As we have done each year for the last 10, we took an excursion to Almanor this past weekend for some much needed R&R. As usual we were mostly too lazy to get on the lake early enough to enjoy the primo fishing. This year we changed tactics from our usual night crawler, flasher rigs to trolled spoons (rainbow runners and needlefish). This resulted in a better than average (for us anyway) fishing experience. All our success came on downriggers at 20-25 feet in approximately 40 feet of water on the west end of the lake near the outlet at Plumas Pines.
Here are a couple pics:
4 1/2 pound Eagle Lake Rainbow I picked up on Saturday afternoon……
Ernie with a 3 1/2 pound Eagle Laker, and 2 pound Brown on Monday morning….
Monday was the only day we actually got our tails out of bed and got on the lake. We caught 6 fish total in about 2 hours of fishing, these 2 plus a couple more 2 pound class brown trout and 2 small salmon.
For those interested there are photos and commentary from the entire trip available on the Family Fun 101 blog.
My first and, to date, only striped bass. She was a 9 pounder I caught on a trolling adventure out of Isleton California on the Sacramento River Delta in April 1998. We were fishing with Captain Barry Canevaro aboard the Fish’n’ Fool IV.
Someday I’m going to get a decent boat and start chasing these things. They are a blast to catch and absolutely scrumptious on the table!
Here’s a couple shots of a nice little smallmouth bass Carly caught on a trip to Ruth Lake in April 1997….
My fishing buddy Ken with one of the many “Kamloops” strain rainbows we caught on a trip to Frenchman Lake a few years back (early spring of 2002, I believe). The fish weren’t very big but they were healthy, spunky fighters and we caught a good number of them that day.
An assortment of older pics from Eagle Lake.
Five and a half pound fish from north shore, fall 1997…….
Six pound fish from north shore, fall 1997…..
Four pound fish from Gallatin Marina 1997…..
Catch and release shot from north shore, fall 1997…..
1997 was the golden year for Eagle Lake trout fishing! These pics are just a small sampling of what a great year it was. I caught in excess of 50 fish that fall with at least 15 of them in the 5 pound class or bigger!!!
Catch and release shot from Wildcat Point, fall 2000….
Ernie with some nice trout he caught on a recent trolling trip to Lewiston Lake.
This first fish was in the 5 pound class!
My fishin’ buddy Aaron with his first ever river caught salmon. She was a mint bright 20 pound hen caught in late October, 1997 at the mouth of Salt Creek on the Sacramento River below Red Bluff California.
Note: The lure still hanging from the fish’s mouth was an old T-55 flatfish with rusty hooks that Aaron found floating down the river an hour or so earlier. Some guys are just jerks!
Photo courtesy of JCAT5150’s Redneck Guide Service.
My father in law Ernie with a couple nice bass, including a very nice smallmouth he caught while on a guided trip on Trinity Lake.
A shot of my 2 fish limit on opening day of salmon season on the Sacramento River, July 16,2003. My fishing guide/ father-in-law Ernie in background.
22 and 26 pound kings.
A few photos from our houseboat trip to the Pit River Arm of Shasta Lake in April 2004.
My daughter Carly (left) and her cousin Angela with a nice stringer of bass:
Sally with a nice smallmouth