Edison/Florence/Mammoth Pool

Brown trout •• Trout ••

The Kaiser Pass lakes are open, but the drought has had a major impact on the water levels and very few fishermen were trying throughout the summer. Mammoth Pool is at 7% with Edison at 4% with Florence down to 5%.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee •• Trout ••••

Trout fishing remained outstanding with multiple limits of rainbows given the heavy plants from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “I think everyone out in a boat is catching multiple limits of rainbows,” adding, “We just finished our 2014 season on a two-day high note with over six limits caught on our boat in a few hours of fishing the last two days of my charter season.” Fresno Bee Sports Columnist Marek Warzawski and Shaver resident Lee Gates fished a short morning trip with Nichols and picked up more than three limits, keeping some and releasing the remainder. The following day, Dr. Ben Teitelbaum of Clovis took his mom and dad, Karen and Sy of Chicago, on a trip with Nichols and bagged three limits of ‘bows using Trout Busters tipped with a piece of night crawler behind a Mountain Flasher at depths from 20-35 feet. The water is now receded to below the ramps to about 47% capacity, but light boats will be able to launch on the auxiliary ramp at Sierra Marina for a while and possibly all winter. It is worth every effort as the lake is loaded with good catchable trout and some trophies. Bank fishermen have been working the roads 1 and 2 areas with fair to good success. Power bait or crawlers work best.The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will be planting about 2,000 4- to 8-pounders before spring thanks to generous donations and a very successful Sportsman’s Dinner. An up-to-date view of the ramp and lake is at www.sierramarina.com. Few anglers are targeting rainbows at Huntington, but those launching small boats can find good action trolling Apex lures or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler. Huntington held at 44%.

Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740

Wishon/Courtright

Trout ••••

Trout fishing at Courtright and Wishon remained outstanding, with Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store stating, “Trollers are picking up easy limits of rainbows from 12-16 inches with blade/crawler combinations at 2-3 colors throughout the lake.” Randy Grant and Blake Asadoor of Clovis caught and released multiple rainbows trolling 3-inch broken-backed Rapalas in black/silver or black/white at depths from the surface to three colors of lead core. The shore around the docks is outstanding with Power Bait or night crawlers, and Thomas Buoyants or Kastmasters also are effective for rainbows in the 2- to 3- pound range. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman’s Warehouse said, “Some fishermen are actually getting tired of catching fish they are so thick.” Heavy plants from Fish and Wildlife of quality rainbows in the 2.5- to 3-pound range have been released into Wishon and Courtright in response to low water conditions in normal planting locations. At Courtright, trollers are working the dam area at 2-4 colors of lead core for rainbows in the 12- to 14-inch range with blade/crawler combinations. Power Bait in garlic or rainbow garlic is working from the dam area while heavy spoons are also effective throughout the shoreline.