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Lake Pardee still cold and spilling

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 21, 2017
Kokanee and rainbows bite

IONE — Lake Pardee is still spilling, and the water temperatures remain in the 60’s from the cold water rushing down the Mokelumne River into the reservoir. Kokanee fishing remains fair, but there are quality land-locked salmon to be had by dedicated trollers.


TOPWATER BASS ARE a blast for youngsters to catch because of the visual attack, and Bradley Manassa caught this 6-pound Lake Pardee largemouth while tossing a popper with his grandpa Gary Jones.

Over 65,000 pounds of rainbow trout have been released into the lake since the lake’s opening in February, and there are plans for monthly plants within the coming months.


Alan Fong, manager of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento, said, “I was on the lake in the middle of the week, and we had trouble landing the kokanee, since my partner had a short net on his boat. We hooked 16 kokanee but only landed 4 as they ‘went crazy’ when they got to the boat. These fish were just ripping line when they were hooked, and without a long net, it was nearly impossible to get them to the boat. We were fishing at depths from 18 to 22 feet with my custom AFS Apex-type lures or micro-hoochies, and the fish we did bring to the net were large at 17 inches.”


The south end of the lake was the best location with slow action in the river arm he said. They marked fish at 40 to 50 feet in the river arm, but couldn’t get them to go. They will start moving up into the river arm in small groupings, he said. “We also landed some rainbow trout, and they are all healthy without any copepods, and the meat is solid and thick.”


Caitlin McCroskey of Pardee Lake Recreation Company said, “The kokanee bite has been on and off, as the fish have gone deeper with the hot weather. Ticket Cove, which is the first small cove on the north side of the river arm, has been the best area for bank fishermen this week. The river arm remains cold, as we haven’t hit the peak of the snowmelt yet. Bank fishing in the marina area to the Narrows has been slow, but we have had an increased number of kayakers, this year with the lake limited only to fishing boats.”


Lake Pardee is over capacity at 101 percent.

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