Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3714 June 22-July 6, 2018 - Page 18

18 June 22 - July 6, 2018 MAP FEATURE Folsom Lake is just two feet from full and the water is now in the trees and shoreline vegetation. VOL.37 • ISS. 14 Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. Folsom Lake’s Robust Rainbows and Chinooks T he first trip I ever made to Folsom Lake was in the summer of 1963 when my aunt Alicerae drove me up to the lake to fish for bluegill. I had a great day catching bluegill in the Lakehills Estates and Salmon Falls areas of the lake after getting some advice on tackle and bait to use from the owner of the Green Valley Store on the way to the lake. At that time, anglers didn’t target planted rainbows at Folsom – they went fishing for “land- locked steelhead.” During the fall and winter, you would see anglers fishing with minnows and nightcrawlers for these 16 to 22-inch fish from the bank at Mormon Island, Brown’s Ravine and other areas on the lake. Many years later, I made a trip on May 31 of this year with James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service with Jim Harrington of Folsom and Todd Smith of Cameron Park. Rather than fishing with worms and golden grubs under bobbers for bluegill or minnows or nightcrawlers for landlocked steelhead, we were troll- ing with the latest high-tech gear and rods and reels, using downriggers at 35 feet deep. The morning started off cool and windy, with a 20 degree drop in the afternoon highs from two days before Netzel put the Speedy Shiners down at 25 feet deep with the Speedy Shiners at 2.7 mph per hour. The trip kicked off with hot action, as we hooked and landed three scrappy hold- over rainbows. in the 12 to 14 inch range right in a row in the area outside of Brown’s Ravine. They weren’t huge fish, but they jumped and put up a good battle for their size. After we caught several more fish the wind began to pick up more and Netzel drove the boat This angler was fishing with Captain James Netzel when he trolled up this up into the 20 inch king and rainbows to 22 inches at Folsom Lake. South Fork, Photo courtesy of TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE, Rocklin. where the water was calmer. After hooking a couple of more inches. trout there, he went back to the main body “On that trip, we hooked a huge rain- and mouth of the south fork where we bow, the largest I’ve ever seen, that spit finished the morning. the hook when we got it up right up to the We ended up keeping 11 rain- boat,” said Netzel. “We fought the fish for bows, as well as releasing several 15 minutes and had to follow it with the others. The rainbows we kept were boat as the angler fought it.” all square-tailed holdovers rang- He first thought it might be a stur- ing from 12 to 15 inches long. geon, but when the angler got it up to the We also landed a Sacramento surface, Netzel could see it was a rainbow pike-minnow that we thought with a big red stripe on it. “I estimated it was a big rainbow or salmon was close to 15 or 20 pounds, but we’ll when it was first hook. never know because it swam away after The fishing had definitely slowed the hook came off,” he said. down from the previous week, when One might say that this is a W7Bf6WGVfVB6Rw&VB7F&vW 7F'VFR&VƗRFBFRW&6&&w2Bw2G&FW'6F&fW"vFW'6VB2&GV6VB&vW7Bv@#B&GV6VBƖ֗G2b&&w0BFfW"&&w2fVBFR7FFRfW&vrbF6W2rpFRW&6&fW"&Vr'W0vFF&VRw2V7W&r#"Bpf6F6W'&GV6VB#RB"&Ц&rVvǒ66FW&VB7FVVƆVBfV''V'#"vRRF&fPFFB6֗Fb6W&&G2WGvFRF&GV6VB#r""Wr@&&w26VvBf6RG&Ɩp7FFR&&r&V6&B#BPGfVGW&RvFW2WGVbFvBƖW0F2&GV6VBVG&VG2`wVFR6W'f6RF'D$4U"f66ffW"7Ffb