The Fish Sniffer - Shore Anglers Score On Feisty Rainbows
Shore Anglers Score On Feisty Rainbows

Written By: Garry Erck, December 18, 2013
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Bullards Bar Reservoir, Englebright Reservoir,

Rain? What’s that? As Nor-cal anglers anxiously await significant rainfall to kick the bite into high gear – some lakes are still putting out decent angling action; for Englebright this past week, shore anglers have had the upper hand.

“Englebright‘s water has really cooled down,” reported Mike Torres at Skippers Cove Marina. “Anglers are seeing good action overall – but bankies are really getting into pretty easy limits, while trollers are working for 3-4 fish per boat.”

The access road from the Joe Miller launch to the dam launch is well maintained with good access to water – anglers working this shoreline with nightcrawlers or PowerBait seem to do well. Trollers are finding fish all over the lake from the dam up past the buoys and from the surface down to twenty or so feet. Flasher, nightcrawlers, Rapalas and a lot of other trolled offerings are effective – just not enough to get limits right now.”

“Bullards Bar isn’t offering much beyond bass right now,” said Billy at Emerald Cove Marina. “Once we get some consistent rain, I expect the trout bite to pick up – but until then bass anglers should continue to work plastics across lake points in the 40-60 foot range to get their fish. Currently Bullards has plenty of ramp in the water and low angler pressure – it’s a great time to hit the lake.”

Bullards Bar is at 48% capacity, while Englebright stands at 95% of capacity


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