My son once told me “dad, our truck is the most important of all of our vehicles.” He went on to point out that without our truck we wouldn’t be able to take our boat out fishing, our trailer camping, or transport large items. He’s right, even though I only drive my truck when I’m going fishing or camping, I don’t know what I’d do without it. Since purchasing my current truck almost 10 years ago my family has grown as well as the need for a bigger truck. Not wanting to buy new, I went and test drove a few used trucks recently. Long story short, I drove home with the same truck that I left home with. Used trucks priced reasonably without a whole lot of miles on them are pretty hard to find. Used trucks unlike used cars, I find harder to choose from as it’s really hard to tell the history of a truck. There are some telltale signs like electronic brake control devices installed, holes in the cab from where there was a fifth wheel hitch installed, or by inspecting the truck’s towing package. With a fishing trip planned for this weekend it’s going to be at least another week before I’m ready to visit the dealership again. Then again, after this recent experience, I may just wait until someone wants to give me a new truck.
Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up for anglers fishing live bait around Franks Tract and Discovery Bay. Anglers are using live mud suckers or bluegill to catch their limits of fish. Bass fishing is slow right now for anglers. Now that the water temperatures are in the 50’s anglers are using mainly jigs and creature baits for their bites. Bluegill can still be caught around most docks but you must move around until you find them.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is good right now; anglers trolling are catching limits while fishing between 15 and 25 feet deep. Launching is still an issue as the lake hasn’t risen much. Currently there are no paved launch ramps available. As a result of the current launching conditions, there are very few boats out on the water making it a great place to fish. Bass fishing continues to be good for anglers fishing around schools of baitfish.
Fishing for trout is good right now for anglers fishing off the bank and trolling. The lake was just planted recently with Mt. Lassen trout. Anglers trolling for trout are trolling from the surface down to 15 feet deep. Anglers fishing off the bank are fishing around the dam areas with Power Bait.
Lake Don Pedro:
Fleming Meadows has the lake’s only paved launch ramp at the moment. Like New Melones there is very little fishing pressure on the lake. Trout are starting to bite for anglers trolling from the surface down to 20 feet deep. Anglers are using shad imitating lures as the trout are currently feeding heavily on schools of shad. Bass fishing is fair for anglers fishing with Senko’s.
Anglers are doing well while fishing for trout both out of the ponds and in the main lake. Most anglers are fishing off the bank with power bait for limits up to five pounds; currently the lake and the ponds are being planted weekly with trout so the action should continue to pick up.
Currently the lake is 13 percent which is keeping a lot of anglers away. Reports are that the Striped Bass bite is very good right now as the bass are taking advantage of the low lake levels by cornering all the baitfish. Anglers fishing for Striped Bass are fishing with lures or rolling shad.
Tip of the Week:
I always keep a couple extra zip lock bags in my boat as well as a fishing cleaning kit. Usually, I don’t keep my catch but when I do catch something that I plan on keeping, I can clean and pack my fillets in ice before I leave the lake. Also, the zip lock bags have come in handy for other things, like keeping my cell phone and wallet dry during an unexpected downpour.