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February 18, 2017    Headlines

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Clear Lake Closed to Motorized Boats 
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (February 14, 2017) – Boaters and residents on Clear Lake need to be aware due to the continued high water levels and potential for damage to shoreline properties, the Board of Supervisors today approved an Urgency Ordinance immediately closing the lake to all motorized vessels and other motorized vehicles except for the Lake County Sheriff and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The temporary closure will remain in place for no more than 60 days or until the Board takes further action. Kayaks, paddled craft and wind-powered vessels may continue to utilize the lake. 
The public will be notified when the boating restriction is lifted. 
For more information contact the Sheriff’s Department at (707) 262-4200 or Water Resources Department at (707) 263-2344.

Clear Lake from Kent Brown of the Ultimate Bass Radio

I have seen alot of comments regarding lake closures and not allowing boats on places like Clear Lake and Oroville. I have made a few calls today and the bottom line is several weeks ago on Clear Lake they put a 5mph speed limit on the lake then they were convinced to lift that and put a speed limit within 2500 feet of shore....The lake continued to rise into the flood stage and the residents were fighting back the water to save their homes, some of them with only inches between dry and damage! The dam can let out enough water to drop the lake about an inch per day without a large storm surge and the forcast is for more water in the next week.

It didn't take long before there were a few anglers in bass boats that were not going by the restrictions, one of the water board members saw it personally and then there were the bass boats that outran the water patrol boats when they attempted to stop them. It made their decision pretty easy! Yes there are some big tournaments coming up to Clear Lake and Oroville has had several relocated. I know it is easy to say the wind at Clear Lake does more damage than a boat wake and that is probably true but the wind doesn't have to worry about its image of not caring about the local residents and their flooding issues...we do!

I hope that each of you that are calling the Water Board, Chamber of Commerce or Local Sheriff are being polite and professional.

Do you want to help out our friends that are affected by this how about calling one of the shops around Clear Lake or Oroville and ordering a few baits even the ones you don't need yet but you know you will. How about booking a guide trip with one of the guides for later in the year and sending them 50% up front. If you don't need any baits call one of the stores and buy a gift card and put it in your wallet.....it will be something to look forward to on that return trip to Clear Lake or Oroville.

And this should be the one heck of an opportunity for the kayak bass clubs, belly boat, u-boat clubs to own that place for a litle while.

Just a side note on this already too long post but the county had a minimum of 60 days for an emergency regulation and they have said they will evaluate the levels and dangers weekly. They never said it was 60 days period! Many of our friends are wading into their homes up there or have been evacuated and fear their phone going off again and if this isn't more of an important issue for you it should be!

I will do my best to keep you all up to date on the latest news and restrictions on the Ultimate Bass Radio Show.

 

Lake Pardee:
Pardee opened on Thursday for camping, and it will open this morning for fishing with 3000 pounds of rainbows released into the lake on Thursday. The areas along the shorelines are very muddy, and the trails are closed from Mistletoe to Woodpile since portions of the trail have washed out. With the reservoir at 103 percent of capacity, there are loads of floating debris and logs in the lake, and boaters need to be extra cautious.


New Melones:
New Melones remains solid for a variety of species as it rises to levels unheard of for the last several years. The lake has risen to 44 percent of capacity after languishing less than 20 percent for the past year. The increased water levels has allowed for all four lanes to be on the concrete at Glory Hole Point and the reopening of the Tuttletown launch ramp for the first time since 2014.
The bass bite has been unpredictable with the rising water levels, but John Liechty of Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp said, “The fish can be found at several different depths throughout the day with the best fishing in 15 to 50 feet of water. With the cold water temperatures, a slow presentation is best, and most fishermen are catching bass using baits that can be dragged slowly across the bottom. Arkie head jigs are a good choice, and they will pull through grass better than a football jigs, and either Texas- or Carolina-rigs are producing. Some fishermen are finding giant bass throwing swimbaits all day for the one big bite. I landed an 8.22-pound largemouth on a Baby Brush Hog first thing in the morning during our recent tournament.”
Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford fished the lake on Saturday, and he said, “It took a while before I figured out the pattern, but once I did, I caught and released between 15 and 20 fish including a 5-pound spotted bass using a Berserk Purple Hornet jig on a slow presentation. The best action came at depths from 25 to 55 feet.”
Trout fishing has improved in the cooler temperatures with bank fishermen scoring off of Glory Hole Point and near the Highway 49 Bridge with trout dough bait or nightcrawler/marshmallow combinations. Liechty said, “With the water stained, it is best to use a bait with a strong scent. Trollers are finding action in many different parts of the lake with the rainbows holding near the surface. A long setback of between 150 to 200 feet is necessary and running plugs of spoons in bright colors such as firetiger, orange, or chartreuse are working best.”
The crappie bite is showing signs of life around the flooded brush and vegetation with small spinners or minijigs. Catfishing is slow in the cold water, but a few whiskerfish can be located near moving water at the inlets with a ball of nightcrawlers. New Melones is currently at 44 percent and 948.59 feet in elevation.

Lake Camanche:

Lake Camanche remains a top lake for northern California bass fishermen although it has a reputation as a solid body of water for trout trollers due to the heavy planting program from the East Bay Municipal Utilities District and the Lake Camanche Recreation Company. |
Another 1200 pounds of Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows were split between the North Shore launch ramp and the South Shore Fishing Pond this week, and trout fishing remains decent for trollers working various locations in the lake. The river arm continues to be stained, and the clearest water from the North Shore Marina to the dam.
Kimbal LeMaux of the Lake Camanche Recreation Company said, “ ‘ Holy Moses, is it summertime’, I ask myself as there are bass boats all over the lake on weekends. There have been some big bass coming out of the lake this week with Steve Vang of Elk Grove scoring four bass weighing a total of 18.43 pounds including a big largemouth at 9.5 pounds using a swimbait near the Causeway. Crappie are still active, and trout trollers working from the North Shore Marina to the Narrows are finding both rainbow trout and crappie.
Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento said, “There are sixty bass boats on Camanche every weekend, and my nephew, Michael ‘Bub’ Fong put in a limits over 20 pounds including three spotted bass over 5 pounds using jigs in green pumpkin or brown/purple along with Alabama rigs.”
The crappie are located at depths from 17 to 30 feet on a slow troll around 1.2 mph with chartreuse or pearl grubs on a set back from 45 to 60 feet. The water clarity is improving, but the clearer water allows for the slabs to be spooked by the downrigger balls. The lake is releasing water, and it has dropped to 61 percent and 210.94 feet in elevation.

Lake Pardee:

Lake Pardee is over 100 percent of capacity, and it is primed for the opener of the 2017 season with camping starting on February 16th and fishing beginning the following day starting at 5:00 a.m. Their reservation systems opened on Thursday, February 2 at 9:00 a.m. The Pardee Lake Recreation Company will be taking reservations from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays after February 2nd.

There will be a total plant of 6000 pounds of rainbows with an average greater than 1.5 pounds released on the opening days, and trout plants of 3000 pounds per week are anticipated for the first 7 weeks of the season with additional fish from other sources possible. The Nor Cal Trout Anglers Challenge will take place on February 19 with registration available at www:anglerspress.com or (916) 768-0938. Entry fees are $25.00 per adult participant with youth angler 15 and under free.

The 2017 daily and seasonal price list is available at http://www.pardeelakerecreation.com/ with a combined vehicle/boat daily fee of $17, a kayak/canoe/float tube of $5, and a fishing access fee of $6/per angler 16 years old and over. The lake is currently spilling over into downstream Lake Camanche. 

Lake McClure:
The lake held at 73 percent, but the cumulative effect of continuous storms has stained the lake’s water. Bass fishing has slowed, and the best action remains on the bottom with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot at depths from 25 to 45 feet.

Pine Flat
Pine Flat is hosting the majority of bass tournaments in the Fresno area, and the rainbow trout bite for trollers is picking up as the water continues to rise and cool with inflow from the upper Kings River. Upcoming tournaments at the lake are Best Bass Tournaments on February 11, the Roosevelt High School Bass Fishers on February 12, and both the Sierra Bass and Bakersfield Bass Clubs on February 18.
Walt Lee of the Kerman Bass Club said, “Our club held a derby on Saturday, and there were 57 fished weighed in from 19 fishermen including 7 limits with the winning limit at 13.02 pounds by Mitch Melikian and big fish at 3.01 pounds by John Albidrez.”
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “Everything is on the bottom, and the bass bite has been hit or miss with limits averaging between 8 and 10 pounds. Some anglers are finding success, but there was a group of three good fishermen that were in the shop on Saturday, and they only had three fish between them on a recent trip. Trout fishing has become a better draw with some quality rainbows from 13 to 16 inches taken in the main lake with Needlefish or Apex lures at 4 to 5 colors of leadcore. One boat put in 7 rainbows in the main lake, and they were trolling in the clearer waters of the main lake. The upper lake above the debris barrier is stained and loaded with wood.”
Pine Flat is releasing water, and it held at 62 percent this week.

San Luis Reservoir:
San Luis Reservoir is nearly filled as it is currently at 86 percent, and it is expected to rise to full capacity by the end of March. This rise is remarkable as the lake was less than 10 percent as recently as August 2016.  The federal government’s U.S. Bureau of Reclamation portion is expected to fill the lake by late March as the heavy water exports continue from the south Delta. As more and more shore area of the lake is being inundated, the striped bass are scattering out into unchartered waters in search of new food sources.

With the Delta heavily stained, Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service has been fishing at San Luis Reservoir for striped bass, and he said, “I fished San Luis for the second time in as many weeks.  The lake is shaping up nicely as it is about 25 feet from maximum elevation.  We ended up catching some nice schoolie striped bass on large flies.”

Bank fishermen are finding the best action as Alex Tran of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported sales of jumbo minnows are currently down while blood and pile worms are on the increase. He said, “When the blood and pile worms are selling, you know that most fishermen are heading to the banks.”

Kov Txiv Xyooj of Fresno landed a 5-pound striper from the banks at Fishermen’s Point on jumbo nightcrawlers during the week,
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “There has been some action at the main lake as one of our customers came in with three striped bass weighing a total of 15 pounds while trolling and casting Speedlures.”
In the O’Neill Forebay, the cold and muddy water has limited the reaction bite, but blood worms and pile worms have been effective near Check 12, particularly when the water is moving.

Shaver Lake:

The trophy trout plants from the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Program will be upcoming within the next few months, and in the meantime, the program is expanding access for youth anglers. Led by classroom chairperson Dave Dungy of Shaver Lake, Pine Ridge school teacher Erin McCandless has been trained by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and she received a full aquarium and supplies for their classroom in order to raise rainbow trout.

Dungy said, “The new trout eggs are arriving this week, and our program has been so much of a success, that we will be including other foothill schools next year.”

The goals of the Trout in the Classroom program are to raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources, begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow to understand ecosystems. At the end of the year, the fry are released into a state-approved stream near the school or a nearby watershed. Classrooms in Clovis, Oakhurst, Pine Ridge, and Big Creek are currently involved in the program.

The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Program receives most of its funding from private and corporate donations as well as proceeds from their annual Sportsmen’s Dinner scheduled for August 12, 2017 at the Shaver Lake Community Center.

Due to the recent trout plant, a few anglers have been braving the cold to set up along the banks for a few trout per rod using trout dough bait or nightcrawlers. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “One group landed three fish in four hours off of the banks, but it rained this past weekend to 6500 feet so there were few anglers out there.” Lake conditions can be seen at http://sierramarina.com/camera.html.

Shaver has dropped to 64 percent with upstream Huntington dipping slightly to 53 percent.



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