Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nothing But Eggs

Well, not exactly.

Picked up Yuki at the Wells Fargo in San Andreas and headed to New Melones (not so much a puddle any more) lake.

Since we were meeting our friend Jim who hails from Sonora (California) we stopped under the Highway 49 bridge where we expected to find him. You know where I'm talking about, we've been there a dozen times before. 

Jim had just gotten there when we arrived. He had one rod out with Power Bait and a crawler on the other. I put out two, one with rainbow Power Bait and the other with white Power eggs. Yuki had one out with orange Power Eggs and was throwing a pink Kastmaster with the other

If you make the picture below large, notice the outcropping of land, not the one close, but the one beyond and that is where we were fishing the last time out there. I was actually fishing in the place where we used to park. 

My spot, my shadow
Yuki got the first two hits on orange Power Eggs, but missed both. I guess he finally used enough Superglue because the third one stuck. It was a nice 12/13 inch Rainbow.  It was his first fish of 2017.

I took second blood (on orange Power Eggs) with another nice 12/13 inch Rainbow. It also turned out to be my first fish of 2017.
First fish of 2017
Just then, Jim hooked one on a Kastmaster and chocked up his first of 2017 also. A definite day of first fish in 2017. School (fish school that is) was in session.

Yuki put one more on his stringer so that he took home two and Jim with his and mine took home two also. Keep in mind that they haven't planted New Melones since October 23rd. last year. 

I took the picture below to show you how much water has gone into New Melones. Used to be a long way up to the 49 bridge.
So New Melones is far from full (only 32% at last count), but it's definitely coming along. So well in fact, the launch ramp at Tuttletown where we used to fish is now in the water. Last time I was over there you couldn't even see water from the ramp.

No more fishing this week. Rain from now probably through the weekend. We'll be back out next week.

Stay tuned.

Friday, January 13, 2017

What Else Would You Expect From Friday The 13th

Left the house on the first day it's not rained in probably 40 days and 40 nights. If you've watched the National News, you've seen the flooding. Not that we've had any flooding at La Casa Kautz, but between the drainage creeks, Jackson Creek, Sutter Creek, and the others that merge in Jackson, we almost lost the police department. Most of the flooding has occurred down in the valley where the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers meet.

So, I'm on the way to see if Lake Camanche is fishable. One would think that with all the recent rain the lake would be mud as opposed to water. On the way to North Shore I cross the creek that is the drain for Lake Amador's spillway and it was running high and muddy. The consensus was that Amador was probably not fishable not only because of muddy water, but Amador tends to have a lot of debris after a rain like we've had. Things like branches, tree limbs, and trees floating around until they have time to settle.

 When I left the house it was 28 degrees. When I got to the lake it was 37 degrees. I went through check-in, but didn't get a fishing permit (I have a pass) until I saw the lake. I asked the kid at check-in "Was the lake clear?" He said it had a lot of water in the lake. "Not what I asked". That was all he knew. I drove out to the Day Use Area and after chatting with Dave (from the last couple posts) and Rubin who is a fellow Geezer and repeat fisherman out there, I drove over to the marina and got my permit.

The water didn't have it's usual clarity, but since there were several people fishing I thought I'd wet a line. Anything to break the shack nasties. It looked just like the two photo's below.
Out toward the point which is rapidly disappearing.
That is the South Shore ramp.
Today is Friday the 13th, it was cold, foggy, damp, never got any warmer than 37 degrees, and generally miserable. It was also a.........

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What else would you expect from Friday the 13th.