Stanislaus River Fishing and Flyfishing

Stanislaus River Fishing.  All types of news below on fishing off highway 4 up in the Gold Country.

The most up to date is below:

My own experiences at the North Fork of the Stanislaus River just below Boards Crossing .  It was really hot, around 100 degrees in the day.

stanislaus river fly fishing boards crossing

June 26-28 – Our group fished all three days, the 26-28th of June 2009. All in all for 3 of us, we had a total of 3 keeper trout, and several that were thrown back. We were fishing the part of the river just south of the Boards Crossing Bridge. As far as the water is concerned, it was flowing reasonably well. In past years, it has definitely been higher, but a nice level for fishing and walking around in the water. It is still super cold, but very refreshing on days and weekends like there was. We tried all types of things on the trout. Night crawlers on the spinning rod worked the best. Also, the largest of the keepers was a rainbow taken on a night crawler attached to a treble hook and with a floating bobber. One of my friends took one trout on the fly road with a nymph type of fly. We all tried the Woolly Bugger that came highly recommended, however we were not able to tackle any of the trout with the bugger. As far as spinners were concerned, we also tried several of those. Two times, fish were landed, but of the 6-8 inch variety, way too small to keep, and not much fight either. All in all, my suggestion would be to try some natural live bait if its available.spinners to catch trout in the riverWe did not have the chance to try crickets, but we have had great success on the trout around here with them in the past. Night crawlers were the most consistent, and someday soon flies will begin to work well. Up to this point, we really did not see too much in the way of fish jumping out of the water in search of food, so not sure what to say there. There were some other signs of fish being caught, the campers next to us had a wooden string of 5 trout one afternoon. When I went up to the guy to ask what he was doing to catch them, all he would say was the word determination, he would give no other ideas than just that. I will add though, that it was surprising to see him keeping a couple of the fish on the string, two which looked to be barely six inches long, but heck, not my problem trying to eat such a small trout I guess…

Below is a clip from the Ebbetts Pass Site, It is their fishing report for right now.
Central Sierra/Hwy 4 Fishing Report July 12, 2009
Lake Alpine has been recently planted and fishermen are catching fish.
Bait casters should try Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, inflated nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs on a 24″ to 30″ leader using a sliding sinker. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, and Rooster Tails. Trollers should try Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, and Wedding Rings behind a small dodger tipped either with a nightcrawler or a Gulp Nightcrawler. Fly fishermen have been using woolly buggers, stone fly nymphs, ants, adams, stimulators and bead head nymphs.
Spicer Lake
has been slower since the weather has been getting warmer. Trollers have had success using Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, Rapala’s, Wedding Rings and using just a flasher/nightcrawler combo. Bait fishermen have been using Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Crickets, Nightcrawlers, and Gulp Nightcrawlers. Lure casters should try Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapalas. Fly fishermen should try ants, adams, stimulators, and woolly buggers.
The North Fork of the Stanislaus
has been tough due to lack of plants lately. The No. Fork has been in excellent condition. Fishermen should try split-shotting nightcrawlers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Power Eggs, and Floating Power Eggs. Lure fishermen should try Rapala’s, Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tail’s, and Kastmasters. Fly casters should try stimulators, parachute adams, ants, royal wulff, woolly buggers, and bead head nymphs.
Beaver Creek
was planted this past week and has producing some beautiful fish. Bait casters should try split-shotting nightcrawlers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, Gulp Power Eggs, Power Eggs. Lure casters should try Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapala’s. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, small stimulators, royal coachman, ants, adams, and bead head nymphs.
White Pines
has still not been planted due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services putting a hold on planting as of right now. No word as to when it will be planted. There are still some nice Bass and Bluegill that are very plentiful in White Pines.

Campgrounds at Sourgrass are now open. Camping is also available at Big Trees State Park and Golden Pines just beyond Big Trees on Highway 4. You can contact Big Trees State Park at 209-795-2334.

Fishing Opportunities On the Highway 4 Corridor… Central Sierra/Hwy 4 Fishing Report June 16, 2009

Please visit the More Fishing Link for important news on a recent court ruling!

Due to the stocking of White Pines Lake being held up by the Federal Fish & Wildlife Division, they are unable to stock the lake and therefore we must cancel the Father’s Day Derby. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ebbetts Pass is now open

Lake Alpine is now on the Plant list and is to be planted this week. The Lodge at Lake Alpine is now open and can be contacted at 209-753-6358. The phone number for the campgrounds is 209-753-2671.

Bait casters should try Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, inflated nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs on a 24″ to 30″ leader using a sliding sinker. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, and Rooster Tails. Trollers should try Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, and Wedding Rings behind a small dodger tipped either with a nightcrawler or a Gulp Nightcrawler.

Just remember to troll really slow as the water is still really cold and the fish are still lethargic. Fly fishermen have been using woolly buggers, stone fly nymphs, ants, and bead head nymphs.

Spicer Lake has been excellent and the dock is now in the water. Trollers have had success using Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, Rapala’s, Wedding Rings and using just a flasher/nightcrawler combo. Bait fishermen have been using Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Crickets, Nightcrawlers, and Gulp Nightcrawlers. Lure casters should try Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapalas. HOBART CREEK IS OFF LIMITS UNTIL JULY 1, 2009.

The North Fork of the Stanislaus was planted this past week. The No. Fork has been in excellent condition. Fishermen should try split-shotting nightcrawlers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Power Eggs, and Floating Power Eggs. Lure fishermen should try Rapala’s, Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tail’s, and Kastmasters. Fly casters should try stimulators, parachute adams, ants, woolly buggers, and bead head nymphs.

Beaver Creek was also planted this past week and has producing some beautiful fish. Bait casters should try split-shotting nightcrawleers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, Gulp Power Eggs, Power Eggs, Gulp Maggots. Lure casters should try Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapala’s. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, small stimulators, royal coachman, ants, and bead head nymphs.

White Pines has still not been planted even though the EIR report has been completed. No word as to when it will be planted. There are still some nice Bass and Bluegill that are very plentiful in White Pines.

Mosquito Lake has thawed but no word as to when it will be planted.

Campgrounds at Sourgrass are now open. Camping is also available at Big Trees State Park and Golden Pines just beyond Big Trees on Highway 4. You can contact Big Trees State Park at 209-795-2334. Golden Pines website is www.goldenpinesrvresort.com

For more information you can check our website or email us through the website www.ebbettspasssportinggoods.com for weekly updates or call Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods at (209) 795-1686 and ask for Bill. We have lots of new items coming into the store weekly. Drop by and check it out. Thanks again for patronizing our store. We look forward to seeing you all again. Bill Reynolds – Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods

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