I remember reading that fish don’t have much of a memory.
All my experiences observing them both in the wild and in captivity lead me to believe differently. There’s a reason certain baits lose their effectiveness after a couple of seasons, which explains why anglers are always trying to find a better bait.
For a little over a year now I have gotten into the hobby of maintaining a coral reef tank. Lately, one of my fish has developed a taste for some of my prized corals. With the help of YouTube, I built a fish trap and attempted to catch the fish for removal.
On my first attempt I had him in the trap, only to see him escape the trap at the last moment. Since then, I’ve reset my trap every day and waited patiently for him go in the trap without success. Every other fish in my tank must think my trap is some type of feeding container as they swim right inside it without hesitation.
Not him, he’s knows to not go into the trap, leading me to believe that fish have better memories than most of us give them credit for. Often, I hear anglers talk about going back through an area with a different bait. Maybe it’s time that I make a different trap.
The largemouth bass bite is wide open with numbers and size being caught. Senko’s and jigs are the top baits.
Large groups of fish are making their way into the shallows in anticipation of the next full moon. Once the tide bottoms out try fishing the outside weed line as bass will often move to the edge once the tide drops and return shallow once the tide rises.
New Melones Lake
Fishing for trout is fair, as anglers are reporting catching them while both trolling and while fishing off the bank. Those fishing around the Highway 49 Bridge are having the most consistent bites while fishing with Power Bait.
Bass fishing is great, as there are a lot of fish up shallow looking for an easy meal. Anglers fishing for bass are doing well while fishing with shaky head worms down to 20 feet deep.
Lake Don Pedro
Trout fishing is steadily improving. Anglers are trolling around 20 feet deep. Speedy Shiners and Cripplures behind Mack’s sling blades seems to be the most productive set up at the time.
Bass fishing has been improving slightly as the spawn is right around the corner. Anglers are catching fish while working both shallow and deep with various soft plastics and shad imitating reaction baits.
The lake continues to drop as they are preparing for the snowmelt.
Trout fishing has been fair to good for many anglers. Most anglers are migrating towards the south shore launch area as several nice trout have been caught in the recent weeks. Hat Island is another hot spot for anglers fishing with shad imitating Rapala lures.
Bass fishing is beginning to pick up as anglers are catching an occasional fish up shallow. The more successful anglers are staying deep with drop-shotted worms or jigs worked along the bottom.
Tip of the Week
As much as some anglers seem to think otherwise, fishing line does get weaker as it ages. Especially monofilament. Like a noodle, it expands when in the water and contracts when outside of the water. Then process weakens line over time making it brittle.
I don’t recommend changing your line every time out but wouldn’t rely on line that’s been sitting more than one fishing season.
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