The Fish Sniffer - Bassers Battle Largemouths And Smallmouths
Bassers Battle Largemouths And Smallmouths

Written By: Dan Bacher, May 14, 2014
Species: Bass
Location: Trinity Lake, Trinity River,

Bass fishermen are bagging largemouths to 8 pounds and smallmouths to 6 pounds while tossing out a variety of baits on Trinity Lake.

“Just about everything is working now except top water lures,” revealed Tim Brady of Trinity Outdoors. “Anglers are using tubes, crankbaits, Senkos and tubes. The fish are in various stages of the spawn, ranging from pre-spawn, to spawning to post-spawn.”

He said most anglers are concentrating on the lake’s south end, since the Minersville ramp is the only one functional now. However, anglers motoring up to the north end are bagging good numbers of bass on the rockpiles also.

“Trollers have landed some big landlocked Chinooks while fishing at 60 to 70 feet deep in the Papoose Creek arm lately,” said Brady. “Fish weighing 10, 9 and 7 pounds have been reported over the past two weeks. One guy reported the best action on Speedy Shiners, while guide Mike Elster reported his best action on a watermelon Apex lure.”

Brady hasn’t heard much on the trout fishing, although he said anglers could probably hook some quality rainbows while tossing out salmon eggs, marshmallows, nightcrawlers, spinners and Kastmasters in the mouth of the Stewarts Fork and other Trinity Lake tributaries.

The Trinity River is currently in the transition time between the steelhead and spring Chinook seasons, so very few anglers are fishing the river. Releases from Lewiston Dam at press time were 1,500 cfs, the spring restoration flows.

Trinity Lake is holding 1,281,245 acre-feet of water, 52 percent of capacity and 63 percent of the 10-year-average. The water level is 2,283.96 feet above sea level.



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