Keitech

07 Dec 18
Georgia Wildlife Blog

Ho, Ho, Ho…I mean Go, Go, Go Fishing! Chilly outside? Yep. Rainy outside? Yep. We know you still want to get out there and catch something. Let us help get you to where the fish are biting.  Some quick notes: Clock is Ticking on your 2018 Bass Slam – will you get yours this year? There […]

07 Dec 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS LAKE OROVILLE: The Bidwell launch ramp at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area reopened Tuesday following the containment of the Camp Fire, and although most area anglers chose to wait out the mid-week rain storm, once they got on the water they found improving fishing for bass to 2 pounds. Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said he caught somewhere around 40 bass Friday on a mixture of an Evergreen deep diving crankbait, a Keitech swimbait and a Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm. He fished main lake points where he found the fish holding in the 20-foot range. TRINITY RIVER: The Trinity is fishing well for steelhead between storms. Fish from 4 to 8 pounds are being caught near Douglas City and Junction City, said guide Steve Huber, who is using 3.0 MagLip plugs or drifting roe below bobbers. Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. They were 292 cfs on Sunday. Flows last week at Douglas City hit 1,200 cfs before dropped to 371 cfs for the weekend. Flows at Junction City hit 1,000 cfs before dropping to 388 cfs. Flows at Hoopa rose from 900 cfs to 3,800 cfs. They were 2,170 cfs on Sunday. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is red hot and the weather is icy cold. Roads are very icy so use caution if you’re headed out to the lake. The dock at Christies day use has been removed, finally. Jay Fair flies being trolled behind the boat have worked great all season. Fly fisherman from shore have been doing really well. Bank fishing has been reported as epic from Pikes point and the Jetty at the marina. FEATHER RIVER: Flows shot up last week with heavy rain, although the river remained fairly clear. Fishing is slow for salmon. A few steelhead are being caught above Gridley. Although a few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, overall striper fishing is slow. There have been no reports of sturgeon yet at the mouth of the Bear River. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Anglers are beginning to fish for sturgeon at Knights Landing, but success has been poor. Rain last week, however, should soon begin to draw fish in from the delta. A few large stripers have been caught by sturgeon anglers using ghost shrimp, as well as bank anglers using cut bait. GENERAL 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.: Despite good conditions, salmon fishing has been slow overall on the Chetco. A school of fresh kings arrived Thursday, providing good action for a couple of days before fishing slowed over the weekend. A few adult steelhead were caught last week and over the weekend. Flows hit 4,000 cfs on Saturday and were down to 2,500 cfs on Sunday evening. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk was in prime shape for salmon on Sunday, at 4.0 feet, but salmon fishing was only fair to slow. Boat pressure was heavy. The river will drop throughout the week. More rain is expected by the weekend. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon season is over. A few halfpounders and summer steelhead are being caught near Agness. The first winter run steelhead have not shown up in big numbers yet. RUSSIAN RIVER: The Russian finally opened to fishing on the 23 of November and since then has remained open due to continued rains, according to Scott Heenstra of Kings Sport & Tackle. There were a fair amount of small steelhead caught in the 1- to 4-pound range with a few coho also in the mix. All salmon and wild steelhead must be returned to the water immediately after confirming what it is. “I was able to get out and fly fish on Tuesday and managed a small 2-pound steelhead using flies,” Heemstra said. “Since then we have gotten a ton more rain that has brought the river up and muddy. This is good, since it will flush out the leaves and silt from the creeks and should bring in a new batch of hopefully larger fish! Things should improve by midweek as the murky water makes it way out to the ocean.” SMITH RIVER: After a couple of good days salmon fishing early last week, fishing was poor over the weekend despite good flows for salmon. A lot of the kings have already spawned. Halfpounder steelhead and a few adult steelhead have been caught in the past week. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The river was blown out Saturday, but in good shape Sunday. Salmon fishing has been fair to slow. A few steelhead have already been caught by anglers fishing for salmon. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The upper river remained fishable all week, despite heavy rain. Flows are steady at 1,040 cfs. Fishing pressure is light. Divers and bait and MagLip plugs are working best. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The river rose last week but was dropping over the weekend. The water is colored near Happy Camp but fishable. More rain is expected this week. Flows at Seiad Valley hit 1,800 cfs before dropping. They were on the rise over the weekend, at 1,650 cfs. Flows at Orleans hit 7,000 cfs, blowing the river out, but were down to 3,540 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The lower river is muddy and blown out. Flows hit 11,000 cfs and dropped below 10,000 cfs on Sunday. More rain is expected this week. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fish can be caught in all water columns right now still. There are fishing feeding up shallow depending on the right conditions that can be targeted with reaction baits and glidebaits still. There is a strong bite for quality sized fish in deeper water using Pline spoons or Blade runner spoons in 30 to 60 feet of water. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is little more than a mud puddle right now. Very poor conditions, especially for this time of year when bass fisherman would like to be fishing the main lake and duck hunters would like to be in the willows up Stoney creek. After the recent rains the lake has turned very muddy from a buildup of silt in the lake. CLEAR LAKE: Rains have the lake on the rise. This is a great time of year for live bait fishing with jumbo minnows. Bass can also be caught on lipless crankbaits, swimbaits, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are also biting very well near Shag Rock and all around the lake on 1/4-ounce crappie jigs. LAKE SONOMA: Trout can be seen jumping back in the creeks after the recent rains. Bass are biting in the creek arms as well on reaction baits, underspins, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Quantity size fish can be caught deeper using drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, and shakeyhead jigs in natural colors. UPPER BLUE LAKES: A trout plant happened three weeks ago at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: 5-inces of snow fell this past week causing conditions around the lake to change. Fly fishing has slowed down due to windy cold conditions, but some fish are still being caught in the backs of coves and near the dam when conducive. Trolling around the north end of the lake has been good with ‘crawlers, Speedy Shiners, and Gulps! BAUM LAKE: Starting to kick in for that excellent winter time fishing. Fly gear is usually best, focus on midges, woolley buggers, leeches FALL RIVER: Closed for the season. HAT CREEK: Closed for the season. LEWISTON LAKE: Temperatures are getting cooler but the fishing is still good. Pine Cove Marina is in winter hours as well as availability. Fly fisherman are using streamers, midges, zebra midges, leeches, and Mercers Midgling. Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. Bait fisherman can use ‘crawlers and Power Bait from shore as well. PIT RIVER: Make sure to check the flows before going and wading any of the pits right now. Pit 5 should be fishable when the water recedes from recent rainstorms. Fly fishing with black nymphs, rubberlegs, zebra midges, Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince and dark lord is working best. SHASTA LAKE: Spotted bass and trout fishing are consistent around the lake right now. Many bass anglers have done well fishing swimbaits this past week with a few reported giant spotted bass caught. Fish can always be caught deeper on traditional gear as well this time of year. Trout fisherman are working the arms of the lake right now and have been consistently been catching limits. TRINITY LAKE: Trinity Lake was recently planted with 30K kings which will certainly help with sustainability of that valuable recreational fishery.  Trinity Lake boasts a good population of the state’s largest land locked kings and keeping that program alive and well is very important for Trinity County commerce around the lake, but also for the recreational fishing interests in the area as well. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The major concern for Whiskeytown Lake is the ash and siltation deposits as a result of the Carr fire. The Whiskeytown Lake tributaries are at risk after recent storms from all the runoff into the lake leaving officials concerned during the annual kokanee salmon spawning period. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boca boasts some of the best access in the Truckee area. According to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports, most people focus around the dam for trout. The inlet area, normally a good option this time of year, has low water. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the weather is freezing and no one is fishing. Everything is cold and icy with more weather expected. DAVIS LAKE: Davis Lake has snow on the ground but the trout — big ones — are biting at the dam and at Mallard Cove. Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said friends of his caught several beautiful 3- to 5-pound trout while tossing lures, and bait dunkers are averaging 3 fish a rod per day. DONNER LAKE: Donner is still accessible for shore fishing, and the trouting is good although shoreline. Mackinaw fishing is poor. The launch ramp is unplowed and icy, with the concrete apron out of the water, making for very difficult boat launching. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Access is difficult, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden, who said the access road is closed at the staging area. If you want to get in from this side, you need to go by snowmobile, although he said it’s possible there’s still access from the Alpine County side — he didn’t know. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said fishing activity was very light, but she’s sure the fishing for big ones will pick up now that it’s cold. The lake received snows last week. There are winter trout plants up here. LAKE TAHOE: Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing said he was busy driving a snowplow this week. The wind was brutal, shutting fishing down for a while. On Sunday, conditions were still too rough for fishing. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Prosser is starting to show ice around its edges, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee. That’s made it tough to fish except at the dam where anglers are soaking bait. PYRAMID LAKE: Pyramid Lake was visited by storms that dropped a little snow, which was good news for shore anglers but bad luck for boat anglers, who were blown off the lake. Fly fishing guides are reporting more fish in the shallows and improved quality averaging 6 to 8 pounds, with a nice smattering of 15 to 16 pounders in the mix. Balanced leeches were performing best along southern beaches between Indian Head and Popcorn. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: The roads into Stampede are inaccessible due to snow according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Access via Hobart Mills may open if there’s a warm spell. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish C & R mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season and the access road is covered in snow. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Flows remained stable on the American River last week, as much of the runoff from recent storms is being held back at Folsom Lake. Flows remained steady at 1,870 cfs. Despite good conditions, fishing for salmon and steelhead has been slow. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 392 feet elevation, down 1 foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing is slow, especially with rapid changes in flows with last week’s storms. Flows at Delta jumped from 120 cfs to 1,400 cfs last week and were back down to 375 cfs on Sunday. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Runoff from last week’s storms muddied the Sacramento River from Redding through the Red Bluff area. Flows from Keswick Dam are holding steady at 4,000 cfs. Salmon fishing was good at the Barge Hole early last week, before the rain blew the river out. Guides reported limits of late-fall kings on T55 FlatFish. Fishing for salmon and trout slowed over the weekend with muddy water. Salmon season closes Dec. 16. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Muddy water has slowed salmon action throughout the Sacramento River. There have not been any reports of sturgeon yet above Colusa. Salmon season closes Dec. 16 but it’s basically over now. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Muddy water has slowed salmon fishing, which is on its last legs anyway. Effort is now very light. The river closes to salmon on Dec. 16 . Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. No reports of sturgeon yet, although last week’s storms could soon have fish on the move. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: The lake is good for numbers of small spotted bass. Now that it’s December, the larger models should start showing soon. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. COLLINS LAKE: Few anglers tried Collins Lake this week, which was a shame, as reports out of the lake are favorable for both trout and bass fishing. The largest fish of the week was a 7-pound trout caught on a crankbait at the north end. A 5.5 came out by the dam. The water was 36 feet from full and rising, with a surface temperature of 58 degrees and a bit of stain. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said it’s a good time to fish here due to the cooling temperatures. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said after the recent snows it will take a serious effort to reach French Meadows. He said a customer with a big 4×4 who visited a similar higher altitude lake before the storm reported dragging the bottom the entire way. HELL HOLE: Just like French Meadows, snows fell at Hell Hole according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. Access is difficult, and if you make it to the lake with a boat you’ll have to launch off the dirt due to low water. There are better options. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: There’s duck hunting here now, so Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle advises anglers to stay away from tule patches. There’s probably someone in there with a shotgun, he said. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley was quieter than usual due to heavy seas pushed by strong winds which reduced demand for trips. Exceptions were Happy Hooker and California Dawn, both of which made trips out the Gate to pull full limits of Dungeness and on some trips catch limits of rockfish and some lingcod. The Berkeley Flats held striped bass, although only a few PBers tried for them. It was easier to fish for them from shore. BODEGA BAY: Having a battlewagon for a boat paid dividends in fishing days on Bodega Bay. New Sea Angler counts as a battlewagon and so Capt. Rick powers scheduled trips during the week to fish and crab off Russian River and Fort Ross. Then on Sunday the boat was able to head south to the Point Reyes area where the average fish was larger. Limits of crab and rockfish with some lingcod added was the rule on every trip. Near Lawson’s Landing the big swells reshaped the beach and made it just right for perch fishing from shore. EMERYVILLE: Boats worked around rain, wind and big swells early in the week and on the weekend to pull limits of crab and catch blues, olives and yellows. Skippers noticed an increase in the number of big reds, which is always appreciated. Salty Lady, New Huck Finn, Sea Wolf, Pacific Pearl and others made successful trips and are at the ready for better conditions ahead. November scores were limits of crab on every trip. EUREKA: Crabbing was good at roughly 100-foot depths, both to the north and south of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Reel Steel hauled and stacked her traps for the season. Snare and hooping inside the Bay was rated fair.  Full throttle Sports Fishing and Fishy Business plan to run trips through December, weather permitting. Scrimshaw made a bottomfish excursion to Cape Mendocino, catching limits of rockfish and half-limits of lingcod. FORT BRAGG: There were just a couple of safe days to venture out for crabbing and rockfishing. Sea Hawk, Capt. Tuna and Viking seized the opportunity and the results justified the effort. Top score was limits of crab, rockfish and lingcod. Shore fishers were limited by wind and surf to Noyo Jetty and fortunately people were able to snare some Dungeness and catch rockfish, cabezon and kelp greenling. HALF MOON BAY: Huli Cat pulled limits of crab and caught plenty of rockfish at choice spots down the coast off Martins Beach, Pescador and San Gregorio. Staff at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported people snaring or hooping Dungeness and rock crab from the pier and the jetty. Some soaked baits while they were at it and added perch and rockfish, plus an occasional cabezon. SAN FRANCISCO: Bass Tub and Argo put time in pulling pots for limits of crab and fishing for limits of rockfish along the Marin Coast. Flash began running trips from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Carquinez Straits for sturgeon and bass. Bass Tub has plans to run similar trips for the winter. Surf fishing for perch was good inside the bay and is expected to be excellent on the coast when the weather settles. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. A longer version, with many more lakes and rivers, can be seen online at chicoer.com/sports.
30 Nov 18
Georgia Wildlife Blog

Was November gone in a flash for you? I think I blinked and it was over!  Looking for a fun, fishy thing to do if you are too cold to fish? The Go Fish Education Center is hosting their 3rd Annual “Go Fish Christmas” celebration on Mon. Dec. 3, 2018 (5:30 – 8 pm). What will you get to […]

30 Nov 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: Salmon fishing is slow riverwide as the season nears its end. Salmon fishing closes Dec. 16. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures.COLLINS LAKE: It rained heavily mid-week, muddying up the lake, but when the rains lifted by the weekend a variety pack of fish cooperated. Highlight catches of the week included an 11.75-pound catfish and a number of 4-pound trout. The lake was last stocked on Tues, Nov. 20. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday despite heavy rains mid-week which helped firefighters gain 100 percent containment on the disastrous Camp Fire that leveled nearby Paradise. A Lake Oroville SRA announcement suggested the lake could reopen on Friday, Nov. 30, although that date is subject to change. Anglers such as North Valley Tackle’s Jamie Sorensen hope it reopens sooner. TRINITY RIVER: Last week’s rain caused flows to increase and moved schools of salmon and steelhead into the upper river. Fishing has been good for steelhead, with MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers both working well. Salmon fishing is open on the upper end, but the kings are dark. More rain is expected this week and could muddy waters in Junction City and Douglas City. Flows last week at Douglas City hit 430 cfs before dropped to 340 cfs for the weekend. Flows at Junction City hit 440 cfs before dropping to 349 cfs. Flows at Lewiston remained stable just below 300 cfs. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing is good if you can get to the Gold Lakes Basin, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. On Sunday morning that was a dicey proposition due to icy road conditions. The roads are plowed to the Plumas/Sierra County line. Anglers are catching Mackinaw and browns from shore while using lures or a bobber dangling a nightcrawler 6 feet down. The boat ramp is covered by a layer of ice and snow, so the lake is not recommended for boats at this time. GENERAL 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.: Heavy rain last week blew the Chetco out on Friday before it dropped to good conditions over the weekend. Salmon fishing is only fair, with many of the kings already spawning in the upper river. Flows jumped from 80 cfs to 7,000 cfs on Friday before dropping back below 2,000 cfs over the weekend. Another big storm is expected this week. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remains low, with few boats fishing for salmon. This week’s rain should have it in prime shape for the weekend. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is over for the year. A few steelhead are being caught near Agness. The first of the winter steelhead could arrive after this week’s rain. RUSSIAN RIVER: After several days of consistent rain the Russian finally went over the 300 cfs and after the DFW took their sweet time they changed the recording on the low flow hotline from closed to open, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville.  “Being early in the season there are not a ton of steelhead in the system, but I have gotten reports of both small steelhead and salmon being caught,” he said. “Just remember that all salmon on the Russian are protected and must not be removed from the water.  With consistent rain in the forecast this week we should see the river remain open and new fish entering.  Just remember to check the flow before you go 707-944-5533.” SMITH RIVER: The Smith opened for the first time this season above Rowdy Creek on Thanksgiving. Salmon fishing was good over the weekend from the Forks to Outfitters, with a mix of dark and bright kings. A few adult winter steelhead have been caught. Heavy rain is expected this week, but the Smith is forecasted to remain fishable. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Sixes fished well on Friday and Saturday for fall salmon, with most of the fish between Edson Creek and Mid Drift. It was low on Sunday. More rain is expected this week. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Even though rain is in the forecast this week, the upper section of the Klamath is expected to remain fishable. Conditions are currently prime. Steelhead fishing has been good, with roe, beads and flies all working well. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steelhead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans, although last week’s rain increased flows. New fish likely are moving upriver. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp were 1,300 cfs. Flows down at Orleans were 2,460 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river rose from 2,430 cfs a week ago to 5,370 cfs over the weekend. It was as high as 10,000 cfs late last week after a series of Thanksgiving rain storms. Fishing is slow on the lower river. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, Huddelston swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits and spoons. Lots of bait, trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. The jig bite has also picked up using a football head style jig in darker color patterns with craw style trailers. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke CLEAR LAKE: The live bait bite has really picked up and all the tackle shops are stocking jumbo minnows. The lipless crankbait LV 500  is still producing nice fish and can be used as a cast and retrieve style bait or you can fish it vertical in a yoyo motion. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. Not many reports this past week of anglers fishing. LAKE SONOMA: Landlocked steelhead fishing has slowed with the bait pushing deep. Bass are biting in deeper water with finesse style baits. Ned rigs, drop-shot, shakey head, football jigs, and Carolina rigs. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened two weeks ago at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing has really picked up with the recent weather change. When the lake is flat calm watch for trout busting the surface. Slow trolling ‘crawlers has been working well for consistent numbers and mixed bags. When the wind blows, switch to the faster gear. BAUM LAKE: Starting to kick in for that excellent winter time fishing. Fly gear is usually best, focus on midges, wolleybuggers and leeches. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still very good all around the lake. Jay Fair flies being trolled behind the boat have worked great all season. Fly fisherman from shore have been doing really well. Bait fisherman are catching fish on nightcrawlers suspended near the bottom. FALL RIVER: Closed HAT CREEK: Closed LEWISTON LAKE: Temperatures are getting cooler but the fishing is still good. Fly fisherman are using streamers, midges, zebra midges, leeches, and Mercers Midgling. Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. Bait fisherman can use ‘crawlers and Power Bait from shore as well. PIT RIVER: Make sure to check the flows before going and wading any of the pits right now. Pit 5 should be fishable but will be deep to wade. Fly fishing with black nymphs, rubberlegs, zebra midges, Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince and dark lord. SHASTA LAKE: Float and flies picking up for trout near the dam and centimudi launch ramp. Alabama rigs are starting to work for bass, fishing has gotten tougher with the cooler weather and increased flows. Plastics on the bottom are a good way to catch quantity of smaller fish right now. Target the creeks flowing with fresh water. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Snow that fell in the Truckee area was pretty much gone by Sunday, leaving most mid-elevation roads open. Thick mud exposed by Boca’s steep drawdown, possibly for dam work, encircles much of the lake.  Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the weather was terrible last week, a combination of freezing rain, snow and wind. He didn’t see anyone fishing the East Carson at the Catch and Release bridge, and doubted anyone had fished Indian Creek, Caples or Silver lakes. Rather, there were a lot of people cutting Christmas trees. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said last week’s spell of poor weather had blown over by the weekend. The snow was all gone, the rain having melted it. Conditions were gorgeous Saturday, bringing people out to wet a line. Graham said the point at Honker Cove (you can’t fish the cove itself) kicked out limit-style fishing for beautiful trout. DONNER LAKE: Donner’s low water level and exposed ramp is keeping most boats off the lake. Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service was out on the lake Saturday, for just two trout. Mackinaw trolling has been very poor for weeks. Shore anglers are catching the occasional lake trout and plenty of rainbows near the boat launch. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said fish are still coming in, but she’s heard of nothing big. Anglers are catching trout, bass and a few Mackinaw from both shore and boats. It’s a good time to come fishing, as the rains should have brought them to the top and perked up the bite, she said. LAKE TAHOE: Wind and rain and snow hit Tahoe mid-week, but the white stuff didn’t stick at lake level. While other guides were idle over the holiday, Tahoe Sportfishing fished right through the weather, yielding some spectacular results for Ethan Treviranus of Chicago, Illinois, who caught 14- and 15-pound lake trout off the west shore. By the weekend the lake was glassed over and the Mackinaw bite was steady, but better in the afternoon. PROSSER RESERVOIR: The shorelines here are muddy due to the low lake level, preventing the launch of most boats. Anglers who find access to deeper water can expect to catch a trout or two. PYRAMID LAKE: Reports out of Pyramid were lacking, with a spell of poor weather washing through from Thanksgiving through Saturday and both licensed boat-based guide services off for the holiday week. According to a Crosby’s Lodge staffer, the big fish of the week was a 17-pound, 5-ounce cutthroat Jaylon Newbold caught at Howard’s Bay. The venerable lodge’s lunker list was split half and half between boat and shore anglers. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: For boat anglers, this is about the only good option left in the Truckee area. The lake remains high, and the roads are open because last week’s storms were milder than expected. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. The river closes to salmon fishing on Dec. 16. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,830 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 393 feet elevation, down 1 foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam are holding steady at 4,600 cfs. Salmon were stacking up at the Barge Hole last week and then blasted into Battle Creek on Thanksgiving as heavy rain fell. Fishing was slow on Friday, but then again over the weekend as new schools moved through Red Bluff and into the Barge Hole again. T55 FlatFish with sardine wraps are working best. Trout fishing remains wide open. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing was good below Red Bluff on Saturday and Sunday, as last week’s rain pulled schools of late-fall kings upriver. Guides reported good action on FlatFish plugs as well as drifting roe. Fishing has slowed near Colusa. Steelhead also are showing up. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Rain and dirty water slowed fishing for a few days. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Higher flows are needed to bring sturgeon upriver. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week and reported he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs, Senkos and some drop-shot. The fish were holding between 15 and 30 feet deep, and were cookie-cutter 1 to 2 pounders. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said now’s the time to head to the lower mountain lakes such as French Meadows. Fishing is very good with fresh water and nutrients coming into the lakes. It’s time to chase rainbows and browns while the snow level is still high above them. HELL HOLE: Just like French Meadows, fishing at Hell Hole took off after this week’s rains, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. At Hell Hole, where the water is low, boaters must launch from the dirt. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: There’s duck hunting here now, so Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle advises anglers to stay away from tule patches. There’s probably someone in there with a shotgun, he said. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Pretty much every boat operating out of Berkeley Charterboats or Berkeley Marina ran out through the Gate, fished either the Marin Coast or the Farallones, then pulled crab pots to add easy limits of crab. The resulting dependable count was limits of rockfish, some long lingcod and easy limits of crabs. Private boats from Berkeley had the option of crabs and rockfish, or trying for white seabass at the Bay Bridge or running to South bay and fishing sturgeon at Dumbarton Bridge. BODEGA BAY: On windy and rough days, boats like New Sea Angler fished rockfish and lingcod to the north near Russian River and Fort Ross. On calmer days the preferred destination was Point Reyes where the average fish was larger. In either case, limits of rockfish were almost always attained, and crab limits happened every single day. Shore casters did well with snares from the jetty at the entrance to the harbor. Surf fishing was good for redtail, rainbow and barred surfperch. EMERYVILLE: Salty Lady is now running out of Fish Emeryville and running regular crab/rockfish trips along with Sea Wolf, New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and Pacific Pearl. On every single combo trip the tally was limits of both rockfish and Dungeness. For local PBers, the Flats were still good for striped bass and some boats fished white seabass at the Bay Bridge or sturgeon deep in the South Bay. EUREKA: It was a short week for fishing and crabbing due to the first fierce storm of the season. Before the storm, boats like Reel Steel and others were pulling easy limits of crabs. Reel Steel made 3 trips per days and pulled 4 to 5 pots per trip to reach limits. Crabbing inside the bay was decent for people with hoops, pots or snares. Jetty fishing was limited to the safe and secure end of the structure, so the catch consisted of perch, small rockfish and perhaps a cabezon. FORT BRAGG: The ocean was rough for most of the week, which limited shore-based crabbers and fishers to relatively protected areas like Noyo Jetty. Before the storm, folks were able to spread out and fish all of the choice rocky surf zones. Party and charter boats Capt. Tuna and Sea Hawk fished rockfish and lingcod, then pulled crab gear, which held steady limits of Dungeness. HALF MOON BAY: A 27-pound halibut was the prize catch of the week on boats from Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, while they fished Pescadero and San Gregorio to the south for rockfish and lingcod. Huli Cat worked the same areas for high counts of rockfish, a few lingcod and steady limits of high-grade Dungeness crab. Around Pillar Point harbor, people ran private boats and pulled pots, or they fished the jetty and pier, generally finding enough Dungeness and rock crab to make a fine family meal. SAN FRANCISCO: It was a short and exciting run to the crabbing grounds for Fisherman’s Wharf boats like Bass Tub and Argo. Flash boats had the option of crabs and rockfish or fishing the Bay for bass, sharks or sturgeon. Counts were pretty steady through the week with quick limits of crabs and loads of rockfish caught along the Marin Coast or out at the Farallon Islands. Surf fishers below town found good action on redtail and barred surfperch.
30 Nov 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: Salmon fishing is slow riverwide as the season nears its end. Salmon fishing closes Dec. 16. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. COLLINS LAKE: It rained heavily mid-week, muddying up the lake, but when the rains lifted by the weekend a variety pack of fish cooperated. Highlight catches of the week included an 11.75-pound catfish and a number of 4-pound trout. The lake was last stocked on Tues, Nov. 20. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday despite heavy rains mid-week which helped firefighters gain 100 percent containment on the disastrous Camp Fire that leveled nearby Paradise. A Lake Oroville SRA announcement suggested the lake could reopen on Friday, Nov. 30, although that date is subject to change. Anglers such as North Valley Tackle’s Jamie Sorensen hope it reopens sooner. TRINITY RIVER: Last week’s rain caused flows to increase and moved schools of salmon and steelhead into the upper river. Fishing has been good for steelhead, with MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers both working well. Salmon fishing is open on the upper end, but the kings are dark. More rain is expected this week and could muddy waters in Junction City and Douglas City. Flows last week at Douglas City hit 430 cfs before dropped to 340 cfs for the weekend. Flows at Junction City hit 440 cfs before dropping to 349 cfs. Flows at Lewiston remained stable just below 300 cfs. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing is good if you can get to the Gold Lakes Basin, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. On Sunday morning that was a dicey proposition due to icy road conditions. The roads are plowed to the Plumas/Sierra County line. Anglers are catching Mackinaw and browns from shore while using lures or a bobber dangling a nightcrawler 6 feet down. The boat ramp is covered by a layer of ice and snow, so the lake is not recommended for boats at this time. GENERAL 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.: Heavy rain last week blew the Chetco out on Friday before it dropped to good conditions over the weekend. Salmon fishing is only fair, with many of the kings already spawning in the upper river. Flows jumped from 80 cfs to 7,000 cfs on Friday before dropping back below 2,000 cfs over the weekend. Another big storm is expected this week. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remains low, with few boats fishing for salmon. This week’s rain should have it in prime shape for the weekend. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is over for the year. A few steelhead are being caught near Agness. The first of the winter steelhead could arrive after this week’s rain. RUSSIAN RIVER: After several days of consistent rain the Russian finally went over the 300 cfs and after the DFW took their sweet time they changed the recording on the low flow hotline from closed to open, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville.  “Being early in the season there are not a ton of steelhead in the system, but I have gotten reports of both small steelhead and salmon being caught,” he said. “Just remember that all salmon on the Russian are protected and must not be removed from the water.  With consistent rain in the forecast this week we should see the river remain open and new fish entering.  Just remember to check the flow before you go 707-944-5533.” SMITH RIVER: The Smith opened for the first time this season above Rowdy Creek on Thanksgiving. Salmon fishing was good over the weekend from the Forks to Outfitters, with a mix of dark and bright kings. A few adult winter steelhead have been caught. Heavy rain is expected this week, but the Smith is forecasted to remain fishable. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Sixes fished well on Friday and Saturday for fall salmon, with most of the fish between Edson Creek and Mid Drift. It was low on Sunday. More rain is expected this week. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Even though rain is in the forecast this week, the upper section of the Klamath is expected to remain fishable. Conditions are currently prime. Steelhead fishing has been good, with roe, beads and flies all working well. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steelhead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans, although last week’s rain increased flows. New fish likely are moving upriver. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp were 1,300 cfs. Flows down at Orleans were 2,460 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river rose from 2,430 cfs a week ago to 5,370 cfs over the weekend. It was as high as 10,000 cfs late last week after a series of Thanksgiving rain storms. Fishing is slow on the lower river. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, Huddelston swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits and spoons. Lots of bait, trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. The jig bite has also picked up using a football head style jig in darker color patterns with craw style trailers. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke CLEAR LAKE: The live bait bite has really picked up and all the tackle shops are stocking jumbo minnows. The lipless crankbait LV 500  is still producing nice fish and can be used as a cast and retrieve style bait or you can fish it vertical in a yoyo motion. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. Not many reports this past week of anglers fishing. LAKE SONOMA: Landlocked steelhead fishing has slowed with the bait pushing deep. Bass are biting in deeper water with finesse style baits. Ned rigs, drop-shot, shakey head, football jigs, and Carolina rigs. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened two weeks ago at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing has really picked up with the recent weather change. When the lake is flat calm watch for trout busting the surface. Slow trolling ‘crawlers has been working well for consistent numbers and mixed bags. When the wind blows, switch to the faster gear. BAUM LAKE: Starting to kick in for that excellent winter time fishing. Fly gear is usually best, focus on midges, wolleybuggers and leeches. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still very good all around the lake. Jay Fair flies being trolled behind the boat have worked great all season. Fly fisherman from shore have been doing really well. Bait fisherman are catching fish on nightcrawlers suspended near the bottom. FALL RIVER: Closed HAT CREEK: Closed LEWISTON LAKE: Temperatures are getting cooler but the fishing is still good. Fly fisherman are using streamers, midges, zebra midges, leeches, and Mercers Midgling. Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. Bait fisherman can use ‘crawlers and Power Bait from shore as well. PIT RIVER: Make sure to check the flows before going and wading any of the pits right now. Pit 5 should be fishable but will be deep to wade. Fly fishing with black nymphs, rubberlegs, zebra midges, Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince and dark lord. SHASTA LAKE: Float and flies picking up for trout near the dam and centimudi launch ramp. Alabama rigs are starting to work for bass, fishing has gotten tougher with the cooler weather and increased flows. Plastics on the bottom are a good way to catch quantity of smaller fish right now. Target the creeks flowing with fresh water. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Snow that fell in the Truckee area was pretty much gone by Sunday, leaving most mid-elevation roads open. Thick mud exposed by Boca’s steep drawdown, possibly for dam work, encircles much of the lake.  Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the weather was terrible last week, a combination of freezing rain, snow and wind. He didn’t see anyone fishing the East Carson at the Catch and Release bridge, and doubted anyone had fished Indian Creek, Caples or Silver lakes. Rather, there were a lot of people cutting Christmas trees. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said last week’s spell of poor weather had blown over by the weekend. The snow was all gone, the rain having melted it. Conditions were gorgeous Saturday, bringing people out to wet a line. Graham said the point at Honker Cove (you can’t fish the cove itself) kicked out limit-style fishing for beautiful trout. DONNER LAKE: Donner’s low water level and exposed ramp is keeping most boats off the lake. Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service was out on the lake Saturday, for just two trout. Mackinaw trolling has been very poor for weeks. Shore anglers are catching the occasional lake trout and plenty of rainbows near the boat launch. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said fish are still coming in, but she’s heard of nothing big. Anglers are catching trout, bass and a few Mackinaw from both shore and boats. It’s a good time to come fishing, as the rains should have brought them to the top and perked up the bite, she said. LAKE TAHOE: Wind and rain and snow hit Tahoe mid-week, but the white stuff didn’t stick at lake level. While other guides were idle over the holiday, Tahoe Sportfishing fished right through the weather, yielding some spectacular results for Ethan Treviranus of Chicago, Illinois, who caught 14- and 15-pound lake trout off the west shore. By the weekend the lake was glassed over and the Mackinaw bite was steady, but better in the afternoon. PROSSER RESERVOIR: The shorelines here are muddy due to the low lake level, preventing the launch of most boats. Anglers who find access to deeper water can expect to catch a trout or two. PYRAMID LAKE: Reports out of Pyramid were lacking, with a spell of poor weather washing through from Thanksgiving through Saturday and both licensed boat-based guide services off for the holiday week. According to a Crosby’s Lodge staffer, the big fish of the week was a 17-pound, 5-ounce cutthroat Jaylon Newbold caught at Howard’s Bay. The venerable lodge’s lunker list was split half and half between boat and shore anglers. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: For boat anglers, this is about the only good option left in the Truckee area. The lake remains high, and the roads are open because last week’s storms were milder than expected. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. The river closes to salmon fishing on Dec. 16. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,830 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 393 feet elevation, down 1 foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam are holding steady at 4,600 cfs. Salmon were stacking up at the Barge Hole last week and then blasted into Battle Creek on Thanksgiving as heavy rain fell. Fishing was slow on Friday, but then again over the weekend as new schools moved through Red Bluff and into the Barge Hole again. T55 FlatFish with sardine wraps are working best. Trout fishing remains wide open. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing was good below Red Bluff on Saturday and Sunday, as last week’s rain pulled schools of late-fall kings upriver. Guides reported good action on FlatFish plugs as well as drifting roe. Fishing has slowed near Colusa. Steelhead also are showing up. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Rain and dirty water slowed fishing for a few days. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Higher flows are needed to bring sturgeon upriver. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week and reported he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs, Senkos and some drop-shot. The fish were holding between 15 and 30 feet deep, and were cookie-cutter 1 to 2 pounders. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said now’s the time to head to the lower mountain lakes such as French Meadows. Fishing is very good with fresh water and nutrients coming into the lakes. It’s time to chase rainbows and browns while the snow level is still high above them. HELL HOLE: Just like French Meadows, fishing at Hell Hole took off after this week’s rains, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. At Hell Hole, where the water is low, boaters must launch from the dirt. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: There’s duck hunting here now, so Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle advises anglers to stay away from tule patches. There’s probably someone in there with a shotgun, he said. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Pretty much every boat operating out of Berkeley Charterboats or Berkeley Marina ran out through the Gate, fished either the Marin Coast or the Farallones, then pulled crab pots to add easy limits of crab. The resulting dependable count was limits of rockfish, some long lingcod and easy limits of crabs. Private boats from Berkeley had the option of crabs and rockfish, or trying for white seabass at the Bay Bridge or running to South bay and fishing sturgeon at Dumbarton Bridge. BODEGA BAY: On windy and rough days, boats like New Sea Angler fished rockfish and lingcod to the north near Russian River and Fort Ross. On calmer days the preferred destination was Point Reyes where the average fish was larger. In either case, limits of rockfish were almost always attained, and crab limits happened every single day. Shore casters did well with snares from the jetty at the entrance to the harbor. Surf fishing was good for redtail, rainbow and barred surfperch. EMERYVILLE: Salty Lady is now running out of Fish Emeryville and running regular crab/rockfish trips along with Sea Wolf, New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and Pacific Pearl. On every single combo trip the tally was limits of both rockfish and Dungeness. For local PBers, the Flats were still good for striped bass and some boats fished white seabass at the Bay Bridge or sturgeon deep in the South Bay. EUREKA: It was a short week for fishing and crabbing due to the first fierce storm of the season. Before the storm, boats like Reel Steel and others were pulling easy limits of crabs. Reel Steel made 3 trips per days and pulled 4 to 5 pots per trip to reach limits. Crabbing inside the bay was decent for people with hoops, pots or snares. Jetty fishing was limited to the safe and secure end of the structure, so the catch consisted of perch, small rockfish and perhaps a cabezon. FORT BRAGG: The ocean was rough for most of the week, which limited shore-based crabbers and fishers to relatively protected areas like Noyo Jetty. Before the storm, folks were able to spread out and fish all of the choice rocky surf zones. Party and charter boats Capt. Tuna and Sea Hawk fished rockfish and lingcod, then pulled crab gear, which held steady limits of Dungeness. HALF MOON BAY: A 27-pound halibut was the prize catch of the week on boats from Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, while they fished Pescadero and San Gregorio to the south for rockfish and lingcod. Huli Cat worked the same areas for high counts of rockfish, a few lingcod and steady limits of high-grade Dungeness crab. Around Pillar Point harbor, people ran private boats and pulled pots, or they fished the jetty and pier, generally finding enough Dungeness and rock crab to make a fine family meal. SAN FRANCISCO: It was a short and exciting run to the crabbing grounds for Fisherman’s Wharf boats like Bass Tub and Argo. Flash boats had the option of crabs and rockfish or fishing the Bay for bass, sharks or sturgeon. Counts were pretty steady through the week with quick limits of crabs and loads of rockfish caught along the Marin Coast or out at the Farallon Islands. Surf fishers below town found good action on redtail and barred surfperch.
23 Nov 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
Top picks TRINITY RIVER: Trinity River Hatchery has collected more than 4,800 fall king salmon, allowing the river to re-open to salmon fishing from Indian Creek to the Old Lewiston Bridge. Anglers can now once again keep an adult king over 22 inches as part of a two-fish limit for salmon. Steelhead fishing is good, despite low, clear conditions. Rain this week should draw in fresh steelhead, as well as some brighter salmon from the lower half of the river. Flows at Lewiston were 292 cfs. Flows at Douglas City were 320 cfs, down from 340 cfs, while flows at Junction City were 331 cfs, down from 346 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 517 cfs, down from 527 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Steelhead fishing has been good with roe, beads and flies all working well. Conditions are ideal. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Salmon fishing has re-opened between I-5 and Iron Gate Dam, as the hatchery reached its goal of 8,000 kings back to the fish ladder. Most of the salmon are now dark and ready to spawn. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing down river. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Hundreds of fresh late-fall kings moved through the Red Bluff area last week. Anglers did well drifting roe, while T55 FlatFish worked early in the morning. With rain in the forecast this week, more late-fall salmon should arrive, although too much rain will blow the river out. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday, a result of active fires in the area as well as fire suppression efforts. No boats were allowed on the lake. Fishing is an afterthought anyway as the area copes with the massive destruction to lives and property wrought by the Camp Fire. GENERAL 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 down to 80 cfs over the weekend, which are summertime levels, the Chetco is too low to float in a driftboat. This week’s rain, if it materializes, should allow anglers to begin drifting the river. Flows are expected to hit at least 1,000 cfs by Thanksgiving. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remained too low to fish from a driftboat over the weekend, but major rain is expected this week. The river could be driftable by Thanksgiving weekend, and should be full of salmon. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: The Rogue Bay is slow. A few summer steelhead are being caught in the Agness area. This week’s rain could give steelhead fishing a boost. RUSSIAN RIVER: “As of Nov. 18, the Russian was still closed due to low flow but there is good news in the future,” said Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. “Hopefully by the time you are reading this, it should be raining!!  Forecasters are calling for a pattern change and the opening of the winter storm doors.  That being said, it will still take quite a bit of rain to first soak in before it will run off into the river.  If you see on the hydrograph that the river is flowing over 300 cfs that does not mean that the river is open.  Call the low flow hotline before you go to ensure that the DFW actually opened the river to fishing; 707-944-5533.  Lets all do our rain dance!” SMITH RIVER: Flows are down to 200 cfs at Jed Smith and must reach 600 cfs to allow an opener above Rowdy Creek. The river has been closed to salmon fishing above Rowdy Creek since Oct. 1. Heavy rain is expected this week, and the Smith could be open by Thanksgiving. Fishing has been slow in the estuary, but the upriver holes are reported to be full of salmon, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Guide Phile Desautel of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service confirmed that. “We have been down at the Sand Hole at the mouth, and it is good when a school of fish moves in. Thursday I fished it by driftboat and there were 3 bankies, and in a 15-minute period, 3 kings of about 15 pounds each were caught.” Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steehead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Most of the salmon are now dark. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,240 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,740 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Rain this week could bring in the first of the winter steelhead. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon and steelhead are being caught above Blue Creek, but few anglers are fishing. Steehead fishing is good, with light pressure. Flows at Klamath Glen near the mouth of the river are 2,430 cfs. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Reaction bite has picked up! Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, big swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, and spoons are all working. Lots of bait around, and trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level, and heavy smoke and ash pollution from the Camp Fire. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke. CLEAR LAKE: Lipless crank LV 500 has still been the bait of choice the past week. Fish it with a yoyo style jigging motion vertically or cast it out and burn it back to the boat. All the bait shops are stocking jumbo minnows and cooler conditions are becoming more conducive to bait fishing. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. LAKE SONOMA: The steelhead bite has been good, and most of the fish are biting on the surface long lining behind the boat. Kastmaster, Speedy Shiner, and Needlefish, or a small shallow diving crankbait all work. Bass are biting better in 50 feet of water on the drop-shot rig and Ned rig. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened recently at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fast trolling Speedy Shiners, Artic Fox trolling flies, crawlers, and Gulp! minnows when there is a little wind blowing. When the lake is flat calm switch to the slower gear. With the weather change fish should be moving back into the coves and be easier to target with fly gear. BAUM LAKE: The colder the weather gets the better the fishing will get! Fly fishing with leeches, zebra midges, and midge dryflies works best. EAGLE LAKE: Trolling Jay Fair flies in Orange and olive green from 6 to 12 feet deep is working. Bank fishing has been good near Christie Day Use Area with orange Kastmasters and Gulp! minnows 3 feet under a bobber. FALL RIVER: Closed for the season Nov. 15. HAT CREEK: Closed for the season Nov. 15. LEWISTON LAKE: Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. The fish are in big pods, so you want to find them and stay on them. Fly fisherman have been using leeches, woollybuggers, midges and Mercers Midgling. PIT RIVER: Pit 5 is fishing good, Pits 3 and 4 are too high to fish Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince, dark lord, zebra midge and rubberlegs flies are all working. SHASTA LAKE: Threadfin shad are the key for bass and trout. Bass can be caught early on topwater. Reaction baits like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swimbaits are working better this past week. Trout can be caught on the surface with bigger fish being down deeper. Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, and bank anglers are using the float and fly technique. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: No report, very few anglers have been fishing. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boaters who consider launching from the shoreline should be aware of the thick mud exposed by the recent lake drawdown. If you manage to launch you may have the entire lake to yourself, but local guide Marc Christophel says it isn’t worth the risk. The drawdown should continue for some time, as Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported dam work may be in the offing. Trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said very few people fished the rivers the last week before the general Sierra trout season closure. Most area visitors were escaping terrible air quality caused by the Camp Fire. After Nov. 15, he said the East Carson from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada border will remain open to catch and release, single hook barbless flies and lures only. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said there weren’t many reports this weekend, but the ones she fielded were good. Trolling for trout is doing well between Lightning Tree and Bluff Cove. One of her customers said he caught limits plus each day in about 6 feet of water. Bank anglers are doing well at Mallard on worms or Power Bait. DONNER LAKE: Trolling for Mackinaw has been slow according to multiple sources. Shore fishing, however, is producing trout and increasing Mackinaw according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Zimmerman said he thinks it will get much better when foul weather arrives this week. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said Indian Creek is loaded with trophy trout stocked in mid-October. It is open to fishing year-round. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said Mackinaw are coming out from shore and boat, but there’s been nothing big yet. LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw fishing was solid at Tahoe this week. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore said he experienced phenomenal fishing all week, but it was important to follow the fish down deeper as the sun rose. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners said it wasn’t red hot but it was consistent for both lake trout, rainbows and browns. At Tahoe Sportfishing, Zach Gordon said the afternoon trips were producing limits. Mornings were slower. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Prosser is dropping quickly. The shoreline is muddy. Boaters should use caution if they plan on launching over the dirt. Bass are now inactive due to cold water. Trout fishing is steady using bait in deeper water. PYRAMID LAKE: After a slow period a week ago, the cutthroat bite picked up again this week. Counts went from a dozen a day into the 20s and 30s for trollers. Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter said smaller fish are on top, with the larger ones from 47 feet down into the 80s. Algae at the north end is evidence the lake hasn’t finished turning over, but it isn’t affecting the bite. Shore anglers are catching nice fish up into the teens, but they have to work for them. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said trout fishing is steady from shore, and best at the Little Truckee inlet. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova at the Walker General Store said the river fished well right up to the November 15 general trout closure. Much of it remains open, with special regulations, but she had no additional reports. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,850 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 394 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam were down to 4,540 cfs. Salmon fishing has been good at the Barge Hole, with new late-fall fish arriving daily. Last week produced the best fishing in several weeks. T55 FlatFish are working well. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo Bugs, roe or beads. Steelhead also are being caught between Anderson and Red Bluff. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week, reporting he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs and some drop-shot. He had the place nearly to himself, seeing only one other boat during his day. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. COLLINS LAKE: Collins Lake Recreation Area made up for a missed trout stock caused by Camp Fire road closures last week with a double stocking this week, 2,000 pounds. Fishing was good but effort was light for trout up to 7 pounds. The action is solid from boat and from shore. As the lake has turned, the trout are up shallow, in the top ten feet of the water column. A couple of nice catfish also chewed for anglers targeting shallow mud in the coves. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported fishing for rainbows and browns at French Meadows remains good for 18- to 19-inch fish. HELL HOLE: Hell Hole should be producing browns, it’s that time of year. Be aware, the lake is low, necessitating boat launching off the dirt shoreline. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: On Sunday, the Afterbay appeared to be open for fishing and boating. North Saltwater BERKELEY: It was a week of crab/rockfish combos for Berkeley boats like California Dawn and Happy Hooker, both of which fished the coast and the Farallones, scoring daily limits of crabs, daily limits of rockfish and lingcod counts between a fish per rod and limits. Some of the private boat fleet, just looking for some fun and dinner fish worked the Berkeley Flats for striped bass and an occasional halibut. BODEGA BAY: Swells had been running on the large size for more than a week, impacting anglers’ ability to keep a bait or lure in the strike zone and making it tougher to pull crab pots. Through the latter part of the week and over the weekend the swells diminished to usher in a commensurate increase in the catch count and specially in the average size of rockfish and lingcod aboard boats like New Sea Angler. Crabbing was so good that nothing seemed to endanger a boat’s ability to haul limits. EMERYVILLE: Crab/rockfish combo trips dominated the talk of the fishing community, when fires weren’t the main topic. Boats New Huck Finn, Salty Lady, Sea Wolf and Pacific Pearl clobbered the rockfish, took half to full limits of lingcod up into the high teens and enjoyed easy limits of rockfish. These were the kinds of trips that give skippers good records. Private boats not wanting to head to the open ocean worked along the Emeryville shoreline and down along the Alameda Rock Wall for striped bass. EUREKA: Boats ran down coast on calm seas to fish Cape Mendocino where the lingcod seemed as hungry as a fish can get. Limits of lings were the rule for people using swimbaits, Lingslayers, jigs or frozen finfish baits on trap rigs. Crabbers worked closer to home, finding good numbers and good quality within just a few miles of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Inside the Bay the crabbing was also good however the average size was smaller. Jetty fishing was good for kelp greenling, rockfish, cabezon, lingcod and perch. FORT BRAGG: Crabbing proved easy for Captain Tuna, Samurai, Sea Hawk and other boats, with short runs to productive areas like Jug Handle. Sportboat skippers say it looks like the commercial crab season won’t open for awhile so sporties should have easy crabbing for holiday meals. Lingcod fishing was very strong and rockfish numbers ranged between 3/4-limits to full limits, depending on how long fisherfolk wanted to keep fishing for rockfish with limits of crab already onboard. HALF MOON BAY: Reef zones to the south including Pescador, San Gregorio, martins Beach and Ritz Carleton were all good for Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts, Riptide and other Half Moon Bay boats looking to load up on rockfish and lingcod in relatively shallow water. Lings up into the high teens were taken. Some boats made combo trips out of it and pulled steady limits of crab in short order. Shore casters used snares and pier fishers dropped hoops for crab inside Pillar Point Harbor and did okay. SAN FRANCISCO: After a salmon season which featured short and successful trips for Wacky Jacky, Bass Tub, Flash and Argo, crab season opened and once again it is short and successful trips, this time for Dungeness, rockfish and lingcod along the Marin Coast or Farallon islands. The boats found better fishing, in terms of average size, at the islands, but the crabbing was good in a widespread area.
23 Nov 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
Top picks TRINITY RIVER: Trinity River Hatchery has collected more than 4,800 fall king salmon, allowing the river to re-open to salmon fishing from Indian Creek to the Old Lewiston Bridge. Anglers can now once again keep an adult king over 22 inches as part of a two-fish limit for salmon. Steelhead fishing is good, despite low, clear conditions. Rain this week should draw in fresh steelhead, as well as some brighter salmon from the lower half of the river. Flows at Lewiston were 292 cfs. Flows at Douglas City were 320 cfs, down from 340 cfs, while flows at Junction City were 331 cfs, down from 346 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 517 cfs, down from 527 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Steelhead fishing has been good with roe, beads and flies all working well. Conditions are ideal. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Salmon fishing has re-opened between I-5 and Iron Gate Dam, as the hatchery reached its goal of 8,000 kings back to the fish ladder. Most of the salmon are now dark and ready to spawn. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing down river. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Hundreds of fresh late-fall kings moved through the Red Bluff area last week. Anglers did well drifting roe, while T55 FlatFish worked early in the morning. With rain in the forecast this week, more late-fall salmon should arrive, although too much rain will blow the river out. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday, a result of active fires in the area as well as fire suppression efforts. No boats were allowed on the lake. Fishing is an afterthought anyway as the area copes with the massive destruction to lives and property wrought by the Camp Fire. GENERAL 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 down to 80 cfs over the weekend, which are summertime levels, the Chetco is too low to float in a driftboat. This week’s rain, if it materializes, should allow anglers to begin drifting the river. Flows are expected to hit at least 1,000 cfs by Thanksgiving. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remained too low to fish from a driftboat over the weekend, but major rain is expected this week. The river could be driftable by Thanksgiving weekend, and should be full of salmon. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: The Rogue Bay is slow. A few summer steelhead are being caught in the Agness area. This week’s rain could give steelhead fishing a boost. RUSSIAN RIVER: “As of Nov. 18, the Russian was still closed due to low flow but there is good news in the future,” said Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. “Hopefully by the time you are reading this, it should be raining!!  Forecasters are calling for a pattern change and the opening of the winter storm doors.  That being said, it will still take quite a bit of rain to first soak in before it will run off into the river.  If you see on the hydrograph that the river is flowing over 300 cfs that does not mean that the river is open.  Call the low flow hotline before you go to ensure that the DFW actually opened the river to fishing; 707-944-5533.  Lets all do our rain dance!” SMITH RIVER: Flows are down to 200 cfs at Jed Smith and must reach 600 cfs to allow an opener above Rowdy Creek. The river has been closed to salmon fishing above Rowdy Creek since Oct. 1. Heavy rain is expected this week, and the Smith could be open by Thanksgiving. Fishing has been slow in the estuary, but the upriver holes are reported to be full of salmon, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Guide Phile Desautel of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service confirmed that. “We have been down at the Sand Hole at the mouth, and it is good when a school of fish moves in. Thursday I fished it by driftboat and there were 3 bankies, and in a 15-minute period, 3 kings of about 15 pounds each were caught.” Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steehead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Most of the salmon are now dark. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,240 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,740 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Rain this week could bring in the first of the winter steelhead. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon and steelhead are being caught above Blue Creek, but few anglers are fishing. Steehead fishing is good, with light pressure. Flows at Klamath Glen near the mouth of the river are 2,430 cfs. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Reaction bite has picked up! Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, big swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, and spoons are all working. Lots of bait around, and trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level, and heavy smoke and ash pollution from the Camp Fire. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke. CLEAR LAKE: Lipless crank LV 500 has still been the bait of choice the past week. Fish it with a yoyo style jigging motion vertically or cast it out and burn it back to the boat. All the bait shops are stocking jumbo minnows and cooler conditions are becoming more conducive to bait fishing. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. LAKE SONOMA: The steelhead bite has been good, and most of the fish are biting on the surface long lining behind the boat. Kastmaster, Speedy Shiner, and Needlefish, or a small shallow diving crankbait all work. Bass are biting better in 50 feet of water on the drop-shot rig and Ned rig. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened recently at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fast trolling Speedy Shiners, Artic Fox trolling flies, crawlers, and Gulp! minnows when there is a little wind blowing. When the lake is flat calm switch to the slower gear. With the weather change fish should be moving back into the coves and be easier to target with fly gear. BAUM LAKE: The colder the weather gets the better the fishing will get! Fly fishing with leeches, zebra midges, and midge dryflies works best. EAGLE LAKE: Trolling Jay Fair flies in Orange and olive green from 6 to 12 feet deep is working. Bank fishing has been good near Christie Day Use Area with orange Kastmasters and Gulp! minnows 3 feet under a bobber. FALL RIVER: Closed for the season Nov. 15. HAT CREEK: Closed for the season Nov. 15. LEWISTON LAKE: Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. The fish are in big pods, so you want to find them and stay on them. Fly fisherman have been using leeches, woollybuggers, midges and Mercers Midgling. PIT RIVER: Pit 5 is fishing good, Pits 3 and 4 are too high to fish Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince, dark lord, zebra midge and rubberlegs flies are all working. SHASTA LAKE: Threadfin shad are the key for bass and trout. Bass can be caught early on topwater. Reaction baits like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swimbaits are working better this past week. Trout can be caught on the surface with bigger fish being down deeper. Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, and bank anglers are using the float and fly technique. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: No report, very few anglers have been fishing. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boaters who consider launching from the shoreline should be aware of the thick mud exposed by the recent lake drawdown. If you manage to launch you may have the entire lake to yourself, but local guide Marc Christophel says it isn’t worth the risk. The drawdown should continue for some time, as Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported dam work may be in the offing. Trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said very few people fished the rivers the last week before the general Sierra trout season closure. Most area visitors were escaping terrible air quality caused by the Camp Fire. After Nov. 15, he said the East Carson from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada border will remain open to catch and release, single hook barbless flies and lures only. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said there weren’t many reports this weekend, but the ones she fielded were good. Trolling for trout is doing well between Lightning Tree and Bluff Cove. One of her customers said he caught limits plus each day in about 6 feet of water. Bank anglers are doing well at Mallard on worms or Power Bait. DONNER LAKE: Trolling for Mackinaw has been slow according to multiple sources. Shore fishing, however, is producing trout and increasing Mackinaw according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Zimmerman said he thinks it will get much better when foul weather arrives this week. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said Indian Creek is loaded with trophy trout stocked in mid-October. It is open to fishing year-round. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said Mackinaw are coming out from shore and boat, but there’s been nothing big yet. LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw fishing was solid at Tahoe this week. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore said he experienced phenomenal fishing all week, but it was important to follow the fish down deeper as the sun rose. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners said it wasn’t red hot but it was consistent for both lake trout, rainbows and browns. At Tahoe Sportfishing, Zach Gordon said the afternoon trips were producing limits. Mornings were slower. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Prosser is dropping quickly. The shoreline is muddy. Boaters should use caution if they plan on launching over the dirt. Bass are now inactive due to cold water. Trout fishing is steady using bait in deeper water. PYRAMID LAKE: After a slow period a week ago, the cutthroat bite picked up again this week. Counts went from a dozen a day into the 20s and 30s for trollers. Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter said smaller fish are on top, with the larger ones from 47 feet down into the 80s. Algae at the north end is evidence the lake hasn’t finished turning over, but it isn’t affecting the bite. Shore anglers are catching nice fish up into the teens, but they have to work for them. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said trout fishing is steady from shore, and best at the Little Truckee inlet. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova at the Walker General Store said the river fished well right up to the November 15 general trout closure. Much of it remains open, with special regulations, but she had no additional reports. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,850 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 394 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam were down to 4,540 cfs. Salmon fishing has been good at the Barge Hole, with new late-fall fish arriving daily. Last week produced the best fishing in several weeks. T55 FlatFish are working well. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo Bugs, roe or beads. Steelhead also are being caught between Anderson and Red Bluff. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week, reporting he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs and some drop-shot. He had the place nearly to himself, seeing only one other boat during his day. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. COLLINS LAKE: Collins Lake Recreation Area made up for a missed trout stock caused by Camp Fire road closures last week with a double stocking this week, 2,000 pounds. Fishing was good but effort was light for trout up to 7 pounds. The action is solid from boat and from shore. As the lake has turned, the trout are up shallow, in the top ten feet of the water column. A couple of nice catfish also chewed for anglers targeting shallow mud in the coves. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported fishing for rainbows and browns at French Meadows remains good for 18- to 19-inch fish. HELL HOLE: Hell Hole should be producing browns, it’s that time of year. Be aware, the lake is low, necessitating boat launching off the dirt shoreline. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: On Sunday, the Afterbay appeared to be open for fishing and boating. North Saltwater BERKELEY: It was a week of crab/rockfish combos for Berkeley boats like California Dawn and Happy Hooker, both of which fished the coast and the Farallones, scoring daily limits of crabs, daily limits of rockfish and lingcod counts between a fish per rod and limits. Some of the private boat fleet, just looking for some fun and dinner fish worked the Berkeley Flats for striped bass and an occasional halibut. BODEGA BAY: Swells had been running on the large size for more than a week, impacting anglers’ ability to keep a bait or lure in the strike zone and making it tougher to pull crab pots. Through the latter part of the week and over the weekend the swells diminished to usher in a commensurate increase in the catch count and specially in the average size of rockfish and lingcod aboard boats like New Sea Angler. Crabbing was so good that nothing seemed to endanger a boat’s ability to haul limits. EMERYVILLE: Crab/rockfish combo trips dominated the talk of the fishing community, when fires weren’t the main topic. Boats New Huck Finn, Salty Lady, Sea Wolf and Pacific Pearl clobbered the rockfish, took half to full limits of lingcod up into the high teens and enjoyed easy limits of rockfish. These were the kinds of trips that give skippers good records. Private boats not wanting to head to the open ocean worked along the Emeryville shoreline and down along the Alameda Rock Wall for striped bass. EUREKA: Boats ran down coast on calm seas to fish Cape Mendocino where the lingcod seemed as hungry as a fish can get. Limits of lings were the rule for people using swimbaits, Lingslayers, jigs or frozen finfish baits on trap rigs. Crabbers worked closer to home, finding good numbers and good quality within just a few miles of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Inside the Bay the crabbing was also good however the average size was smaller. Jetty fishing was good for kelp greenling, rockfish, cabezon, lingcod and perch. FORT BRAGG: Crabbing proved easy for Captain Tuna, Samurai, Sea Hawk and other boats, with short runs to productive areas like Jug Handle. Sportboat skippers say it looks like the commercial crab season won’t open for awhile so sporties should have easy crabbing for holiday meals. Lingcod fishing was very strong and rockfish numbers ranged between 3/4-limits to full limits, depending on how long fisherfolk wanted to keep fishing for rockfish with limits of crab already onboard. HALF MOON BAY: Reef zones to the south including Pescador, San Gregorio, martins Beach and Ritz Carleton were all good for Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts, Riptide and other Half Moon Bay boats looking to load up on rockfish and lingcod in relatively shallow water. Lings up into the high teens were taken. Some boats made combo trips out of it and pulled steady limits of crab in short order. Shore casters used snares and pier fishers dropped hoops for crab inside Pillar Point Harbor and did okay. SAN FRANCISCO: After a salmon season which featured short and successful trips for Wacky Jacky, Bass Tub, Flash and Argo, crab season opened and once again it is short and successful trips, this time for Dungeness, rockfish and lingcod along the Marin Coast or Farallon islands. The boats found better fishing, in terms of average size, at the islands, but the crabbing was good in a widespread area.
19 Nov 18
The Way of the Sam~R~Eye

Only a couple days before trout stocking at my local pond. Sunday morning, I’m too tired to go anywhere far too. Let’s do this. My Sword!!! Rod: Daiwa Steez Racing Design 641ML+XB-SMT Reel: Daiwa Steez Limited SV 103H-TN (No longer SV because, I equipped it with the Line: Daiwa Steez Fluoro Type-Finesse (8 lb) Subweapon: […]

13 Nov 18
The Way of the Sam~R~Eye

It’s definitely darker by the time I leave work now. Too dark. Sad, but maybe I can try a before work fishing.  Bass fishing is going to be very tough. Next week, trout might be stocked at my local pond. I’m going to start off with my Toy. My Sword!!! Rod: Tenryu Rayz RZ53UL-BC Reel: […]

09 Nov 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS COLLINS LAKE: With three big trout plants in the lake and another coming this week, the fishing is very good. Trollers have been catching fish, but the real news is the resumption of good shore fishing. Most of the big trout on the Collins Lake Recreation Area lunker list came from shore by the dam this past week. A pair of 6 1/4 pounders came out, both on lures. Bass fishing is good too, on drop-shot to 35 feet of water, anywhere they are chasing bait. There’s a ton of shad. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing remains very good in the Gold Lakes Basin, particularly at Gold Lake. Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said throwing Kastmasters at the boat launch is producing nice brookies and a few browns. The Mackinaw, however, aren’t biting from shore. Trolling 5 to 10 feet of water is yielding browns, rainbows and a few Mackinaw. The water level is low and it is rumored the dock has been pulled, so boaters should exercise caution. SHASTA LAKE: Fishing is still good, lots of shad on the surface. Topwater has been working early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Huddelston swimbaits when the wind is blowing can produce a solid fish. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, underspins, for reaction bite. Drop-shot, Carolina rig, football jig, Ned rigs during the day. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still fantastic. Trolling Jay Fair flies in hot orange has been a popular color around the lake all season for all styles of fishing. Fly fisherman have been doing well from shore and from float tubes. Bank fisherman have been doing well near the marina and Pikes point. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing picked up late last week near Knight’s Landing and Verona, where anglers are doing best with FlatFish with sardine wraps. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. GENERAL 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.: Rain fell early last week, but the river was only driftable for a day. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said the best salmon fishing is at the mouth, where anglers are trolling for kings waiting for the next major rain event. Flows hit 500 cfs on Tuesday, but were down to 140 cfs over the weekend. ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Port Orford, Ore.: The mouth of the Sixes opened with last week’s rain, allowing salmon to move upriver. Low water, however, has the Sixes undriftable from the Grange to Hughes House. The Elk also is too low to drift. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is slow in the bay. A few silvers and very few kings are being caught. Steelhead fishing remains good near Agness. RUSSIAN RIVER: Low flow closures still in effect until good rains bring the river level up. SMITH RIVER: Flows briefly hit 800 cfs on Tuesday but were back down to 400 cfs on Wednesday afternoon. Flows must remain above 600 cfs for an opener above Rowdy Creek. Salmon fishing has slowed below Rowdy Creek, as last week’s rain allowed salmon staging in the tidewater to blast upriver. A few kings are being caught each day at the Sand Hole. The next rain in the forecast is next week. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Salmon fishing has re-opened between I-5 and Iron Gate Dam, as the hatchery reached its goal of 8,000 kings back to the fish ladder. Most of the salmon are now dark and ready to spawn. Steelhead fishing has been very good with roe, beads and flies all working well. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,040 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Fishing for steelhead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans, with one of the best seasons in recent years. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,270 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,770 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon and steelhead are being caught above Blue Creek, but few anglers are fishing. Flows at Klamath Glen near the mouth of the river are 2,450 cfs, down from 2,500 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: The fall salmon quota has been reached on the upper Trinity. While jacks may be kept in the Upper Trinity, most are now dark. Steelhead fishing is fair, but anglers are facing low, clear water conditions. Driftboaters are having to drag their boats over some riffles. Flows at Lewiston were 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City were 311, while flows at Junction City were 328 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 517 cfs. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fishing around the lake was tougher this weekend. Very little reaction bite, some glidebait action on wind blown points if you work the bait slow. Ned rigs, drop-shot rigs, darthead, Senkos, football head jig. One guide fished spoons and they caught many fish suspended in deeper water on Blade Runner spoons. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Water is still low, ducks are starting to raft up in the middle of the lake. A few hunters have been trying their luck and managed to shoot birds in the north wind. Fishing remains slow. Football head jigs and senkos near the dam. Drop-shot, dartheads, Carolina rigs in Anglers cove. CLEAR LAKE: Fishing has been good the past week. Lipless crankbaits, underspins, chatter baits, jerk baits, and glidebaits, are all producing a solid reaction bite. Drop-shot, shaky head, Ned rigs, and Carolina rigs have been working when the bite is tougher. Some reports of big swimbait fish being caught on mid-sized Huddelstons. LAKE MENDOCINO: Fishing is still slow, fish are pushed deep, Carolina rigs, darthead, Senkos, football jigs, Ned rigs, Axe-blade tail spinner, and drop-shot. LAKE PILLSBURY: Fly fishing has been more productive but you might have to work harder right now that weather conditions are changing. Spinning gear try ‘crawlers, spoons, and spinners. Trolling hardware, Gulp! minnows, ‘crawlers, Wedding Rings. Bass fishermen use Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky rigged Senkos, drop-shots, slow and deep. Small swimbaits in white LAKE SONOMA: Finesse fishing for bass on the chunk rock has been producing but stay in contact with the bottom. Drop-shot, Ned rigs, senkos, shakey head jigs, darthead jigs, anything in peanut butter and jelly color pattern. Landlocked steelhead available for trollers up river arms. UPPER BLUE LAKES: Still little report to go on for this lake, the resort is changing management and the lake is awaiting trout plant. Trout can usually be caught using Power Bait with Trout-Dip, nightcrawlers, spinners and small spoons. Panther Martins, Cleo’s, and Rooster Tails. Bass fishing has been slow. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing is still slow. The few fish being caught have been smaller rainbows caught while trolling hardware, Gulp! Minnows, or ‘crawlers. Troll slow when the lake is flat and calm, speed up when the wind picks up. “Small” rainbows here are 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. BAUM LAKE: Fly fishing, midges, leaches, baetis are best. Spinning gear try Panther Martins, nightcrawler-blown up or with marshmallow. BUCKS LAKE: Bucks lake marina is closed for the season. No fishing report. FALL RIVER: Try fly gear on flats and edges of deep holes. Water boatman, Baetis, callibaetis, and leeches are all good. HAT CREEK: Downsized everything. Spinner guys use Rooster Tails, spoons, Panther Martins. Fly gear, to use are tiny baetis, drowned spinners and micro caddis. LEWISTON LAKE: Fly fisherman have been catching fish from Pine Cove marina to the base of the dam. Power Bait, nightcrawlers, small spoons, Rooster Tails and spinners are best. Fly fishing  near marina with zebra midges, baetis nymph and copper Johns gets the fish. PIT RIVER: Pit 3 is too high to wade right now, pit 4 is fishing well. Black nymphs, black micro mays, dark lords, and rubber legs. TRINITY LAKE: Trinity center ramp is closed. No report. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: There has been some reports of a few solid swimbait fish caught by anglers that know the right points at the right time. Downsize swimbait to mid-size and smaller Keitech swimbaits for smallmouth. Fish very slow. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boaters who consider launching from the shoreline should beware the thick mud exposed by the recent lake drawdown. If you manage to launch you may have the entire lake to yourself, but local guide Marc Christophel says it isn’t worth the risk. The drawdown should continue for some time, as Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reports dam work may be in the offing. Trout fishing is still good at the inlet and around the dam. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said he fished the East Carson on Thursday, catching and releasing 7 trout between 2 and 5 pounds in just 90 minutes. He was offering salmon eggs on his fly rod, and fishing moving water. It didn’t have to be deep. He caught fish in as little as 12 inches. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store reported fishing improved over last week, which by all accounts was already good. Trollers found their best luck by focusing on the top 6 feet of the water column, using Dick Nite Copper Redheads or Needlefish Red Dot Frogs. Shore fishing was good too, at Mallard, Honker and Lightning Tree, on worms and Power Bait. Fly anglers who worked Fairview and Bluff Cove did well on black ants and brown wiggletail flies. DONNER LAKE: Trolling for Mackinaw has been slow, according to multiple sources. The shore fishing is a brighter story, with juvenile Macks showing on Power Bait as well as larger spinners and Kastmasters. The same lures – downsized – are working well for planted trout. EAGLE LAKE: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported the fishing here has improved after a down period. Anglers are catching Eagle Lake strain trout weighing 2 to 3 pounds on the typical Eagle Lake stuff, trolling flies in orange and cinnamon and pumpkin seed. Grubs are also fishing well. The lake level is up, making fishing easier. ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR: Guide Dale Daneman said Ice House was planted again last week. These is no shortage of fish in the lake. There’s no rain in sight so folks should get out now before Old Man Winter walks in, he advised. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Once the general trout season closes on November 15, Indian Creek will be a primary location for area trout hunters. They have a lot to look forward to, as an unidentified angler pulled in an 8-pound trout while fishing from his canoe this week. JACKSON MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said Jackson Meadows is fishing well for trout. The fish are beat up due to the water temperature, but the fishing is easy anyway. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said trout and bass fishing has remained steady since last week. Nothing big came out of the lake, but that could change soon with the water cooling. Jenkinson should turn over soon. LAKE TAHOE: Another good week of Mackinaw fishing is in the books. It’s been good enough that guides are hunting trout once lake trout limits are in the boat. The fish are spawning but that hasn’t blocked the bite. Both the North Shore and South Shore are producing fish. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Prosser is dropping quickly. The shoreline is muddy. Boaters should use caution if they plan on launching over the dirt. Bass are still somewhat active mid-day. Trout fishing is steady using bait in deeper water. PYRAMID LAKE: The biggest fish of the new season, a 23-pound, 2-ounce beast, was caught and weighed at Crosby’s Lodge this week by Matt Smeltzer. He was fishing from a boat at Hell’s Kitchen, using a P-Line Bleeding Frog lure. Meantime, Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter and his clients notched 7 fish over 10 pounds in a single outing, on Firetiger Apex trolling lures and No. 1 FlatFish. It was a week for the big fish. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Marc Christophel of Christophel’s Guide Service filed the best report to come out of the Truckee area in some time this week. He said he fished Stampede on Saturday and did well for rainbows using Mack’s Cripplures. The fish were 12 to 13 inches on average, enough to keep it interesting. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports added that some smaller bass are showing, but Mackinaw have been non-existent this year. The dam road is now open, allowing easy access to both sides of the lake, and the lake is nearly full. TRUCKEE RIVER: The river is in great fishing shape according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Fly casters are throwing streamers. There are a lot of active fish on top for dry flies, midges or blue wing olives. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova at the Walker General Store said the river is running low (there’s been no rain), but two gentlemen who fished the river reported catching limits to near limits of trout. There was nothing huge but they were happy with their catches, she added. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been fair on the parts of the American still open to fishing. Some guides have reported good fishing. A few kings are being caught near the mouth. Flows at Fair Oaks are 1,810 cfs, up slightly from 1,520 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing down river. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 401 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago, with a water temperature of 70 degrees. It is on the verge of dropping below 400 feet elevation, which normally triggers a 5 mph speed limit. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam were down to 5,190 cfs. Salmon fishing has slowed at the Barge Hole, with guides reporting a few fish daily. Many of the fish are getting dark, but a few fresh fish a day are being caught. Rain is needed to jump start the late-fall run. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo-Bugs, roe or beads. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing has slowed near Woodson Bridge, where guides are reporting one or two fish a boat. Many of the kings are now dark. Drifting roe is working best. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. The action was good early in the week, but slowed over the weekend. Striper fishing is slow. Northern Foothills CAMP FAR WEST: The lake is very low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Very low fishing effort. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow, with very little fishing activity. HELL HOLE: Hell Hole should be producing browns, it’s that time of year. Be aware, the lake is low, necessitating boat launching off the dirt shoreline. LAKE OROVILLE: Fall bass fishing remains hot for numbers, with size gradually improving. Finesse baits presented on steep walls and deep points worked best. The annual North Valley Tackle bass tournament was Saturday, won by father-son team of Frank and Tanner Martinez with 11.83 pounds. Chris Layton was second with 11.34 pounds, backstopped by a 5.10-pound kicker. David Hill and Guy Weichert was third with 9.64 pounds. SCOTT’S FLAT: Smallmouth are active now. It remains a drop-shot or Ned rig bite all the way down to 50 feet. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: The Afterbay remains slow, with cold water. Nearby Oroville is a much better option. If you must go, you might try structure in the shallow end of the lake for bass. North Saltwater BERKELEY: The crab opener provided the start of crab/rockfish combo trips on California Dawn and Happy Hooker. Both boats turned in scores consisting of limits of rockfish and limits of crabs with some lingcod in the sacks, too. The nice thing is that much of the early season crabbing was right outside the Gate. El Dorado and New El Doarado III made two-a-day crab-only trips for limits. Boaters wanting to fish inside the bay found lots of striped bass on the Berkeley Flats, Paradise and other favorite spots. BODEGA BAY: It wasn’t necessary to go far from Harbor for crabs, in fact some folks worked snares from the breakwater and did well. Boats like New Sea Angler, wanting great fishing to go with great crabbing, began around Elephant Rock and worked on down towards Point Reyes to put some high-grade rockfish and lingcod onboard. At Tomales Bay, a very few halibut fishers stayed at it and had hookups near the mouth of the Bay. Dillon Beach was very good for surfperch fishing. EMERYVILLE: Some of the Fish Emeryville boats, like New Huck Finn, Pacific Pearl, Sea Wolf, Tigerfish and Wet Spot made opening weekend runs out the Golden gate and up a short distance where they could catch limits of rockfish and then pull pots to add consistent limits of heavy crabs. Bay fishers found good striped bass action right at Emery Point. EUREKA: Charter boat Reel Steel made an opening day run out to the open ocean, set pots, let them soak for one hour and only had to pull 8 pots to reach limits for 3 people. Crabbing inside Humboldt Bay was pretty good at Englund Marine piers and at Del Norte Pier. Fishing for California halibut inside Humboldt Bay remained viable and should stay that way until big rains come or the shoals of anchovies leave the Bay. FORT BRAGG: There were loads of healthy crabs available just out front of Fort Bragg and up the coast off Ten Mile Beach. Partyboat Sea Hawk pulled limits of rockfish and crab, as did boats from Hooked on Mendo. Shore crabbing with snares was good at Noyo Jetty and other good casting platforms. Shore fishing for kelp greenling, cabezon, lingcod and rockfish was excellent at Old Mill. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon season ended on the 31st, with plenty of hatchery salmon inside Pillar Point Harbor. When crab season opened on the weekend, it was game on for party boats like Huli Cat, private boats and people casting or hooping from the jetty and the public pier. Queen of Hearts focused on rockfish and lingcod down the coast from Martins Beach to Pescador. SAN FRANCISCO: Wacky Jacky from Fisherman’s Landing and Outer Limits from Sausalito finished the salmon season, which ended on October 31st, with the skippers reporting slow action. By the weekend, bat like Bass Tub, Argo and Lovely Martha were out scoring limits of Dungeness and rockfish. Flash I fished the South Bay and caught good sharks near Hunter’s Point.
09 Nov 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS COLLINS LAKE: With three big trout plants in the lake and another coming this week, the fishing is very good. Trollers have been catching fish, but the real news is the resumption of good shore fishing. Most of the big trout on the Collins Lake Recreation Area lunker list came from shore by the dam this past week. A pair of 6 1/4 pounders came out, both on lures. Bass fishing is good too, on drop-shot to 35 feet of water, anywhere they are chasing bait. There’s a ton of shad. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing remains very good in the Gold Lakes Basin, particularly at Gold Lake. Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said throwing Kastmasters at the boat launch is producing nice brookies and a few browns. The Mackinaw, however, aren’t biting from shore. Trolling 5 to 10 feet of water is yielding browns, rainbows and a few Mackinaw. The water level is low and it is rumored the dock has been pulled, so boaters should exercise caution. SHASTA LAKE: Fishing is still good, lots of shad on the surface. Topwater has been working early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Huddelston swimbaits when the wind is blowing can produce a solid fish. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, underspins, for reaction bite. Drop-shot, Carolina rig, football jig, Ned rigs during the day. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still fantastic. Trolling Jay Fair flies in hot orange has been a popular color around the lake all season for all styles of fishing. Fly fisherman have been doing well from shore and from float tubes. Bank fisherman have been doing well near the marina and Pikes point. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing picked up late last week near Knight’s Landing and Verona, where anglers are doing best with FlatFish with sardine wraps. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. GENERAL 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.: Rain fell early last week, but the river was only driftable for a day. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said the best salmon fishing is at the mouth, where anglers are trolling for kings waiting for the next major rain event. Flows hit 500 cfs on Tuesday, but were down to 140 cfs over the weekend. ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Port Orford, Ore.: The mouth of the Sixes opened with last week’s rain, allowing salmon to move upriver. Low water, however, has the Sixes undriftable from the Grange to Hughes House. The Elk also is too low to drift. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is slow in the bay. A few silvers and very few kings are being caught. Steelhead fishing remains good near Agness. RUSSIAN RIVER: Low flow closures still in effect until good rains bring the river level up. SMITH RIVER: Flows briefly hit 800 cfs on Tuesday but were back down to 400 cfs on Wednesday afternoon. Flows must remain above 600 cfs for an opener above Rowdy Creek. Salmon fishing has slowed below Rowdy Creek, as last week’s rain allowed salmon staging in the tidewater to blast upriver. A few kings are being caught each day at the Sand Hole. The next rain in the forecast is next week. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Salmon fishing has re-opened between I-5 and Iron Gate Dam, as the hatchery reached its goal of 8,000 kings back to the fish ladder. Most of the salmon are now dark and ready to spawn. Steelhead fishing has been very good with roe, beads and flies all working well. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,040 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Fishing for steelhead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans, with one of the best seasons in recent years. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,270 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,770 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon and steelhead are being caught above Blue Creek, but few anglers are fishing. Flows at Klamath Glen near the mouth of the river are 2,450 cfs, down from 2,500 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: The fall salmon quota has been reached on the upper Trinity. While jacks may be kept in the Upper Trinity, most are now dark. Steelhead fishing is fair, but anglers are facing low, clear water conditions. Driftboaters are having to drag their boats over some riffles. Flows at Lewiston were 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City were 311, while flows at Junction City were 328 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 517 cfs. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fishing around the lake was tougher this weekend. Very little reaction bite, some glidebait action on wind blown points if you work the bait slow. Ned rigs, drop-shot rigs, darthead, Senkos, football head jig. One guide fished spoons and they caught many fish suspended in deeper water on Blade Runner spoons. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Water is still low, ducks are starting to raft up in the middle of the lake. A few hunters have been trying their luck and managed to shoot birds in the north wind. Fishing remains slow. Football head jigs and senkos near the dam. Drop-shot, dartheads, Carolina rigs in Anglers cove. CLEAR LAKE: Fishing has been good the past week. Lipless crankbaits, underspins, chatter baits, jerk baits, and glidebaits, are all producing a solid reaction bite. Drop-shot, shaky head, Ned rigs, and Carolina rigs have been working when the bite is tougher. Some reports of big swimbait fish being caught on mid-sized Huddelstons. LAKE MENDOCINO: Fishing is still slow, fish are pushed deep, Carolina rigs, darthead, Senkos, football jigs, Ned rigs, Axe-blade tail spinner, and drop-shot. LAKE PILLSBURY: Fly fishing has been more productive but you might have to work harder right now that weather conditions are changing. Spinning gear try ‘crawlers, spoons, and spinners. Trolling hardware, Gulp! minnows, ‘crawlers, Wedding Rings. Bass fishermen use Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky rigged Senkos, drop-shots, slow and deep. Small swimbaits in white LAKE SONOMA: Finesse fishing for bass on the chunk rock has been producing but stay in contact with the bottom. Drop-shot, Ned rigs, senkos, shakey head jigs, darthead jigs, anything in peanut butter and jelly color pattern. Landlocked steelhead available for trollers up river arms. UPPER BLUE LAKES: Still little report to go on for this lake, the resort is changing management and the lake is awaiting trout plant. Trout can usually be caught using Power Bait with Trout-Dip, nightcrawlers, spinners and small spoons. Panther Martins, Cleo’s, and Rooster Tails. Bass fishing has been slow. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing is still slow. The few fish being caught have been smaller rainbows caught while trolling hardware, Gulp! Minnows, or ‘crawlers. Troll slow when the lake is flat and calm, speed up when the wind picks up. “Small” rainbows here are 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. BAUM LAKE: Fly fishing, midges, leaches, baetis are best. Spinning gear try Panther Martins, nightcrawler-blown up or with marshmallow. BUCKS LAKE: Bucks lake marina is closed for the season. No fishing report. FALL RIVER: Try fly gear on flats and edges of deep holes. Water boatman, Baetis, callibaetis, and leeches are all good. HAT CREEK: Downsized everything. Spinner guys use Rooster Tails, spoons, Panther Martins. Fly gear, to use are tiny baetis, drowned spinners and micro caddis. LEWISTON LAKE: Fly fisherman have been catching fish from Pine Cove marina to the base of the dam. Power Bait, nightcrawlers, small spoons, Rooster Tails and spinners are best. Fly fishing  near marina with zebra midges, baetis nymph and copper Johns gets the fish. PIT RIVER: Pit 3 is too high to wade right now, pit 4 is fishing well. Black nymphs, black micro mays, dark lords, and rubber legs. TRINITY LAKE: Trinity center ramp is closed. No report. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: There has been some reports of a few solid swimbait fish caught by anglers that know the right points at the right time. Downsize swimbait to mid-size and smaller Keitech swimbaits for smallmouth. Fish very slow. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boaters who consider launching from the shoreline should beware the thick mud exposed by the recent lake drawdown. If you manage to launch you may have the entire lake to yourself, but local guide Marc Christophel says it isn’t worth the risk. The drawdown should continue for some time, as Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reports dam work may be in the offing. Trout fishing is still good at the inlet and around the dam. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said he fished the East Carson on Thursday, catching and releasing 7 trout between 2 and 5 pounds in just 90 minutes. He was offering salmon eggs on his fly rod, and fishing moving water. It didn’t have to be deep. He caught fish in as little as 12 inches. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store reported fishing improved over last week, which by all accounts was already good. Trollers found their best luck by focusing on the top 6 feet of the water column, using Dick Nite Copper Redheads or Needlefish Red Dot Frogs. Shore fishing was good too, at Mallard, Honker and Lightning Tree, on worms and Power Bait. Fly anglers who worked Fairview and Bluff Cove did well on black ants and brown wiggletail flies. DONNER LAKE: Trolling for Mackinaw has been slow, according to multiple sources. The shore fishing is a brighter story, with juvenile Macks showing on Power Bait as well as larger spinners and Kastmasters. The same lures – downsized – are working well for planted trout. EAGLE LAKE: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported the fishing here has improved after a down period. Anglers are catching Eagle Lake strain trout weighing 2 to 3 pounds on the typical Eagle Lake stuff, trolling flies in orange and cinnamon and pumpkin seed. Grubs are also fishing well. The lake level is up, making fishing easier. ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR: Guide Dale Daneman said Ice House was planted again last week. These is no shortage of fish in the lake. There’s no rain in sight so folks should get out now before Old Man Winter walks in, he advised. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Once the general trout season closes on November 15, Indian Creek will be a primary location for area trout hunters. They have a lot to look forward to, as an unidentified angler pulled in an 8-pound trout while fishing from his canoe this week. JACKSON MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said Jackson Meadows is fishing well for trout. The fish are beat up due to the water temperature, but the fishing is easy anyway. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said trout and bass fishing has remained steady since last week. Nothing big came out of the lake, but that could change soon with the water cooling. Jenkinson should turn over soon. LAKE TAHOE: Another good week of Mackinaw fishing is in the books. It’s been good enough that guides are hunting trout once lake trout limits are in the boat. The fish are spawning but that hasn’t blocked the bite. Both the North Shore and South Shore are producing fish. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Prosser is dropping quickly. The shoreline is muddy. Boaters should use caution if they plan on launching over the dirt. Bass are still somewhat active mid-day. Trout fishing is steady using bait in deeper water. PYRAMID LAKE: The biggest fish of the new season, a 23-pound, 2-ounce beast, was caught and weighed at Crosby’s Lodge this week by Matt Smeltzer. He was fishing from a boat at Hell’s Kitchen, using a P-Line Bleeding Frog lure. Meantime, Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter and his clients notched 7 fish over 10 pounds in a single outing, on Firetiger Apex trolling lures and No. 1 FlatFish. It was a week for the big fish. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Marc Christophel of Christophel’s Guide Service filed the best report to come out of the Truckee area in some time this week. He said he fished Stampede on Saturday and did well for rainbows using Mack’s Cripplures. The fish were 12 to 13 inches on average, enough to keep it interesting. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports added that some smaller bass are showing, but Mackinaw have been non-existent this year. The dam road is now open, allowing easy access to both sides of the lake, and the lake is nearly full. TRUCKEE RIVER: The river is in great fishing shape according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Fly casters are throwing streamers. There are a lot of active fish on top for dry flies, midges or blue wing olives. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova at the Walker General Store said the river is running low (there’s been no rain), but two gentlemen who fished the river reported catching limits to near limits of trout. There was nothing huge but they were happy with their catches, she added. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been fair on the parts of the American still open to fishing. Some guides have reported good fishing. A few kings are being caught near the mouth. Flows at Fair Oaks are 1,810 cfs, up slightly from 1,520 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing down river. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 401 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago, with a water temperature of 70 degrees. It is on the verge of dropping below 400 feet elevation, which normally triggers a 5 mph speed limit. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam were down to 5,190 cfs. Salmon fishing has slowed at the Barge Hole, with guides reporting a few fish daily. Many of the fish are getting dark, but a few fresh fish a day are being caught. Rain is needed to jump start the late-fall run. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo-Bugs, roe or beads. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing has slowed near Woodson Bridge, where guides are reporting one or two fish a boat. Many of the kings are now dark. Drifting roe is working best. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. The action was good early in the week, but slowed over the weekend. Striper fishing is slow. Northern Foothills CAMP FAR WEST: The lake is very low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Very low fishing effort. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow, with very little fishing activity. HELL HOLE: Hell Hole should be producing browns, it’s that time of year. Be aware, the lake is low, necessitating boat launching off the dirt shoreline. LAKE OROVILLE: Fall bass fishing remains hot for numbers, with size gradually improving. Finesse baits presented on steep walls and deep points worked best. The annual North Valley Tackle bass tournament was Saturday, won by father-son team of Frank and Tanner Martinez with 11.83 pounds. Chris Layton was second with 11.34 pounds, backstopped by a 5.10-pound kicker. David Hill and Guy Weichert was third with 9.64 pounds. SCOTT’S FLAT: Smallmouth are active now. It remains a drop-shot or Ned rig bite all the way down to 50 feet. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: The Afterbay remains slow, with cold water. Nearby Oroville is a much better option. If you must go, you might try structure in the shallow end of the lake for bass. North Saltwater BERKELEY: The crab opener provided the start of crab/rockfish combo trips on California Dawn and Happy Hooker. Both boats turned in scores consisting of limits of rockfish and limits of crabs with some lingcod in the sacks, too. The nice thing is that much of the early season crabbing was right outside the Gate. El Dorado and New El Doarado III made two-a-day crab-only trips for limits. Boaters wanting to fish inside the bay found lots of striped bass on the Berkeley Flats, Paradise and other favorite spots. BODEGA BAY: It wasn’t necessary to go far from Harbor for crabs, in fact some folks worked snares from the breakwater and did well. Boats like New Sea Angler, wanting great fishing to go with great crabbing, began around Elephant Rock and worked on down towards Point Reyes to put some high-grade rockfish and lingcod onboard. At Tomales Bay, a very few halibut fishers stayed at it and had hookups near the mouth of the Bay. Dillon Beach was very good for surfperch fishing. EMERYVILLE: Some of the Fish Emeryville boats, like New Huck Finn, Pacific Pearl, Sea Wolf, Tigerfish and Wet Spot made opening weekend runs out the Golden gate and up a short distance where they could catch limits of rockfish and then pull pots to add consistent limits of heavy crabs. Bay fishers found good striped bass action right at Emery Point. EUREKA: Charter boat Reel Steel made an opening day run out to the open ocean, set pots, let them soak for one hour and only had to pull 8 pots to reach limits for 3 people. Crabbing inside Humboldt Bay was pretty good at Englund Marine piers and at Del Norte Pier. Fishing for California halibut inside Humboldt Bay remained viable and should stay that way until big rains come or the shoals of anchovies leave the Bay. FORT BRAGG: There were loads of healthy crabs available just out front of Fort Bragg and up the coast off Ten Mile Beach. Partyboat Sea Hawk pulled limits of rockfish and crab, as did boats from Hooked on Mendo. Shore crabbing with snares was good at Noyo Jetty and other good casting platforms. Shore fishing for kelp greenling, cabezon, lingcod and rockfish was excellent at Old Mill. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon season ended on the 31st, with plenty of hatchery salmon inside Pillar Point Harbor. When crab season opened on the weekend, it was game on for party boats like Huli Cat, private boats and people casting or hooping from the jetty and the public pier. Queen of Hearts focused on rockfish and lingcod down the coast from Martins Beach to Pescador. SAN FRANCISCO: Wacky Jacky from Fisherman’s Landing and Outer Limits from Sausalito finished the salmon season, which ended on October 31st, with the skippers reporting slow action. By the weekend, bat like Bass Tub, Argo and Lovely Martha were out scoring limits of Dungeness and rockfish. Flash I fished the South Bay and caught good sharks near Hunter’s Point.
29 Oct 18
sicyakker

      When it comes to freshwater bass fishing, I am not comfortable talking about successes.  I’ve become accustomed to describing my mishaps, mistakes, bad decisions and abject failures.  I guess after fishing with the South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club for the past 9 years I am finally learning something. At the beginning […]

25 Oct 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
Top picks FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing downriver. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area. GOLD LAKES BASIN: The fishing is hot, hot, hot throughout Gold Lake. Rocky Point, the 4×4 Campground and the islands are all fishing well, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. Trollers are finding their best luck in 20 to 30 feet of water about 15 feet down. Everything is biting – rainbows, browns and Mackinaw. SHASTA LAKE: Great fall action for bass and trout right now. Reaction bite is picking up for bass and there’s been some topwater early, then switch to spinnerbaits, white-on-white. Cranks to 14 feet are working, and Alabama rigs. Trout are steady but you need to stay deep, down 80 to 100 feet. Some smaller trout on the surface. HAT CREEK: Fish can be caught if you are willing to downsize your tackle selection. You can find trout using smaller betas, midges and drowned spinners, which are becoming more popular here. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knights Landing. Salmon fishing is slow near Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Far north lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fish are feeding heavily on pond smelt. Match the hatch with artificial baits, plastics, flies and hardware. Anything that resembles smelt will catch fish. Larger fish are moving into the coves. Fly fishing from shore has also produced quality fish. BAUM LAKE: Fishing has been OK for persistent anglers. Flyfishing has been the top producer using midges, betas, and leeches. BUCKS LAKE: Bucks marina is closed for the season, so not many people have been fishing. EAGLE LAKE: Fish are being caught on grubs, ‘crawlers, flies and hardware, trolling or on anchor. Various colors have been working, but orange seems to be the hot ticket. Trolling Jay Fair flies in the 10 to 15 feet of water range has produced bigger fish the last week. FALL RIVER: Fishing has been good, even with cooler temperatures. Fly fisherman have been catching quality fish while using betas, water nymphs and boatman flies. LEWISTON LAKE: Larger fish are showing up and have been eating a variety of baits and lures. White Power Bait is working well, nightcrawlers and Needlefish will catch fish throughout the day. Zebra midge flies and copper Johns have been working near the Pine Cove Marina area while dry flies at the lower end of the lake. There is 20 feet of visibility in the lake right now. PIT RIVER: It is hard work getting to an accessible area to fish, but once you get there the hard work really pays off. Flyfishing has been the best bet with dark nymphs, dark lords, Quigley’s, crown jewels, black ap’s and rubber legs, which are all catching quality fish. TRINITY LAKE: Not much happening right now. Weather is cooling off and fishing remains slow. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Fishing is tough on average. Anglers that fish regularly and know which points to target have been catching big bass while fishing with swimbaits like the Huddleston, ROF-12 down deep and slow working the main lake points. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow in the Howe Avenue and Sailor Bar area, as low water has made fishing tough. A few kings are being caught near the mouth. Flows at Fair Oaks are 1,520 cfs, up slightly from 1,350 cfs. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 406 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago, with a water temperature of 70 degrees. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Salmon fishing has been good at the Barge Hole, with guides reporting limits daily. Many of the fish are getting dark, but a few fresh fish a day are being caught. The first late-fall king salmon of the season were observed last week, as a few chrome-bright fish were caught. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo Bugs, roe or beads. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing has slowed near Woodson Bridge, where guides are reporting one or two fish a boat. Many of the kings are now dark. Drifting roe is working best. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Early morning has been best. Anglers are trolling FlatFish, spinners and Brad’s Plug Cut lures behind Pro Troll flashers. Some salmon are being caught on jigs at the Minnow Hole. Striper fishing is slow. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Catch-and-release action for adult salmon remains good near Hornbrook, while a few jacks are also being caught. Jacks less than 22 inches may be kept. Fishing for steelhead is good from Iron Gate Hatchery to the Klamathon Bridge. Flows over the weekend at Iron Gate Dam were 1,010 cfs, unchanged from a week ago. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Fishing for steelhead has been very  good near Happy Camp and Orleans. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,280 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,740 cfs, down from 1,884 cfs a week ago. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon are being caught above Blue Creek. Flows at Klamath Glen, near the mouth of the river, are 2,360 cfs, down from 2,560 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: Fall salmon fishing is expected to last a few more weeks on the Trinity, where this year’s quota has not yet been met. Low water is challenging anglers, and driftboaters have to drag their boats from pool to pool. Small MagLip plugs are still working at right light. The river is crowded near Junction City, where fishing has been best. More steelhead have arrived. Northern foothills CAMP FAR WEST: According to Kathy DeRossett of the North Shore Resort, low water requiring boats to launch over gravel is keeping many anglers away. COLLINS LAKE: It’s trout tim.! The first stock of the fall season went into the lake on Friday. It was a double stock – 2,000 pounds – and included some larger fish. Early season results were fair, with only two 3-pound trout making it onto the Collins Lake Recreation Area lunker list. They both came from the beach on PowerBait, good news for shore dunkers. DRY CREEK PARK LAKE: The Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked catfish for a youth fishing day, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. Plenty of holdover cats remain. ENGLEBRIGHT: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported that trout stocks should be going into Englebright soon. The lake level is nice and full. HELL HOLE: According to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle, winds blew most anglers off the water at Hell Hole this week. The lake level is very low. Boats must launch off the dirt. LAKE OROVILLE: As predicted by Ron Gandolfi of Gandolfi Bass Guide Service, bass numbers were up this week. Full-day trips approached 75 fish, and one outstanding half-day yielded just shy of 50, all on drop-shot, which is all he and his clients used. He expected other finesse baits should also be effective, but as long as the bass are chasing bait, the drop-shot is a better bet. Gandolfi reported the formerly hot topwater bite has tailed off.     THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Although water releases into the afterbay from the bottom of Oroville have slowed, the bass fishing likely will remain slow due to cold water temperatures and fluctuating conditions. If you go, try the shallow rocks where the conditions are warmer. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Topwater bite has still been good in the mornings and evenings. Spoon bite is picking up, while the drop-shot remains good. Lake level still looks good, main launch ramps are still accessible. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Fishing still remains slow. Senkos, drop-shot rigs, Ned rig, and Carolina rigs. Low water at the lake. No reports on the crappie bite. CLEAR LAKE: Fish are scattered and are feeding on large schools of baitfish. Senkos, drop-shot, Carolina rigs, Brush Hawgs work when fishing finesse style. There has been more of a reaction bite picking up with lipless cranks, shallow divers, spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits and glidebaits also working. LAKE MENDOCINO: Fishing has been slow, bass are pushed deep. Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky rigged senkos, and drop-shot rigs are the best bet for putting fish in the boat. LAKE PILLSBURY: Cooler temperatures are causing the bass to move deep, and the trout to move up shallower. The trout fishing has really picked up with the change in the thermocline of the lake. Anglers can find fish in the top 15 feet and seem to eat just about anything. Spinners, ‘crawlers, Power Bait, artificial worms, and hardware, can all be used to catch nice trout. Bass fishing has really slowed with the change in water temperatures causing the fish to move out deep. Smaller swimbaits like Rapalas, Keitechs, and Gulp! baits can be used to catch better quality fish. Reaction bite is slow early in the morning but can still pick up during the heat of the day. Best bet is Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky rigged Senkos, and any form of finesse style rigs for results. LAKE SONOMA: Jigs and smaller swimbaits have been producing some fish near Sheriffs cove. Not many people have been fishing, pressure has been light. UPPER BLUE LAKES: With the resort being sold to new owners the trout plant has been on hold. Not much fishing going on at the moment. Bass action is sporadic. North Coast rivers CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Flows over the weekend were 76 cfs and this week’s rain is not expected to increase water levels enough for driftboats to float above tidewater. Salmon fishing is fair in the estuary, while anglers using bobbers and eggs are doing well at Tide Rock and Social Security Bar, said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Big schools of salmon are staging near the mouth, waiting for a major rain. ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Port Orford, Ore.: Some salmon are being caught near the mouth of the Elk River. Both rivers are too low to float with driftboats until a major rain hits the coast. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing has slowed in the bay. A few adult king salmon are still being caught, along with some silver salmon. Boat traffic is now light. Steelhead fishing is good from Lobster Creek to Agness. RUSSIAN RIVER:  The Russian continues to be closed due to “low-flow” conditions.  Until we get some significant rains or at least several storms the river will remain closed, said Scott Heemstra at Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville.   SMITH RIVER: Low-flow closures remain in effect above Rowdy Creek. Flows over the weekend at Jed Smith were 205 cfs. They must pass 600 cfs to allow fishing above Rowdy Creek. This week’s rain is not expected to be enough to lift the closure. Some salmon are being caught near the mouth on spoons. Anglers also are fishing anchovies near the mouth with some success. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Boca remains consistent for trout. Most people are fishing the west side back arms and the inlet area. Flows are too low on the Little Truckee arm to lure the browns. CARSON RIVER (East, West): The last Alpine County Fish and Game Commission trophy trout stock of the year is expected this week. It’ll be 1,800 pounds and all go into the East Carson, which still has plenty of wary holdovers from the prior stocking. The water is running very clear, so you might want to sneak up on the fish. In other good news, the DFW dropped 400 pounds of catchables into both the East and West Carson last week. Nobody is lighting it on fire due to cold weather.   DAVIS LAKE: The docks are out, but that hasn’t stopped trollers from catching limits plus of trout on Dick Nite Copper Redheads and other baits such as nightcrawlers, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. Shore fishing remains excellent too, particularly at Mallard. Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said anything red in trout dough baits has been killing it. A few bass and cats are coming out of Camp 5. Fly casters must cover a lot of water but are getting their share of trout too, on black or olive woolly buggers. DONNER LAKE: Fishing for Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service was a little slower this week. The kokanee bite on this year’s fish is truly over, with only 2 of 12 fish still edible, and those barely. The launch ramp remains a worry. The lake is as low as Rainsbarger has seen it, leaving boaters to launch over stones and hazards. Meanwhile, shore fishing for trout is steady, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. The Mackinaw have yet to come up shallow, in reach of shore casters. A really good cold snap is needed to activate these fish. FEATHER RIVER CANYON: Chris Tsavalas at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported the North Fork of the Feather and the Caribou Powerhouse Reservoir are low but fishing well, as the fish are concentrated in small areas. HEENAN LAKE: This broodstock cutthroat lake closes with special regulations (barbless, artificials only, catch and release) was packed with people this weekend. Unfortunately fishing was slow, according to Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and Todd’s Bait and Tackle. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Area anglers continue to concentrate on the East Carson and nearby Heenan Lake. When they do give Indian Creek a try, they will find trophy trout. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): The water is cooling and the bite is picking up, according to Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort. The lake is getting ready to turn. Some smaller Mackinaw and some trout are in the counts. The first trout plant is about a month out. LAKE TAHOE: The Mackinaw bite was excellent this week at both the north and south shores. In addition, charter operators are dipping into the shallows and teasing nice trout once they’ve caught their lake trout limits.   PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trout fishing is steady in the mornings and evening, although everything in the area has been slowed by unseasonably warm weather. Bass are slowing. PYRAMID LAKE: Another jumbo cutthroat came out of the lake this week, this time a nearly 20-pounder (19-pounds, 13-ounces) taken near Popcorn. The fish ate a red and white Apex trolled 47 feet down and 40 feet back. Cutt’ fishing slowed for numbers, possibly due to the nearly full moon according to Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter. It might be more accurate to say it is hit and miss, with a better day accounting for a dozen fish. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Stampede is the best local bet for boat anglers, as the lake level is still up. Trollers are targeting trout around the island, but the results have been hit or miss at best. Zimmerman figures the east winds have put the fish down. TRUCKEE RIVER: The main river is still in good shape. Flows out of Tahoe have picked up a bit. At Glenshire, the flow was 100 cfs. It’s better at Hirschdale in the Canyon to State Line section, 350 to 400 cfs. In the skinny water, some fly anglers are having luck using dry dropper setups. WEBBER LAKE: The gate to Webber Lake is still open, but it won’t be much longe, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. He expects it to close soon. The lake will remain open – anglers will have to walk in – once the gate is shut. WEST WALKER RIVER:   According to a Walker General Store staffer, the river is very low. Store staffers haven’t heard of anyone fishing this week. Saltwater BERKELEY: Happy Hooker finished her weekly Tuesday halibut runs with a keeper per rod. The she joined California Dawn and El Dorado from Berkeley in steady forays to pull limits of rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones and the Marin Coast. Berkeley Flats was a popular place over the weekend after a number of white seabass were caught. BODEGA BAY: Salmon fishing went ballistic late in the week and over the weekend. New Sea Angler slid into position off Ten Mile Beach and put four salmon aboard in the first five minutes. It didn’t take long to reach limits. Kehoe Beach and elephant Rock were other productive salmon grounds. Rockfish and lingcod were easy enough to catch with the nice weather. Halibut bit near the mouth of Tomales Bay. EMERYVILLE: Fish Emeryville sent 3 boats out to load up on rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones and Marin Coast. Pacific Pearl, Sea Wolf and Tigerfish had the duty and put anglers on fish, giving them all the help they needed and back to dock early on some days. Tigerfish, New Huck Finn and Sea Wolf fished the Farallones for daily limits of rockfish and common limits of lingcod. EUREKA: Boats ran for albacore and scored single digit counts at roughly 45 miles out in a northwest direction. The feeling is that the tuna season may be quickly winding down due to water changes offshore. Reel Steel was one of the boats that ran for tuna and the boat also made a run to near Cape Mendocino for limits of lings and 3/4-limits of rockfish. FORT BRAGG: Tuna forays were unproductive and salmon fishing slowed way down so boats like Sea Hawk, Capt. Tuna and Telstar worked local waters such as Casper Cove to catch lingcod up into the teens and limits of rockfish. Shore fishing was excellent with nice weather at many spots including Old Mill, MacKerricher and Mendocino Headlands. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon fishing was very strong, with Riptide and Huli Cat both scoring limits. Hatchery fish from the in-harbor net pen project remained in the Harbor and shore anglers hooked them periodically, with one of the best spots being near the restrooms. Queen of Hearts and Huli Cat made rockfish and lingcod runs down the coast to Martins Beach, Pescador and San Gregorio. SAN FRANCISCO: Salmon fishing was hot and heavy with early limits for Fisherman’s Landing boats Wacky Jacky, Bass Tub, Argo and Lovely Martha. Some boats alternated salmon trips with rockfish runs, which were generally limit affairs on all-day runs. Surf fishers outside the Gate had a blast with both redtail and barred surfperch. Few striped bass were caught, but evening time was the best bet. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. A longer version, with many more lakes and rivers, can be seen online at chicoer.com/sports.
25 Oct 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
Top picks FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing downriver. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area. GOLD LAKES BASIN: The fishing is hot, hot, hot throughout Gold Lake. Rocky Point, the 4×4 Campground and the islands are all fishing well, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. Trollers are finding their best luck in 20 to 30 feet of water about 15 feet down. Everything is biting – rainbows, browns and Mackinaw. SHASTA LAKE: Great fall action for bass and trout right now. Reaction bite is picking up for bass and there’s been some topwater early, then switch to spinnerbaits, white-on-white. Cranks to 14 feet are working, and Alabama rigs. Trout are steady but you need to stay deep, down 80 to 100 feet. Some smaller trout on the surface. HAT CREEK: Fish can be caught if you are willing to downsize your tackle selection. You can find trout using smaller betas, midges and drowned spinners, which are becoming more popular here. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knights Landing. Salmon fishing is slow near Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Far north lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fish are feeding heavily on pond smelt. Match the hatch with artificial baits, plastics, flies and hardware. Anything that resembles smelt will catch fish. Larger fish are moving into the coves. Fly fishing from shore has also produced quality fish. BAUM LAKE: Fishing has been OK for persistent anglers. Flyfishing has been the top producer using midges, betas, and leeches. BUCKS LAKE: Bucks marina is closed for the season, so not many people have been fishing. EAGLE LAKE: Fish are being caught on grubs, ‘crawlers, flies and hardware, trolling or on anchor. Various colors have been working, but orange seems to be the hot ticket. Trolling Jay Fair flies in the 10 to 15 feet of water range has produced bigger fish the last week. FALL RIVER: Fishing has been good, even with cooler temperatures. Fly fisherman have been catching quality fish while using betas, water nymphs and boatman flies. LEWISTON LAKE: Larger fish are showing up and have been eating a variety of baits and lures. White Power Bait is working well, nightcrawlers and Needlefish will catch fish throughout the day. Zebra midge flies and copper Johns have been working near the Pine Cove Marina area while dry flies at the lower end of the lake. There is 20 feet of visibility in the lake right now. PIT RIVER: It is hard work getting to an accessible area to fish, but once you get there the hard work really pays off. Flyfishing has been the best bet with dark nymphs, dark lords, Quigley’s, crown jewels, black ap’s and rubber legs, which are all catching quality fish. TRINITY LAKE: Not much happening right now. Weather is cooling off and fishing remains slow. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Fishing is tough on average. Anglers that fish regularly and know which points to target have been catching big bass while fishing with swimbaits like the Huddleston, ROF-12 down deep and slow working the main lake points. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow in the Howe Avenue and Sailor Bar area, as low water has made fishing tough. A few kings are being caught near the mouth. Flows at Fair Oaks are 1,520 cfs, up slightly from 1,350 cfs. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 406 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago, with a water temperature of 70 degrees. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Salmon fishing has been good at the Barge Hole, with guides reporting limits daily. Many of the fish are getting dark, but a few fresh fish a day are being caught. The first late-fall king salmon of the season were observed last week, as a few chrome-bright fish were caught. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo Bugs, roe or beads. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing has slowed near Woodson Bridge, where guides are reporting one or two fish a boat. Many of the kings are now dark. Drifting roe is working best. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Early morning has been best. Anglers are trolling FlatFish, spinners and Brad’s Plug Cut lures behind Pro Troll flashers. Some salmon are being caught on jigs at the Minnow Hole. Striper fishing is slow. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Catch-and-release action for adult salmon remains good near Hornbrook, while a few jacks are also being caught. Jacks less than 22 inches may be kept. Fishing for steelhead is good from Iron Gate Hatchery to the Klamathon Bridge. Flows over the weekend at Iron Gate Dam were 1,010 cfs, unchanged from a week ago. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Fishing for steelhead has been very  good near Happy Camp and Orleans. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,280 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,740 cfs, down from 1,884 cfs a week ago. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon are being caught above Blue Creek. Flows at Klamath Glen, near the mouth of the river, are 2,360 cfs, down from 2,560 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: Fall salmon fishing is expected to last a few more weeks on the Trinity, where this year’s quota has not yet been met. Low water is challenging anglers, and driftboaters have to drag their boats from pool to pool. Small MagLip plugs are still working at right light. The river is crowded near Junction City, where fishing has been best. More steelhead have arrived. Northern foothills CAMP FAR WEST: According to Kathy DeRossett of the North Shore Resort, low water requiring boats to launch over gravel is keeping many anglers away. COLLINS LAKE: It’s trout tim.! The first stock of the fall season went into the lake on Friday. It was a double stock – 2,000 pounds – and included some larger fish. Early season results were fair, with only two 3-pound trout making it onto the Collins Lake Recreation Area lunker list. They both came from the beach on PowerBait, good news for shore dunkers. DRY CREEK PARK LAKE: The Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked catfish for a youth fishing day, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. Plenty of holdover cats remain. ENGLEBRIGHT: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported that trout stocks should be going into Englebright soon. The lake level is nice and full. HELL HOLE: According to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle, winds blew most anglers off the water at Hell Hole this week. The lake level is very low. Boats must launch off the dirt. LAKE OROVILLE: As predicted by Ron Gandolfi of Gandolfi Bass Guide Service, bass numbers were up this week. Full-day trips approached 75 fish, and one outstanding half-day yielded just shy of 50, all on drop-shot, which is all he and his clients used. He expected other finesse baits should also be effective, but as long as the bass are chasing bait, the drop-shot is a better bet. Gandolfi reported the formerly hot topwater bite has tailed off.     THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Although water releases into the afterbay from the bottom of Oroville have slowed, the bass fishing likely will remain slow due to cold water temperatures and fluctuating conditions. If you go, try the shallow rocks where the conditions are warmer. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Topwater bite has still been good in the mornings and evenings. Spoon bite is picking up, while the drop-shot remains good. Lake level still looks good, main launch ramps are still accessible. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Fishing still remains slow. Senkos, drop-shot rigs, Ned rig, and Carolina rigs. Low water at the lake. No reports on the crappie bite. CLEAR LAKE: Fish are scattered and are feeding on large schools of baitfish. Senkos, drop-shot, Carolina rigs, Brush Hawgs work when fishing finesse style. There has been more of a reaction bite picking up with lipless cranks, shallow divers, spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits and glidebaits also working. LAKE MENDOCINO: Fishing has been slow, bass are pushed deep. Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky rigged senkos, and drop-shot rigs are the best bet for putting fish in the boat. LAKE PILLSBURY: Cooler temperatures are causing the bass to move deep, and the trout to move up shallower. The trout fishing has really picked up with the change in the thermocline of the lake. Anglers can find fish in the top 15 feet and seem to eat just about anything. Spinners, ‘crawlers, Power Bait, artificial worms, and hardware, can all be used to catch nice trout. Bass fishing has really slowed with the change in water temperatures causing the fish to move out deep. Smaller swimbaits like Rapalas, Keitechs, and Gulp! baits can be used to catch better quality fish. Reaction bite is slow early in the morning but can still pick up during the heat of the day. Best bet is Ned rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky rigged Senkos, and any form of finesse style rigs for results. LAKE SONOMA: Jigs and smaller swimbaits have been producing some fish near Sheriffs cove. Not many people have been fishing, pressure has been light. UPPER BLUE LAKES: With the resort being sold to new owners the trout plant has been on hold. Not much fishing going on at the moment. Bass action is sporadic. North Coast rivers CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Flows over the weekend were 76 cfs and this week’s rain is not expected to increase water levels enough for driftboats to float above tidewater. Salmon fishing is fair in the estuary, while anglers using bobbers and eggs are doing well at Tide Rock and Social Security Bar, said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Big schools of salmon are staging near the mouth, waiting for a major rain. ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Port Orford, Ore.: Some salmon are being caught near the mouth of the Elk River. Both rivers are too low to float with driftboats until a major rain hits the coast. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing has slowed in the bay. A few adult king salmon are still being caught, along with some silver salmon. Boat traffic is now light. Steelhead fishing is good from Lobster Creek to Agness. RUSSIAN RIVER:  The Russian continues to be closed due to “low-flow” conditions.  Until we get some significant rains or at least several storms the river will remain closed, said Scott Heemstra at Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville.   SMITH RIVER: Low-flow closures remain in effect above Rowdy Creek. Flows over the weekend at Jed Smith were 205 cfs. They must pass 600 cfs to allow fishing above Rowdy Creek. This week’s rain is not expected to be enough to lift the closure. Some salmon are being caught near the mouth on spoons. Anglers also are fishing anchovies near the mouth with some success. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Boca remains consistent for trout. Most people are fishing the west side back arms and the inlet area. Flows are too low on the Little Truckee arm to lure the browns. CARSON RIVER (East, West): The last Alpine County Fish and Game Commission trophy trout stock of the year is expected this week. It’ll be 1,800 pounds and all go into the East Carson, which still has plenty of wary holdovers from the prior stocking. The water is running very clear, so you might want to sneak up on the fish. In other good news, the DFW dropped 400 pounds of catchables into both the East and West Carson last week. Nobody is lighting it on fire due to cold weather.   DAVIS LAKE: The docks are out, but that hasn’t stopped trollers from catching limits plus of trout on Dick Nite Copper Redheads and other baits such as nightcrawlers, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. Shore fishing remains excellent too, particularly at Mallard. Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said anything red in trout dough baits has been killing it. A few bass and cats are coming out of Camp 5. Fly casters must cover a lot of water but are getting their share of trout too, on black or olive woolly buggers. DONNER LAKE: Fishing for Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service was a little slower this week. The kokanee bite on this year’s fish is truly over, with only 2 of 12 fish still edible, and those barely. The launch ramp remains a worry. The lake is as low as Rainsbarger has seen it, leaving boaters to launch over stones and hazards. Meanwhile, shore fishing for trout is steady, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. The Mackinaw have yet to come up shallow, in reach of shore casters. A really good cold snap is needed to activate these fish. FEATHER RIVER CANYON: Chris Tsavalas at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported the North Fork of the Feather and the Caribou Powerhouse Reservoir are low but fishing well, as the fish are concentrated in small areas. HEENAN LAKE: This broodstock cutthroat lake closes with special regulations (barbless, artificials only, catch and release) was packed with people this weekend. Unfortunately fishing was slow, according to Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and Todd’s Bait and Tackle. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Area anglers continue to concentrate on the East Carson and nearby Heenan Lake. When they do give Indian Creek a try, they will find trophy trout. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): The water is cooling and the bite is picking up, according to Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort. The lake is getting ready to turn. Some smaller Mackinaw and some trout are in the counts. The first trout plant is about a month out. LAKE TAHOE: The Mackinaw bite was excellent this week at both the north and south shores. In addition, charter operators are dipping into the shallows and teasing nice trout once they’ve caught their lake trout limits.   PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trout fishing is steady in the mornings and evening, although everything in the area has been slowed by unseasonably warm weather. Bass are slowing. PYRAMID LAKE: Another jumbo cutthroat came out of the lake this week, this time a nearly 20-pounder (19-pounds, 13-ounces) taken near Popcorn. The fish ate a red and white Apex trolled 47 feet down and 40 feet back. Cutt’ fishing slowed for numbers, possibly due to the nearly full moon according to Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter. It might be more accurate to say it is hit and miss, with a better day accounting for a dozen fish. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Stampede is the best local bet for boat anglers, as the lake level is still up. Trollers are targeting trout around the island, but the results have been hit or miss at best. Zimmerman figures the east winds have put the fish down. TRUCKEE RIVER: The main river is still in good shape. Flows out of Tahoe have picked up a bit. At Glenshire, the flow was 100 cfs. It’s better at Hirschdale in the Canyon to State Line section, 350 to 400 cfs. In the skinny water, some fly anglers are having luck using dry dropper setups. WEBBER LAKE: The gate to Webber Lake is still open, but it won’t be much longe, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. He expects it to close soon. The lake will remain open – anglers will have to walk in – once the gate is shut. WEST WALKER RIVER:   According to a Walker General Store staffer, the river is very low. Store staffers haven’t heard of anyone fishing this week. Saltwater BERKELEY: Happy Hooker finished her weekly Tuesday halibut runs with a keeper per rod. The she joined California Dawn and El Dorado from Berkeley in steady forays to pull limits of rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones and the Marin Coast. Berkeley Flats was a popular place over the weekend after a number of white seabass were caught. BODEGA BAY: Salmon fishing went ballistic late in the week and over the weekend. New Sea Angler slid into position off Ten Mile Beach and put four salmon aboard in the first five minutes. It didn’t take long to reach limits. Kehoe Beach and elephant Rock were other productive salmon grounds. Rockfish and lingcod were easy enough to catch with the nice weather. Halibut bit near the mouth of Tomales Bay. EMERYVILLE: Fish Emeryville sent 3 boats out to load up on rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones and Marin Coast. Pacific Pearl, Sea Wolf and Tigerfish had the duty and put anglers on fish, giving them all the help they needed and back to dock early on some days. Tigerfish, New Huck Finn and Sea Wolf fished the Farallones for daily limits of rockfish and common limits of lingcod. EUREKA: Boats ran for albacore and scored single digit counts at roughly 45 miles out in a northwest direction. The feeling is that the tuna season may be quickly winding down due to water changes offshore. Reel Steel was one of the boats that ran for tuna and the boat also made a run to near Cape Mendocino for limits of lings and 3/4-limits of rockfish. FORT BRAGG: Tuna forays were unproductive and salmon fishing slowed way down so boats like Sea Hawk, Capt. Tuna and Telstar worked local waters such as Casper Cove to catch lingcod up into the teens and limits of rockfish. Shore fishing was excellent with nice weather at many spots including Old Mill, MacKerricher and Mendocino Headlands. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon fishing was very strong, with Riptide and Huli Cat both scoring limits. Hatchery fish from the in-harbor net pen project remained in the Harbor and shore anglers hooked them periodically, with one of the best spots being near the restrooms. Queen of Hearts and Huli Cat made rockfish and lingcod runs down the coast to Martins Beach, Pescador and San Gregorio. SAN FRANCISCO: Salmon fishing was hot and heavy with early limits for Fisherman’s Landing boats Wacky Jacky, Bass Tub, Argo and Lovely Martha. Some boats alternated salmon trips with rockfish runs, which were generally limit affairs on all-day runs. Surf fishers outside the Gate had a blast with both redtail and barred surfperch. Few striped bass were caught, but evening time was the best bet. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. A longer version, with many more lakes and rivers, can be seen online at chicoer.com/sports.