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Amador (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:48:26

Trout planting is becoming more aggressive. Plants are between 800 and 1,000 pounds per day and trophy fish to 8 pounds are going in. Trollers are getting trout with flashers/nightcrawlers or grubs 20 feet below the surface. Shore anglers do best with Power Bait or nightcrawlers near the dam or the spillway. Bass are coming from the Mountain Springs area with jigs or plastic worms. (209) 274-4739

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Camanche (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:48:50

Spotted bass are at every corner of the lake where old vegetation is sticking up. Hot spots for trout trolling were by the dam and Causeway Cove. Catfish are being pulled from Houseboat Cove. The trout pond was as popular as ever with several trout over six pounds.  (209) 763-5915, (209) 763-5166

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Collins Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:49:15

Shore fishing near the dam is very good with Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Beach also is productive. Trollers are working 20 feet below the surface with flashers and nightcrawlers. 1-800-286-0576

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Don Pedro (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:49:41

Bass anglers use yellow/chartreuse spinner baits in 15 to 20 feet of water for very good results. Moccasin Point seems to be the most productive area. Trout anglers are enjoying action near Blue Oaks.  Bait Barn (209) 874-3011

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Folsom (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:50:07

Bass bite is consistent. Lake level is rising slowly but will start dropping soon. Fish any points leading into coves on the north fork and south fork and you’ll find bass. The rocks on the north fork will help warm the water.  Guide Don Paganelli (916) 502-3474

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McClure (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-02 21:37:10

Bass continue to be elusive.  Bait Barn (209) 874-3011

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McSwain (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:50:33

DFW planted 1,000 pounds on Wednesday. Trollers are using cheese Power Bait near the power house. Others are using Wedding Rings. Bank anglers using marsmallow/nightcrawler combos. (209) 378-2534

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New Hogan (fresh water river)
Updated 2013-07-31 18:41:08

Striper bite is tough. Fish are deep and scattered.  (209) 599-2023 Bruce Hamby Sierra Sportfishing

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New Melones (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:51:17

Trout: Slow. The trout bite has been getting a little tougher each week.  The lake level is dropping and the water temperature is warming.  This will push the trout from the shallows back out to deeper/cooler water.  Try to find areas with clearer water that are protected from the wind and have deep water access.  Also, if you are fishing an area with slightly stained to murky water, try using bright colored baits and lures.  Bank anglers have been catching very few fish.  Glory Hole Point and near the 49-bridge are good areas to try because the main river channel and cooler water is close. Kokanee: Slow.  The fish generally start biting again in the spring mid-April into May, but we've had reports of a few being caught.  We expect the bite to come on any day now. Try trolling a pink hoochie, spinner, or bug behind a teardrop dodger while trout fishing and you might pick up a few kokanee.  Also, nightcrawler and garlic nightcrawler scent works best at the first part of the season.


Bass:  Good.  The bass are moving into shallow water and staging for the spawn.  To catch shallow fish try using small bright colored crank baits or spinner baits.  To target deeper/staging fish that are staging on offshore structure, try using a drop-shot rig with a 4-6" straight tail worm.   Another deep water fish catcher is a football head jig.  Try fishing ½ - ¾ ounce jigs in crawdad colors.  Brown/purple, green pumpkin/purple, and green pumpkin are all good color choices.

 Glory Hole Sports  (209) 736-4333, (209) 586-2383    


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Oroville (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:51:40

Bass bite is picking up. Drop-shotting, reaction baits, jigs, tubes, Senkos all get action. Bass are shallow – target 5 to 20 feet of water – and all over the lake. Bass Tackle Depot (530) 533-4990   

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Pardee (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-09 18:52:06

Smallmouth bite has been good. Smallies are in beds near the shoreline near the woodpile and in the coves up river. Largemouth bite is so-so. German browns are taking broken-back J7 Rapalas near the dam and the mouth of the river. More browns than rainbows are being caught. Kokanee bite is so-so. They are 25 to 40 feet below the surface. A plant of 2,000 pounds of rainbows went in last week. (209) 772-8108

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Tulloch (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-04-02 21:39:02

Trout fishing remains solid. Trolling with cowbells and nightcrawlers is a good bet. Bait Barn (209) 874-3011

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