Lake Pardee Fishing Report

Pardee Reservoir - Ione, CA

by Fred Dorman
(209) 772-1472

The weather here is ideal! It's been like spring all week with temperatures in the mid 80's and low 90's with cool mornings and evenings. The forecast calls for cooling temps with a chance of rain next week. Lake level may have dropped another foot if anything and is presently 14 feet below spill. Water at surface cooled a bit to 76 degrees and 69 at the 20 foot mark. Water clarity is good to 14 feet.

Trolling: Trout are spread out, not congregating in any one location but showing up in the River, the Narrows, the Barrel Line and the Face of the Dam. Most are hanging in 30 to 50 feet of water. Limits the rule but not quick ones. Reportedly the Trout are partial to sidekicks and worms lately along with small lures in orange and red.

Recent Success Stories: Skip and Linda Waldee of Sunnyvale got some respectable rainbows still fishing in front of Stony Creek Landing using yellow power eggs. Steve and Mike from Murphy's got these heavy limits (16 lbs combined) drift fishing near the Log Boom with night crawlers and sidekicks. Paul Turpin of Placerville landed this lunker rainbow upriver using a #7 orange flatfish. Congratulations to all-well done! Be sure before you head over to the cleaning station stop by the Marina to get those lunkers photographed so we can share your catch and story on the web.

Kokanee: Sounds like the Kokanee are a bit more elusive lately and headed deeper and further upstream to spawn. Reports put them at 100 ft. at Columbia and above. Males are exhibiting the pronounced hooked jaw and females are full of eggs. Anything pink, hoochies, beaded spinners, Uncle Larry's along with Sep's 3.0-4.0 dodgers in watermelon, silver and green along with scented corn.

Bank Fishing: Quiet again on the banks this week. Power bait balls, maggots and night crawlers get the nod from the more successful bank anglers. Hanging down from a surface bobber or floating up from the bottom on a sliding sinker, both are working well. Chartreuse, white and rainbow are the preferred power bait colors.

Up coming Events: Kokanee Power hosts their annual Lake Pardee Kokanee Derby this Saturday September 20, 2008. Come join us for this fun fishing event. For more information contact Gary Coe at (916)985-4943 or check out the web at

Trout Plants: The total planted by The Department of fish and Game is 3000 lbs, and Pardee Lake 55,600 lbs with more plants scheduled for the future.

Fred Dorman, staff writer <*(((-----< Good Luck-Tight Lines

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