IONE – Channel catfish and black bass are providing anglers at Lake Pardee with their best chance of hooking fish now .
There ’ s some huge catfish out there , as evidenced by the 16 lb . channel cat that Demi Gomez landed while fishing rainbow Power Bait with his two friends . The trio also bagged three other catfish in the 5 to 7 pound class fishing from a boat at the log jam up the Mokelumne River , reported Sylva Rogers of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company .
“ Catfish action is really good ,” said Rogers . “ Most anglers are catching them on worms and PowerBait at the low water ramp and along the shoreline during the day and night .”
Black bass fishing is also excellent , with Paul of Oroville catching and releasing 12 largemouth bass while drop shotting plastic worms on the lake ’ s south end .
Trout fishing is “ pretty good ” for shore anglers tossing out nightcrawlers and PowerBait . For example , Paul Sepeas bagged two rainbows and a 3 lb . at 50 feet deep off the Wood Pile .
Kokanee action has tapered off , though anglers are still picking up some fish . “ Over the past week , just 40 kokanee from boaters were reported ,” said Rogers . “ One angler , David , reported picking up one kokanee and one trout while trolling deep at the mouth of the river .”
The concessionaire continues to plant 1,000 pounds of rainbows weekly , with the latest plant of fish ranging from 2 to 5 pounds going in on August 10 .
The lake is at 98 percent of capacity .
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Late Summer Anglers Battle Black Bass , Sunfish
HERALD - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District ’ s Rancho Seco Reservoir , a scenic 160-acre year-round recreational facility nestled in the rolling countryside of Sacramento County between Galt and Ione , continues to be a superb spot to target largemouth bass , redear sunfish and crappie this summer .
There are big bass available on the lake , as evidenced by the recent catch and release of a 10 lb . largemouth . The angler hooked the fish while using a plastic frog , according to Dee Sawyer of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company .
Besides frogs and other top water lures , anglers can hook largemouth bass at Rancho Seco while using Senkos , other plastic worms , jigs , swimbaits and crankbaits . Rancho Seco is a lake with the potential
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This huge chrome bright Sacramento River king salmon couldn ’ t pass up a backtrolled Flatfish during an early August outing .
Photo courtesy of MIKE BOGUE ’ S GUIDE SERVICE , Redding . for producing a state or world record largemouth bass . The lake has the three characteristics needed to produce record class fish : Florida-strain genes ; conditions that allow the fish to reach large size ; and a good food source , particularly planted rainbows .
The lake also features good populations of redear sunfish , black crappie and bluegill , along with channel catfish . Fishing for all four species is best for boaters , float tubers and shore anglers in the spring and summer .
On August 16 , 2015 , Brad McGarity of Galt set a new California state record for “ hybrid sunfish ” when he landed a fish weighing 1 pounds , 4 ounces and measuring 11 inches long and 11.25 inches in girth at Rancho Seco .
Trout fishing will resume in the fall when the water temperature cools down and rainbow trout plants begin .
Fishing at the family oriented facility , operated by the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company in conjunction with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District , ( SMUD ), is available year-round .
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REDDING / RED BLUFF
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REDDING - “ The salmon bite has actually slowed down just a touch this week , but it will bounce right back . There are fish being caught down river from us up here in the Redding area and those fish will push up here in a few days ,” reported Mike Bogue of Mike Bogue ’ s
Guide Service .
“ Overall river conditions are top notch right now . The only negative is that the flows are being ramped up and down slightly fairly often . The variations don ’ t shut the bite down , but you ’ ve got to adapt to the changes when they occur ,” tipped Bogue .
“ Almost all the fish we ’ ve been catching have been hooked on Flatfish . As long as I can get them back trolling , I ’ ll keep on fishing with large Flatfish ,” said Bogue .
“ Fishing has been very good for us ,” reported Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service . “ We are getting limits on a daily basis . I ’ ve been mixing things up a little . Some of our fish are coming on T-55 Flatfish and the rest are falling for salmon roe .”
“ Most guys want salmon these days , but the trout bite is outstanding on the Sacramento in the Anderson area . The rainbows will hit a range of different offerings . Right now , you can ’ t really go wrong with roe and / or crickets ,” tipped Weese .
If you want to fish the Sacramento River , both Robert Weese and Mike Bogue are top sticks when it comes to putting anglers on big bad kings and wild ‘ bows . To book a trip with Weese of Northern California Guide Service , give him a ring at ( 530 ) 755-7196 . To arrange a trip with Mike Bogue of Mike Bogue ’ s Guide Service reach out to Mike at ( 530 ) 246-8457 .
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RIO VISTA - Striped bass continue to make their way into the Delta despite windy
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conditions and murky water . Schoolie striped bass are common catches for anglers soaking bait , trolling and plugging this week , according to the pro staff at Fisherman ’ s Warehouse in Sacramento .
“ Most guys aren ’ t bait fishing right now because of the wind . Either they ’ re trolling from Decker Island down to Broad Slough , or they ’ re going up to Cache to toss swimbaits and topwater ,” tipped Alan Fong , manager .
“ If you want to use bait , try live minnows on the San Joaquin where you can drift . Guys trolling are either going deep or up shallow . The income is better for the shallow trolling . For the guys fishing plugs , try S-wavers or a spook ,” he added .
Sturgeon fishing remained slow , but Captain Mike Funtanilla of Bend Ur Rod Sport Fishing found some fish in Pittsburg during a lul in the wind last week . His clients landed several fish including three keeper diamondbacks .
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ROLLINS / SCOTTS FLAT
Fishing Slow With August Doldrums
COLFAX - “ Fishing at Rollins has been very slow . Scotts Flat has been a little bit better but not much ,” reported Jason Pleece of Meadow Vista . “ This isn ’ t a surprise . August is typically a pretty slow month at these middle elevation foothill reservoirs . The surface temperature is high and there is lots of boat traffic from the pleasure boating crowd .”
“ I visited Rollins last week and had the worst bass trip I ’ ve ever had up there . I fished for 3 hours from my kayak and got zero bites . I tried everything from Senko ’ s to crappie jigs ,” said Pleece .
Fish Sniffer editor Cal Kellogg fished both Rollins and Scotts Flat this week and struggled .
“ I think it is going to be a few weeks until fishing improves at Rollins and Scotts ,” said Kellogg . “ I tried a variety of different trout and bass lures , trolling , casting and drifting with worms and got no bites . August is typically a pretty slow time at Rollins . This start perking up in September when the nights get longer and the surface temperature starts coming down .”
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