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dirty530
09-02-2012, 02:08 PM
Couldn't decide where to go fishing last night... Kinda wanted to stick to something I've already fished before but the AR flows were sure to be up for rafters during the Labor Day weekend so I decided to try a totally new spot, looking for lower flows. I decided to fish the barbless/0 keep section, hoping there would be trophy trout available but I was surprised to find zero trout! Apparently there aren't any trout in this section but there is an ABUNDANCE of rock bass? I'm not really sure what they are; they look kind of like small mouth bass, but don't have the same markings. I ended up catching +/- 100 of em, about half on a rooster tail, a couple on 1 1/2" tube jigs, and the ole worm with a split shot caught the rest. Most of them were from 5-8", but I did catch quite a few from a pound to two pounds. This is my first time catching this many fish in one day. These fish can fight and seem stronger than bigger bass I catch on the AR. Awesome day! As you look through the pictures, imagine fishing in a serene setting, where the only thing you can hear is the wind blowing through the grassy canyons, various types of birds, and the occasional fish jumping for a fly.

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HMONG_James_Vang
09-02-2012, 02:44 PM
that's awesome brother. i dream of days like that. beats my personal best of 52.

BIG_ONE
09-02-2012, 02:46 PM
Rock Bass is a small mouth version of a Green Sunfish. More plump and rounder body shape with a blunt face. Those fish my friend, are Red Eye Bass and they are not very common - might be why they made that section of the AR a "no keep" zone. If I'm not mistaken on the identification...
And yes they fight harder than large mouth, about the same fighting ability and power as a small mouth.

BIG_ONE
09-02-2012, 02:49 PM
that's awesome brother. i dream of days like that. beats my personal best of 52.

Does catching over 1000 bass in a day counts?...all of them were 3-4 inchers. Literally close my eye fishing for them without casting. LOL.

HMONG_James_Vang
09-02-2012, 03:04 PM
lol... no... lol

O.mykiss hunter
09-02-2012, 03:13 PM
Wow, those fish look awesome!

Owlman2
09-02-2012, 03:14 PM
Those fish my friend, are Red Eye Bass and they are not very common - might be why they made that section of the AR a "no keep" zone. If I'm not mistaken on the identification...

I agree they are Red Eye Bass...(one might be a smallmouth)...but I don't think he was on the AR....I thought he said he was avoiding the AR? At any rate all the upper stretches of the AR run through very deep canyons....which aren't apparent in the pictures.

I guess 530 doesn't want the river named...so I won't...but if he was fishing where I think he was I can say access to the area is very difficult....

BIG_ONE
09-02-2012, 03:38 PM
Well...there is a section on the AR that is only barbless and artificial with zero bag limit. If I'm not mistaken, this section is up on the Placer, El Dorado, Amador, and Alpine County. Basically any AR stretch above Folsom Lake. Not too sure if there are anymore AR section that this artificial, barbless, and zero bag limit sits on.

Owlman2
09-02-2012, 03:43 PM
Well...there is a section on the AR that is only barbless and artificial with zero bag limit. If I'm not mistaken, this section is up on the Placer, El Dorado, Amador, and Alpine County. Basically any AR stretch above Folsom Lake. Not too sure if there are anymore AR section that this artificial, barbless, and zero bag limit sits on.

My understanding is that the upper forks of the AR are artificial lure-catch/release only in the winter time when regular trout season ends. Other than that I think "normal" rules currently apply.

The AR is barbless hooks only from the fish hatchery downstream for a ways....I think to Ancil Hoffman park....but I never fish there so not sure.

But at any rate, he was not on the AR in those pictures. Like I said, the shoreline is not steep enough.

BIG_ONE
09-02-2012, 03:52 PM
Partially correct about it being a regular 5 bag limit until the trout season ends. Although - Section 4.5 American River. And I'm assuming 530 is from El Dorado...


Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations - Waters with Special Regulations (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/FreshFish-Mar2012/ccr-t14-ch3-art3.html)

Marv
09-02-2012, 04:48 PM
you're on fire!!! Those bass look like a smallmouth x red eye spot hybrid. Either way great day of fishing. Thanks for posting.

dirty530
09-02-2012, 08:12 PM
The bass were hitting everything that hit the water at sunrise. Sometimes three fish would jump for the same lure and when I reeled in quickly to avoid catching smaller fish - causing the lightweight rooster tail to drag across the surface of the water - the bass and others hiding behind rocks would jump for it. It was my first time catching anything on a roostertail too! It was cool to use the lure as a spinner and as top water and watch the wake in back of the lure.

I had to jig REAL slow to entice any bites.

Using barbless is hard because you want a great place to set the hook - which can be hard with a nibble - yet you don't want to gut hook the fish by waiting too long. I used a barbless long shank hook and it worked perfectly, especially since the bass were smaller. It almost resembles a plastic-worm hook but about half the size. I google mapped deeper pools but after I caught 100 and walked a good ways down rugged terrain, I decided to call it a day. And I only spent 3hours or so.. I'm sure if I got there earlier and walked down even further and spent all day I could probably catch 300, no joke. Imagine ridiculous pods of 10-15 fish in the 3/4-2lb range all up and down the river.

This area is super difficult - almost impossible - to access but it's very rewarding, not only with quantities of fun fishing but some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever experienced.

49erbassman
09-02-2012, 09:48 PM
That scenery is amazing. I dream of fishing places like that more for the scenery than anything else. Had to show those pics to my wife