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Round Valley Fishing Report – April 1, 2014

This past Tuesday, April 1, I was finally able to get out and fish from a boat on Round Valley for the first time in a few months, thanks to Mike Kalinchock from the Round Valley Trout Association (Thanks again Mike!).  We were mainly targeting Lake Trout by wire lining with Chartreuse and Perch pattern spoons.  Though we were also trolling two rods with small jointed Rapalas behind one color of lead-core off of planer boards, hoping to get into some of the big trophy Trout the RVTA stocked this past weekend.

Me with one of the Rainbow Trout I stocked at the RVTA Trophy Trout stocking this past Sunday (March 30).
Me with one of the Rainbow Trout I stocked at the RVTA Trophy Trout stocking this past Sunday (March 30).  Some true giants were put in this year, a few of which were almost 10-lbs!

Going into this trip I had never fished with wire line before, but Mike definitely knows what he’s doing and was able to show me the ropes for the day.  I can’t honestly say I was used to letting 100+ yards of line out by hand, but once I got into the rhythm of things it wasn’t bad at all.  We started out trolling on the South side of the reservoir between 70-90 feet of water for some Lakers, and soon enough we were into some fish that were taking our spoons off of the wireline rods.  On our first pass down the South side we picked up I believe two fish and missed a few more.  Then, on our second or third pass though the area, we finally got a solid hit on one of the planer boards which were set up to target some Rainbow and Brown Trout.  Mike quickly grabbed the rod and started reeling, and shortly after said he thought it was a tagged fish.  About half way through the fight, we thought it shook the hook, but luckily we were wrong and ended up landing a 24.5-inch, 5-lb Rainbow Trout.  Not only was Mike right about it being a tagged fish, but it also happened to be RVTA tag #553, last year’s RVTA money fish!

RVTA Trophy Rainbow
Mike K. with his 24.5-inch, 5-lb Rainbow Trout (Tag #553) caught trolling a silver jointed Rapala behind one color of lead-core.

After landing that fish, we made another pass or two down the South side of the reservoir without too many more strikes, so we decided to head up to the North side to see if we could do any better there. We only made one pass on the North side before calling it a day, but the Lakers were stacked pretty thick all over the bottom there in 70-80 feet of water, and we landed another one and missed a few more. Also, not to mention we passed over a ton of bait on the North side, the most I’ve ever seen on a fish finder at Round Valley.

Round Valley baitfish
Now that’s a lot of bait!

Then, right as we were just getting to the North tower, we got another hit on a planer board, and I landed a 16-inch Rainbow that took a small silver jointed Rapala fished behind one color of lead-core, just like Mike’s tagged Rainbow. Definitely was a nice change to get out and fish the Valley from a boat rather than shore fishing for once, and overall I was happy with the results. Between the three of us, we landed two Rainbows up to 5-lbs, four Lake Trout up to 3.2-lbs, and lost probably close to another 10 fish on the way up.

Round Valley Trout
Our catch for the day between the three of us. Two Rainbow Trout and four Lake Trout.

Not to mention Mike taught me a ton about not only wire lining, but trolling Round Valley in general. While I’m by no means an expert on trolling, I’ll be putting together a how-to trolling article in the near future with what I do know about that method of fishing. Until then, I hope everyone’s getting out and enjoying the spring weather now that it’s finally here, and tight lines!

Hildebrandt Shad King by Yakima Bait Company

The Shad King has been catching fish for more than half a century. Known in years past as the Russian Spinner and Shiner, this bait has the action of an excited minnow. This lure works great when spin fishing by adding split shot on the line for a little extra casting weight. It is also very effective as a trailer with other lures. Featherfly models of this MicroLite lure are also availabe for dedicated fly rod anglers who like the Shad King for fly rod fishing. The Shad King is also very effective for all types of ice fishing. – from http://www.yakimabait.com website.

Hildebrandt Shad King by Yakima Bait Company

These spoons are very small. 1/32 ounce? yeah, that’s small. I flat line troll the 1/8 and 1/12 ounce sized ones in nickel and gold color about 100 feet behind my boat to target rainbow trout and brown trout in Round Valley (and laketrout in the early spring and late fall). Make sure to use a quality ball bearing swivel to minimize line twist. You can use the smallest dipsey diver (45mm) to get down to about 20 feet with these, otherwise you’ll only be about 2 to 5 feet down.

Just messing around pitching the 1/8 ounce model on 4lb ultralight setup you can have a blast with sunfish, little bass, rockbass and bluegill.

Kastmaster – By Acme Tackle Company

Kastmaster are made from solid brass and are available in silver or gold plating – with or without a white skirt. Kastmasters range in size from 1/12 ounce all the way up to 4 oz.

Kastmaster from Acme Tackle

On Round Valley Reservoir, the common size Kastmasters used are the 1/12 to 3/8 oz. models. The 1/12 oz. models are pretty deadly ice fishing in winter, jigged right off the bottom for Lake Trout OR jerked along the shorelines in the early spring after ice-out.

The 1/8 to 3/8 oz. size lures can be fished from shore or boat and used with a steady or staggered retrieve with good effectiveness. This technique will catch trout and bass, but be warned that the fish get weary of these lures as the summer months go on. Best to use these in the Spring and Fall.

Stock a handfull of these bad-boys in your Round Valley tacklebox in various sizes and colors and be ready for anything.