There’s a good reaction bite right now for those tossing crank baits, buzz baits, and top water frogs. Once the sun is up, look for any grass that is located near or around deeper tulle points and try flipping jigs or any other creature baits in or around the grass. Current is also important this time of year as moving water is a little cooler, moves the bait around, and contains more oxygen.
New Melones Lake:
Kokanee fishing has finally turned on. Anglers are doing well while trolling pink hootchies behind a sling blade. Limits are being caught by anglers trolling at 40 feet deep early in the morning. Bass fishing remains good for numbers of smaller fish with the bigger ones being few and far between. Anglers are doing well while tossing Zoom Flukes and jigs to the edge of visible mud lines. Anglers drop shotting are also doing well while fishing between 25 and 40 feet deep. Catfishing has been really good for those fishing at night with traditional catfish baits. Bluegill and crappie continue to bite for those fishing with either a minnow or worm under a bobber in the backs of coves.
Lake Don Pedro:
Kokanee are dominating the scene on the lake right now. Graveyard Bay, Copper Mountain, Oat Hill, and off Hatch Creek are the best areas right now. The most productive setups are Sockeye Slammers, Scorpion Spinners, and Fire Tiger Kokanee Killers in tandem with a Vance’s 4/0 dodger. Fish are being caught between 30 and 60 feet deep. Bass fishing for numbers is really good right now on small worms during the day and top water lures during the morning and evening hours.
Later in the day and early in the morning schooling fish can be spotted throughout the lake feeding on shad. This type of feeding activity can lead to some of the most exciting top water action an angler can find. Just make sure to wait for the school to become active before tossing your lure into the frenzy. If you don’t wait for the fish to begin feeding you may scare the school off. Night fishing remains good for those fishing large power worms and spinner baits.
There are still trout being planted into the lake which has made it nice for those that are fishing off the bank. Anglers fishing off the bank are doing well while fishing in the launch ramp cove with their favorite trout baits. Anglers trolling for trout are having better luck searching for kokanee as the kokanee bite seems to be improving weekly. Anglers trolling for kokanee are finding them schooled up between 30 and 50 feet deep.