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troutfan
04-26-2008, 06:17 PM
Got on the lake with Maui Mark at 5:30 and it started out slow and remained slow to fair for us and it seemed like most other boats were getting a few but it wasn't red hot by any means. *I did manage three browns, one little Rainbow and a nice size perch. *The biggest brown was just shy of four pounds. *They were all caught on HJ8 Husky Jerk Rapala in Silver Minnow. *We talked to Topaz Tom a couple of times and he also was getting some and *a few more than us. *Some of the other boats also said they were catching some on worms and some on needlefish or Raps. *Water temp ranged from 45-50F. *The wind was brisk but the air temp was almost 70F and very comfortable. *Thanks a lot Mark for a great day on the lake. ;)
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metalmouth
04-26-2008, 06:23 PM
Beautiful photos TF! Looks like Mark and you had a great day to be out.

Don

foresthill_fishin
04-26-2008, 06:29 PM
What great picture love them Browns ;)bridgeport looks just awsome.......

<((< _-- <(((FISH><__- ON!

JOEL

fishlipd
04-26-2008, 06:34 PM
Beauties guys, nice opening day. 8-)

Captain Compassion
04-26-2008, 06:54 PM
Beautiful Browns Troutfan. The lake looks like it was behaving it's self. Any word how the shore folks were doing? Thank you.

CC

troutfan
04-26-2008, 07:06 PM
There were alot of shore fisherman but we didn't see them catch any. *That doesn't me they weren't catching any. *Most of the fish caught today that we saw were Browns. *We saw several in the 3-4 lb. range. *come in on other boats. *The wind got worse toward the afternoon but most of the day was fine. *

mrsockeye
04-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Nice report and pics. How is the weed growth down there. I've never fished it before, but I hear it's weedy. I'd think the next month or so would be the time to fish it. It probably weeds up pretty good after that? How big was the perch? I take it nobody caught the 10,000$ Berkley tagged fish?

troutfan
04-26-2008, 07:46 PM
Nice report and pics. *How is the weed growth down there. *I've never fished it before, but I hear it's weedy. *I'd think the next month or so would be the time to fish it. *It probably weeds up pretty good after that? *How big was the perch? *I take it nobody caught the 10,000$ Berkley tagged fish?
The weeds aren't bad right now but they will be in a couple of months. *The Walker river is flowing fairly well but by no means does it look like a good run-off. *The river is not stained and fishing should be good right now after seeing those pools full of fish that CC posted. *I hope it's just a late start because the reservoirs in the area are going to look pretty bleak this summer. *The Ramp at the county park is closed but the one at the marina is just fine for launching just about any boat. *The Perch was about 1.5 lbs. I'm sure we'll hear about the tagged fish after the weekend is over. *None of our fish had a tag in him but we were ready and had some Berkeley products on board, just in case. ;) ;D

red_perception
04-27-2008, 05:54 AM
Congrats on some nice fish brother! Good luck, Eric :)

GOLDENTROUT
04-27-2008, 06:56 AM
Good job TF ;) nice Browns

NRJohn
04-27-2008, 07:43 AM
TF, thanks for the report. *Seemed strange not being up for the opener. *Will be at Crowley fishing Thur. and Friday. *Hope it's better than just fair. *You hear anything about Crowley?

I take it they didn't check boats for the quagga mussel at BP? *They are doing so at Crowley. *I bet that place was a zoo (ever worse than a normal opener) with all the boats having to be inspected. *Wondering if high gas has kept many away. *

Munnster
04-27-2008, 08:34 AM
Nice looking fish. I used to live on that lake for a few years but now in the Sacto area. There are places there that can produce top quality fish. Will be there this summer to check old stomping grounds. Any reports from the Twin Lakes area?

Fisher-Munn

freon
04-27-2008, 03:18 PM
Great report and pics TF, congrats on the good day on the water ;)

Washoe_Pirate
04-28-2008, 08:31 AM
Great Fish and Woooohooo for a great opener in the Sierras.
Although it looks like a bleak runoff year...I think flows will be sustained though the season due to large snow packed basins high. It blew like a SOB this winter and pushed the snow into valleys. I think these little basin glaciers will feed our rivers and creeks with fresh O2 filled water all season rather than the normal spring runoff you would typically expect. I am going to forecast that Bridgeport, Crowley, and all of the lakes and streams may not reach pool/bank elevations of a normal/above normal water year, but I think they will have sustained - decent flows through the season into the fall.
Again - Great fish and it looks like you had a wonderful day, awesome post.

WishnIwasfishn
04-29-2008, 12:33 PM
Question, I'm going over to Bridgeport in a few weeks for my maidan voyage. My question is what type of structure and depth is at Bridgeport? I heard the marina is in 6-7 ft of water, what is the deepest part of the lake and is it mostly a mud and sand bottom?

Thanks,

WishnIwasfishn

troutfan
05-01-2008, 07:55 AM
Question, I'm going over to Bridgeport in a few weeks for my maidan voyage. *My question is what type of structure and depth is at Bridgeport? *I heard the marina is in 6-7 ft of water, what is the deepest part of the lake and is it mostly a mud and sand bottom?

Thanks,

WishnIwasfishn
I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner but I've been in Jacksonville, Florida all week and I'm at the JAX airport right now. The deepest water you will find is from the public launch to the dam at about 30 feet. Most of the rest of the lake is less than 20 feet deep. The bottom is mostly grass and there are no big obstacles at the bottom. I'll be there this weekend to try and dunk some bait and ripp a few Rapalas.
Good luck!

MattMan
05-01-2008, 12:22 PM
Nice pics, Troutfan! Glad to hear you got out there and had some action. ;) Good luck this weekend. I love that area, can't wait to get up there later this month. ;) Have a safe trip back. ;)

(I've been out of town for a week; I get back and the Dodgers have won 6 in row. ;D Maybe you and I should leave town more often. ;D)

maui_mark
05-04-2008, 09:39 AM
Just got back in town... Fished Bridgeport Reservoir, Pyramid Lake, and Lake Almanor in a week, but that gets its own post...
Troutfan, it was great to fish with you. I enjoyed the day in spite of the fact that all I caught was those little "planter peanuts"... kind of you not to mention them... those pictures turned out okay. Nice Browns!
I fished Sunday morning with newbie to the boards, RicRichter ( hope I got the name right), another pleasant person. We got a late start and did a little fast trolling and ripping for zero results.
Regardless of my lack of individual fishing success, I still had a great time! Thanks for sharing a day on the water with me Troutfan! You can crew on my boat anytime! *Mark