Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3720 Sept 14-18 - Page 18

18 Sept 14 - 28, 2018 MAP FEATURE VOL.37 • ISS. 20 Scenic Rucker Lake offers largemouth bass, green sunfish and brown bullhead catfish for bank and boat anglers. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff I Rucker and Fuller Lakes Offer Contrasting Sierra Nevada Fisheries tossed out the Senko into the rocks near the dam as the sun began to set over the conifers of the Sierra Nevada skyline. Before the lure hit the bottom, I felt sudden pressure on the line, set the hook and a fat 14 inch largemouth leaped out of the water. I battled the scrapper right up to the shore, pulled the hook out and released it back into the water. Before it turned dark, I caught and released two more fat, healthy largemouths while using Texas-rigged 5-inch Senkos in watermelon/green pumpkin. As a bonus, I had the lake to myself on this early September evening. I was fishing at Rucker Lake, one of the highest elevation lakes where you can catch good numbers of largemouth bass in California. Rucker Lake and its neighbor, Fuller Lake, are located at similar elevations and feature comparable conifer-studded northern Sierra Nevada scenery, but their fisheries couldn’t be more different. Fuller, situated at 5341 feet above sea level in the Yuba Gap region, is a popular cold water fishery supplied from a canal from Bowman Lake. The lake offers Ben Clark displays a scrappy largemouth typical of those found in the warm waters of Rucker Lake. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. top-notch rainbow and brown trout fishing in the spring, summer and fall for bank fishermen, float tubers and boaters. Even during the heat of the Sierra summer, the surface water temperatures are relatively cold. Just a little over a mile away, Rucker Lake, situated at 5499.5 feet in elevation in a Sierra meadow, is a shallow, warm water lake supplied with water from Rucker Creek that drains Blue Lake. Its weed-lined waters feature not just a large population of scrappy largemouth bass, but brown bullhead catfish and green sunfish. Both Fuller and Rucker are natural lakes whose water levels were raised when The cold waters of Fuller Lake host rainbow and brown trout. PG&E constructed Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. dams on them in 1970-71. Both The CDFW in 2016 stocked Fuller with trolling at Spaulding, Samford recom- Fuller and Rucker are also 5,612 rainbows, according to Jay Rowan, mended bank fishing Fuller for a couple of the same size – exactly 69 the Senior ES Supervisor-Hatcheries, hours after we finished a barbecue. surface acres. North Central Region-CDFW. I had a great time catching rainbows on Ted Samford, retired On my latest trip to the lake on Labor lures and bait and I was impressed by a fishing guide and PG&E Day weekend 2018, the CDFW had just couple of anglers who brought in a bunch ditchtender, first made me stocked the rainbow with 1,000 pounds of of browns while trolling flies throughout aware of the fine rainbow hard-fighting rainbow trout, one of several the lake. and brow G&W@G2FRFFRRF26V6ऒfRrV6&Rf6pf6rf&P6rfrb67&VFB0G&FFW6RGvW266R6fPBgVW"PGvזV"@FVvFW"֖fr&6F6rG&WBB&72FR6PBFPFV@6WPb&&w2vR6&PFऐfP6Vv@אƖ֗@`&&w0W6VVB&70f6rBgVW"R6זV"@6WfW&FW2vRf6rBgVW"vP7FFFFV6VvBזV"@fRWW&V6VB6RW2&72F2@B'V6W fVRBFV"FBVV6@'V6W"RvVgV6F6rGv&&w2vR&氤fRWW&V6VBגF7FFRf6f6rvFvW$&BBgVW"G&WBBgVW"vRf6r6ffW gFW"G&WBf6rFR&r@7F7FW'2&&rvW"&B@7Ffb@gVW"W7VǒG&fRW&vPvF7&vW'2G&F&BBFR&vBFRF'B&BBFPfǒf6r2W6VVBW&R6P6vF( Ɩ6( FvF'V6W"vW"RbגfVGW&W2FFVvFW&R2V&Ɩ2f&W7@gVW"&W'FVB6F6rB&VV6p6W'f6R6w&VBBV&Ɩ2&p&VBCG&WBFVB'R67VFp'&vvR67Fr&6vǒ'VvvW'266W72FW&R2&fFR7VW"v&( 0fW"#66FVBFRR6&R6&VgVg&fBGV&R৖V'2v&6rFRR6RF( BFW&fW&PFR6Ɩf&FW'FVBbf6@gFW"vFFR6( 27FfFW2vFƖfR4Der7F&6ǒ7F6V@WW&V6V@W7VǒF22vB6RF6F6G0&V@bVG0`&&w0@6pb67&&vVWF27FǒFR"6F6&R'&v2gVW"Vǒ&r