Lake Chabot trolling in the Spring is one of the most productive ways to catch trout. There are many different methods and different lures for trolling. One of the most basic, but still very productive ways, is to troll a nightcrawler behind a set of flashers. Use a ball bearing swivel above you flashers and 18 to 20 inches of leader between your flashers and your nightcrawler.
Another productive trout trolling method is to use a rainbow trout patterned lure such as a Rapala. Let your lure out about 75 feet with no weight on the line. If you get a hit, be sure to double back over that spot for a second shot at what could be a school of trout. Top trout trolling sports at Chabot are Half Moon Day, Bass Cove, The Dam, Coot Landing and Alder Point.
Bait fishing is also a popular method for catching trout at Chabot. Use a sliding-sinker-rig with a small treble hook for Power Bait or for nightcrawlers use a size 6 or size 8 snelled hook. This same rig works well for catfish with a much larger hook, try a size 1 or size 2, and chicken liver, anchovies or mackerel. Honker Bay and around the Island are great spots to try for catfish during the summer months.
- Fish early in the morning these months to take advantage of the increasingly good trout fishing. Regular trout plants should help to boost the action.
- Catfish can still be found behind the Island, as well as in coves. Use mackerel or anchovies for best results.
- Dough baits are the best bet for trout fisherman. Experiment with colors
like chartreuse and white.
- Broken back Rapalas in greenish colors are great for trollers. Use sizes
that can take you between 15-25 feet.
- Take advantage of limited crowds and boat specials during the week.