Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday 2/27/2009

I had to go to Jackson to run a couple of errands yesterday, so I thought I'd run out to Lake Pardee and try again. I think I'm 3 for 3 with no fish to show for my efforts has got to change. I stopped at Susie D's for coffee and the young lady at the counter said they were catching fish at Lake Amador. Since it's about the same distance to either lake, I decided to go to Amador instead.

Got there about 9:00am and registered at the restaurant. The cost was $9.00 day use and $7.00 SR (senior because I'm old) fishing fee. Drove back across the dam and parked about 100 yards down the dirt road. Slid down to the edge of the lake (it's a little steep because of the low lake level so be careful) and plopped my gear in a some what flat spot. There was 12 or so people across the dam and to my left, at least as far as I could see.

I put out a slip sinker rig with Berkley Gulp Trout Dough in Orange Pulp and rigged my other pole with a black/gold Panther Martin. Tried to talk to a couple of guys next to me, but didn't get much of a response. They had one fish about 18" from earlier that morning. I heard them talking and they had a couple of bites using chartreuse green Power Bait but hadn't caught anything else. After a half hour with no bites on the Power Bait, I put our another pole with a slip bobber rig and a meal worm. In the mean time I tried yellow/silver Panther Martin, bronze/burgandy Little Cleo, silver and silver/red Shasta Cripplure, and a Tasmanian Devil in Brown Trout color, nothing.

I replaced the meal worm with a nightcrawler on the slip bobber rig with no results. Then blew up a nightcrawler on a slip sinker rig and added a touch of Pro-Cure Super Gel in Anise flavor with no results. Replaced the Orange Pulp with Chunky Chartreuse (green), Rainbow Candy (green/yellow combo), and Marshmellow Cluster (white), all with no results.

After about 3 1/2 hours without a bite, I packed it in. I did notice a couple of guys fishing on the dam that caught a couple in between beating the weeds out of the way. I don't know what they were using, but at that point, I wasn't going over and crawl down the dam to ask them. Although, a couple of gentlemen I met when I checked in, one from Placerville, and the other from Pollock Pines, had caught one on an Acme Little Cleo in blue/silver combo.

Well, so far this year, it's fish 6 - Shoreman zip. I guess I'll just have to keep trying.

Till next time, remember: "A bad day fishing is better than any day at work".



  1. You certainly aren't catching any fish from the lack of trying. You went through quite a few different tactics there to try and outsmart the trout.

    Sometimes the fish just gotta' win. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

    P.S. I have your link up on my blog.

  2. Shoreman - thanks for the report. I went by Sportsman's Warehouse today and the reports look dim. A lot of what you have experience. Do you think it is mostly to do with lake levels?