Great, yet another reason why I cant wait for spring. I lived in Flagstaff, AZ for a while and a couple lakes there had northern pike. They are a blast to catch. They'll take jerkbaits, jig-n-pig, cranks, spinnerbaits, and my favorite, topwater. I have never really fished Yuba because it's not a bass fishery, but now I have a big toothy reason to. If any of you have been lucky enough to get into a pike topwater bite then you know how aggressive and explosive the bite can be. Even you fly guys will love fishing for pike. Get rigged with a white mega-diver and at least a #7 weight rod. You will have a blast. Just skoot the mega diver throught he tops of the flooded bushes and sticks and hang on!
Does anyone know when the pike turn on at Yuba? I just may put Yuba on regular fishing rotation next year!
Go now! I got mine on the 30th of September, right after the water got a major cooling.
It was really close to shore and took a minnow (meant for a big bow, but hey). I think they're feeding heavily on the brookies that congregate by the boat ramp at Oasis. The DWR dumped a bunch of tiny brookies in there and they've been good fodder for the pike and walleye.
If you go, use something in small brookie colors and I bet you connect.
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