Hard fighting salmon today, we took these plus our deckhand took his turn at some as well. First couple fish fell for a K-16 Kwikfish with Sardine wrap (soaked in Pautzke Nectar) and the rest on eggs cured with Pautzke Fire Cure. Its amazing how strong P-Line Fluorocarbon is, twice today the fish went under the boat sliding the leader along the edge of the boat. Amazing stuff!
We fished the Feather River today with a friend. We started back bouncing plugs. After about an hour with no results we switched over to roe. It wasn’t long before we started hooking fish. The first fish of the day was a nice hen that Mike landed. We fished several different spots above Gridley. We ended up keeping two, releasing four and losing another four or five. I was using Pautzke Fire Cured eggs on Gamakatsu 1/0 hooks on P-Line 15-pound Fluorocarbon leader.
We launched in Tahoe City at 5:30 AM and headed out to start trolling for Mackinaw. We found good results early landing 5 and releasing three of them. Our clients wanted to Catch and Release today, however, two of the fish were bleeding so we kept them. The two we kept were around the 4 to 5 pound range. The three we released were closer to 2 pounds. About 8:00 AM we picked up and took a quick break, we decided to try a little jigging. We set up and landed 4 right off the bat and missed a handful of others. These fish were all around the 1 to 2 pound range and were all released. We decided to call it a day. I stopped by the farmers market in Tahoe City to spend some time with fellow guide and friend Bryan Roccucci before heading home.
Are clients today we visiting from Kansas. We launched at North Lake Tahoe and headed out at 6:30 AM. The water was a little choppy and figured it would only get worse. The spot we wanted to fish has no shelter but we decided to go for it anyway. After about a 6-mile ride we dropped our gear down to 280’ in 310’ of water. Thank goodness for the TR-1 keeping the boat straight in the wind. Within 10 minutes, we had our first fish that weighed in at 4.25 lbs. It wasn’t long before we had a twin to the first one. Surprisingly, the wind laid down a little. In the next 45 minutes we landed and released another Mack that was about a pound. We picked up and headed to another spot where we picked up five more releasing one of those. We ended the day keeping six Mack’s. The lure of choice today was a #3 Needlefish. Our original plan was to fish for Mack’s for and hour or two, then run to the south shore and target some Kokanee, we decided against it with the wind and chop on the water.
Our clients were part of a large group spending a couple days in Truckee for a business retreat. Knowing they were going to have a late night the night before they didn’t want to start early so we agreed to start at 6:45 AM. I guess out of habit, I was at the ramp with the boat on the water at 5:30. There was no one around other than another guide that had launched just before me, he was already on his way out for the day. I took my sweet time at the ramp before moving my truck up into the parking lot. As I pulled up next to the other truck, to my surprise there was a bear standing on his hind legs with his front paws banging on the window of the other truck. As I pulled up he took off on a dead run. I checked the truck and didn’t see any damage. I sent my friend a text and told him what happened. When he came in he did find a couple scratches by the door handle.
Our clients showed up a little after 7:00. We headed out and started fishing in 150’ water and weren’t doing much so we moved back out to the deeper water where we had been doing well in the early mornings. Within 10 minutes we had our fist Mack, a nice five pounder. We went through a little slow spell before landing a couple more. Our fish today were caught on #3 Needlefish all between 180 and 250 feet deep in 300 feet of water. The group was wiped out from the night before and was ready to go back for a nap by 10:30, so we called it a day.
We launched this morning out of North Shore at 5:15 AM. After completing our paperwork we headed out for a 6-mile boat ride. We started fishing in 350′ of water with the plan to move into 150’ or so, we started marking suspended fish around 200 to 280 feet. We dropped down and within 5 minutes we had a seven pound Lake Tahoe Mackinaw in the box. That was followed with a double. One was around 5 pounds and the other around three. It wasn’t long before we had another. The action was fast for a short time. We ended up with 6 in the boat and one we lost about 20’ from the net. All these fish were nice fish and full of shrimp. All our fish today came from 310” of water on our Cannon downriggers. Keep in mind with that kind of depth the blow back on our weights, we were likely around 250’. We caught all our fish on spoons, Needlefish and Coyote spoons worked well. At 8:00 AM it was like the light switch turned off. We talked about running to South Shore and chase some Kokanee but decided to call it a day.
We spent the last two days chasing Kokanee on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. We launched both days at Cave Rock and headed straight to the Camp Richardson area. Most of the boats were working in a little closer than we were. We had solid action both days. On Sunday we had three different doubles and consistent action, which made it nice with with five people on board. The hot set up on Sunday was a Shasta Tackle Copper Melon with an Uncle Larry’s Tropical Tiger spinner and a Sep’s Copper Dodger with a RMT Watermelon Assassin Spinner. We also were using ball trolls behind Chrome Shark Cannon Balls.
On Monday we didn’t have any doubles but again it was a very consistent bit for us. It didn’t take long to have full limits of nice Lake Tahoe Kokanee. Our set ups Monday were a little different. Sep’s Watermelon Strike Master with a RMT Watermelon Assassin spinner did extremely well. The other set up that worked well was a RMT Copper Orange Hawaiian and an Uncle Larry’s Tropical Tiger. Everything was tipped with Pink Patuzke Fire Corn. The best depth both days was 112’. All the fish we caught were starting to turn however they all produced very nice fillets.