I fished both Oroville and Berryessa this weekend looking to target the kings and remaining coho in Lake Oroville and the Kokanee in Lake Berryessa.
I visited lake Oroville in the late afternoon on Saturday to spend some time on the water with my boys and wife. After a rough beginning, with my youngest son throwing my oldest son’s rod into the lake and then the meltdown following the incident. We spent some time on a sandy section of shoreline in the middle fork.
With everyone now happy, I started fishing a green pumpkin Senko wacky rigged off the shoreline casting onto the rock piles and small secondary points. I hooked 3 bass and let my oldest reel them in.
We then got back into the boat and headed back towards the main body, stopping on a rock pile to catch another decent bass on the Senko. The last 30 minutes of the day, I finally got to chase the salmon I originally wanted to target. I dropped down 2 rods 25′ and 35′ down on the downrigger. I trolled towards the dam and one of the rods goes off after about 20 minutes right as I swung past one of the points on the South/West corner of the lake. I was trolling at 1.8mph using a Pond Smelt UV, Arctic Fox Tube Fly with an Action Disk. The holdover Coho, went airborne several times and I estimated it at approximately 4lbs. It was a big fish and eventually jumped again 4ft from the side of the boat and threw the hook. I had my 4 year old on the rod and he was very excited to watch this all happen. I did more pass over the point with no more bites and we called it an afternoon.
The following day I headed out to Berryessa to do a little scouting. We arrived about 6:30 and headed to the main body, putting our lines in around 7am. Within 30 minutes we had our first hook up. A small rainbow, released to fight another day. Shortly after, we hooked our first kokanee and nice one at that.
Overall It was a slow bite, we managed 1 more fish into the boat, 1 long distance release and a few drive-by bites. We were trolling with Shasta Tackle dodgers and RMT spinners and hootchie’s with a spinner tipped with Gulp pink maggots and Pazuke Fire Cured Corn