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A downrigger with a 1-ounce banana weight and side planner were successful tackle for me on this day. Just inside the southern arm of the lake and after a solid hour of trolling, the rod on the side planner went off. I cranked toward the board, released it in a couple of seconds and continued one-on-one with the fish. The striper was over 21-inches long and was a beauty. Note: side planers glide your baits or lures out away from the boat and come equipped with two release clips for your main line to attach bait to. They are a little bit like downriggers but work horizontally instead of vertically.

The morning was overcast and cool and the temperature was in the 50s. This first fish brought my mind off of the weather and back to fishing. Still trolling with the wind and deeper into the southern part of the lake, the same rod (attached to my planer board) went crazy again. The pole stretched in a deep bend as the side planer and fish weighted it down. Reeling in the 10-pound line worked great to complete the task. Fifty-feet of fishing line was reeled in until the side planer reached the boat. I pulled in the board and then cranked in 60-feet of line to get to the banana weight that had a 4-foot leader to my bait.

With two nice striper in the box, I continued the troll southward into the Bear Creek arm. There, the water got shallow. I picked up my rigs and fired the engine up for a run up the Whiskey Creek arm. I boated easily to the end of the arm. After turning around, I waited until I was over 30-feet of water before I began rolling my anchovies. I did mark fish in the area, but with the wind pushing my boat off course, I decided to load up and head up the Calaveras River arm of New Hogan.

The landscape around the lake definitely looks different with so much water this year. Two launches are completely submerged and juts of land were no longer points; they were islands. I continued upriver to the narrows of the Calaveras River Canyon. I marked fish a short distance downriver and turned around. I began to troll and did all right despite a strong headwind that I had to fight. In the next two hours, I was able to hook four fish but only battled one to the net.

The third striper hit on the downrigger, which was dropped to 32-feet deep. I had a 100-foot setback on my downrigger rod. The striper easily pulled my line from the release clip and my reel began to release line through the drag system in short bursts. The 3-plus-pound striper kept up a steady tug on the way in and turned the fight up a couple of notches once the fish saw the boat. At this point, I waited until the fish tired out a bit and regained control to make the catch.

Don Pedro – Trout fishing from the bank is fair to good for those dropping lines in deeper water to 30 feet. Try PowerBait or float a night crawler. Trolling is your best bet with slim shad-pattern spoons between 15- and 40-feet deep. The kokanee are hitting hoochies behind sling blade dodgers between 20 and 35 feet. Remember to add scented shoepeg corn to your hooks. Roll shad or anchovies to land king salmon between 40- and 60-feet deep.