Ten years ago I was listening to a local Bass Pro talk about today’s kids, and their overall lack of interest towards the outdoors. He went on to talk about computer games and how few children are actually able to get out of the house anymore. I personally cannot imagine a childhood without fishing. Fishing was one of the most important things in my life while growing up. I was constantly counting down the days, hours, and minutes until my next trip. Thinking back, what I’ve learned the most through fishing was the importance of having a hobby or interest that allows you to get away from it all. Fishing isn’t for everyone but a getaway is.
Largemouth Bass continue to provide action for those fishing a variety of different techniques, finding clearer water and banks protected from the wind and current seem to be what anglers are targeting. One of the most consistent baits this time of year is a shallow running crawdad colored crankbait or a lipless crankbait. Striped bass fishing is good right now for anglers trolling broken back rebels around the Stockton area. An occasional striper is also being caught by largemouth bass fisherman tossing reaction baits.
New Melones Lake:
The trout bite has been reported as being off and on lately. The better bites have been for those fishing the banks. A lot of trout have made their way into the coves keeping those fishing Power Bait busy. Bass fishing is hit or miss for a lot of anglers right now as they have yet to move shallow. Right now they are being caught on a variety of slow moving baits while fished around lake points. The bites haven’t been very aggressive; many fish are just picking the baits up and moving off with them.
Lake Don Pedro:
The trout bite continues to pick up, Mexican Gulch, Big Oak, and Graveyard Bay seem to be the hot areas right now for anglers. Trout are being caught by those trolling within the top 25 feet with Uncle Larry’s Spinners. Large swimbait fish are being caught for those working points. The swimbait of choice seems to be the Huddleston Deluxe in a trout pattern. For those targeting smaller bass, crankbaits and jigs have been producing decent limits of fish.
Trout are being caught for those fishing the top ten feet while trolling flashers with lures tipped with a partial scented grub or night crawler behind dodgers or sidekicks. Bass fishing remains great for anglers working jigs through off shore structure.
Fishing is great right now for trout, anglers are doing well while fishing with Power Bait around the dam and marina areas. Over 1,000 lbs. of trout are being planted weekly. Bass fishing is starting to pick up. Most anglers having any luck are fishing bottom baits such as worms or jigs down to 20 feet deep.
With the water temperatures near 60 degrees look for the bass to be moving shallow to spawn. Especially in the shallower parts of the lake where the water warms sooner, shaky head worms and Senko’s are usually very good baits to use this time of year for both size and numbers of fish.
Tip of the Week:
When changing the oil in your lower unit it’s important to know how your particular lower unit is filled. Some are filled from the top and others are filled from the bottom. As simple as it may look it can be quite the task if you were to assume it filled up the same way a previous motor did. I recently ran into this problem performing my last service and after referring to the service manual like I should have done in the first place I realized that I was doing it completely wrong.