Although the rapid rise of Lake Mendocino has caused the fish to be a little spooked, all my favorite little coves and sunken trees are now floooded which will make for some fun springtime fishing. I went out at about 10:30AM today and started out in the chanel. The North boat ramp was pretty packed with debris but still useable.
All of the fish in the chanel seemed to be staying deep in the main river chanel. I marked many fish around 20 feet and some bait balls too. Casted for a while with no bites then trolled for about 45 mins with no bites either.
Next I headed over toward the boat-in campground. Stopped at one of the nicer sites to let my dog go pee and tried my luck with a jig around some submerged trees.
This guy bit my jig 2 feet from the shore. I was surprised to find fish this shallow. Caught him on a 1/2 oz. black and blue football head jig with a black grub trailer.
I think I will have to remember this campsite:
Some of the best water acccess of any site I have seen on the lake.
Continued to work the North Shore of the boat in campground. Worked a black grub casting at every log or branch sticking in the water. I caught this dink in about 8 feet of water:
Wind picked up around 3:30 and I headed out. Some people were brave enough to have their jet skis out!
The water temp was 55-58 which would lead to hypothermia pretty quickly. I was surprised they had their children out there with pretty big waves and no wetsuits on. Guess at least they had life jackets.