Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Think Trout Fishing Is Done Down Country

Yuki and I took one more shot at Lake Amador this morning. After today the temperature is going to rise rapidly. It's supposed to be 77 degrees today, but by Monday it's supposed to be 90 here and about 96 in Sacramento. After Monday, who knows, but much too warm for trout.

I also wanted to take one more shot at those little Bluegills, but with "3". And take a shot I did. Only problem I ran into was the wind. It was pretty calm when I got there about 9:00, but by 10 is was blowing hard enough that fishing with "3" was no longer an option, BUT I did manage a couple before I put "3" away. Fun.

I went to the truck and got my little Okuma and continued to hammer the Bluegills. I probably caught and released a dozen, but just didn't keep count.

Yuki had a couple lines out and I had one with rainbow Power Bait. And as luck would have it, Yuki went to the "little boys room" and he got the only bite of the day.

Being the nice guy I am, I reeled it in and it was a nice Rainbow going 1 lb. 10 oz.

Only fish of the day.
Now the question is who owns the fish? It was on Yuki's pole, but I landed it. Thoughts?

We also made a new friend. Ozzie (like Ozzie Osborne, his words) from Stockton. We filled him with stories of big catches, how to fish the lake, what to use, and managed to bomb with great flair.

Since my instructions (from the wife) were to bring home two Lightning Trout (which I obviously didn't) and Yuki was headed to the casino to lose more money, we gave the trout to Ozzie.

So I think it's time for my yearly Spring trip to Ice House for ice out. Maybe next week.

Stay tuned.

Monday, May 15, 2017

It Was Just A Monday Adventure

General Trout Season opened on Saturday April 29th. As you all know upcountry has been buried in snow up to their wazoo.

Oh, before I go any further, the trip to Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park got cancelled. Not looking for any comments here, but Katherine's ex and the father of her daughter, got killed in a car vs train accident last Monday. We decided it would be better to be here in case her daughter needed her. As it turned out, she was way stronger than we thought and with the exception of lunch on Saturday, she has come through just fine. So please, no condolences needed. I barely knew the guy.

So today I decided to take a drive up to Cat Creek Rd and see if the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River was accessible. As in the past, just getting to the river was a challenge in Spring.

The first problem I ran into was the downed trees across the road. Thankfully someone (probably the Forest Service) was nice enough to go through and cut a passage.  

Big tree, small hole

 Then another.
 And another

As you can see in picture above, the snow started to show up. The drive from the highway to the river is about 8 miles.

More snow.

And some more.

OK, a little more here. 
Hey, nothing I couldn't handle. Right.

This was just around the corner. No going past this one. Be a couple more weeks before this is clear enough to get by.

So I made a Ya'll can turn and headed toward the house. Had to stop in Pine Grove (up the road from Jackson) at the nursery for a couple more vegetable plants.

But before that happened, I made a sharp right on the road to PIPI Valley Campground to see if it was accessible. Sure enough, clear all the way.

The creek was running a little high, but there were a couple of small pools that looked promising. I would like to note at this time, that the last few times I've fished here (this is also the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River) I've only caught one fish after walking the whole river from Day Use parking to the upper end of the campground. A distance of about a mile.

I started with a Sloan's Paralyzer just to the right of that rock in the middle. With "3" I was able to get several good casts, but still lost a couple flies to the trees.  

The I decided to see if I could navigate my way down to the pool under the bridge. Pools under bridges seem to be good on this river.

The following picture is from just under the bridge, down stream. When a dry didn't get any results, I put on a big, fat, nymph kind of bug and with a Tungsten bead and went deep. Worked it back and forth in the pool and even let it drift down stream a ways. Not a nibble.

Just for the record, I took another shot downstream. Thought you might enjoy the clarity of the creek.

On the way out, I stopped for a picture of the Dogwoods in bloom. I miss the ones we had out behind the house up the hill.

Dogwoods in bloom
It was a nice drive. About 50 degrees outside. I didn't take the water temp, but you can trust me on this, it was cold.

Made my stop in Pine Grove, stopped at Lowe's to pick up a new sprinkler timer and called it a day.

May get out to Amador or Camanche later in the week.

Stay tuned.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Short Trip Out To The Lake

I suggested we give Lake Amador another try and see if we could catch some more of the Lightning Trout. Our plan was to meet at check-in at 9:00. I got there at 8:00 and Yuki was already there. So much for sneaking in early.

We set up at the same place as last week and it wasn't very long until the first fish came on rainbow Power Bait.

About a pound and a half
I tried to put it back, but it was  a little too worn out.

Swish it around
Try to get some oxygen through the gills

I was unsuccessful so we gave it to some people next to us.

In between that one and the next one, Yuki got a bite on white Power Eggs, but missed it.

Then the second Lightning Trout came, again on rainbow Power Bait. This one a little larger.

Pushing two pounds
They give a much better fight than a normal Rainbow. No jumps (that I've seen) but good runs and a long fight.

While I was waiting for the next bite, I started playing around with a size 16 fly hook and a red worm for some of the little Bluegills swimming around the shallows.

Blue Gill
This one was the first, and the prettiest of the 15 or so I caught.  Fun on the little Okuma, but would have been far more fun on my 3 wt fly rod.

Yuki took off at 10 because of the heat (already 85 at 10 in the morning) and I left at 11.

That's it for this week. No fishing next week as we're off to Mt Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Lake Update

In the last post I tried to get statistics. I couldn't find anything so it was a calculated guess. This time I wrote them down when I saw them.

Here's this year vs last year percentage of full.

This year                                                           Last year

Mt. Shasta Lake  94%                                       93%         Pretty close, but a BIG lake
Oroville Lake      74%                                       96%         Don't forget the spillway problem
Folsom Lake        74%                                       85%         Fed by the 3 forks of the American River
                                                                                            A lot of snow up there still.
New Melones       83%                                       23%         Wow

This is the latest in fence repairs caused by the Winter wind events. Between my house and the Bass house next door. Yes, his name is Bass and he also has a blog called, you guessed it "Kiss My".

There is another repair in progress on the other side of the house, but still two more sections to go.

Fishing tomorrow or Friday.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

And Then There Was..........Something New

Before I get started, I wanted to reply to Mike's (Troutrageous!) question about the lakes out here. We've had so much rain this year that all the lakes are within 15% of being full. They're not full because they are holding space for when the massive snow pack in the Sierra melts.

Then I wanted to pass along a little statistic I saw this morning. The US flood fatalities graph I saw went something like this:

66% died while driving.
7%   died while walking
5%   died while playing (what I have no idea)
12% died by falling in
7%   fell into an other category
and finally
3%  died while fishing.

So, I've come to the conclusion that if you have a flood, fish. You'll be the safest you can be.

Now on to fishing.  

Yuki and I decided to try someplace besides North Shore Lake Camanche since it's been rather fishless out there lately.

We met at Lake Amador out on the point where we've fished many, many times.

It looks a lot fuller that it has in a loooong time.

Toward the dam.

Across the lake from the point

Across to the left.

Over to the left

Out toward the spillway
Now if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you're pretty familiar with Lake Amador. Used to be they grew those HUGE Cutbows (or Donaldson Trout),

Unfortunately their hatchery fell to the drought just like the hatchery that supplies the Highway 88 corridor. So they started getting trout from the Mt. Lassen Trout Hatchery just like Lake Camanche does.  

The only difference between Lake Amador trout and Lake Camanche trout is that Amador gets trout called Lightning Trout. Ever seen one? You are in for a treat.

Put out one rod with rainbow Power Bait and started throwing Kastmasters. Nothing on the Kastmasters, but a nice bump on the Power Bait. To our surprise, it was a Lightning Trout. First one I've ever caught. I heard they were in Lake Amador, but had no idea they looked like this.

First fish of the day. 
One of our new friends next to us was nice enough to come over and net the fish. There was a drop of about 2 feet from were we were to the water and you needed a longer handle.

So here is what a Lightning Trout looks like. Nice huh! Double click on it and it looks really big.

About a pound and a half.

Then Yuki got his first Lightning Trout. His a little bit bigger than mine about two pounds. 

Yuki's first.

We got a couple bumps each that we missed, then we sat for the rest of the day. I decided to call it about 1:00, go home and watch the Giants lose to the Dodgers. Should have stayed and fished. I packed up enough gear to make one trip up to the truck, but left my rods in the water. 

Back down to the lake for the rods and my tackle box and one rod started bouncing. Actually it was a little bounce. Well, maybe a rod tip movement, but I picked it up and sure enough there was a fish on. 

Our neighbor came over with his long handle net and scooped it up and boy was it a biggie.    

I tried to put it on the Handy Dandy Berkeley Digital Scale, but forgot to put new batteries in it the last time I tried (it has new batteries now) to use it. fortunately one of the other guys had a manual scale and the fish (a run of the mill Rainbow) came in at about 6 1/2 pounds. I happened to look at mine just after and it said 6 lbs. 6 oz. so I'll go with that.

And there it is. 
So I left at 1:00, Yuki stayed and caught one more, as did one of our neighbors. All in all, not a bad day.  

Just might have to go back out there again.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I'm Still Here.............

Besides the fact that it's been raining AGAIN, Yuki and I did go to Lake Camanche last Friday, I think. I've been losing track of the days. Oh yeh, we didn't catch anything which is why I didn't post, but then again no one else caught anything either.

I mentioned a while back about the ancestry thing. I've discovered it's like having a blog. The damn thing has a life of it's own. I'll be working on it and all of a sudden, it's 6:00 pm and I've been searching since really early in the morning.

I started out with 11 Aunts and Uncles, two grand parents and one Great Grandfather. That's a total of 14 for those that, never mind.

My family tree currently stands at 179 people and I have a lot more that need to be added.

Funny thing, I did the DNA test. It told me I have a first cousin that I already knew about. I have a second cousin that I already knew about and the other 82 hits, I've not been able to find anyone on those trees that I can connect to me.

Here is another kicker. I just went out and looked at the DNA results for the above 82 number and they've just added a 3rd cousin that I have no idea who she is. Guess I'd better go do some digging.

Did I mention that the man I was told was my Grandfather for the last 70 years on my mother's side, isn't. Weird.

Oh wait, I'd better feed the cats first. They've been coming in every 15 minutes or so (both of them) since about 1:00 pm to remind me, so I don't forget their dinner that they get around 4:00.

Crap, here they come again. Gotta go.

Maybe fishing tomorrow or Friday.

Stay tuned.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Guy With The Kite

I stood on the walk and watched this guy fly the kite for about a half an hour. I don't think I've ever seen anyone this good.

He took the kite up and down, around in circles, and straight up and straight down, but when he dipped the right wing into the wave, then brought it back up, absolutely amazing.

That about the best I can describe it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Arrived at the campground at about 1:00 pm on Thursday. It rained off and on all the way down, but held off long enough for us to get set up.

Space 33
 Took a couple quick shots around the campground so you could see what the place looked like. If you want to see the campground set up, go to Reserve and type in Half Moon Bay SB. It shows you the whole place.

Directly across
Across and to the left
Down the road to the right

and to the left
Keep in mind that even though it's sunshine and blue skies, the wind was blowing like crazy. Just look at the trees in the back of the picture.

I walked by this field of Ice Plant. Ice Plant was all over the place and if you could find a little spot that didn't have any wind, you could even smell them.

Ice Plant
The wind was blowing directly off the water at 15 to 20. It caused a lot of BIG waves. I contemplated fishing, but if you were a fish, would you be this close to shore? You'd get the crap beat out of you.

Down the shore to the right

Down the shore to the left
That was Thursday, this was Friday. Looked the same, just a different day.

Rough water
So Friday we went into town, had lunch, and picked up a couple of things at the local hardware store. They didn't give me any discounts so I'm not giving out any kudos.

Friday afternoon brought calmer water, but there was so much sand in the water I figured any fish there probably couldn't see a lure if I threw one at it.

So instead of fishing, I took sunset pictures. Enjoy.......

OK, so there's 7 of them. I got carried away.

Saturday morning brought out the surfers. The water was calmer and clearer, but still there were enough waves that fishing was out of the question AND it only lasted a couple hours and the wind was back.
Surfs Up.

See this? Been there, done that.
Although my surfing days were a while ago. Think Beach Boys. Think late 60's. That was when I was a surfer dude.

This morning brought the rain and wind again. So the weekend was pretty much a wash, har, har,
Here comes the rain. 
Although I did see one boy walk by with a fishing rod and a lure that looked like a big chartreuse and white Muskie lure, it looks like I'll have to stick to trout fishing.

Maybe it won't rain all week.....One can hope.

Stay tuned.