Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3905 Feb 14-28 - Page 25

VOL.39 • ISS. 5 TAHOE Limits Of Mackinaw Reward Mid- Winter Anglers SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - Limits, limits and more limits of mackinaw, that’s been the scene at Lake Tahoe this January. Of course, with chilly conditions and snow falling on and off, fishing pressure has been light. But if you would like a limit of keeper macks and a shot at a double-digit trophy caliber laker now is a great time to visit the lake. For folks that don’t have a boat or don’t want the hassle of towing a boat of over icy, snowy roads, Tahoe Sportfishing is a great resource offering both half and full day Brian took a trip to Lake Oroville in early January and caught several quality king salmon on Paulina Peak blades and hoochies fishing adventures including this husky chromer. aboard their fleet of Photo courtesy of BRIAN AZZYVEDO, Oroville. sportfishing boats. Anglers fishing with the Tahoe double-digit monsters have been landed. Sportfishing Team have been rounding Tahoe Sportfishing skippers have been up full limits of lakers this month. Most pulling a variety of offerings, but the staple of the fish are in the 2 to 5-pound class, has been a threaded minnow teamed with but much larger macks including some 23 Feb 14 - 28, 2020 FRESHWATER strikes and hooking fish. That’s how the fishing in the upper end of Suisun Bay and the West Delta is right now. There are fish to be had, but to hook a keeper you’ll likely have to put in some time. The water is cold in the West Delta and that is a main stumbling block for anglers. The fish are lethargic and not inclined to feed. Fish are being found in both deep and shallow water areas, but the current thought among anglers is that it is better to fish shallow because the fish you find shallow are more likely to be on the feed. The top baits for sturgeon at this time are salmon roe and eel, with a few fish being landed on ghost shrimp as well. “My grandson David and I have taken two trips hoping for sturgeon over the past two weeks,” reported Fish Sniffer reader Randy Nelson. “We haven’t gotten any sturgeon, but I did land a 14-pound striper on our last trip. We were fishing right off Chain Island when we got the bass. It hit a pile worm and ghost shrimp combo bait.” Overall striper fishing has been slow. The occasional quality bass has been picked up by sturgeon anglers. If you want to target stripers drifting with live shiners is probably the best approach. Delta anglers have a few more weeks of slow to fair action ahead. The fishing for both sturgeon and stripers will likely improve in early March when water temperatures begin to climb. blades. Josh Williams and his father Raymond towed their North River up to Tahoe on January 22 and enjoyed amazing action while working water that ranged from 40 to 100 feet deep. “I stopped by the Fish Sniffer booth at the Sacramento ISE Show to get some intel on fishing Tahoe and Cal Kellogg gave me some really good advice. He advised pulling trolling flies and Gulp! Minnows behind Sling Blade Dodgers in the 6-inch size. I already had a selection of Gulp! Minnows, but I didn’t have flies so I bought a set of Cal’s trolling flies,” said Josh. “Long story short, we landed 16 mackinaw that went from about a pound to 8 pounds. We took home limits. Both the Gulp! and the flies produced. The largest fish came on one of Cal’s pink and white flies teamed with an Action Disc. We smoked our fish and they came out really good. In fact, I’ll be serving some smoked mackinaw at my annual Super Bowl party,” concluded Josh. 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