POWER BAIT off the bottom continues to be the most consistent producer for trout in the high-country lakes.

Chartreuse is the popular color at Lake Alpine, where rainbows over three pounds are still being caught from shore. Boaters are having the best luck drifting a worm and trying to find schools, as the fish have

scattered and are at varying depths.

Rain showers this week may cool the water and improve the bite.

Kinney Reservoir at the top of Ebbetts Pass is a good choice for bank fishermen trying to escape the heat. Worms, crickets and Power Bait will catch fish there.

The Mosquito lakes were planted, so bait fishing, lures and flies are producing there. At Spicer Reservoir, the fish have moved to deeper water and turned shore fishing into a challenge. Boaters are still finding the fish using the same methods as at Lake Alpine.

Union Reservoir is a good choice for trout and mountain catfish. A worm on the bottom will get plenty of action for the cats and the lake is less crowded than some.

Flows on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River are perfect for bait, lures and flies, while salmon eggs with an 18-inch leader and a split shot seems to be the best bait. Small spinners and big flies like hoppers, black gnats, beetles or bees are also working.

For wild trout it's best to use flies or natural baits like crickets or worms and hike upstream from the bridge access at Big Trees State Park, Dorrington or Spicer Road.

THE BIG FISH of the Week Contest at Glory Hole Sports was won by Greg Baronian and James Horton of Fresno with a 9.2-pound catfish caught near the Stevenot Bridge on New Melones Reservoir.

They fished from a boat with mackerel, crawdads and liver at mid-day in about 20 feet of water.

The dam is another good place to try for big cats, perhaps with anchovies, nightcrawlers or live large minnows.

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