December 19-21, 2013 – Three Day Shore Fishing Report

Very excited to be able to share a consecutive three day fishing report with everyone!  It’s been a great past few weeks of shore fishing at Round Valley, and if you’re looking to fish anytime soon, now would be the time to do it while the action is hot!

Thursday, December 19

Baits of choice:

  • Salmon peach PowerBait fished approximately 12-inches off the bottom
  • Live Shiners fished five to seven feet under slip bobbers

Zach Batren and I decided to head out to Round Valley a little later than usual, just to kill some time before the Round Valley Trout Association Christmas party, and wet our first lines around 1:30 p.m.  We started out fishing the rocks by the cement boat launch, just for a slight change of scenery and to stay out of the wind, and were fishing with Shiners fished  five to seven feet under slip bobbers, as well as salmon peach Powerbait fished on the bottom.  At first we were a little unsure how our luck would pan out seeing as we were starting in the middle of the day, with no cloud cover, while we were usually out fishing early in the morning and out by 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. after the bite died down.  Though we only had to wait about 20 minutes or so until we started getting some action, which started off with Zach B. catching and releasing a nice 16-inch Brown Trout that took a Shiner under a slip bobber, while I had a swing and a miss on my slip bobber.

Zach B. with his 16-inch Brown Trout caught on a live Shiner 7-feet under a slip bobber.

Zach B. with his 16-inch Brown Trout caught on a live Shiner 7-feet under a slip bobber.

 Pretty much from then until we left at 5:00 p.m. we had a hit at least every half an hour to 45 minutes or so, which wasn’t anything too crazy, but definitely made for a fun day!  We ended our day right as we ran out of sunlight for the day with Zach B. landing a 15-inch Rainbow on salmon peach Powerbait and a 16-inch Brown that took a Shiner 7-feet under a slip bobber.  Meanwhile, I was only able to land one beautifully colored 13.5-inch Rainbow, though I missed a good amount of fish, and at one point had constant hits on both of the slip bobbers I had out for about five minutes straight, but nothing stuck the hook.  Everything was released that day, seeing as we were practicing some CPR, or catch-photograph-release for those of you that aren’t familiar with the term.

Round Valley sunset

Beautiful Round Valley sunset we got to enjoy for the last hour of our day!

Friday, December 20

Baits of Choice:

  • Live Shiners fished three to seven feet under slip bobbers
  • Rainbow and salmon peach PowerBait fished 12-inches off the bottom

Made it out for day two of shoreline Trout fishing at Round Valley with Zach Batren and Chris Moran.  As stated above, we were fishing with live Shiners fished under slip bobbers, as well as rainbow and salmon peach PowerBait fished about 12-inches off the bottom.  We finished wetting the last of our lines by 6:30 a.m., and we eagerly waited to see what the early morning bite would give us, and soon enough we were into fish!  I was the first to get a good hook up with a fish, and landed a 15-inch Rainbow that took a live Shiner about 5-feet under a slip bobber.  Right after I was able to get the hook out of the Rainbow, I saw my second slip bobber, set about 7-feet down, start bouncing.  After about a minute of being toyed with, it went under and I set the hook on another fish, shortly followed by a nice Trout jumping out of the water, and I landed a nice 17.25-inch Brown Trout!

Brown Trout

My 17.25-inch Brown Trout caught on a live Shiner fished 6-feet under a slip bobber.

Shortly after that, we had a slight lull in the action for about 30 minutes or so, during which we were joined by Zach B.  Probably about 20 minutes or so after he arrived, Chris was into his first fish of the day, which took a Shiner under a slip bobber and ended up being a short 14-inch Brown Trout.  From there on, we had constant action for the rest of our time out, and finished it off with Zach B. landing a beautifully colored 18.5-inch Rainbow Trout that took a Shiner about 7-feet under a slip bobber.

Round Valley Rainbow Trout

Zach B. with a beautiful 18.5-inch Rainbow Trout he caught on a live Shiner 7-feet under a slip bobber.

Our final tally when we ended our day around 12:30 p.m. was three Rainbows to 18.5-inches, three Browns to 17.5-inches, and about ten hits that didn’t take.  Everything was caught on live Shiners under slip bobbers, with the exception of one 16-inch Rainbow that Chris landed on rainbow Powerbait.

Round Valley Trout

Our keepers between the three of us. (Left to right) 18.5-inch Rainbow, 15-inch Rainbow, 17.25-inch Brown, 17.5-inch Brown, 16-inch Rainbow

Saturday, December 21

Baits of choice:

  • Live Shiners fished about 5-feet under slip bobbers
  • Salmon peach and yellow PowerBait

Round Valley seems to have save the best for last for us in this three day shore fishing report, and I’m very grateful for it!  I arrived at Round Valley a little before 6:30 a.m. and wet my three lines shortly after, one with salmon peach PowerBait and two with Shiners 5-feet under slip bobbers.  Within ten minutes of arriving, one of my slip bobbers goes under and I’m into a fish, which unfortunately spit the hook about half way in.  While I was a little bummed I wasn’t able to land him, he didn’t feel like anything too special and I decided to take it as a good sign that fish were there and feeding, rather than another fish lost.  Five minutes after that, I landed a short maybe 13-inch Rainbow that also took a Shiner under a slip bobber, which was released.  About another five minutes after that, something slammed my PowerBait and my pole was doubled over, though by the time I made it to my rod, my pole was straight and my line slack.  So I waited a few seconds, slowly reeled in the slack, and felt my sinker bounce on the bottom.  But the same second I began to think I just missed yet another fish, I felt two taps on my line, and I get a good hook set on a fish.  Now, taking into account that I was fighting the fish with a 4’6″ ultralight rod with 4-lb test and a 4-lb leader, I wasn’t sure exactly what sized fish I was fighting.  Though it was peeling a good amount of drag so I figured it was at least a decent sized fish, that was until I got it about 20-feet out and was able to get a decent sideways view of it and saw it was definitely a good sized Rainbow Trout.  Luckily I had Round Valley Fishing reader Mitchell fishing next to me, who quickly grabbed my net when he saw I was into another fish, and was able to help me land the big Rainbow once I got it close to enough to shore.  The Rainbow ended up measuring in at 24-inches and weighed a hefty 4-lbs, 4-oz, and was a Round Valley Trout Association jaw tagged trophy Trout!

Round Valley Rainbow Trout

My 24-inch, 4-lb 4-oz Round Valley Trout Association jaw tagged trophy Rainbow Trout, caught on salmon peach Powerbait!

A little while after that, I was joined by Robert I., who brought some much needed coffee!  He got his lines into the water and after about half an hour or so of waiting, he got a hit on yellow PowerBait fished 2-3 feet off the bottom, though the fish was lost shortly after the hook set.  After that, the bite completely died off and we were joined by Zach B. and Holly E.  We had no action at all after the hit on Rob’s rod a little after 8:00 a.m. all the way until 3:35 p.m. when Rob get a hit on yellow PowerBait again.  Rob’s rod got a few good pulls, but just like with my tagged Rainbow, by the time Rob reached his rod and picked it up, his line went slack for a few seconds, shortly followed by him setting the hook on a fish.  We knew it was a good fish within a few seconds of him hooking up, but when we finally got a glimpse of it’s head breaking the surface, we all immediately  thought of the possibility of it being another tagged trophy Trout.  Now this fish definitely gave a better fight than my fish, and actually managed to tangle lines with another one of Rob’s lines while going on a run during the fight.  Though Rob, coincidently also fighting his fish on a small ultralight rod with 4-lb test, was able to wrestle the fish in to be netted by Zach B. (I was manning the camera).  The fish ended up being yet another large Rainbow which weighed in at 3-lbs, 15-oz, measured in at 24-inches, and was also an RVTA jaw tagged Trout!

Round Valley Rainbow Trout

Robert I. with his 24-inch, 3-lb 15-oz Round Valley Trout Association jaw tagged Rainbow Trout caught on yellow PowerBait!

After that, Zach B. and Holly missed a hit on PowerBait, and that was it for us for the rest of the day.  We packed it in at 4:30 p.m. after a painfully slow, yet very successful third consecutive day of shore fishing at Round Valley!

Trophy Trout

Rob and I with our two RVTA jaw tagged Trophy Trout!

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11 thoughts on “December 19-21, 2013 – Three Day Shore Fishing Report

  1. Lou

    after reading this hit RV at night to try some shore fishing with a buddy of mine late December. fished for about 2 hours and the only thing biting was the cold…never wasted time…I’m beginning to view my whole life as one long fishing trip, so I’m never skunked! Did get a massive 24inch bow, fought like a shark, from the S. Branch. let it go after a good look at it and deciding my freezer has a few trout in it still. Maybe catch it again. Look forward to getting a monster from RV someday! Thanks for the inspiration and advice.

  2. Zach Merchant Post author

    While I can’t speak for Rob, though I’m pretty sure that’s one of Rob’s biggest fish out of Round Valley, my Rainbow from that day was my biggest from the Valley in 2013.

  3. Lou

    Great Job. thanks for sharing. Have not been on this site for a while. Is that the biggest trout Rob got out of RV?

    May need to get back there

  4. Zach Merchant Post author

    Andrew,
    As of December 27th, Round Valley is completely ice free. We usually fish the mornings all throughout the winter months, since with Trout morning hours are almost always your best bet. Though with the colder weather, the time of day doesn’t matter as much as it would during the warmer months, so you can definitely catch fish throughout the day. As for location, the area all around the cement boat launch is known to produce both numbers of fish, as well as some good sized fish this time of year.

  5. andrew mango

    and another question would early morning fishing during the december-janurary months be good or is it too cold. And does that spot near the cement boat lauch often produce good fish and are there any othewr good spots around. Thanks

  6. Zach Merchant Post author

    The closest parking to this spot would be the parking lot by the concrete fishing boat launch

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