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  • Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure

    Northern California Trout Jun 17, 2019 | 11:06 am

    Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure We had originally made reservations to camp here on May 16th thru May 19th. Two weeks prior to going, the weather guessers said sunshine and blue skies. The Saturday before the 15th, they changed to rain Thursday thru Sunday the exact same 4 days we planned on spending there. So we rescheduled for this past weekend. As it turned out, it started raining on Wednesday and rained everyday through the following week. A weather report is only as good as their guess, weather guessers.  We got to Barrett Cove about 2:00 pm on Friday. We were scheduled to stay at spot C-15. We drove around for about a half an hour and couldn't find C-Loop. 15 minutes or so of that half hour was spent just trying to find a place just to turn a truck and trailer around.Finally we went back to the beginning and when we found B-Loop I turned and low and behold a block or so up the road was C-Loop. AND we had a map of the place and still had trouble finding it. Wandered up the road until we found 15 and this is what it looked like.   Space C-15From the other sideYou all[…]

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  • OK, Everybody Sit Down

    Northern California Trout May 31, 2019 | 16:58 pm

    OK, Everybody Sit Down Ready?I went fishing this morning. Please no applause.I met Yuki at Lake Pardee at 9:00. I had reservations about fishing Lake Pardee. It's been hot and cold over the years, but mostly cold.Three things happened.One, I missed the first bite. Probably didn't wait long enough for it to get a good hold on the bait which was 3 green Power Eggs.Second, got a bite on rainbow Power Bait and set the hook. The line broke at the top eye. After a few selective 4 letter words, I discovered that there is a fray/snag/rough spot on that eye so that even if you just tug the line, it breaks. That rod is on hiatus.Three, I hooked up on my little Okuma rod to the trout in the picture below. It was with 3 green Power Eggs.Only fish of the dayIt was the only fish of the day, but when the only fish is 4 pounds 5 ounces, who cares that it's the only one.Now you can cheer. Yuki got skunked.Trying a new spot the weekend of the 14th & 15th. I'll let you know.Stay tuned.

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  • Rescheduled

    Northern California Trout May 16, 2019 | 10:45 am

    Well, it didn't start raining today. It started YESTERDAY. Yeh, it's raining now and going to rain the rest of this week and most of next week.WILL IT EVER END???????Yeh, probably after all the song says it never rains in California. A lot they know.Weekend of June 14th & 15th we're going to try Lake McClure again. Different space this time so I'll take photo's.In the mean time I'm going to try to get out and see if I still know how to fish. Can't go upcountry yet. It's raining and that means SNOW above 5000 ft. Most everything is above 5000 ft. Most everything is buried in snow.I'll do some research and see what I come up with.Stay tuned. 

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  • Camping 2019

    Northern California Trout May 13, 2019 | 10:06 am

    Camping 2019 We have a plan. April we were going to the Santa Cruz Redwoods. May - Lake McClure, June - Rollins Lake, July - Hope Valley, and August our usual trip to Upper Lake, but this year my son and his family are joining us. September is Hendy Woods State Park in the Redwoods.All of a sudden my wife's boss decided she couldn't take off 2 days every month from work, but if she wanted to take a week or two at a time, that was OK. Do you understand this? I sure don't.So, April got cancelled. June got cancelled. By the way, we had already paid for these spaces. Cancellation cost us $40.Now we come to May. the Freedom Express is ready. The His & Her's kayaks are ready.I've checked out Lake McClure. It;s only an hour and a half from home.Drive down to the launch rampFrom the launch ramp parking lot. The launch ramp at Barrett CoveLast week the Weather Guessers said sunshine, blue skies, and low to mid 70's. Perfect weather. New lake to fish, new fish finder to try out, 2nd trip out in the kayaks. Remember it rained all Winter out here so we haven't had a chance[…]

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  • All Right, I Know It's Been More Than A Month

    Northern California Trout Apr 6, 2019 | 11:05 am

    It's been more than a month since I posted, but I'm still here. Yes, I've been fishing a couple times during that month, but when NO ONE catches anything, I tend to not waste your time reading about:Both timesOn the other hand, every day that I've not had something to do, it's been raining. It's going to rain today. It's going to rain on Tuesday. It's going to rain on Thursday. OK, I'll quit whining.It's a good thing my wife thought I needed another hobby (genealogy). Gives me something to do when it's RAINING. Oops, sorry, more whining. One of these days very soon Yuki and I are going out to Lake Amador and fly fish the spillway and where ever else I can access the lake. So the only thing I can say for now is, stay tuned.

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  • I Made It

    Northern California Trout Mar 4, 2019 | 15:29 pm

    I Made It OK, so I said I was going to go fishing on Friday. I lied. Actually I wasn't able to go because of something stupid I did on Thursday.I'm not going to explain stupid, but what I will say is that when I do stupid, the next day I have a lot of trouble walking. You know, the hip and back arthritis thing. Friday was one of those days. So I rested over the weekend and went this morning. My first thought was to go out to Lake Amador and see if I could negotiate the side of the lake. It's fairly steep and mostly slippery shale.When I got out there, wouldn't matter if I could negotiate it or not. The lake (due to the recent rains) was full of debris and the water was so dirty that if a fish would wander by your bait, it would probably miss it anyway. Besides, nobody seemed to be catching anything.I took the picture below of the spillway. It had more water going over it than I think I've ever seen. Down stream the road to the dam runs right next to the drainage creek which was so high it was right next to[…]

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  • El Niño

    Northern California Trout Feb 28, 2019 | 09:53 am

    El Niño If you've been watching the news, then you know Northern California has been getting hammered with rain and snow since, seems like forever.We are in the grips of another El NiƱo. Lots of rain, lots of snow, and lots of flooding. The interesting part is that although Sacramento and points North are pounded, we (in beautiful downtown Jackson, about an hour South of Sacramento), have gotten very little rain.Our Chief Weather Guesser drew a picture on a map about a week ago and put two lines on it. One just below Sacramento and the other about 50 miles North. That was where the rain was supposed to hit and hit it did.As of yesterday the Russian River up in Sonoma County is over it's banks. Guerneville has been evacuated. Cache Creek is over it's banks. Closer to Sacramento, Dry Creek (North of town), Acrade Creek (in town), and that ever present flooding of Deer Creek when ever we get a little rain is happening.GuernevilleFear not, La Casa Kautz is high and dry.The mountains, that's another story.South Lake TahoeHere's the story behind this picture:This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in[…]

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  • That darn fish finder doesn't work.

    Northern California Trout Feb 16, 2019 | 11:01 am

    I mentioned last post that I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen  fish finder.Fish finderWell, I got it put together. I contemplated mounting it on the side of my kayak, but you still need space for the battery. So I did it the portable way. You have a little tray about 10 inches in diameter that the fish finder attaches to, a little slot for the 12v battery, and a place to wind up the cord that goes to the transducer. So I put the fish finder in the kayak, opened the access hole in front of the seat, and suction cupped the transducer to the bottom of the kayak. I turned it on and nothing. Oh, it came on all right, but didn't show any depth or fish that I could see. So I called Garmin and told them the problem. Ran through all that I had done and what was showing on the screen. The Customer Service Rep that I was talking to then asked the definitive question. "Was the kayak in the water?"Thought you might need a little chuckle this morning.   

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  • I May Never Be Warm Again

    Northern California Trout Feb 8, 2019 | 10:31 am

    I May Never Be Warm Again A week in a nutshell.Monday morning we had snow.Monday MorningTuesday and Wednesday morning we had frost.Tuesday & WednesdayThursday (Yesterday) I decided to take a chance and run out to Lake Camanche and soak some Power bait.Thursday MorningAfter I got my wife off to work, I headed out. Did I mention it was 25 degrees? Got to the lake about 9:00 and was set up with one rod and rainbow Power Bait, the other with white Power Eggs. When I got to the lake it was 39 degrees. Now I know y'all back in the mid-West think 39 degrees is almost Summer, but out here, it's cold. Just as I parked, there were a couple guys getting ready to launch their kayaks. I heard one guy yelling as he sat in his yak. "Little nippy?" I asked. He had stepped into the 50 degree water getting into his yak. I told him that's why I'm fishing on shore and not in my kayak. About 10:00 the guys at the end of the peninsula left fishless. About the same time one guy way out toward the island left fishless. That left me and a new friend named Peter from Sacramento. We chatted and I discovered[…]

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  • The Irony Of Genealogy

    Northern California Trout Feb 4, 2019 | 10:00 am

    When I started this journey into my past, they (I don't know who "they" are) said that if you don't want to know the answer, don't do a DNA test.You know, because you follow this blog, that I write about fish, in this blog I wrote about fish for the local paper, I wrote stories for Sport Fishing Weekly. I recently did an article for Fishing.com, and I chase fish,I mentioned, back on November 1, 2017 the name of my paternal Grand-father. After 72 years, thinking this guy named Joseph Dory was my Grand-father, I find out my "real" Grand-father is Henry Joseph Fish. Yup, I'm a Fish . Yup, that;s meI also know this to be true because I have several cousins that I'm DNA linked to that have him for a Grand-father. Ironic huh.OK, mentioned my fish finder for my kayak. I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen with all kinds of good stuff (I guess) like GPS, Chirp, and ipx7 what ever that is. I've put it together as a portable unit (I could have mounted it to the kayak, but you still need  place for the 12v battery) so I thought portable was the way to[…]

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