The Fish Sniffer - Oct. 8, 2012 Trolling Deep Still Necessary For Spicer Rainbow Success
Oct. 8, 2012 Trolling Deep Still Necessary For Spicer Rainbow Success

Written By: Dan Bacher, October 8, 2012
Location: Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Lake Alpine, Union Reservoir, Mosquito Lakes,

(Arnold) The unseasonably warm weather in the Ebbetts Pass Region has made it necessary for trollers to troll at 40 deep for Spicer Reservoir rainbows.

Normally, bank anglers would be catching good numbers of fish while using Power Bait and nightcrawlers and boaters would be top-line trolling at Spicer in early October, but not this year.

“Boaters fishing from small aluminum boats are nailing rainbows averaging 14 inches and going up to 16 inches while trolling Needlefish and Triple Teazers and nightcrawler/small dodger combos,” advised Vince Grimes of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. “The fish are fat and healthy.”

The boat ramp is out of the water at Spicer, so anglers have use car top boats or launch on the dirt.

Lake Alpine is producing surprisingly slow fishing. “Bank anglers aren’t catching limits – they’re hooking maybe 1 or 2 rainbows while using nightcrawlers, Berkley Gulp Baits, Power Bait and lures,” said Grimes. 

Stream fishing enthusiasts are still nailing good numbers of quality brown trout and rainbows while ripping Rapalas and tossing out 1/8 oz. Panther Martins in the North Fork of the Stanislaus River above the Sourgrass Campground, noted Grimes.

Trout fishing is still tough at White Pines Lake, due to warm weather, but anglers are hooking some largemouth bass while using plastic worms, jigs and top water lures.

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