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Rainbows finally kick into gear at Green Valley Lake

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 07, 2017

Bite spurred on by 1,500-pound Jess Ranch stock

GREEN VALLEY LAKE — Trout anglers at Green Valley Lake are already liking the way the early days of September are treating them in comparison to what were mostly dog-day doldrums through much of the month of August. The rainbows starting coming on midweek at GVL with an gradual uptick in the number of limits being compiled as the days rolled into the holiday weekend – a healthy 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows on Aug. 31 playing a big role in keeping the improving bite heading in the right direction.


linkinuplimitsLINKING UP LIMITS — Mainly employing green PowerBait, the Link family – Thomas, Marshall, Emmie and Avery – piled up their limits of rainbows at Green Valley Lake over the weekend while fishing at the bench by the dam.


“Today was a really good day of fishing,” said Lake Manager Brent Denton on Saturday. “A lot of people walking away with their limits and even more 3-fish stringers, even with some thunderstorms today and maybe some more tomorrow. We've had some smoke from the fires down the hill around the lake today so be safe and check the weather and traffic websites before heading up to the lake.”


While the counts of trout limits shot up in recent days, the bigger rainbows remained elusive, the exception being a fat 5½-pound 'bow caught by area angler Gary Detz near Norma's Point on an inflated 'crawler on Aug. 31. Fisherman's Point and the waters near the dam are also producing well.


Along with inflated nightcrawlers, bait dunkers are getting grabs mostly with green garlic or chartreuse PowerBait, while lure chuckers are doing best with Kastmasters and minijigs. Anglers targeting bass are also finding some success with small crankbaits and plastics at the lake, especially near the dam.


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