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November 19, 2019    Headlines

Foothill & Mountain Lakes

he northern foothills lake and High Sierra Report by Clara Ricabal

Pyramid Lake

Bluebird weather pattern, combined with consistent high pressures are allowing the fish to be consistent with their feeding patterns.  According to guide Morgan Kane from Pyramid Fly Company, “low light hours are still continuing to be the hottest times of the day.  But don’t let the mid-day high sun discourage you.  These large cutthroat swim in large pods and there are still shots at fish throughout the day”.

 
 “It’s all in the twitch”, suggests Morgan, “don’t be scared to move that bobber!”.  Morgan fishes with natural colored flies hung under a bobber float.  The cutthroat are still chasing the baitfish patterns.

Morgan foresees “as we continue to have cold nights and as the future cold fronts push in, we will also start to see the fish follow in larger groups”.

 

Glenn Lemon from Pilot Peak guide service took out long time Western Outdoor News reader Nick Borgwat from Redding who hooked up on a 21 pound, 35” cutthroat using a frog flatfish on the south end of the lake.  Glenn reported “fishing has been a little bit slower the last few days.  But when you hook up, it’s been on a bigger fish.” 

 

This reporter is planning on “twitching” slowly on Tuesday the 19th, when she fishes the lake for the first time ever with a Nevada local and her best friends. 

Davis Lake

Only two hours from Sacramento, and less than an hour from Reno, Lake Davis is one of California's best fisheries for rainbow trout. Relatively a shallow lake (reservoir) built in 1966, Davis is accessible yearround with great fly, bank, and boat fishing.  “Freeze over” of the lake typically happens in late December or early January.  Anglers are more than welcome to call the local goods and tackle shop ‘Grizzly’s’ and check on the weather condition from owners Jim and Jeanne.   They also keep their store web site updated for access information and have campgrounds available for travelers wanting to enjoy the beauty of Plumas County.

At this time of year, until the snow prevents access, Davis can provide the best fishing of the year in terms of numbers.  The onset of colder weather get many large fish on the bite, according to Mark Tieslau from Mountain Hardware and Sports in Greagle. Mark reported smallmouth bass being caught since the weather has held up nicely.  He recommended spinners and buzz-baits around ‘Camp 5’ for the smallmouth in the morning preferablyIn the early evening, the south side of Eagle point can be very good for rainbow trout up to three pounds on green Roosterfish.  

If you live too far away from the Great Lakes to drill yourself a hole in to the sport of ice fishing, Lake Davis is a great alternative.  They hold an ‘Ice/Winter Fishing Derby’ the first weekend of February.  The proceeds from the derby are donated to the American Cancer Society.  There are multiple categories and families have been participating for over a decade.  Currently Jeanne from ‘Grizzly’s’ store is looking for a local angler to step into the role of tournament director. Otherwise Jeanne fears the family event will be another ‘tail from the past’.

Boca

Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee reports “very nice weather in the mid 60’s and cooling down at night”.  He mentioned a small storm expected this coming Wednesday the 20th.  “It is now mid-month and the construction on the dam is not yet finished”.  He suggests fishing the inlet with the low lake level.  Selective fish are being caught, mainly on worms.  Anglers please be aware of fish being caught in the current. Special regulations of catch and release, barbless hooks, and no bait are enforced.

 

Carson River, West Fork

The river closed on November 15th and is scheduled to reopen the last Saturday in April next year.  J.D. Richey of Richey’s Guide Service out of Lake Tahoe took his son, Cooper, down to the river near the confluence of Highways 88/89 this past week.  They experienced consistent action for rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout in the 10”-12” range.  Richey said, “the water is low and clear, and I was using a nymph on a fly rod with Coop handling a bobber/salmon egg combination”.

 

Donner Lake

Boat launching (with any boat bigger than 16 feet), remains difficult with the lake at 29% of capacity.  Shore fishing has been best in the southern part of the lake. Mid-morning and early evening have been best with the warmer weather.  Powerbait and nightcrawlers dominate catching both rainbow and mackinaw trout at this time.

 

Frenchman Reservoir

Josh of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store reported, “consistent rainbows averaging around 16”-17” being caught around the dam and further back on nightcrawlers”. 

 

Indian Creek Reservoir

Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said Indian Creek Reservoir is still suffering from an algae bloom and will not be stocked again this season.

 

Lake Tahoe

Chuck Self from Chuck’s Charter fishing reported, “hit and misses with short strikes”, while targeting lake trout.  He stated that the fish are now spawning and that catching them requires “really upsetting them to bite”.  Chuck suggests fishing mid December for “better chances on limits”.

 

Prosser

Lake level remains low according to Miles Zimmerman from Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee.   “Fishing is best by the dam”.  Weather has been warmer, so the smallmouth bass bite is best.  They are chewing on “anything crawdad and jigs”, Miles reported.

 

Stampede Reservoir

Lake level remains high with great action around the dam for rainbow trout.  With the water high, the Sagehen creek arm is more difficult to reach but worth the trip by boat for the best action according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports.

 

Thermalito Afterbay

When I head up north to visit friends in Oroville, I take the extra time to really pack my truck well.  Fishing rods for multiple species, including my very dusty fly rod (I can find a solitude bank and whip off some flies without a worry).  As well as my 12-gauge Benelli Super Black Eagle 2 shotgun.  And I cannot forget, to fill up my pockets with those long orange receipts from Fish and Game, license, report cards and stamps, oh my!

The approximately 11,800-acre Oroville Wildlife Area is primarily riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Warm water fish species (largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, channel catfish, and black crappie) can be found in the numerous dredger ponds and the Thermalito Afterbay. Salmon, steelhead, shad, and striped bass can be found in the Feather River.

Thermalito Afterbay also offers some fishing opportunities with the same warmwater species and for planted rainbow trout. In addition, this large body of water attracts waterfowl during the migration season. Sculling is allowed and is somewhat popular here, but hunters also decoy hunt, pass and jump shoot both ducks and geese here. Some jump shooting and decoying is also done on the area’s dredger ponds, but action can be lacking until the late season or when weather hits. 

This reporter visits Oroville multiple times a year.  There is so much to choose from regardless of what is biting, or what is flying. You can’t go wrong!

American River

Gold Fever – Fly-Fishing California’s Gold Country is a short film about a group of guys who descend into a 2,000 foot canyon with no trails to find some of the best wild trout in California’s Gold Country. With class IV and V rapids on each end of the section of river, it is a place that only the bravest fishermen can rip some lips.

 

The place they are fishing is the American River Middle Fork, about 20 miles east of Auburn, CA. The trip starts out braving about four miles of class IV rapids including the Tunnel Chute Rapid, which is a tunnel in the bedrock created by gold miners in the late 1800’s.

Once you hit the calmer waters in the middle, that’s where you find beautiful Rainbow and Brown Trout in the area only accessible by white water.

They finish the trip by traversing over the 20-foot waterfall, Ruck-A-Chucky Falls.

Not only does this trip including two of our favorite things – whitewater rafting and fly-fishing – it is also a testament to the practically unknown beauty of the Sierra Nevadas. Due to it’s lack of access, this stretch of the American River is seen by few, and thus a gold nugget in the ethers of California Wilderness.

American River Hatchery

 “Fresh fish” are arriving at the hatchery according to Craig Newton from Will Fish Tackle in Auburn.  Customers have reported catching chinook salmon in the ‘teens’ below the hatchery jigging in deeper holes around Howell Avenue.

 

Bullards Bar Reservoir

Bass anglers have reported mediocre fishing with spotted bass ‘barely biting’ on ned rigs and dropshot.  Areas producing some of the ‘dink’ bites have been around rocky points and the mouth of the Little Oregon creek.

 

Camp Far West

Gail at the North Shore Resort reported “keeper bass” being consistently caught this past week, but on the smaller scale of up to two pounds.  Dropshot and swimbaits in the middle of the lake and Bear river, as well as top water around the dam have been best.

 

French Meadows

Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reminds fisherman that the streams are now closed.  Rainbows in the 12-16” range and 13-14” browns are being caught by the inlet.

 

Hell Hole

Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn cautions boaters to be careful launching as the lake is partially down for dam work.

 

Lake Oroville

Joshua Cutler from the Chico State Bass Fishing team, and who works at the Sportsmen’s Warehouse in Chico, reports fishing on “a lot of spots being caught on topwater early in the morning”, “as the sun comes up, they are anywhere from the surface down to 30 feet”.  He suggests dropshots in the “usual Oroville colors, white, blue, imitating shad” as well as paddle-tail swimbaits.

 

Trout plants at Lake Camanche and Lake Amador

Trout plants continue at the Mother Lode impoundments of Lake Camanche and Amador, and trout fishermen are arriving at the lakes ready to soak trout dough bait or troll. At Lake Camanche, 3600 pounds of rainbow trout from the Mt. Lassen Hatchery were released this past week, and the trout were split between the North Shore Marina, South Shore Marina, and the South Shore Pond. Shore anglers have been getting in on the action with the fish holding closer to the shoreline immediately after the plants. Trout dough bait, nightcrawlers, or Kastmasters are working for shore fishermen from the north and south shore marina areas along with the day use. Several trout to 8 pounds were landed by bass fishermen with plastics on the drop-shot during Saturday’s Yak-A-Bass kayak tournament. A total of 10,800 pounds has been released since the end of October.

 

Robbie Dunham of Koke Machine Guide Service was out scouting this week with John and Diana Stockton, He specifically wanted to try out grubs, and his early-season hunch was successful as they found action right outside of the Buoy Line with grubs. He said, “This was my first time running four lines with grubs, and it wasn’t long before John was landing the first trout of the day on an inside rod. We limited out by 2:00 p.m. with rainbows to 4 pounds trolling mostly in the Narrows.”

 

Lake Amador is also releasing their specialty cutbow trout, and 500 pounds were released into the lake this week with many in the 5-pound range. The cutbows have migrated into the back of the lake in Jackson Creek, and Mark Paschall and Tim Haury picked up a limit of trout using green sparkle or rainbow trout dough bait at 7.2 pounds with three also over 5 pounds. Trollers are scoring with Kastmasters or Rapalas with shore fishermen picking up the trout on nightcrawlers, trout dough bait, or Power Eggs.

Trout plants will continue through May at both Mother Lode reservoirs.

 

Yak-A-Bass Team Tournament a huge success at Lake Camanche

The popularity of kayak fishing is growing leaps and bounds, resulting in the big box circuits of the Wild West Bass Trails and Bass Masters to jump in on the action with upcoming tournaments, but the mom-and-pop operations that have created the buzz continue to be the staple of the emerging industry. The Yak-A-Bass Nor-Cal held their final tournament of the year with a unique format of randomly choosing five member teams with the winning team determined by the total length of the five-fish limit. The team captains were selected prior to the draw with the remaining four partners drawn by random.

James Snyder of Lodi, director of Yak-A-Bass Nor-Cal, said, “We adopted this format for the first-time last year, and it is intended to draw new fishermen to the event to fish with the anglers in which they are competing with during the regular circuit. It has the effect of leading team members to share information as the success of the team depends upon each member. We have a small entry fee at $30/angler, but we were able to pay out a total of $1520.00 for first place to be split amongst the five team members along with $1080 on the side pot for the big fish. We plan on keeping the entry fee minimal for next year’s circuit, but we are planning on a payout of 95% or around $13,000.00 with a number of side pots opportunities. We had 18 teams participating, and although the bass fishing was tough, there were several large rainbow trout landed including an 8 pounder and a few in the 6-pound range while targeting bass. We were out in a power boat checking on the fishermen, and we observed several bass suspended, but most fishermen were working deep. The results were very close, but the team of Freestyle Fishing Camanche led by captain Shaun Leytem took first place at 83.75 inches with Team Rod Squad in 2nd at 82 inches. Frank Taeu of Rancho Cordova took home the side pot for the big fish at 20.25 inches.”

Winning team captain Leytem of Valley Springs said, “Four of us met up in the main lake in an area that Boyle had found the weekend before when the two of us pre-fished, and it was an area ranging in 40 to 60 feet in depth with the best action at 50 feet. The majority of fish were largemouth with the exception of the 17.5-inch spot that Martin landed, and bass were taken on Roboworm’s Prizm Shad on the drop-shot or shad-patterned Senkos.”

Clara Ricabal of the Jackson Fishing Kayak Team and a Western Outdoor News writer was on the winning team of Fish Freestyle with Kristy Martin of Fair Oaks, Juan Nunez of Lakeport, and David Boyle of Rancho Cordova.  along with Leytem. This team was buoyed by the only two female anglers entered in the event who were ironically placed on the same team by the random draw. Ricabal was out on her maiden voyage on her brand-new Jackson CHOOSA FD, and the kayak was so new that the fishfinder wasn’t installed yet. Fishing by feel and without electronics, Ricabal landed two of the team’s bass, and her largest fish went 16.75 inches right off of the bat outside of the South Shore Marina. However, Ricabal’s measuring board wasn’t the correct type so she had to paddle over to an adjacent participant to officially measure her catch and send in the photo via Tourney X.com.

She said, “That’s the way kayak fishermen are as the expectation is that you support each other regardless of competition. I was able to score my bass with a shad-patterned Flat Dog on a drop-shot on my Fitzgerald drop-shot rod, and I always have a great feel on the bottom with these rods. Our team bonded, and one of my best memories from this event was when David Boyle gave Juan Nunez the NRS Chinook OS PFD that he won during the raffle as David had recently purchased one. This spirit of giving permeates the event and the sport. The raffle was outstanding with several big-ticket prizes including a set of beach wheels and a kayak from Wilderness Systems.”

There were several sponsors for the tournament including: Native Kayaks, Headwaters Kayaks in Lodi, Stix Rods, Wilderness Systems, Rick’s Custom Baits, Ryan Cook Guide Service, Power Pole, Tourney Tag, Red-One Systems, Guru Rods, and Cal Coast Fishing.

 

Lake Camanche Recreation Company is upgrading to a more streamlined reservation for camping, and if there are questions regarding existing reservations, you are requested to call (866) 763-5121, option 10.

The lake dropped slightly to 72 percent.

 

Lake McClure

It has been a struggle at most of the Mother Lode reservoirs for largemouth and spotted bass, but for some reason, Lake McClure is heating up, although the bass remain deep.

 

Ryan Cook of Ryan Cook’s Fishing said, “The bass bite is getting good, and the numbers have been holding from 25 to 60 fish this week with most everything found at depths from 35 to 70 feet. I have been using a custom Dead Stick purple shad plastics on the drop-shot along with a G-Money jigs in a brown/purple color known as Margaritaville with a Dead Stick Hula Daddy trailer. I have also been spooning a few as well. I took out Denise Fuson from the Bay Area this week, and she had a banner day with spotted bass to 4 pounds on a variety of techniques. The action continues to improve.”

 

For trout, Steve Marquette of the Lake McClure/McSwain Recreation Company said, “I was on the lake three times this week, and we found limits of trout on every trip although the bite was more difficult than it has been in the past few weeks. The Needlefish in green/orange or gold has been the trick at depths from 40 to 65 feet. He said, “We also released a 2.5-pound spotted bass at 25 feet on the troll.”

McClure held at 61 percent.

 

Don Pedro

The bass bite remains tough at best, but it is showing some signs of life as the bass remain suspended at depths from 55 to 65 feet with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot or shakey head at depths from 30 to 60 feet. The shad are scattered out, and you have to be willing to try a variety of techniques to get bite. Finding the shad schools is essential as both the bass and the rainbows are holding near the shad. Wind, weather, and rain are needed to stabilize the lake as the water temperatures remain above 60 degrees. The lake dropped held 79 percent.

 

Lake Amador

500 pounds of Donaldson trout from the Lake Amador hatchery were released into the lake this week, and Kastmasters and Rapalas were the lure of choice for trollers working the shallower water in Jackson Creek. The trout are migrating to the cooler waters in the back of the lake, and bank fishermen are loading up with green sparkle or rainbow trout dough bait. Plants from the Lake Amador Hatchery will continue on a weekly basis. The lake has dropped to 35 feet from spilling with a single lane at the boat launch.

 

Lake McSwain

The rainbows from the 3000 pounds of rainbow trout that were released into the lake this past week by the Department of Fish and Wildlife are moving into the river arm above the Second Fence Line, and trollers are scoring with Kastmasters in orange/black or blade/crawler combinations. Shore fishermen are finding a few rainbows around the Brush Pile, the Handicapped Docks, and the peninsula points near the marina with Kastmasters in green/yellow trout dough bait in rainbow, or salmon eggs. Lake levels remain high.

 

New Melones

The water temperatures are cooling to some degree, and the trout bite is starting to improve with Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, or Countdown Rapalas in German Brown at depths from 55 to 65 feet in the main lake. John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service said, “The reaction bite for largemouth and spotted bass continues to be very slow with the best action at depths from 50 to 70 feet with spoons or plastics on the drop-shot; however, a few bass are taken on umbrella rigs. I have been informing my clients of the difficulty of the bite and rescheduling some trips, but there are many who still want to fish the deep water with finesse techniques.” The lake dropped slightly to 82 percent. 

 

Pine Flat

Pine Flat has had a challenging bass bite over the past few months with the rapidly receding water levels, but the bite took off on Saturday during the annual Clovis Police Department’s fundraising tournament hosted by Mark Corrente and Bass 101. In the past, the police department has assisted in the operation of the tournament, but under new leadership, all the organization of the event was under the leadership of Corrente.

Corrente said, “I have assisted with the event for several years by conducting the weigh in, but this year, we had all of the operation on our shoulders. We were able to pay out plus donate $700.00 to the Clovis Police Department.”

Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “It was a solid bite with most teams weighing in limits, and the better fish came on jigs or vertical spoons as the bass are holding near bait or suspended at depths from 40 to 50 feet. The area around Windy Gap continues to be the top spot, but one of my friends had engine trouble, and he was able to put in a 7-pound limit right outside of Deer Creek by spooning in the main lake. Anglers were catching bass right away, and the one takeaway was the number of largemouth bass weighed in. There were a few limits of largemouth bass only in the 2-pound range brought to the scales. The team of Dusty Mart and Jason Horn took first place at 13.52 pounds with Hornn landing the big fish of the tournament at 6.69 pounds first thing right off of the bat in the morning. Nathan Hanson and Dwayne Minugh took 2ndat 11.16 pounds with Chad Leon and Darrel Minugh in 3rd at 9.24 pounds. There weren’t many swimbait or A-Rig bass taken, but I think with the amount of trout plants growing and the water cooling, fishermen in our area are gearing up for the swimbait bite. The best techniques have been plastics on the drop-shot with green pumpkin or Pro Gold working best for numbers. Fishermen reported that you could see a number of fish on the graph, but you had to get through the squawfish and carp to get to the bass. There was an 8-pound carp brought in, and one team kept landing the squawfish to 26 inches on their spoons. Overall, the action was much better than anticipated based upon the past few weeks.”

Jake Figgs of Valley Rod and Gun was on the lake recently, and he said, “The water temperature hasn’t cooled off to the ideal range just yet, and the bait is scattered throughout the water column. I found my best action around rocky structure from Windy Gap to Sycamore with 6-inch shad-patterned plastics on a 6-foot drop-shot leader.”

In the lower Kings River, Figgs reported continued good action for planted rainbows with Panther Martin spinners, nightcrawlers, or Pautske’s Fire Balls in the transitions from fast to slow water from Winton Park to the Alta Weir. The flows have slowed with the water releases on the wane.

Pine Flat dropped slightly from 41 to 40 percent.

 

Millerton Reservoir

The water releases at Millerton have slowed down, and the bass bite has improved despite the recent full moon. Millerton has been a challenge for local bass fishermen, but it improved considerably in time for Saturday’s Kerman Bass Club event.

Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun said, “The bass have been scattered up the river arm, but you have to search around to find them. Plastics on the drop-shot or wacky rig have been the top producers, and there were plenty of limits weighed in by the 20-plus boats participating in the tournament. It was a seven-fish limit, and Merritt Gilbert from our shop was out with his partner, Mike Matthews, and they took 4th with a limit over 12 pounds. It took over 13 pounds for seven for first place.”

Jake Figgs of Valley Rod and Gun reported the best action are found in the river arm at depths from 35 to 40 feet with finesse techniques of plastics on the drop-shot as the bass are loading up on shad.

At Eastman, the largemouth bass bite has been solid for largemouth bass under 16 inches as the larger fish have been reluctant to feed. Steve Newman said, “The larger fish have been thin, but the smaller largemouth bass under 16 inches are feeding well. They will eat if you get it in front of them, and plastics on a Tokyo- or Texas Rig in baits such as the Yamamoto Cowboy or 10-inch plastics are working best. You have to get it in front of their face and hold it there. The bass are holding on the bottom on either island tops, drop off, or saddles at depths from 25 to 40 feet, and the flats aren’t holding many bass right now.”

Millerton dropped from 50 to 47 percent prior to the releases ceasing with Eastman holding at 46 percent.

 

O’Neill Forebay/San Luis Reservoir

The O’Neill Forebay has been the hot spot for Central Valley and San Jose-area striped bass anglers with numbers of linesides taken on a variety of techniques. The California Aqueduct is also showing signs of life for stripers while the main lake is perking up as well.

 

Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said, “The forebay has been very good for numbers, and there is a lot of bait moving around there. Check 13 or the old launch ramp at Medieros have been the top two locations, and there is still grass along the shorelines so boaters are having the best action. Float tubers or kayaks are working the main channel with ripbaits or jerkbaits.”

Jake Figgs of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The Storm GT 360 search bait or Magnum Flukes are working best, and the numbers have been solid, but the size is limited.” Steve Newman of Valley Rod added, “You can put together a legal limit at the forebay, but you have to go through a number of undersized linesides. In the aqueduct, the water is clearing up, and bait is moving through. Anglers are tossing Duo Realis jerkbaits, Lucky Craft Pointers, Strike King’s Sexy Dogs, or Heddon Spooks, and they are changing out the hooks since the original hooks are being straightened out.

 

In the big lake, Clements reported a good striper bait as the fish are moving into the shallows around Portuguese Cove early or late, and there is a ripbait and topwater bite taking place. The ima Big Stick, the Evergreen SV150, the Sixth Sense Mud Dog 150, or the River2Sea Rover 128 have all been big sellers. The stripers aren’t boiling, but one or two shad are popping up, and fishermen are casting to the swirls. After the topwater bite dies, fishermen are dropping minnows or trolling Lucky Craft 128’s in threadfin shad, American shad, or Ghost Minnow in either Portuguese Cove or the mouth of Portuguese.”

 

Roger George of Roger’s Guide Service said, “San Luis Reservoir lake levels seem to be stabilizing, and it’s helped the overall striper bite. Anglers soaking minnows are doing the best, but there has also been a decent topwater bite at times in the main coves while the troll action has been sporadic at best. I expect the bite to improve over the next few weeks if they keep pumping in water. I scouted this week after a sick guest cancelled, and the troll bite was slow early and better near noon in 60- to 70 feet of water on minnow colors of Lucky Crafts. I ended up with 20 school fish up to 24 inches in the 65/66- degree water after I found some active fish schools in the middle of some large flats on the north shore. I’m having buddies doing decently on topwater baits in the main coves, but they aren’t seeing many boils. Everyone has been waiting for the lake to stop falling. I’m doing my Downrigger 101 class on Dec 5 at the Fresno Sportsman’s Warehouse at 6:00 p.m. covering downrigger and sonar basics for striper fishing. Call me at (559) 905-2954 to pre register for the limited seating 2 hour class . Cost $50 “

The lake dropped to 43 percent.

 

Bass Lake

The bass bite continues to be slow with the bass feeding on bluegill with no consistent pattern as they are scattered from the surface to 60 feet. Senkos in green pumpkin are working best as this mimics the bluegill. Trout trolling remains slow, but it will improve with upcoming plants by the end of the month. The Sheriff’s Motor Fee is enforced on a year-round basis now. A webcam of the lake is available atbasslakeca.com/index.php. The lake dropped from 61 to 56 percent, but the public launch ramp is problematic for larger boats.

 

Wishon/Courtright Reservoir

The Wishon Village RV Park and Store has closed for the season, and anglers will have to be prepared by bringing up all supplies as bait and tackle will not be available at the lake. The trout bite remains outstanding for both bank fishermen and trollers with the rainbows running from 13 to 14 inches to the occasional 17-inch trout with Kastmasters in frog or Speedy Shiners in nickel along with Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler behind a dodger in front of the dam, near the river inlet, along the east side, and at depths from 20 to 30 feet. Shore fishermen are scoring at the mouth of Short Hair Creek, the dam, and the boat launch with inflated nightcrawlers or trout dough bait. The lake remains high enough for launching a boat with no problems. 

At Courtright, colder weather has limited the number of anglers heading to the highest elevation lake in the area, but there is still good action for trollers with the increased opportunity for a quality brown trout with Apex lures, Needlefish, or Krocodile spoons from the surface to 20 feet. Shore fishing is best along both sides of the dam or near the boat launch with trout dough bait, night crawlers, or salmon eggs. The lake level remains relatively high for this time of year, but the levels have been fluctuating with the need for power generation. The windows for action will become shorter as the region gets colder at the 7000 feet elevation level.



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