Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods

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Fishing report

Conditions, catches, and recent trout plants

Welcome to Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods report on fishing and what's working at all your favorite spots along the Highway 4 corridor.

Monday June 18 , 2018

 All campgrounds  are open including Highland Lakes.. All Forestry campsites are first come first serve. Make your plans accordingly. You can reserve a campsite in Big Trees State Park. Please bring your own water. You must have a fire permit to burn your campfire. They are available at any of the USFS stations. The Hathaway Pines Station is open Monday thru Friday 8 to 5, and Saturday 8 to 2. You can contact them at 209-795-1381. Lake Alpine Ranger Station is open Thursday thru Monday. The phone number for Lake Alpine Ranger Station is 209-753-2811. Please be extra careful with your fires as we are coming into our FIRE SEASON.

Ebbetts Pass is now open to Markleeville. The East Fork Of The Carson has been excellent fishing due to recent trout plants. You can check the flows of our rivers by going to

  White Pines Lake and Angels Creek were planted the week of 6/3/2018. Unfortunately a flash flood destroyed  the Moccasin Hatchery. I have been in touch with the Fish and Wildlife Department and was told that we would be receiving our fish this year from the American River Hatchery and The San Joaquin Hatchery near Fresno. I have been told that we will be receiving a increase in our plants but not as frequent due to logistics. Feel free to contact our DFW representative, Ben Ewing. His contact number is 1-530-906-3934.

Lake Alpine has been kicking out some beautiful trout due to a recent trout plant this past week.

The road to Spicer is now open but be advised that the washouts were filled with road base. The USFS still warns to be very cautious while traveling this section of road between Highway 4 and Spicer.  A permanent fix is due to be completed by mid July. I will keep everyone updated as to their progress and availability. WARNING!! HOBART CREEK IS CLOSED TO FISHING UNTIL JULY 1st.

White Pines will be planted the week of June 3rd . Fishing has been excellent. Blagen Road is now open. The new bridge is in. 

Plan to purchase your fishing license ahead of time. We are the only retailer on the Highway 4 corridor that sell them and never know when our machine could go down.

Stop by Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for all of your outdoor and fishing needs. Let Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods be your one stop shop for everything from camping, freshwater fishing, and fly fishing.   We carry a broad line of fly fishing products including rods, reels, and waders from Redington, St. Croix rods, extensive fly assortment,  and everything you need for your trout fishing experience. We now carry Fishpond, Umpqua, Outcast Boats, and Buff UV multifunctional headwear for protection against damage from extended sun exposure. We also stock a wide range of  Footwear, along with our new footwear, Cobian Footwear and Northside. We also stock Suncloud Polarized Sunglasses, along with a wide array of various brand sunglasses. Check out our huge selection of Berkley Power Bait and a wide selection of trout and bass lures for example Pnther Martin spinners, Kastmasters, Yamamoto Senko, Daiwa Baits, River2Sea Whopper Ploppers and S Waver, Zoom, Lunkerhunt, and Zoom Baits. We carry Daiwa rods and reels, and Dobyns Rods along with other major brands.


For more local information go to our front page and click on the Fishing Resources. Then click on the Take Me Fishing tab. Then click on the map and in the address tab type in 925 Hwy 4 Arnold CA 95223. The map will show White Pines Lake. From here you can move the map up the Highway to all fishing locations. For rigging information and knots click on the fishing tab and under the learn tab go to to the learn to fish and click on that tab. This will show various ways to tie knots and how to set up rigs for any kind of fishing. Click on the tab, How To Fly Fish section. There is great deal of information on this page with instruction included with video.  Feel free to contact us any time.

Quote Of The Week: Fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of a brook or the shimmer of the sun on blue water

By: Herbert Hoover

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WHITE PINES:  Planted the week of 6/03/2018. Bait fishermen should try using Berkley Garlic scented Power Bait, Garlic scented Eggs, Mice Tails, Gulp Eggs, Corn scented Power Bait, and nightcrawlers using a sliding sinker rig. Be sure to use any of the assorted scents we carry to enhance your fishing experience. Lure fishermen should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, and Thomas Buoyant. Fly fishermen should try using sparrow nymphs, woolly buggers, adams, blue wing olive, nymphs, and ants. You can also fish for bluegills with your child. They are fun and easy to catch and a great way to start your child fishing. Stop by and see us to help you and your child get started.

LAKE ALPINE: Planted the week of 6/10/2018. Bait casters should try using Berkley Power Eggs, Berkely Garlic Scented Power Bait, Corn Scented Power Bait, Salmon Egg Scent Red Power Bait, Mice Tails, and try floating a  nightcrawler using either a marshmallow, Power Egg. or inflate the worm. Fish these all on a sliding sinker rig. Fly casters should try sparrow nymphs, stone fly nymphs, wooly buggers, and bead head nymphs. Lure fishermen should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin Spinners. Trollers should try using needlefish, wedding rings, apex lures, phoebe, and cripplure behind your favorite dodger or troll tipped with a nightcrawler.

SPICER RES.: Trolling has been the main method used for fishing at Spicer. Trollers should try using Wedding Rings, needlefish,cripplure, and triple teazers behind a dodger , Ford Fender or Luhr Jensen Cowbells tipped with a nightcrawler. Try using scent on your trolling rig to enhance the bite.  Bait casters should try Berkley Power Eggs, Berkley Power Bait Garlic Scent, Corn, Salmon Egg Peach, Berkley Mice Tails, and nightcrawlers. Use a sliding sinker rig to float your bait. Lure fishermen should try using Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, and Mepps spinners. Fly Fishermen should try woolly buggers, sparrow nymphs, ants, and bead head nymphs.  CAUTION!! HOBART CREEK IS CLOSED TO FISHING UNTIL JULY 1ST.

NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS:  Water levels are really good now. Lure fishermen should try Panther Martin Spinners, Rapala's, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Mepps. Bait fishermen should try Salmon Eggs, night crawlers, Mice Tails,  and Garlic Power Bait using a split shot rig. Fly fishermen should try big streamers, woolly buggers, hoppers, adams, spinner flies, caddis, and bead head nymphs.


UNION RESERVOIR: Planted week of 6/10/2018



ANGELS CREEK:  Planted week of 6/03/2018

Kinney Reservoir: