Fishing Report

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

    • Report: ATTENTION BOATERS! Due to the recent very wet weather, high flows on the Tuolumne River have carried large amounts of floating woody debris into the upper Tuolumne River Arm of Don Pedro Lake. In order to keep this floating debris out of the rest of Don Pedro Lake, four debris barrier booms have been installed. These booms are currently blocking vessel access to this portion of the lake. They will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit.

Monday, January 9th, 2017

    • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

      Wow!!! The lake came up sixteen feet this past week!!!

      This last storm was great and the lake level came up extremely fast. We will continue to see the lake rise. The weather forecast is calling for another dumping rain storm.

      The dirt launch and the two lane concrete ramp are completely under water. The four lane concrete ramp off of Glory Hole Point is open and they are scrambling to get the docks put in place.

      Water Conditions
      New Melones Lake is currently holding 726,891 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up sixteen feet this past week and will continue to rise with the recent and upcoming rainfall. It is currently at 900 ft. above sea level and 183 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. There is some debris floating on the surface. The water temperature has cooled, with the average being 51-54 degrees.

      THE FOUR LANE CONCRETE RAMP ON GLORY HOLE POINT IS OPEN!!



      Trout
      The lake has turned over and the trout fishing has been really good. Most anglers are catching limits of both planted and holdover rainbow trout. The lake level has been quickly rising with fresh water flowing in all the major tributaries. The trout can be caught in many different areas of lake. Trolling anglers have been top-lining to find success. Try using billed trolling plugs to target different depths near the surface. A Floating Rapala will dive 3' to 7' and a Shad Rap will troll down 8' to 12' depending on line diameter, speed and the amount of line let out. It is best to let out 200' of line to ensure you clear the boat wake. Some anglers have been using spoons tipped will a crawler to catch limits. We have a few cloudy days in the forecast making gold and copper good color choices. It should be clear by the weekend and natural shad patterns will work well. Be sure to experiment with different presentations and colors when you are on the water. Bank anglers continue to haul in some really nice rainbows from the shoreline. Most anglers are catching both planted and holdover rainbow trout. Try using garlic Power Bait with a live crawler or an artificial crawler. The trout are swimming near the shoreline, so a long cast is not needed. Make a short pitch into shallow water and let your bait soak. With a second rod stamp you can use a casting lure to search for fish while your bait soaks.



      Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Aiden and Aria Carr. They caught a 3-pound, 8-ounce holdover rainbow while soaking Power Bait off of Glory Hole Point.

      We do encourage catch and release of brown trout, as there does not seem to be a large population of them in the lake. Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information.

      Kokanee
      The season has come to an end and the kokanee most likely are done spawning. April is a good month to start targeting the kokanee again.

      Bass
      The bass bite has been good for the last couple of weeks. Most anglers are catching some healthy wintertime spotted bass with the occasional monster largemouth being caught. The lake is coming up extremely fast and changing daily. Some fish will hold deep and wait for conditions to stabilize, while others will move up immediately to investigate newly submerged structure. The fish that are holding on steep banks are less likely to be effected by quickly rising water. Try using a darthead worm fished down rocky bluffs and steep dirt banks. A darthead is a good choice because the fish will eat it on the fall in shallow water or pick it off the bottom in deep water. Natural crawdad colors work well and a bit of chartreuse will trigger strikes in stained water. Many of the shad can be found in the major creek channels. This fresh water flowing into the lake should bring the shad up to shallower water. Look for balls of bait on your fish finder and then try lowering a spoon or dropshot down. If the water has a little stain to it, the spoon is a great choice. Gold is a good color and the vibration of the spoon popping and fluttering will attract fish from a distance. Many fish will hold tight to the bottom and can be caught on jigs and shakeyheads. A jig can be fished slowly across the bottom to tempt those bass that are feeding on crawdads. Try using a light jig when fishing in shallow water and switching to a heavy jig in deep water. The shakeyhead is very weedless and is a great rig for fishing near wood. Try switching soft plastic baits throughout the day until you find the size and color they are looking for. PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE. Take photos and carefully release the fish back into to the lake to maintain a healthy fish population for generations to come.

      Catfish
      Fishing for catfish during the winter months is usually pretty slow. Large fish can be caught at this time each year, but not many. It is best to use a ball of Power Bait or Float a crawler. This way you will have a chance to catch both trout and catfish. For specially targeting giant cats, try using a whole mackerel with a double hook rig. These fish tend to hibernate during the cold months and will only move to eat a substantial meal.

      Crappie
      Very few anglers have been targeting the crappie. The winter months can be good and the crappie will move into creek arms.

    • Report: Good morning Shasta Lake!
      With the New Year, we have received a tremendous amount of rain and even snow! With the largest deluge of precipitation arriving yesterday. Unfortunately the warmer water washed away the snow that we had at the McCloud location.
      We started off the year at 1022.20' or 44.80 feet below the full pool level (3,340,120 acre feet of storage). Since that time we have had several storms that doused the area and catch basin for Shasta Lake. Temperatures even dipping down below freezing for several days. The lowest we saw here was 23 degrees. Fortunately it allowed us a short lived experience of some decent snow on the lake! Snow conditions near Yreka and the Oregon border caused closure of Interstate 5 for several hours during the middle of the week causing overnight delays and massive amount of traffic build up in the Redding area.
      Since the first of the year we have gained 6.74' of elevation on the lake and increased the capacity by 166,638 af of water! Our highest inflow during the past several days was at 2 am last night at 100,116 cubic feet per second! An average Olympic sized swimming pool is approximately 88,000 cubic feet! Here are the rainfall totals that I have recorded from our McCloud location:
      01/02 - 0.31"
      01/03 - 3.02"
      01/04 - 0.64"
      01/07 - 1.76"
      01/08 - 6.04"
      January total: 11.77"
      (Rain totals can vary greatly depending location on the lake)
      Here are some other interesting items and comparisons:
      - The lake has risen 4.30 feet in the last 24 hours
      - The lake increased by 54,299,230,907 gallons
      - At the highest flow, the water could fill 1.14 Olympic pools every second
      - Various sources has confirmed the largest rise in water in one 24 hour period was in the winter of 1976-1977 at 18 feet. During that time over 220,000 cubic feet was entering the lake.
      One last item of interest is that our 2016 rainfall totals have actually passed our totals for this year. The biggest factor is that these storms continue through winter and into spring. That and how much the BOR decides to release as we are now in the flood control stages of operation at the dam. Currently at 76% capacity and 120% of the historical average to date.
      I have posted numerous figures and plots as well as weather warnings to indicated the severity of weather that we are experiencing.
      This is something that we are all keeping a close eye on and will keep you posted ;-)
      Until then, stay dry, stay safe and enjoy the New Year!
      Lake Level Report (01/09/2017 at 09:00)
      Lake Elevation: 1028.94' (38.06' below full pool)
      Lake Elevation (2016): 984.52' (82.48' below full pool)
      Storage: 3,506,758 af (estimated)
      Storage (2015): 1,398,142 af
      Outflow: 11,517 cfs
      Inflow: 53,323 cfs
      Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 1.85"
      Precipitation (Season @ dam): 32.35"
      Precipitation (2016 Season @ dam): 39.81"

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

    • Report: Lake Berryessa News
      12 hrs ·
      3:00 PM Sunday: 3-6" of rain (since midnight) in the Lake Berryessa Watershed!
      HWY 128 is reported to be CLOSED somewhere between Markley Cove Resort and Pleasants Valley Rd.(Winters) due to flooding.
      Berryessa Knoxville Rd. is closed near East Side Rd. due to debris on the road.
      The Lake Berryessa News will provide more details when they become available.

    • Report: DanIsaac » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:00 pm

      Clear Lake this week 1/8/2017

      As everyone Im sure has heard, this storm system has dealt moderate to severe damage throughout Lake county and conditions continue to be iffy at best.

      Major mudslides around the county make navigating treacherous as does moderate to severe flooding in Hidden Valley, Kelseyville, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, and areas in Lakeport
      as well.

      The lake itself continues to race towards full pool despite Cache Creek dam dumping near 3k cfs, and Putah Creek is near flood stage in the Hidden Valley area as well.

      I think I'd exercise some discretion if one really needs to come up early this week, ss the forecast for Thursday through Saturday looks much better, which would give conditions a chance to stabilize a bit.

      Should you choose to take a chance please be aware that there is a ton of debris in the lake
      so be careful!

      Dan

    • Report: NorCalBassnPJ » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:41 am

      No good at Shasta either for me yesterday. Can't say i really gave it a fair shot though. Started out with me casting from the deck and my buddy holding his S-Waver 168 in his hands with his rod stretched forward. I caught his line with my line and the S-Waver slid off his hand and buried one treble point into his thumb way past the barb. he pulled it out we put some superglue on it and we kept fishing. Launching at the Dam was out only option since the snow was coming down hard and sticking in town that morning before i had even left the house. so our options were fairly limited to where we could go launching down there. We stayed in Li'l Backbone all 2 hours that we were there and maybe had 2-3 bites no hookups. fished 1/2 oz football jigs with hula grubs, a little spinnerbait, and would've fished some osprey but that was the rod i hooked my buddy with so I couldn't back the backlash out and use it the rest of the day..Add on to that, my buddy didn't grab any gloves so his hands were numb and frozen the whole time so that was a big reason we came in early. We definitely should have fished deeper in the calmer water but the wind was about perfect for a reaction bite elsewhere on the lake. Just couldn't do much with my buddy getting cold quick and me hooking him first cast didn't help that either. If it would've went to plan we would've bounced around a bit more and tried the mouth of the Sac or some more main body stuff yesterday. But just wasn't gonna happen with how the day got started on a bad note out there. I would say though we were probably the only boat out on the water yesterday with how much snow we got. Now all this snow is melting and its pouring rain up here in Redding. The lake should be pouring water in from everywhere right now. Levels are going to rise quickly and muddy the water. Its a somewhat warmer rain too. Water temps at Shasta are hanging right around 50 degrees, at least down by the dam. I'm sure it fluctuates in different areas by a degree or so..

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

    • Report: Delta Report…. Bait fishing Stripers Sturgeon Reigns
      Still very little pressure from anglers on the river this week, Gonna be a wash out, as some of the most intense rain we have seen in years is bearing down on our area. Short term, hazardous conditions are ahead with 5 inches of rain expected at River level. Long term a much needed “flushing of the system”, while the river may be a wash a great time to stop by and get tips and tricks for higher water conditions.

      Isleton Fishing Report
      Debris in river, Sturgeon anglers are heading to 41, Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success. Cooling water have slowed the stripers in the Cache Slough area. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers in the area. Many guides are drifting minnows in the area.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report
      Still, The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Cold blown out conditions, Slow for the trolling anglers, but stripers cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Savage Prey series and Angry Eyes are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for chartreuse patterns here. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional Sturgeon or Striper those looking for Cold night fun.

      Discovery BayFishing Report
      Black bass bite is Tough. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and a-rigs searching near running water. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are drop shotting Strike King Half Shells and Strike King Finesse worms. Nice sized stripes are grabbing Diamond Shad . There seems to be a run on Crappie Jigs. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Black bass bite both OK but ya gotta Slow down with the weather rolling through more consistently. Ripbaits are great options while Bobby D’s spinnerbaits and swim jigs get the mention as well. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swim Baits, like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      Sturgeon leads the way. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines allow Sherman Island rd.

      Contra Loma Fishing Report
      Trout fishing has been good. They have been biting at the East Side, North side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, power eggs, or mice tails Best catches Reported Bob Petersen caught a 6.3 lb. trout on Power Bait from a boat near the dam John Bloom caught an 9 lb. Black on A-Rig from a boat by Swim Lagoon. Sonny Larson caught a 6 lb. trout each on Power Bait at the East Side of Lake.

      Photo: Charlie King

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    • Report: Gary Dobyns » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:31 pm

      At Shasta I'd start in the rivers. The Sac or Pitt probably. But with Shasta you can catch good ones about anywhere. Oroville report is not good. Caught plenty of fish but nothing worth a crap. Reaction bite killed me as I wouldn't give up on it. Stupid too. The fish simply weren't chasing. Crazy I figured on a shallow water, load the boat on reaction bait bite with this big weather front. It did not happen. Some shallow water fish by anglers today but most guys caught them fairly deep. My best fish came out of 50' on one ounce jig with Yamamoto Hula grub. I sucked today. Shasta had to be better...I hope :)

Friday, January 6th, 2017

    • Report: Lake Level Status: 1/6/17

      The latest 4 day rainfall (2.88 inches) has raised the lake level by 1.8 feet (7.5 inches rise per inch of rain) and it is still rising.

      The lake level is at 405.5 feet - 34.5 feet below Glory Hole.

      From Lake Berryessa News
      The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to open the Capell Public Launch Ramp but their dock needs some repair first

      The level has risen 6.9 feet since its low of 398.6 feet on 10/23/16.

      At the present level, Lake Berryessa holds 958,207 acre-feet of water - 59.9% of its 1,600,000 A-F capacity.

      The lake level at this time last year was 396.75 feet, 8.75 feet lower than today.

      Rainfall total (as of 1/5/17) is 11.68 inches, 3.4 inches more than last year at this time.

    • Report: Glory Hole Sports
      January 6 at 5:21pm ·
      Water levels at New Melones Lake have risen 2 ft. above the high water mark of last year, which was 886.90 on 6/14/16. With the impending storm coming we could certainly see the 895' mark. That will bring in the 4 lane ramp on Glory Hole Point and 4 lane Tuttletown ramp come in the water within a week!!

    • Report: Gary Dobyns » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:25 pm

      I'm planning on throwing reaction baits all day but will have a Senko nearby just in case. I know i'll catch them but I worry about size. Oroville has been tough for a bigger bite. I'll start in the rivers and play it by ear after this. Hopefully I get a big bite to get me started. I rigged a rip bait, crank bait, A-Rig, spinner bait, a Chatterbait, and one senko rod.

    • Water Temp: 46-47

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Burr, talk about cold and windy, coldest day ever for me and yes, I do dress for it. Got launched about 6:45am at lime saddle, and never left the general area as the winds were blowing way too much to head to the N. Fork or main lake area. left home in Magalia 33 degrees, ramp 36 degrees. Bite was ok, picked up 6 spots, best one about 14" and one was a largemouth, but just 12" My feet got cold, so ended up pulling out of the water at 9:30am, shortest trip I ever made. Figured today would be my last chance fishing as the rains will be all next week and lots of it. No pictures as I somehow deleted them all!! not sure how!

    • Report: NorCalBassnPJ » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:17 pm

      Not sure if this will help or not. But, with that being said, I'm planning on heading out to Shasta tomorrow morning for the first time in 2 weeks. Hopefully I don't sink my 17' bass boat in the process as this big storm is projected to start rolling through.. lmao.. planning on throwing reaction baits tomorrow for the first half of the day or all day depending on conditions. Going to throw some ripbaits, mainly a vision 110 and 110+1, along with some Staycee's and couple other LC ripbaits. In my very limited knowledge i've gained through reading articles and watching tournament results along with tips and tricks videos, I really believe ripbaits (jerkbaits as others might call them) are one of the most under-utilized big fish bait on Shasta. Everyone throws spinnerbaits or crankbaits on the windy and stormy days along with the keitech swimbaits on small ball head jigs or darterheads. And depending on where you are on the lake they all produce well from what i understand. But i really want to get good at throwing ripbaits because it kinda seems like they just elicit some monstrous bites from bass of all sizes because sometimes they just try to rip the rod out of your hands it seems. Also, I am a huge fan of the Hula grub on a football head jig of various weights (depending on the conditions, wind, etc). You may already know all this already so i might be just putting my .02 in the conversation but the comments before me know what they're talking about. I'm sure Gary Dobyns knows way more than any of us on Shasta and Oroville though, especially with the ripbaiting and other reaction style of fishing. I actually went to the FLW Costa Tournament weigh-ins at the beginning of the year which was way cool. I would definitely listen to what Gary has to say regarding the bite with the incoming water run-off we are projected to have from all the rains. Good luck when you get a chance to go! i'm just trying to beat a personal best tomorrow haha! Since a 3.3lb Spot isn't extremely big for Shasta lol..

    • Report: Larry Hemphill » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:26 pm

      If you can find an "edge" - a line between murky and clearer water, bass tend to move up and down between that "edge." If that edge has some cover or structure - even better! Bass will follow a moving mud line. Also, look for clearing water at the mouth of incoming runoff a few days after the storm is over. Bass will avoid muddy water if at all possible!

    • Report: Gary Dobyns » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:45 pm

      The fish bite better in storms. The low pressure really helps shallow bites. Great time for reaction baits. Also they love incoming water so this is a plus as well.

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

    • Report: From Lake Camanche Resort

      Fishing Report 01/05/2017

      The New Year has started off strong with trout, crappie and bass being reported.

      We received a another big fish plant for the holiday weekend! 2,250 lbs. of Mt. Lassen trout was delivered on Friday 12/23 with 750 lbs. each to the pond, and both north & south ramps.

      Heavy rains and warm weather will keep Lake Camanche capacity up to 70% or possibly raising higher . Lake Pardee has been releasing large amounts in anticipation heavy runoff to adjust for flood control. Lake Camanche has been receiving 1,463 C.F.S. from Pardee and Camanche in turn has also been releasing heavy flows into the Mokelumne River at a rate of 1, 346 C.F.S. Lake Camanche’s elevation as of this report at Camanche was 217.15 which puts the lake at 18.35′ from the spillway. Water temps was reported as 52-56 degrees.

      mrs-lenard-12-31-300x400Nathan Lenard was out with his family and gave us a report of his trip. “Did a crappie only trip today at Camanche with the family. 1:30 pm or 20 fish was our stop time. Started fishing just after 8:00 am. Finished with 20 by 1:10 then we noticed two hitchhiking fish as we reeled them in. 22 fish came home. Best depths were 13-18′. One triple two doubles. Great tasting fish. Great meat gathering trip.”

      James Sanchez asked Nathan for his secret which Nathan replied, “ no real secret. Grubs with a 4′ 10 lb. leader trolling 1.2-1.3 mph. 40 feet setbacks with a fishy scent. Yellow power egg in front. No dodgers. You troll over the schools they’ll come up and fish on.

    • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

      Bass
      The winter bite is in full swing and most anglers are catching some really nice spotted bass and largemouth. The water temperature continues to cool, but is not extremely cold yet. The fish are relatively active and willing to bite. Many fish are going to be holding in 30′ to 50′ of water.
      Some fish will move shallow periodically to feed and can be caught near the shoreline. The shad and trout have moved into creek channels and pockets off of the main lake. The bass will follow the bait. A great deep water technique that will work during the cold winter months is a vertical jigging spoon. Try locating large balls of bait and fishing a spoon near the edges, under and above. Sometimes the bass will hold in large standing timber near the edges of creek channels. They will wait for the bait to push into them and use the tree to coral an ambush. Try using a weedless worm fish in and around standing timber. A Texas Rig with a shad patterned worm or a Senko is a good choice for catching fish in heavy cover. Small swimbaits fished at various depths will also coax these fish into biting. Many fish will scour the bottom and feed on crawdads and other bottom dwelling creatures. A football head jig will work great fished slowly across the bottom. Light jigs work great when the fish are biting on the fall. Use heavier jigs for bumping into structure and grinding the bottom. Some anglers are catching big largemouth on trout patterned swimbaits. PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE. Take photos and carefully release the fish back into to the lake to maintain a healthy fish population for generations to come.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Friday, December 30th, 2016

    • Report: Delta Report…. Bait fishing Stripers Sturgeon Solid
      Happy New Year! Still very little pressure from anglers on the river this week,. Great tides combined showery days ahead to be setting as the Best winter bite we’ve had This Season.. Still there is some really cool water and tough bites. The Good News Fishing Licenses stayed the same price get yours online at https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales/CustomerSearch/Begin

      Isleton
      Sturgeon anglers are heading to 41, Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success. Cooling water have slowed the stripers in the Cache Slough area. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers in the area. Many guides are drifting minnows in the area.

      Rio Vista
      The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville

      Walnut Grove
      Slow for the trolling anglers, but stripers cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Savage Prey series and Angry Eyes are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for chartreuse patterns here. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional Sturgeon or Striper those looking for Cold night fun.

      Discovery Bay
      Black bass bite is hopeful as water temps stabilize in the fifties. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and a-rigs searching ledges near flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are drop shotting Strike King Half Shells and Strike King Finesse worms. Nice sized stripes are grabbing Diamond Shad . There seems to be a run on Crappie Jigs. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking.

      Frank’s Tract
      Black bass bite both OK but ya gotta Slow down with the weather rolling through more consistently. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Ripbaits are great options while Bobby D’s spinnerbaits and swim jigs get the mention as well. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swim Baits, like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

      West Delta
      Sturgeon leads the way. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines allow Sherman Island rd.

      Contra Loma
      Trout fishing has been good. They have been biting at the East Side, North side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, power eggs, or mice tails Best catches Reported Mike Erickson caught a 5.3 lb. trout on Power Bait from a boat near the dam Will Smith caught an 14 lb. striper on A-Rig from a boat by Swim Lagoon. Larry Lua caught a 6 lb. trout each on Power Bait at the East Side of Lake.

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    • Report: Larry Hemphill » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:53 pm

      I had my first guide trip at Oroville in awhile and turned out to be a very nice trip - WHEN it warmed up!! I took a father and his future "bass pro" 15 year old son yesterday and found the winter bite to be OK. This kid is "all business!" We fished the main body and the middle fork. Both were good stiks and the young man had a color worm that the bass just loved!! He was the hot stik with the most hookups - and the largest bass - a 2 1/2 lb spotted bass. Our bass seemed to be pretty good quality, several in the 1 3/4 to 2 lb range. We had 45 to 50 bites but only landed about 25. Bass seemed to be on steep clay banks with small rock (what else is new?) and from 20 to 40 feet deep. I was happy that they were good enough anglers to recognize the "pressure bite." We tried to fish any subtle differences in the miles of rock walls. I believe this was their first trip to Oroville.