NORCAL REPORTS: LAKE DEL VALLE trout fishing picked up big time in Bay Area…more

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 11, 2010


SILVERMORE – Beth Grigsby of Lake Del Valle Marina started of her report by saying fishing was “kinda slow,” but quickly it became obvious that she was talking about early last week in the middle of the bad weather.  Because, when she started talking about the weekend, the story was quite a bit different with lots of reports of whoppers and limits.  

“It was really bad last week, but it’s really good this weekend,” she admitted.   

Matt Nola of San Jose caught a 6-pound, 1-ounce trout on a /Power Egg combo from shore at the East Beach, Grigsby said.  And, while William Rennaker’s largest trout weighed “only” four pounds, it was one of a stringer of five he caught trolling a Fire Tiger Rapala.  In fact, Grigsby said that, over the weekend, anglers were “averaging three to five trout apiece.”

She said that water clarity wasn’t great, but improved a lot as you went toward the dam.  While there weren’t many people trying for striped bass,  Daniel Hayward caught one weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces by the dam while trolling a Rapala for trout.  Two more plants, one by Mt Lassen Hatchery, another by DFG are being made this week.

BASS TOURNAMENT coming to Camp Far West Lake March 20

—Camp Far West is at 79-percent capacity and rising,  and the bass are moving into the shallows to feed on all the food sources that are being flooded.  Bass boaters are hitting this lake in big numbers to try for the big largemouths that fill this low elevation lake, and North Shore Resort is sponsoring a bass tournament on March 20 to see who has Camp Far West bragging rights.

“North Shore Resort is sponsoring the ‘Camp Far West Lake Bass Fishing Tournament’ on March 20'” said Kathy DeRossett.  “Anglers can pre-register for $50 per team until March 17; otherwise boaters can register at the resort on the morning of the event starting at 5:30 for $60.  The blast-off will be a 6 a.m. with a 2 p.m. weigh-in; a barbeque and awards will follow.  There will be a 70-percent cash payback and lots of merchandise prizes for the top teams.”

The lake is up and the bass are moving into the shallows with more regularity as the water warms up.  Though the water temp is only in the low 50’s, some of the bigger fish tend to move up earlier than the majority of the bass in the lake and now is a good time to find a lunker.

BAUM LAKE produces best on overcast days

BURNEY—Baum Lake, as is often the case in the winter, has been fishing well, and the best fishing is usually on overcast days here.  As warm, sunny days approach, so will opportunities for rising fish and good dry fly fishing, as the fish are more finicky when the sun’s out and fishing can be a bit more technical. Bait anglers have been using nightcrawlers, while those that prefer lures, have been trying something new.

“Baum is still fishing well with lots of fish being fooled. Reports are mostly of 10-inch browns, give or take a few inches but still not bad,” said Jan Vaughn from Vaughn’s sporting Goods in Burney.  Vaughn reported fly fishermen still doing well with zebra midges in size 20 and 22, but woolly buggers in black or olive also producing fish. “Lure fishermen have discovered "trout magnets" and these are definitely catching fish. The best color now is chartreuse. Head into the store on your way to Baum Lake and check these new “magnet catching lures.”

Michael Caranci from The Fly Shop in Redding said no. 20 midge patterns, no. 18 S&M nymphs, and no. 18-20 parachute Adams have been effective, along with the ubiquitous no. 8-12 crystal buggers.  

“We have been getting reports of lots of 8- to 12-inch browns, as well as some larger rainbows, with anglers reporting a productive bite all day, most anglers are concentrating around the boat launch area and inflow from Crystal Lake,” Caranci said.

“The most productive methods are stripping small olive damsel nymphs or woolly buggers on an intermediate or slow-sinking line, or fishing small nymphs under an indicator. There have also been some good hatches of midges and tiny mayflies some afternoons, which will also bring some fish to the surface. Baum Lake is one of our favorite wintertime destinations,” he said.

MOTHERLODE BASSSERS are heading for Camanche Lake, as it's prime time

IONE—Anglers reported more good bass action at Camanche Lake, with the spring bite progressing well. The most recent reports came from both solo anglers and a club tournament, said Eldon Porray at Camanche Recreation.

“Stan Panero of Riverbank had the winning limit at the Riverbank Bass Club tournament,” said Porray. Panero’s limit weighed 12.47 pounds. Kenny Van Dyke had big bass of the event at 3.85 pounds. “Steve Sumner also fished with the club, and he had four bass with a  big fish of 3.5 pounds,” he said. Winners reported most of the action came on plastics including lizards, Brush Hogs and worms.

“Gene and Don Buie fished Wednesday and caught six bass up to 3 pounds,” said Porray. “The day before, Don had caught and released 17 fish with a 4.5-pound big fish.” Their fish all came on plastic worms.

LAKE TAHOE still kicking out limits of nice Mackinaws

CRISTAL BAY—Winter is a great time to visit the Lake Tahoe basin, and if you’ve had too much of the slopes and casinos, book a trip on a Mackinaw charter.  Mack fishing when the snow is right down to the lake is great and limits are common, along with a chance for a big fish.

“Fishing was awesome this morning,” said Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing when WON called on Sunday.  “We kept 10 fish and released several more in about 4 hours from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The fish are bunched up from 180 to 220 feet and you had to troll through them over and over to provoke them into hitting.  We had a lot of short strikes where the fish just didn’t get hooked but we still managed to get a boat load up to 8 pounds.”  

Self said that they had the best luck using spoons, Torpedos and Krocodiles, rigged with a long shank siwash hook.  Self recommended the long shank hook to help pick up some of the short strikers instead of adding a trailer hook that can kill the action of the lure.

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