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>This warming trend may be a false spring, but that’s fine if that means we get to do it all over again. Temperatures are forecasted to get warmer each day through the weekend and that has bass anglers antsy with anticipation. It also bodes well for trout anglers from the foothills on down. Here are this week’s Best Bites:

CLEAR LAKE bass: It doesn’t matter which bass anglers you talk to, they all have Clear Lake on their minds. The tournament two weeks ago where anglers averaged five pounds per bass has anglers chomping at the bit for this week’s warm weather. Expect a crowd but the minnow bite should be epic. Clear Lake Outdoors (707) 262-5852

FRANKS TRACT bass: Another fine alternative to Clear Lake may be found here. Black bass are active in 58 degree water that will warm even more. Red spinnerbaits and crankbaits get bass. Bass are moving up to spawn. Hook, Line & Sinker (925) 625-2441

EAST BAY LAKES trout: Chabot, Contra Loma and Quarry Lakes all are reporting excellent fishing. Chabot has multiple hot spots. Quarry Lake is reporting most anglers are getting limits. Contra Loma finally is full and fishing is best it has been this winter.

McCLOUD LAKE trout: Want solitude and a good trout bite? Bundle up and come here. Trout bite is good. Guide Scott Caldwell caught and released 30 fish on Friday. Trout are in the top 20 feet of water. Sep’s Dodger (hammered gold) and a nightcrawler do the trick. (530) 905-0758

LOCH LOMOND bass: This lake in Felton opens Friday to fishing after its winter closure. Big largemouth lurk and haven’t been bothered for months. (831) 335-7424

SANTA MARGARITA LAKE bass: Bass are moving into the shallows and anglers are hooking them in depths from three to 15 feet. Drop-shotting a jig and trailer does the trick. (805) 438-1522

LOWER DELTA sturgeon: Sturgeon bite is good on the Sacramento side, especially Broad Slough, Collinsville and Cache Slough. There is also some action near the Rio Vista Bridge. Gotcha Bait & Tackle (925) 706-7400 Hap’s Bait (707) 374-2372

LAKE TAHOE mackinaw: Guide Gene St. Denis and his son, Eric, caught 22 pound and 26 pound mackinaw within the last five days. Both came on a 10-inch monster stick designed to imitate kokanee. Bite for one to five pound macks is steady, best in the afternoon. Gene St. Denis. Blue Ribbon Sport Fishing (530) 544-6552


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