The Fish Sniffer - 14 Lb. Landlocked King Salmon Boated
14 Lb. Landlocked King Salmon Boated

Written By: Dan Bacher, April 26, 2014
Species: Landlocked Salmon Trout Bass Steelhead
Location: Trinity Lake, Trinity River,

Ernie and Sally Nachreiner demonstrated that there are still some big landlocked king salmon in Trinity Lake when they recently bagged a 14 lb. beauty.

The fish measured 29 inches in length and 17-1/4 inches in girth. They caught the fish while fishing in front of the dam, according to Tim Brady at Trinity Outdoors.

“There was a 4-1/2 inch kokanee in the fish’s belly,” said Brady. “The big fish was the only salmon they caught.”

Few people have been trout fishing at Trinity Lake lately, but Brady said fshing should be productive for rainbows in the mouths of the tributaries, including the Upper Trinity, East Fork, Stewarts Fork and Swift Creek. Anglers should use Pautzke salmon eggs, PowerBait, Power Eggs and nightcrawlers.

“Black bass fishing has been good when the wind is down,” said Brady. “Boaters are nailing a mixture of smallmouths and largemouths while tossing out tube baits, Senkos and ripbaits. Most people have been fishing the lake’s south end, since the boat launching is easier at Minersville than in the north end.”

Steelhead season is pretty much over except for a few diehards casting flies, spinners and spoons on the Trinity River. However, the river harbors a good population of brown trout that anglers can target with ripbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits and nightcrawlers in the Lewiston and Douglas City areas.

Trinity Lake is holding 1,310,744 acre-feet of water, 54 percent of capacity and 66 percent of the 10-year average.



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