WON NORCAL FRESH REPORT
BY JIM JONES
WON Staff Writer
LAFAYETTE — Trout fishing at Lafayette Reservoir was quite good last week in spite of off-color water, and there were even some limits being caught.
“Despite the murky water from storm runoff, most anglers are getting a few bites and catching a few fish,” Irene Baker of Lafayette Recreation Area said. “Fishing was particularly good on March 30 with anglers catching limits on worms and Power Bait.” She said that on most days, anglers were catching anywhere from 2 to 5 trout. Both the East and South sides were productive, and even trollers were getting in on the action.
Some nice whoppers were being caught, as well. Ron van der Groen from Walnut Creek caught a 12.9-pound trout on a flasher with a nightcrawler behind it while trolling in the middle of the lake, and Kim Geisinger of El Sobrante caught 2 whopper rainbows weighing in at 7.8 and 4.7 pounds. He was using Kastmasters, also in the middle of the lake, Baker said.
Bass fishing has perked up, as well, with the warmer weather, and jigs have been working best. Baker said the reservoir is at its highest level in years, and water had to be released last week in order to bring down the level to .5 feet below the full mark.
Mt. Lassen planted another 1,000 pounds of trout last week, and DFG will be planting 2,000 pounds of trout the week of April 4-8, bringing the total to 3,000 pounds in preparation for the The Outdoor Sportsmen’s Coalition of California (OSCC)’s annual fishing derby which will be held on Saturday, April 16.