Fishing Reports


Fishing remained fair to good during this latest stretch of hot weather. We have a good thermo present with cool water still present from 50' on down and decent numbers of fish can be found in a wide area feeding close to this depth. The water most heavily fished the last couple of days has been the 85' - 170' range with some fish being taken in as close as 50' very early in the morning. The best baits have remained to be the Blue Dolphin, Blue Mixed Veggies, Modified Blue Dolphin, Smashmouth and Shanster in standard sizes of all makes and the Blue Sparkle Dreamweaver spoon has worked well later in the morning when the steelhead wake up. The Trash Can dodger with the yellow and red dot Spin'n'Glo continues to fish near bottom too. The two things that have triggered most of our recent success are the presence of slicks with bait fish around them and our trolling direction. If you find a slick with bait and aren't catching fish, try crossing the slick at different angles each time instead of riding in or parallel to it. When you start hitting fish, note your course and speed and circle so that you can duplicate your approach each time you cross. Generally a course 180 degrees opposite your original course, likely with a different speed, will also be successful.

Pier fishing appears to still be good for those just wanting to catch something. Large sheep head and the occasional catfish have been providing most of the action. Bass fishing in the channel appears to be pretty good too as I've noticed a number of Bass boats working the shorelines as we've been traveling to and from the lake. Most fisherman appear to be slowly working soft plastics. As for perch, I looked at a photo the other day so that I can identify one the next time I see one.

For those of you that get to use your boats for a little of everything, the water is a very comfortable 75 - 77 degrees and the layer of warm water is thick enough that even your toes stay warm while floating around. Please remember to not swim while drifting directly in front of the piers, it's kind of like playing on a freeway. It's just a bad idea.

Good luck and have a great week,

Matt Whitney



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