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Fishing report 

Conditions, catches, and recent trout plants

Welcome to Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods report on fishing and what's working at all your favorite spots along the Highway 4 corridor.

Monday September 9, 2019

Now that Labor Day is over and usually signifies the end of the summer season. But here on the Highway 4 corridor it is the beginning of some of the best fishing of the year. The water levels on the rivers start to recede, the lakes become less crowded and the fishing gets a whole lot better. Fall is just around the corner.

Some of our favorite campgrounds will start to close after this last holiday. So make your plans accordingly and check with our local Forestry Department for updates as to which campgrounds will be closing.

Whether you enjoy fishing or just want to get out and enjoy some beautiful scenery. Highway 4 has it all. Stop by Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for all of your fishing and camping needs. We look forward to seeing you.



Spicer Reservoir has been slow due to warm weather we have been experiencing lately and the fish have moved deeper. Get to Spicer EARLY MORNING for a more successful outing. The lake is dropping as NCPA has been using their hydro plant to generate power. Be cautious while launching.

You must have a fire permit to burn your campfire. They are available at any of the USFS stations. The Hathaway Pines Station is open Monday thru Friday 8 to 5, and Saturday 8 to 2. You can contact them at 209-795-1381. Lake Alpine Ranger Station is open Thursday thru Monday. The phone number for Lake Alpine Ranger Station is 209-753-2811.

White Pines Lake and Angels Creek was planted the week of August 11th. Mosquito Lakes is due to be planted the week of August 18th. Kinney Reservoir just on the other side of Ebbetts Pass is due to be planted the week of August 26th.

Lake Alpine is scheduled to be planted the week  of 9/9/2019.  Fishing has been excellent at Lake Alpine due to the recent trout plants. Stop by Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for all of your fishing needs or help in how to set up your fishing rig.

Plan to purchase your fishing license ahead of time. We are the only retailer on the Highway 4 corridor that sell them and never know when our machine could go down.

Stop by Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for all of your outdoor and fishing needs. Let Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods be your one stop shop for everything from camping, freshwater fishing, and fly fishing. We carry a broad line of fly fishing products including rods, reels, and waders from Redington, St. Croix rods, extensive fly assortment, and everything you need for your trout fishing experience. We now carry Fishpond, Umpqua, Outcast Boats, and Buff UV multi-functional head wear for protection against damage from extended sun exposure. We also stock a wide range of Footwear, including our new footwear, Cobian Footwear and Northside. We also stock Suncloud Polarized Sunglasses, along with a wide array of various brand sunglasses. Check out our huge selection of Berkley Power Bait and a wide selection of trout and bass lures for example Panther Martin spinners, Kastmasters, Yamamoto Senko, Daiwa Baits, River2Sea Whopper Ploppers and S Waver, Zoom, Lunkerhunt, and Zoom Baits. We carry Daiwa rods and reels, and St. Croix rods along with other major brands.

For more local information go to our front page and click on the Fishing Resources. Then click on the Take Me Fishing tab. Then click on the map and in the address tab type in 925 Hwy 4 Arnold CA 95223. The map will show White Pines Lake. From here you can move the map up the Highway to all fishing locations. For rigging information and knots click on the fishing tab and under the learn tab go to to the learn to fish and click on that tab. This will show various ways to tie knots and how to set up rigs for any kind of fishing. Click on the tab, How To Fly Fish section. There is great deal of information on this page with instruction included with video. Feel free to contact us any time.

A thousand trips go by, indistinguishable from one another, and then suddenly one comes along that is fatefully perfect.

By: A. J. McClane

WHITE PINES:   Planted the week of August 11th. Bait casters should try using Berkley Power Eggs, Berkley Power Bait, and Berkley Mice Tails on a sliding sinker rig. You can also float a night crawler using a Power Egg, Atlas marshmallow or just inflate the night crawler with a worm blower. Fly fishermen should try sparrow nymphs, ants, bead head woolly buggers, Blue Wing Olive, Adams, and bead head nymphs. Lure fishermen should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin's, Rooster Tails, Mepps, Super Duper's, and Jakes Lures. Bluegill fishing can be an exciting and fun way to start your kids fishing. Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods can help get you started.

LAKE ALPINE:   Lake Alpine was planted Wednesday June 26th and Saturday July 20th. Lots of trout to be caught. Bait casters should try using Berkley Garlic Scented Power Bait and Garlic Scented Power Eggs, Berkley Mice Tails, and try floating a night crawler using a sliding sinker rig. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Jake's Spin A Lure, Panther Martin spinners, Mepps, and Rooster Tails. Fly fishermen should try using sparrow nymphs, bead head woolly buggers, stone fly nymphs, ants, and bead head nymphs.

SPICER RES:   Get to the lake early as it is summer time. Trollers should try using wedding rings, triple teazers, needlefish, apex and rainbow runners behind your favorite dodger or flasher tipped with either a night crawler or Berkley Nightcrawler. Try using scent to enhance your trolling experience. It works. the fish have been between 40 and 50 feet. Fly fishermen should try bead wooly buggers, sparrow nymphs, ants, and bead head nymphs. Bait caters should try Berkley Salmon Peach Power Bait, Berkley Garlic Power Bait, Berkley Garlic Power Eggs, Mice Tails, Berkley Pinched Nightcrawlers, and try floating a night crawler using a sliding sinker rig. Lure fishermen should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, Mepps, Rooster Tails, and Jake's Spin A Lure.

NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS:  We are told by our Fish And Game Commission that they will be planting the river around the first week of September.  Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin Spinners, Rapala's, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Mepps. Bait fishermen should try Salmon Eggs, night crawlers, and Garlic Power Bait Eggs using a split shot rig. Fly fishermen should try big streamers, woolly buggers, hoppers, adams, caddis, and bead head nymphs. 


UNION RESERVOIR: Planted the week of 6/22/2019 

MOSQUITO LAKES: Planted the week of 8/18/2019. Excellent fishing and a great place to escape the valley heat

HIGHLAND LAKES: Open and fishing has been excellent for catching native Brook Trout. A beautiful place to explore, camp, and fish

ANGELS CREEK : Due to be planted the week of 9/01/2019

Kinney Reservoir: Due to be planted the week of 8/26/2019 

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