Folsom Kings


Spent half a day on another clients boat as he hired me to teach him several techniques and a little on his Lowrance unit.  We tried many techniques, most of them unsuccessful today.  What worked for us today was a 3″ Berkley Gulp minnow behind a large ProTroll flasher.  Trolling speed was 1.5 mph on the GPS down 40′ in less than 80′ of water.  We were risking the shallower water with Shark cannonballs.  There are bait balls all over the lake, mainly down 60-80′.  What I was searching for were bait balls a bit shallower and we found a couple in the flats next to the dam.  They were down about 20′.  We tried them at 4 different depths and only the 40 footer caught one.  What was not big numbers, a fat 22″ King made up for.  This lake is unusually slow for this time of year but after talking to the biologist for this lake, I understand.  Due to the drought and warm water, the American River hatchery was forced to close last year so they did not have the fish to stock the lake this year.  A plant was made last week but it was smaller than normal and fish size was well below normal.  This being a State Park lake, they do not purchase fish from private hatcheries.  The biologist believes the plant of sub catchable Eagle Lake Rainbows and sub catchable Kings is still on schedule.  We’ll hope that happens.  To book a trip with Capt. Fishin James with Tight Lines Guide Service, click on the link  or call 888-975-0990



5/20/14 Lake Oroville Fishing

Doug and David from Durham with four of the 6 Landlocked King Salmon we took from Lake Oroville Fishing today. We lost one other salmon and released a small bass. We ended up with two Coho’s the largest 23″ and four Kings. The bite was a little off today. Fel good that we got what we did.


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4/27/13 Lake Berryessa


We fished Berryessa today for the first time in several months. Launched a Markley Cove at 6:00 AM. I was a little early, so I made a few cast with a P-Line Laser Minnow and hooked a few small Bass on every cast. Once we took off we started trolling just outside the CIFFI Pen’s. Based on some reports the Kings had been in that area last week. We worked our way out to the Dam and continued on for about ¼ mile. We rolled Pautzke Fire Brined Shad and Anchovies, used Sep’s Dodgers and Hoochies without a touch. As we were going past the houseboats earlier we noticed bait boiling around the docks. We decided to go back and see if we could find some Kings in all that bait. We mooched right up next to the houseboats again without a bite. I broke out the P-Line Laser Minnows that were on light spinning rod and the fun began. We lost count of the number of bass we landed. It was crazy. I’m not a bass guy but have to admit it was a blast. We picked up and headed back out to the area of the Dam. Along the way we stopped and checked in with another guide buddy. He had a couple Kings that he caught on a 2/0 Sep’s Silver Starlight and a white Hoochie. We called it a day around noon with one hit on the last troll and a good time with a bunch of bass. All the fish today were safely released after a couple photos.

Pictured is Steve Mothersell