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Trout plants help action at Wishon, Courtright Reservoirs

WON Staff Writer
Published: Aug 24, 2017
SHAVER LAKE — Courtright Reservoir is the consistent high country reservoir for rainbow trout in the Shaver Lake area, while both Wishon and Huntington remain “hit or miss.” With the continued pattern of hot weather plaguing the Central Valley, the high country reservoirs have been popular both during the week and particularly on weekends.

Chuck Crane of Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Courtright has been good all over for both trollers and bank fishermen, and the best set up for trollers has been blade/’crawler combinations at 3 to 4 colors of leadcore. Anglers are picking up limits of quality rainbows to 14 inches. Shore fishing has also been good with the best action at the upper end of the lake with inflated nightcrawlers or trout dough bait for rainbows in the 12- to 14-inch range. The bite varies from day-to-day with quick limits one day followed by having to work for limits the following day.”

At Wishon, the trout bite has been very slow for both trollers and bank fishermen. Crane said, “Tom and Susan Sheets of Redding were able to land limits of rainbows from 14 to 16 inches using blade/’crawler combinations, but this was the exception as a number of trollers are struggling. 3 to 4 colors of leadcore is the best depth for the few rainbows. Shore fishing is also slow, but fly fishermen are catching and releasing brown and rainbow trout at the top of the lake near the inlets with dry flies.”

Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Most of our fishermen are indicating that they will wait until the weather gets cold in the high country before heading back up to Wishon due to the slow trout bite.”

Wishon is releasing water for power generation, and it is steadily dropping in elevation while Courtright remains nearly filled.

At Huntington in the San Joaquin River watershed, trout fishing is limited to a few planters off of Dam 2 with trout dough bait. Trolling has been slow, and it has been very windy on the lake during the afternoons.

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