White Catfish caught September 1989
24” (5-lbs)
Caught using a small live frog.

White Catfish caught in the Cosumnes River.

Hardhead caught September 1989
20.5” (2.5-lbs)
Caught on a small live frog. It was my largest Hardhead to date.

Harhead caught in the Cosumnes River. 13" Spotted Bass from the Cosumnes River.

Spotted Bass caught October 1986
13" (1.5-lbs)
Caught below the lava flow after I switched from one to two small frogs.

Spotted Bass caught October 1985
16" (2-lbs)
Caught below "the concrete pile" using a small frog.

16" Spotted Bass from the Cosumnes River. Hardhead caught at the Cosumnes River.

Hardhead caught October 1985
15" (1-lb)
This long, narrow fish is one of the original native species of California.

Spotted Bass caught August 1985
Top to bottom: 14" (2-lbs), 14" (2-lbs), 13" (1.5-lbs), 13" (1.5-lbs), and 12" (1-lb).

Five Spotted Bass from the Cosumnes River.

Spotted Bass caught September 1985
12" (1-lb)
Best catch of the day - caught with a small frog on a #4 hook.

12" Spotted Bass caught in Northern California.

Spotted Bass caught September 1984
Top to bottom: 15" (3-lbs), 13.5" (2-lbs), and 12" (1-lb). The top fish was caught in the "Lost Fish Pond" after a long and interesting run. Larger picture of top fish to the right.

Spotted Bass caught September 1984
15" (3-lbs)
Caught with small frogs on two #4 hooks.

15" Spotted Bass caught with small frogs on two #4 hooks. Three Spotted Bass from the Cosumnes River.

Spotted Bass caught September 1983
16" (3-lbs)
Caught with a small frog on two #4 hooks.

Spotted Bass caught September 1983
Top to bottom: 16" (3-lbs), 14" (2-lbs), and 12" (1-lb)
All were caught in pools below the lava flow area. The 3-lbs fish is also in the larger photo - above left.

Three Spotted Bass caught in the Cosumnes River. 16" Spotted Bass from the Cosumnes River caught with a frog. pinkdot

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Spotted Bass caught September 1982
16" (3-lbs)
Caught with small frogs on two #4 hooks.

A Spotted Bass caught in the Cosumnes River. Four Spotted Bass caught in the Cosumnes River.

Four Spotted Bass caught September 1982
All caught with small frogs on #4 hooks. The top fish (also in the larger photo to the right) was caught in a small pool of the Cosumnes river during an intense drought year. The pool was located "just below the 2nd wire."

Redear Sunfish caught October 1982
9"
Caught with a worm on a treble hook under a bobber. They put up a good fight.

Green Sunfish (top) and Bluegill (bottom) caught August 1983
7" and 6"
In the Cosumnes, the Bluegill gets larger, but the Green Sunfish is much more common.

Green Sunfish caught August 1983
7"
This is my best photo of the species to date. Caught with a worm and a treble hook
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Bluegill caught August 1982
8"
Caught with a worm on treble hook under a bobber. Not as aggressive as Redear.

8" Bluegill from the Cosumnes River. 7" Green Sunfish from the Cosumnes River. 7" Green Sunfish and 6" Bluegill from the Cosumnes River. 9" Redear Sunfish from the Cosumnes River. item11

Fishing the Cosumnes River

The Cosumnes river is the only river on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas that is unregulated (without a dam). It flows into the Mokelumne River and then into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - one of the largest inverted deltas in the world.

Different Species Caught at the Cosumnes River

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Spotted Bass caught July 1986
16.5" (3-lbs)
Caught using a small frog

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Spotted Bass caught July 1987
13" (1.5-lbs)
Caught using a small live frog on a #4 hook.

Sunfish and Bluegill Caught in the Cosumnes River

Spotted Bass

Hardhead

Sunfish and Bluegill

Catfish

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