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Twain Harte resident Stu Heller, a licensed fishing guide, recently decided to wet a line at Pinecrest Lake, which is drained down to allow for snowmelt.
It took quite a hike to get down to the main channel. He fished for two hours, finally hooking one fish, which turned out to be one of the few lunkers that are planted each year.
He was using a 4-weight fly rod with a bead head nympth that resembled the pellets that are used to feed the hatchery fish.
The big rainbow measured 23 inches and weighed 5 pounds.
Quite a catch on light fly gear.
Around the foothills waters, at Camanche Lake, private hatchery plants continue with some going to the main lake and some to the South Shore Pond. Most are running 1 to 2 pounds.
Lake Amador is still slow for trollers due to stained water but shore anglers are doing well with Power Bait.
Lake Pardee has been good for trollers with flasher/worm combos and grubs which are also working well for crappie.
At New Hogan Reservoir, the high water level should produce some good striped bass fishing as the water clears.
At Lake Don Pedro, bass fishing has been good as the fish are in various spawning stages. Trout fishing should improve as the water temperature rises. Bonds Flat Road is still closed.
At New Melones Reservoir, the bass bite has improved with the upcoming spawning time.
The trout bite has been a little slow for trollers but shore anglers are picking up a few near the Highway 49 bridge as well as an occasional catfish.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is holding their annual banquet Saturday at the Sonora Elks Club.
For last minute information, call Elaine Wolfgang at (209) 532-0842 or (209) 768-0734.