Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 3620 September 15-30, 2017 - Page 13

FRESHWATER VOL.36 • ISS. 20 “Fish around fallen trees, weed beds and tule patches for the top channel cat action.” There are some huge cats lurking in the waters of Lake Del Valle. Just ask Helen Marquez of Livermore, who caught a catfish weighing 14.9 lbs, or Destined Wright of Brentwood, who landed a channel cat going 14 lbs. “For stripers, most anglers are using either anchovies, sardines, or mackerel,” advised McGarry. “Fish around rocky points, and deep drop offs. Some anglers are saying they had luck on top water fishing early morning boils, I would also recommend using smaller swim jigs or jerk baits and working at 5 to 15 feet deep.” Ted Kang of San Jose landed 2 stripers weighing a total of 8 pounds. Most black bass anglers are using soft plastics right now, mainly Senkos and curly tail swim jigs. “You might also be able to get them on crankbaits or smaller top water lures,” McGarry noted. “Fish coves, tule patches and sandy beaches.” John Foster and Al Hurwitz of Saratoga trolled the lake, looking once again for smallmouth bass. DON PEDRO RESERVOIR Boaters Work For Quality Rainbows EAGLE LAKE Family Recreation Park In the Pines with (530)825-3133 LAKE VIEWS See our website for details: 11 “We fished all sections of the lake and caught 11 smallies, some weighing in excess of 1.5 lbs.,” said Hurwitz. “Panther Martins were again the best offerings. The fish were tightly locked in a thermocline 10- 15 feet below the surface.” LA GRANGE - The trout fishing has slowed down as the water level drops at Don Pedro, but hard working trollers are still bagging some big, beautiful holdover rainbows to 3 pounds. “On my latest trip to the lake, we boated 4 trout to 3 pounds and one largemouth bass out of the 8 fish we hooked,” said Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing, who has targeting the