The Fish Sniffer - Big Largemouths And Smallmouths Excite Bassers
Big Largemouths And Smallmouths Excite Bassers

Written By: Dan Bacher, May 28, 2014
Species: Bass Trout
Location: Trinity Lake, Trinity River,

Quality largemouth and largemouth bass are the reward for bass fishermen working the clear waters of Trinity Lake.

“Anglers have reported hooking largemouths to 8 pounds and smallmouths to 7 pounds this year,” said Tim Brady of Trinity Outdoors. “The fish can be found all over the lake, including the rockpiles on the north end.”

Fishermen are employing an array of offerings, including jerkbaits, crankbaits, Senkos and Gitzits, from 5 to 20 feet deep.

“Shore anglers are hooking rainbow trout while tossing out Pautzke salmon eggs, marshmallows, salmon eggs and spinners at the mouths of the tributaries,’ said Brady.

“King salmon fishing is off and on at Trinity Lake,” said Brady. “The few fish being caught are big ones up to 10 lbs. but nobody is reporting taking limits. Boaters are trolling with Speedy Shiners, watermelon Apex lures and other lures at 60 to 70 feet deep in the Papoose Creek arm.”

The only boat ramp usable now is the Minersville facility on the south end.

Trinity Lake is holding 1,250,008 acre-feet of water, 51 percent of capacity and 61 percent of the 10-year-average. The water level is 2,281.01 feet above sea level.

Very few anglers are trying for brown trout or early spring run Chinook salmon on the Trinity River. “I haven’t heard of anybody hooking salmon down at Burnt Ranch Falls Ranch yet,” noted Brady.


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