VOL . 36 • ISS . 14
June 23 - July 7 , 2017
FRESHWATER REPORTS :
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ROLLINS / SCOTTS FLAT LAKES cont .
trout and lots of bass at Rollins Lake , despite the fact that there has been lots of boat traffic ,” reported Jason Pleece of Meadow Vista . “ There ’ s really no pattern to the trout bite . I ’ ve caught them on several different offerings . No . 2 Bikini Needlefish are working well as are threaded worms pulled behind Sep ’ s Strike Master Dodgers .”
“ For bass you can catch numbers while dead sticking 4 inch wacky rigged Senkos throughout the day . Early and late the bass will come up and whack both small walking baits and small poppers . The average bass is a 1 pound spot , but bigger fish to about 3 pounds are around ,” Pleece disclosed .
At Scotts , Flat both northern strain largemouths and smallmouth can be taken on topwater baits at first and last light . Senkos and 3 inch grubs will draw strikes throughout the day .
Some anglers have been trying for catfish at Scotts Flat , but the bite seems to be delayed this year due to cold water . by Cal Kellogg .
Capital City Boaters Battle Shad And Stripers
SACRAMENTO - Uncle Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle enjoyed a twofor-one special of shad and stripers on his latest venture to the Sacramento River in the downtown area below Discovery Park .
“ I caught and released 6 shad while using 1 / 32 oz . jigheads with chartreuse tails from my boat ,” said Barnes . “ I also released a half dozen stripers to 20-1 / 2 inches , as well as a bunch of shakers . The stripers all hit sardines . You can expect to catch one keeper striper for every 10 undersized fish .”
“ Three guys fishing below me in a boat caught and released around 75 shad in 6 hours of fishing ,” noted Barnes .
He also said a lot of folks are hooking stripers and shad while fishing off Bryte Beach .
Simon at Broadway Bait Rod and Gun said the striper fishing has tapered off , although
These anglers hit Folsom Lake on May 19 with Don Paganelli and the bass were on the bite !. Photo courtesy of PAGANELLI ’ S BASS FISHING EXPERIENCE , Sacramento .
fishermen are still picking up fish at Garcia Bend , Miller Park and Verona while using sardines and pileworms .
He noted that one local landed a 21 inch striper while trolling a live bluegill from a kayak in the Port of Sacramento . by Dan Bacher
SAN PABLO RESERVOIR
Lighting Trout Strike Baits
EL SOBRANTE - Anglers are still bringing in trout while fishing brightly colored PowerBait and other offerings in in the early morning and the late afternoon hours . Some Lightning Trout are spicing up the catches .
For example , Terry Smith of Concord bagged two Lightning Trout while fishing from his kayak on the lake , reported Marcella Shoemaker of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company .
The latest plant of 1,200 pounds of Mt . Lassen rainbow trout went into the lake at the boat ramp .
The lake level is 309.4 feet above sea level and the surface water temperature is 71.0 degrees .
SANTA CLARA VALLEY LAKES
Boaters Target Bass With Reaction Baits At Anderson , Calero
Catfish anglers are beginning to work Uvas and Chesbro , but are still scarce .
“ Typically when you start to see the really warm nights the guys start bringing in catfish . It ’ s just around the corner ,” Dominici related .
-by Roland Aspiras
SHASTA / WHISKEYTOWN LAKES
Trout Bite Comes Together At Shasta
REDDING - The trout bite has improved significantly at Lake Shasta , while the bass bite remains steady . At Whiskeytown anglers continue to round up limits of kokanee that range up to 16 inches .
“ My wife Merina and I visited Shasta over the Memorial Day weekend . There was a lot of boat traffic , but the trout and bass fishing were both excellent ,” reported Fish Sniffer reader Douglas Yates . “ I ’ d go out bass fishing early and then I ’ d head back and pick up my wife and we would troll for trout most of the afternoon . We fished for three full days .”
“ Finesse style worms worked best for the bass , but crankbaits were more fun to fish and produced plenty of action too . I caught 15 to 20 bass per morning while tossing shad imitating Rapala crankbaits ,” said Yates .
“ The best trolling lure for trout was Shasta Tackle Wiggle Hoochies in pink or white colors without a dodger . The bait is just starting to
form into schools at this time . When you locate a school of shad , you can pick up several trout . Our largest rainbow of the trip measured 21 inches and we had a couple browns about that size too ,” concluded Yates .
Shasta is currently 5 feet from maximum pool and basically holding steady .
Anglers fishing at Whiskeytown reported good action on a variety of lures including pink or orange hoochies teamed with watermelon Shasta Tackle Sling Blades and pink Apex Lures trolled without blades . Anglers have also been picking fish up on Uncle Larry ’ s Spinners and Wedding Rings . The kokanee were holding from 15 to 35 feet deep as of press time .
SOUTHERN OREGON ROUNDUP
Mixed Bag Action Available In Southwest
ROSEBERG - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reporting that there is a broad range of solid fishing opportunities in the southwestern portion of the state .
In terms of trout , Applegate Reservoir has been stocked with legal-size and two-pound rainbow trout . Trolling with a Wedding Ring / bait combination has been effective , as has still fishing with bait from the shore .
In Coos County , trout were stocked recently in in Bradley Lake , Empire Lakes , Butterfield Lake , Eel Lake , Saunders Lake , Tenmile Lakes , Powers Pond and Sru Lake . Anglers are having success catching trout using small spinners or PowerBait .
Trout have been stocked in the Millicoma Pond at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and fishing is excellent for young children . Millicoma Pond is intended for children under the age of 12 . Please call before traveling to Millicoma Pond to make sure the gates are open . The phone number is ( 541 ) 267-2557 .
Fish Lake has been stocked with legal-size and trophy-size rainbow trout . Brook trout , tiger trout , and stocked Chinook salmon are also available . Fishing for rainbow trout and Chinook salmon has been fair .
On the salmon fishing front , boat anglers on the lower Rogue are picking up springers consistently , but the majority of fish have been wild . Most angling pressure has been in the lower river and the top of estuary .
On the salt , recreational Chinook salmon fishing is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain . Anglers may have two salmon per day but is closed to retention of coho except during the selective and non-selective coho seasons . The selective coho season opens
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Mike Elster battled this beautiful brown trout while fishing at Lake Shasta this May .
Photo courtesy of MIKE ELSTER , Sacramento .
COYOTE - Bass and crappie continue to provide anglers with excellent action for anglers while others gear up for catfish .
Bass fishing continued to produce great results for anglers making use of reaction and finesse baits according to the pro staff at Coyote Bait and Tackle .
“ A lot of of guys are starting off the day with reaction baits like topwater and crankbaits and by the afternoon they ’ re fishing a drop shot or a jig ,” said Jason Dominici . “ Anderson and Calero are both fishing the same way , and Coyote is fishing well too but they ’ re throwing some bigger baits .”
Crappie fishing was good for anglers working minnows .
“ Calero and Chesbro are your two best bets for crappie . Check the coves at Chesbro and the boat launch area at Calero . Set your bobbers two to four feet deep ,” he tipped .
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