Fish­ing

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fish­ery so close. I have to ad­mit that I am spoiled. Gosh, an­glers that live in, lets say, Utah would be stoked to have Clear Lake in their back­yard.

Also, this is great news for the mer­chants of Lake County. Re­tail­ers in Lake County had been hit ex­tra hard with all the covid re­stric­tions. When the day comes. And, it will come, that all the guide lines are re­laxed, re­mem­ber to shop Lake County when you over the hill fish­ing on the #1 rated bass fish­ery.

The al­gae mon­ster is in full bloom right now. Prob­a­bly, one of the best ramps right now is the County Park out of Kelseyvill­e. There is is not as much al­gae there. Just re­mem­ber, that if you take your boat to a car wash right af­ter pulling out of the water, it cleans up pretty good. This past cou­ple week’s the fishin’ has picked up. Early in the morn­ing hours the frog and top-water bite has been de­cent. The bass are ag­gres­sive and hun­gry af­ter spawn­ing. Mid­morn­ing, fish the deep water docks and rock piles with plas­tics on a drop shot rig.

LAKE SONOMA : With the HOT Sum­mer weather we are hav­ing, Lake Sonoma is slammed with wake­board boats and per­sonal wa­ter­crafts! About the only pos­i­tive thing that comes from all the ac­tiv­ity are the mud lines that are pro­duced by the waves beat­ing the shore­line. Bass like to use the mud line as cover to am­bush it’s prey ( bait fish) .

So you can pick a bass up by throw­ing a spin­ner­baits or a Luck­yCraft BDS in a shad color. A li­p­less cran­bait, some­thing that zips along with a flash to it.

LAKE PILLSBURY: The lake up on the moun­tain has shrunk. But it is still the most beau­ti­ful lake in our area. Even though the road is not the great­est, it is still worth the trip, es­pe­cially if you can put to­gether a few days to go camp­ing. The trout fishin’ has been rated fair to good lately. The warmer weather has the trout down in deeper water. Troll the east side of the lake or along the dam with your down rig­ger set at 20 to 25 feet. Use a flasher or ac­tion disc and trail it with a nightcrawl­er. The Bass fish­ing has been pretty good. Most an­glers are catch­ing four to twelve Bass per out­ing. Top water early in the morn­ing, then change to fish­ing plas­tics, swim baits or crank baits. No mat­ter what species of fish you are af­ter, the early morn­ing hours is the best.

LAKE MEN­DO­CINO: The small and large­mouth bass fishin’ has been pretty good. Now with some veg­e­ta­tion grow­ing up from the bot­tom, the drop shot setup has been work­ing the best for Teresa and I. We have the hook up about 24 — 28 inches de­pend­ing on the height of the weeds. Most of the catch­able fish are in 10 to 15 feet of water. Also, got a re­port that some nice cat­fish are be­ing hooked in Crap­pie Cove and the river chan­nel. The hot bait has been live craw­dads.

Thanks for read­ing and re­mem­ber to keep it reel ! — Don = 4REEL Fishin’

PHOTO BY SHEL­LEY HICKS OF UKIAH

The Ukiah Val­ley Fish & Wildlife Club Hosted a fish­ing clinic with the Red­wood Val­ley Scout Troop #316 on June 30th at Todd Grove Park.

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