Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3719 Aug 31- Sept 14 - Page 17

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using red dot frog Needlefish , copper / redhead Dick Nites and other lures . “ The majority of the trout are fish in the 12 to 15 inch range , but some big ones 24 inches and over are mixed in .’
The surface water temperature was 71 degrees when the CDFW planted the rainbows – although it has risen to 72 degrees now , Graham noted .
As if the excellent trout action wasn ’ t enough , anglers are bagging big numbers of brown bullhead catfish averaging 1 to 1-1 / 2 pounds all day long while soaking nightcrawlers and Power Bait at Eagle Point and Camp Five .


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small Rapalas . Early in the morning the trout aren ’ t far from the surface , but as soon as the sun gets on the water they drop down .
Last year featured the best fall fishing that Eagle Lake anglers have experienced in the past decade . This fall promises to be even better for trollers and fly anglers working shallow water . If you are planning to get in on this outstanding action , you should start making arrangements now .
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Black Bass , Catfish and Stripers Hitting Hard !
LIVERMORE – The water temperature at Lake Del Valle has been hovering around the mid-seventies even with the haze from the wildfires cooling the overall temperature around the lake – and black bass , catfish and stripers are all on the bite .
“ The fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass has been great lately with most being caught on Texas-rigged Senkos ,” according to the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company . “ Anglers have been working them in the heavy reed patches along the edge of the reservoir . We recommend using lighter colored lures as the water color is dark green . “
“ The catfish bite has been on fire ! Anglers are limiting out quickly . They are using chicken livers , nightcrawlers , and anchovies . We recommend setting the bait close to the fallen or dead trees that are having into the water . Catfish tend to be in deeper water this time of year , 20 + feet deep .,” the report stated .
“ Striped bass are biting and anglers are limiting out in a few hours on the top water in the morning . Anglers are reporting boils out in the Heron Bay . Pencil poppers or Skook Jr . lures are a good bet . We recommend taking some anchovies or sardines over to the Hetch Hetchy group campsite and fishing from there . An anglers caught a 21-pound striper there this week , and we ’ ve heard several more reports of fish caught in this area ,” the report noted .
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Ferman Layos of San Jose headed up to Collins Lake for a little summer bass action and ended up landing this huge 9 pound largemouth .
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The trout bite has stopped almost entirely as trout retreat to deeper water during the warmer summer months .
Top-Notch Kokanee Bite Continues
LA GRANGE - Don Pedro kokanee action continues despite the end of the summer months , and although the fish are dropping in the water column , limits are still the rule for experienced trollers . The kokanee should be on their way to their spawn mode by this time of the year , but surprisingly , they are still available and in relatively good shape .
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing was on the lake three times this week , and he said , “ We had to work harder on one day , but we ended up finding them . The kokanee are dropping down in the water column , and as the water releases have slowed down , the colder water has also formed deeper . We are catching kokanee from 50 to 70 feet , and there are some fishermen working as deep as 80 to 90 feet . I have chased them down there , but it has been more difficult to get them to go in the deeper water column .”
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3711 thing is that the kokanee have never been around in this kind of shape this late in the year . Normally , the fish will be gone by mid- July , and this is why I am encouraging anglers to get out now since they should be around for a few more weeks . The males are starting to turn , but the fish are still in good shape . We have been running small hoochies in pink or UV along with UV Apex lures behind a Sling Blade . The fish have been more aggressively hitting the lures over the past week ,” said Smith . There have been unconfirmed reports of king salmon to 7 pounds , and the kings should be showing up in more numbers as the fall months arrive .
The heavy smoke from the fires has limited bass fishermen from hitting the lake in numbers , and the best action remains on the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot or jigs such as Berserk ’ s Purple Hornet as deep as 45 feet . The topwater bite has been absent .
The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation is holding a tournament on August 25th to raise fund for scholarships for the children and spouses of fallen warriors .
The lake dropped slightly to 82 percent . - Dave Hurley
Private Property And Campgrounds Saved From Fire
SPALDING - The great news coming out of the Eagle Lake region is that during the recent forest fire near the shores of the lake , no private property or campgrounds were lost .
The good news is that the trout bite is solid at Eagle and promises to get better and better as summer gives way to fall . As of press time fishing pressure at the lake was exceptionally light .
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Bass Tournament Weights Go Down
STOCKTON The last few major bass tournaments in the East Delta have brought in smaller-than-normal largemouth bass limits , and the absence of cover from the heavy herbicide spraying in addition to heavy boat traffic with fishing pressure are considered to be possible reasons for this phenomenon . There is more and more scrutiny by area anglers on the spraying and pelleting , and several sloughs and cuts are now devoid of weeds .
The stripers have moved into the San Joaquin River in numbers , and trolling action is heating up along with more and more trollers dusting off their gear .
Dan Mathisen of Dan ’ s Delta Outdoors in Oakley held his final team tournament of the year out of Russo ’ s Marina on Saturday with 26 teams and he said , “ The weights were down with all of the boat pressure over the past two weeks from the two large frog tournaments . The top three teams came in with 19- , 15- , and 14-pound limits .
Dave Houston of Livermore was out trolling on the San Joaquin River on Thursday , and he said , “ Despite the good tides , great weather , and very little grass to foul our lures , we had a hard time finding large stripers . We trolled between the Antioch Bridge and Bethel Island for 12 keepers and 18 shakers to 5 pounds , all caught and released . The key is keeping the lure close to bottom and remembering that it will run almost a foot deeper going with the current .”
Clyde Wands , shallow trolling expert , was out in the wind on Tuesday , and he said , “ We quit early due to the wind , but we were able to hide inside of False River for around 11 keeper stripers to 7.5 pounds . We had to get out of the wind , and there were only a few boats out there and everyone seemed to have similar
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