Fishin' Talk

By Boots Johnson

The Feather River is finally on the clear side and the boats are all over the place. Striped Bass Fever has hit the Hub Area in full swing. Fish are being caught on both the Feather and the Sacramento Rivers. The bass are going for pile worms, cut bait and of course live Minnows. Some days fishing with bait will leave the stringer empty, but drifting live minnows seems to almost always bring home the bacon.

The trout that live in the waters of Collins Lake are on a huge bite. All those planted trout are really putting smiles on the faces of young and old alike. It is common to see limits of fish every day. The winner now is power bait and the place is not on the lake trolling but fishing from shore. Some large trout have been taken up to five pounds and every once in a while you get a surprise with a nice crappie on the end of your line.

Catfish are also on the prowl. Just ask Yuba City angler Bob Arfsten. Bob pulled a huge catfish out of the lake. The big cat weighed in at a whopping thirteen pounds, four ounces. The location of the catfish at Collins Lake is unknown. Congratulations to you, Bob!

Scott’s Flat Reservoir received a trout plant last week and reports tell us the fish are still being taken all over the lake.

Bullard’s Bar Reservoir reports good fishing for Kokanee salmon but the bite has slowed. The bass in the lake are on the move and are hitting a variety of lures in shallow water.

The lead fishing weight bill, which we discussed in an earlier report, has stalled in Sacramento. Some folks think it is sitting still at this time due to the flood of protests from anglers all over the State.

Closing thought: “Sometimes it is just better to remain silent and smile.”

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