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Getting prepared for winter isn’t one of my favorite things to do but it is necessary so I can spend Nov and Dec fishing and come home to a warm fire. Just a bit more left to do.
Trolling: The water temps chilling down a bit more! 48F to 50F on the west side, 55F in the middle, 53-55F on the east side. 50-53F above Slough Pt. We are full on for fall now! We’ve been doing well using toplines and trolling flies. Some days we are working harder than others. But, all in all it’s been fairly good throughout the Oct full moon. Fish are pretty scattered right now. Depending on the location we’ve been successful using florescent orange, fiery brown and tui chub minnow. Occasionally “nightmare” wooly bugger has been bit when the other colors are off for that day. Everything we’ve caught has been toplining or using 1 color of leadcore in the water with 60ft of leader (this allows for sharp turns without hanging up all the lines). If you don’t have a topline, run 100ft of leader off your leadcore and drop one color in the water. Toplines running around 145ft. We’ve done quite well using this method for the last few weeks. Can you run flies off a down rigger? Yes you can, but it’s tough dancing with the rock piles and hugging the contour of the bottom without a topline set up. The fly line follows every turn of the boat without jutting off at an angle. It can sweep, drop, pull up and mend itself just by speed alone. I’ll only run toplines or leadcores.
We have had no chubs on the surface rods at all. Get down deep and absolutely there are chubs. We have been working the rock piles, 5 to 12 ft deep as well as toplining deeper waters. I have also toplined off Pikes Pt near the marina, the jetty and out in the middle of the south basin, west side and upper north end of the south basin. Trolling flies on toplines with fiery rust, orange, tui chub and original vintage J Fair special trolling flies got the most action. Good time to add chartreuse/pearl and yellow to the mix to cut the cloudier water, more so if we see a cloud cover in the morning…and it looks like we’ll see some of that here and there through Saturday.
The west side was pretty clean this week. Some sporadic surface algae off Shrimp Island.
In spite of weather reports indicating our low temps are in the 30’s, that hasn’t been the case, we’re seeing low to mid 20’s on a regular basis.
Won’t hurt to use an attractant either but be sure it is fresh and not old. Just because it stinks, doesn’t mean it smells right to the fish.
The west side is still holding a few trout, for us in close and tight to the rocks and early. But weed check often. We still caught some fish off Pikes Pt/Pikes Cove and off the Jetty after the minnows there. Every thing we’ve caught has been toplining Jay Fair toplines. The east side is also holding trout. Still banging out a few off the south side of Pelican and at the Youth Camp/Biology Station channels and rock piles. Everything has been on top for us. I always troll in circles to find the best direction for the fish as well as changing the depth and speed of the lures.
If you’re getting strikes, losing fish my advice is to sharpen your hooks. I sharpen hooks on lures and flies right out of the package and after every fish or two landed. I can’t stress enough about having sharp hooks on short striking fish. We’ve also been holding them with the boat rather than grabbing the rod right away. That’s gotten more fish to the boat.
Most of the trout have been between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 lbs with a couple over 4lbs and some under 2 lbs. I switch lures on one rod between bites, but I don’t generally take out what has worked and by doing so, it’s pretty much the one that will get the fish in the boat once they come on again. In fall, the bite might taper a bit but these fish are fattening up for winter so they eat all day. My trolling speed that triggered the strikes was 2.2 to 2.8mph this week.
Locations: From The Springs to Eagle’s Nest has some fish...mostly outside the ledge but it changes daily, keep lines on top. Miners Pt was holding some scattered trout. Pikes Pt has scattered trout too as does just out the jetty and head towards Camp Ron McD. I generally let lines out over 35ft of water then work in circles, in close and tight when shore fishermen aren’t throwing out bobber’s. Weeds can shift so check it out, if its too bad, move on, shifting wind directions can clean things up one day and mess em up the next. On the east side I’ve had the most success from The Springs north to Eagle’s Nest. The bay out from Camp Ronald McDonald is also holding some trout. Up north the Youth Camp/Biology station areas are still providing some action. The furthest north I have had fish is about 1/4 mile north of the tip of Pelican Pt but it is very weedy.
From shore: The standards are basic night crawlers, power bait or jigs under bobber’s. Even meal worms can entice these trout. For jigs, typically small ones in olive, cinnamon, orange or brown. Casting lures, spinners and spoons through the massive schools of minnows can be deadly (generally black-yellow dot or yellow-black or red dot). Casting red/nickel or red/gold Cast Masters has also been a good go to. The Jetty and Pikes Pt has been the best shore fishing the last couple weeks. Youth Camp/Biology Station has been up and down but mostly a matter of timing. Christie has been slow but that will change soon. Wildcat has been slow as well.
There are only a few places along the shoreline where one can cast to water deeper than 6-8ft deep but they do move around, in and out to the depths as well as down for a rest. The deepest places accessible from shore are: The point bordering the north side of Pikes Cove, which is the most southeastern point of Pikes Pt (access from Marina low water ramp parking area). There’s a nice weed bed on the bottom there. The ledge north of Camp Ronald McDonald that runs from about 1/2 mile north of Camp Ron McD to beyond The Springs (below the water tower). The ledge is still accessible with a good cast from shore due to the lake remaining relatively low. One can also traverse the steep bank below the water tank. Getting down isn’t that hard, getting back up is a bit more of a challenge. The deepest water at Christie is from the rocky point northwest of the parking area, it’s a quick drop off the end of the rocks to 24-27ft of water. I would walk out and cast as far as possible from shore. On either side you can reach about 12ft of water. Keep an eye on the minnows, pelicans and grebes.
Fly Fishing: The aquatics are there for the taking. But wading hasn’t provided for a long successful bite. Be prepared to access outer rock piles with a tube or kayak. Shrimp larva has been more prolific this season and has continued to be the food of choice for the fish we’ve been catching. It also depends on time of day and location. Right now the fish have come in close, but continue to move out of reach from wading. Still need to be able to access that 10-20ft ledge by mid morning. Be prepared with a sink tip or sinking line though so you can easily reach 5 to 7 ft deep. Consider a small minnow pattern, orange scuds, fiery brown and black bloody leeches too. Remember that as water temps cool down to the 50’s and lower, the shrimp and scuds begin to turn orange or brassy orange for adult shrimp. Orange is quite a natural color for this lake.
Always prepare for the worst & accept the best regarding the weather. Cooler one day, warmer the next. Come prepared for cool mornings now. It will start getting real cold before too long. We are seeing yellow jackets and wasps increase and they aren’t happy with cold mornings…out prolifically during the day foraging. If you’re allergic, be sure you have your medication with you. Reptiles are still active.
Complaints from fin trimming to catching should go to the local department of fish and wildlife biologist in charge of managing this lake. Just because our low number of anglers are catching some fish, it isn’t the masses we would normally see. Gone are the days of 30-50 fish C&R. Paul Divine Biologist: Paul.Divine@wildlife.ca.gov 530 254-6363, Redding office Supervisor: Andrew Jensen Andrew.Jensen@wildlife.ca.gov 530 225-2300 SEE TROUT PLANTING AND MARKINGS FOR YEARS PLANTED HERE. 100% OF THE PLANTED FISH ARE NOW MARKED BY FIN TRIMMING. No contingency plan, over population of tui chub and no plan for those either. God forbid what this year will bring after the chubs spawn. Quite a few fish had no fins at all, just his tail to maneuver. Sad case. We have caught hundreds of these mutilated fish this year in particular. Plus a lot of split tails. Last fall, lots of dorsal fin and 1-3 missing anterior and pelvic fins missing. The dorsal fin trim or mutilation may be a brood stock trim. We have been known to get some old broodstock fish planted in fall as they are from eggs collected here at the lake. We don’t receive the second generation anything or sterilized triploids. If it was anglers marking, there would not be so many and most are all very close to the same size. If it is DFW (see fin trimming note from DFW), I would say they are mostly mutilating these fish now and freeze branding was much better for the fish. If you get a nice one that you may want to have mounted, good luck as it will be somewhat mutilated when it comes to the fins and tails. Not a trophy trout to be proud of, that’s certain. 15 years ago we had a fly fishing group that would trim or notch fins/tails for 3 days of fishing. This group hasn’t been here for a long time. Personally, I don’t know any angler here that mutilates our trout. DFW won’t admit to it but definitely marks fish planted every year. Does one escape marking? On occasion. This is being done so that in the future, a native (native spawn) fish may be fully finned. LoL probably decades from now or not in our lifetime. Cows come before native spawn, lake elevation and water quality issues apparently. In the mean time, the hatchery raised/farmed fish might just swim in circles. LoL. Freeze branding didn’t handicap the fish like cutting off an arm two or their “legs” LoL. But when a fish only has a tail to use, that can prohibit some typical feeding patterns in this lake. Like rock flipping and rooting out the snails from the gravel bars.
Trout come and go with catching and mortality of release during the fishing season as this is a hatchery maintained lake. Adult Tui chub have no predators except pelicans if they can see them in shallower water and the chubs live over 32 years. They stay in the lake regardless and rarely close enough to the surface for the pelicans or eagles and are very wary of the osprey. The young of the year have only pelicans, grebes, loons, seagulls, terns and a few other birds to worry about, but the trout had always kept them in check until the severely reduced planting allotments kicked in. The juvenile chubs have very few predators but the pelicans can get on them during certain times of the year. Pelicans can only reach 3 to 4 ft down, so they have to target shallower fish. The trout mainly only target the hatch of the current year, although only rarely we encounter a 4-5″ chub in the belly of a fish over 5 lbs. Tui chub are now highly concentrated in the lake. They are often found in low dissolved oxygen range in the lake and the bottom of the stacked school is often below 40ft, they aren’t nearly as affected by low DO or algae blooms as the trout are. Our trout are rarely below 40ft even on the warmest of waters. The dissolved oxygen is generally too low to hold them. Chubs don’t need as much as the trout do. Note that chubs are in the super family of carp. That tells ya something right there. And the way they school, they can blacken your scope. They are a protective species of their own, even though they don’t run in the same schools. The adult spawner’s protect the juveniles and the juveniles protect the young of the year and separate again in fall. They appear to be well over populated and Do chubs eat their young even though they go into a protective mode? Yes, when opportunity knocks. But the chubs are not a predator species, have no teeth and smaller mouths, in general, plankton feeders so they can compete with the trout for food sources.