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Cal1319
09-13-2017, 10:06 AM
The lady wants to take a kayak trip down the mokelumne starting near the hatchery, is it worthwhile to bring along a pole? Thanks for any help everyone!

dsa2780
09-13-2017, 11:20 AM
If you go, make sure you have a steelhead report card. The "trout" in there are steelhead because it's a body of water that connects to the ocean. There are bass in slower pools as well.


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Cal1319
09-13-2017, 11:40 AM
[QUOTE=dsa2780;1132447]If you go, make sure you have a steelhead report card. The "trout" in there are steelhead because it's a body of water that connects to the ocean. There are bass in slower pools as well.

Thanks for the heads up! Are there any in there this time of year? Are they waiting for the cooler water?

dsa2780
09-13-2017, 12:15 PM
They're there year round. Read up on the regulations for that area. There are closure dates and regulations regarding retention of steelhead in that stretch. Grasshopper pattern rebels, cricket crankbaits and baby trout colored tiny ripbaits get lots of nice fish. If the fishing sucks, it's a nice kayak paddle. Native and smaller fish, use barbless and release them.


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Cal1319
09-13-2017, 12:59 PM
Again DSA thanks for your wealth of knowledge. I just brushed up on the regs, seems as though its open until Oct 15 and you can keep on steel and on hatchery fish (I assume a clipped fin) and 2 salmon. Ill see if i can find anything out there, but like you said, its a nice paddle either way.

k9mark
09-13-2017, 11:04 PM
The moke contains rainbow, brown, steelhead, bass, carp, catfish as well as salmon depending on time of year and location. If you are strictly fishing for steelhead you will need a card. Otherwise you do not and I got that straight from DFW. This is due to the variety of game fish there. I say get a card anyway so you can go steelheading in waters known for it.

Cal1319
09-14-2017, 04:50 PM
Thanks guys! I already have my card, so Ill just plan for everything/anything!

Cal1319
09-14-2017, 08:11 PM
Just a follow up how big of fish are we talking? Should I bring my trout gear or salmon/steel gear?


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dsa2780
09-14-2017, 08:28 PM
They're trout. A big one is 3#. On occasion in winter you'll see a 6# caught, those are the true steelhead that come up from the ocean. Most of them are just resident trout. Lots of squaws in there too.


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Fish-on
09-15-2017, 02:25 AM
I have done well with spinners like panther martins and drifting worms years ago below the hatchery. Never caught anything larger than 2# myself but have buddies that caught salmon out of the river as far up as Linden

Cal1319
09-15-2017, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the info guys! Ill bring my light gear, and keep my salmon gear in the car just in case I spot some large fish! Going to launch around the hatchery...

Cal1319
09-16-2017, 08:28 PM
River was great time... hooked three little ones a nice 16" and got to see a big one I hooked only for it to spit the hook all in all a great time on the water


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dsa2780
09-16-2017, 08:33 PM
Nice! Glad you had fun out there. It's a small fishery, but oh so scenic. Try to get out there in the dead of winter on a foggy day.


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CAL.NDN
09-16-2017, 09:18 PM
I need to float this river myself. Im going to have to have you Daniel float down one day and show it to me.

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dsa2780
09-16-2017, 10:07 PM
I need to float this river myself. Im going to have to have you Daniel float down one day and show it to me.

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Hit me up when you want to do some kayak stripers this fall!


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CAL.NDN
09-17-2017, 08:59 AM
Will do.

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Seeforellen
09-25-2017, 06:51 PM
As a boy we used to go to a PG&E cabin called Tiger Creek. I caught my first "trophy" brown there when I was 6 in 1984. We never really caught any other fish there and I haven't been there in over 25 years now. Anyone familiar with the area and is it near good fishing?