Keitech

21 Jun 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon season opens July 16. Shad fishing is good from Butte City to Red Bluff with small grubs working best. Anglers are reporting big numbers of fish. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Salmon season opens July 16. Striper fishing is slow. Fishing for catfish is good near Verona and Knights Landing. Shad are still being caught. AMERICAN RIVER: Shad fishing is good now that flows have dropped. The river went from 15,000 cfs to 8,900 cfs over the weekend. Shad are spread throughout the river. A few large stripers are being caught. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing remains good, but is slowing as the water drops and warms. Some anglers are still limiting in the lower river. Shad fishing is winding down. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Anglers are still sorting through a lot of 8- to 10-inch kokanee in order to get a nice limit of 13 to 16 inchers, and by a lot we mean 70 to 80 fish days. Fishing deeper helps, at 50 to 60 feet, as does staying away from other boats. Fishing pressure is heavy but the action remains fast. James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service said Paulina Peak Tackle Purple Haze and Green Dream Spinner have been his top producers. He fishes 30-foot setbacks and trolls at 1.2-1.5 mph. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The long awaited hex hatch has not started yet, but with rising temperatures in can happen any day now. There have been many other insects hatching and that has made the fish choosey on what they eat right now. BAUM LAKE: The lake was busy for the holiday weekend but the fishing still remains steady. Leeches, zebra midges, and small emergers are still producing best. EAGLE LAKE: The trout are still biting and there is very limited boat and bank traffic up there right now, making it a great summer destination. Jay Fair trolling flies are still producing fish as well as Needlefish in red dot frog and white bikini color patterns. FALL RIVER: Still no hex hatch yet, but there have been some of the larger salmon flies hatching. The bite has been great early in the morning and late in the afternoon but during mid-day the bite dies off completely. PMD’s and small nymphs are still top producers. HAT CREEK: More salmon flies are starting to hatch and the fishing has been good but the bite has been early in the morning and late in the day with the mid-day bite dying off. LEWISTON LAKE: Flows have finally returned to normal, but with the snow still melting that is subject to change from day to day depending on releases from the Trinity Dam. The fishing has started right off with the conditions and there were multiple quality fish caught near the Pine Cove Marina. PIT RIVER: Pits 1-5 are all fishable right now as the flows recede. Pit 5 is still pretty high and is borderline unsafe for wading, numbers 1-4 are stabilizing and in good condition for wading but they are all a lot of work to get to right now and the trek is best done with a partner for safety. SHASTA LAKE: The bass bite has slowed this past week with many of the fish being under 12 inches. For the most numbers, anglers are fishing with drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, and Senkos. The trout bite is still good up in the arms of the lake between 50 and 60 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: The bass are spawning and on beds right now, though with the lake already starting to drop, many of the fish have made their beds in deeper water, making it difficult to sight fish for them. Many anglers use baits that work the bottom and cover a lot of water looking for aggression bites when the bait crosses their bed. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The bass bite has gotten tough with many of the fish being smaller. There has been a good topwater bite throughout the day. Kokanee fishing is wide open and anglers are doing the best from the 299 bridge down to the Oak Bottom Marina. Sacramento Valley FOLSOM LAKE: The lake dropped 3 feet last week, down to 461 feet elevation, but is now slowly rising again as inflows are greater than outflows. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Trout fishing is fair, but the fish are suspended over deeper water in the main body. Bass fishing remains good. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: With flows down to 900 cfs, the upper Sacramento is coming into good shape for trout. Angling pressure has picked up with hot weather. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick are down to 10,500 cfs. Trout fishing has been very good near Anderson. Afternoon hatches are drawing fly anglers to the river. Salmon season opens Aug. 1. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon season opens July 16. Shad are being caught near the water towers below Discovery Park. A few stripers are being caught. The sloughs and ditches are fishing well for crappie and catfish. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: High water is keeping most anglers away. Flows were 1,850 cfs over the weekend at Iron Gate Dam. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Few anglers are fishing because of slightly high conditions. Flows at Happy Camp are 3,500 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Steelhead fishing is slow. June is normally peak season for springers, but the river is closed to salmon fishing until July 1. Flows over the weekend were 10,500 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: Salmon season opens July 1. Few anglers are currently fishing for trout or steelhead because of high water. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston were 1,800 cfs, down from 2,321 cfs a week ago, while flows at Douglas City were 2,060 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,990 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 4,200 cfs. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR RESERVOIR: The kokanee bite seems unstoppable and it’s as good as it has been all year. The fish are taking just about any suitable offering, but pink and orange are the most popular colors among anglers, with tuna flavored shoepeg corn, of course. This lake’s kokanee come as large as 14.5 inches, but the truth of the matter is most are smaller. Try fishing deeper to get the better ones. COLLINS LAKE: Summer mode has set in, with boaters doing the best on the remaining stocked trout, big ones up to 6.5 pounds, and catfish are starting to shine, biting so readily they are chewing on dough baits meant for trout. Bass action has slowed, but the panfish are coming on in the shallows. Tempt these handsized fish with red worms. FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the road into French Meadows is rough but open. The launch ramp is in the water. Fish reports are scarce. HELLHOLE RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle warned the road into Hellhole is rough, slow going due to repaired washouts and slides that make it tough to get a boat in. Fishing had been good here for Mackinaw and browns, but the wind blew much of the week, affecting the bite (or maybe just the anglers). Good reports were scarce. LAKE OROVILLE: Landlocked kings are in all the usual places like the Green Bridge (both sides). Some very nice kings have been coming in, including a 4 1/2 pounder for clients of Brett Brady’s Bare Bones Guide Service. The bite is solid if not spectacular with limits for those who fish hard. The fish have been at 35 to 65 feet, and the morning bite has been best with the full moon approaching. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: According to Craig Bentley, past WON contributor, signs warning of a toxic blue green algae bloom went up on June 5. He didn’t have an update on the conditions. A social bass fish organized by Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle once again failed to produce a bass over 17 1/2 inches, which Sorensen considers poor. Bass fishing overall is slow, but you can still catch a dozen on Keitech swimbaits, although many will be small. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Bass and kokanee are still biting great around the lake. Anglers are catching kokanee between 35 and 50 feet deep trolling with hoochies and dodgers. Bass are biting topwater all day long right now, but if the bite gets tough switch to small swimbaits, jigs, Senkos, Ned rigs, and drop-shot rigs. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The topwater bite is great in the morning and afternoon right now, days with some wind there has been a good spinnerbait bite in the willows. The water is dropping and very clear right now so the fish are spooky. BLUE LAKES: The fishing remains excellent for both bass and trout. Anglers are catching their trout on ‘crawlers, Power Bait, and trolling. There are some bigger fish being caught near the resort. CLEAR LAKE: There are plenty of bass being caught right now, but the bigger fish are harder to find. Topwater and frog baits are working early and late, but majorities of the fish being caught are coming on down baits and soft plastics. EAST PARK: For crappie use a small swimbait under a float with bobberstop so that the bait stops just shy of the bottom and sits still. For bass, Texas rigged Brushhogs, jigs, Senkos and spinnerbaits work well. The water level is starting to drop and the lake is transitioning into the summer pattern. The fishing remains great, as usual. LAKE SONOMA: Landlocked steelhead are still being caught by boats out trolling and an occasional bass fisherman hooks one. The bass fishing is still good but it has been harder to locate the bigger fish. Senkos and soft plastics during the day, topwater baits in the early morning and later afternoon work best. 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.: A few sea-run cutthroat trout are being caught in the upper tidewater. Anchovies and herring are schooled up in the estuary. Surfperch are biting near the jetties. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: A handful of salmon were caught in the Rogue Bay over the weekend. Some appeared to be feeder fish, following anchovies into the estuary. The water temperature at Agness is back to 70 degrees after dropping to 60 degrees last week. That will force salmon to hold up in the bay, and jump start the summer bay fishery. RUSSIAN RIVER, Guerneville: Not much to report, according to Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. Water flows continue to stay high for this time of year, which has delayed putting in the recreational dams in the area.  American shad continue to be caught in small numbers and the bass action continues to be consistent. SMITH RIVER, Smith River: The river is open to fishing, with a few sea-run cutthroat trout being caught on spinners. Sierra lakes and rivers ALPINE LAKE: In a June 16 Facebook post, Alpine Lodge reported that they are finally fully open. The lake has thawed, and people are launching boats. The weather has been beautiful. BOCA LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said construction continues on Boca Dam, and that’s caused the lake to be dramatically lowered. It isn’t possible to launch a boat and shore fishing areas have been drastically limited. CAPLES LAKE: A staffer at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters in Tahoe reported Caples Lake is still pretty much frozen, with only the edges thawed out. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said all the area rivers and creeks are still running high. One customer of his successfully fished Markleeville Creek, but only by travelling up high where the stream is one-third the size of the more visited areas. Sodaro said he expects the rivers to round into shape in the next week and a half, and he’ll put an order in for a bunch of stocked trout as soon as they do. DAVIS LAKE: Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said trout fishing was good for the Lake Davis Annual Spring Fishing Derby benefiting the local volunteer fire department. Boaters did better, but shore anglers also caught fish. The DFW stocked Davis last week. DONNER LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner’s been busy with shore anglers and boaters, but reports are scarce. At last check, Mackinaw fishing was mostly slow, and the best trout fishing spot was at the public launch ramp. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: With the nearby rivers blown out due to snowmelt, Indian Creek Reservoir is the best Markleeville area option. It’s fishing very well for trout. JACKSON MEADOWS LAKE: According to Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee, the access road is still closed due to fallen trees. It’s tough to say when it will open. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said general boat traffic is impacting anglers. It’s important to start early and plan on finishing fishing by 10 a.m. If you do, you might catch a limit of trout. LAKE TAHOE: Winds leading up to the weekend slowed the Mackinaw bite and made it feel as if winter had returned, but better conditions are in the offing and anyway, guide services fished right through the nasty weather, still realizing near limits. PROSSER LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Prosser is fishing decently. The smallmouth are active, find them along rocky shores and at the dam. PYRAMID LAKE: A bunch of big cutthroat came in for boaters, highlighted by a 19.25 pounder for Danny Hopkins of Dayton, Nev, who caught it on a modified frog FlatFish. This time of year it’s largely a boater’s game. Glen Lemon of Pilot Peak Guide Service said his clients caught several over 10, and a couple of those larger fish came while jigging black marabou jigs. George Molino of Cutthroat Charters said they are averaging a dozen fish a trip, with standout days reaching 25, with 6-, 7-, and 8-pound cutthroat in the mix. TRUCKEE RIVER: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the Truckee River has come down a little and is running mostly clear. He thinks the bulk of the runoff has passed. Anglers are starting to fish green drake nymphs, smaller yellow stones, and some caddis. Once the sun can reliably penetrate to the bottom he predicts hatches will take off. UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported the fishing here remains in the dumps and the lake is filled with debris. The fishing is tough at best. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said the river is still raging. A video posted on the store’s Facebook page amply backs up her claim. Nobody is fishing such a torrent. Northern Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Marina boats found the best halibut bite in memory going strong and limits possible, with bonus striped bass catches. California Dawn had flatties up to 20 pounds. Happy Hooker pulled 50 halibut. Dream Fisher and Pacific Dream did similarly. Berkeley Charter Boats mainly fished the Bay to cash in on the stellar bite, though there were salmon and rockfish trips outside the Gate. BODEGA BAY: Salmon fishing busted loose throughout Bodega Bay from Point Reyes to Bodega Head. New Sea Angler put 37 limits of salmon on the boat and did it quickly enough to go add rockfish and lingcod to passengers’ sacks. Inside Tomales Bay, halibut were active feeders pretty much everywhere except right near the entrance. There were striped bass in the Bay and also along the beaches where a 22 pounder was taken with a topwater lure. EMERYVILLE: C Gull II, Pacific Pearl, Sea Wolf, Tigerfish and New Huck Finn ran for salmon and brought limits onboard for all passengers. Inside the Bay, halibut and striped bass counts were smartly high for Dragon and Kingfish. Private boaters also fished halibut and bass on the Emeryville Flats and Berkeley Flats. EUREKA: The weather and seas came down and the renowned Eureka fleet of charter boats and private boats did just what was expected… caught all manner of fish. Shellback and Sea Weasel II got into salmon and Pacific halibut locally as well as rockfish and lingcod down at Cape Mendocino. Salmon counts were good, and most fish were 8 to 12 pounds. Pacific halibut showed up in jumbo size such as 80, 71 and 68 pounds. The 80 pounder was caught by a local private boater and currently holds the lead in the big fish derby. FORT BRAGG: Good fishing conditions allowed boaters to find the fish and limits of salmon were caught, as close by as the Whistle Buoy but also as far out as 300 feet of water. Rockfish and lingcod were readily available from local reef zones and also from favored shore spots such as Todd’s Point and Caspar. Crabbing continues, with an eye towards the season closing on the 30th. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon counts jumped going into the weekend, so Queen of Hearts, New Capt. Pete and Ankeny Street headed out to pull good quantities over their rails. The best area was 14 miles down the coast. Huli Cat and Riptide went south and found willing rockfish and lingcod biters off Pescadero and other hotspots of the skippers. Striped bass hit baits and lures along beaches near Mori Point and Linda Mar. SAN FRANCISCO: Salmon fishing turned excellent for Fisherman’s Wharf boats Wacky Jacky, Bass Tub and Lovely Martha as some trips produced full limits between Arch Rock and Chimney Rock where there were lots of jellies, but great fishing. Flash I, Flash II, Bass Tub and Lovely Martha all worked the halibut and bass bite throughout San Francisco Bay, pounding limits of halibut or bass or both on some trips.
31 May 19
Georgia Wildlife Blog

While it might not be the kind of national holiday that gets you a day off of work, it is surely at least a great reason to plan a day on the water – National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW) is June 1-9, 2019! How can you celebrate NFBW?  Free Fishing Days: Both June 1 […]

24 May 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Trout fishing is very good on beads, crickets, roe or Glo Bugs from the Highway 44 bridge down to Anderson. Fly fishing also has improved in the afternoons. Flows from Keswick Dam remained at 8,500 cfs all week. This year’s salmon limit will be two fish a day. Salmon season opens Aug. 1 above Red Bluff. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing remains good from Verona to Yuba City, with several fish over 20 pounds reported last week. Limits of 20- to 24-inchers are being caught on drifted minnows. Shad fishing is good on the Yuba River. Sturgeon fishing is slow. The salmon limit will be two fish a day this year. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers are moving up from Colusa to Chico. Swimbaits, trolled plugs, rubber worms and drifted minnows are all catching schoolie-size stripers and some bigger fish over 20 pounds. Shad are moving upriver. Salmon season opens July 16, with a two-fish limit. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Striped bass fishing improved in the Colusa area. Swimbaits, minnows and cut bait are all working. Shad are beginning to move upriver. Sturgeon fishing is slow at Knights Landing. Fishing for catfish also is slow with the cool water. BAUM LAKE: The fishing only seems to get better and better with many of the techniques remaining the same as they have been. The crowd has thinned out but the anglers that are still there are reporting nice big healthy ‘bows being caught. Leeches, zebra midges, and small emergers work best. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Bass and crappie fishing is still red hot and you can catch them on the baits of your choice right now. It is more about location then what you throw at them and the fish seem to be moving for the shallowest parts of the lake they can find, but they are still relating to channel ledges and thick structure they can hide against. Crappie seem to be sitting in the top of the submerged willow bushes and many anglers are doing best fishing a float setup. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: This weather system put the staging bass back out into deeper water and prolonged their spawning season until temperatures rise. The lake received heavy rain and light snows and the trout and salmon have been scattered throughout the northwest end of the lake. Boats report few bites that are far apart. There has been little to no bank pressure with this weather. FALL RIVER: Fly fisherman are using callibaetis nymphs, olive mayfly in size 18. There has also been a dry fly bite under an indicator with anything that looks like small beetles or ants. The long awaited hex hatch will be put off for a while longer now that this storm system has rolled through. HAT CREEK: The fishing is still good and reports from this weekend with this weather system were great. Rubberlegs, micromays, and small gold Kastmasters are still producing fish. Sometimes you have to try a few different spots before you find a place where the fish are really hanging out. LEWISTON LAKE: With Trinity Lake being within 5 feet of full pool and the lake still being on the rise they are releasing quite a bit of water through the dam right now. PIT RIVER: Pit 5 had come down enough to fish for a few days prior to this storm and anything dark colored was working well. After the large amount of rain that fell, water levels have risen again, making wading unsafe for now. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing is still red hot. The debris on the lake is really bad right now so boaters beware. Guides are indicating that they are catching anywhere from 30 to 50 bass a day between them and clients on just about whatever you want to throw. Trout anglers are struggling to find fish, they are very spread out right now and you have to cover a lot of water to find your bites, between 10 and 50 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: Bass have been staging for the spawn and up until this storm system anglers reported finally catching fish on beds in shallow water and on the submerged flats at the northern end of the lake. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The kokanee are on the bite, anglers are reporting decent numbers of good-sized kokes being found while trolling very small hardware from the surface down to 30 feet. Bass are still biting, but the overall size is still small fish, barely keeper-sized spots. After the large amounts of rain the creek arms and smaller arms of the lakes have gotten muddy again, which might stall the kokanee bite. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Shad are now spread throughout the American River, with good fishing at Discovery Park, Gristmill and Harrington. Tiny grubs fished below bobbers are working well. Striper fishing is slow. The salmon limit this year will be two fish a day. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature dropped to 62 degrees last week. Bass fishing is good as largemouth are sitting on their nests. Spotted bass are biting minnows suspended under bobbers by shore anglers. The lake is less than 5 feet from full pool, increasing 2 feet last week from 459 feet to 461.6 feet. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. Trout fishing is good near Granite Bay. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: The river remains high for trout anglers. The river blew out last week, and was over 4,000 cfs over the weekend. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: The Discovery Park boat launch is now open, allowing easier access to the water towers below the mouth of the American. Shad fishing is good at Discovery and Miller Parks. Stripers are being caught across from Discovery Park on pile worms and cut bait. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The river was in good shape last week and over the weekend for driftboats, with good fishing for trout and steelhead. Salmon flies can be seen near the bottom, but have not begun to hatch yet, said guide Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service. Fish are biting flies, bait and plugs. Flows Sunday were 1,300 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The river remains high. Flows over the weekend near Happy Camp were 3,800 cfs. This year’s fall salmon quota for the middle and upper Klamath is 1,298 kings, with a two-fish daily limit, including one salmon over 22 inches. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Spring salmon fishing will open July 1, with a one-fish limit. The fall quota for the lower Klamath is estimated to be 3,818 adult kings, twice the quota of last year. The state has approved a two-fish limit beginning Aug. 15, with one adult salmon per day. Flows Sunday at Klamath Glen were 20,500 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: The river was back to 10,000 cfs over the weekend as the spring flush continues. Steelhead fishing is slow with the high water. Salmon fishing re-opens July 1, with a one-fish limit. The fall quota takes effect Sept. 1, with a 2,500-fish quota divided between the upper and lower Trinity. This year’s fall limit will be two salmon a day, including one adult king a day. Northern foothills CAMP FAR WEST LAKE: Unstable spring weather put a damper on angler numbers, and the Camp Far West Night Bass Tournament was cancelled due to rain and lack of angler interest. The few diehards fishing are catching some post-spawn bass up on the bank. COLLINS LAKE: Robby Underwood of Loma Rica caught a 12.5-pound largemouth Tuesday while trolling a Rapala by the Bridge in hopes of a trout. We trust he was not disappointed in his catch. Trout numbers were down from last week, likely due to lower angler numbers as a result of the frequently foul weather. Two trout plants splashed into the lake, with at least one more coming before the busy Memorial Day weekend. All the trout net pens have been released. Collins Lake is full of rainbows! The bass are spawining or post-spawn, catfish are biting, and crappie and bluegill are showing. It’s a great time of year. FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake is brimming and may be spilling. HELLHOLE RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said customers of his have been catching fish here, but they’ve been keeping it pretty quiet, so by his way of thinking it must be good to very good. LAKE OROVILLE: Finally, the landlocked king salmon are biting, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. He said the fish are concentrated in the Lime Saddle area, where they are keyed on small pond smelt fry. To match the forage, try small trolling baits in silver or pearl glow, or run a large bait right through the bait schools. The kings are scattered from 15 to 60 feet and haven’t stratified yet. Bass fishing remains excellent, according to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle, with 60- to 70-fish outings not uncommon. It’s mostly a finesse game and right on the shore, but mornings and evenings have produced a fun topwater bite. ROLLINS LAKE: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the post-spawn bass bite has taken off here and virtually everywhere else in the Northern Foothills region. A customer of his reported a 70 fish night followed by 50 the next day. Throw right up to the bank and work your baits down. SCOTT’S FLAT RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle related a customer report that brown trout have been active for anglers trolling, and they were nice-sized, 5 to 7 pounders. It’s a tough lake, it’s not wide open but you can get quality fish at Scott’s Flat, he said. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: It was a good week for bass fishing the Thermalito Afterbay, according to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle. The water level was in its mid-range, and fishermen could target every kind of structure the Afterbay offers, including the tules. His weekly social fishing outing produced several largemouth over 20 inches, which is in the 5-to-6 pound class. Numbers were good too, and some bass are patrolling open water. Sorensen said he caught nine 2 pounders casting to open water. Water temperatures ranged from the 50s to 68 degrees in the very back. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Kokanee are biting in the main lake from the surface down to 30 feet deep. Anglers are catching them while trolling between 1 and 2 mph and have to use sonar to locate them right now. Bass are still biting and anglers are starting to report some bigger fish being caught with post spawn techniques. BLUE LAKES: Trout anglers report that large bass have been chasing their smaller trout up to the boat trying to eat them off of the hook. The trout are still biting at the newly owned Narrows Resort. There is a wide range of sizes being caught from 12 inches up to 19 inches on ‘crawlers, Power Bait, and from boats trolling with flashers. A total of 2,400 trout were planted near the Narrows Resort on Thursday. CLEAR LAKE: The lake has seen a lot of pressure this past week but local anglers report that the fishing has held up for the most part through all of it. Many anglers were catching aggressive post spawn fish last week on reaction baits, but once the big weather arrived the bite slowed down and the bait of choice seemed to be jigs and drop-shot rigs on deep tule edges. EAST PARK: The last reports came just before the storm hit, which dumped large amounts of rain in the higher elevations and foothills. Up to that point the fishing remained good for bass, crappie, and catfish. Bass are biting on post spawn techniques and soft plastics fished on the tule edges. The Ladoga side of the lake had been producing catfish on bait at night time. LAKE SONOMA: Steelhead are starting to be caught in more numbers, bass anglers even reported catching multiple steelhead an outing on bass tackle with fish as big as 18 inches being caught. The bass bite has been outstanding and the bass being caught are starting to show a better overall quality with many fish being in the 2-to-3 pound range. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater, and small Keitech swimbaits, are all producing quality fish. STONEY GORGE: The crappie bite has still been up and down with the biggest obstacle being locating them. Once you do, there is no problem catching them in numbers, but they are there one day and elusive the next, anglers report. Bass fishing is still good and fish can be caught on just about anything. 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: The Chetco re-opens to fishing this week. With high flows, sea-run cutthroat trout should be spread throughout the river. Surfperch are being caught along the jetties. ELK RIVER: The river re-opens this week. Look for trout on the lower end. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Spring salmon fishing has been slow as the run winds down. The bay fishery is still a few weeks from kicking into gear, although a few fish have already been caught near the Highway 101 bridge. RUSSIAN RIVER: Recent rains has Russian at Guerneviile at 3500 cfs and rising expecting high muddy conditions all the way through Memorial Day. SMITH RIVER: The river opens for the season on Saturday. Look for sea-run cutthroat trout from Jed Smith to Outfitters. Rooster Tail spinners work well. Sierra lakes and rivers ALPINE LAKE: In a May 16 Facebook post, Alpine Lodge reported the lake is still frozen over and there is still 3 to 8 feet of snow in the trees. Staffers at the resort were shooting for a Memorial Day weekend opening, but that is dependent on the snow accumulation, and the area received 5 to 7 inches mid-week and more over the weekend. Call (209) 753-6350 for updated conditions. BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said work has started on Boca Lake dam. The dam road is closed, limiting access to the launch ramp, and the lake level is very low. Popular fishing areas at the dam are likewise closed. The best fishing is at the eastern shoreline and inlet area, where 800 cfs of water is pouring into the lake from the Little Truckee. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East and West forks have rounded nicely into fishing shape just in time for an 1,800-pound private plant on the Tuesday prior to Memorial Day weekend that includes 11 tagged fish each good for a prize from the Markleeville Chamber Board. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing said he fished the lake during a spell of horrid weather and the trout didn’t mind. He and a friend landed 5 nice rainbows up to 21 inches while fishing a pink and white Excel. Other successful anglers trolled flasher and worm rigs. The DFW was expected to stock the lake on Tuesday, May 21. Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said shore fishing has been solid at Mallard and Eagle Point, for rainbows to 20 inches or above. DONNER LAKE: Guide Marc Christophel fished Donner twice for only a single Mackinaw. He reported it was very slow early in the week. Guide Shaun Rainsbarger fished it Sunday for better results, five 2- to 3-pound Mackinaw and a few kokanee. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the kokanee action has been comparatively better than the Mackinaw fishing. Shore fishing has slowed. The DFW stocked sub-catchable cutthroat trout. Zimmerman asked that anglers who catch them release them to grow. Between fishing pressure and hungry Mackinaw, these stockings have been ineffective in reestablishing a self-sustaining cutthroat population in Donner. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Johnny Hernandez of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store reported it was snowing Sunday morning, the capper to a week of wintry weather. Still, a few never-say-die anglers made the trek to the lake, which is full and spilling. Hernandez said the hot spots for trout were the dam, Crystal Point via float tube, and Turkey Point. ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said the lake is open and the launch ramp dock is in, but he expected a slow Memorial Day weekend due to low water temperatures. However, better days lie ahead as it snowed on the dogwood trees in blossom, which he said signals the true end of winter in the high country. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the lake received an 1,800-pound private trout stock on May 19, which happened as scheduled despite a late spring snowstorm. The DFW stocked another 2,000 pounds of catchable trout last Wednesday. A kids’ fishing event Sunday drew some 80 people, most of whom caught plenty of fish. Trout fishing at Indian Creek Reservoir is so good, on Saturday an unnamed float tuber caught 30, keeping just one, a 9 pounder. JACKSON MEADOWS LAKE: The road to this Truckee area water is rumored to have been plowed. The gates are expected to open in approximately one to two weeks, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said it was snowing Sunday and anglers were a rare sight, although those who tried trolling the lake were catching trout. It was slower from shore. LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe experienced terrible weather including snow and rain, but save for Sunday, many charters made it out and found very good fishing. It was spectacular for Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners, who caught a wild flurry of browns up top throughout the week. For good measure, Zach Gordon of Tahoe Topliners said their morning trips limited out early on Mackinaw all week, allowing them to troll for trout. Afternoon trips were slower, yielding about a fish per rod. LOON LAKE: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported this lake is still snowbound. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Prosser remains low, but the smallmouth are stirring. He recommends the Prosser Creek inlet or the area by the dam for the best shot at a bass. Really, any area with rocky structure should produce. PYRAMID LAKE: Shore fishing has dramatically slowed with fewer anglers seen on the beaches, a situation that was aggravated by this week’s foul weather. Shore anglers are doing best from rocky areas with access to deeper water. Post-spawn cutthroat moved out where they are feeding heavily. Glenn Lemon of Pilot Peak Guide Service and his clients got into them good on Tuesday, catching over 20 cutthroat including 2 over 15 pounds while trolling pearl white FlatFish at 30 feet in 50 feet of water. On Sunday, George Molino of Cutthroat Charters said he and his clients caught 14 fish before being chased off the lake by the wind. The weather has been a significant problem for boaters. Molino underscored the situation, saying fishing’s not bad if you can get on the water. Just two fish over 10 pounds were checked in at Crosby’s Lodge. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: The water temperature crashed 10 degrees, putting the funk on the kokanee bite. The larger fish were scattered, with the few found located near the bottom in deeper water. Fortunately, outstanding rainbow trout fishing saved the day, so long as you could get back in the arms to cast spoons or fling flies. TRUCKEE RIVER: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the main stem of the river below town continues to run fast and high. The best bet is the stretch from Tahoe City to Glenshire, where the water is running fairly clear. Anything downstream of Glenshire is difficult. He recommended nymphing or streamer fishing. Top flies are bluewing olives, midges, worms and March browns. WEBER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said this water accessed from the Truckee area is open and ice free. While no reports have come in, it should be a good bet, he said. Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley boats didn’t have to go far to find good fishing thanks to a wild and at times wide-open bit on halibut, with some striped bass as a bonus.Happy Hooker, California Dawn and Pacific Dream generally scored between 2 and 3 halibut per rod and added a few striped bass. El Dorado and New El Dorado III, both from Berkeley Charter Boats had similar successes, at time achieving limits. BODEGA BAY: Large partyboats could get out early and mid-week and those with the size to handle the seas were able to get to the better spots. For example,New Sea Angler had a day when the tally was limits of rockfish, limits of lingcod and limits of Dungeness. Halibut were active inside Tomales Bay and showed a definite preference for live baits. EMERYVILLE: The terms “limits” and “early limits” were used with halibut fishing in San Francisco bay by crew aboard Fish Emeryville boats like Pacific Pearl and New Huck Finn fishing locally without long transit times. The latter boat managed a triple-digit halibut count (102 flatties). Salmon trips were put on hold until after the winds and seas calmed sufficiently. EUREKA: The recent great Pacific halibut bite slowed somewhat as boats had some trouble locating concentrations of fish and then managing to find them again the next day. Better weather is coming, which may settle the fish down. Rockfish runs to Cape Mendocino were doable early in the week and the results were limits of rockfish and lingcod on boats like Reel Steel. FORT BRAGG: Fishing days were limited by winds and seas, however a couple of trips were made. Seahawk got out with a group who put aboard limits of lingcod and limits of rockfish, working the Casper and Mendocino areas. Capt. Tuna’s skipper Capt. Randy Marino fished for his freezer and had the same results. Shore fishers pulled in some fish from Noyo Jetty and poke-pollers went deep in the jetty pockets for Monkeyface prickleback eels. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon trips were cancelled, putting a hold on the season re-opener. Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts made runs for Deep Reef and put high counts of rockfish in sacks, then added some lingcod. Ankeny Street made it out one morning before the winds got too strong and on that trip a white seabass was caught. Along local beaches a striped bass bite was going strong, especially near Pacifica where some fish in the mid-to-high teens were caught by surf fishers. SAN FRANCISCO: The salmon season re-opener may not have been everything the fleet hoped for in terms of weather and seas, so not many boats went and not many fish were caught. The weather will improve and so will the salmon fishing on Wacky Jacky. Bass Tub, Flash I and Flash II and Lovely Martha fished the Bay and halibut counts were impressive – like sometimes better than 2 halibut per rod.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]  
24 May 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Trout fishing is very good on beads, crickets, roe or Glo Bugs from the Highway 44 bridge down to Anderson. Fly fishing also has improved in the afternoons. Flows from Keswick Dam remained at 8,500 cfs all week. This year’s salmon limit will be two fish a day. Salmon season opens Aug. 1 above Red Bluff. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing remains good from Verona to Yuba City, with several fish over 20 pounds reported last week. Limits of 20- to 24-inchers are being caught on drifted minnows. Shad fishing is good on the Yuba River. Sturgeon fishing is slow. The salmon limit will be two fish a day this year. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers are moving up from Colusa to Chico. Swimbaits, trolled plugs, rubber worms and drifted minnows are all catching schoolie-size stripers and some bigger fish over 20 pounds. Shad are moving upriver. Salmon season opens July 16, with a two-fish limit. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Striped bass fishing improved in the Colusa area. Swimbaits, minnows and cut bait are all working. Shad are beginning to move upriver. Sturgeon fishing is slow at Knights Landing. Fishing for catfish also is slow with the cool water. BAUM LAKE: The fishing only seems to get better and better with many of the techniques remaining the same as they have been. The crowd has thinned out but the anglers that are still there are reporting nice big healthy ‘bows being caught. Leeches, zebra midges, and small emergers work best. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Bass and crappie fishing is still red hot and you can catch them on the baits of your choice right now. It is more about location then what you throw at them and the fish seem to be moving for the shallowest parts of the lake they can find, but they are still relating to channel ledges and thick structure they can hide against. Crappie seem to be sitting in the top of the submerged willow bushes and many anglers are doing best fishing a float setup. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: This weather system put the staging bass back out into deeper water and prolonged their spawning season until temperatures rise. The lake received heavy rain and light snows and the trout and salmon have been scattered throughout the northwest end of the lake. Boats report few bites that are far apart. There has been little to no bank pressure with this weather. FALL RIVER: Fly fisherman are using callibaetis nymphs, olive mayfly in size 18. There has also been a dry fly bite under an indicator with anything that looks like small beetles or ants. The long awaited hex hatch will be put off for a while longer now that this storm system has rolled through. HAT CREEK: The fishing is still good and reports from this weekend with this weather system were great. Rubberlegs, micromays, and small gold Kastmasters are still producing fish. Sometimes you have to try a few different spots before you find a place where the fish are really hanging out. LEWISTON LAKE: With Trinity Lake being within 5 feet of full pool and the lake still being on the rise they are releasing quite a bit of water through the dam right now. PIT RIVER: Pit 5 had come down enough to fish for a few days prior to this storm and anything dark colored was working well. After the large amount of rain that fell, water levels have risen again, making wading unsafe for now. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing is still red hot. The debris on the lake is really bad right now so boaters beware. Guides are indicating that they are catching anywhere from 30 to 50 bass a day between them and clients on just about whatever you want to throw. Trout anglers are struggling to find fish, they are very spread out right now and you have to cover a lot of water to find your bites, between 10 and 50 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: Bass have been staging for the spawn and up until this storm system anglers reported finally catching fish on beds in shallow water and on the submerged flats at the northern end of the lake. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The kokanee are on the bite, anglers are reporting decent numbers of good-sized kokes being found while trolling very small hardware from the surface down to 30 feet. Bass are still biting, but the overall size is still small fish, barely keeper-sized spots. After the large amounts of rain the creek arms and smaller arms of the lakes have gotten muddy again, which might stall the kokanee bite. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Shad are now spread throughout the American River, with good fishing at Discovery Park, Gristmill and Harrington. Tiny grubs fished below bobbers are working well. Striper fishing is slow. The salmon limit this year will be two fish a day. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature dropped to 62 degrees last week. Bass fishing is good as largemouth are sitting on their nests. Spotted bass are biting minnows suspended under bobbers by shore anglers. The lake is less than 5 feet from full pool, increasing 2 feet last week from 459 feet to 461.6 feet. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. Trout fishing is good near Granite Bay. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: The river remains high for trout anglers. The river blew out last week, and was over 4,000 cfs over the weekend. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: The Discovery Park boat launch is now open, allowing easier access to the water towers below the mouth of the American. Shad fishing is good at Discovery and Miller Parks. Stripers are being caught across from Discovery Park on pile worms and cut bait. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The river was in good shape last week and over the weekend for driftboats, with good fishing for trout and steelhead. Salmon flies can be seen near the bottom, but have not begun to hatch yet, said guide Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service. Fish are biting flies, bait and plugs. Flows Sunday were 1,300 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The river remains high. Flows over the weekend near Happy Camp were 3,800 cfs. This year’s fall salmon quota for the middle and upper Klamath is 1,298 kings, with a two-fish daily limit, including one salmon over 22 inches. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Spring salmon fishing will open July 1, with a one-fish limit. The fall quota for the lower Klamath is estimated to be 3,818 adult kings, twice the quota of last year. The state has approved a two-fish limit beginning Aug. 15, with one adult salmon per day. Flows Sunday at Klamath Glen were 20,500 cfs. TRINITY RIVER: The river was back to 10,000 cfs over the weekend as the spring flush continues. Steelhead fishing is slow with the high water. Salmon fishing re-opens July 1, with a one-fish limit. The fall quota takes effect Sept. 1, with a 2,500-fish quota divided between the upper and lower Trinity. This year’s fall limit will be two salmon a day, including one adult king a day. Northern foothills CAMP FAR WEST LAKE: Unstable spring weather put a damper on angler numbers, and the Camp Far West Night Bass Tournament was cancelled due to rain and lack of angler interest. The few diehards fishing are catching some post-spawn bass up on the bank. COLLINS LAKE: Robby Underwood of Loma Rica caught a 12.5-pound largemouth Tuesday while trolling a Rapala by the Bridge in hopes of a trout. We trust he was not disappointed in his catch. Trout numbers were down from last week, likely due to lower angler numbers as a result of the frequently foul weather. Two trout plants splashed into the lake, with at least one more coming before the busy Memorial Day weekend. All the trout net pens have been released. Collins Lake is full of rainbows! The bass are spawining or post-spawn, catfish are biting, and crappie and bluegill are showing. It’s a great time of year. FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake is brimming and may be spilling. HELLHOLE RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said customers of his have been catching fish here, but they’ve been keeping it pretty quiet, so by his way of thinking it must be good to very good. LAKE OROVILLE: Finally, the landlocked king salmon are biting, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. He said the fish are concentrated in the Lime Saddle area, where they are keyed on small pond smelt fry. To match the forage, try small trolling baits in silver or pearl glow, or run a large bait right through the bait schools. The kings are scattered from 15 to 60 feet and haven’t stratified yet. Bass fishing remains excellent, according to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle, with 60- to 70-fish outings not uncommon. It’s mostly a finesse game and right on the shore, but mornings and evenings have produced a fun topwater bite. ROLLINS LAKE: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the post-spawn bass bite has taken off here and virtually everywhere else in the Northern Foothills region. A customer of his reported a 70 fish night followed by 50 the next day. Throw right up to the bank and work your baits down. SCOTT’S FLAT RESERVOIR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle related a customer report that brown trout have been active for anglers trolling, and they were nice-sized, 5 to 7 pounders. It’s a tough lake, it’s not wide open but you can get quality fish at Scott’s Flat, he said. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: It was a good week for bass fishing the Thermalito Afterbay, according to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle. The water level was in its mid-range, and fishermen could target every kind of structure the Afterbay offers, including the tules. His weekly social fishing outing produced several largemouth over 20 inches, which is in the 5-to-6 pound class. Numbers were good too, and some bass are patrolling open water. Sorensen said he caught nine 2 pounders casting to open water. Water temperatures ranged from the 50s to 68 degrees in the very back. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Kokanee are biting in the main lake from the surface down to 30 feet deep. Anglers are catching them while trolling between 1 and 2 mph and have to use sonar to locate them right now. Bass are still biting and anglers are starting to report some bigger fish being caught with post spawn techniques. BLUE LAKES: Trout anglers report that large bass have been chasing their smaller trout up to the boat trying to eat them off of the hook. The trout are still biting at the newly owned Narrows Resort. There is a wide range of sizes being caught from 12 inches up to 19 inches on ‘crawlers, Power Bait, and from boats trolling with flashers. A total of 2,400 trout were planted near the Narrows Resort on Thursday. CLEAR LAKE: The lake has seen a lot of pressure this past week but local anglers report that the fishing has held up for the most part through all of it. Many anglers were catching aggressive post spawn fish last week on reaction baits, but once the big weather arrived the bite slowed down and the bait of choice seemed to be jigs and drop-shot rigs on deep tule edges. EAST PARK: The last reports came just before the storm hit, which dumped large amounts of rain in the higher elevations and foothills. Up to that point the fishing remained good for bass, crappie, and catfish. Bass are biting on post spawn techniques and soft plastics fished on the tule edges. The Ladoga side of the lake had been producing catfish on bait at night time. LAKE SONOMA: Steelhead are starting to be caught in more numbers, bass anglers even reported catching multiple steelhead an outing on bass tackle with fish as big as 18 inches being caught. The bass bite has been outstanding and the bass being caught are starting to show a better overall quality with many fish being in the 2-to-3 pound range. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater, and small Keitech swimbaits, are all producing quality fish. STONEY GORGE: The crappie bite has still been up and down with the biggest obstacle being locating them. Once you do, there is no problem catching them in numbers, but they are there one day and elusive the next, anglers report. Bass fishing is still good and fish can be caught on just about anything. 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: The Chetco re-opens to fishing this week. With high flows, sea-run cutthroat trout should be spread throughout the river. Surfperch are being caught along the jetties. ELK RIVER: The river re-opens this week. Look for trout on the lower end. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Spring salmon fishing has been slow as the run winds down. The bay fishery is still a few weeks from kicking into gear, although a few fish have already been caught near the Highway 101 bridge. RUSSIAN RIVER: Recent rains has Russian at Guerneviile at 3500 cfs and rising expecting high muddy conditions all the way through Memorial Day. SMITH RIVER: The river opens for the season on Saturday. Look for sea-run cutthroat trout from Jed Smith to Outfitters. Rooster Tail spinners work well. Sierra lakes and rivers ALPINE LAKE: In a May 16 Facebook post, Alpine Lodge reported the lake is still frozen over and there is still 3 to 8 feet of snow in the trees. Staffers at the resort were shooting for a Memorial Day weekend opening, but that is dependent on the snow accumulation, and the area received 5 to 7 inches mid-week and more over the weekend. Call (209) 753-6350 for updated conditions. BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said work has started on Boca Lake dam. The dam road is closed, limiting access to the launch ramp, and the lake level is very low. Popular fishing areas at the dam are likewise closed. The best fishing is at the eastern shoreline and inlet area, where 800 cfs of water is pouring into the lake from the Little Truckee. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East and West forks have rounded nicely into fishing shape just in time for an 1,800-pound private plant on the Tuesday prior to Memorial Day weekend that includes 11 tagged fish each good for a prize from the Markleeville Chamber Board. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing said he fished the lake during a spell of horrid weather and the trout didn’t mind. He and a friend landed 5 nice rainbows up to 21 inches while fishing a pink and white Excel. Other successful anglers trolled flasher and worm rigs. The DFW was expected to stock the lake on Tuesday, May 21. Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said shore fishing has been solid at Mallard and Eagle Point, for rainbows to 20 inches or above. DONNER LAKE: Guide Marc Christophel fished Donner twice for only a single Mackinaw. He reported it was very slow early in the week. Guide Shaun Rainsbarger fished it Sunday for better results, five 2- to 3-pound Mackinaw and a few kokanee. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the kokanee action has been comparatively better than the Mackinaw fishing. Shore fishing has slowed. The DFW stocked sub-catchable cutthroat trout. Zimmerman asked that anglers who catch them release them to grow. Between fishing pressure and hungry Mackinaw, these stockings have been ineffective in reestablishing a self-sustaining cutthroat population in Donner. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Johnny Hernandez of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store reported it was snowing Sunday morning, the capper to a week of wintry weather. Still, a few never-say-die anglers made the trek to the lake, which is full and spilling. Hernandez said the hot spots for trout were the dam, Crystal Point via float tube, and Turkey Point. ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said the lake is open and the launch ramp dock is in, but he expected a slow Memorial Day weekend due to low water temperatures. However, better days lie ahead as it snowed on the dogwood trees in blossom, which he said signals the true end of winter in the high country. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the lake received an 1,800-pound private trout stock on May 19, which happened as scheduled despite a late spring snowstorm. The DFW stocked another 2,000 pounds of catchable trout last Wednesday. A kids’ fishing event Sunday drew some 80 people, most of whom caught plenty of fish. Trout fishing at Indian Creek Reservoir is so good, on Saturday an unnamed float tuber caught 30, keeping just one, a 9 pounder. JACKSON MEADOWS LAKE: The road to this Truckee area water is rumored to have been plowed. The gates are expected to open in approximately one to two weeks, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said it was snowing Sunday and anglers were a rare sight, although those who tried trolling the lake were catching trout. It was slower from shore. LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe experienced terrible weather including snow and rain, but save for Sunday, many charters made it out and found very good fishing. It was spectacular for Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners, who caught a wild flurry of browns up top throughout the week. For good measure, Zach Gordon of Tahoe Topliners said their morning trips limited out early on Mackinaw all week, allowing them to troll for trout. Afternoon trips were slower, yielding about a fish per rod. LOON LAKE: Guide Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported this lake is still snowbound. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Prosser remains low, but the smallmouth are stirring. He recommends the Prosser Creek inlet or the area by the dam for the best shot at a bass. Really, any area with rocky structure should produce. PYRAMID LAKE: Shore fishing has dramatically slowed with fewer anglers seen on the beaches, a situation that was aggravated by this week’s foul weather. Shore anglers are doing best from rocky areas with access to deeper water. Post-spawn cutthroat moved out where they are feeding heavily. Glenn Lemon of Pilot Peak Guide Service and his clients got into them good on Tuesday, catching over 20 cutthroat including 2 over 15 pounds while trolling pearl white FlatFish at 30 feet in 50 feet of water. On Sunday, George Molino of Cutthroat Charters said he and his clients caught 14 fish before being chased off the lake by the wind. The weather has been a significant problem for boaters. Molino underscored the situation, saying fishing’s not bad if you can get on the water. Just two fish over 10 pounds were checked in at Crosby’s Lodge. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: The water temperature crashed 10 degrees, putting the funk on the kokanee bite. The larger fish were scattered, with the few found located near the bottom in deeper water. Fortunately, outstanding rainbow trout fishing saved the day, so long as you could get back in the arms to cast spoons or fling flies. TRUCKEE RIVER: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the main stem of the river below town continues to run fast and high. The best bet is the stretch from Tahoe City to Glenshire, where the water is running fairly clear. Anything downstream of Glenshire is difficult. He recommended nymphing or streamer fishing. Top flies are bluewing olives, midges, worms and March browns. WEBER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said this water accessed from the Truckee area is open and ice free. While no reports have come in, it should be a good bet, he said. Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley boats didn’t have to go far to find good fishing thanks to a wild and at times wide-open bit on halibut, with some striped bass as a bonus.Happy Hooker, California Dawn and Pacific Dream generally scored between 2 and 3 halibut per rod and added a few striped bass. El Dorado and New El Dorado III, both from Berkeley Charter Boats had similar successes, at time achieving limits. BODEGA BAY: Large partyboats could get out early and mid-week and those with the size to handle the seas were able to get to the better spots. For example,New Sea Angler had a day when the tally was limits of rockfish, limits of lingcod and limits of Dungeness. Halibut were active inside Tomales Bay and showed a definite preference for live baits. EMERYVILLE: The terms “limits” and “early limits” were used with halibut fishing in San Francisco bay by crew aboard Fish Emeryville boats like Pacific Pearl and New Huck Finn fishing locally without long transit times. The latter boat managed a triple-digit halibut count (102 flatties). Salmon trips were put on hold until after the winds and seas calmed sufficiently. EUREKA: The recent great Pacific halibut bite slowed somewhat as boats had some trouble locating concentrations of fish and then managing to find them again the next day. Better weather is coming, which may settle the fish down. Rockfish runs to Cape Mendocino were doable early in the week and the results were limits of rockfish and lingcod on boats like Reel Steel. FORT BRAGG: Fishing days were limited by winds and seas, however a couple of trips were made. Seahawk got out with a group who put aboard limits of lingcod and limits of rockfish, working the Casper and Mendocino areas. Capt. Tuna’s skipper Capt. Randy Marino fished for his freezer and had the same results. Shore fishers pulled in some fish from Noyo Jetty and poke-pollers went deep in the jetty pockets for Monkeyface prickleback eels. HALF MOON BAY: Salmon trips were cancelled, putting a hold on the season re-opener. Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts made runs for Deep Reef and put high counts of rockfish in sacks, then added some lingcod. Ankeny Street made it out one morning before the winds got too strong and on that trip a white seabass was caught. Along local beaches a striped bass bite was going strong, especially near Pacifica where some fish in the mid-to-high teens were caught by surf fishers. SAN FRANCISCO: The salmon season re-opener may not have been everything the fleet hoped for in terms of weather and seas, so not many boats went and not many fish were caught. The weather will improve and so will the salmon fishing on Wacky Jacky. Bass Tub, Flash I and Flash II and Lovely Martha fished the Bay and halibut counts were impressive – like sometimes better than 2 halibut per rod.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]  
10 May 19
Georgia Wildlife Blog

Running into the weekend like this. BUT, y’all better hurry on up and get some fishing done today. Weather may not cooperate the rest of the weekend.  QUICK NEWS New State Record: Did you hear about 19 year-old Jacob Hornaday catching a new spotted sunfish state record? Read about it HERE. Night Fishing at Georgia […]

10 May 19
Johnston Bait & Tackle

Hello anglers, this is a completely new format we are trying out and hope to update weekly! It has taken us some time to get up and running, thanks for sticking with us. Now, to the fishin’! Weather & Water Conditions With rain and low temps this week, slowed some fishing. Des Moines received 0.5”-1” […]

03 May 19
Georgia Wildlife Blog

What is it that makes a favorite day of fishing for you? Great weather? The location? The people that come with you (or the solitude of fishing alone)? Catching your limit? Cooking up the catch later? I imagine it is a variation of all of these things, but I know this saying holds true: “A […]

24 Apr 19
College Outdoorsman

With springtime finally here and the weather warming up its never been more pleasant to be outdoors. Here in Virginia the turkeys are gobbling and the fish are biting. with the temperature finally maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the day the water temperatures are rising and the fish are moving. sadly heavy rains have made […]

19 Apr 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said his customers are telling him bass numbers are improving, and while most are catching them on finesse baits, an early topwater bite has just started up. Retired guide Craig Bentley said that he and a friend found the fish stacked up on secondary points and the ledges of those points in the South Fork, and caught them with finesse baits and Keitech swimbaits. With warmer temperatures on the way late in the week, the bass might start their spawning dance, he said. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing busted open last week as the flows dropped some, with boaters catching limits on minnows while releasing big numbers of fish. The Live Oak, Yuba City, Boyds Pump and Verona launches are open. The water is still high, but shore anglers are catching fish on pile worms, sardines and anchovies at Mosquito Beach and Boyd’s Pump. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Matthew Goodwin, owner of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store, said the lake is ice free and the roads on the west side are open to Lunker Point. The spillway area is open, but on the east side there’s no access past the dam due to snow. Goodwin said he saw a small boat in the lake on Saturday, but noted the lake is so full the ramp is underwater. The Goodwin’s General Store trout derby will fish Saturday, May 4. Sign up at the store or by calling 951-446-2471. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Anglers expect good fishing for stripers as the river drops. It was still too high over the weekend, but is expected to drop to fishable levels as early as Friday or Saturday. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. Striper fishing is slow because of high water, but should be good as flows drop later this week. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The trout and salmon are still biting well for boaters out trolling but you have to cover water. There was the first bass tournament of the year up there and with the increased boat traffic it has scattered the fish. BAUM LAKE: There are still plenty of fish to be caught on balanced leeches, midges and small streamers. LEWISTON LAKE: Quality trout are being caught on midges and woolly buggers with strike indicators. Bank anglers are using crawlers and Power Bait in red and white combined. The trinity dam is increasing flows throughout the week and will be 9800 by Thursday, so use caution while fishing. SHASTA LAKE: The lake rose to near full capacity and then they began dropping it shortly after, leaving the fish confused. The water temperatures are still cool and the bass are down deeper out to 30 feet and are being caught best on soft plastics. Crappie are being caught in Jones Valley and Silverthorn and trout can be caught trolling between 30 and 50 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: Big smallmouth are being caught as well as some nice-sized largemouth, and most of the fish are still in deeper water, but on days that warm up in the afternoon fish have been moving in shallow to feed and can be caught on reaction style baits. As it continues to warm up the bite will get better but the lake level will be dropping over the next week. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The bite remains up and down from day to day. There are fish to be caught, but some days they are all smaller fish and others the bigger fish are mixed in. The heavy north winds have had the bite down deeper and on soft plastics. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: No shad have been reported yet, but soon. Steelhead fishing is slow. Stripers are being caught near Discovery Park, but most are shakers. Flows remained at 10,100 cfs all week. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature reached 62 degrees over the weekend. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 2 feet last week, from 447 feet of elevation to 449 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. Trout fishing is good. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 15,200 cfs lastr week before dropping back to 3,650 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam jumped to 40,000 cfs last week as water was dumped from Shasta Lake. They were down to 33,800 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing is fair near Anderson. The river is closed above the Highway 44 bridge. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Striper fishing has slowed with more water being released from Shasta dam. A few shad have been reported near Freeport. Fishing is slow in the deepwater channel. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The river flooded last week, with releases of 10,000 cfs from Iron Gate Dams. Flows were down to 4,800 cfs over the weekend, still way too high for steelhead fishing. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp is blown out with flows of 10,500 cfs. Flows could be fishable by the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river crested at 130,000 cfs last week, near flood stage. It was down to 45,000 cfs over the weekend. This year’s salmon quota will be announced this week. TRINITY RIVER: Fishing is slow on the Trinity because of high water. Flows from Lewiston Dam were 307 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 1,104 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,420 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 12,292 cfs. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake’s plentiful kokanee have moved up in the water column to the top 10 feet. Many anglers are fishing deeper and finding only frustration. CAMP FAR WEST: Pre-spawn bass are holding in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers are catching a few. COLLINS LAKE: The trout came up to the surface at Collins Lake, bringing the shallow, shelving beach back into play for shore anglers. Trollers also found success toplining. The bass are not quite pre-spawn, and although most are small, you can have a bundle of fun throwing small Keitech swimbaits at them. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: The DFW stocked Engelbright this week, and Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn said anglers are catching them. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Water managers continue to repeatedly and quickly fill and drain the Afterbay. It was low again this week, the tules at least 2 feet out of the water. Few anglers even tried, it was so windy and the bass bite has been horrible due to changing conditions and the influx of cold water. If you go, the best bet may be the southwest corner where a flashy ripbait thrown at the rocks might entice a bass or two. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The changing fronts and the big north winds had the bite tougher, with the fish being caught out deeper on finesse style baits. The weekend brought warmer weather and the bite picked up, especially in shallow water on reaction baits and jigs. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is looking beautiful but it has a little ways to go before it takes off. This lake is the last of the 3 lakes that are connected together so it gets the cold water out of the dam of the other 2. There are some bass being caught and they have moved up with the lake and water level and can be caught in the creek arms on senkos and jigs. CLEAR LAKE: After a week straight of tournaments the lake is still kicking out nice giant bass. Swimbaits, jigs, Senkos, spinnerbaits and reaction baits all produced fish. With the warming weather, many people will be sight fishing and looking for bed fish. EAST PARK RESERVOIR: Fishing is great and the lake is free for camping and boating until the end of the week. Many of the bass are spawning but there are still many that are feeding voraciously. The bite has been so good that you can catch fish on just about anything you throw right now. STONEY GORGE RESERVOIR: Anglers were catching crappie on jigs, swimbaits, and minnows near the willows. Bass are looking to spawn and are moving up into shallower waters. The water has a stain to it that makes sight fishing hard but it should continue to improve without rains to stir things up. LAKE SONOMA: The lake is still murky but the bass and crappie are biting. The fish have moved into the backs of the creek arms and you can catch both species in the same areas right now and sometimes even on the same baits. Both were hitting the smaller 3-inch Keitech swimbaits on a jighead. 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.: Salmon, trout and steelhead fishing is closed until May. Surfperch are available along the jetties. The river reached 52,000 cfs last week, its highest level since 2012. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Fishing is closed until May. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Flooding sidelined spring salmon anglers last week, as flows hit 90,000 cfs at Agness. Flows remained high over the weekend, but could drop to fishable levels late this week. RUSSIAN RIVER: Scott Heemstra at Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville said the river is still high, murky and green with flows at 2800 cfs and a foot of visibility. “I would expect things to start improving with the warm dry weather,” Heemstra said. “We  should be able to target some downstreamer steelhead in the next week or so. Early shad should also start showing, but we need the water to drop a few more feet to effectively target them.” SMITH RIVER: The river remains open for steelhead through the end of April. Flows hit 30 feet, or 90,000 cfs at Jed Smith, during last week’s flood. The river was back to a steelhead green color over the weekend. Steelhead fishing is slow. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Boca is starting to open up, but the parking area is far away so few are trying it. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East and West Carson are both running high and marginal for fishing due to snowmelt. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing and Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store both said Davis is still mostly covered in rotten ice and slush. There’s just a little bit of open water, about 20 feet at Mallard, and it’s fishable from shore. Cast out onto the ice and reel until your offering drops into the water, Graham suggested. Dillard said that the launch ramp access road at Honker Cove is still covered by at least 2 feet of snow and remains inaccessible. DONNER LAKE: Mark Christophel of Christophel’s Guide Service said the public launch ramp opened Thursday. He took an exploratory trip on Saturday, finding 39.5-degree water from the surface all the way to 120 feet, very cold, and as expected the Mackinaw bite was tentative. LAKE TAHOE: It was an off week at Tahoe. The brown trout bite in the shallows seems to have fizzled, and Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners found only a few Mackinaw at the mid-depths. He expects fishing to improve soon. PROSSER LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said that Prosser is opening up, but reaching the water requires a long hike with the aid of snowshoes so few are trying it. PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature along the shorelines hit the 52-degree mark, bringing the cutthroat into the shallows where fly fishers have been capitalizing. It’s slower but still mostly productive for boat-based anglers. The shorelines have been crowded – go early if you want a spot on the beach, despite the bite being better in the afternoons. Seek out clear water – the Truckee is dumping mud into the southern part of the big lake. TOPAZ LAKE: The Topaz Lake Trout Derby ended Sunday. The Week 15 leaders as of Sunday morning were Bob Webster (3 pounds, 6.4 ounces) and John Wait (2 pounds, 10.3 ounces). The overall leaders were Jeff Sullivan (9 pounds, 11.1 ounces), Aaron Talhelm (9 pounds, 7.7 ounces) and Bob Brister (9 pounds, 4.8 ounces). TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River is closed for the season. Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to run high and fast, and there’s more water the farther downstream you go. Access is wide open at Glenshire. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said a group of anglers was on the river on Saturday, and while fishing was slow for them, they found perfect water. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley boat California Dawn, Happy Hooker and Pacific Dream put passengers on high counts of striped bass (usually limits or near limits) and halibut which will go nuts when live bait is available to Bay boats. New Easy Rider went for salmon and bested the fish per rod mark with 16 salmon for 15 people. BODEGA BAY: Bodega Bay enjoyed the best opener on the coast. The opener dawned calm after a week-long wind event and the salmon were hungry partway down to Point Reyes. New Sea Angler scored 43 salmon for 23 people, reaching close to limits. Sunday’s fishing was happily similar. With the ocean so riled up during the week, boats remained tied to the dock. Jetty fishers caught perch, rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. EMERYVILLE: Over the weekend, Fish Emeryville boats were sending boats out for most available species. Pacific Pearl had 13 salmon for 17 people. New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and C-Gull II fished the south bay for near limits or full limits of bass plus some nice halibut. Sea Wolf ventured out through the Gate to crank up rockfish and lingcod. EUREKA: Winds blew and seas raged for much of the week, so fishing was mostly limited to the jetties and not all of the jetty area was safe to fish. People used mostly baits to catch rockfish, perch, and kelp greenling. People who worked small swimbaits along the deeper parts of the jetty pulled in lingcod. In the north Humboldt Bay, sharks and rays gave people some practice pulling on big fish. Down the coast off Shelter Cove, better than a dozen boats made it out and caught salmon a mile offshore. FORT BRAGG: The salmon opener was a bit slow, however given more boats and more time to find the pockets of fish productivity is expected to increase. Seven boats went out and caught a total of 17 fish. Two fish to 8 pounds came over the rail of Sea Hawk. By the weekend when the weather improved, people fished Old Mill, Mendocino Headlands and other top shore spots. HALF MOON BAY: Huli Cat took 7 salmon for 8 anglers on the opener. Que Sera Sera had 5 fish for 6 guys. Riptide had 5 fish. New Capt. Pete had a father-son team who both caught their limits of salmon. Queen of Hearts kept the faith with rockfish and lingcod anglers by taking them out to Deep Reef where their numbers were very good. Surf fishing was good for perch and seemed to be getting better by the day for striped bass on both baits and lures. SAN FRANCISCO: Wacky Jacky went for salmon up near Point Reyes with a group of regulars who all got to take salmon fillets home. Lovely Martha got 12 salmon on the opener. Lovely Martha got limits of bass and halibut to 32 pounds on weekday trips. Bass Tub had epic days of limit-style bass fishing with some nice halibut mixed in. Flash II fished San Pablo Bay to pull in bass, sturgeon and leopard sharks.
19 Apr 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said his customers are telling him bass numbers are improving, and while most are catching them on finesse baits, an early topwater bite has just started up. Retired guide Craig Bentley said that he and a friend found the fish stacked up on secondary points and the ledges of those points in the South Fork, and caught them with finesse baits and Keitech swimbaits. With warmer temperatures on the way late in the week, the bass might start their spawning dance, he said. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing busted open last week as the flows dropped some, with boaters catching limits on minnows while releasing big numbers of fish. The Live Oak, Yuba City, Boyds Pump and Verona launches are open. The water is still high, but shore anglers are catching fish on pile worms, sardines and anchovies at Mosquito Beach and Boyd’s Pump. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Matthew Goodwin, owner of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store, said the lake is ice free and the roads on the west side are open to Lunker Point. The spillway area is open, but on the east side there’s no access past the dam due to snow. Goodwin said he saw a small boat in the lake on Saturday, but noted the lake is so full the ramp is underwater. The Goodwin’s General Store trout derby will fish Saturday, May 4. Sign up at the store or by calling 951-446-2471. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Anglers expect good fishing for stripers as the river drops. It was still too high over the weekend, but is expected to drop to fishable levels as early as Friday or Saturday. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. Striper fishing is slow because of high water, but should be good as flows drop later this week. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The trout and salmon are still biting well for boaters out trolling but you have to cover water. There was the first bass tournament of the year up there and with the increased boat traffic it has scattered the fish. BAUM LAKE: There are still plenty of fish to be caught on balanced leeches, midges and small streamers. LEWISTON LAKE: Quality trout are being caught on midges and woolly buggers with strike indicators. Bank anglers are using crawlers and Power Bait in red and white combined. The trinity dam is increasing flows throughout the week and will be 9800 by Thursday, so use caution while fishing. SHASTA LAKE: The lake rose to near full capacity and then they began dropping it shortly after, leaving the fish confused. The water temperatures are still cool and the bass are down deeper out to 30 feet and are being caught best on soft plastics. Crappie are being caught in Jones Valley and Silverthorn and trout can be caught trolling between 30 and 50 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: Big smallmouth are being caught as well as some nice-sized largemouth, and most of the fish are still in deeper water, but on days that warm up in the afternoon fish have been moving in shallow to feed and can be caught on reaction style baits. As it continues to warm up the bite will get better but the lake level will be dropping over the next week. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The bite remains up and down from day to day. There are fish to be caught, but some days they are all smaller fish and others the bigger fish are mixed in. The heavy north winds have had the bite down deeper and on soft plastics. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: No shad have been reported yet, but soon. Steelhead fishing is slow. Stripers are being caught near Discovery Park, but most are shakers. Flows remained at 10,100 cfs all week. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature reached 62 degrees over the weekend. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 2 feet last week, from 447 feet of elevation to 449 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. Trout fishing is good. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 15,200 cfs lastr week before dropping back to 3,650 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam jumped to 40,000 cfs last week as water was dumped from Shasta Lake. They were down to 33,800 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing is fair near Anderson. The river is closed above the Highway 44 bridge. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Striper fishing has slowed with more water being released from Shasta dam. A few shad have been reported near Freeport. Fishing is slow in the deepwater channel. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The river flooded last week, with releases of 10,000 cfs from Iron Gate Dams. Flows were down to 4,800 cfs over the weekend, still way too high for steelhead fishing. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp is blown out with flows of 10,500 cfs. Flows could be fishable by the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river crested at 130,000 cfs last week, near flood stage. It was down to 45,000 cfs over the weekend. This year’s salmon quota will be announced this week. TRINITY RIVER: Fishing is slow on the Trinity because of high water. Flows from Lewiston Dam were 307 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 1,104 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,420 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 12,292 cfs. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake’s plentiful kokanee have moved up in the water column to the top 10 feet. Many anglers are fishing deeper and finding only frustration. CAMP FAR WEST: Pre-spawn bass are holding in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers are catching a few. COLLINS LAKE: The trout came up to the surface at Collins Lake, bringing the shallow, shelving beach back into play for shore anglers. Trollers also found success toplining. The bass are not quite pre-spawn, and although most are small, you can have a bundle of fun throwing small Keitech swimbaits at them. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: The DFW stocked Engelbright this week, and Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn said anglers are catching them. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Water managers continue to repeatedly and quickly fill and drain the Afterbay. It was low again this week, the tules at least 2 feet out of the water. Few anglers even tried, it was so windy and the bass bite has been horrible due to changing conditions and the influx of cold water. If you go, the best bet may be the southwest corner where a flashy ripbait thrown at the rocks might entice a bass or two. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The changing fronts and the big north winds had the bite tougher, with the fish being caught out deeper on finesse style baits. The weekend brought warmer weather and the bite picked up, especially in shallow water on reaction baits and jigs. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is looking beautiful but it has a little ways to go before it takes off. This lake is the last of the 3 lakes that are connected together so it gets the cold water out of the dam of the other 2. There are some bass being caught and they have moved up with the lake and water level and can be caught in the creek arms on senkos and jigs. CLEAR LAKE: After a week straight of tournaments the lake is still kicking out nice giant bass. Swimbaits, jigs, Senkos, spinnerbaits and reaction baits all produced fish. With the warming weather, many people will be sight fishing and looking for bed fish. EAST PARK RESERVOIR: Fishing is great and the lake is free for camping and boating until the end of the week. Many of the bass are spawning but there are still many that are feeding voraciously. The bite has been so good that you can catch fish on just about anything you throw right now. STONEY GORGE RESERVOIR: Anglers were catching crappie on jigs, swimbaits, and minnows near the willows. Bass are looking to spawn and are moving up into shallower waters. The water has a stain to it that makes sight fishing hard but it should continue to improve without rains to stir things up. LAKE SONOMA: The lake is still murky but the bass and crappie are biting. The fish have moved into the backs of the creek arms and you can catch both species in the same areas right now and sometimes even on the same baits. Both were hitting the smaller 3-inch Keitech swimbaits on a jighead. 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.: Salmon, trout and steelhead fishing is closed until May. Surfperch are available along the jetties. The river reached 52,000 cfs last week, its highest level since 2012. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Fishing is closed until May. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Flooding sidelined spring salmon anglers last week, as flows hit 90,000 cfs at Agness. Flows remained high over the weekend, but could drop to fishable levels late this week. RUSSIAN RIVER: Scott Heemstra at Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville said the river is still high, murky and green with flows at 2800 cfs and a foot of visibility. “I would expect things to start improving with the warm dry weather,” Heemstra said. “We  should be able to target some downstreamer steelhead in the next week or so. Early shad should also start showing, but we need the water to drop a few more feet to effectively target them.” SMITH RIVER: The river remains open for steelhead through the end of April. Flows hit 30 feet, or 90,000 cfs at Jed Smith, during last week’s flood. The river was back to a steelhead green color over the weekend. Steelhead fishing is slow. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Boca is starting to open up, but the parking area is far away so few are trying it. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East and West Carson are both running high and marginal for fishing due to snowmelt. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing and Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store both said Davis is still mostly covered in rotten ice and slush. There’s just a little bit of open water, about 20 feet at Mallard, and it’s fishable from shore. Cast out onto the ice and reel until your offering drops into the water, Graham suggested. Dillard said that the launch ramp access road at Honker Cove is still covered by at least 2 feet of snow and remains inaccessible. DONNER LAKE: Mark Christophel of Christophel’s Guide Service said the public launch ramp opened Thursday. He took an exploratory trip on Saturday, finding 39.5-degree water from the surface all the way to 120 feet, very cold, and as expected the Mackinaw bite was tentative. LAKE TAHOE: It was an off week at Tahoe. The brown trout bite in the shallows seems to have fizzled, and Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners found only a few Mackinaw at the mid-depths. He expects fishing to improve soon. PROSSER LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said that Prosser is opening up, but reaching the water requires a long hike with the aid of snowshoes so few are trying it. PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature along the shorelines hit the 52-degree mark, bringing the cutthroat into the shallows where fly fishers have been capitalizing. It’s slower but still mostly productive for boat-based anglers. The shorelines have been crowded – go early if you want a spot on the beach, despite the bite being better in the afternoons. Seek out clear water – the Truckee is dumping mud into the southern part of the big lake. TOPAZ LAKE: The Topaz Lake Trout Derby ended Sunday. The Week 15 leaders as of Sunday morning were Bob Webster (3 pounds, 6.4 ounces) and John Wait (2 pounds, 10.3 ounces). The overall leaders were Jeff Sullivan (9 pounds, 11.1 ounces), Aaron Talhelm (9 pounds, 7.7 ounces) and Bob Brister (9 pounds, 4.8 ounces). TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River is closed for the season. Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to run high and fast, and there’s more water the farther downstream you go. Access is wide open at Glenshire. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said a group of anglers was on the river on Saturday, and while fishing was slow for them, they found perfect water. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley boat California Dawn, Happy Hooker and Pacific Dream put passengers on high counts of striped bass (usually limits or near limits) and halibut which will go nuts when live bait is available to Bay boats. New Easy Rider went for salmon and bested the fish per rod mark with 16 salmon for 15 people. BODEGA BAY: Bodega Bay enjoyed the best opener on the coast. The opener dawned calm after a week-long wind event and the salmon were hungry partway down to Point Reyes. New Sea Angler scored 43 salmon for 23 people, reaching close to limits. Sunday’s fishing was happily similar. With the ocean so riled up during the week, boats remained tied to the dock. Jetty fishers caught perch, rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. EMERYVILLE: Over the weekend, Fish Emeryville boats were sending boats out for most available species. Pacific Pearl had 13 salmon for 17 people. New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and C-Gull II fished the south bay for near limits or full limits of bass plus some nice halibut. Sea Wolf ventured out through the Gate to crank up rockfish and lingcod. EUREKA: Winds blew and seas raged for much of the week, so fishing was mostly limited to the jetties and not all of the jetty area was safe to fish. People used mostly baits to catch rockfish, perch, and kelp greenling. People who worked small swimbaits along the deeper parts of the jetty pulled in lingcod. In the north Humboldt Bay, sharks and rays gave people some practice pulling on big fish. Down the coast off Shelter Cove, better than a dozen boats made it out and caught salmon a mile offshore. FORT BRAGG: The salmon opener was a bit slow, however given more boats and more time to find the pockets of fish productivity is expected to increase. Seven boats went out and caught a total of 17 fish. Two fish to 8 pounds came over the rail of Sea Hawk. By the weekend when the weather improved, people fished Old Mill, Mendocino Headlands and other top shore spots. HALF MOON BAY: Huli Cat took 7 salmon for 8 anglers on the opener. Que Sera Sera had 5 fish for 6 guys. Riptide had 5 fish. New Capt. Pete had a father-son team who both caught their limits of salmon. Queen of Hearts kept the faith with rockfish and lingcod anglers by taking them out to Deep Reef where their numbers were very good. Surf fishing was good for perch and seemed to be getting better by the day for striped bass on both baits and lures. SAN FRANCISCO: Wacky Jacky went for salmon up near Point Reyes with a group of regulars who all got to take salmon fillets home. Lovely Martha got 12 salmon on the opener. Lovely Martha got limits of bass and halibut to 32 pounds on weekday trips. Bass Tub had epic days of limit-style bass fishing with some nice halibut mixed in. Flash II fished San Pablo Bay to pull in bass, sturgeon and leopard sharks.
16 Apr 19
sicyakker

I’ve been a member of the South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club since it’s start in 2010.  In the heavily fished, shallow lakes on our schedule, nothing catches more than beating the banks with senko-style worms, either T-rigged or wacky.  Come across some structure like lily pads, downed trees or maybe a shopping cart or […]

13 Apr 19
News Archives Uk

Hunter McKinley of Murray, Kentucky, and Brendan Bingham of Louisville, Kentucky, won the YETI FLW College fishing competition on Costa's Cumberland Lake with a five-bass limit of 19 pounds. April 13, 2019 by FLW Communications BURNSIDE, Kentucky – Hunter State University's duo Hunter McKinley of Murray, Kentucky and Brendan Bingham of Louisville, Kentucky, won the […]