By LEN ACKERMAN
For The Union Democrat
Sonora resident Bob King recently returned from his annual fishing trip to the Little Sue River in Alaska. His timing was good as there was a great run of silver (coho) salmon.
King and his brother Greg, who resides in Wasilla, Alaska, along with nephews, spent seven days on the river and caught numerous salmon, all on Blue Fox No. 4 spinners. The fish would not bite on salmon roe which is usually a good producer.
After a few days, rain and cold weather moved in which actually improved the bite. King was glad to return to California to thaw out. Most of the salmon caught ranged from 8-to-10 pounds with the biggest at 12 pounds with a 17-inch girth.
The daytime trout bite at New Melones Reservoir is still on the slow side, although kokanee anglers are picking up a few rainbows while trolling. Night fishing is still the best bet for trout or catfish.
As we move into September and the surface water cools the trout will move closer to the surface and be more accessible for trollers. Bass anglers find the fish closer to the surface early mornings and late evening and going deep during mid day.
Catfish are still on the bite for those targeting them. Last week’s winner of the Big Catfish Division contest at Glory Hole Sports was Michelle Powel Mayfield with a 9-pound, 6-ouncer caught near the Highway 49 Bridge with the help of her 2-year old granddaughter, Aubrielle Hardnett.
Local guide Gary Burns reports still finding limits of kokanee and some rainbows are turning up at around 50-to-75 feet.
A new state record for Kokanee salmon was recently verified. Bill Brush, of Nevada City, caught a 5-pound, 2-ouncer at Lake Tahoe.
Bob Post, of Sugar Pine, fishing with his fish alarm dog, Rachel, has had a couple good outings recently at Lake Don Pedro for rainbows up to 17 inches by trolling Needlefish lures from 35-to-40 feet near Big Oak Island.
At Lake McClure, guide Danny Layne is still finding big kokanee in the area of the A-Frame and the dam. He recently had representatives from the Pautzke Bait Co. out for limits of kokes in the 2-pound range.
Older anglers will remember when a favorite trout bait was Pautzke’s Balls-O-Fire salmon eggs. Now, for targeting kokanee, they have come up “Can-O-Corn” for tipping lures.
The Mother Lode Gun Club will host a 5-stand shoot on Aug. 24. 5-Stand is a challenging type of shoot with clay targets coming at various directions and speeds.
It is an excellent type of practice for bird hunters, and with dove season beginning on Sept. 1, it might serve to sharpen the shooting eye. Regular trap will also be available that day.