FISH REPORT – ONS – Matthews – 25 Feb 2021digivue
Better flowing water in the last few weeks fish have been reported, 70 west fishing xxxblood livers an worm combo, shad , anchovies have been good for catfish an striper also a few large mouth bass are taking drop shot rigs .fishing the gate area or bridges or drifting are your best bet.
Hot spots 70 w/ Munz Rch / 160 w / 195 past the animal crossing for striper an fish under the crossing for catfish/ 260 w an 285w Taft area has had a good bite on livers an anchovies drifting.
Great carp fishing also a few Tilapia reported on worms, anglers are catching catfish and carp on mackerel an dough bait
fishing has been up and down angles using sardines mussels, stink bait anchovies, xxxblood livers an shad are finding the best bite, best area have been in front of the white house / orange arrow on rock between and pond the lake. A few nice catfish are biting at the outlet on big chunks of mackle dipped in xxxblood fish attractant an no weight
As of February 21st, 2021 the lake capacity was at 64%.
We are almost in the pre spawn season for bass! We have a handful of largemouth already on beds on the south end of the lake. The majority of largemouth are very close to spawn. The water temp just needs to climb a bit more to the 60’s. The bigger females will still be a bit deeper until the water temps reach in the low 60’s. To catch these bass who are still waiting to spawn, you will want to use jigs, swimbaits, drop shot, and deep diving crank baits. These bass are trying to feed up as much as possible in preparation for the long enduring spawn.
Bluegill and crawfish are going to be the main forge for bass as they are a nuisance to them. Once they spawn you will want to focus your attention to shallow flats near brush and rock. If approaching a bass on a bed, try not to spook it by driving up on it last.
The crappie have been biting a lot lately. You will want to use trolling lures such as crankbaits, swimbaits, or spoons. The trout bite has shown down a lot due to the lack of stocking since December.
We are open at 7am and the last boat goers out at 2pm and boats must be returned by 4pm.
Fin & Feather
Stocking this Friday :Great bite on large fish 5 to 10 lb on black Drews custom jig’s Jerkit 3to 4 in black brown red an orange, power bait has bee working great green pumpkin garlic ,corn, an chunky cheese , trolling deep diver have been great for thr big fish 8 to 15 ft. Bass are on the move an taking crank baits crayfish / shad bby bass colors an worm deep an around the banks. A few catfish have showing on cut baits.
Trout are being caught in Miller Canyon and in Cleghorn biting on Power Bait and some lures. Largemouth bass are in the Gazebo area and in Miller Canyon. Striper are catching on sardines, nightcrawlers, kastmasters and
Trout are biting in the marina area and into Miller Canyon on Power bait also trolling small lures. Striper are hitting off the dock and out at the dam on sardines and nightcrawlers. Largemouth have been on the small side and Catfish are hitting out by the dam and the coves on chicken livers.
Stripers and Catfish are still being caught along the canal by the entrance booth and points beyond the swim beach on Sardines, xxxblood livers, Anchovies, Lugworms. A few people have had luck out in coves and rocky points also by sinking baits throughout the day. Trout are still biting on nightcrawlers and power bait throughout the marina and along the rip rap in front of the bait shop but they have slowed down since the plant last week. Bass have been biting pretty well throughout the lake and along the banks mainly on various soft plastic setups and jigs. Senkos, Roboworms and creature baits have been producing bites off the steeper walls and rocky points during these colder conditions. Anglers have been getting bit on deeper diving jerk baits and crankbaits with the low water level and choppy conditions throughout the previous couple of weeks.
Current Lake Hours are still 7am-5pm.
Best Bait: Garlic Chartreuse PowerBait, Rainbow PowerBait, Mini Jigs, Minnows
Weather conditions: Nice days (approx. 64-73 ̊) and cool nights (approx. 41-48 ̊). We’ve had many clear
sunny days, along with some windy days.
Water Temperature: 52 ̊; Water Level: 100% normal; Clarity: Clear to about two feet from shore.
Last Stock – Trout (1,000 LBS): Thursday, 2/18/21
Next Stock – Trout (1,000 LBS): Thursday, 2/25/21
Hatchery: Mt. Lassen, Lassen Peak, CA (Trout)
Average Size: Most 1.5 – 2.5 pounds. Several caught were in the 4-7 range.
Top Spots of the Week: North Shore, Drain, Finger Cove
The wind has been a battle this past week but when you are able to find a nice day to come out, the fishing is picking up. A lot for bass and smallmouth have been caught using plastics and some reaction baits. A lipless crank bait has been working for some anglers as well.
The striper action is a little on the slow side, but a few anglers have been having luck on the troll with flies and umbrella rigs, and a few swimbait fish have been caught as well. We had a trout plant on the 17th of last week and was 900 lb. stocking. A few trout have been pulled out since then, mainly on Powerbait or garlic nightcrawler. A kastmaster or rooster tail will do the trick as well.
Catfish have been inactive this past week with not much to report on. The bluegill and crappie are still biting but a little deeper than usual. If you are able to brave the wind you could be in for some decent fishing.
Crappie are on the move for anglers trolling mini jigs over tress tops a few report of catfish on xxxblood mackle in French gulch . red marine to dam area good bite on catfish