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Trout Fest a success; shore fishing slow at Melones


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Last Saturday I attended the Moccasin Creek Hatchery’s Trout Fest, along with Bert Kronnick, local collector of vintage fishing tackle.  

It was a great, well attended event that showed all the aspects of trout raising, fishing, fish cleaning and cooking. Youths under 15 had great fun catching trout from well stocked runways. 

I was surprised to find that the hatchery also raised Golden and Cutthroat trout. When large enough the goldens go to high elevation lakes and the cutthroats go to Nevada’s Pyramid Lake. Photo coverage by Union Democrat photographer Jesse Jones appeared in Monday’s paper.   

Last Friday, a neighbor, Nick McMahon and I got back to Beardsley Lake and managed a limit of trout, nine rainbows and a brown, all on flasher/worm combos. 

The parasitic copepod is present, as it is in many lakes on the rainbows. They have no effect on the health of the fish, other than the cosmetic effect. 

The rainbows in Beardsley are holdovers, since planting has not occurred due to the low water. They average 14 to 15 inches and the flesh is as pink as salmon. 

Dick Anderson, of Twain Harte, and I got back in again on Tuesday and found limits, despite the full moon “jinx.” 

Local guide Danny Layne tried Lake Tulloch again and came up the second four-pound rainbow in two trips, as well as releasing a few other ‘bows.   

Layne tried Don Pedro on Thursday with three Central Valley clients and they had mixed limits of rainbows, kokanee, and one king salmon. Paddletails, Uncle Larry’s spinners, and orange Hootchies were the lures of choice, all tipped with Pautzkies Fire Corn.  

At New Melones, shore fishing has slowed as the water temperatures come up and trollers are finding more success for trout.  

Bass fishing continues good as the spawning season is getting underway. Kokanee fishing will soon be in full swing. Locals Cas Munoz and Wayne DeGenero found limits of kokes Wednesday at Melones by moving to various locations and having success with small Hootchie lures.   

Munoz, John Minor, and Ken Lucas, part of the Twain Harte Connection, had a good recent trip to the Delta for striped bass. 

Over three days of fishing they totaled 11 stripers up to 14 pounds. Highlight of the trip was when Minor hooked a big fish which turned out to be a king salmon. Since the season does not open until July 16, it was released. 

Local High School Trap teams and the Mother Lode Nuggets have completed two California Youth Shooting Sports Association events this season and will have the next event at the Mother Lode Gun Club on April 25. No regular trap will be held that day.

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