Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3622 Oct. 13-27, 2017 - Page 3

Up-To-Date and Published Locally... By Sportsmen... For Sportsmen! Sacramento River MADE IN U.S.A See Page 16 Vol. 36 - ISS.22 Our 35th Year Since 1982 October 13 - 27, 2017 “The Magazine for West Coast Sportsmen!” The June Lake Loop: Ground Zero For Epic Sierra Trout Fishing T he June Lake Loop is a chain of lakes that feed into the Mono Basin, east of Yosemite National Park. The area has attracted fishers for a couple of hundred years, and there’s plenty of trout ready to be hooked. From June Lake itself, through Gull Lake, Silver Lake, and Grant Lake, to Rush Creek, there’s plenty of variety of fish and locations to suit all abilities and styles – and of course, like any great fishing spot, there’s the chance to land some whoppers. And if you want to achieve what they call a “Sierra Grand Slam”, which is catching a rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat all in one day, June Lake is where you should set up. It’s a pretty popular spot, so it can get quite busy, but it’s a fairly large lake, and there are multiple boat ramps and marinas, so you shouldn’t feel crowded out by canoeists and kayakers. Access is easy by car via Highway 158. GONE FISHING by Andrew Lowen June Lake The namesake of the area is a solid choice for any angler, but it’s perfect for trolling – in fact, it’s one of the best in the Eastern Sierra. The top locations are usually the ones which are the most difficult to reach from the shore. The lake is stocked, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from catching some photo-worthy trout. Gull Lake For a small lake, Gull Lake has some great opportunities for trout fishing. The atmosphere here is far more relaxed, lending itself well to a lazy day of boat fishing or sociable competition with fellow anglers on the shore. The marina is well-equipped with fish-cleaning stations as well, so you can soon prepare your catch for a tasty meal – there are some great picnic spots here. You can expect to find some rather large browns and rainbows in these waters – it’s common to find 5-pounders - and hope for the chance at some cutthroats and brooks, which can be harder to come across. Family members with other interests can go canoeing CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 This stunning rainbow was caught at Grant Lake. Grant is one of the lesser known, yet highly productive trout lakes on the June Lake Loop. Photo courtesy of TRISH GRAHAM, Riverside. Chasing Columbia River Chrome With Salmon Fishing Icon Buzz Ramsey! “ …below this point the waves became So high we were Compelled to land unload and traw up the Canoes, here we formed a Camp on the neck of Land which joins Point William to the main at an old indian hut. The rain Continued hard all day we are all We t and disagreeable…” – Capt. William Clark, November 27, 1805. Lewis and Clark dubbed the unique point of land projecting into the Columbia River, Point William. Yet in reality the honor or naming the projection of land be- longed to British Lt. William Broughton, when he named it Tongue Point on Oct. 21, 1792. Looking up river I had a close-up view of the point and from what I saw, I think Broughton was right on the mark. The point does look a lot like tongue, projecting from the mainland nearly a mile, tipped with a 300 foot high knob. Fish Sniffer publisher Paul Kneeland (left) and salmon fishing expert Buzz Ram- As interesting as I sey teamed up to land this dime bright Columbia River king salmon on August find Lewis and Clark and 28. The fish slammed a Yakima Bait Toman Spinner trolled behind a Big Al’s the Corps of Discovery Fish Flash Flasher. it wasn’t history that Photo by CAL KELLOGG, Fish Sniffer Staff. 35 Years Serving Sportsmen brought Paul Kneeland and I to the Co- lumbia River this August, it was broad shouldered, chrome bright king salmon and the opportunity to fish with legend- ary salmon disciple, Buzz Ramsey. Buzz is an icon in the world of salm- on and steelhead fishing. Buzz is a widely published author and appears regularly on television. Not only is Buzz an expert lure designer, but he also has a deep understanding of the fishing industry. As a result, he has been associ- ated with some of the most prominent companies in the tackle business including Luhr Jensen, Yakima Bait and Berkley. Over the years, Buzz’s list of accomplishments has grown pretty long. His most recent projects include design- ing Yakima’s Mag Lip Flatfish and his line of signature Air Series salmon and steelhead rods he developed for Berkley. Growing up one of my fishing goals was to catch a king salmon in what I considered the West Coast’s four WHAT’S HOT by Cal Kellogg CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 Westlands Water District Votes No On Delta Tunnels Project! See Page 25 SEE OUR NEW BAJA ROUNDUP SECTION ON PAGE 30-31 INSIDE Area Reports FRESHWATER REPORTS Almanor/Bucks Lake - Camanche Lake............ 4-5 Carson Pass Region - Delle Valle Lake.................8 Lake Don Pedro - East Delta...............................13 Eastern Sierra - Los Vaqueros Reservoir............14 New Malones Reservoir - Redding/Red Bluff..................................... 18-19 Rio Vista - Shasta/Whiskeytown Lakes ........ 20-21 Southern Oregon Roundup - Lake Tahoe............24 Trinity River/Lake - South Fork/Wild Horse Lakes...................26 SALTWATER REPORTS Berkeley - Half Moon Bay.....................................28 Monterey Bay - Peninsula Shoreline.....................29 FEATURES Where...When...How... FALL FISHING BOAT SALE........................6-7, 9-12 BAJA ROUNDUP...............................................30-31 BILL’S TIPS - Bill Adelman...................................... 22 BULLETIN BOARD................................................... 4 FISH SNIFFER HOW-TO: Cal Kellogg................... 15 GO FOR IT: Staff....................................................... 2 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...................................... 3 MAP FEATURE: Dan Bacher.............................16-17 SALTY TIPS Steve “Hippo” Lau.............................. 31 SONOMA COAST - Kathie Morgan......................... 26 SPOTLIGHT ON CONSERVATION - Dan Bacher.... 25 WHAT’S HOT SALTWATER................................... 30 STAFF TACKLE What We’re Using Cal Kellogg - fished the Middle Fork of the Amer- ican River for trout. Cal utilized a 7’ Fenwick HMG 70 ML rod rated for 4 to 10 pound test matched with an Abu Garcia Revo SX spinning reel. The reel was spooled with 6 pound Trilene and a 6 lb. Vanish fluorocarbon leader was em- ployed. Cal caught and released several wild rainbows, while fishing Panther Mar- tin Spinners and Yo-Zuri L Minnows. Paul Kneeland - fly fished Mill Creek near Mount Las- sen. He caught lots of col- orful native rainbow trout to 10 inches using a 9’, 5 weight Lamiglas Certified Pro graphite fly rod with a Teton machined aluminum reel with a Scientific Anglers double ta- per floating fly line, attached to a 9’ P Line flourocarbon tapered leader with a #14 Prince Nymph. Dan Bacher - fished for rainbow trout at Lake Valley Reservoir near Yuba Gap. He used a Berkley Ugly Stick GX2 6’ 6” medium ac- tion spinning rod, teamed up with a Shakespeare GX235 spinning reel filled with 6 lb. test P-Line CX Premi- um Flourocarbon Coated Line. He tossed out 1/8 oz. Yakima Bait Rooster Tails in Brown Trout, Fire Tiger and Rainbow color patterns and 1/8 oz. gold and black Panther Martins.