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Written By: Dan Bacher, May 26, 2014
Species: Landlocked Salmon Kokanee Trout Bass
Location: Don Pedro Reservoir,

Trollers are bagging spring variety catches of kokanee, kings and rainbow trout at Lake Don Pedro.

“The fish are scattered, but we are seeing mixed limits of kokes, kings and trout,” said Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. “We are finding quality fish at Fleming Bay, Waterford Bay and down to Rogers Creek or Jenkins Hill.

“The trout are 50-82 feet deep, with kings and kokes going deeper; better setups have been Rocky Mountain Tackle dodgers and RMT hoochies or Uncle Larry’s spinners, tipped with Pro-Cure scented corn,” he stated.

Smith reported five kokanee, four rainbows and one “chunky” king salmon to two anglers on his latest Don Pedro adventure.

Danny Layne of Danny Lane’s Guide Service reported, “The water level at Don Pedro remains at 54% of capacity, which is really good considering the drought we are in. The bite seems to have turned more for the kokanee rather than the rainbow action that had been good.”

“Big fat kokanee to 15 inches are located on Don Pedro off Jenkins Hill, in Graveyard Bay, Off Oat Hill and at the mouth of Six Bit Gulch,” he stated. “The depths rage from 45’ down to 70’. Effective lures include Glitter Bug Hootchies, Uncle Larry’s spinners or Marni Bugs, teamed with Pautzke’s Fire Corn. Shasta Tackle Sling Blades in sliver cracked ice or Vance’s Watermelon dodgers are working best.”

“Rainbows are located also in these areas from 35’ to 50’ - small flashers teamed with a night crawler will produce. For kings, try rolling shad at 90’ in the river channel off Hatch Creek,” he tipped.

“Jumbo or large minnows are still the king for bass action off the banks at Pedro,” reported Manny Basi at The Bait Barn. “Some folks are floating nightcrawlers off a bobber with a five-foot drop and getting into solid bass action too. Huddleston’s six inch #68 special in trout pattern with a twelve inch rate of fall continues to do well, and jigs worked very slow along the bottom, with a stop/start type retrieve are doing well too.”



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