It’s been over a year now and I’m still trying to catch my first fish on an Alabama Rig! I’m sure a lot of you know by now that the Alabama Rig has become one of the hottest new baits on the market. If you don’t, an Internet search will surely clue you in to its potential. This past week I was able to get out several times and must have thrown the Alabama Rig at least 500 times. It’s now become a goal of mine to catch a fish on an Alabama Rig. From researching various websites and watching youtube videos, it seems like there are certain conditions that the Alabama Rig fishes better in. I also discovered that many anglers refer to it as a swim bait. Personally, I’ve never done that great while tossing a swim bait. Either way, I’m still determined to catch a fish on the Alabama Rig. It’s going to take some time but knowing that first fish is swimming around waiting for me to make that cast is driving me crazy!
The clear bright skies have caused a lot of anglers to struggle finding reaction bites lately. In the early morning hours spinnerbaits, rattle traps, and swimbaits are working well. Once the sun is high jigs have been the dominant bait lately in black and blue or black and red. Bass have started to move into the shallows along the south corner of Franks Tract but are very spooky. In the weeks to come the bite should turn wide open as the water temperatures have reached the mid fifties in most areas. Striper fishing continues to be tough for a lot of anglers although an occasional keeper can be caught around the Big Break area.
New Melones Lake:
There have been a couple real nice brown trout caught recently by anglers trolling rolled shad. Trout and kokanee are being caught by anglers trolling from the surface down to 40’ deep. There’s been more kokanee caught recently leading me to believe that the kokanee bite must be pretty good. Anglers fishing for kokanee are using traditional kokanee baits trolled around the dam areas and in the main lake. Bass fishing is booming right now as anglers are catching limits of bass fairly easy. Just about every week now a 10 lb. or bigger bass has been caught. Most anglers catching the big ones are tossing large swim baits.
Lake Pardee is hit or miss this time of year for a lot of anglers. The trout and kokanee seem to be extremely unpredictable right now making it tough to provide an accurate report. Most reports are of fish being caught from the surface down to 20’ feet deep. Like the other lakes, the kokanee are being found up shallow. Bass fishing is improving daily as the water temperatures are increasing.