Weekly fishing report
Fish and Game had trout plants scheduled for the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, Angels Creek, White Pines Lake, Beaver Creek, Pinecrest Lake, Union Reservoir and Mosquito Lakes this week. For a complete listing of plants throughout the state, go to dfg.ca.gov/ fish/ hatcheries/fishplanting.
Highway 4 corridor
By Bill Reynolds, Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
Fishing on the Highway 4 corridor has been excellent with all of the recent trout plants. Trout plants for this week are White Pines Lake, Angels Creek, Beaver Creek, the North Fork of the Stanislaus, and Mosquito Lakes.
White Pines Lake: White Pines Lake located near Arnold has been excellent and is due to be planted this upcoming week. Bait casters should try using Berkley Gulp Eggs, Garlic Power Eggs, Garlic Power Bait, Power Bait, Salmon Peach Power Bait, Grape Nymph Power Bait, Berkley Mice Tails, Berkley Gulp Worms, salmon eggs, and Nightcrawlers with a sliding sinker rig or with a cast-a-bubble rig with 30"-36" leader. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Mepps, Blue Fox spinners, Berkley Splinter Spoons, and Thomas Bouyants. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, sparrow nymphs, adams, female adams, humpy's, blue wing olive, pale morning dun, caddis flies, ants, and bead head nymphs.
North Fork of the Stanislaus will be planted this week: You can check the flows for The North Fork of the Stanislaus by going to dreamflows.com. Lure fishermen should try Rapala's, Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Mepps, Blue Fox spinners, Daiwa Lures, Kastmasters, Berkley Splinter Spoons, and Thomas Bouyants. Bait casters should try using salmon eggs, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Garlic Power Eggs, Berkley Mice Tails, Berkley Gulp Woms, Nightcrawlers, and crickets with a split shot rig. Fly fishermen should try wooly buggers, caddis flies, adams, ants, para light cahill, royal wulff, and bead head nymphs. Camping at the Sourgrass area is open to first come, first serve. Please obtain a campfire permit before camping.
Beaver Creek: Beaver Creek will be planted this past week. Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Mepps, and Blue Fox spinners. Bait fishermen should try nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, crickets, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Garlic Power Eggs, and Berkley Gulp Worms. Fly fishermen should try adams, pale morning dun, female para adams, blue wing olive, humpy's, ants, and bead head nymphs.
Spicer Reservoir: Fly fishermen should try ants, woolly buggers, sparrow nymphs, stone flies, caddis, bead head nymphs, mayflies, adams, female adams, blue wing olive, gnats, and PMD. Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin's, Rooster Tails, Vibrax Bullet's, Mepps, and Kastmasters. Bait casters should try Berkley Salmon Peach, Garlic Power Bait, Garlic Power Bait, Gulp Eggs, New Gulp Hollow Worms, Berkley Mice Tails, Gulp Garlic Power Bait, salmon eggs, crickets, and nightcrawlers on a sliding sinker rig or with a cast-a-buble rig. Trollers should try using Apex, Wedding Rings, Glitter Bugs, Needlefish, Cripplure, Humdinger, Berkley Atomic Teazer behind your favorite flasher or dodger tipped with either a nightcrawler or berkley maggots. Try using scent on your bait to leave a scent trail. It does work. Top lining seemed to work the best as the fish are still toward the top. HOBART CREEK IS NOT OPEN TO FISHING AS IS THE LAKE LEVEL FLOW UNTIL JULY 1ST. 2013. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake.
Lake Alpine: The NEW dock is at Lake Alpine. Lake Alpine was planted this past week. Trollers should try Glitter Bugs, Wedding Rings, Apex, Needlefish, Berkley Atomic Teazers behind your favorite flasher or dodger tipped with either a nightcrawler, Berkley Nightcrawler, or Berkley Maggots. Bait fishermen should try using Berkley Garlic Power Eggs, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Berkley Garlic Gulp, Gulp Garlic Eggs, and Salmon Peach, Grape Nymph Power Bait, Mice Tails, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers, using a sliding sinker rig with a 30" leader. Fly fishermen should try sparrow nymphs, woolly buggers, stone flies, royal wulff, adams, mosquitos and bead head nymphs. Fish slow with an intermediate sinking line for the best results with your wet flies. Lure fishermen should try using Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, Vibrax Bulletts, Thomas Bouyants, and Mepps.
Mosquito Lakes: Mosquito Lakes will be planted this week. Bait casters should try Berkley Garlic Power Bait, Gulp Garlic Power Bait, Gulp Eggs, Garlic Power Eggs, Power Bait, Salmon Peach, Grape Nymph, Mice Tails, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and crickets using a sliding sinker rig with a 30" leader. Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin's, Rooster Tails, Mepps, And the new Vibrax Bullet Fly. Fly fishermen should try ants, woolly buggers, sparrow nymphs, adams, caddis, zug bug, bead head nymphs, and stimulators.
By Melanie Lewis, Glory Hole Sports
New Melones Lake is currently 980 feet above sea level and 107 feet from full. The average water temperature is a very warm 72-80 degrees. The lake is stained with mud lines forming near the shore in the afternoon.
Trout: Good. The fish have moved out to deeper/cooler water. The fish are feeding in 40-60 feet of water on main lake points near the old river channel. Night fishing anglers are catching limits of fat healthy trout under a submersible light. Try anchoring the boat in 40-50 feet of water and dropping the light 15-25 feet down. Be patient, it may take a while for the light to attract plankton, baitfish, and trout. To catch them, try using live minnows, mini jigs, Power Bait, and crawlers. Trolling anglers should target trout in 40-60 feet of water. The trout are feeding heavily on 2-4 inch shad. Try using the larger size Needlefish and Excel spoons. Plugs that have a large profile and put of a lot vibration will produce fish in deeper/cooler water. Fish will feed on sight, scent, and sound (vibration). In deep water there is less light penetration and visibility, so it is important to focus on scent and sound. The Rapala Scatter Rap is a new lure that will work well for trolling. This bait has a unique bill and an unpredictable action that is going to produce some nice bows and some big browns. Bank anglers should try using a bubble and a fly rig in the mornings and evenings. Also, try fishing some other local lakes and streams. Fly Fishermen, head to rivers, streams, and creeks. Try using nymphs and buggers midday. Switch a dry fly for some evening surface activity.
Kokanee: Fair. Anglers are catching most of their fish in the early morning and picking up a few here and there throughout the afternoon. There are a lot of schools of kokanee holding tight to cover. Try fishing near deep under water points and humps. Most of the fish are being caught from 65-95 feet on the main lake near the dam, spillway, and Rose Island. Try using lures that produce vibration. Spinners and hoochies with Colorado blades will draw fish from a distance. Try using an Uncle Larry's Spinner with a gold or copper blade. Or, a Mag Tackle Mini Mag with a painted blade. Pink, purple, and green Apex and hoochies have also been producing some nice fish. Larger gold, copper, and painted dodgers and sling blades seem to work best in deep water. There are many blades that need light to draw out color, U.V., and reflective qualities. There is very little light penetration in deep water. Be sure tip your hooks with shoe peg corn and add extra scent to your blades and baits.
Bass: Fair. Early morning bite has been good. The fish are primarily feeding on large balls of shad. Anglers should try using shad patterned top water baits in the morning and switching to shad patterned soft plastics as sun comes up. There has been a good jig bite. California Reservoir Lures makes a variety of jigs design for mother lode lakes. Try using natural crawdad patterns with a brush hog, twin tail grub, or beaver for a trailer. In stained water it is a good idea to use a chartreuse dye pen to dye the tips of your soft plastics offerings. We have been seeing a lot of big spotted bass being caught and we possibly have a world record swimming around out there. If you do keep a bass, please keep the spotted bass and release the big female (largemouth) black bass. Glory Hole Sports can teach you the difference, so you can practice good conservation of the species.
Catfish: Good. Some big cats are showing up in shallow water. Melones catfish tend to be fish-eaters rather than bottom foragers, so use live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies for best success. Also while bait fishing, it is a good idea to drag your bait across the bottom every few minutes to attract nearby fish. Use a sliding sinker with a bead to create a ticking noise as your bait is moving. In dark water add murky water it is a good idea to add extra scent to your bait. Catfish hunt by sound/vibration and smell.
Crappie: Fair. Some pretty decent slab-sides being caught. Try using a red/white or chartreuse crappie jig with live minnow, fished under a slip-float. The night fishing has been good for crappie and trout. Also, the big blue gill have moved to shallow water to spawn
New Hogan Reservoir
By Bruce Hamby, Sierra Sportfishing
Very good striper action going on in the deeper waters of the main lake. The striped bass are 15 to 30 feet deep averaging 2½ to 4½ pounds. Try rolling anchovies and shad laced with Pro Cure scent. Water temperature 77 degrees and low water conditions.
By Fred Dorman
No overcrowding again last week here at the lake. Not many bank anglers in and around the recreation area this morning. Those that were here during mid-week worked the banks opposite the EBMUD boathouse and also Rainbow and Blue Herron Points. The anglers working the banks are using Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Pistol Pete’s and Mouse (mice) Tails, in addition pink Power Worms and night crawlers on a water bobber have been successful lately.
Trollers continue to concentrate in the south end of the lake adjacent to the intake tower and the River Mouth. Kokanee have been plentiful, most if not all in the 10- to12-inch range. The fish are turning up in varying depths from 20 to 60 feet. One unidentified troller was in and out with a limit of kokes in less than an hour using Uncle Larry’s new UV crystal spinner tipped with pink Berkley maggots, behind a wild thing watermelon dodger.
Look for catfish in the River arm and the southern coves, sounds like they have begun to move into the coves that are warming up from Mel’s cove to Rattlesnake. Chicken livers Power Bait and night crawlers are the baits of choice.
Water level has remained about the same since last report and is now about 4-6 feet below the spillway and is stable.