However, what really happens to the nabbed bass? During larger tournaments, several vats mark different stages along the weigh-in line. Anglers put their fish into plastic bags filled with holes. As participants proceed up the line to the scales, they dip these bags in the vats to let the chemically-treated water flow over their fish. The solution helps revive bass and keeps them healthy. Most people watching a weigh-in see this aspect of a tournament. They might not see what happens to the bass next. At many places, bass go for one more boat ride.
At the weigh-in, volunteers dump the bass into holding vats with more chemical solution. As the winners pose for photos and tell tales of their fishing prowess, these unsung volunteers scoop bass from these vats to place them aboard specially treated tanks in a release boat. Then, the bass are taken to the middle of the lake and released.
Stream Trout fishin’ opener – Last weekend, the trout fishing season opened on the East Fork of the Russian River. To get there, take the Potter Valley exit off of Hwy. 20, drive 1/4 mile down to the bridge and you are there. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has already stocked this area last week. And, is scheduled for another tout plant this week. So there should be plenty of fish to be caught. Try fishin’ a panther, rooster tail, or super duper.
Go get ‘um, because if you don’t the River Otters will!
Blue Lakes-The bass fishing’s starting to get in gear.. Because the water temperature on Blue Lakes is always cooler than our other lakes in the area, the bass are just now getting started to get in their spawning mode. Look for the bass to be close to the shoreline, back in the cover. BRAIDED line is always a good choice when fishing in the timber. Dropshottin’ a Roboworm, (Aaron’s Magic, or Baby Bass), Sweet Beaver or Brushhog are all very productive lures. Good luck and have fun!
Clear Lake- Clear Lake has been a very busy lake. The bass fishing is pretty good right now. Proof of this is shown from the results tournament anglers have been getting at weigh-ins. Last weekend saw two separate bass tournaments. Both winning teams brought in bags weighing 25+ pounds each day. Many teams brought in five fish weighing around 20 pounds, and were culling fish with several hours yet to go.
Swimbaits, slow draggin’ plastics and jigs, underspins, drop-shottin’ and jerk baits all produced fish.
* Attention Crappie Fishermen the bite is going strong! What I have been told is that Crappie have been holding water that is 5 -10 feet deep. Pretty much everything is working! So, tie on your favorite Crappie jig and go get ‘um …
* FYI DON’T FORGET about the 38th Annual Catfish Derby.
It is the Biggest Catfish Derby West of the Mississippi with $10,000 dollars of cash and prizes. There are divisions for both kids and adults. The Catfishin’ starts at noon on Friday and ends at noon Sunday. * For more information about this wonderful family fun fishing event call 707-596-0248 or check out the web site = www.clearlakeoaks.org/erby
LAKE MENDOCINO – Have you noticed that Lake Mendocino has been very slowly rising? Now, “it’s not anything to write home about” but, there is more water in the lake now then there was this time last year?
Hey, there Corps. of Engineers…You know, there is now enough water in the lake that the south back ramp could be used… Boy, it sure would be nice to get out on or hometown lake again.Even if it would only be for a couple months.What do you think? Come Corps of Engineers! You can do it! We all need something positive to look forward to… How about it ?PRETTY PLEASE!
LAKE PILLSBURY – Lake Pillsbury is nice and full at 95 to 100% of capacity. It sure is nice to see that atleast one of our lakes is in such good shape!
I have received some good bass fishing reports. The bass have moved up in the Oak Flats and Sunset/log jam areas. They are very active and are taking pretty much any type of plastics. Take it slow on the road. The word is that it won’t be too much longer until the roads will be graded.
LAKE SONOMA – Most angles have been doing best fishing up in the Yorty and Cherry Creeks areas. These are known spawning grounds for bass. Swimbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics and jigs have all been working well. The bite has been very soft, watch your line.
Thanks for reading and remember to KEEP IT REEL! – Don = 4REELFishin’