Bass fishing has started to get tougher for a lot of fishermen as the water temperatures are now in the seventies and post spawn patterns are making for smaller limits of fish. Anglers doing well are focusing on grass lines or throwing top water lures. A majority of the fish I caught recently while out were full of crawdads. Senko’s and Sweet Beavers are working well right now. Buzz Baits and Zara Spooks are a good choice for the morning and the evening. During the heat of the day top water frogs are starting to entice some of the bigger post spawn bass into biting. The Striper bite has slowed down for a lot of people due to the increase of water temperature. The panfish bite has really picked up as the warmer water has brought a lot of fish shallow.
New Melones Lake:
The Trout fishing has remained slow. Kokanee have been keeping anglers busy lately with lots of limits being caught within an hour or two of trolling. Average Kokanee size is 14”to 16” long. For kokanee, anglers are using a variety of different baits tipped with either shoepeg corn or fire corn trolled between 40’ and 70’ deep. Trout fishing for trollers is good right now between 20’ and 40’ deep while using heavy spoons. Bass fishing continues to be good for anglers as there are a lot of fish being caught right now up shallow while using Senko’s and Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hogs. The top water bite continues to be good for those using shad imitators.
Lake Don Pedro:
Don Pedro remains excellent for kokanee. The kokanee bite has really turned on; try the areas of Graveyard Bay, Jenkins Hill, and Big Oak Island. Depths to target are 40’ to 50’ deep. Bass fishing is good right now during the early morning hours for those fishing top water lures. During the day anglers are slowing down while fishing with small plastic worms or crawling a brown football head jig along the bottom.