Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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      Water Temp: 46 - 52

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished wendsday and thursday with Chris Hinckley. First day ished south end which started slow, could not ind ish on lats but managed a ew suspended smallies in close proximity to lats. Hit a 3lb. 6oz. smallie on large stump on edge o very deep water. Near end o day we decide to go into backs o small coves. First one produces 6 smallies all 2 to 2.5 lbs., lose several others. Second cove produces a ew, nothing special. End day losing a ew good ones. Next day ish north end. Ran all over, hit the usual spots. Without a doubt ish were relating to wood. Where we ound one ish we ound a bunch. Sometimes ish would ollow jerkbaits at which point we threw grubs and would usually do real well. Caught over 20 ish, most being smallies and most right around 2lbs., biggest going 2lbs. 12oz. For some reason every large ish we hooked we lost. Most ish came on jerkbaits but crankbaits and grubs did well also. I really dont think it mattered, when we pulled up on a spot the ish quickly let us know i they were there or not.
      City: Arcata

      Tips: South end produced ewer ish but the average size was larger.

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      Water Temp: 46

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: ished hard sat. tough bight, 5 smallies in rock piles 3 largemouth at ballpark, 1 ish on crankbait the rest on darter heads, usual colors,(no secret). big ish 3.9 smallie darter head 10 t. saw big ish busting bait in 2 t. got excited threw reaction baits or an hour ater but to no avail, still a couple weeks early.
      City: eureka

      Tips: size down, be quiet ,cast long

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      Water Temp: 67ish

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: My wie and arrived Friday the 7th and boy was the lake low. Wewere all set to enjoy a ull week o ishing and house boating. Thiswas our 10th houseboat trip to Trinity and I was determined to inallyget some good smallie ishing in. In years past I always seem to struggleat this lake. Although the ish are abundant I never could really inda quality bite. My game plan was to cover allot o water throwingcrank baits and this year "I had an ace in the hole." His nameis Jim Miller and he has been ishing the lake or years and wewere to meet on Wednesday or some awesome ishing.Launching at Trinity Alps was sort o a nightmare. The lake was solow that the main ramp was out o the water and their low level ramp(i it can be called that) would have been no less rightening had itbeen surrounded by mines. I you are using this ramp with a ull sizeboat I would recommend a stout 4 wheel drive tow vehicle and aslow entry. There are several unmarked stumps just below the suraceand steep drop-os waiting to gobble up trailers. I actually hadthe water over my rear bumper and my ront tires were 30 eetinto the lake beore my boat would loat. To say it was shallowwas an understatement.So I started o the week throwing a red bomber 7a and was pretty happywith my results. I was ocusing on steep drop-os and points andcatching several ish an hour that might make a pound by next year.One ish I broke o on elt pretty good. Amazingly ater a quickretie my original bomber loats to the surace. Great! Start to motorover to get it and another ish comes up out o no where and nails it.Drat! This ish then spends the next 15 minutes jumping around myboat trying to shake my lost bait. I never did see that ish orbait again.Monday while on my morning ishing adventure my oil injectors somehowailed. Great! It took me 2 hours and nearly everything my trolling batteries had to get me back to the houseboat. My ishing adventureor the week was abruptly cut short. I called Jim and let him a message I would not be able to meet him do to engine troubles.Ater working on the boat all day I still could not igure out whatthe problem was but no oil was being mixed so I decided to try andcharge my trolling batteries o the houseboat generator. Atera ew hours running time they showed some positive signs o lie.Wednesday morning I elt conident that I could make it to themain channel (and back) just encase Jim still showed up. Althoughthis was 5 miles rom our original meeting place and I had littlehope o meeting him I elt it might work. The point I waited orJim on actually had some better ish and I was able to catch a couplekeepers on a 5 inch purple/chartuse magic worm. A ew bass boatspassed and my hopes o meeting Jim reduced. As I started to motorback to the houseboat a single bass boat came around the point andcontinued toward me. It worked! Mr. Miller I presume! Yes!Jim and I at that point had never met or even talked on the phone. Jimresponded to some questions I had in regards to ishing Trinity on theNCBF Forum and we corresponded via email several times. I could tellby how reely he shared inormation with a stranger that he was a veryspecial person but I had no idea o what an understatement "special"would be to describe him.Jim helped me get my boat back and brought us newspapers o the tragicevents that had happened to our country. Being we were out o touchwith the news we had very little data on what happened and we werevery concerned. Seeing the pictures or the irst time was one o themost devastating things I have ever witnessed and will never be orgotten.Jim then very generously invited me to join him or a day ishing. Seeingmy concern about leaving my wie alone all day he oered to check backevery ew hours. Not knowing how ar we would run I never should haveaccepted. We drove all over the lake and back twice to check on thehouseboat. I am sure we burned nearly a tank o gas. Jim handed meone o his rods and asked i I minded leaving my gear behind. Not a problem or me but that is the ugliest spinner bait I have ever seen.Jim then produced some pictures rom the previous weekend with severalsmallies in the 4-5 pound class and in the background I could see thatsame ugly bait. I had never caught a largemouth at Trinity and ourirst stop we had 3 keepers in 4 casts. Not a bad start! (ha!) We continuedon or another 20 minutes and had a limit. Not only did I have my irstlargemouth but my irst real Trinity Smallie that was pretty darn closeto 2 pounds. Man can those guys jump and ight. WHAT A THRILL! Wecontinued to catch and release ish all day. In 10 years o ishingthis lake I have never done so well or had as much un as I did in10 minutes with Jim.Jim thank you so much or your patience, understanding and tremendousgenerosity. I you every need a partner I am already on my way up!I look orward to our next meeting.Mike
      City: San Jose

      Tips: Call Jim!

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      Water Temp: 65 to 70

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Enjoyed a brie ew hours with a new ishin' buddy I met onthe NCBF pages. I twisted his arm and took him out or a ew hours up north to the tailings where I had caught someawsome smallmouth by intention and a ew blacks mixed in past weeks. He claims I put him on some good ishin'...thank you Mike Rexord I enjoyed hearing the compliment and only wish the 3's would have shown a little more!!!! I am sure you and your wie (what a lunch on thehouseboat she provided...) enjoyed the beauty o Trinity asin past years..."bummer" about your Mec' takin' a dump!!Are you sure Arlene did not remove a ew wires so you'd notbe with her more than the bass on vacation...har, har!! Sothere is next year my riend!!! Take care and God Bless!!!
      City: Anderson, Cali

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      Water Temp: 66-73

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at 1pm on 5/22. Found some nice ish in back o cove in shallow water on wood. Couldnt get them to go so started running around looking or any kind o wood.Found some submerged brush and started pitching Senkos. In the next hour I lost 6 (ouch) and boated two between 2-3 lbs. The ish were in seven eet in the thickest part and on the bottom. I couldnt get them out once hooked, I was bending my hooks (3/0 g-lock gamakatsu using 16 lb. Sugoi lurocarbon). This bite dried up so I went to rockpilesand landed two smallies on smoke grubs both about 1.5 - 2 lbs. Next morning caught a couple more ish in the brush then went searching or more wood. Wood is a limited commodity on Trinity, but i you ound any there were largemouth on it, some nice ones too. Problem was most o them were impossible to catch unless it was windy, no wind no way. Pulled out at 11 am, dead calm and hot. Back in at 3 pm, nice breeze blowing. Back to the brush, pick up several between 2.5 - 4 and one smallie about 2. Went to some pockets in tailingsand put two more in the boat between 3 - 4 lbs. With an hour o daylight let run to another cove with wood, cant catch any but see many. On way out start throwing grub to rock piles.Bingo! Last 15 minutes o light land 4 or 5 around 4 lbs., lost a ew and missed a ew. These ish were very shallow but right next to deep water. Next morning in there at 5:30 a.m.thinking I gonna crush them but only manage one on grub about 3 lbs. Fished whole area thoroughly with split shot, grub, and drop shot. Nothing, but I know the ish were there just noteeding. O the water at 11 a.m. All largemouth still had eggs in them. It seemed to me that most were still staging, seems a little late but maybe a unction o the late snow and subsequent cold runo.Have no idea where the large smallmouth are.
      City: Arcata

      Tips: Senkos, wood and wind. I ran out o Senkos and tried trick worms and large tubes.These just didnt have the all needed to penetrate the brush. Also, the dirtier the water the better the bite. Small window or active ish,you either were catching the heck out o them or couldnt buy a bite. I am thinking payingattention to the lunar tables is a good idea.

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      Water Temp: 72-68

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Sunday evening through Tuesday aternoon with Chris Hinckley. First ish came at sunset on Sunday, a nice 4 lb largemouth caught on a black grub in 10 t o water on main lake point. Thought we could ind shallower, active ish at night and low light conditions. Not! Sunday night and Monday night produced nothing noteworthy, lots o small ish. Tuesday morning started ishing deeper with drop shot rig. Started having better success in 35-45 t o water on main lake points and blus. Still lots o small ish, but 1 2.5 lb largemouth and 2 1.5 lb smallmouth. Figured we had the pattern and tried to ish it in the submerged tailings in North end but wind kept us rom ishing it eectively. Figures, the day you have to leave you igure out whats going on. Small ish came on everything, especially topwater. I am convinced i we had one more day to ish drop shot rigs in deep water we could have boated more nice ish.
      City: Arcata

      Tips: We cut about 1 inch o straight tailed 4 inch inesse worms and used them on drop shot rigs. First ish must have been a luke because no more nice ish came shallow. Water is very low and weather hot. I would think ish will stay deep until the chilly weather o all sets in.

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went houseboating and ishing or two weeks on Trinity Lake. The lake is absolutely beautiul. Water level was dropping at a ast rate. Was able to catch a bunch o dinks but still could not get any ish over 2 pounds. Was a un time as most ish came on the top with small crank baits thrown next to riprap steep banks worked in the extreme north end o the lake near the "Rock Piles". Be very careul i you decide to venture into this area as many o the rock piles are just under the water. Good luck and tight lines
      City: San Jose

      Tips: Downsize your line to 6-8lb test, water was very clear.

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      Water Temp: 64-70

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished North end on the 17th with good results. Some ish still on beds, but most have moved out to outside points or walls. Best results were on wind blown structure with the watre stirred up. Most ish on worms and cranks. Ranged rom2 - 4# smallmouth. The 18th, ished south end with zeroish caught. Weather- Full moon, 17th- 90's and some wind;18th- high 80's and slight wind.
      City: Eureka

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The dates or the ollowing report should be April 8 and 9 not 15/16
      City: Arcata

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      Water Temp: 52-57

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing was diicult but managed some quality ish. Only 8 ish total, but most were between 3 1/2 and 4 3/4. All largemouth. Smallies are spawning on main lake lats, largemouth were staging in 8 to 14 oot o water. Fish were located in looded brush, were suspended and eeding early, but once sun hit the water, the bite ceased, we did not get a bite ater 9 am. Jerkbaits and crankbaits were the ticket early. Probably should have moved deep and slowed down ater morning bite, but were stubborn trying to get brush ish to hit. No ish on rockpiles.
      City: Arcata

      Tips: Fish were agressive and easy to catch early with jerkbaits and crankbaits. Once sun hit water, some sort o tube on lats might work since we saw plenty o ish there but could not get them to hit hardbaits or splitshot worms. Crawish and clown colors seemed best.

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      Water Temp: 72

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Wie and I rented a houseboat or a week and had the old bass boat in tow.Fishing shallow with an small 5 inch worm as always producedlots and lots o small ish. I moved out and drited pointswith a "Morning Dawn" Magic worm in about 30 eet o waterand the ish were bigger. Nailed several near or slightly over2 pounds. Also had a blast with a baby rat-l-trap gold. Tossthat little guy into good cover rip it out then stop it. Mosto the bigger ish would chase it and you could see them. Onceit stopped they would nail it and ish on.
      City: San Jose

      Tips: Although the stumps we see on the shoreline are hard not to throwat I believe that the smaller ish are in this structure. WhenI ocused on deeper points and structure the ishing slowed down butthe quality was there. A BIG HINT would be to locate someo the man made beds that some generous angler set up. I knowwhere several are and the ones rom 20-30 eet hold nice ish.Get your polarized glasses and do some scouting or these. Mosto them can be ound in coves that have secondary points. Theycan be seen just need to look close.Good luck.

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      Water Temp: 74-80

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing was tough at Trinity or the week. Was there with amily or vacation. Was able to hook about 40 bass but nothing over 12". Lots and lots o dinks. Caught ish on topwaters, cranks and carolina rigged worms.
      City: San Jose

      Tips: Northern end o the lake seemed to produce the most ish.

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: anybody been out in the past couple of weeks? just wondering the condition of the lake. water level, traffic, are they still biting good


      thanks

      James

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      Water Temp: ?

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Anybody have any tips or this lake, going to ish it.
      City: SJ

      Tips: Thanks

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      Water Temp: 51

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: good spoon bite in black creek in back past 5 mph aera 35 to 50 eet
      City: Columbia

      Tips: any metal spoon will work 15 to 20 lb line

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      Water Temp: 58

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Pico and I got on the water about 7pm. started ishing the drop os and docks, with grubs and jigs had nothing but a ew nibbles. We moved to a point across rom the resort and nailed a smallie and largie right o the bat, both on grubs. then picked up a dinky blue gil. ished another hour with only a couple more nibbles then got o the water. very cold night. we were both hoping or a slamming night...maybe next time.
      City: SJ

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      Water Temp: 52

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: FISHED BLACK CREEK 11 BASS BEST 5 13lbs SPOONING 35-55FTFEW BONE FISH AND CARP IT WAS FUN OFF THE LAKE AT 1PMCLUB FROM SAN JOSE WAS THERE DON'T KNOW HOW THEY DID
      City: COLUMBIA

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      Water Temp: N/A

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Day 1: Started late in the day and got a limit on 4" lizardscarolina rigged. They were in a shallow weedy bay. Then gotone in the tulles on a senko. At night I got one on a senko and missed a bunch o topwaters. all small ish.Day 2: Started late again,missed about three on a renzy and had some ollowers. and still got a small limit on the lizard and then got a smallmouth on a tube. At night I gota 4# on a baby senko in a small resedential cove.
      City: livermore

      Tips: Crankbait early , then ind a good bay and work it slowly.

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      Water Temp: 49-51

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: cvbc tourney out o south ramp. nice conditions, but ish weren't cooperating. lake has come up about 12' recently, but has been holdin steady or a week. Only one angler managed to igure it out, shaking plastics in 20'. some ish seemed to be in pre-spawn mode. ~10 lbs. to win. ew 3 lbs. ish caught. ew ish reported on jigs & cranks as well. not a great bite - - yet. wait or 5 days o good weather.
      City: belmont

      Tips: no ish caught upriver.

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      Water Temp: 48 - 51

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: puttin on hours on my rebuilt engine and amiliarization trip or an upcoming club tourney or Mayday and me. Nothing great to report - only one each about 2.25# - both on cranks. Mayday's was a very nice smallie, mine was a one eyed largie that ought like a weed. The lake is 'winterized' with poor access to the ramp ( you have to drive around in the campgrounds). No bathrooms (being rebuilt). It's a very pretty lake though, with new houses being built all the way around it. Looks like some good dock ishing later in the year..
      City: belmont

      Tips: slow.