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Northern California Trout

  • This Is More Important Than Fishing

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2018 | 09:57 am

    Marisa's (Yuki's daughter) 2019 calendar is now available on LULU. I've ordered mine. Your turn.Go here to order: https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=marisa+ishimatsu&type=2019 CalendarIf you want to see more of Marisa's incredible photography, go here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/marisa_ishimatsu/

  • Yuki - 1, Mark - 0, Fish - The Rest

    Northern California Trout Dec 6, 2018 | 16:59 pm

    Yuki - 1, Mark - 0, Fish - The Rest It's been a long time (June 8th to be exact) since Yuki and I fished together. For the last couple months he's been down with the crud and then another medical mishap last week.We finally made it out to Lake Camanche North Shore this morning. I got there about 8:15 and set both rods out with rainbow Power Bait. Hey, it worked Monday, it should work today, right?Right. Guys to the left catching fish. Guys to the right catching fish. Guys behind me catching fish. Me, nothing. Tried brown Power Eggs, white Power Eggs, nothing there either. Guys to the right using rainbow Power Bait, but could I get a bite............Noooo!Yuki got there about 9:00, put out two lines, one with a worm and the other with rainbow Power Bait.  Finally just about Noon Yuki got his one and only fish.Yuki scoresNot bad about 1 1/2 poundsAnd that was it. Left at 12:30.  We did get caught up since it's been 6 months since we've seen each other and there will be more fishing. Maybe as soon as next week. Stay tuned.

  • How Quickly One Forgets

    Northern California Trout Dec 3, 2018 | 16:53 pm

    How Quickly One Forgets What did I forget? Fishing in Winter.Left home at 8:20 for the drive to Lake Camanche North Shore.Frosty TruckOnce I got the ice scrapped off my truck that is. This is how my truck looks at 28 degrees. After a stop for coffee at a little coffee kiosk on the way I got to the lake at about 9:00. Before I go any further, let me tell you about the little coffee kiosk. I used to stop at Starbucks, but since I found this place Starbucks is no longer an option. I can get a good cup of dark roast for a mere $2.00 where Starbucks medium size is $2.75 and they both are the same size and I don't even have to get out of the truck to get it. A no brainer in my book. At 9:20 I had two rods out, one with brown Power Eggs and the other with white Power Eggs. This is what I caught the two on back on November 6th. Jeez, has it been that long?????So I sat and watched the guy on my left and the two guys behind me catch fish after fish and I never got a bite. I allowed one[…]

  • This isn't about fishing, but the post tomorrow will be.

    Northern California Trout Dec 2, 2018 | 18:59 pm

    I read Howard's post just now and I think a lot of us out here in blogland understand where he's coming from. I'm sure, at one time or another, we've all been down in the "dumps", but as John at Of Brambles and Bears calls it the "Black Dog", if you're in depression it's tough to climb out.I know because I've been there too, although it's not been as deep a depression as some have. It's still hard to get back to "normal".I'm not writing this because I'm looking for help. I'm writing this because our friends need your support. Let them know you're there for them. If nothing else, send them jokes. I've spend a lot of time recently working on my ancestry, but if you follow this blog, you already know that. If your family goes back any length of time, then you know that life expectancy in the 1700's & 1800's wasn't very long. Many of my relatives had multiple children (sometimes as many as 10 or 12) and only had one or two reach adulthood. That is a depressing thing to find out.While I work on my ancestry I constantly listen to songs on YouTube. What does this have[…]

  • I Keep Planning To Go

    Northern California Trout Dec 1, 2018 | 11:28 am

    Last Monday......Planned to go and something came up and I had to cancel it.Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday...........That's rainFriday......Had to go to Folsom for an appointment.Yesterday and today............Yup, rainingGranted we need the water, but it's putting a crimp in my fishing.Tomorrow, sorry I don't fish on Sunday. Not that religion (I really don't have any) stands in the way, there are too many idiots out there on Sunday. Don't know if I told you, but I'm allergic to nuts, idiots, and stupid people. Best to stay home on Sunday. Next week.........Maybe tomorrow because Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday maybe.More rainOr maybe Friday. Looks like it might be sunny.Stay tuned. 

  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

    Northern California Trout Nov 22, 2018 | 10:52 am

    Don't see these guys much anymore now that we live in the city.Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours.

  • Something Not Everybody Gets to Experience.

    Northern California Trout Nov 13, 2018 | 11:09 am

    Something Not Everybody Gets to Experience. Meet Mavis Ranae Bonnie.She's my Great Granddaughter.Born 11/10/2018 at 10:47pm. 7 lbs. 2 ozs. 19-1/2"Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather, Step Great Grandmother, and Great Grandfather all doing well.We have a chance for a 4 generation picture, hopefully soon.Stay Tuned...........

  • Paradise Lost

    Northern California Trout Nov 10, 2018 | 11:46 am

    If you haven't been watching the National News, the Camp Fire has destroyed the town of Paradise, California. Paradise is a little town up the hill from Chico, California.It's destroyed 6700 structures, many of them home and businesses and burned 100,000 acres as of this morning.This fire was fast and hot. It started Thursday morning up near a town called Magalia around 6:30 am. By 4:00 pm it had burned 18,000 acres and by Friday morning it was up to 70,000 acres.Nine lives have been lost, five of them on one road as the people tried to escape the fire via the only road out.At times, people abandoned their vehicles and just got out and ran. It was all they could do. The roads were gridlocked with people fleeing.A very sad day.

  • This Time It Was About Fish

    Northern California Trout Nov 6, 2018 | 15:54 pm

    This Time It Was About Fish I needed to get out of the house so I packed up the truck and headed to Lake Camanche North Shore.This wasn't a kayak kind of day, more a sit and read while soaking Power Bait kind of day.I got to the lake at 8:30 and put one rod out with rainbow PB. Lately when I've been fishing with Yuki and he's caught fish (and I haven't) he's usually using brown Power Eggs. I've never seen them in the store, but I had a plan. It's always good to have a plan.See how close you can park to the lake at North Shore. The lake was just to the right of my chair. Here's the plan. I took three Mice Tails in a brown egg with a red tail. I cut off the red tail and Voila, brown Power Eggs. Three on a #6 bait hook and I was ready.Wasn't long, in fact it was just before 9:00 that I got the first bite. That would be the one on the top. Came in a 1 lb 2 oz.2 for the dayThen I got a lot of reading in. Didn't seem to be anymore interest in brown Power Eggs or[…]

  • Yakking At The Pond

    Northern California Trout Nov 2, 2018 | 15:48 pm

    Yakking At The Pond It wasn't about fishing so much as learning how to fish from a kayak.Since the "Yuki" incident a couple years ago I've not been allowed to kayak. But, last August at Upper Lake when we were mostly unable to use the Inflate-A-Yak, my wife has moved toward hard kayaks. Much more aerodynamic and you can take them on the water when you can't the Inflate-A-Yak.Thus the "His & Hers" kayaks.Since they have started stocking Lake Camanche, I thought a trip out to the Trout Pond was in order. Unfortunately Yuki is still down with the crud so it was a solo trip.I really wanted to get my yakking karma together more than I was concerned whether I caught a fish or not. Good thing because I was fishless for the day.Got to the pond about 9:00 and started putting together what I would need for the day. The kayak has two rod holes behind the seat and one "holder" that attaches to the right side for "trawling".Ready to goI put out one rod in the "holder' with a white mice tail and a couple white power eggs. By the time I was ready with the second rod and a pink[…]