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Irongate Reservoir, Northern California, May 2016

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#1 EBParks

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:38 PM

Just prior to the Memorial Day holiday, I got the privilege to go on a 4-day fishing trip with TeeJay O'Rear, the UC Davis Lab Manager and right hand man to Dr. Peter Moyle. TeeJay is one of the most knowledgeable anglers I know. So it was a real treat to experience Irongate with him. The reservoir boasts a huge population of yellow perch, one of the only populations in the entire state. Due to their potential for taking over water bodies, there is no take limit on the perch. So the trip served as a huge freezer stocking potential. Irongate also boasts a healthy population of bass, crappie, bullhead, and sunfish, including gorgeous pumpkinseed.


Lying on the Klamouth River, near the Oregon state-line, Irongate Reservoir is on borrowed time as the dam has been set to be demolished to help restore the Klamouth. Until that day arrives, we have vowed to take advantage of its bountiful fish stocks on our newly formed annual tradition. The fishing is unbelievable. You literally catch a fish or at least get action on every single cast. Here's a small peak at the absolutely mind-blowing fishing available at Irongate.


Our main target...



Gorgeous Lepomis...




Some of the other fish we found...




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Joshua Porter

#2 Casper

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  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 11 October 2016 - 02:50 PM

I like that last picture extra.


Some folks say Yellow Perch are their favorite eating.  A bit of a rare sight here, they like cooler water, a sure sign of spring inflows.

Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#3 mattknepley

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  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 12 October 2016 - 04:31 AM

Nice! Yellow Perch fresh out of the water are a pretty, pretty fish. I'm curious, given the concerns regarding a perch invasion, what are the protocols for when the dam comes down?
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#4 EBParks

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 03:44 PM

I haven't heard much on their plan. The reservoir is a good 4+ hour drive from my place. So I only know of the plan to take it down. Maybe I'll dig into more when we go again next time. I think it's still 3 or 4 years out.

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#5 James

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 12:37 PM

Nice pics. I think those pumpkinseeds are stunning. :cool2:

"meet me in the creek"

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