The bite at Pardee Lake appears to be getting better

Pardee Reservoir - Ione, CA

by Fred Dorman
(209) 772-1472

Rain last night and this morning, back to 80's Saturday and into next week.

The water level may have dropped another foot or so and is about three or four feet below spill and fluctuating a bit. Visibility remains good, presently good to 15 feet plus at the Marina. Water temperatures will drop somewhat due to cooler trends. Presently temps are 65 degrees at the 20 foot mark and 67 at surface at the Marina.

Trollers continue to have a tough time. No reports of any Kokanee caught at all. The Trout have become illusive and are not congregating in any one location. Try along the Narrows, barrel line and in front of the spillway at 40 to 60 feet. The hot lures for Trout continue to be Thomas buoyant lures in gold/red, rainbow and fire tiger 18 inches behind flashers sling blades or dodgers tipped with a crawler.

Bank anglers have also been scarce but the Woodpile and Stony Point Landing have been the best recently. Cast out about 30 to 50 feet from the bank at either location and put your bait in the deeper channel that runs in front of both areas. White Power bait continues to be hot ticket for Trout. Some Catfish have been taken from the coves along the eastern shore; chicken livers are working the best.

Bass fishing continues to be good up stream in the River arm and around the coves near the River inlet. The Marina is now stocking Yamamoto slim sinkos and Robo worms in all the popular colors, pair these with a drop shot weight and hold on!

Recent success stories; saw an osprey (full time resident) with a nice 3 or 4 pound Trout this morning and head back to his nest up on employee hill. There is nothing like fresh fish for breakfast. Congratulations-well done!!!

Pardee Lake Recreation has planted a total of 33,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout in combination with the Department of Fish and Game plants of 5,000 for a grand total of 38,000 lbs

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