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Don Pedro rainbows top draw, with topwater largemouth bass

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 13, 2017

MOCCASIN – Rainbow trout are happening for trout trollers along with a solid bass bite, but kokanee remain a mystery at Don Pedro.

Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing continues to put his clients onto limits of rainbow trout along with the occasional king salmon. He said, “On my trip this week, I wasn’t able to get the fourth rod down on the downrigger when the second rod went off with a quality rainbow at 5:55 a.m. We were done with a pair of limits by 8:45 a.m., and my client were happy to call it a day, as his two granddaughters had scored their limits, including releasing a largemouth bass at 5 pounds.


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BIG RAINBOWS ARE being caught from Don Pedro, and Jocelyn and Clare Doss of Clovis each hold up a nice rainbow trout that they caught while fishing with pro-guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. They were on their first fishing trip with their dad Bryan Doss, the three anglers caught ten fish by 8:45 and called it a day.

“The big bass kept both girls busy, as it was pulling line until the grandfather took over to catch and release the fish,” Smith said. “I am not even trying for kokanee right now, since they are so scarce. We did pick up a king salmon around 2.5 pounds on a recent trip, and I am still running my custom shad-patterned spoons on the downrigger. The fish are dropping a bit deeper right now, in the 30- to 35-foot range. Boat traffic after the 4th of July holiday wasn’t too bad, and we were able to launch and put the boat back on the trailer with minimal delay.”


For largemouth bass, Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a solid topwater bite in the early morning before switching over to the River2 Sea SWaver by 10 a.m. He said, “The fish are found near the surface in the morning, and there is a good bite with the Berserk brown/purple or Purple Hornet jig along with the Pro Worm 124 p or 300 on the drop-shot at depths to 40 feet.”


Bank fishing for trout has slowed with the arrival of triple-digit temperatures.


The Bonds Flat Road has reopened, and this will avoid the 45-minute drive around the lake to Fleming Meadows. Don Pedro has current weather conditions at https://map.bloomsky.com/weather-stations/gqBxp6apnJSmrqen with a live webcam at https://video.nest.com/live/tE7MzhI0BG . The lake is at 98 percent.


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TUNA SAUCE TROUT — Don Vasquez of Antioch caught this 3½-pound rainbow at Don Pedro using a custom spoon at 40 feet with Pro Cure tuna sauce on it. He used a Phenix rod to land the nice trout while fishing with guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing.


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