish in the 17 to 18 inch class, with the largest one measuring 23 inches. All were males. I expect the females to show up eventually after their spring spawn.” He trolled with both shad and anchovies, but the anchovies worked the best. The fish hit at 16 to 30 feet deep in the lake’s main body. “We fished until 2 p.m.,” said Smith. “The water skiers and jet skiers didn’t start getting on the lake until about noon.” New Hogan is holding 245,679 acre feet of water, 78 percent of capacity and 143 percent of average. The bag limit for stripers is 10 at New Hogan with no size limit. ~By Dan Bacher NEW MELONES LAKE Kokanee Salmon Are Huge But Not Plentiful ANGELS CAMP - New Melones Lake is close to full, the trout bite is on and the kokanee are big if you can find them. “The only thing that would make it better is if the giant kokanee were more abundant,” reported Gary Burns of Take it to the Limit Guide Service. “On Tuesday, I finally put a giant kokanee in the boat that weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces and lost 2 more.” “We put 38 rainbows in the boat this week and only 1 kokanee, mostly using all kokanee gear and in all the areas that I have fished kokes in the past years,” he said. “The rainbows are fat, big nice fish and the fight is as good as you can get out of a bow,” he said. “The total weight of the 10 bows on Saturday that Jerry and I put in the boat, went just over 22 pounds.” Rocky Mt. Tackle Assassin Spinners in crystal watermelons