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Prepare for change in springtime weather

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POSTED February 28, 2013 10:11 p.m.

One of the most common mistakes anglers make during the spring is not being properly prepared.

Spring is a time of year when within minutes the weather can take a turn for the worst. Spring mornings are usually very brisk, and the evenings can be just as cold. During the daytime the sun’s rays can become extremely bright, making it very uncomfortable for anyone who is wearing long-sleeve shirts or full-legged pants.

I always make sure to dress in layers during this time of year and bring along plenty of wet weather gear. For pants, I either keep a pair of extra shorts somewhere in the boat or wear a pair of shorts under my sweatpants.

Sun block is very important as well, most of us have been indoors all winter making our skin even less tolerant to sunlight.

Springtime is one of the best times of the year to get out and enjoy Mother Nature. Being prepared for instant changes in the weather is part of its beauty.


Delta Report

Bass fishing is good, as the weather has been perfect.

For reaction baits, any crawdad imitating bait is working well. For those flipping or pitching, wacky rigged Senko’s or black and blue jigs seem to be key baits. With this current weather and the time of year it’s really a toss up right now.

You can possibly have one of the best days of fishing one day and one of the worst days of fishing the next. 


Lake New Melones

Trout fishing has been hit or miss lately. Bank anglers have been using Power Bait, Gulp Eggs, marshmallows, and night crawlers to catch them.

It’s very important to make sure your bait is floating. Use small hooks, plenty of Power Bait, and a worm blower to float a crawler. The entire bait rig is very simple but effective. It consists of an egg sinker, barrel swivel, 12- to 18-inch leader and a small hook.

Most of the fish that are being caught are full of small shad. Try using shad patterned lures. Anything with a little silver on it will resemble fleeing shad. Bass fishing is also hit or miss as the bass seem to be waiting for more consistent weather temperatures. Anglers catching bass are fishing with jigs or small worms.


Lake Don Pedro

The trout and king salmon bite is slow. Anglers are targeting the areas between the 49 Bridge to the Jacksonville Bridge. Anglers are trolling either shad patterned spoons or rolled shad while letting their lead core lines out five to seven colors.

Bass fishing is good.  Anglers are either tossing large Huddleston swim baits or Alabama Rigs for the bigger fish.


Lake Pardee

Fishing continues to be good from the shore. The recreation area is still holding plenty of trout that seem to be unwilling to leave the area and venture out into the main lake. The Launch Ramp, Rainbow Point, Tom Sawyer Island, and the point directly across from the East end of the Marina are all good areas.

Sliding sinker set ups are the most successful and silver/blue Kastmasters seems to be the favorite bait of lure fishermen. Not much to report about the bass fishing on the lake, it’s been very quiet.

As the water temperature warms a little look for the bass to start making their way towards the obvious spawning areas.


Lake Amador

There are still plenty of trout being caught. The lake continues to be planted heavily every week which has provided anglers both on and off the bank with steady action. Most anglers are using Power Bait or tossing Kastmasters for limits of fish.

Last week there was 10- and 13-pound trout brought up to the marina to be weighed in. Bass fishing is slow, as anglers are waiting for the water temperatures to rise.


Fishing seminar

Fisherman’s Warehouse is hosting seminars in March, each starting at 6 p.m. Richard Ernst and Howard Black will have a presentation on High Sierra fishing on March 7. On March 14, Bug Tosh is offering tops on pre-spawn fishing for black bass. Then on March 21, Alan Fong and Warren Trumbley will discuss fishing black and striped bass.


Product Review

Choosing a place to fish this time of year can be difficult. There are many good bodies of water to choose from locally but the reports haven’t been all that good.

When I know the fishing is going to be tough, I usually try to stay as close as I can to home. Doing so, eliminates travel costs and makes it easier to call it a day if the weather turns for the worst.


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