I’m pretty sure that all the talk amongst fisherman lately has been dominated with talk about the water levels in our local lakes. It’s definitely a concern of mine as I can’t help to not think about how many of my summer fishing spots are already above water. Many of our local lakes don’t even have any paved launch ramps that are still in the water. I don’t know about you, but for as long as I’ve been alive, it seems as if every year we’ve been in a drought. I’ve kind of gotten used to not worrying too much about it and just carried on with my plans. This year’s different though, my choices have really been limited and I’ve had to abandon certain places in search of water. Nearly 30 years ago, my dad talked my mom into moving our family closer to his favorite fishing areas. I now find myself heading back towards the area that we left 30 years ago in search of fishable water.
Bass fishing is hot and cold right now; typical spring like conditions of off and on activity has been making it tough at times on anglers. The wind earlier in the week made fishing impossible pretty much wherever you went. Now that the wind has died down and the temperatures have risen it’s hard to beat a Senko. When calm, try tossing green pumpkin Senko’s towards visible holes within the grass beds or fishing the outer most weed lines. Jigs fished deep from 6 to 8 feet is also a good technique for this time of year for targeting fish that are in transition.
New Melones Lake:
The Kokanee are starting to bite right now in the main lake between 38 and 50 feet deep on Hootchies tipped with Fire Corn trolled at 1-1.5 mph. Trout fishing is also very good right now as anglers trolling are catching limits while trolling Wedding Rings between 30 and 50 feet deep. Bass fishing continues to be good with the bigger bass being caught on jigs, plastic worms, Senkos, Brush Hogs, lizards, and swimbaits. One of the most overlooked patterns right now is the morning topwater bite. This time of year is a good time to toss a Zara Spook type topwater bait first thing in the morning. Glory Hole Point still has the only paved launch ramp available for launching your boat.
Lake Don Pedro:
Just like nearby New Melones, the trout and kokanee bite has improved 100 percent lately. Between 30 and 50 feet seems to be the magic depth for both species. Anglers trolling are using a variety of different baits to catch them. For bass Senko’s and small plastic baits are working really well once the sun comes up. In the morning target the backs of coves with top water lures as there are many schools of fish that have migrated to the backs of coves. Coves where there are underwater brush piles or trees are holding schools of fish right now. Fleming Meadows launch ramp is the only paved launch ramp that is currently open on the lake.
Trout fishing at Lake Camanche continues to be very good for a lot of anglers. Both the lake and the pond are putting out nice limits of fish. Bass fishing continues to be good on the lake as many fish have moved shallow and are being caught with a variety of different baits. In the morning try topwater baits and if the wind picks up try tossing swimbaits as the swimbait bite is always good when there are trout being caught on the lake.
Trout and Kokanee are still holding shallow for those anglers trolling for them. Just about any shiny bait trolled from the surface down to 10 feet deep is bringing in limits right now. Anglers trolling are either trolling the main lake or trolling up river.
The lake is still being stocked weekly with trout making it a great place to fish. The water levels are surprisingly high right now. Anglers fishing off the bank are having good luck while fishing in the morning hours with Power Baits Mice Tails and anglers trolling are having luck while trolling their favorite trout lures from the surface down to 15 feet deep.
Tip of the Week:
Most fishing rods nowadays are made with cork handles. After multiple times out combined with the handling of fish and bait they can become dirty. Over the years I have tried several ways to clean the cork handles. One of the most effective ways that I have found was to use wet wipes. Surprisingly wet wipes do a great job and can also be used to wipe down all your rods components.