Folsom Lake fishing report by Mike Tremont

Folsom 3-5-2017

Temp. 40 to 55 rain with hail showers.

Wind was 5 to about 25 during a downpour.

Water temp. 46 to 50,

stained 6 inch visibility.
Fished the local High School Tournament put on by Vista del Lago HS. Each boat has 2 anglers from a high school fishing team. The HS Anglers fish for their own 5 fish limit and the boater fishes for one fish in a big fish only option. I prefished Saturday, the water levels have been fluctuating greatly with all the recent rain. Between 2/10 and 3/5 the high water level was 450 and the low of 400. With all this and the lingering cold water temps, the fish were not very active. I committed to the main body of the lake. Found some nice groups of fish in the 20 foot range outside of some coves and off of some points. I threw a number of known fish catching baits at them with no takers! I threw spinnerbaits, A-Rig and my trusty pointers on some flats, nothing! Deciding that some smaller baits like tubes, baby brush hogs and 4″ fat worms would increase my odds of getting bit, everything else went in the rod locker.
Working a rocky flat with a few stumps I got my one and only prefish bite. Chunky spot that ate a 4″ green pumpkin Senko, covered in Smelly Jelly. Surprise to me, it was in about 2 feet of water. That was a pattern I was going to focus on in the tournament. I was paired with Daniel and Tony from Vista del Lago. They were ready and had similar results from their prefish. At 8:30 I got bit and landed a nice 4lb Spot on a green pumpkin tube dipped in chartreuse dye on an 1/8 darthead. Having a little confidence that we were doing the right thing, I put my rod down and let the kids go at it while I tried to keep them in good position. The grind was on, doubts creeping in my head as 2 hours passed without another bite. I grabbed a rod with a Zappu head and trick worm. Many more casts and finally a bite, but it was gone that fast! One of the team had a Smallie Beaver on a darthead rigged which he threw in immediately where I was just bit. Fish on! They landed a nice little 2 pounder. I put my rod down again for some time. I really wanted these guys to do well, but the fish weren’t cooperative! We kept moving around trying different baits. I picked my rod back up and instantly wished I hadn’t, I landed another 4 pounders!

Knowing we have decent fish around is great, but me catching them is not helping! I put the rod down again and kept my guys in good position, until the wind really started going. It was time to seek shelter behind a hill. There were several other boats with the same idea. There was also a huge school of fish down in 20′, but they would not bite! The water was also 46 degrees! We had an hour left and decided to try one other spot close to the ramp. The wind had really shifted and was blowing. On our way in we found some good size waves and the ride was rough, even in a 21′ Champion! We stopped outside the ramp area and discussed our options. They made a great decision to call it a day. We had a great pizza lunch, raffle while the wind laid down as the sun was coming out. 

Simple and effective baits all found at outdoorproshop.com were the key. While there were some that did better, there were many that didn’t even get bit. Remember what’s important is the learning and to remain safe when you’re out there!

 

 

Destination Oroville and Lake Shasta


 

I got a call from fellow anglers Christopher Freeman and Cody Derby to tag along on a fishing trip to Lake Shasta.  I thought it would be good practice before the Future Pro Tour Classic on Lake Oroville scheduled for early March.
As we made our way to the lake, we started calling around for room availability, after about 4 calls and because of the Pro Am at Shasta there was nothing available until Saturday.   So we changed our plan and decided to fish Lake Oroville on Saturday, and then head up to Lake Shasta for a full day of fishing Sunday.  A perfect plan for me!

Lake Oroville Spotted Bass
-Charlie King

Lake Oroville is known for a variety of fish (large mouth and small mouth bass, chinook, catfish, white crappie to name a few) and we went looking for bass.   The air temperature was just around freezing as we pulled up to the spillway ramp at daylight, the sky was crystal clear and just a slight breeze on the water. The lake has received a lot of rain the last few weeks and is at 80% of capacity.

The water was slightly stained and a lot of wood and debris floating around.  Once we made it to our first stop, at Middle Fork, the water temp was 46 to 49 degrees and the water falls were running and absolutely beautiful. I tried the A-rig and Spinnerbait early, fish weren’t interested so I switched to drop-shot and a small swimbait.  The Drop Shot and small Swimbait produced the best bite in the 15 to 35 feet range.   As the sun started to warm the day, we were able to get fish on points and the bluff walls all the way back to the main lake.   Once we made it back to the main lake, Chris got on a small Jig bite in 15 to 20 feet on under water humps, we finished the day catching about 15 to 20 fish and enjoyed the outdoors and awesome views Lake Oroville has to offer.

Lake Oroville Spotted Bass Anglers Charlie , Chris and Cody

We got off the water in time to stop by to say hi to the folks at North Valley Tackle and pick up a few things for our next day of fishing on Lake Shasta.  Chris’s wonderful wife Mary had already booked our stay at the Bridge Bay Resort right on Lake Shasta and all we had to do was make the drive!

Lake Shasta, wow – what a beautiful lake to wake to!  Snow covered mountains and Bald Eagles flying around, we couldn’t wait to hit the water! Now the first thing we noticed was the outside temperature was about 10 degrees warmer than the day before, with quite a bit of cloud cover in the sky.  Now like Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta has received a bunch of rain and is filling nicely.  The water clarity and temp is just about the same as Oroville. We focused on the Pit River arm of the lake and made the run to some stuff similar to what we finished on yesterday at Oroville.


I think Cody got the first fish on an underspin and little swimbait, Chris and I were throwing small jigs and picked up where we left off yesterday. The fish wanted that jig on the bottom and not moved at all! We got most of the fish in 15 to 20 foot range and had 10lbs for are best 5 by 8:30 am. I also was able to get the spotted bass to eat the A-rig that day and got several fish on it, but they were smaller than the jig fish.

Lake Shasta Spotted Bass Charlie and Chris

Over all we got about 30 fish that day and had a blast.  As we set in the middle of a big cove around noon, taking pictures and just admiring the beautiful surroundings, a Bald Eagle swooped down about 30 yards away and plucked his lunch out of the water, it was incredible to see. What a way to end this awesome weekend! I want to thank Chris and Mary Freeman and Cody Derby for inviting me along.  I also want to thank my wife Natalie and daughters Melissa & Rebecca for their support, love you guys!

DROP SHOT: Okuma TCS 7’2” Rod paired with Okuma Helios Hx-25s Reel with 5lb test Fins 40G.
A-RIG: Okuma Guide Select 7’11” Rod and Okuma Komodo 350 with 50lb Fins windtamer Braid. The
JIG: Okuma TCS 7’ jig rod paired with Okuma Helios TCS 8:1:1 gear ratio with 12lb floro line

 

 

Lake Camanche Fishing Report

Camanche Reservoir Map

Lake Camanche Fishing Report

Late Fall Early Winter

Weather-37-60 deg overcast-partly sunny

Water Temp 57 deg

Water color -Clear to 9ft 

Lake Camanche is fishing good for Quality Bass right now. You can catch bass several different ways. Ron Howe and Charlie King had a great day on the water, The lake is about 50 ft higher than last year at the same time, so it was Like a new lake to us. We started off close to the ramp on the River Channel bend near the North Fork ramp, despite all the recent news about the lake there was only 4-6 boats at the North Ramp.  There is a solid Alabama Rig Bite right now all over the lake, this bite was good till about 1130 when it got cooler and breezy the Rig bite slowed down. Fish were holding in the 10-15ft range on drop offs. We caught a mixed bag of Spotted Bass and Largemouth Bass.

 “Ron Howe with a Nice Lake Camanche Largemouth Bass”

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We also caught fish on 1/2 oz Jigs and Tubes as well as Small swimbaits in 15-20ft of water on the main body near Offshore flats and Island Tops. The fish were knocking slack in the line! We could get 2-3 Bites in a Spot and then it would shut down so we would continue to bounce around making our way up river for the afternoon. 

“Ron Howe holds up a nice Mixed Pair of Largemouth and Spotted Bass”

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The Main Body was dominated with Spotted Bass, so we moved up river to try new water. As the wind picked up we had to make changes to get bites, it was surprising that with increasing clouds and a breeze that the reaction bite slowed down, so We made adjustments and changed to a Darthead in 1/16 oz with a 7″ Morning Dawn worm. You had to shake the bait just right to trigger bites. Unlike the Main Body Bait chasers the fish up river were chewing Craws, you could see the Red raw color in there jaws. We would throw our baits close to chunk rocks with steep walls, shake the worm and then it was on! The fish were moving deeper twords the end of the day in the 25-30ft range. And these fish were dominate Largemouth.

“Charlie King Holds up a Largemouth Bass caught in 30ft on a Darthead” 

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“Charlie King holds up a pair of Lake Camanche Spotted Bass”  

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Lake Oroville Report by Danny Cross

Lake Oroville Map

Lake Oroville report for 10/21 – 10/29

 

I was able to get up to Oroville for 2 events the last 2 weekends. The season closer of Future Pro Tour and The North Valley Tackle Open. The FPT had a 74 boat field and was won with 9.25lbs and the North Valley Open was 9.26lbs with 61 boats. Water temps ranged from 60-62 and weather was overcast to mild rain.

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Prefish was our best day of course, we had around 11 lbs by 8:30am. The biggest of that bag was a 3lb largemouth and a couple 2s.  FPT we weighed in 9.03 for 4th and 7.11 for 25th at the North Valley Open. The typical Oroville 1- 1.3 lb fish were abundant to say the least. We averaged around 50 fish per day every day we fished. Weeding through them and finding the bigger bites is key as always here where ounces count but we just couldn’t find those key bites on tournament day.

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Our main areas of focus were steep bluff walls with any change (ie. Shale to granite, boulders to red clay etc),  and points leading into shallower water. Every fish we caught was regurgitating small bait fish so we matched the forage. Most of our bigger fish were caught on an arig and spinner bait earlier in the day and backed up with numbers by finessing with either a shakey head or dopshot with bait imitating plastics. Depth range we focused on was 2-20ft.

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                It was great to get out there again as we haven’t fished any events in a few months. Oroville is always a fun lake especially when it’s like this and your catching fish ALL day long.  Big thanks to Vince and crew at the FPT and Jamey,  Dan and Jason at North Valley for putting on these events, and of course Sacramento Black Rifle, Monster Fishing Tackle, RB Bass, Dobyns Rods, River2Sea, Eyesurrender, and Big Bass Dreams. Look forward to seeing you all out there next time Danny Cross

 

Camp Far West Fishing Report

Camp Far West map

I spent the morning on one of my favorite little lakes. Let me tell you this place is on fire right now. I caught topwater fish until I had to leave for work. The bait I was using was a River2sea Whopper Plopper, I also caught a few on a glide bait as well. The main body had a slight stain but you could see about 4 feet, and the back off the pockets were muddy from the few carp left spanning. Definitely a fun, and relaxing day on the water.

Austin Camp Far

Lake Oroville Fishing Report

Lake Oroville Map

Lake Oroville Fishing Report

Lake Oroville is on the rise and so is the fishing. 10-50 fish per day is a norm right now.

A lot of small fish are biting and as usual its hard to find the bigger fish. You can catch fish on a variety of baits right now including Ima Pinjack 200 crank baits , A-rigs,Spinner Baits,  Senkos and plastic worms. Fish 2-20ft for better bites. The fish are moving up with the rising water so check shallow several times a day to search for Bigger Bites. Don’t be shy to fish the dirty water the fish will be in it and ready to eat. Incoming water including creeks and the 4 river arms are all producing action.

Good Luck! RBBASS

 

 

Lake New Melones Fishing Report

New Melones Lake Map

New Melones fishing report

Hit the lake last week with Nick lynch and despite the freezing temps had a blast. Water temps were 48-50 and clarity was decent. We started our day on the first rock wall we could find, also one of the only with out scattered timber. With low lake levels most of the lake is covered in timber and plain rock is hard to come by. We started throwing jigs and drop shots and small swimbaits to no avail. After about 30 min I switched to a tube.  Melones spots love tubes and are almost always willing to hit one. First cast on the initial drop I got one about 1 1/2lbs. Second cast another and preceded to hammer them for a good hour. Nick was having success with a shaky head in morning dawn color. Most fish we got were in the 5-15 depth. Towards the end of the day around 1pm the fishing got tuff. I also threw swimbaits on main lake points, only had one bite on the huddleston but I assume it was a spot. It hammered it three times and I never hooked up. With rising water there should continue to be some good fishing shallow. Good luck out there!

Josh Parris 
Josh Parris New Melones Spotted Bass 

 

Lake Oroville Fishing Report

Lake Oroville Map

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Launched at the Bidwell ramp this morning to forty-seven to fifty degree water with a slight stain. The lake level is rising about a foot a day and the ramp was no problem. You do not need four wheel drive to launch. Started out the day throwing reaction baits on main lake points, spinner-bait and rip-bait. It didn’t take long to figure out this wasn’t gonna work.The bites just weren’t there. From there we pretty much covered the entire lake. Ended up catching a ton of fish throughout the day, most came on the drop-shot and jigs. Some came on the Senko , spinner-bait and dart-head. The fish are schooled up tight and you have to cover alot of water to find them. When you locate them you need to slow way down and let them tell you what they want. With the water rising there was a lot of trees and logs floating around. Be careful and pay attention. Hope this helps you out, Good Luck Bob Tyler
Bob Tyler Dobyns Man
Preston Henson Lake Oroville Spotted Bass

 

Folsom Lake Fishing Report March 9, 2011

Work & home has been real busy and I just needed a day off to go fishing. So I called my buddy & team partner Jim Eaton and asked if he wanted to go fish Folsom Lake on Wednesday? (it’s about 2 min from our houses) “Sure! He says, it should be getting good with all this awesome weather!” Last year in March, Jim had an extraordinary day on Folsom and the conditions seemed just right for another great day,..  Well, we were right! It was! Both our personal best with Spotted Bass!  >>> READ THE REST OF THIS REPORT >>>

Spring Time Bass Perspective

As we transition from the cold months of winter so do the Bass. Bass begin to prepare for the spawning ritual. Bass will begin to move from the deep waters of the main lake where they have been wintering to protected bays that will be warm sheltered from the cold northern winds and have fertile soil with a hard bottom. This will begin as early as February in the southern lakes and to April or may in the northern lakes. Usually once the water temp begins to climb above 55-57 deg the Bass begin to move and spread out and head to there spawning areas. It has a lot to due with the amount of sunlight we get as spring approaches. Bass will usually spawn starting at 59 deg and higher. Bass can spawn all the way until August in some lakes but will spawn deeper that late in the year. Before Bass spawn they will feed heavily and be on the search for a big meal.

Things like, spinnerbaits, grubs, senkos, jigs, swimbaits, lizards and rattle traps are typical baits to use.  These fish will not be moving fast in early spring but will be ready to eat. Bass spawn in waves and the north west faced banks with dark bottom usually will warm up first and are a good place to start, then the south banks will warm up and have another wave of fish moving in to spawn. At one time you will have Bass in pre spawn mode, spawn mode, and post spawn mode. You can start by fishing points that lead to protected bays, coves,creek arms and protected marinas. Once the fish are located you can follow them right to there spawning grounds and back out to the main lake. They will sit in areas with deep water next to these spawning flats until the weather is just right. Keep in mind deep water is relative to the area you are fishing and can be as little as 5ft. If a creek channel swings into a bank this is a good place to look for pre spawn bass as they use these creek channels like migration highways to there spawning flat. If there is any cover adjacent to the spawning areas these are good places to look in pre spawn as well and will be where the Big bass retreat to if spooked or any cold front move through and make her hold off from the spawn. Keep in mind these Bass are looking for warmer water as the females need to incubate there eggs. They will many times suspend and sit in trees or docks before they move to spawn.

Hard fertile bottom is a key to locating where Bass will spawn.

Things to look for to find spawning areas, willow trees on the bank this means good fertile soil,sparse tules this tells you the bottom is hard and the bass will spawn here,sand or gravely bottom, Plants or flowers blooming on the bank this tells you you have good fertile soil, Areas with any brush,also Bass will spawn on a piece of wood,cement,rubber boat ramps or any hard bottom if that is the best thing they can find in the body of water your fishing they will spawn on it.  And a Bass will always try to spawn next to something a stick a weed a overhanging branch they don’t like being out in the open unprotected. Big fish will spawn on a small flat next to a drop off!

“Spotted Bass”

These critters are a little different than the large mouth Bass and don’t play by the same rules. Spotted Bass tend to spawn earlier than large mouth when the water is below 60deg and will spawn several times all the way through the fall they are flat out goofy!. Spots will spawn in coves too, but it is more common for them to spawn on the sides of the coves or pockets right off the main lake. Spots will always be concentrated in the river or inflow section of the lake. The giant spots tend to come from the main lake. These bass like to spawn on areas with sand and rock mixed from 5 to 25 ft deep yes they bed in up to 25ft! find this combination and you will find spawning spotted bass. Spots will eat a lot of crayfish,minnows and trout.

“Smallmouth Bass”

Smallies will tend to spawn in coves and protected areas as well and tend to like areas with lots of gravel type rock really small rocks. They will spawn on the sides of coves and on baron flat long tapering points. A small tube on a Berserk Baits dart head is your best bet to catch these guys! Much like the Spotted bass these fish will spawn first before large mouth.

Hope this gives you a better perspective on where to look for spring time Bass! And remember please practice catch and release during the spawn as pulling a fish of its bed especially the males hurts the future of our sport since the males protect the baby bass. And let those fat females go so they can make some babies.

If you would like to know more ask a pro