The Fish Sniffer - 16 Lb. Mack Tops Bear River Catches
16 Lb. Mack Tops Bear River Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher, September 2, 2014
Species: Trout Mackinaw
Location: Bear River Reservoir, Caples Lake,

(Pioneer) Most anglers don’t regard late summer as a prime time for catching big mackinaws, but the fact is that lunker lakers can be hooked just about any time of year.

Just asks Norm Barlow, who caught and released a 16 lb. mackinaw at Lower Bear River Reservoir this August. He was trolling a Lyman lure with Rich Spears of the resort when he hooked the monster mack, reported Pat MacAskill at the Bear River Campground.  

“The rainbow fishing has slowed down over the past week as the water level drops,” she noted. Anglers are hooking rainbows both while fishing Power Bait, worms and Kastmasters from shore and while trolling worms behind dodgers, spinners and spoons from boats.

“The boat ramp is out of the water, but you can launch on the dirt. You should use a 4-wheel drive vehicle to launch now, she noted.

Caples Lake is only 6 feet down from the high water mark, and rainbow trout fishing continues to be good.

“The surface water temperature has gone down from 70 degrees to 66 degrees in the last two weeks, and the rainbow trout are being caught at a depth of 25 feet,” said Jim Foley at the Caples Lake Resort.

 Mike Harris from Roseville caught a 3-½ pound rainbow from the shore at the spillway while using corn yellow Power Bait.


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