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Bruce Ajari | Fall fishing remains unusually slow

Bruce Ajari
Gone Fishin'

With weather more conducive to golf than fishing, the strange weather year continues. This past weekend another trip to one of our familiar fall haunts yielded another strange result for this time of year.

I am hearing from anglers in different parts of our country indicating that the typical fall fishing just has not materialized this year. The culprit as I alluded to last week has been the unusually warm weather that we have had late into the calendar year.

Perhaps the late start to the spring and summer season is going to give us a little later start to the fall and winter season as well. We are all scratching our heads about what is going on.

Once again, there are water temperatures that are still in the 60s. The last time I checked, the calendar did say it was the middle of October. With temperatures that were more summer-like, the fishing was only fair for our group.

There does appear to be some cooler weather on the way later in the 10-day forecast, and perhaps that will begin our fall fishing season. The cooler temperatures are really needed to cool the water down.

Evening fish that are typically in full spawn mode right now do not appear to be in abundance in local streams. Very few Kokanee, for example, are running up out of Boca Reservoir yet to begin their annual spawning runs. Very few fish have been observed near the weir just above Boca Reservoir.

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Apparently, the fish are confused about the change in seasons as well as us. Reports coming out of Davis Lake near Portola are indicating that fishing there is quite off this season.

Perhaps the weather has something to do with the fishing here too, but some are seeing a lack of snails this fall that fish usually gorge themselves on in the fall.

There is some speculation that the treatment of the reservoir for the predatory Northern Pike several years ago may have caused a decline in this particular aquatic food source. Some also feel that the California Department of Fish and Game may have put too many fish into the reservoir for the existing aquatic insects to support.

Whatever the cause, it seems that the fishing is tough all around. As a result, the more likely scenario is something more wide-reaching, such as the warmer weather.

and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.