I took a trip up over Donner Pass yesterday. I had read online that there were smallmouth bass in Rucker Lake. I packed up the Sammy, grabbed the old man, and hit the road at 4:30 am. The Google map was dead on, and we arrived at the lake right around 6. The parking area was about a hundred yards from the lake. We got the pontoon set up, and dragged the kayak down to the water.
I tied on a Byron's Knucklehead, and cast back toward the weed lined shore. On my first cast I got a strike while untangling my line. (There are lots of things to get tangled on a pontoon boat.) I missed that one but on my second cast I landed a small largemouth. Not bad.
The far side if the lake is much steeper and rocky. I was able to land three decent sized bass.
I caught a few green sunfish, and probably could have caught them all day with a nymph or dry fly.
I really wanted to catch a bigger bass so I moved on. I kept hitting the structure along shore, and was finally able to catch a good fish. He was just off the shore, next to a tree, on top of a large rock.
Rucker Lake was a great lake for a kayak or pontoon boat. You can easily paddle all the way around it. The fish were plentiful, but small. I would really like to fish it again in the Spring when the bigger fish are spawning.
I didn't see or catch a single smallmouth in Rucker Lake. If you ever have please let me know.