When I was growing up it wasn’t “cool” to be known as the kid that liked to go fishing. It wasn’t until I found other kids my age that liked to fish that it didn’t feel strange having such a strong passion for fishing. I’ve had many friends over the years and those that have lasted the longest have been between friends who like to fish. I guess you can say that there’s sort of a brotherhood amongst fishermen. Even now as an adult, it doesn’t matter where I go, being around fishermen is different than being around any other group of people. I figure with every hobby or passion a person pursues, it’s nice to meet likeminded people. Mine just happens to be fishing, and even after all these years, it’s still as enjoyable to talk fishing, as it was when I was worried about being “cool.”
Early in the morning anglers are doing well while fishing for bass with top water lures. During the day anglers are either catching them with reaction baits like Rattle Traps or flipping heavy cover with sweet beavers. Bluegills are plentiful right now and can be caught just about anywhere while using red worms. I haven’t heard of any striped bass reports yet, during this time of year it’s always good to have a rod with a top water lure tied on just in case a school of striped bass appear.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is slow right now on the lake. Night fishing under a submersible light continues to be the best approach for catching trout. Kokanee fishing is also slow right now as they are either spawning or preparing to spawn. Any day now fishing for trout can turn around though as the baitfish are starting to school up indicating that there is a change about to happen. Catfishing remains good for anglers fishing cut bait throughout the evening hours around all the lake’s recreational areas. Bass fishing is fair right now; there are a lot of bass following the schools of shad found all over the lake. Anglers are using shaky head worms or drop shot rigs through the schools of bait for small limits of fish.
Lake Don Pedro:
Trout and bass fishing is good on the lake right now. Anglers fishing for trout are finding them while trolling around the schools of baitfish being found from the surface down to 35 feet deep. Bass fishermen are employing similar tactics as there are many schools of fish being found around main lake points.
Trout fishermen are finding trout while fishing with power bait at depths from 30 to 50 feet deep. Bass anglers are having luck early and late in the day on top water lures. During the day, the bite has been tough as anglers are working small plastic baits slowly along the bottom as the bass have become very lethargic during the day.
Trout fishing is tough right now, those that are having any luck are fishing from 30 to 60 feet deep. Bass fishing is fair, key areas are around isolated islands with jigs and worms. Top water baits are working well in the morning and evening hours.
Striped bass are being found chasing bait up to the surface all over the lake. Anglers are tossing rattle traps and flukes through schools of actively feeding fish for good results. There are also some Largemouth Bass being caught amongst schools of Striped Bass which has been adding to the excitement. From my experience, it’s best to wait until you see the fish breaking the surface to make your cast instead of making random casts hoping that you’ll get a bite.
Tip of the Week:
Late summer is an interesting time of the year; you’d be surprised at what works this time of year. As far as bait selection, don’t be afraid to try something new or something a little out of the ordinary. I’ve had some great times fishing this time of year while using nontraditional baits. While everyone seems to be tossing the same thing try something different, you may be surprised at what you catch.