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Northern California Trout

  • Sneaking Out Between Storms

    Northern California Trout Jan 10, 2019 | 18:07 pm

    Sneaking Out Between Storms I mentioned, in the last post, that we were in for some rain. Actually I mentioned we were going to get "pounded". Well, we got "pounded". Last Sunday we had 25 to 35 mile per hour winds (with the rain) and gusts close to 50 mph. So bad, in fact that Yuki had the roof blown off one of his lean-to's.Since we're due to get more such weather starting tomorrow I thought it good to get out today. Probably my last chance for another week or so.Earlier this week, Yuki sent me a Facebook link about trout being caught at Lake Camanche on grubs. I took that to mean Meal Worms or Wax Worms. So when I left the house this morning, after a coffee stop at Java Drive I stopped by Walmart and picked up a container of both.Several years ago a guy at Bear River Reservoir introduced me to the "slip bobber" rig. It works well with Meal Worms and would seem to work well with Wax Worms too. The nice thing about the slip bobber rig is that you can adjust the depth of the worm by moving the green thread thing in the picture below up[…]

  • First Of The Year, Last For A While

    Northern California Trout Jan 4, 2019 | 15:17 pm

    First Of The Year, Last For A While Not to worry, I'll still be fishing.This was the first trip for 2019 out to North Shore Lake Camanche. The place where I usually fish was a bit crowded.Can you say "Combat Fishing"?So I bypassed that spot for one a little farther out the North Shore peninsula.My spot for the dayI set up one rod with rainbow Power Bait, as if you didn't already know that. On the other rod I put 3 green/clear with speckles Power Eggs.I let that soak for an hour and then changed the green to white ones with the clear speckles. I put on fresh rainbow PB on the other one just in case.An hour later I reeled in the Power Eggs and started throwing Kastmasters. Silver, silver/green, pink, silver/blue, and then the green Magic Bullet. Nope, nothing.  Changed the white eggs to brown/clear with speckles and rainbow PB on the other.Took another picture to show how far out on the peninsula I was. That's the very end just beyond my truck. The whole peninsula is only about 100 yards.Well, it was a bust for the first day fishing in 2019. Actually, I didn't see anyone catch anything so I don't feel bad getting skunked.Now,[…]

  • Happy New Year

    Northern California Trout Jan 1, 2019 | 12:15 pm

    Happy New Year Mike over at Troutrageous! mentioned we should do a recap of 2018.OK, here it is in a nutshell.Fishing wise, it pretty much sucked. I don't think (without going back and counting) that I caught 10 fish this year.Health wise, it pretty much sucked. Four doctors, Two X-Rays, one MRI and all they could tell me is that "until your hip tells you it's time for a replacement", you're going to hurt.I'm going to fish anyway whether I hurt or not. Actually I don't hurt when I'm fishing, it's the next day that I pay the price.Now the good part.......After a week at windy Upper Lake my wife was convinced that the Inflate-A-Yak just wouldn't cut it. We got His & Hers Kayaks. You saw the picture. We've only been out once since we got them, but can't wait for it to warm up to get back on a lake.The family welcomed my Great-Granddaughter Mavis Ranae Bonnie. We were over to my sons last Sunday and Mavis is just about as cute a baby as you can get.MavisLet see, what else?Oh yea. The genealogy thing. Found out my Great Grandmother's name. Apparently none of my Great Grandfather's children knew their mother's name except[…]

  • That's A Wrap

    Northern California Trout Dec 29, 2018 | 16:11 pm

    That's A Wrap Tuesday is New Years Day. That's just in case you've been living in a cave for the last six months.I wanted to get in one more fishing day in this year, Thursday and Friday we had winds in excess of 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Not conducive to fishing even from the shore.Monday would have been my next choice, but here again we're expecting winds faster than the speed limit on the street in front of my house.Ergo (I love that word) I slunk to fishing today. I could have gone tomorrow, but that's our Christmas with my son and his family, so today was it.Did I mention it was 26 degrees this morning?When I left the house it was 26 degrees. After scraping the ice off my truck I headed out with North Shore Lake Camanche as my place to soak Power Bait. I'm starting to sound like a broken record. Lake Camanche, Lake Camanche, Lake Camanche. BUT there is a reason I go there.First I could go to Lake Amador. Doesn't make me warm and fuzzy. Water is always kind of dirty and there is this slimy stuff on the bottom. I've been assured by[…]

  • Merry Christmas

    Northern California Trout Dec 25, 2018 | 10:45 am

    On this Christmas morning I'd like to wish all those that visit my blog from around the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.I hope that you got everything you wished for in your Christmas stocking or under your Christmas tree.Add caption

  • I Seem To Have Lost My Mojo

    Northern California Trout Dec 11, 2018 | 15:25 pm

    I Seem To Have Lost My Mojo I got out to Lake Camanche at 8:15 with the intention of trying some new baits. A week ago I cruised out to Berkley's website and bought a bunch of Power Baits and Power Eggs and wanted to see how they worked at the lake.I started with one rod and a Power Bait called Hatchery Pellet Brown. On the other rod I put a Power Bait called Marshmallow White. I gave them a good hour before changing.I put speckled rainbow PB (I'll try anything) on one rod because that seemed to be what the guys around me were catching fish on. The other rod I put 3 Power Eggs and the best I can explain it was half chartreuse green and half speckled greenish clear. In the mean time my neighbor for the day, John (he lives in Jackson too) almost had his rod pulled off the shore. It took almost 5 minutes for John to bring this one to hand. John and his first of the dayHe and a couple guys from behind me fiddled around for a while trying to figure how big it was. It was then that I walked over with my handy dandy digital scale and that[…]

  • 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[…]