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  • I Think Trout Fishing Is Done Down Country

    Northern California Trout May 18, 2017 | 15:17 pm

    I Think Trout Fishing Is Done Down Country Yuki and I took one more shot at Lake Amador this morning. After today the temperature is going to rise rapidly. It's supposed to be 77 degrees today, but by Monday it's supposed to be 90 here and about 96 in Sacramento. After Monday, who knows, but much too warm for trout.I also wanted to take one more shot at those little Bluegills, but with "3". And take a shot I did. Only problem I ran into was the wind. It was pretty calm when I got there about 9:00, but by 10 is was blowing hard enough that fishing with "3" was no longer an option, BUT I did manage a couple before I put "3" away. Fun.I went to the truck and got my little Okuma and continued to hammer the Bluegills. I probably caught and released a dozen, but just didn't keep count.Yuki had a couple lines out and I had one with rainbow Power Bait. And as luck would have it, Yuki went to the "little boys room" and he got the only bite of the day.Being the nice guy I am, I reeled it in and it was a nice Rainbow going 1 lb. 10[…]

  • It Was Just A Monday Adventure

    Northern California Trout May 15, 2017 | 17:13 pm

    It Was Just A Monday Adventure General Trout Season opened on Saturday April 29th. As you all know upcountry has been buried in snow up to their wazoo.Oh, before I go any further, the trip to Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park got cancelled. Not looking for any comments here, but Katherine's ex and the father of her daughter, got killed in a car vs train accident last Monday. We decided it would be better to be here in case her daughter needed her. As it turned out, she was way stronger than we thought and with the exception of lunch on Saturday, she has come through just fine. So please, no condolences needed. I barely knew the guy.So today I decided to take a drive up to Cat Creek Rd and see if the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River was accessible. As in the past, just getting to the river was a challenge in Spring.The first problem I ran into was the downed trees across the road. Thankfully someone (probably the Forest Service) was nice enough to go through and cut a passage.   Big tree, small hole Then another. And anotherAs you can see in picture above, the snow started to show up. The drive from[…]

  • A Short Trip Out To The Lake

    Northern California Trout May 4, 2017 | 14:10 pm

    A Short Trip Out To The Lake I suggested we give Lake Amador another try and see if we could catch some more of the Lightning Trout. Our plan was to meet at check-in at 9:00. I got there at 8:00 and Yuki was already there. So much for sneaking in early.We set up at the same place as last week and it wasn't very long until the first fish came on rainbow Power Bait.About a pound and a halfI tried to put it back, but it was  a little too worn out.Swish it aroundTry to get some oxygen through the gillsI was unsuccessful so we gave it to some people next to us.In between that one and the next one, Yuki got a bite on white Power Eggs, but missed it. Then the second Lightning Trout came, again on rainbow Power Bait. This one a little larger.Pushing two poundsThey give a much better fight than a normal Rainbow. No jumps (that I've seen) but good runs and a long fight.While I was waiting for the next bite, I started playing around with a size 16 fly hook and a red worm for some of the little Bluegills swimming around the shallows.Blue GillThis one was the first,[…]

  • A Lake Update

    Northern California Trout May 3, 2017 | 14:41 pm

    A Lake Update In the last post I tried to get statistics. I couldn't find anything so it was a calculated guess. This time I wrote them down when I saw them.Here's this year vs last year percentage of full.This year                                                           Last yearMt. Shasta Lake  94%                                       93%         Pretty close, but a BIG lakeOroville Lake      74%                                       96%         Don't forget the spillway problemFolsom Lake        74%                                       85%         Fed by the 3 forks of the American River                                                       […]

  • And Then There Was..........Something New

    Northern California Trout Apr 27, 2017 | 21:41 pm

    And Then There Was..........Something New Before I get started, I wanted to reply to Mike's (Troutrageous!) question about the lakes out here. We've had so much rain this year that all the lakes are within 15% of being full. They're not full because they are holding space for when the massive snow pack in the Sierra melts. Then I wanted to pass along a little statistic I saw this morning. The US flood fatalities graph I saw went something like this:66% died while driving.7%   died while walking5%   died while playing (what I have no idea)12% died by falling in7%   fell into an other categoryand finally3%  died while fishing.So, I've come to the conclusion that if you have a flood, fish. You'll be the safest you can be.Now on to fishing.  Yuki and I decided to try someplace besides North Shore Lake Camanche since it's been rather fishless out there lately.We met at Lake Amador out on the point where we've fished many, many times.It looks a lot fuller that it has in a loooong time.Toward the dam.Across the lake from the pointAcross to the left.Over to the leftOut toward the spillwayNow if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you're[…]

  • I'm Still Here.............

    Northern California Trout Apr 26, 2017 | 17:38 pm

    Besides the fact that it's been raining AGAIN, Yuki and I did go to Lake Camanche last Friday, I think. I've been losing track of the days. Oh yeh, we didn't catch anything which is why I didn't post, but then again no one else caught anything either. I mentioned a while back about the ancestry thing. I've discovered it's like having a blog. The damn thing has a life of it's own. I'll be working on it and all of a sudden, it's 6:00 pm and I've been searching since really early in the morning.I started out with 11 Aunts and Uncles, two grand parents and one Great Grandfather. That's a total of 14 for those that, never mind.My family tree currently stands at 179 people and I have a lot more that need to be added.Funny thing, I did the DNA test. It told me I have a first cousin that I already knew about. I have a second cousin that I already knew about and the other 82 hits, I've not been able to find anyone on those trees that I can connect to me.Here is another kicker. I just went out and looked at the DNA[…]

  • The Guy With The Kite

    Northern California Trout Apr 17, 2017 | 19:44 pm

    The Guy With The Kite I stood on the walk and watched this guy fly the kite for about a half an hour. I don't think I've ever seen anyone this good.He took the kite up and down, around in circles, and straight up and straight down, but when he dipped the right wing into the wave, then brought it back up, absolutely amazing.That about the best I can describe it.

  • Half Moon Bay State Beach

    Northern California Trout Apr 16, 2017 | 18:48 pm

    Half Moon Bay State Beach Arrived at the campground at about 1:00 pm on Thursday. It rained off and on all the way down, but held off long enough for us to get set up.Space 33 Took a couple quick shots around the campground so you could see what the place looked like. If you want to see the campground set up, go to Reserve America.com and type in Half Moon Bay SB. It shows you the whole place.Directly acrossAcross and to the leftDown the road to the rightand to the leftKeep in mind that even though it's sunshine and blue skies, the wind was blowing like crazy. Just look at the trees in the back of the picture.I walked by this field of Ice Plant. Ice Plant was all over the place and if you could find a little spot that didn't have any wind, you could even smell them.Ice PlantThe wind was blowing directly off the water at 15 to 20. It caused a lot of BIG waves. I contemplated fishing, but if you were a fish, would you be this close to shore? You'd get the crap beat out of you.Down the shore to the rightDown the shore to the leftThat was Thursday,[…]

  • It's All About The Timeline

    Northern California Trout Apr 2, 2017 | 12:15 pm

    It's All About The Timeline I don't know about you, but when TV stations have beat a story to DEATH, they have to do something to keep it going, so they do a "timeline".You, as a watcher of "what ever station you watch" (with the exception of Yuki who doesn't own a TV) know of what I speak.So I thought, since I fished once again at North Shore Camanche yesterday I'd just do a timeline of what occurred and beat it to death. By the way, if you hadn't noticed, I have my computer back, better than ever. The wife re-installed Windows 10 and I only lost one thing. That was the total wins on a Solitaire game called Adelaide. I wanted to get to 1000 wins with no losses, but it tanked at 990 wins with no losses. Guess I'll just have to start over.On to fishing:8:00 am arrived at the lake. 8:10 am had two rods in the water, one with rainbow Power Bait and the other with orange Power Eggs.8:15 am sucked down my cup of Starbucks Pike Place coffee. 8:45 am reeled in the rod with the orange Power Eggs. 8:50 am started casting Kastmasters on my little Okuma with 2# line. 9:15 am threw[…]

  • A Mark Update

    Northern California Trout Mar 30, 2017 | 12:25 pm

    Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I'm having some computer problems.Remember a while back I mentioned that I've been engrossed in this whole Genealogy thing? Well, I ran into a small problem a couple days ago.Seems my computer decided to dump all my research. That would be a 29 tab Excel spreadsheet I've been amassing for the last three months.Needless to say I came close to using a hammer on this computer BECAUSE that was all it dumped.It could have looked like thisSo now I'm in the process of rebuilding all my backup. My wife is also re-installing Windows 10 because my computer is just plain screwed up. I have no idea what that will bring. Fortunately we have all out files on an external drive so I should be OK. Don't want to lose my score on a Solitaire game called Adelaide. I'm currently at 976 wins with zero, none, 0 loses. That would really piss me off.So, never fear, I am going fishing. It looks like Saturday because it was raining again this morning and then the wind (from the North which is usually high) is supposed to start blowing this afternoon and all day tomorrow[…]