Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3905 Feb 14-28 - Page 13
Feb 14 - 28, 2020
VOL.39 • ISS. 5
South Shore Pond Delivers
BURSON – January provided overall
good fishing at Lake Camanche, with a
14.2 lb. largemouth bass and a 9.14 lb.
rainbow trout highlighting the catches
during the first week of the month..
Now that February has arrived, the
South Shore Trout Pond is producing the
most consistent fishing for shore anglers
in the Lake Camanche Recreation Area.
Anglers are using an array of offerings for
the rainbows, including PowerBait, Mice
Tails, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters and
Mario Castillo reported that he and his
two fishing buddies caught “easy limits”
of rainbows during their latest trip to the
“The North Shore Cove has been a
good hot spot for shore fishing for trout
also,” according to the Lake Camanche
Recreation Company. “Trolling for trout on
the main lake by Hat Island and the dam
has resulted in some good-size catches.
We have started seeing some crappie
action by Hat Island.”
For maximum success, boaters should
troll fast with Speedy Shiners or slow
troll with plastic grubs in an array of
colors. If the trolling is tough, bait fishing
with PowerBait, other dough baits and
nightcrawlers is a solid option.
Weekly plants of rainbow trout continue
at Camanche. Mt. Lassen planted 3600
pounds of rainbows split between the
South Shore Pond, South Shore Ramp
and North Shore Ramp on January 30.
The previous plant featured 1200 pounds
of Mt. Lassen rainbows and lightning trout
split between the South Shore Marina and
the South Shore Pond.
For black bass, anglers should fish drop
shot rigs, tubes and jigs in the Narrows.
Crappie fishing is best by Hat Island.
Lake Camanche is holding 296,150 acre
feet of water, 71 percent of capacity and
120 percent of average. The lake level is
currently 218.4 feet in elevation.
- Dan Bacher
Jay and Cole rounded up these husky trout while pulling Rapalas at Lake Amador on
Photo courtesy of LAKE AMADOR CAFÉ, Lake Amador.
Minnow Drifters Nail Quality
CLEARLAKE – Boaters drifting live
minnows are hooking up big largemouth
bass, although lure tossers are also
catching fish at Clear Lake.
The two anglers fishing with Don
Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing
Experience found solid largemouth action
while drifting live jumbo minnows on his
latest venture to the lake.
“We caught and released a total of 10
largemouths,” said Paganelli. “The fish
averaged 4 pounds each and the top fish
weighed 7 pounds. We fished the lower
section of the lake from Rattlesnake
“The fish hit the minnows at 12 feet deep
under bobbers,” he noted. “Other anglers
fishing a variety of lures also reported
good fishing in the morning. However, the
action slowed for
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both us and them in the afternoon. The
water temperature was in the low fifties.”
Anglers drifting live minnows for
largemouths are also catching big channel
catfish averaging 10 to 14 pounds each.
Crappie fishing has been “up and down”
at Clear Lake, according to Uncle Larry
Barnes at Sacramento Pro Tackle.
“The guys buying minnows from me said
the fishing off the docks slowed down on
their last trip to Clear Lake,” said Barnes.
“However, boaters are still finding them
while fishing deep water.”
- Dan Bacher
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the weather dice to chase a trout. Under
the waves the bite can waver from a post
shower frenzy to sunshiny stillness in just
Still, if you’ve staked out the right patch
of shore and cast your line at the right
time there are hits to be had. Just about
every time I suppose that fishing is slow
I’ll hear about a big trout or some guy who
caught a limit.
January has been no exception-
generally fishing has been slower than
spring and fall months but there have
still been some notable catches, among
them Mark Kushnir, who landed a 4.5 lb.
and 3.25 lb. trout using worms down by
the dam; Tony and Carol, who caught
three including a 6 pound fish using
Kastmasters; Hayden Sampley from Live
Oak who landed a huge 9-3/4 lb. trout out
in front of the beach using yellow corn
PowerBait.; Justin & Don Davenport from
Roseville, who used orange PowerBait
and pink Mice Tails in the same area to
hook four nice trout. And John Welch of
Oroville caught four on PowerBait by the
Now I would say that it’s hit or miss
depending on the day but Channing
Venegas is proving otherwise. He’s been
up here four different days in the two
weeks usually with a friend. He seems to
catch trout no matter the conditions- and
we’re not talking about small fish.
I posted his 8.2 and 5.3 pound fish
on our Facebook page back alongside
Hayden Sampley’s 9.75 lb. monster. More
recently, Channing caught an 8 lb rainbow
floating a worms/cheese PowerBait
combo - and Channing’s friend Arii Gomez
landed a 9.1lb beauty floating a worm
from the beach.
While it’s no spring frenzy, there are
moments around sunrise when you can
see trout bobbing on the surprisingly still
clear surface. The lake is up to 23 ft from
full with morning surface temperatures
flirting around 50F.
There are some beautiful days left in
winter. This weekend looks like calm
winds mostly overcast and no rain until
Sunday evening. I can’t guarantee good
weather for catching but at least it looks
like a few good days for those who are
- Ed Palma
Ice Fishing Enthusiasts Bag
Big Rainbows During Derby
PORTOLA – John and Kelly Pato held
their tenth and last ice winter fishing
derby on February 1, 2020 on Davis Lake
benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Over the 10 years, they raised a total of
$26,000 for the society.
A total of 91 people competed in the
event and 30 people weighed in fish,
according to the Patos. The fishing was
fair during the event.
Anglers vied for first, second and third
place in the derby. A combination of length
and weight on any one fish determined
Justin Jensen of Reno won first place
with a 23 inch rainbow weighing 3.09
pounds. He won a 4 foot tall trophy and
Blake Pato of Portola finished in second
place with a 23 inch rainbow weighing 3
pounds. He won a 3 foot tall trophy and
William Cary of Portola finished in third
place with a 22 inch rainbow weighing 2.9
pounds. He won a 1-1/2 foot trophy and
Before the derby, one angler nailed a
4-1/2 lb. rainbow while fishing Power Bait
through the ice, reported Jeanne Graham
at the J&J Grizzly Store and Campground.
The ice was 6 inches thick at press time.
Remember that the ice is not officially
monitored. It is up to you to decide if it is
safe or not, Graham emphasized.
Lake Davis is holding 63,640 acre feet
of water, 77 percent of capacity and 109
percent of average.
- Dan Bacher
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