Mother Lode Roundup
Written By: Garry Erck, Dan Bacher, October 8, 2013
Species: Bass, Catfish, Trout, Panfish, Kokanee,
Location: Lake Amador, Pardee Reservoir, Camanche Reservoir, New Melones Reservoir, Don Pedro Reservoir, McClure Reservoir, McSwain Reservoir,
(Ione) Two Sacramento anglers had a great day of fishing for trophy bluegill at Lake Amador when they bagged 12 fish ranging from 10 to 12 inches.
“Art Perez and Ramon Montez hooked the fish while using pieces of nightcrawlers off the docks,” reported Kathy Grayson of the Lake Amador Resort.
Black bass fishing continues to be productive. “Boaters have been catching largemouths in the evenings while tossing out crankbaits and other lures off the points,” said Grayson.
Meanwhile, tentative date to begin planting trout this fall is October 15, although it could be October 9 or October 12, depending on the weather. The fish going in the lake will be 5+ pounders, including fish in the 7 to 8 pound range.
The lake is currently 40 feet from maximum pool.
(Ione) “Bank action at Lake Pardee continues to show promise at Stony Point Landing and Blue Heron point,” reported Fred Dorman at Lake Pardee Marina.
“PowerBait with garlic and glitter, Pistol Petes, mouse tails and night crawlers on a water bobber have been successful lately,” said Dorman. “Trollers looking for trout have been working the face of the dam, river mouth and the barrel line. Most trout check-in at 40-60 feet deep and spinners in pinks and rainbow colors are doing well. Bait fishing from the back of a boat in the coves from Mel’s to Rattlesnake has been productive too.”
“Trollers continue to move further upriver for kokes – Deer Island, Columbia Gulch and Indian Rock continue to produce Kokanee. Deeper is still better as downriggers are going 90-120 feet deep to get into the fish. Anglers still reports bright fish on a daily basis – better lures are Uncle Larry’s copper pop and pinkie spinners - along with wedding rings, Apex lures and Sling Blades behind silver/gold or watermelon dodgers.”
“Joanne Coombs of Livermore pulled in a nice seven pound catfish using chicken liver. The location is a closely guarded secret!” said Fred.
Lake Pardee is currently sitting at 94% capacity.
(Burson) Fall has arrived at Lake Camache, with improving catches of rainbow trout, bass and catfish reported by experienced anglers.
“Fred Solari of Stockton fishes at Lake Camanche often and always stops by the gate to give us the scoop on how the bite is,” according to the Lake Camanche fishing report. “He recently had spectacular luck fishing! Fred reported catching a total of 9 trout (he kept 5), 1 black bass, and one crappie out by the dam on Friday. He returned on Monday morning to catch a total of 5 trout, 2 bass, and 1 crappie.
Solari had no luck catching the fish with down riggers, but when he switched to lead core line the fish started coming in. He was fishing about 30 feet down.
Adam Comstock, a resident of Lake Camanche, reeled in a nice 8.67 lb catfish while fishing nightcrawlers with strawberry-marshmallow PowerBait off the bank at North Shore.
Lake Camanche's current elevation is 212.03 ft. above sea level and the lake is 62% full.
(Angels Camp) Trout fishing continues to improve each week, as the cooler nights and shorter days will bring down the water temperature and make the fish more active and easier to catch, reported Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports.
“The shad are schooling up in the main lake near the mouths of major creek arms,” she advised. “Troll shad-patterned spoons such as ExCels, Needlefish, or Speedy Shiners over deep water near the dam, spillway, and Rose Island. Two spoons trolled in tandem is a good way to trigger a few more strikes, as the two spoons will imitate a pair of fleeing baitfish.”
Big fish honors go to George Lindsey of Murphys, who landed a limit of rainbows to 2.25 pounds while trolling Needlefish in the main lake.
Bank fishing continues to be very slow, but with some rain and fresh water inflow, the rainbows will be moving closer to the shoreline.
Kokanee fishing has slowed to a crawl with few anglers targeting the species. The fish are working their way up the river arm towards the Parrott’s Ferry Bridge, and the best action is occurring between the Highway 49 and Parrott’s Ferry Bridges at depths from 70 to 100 feet.
“The bass bite has been tough for most anglers, although some fish are moving into the shallows to feed in the early mornings and in the evenings.” She advised using crawdad-colored jigs or soft plastics for the shallow fish, and there are also fish suspending along structure in deeper water.
“Rip baits such as Lucky Craft Staycees or Pointer Minnows are effective as are shad-patterned spoons vertically jigged over the bait balls,” she observed. “The most popular spoon sizes are ½ oz. and ¾ oz. P-line Laser Minnows, Mack’s Sonic Baitfish, or Hopkins spoons.”
Catfish action continues to be excellent with most fishermen landing multiple whiskerfish per trip with anchovies, frozen shad, mackerel, or chicken livers. “For bigger cats, try a whole mackerel or sardine fished on a double-hook rig using either a sliding sinker or no weight to allow the fish to swim off with the bait.”
The catfish roam the flats, humps, or lake point in order to feed. Kracker Morris of Arnold successfully battled channel catfish to 11 pounds on a recent whiskerfish adventure.
New Melones dropped 1 foot to 949.70 feet in elevation and 44% of capacity.
(La Grange) Trout action at Lake Don Pedro seems to be ramping quickly as the fall turnover is just around the corner.
“We had great action one day where we boated seventeen rainbows and six bass; with four of the bass coming in on a quad hook up!” said Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. “We trolled spoons 40-60 feet deep in Middle Bay. The next day was somewhat slower, but clients still were able to land twelve fish, keeping eleven. The biggest king weighed over three pounds, and the biggest trout measured twenty-two inches. All fish came on heavy spoons covered in Pro-cure scents.”
“Whopper Floppers by River2Sea are doing pretty well at Pedro right now,” explained Manny Basi at The Bait Barn. “Shad pattern plastics for drop shotters are hot too – with Roboworm Hologram Shad, Reaction Innovations Flirt in Mad Shad and Senkos in natural shad colors just slaying fish right now. Live bait anglers continue to score on minnows and worms. Better areas have been Rogers and Fleming Marina
Don Pedro is at 54% of capacity.
(Snelling) Anglers hitting Lake McClure will see cross species action as fish ramp for fall turnover.
“Live crawdads tricked a six pound cat this week,” said Jason Mello at A-1 Bait and Tackle. “The better cat action has been at Arnolds Bay; while trout and salmon have been pulled out at the dam 40-60 feet deep on copcar Needlefish or hoochies. Bass are taking live crawdads for anglers working the river channel at Barrett’s Cove and Horseshoe Bend.”
“Anglers hitting Lake McSwain are seeing better boat action than bank action,” reported Jason. “Limits of trout are coming in around the waters at the campground, the boaters are anchoring off shore – not trolling.”
Bank action is poor, with 1-2 fish per rod – what fish are taken from shore are usually at the Handicap Dock on PowerBait. McSwain was planted this week with another 1000 pounds of Calaveras trout.”
Lake McClure stands at 32% of capacity.Back To Reports