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tbruski
12-21-2008, 08:31 AM
Good day at L.V. for me and my buddy John. On the water @9:30 a little chilly but not bad. Trolled around the marina and along the west bank, not much going on there. Found the fish in Peninsula Cove down by the dam. Used a combo of Kastmasters, BBR rapalas and power eggs/nightcrawler to bring in 22 very nice rainbows. Kept 8 for dinner and the neighbors, released the rest to fight another day. Nothing big, but very healthy looking fish that put up a good fight on ultralight equipment. Off the water by 2:00pm
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Ikan_Mas
12-21-2008, 08:25 PM
Looks like the lake has turned over. :D Has the algae dissapeared?

DazShooter
12-22-2008, 08:53 AM
Looks like the lake has turned over. *:D Has the algae dissapeared?

Ikan -

I was at the Marina side on 12/20....the algae is disapearing fast. SLOW for the bankies. A worker was driving around asking fisherman to fill out surveys. He said he saw 4 trout caught that day, 2 by me.

tbruski
12-22-2008, 09:05 AM
We started out by the Marina on Saturday but not much going on. Friday the 12th in the same exact spot it was non stop action we caught 20+ in a couple of hrs. We rented a boat and went down to other end into the cove and fished on both sides of the dock and again it was really good as described in my earlier post.

It seemed to take forever for the algae to clear up and the lake to turn over. It usually happens in October, but this year it didn't until the first week in December.
Bruski

2chips
12-22-2008, 11:15 AM
They planted the Calaveras trout only once a month in November and December.

12/9/2008 * 1200 * Calaveras
11/12/2008 1200 Calaveras

In my last three trips to LV, I caught one 14" trout in total. *Very disappointing. I plan not to buy the LV annual pass next year. *

tbruski
12-22-2008, 05:12 PM
I would have to agree. The fall season has been very disappointing. The spring was very good though, consistent until June. Then from June to November I don't think I brought in 10 trout in 12 trips. That was from a boat using everything under the sun, including a fish finder and portable downriggers. I don't know if it was the stocking procedure or mother nature. DFG did kick in 4500lbs in Nov. and Dec. so maybe that is helping now. But those fish are pretty small and not as nice as the Calaveras plants.
Bruski

DazShooter
12-23-2008, 08:19 AM
DFG did kick in 4500lbs in Nov. and Dec. so maybe that is helping now. But those fish are pretty small and not as nice as the Calaveras plants.
Bruski

I talked to an employee there on Saturday about that. He and I both agree that the small DFG planters never stand a chance at Vaqueros anymore. The average size striper for the lake have now grown big enough to take those little guys out. That wasn't the case a few years ago.

tbruski
12-24-2008, 07:02 PM
May need to focus on Stripers. I would think after the DFG plants the little bows would be the time to go after the big stripers comming in for the easy meal. Does anybody have any tips on strategy for targeting some nice stripers.
Bruski

Ikan_Mas
12-24-2008, 08:04 PM
I must agree that the increased size of the stripers has reduced the number of rainbows available. As for targeting stripers, good luck from shore. You could throw swim baits or walk a big Zara spook, but I haven't had any luck with these. I wonder if trolling a rattle trap works like it does in the delta. I guess I will have to spend the bucks and rent a boat some day to find out. :o