Len Ackerman

Fishing is perking up as the weather gets warmer.

The water level at New Melones Reservoir continues to rise and may reach the full mark this summer.

Bass fishing is still going good for those targeting them.

Trout fishing is picking up for trollers using lures near the surface down to 20 to 25 feet. Rapalas, flasher/worm combos, and even kokanee lures are working. Bank fishing has been slow.

The private concession lakes near Valley Springs are all producing well, thanks to trout plants from the Mt. Lassen Hatchery.

At Lake Amador, water is still spilling with the surface temperature at 60 degrees. Trout become more active as the water warms.

At Camanche Reservoir, trout plants are usually divided between the south shore ramp and the south shore pond. A few lunkers are mixed into the trout plants.

At Pardee Reservoir, there is a lot of debris in the river arm and boaters are advised to use caution.

Trolling has been good near the “Woodpile” and bank fishing has been best at Rainbow and Blue Heron Creek.

At Lake Don Pedro, tons of debris is coming from the Tuolumne River and crews are working to clear as much as possible. The lake is at 80 percent of capacity.

The Beardsley Reservoir road is open to the dam and beyond, but the road to the boat ramp remains closed due to severe damage.

The campground on the other side of the dam was still closed at mid-week.

For more information, call the Summit Ranger Station at (209) 965-3434.

Here is a bit of news that may affect future waterfowl hunting in the Merced County grasslands in the near future. The proposed alignment of the high speed rail between San Jose and Merced is down Henry Miller Road, an area which includes numerous private duck clubs and at least one state refuge.

There was short notice given and one public forum has already been held in Los Banos. A second public forum will be held at 5 p.m., May 1, at the Community Center in Morgan Hill, 1700 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA. 95037.

Landowners in the proposed area are urged to attend.