Northern CA Freshwater

Don Pedro top trout destination for now

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: May 23, 2018

MOCCASIN — Trout trolling at Don Pedro remains excellent, and although the overall size is limited, the numbers have been astonishing. Bass fishing has also improved, with a reaction bite with squarebill crankbaits or jerkbaits.

The Best Bass Tournaments held an event on Saturday with 49 boats with a winning limit over 18 pounds.

LAKE DON PEDRO kicked out this big 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow for Fred Vegas of Oakdale during a guided trip with Capt. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing on May 1.

Travis Porter and K.C. Wilson of Hollister have been making the trek across the valley to Don Pedro, with the wind creating havoc at their home lake of San Luis, and they caught and released 70 rainbows on Friday and Saturday, keeping limits to 2 pounds. Porter said, “We trolled around Jenkins Hill and the dam with cut plugs, trout-patterned spoons, or silver Apex lures behind Sling Blade or dodgers at depths from 30 to 50 feet at 2.5 mph, and we safely released everything but our two limits.”

For largemouth bass, Beau Courtroul of the Lake Camanche Recreation Company put in a 22.5-pound limit with an 8-pound big fish with his custom-made squarebill crankbaits. He said, “I was there two days before Saturday’s tournament, and the fish were suspended, as I was getting them at 3 to 5 feet below the surface. The water dropped two feet before Saturday, and the bite slowed down during the tournament.”

Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits confirmed the slower action over the weekend tournament with the water dropping, saying, “There is a window for topwater in the mornings before dropping to 40 feet with plastics on the drop-shot or shakey-head along with jigs. The Pro Worms in 124p or 300 are working particularly well at Pedro.”

The Blue Oaks launch ramp is currently closed due to the fluctuating lake levels, but the Moccasin Point and Fleming Meadows launch ramps are both open for vessel launching. Boaters are cautioned to watch for unmarked hazards and floating debris. The lake is at 94 percent.

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