Why is it that every time the weather is perfect for fishing, I have something else planned, or it’s a work day? Then of course, when I finally do get time to go fishing, a wind storm, or some other type of change in the weather occurs! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of perfect weather days out on water but they’re hard to come by, especially this time of year. With that said, some of the most beautiful days in the spring rarely start out that way. A friend once told me that he was a fair-weather fisherman. Needless to say, he didn’t get out fishing much. If you’re going to fish, you’re going to have to put up with changes in the weather. If I’ve learned anything about dealing with the weather, it’s that when the fish are biting, the weather suddenly doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore.
Largemouth bass continue to provide action for those fishing jigs, finding clearer water and banks protected from the wind and current seem to be what anglers are focusing on. With this week’s full moon combined with rising water temperatures, there should be another large group of bass making their way into the spawning flats. Now is a good time to get out and toss a Senko around visible clearings in the tulles or submerged vegetation.
New Melones Lake:
The trout bite has been reported as being off and on lately. Anglers fishing for trout are having to go a little deeper than usual. Currently the trout are being found schooling around 40 feet deep. Bass fishing has started to pick up with the average fish exceeding the two-pound mark. There are plenty of bass up shallow; the bigger females can be found cruising but few have begun to spawn. As the water warms more look for a lot more fish to move shallow. The crappie bite is starting to improve as anglers fishing submerged trees or bushes in 10 to 15 feet of water are catching them on beetle spins or small minnows. The catfish bite is also starting to turn on as anglers soaking cut bait are starting to catch them.
Lake Don Pedro:
Bass fishing is good right now, anglers are catching large numbers of fish all over the lake on small plastics as well as crank baits. A lot of fish can be found right now up shallow in the backs of coves. Swim bait fish are still being caught but with all the fish getting ready to make their way onto the beds many anglers are choosing to work the banks with smaller baits. Fishing for trout and salmon is improving as anglers are having luck while trolling from 20 to 40 feet deep. For salmon and trout anglers are trolling with spoons.
Bass fishing has been hit or miss for some as many anglers are abandoning traditional patterns and focusing on catching a big swim bait fish. Lipless rattle baits as well as other shad imitating baits cast far ahead are producing well. Anglers fishing reaction baits such as flukes are also having some luck. For kokanee and trout, anglers are doing well while trolling from the surface down to 15 feet deep. Most anglers are opting for spinners right now as the trout have been more prevalent than the kokanee.
Trout plants continue weekly until Memorial Day. Right now there are plenty of trout to be caught up shallow for anglers using power bait. Bass fishing is starting to pick up as anglers are beginning to catch them shallow as well.
Tip of the Week:
Fluorocarbon line sinks a lot faster than regular monofilament line. When tying on certain baits, the advantage of using fluorocarbon is obvious. Crankbaits dive a little further, weightless baits such as Senko’s sink faster, and sensitivity is almost doubled. There are several good fluorocarbon lines out there, my personal favorite being Seaguar. The invisibility factor of fluorocarbon lines is still being tested. The stretch of fluorocarbon line is far less than monofilament, making fluorocarbon a good choice for several different applications.