Striped bass fishing continues to pick up for anglers fishing a variety of techniques. The three techniques that are working right now are drifting live bait, trolling broken back rebels, and spooning jigs where schools of fish are present. Many of the large bridges are holding areas for Striped Bass, try spooning around the pilings or drifting live bait past them. Largemouth Bass fishing has been hit or miss lately as anglers are struggling to find a consistent pattern as the weather has yet to stabilize.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is good right now for anglers who are trolling or fishing off the bank. Those trolling are finding them from the surface down to 20’ deep. The Department of Fish and Game has begun their weekly trout plants, which have provided some action for anglers fishing off the bank. Most anglers are having some success while fishing with Power Bait off the bottom in the backs of coves. Others are doing well while fan casting Kastmasters. Bass fishing is good for numbers of smaller fish. Anglers are catching them while fishing around schools of baitfish once found. Many are choosing to use spoons or drop shotted worms. Catfishing is still good for anglers fishing cut bait.
Lake Don Pedro:
Anglers fishing for bass are having success while tossing large swim baits for bass up to eight pounds. Anglers just fishing for limits are having success while fishing jigs and worms off the bottom around main lake points. Trout fishing continues to be slow; once the weather stabilizes the trout should be making their way up closer to the surface. There is a lot of debris that was washed into the lake by the rains making it difficult for those trolling.
Weekly trout plants have kept anglers busy; trout are being caught right now by trolling and fishing off the bank. Bank fishermen are having luck while using Power Bait along the North Shore day use area. Anglers trolling are targeting the top 20’ of water and using an Uncle Larry’s spinner tipped with a nightcrawler along the dam. Bass fishermen continue to have luck while fishing shad imitating lures along island tops or main lake points. Anglers searching for a trophy bass may want to give a swimbait a try.
The lake has risen 11’ since last week, leaving the water level 23’ below the spillway. They are planting the lake Mondays through Thursdays with 600 pounds of Cuttbow Trout daily. Just last week a 12 and 7 pound trout were weighed in. Fishing off the bank is really good right now for anglers fishing with either Power Bait off the bottom or fan casting Kastmasters or spinners. The launch ramp is still down to one lane until the lake rises a bit more.