Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3905 Feb 14-28 - Page 21

VOL.39 • ISS. 5 FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 17 OROVILLE LAKE cont. but the fish were quality fish. “My one client, Tim Snow of Elk Grove, landed a limit of Chinooks ranging from 4 to 6 pounds,” said Reimers. “Most of the fish were at 75 feet deep. We caught all of the fish on Brad’s Cut Plugs in Fatal Attraction and Christina’s Special color patterns. We didn’t hook any fish by the Bidwell Canyon Bridge, so we went to the dam and starting hooking fish.” They also landed two spotted bass in the 10 to 12 inch range while trolling. The Spillway Boat Ramp is open to the public seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please note the trail head parking area does not open until 8 a.m., according to California State Parks. Oroville is holding 2,150,617 acre feet of water, 61 percent of capacity and 94 percent of average. The lake level is 796.33 feet in elevation. - Dan Bacher PYRAMID LAKE Large Cutthroats Invade Shallows RENO- Big Pilot Peak strain cutthroats are just starting to stage for the spawn at Pyramid Lake and that means trophy caliber fish can be found in shallow water. While big fish can be found shallow at any time at this point in the season, the best time to encounter them is early, late and during overcast weather. If there is a good amount of surface chop that increases the FRESHWATER chances even more. “I went up to Pyramid the last week of January with my neighbor Carl Spencer and we had a great time tossing jigs from the bank,” said Tim Sparks of Rancho Cordova. “We landed 31 fish. 6 of those fish were over 8 pounds and 3 of them were over 10. We’ve been fishing the lake for 5 years and this was our best trip so far. We want a 20 plus pounder really bad and we are going to keep on trying on until we get one.” If you want to fish Pyramid Lake, but don’t know anything about the lake it would be wise to hire a guide and Captain Sam Shallow is a top choice. For more information or to book your trip, give Captain Sam a call at (530) 277-0288. Kiene’s Fly Shop reports good action for fly anglers visiting Pyramid. Customers have been hooking up with a variety of different nymphs drifted under indicators.. QUARRY/SHADOW CLIFFS LAKES The Rainbows Are Biting FREMONT – The festival of trout continues at Horseshoe Lake, located in the Quarry Lakes Recreation Area. The East Bay Regional Park District stocked the lake with 750 pounds of rainbow trout the week of February 3-7. Big fish honors go to Gene McBride , who made the trek all the way from Hollister worth it. He caught a six-and- three-quarter pound trout from his boat using a Kastmaster from the back side of Horseshoe Lake. Marlo of San Carlos caught a six-and-a- half pound rainbow trout on a plastic worm He was fishing near the beach area. Feb 14 - 28, 2020 19 Eric Dominguez of Fremont caught a six- pound, five- ounce rainbow trout using chartreuse PowerBait. He was fishing from the Peninsula. Blake Williams of Union City caught a three-and-a- quarter pound trout. He was fishing PowerBait from the peninsula with his father. Note that the use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. You can exchange lead tackle at the kiosk in a “1 for 1” trade for stainless steel weights. If the kiosk is closed, Stacy Barawed visited Lake Berryessa in late January for some tournament please use bass action. She scored despite having a horrible cold! the yellow Photo by STACY BARAWED, Fish Sniffer Staff. Ventek machine to pay for parking (exact change only, please). For RANCHO SECO LAKE fishing permits, you may use either the Trout Season in Full Swing Ventek machine or the blue iron ranger – SMUD Trout Derby Set for posts across from the kiosk, from the entrance from the April 4-5 Isherwood Staging HERALD – The winter-spring 2020 Area, and from the trout planting schedule is in full swing walk-through gates by as anglers gear up for the Rancho Seco the Sequoia Bridge Trout Derby to be held on Saturday, April and from the Niles 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2020. gate. Mt. Lassen planted the lake with Fishing reports 500 pounds of standard catchable were scarce at size rainbows the week of January 13 Shadow Cliffs Lakes, and another 500 pounds of catchable but the park district rainbows the week of January 27. continues to stock the They will stock the lake with 500 pounds lake with trout. They of catchable rainbows the week of planted 750 pounds February 10 and 500 pounds of catchable of rainbows the week rainbows the week of February 24. of January 27 to 31 In March, the lake will be stocked with and 750 pounds the 500 pounds of standard catchable size week of February 10 rainbows the week of March 9 and 1000 to 14. pounds of larger trophy size rainbows the week of March 23. CONTINUED ON PG 21 Discover Pyramid Lake Located just 35 miles north of Reno, Pyramid Lake is home to some of the best sport fishing on earth. Discover all that Pyramid Lake has to offer. Discover Pyramid Lake Online at: Follow us on Twitter and “like’ us on Facebook 3822