It’s already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning to me that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is. Fall fishing is just as good or better than spring fishing. Just about all the species of fish become active while trying to prepare themselves for the winter.
The temperatures become cooler making it more pleasant to fish in and, as a result of cooler water temperatures, a lot of the pleasure boaters that sometimes can make it difficult to fish peacefully are no longer flocking to the local lakes and rivers.
What I love about fishing during this time of year is the reaction bite. Most fish are aggressively feeding making them prime targets for someone tossing a lure. Lures are great this time of year especially top water frogs and rattle traps for bass. Between now and late October the fishing is at its best, and I have to go to work today. The weekend can’t come soon enough!
Bass is good right now on the Delta with lots of fish being caught. Lately the problem for a vast majority of anglers is finding fish over two pounds. For big fish anglers are capitalizing on top water reaction strikes. For numbers of fish anglers are catching them both flipping and tossing reaction baits. Bluegill fishing remains good right now in the backs of dead end sloughs and in and around boat docks. Catfishing also remains good for anglers using cut bait throughout the Delta right now.
New Melones Lake:
Night fishing under a submersible light has been the key to catching trout once the sun goes down. Anglers are dropping their lights down to 20 feet and then fishing between 30 - 50 feet below the light. Kokanee fishing has gotten tougher lately as those that are being caught are as deep as 120 feet and very finicky. A lot of smaller bass are being caught right now as the bigger fish are being caught deep off main lake points or during the early morning hours. Catfishing remains good at night for anglers fishing off the bank while using anchovies, mackerel, and sardines. Bluegills continue to provide constant action throughout the lake. There are some crappie being caught by anglers fishing around submerged trees in Bear Cove and Coyote Creek. Night fishing under a submerged light around the trees seems to be the most productive tactic right now.
Lake Don Pedro:
Several limits of fat rainbow trout are being reported by those fast trolling Chucker T heavy spoons from the Dam to Schoolhouse Point, the Big Creek Arm and from Big Oak Island to Middle Bay. Anglers are trolling between 25 - 45 feet deep. The key is to find the bait as many of the trout being caught are actively feeding on shad right now. Bass fishing is good for anglers that understand how to fish for schooling fish and know where to locate them. Currently there are large schools of bass working throughout the lake with an occasional school found pushing shad to the surface. Surface baits are working for the schools that are shallow and drop shotted baits are working for the deeper schools.
Smallmouth bass have been providing excellent action for anglers fishing late and early with topwater lures. Once the sun is high try switching to small plastic baits fished deep, shaky head worms, darter heads, and drop shotted Robo Worms in either a craw or shad pattern should produce good results.
Anglers are catching trout early in the morning with several limits being reported by trollers. The catfish have started to bite during the day on cut bait and clams. In order to catch catfish anglers are focusing on limited shade found along the shore from overhanging trees. Bass fishing remains good for anglers fishing top water baits during the morning hours and small plastic baits during the day.
Tip of the Week
Having a sharp hook is very important, never trust a lures hooks right out of the box. For a couple of dollars you can replace stock treble hooks with quality hooks increasing your hook up percentage. It’s important when finding replacements that you purchase the proper size as some lures will not run correctly with oversized or undersized hooks. A good measure of a hooks sharpness is to run the hook point across a fingernail and if doesn’t catch it’s not sharp enough.