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February 9th, 2014 – Ice Fishing Report

I was able to get out on the ice again today for a few hours with David Allen for a day of ice fishing on Round Valley’s swimming side for some Chain Pickerel.  We got out and had our first holes drilled and tip ups in the water by 1:30 p.m. between 4 and 28 feet of water.  Our day started out pretty slow, but once Dave decided to start jigging it didn’t take long for him to hook into a nice Pickerel that T-boned his Rat-L Trap, and was released after a quick picture.

Chain Pickerel
David Allen with a nice Chain Pickerel caught jigging through the ice at Round Valley.

So after about another two hours or so we did some moving around and decided to drill some holes and find a weed bed to sit over to see if we could find some fish holding around it.  A short while after we found one in about 10-feet of water fairly tight to the shoreline so we moved the majority of our tip ups over, and began jigging in some of the extra holes we drilled.  Shortly after that, Dave was into another Pickerel that inhaled his Rat-L Trap on his first drop into a hole. Though our first bit of action as far as tip ups went came after about two and a half hours or so of waiting when we had a flag trip, but missed the fish on the hook set after letting it take out a short amount of line.

Chain Pickerel
My first fish of the day, Chain Pickerel caught on a tip up using a large Shiner in about 9-feet of water.

Though after that, we had a pretty decent day on both the tip ups and jigging.  I got a pretty nice surprise while we were starting to pack up.  I was the first to start bringing in tip ups and I started out at one tip up that I had left at our first spot before we moved, and as I picked my tip up out of the hole and started bringing in my line, it responded with a nice pull back after I had moved it a few inches.  After I realized what was happening (Wasn’t expecting a fish one bit!) I set the hook and fought in a nice 19-inch Chain Pickerel.  Definitely not a bad thing to end your fishing trip with a surprise fish as you’re packing up!  We ended our day with six flags on our tip ups with three Pickerel landed, and three Pickerel landed jigging Rat-L Traps and Rapala Rippin Raps.  Not a bad day on the ice at all!

Round Valley Ice Update

Round Valley Swimming Area
Round Valley swimming area

As of yesterday (February 9, 2014) the swimming side has about 7-8 inches of ice in most spots, with Bass and Pickerel being caught.  The main lake is completely frozen by the boat launch cove with people ice fishing that area and catching some nice Browns and Rainbows up to 20-inches, with the best time being about an hour right before sunset from what I’m told.  Not sure about the thickness of the ice in the boat launch cove, but seems to be plenty safe and getting a bit thicker everyday.  Though as always, you should always be extra careful while venturing out on the ice!

November 20, 2013 – Shore Fishing Report

Fishing has been pretty slow for me the past few weeks (hence the lack of posts on here), but even though the action has been slow, the fish are still there to be caught.  I went out and fished the Round Valley shoreline this morning from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with Zach Batren and Tom Niedbala.  Zach B. and Tom arrived a little while before I did, and set up right in the boat launch area to the left of the concrete boat launch.  Even though they only beat me there by less than an hour, Tom had landed a beautiful 15-inch Rainbow that he caught fishing a live Shiner about two-feet under a slip bobber by the time I had got there, and Zach B. had a big Rainbow follow a Rapala (Brown Trout pattern) while casting off the docks.  It followed long enough for Zach to see that it was an RVTA jaw tagged Rainbow.  Though after I got my lines in the water, we got nothing except for one hit I got on my Powerbait and a few hits Zach B. and Tom got on Shiners under slip bobbers as well as Shiners on the bottom.  So around 9:30 a.m. we decided to move over to the area just to the left of the sandy point across from the boat launch.

Once we got set up at our new spot the fishing was slow for the first hour or so, with the only action we got being one hit Tom got on his slip bobber, as well as one Largemouth Bass Tom landed; also on his slip bobber.  Then, around 10:30 I got a hit on one of my rods that I had salmon peach Powerbait on, and as soon as I set the hook I knew it was a good fish.  After a nice fight, I landed a nice 21-inch 2-lb, 4-oz Lake Trout, which was definitely a nice surprise for the day.   

Round Valley Lake Trout
My 21-inch 2-lb, 4-oz Lake Trout caught on salmon peach Powerbait

After landing the fish, I quickly got my lines back in the water in the same area I hooked into the Laker, and got two more decent hits within 10 minutes of casting back out.  Though after that flurry of action, we didn’t get anymore action for about another 45 minutes or so, which brought us to 11:30 and I had to leave for work.  So we called it quits after landing Tom’s Largemouth Bass, and 15-inch Rainbow, as well as my 21-inch Laker.  Not the best day of fishing, but could’ve definitely turned out worse so we were happy with the outcome.

May 27, 2013 – Memorial Day Fishing Report

I managed to get out to Round Valley for a few hours today for some Memorial Day fishing in some nice and sunny 70 degree weather.  Definitely a nice change from the cold, rainy, and windy past few days we’ve had this week.  I was originally going to try and get out around 6:00 A.M., but I managed to sleep through my alarm until around noon.  But anyways, I got my first line in the water at about 2:30 and ended up fishing off the rocks by the boat launch since it was pretty packed everywhere else I would usually go from shore.

Memorial Day 2013
Round Valley – Memorial Day 2013

Today I was fishing with two poles with large Shiners under slip bobbers, as well as a third pole which I was casting a size 5 Rapala Countdown in Rainbow Trout pattern with.  As far as depth goes, I set my slip bobbers about 10-20 feet down as opposed to the usual 5-10 feet down.  The reason behind this is that there was a ton of boat and shore traffic today which usually pushes the Trout out of the boat launch area and I figured maybe a few would stick around, but go deeper.  This is also why I chose to use a Rapala Countdown as opposed to a regular floating Rapala, which I usually prefer to use.

Fishing started out slow for the first 30 minutes or so, but after that it was bite after bite for the majority of my day there.  The first four fish I landed were three decent sized Rock Bass and one Largemouth Bass, probably about 12-inches.  All three of the Rock Bass were caught on Shiners and the Largemouth was caught on the Rapala.  My next fish took one of the Shiners, and I originally thought it was another Rock Bass since it didn’t really fight too much at first.  But when it got closer to shore it went on a strong run to the left and then again to the right, which is when I was able to get a good enough look at it to see it was a Brown Trout.  Before I got the fish in all the way, it managed to peel drag several times and jumped a good two or three feet out of the water five times and made for a really fun fight to bring it in, especially seeing as I was using ultralight gear.

My first Brown Trout of the day
My first Brown Trout of the day

After that the action really picked up for me, and eventually got to the point where I would recast one of my lines and by the time I put my rod down my bobber would go under.  Even though I had a few missed hook sets, as well as some fish that got off after a brief fight, I managed to land five Brown Trout, one Rainbow Trout, two Largemouth Bass, and probably somewhere around 15 or so Rock Bass.  All the Trout were small with the largest being probably just shy of 15-inches, I had forgotten my tape measure at home and didn’t want to take any chances with it being not a legal length with the amount of Park Rangers that were out today.  So everything I caught today was released, except for one Rock Bass which I gave to a kid that was fishing next to me with his father who had asked if he could keep it since I was throwing it back.  Overall it was a fun day of fishing in some enjoyable weather, and even though I didn’t get any keepers I walked away happy with the outcome.


May 2013 RVTA Fishing Tournament Report

May 2013 RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament Report. This past Saturday, both Rob and I fished the May 11th RVTA trout tournament together in his boat. The day started out cloudy, but warm, and the forecast called for severe thunderstorms. We got a bit of a late start and got onto the water around 6:00 AM, only a half an hour after the start of the tournament, which was at 5:30 AM. We started out trolling lures around the boat launch area for some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Both our lures were about 200 feet behind the boat. Rob was using a YoZuri Pins Minnow in Rainbow Trout colors and I was using an F9 Rapala in Rainbow Trout pattern. On our second or third pass around the cove my 4’6″ noodle rod doubles over. We’re now in about 30 feet of water and the surface temp is reading 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit. I take my pole out of the rod holder, set the hook, and begin to fight the fish.

Big Rainbow Trout - May 2013 RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament Report
My 20.75-inch, 3.74-lb Rainbow Trout

At first I’m feeling the weight of the fish on the end of my line but then my line goes slack and I think I’ve lost it for a second, until I realize it was swimming towards the boat, so I keep reeling and once the fish gets to the boat it just keeps going past us and goes on a nice run. After it finishes it’s run I get it in close enough to the boat for us to see that it’s a nice big Rainbow! Shortly after it sees the boat, it starts to freak out again and swims under the boat, but luckily I was able to get it under control and Rob nets it for me. We weren’t sure how much it weighed exactly, we estimated around 4 pounds, but we did know it definitely put me in the running for the tournament. Also turned out to be one of the Trout that was tagged JoinRVTA and recently released into the reservoir!

JoinRVTA Jaw tagged Rainbow - May 2013 RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament Report
JoinRVTA Jaw tagged Rainbow Trout!

Since we got one nice fish with that method early on, we decided to keep trying to see if we could pick up any other Bows or Browns. After another pass or two around the area, despite the fact there were tons of trout to be seen feeding on the surface, nothing else took. So we decided to head out into deeper water and try wire lining with our two leadcore rods. We tried this method for a few hours with anywhere between five and ten colors of leadcore out in 60-100 feet of water at both the North and South towers, and everywhere in between, but nothing took.

So with only a few more hours left in the tournament we decided to drift live Herring on the bottom for some Lake Trout since wire lining didn’t get us anything. We started out about half way between the North and South towers, with the wind pushing us towards the North. We ended up drifting all the way to the North tower with only two or three missed hits and some fish playing with some of our lines, but yet again nothing took. By this time there was only a little under an hour left in the tournament, so we decided to try trolling lures again back to the boat launch so we could get there in time for weigh in. Got one hit on the Rapala again on the way in, but didn’t stick the hook. After that, we didn’t have time to do much else before weigh in, so we finally headed in with our one Rainbow from the morning.

The official weigh in for my Rainbow was 3.74 lbs and 20.75 inches, my biggest Rainbow, as well as my first tagged Trout out of Round Valley! The guys at the RVTA booth doing the weigh in told Rob and I that I was in first place as of then, though we knew most of the boats hadn’t weighed in yet, and that there was a 26″ Rainbow caught as well. After all the fish were weighed in, I was pushed back to 3rd place, which is where I ended up staying, and I’m perfectly fine with that! First place fish was a monster 7.66 lb Rainbow, and 2nd place was a 5.56 lb Rainbow. Full results can be found on the RVTA website here.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, all rainbow trout - May 2013 RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament Report
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Trout

Also saw a 17 inch or so Brown Trout that was weighed in that had clear bite marks on both sides from a big Laker or some other predatory fish. It looked it got hit from the side by a musky or something, can’t say I’ve seen that before! Overall it was a great tournament, and luckily the rain held off until we were finishing up getting the boat in. So we still got drenched, but at least the tournament was done by then! Overall, great day, now we need to figure out how to fish with lead core!

October Lure of the Month – Henrieta Crank Bait by CatchemCaro Bait Co.

Comment on this article to qualify for a chance to win this beautiful hand crafted deep diving crankbait.

Congratulations to “JHennings”Anthony Everts, as the winner of this month’s lure giveaway. Thanks again to CatchemCaro Bait Co. for their continued support. This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for participating. Stay tuned as we head into the cold cold months ahead. Maybe i’ll give away heated socks!

CatchemCaro Crank Bait Henrietta Deep Diver
This is a huge crankbait, cellphone for comparison. This bait will dive 8 to 12 feet.

CatchemCaro baits are completely custom, hand-made from poplar wood and dressed with all stainless steel hardware. The lips are hand made from Polycarbonate and each bait is hand painted and protected with two coats of an epoxy clear coat finish. Each bait is tested by CatchemCaro owner Rich Caro at Spring Lake, CA near his home, to ensure they all run true before being packed to ship all over the globe.

The Henrieta Deep Diving Crank Bait was designed and first produced by Rich Caro in July 2010. The bait is named after Rich’s grandmother. Each bait is hand painted with 12 different colors and protected with two coats of epoxy clear coat. Each bait is tank tested and trued so they run as designed. These crankbaits come in four different size lips, two round lips and two coffin lips:

  • 100 series medium round lip dives 4 to 8 feet.
  • 200 series large round lip dives 8 to 12 feet.
  • 300 series small coffin lip dives 6 to 10 feet.
  • 400 series large coffin lip dives 10 to 14 feet.

Rich uses a 7 foot medium/heavy action rod with 10 to 25lb test line. These big baits catch big fish so always be sure to have your drag set correctly. The Henrieta is 5.5″ long, 3/4″ wide and 2″ tall, sports 3d eyes, 2/0 VMC hooks, 40lb snap rings and stainless steel hardware.

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Rich Caro
CatchemCaro Bait Co.


CatchemCaro Bait Co. will be giving away one Henrieta Deep Diving Crankbait this month to a very lucky reader! For a chance to win simply leave a comment below. One winner will be randomly selected on November 1st. The winner will be contacted with their email address on file, so make sure you utilize your correct email address when commenting. Good luck and Tight Lines!