LA GRANGE — There was steady action for anglers catching 12-inch kokanee, nice trout, salmon and black bass in Middle Bay of Don Pedro Reservoir last week.
Harold Willey of Waterford and this reporter stopped in the Middle Bay river channel and dropped in our lines at daylight and pointed the bow toward Graveyard, trolling for kokanee. I was getting the second rod in the water while Harold was reeling in a nice trout. By the time I got that pole back down he was fighting a kokanee on the other rod. It was non-stop action until we limited.
Just before we landed our last fish I saw Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing and another guide boat pull into the Graveyard area and set up to troll our way.
We had our limit of 10 fish by 7 a.m. I got the boat shipshape for bass fishing and we went to the nearby shaded rocky bank to try for black bass.
Harold and I fished the bank and were rewarded with a few misses and a couple 14-inch bass for the cooler. It was a fair bite considering the sun was on the water.
Harold tossed a WB003 6-inch plastic Tootsie Roll in 10 feet of water to a shaded spot off a rocky point and quickly went on point as the line twitched, and then set the hook into a 9-pound bass. After a couple halfhearted jumps and head wallows I netted the fish so we could take a picture and release her.
We had a pattern and then headed over to the bank on the inside of Jenkins Hill and stopped at every gravel point that had wind blowing into it. We got one or two fish or missed one or two fish on every point and called it a day at noon.
At the fish cleaning station we ran into guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing and guide Danny Lane who had 7 family members that had limited out on kokanee. The clients were the Flory family, Jason, Chad, Michael, Jesse, Harrison and Jackson from Ripon and Salida and one member from Oregon.
A day later Bob and Caitlyn O'Connor, Mark Brady, Jim Bush, John Tilma, Mike Pappas, Christopher Kemper and Mark Bradley all of Modesto enjoyed catching limits of kokanee by 9 a.m. with guide Smith who asked guides Danny Layne and Joe Askiment to help him out with his group.
The kokanee were caught out in Middle Bay at depths of 40 to 70 feet deep on Vance's dodgers, Vance's hoochies along with sling blade dodgers and Uncle Larry's spinners all tipped with shoe peg corn soaked in pro-cure scents.