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swimbait
9879 posts
June 21, 2008
Water: unk
Clarity: 2-4
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Delta - Post Spawn
Nico and I fished the WON Bass team tourney on a whim today. Haven't been out there since last year, but post spawn is usually good for some bites and action there.

Being a 6 hour event on fathers day worked out great. Blast off 5:45 - we headed in to Franks and chucked around. Had short strikes on buzzbait and swimbait, they seemed tiny. Nico caught a 2 pounder on a chatterbait.

We ran on down the old Delta and looked around up shallow to see if anything was to be seen. Lots of fry but no bass on beds. Nico tried punching the mats with a big weight and a brush hog and got bit right away.

Before I could get rigged up with the right stuff he put a limit in the boat for around 12 or 13 pounds. It was 8:15am. We continued on doing this for the next few hours and caught another 5 or 6 fish. I got one on a reaper that went 3.85. All the fish were spawned out and tired looking.

Nico only had two of the good weights, and lost one to your typical braided line breakoff (for no reason at all). He used 2 weights after that and let me keep the other good weight. It was fairly hilarious.

As the tide went out (minus tide today) there was no more water under the mats so we ran around trying frogs and swimbaits and senkos. Didn't catch any doing that. Weighed 15.69lbs and took 4th place. Surprising. I guess the bite is bad at the delta this year.

Tm Customs
1057 posts
May 23, 2008
Water: 66-70
Clarity: 2ft vis
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Wind: 25+ MPH
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Windy Delta Trip
Fished the delta sat-sun in the rio vista isleton area. First day I didnt get on the water till around noon. Had a tuff time getting a pattern getting there on low time couldnt get much going. First fish was a solid 3 on the spro frog then boated 4 more keepers 1.5-2.5lbs on a 5" senko green pumkin with char tail fishing sparse weed clumps. Proceeded to throw the frog for a hour or so with nothing so I ran to a isolated marina to escape the wind. I fished hollow belly swimbaits (lucky strike 4.5") along the side of boats for 4 more fish 2-3lbs. The fishing was slow with all the folks I talked too so I headed back to camp stopping to fish the frog on the way back with one more taker close to 3. I took a break from fishing from about 6:30 till 7:30 then fished crankbaits (duel hardcore #1 pained shad color) on rip rap banks with exellent sucess as soon as the tide came back in I ended the day with around 14lbs for 5 and 22 total fish 4 of which were short two of them being small mouth

The second day I got up early 6:30 and fished the rip rap on top with a Ima Skimmer and Sammy 100 only got a few fish 4, 3 of which were short so I decided to go eat and wait for it to warm up abit. Proceeded to try the frog in the afternoon with nothing. Fished a few rip rap points the the hardcore #1 and got 5 fish 1-2lbs. After that I went back to fishing the hollow belly around docks with decent sucess Also swaped the hollow belly out for the cheaper bass pro shops shad o which also wored well and was more durable. Ended the day with approx 15 fish nothing much over 3lbs again

Tm Customs
1057 posts
May 14, 1990
Water: 62-65
Clarity: 6ft visiblity
Level: est 50ft from full
Wind: est 10mph
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4 day house boat trip
Went up to shasta with Mikes Z-260 for four days of fishing on shasta. First day we got on the water around 7:30-8:00 and fish the marina at silver thorn cought several fish off the backs of the boats that were sticking, and in some cases spawning on the out drives of the boats and docks. Mike got them pretty well with a bait that looked very similar to a lucky craft bevy shad 65 in chartuse shad, I used a darter head with a fluke and a weightless nose hooked 4" shad colored worm. Both approches cought fish, we probably got close to 20 small fish out of the marina the first day all right at 1lb or less. We proceded to fish main lake points with hula grubs and twin tail grubs with very good sucess a few on drop shot and a handfull on cranks. On the last day I found the ultmate combo that the fish could not resist which was a silder bass grub (grub with a paddle tail) in pearl on a 1/8oz ball head fished this combo the last night for 40-50 fish in 1.5 hrs. We tryed top water every morning and night with decent sucess, most fish are too small to eat most of the baits we threw but we did manange around 10-15 between us on to every day Mike thew the spittin immage, while I had my best sucess on the Ima Skimmer. Big Fish for our four days was only 1.5lbs most fish being 1 lb or less, we probably got at least 30 fish between the two of us every day if not more.

Mikes Z-260
49 posts
April 26, 2008
Water: 63.2-64.8
Clarity: Clear 15' vis
Level: 8' from top
Wind: 5-10 mph
Baro: 30.5
Fishing Report 4-26-2009
Fished 5 hours saturday with only 2 fish biggest going 5lbs 10oz and the other was 2lb both Smallmouth. Fishing was very slow and if your looking for beds like I was there better not be any wind. Fish have already spawned and some females are guarding beds, males are long gone. With alot of patience you can get the females to bite. Fished sunday for 4 hours and had alot of followers on a BBZ-1 Shad, but no takers.

FishnDaddy
0 posts
April 17, 2008
Water: 67
Clarity: clear
Level: low
Wind: breezy
Baro: na
Fish caught
Fished this lake on 4/15/09, 4/16/09. On the 15th my son and I were able 2 catch 2 rainbows. Small, state fish. Also that day we had one bluegill and something really big hit our nightcrawler. Big carp in the shallows. You can see the big shadows. Biggest carp look like 25-30lbs.

On the 16th I set myself to see what kind of bass, if any, would hit. With a drop shot rig, using a minnow, I was able 2 catch 2 largemouth. Both were under 2lbs. Carp caught on a cornstarch based dough bait. It was 13lbs.

russnyders
0 posts
April 11, 1990
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Great Fishing @ Calero Res.
With Lake Anderson closed due to lack of staff for the mussel inspections, Richard and I had no choice but to go to Calero Reservoir. Starting off at the back of Bailey Cove, we threw spinnerbaits and jigs but had no luck. The water was quite dirty due to the run off from the storms we had last week. Around 10am, we made a move to the flats located between the two damns. The water clarity here is much better, about 2-3 feet. Richard throws out a tube on a 7’6” light rod spooled with 4 pound test, and hooks a good one. He did an excellent job fighting the fish on the light line, and after a few minute battle, he lands a 5 pounder. Ten minutes later Richard casts his tube right up on the bank and hooks another good one. The bass repeatedly jumped out of the water, but we finally land the fish. This time it was a healthy 6 pounder. Moving back and forth on this 100 yard stretch of bank we catch a few more 2-3 pounders on tubes and a Snag Proof Frog. It’s now 11am and out of nowhere the wind kicks up and starts to blow hard out of the north. Trying to get out of the wind, we move to the back of Cherry Cove, but find four other boats already camped out. Bouncing around the lake we try to find another hot spot, but have no luck. Finally we go back to the spot we caught them earlier. Fishing a little deeper this time, 10-20 feet, we catch 10 more fish. The largest one was about 3 pounds. The fact this spot was a south facing bank, was the reason we were catching so many bass. South facing banks are good in the spring for two reasons, protection from cold north winds and direct sun exposure throughout the day. We both spent quite a bit of time throwing swimbaits, but only had a couple short strikes.


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russnyders
0 posts
March 27, 2008
Water: 58
Clarity: 2-3 feet
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Wind: N 10-25
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Bass Fishing @ Cal Delta
It’s 6:30 Thursday morning and Tong, Tim and I launch out of Russo’s Marina. We make a 15-minute run south and fish the mouth of a dead end slough near Orwood. The tide had just peaked and started to push out. Using a Shell Cracker on a tulle point, a nice bass swirled on the swimbait, but missed it. As the tide continued to push out, we moved into Rock Slough, but found no action. Finally we caught a couple on weighted senkos on the outside of Mandeville Island. Around 1pm we took a break and had some lunch back at Russo’s Marina. The guy in the small tackle shop told us there has been some chemical spraying going on in order to kill off the vegetation in the water. These areas that were sprayed were definitely lacking baitfish and bass. As the tide started to bottom out, we stayed in Franks Track and focused on fishing the breaks in the levy wall. The wind was blowing pretty well so we stayed on the north side. Using jigs, senkos, and brush hogs, we caught around a dozen fish, with the largest weighing around 3.5 pounds. The water was quite dirty so black and red was our color of choice.
The next day I went out alone and launched out of Orwood Marina at around 6:15. With my video camera attached to a tripod in the back of my boat, I had high hopes of capturing some good footage. Flipping a ½ ounce black and red jig, I stick a 5.2 and a 2 pounder right outside Discovery Bay. Then moving south with the tide I make a stop at Coney Island. Fishing a deep hole just out side a big grass flat, I catch a 5.5 pounder on a ½ ounce red spinnerbait. I stuck that fish on my very first cast. Thinking I was about to get into them pretty good, I stayed around that general area for a little over an hour, but catch nothing else. There were plenty of nice healthy weeds and clear water around Coney Island and many other parts of the South Delta. These areas have not yet been chemically sprayed like most of the areas farther north. I then head over to a dead end slough near Rivers End Marina. I spot a 5 pounder with its nose on the bank. Casting a frog up on the shore and then dragging it in, the frog gets smashed as soon as it touched the water. I search for more bass in that dead end slough, but find nothing. Right as the tide started to push back in, I move north to the main channel outside Widow Island. With my new injected Lunker Punker Jr. in hand, I fire a cast to a large piece of wood on a deep rock bank. I work the swimbait a few feet off the bank and then bring it to a stop, a couple seconds later a 7 pounder slurps it off the surface. I fished a couple more areas after that but caught nothing else. Only five bites all day, but I had around 25 pounds of bass. The funny thing is, every fish came on different lures and spots. This time of year that is pretty unusual, especially at the Delta. During the prespawn usually when you find one big fish, you have found a bunch. This was not the case today.

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russnyders
0 posts
March 25, 2008
Water: 58
Clarity: Stained
Level: 10 ft. from full
Wind: North 10-25
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Great Fishing @ Lake Sonoma
It’s 8am, Max his father Carl and I pull up to the ramp. The weather is perfect and all of us are excited to get out on the water. For them, this is the beginning of a five day adventure. The first two days will be spent teaching them the basics of bass fishing since they are relatively new to the sport. Then they will be fishing from a canoe they brought for the next three days. We were committed to the north side of the lake since we wanted to find areas within a canoe ride of the boat-in campsite. Starting at the back of the Dry Creek arm, Max and Carl both hook up within the first 15 minutes. We were fishing tubes and baby brush hogs on a rock pile just outside a big spawning flat. Then moving up onto the flat Max catches three more fish holding on wood. Later we made a move to Cherry Creek. Starting at the very back we were unsuccessful. We finally got into a few when we moved out towards the mouth and fished some steep rocky backs. Deciding the right color bait really depended on where you were fishing. The water color would drastically change from one spot to the next. Darker browns and oranges seemed to work well in the dirty water, and natural colors like green pumpkin worked in the clear water. I spent most of the day throwing reaction baits and jigs. The bass wouldn’t touch a spinner bait, which was surprising due to the fact the wind was blowing pretty good, and I missed about 90% of the bites on the jig. For 2-3 pounders soft plastics were working great. Max and his father caught around a dozen bass. After having a relaxing night at the Yorty Creek boat in campsite, we woke up early Friday morning ready to catch a few more. The beginning of the day we really struggled. Fishing the north part of the narrows, we battled the wind just to catch a couple small ones. It wasn’t until the early afternoon when we finally got into them. We went to the same spot we started Tuesday morning, in the back of the Dry Creek Arm. They weren’t on that rock pile so we moved farther back up the arm and found a ledge that went from four to eight feet. The water was super clear, and if it wasn’t for the wind, you could probably see the bass. Using senkos, we caught seven fish. The largest was around three pounds. Right before we had to call it a day, I got a couple short strikes on a Huddleston swimbait. I wish I had a trailer hook, but it would be a little difficult because of the amount of wood at Lake Sonoma.
After I took off on Wednesday night, Max and his father Carl stuck around for a few more days and fished from their canoe. Talking to them on Sunday, I was happy to hear they caught quite a few fish with the techniques I had taught them. They even managed to catch a few on a spinnerbait with a baitcasting reel I had let them borrow.

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davidfv1999
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March 6, 1990
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trout
DFG stocks every other week during season sometimes every 3. 2 nice little ponds although I've never known them to stalk the north pond unless i'ts maybe a derby? They stocked on thurs. 3/05 and they were jumping out of the water and biting like crazy off of garlic power bait although I started off with a super duper 501 and saw the fish werent taking to it. Most under a pound but friday morning went back and caught a 1.5 lb. trout. They were still going crazy over garlic and in the same spot. Got at least 12 this morning but threw them all back (except the 1.5 pounder). The last trout plant most were over a pound with a few 2 pounders fat and juicy.

russnyders
0 posts
February 20, 2008
Water: 54
Clarity: stained
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Wind: North 5-10
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Lake Anderson fishing report
The first big storm of the year rolled through last week. It was quite cold and nasty. Once last weeks storm passed, it warmed up quite fast. Having three consecutive days of warm weather, I figured flipping wood should be a solid afternoon pattern.
We put the boat in around 12:30, and worked our way up the main lake, jumping from one piece of wood to the next. The water was still quite cold, 54 degrees, so we made sure to work our baits slow. Starting out with Brush Hogs and Jigs, we were unsuccessful. Finally after tying on a 6” green pumpkin senko, rigged wacky style, we picked up a couple. Both were between one and two pounds, quite small for what this pattern can produce, especially considering the time of year and weather conditions. After fishing every piece of wood from the damn to the top of the lake, we made a trip to the back of Packwood Cove.
They were stacked back there pretty good. Fishing in 2-10 feet of water with tubes and senkos, we caught eight more fish. Most were between 2 and 2.5 pounds. Recently the bass seem to move to the backs of the coves on warmer days. The spawn is near, and it looks like the bass at Lake Anderson are starting to get prepared.



 
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