14 Jun 19
FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing remains good at Yuba City, Boyd’s Pump, Star Bend and Beercan Beach, with limits coming from shore and by boaters. Fish to 25 inches have been common. Minnows, cut bait and pile worms are all working. Shad fishing is good from Yuba City to Oroville.
HAT CREEK: The fishing has been great for anglers but many of the fish are small pan fryers right now. More insects are starting to hatch and there have been a few salmon flies making their way out which is a popular bite every year.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Shad are spread throughout the river, and should bite well as the river drops. Striper fishing has been inconsistent from Colusa to Chico. Salmon season opens July 16.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Striped bass fishing seemed to improve near Knights Landing as flows increased last week. Sturgeon fishing is slow. Fishing for catfish also is slow with the cool water. Salmon season opens July 16.
BULLARDS BAR RESERVOIR: Kokanee fishing is still going strong (same as it ever was here), with a positive development. The average fish size has been climbing. Find the fish in all the usual areas, and the better ones are at 45-55 feet. There are fish at 25 as well, but they are the smaller ones.
Far North lakes and rivers
LAKE ALMANOR: Strong winds have made it difficult to access the lake the past few days. For the boats that brave the conditions, trolling on the northwest end of the lake and switching between fast and slow have been the top producing methods. The bass have moved back onto beds with the water temperature warming.
BAUM LAKE: Weekly trout plants with the warming weather has the fishing hot and heavy. Leeches, zebra midges, and small emergers are still producing best.
EAGLE LAKE: The bite has really turned on with the wind and warm weather. Jay Fair trolling flies in 6 to 12 feet of water on submerged rock piles are working best, but a nightcrawler and marshmallow fished under a float is always a good way to catch fish.
FALL RIVER: Still no hex hatch yet but there are some PMD’s and other small nymph hatches happing right now and some big trout are being caught. Nymphs, woollybuggers, and pmd’s are a great way to start until the hex hatch kicks off.
PIT RIVER: Pits 1-5 are all fishable right now as the flows recede. Pit 5 is still pretty high and is borderline unsafe for wading, numbers 1-4 are stabilizing and in good condition for wading but they are all a lot of work to get to right now and the trek is best done with a partner for safety.
SHASTA LAKE: Bass, crappie, bluegills, and trout are on the bite right now. The bass have moved back into the shallows and are hitting reaction baits and topwater most of the day. The panfish are in the coves that have flooded willow bushes and log jams on the surface. Trout are biting in the main lake and up the McCloud arm of the lake.
TRINITY LAKE: Bass are moving back onto their beds with the warming water temperatures. Due to heavy north winds this past week there haven’t been many reports from fisherman.
WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Spotted bass are being caught all over right now on just about anything you throw. The bigger fish are being caught on swimbaits and glidebaits and have had kokanee hanging out of them when you bring them in the boat. The bigger fish are suspending on structure in deeper water. The kokanee are being caught from the 299 bridge down to Oak bottom marina.
AMERICAN RIVER: High flows have limited access for bank anglers, but boaters are catching larger shad from Sailor Bar to Rossmoor Bar. Flows increased from 8,000 cfs to 15,200 cfs last week, slowing fishing at Discovery Park.
FOLSOM LAKE: The lake is 2 feet from full pool, and is now slowly dropping as releases have increased. Trout fishing is very good near Granite Bay and the dam, with Speedy Shiners fished 40 feet down working well. Bass fishing also is good. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open.
RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is improving as flows drop. Flows at Delta were down to 1,160 cfs, their lowest level in several weeks.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Fishing for wild rainbows is very good, with roe outfishing beads, said guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide. Flows from Keswick Dam have held steady at 13,000 cfs. Salmon season opens Aug. 1.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon season opens July 16. Flows are high, reaching 45,000 cfs at Freeport. Small stripers and shad are biting at Miller Park and Discovery Park. Anglers are catching big numbers of shakers on nightcrawlers injected with sardine or anchovy oil. Crappie are biting in the ditches and sloughs around Sacramento.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Just as the salmon fly hatch was beginning, flows from Iron Gate Dam increased from 1,800 cfs to 3,000 cfs, making the river too high for trout and steelhead fishing.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The river remains high. Flows over the weekend near Happy Camp were just under 5,000 cfs.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Steelhead fishing is slow. Spring salmon season opens July 1. Flows over the weekend were just over 15,000 cfs.
TRINITY RIVER: The water remains high and unfishable as the spring runoff continues. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston were 2,321 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 2,768 cfs and flows at Junction City were 2,650 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 5,144 cfs.
COLLINS LAKE: Winds mixed up the surface conditions late in the week, slowing the bite all around. Trout trollers were still doing well at around 25 feet. Hot baits include Speedy Shiners and Needlefish, but worms have also been doing damage.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the road into French Meadows is rough but open. The launch ramp is in the water. Fish reports are scarce.
HELLHOLE RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle warned the road into Hellhole is rough, slow going due to repaired washouts and slides that make it tough to get a boat in, but it’s worth the effort. The fishing for Mackinaw (trolling and jigging), kokanee and browns has been good to very good.
LAKE OROVILLE: The bass bite here slowed to 30 or so fish a day per bass boat, a level that has some anglers frustrated because not too long ago it was stratospheric at 70-plus a day, according to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle. Sorensen said the bass are still holding from the shore to 20 feet, and finesse baits like larger Flirt Worms on shaky heads are doing plenty of damage. Perhaps the biggest news at the lake is the improving landlocked king bite, as the fish move from scattered to schooled. Find them in the usual places such as the Green Bridge.
THERMALITO AFTERBAY: According to Craig Bentley, past WON contributor, signs warning of a toxic blue green algae bloom have gone up at the Afterbay. In their wake, bass fishing is off and anglers are staying away. Flows on the nearby Feather River have been dropping, which should allow the ponds in the wildlife area to warm, and that will bring better fishing for panfish and the odd bass.
North Coast lakes
LAKE BERRYESSA: Bass and kokanee have been on the bite this past week. The bass are being caught in the shallow part of the water column with a good reaction bite. The kokanee are biting between the Ranch House and Big Island.
BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Big north winds have plagued the lake this past week, making it difficult for boaters to get out there and fish. The bass are still pushed deep into the willows and are suspending in the tops of trees in deeper water, making them difficult to locate.
BLUE LAKES: The fishing remains excellent for both bass and trout. Anglers are catching their trout on ‘crawlers, Power Bait, and trolling. There are some bigger fish being caught near the resort.
CLEAR LAKE: The frog bite is starting to take off in the mornings and afternoons and can even produce fish in shaded areas mid-day. There are still fish using the tule edges and some are still on beds. For the hot weather next week there is also a great night bite right now.
EAST PARK: For crappie, use a small jig under a float with bobberstop so that that bait stops just shy of the bottom and sits still. For bass, Texas rigged Brushhog, jigs, Senkos, and spinnerbaits are best. The water level is starting to drop and the lake is transitioning into the summer pattern. The fishing remains great, as usual.
LAKE SONOMA: Both bass and landlocked steelhead are being caught in numbers. Bass anglers are reporting catching at least one steelhead per outing when they aren’t even targeting them. Many of the bass being caught are smaller right now. Crappie are being caught near the marina and the mouth of Cherry Creek. Boats are trolling small hardware for steelhead and bass anglers are catching their fish out of deeper water on soft plastics and small swimbaits.
North Coast rivers
North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: With flows still over 400 cfs, conditions are good for sea-run cutthroat trout. Rooster Tail spinners are working well in the upper tidewater. Baitfish have arrived in the estuary.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Last Monday was the best day so far this year in the bay, with half a dozen salmon caught. Water temperature had reached 70 degrees, causing salmon to hold in the bay. They dropped to 60 degrees over the weekend, and late springers moved upriver, reported guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service.
RUSSIAN RIVER, Guerneville: Things on the Russian are moving into summer mode with most action happening with smallmouth and largemouth bass, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville. “There are still a few shad about, but the heavy May rain spread the fish out in the system, so there is no huge concentration in any one place. Flows are still high for this time of year at around 600 cfs but water temps are good to get the bass active. Expect lots of people swimming and floating on the river, especially on weekends from now on.”
SMITH RIVER, Smith River: Fishing is fair for sea-run cutthroat trout. Flows at Hiouchi are 1,020 cfs, which are fairly high for this time of year.
UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Ore.: Fishing for redtail surfperch has been good near Winchester Bay. A few salmon have also been caught already in the bay, as feeder fish are following bait in.
Sierra lakes and rivers
ALPINE LAKE: In a June 6 Facebook post, Alpine Lodge reported that although there was snow and ice on the lake that day, warm weather and wind were expected to clear the lake by the weekend. Call (209) 753-6350 for updated conditions.
BOCA LAKE: Steve Soulam of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said work continues on Boca Lake dam. The dam road is closed, limiting access to the launch ramp, and the lake level is very low. Popular fishing areas at the dam are likewise closed. Shore fishing is mediocre, and only small vessels and float tubes and kayaks can be launched over the beach.
CAPLES LAKE: Ice is retreating from the shoreline, butt the launch ramp is still closed. There was open water out about 30 to 50 feet all along the southern shoreline, but nobody was fishing.
CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said all the area rivers and creeks are running fast and ugly, and with a big snowmelt event expected in the coming days, he expects conditions to take a turn towards the dangerous. It could be two weeks before the rivers start rounding into fishing shape, and when they do, Sodaro will unleash 4 rescheduled trout plants in short order.
DAVIS LAKE: Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said shore fishing has been okay at Mallard and Eagle Point. The Lake Davis Annual Spring Fishing Derby benefitting the local volunteer fire department will be held June 15. Sign up at the store or download an entry form from the store’s Facebook page.
DONNER LAKE: Steve Soulam of Mountain Hardware and Sports said shore anglers are experiencing okay fishing. Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service said trolling the lake has been hit and miss, with some days so slow only a single Mackinaw is coming on.
GOLD LAKE: Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said Gold Lake Road is now open through Bassett’s. Sardine Lake was stocked a couple weeks back and fishing there is good. The main ramp at Gold Lake is still not open but is getting close. A gravel launch near the lower entrance is open without a dock, and is suitable only for small aluminum boats. There’s still a little ice on Gold Lake. Packer Lake and Salmon Lake remain inaccessible.
ICEHOUSE RESERVOIR: Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported Ice House is cold, cold, cold, slowing the bite.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: With the nearby rivers blown out due to snowmelt, Indian Creek Reservoir is the best Markleeville area option. Anglers who fished it recently caught trout at impressive rates.
JACKSON MEADOWS LAKE: According to Steve Soulam of Mountain Hardware and Sports, the access road is still closed and there’s so much snow, it’s tough to say when it will open.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said boat traffic is impacting anglers, but when they can get out they are coming back with trout limits.
LAKE TAHOE: Winds leading up to the weekend slowed the Mackinaw bite and made it feel as if winter had returned, but better conditions are in the offing and anyway, guide services fished right through the nasty weather, still realizing near limits.
LOON LAKE: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported this lake is still snowbound.
PROSSER LAKE: Steve Soulam of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Prosser is still low but fishing is okay up in the creek arms, particularly Prosser Creek. Anglers are also catching smallmouth around the dam and steeper rocky shorelines. There have been no real bug hatches, so most anglers are using typical offerings such as Power Bait, Rapalas, and Kastmasters.
PYRAMID LAKE: Glen Lemon of Pyramid Lake Guide Service said Pyramid fishing is unchanged from last week when boat anglers were scoring big numbers of cutthroat. Lemon and his clients are still catching nice fish, some over 10 pounds, with a bonus perch caught on the fly now and then. He added that the old reliables are working, pearl white and frog FlatFish trolled in 50-60 feet of water 35 to 40 feet down.
SILVER LAKE: The lake was still iced over, although the outlet bay and boat launch were ice-free and more and more open water is appearing. You can launch a boat, but most of the lake is still ice-covered.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Anglers are still sorting through a lot of 8- to 10-inch kokanee in order to get a nice limit of 14 to 16 inchers. Fishing deeper helps, at 40 to 50 feet, as does staying away from other boats. Fishing pressure is heavy but the action has been fast, with 50 to 75 kokanee days not uncommon. Pink and purple were hot colors, behind a Gold Crush Glow Paulina Peak dodger. The kokanee are still quite scattered but the lake is beautiful and nearly full.
TRUCKEE RIVER: Steve Soulam of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the Truckee River is still running high and fast, varying from 1,000 to 3,000 cfs, heavier as the river tracks east. He advised anglers to use heavy nymphs such as 20 inchers, and behind that fishing mayfly worms or San Juan worms. There’d been no hatch, but Soulam said one could happen any day. Snowmelt is keeping river temperatures down, and there have been only a little bit of green drakes, march browns, yellow stones and a few caddis but not anything big.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported the fishing here is in the dumps and the lake is filled with debris. The fishing is tough at best.
WEBER LAKE: Steve Soulam of Mountain Hardware and Sports said this water accessed from the Truckee area is open and ice free. While no reports have come in, it should be a good bet, he said.
WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said the river has been running at 2,000 to 3,000 cfs, a flow she characterized as “wild.”
BERKELEY: Bay fishing was red hot for halibut and very good for striped bass. Top Gun, Happy Hooker,Pacific Dream, California Dawn, New El Dorado IIIand other boats kicked butt on the ‘buts on Berkeley Flats and other spots in Central Bay and South Bay.New Easy Rider and El Dorado went outside the Gate and put anglers on salmon.
BODEGA BAY: Salmon fishing wasn’t wide open until Sunday, but even earlier in the week when on the fish, boats like New Sea Angler had individuals catch as many as 7 salmon to 16 pounds. Down the coast off Elephant Rock, structure zones were very productive for rockfish and lingcod. One guy got 6 lings and another angler caught 5 lings to 17 pounds. Tomales Bay gave up some halibut and nearby beaches were good for perch and stripers.
EMERYVILLE: While most Fish Emeryville boats fished halibut and bass in the Bay, Tigerfish andSundance went outside and scored limits of salmon for her people. Sea Wolf fished the coast for rockfish and lingcod. New Huck Finn and other local boats stayed inside the Bay to stay on top of the stellar halibut and bass bite as those fish waged war on Bay boats.
EUREKA: A weather window allowed boats to get out during the week. All boats reporting got limits of salmon 6 to 7 miles out. That included Shellback andSea Weasel II. There were Pacific halibut caught, 3 out of Eureka and 3 out of Trinidad. California halibut were taken inside Humboldt Bay even without live bait in the Bay for netting as live bait.
FORT BRAGG: Most of the week was blown out and boats stayed at the dock, but late in the week and on the weekend, there were some trips for salmon and rockfish. Capt. Tuna put some salmon on the boat as did Sea Hawk, which also went out for rockfish and lingcod, tallying limits of rockfish and 14 lingcod for 16 people. Shore-based fishing was great over the weekend when some of the better spots could be accessed.
HALF MOON BAY: Salmon boats like New Captain Pete, Riptide ran all over hell’s half acre looking for the right water holding fish. Early in the week, Huli Cathad a good day of salmon fishing off Mussel Rock. Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts went for rockfish at Deep Reef and San Gregorio, finding the fish to be happy to chomp baits. Striped bass and perch were active along beaches near Pacifica.
SAN FRANCISCO: Salmon slowed some late in the week the weekend, with 6 salmon coming aboardBass Tub. Wacky Jacky had some nice salmon up to an impressive 21 pounds. With Bay halibut and bass fishing so good, the boat may go back to that. Flash Iand Flash II had steady limits of striped bass from the Central Bay. Lovely Martha scored between 1.5 and 2 halibut per rod plus a good number of striped bass from Central and South Bay.