SHAVER LAKE — Many 3- to 6-plus-pound trout have been caught and recorded at Shaver Lake weigh stations lately and this week’s big ’bow was a monster 12-pound, 6-ounce rainbow, caught by Bill Atkins of Fresno near Black Rock. Atkins was still fishing with Power Bait when he hung the big guy.
Guide Dick Nichols, of Dick's Fishing Charters, says most of the big fish have been caught stillfishing in boats with Power Bait, Power Balls and Gulp! Others have come from the bank using the same.
He said he trolls to catch fish for his clients and has caught limits all week with a big fish of 4 pounds, 2 ounces, caught by Russell Gundlund from Caruthers. Gundlund and his friend Christopher Frith both limited with quality trout. But the biggest fish are being caught from stillfishing in boats and the bank. He expects that the fish will acclimate more and start to descend the waters of the lake, giving trollers a better shot at the big fish.
Nichols uses Trout Busters behind Mountain Flashers at depths of about 15 feet on the side poles. His downriggers are down 11 to 15 feet with trout Busters behind Shaver Lake Dodgers. The trolling for most has been hit or miss, with some trollers coming up empty while others are doing better. Nichols likes the island and Black Rock.
Shore fishermen are at Roads No. 1 and 2, the Point, and both marina's. Boaters still fishing are doing well in the Stevenson area and Black Rock.
Approximately 3,500 pounds of trophy trout have been planted with another 1,000 pounds of trout to be planted in the near future. Nichols says most of the smaller trout have been fat and feisty with many of his catches going 16 or 17 inches.