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Brown trout 2; Trout 2

At Mammoth Pool, the trout bite has become extremely tough with three boats working the lake recently for only a single rainbow in 7 hours of trolling. The lake held at 77% capacity, and the launch ramp is open. Edison has risen to 18% after being below 10% for most of the year, and anglers walking the banks are picking up rainbows and browns casting lures in the deeper parts of the lake. Florence held at 33%.

 

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee 1; Trout 2; Smallmouth 3

The fifth annual Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Sportsmen’s fundraising dinner is Aug. 8 at the Shaver Lake Community Center in Shaver Lake Village. In addition to a steak dinner and open bar, the group will be auctioning off gifts such as a Henry 22 rifle donated by Dr. Eric Hanson, a fishing kayak from Larry Joneson, and a helicopter ride offered by Sheriff Margaret Mims. A silent auction also will be conducted. Tickets can be purchased in Shaver Lake at the Pub N Grub, Ken’s Market, Captain Jacks Tackle Shop and Shaver Lake Sports; and in Clovis at Valley Rod and Gun. Dick Nichols, president of the trophy trout project, said, “There are still a few tickets available for this community event, which is our largest fundraiser for planting trophy trout into the lake. This past spring, we were able to purchase 1,700 rainbows ranging from 3-15 pounds from a hatchery in Nebraska, and it takes nearly $75 to purchase one of the largest rainbows with an average price of $50 per fish. The project is involved with fishing lessons for the Boy Scouts at the lake and opportunities for disabled youth to fish.” The Herb Bauer Sporting Goods/Shaver Lake Visitor Center’s 2015 season derby continues through Dec. 31, and all trophy trout caught can be weighed in at Ken’s Market or Shaver Lake Sports. The leading trout is a 10-pound, 13-ounce rainbow landed by Gerard Reinhart of Fresno and weighed at Shaver Lake Sports. The top prize is a $200 gift certificate from Herb Bauer’s. Trout action at Shaver remained slow with Nichols stating, “We are picking up some fish on every trip this week, but there are no limits per day, and I have no idea what the problem is since the action is the worst that I have experienced over my many years of guiding.” Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters has been fishing at night under lights near the dam, and he said, “We have been getting limits of rainbows jigging various lures tipped with a meal worm.” Smallmouth bass action remains excellent with live crickets or small spinners near structure and rock formations throughout shore areas. At Huntington, the lake continued to recede, and launching a vessel is a problem with at least one 14-foot aluminum stuck on the ramp during the past week. Sand and mud on the launch ramp are the problem in addition to low water levels. Bank fishermen are scoring with trout dough bait near Dam 2 or the mouth of Rancheria Creek. Trout plants, including brooder fish, are anticipated at Shaver and Huntington soon because of rising water temperatures at the San Joaquin Hatchery. Shaver Lake held at 64%; Huntington is at 56%.

 

Wishon/Courtright

Trout-3

With the slowdown continuing at Shaver Lake, Wishon and Courtright remain the top options for Fresno-area trout fishermen. Chuck Crane at Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Wishon has slowed somewhat, but fishermen that are willing to be patient are rewarded with limits of rainbows to 16 inches. Trout dough bait in orange or pink along both sides of the dam, around the launch ramp, or the mouth of Short Hair Creek are the top spots for bank fishermen. Trollers are scoring with blade/crawler combinations or Speedy Shiners in copper/red head at 2-4 colors of lead core.” Ellen Winslow of Kerman brought a quality limit to the Wishon Store over the weekend with two brown trout at 16 and 18 inches along with three rainbows including two tagged trout from the recent Kiwanis Trout Derby. Winslow scored with a nightcrawler behind a willow-leaf blade. Launching a boat is still available off of the dirt road, but the lake is fluctuating 2-3 feet per day because of power generation. At Courtright, action has slowed, but limits of trout, including a few browns, are possible from the shore and for trollers. The boat launch is still on the concrete ramp. Broken-backed Rebels in rainbow trout or blade/crawler combinations at 2-4 colors of lead core are working best for trollers while shore anglers are finding more consistent fishing with orange trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers for rainbows to 16 inches along the dam.