I may hang up Melones for the season. Two trips in a week with looooots of hours on the job for few fish. Not complaining mind you. I love that lake. Jerry “Spawn Stalker” and yours truly left the easy bay at 6 and were handing our money to Melanie and listening to her lies at 8. She said the bank on both sides outside of the dam cove right up tight was ez pickins up top. We spent 4 hrs at or near the dam for ZIPPO before we finally sobered up enough to make a safe run. Angels Creek arm looked pregnant but we found no interest there.
We ran riggers from 10-50 ft with various combinations of creatures, technology and bling attached. We ran toplined everything. 4 rods out. We sucked
. So we beat for Carson Creek the only place on the lake where the fish are dumb enough to bite Jerry. Stringered 3 decent healthy trout and one pig of a spot.
We were right up where the creek comes in and I was stuffing a bobber with a 2″ berkeley gulp minnow in the froth and heard a splash. Finally figured out the fish were doing their dirty bidness running up the creek pool to pool.
They were not getting very far up as there is a waterfall there 50 yards from the lake.
Back to work for the afternoon shift but all quiet. Saw this family with 2 kids bank fishing at the mouth to carson arm and they lifted a stringer of what looked to be 15-20 trout.
Arrrrgggggh, I am not fishing cheese bait.
Tried at the 9er bridge braving the weather
We bailed at 5 or so. Highlights of the day:
Jerry’s breakfast sammys
Debras lunch sammys
On the water Bloody Marys
Red blends on the launch ramp afterwards.