Six Bit Gulch

I did a solo run to Don Pedro because word was Melones was still mud. The lake is almost full and stunning. Water coming in everywhere. Lot’s of bass guys out. No wind and a crisp 40 degrees as I launched.


For those of you going soon launch at Blue Oaks. Much shorter walk to the parking lot. I was headed towards Gardiner Falls stopping at creeks along the way. Casting not trolling.


Had a nice size follower at Gardiner.

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I met Patrick (Twofish) there but he was reporting slow conditions. Next stop Six Bit Gulch.


Placer gold occurs in stream channel deposits within the natural area, primarily Six Bit Gulch and Poor Man’s Gulch, mostly washed in from the north..

The placer gold produced from this district was recovered by ground sluicing and hydraulic mining in earlier years, and by dragline dredging in the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1850s, during the great California Gold Rush, Chinese laborers, with their legendary patience and thoroughness, mined much of the placer gold within Six Bit Gulch, a major drainage channel that courses through the natural area. The dredging of Six Bit Gulch and Poor Man’s Gulch produced over $100,000 worth of gold.[2]

Fishing was very good back there. I was toplining a Brown trout colored Thomas Bouyant and a Cop Car Needlefish and had steady action.

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Lot’s of jump in these fish contrary to the Melones strain.

I got bored and wanted to see how close the water was to the bridge. WOW.


I kept hitting any  creek i saw

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But  the only action I had was Six Bit

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Thanks go to the Rain Gods.


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