Everything quite this week at Pardee, temperatures keep fishermen away & fish head for deep water

Pardee Reservoir - Ione, CA

by Fred Dorman
(209) 772-1472

Carbon copy of last week's forecast temperatures in the 80's and 90's for this weekend and continuing throughout the week. Look for mild breezes and some high clouds mid-week.

The banks within the Marina area have been quiet again this report, even with the plant last Friday warm water temperatures have kept anglers scares and the planters apparently have headed directly for cooler, deeper water in the main body of the Lake. The Woodpile is still worth investigating; cooler deeper water is more accessible from that area. Sliding sinker cast about 30' out works well in this area. The anglers working the banks are using Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Pistol Pete's and Mouse (mice) Tails, in addition pink Power Worms and night crawlers on a water bobber have been successful lately.

Kokanee fishing is still good to excellent. Lots of reports of nice limits from the Gate, and the Marina staff this week. Trollers are working the upriver locations, Deer Island, Columbia Gulch and Indian Head Rock areas have been hot. The Kokanee continue to hang in the cooler, deeper water in these locations in the 90 to 100 foot strata. Trollers continue to use Uncle Larry's copper pops and pinkies along with wedding rings, apex and sling blades behind silver/gold or watermelon dodgers. Check at the Marina for all your fishing supplies, snacks and updated fishing information and hot spots.

Some nice Trout have been caught in the South End lately at the same depth as the Kokanee. The Marina reports both Pho-ebe and Boyant lures in pinks and rainbow color schemes are doing well with or without corn and flashers. Again this report some boaters have been tying off in the coves near the River mouth (Bernice's and Ticket Coves in particular) and bait fishing for Rainbows off the back of the boats and doing well.

The annual Kokanee Power Team Kokanee Derby will be hosted here August 17, for entry forms and further information go to www.kokaneepower.org/derbies.php. This is a great annual event-hope to see you all there! Cat fish have been a bit scarce lately; look for catfish in the River arm and the southern coves from Mel's cove to Rattlesnake. Chicken livers, Power Bait and night crawlers are the baits of choice.
Water level has stabilized and is 2 to 4 feet from the spillway and is holding steady. Water temperature is 67 degrees at 20 feet and 73 degrees at surface as measured in the Marina. Water clarity is good to 17' plus in the Marina.

Pardee Lake Recreation has planted a total of 27,000 lbs. of Rainbow Trout as of this report. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has also planted 2,000 lbs. of Trout to date for a grand total of 29,000 lbs.

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