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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.

Thursday June 3, 2020

As everyone knows our country has been hit by one the worst disasters in history, the Corona Virus, 

COVID-19. Not only did we lose friends and loved ones but countless people across the globe. As many of you know Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods was shut down for approximately nine weeks. Now we are back. We will be opening our store on Friday May 15th. But business will not be the same. We have put in place certain protocols that we have to maintain or we could face a lock down again. Thanks to all our wonderful customers who have supported us through this difficult time. We are very humble will never forget. No words to really explain how we feel. With that being said let's get on with FISHING.

Fishing season on the Highway 4 corridor actually opened on April 25th. 



The road to SPICER is now OPEN and Spicer is ready to fish. The road was opened on Sunday May 31st. Fishing has already begun and has been excellent. Limits are being caught rapidly. Have fun. Still don't know if the campgrounds are open.

Lake Alpine: Alpine County was one of four counties that had requested they delay the opening of fishing season until June 1. As of Friday,  

May 15th Alpine County is lifting the restriction. Everyone will be able to fish at Lake Alpine and all waterways in Alpine County that are accessible. There is still snow you will have to contend with. 

Ebbetts Pass is now open all the way to Markleeville.

The one bright spot for this upcoming season is the Department Of Fish And Wildlife have started planting fish at White Pines Lake and The North Fork Of The Stanislaus at Sourgrass . The CDFW also let me know we will getting more fish than we have in a very long time. I guess the squeaky wheel does get some grease. These plants will include The Stanislaus, White Pines Lake. Lake Alpine. Mosquito Lakes, and Spicer Reservoir. At Spicer they will planting some large loads of fingerlings along with catch able size Brown Trout. Spicer Reservoir will be an amazing fishery in the years to come.

Big Trees Park has opened to the public just for visiting and hiking only. They still have not opened up for camping and no date as to when. The Visitors Center is still closed. They hope to have Memorial Parkway open this upcoming weekend and visitors will be able to fish the North Fork Of The Stanislaus and Beaver Creek.

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 May 8th. 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 still has ice on the lake but there is still lots of trout to be caught due to the trout plants that took place in the late fall of 2019. 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.


NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS:   Planted on June 1st.  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, ants,woolly buggers, adams, caddis, and bead head nymphs. 



MOSQUITO LAKES: Open for fishing


ANGELS CREEK : Due to be planted the week of May 8th

Kinney Reservoir: 

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