Fish and Game had trout plants scheduled for Alpine Lake, Angels Creek, Beaver Creek, White Pines Lake and the North Fork of the Stanislaus River this week. For a complete listing of plants throughout the state, go to dfg.ca.gov/ fish/ hatcheries/fishplanting.
Highway 4 corridor
By Bill Reynolds, Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
Ebbetts Pass is now open. The high country lakes are still partially frozen, but some of creeks are fish-able. The road to Spicer Reservoir is now completely open and the dock is in the water. Top lining seemed to work the best as the fish are still toward the top. The last we heard about Lake Alpine, the new dock is still not in.
Ebbetts Pass is now open. The high country lakes are still partially frozen, but some of creeks are fish-able. This week’s trout plants include White Pines Lake, Beaver Creek, North Fork of the Stanislaus, Angels Creek, and Lake Alpine.
White Pines Lake: White Pines Lake located near Arnold will be planted this week. Bait casters should try using Berkley Gulp Eggs, Galic Power Eggs, Garlic Power Bait, Power Bait, Salmon Peach Power Bait, Grape Nymph Power Bait, Berkley Mice Tails, Berkley Gulp Worms, salmon eggs, and Nightcrawlers with a sliding sinker rig or with a cast-a-bubble rig with 30″-36″ leader. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Mepps, Blue Fox spinners, Berkley Splinter Spoons, and Thomas Bouyants. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, sparrow nymphs, adams, female adams, humpy’s, blue wing olive, pale morning dun, caddis flies, ants, and bead head nymphs.
North Fork of the Stanislaus: You can check the flows for The North Fork of the Stanislaus by going to dreamflows.com. The North Fork of the Stanislaus will be planted this week. Lure fishermen should try Rapala’s, Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Mepps, Blue Fox spinners, Daiwa Lures, Kastmasters, Berkley Splinter Spoons, and Thomas Bouyants. Bait casters should try using salmon eggs, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Garlic Power Eggs, Berkley Mice Tails, Berkley Gulp Woms, Nightcrawlers, and crickets with a split shot rig. Fly fishermen should try wooly buggers, caddis flies, adams, ants, para light cahill, royal wulff, and bead head nymphs. Camping at the Sourgrass area will be limited to disperse camping only. Remember you will need a campfire permit.
Big Trees State will be open for camping on a first come, first serve basis in the North Grove only. The Oak Hollow campground will be open for Memorial Day. You can contact Big Trees State Park at 209 795–3840 for more information regarding the Park.
Beaver Creek: . Beaver Creek will be planted this week. Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Mepps,and Blue Fox spinners. Bait fishermen should try nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, crickets, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Garlic Power Eggs, and Berkley Gulp Worms. Fly fishermen should try adams, pale morning dun, female para adams, blue wing olive, humpy’s, ants, and bead head nymphs.
Spicer Res.: The road to Spicer is now completely open and the dock is in the water.Fly fishermen should try ants, woolly buggers, sparrow nymphs, stone flies, caddis, bead head nymphs, mayflies, adams, femmale adams, blue wing olive, gnats, and PMD. Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin’s, Rooster Tails, Vibrax Bullet’s, Mepps, and Kastmasters. Bait casters should try Berkley Salmon Peach, Garlic Power Bait, Garlic Power Bait, Gulp Eggs, New Gulp Hollow Worms, Berkley Mice Tails, Gulp Garlic Power Bait, salmon eggs, crickets, and nightcrawlers on a sliding sinker rig or with a cast-a-buble rig. Trollers should try using Apex, Wedding Rings, Glitter Bugs, Needlefish, Cripplure, Humdinger, Berkley Atomic Teazer behind your favoorite flasher or dodger tipped with either a nightcrawler or berkley maggots. Try using scent on your bait to leave a scent trail. It does work. Top lining seemed to work the best as the fish are still toward the top. HOBART CREEK IS NOT OPEN TO FISHING AS IS THE LAKE LEVEL FLOW UNTIL JULY 1ST. 2013. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake.
Lake Alpine: Lake Alpine is due to be planted this week Try using Berkley Garlic Power Eggs, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Berkley Garlic Gulp, Gulp Garlic Eggs, and Salmon Peach, Grape Nymph Power Bait, Mice Tails, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers, using a sliding sinker rig with a 30″ leader. Fly fishermen should try sparrow nymphs, woolly buggers, stone flies, and bead head nymphs. Fish slow with a intermediate sinking line for the best results. Lure fishermen should try using Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, Vibrax Bulletts, Thomas Bouyants, and Mepps. The last we heard the new dock is still not in.
By Melanie Lewis, Glory Hole Sports
New Melones Lake is currently 990 feet above sea level and 97 feet from full. Water temperature is warming daily with the average being 68-72 degrees. The lake is slightly stained with mud lines forming near the shore in the afternoon.
Trout: Fair. The trout are feeding in the main lake and near the mouths of major creek arms. There is a large population of shad in the lake, and the trout are targeting them as their primary forage. The shad vary in size from 2-5 inches. Also, there is a short period of time in the mornings and evenings where the trout will be feeding on the surface. Trolling anglers try using your electronics to find large balls of shad. The trout will be near them waiting for a few to stray away from the school. Use shad patterned Needlefish, Excel spoons, and Rapalas, to target these fish. The brown trout bite has been good for a few weeks now. The browns are feeding on large shad and small kokanee. To target these fish try trolling in 30-50 feet of water with a J11 Rapala or a small boot tail swim bait. Bank anglers have been catching a few trout using a Power Egg/crawler combo or fan casting a Kastmaster.
Kokanee: Good. Most anglers are finding their limits in a few hours of fishing. Main lake near the spillway, and the dam have been the most productive areas to locate schools. The fish will be closer to the surface in the morning. Try trolling 20-30 feet until the sun comes up, then drop down to 40-50 feet throughout the afternoon. Pink has been the hot color with orange coming in a close second. Uncle Larry’s spinners have been working well, and come in many different fish catching colors. Also, small micro hoochies, and bugs have been getting bites. Often times when the fish aren’t biting it is a good idea to put on a large sling blade. The larger blade swinging violently through the school will aggravate the fish into biting. Be sure to tip your baits with dyed and scented shoe peg corn. Pro Cure scents that work are garlic, anise, carp spit, and kokanee special.
Bass: Fair. The fish are finishing up with the spawn and are in a post-spawn mode. The majority of fish have pulled off the bank due to dropping water levels. They will move up in the morning and evenings to feed and then head out to deeper water midday. Early morning top water bite has been good. Try using a walk the dog type bait such as a Spook, Rover, or Sammy. Or, twitch a popper near the shoreline. Add a feather tail to your bait to improve the action and get a few more blow-ups. Once the top water bite dies, switch to a soft plastic presentation. A Carolina rig with a brush hog is a great way to cover water and fish at various depths. Also, try fishing a wacky rig Senko on main lake structure. Natural crawdad colors are working well and brighter colors will stand out better in stained water.
Catfish: Good. The larger catfish are moving to shallow water to spawn a feed. Melones catfish tend to be fish-eaters rather than bottom foragers, so use live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies for best success. Also while bait fishing, it is a good idea to drag your bait across the bottom every few minutes to attract nearby fish. Use a sliding sinker with a bead to create a ticking noise as your bait is moving.
Crappie: Good. Try using a crappie jig with live minnow, fished under a slip-float. The crappie will suspend in standing timber and brush. Try casting past the cover and fishing your presentation into it. The night fishing bite has started to pick up. Anglers using a drop light in the backs of coves have been catching some nice crappie, bass, and trout.
By Fred Dorman
The northern cove behind the marina continues to produce some trout. Bank fishing has been better since the last plant around the usual good spots, the “Mud Hole” at the rear of the EBMUD boathouse, Rainbow and Blue Herron Points. Baits and set ups remain unchanged; anglers are using chartreuse, white or rainbow Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Pistol Pete’s and Mouse (mice) Tails, in addition pink Power Worms on a water bobber have been successful lately. Blue/silver Kastmasters are also hot right after the plant. Wooly Buggers behind a clear plastic float have also been working well. There has also been some crappie spotted along the front side of the Marina and the adjacent coves.
Trollers continue to concentrate in the South end of the Lake adjacent to the intake tower. Boaters continue to land some nice in this area. Kokanee have been elusive throughout the week. The fish have gone a bit deeper with the warming surface temperatures, most have dropped down to 40 to 60 feet. The winning combos have been Uncle Larry’s and Apex lures with night crawlers or scented corn behind medium flashers or medium size dodgers in red, blue, and chrome. Check at the Marina for all your fishing supplies, snacks, updated fishing information and hot spots.
Bass fishermen have found better luck in the river arm lately near exposed rock edges all along the shore, some activity continues at the south end and around the River mouth. White spinner baits and drop shots are still the ticket. Catfish are showing up in increasing numbers as well in the river arm.
Water level has risen since last report and is now about 10-12 feet below the spillway and is inching upward. Water temperatures are still in the mid-60s at the marina. Water clarity is good to about 15-feet plus in the marina.