Trout planted here and there, but not everywhere

By: George deVilbiss, Special to Gold Country News Service
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A 2008 agreement that resolved a lawsuit between the Department of Fish and Game and certain environmental groups impacts the waters in which fish-planting can be done. The suit stemmed from a claim that the planting of trout put unwarranted competition for the wild trout that inhabited the waters planted, and also interfered with indigenous wildlife in the area, such as certain frogs. The parties agreed that the DFG is banned from planting in certain agreed-upon waters, but may continue to plant in others However, there is no ban on private plants into the same waters where the DFG is barred from doing the same. With continued fair weather just around the corner, boats will soon be coming out of their winter storage. With warming airs and snows eventually melting, anglers will be out in force. In some areas, where fish planting greatly enhanced the fishing experience, anglers thronged as they felt assured they would come home with fish in the ice chest. Will your favorite area receive its regular allotment of trout with the visit of the DFG’s tanker truck? A partial list of waterways that cannot receive trout plants follows: Alpine County: Upper Blue Lake, East and “West Forks of the Carson River, Markleeville Creek, Upper and Lower Mosquito Lake, and Silver Creek. Amador County: Lake Amador, and Upper and Lower Bear River Reservoir. Butte County: Thermalito Forebay. El Dorado County: Silver Fork of the American River, South Fork American River at both Coloma and Riverton, Dark Lake, Ice House Reservoir, Jenkinson Lake, Stumpy Meadows, Taylor Creek, and Wrights Lake. Nevada County: Boca Reservoir, Bowman Reservoir, Donner Lake, Fordyce Lake, French Lake, Martis Creek Reservoir, Prosser Reservoir, Rollins Reservoir, and Upper and Lower Scotts Flat Reservoir. Placer County: Halsey Forebay, Lake Valley Reservoir, Sugar Pine Reservoir, and the Truckee River. Plumas County: Antelope Lake, Middle Fork of the Feather River at Graeagle and the North Fork of the Feather River at Almanor, Hamilton Branch, along with Jamison, Spanish and Warner creeks. Sacramento County: Lake Natomas. Sierra County: Little Truckee River at Highway 89, and the North Fork of the Yuba River at both Highway 49 and Downieville. Yuba County: Englebright Reservoir The complete list is available at CURRENT FISHING Folsom Lake: The good news is that the lake is just about 100-percent of its normal winter level. That puts ramps in the water so boaters have no problem getting on the water. There is debris, however, to dodge. With water levels rising so fast, the big problem is where to find the fish. As the weather warms, so will the water, and the fish will soon be migrating to the shallower areas. Still, however, work your offering slow, and drop-shotting is still one of the best ways to go with dark colors. Local Sturgeon: You don’t have to go all the way to the Bay Area regions to find sturgeon. The Sacramento River is showing some downright excellent rod bending action. The Hog Farm upriver near Woodland, a little downriver around Knight’s Landing, Tisdale, Verona and other spots along the river are doing well. Grab some ghost shrimp and pile worms, set your anchor and get ready. Lake Oroville: Anglers are relieved. The lake has come up as much as a foot every three hours at one point. Ramps are back in the water. Rather than lures, anglers are whacking bass in 20 feet of water with a minnow under a bobber in the Middle fork. Coho salmon are grabbing a chunk of anchovy being drifted, down 40-50 feet. Any questions, comments or concerns, contact George directly at GeorgesColumn@AOL.COM