Hadn't been to Bear River since October 1st, so I thought I'd take a short drive up the hill this morning. Short drive since it's only 21 miles from home. Stopped at Cooks Station for coffee and decided, since I did so good at Red Lake on the 10th with crawlers, I'd take a box with. Got coffee, no crawlers.
Got to Bear before the sun got over the mountains and hit the lake. Put out a rubber worm (Berkeley Gulp worm) on the bobber rig I created at Red. When I say created, it's not your normal bobber rig. Picture this, barrel swivel, 6" on line with a clear bobber (one of those you can fill with water or it fills by itself, which in my case it does), barrel swivel and then 18" of 4 lb Fluorocarbon leader with a bait hook. The reason for the second barrel swivel on the top, it that the line runs through the center of the bobber and the swivel stops it from sliding up the line too far. No hooks like a regular red/white bobber. Second rod with yellow PM.
Barely got the second rod casted out when the bobber started popping. A rubber worm no less. I had no expectations for the rubber worm. I stand before you astonished. Oh, I missed him. Reeled in the line and added a little fish scent from a bottle I have in the tackle box (I don't even know what flavor) and put it back out. To make a long story short, over the next hour or so, I caught 3 on the rubber worm. Being they were on bait hooks, I was able to release them. Then nothing, so I switched to the old stand by, Rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig.
OK, won't drag this out. One on Black Panther Martin, 3 on rubber worms, 3 on Gold Kastmasters, 5 on Rainbow Power Bait. Brought home 5 for my next door neighbor, Bob, and got my driveway graded. Thanks, Bob. Was able to release the other 9.
One other thing, took a drive out to Camanche Reservoir on Tuesday and checked out the lake and what they call the Trout Pond. It's a good size pond that they stock regularly with 2 to 3 lb trout. Like Lake Pardee and Lake Amador, this is one of those lakes that charge you to park & fish to the tune of about $14.00 to $18.00. Good place to fish in the Winter when the Upcountry Lakes are frozen over. More on this lake in another post.
That wraps up this week. Might meet Rich and Mark at Caples on Sunday. Depends if they can get away. Will let you know if that happens.
Till next time, remember: "A bad day fishing is better than any day at work".