Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3626 Dec 8- 22 2017 - Page 12

12 Dec. 8 - 22, 2017 FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 8 FEATHER RIVER cont. preliminary data, the hatchery has trapped a total of 13,824 adults and 7,279 jacks and this season, reported Anna Kastener, hatchery managed. “We’ve taken over 15,000,000 eggs, including 2,000,000 fish above the mitigation goal that the NorCal Sportsmen’s Association requested,” said Kastener. The salmon fishing on the Feather River is pretty much over this year. Shore anglers and boaters are hooking some steelhead, ranging from half pounders to 5 pounds, above Gridley, according to Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City. The best baits are nightcrawlers, Glo Bugs and roe. FOLSOM LAKE Target Bass 20 Feet Or Deeper SACRAMENTO – The bad news is that few anglers are trying for black bass or rainbow trout at Folsom Lake. The good news is that the lake level is slowly rising. Folsom Lake is holding 573,594 acre-feet of water, 59 percent of capacity and 120 percent of average. The water level is 425.43 feet in elevation. If you want to hook bass at Folsom, Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience recommended looking for fish off structure or points. “Fish 20 feet deep or deeper with drop shot rigs, tubes and Carolina-rigged plastic worms,” he tipped. “The key is to slow down your presentation, now that the water temperature has cooled down.” On his most recent trip to the lake, Paganelli caught and released 20 spotted bass, ranging from 1-1/2 to 3 pounds, while using Blade Runner spoons. Few anglers have been targeting rainbow trout or king salmon lately. However, that should soon change, due to a plant of rainbows from the CDFW the week of November 19, the first plant of the fall. As the lake turns over, bank anglers have the opportunity to bag rainbow trout and some king salmon. Fishermen should toss out nightcrawlers, Power Bait and minnows in the Brown’s Ravine, Granite Bay and Five Percent areas. Bryan Vicente of Tracy landed and released this huge 9 pound largemouth while fishing Lake Chabot’s Indian Cove in early November. Photo courtesy of the LAKE CHABOT MARINA, Lake VOL.36 • ISS. 26 KLAMATH RIVER Steelhead Are Striking Plugs YREKA - Steelhead fishing is superb on the Klamath River from below Iron Gate Dam to Interstate Five. “Conner and Kerry put on quite a show trying to outcast one another with their Poop sauce Rapalas,” said Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service. “Yes, I said Poop sauce. Yesterday, between laughs, I blended together some Pro-Cure scents and few other special ingredients and came up with a lovely-looking mixture. It will now affectionately be known as Scott’s special ‘Poop sauce’.” This October Andrea Kukulaka and Jason Graves abandoned the saltwa- ter for the challenge of taking on the Mokelumne River from their kayaks and had a great time landing and re- leased largemouth and spotted bass. Photo courtesy of JASON GRAVES, Sacramento. 888 Market St. in Colusa (530) 458-4868 www.kittlesoutdoor.com