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Jul 20, 2006
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FOLSOM LAKE -- Nice weather, warming water, and a rising lake enticed bass, mostly spots, plus a few largemouth into shallower water. According to Don Paganelli of The Bass Fishing Experience, they're holding off points at the mouths of coves, and hitting reaction baits like Lucky Craft Pointers and Staycee's early in the morning, then chewing on plastic worms fished a little deeper with Carolina-rigged, and dartheaded later on. There were some nice catches of king salmon made, as well, mostly on slow-rolled shad, Rocky Mountain Tackle Company hoochies, and Radical Glow Tubes behind dodgers, fished in front of the dam from 30 to 50 feet deep.RANCHO SECO LAKE -- There were some trout weighing over 9 pounds caught in the recent trout derby, and many lunkers, along with 2 and 3 pounders remain in the lake. Fishing was particularly good from kayaks and pontoon boats. Fly fishermen dragged woolly buggers, while spin fishermen trolled Kastmasters and small Rapalas. Bankies soaked Power Bait and nightcrawlers from many of the docks scattered around the lake.AMADOR LAKE -- There was action on both bass and trout. For sure, the bass are pre-spawn and active in the shallows. Drop-shotting produced 48 fish for one couple, with lunkers to 5 pounds. Drop-shotting worms was the main tactic, but many lures should be working now. Trout are equally cooperative, with fish to 6 pounds, and limits or near limits the rule. Power Bait is the top offering.LAKE PARDEE -- Kokanee took the lead, with some limits reported from lake regulars. Pardee fish reporter Fred Dorman suggested the area upriver between Indian Rock and Columbia for trollers. "Leadcore has been working better than downriggers, because the bite is in 10 to 20 feet of water," said Dorman. Uncle Larry bead spinners, Midge Wobblers and Needlefish worked best.RUSSIAN RIVER -- In sort of an odd reversal of what you'd call "normal conditions," the Russian was chalky green up high last week - Geyserville, Hopland and Cloverdale. Then, down at Healdsburg, the river was clear. Still some fresh steeiles pushing through last week along with downers. Johnson's Beach seemed to be the epicenter of it all. Anglers need to remember that the river goes to a no bait, no barbs reg as Tuesday.AMERICAN RIVER -- It just doesn't "feel" right to be fishing for, and catching, steelhead when temperatures are in the 70's. But they were still being caught by the rare angler. Nightcrawlers were the best bait to use, but these fish are aggressive, so swinging spinners and Little Cleos also enticed strikes. Fish were scattered from Nimbus Dam down to Watt Avenue.

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