Water rising fast in foothills reservoirs, lakes

Len Ackerman

Foothill lakes are on the rise.

Lake Camanche, near Valley Springs, has been giving up trout to trollers near the dam as well as some big bass in the same area. For more information call (209) 763-5166.

At Lake Amador, trout plants are suspended until the water clarity improves.

Lake Pardee is open now and trout plants have been made. For more information call (209) 772-1472.

At Lake Don Pedro, the bass bite has been good and the high water level has caused the closure of the Blue Oaks boat launch ramp.

At New Melones Reservoir, the lake came up 34 feet over the past week. The middle ramp at Glory Hole Point is open with two courtesy docks. A ramp at Tuttletown is also open.

There is some debris on the water but trollers are picking up trout using small spoons and plugs. Shore anglers are having some success with Power Baits and marshmallow/worm combos.

Another method that has been productive is the bubble/ fly combo which can be cast from shore.

Bass fishing is still in the winter mode and soft plastics moved slow off the bottom work well, as the bass don’t seem to chase a fast moving lure until the water warms a bit.

At the rate the water level is rising, there is some speculation that it may get near full by summer.

Following a recent meeting of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), Kokanee Power, and Project Kokanee, it was determined that the kokanee limits will be changed effective March 2017.

The new regulations will allow for five trout and five inland salmon (kokanee or chinook) per day. The DFW is increasing the daily limit of inland salmon/kokanee to 10 in the following lakes: Pardee, Bullards Bar, Bucks, Trinity and Scotts Flat.

For example, anglers fishing at Pardee can take 10 kokanee and five trout.

Due to the extremely poor salmon return to the Klamath River Hatchery, there will be no chinook salmon planted in California in 2017.

The DFW Freshwater Regulation booklets should list the new regulations.

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