BY Boots Johnson

Longtime friends Ted Johnson, who resides in Yuba City and Ken Malott, who lives in Grass Valley decided to fish the opening weekend at Eagle Lake. In fact, they decided to stay at the lake five days. To their surprise the opener was not crowded as expected. The famous eagle lake trout was caught and on some days limits were taken. The fish averaged a couple pounds with two caught Memorial Day which ran close to three  pounds. Trolling did the trick, according to Ted, with fish being taken in shallow water. Ken’s Uncle Carl Malotte joined them on Sunday. The trip was completed with a wonderful meal of trout tacos and all the trimmings.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the following waters were planted with catchable trout: EL DORADO COUNTY: Silver fork of the American River, Ice House Reservoir, Sawmill Pond, Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and Walton Pond. LAKE COUNTY: Pillsbury Reservoir. SHASTA COUNTY: Kilarc Reservoir. SIERRA COUNTY: Lower Sardine Lake. TEHAMA COUNTY: South Fork of Battle Creek, Deer Creek and Gurnsey Creek.

The kokanee salmon are being caught at Bullard’s Bar Reservoir on a regular basis at this time with limits common. Over at Collins Lake above Browns Valley the trout were big last week and most of the large rainbows were caught by boaters.  We are told the trout are moving deep and can be found in the deepest part of the reservoir. The bass population at Lake Oroville is still on a huge bite with the fish being found at around 6 to 20 feet. On the other hand the landlocked salmon are also available in this lake. Lake Davis is fully accessible by boat at this time. The trout population is cooperating with anglers with hot spots being at Mallard and Eagle Point. Trolling is producing some fish in excess of 20 inches. The gates at Jackson Meadows Lake should be open by the time this paper is published. We suggest calling in advance to be sure about road conditions there.

Closing thought: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and you will find yourself a better person.”