Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3902 Jan 3-17 - Page 27
Jan 3-17, 2020
VOL.39 • ISS. 2
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SANTA CLARA VALLEY
Minnow Drifters Nail Big
Stripers off Dinosaur Point
Cecil Smitherman caught this dandy rainbow while fishing Eagle Lake this November.
Photo courtesy of CECIL SMITHERMAN, Eagle Lake.
SHADOW CLIFFS LAKE
Big Plants Boost Trout
PLEASANTON – Large plants of
Mount Lassen rainbow trout have been
boosting fishing success at Shadow Cliffs
The park district planted the lake the
week of December 9-13 with 1000 pounds
of rainbows and December 16-20 with
750 pounds of rainbows. They will plant
the lake the week of December 23-27 with
750 pounds of trout.
The weather has been cool in the
mornings with temperatures reaching into
the 50s in the afternoon.
The water temperature is 58 degrees,
depending on depth, according to Edward
Culver of the East Bay Regional Park
A lot of people have reported catching
Lightning Trout while fishing PowerBait,
nightcrawlers, Kastmasters and other
had been landed on shore.
The scouts in the boat were not having
the same success early. For 2 hours,
we trolled all over the main body with
nothing to show for it other than a pretty
line on graph indicating all the places
where we had been unsuccessful. Spirits
were not broken thou as the second group
boarded the boat to give it a try.
Looking to do something different, we
made a short run towards the narrows and
tried fishing shallower. It didn’t take long
for one of the downrigger rods to pop.
After making sure the fish was indeed
hooked, I handed the rod to one of the
younger scouts and told them to just
The fish almost immediately came to
the surface, which seemed odd to me for
a trout that was hooked 60’ deep. When
Jake used a Power Egg teamed with a slip
bobber to fool this fat rainbow right around
Photo by WES WARD, Fish Sniffer Staff.
offerings from the docks.
Mike and family caught a Lightning Trout
while fishing from the first dock. Don and
Erik also caught some Lightning Trout
while fishing from the second dock and Jon
caught his limit of Lightning Trout.
Rueben bagged two trout and one catfish
while fishing from the first dock. Finally,
Phil caught a rainbow trout while fishing
from the second dock.
Surface Temperature Hits 56
Degrees, Trout Bite Kicks Into
REDDING - Captain Jeff Goodwin of Jeff
Goodwin’s Guide Service reports that the
big lake is starting to move into a winter
pattern after a long drawn out fall season.
On his most recent out, Goodwin’s clients
landed 11 rainbows and a brown while
fishing the McCloud Arm of the lake.
Goodwin disclosed that brown trout
fishing hasn’t been good so far this fall,
but as more fish move back into the lake
after spawning he expects the bite to
The rainstorms now pushing through
the north state are good news for trout
anglers at Shasta according to guys like
Goodwin and local guru Robert Hower.
“The water has been really clear,” says
Hower. “The storms moving through now
should put a little color into the water and
perhaps drive the surface temperature
down a bit more. When that temperature
gets down around 50 we should see some
really good surface action in the main
body. So far, the arms have been best. I’m
hearing the best reports coming from guys
fishing the Sacramento. However, it’s a
big lake and the fish move around. So, the
best action is always where you find it,”
If you go to Shasta looking for trout,
trolling medium to fast with shad imitating
plugs and spoons.
On the bass fishing scene, anglers
are enjoying consistent action on mainly
spotted bass in the 11 to 14-inch range.
The top offering at this time is either a
Mother’s Finest Worm fish on a darter
head or a dropshot rig. Spider grubs are
For a chance at a big winter bass try
working main lake points with small 4 to
6-inch trout imitating swimbaits, but be
advised that strikes will likely be few and
Shasta is current 50 from maximum pool
and is slowly rising.
Mackinaw Chomp As Snow
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - The weather
in the Tahoe Basin has gone from
unseasonably warm to snow in the
span of a few weeks. At this point the
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we were able to get a glance of the fish,
I knew right away it wasn’t a trout, but I
don’t think the scouts realized, or cared, it
was a big 3-pound bass on the line. They
were ecstatic as it was scooped into the
net and hit the deck.
A couple more passes in the same area
yielded similar results with more bass.
However, for every bass we landed in the
boat, the bank anglers were putting 3 or 4
trout on the stringer.
After having zero luck trolling for bass,
I basically swapped out all the spoons
we had been trolling for grubs and just
focused on offshore, suspended bass. The
boys couldn’t care less. They were just
pleased to be fishing. The catching was a
By the end of the afternoon, almost
every scout had an opportunity to catch a
fish, some caught several. Everyone also
had an opportunity to spend some time
trolling in the boat. We released all the
bass but had a couple of stringers full of
trout for the evening meal.
After a quick demonstration on how to
clean and gut a rainbow, the boys cooked
their catch as the sun lit the evening sky
in one of the most vivid sunsets I have
witnessed in a long time. It was a perfect
ending to an epic day fishing with a group
of kids and introducing them to the hobby
we all enjoy.
Fair Oaks Boy Scout Troop 215 sands
a huge thanks out to all of the folks at
Lake Camanche Recreation Company for
providing them with extraordinary accom-
modations for the weekend and the Fish
Sniffer Magazine for arranging to have
their Duckworth available to them.
was the perfect
platform for getting
3 to 4 Scouts on the
water at a time. The
boat’s stability and
ample room allowed
everyone fish in
Photo by WES WARD,
Fish Sniffer Staff.
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COYOTE – While fishing pressure in
Santa Clara Valley lakes has been very
light lately, anglers have been landing
stripers ranging from 18 inches to 20
pounds at San Luis reservoir.
“Striper fishing is really good now,” said
Alex Tran at Coyote Bait and Tackle.
“Trollers are doing best while trolling
with Atlas and Alabama rigs, tipped with
broken-back Predator and Lucky Craft
128 lures. The minnow drifting is also very
productive. Anglers are seeing a lot of fish
in the 4 to 10 lb. range, along with a few
“Shore anglers are doing best while
tossing out pileworms, bloodworms and
threadfin shad,” said Tran. “The top spots
are near the Romero Visitor Center and
the Basalt area.”
“The O’Neill Forebay is producing a lot
of stripers in the 18 to 25 inch class. Both
shore and boat anglers are employing jerk
baits, Lucky Craft 500s and Underspins.
Bait fishing is good for the brave souls
venturing out in the cold.”
Calero is the only Santa Clara County
reservoir open to boating now – and
it is the only one receiving any fishing
pressure from locals.
“It’s typical winter bass fishing,” said
Tran. “Anglers who are fishing their baits
really slow are typically picking up fish in
the 1 to 5 lb. range. They are using drop
shot rigs, jigs, darter head and shakey
heads for the largemouths.”
He hasn’t heard any reports from shore
anglers going to Uvas, Chesbro, Coyote
or Anderson. “Hardly anybody is fishing
these lakes, due to the cold weather,
the rain and the Christmas holidays,” he
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