5/13/14 Lake Oroville Fishing

We started off this morning at Lake Oroville Fishing along the dam and worked that area for about an hour without a touch. Just a few days ago, we did very well in a this area. Watching a couple other boats not having any luck, we decided to run up the river a ways based on a tip. We dropped in and it wasn’t long before we had our first fish. We worked this area and ended up with a 22″ Coho Salmon, 2 King Salmon and 2 Bass that we released. We also lost two other fish in the same area. We moved back out to the main body of the lake and landed another King Salmon. After working our way back to the dam without another touch we decided to take some pictures, clean fish and call it a day. Just after cleaning the four we had in the box we landed another King Salmon. It wasn’t a red hot bite, however, based on reports from others, we did pretty good. There was a little club tournament going on that had a total of eight fish weighed in. I couldn’t get a hit on spoons or bait today. All of our fish were caught on Berkley Gulp Minnows behind large Pro Troll Flashers. Our best depths were 36 to 45 feet deep.

Jeff Smith of Sacramento

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5/10/14 Stampede Reservoir Kokanee

Stampede Reservoir Kokanee is still fast and furious. The fish are not huge but non stop action. We landed 25 and lost another dozen or so before 9:30 this morning. Todays fish size averaged 12″. Top producer today was Sep’s Watermelon Strike Master and RMT Assassin spinner tipped with Pautzke Fire Cured corn. We caught fish from the surface to 30 feet deep.


5/9/14 Lake Oroville King Salmon

We did a scouting trip on Lake Oroville King Salmon with Paul and Cal from The Fish Sniffer. We caught King Salmon up to 20 inches. The Kings were all nice fish that fought hard. Watch for the full story in the next issue of The Fish Sniffer.

Big King Salmon Are Biting At Lake Oroville. See Captain Rick Kennedy and Team Fish Sniffer On The Water In Action!!!!

Click on the link to watch the video Lake Oroville King Salmon

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5/7/14 Law Enforcement Training Day

Captain Rick Kennedy had the opportunity to attend a Law Enforcement training at Brannan Island SRA today to demo the Lowrance Structure Scan. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Coast Guard and Sheriff Department’s from as far away as Kings County attended. I got to check out a lot of cool equipment and meet a lot of the local Coast Guard and Sheriff Department Marine employees. Thanks to Lowrance for the opportunity to be involved toady. www.FishTightLines
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5/3/14 Stampede Reservoir

We fished Stampede Reservoir. today for the first time in over a month. We started at 6:00 AM and decided to make a pass or two for Mackinaw before targeting Kokanee. It wasn’t long before the wind started and the forecast called for some pretty strong wind later in the day.  We figured we better go load up on some Kokanee before the wind got too bad.  As soon as we dropped our gear in we started hooking up.  We spent most of our time right in front of the island in about 60’ of water.  We ran two lines on downriggers behind Shark Cannonballs and one top line straight off the back of the boat. We hooked fish from the surface to 45’ deep. We ran three different set ups and they all did well.  Our set ups were a Sep’s Strike Master (watermelon color) with a Uncle Larry’s Pink Tiger, a Sep’s 4/0 Watermelon Dodger with a Uncle Larry’s Pink Tiger and the third was a Dick Night Pink Dodger and a RMT Assassin spinner on the top line. We used Abu Garcia 4600 reels loaded with 6# Trilene. Everything was tipped with Shoepeg Corn that I cured with pink Pautzke Fire Cure.  The bite was as good as it gets. We landed 18 Kokanee between 6:30 AM and 8:37 AM and lost more than we landed. It was a fast and crazy bite. I even caught 3 for myself to take home for dinner. These Kokanee went big; the average fish size today was 12” but fat and clean fish.

Launching is not a problem, however, I recommend four wheel drive if your boat is very heavy. The water is down far enough that all four of your tires will likely be in the mud. I had no issues launching today.

Left to right, Biff Brethour, Anthony Dukes and Garry Dukes all of Cool.

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5/1/14 Lake Tahoe Lake Trout

We fished out of Cave Rock and focused on that side of the lake. We spent a little time fishing the shallows for rainbows before moving to deeper water to target the famous Lake Tahoe Lake Trout. We found piles of fish where we started hooking fish at 190 to 260 feet deep. All our fish were caught on glow in the dark spoons trolling 1.6 mph right on the bottom. As a side note, as you can see from this picture the lake was absolutely like glass. As I came by the Truckee Airport at 4:30 AM the thermometer on my truck said 21 degrees. The same spot on my way home at 3:30 PM it was 69 degrees a 48 degree swing.
Dan Baxter and James Abram hold the four Lake Trout they took home for dinner.

Delta Striped Bass Fishing

Considering the wind, moon and tides we had a pretty good week in the Delta Striped Bass Fishing. We continued to get some nice quality fish, however, the numbers per day were down from the week before. We started on the Sacramento River side but moved to the San Joaquin River before to long looking to get out of the wind. All our fish this week were caught trolling shallow water (less than 10’) using Rapala’s and Yo-Zuri’s. Chartreuse seemed to be color of choice. The one exception was a couple fish we caught on a J-13 Rapala in Brook Trout pattern, based on a report from a friend, we gave this lure a shot.

Left to Right, Keith Zenkler of Truckee, Ernie Collins of Grass Valley and John Murray or Grass Valley



4/11/14 Delta Stripers

Another great day fishing Delta Stripers. We kept these six and I even caught a couple for myself. Released another half dozen that were right around the 18″ mark. Sad to say we also lost a big one today before we had a chance to see it.


4/11/14 Striped Bass fishing in the Delta

Tight Lines Guide Service was Striped Bass fishing in the Delta today! We got a few on the Sacramento and a few on the San Joaquin. We released some smaller fish. These are four we kept for dinner. www.FishTightLines.com10172786_10152447067242228_2461614414449896441_n

4/5/14 Striped Bass Fishing in the Delta


We spent yesterday Striped Bass Fishing in the Delta with friends. We fished some areas that I haven’t fishing in years. After we caught a couple shakers on swim baits and top water plugs, I pulled into a spot and commented that I’ve caught some nice fish in this little run. Within 100 yards we hooked and landed a Striper just under 10 pounds trolling deep diving plugs. We moved over to another area that a friend had told me about the day before. We got there just as the tide was about to bottom out. We found a school of fish right where we had been told they were. On our first pass we had two grabs and landed one fish around 6 or 7 pounds. We continued to hook fish on every pass for the next hour of so. Most of these fish were small right around the 18″ mark.

Our trolling set ups were Berkley IM8 Rods with Abu Garcia 5500LC reels which make it nice knowing exactly where all our lures are. The lures we used were large Rapala’s and Yo Zuri’s.

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