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KIRBY’S KATCH

Fishing Is heating up at last
By: Kirby Desha for The News Messenger
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Local anglers are finally starting to see improved action as the rain lets up and the temperatures rise. Here’s the area round up:

Collins Lake has resumed its weekly trout planting program and both trollers and bankers have been catching fish. Water visibility has improved greatly.

Trollers are using minnow-type offerings such as Rapalas or spoons like Needle fish and Kastmasters. Slower presentations using dodgers and night crawlers will work too in muddy conditions.

Shore anglers are using power bait and worms. Bass fishing is up and down, as they seem to be moving around a lot. If you can find them stay on them!

Trout are also being caught in big numbers at Pardee, Amador and Lake Camanche.  Reports of 20 fish per day are not uncommon, and one party reported catching a kokanee on a recent Pardee outing.

Trollers have been picking up a lot of crappie at Camanche, while targeting trout.

Bass are still the main target for those fishing Oroville and Bullard’s Bar. While Oroville may produce more numbers, Bullard’s is kicking out some really big fish.

On Feb. 12, Nick Dulleck of San Jose caught and released a potential world record spotted bass weighing 11 pounds 4 ounces.  Several anglers have caught spotted bass in the 5-7-pound range using Senkos and slow moving swimbaits on a dart head.

Camp Far West is slowly getting better and I hope to get out there this weekend. A recent tournament was won with a skimpy 8-pound bag for five fish!

Stripers are on the bite in the delta, but have not entered the river systems in big numbers yet. Winds are making it difficult in some areas on the Sacramento side. Trollers use the regular P-Line predators or Yo Zuris, while guys are using Rattle Traps and big swimbaits for casting – no reports on bait fishing yet.

No real action was being reported yet on any of the local rivers. Most of the launching ramps are still under water.

Releases from Oroville Dam have caused the water levels to go crazy on the Feather River and the up-and-down flows are making it hard to fish.