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4-Reel Fishin’

 Ukiah Daily Journal

By Don Moir, Special for the Ukiah Daily Journal

Boy oh boy. Lately our national rated bass fishery over the hill has not been living up to its reputation . The return of winter has shut the bass bite down. Even though I have talked to a few anglers that have had a fair day bass fishin’, they have been the exception. Most anglers have been struggling to catch limits while pre-fishing for the upcoming Clear Lake Team Tournament.

The Clear Lake Team Tournament celebrates its 30th year (formally named the Holder Ford Tournament) and is the oldest bass fishing tournament on Clear Lake. Dating back to 1988. This year’s tournament is expected to attract up to 70 - 80 teams.

 Like I reported last week, drop-shottin’ and paddle-tailed swimbaits has been the ticket. Here is a bone; a little bird told me that lately the brush- hog bite has started up? It will be interesting to see the results of this years Clear Lake Team Tournament.

The bass fishing action has begun to pick up on Lake Sonoma. The best areas to fish are the creek arms at the north end of the lake and the marina area. Pitchin’ crawdad colored jigs or watermellon candy colored brushhogs have been producing bass. Concentrate on fallen timber and/or rocks. Also try a chartreuse/white colored spinnerbait in and around the submerged trees.



The bass fishing the past few weeks has been pretty good. But the recent cold fronts has killed the bass bite.

Now slowly, once again, the bass fishin’ has begun to improve. Some bass (males) have been moving up to the mouths of coves and flats. It looks like the pre-spawn is very close to starting. The water temp. is 51 - 53 degrees. When it reaches the mid to upper 50’s spawning will begin.

Right now, slow draggin’ plastics has been working the best. Watermelon candy, june bug, and pumpkin seed are all good colors.



 Due to the rain storms that have been coming in, the steelhead fishin’ has been hit or miss as of late. But if you catch it right, the steelhead fishin’ has been on. There have been a few reports of fishermen catching steelies in the Ukiah Valley area.



 The Upper Blue Lake was stocked the first week of march. The trout fishing has been really good lately. Many limits have been caught from the shore and docks, several trout that weighed two and three pounds!

Now the hot bait is white Power Bait, and the best time to fish is during the morning hours.


Join Pacific Outfitters in helping to keep our waterways clean! Meet on Saturday, April 7, at Lake Mendocino Oak Grove, on the North end of the Lake, just off Marina Drive. Sign in at 8:45 a.m. - group photo at 9:50 a.m. For more information on go to . Thank you, Pacific Outfitters!

The Ukiah Rod and Gun Club reports that the first batch of hatchlings (110,000 total) from the Bill Townsend Fish Hatchery, have been released into the river. They are waiting for more to arrive from Warm Springs. The second batch of eggs this season, have been addled and are almost ready to hatch. (25,620 total)

Thanks for readingand remember to keep it reel! - Don 4REEL Fishin’.

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