The Outdoorsman: Folsom bass are active

By From page A11 | May 5, 2011

Bel Lange

They may not be big, but there are plenty of  bass all over Folsom Lake foraging in water-covered brush as well as shallows. They’ll strike almost anything that passes by.

It’s spawning time so they are looking for beds to begin their annual ritual of dropping eggs.

What will they strike? Almost anything — crank baits, spinner baits, swim baits and plastic Senkos. Most range from 1 to 2 pounds. Limits come easy when it’s spawning time.

Folsom Lake is not the only valley lake offering active bassing right now. Lake Pardee has both largemouth and smallmouth banging lures, especially crank and swim baits.

Kokanee chasers are finding kokes measuring out to 14 inches upriver between Columbia Cut and Indian Rock. Limits are still hard to come by but most anglers will land two or three.

Dan at the marina said, “Bassing is still sporadic … the bass are on the spawning beds but a large population of largemouth is congregated right under the marina docks.”

Trout has slowed for shoresters. The ‘bows pick up ‘crawlers or PowerBait, then drop them.

Another 3,000 pounds of trout were dropped into Lake Amador early this week. Shore anglers are hooking trout near the surface — many ranging from 3 to 5 pounds.

Bass are on the spawn beds at Amador. Crappie enthusiasts are finding them right under the marina docks. Bluegills are scattered all over the lake, especially in the warmer water coves. Amador is full but no longer spilling.

Try Clear Lake if you don’t mind the drive. Some guides are finding schools of largemouth in the shallows and hooking up to 30 per day.

Gary at the store at New Melones said, “Kokanee are coming on strong. More limits every day. Bass are slow — they are on the beds. No catfish yet.”

Striped bass are everywhere up and down the Sacramento, San-Joaquin and the Feather rivers. Most are schoolie fish in the 3- to 5-pound size.

Brown trout, touching the 5-pound mark, are working the east shore at Lake Almanor and rainbows are also appearing along with scattered reports of smallmouth bass. The lake is full and looks great.

Finally the baffler: How far can the gray kangaroo jump? Twenty-five feet.

Bel Lange

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