Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3719 Aug 31- Sept 14 - Page 26

26 FRESHWATER Aug 31 - Sept 7, 2018 VOL.37 • ISS. 19 FRESHWATER REPORTS: WHAT’S HOT CONTINUED FROM PG 20 Continued from page 1 SACRAMENTO AREA Striper Fishing Best In Port with Blade Runner spoons are catching and releasing good numbers of schoolie stripers.” “A few salmon are being caught by anglers fishing spinners and plugs below the mouth of the American at Discovery Park,” reported Uncle Larry Barnes at Sacramento Pro Tackle. “One customer reported catching a 28 lb. Chinook while anchored up above the I Street Bridge.” Bank anglers fishing Steelhead Creek and local sloughs continue hooking channel catfish in the evenings. Use mackerel, chicken liver, anchovies and prepared catfish baits. Other local waters to target catfish include Lisbon Slough in the Yolo Bypass, the Port of Sacramento and Sacramento Deepwater Channel and Sutter Bypass. Fishing is most productive this time of year during the evenings and at night. - Dan Bacher SACRAMENTO – Although the Port of averaging solid fifteen Sacramento usually produces the best striped inchers. bass action in the fall and winter months, Stampede Reservoir big schools of threadfin shad have attracted is a scenic high sierra stripers into the port and Sacramento lake formed by a dam Deepwater Channel this summer. impounding the Little “There are massive schools of bait in the port,” said Alan Fong of Fisherman’s Truckee River. It sits Warehouse in Sacramento. “Boaters fishing at an elevation of 5,949 feet above sea level, about seven miles Fish Sniffer field editor Jack Naves shows off a jumbo northeast of the town Stampede Reservoir kokanee that he caught during an of Truckee. It features early August outing. two campgrounds and Photo by JACK NAVES, Fish Sniffer Staff. one launch ramp with a single dock. While I have camped there before, this year I have been making morning runs that take me about an hour and forty-five minutes from my driveway in Roseville. If you are lucky enough to make it to Stampede this year, I can offer a few SAN PABLO RESERVOIR tips before heading up. One thing to note is that the dam road is currently Catfish, Crappie Action closed due to construction, so you have to access the reservoir from HWY 89 Offer Solid Action to the West. Follow the orange detour signs along the winding back roads. SACRAMENTO – If you want to You will reach a hard to read brown sign indicating a left turn to the boat hook channel catfish, fish the boat ramp. launch area at San Pablo Reservoir. I would suggest getting to the ramp just before dawn, as the early morning Use anchovies, sardines, mackerel, bite has been the best time to be there. As the day progresses, the action chicken livers for the top success, tapers off and tougher fishing sets in. However, there will still be flurries of advised Marcella Shoemaker of the activity throughout the day. Just remember that Stampede is famous for gusty Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. afternoon winds that will stir up unpleasant whitecaps. Crappie are also hitting crappie jigs and small swimbaits. For the larger Fishing wise, insane numbers of big kokanee are making the catching fish, try fishing Scow Canyon around process fairly easy this year. That being said, here are a few pointers to set the reeds and cover. you in the right direction. Anthony Paul of Hayward caught 2 During my latest trip at the Kokanee Power derby on August 11, the fish catfish in Scow Canyon while soaking were stacked up over deep water from the launching ramp to the dam. The shrimp. Dimitri and Mario Novoa of area south of the islands was also holding a lot of fish. We started catching Oakland caught 3 catfish and 10 fish between 50 and 65 feet deep in the morning, but got fish 80 feet down crappie fishing with chicken liver in later in the day. In most cases, I was fishing over at least 100 feet of water Scow Canyon. with the downriggers set at higher depths where I was marking fish. The The latest plant of 1,000 pounds of depths and locations will change as the year progresses, but as of press time it channel catfish from Tsai Enterprises went into the lake at the boat ramp on was wide open out there. August 1. You will want to troll in the normal kokanee speed range of 0.8 to 1.3 miles The lake level is 304.5 feet in per hour, depending on your preference. Anglers have been doing well using elevation and the surface water micro hoochies with and without small spinner blades added. Fluorescent temperature is 73.9 degrees orange, pink, and red are the popular colors, but stick with what you have This young man did some trolling at Lake Shasta on confidence in. Run your lures behind nickel dodgers, and don’t forget to tip August 10 and was rewarded with this huge rainbow. each hook with a kernel of white shoe peg corn scented to your liking. Tuna Photo courtesy of SACRIVERGUIDE.COM, Redding. seems to be popular these days, but krill and Powered by Clean, Quiet, Dependable Honda 4 Stoke anise are classic favorites. Outboards. Now available in 2 hp. to 250 hp. Models... Once the male kokanee salmon start devel- the right outboard motor for any boating need. oping hooked jaws and absorbing their scales, I tend to favor Apex-style lures over anything else. I use a lot of speed variations and turns to elicit strikes from aggressive pre-spawners looking to attack. It’s my favorite style of kokanee fishing without a doubt. 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