Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3703 Jan 18-Feb 2 2018 - Page 12

10 FRESHWATER Jan 18 - Feb 2, 2018 FRESHWATER REPORTS: Service. “We are not expecting any measurable snow around Bridgeport or the Upper Owens River out of this one,” said Loe. “The East Walker River has experienced some cold water coming from Bridgeport Reservoir. Flows are running great at 90 cfs. Some bigger browns are on the chew,” Loe exclaimed. “The Upper Owens River has a few more fish that have traveled up from below the bridge. There are a good number of school sized fish in the mix too. Middle Owens River is looking good and holding at 350 cfs. Some bigger fish are biting the streamers well and lots of mid-sized browns too,” advised Loe. “Pleasant Valley Reservoir giving up some big rainbows by the boat ramp recently, while the Wild Trout section can be decent if you get your flies down and dirty,” Loe concluded. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 DAVIS/FRENCHMAN LAKES cont. General Store in Chilcoot. Frenchman is holding 42,995 acre feet of water, 78 percent of capacity and 130 percent of average. - Dan Bacher DEL VALLE RESERVOIR Trout Offer Best New Year’s Bite LIVERMORE – Fishing has been great lately at Lake Del Valle, with many anglers limiting out on rainbow trout, reported Cody McGarry of the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. “For trout, most anglers this week are using either PowerBait or night crawlers,” said McGarry. “I also recommend using either Mice Tails, Kastmasters, or small spinners. Make sure you fish the sand bars in shallow water.” Channel catfish offer good action also. “Most anglers are fishing rock walls and deep drop offs,” said McGarry. “The best baits to use are nightcrawlers, anchovies or mackerel.” Big rainbow honors go to Phabian Warren of Livermore, who landed a trout weighing 8 lbs. Jacob Jordan and Brianna Sifton of Boulder Creek caught 5 trout, with the largest weighing 2.5 lbs. Kelly Barrington and friend caught 10 trout, the largest weighing 4 lbs. DON PEDRO Trout Bite Is Up & Down LA GRANGE - Trout action remains decent with Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing finding up and down action on various trips. The bait is moving towards Middle and Upper Bay and finding the bait is the key to locating the rainbows. The trout are fattening up on shad, and shad-patterned spoons are working. Smith is planning on switching to grubs to see if a slower presentation will be more effective along with trying the river arm out of Moccasin. The bass are also following the shad which have moved into deeper water. Jigs, plastics on the drop-shot and swimbaits on a slow roll are the top techniques. The lake held at 81 percent this week. -David Hurley EAST DELTA Winter Largemouth Success Requires Slow Presentations STOCKTON - The long-awaited arrival of rain in northern California brought only a pittance to our normal expectations for precipitation, and although