Comments: Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee *** Trout *** Smallmouth bass ***
Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters continues to find mixed limits during the past week with Madera residents Kevin and Cade Sherrod and Greg and Carlos Mazon landing four trout/kokanee limits Sunday. Ten-year-old Cade Sherrod scored big fish at 3.25 pounds on a Trout Buster. "Our best action continues to be at depths from 18 to 23 feet in the Black Rock and Eagle Point areas before 9 a.m.," Nichols said. The Captain Jack's Nos. 1 or 2 orange Super Hootchies behind a Shaver Lake dodger are working for the kokanee at 23 feet in depth. "My suggestion is to keep working different depths, change colors of lures or lures when needed and don't be afraid to move to another location," Nichols said. "But I can assure you the depths, same tackle and areas mentioned above have been good so far." Bank fishing is good with Power Bait or night crawlers, particularly near the Point, on the west side of Shaver Lake Marina and the Dorabella Cove area. With a number of large trout in the lake, Nichols advised shore anglers to gear up for the bigger fish. Small mouth bass fishing is good in the rocky areas with live crickets or grubs, and anglers casting from boats also are scoring in the rocks near Eagle Point. The inaugural Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Fundraising Dinner will be held Saturday evening. At Huntington, Merritt Gilbert and Patrick Movey reported small kokanee are available on Rocky Mountain Tackle UV Purple or Pink Cotton Candy Signature Squid hootchies at depths from 20 to 25 feet from the Gold Arrow Campground to Dam 1. The kokanee are starting to school up into larger groupings. Shaver dropped to 91% and Huntington dropped slightly to 98% of capacity.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Young's Sporting Goods 841-8271, 841-2522, 841-2740
Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park said Courtright Reservoir is full, and the trout bite is very good from the surface to four colors of lead core with blade/crawler combinations, Thomas Buoyants or Needlefish. Long-lining broken backed Rapalas or Rebels in black/silver at least 150 feet behind the boat are working in the early mornings. The shoreline bite is good across from the Dam with orange or rainbow Power Bait. Trolling also has been productive at Wishon with blade/crawler combinations working near the surface, dropping to from two to four colors by mid-morning. Speedy Shiners or Needlefish in a variety of colors are also effective. There have been a number of quality rainbows to 22 inches landed from the banks near the Headwaters with either Power Bait or inflated night crawlers. Crane said, "There have been quite a few limits with several big fish from the banks in the last week." The shore around Short Hair Creek is also a good spot to soak bait. Dick Gomez said, "Night crawlers are the best thing going for planted rainbows and brook trout in Dinkey Creek. Dinkey has been kicking out some nice fish." Salmon eggs or live crickets are also working.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Brown trout *** Trout **
The Kaiser Pass lakes are experiencing a good bite, but there have been few anglers heading over to enjoy the good action. Dick Gomez of Young's Sporting Goods touted Jackass Creek near Florence Lake for fly anglers and bait tossers with crickets or salmon eggs. Merritt Gilbert said brown trout to 16 inches are found in Edison with small Rapalas long-lined on the surface. Portal Forebay is still a great option for planted trout with night crawlers or Power Bait with another trout plant this week. A few boats are trolling for the tagged trout in Redinger, but most anglers are releasing the fish and returning the tags. Lakes are near capacity with Edison at 95%, Florence at 93%, Mammoth Pool at 96% and Redinger at 94%.