Len Ackerman

During this hot spell we’re having, it pays to get on the water early and off before noon. Most anglers going out on New Melones Reservoir have shade tops on their boats.

Rainbow trout are still found by anglers trolling between the two bridges at 25 to 40 feet and deeper with Kokanee lures or dodger and worm combos.

The current hot spell will most likely drive the fish deeper in search of cooler water. Experimenting with different lures at different depths is the way to go.

Bass fishing remains good, especially in early morning or late evening. Fishing guide John Leichty recently came up with a huge largemouth bass over 10 pounds while fishing with Josh Parris, who also caught a big bass.

The Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Derby will take place tomorrow at Lake Don Pedro.

A few large Kokes have turned up there, but trout have been on a more consistent bite.

For more information and online registration go to kokaneepower.org.

At Camanche Reservoir, the trout are holding in deep water where trolling Speedy Shiners is producing. Active, retired, reserve and veteran military personnel receive a 20 percent discount on day use entry fees.

For more information call (209) 763-5166.

At New Hogan Reservoir, guide Monte Smith is scoring up to a dozen stripers per outing trolling shad or anchovies on a harness rig.

At Pinecrest Lake, some nice trout have been caught recently, including a few in the 2 to 3-pound class.

The Moccasin Creek hatchery is adding a few larger rainbows during their plants.

Plantings this week: Lyons Reservoir, Lyons canal, Powerhouse stream and Moccasin Creek.

In the Highway 4 area, plants will be made at Angels Creek, White Pines Lake and Lake Alpine.

Last week a couple of bills were on their way through the legislature favoring hunting and fishing, but now comes a bit of bad news.

Assembly Bill 986 was pulled from the assembly appropriations committee schedule on May 26. AB 986, sponsored by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, would have recognized the sacrifices our veterans have made by reducing hunting and fishing license fees in recognition of their service.

With this postponement, the bill has been defeated for this year.