View Full Version : Bass Lake 03.16.13 and Kings River 03.17.13

03-18-2013, 08:41 AM
Hello again guys. We decided to head up to Bass Lake seeing Hensley had a bass tournament. Also we haven't fished it since they started the dam construction. With the construction done, we gave it a shot. Also lately the fishing report has been good so up the hill we go.

We got up there around 2pm. Went to our location. Setup with the usual. Bite was a little slow. As we were waiting, DFG came and checked our license. As he approach, he was like I know you guys, same spot huh. Very nice guy. I'm surprised he remember us since we haven't fished Bass Lake in awhile. Maybe a year or more ago. I'll have to check my log when the last time we fished it.


Anyways, he mention that a lot of bass fisherman were out going for bass. I guess there will be a bass tournament there next weekend. He did mention he saw a few people catch one or two small trout with one being 14 inch.

After an hour goes by, I get a hit and land a nice feisty 15 inch on orange powerbait.


Then the wait continue. Another hour goes by and I get another one. A few minutes later I get a back to back hit. Landed another 2. All were planter around 14-15 inch. All were caught on orange pb. The gf got skunked. She tried everything and even use orange. I guess I had the lucky stick that day. Left around 6. Sorry no picture of the 3.

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03-18-2013, 08:57 AM
Continuing on the report. Yesterday, we decided to hit up the Kings River so I can practice my fly fishing. It was a nice day out. A lot of people were out enjoying the weather so it was hard to find a spot to fish when the weather is nice.

Found a spot and setup the rod. It was really slow, I guess it was so nice that the fish took a break as well. However the gf had the hot stick and land one on brown worm/salmon eggs. Pretty good size at 17 inch. Then I get one that was 14 inch which was released to grow up.

After about 4 hours at that spot, we decided to go try other area of the river. Went to Winton Park however it was crowded. Went to Avocado Lake and again crowded. So we drove and found a spot on the river again. Hiked down the hill. Current was moving pretty good. We only had about an hour and half left of sunlight. Been using the flyrod all day without any luck. At least I am getting descent with casting. Now its time to learn how to read the water and what flies to use. I lifted up rocks and rocks and more rocks to find any sign of what flies I should use but didn't see anything.

Anyways, hiked back to where I left the gf. As we were packing up, she got a light hit on the rod. She picks it up and hooks up on a trout. She is fighting it and reeling it in. Adjusting her drag as she reel (made me proud, haha). She got it close to shore and I see the splash. Its a pretty good size!! So I came over to help her land it. Grab the net and bag it. A nice fat 23 inch weighing a little over 5 lbs.

She was telling me on the ride home, she was day dreaming of trophy trout all day and well the dream came true.

Anyways, here are the pictures and until next time.








03-18-2013, 09:03 AM
When we got home and I was cleaning the fish, she felt bad keeping it. It had a ton of eggs in her :( I know planter still produce eggs. I kept the eggs in a zip lock bag. Haven't tried using trout eggs as bait before...should I try and cure the egg and use it for bait? Any suggestion? or should I just toss it out? Thanks.

03-18-2013, 11:32 AM
Nice report and cool pics! I just throw the eggs out, but you can cure them with some borax and freeze for bait. I used fresh ones on time before for bait and caught 2 trout on them so they work.

03-18-2013, 12:50 PM
Pro cure works excellent on salmon roe. You can buy the powder in many different colors to die the bait.

03-18-2013, 01:26 PM
If you want to make caviar out of them you can. Soak them in a brine solution for 30 mins or so then rinse w/ warm water to separate from the skein, then soak back in the brine for an additional 30 mins. Rinse w/ cold water and and let sit colender to get rid of excess water. They'll be ready to eat after you refrigerate them for another 30 mins or so. Eat on a cracker w/ cream cheese and capers or however you want.

03-18-2013, 02:59 PM
thanks for the suggestion on the roe. I'm not a fan of the taste of roe and it seem like curing it is a long process. Maybe I'll try wrapping it up and using it for bait just the way it is and see how it goes :) might be too much trouble for what its worth.

03-18-2013, 03:32 PM
you could just do a simple canning salt solution to toughen them up for the hook. Best would be salt dissolved in water or you could just use salt directly on the eggs and watch that they don't become tough as pebbles. Just be sure the salt is non iodized is all.

03-19-2013, 07:07 AM
When we got home and I was cleaning the fish, she felt bad keeping it. It had a ton of eggs in her :( I know planter still produce eggs. I kept the eggs in a zip lock bag. Haven't tried using trout eggs as bait before...should I try and cure the egg and use it for bait? Any suggestion? or should I just toss it out? Thanks.

I have always kept any eggs and curred them. Every time I go to any river I do very well with a little clump of eggs. Thats just my experience. I use them on all forks of the American and do very well every time I go. I have never tried them in a lake though, so for that I have no experience. It is not that hard and does not take much effort to cure. You just need to check on them while curing a couple of time's and flip um. Go to steelheaduniversity.com and check out there methods . Good luck

03-19-2013, 08:18 AM
thanks fisherprice and doug...i'll give it a shot.

03-20-2013, 09:40 AM

Good report and even better pictures.

We call that area "Octopus Point", it is the turn around spot for us while trolling, we then troll back to the point by Miller's Landing. We see lots of people bank fishing and catching at that spot. A lot of fish show up on our fish finder there, as your picture shows the bass masters doubled up there as well!!!!

Last week I landed a 6lb 3 oz rainbow planter very near there, my personal best trout even though it was a planter, I still was very pleased to land that fish. It fought hard, jumping and making hard runs when it saw the boat and then to run again as I tried to net it.

Have you ever tried your fly rod at Bass Lake in the evenings when the fish start rising???They are in casting distance of the bank, but I don't know what they are feeding on.

Continued good luck to you and your partner,


03-20-2013, 11:04 AM
wow that is a hog deep_six.

I tried the flyrod and do see fish rising but no luck.

We will definitely be back at Bass Lake before the summer heat and the crazies comes out. :)

good luck with you as well.