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Best Bites: March 7 through March 13  

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This week’s cold front halted the momentum of solid bass fishing and improving trout fishing. Before the storm there were 10 pound bass reported from Loch Lomond Reservoir, Lake Amador and New Melones. All were released so they will be waiting and eager as the weather gets warmer. This week anglers should find quality fishing at Amador, Clear Lake and Collins Lake, sturgeon in the lower Sacramento River and the last, best weekend of steelhead fishing on the Smith River. Here are this week’s Best Bites:


LAKE AMADOR bass/trout: Bass are becoming aggressive and baitfish are plentiful. A 10 pounder was caught last week. Water temps are in the high 50s. Trout fishing is very good. Keep in mind trout move close to the shore after a rain to feed on bugs washing into the lake. (209) 274-4739

CLEAR LAKE bass: Water temps have warmed to 55 and there is quality bass fishing to be found for those using A-rigs, swimbaits, chatter baits. Jig bite also is good in the north end. Bigger fish are just offshore. Smaller bass are up against the tules. A two-day tournament was won with a 68 pound bag. No question this is the best place for bass in NorCal this week. Clear Lake Outdoors (707) 262-5852


COLLINS LAKE trout:  Weekly trout plants are rewarding anglers. Trout fishing is very good at the dam, the beach and the bridge. Trolling or baitfishing works equally well. Trout are near the surface. Big fish of the week was a 6-3/4 pound trout caught by Ken Arr of Marysville. 1-800-286-0576


SMITH RIVER steelhead: Welcome rain fell Tuesday. River is rising and forecasted to go to 11 feet on Wednesday before falling. That should bring more fresh fish into the system. In addition, the steelhead in the upper stretches now have enough water to move back down. Lots of traffic both ways. Could be a great weekend.  Mike Coopman (707) 465-1367, Mike Stratman (707) 601-8757


RIO VISTA sturgeon: Sturgeon bite is very good from the Rio Vista Bridge to the Power Lines. Liberty Slough and Cache Slough are good. Lamprey and pile worms or blood worms work. Stripers are in Three Mile Slough and the end of Decker Island. There are flounder being caught through town. Hap’s Bait (707) 374-2372, Barry Canavero (916) 777-6498



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