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CLEAR LAKE BIGGIN’ – Julie Knowles of Bakersfield with a 9-pound Clear Lake largemouth caught in the shallows on a creature bait. Photo courtesy of Rusty Brown.

Updated July 8, 2024

LAKE TAHOE — Kokanee schools are forming in the south end at depths from 40 to 60 feet, and the action should continue to improve over the next two months. Mackinaw action is up and down with great action one day followed by tougher fishing the following day. Trolling spons, Flatfish, or minnows at depths from 60 to 120 feet is most productive on the south shore. The north shore has been producing unlimited numbers of smaller Mackinaw. With the high water, the mysis shrimp population has exploded, and the Mackinaw have plenty to eat between the shrimp, the kokanee, and the planted Lahontan cutthroat trout.

TRINITY RESERVOIR — Guide Alex Ross continues to see solid numbers of kokanee and the bite doesn’t appear to be letting up. Smallmouth, largemouth and trout are all still in the mix.  Bass continue to take crankbaits, and shad swimbaits, trout action has been solid on Berkley PowerBait, Mice Tails, spoons and Kastmasters.

WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR — Kokanee action has been very good! Guide Austin Dollahite fished the Kokanee Krawl 24 last weekend and managed to take first place with a 3-fish bag weight of 6.2 pounds. Dollahite found the fish anywhere from 46 to 62 feet down with a 30- to 40-foot set backtrolled at 1.3 to 1.5 mph. Anything orange in color was the trick. The Darrel Kuni Team took second with a bag of 6.06 pounds and the J&J Tackle team took 3rd with a 5.97-pound bag. The Kokanee Krawl is a free family derby co-hosted by Draggin’ Flies by Dan, J&J Tackle, T-Bone Tackle, Giro Custom Lures and Dave’s Daffles. There were 20 boat entries and plenty of free gear all around.

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