View Full Version : Thermalito Forebay/Afterbay 11/24

11-25-2007, 04:40 PM
First time to the Afterbay...arrived at 7:30am .... *

Fished the 162 bridge till about noon. No fish, no bites, no NOTHING! *>:(
Tried Nightcrawlers under a bobber & on the bottom...didn't matter.

Changed spots and fished Wilbur Rd.(Forebay) from about 1pm till dark.
Here is the sopt by friend and I fished.
Tried nightcrawlers, live minnows both under a bobber and on the bottom....no bites on either.

Results for the day...one bite for my friend = missed fish!
Two bites for me, missed one...the other resulted in a 19" male football


As you can see the top bait PINK/WHITE "Bubble Gum" POWER BAIT! *;)
FIGURES! *;D *;D *;D
It was the only thing that we could get a bite on!

Kinda slow fishing for a 2 hour drive from Modesto but better than working! *;)


Trout Tracker
11-25-2007, 05:58 PM
That is a good looking fish.
Was at the Afterbay yesterday trolling around the area you banked and caught 3 and a few LDRs.
There were others banking it yesterday but don't know how they did.
Most of the people who fish from the bank i hear use crawlers under a bobber.
I know that the water in the area you fished is about 20 ft deep.
Don't feel bad about the drive.
It takes me 1 1/2 from my doorstep in Sacto.I do know that it took us 6-7 hours yesterday to boat 3.


11-25-2007, 06:08 PM
That's a real beauty, good job _Gone_fishin_ 8-)

11-25-2007, 07:17 PM
My son and I arrived 2:30 pm at the Wilbur Road launch ramp. Used the canoe to troll flies until sundown. No hits. As we returned to the launch ramp we saw three fish landed. All were caught with in 10 minutes on power bait or crawlers. All the fish were hooked close to the bank, not way out from shore. The angler who caught two of the three had fished all afternoon and worked his way down the canal. His two fish at sundown were his only fish of the day. Water temp is 47 degrees.

11-25-2007, 07:42 PM
*All the fish were hooked close to the bank, not way out from shore. *

The fish I caught was caught close to shore also. ;)

11-25-2007, 09:27 PM

Nice fish! The afterbay isn't gonna kick out a ton of fish, but the one's you do catch are nice & great fighters! I'm suprised minnow's didn't work, well there goes that dream! http://www.fishsniffer.com/forumsyabb2006/Templates/Forum/default/sad.gif

Sorry for the hijack GF, but is there any sure way to tell landlocked steelies from bows??? The reason I ask is that, the "thermalito"complex is huge!

drag & click map

And the forebay is heavily stocked with bows. And there are no barriers between the fore & afterbay, etc. So I wonder if the bow's & steelies move about to where the water temp suits them. Keep in mind that the bay's were built & desinged to warm up the water for the rice farmers, so the forebay is pretty cold year round!
Any thoughts, again GF sorry for the hijack!

11-26-2007, 09:41 AM
And the forebay is heavily stocked with bows. And there are no barriers between the fore & afterbay, etc.

I thought the Forebay and Afterbay are sepreated by a dam? :-?
At least thats what it looks like on Google maps... :-?