Keitech

08 Feb 19
BassTactics

It’s no secret living in Maryland our weather systems tend to fluctuate, from flash freezing temperatures in one night, to nearly high 60s a week later. This can make the fishing a bit more tricky, and for some anglers it can get quite frustrating. This article is to shed some light on the tactics and […]

02 Feb 19
Ozzie's Fishing Adventures

As January winded down with a bitter winter storm at home, I made my way with the Hobie in tow to White Springs, Florida to fish the famous Bienville Plantation. An old set of phosphate mines turned into trophy lakes, Bienville is like no other place I have yet to fish. It has described by […]

01 Feb 19
Georgia Wildlife Blog

So, are you going to have a SUPER weekend? Are you SUPER excited that the SUPER Bowl is in Atlanta? Whatever team you find SUPER (this Sunday, or any time), we hope it still allows you plenty of time to get outside and hit up a few favorite fishing holes. Other things to do this […]

10 Jan 19
Lake County Record-Bee
Bass action has slowed to a crawl on Clear Lake. The weather has kept most of the fishermen off the lake but even the few that have been out say the bite is really tough. The advice that just about all the fishermen have been giving is to use a super slow retrieve. For those who just want of catch more than a bass or two, the answer is to use live minnows. All the local tackle shops have live minnows in stock. A few fishermen have been successful casting jigs or an underspin, which is a jig head with a blade rigged on the bottom. They also come with just a leaded hook and a small swimbait such as a Keitech. The fishing pressure on the lake has been very low because of the weather, however, that could change this weekend. The weather is forecast to warm up, which should make the bass more active. The Clear Lake Bassmasters are holding a club tournament out of Lakeside County Park on Saturday with the weigh-in starting at 3 p.m. To date, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued 36 bass tournament permits for Clear Lake in 2019. Upcoming tourneys The next major tournament on the lake is scheduled for Feb. 16 and will be an American Bass team tournament. Early sign-ups for the Lake County Chamber of Commerce/Konocti Vista Casino and Resort Team Tournament open 9 a.m. on Jan. 25. The tournament is scheduled to take place March 16-17 and it’s the 32nd annual tournament. The chamber tournament originally started back in 1987 and was known as the Record-Bee/Bruno’s Team Bass Tournament. At one time it was one of the largest bass tournaments in the nation with a field of 225 teams. This year the entry fee is $200 per team and includes big-fish options. The tournament pays back 100 percent of the entry fees. Entry forms for the tournament can be downloaded from the chamber’s website or picked up in person at the chamber office, which is located on 875 Lakeport Blvd. in Lakeport. According to Melissa Fulton of the Chamber of Commerce, entry forms have been mailed out to last year’s participants. For more information call 263-5092. Catfish action Catfish action has been good for the few anglers after them. The best action has been in the south end of the lake near Redbud Park and off Rattlesnake Island. A few catfish and bluegill are being caught by shore anglers at Lakeside County Park. Jumbo minnows, nightcrawlers and cut bait all have been effective for catfish weighing up to 20 pounds. Crappie/bluegill Whereas the bass action has been slow it’s been just the opposite for crappie and bluegill. Fishermen report catching and releasing up to 50 bluegill a day, some weighing more than a pound. Some huge crappie are also being caught, a good omen for the crappie tournament scheduled for Jan. 26 in Clearlake Oaks. The tournament has reached the 50-team limit but you can still get on the waiting list by calling 998-1006. Nightcrawlers have been the top bluegill bait and small jigs or live minnows have been that top crappie lures. Trout action Trout action has slowed at Upper Blue Lake although a few fishermen have been scoring using Power Bait. The fishing pressure has been nil and on any given day there will be only two or three boats on the water. The lake isn’t scheduled to be stocked for at least two weeks. Sports Expo The International Sport Expo show takes place Jan. 17-20 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The show features all the latest in fishing and hunting equipment. There will be seminars put on by some of the top fishermen and hunters in the state. Admission is $16. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
04 Jan 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS BULLARDS BAR: Mike Cunningham of Will Fish Tackle reported a hot kokanee bite. Two-year-old kokanee are coming up  limit style, an easy 10 fish, for anglers using pink flashers and hoochies. The fish are cookie cutters to 13 inches long. Hot spots around and outside the buoy line at the dam. Meanwhile, bass fishing is slow, according to Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle, with water temperatures in the low 50s, making deadstick the way to go. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Steelhead fishing has been good below Red Bluff. Drifting roe and yarn in shallow riffles is working best. Most fish are 2 to 4 pounds, with a few over 6 pounds. Salmon season is now closed. Striper and sturgeon fishing is slow, although a few trophy-size stripers are available closer to Colusa. COLLINS LAKE: Trout fishing remains good at Collins, with a number of 5- and 6-pound rainbows finding anglers’ lines. Collins Lake Fish Reporter Ed Palma said most fishers are finding success while using Power Bait and worms from the shore, but there have been a few boaters also cashing in. TRINITY RIVER: Steelhead fishing has been good in the Junction City area, where MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers has been working well. Fly anglers using beads and Glo Bugs also are catching fish. Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City hit 610 cfs last week and were down to 376 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City increased to 700 cfs last week, but dropped to 392 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Hoopa blew out at 6,000 cfs last week, but were down to 2,130 cfs over the weekend. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing has been great all around the lake, but it has been mainly on finesse style fishing techniques. One half and 3/4-ounce football head jigs fished slow are working, and there has also been a decent spinnerbait bite when the wind blows and there is a mudline, but you have to really slow roll to get the bite. 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.: The Chetco crested at 9,000 cfs on Christmas Day, but was down to 1,600 by Sunday. Although flows are dropping, the river remains a prefect steelhead green. Catch rates were best the first few days after Christmas. Fishing was slow over the weekend. More rain is expected this weekend. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk was in good shape most of last week for steelhead, but fishing was slow. The best steelhead fishing on the Elk is the second half of the season in February and early March. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: The Rogue reached good winter time levels. Fishing has been slow for anglers plunking Spin-N-Glos on the lower river gravel bars. RUSSIAN RIVER: It was in prime shape on Sunday with 2 to 3 feet of visibility following high and muddy flows when plunkers were still getting some hatchery steelhead on roe with a Spin-N-Glos. Driftboats out of Healdsburg are finding fish backtrolling plugs. Without rain, the river will drop and clear and be good for bobbers and jigs or bait, as well as fly fishing, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. SMITH RIVER: The Smith was in prime shape for steelhead last week, as the river level dropped from 14 feet to 8 feet at Jed Smith. Fishing was slow, although big numbers of halfpounders are being caught. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The upper river remained in good shape, with flows of 950 cfs at Iron Gate Dam. Steelhead fishing has been very good between the hatchery and Klamathon Bridge. Drifting beads, Glo Bugs or roe has been productive for steelhead, most of which are wild. Fishing pressure has been light. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Steelhead fishing continues to be good in the Happy Camp and Orleans areas, with bigger winter-run fish now arriving. Guides are reporting six to 10 halfpounders and two to four adult steelhead per day. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp increased to 2,400 cfs last week, but dropped to an ideal 1,520 cfs over the weekend. At Orleans, flows jumped to 11,000 cfs, but dropped to 3,850 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Flows at Klamath Glen blew out at 26,000 cfs on Christmas, but were down to 8,800 cfs over the weekend. TRINITY RIVER: Steelhead fishing has been good in the Junction City area, where MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers has been working well. Fly anglers using beads and Glo Bugs also are catching fish. Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City hit 610 cfs last week and were down to 376 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City increased to 700 cfs last week, but dropped to 392 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Hoopa blew out at 6,000 cfs last week, but were down to 2,130 cfs over the weekend. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fish are relating to the creek arms in search of schools of baitfish. Many anglers have reported catching multiple fish of different species in the same locations on the same baits. Spoons are working in the color of your choice, drop-shot rigs, Ned baits, football head jigs. Use your sonar to locate schools of bait and then stay on them. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake has started rising with a steady flow of water coming in from Stoney Creek and Buress Creek, but it still has a long ways to go before the water line reaches the willows. There were reports of anglers catching some nice-sized catfish near the dam while fishing with minnows, but the water clarity remains poor. CLEAR LAKE: Large schools of baitfish have everything around the lake schooled up. Jumbo minnows have been the bait of choice through the holidays, but all the bait shops around the lake are out of minnows until January 2nd. Crappie are still being caught around the lake near deeper docks, but that is also dependent on the minnow delivery. LAKE SONOMA: Water temperatures have dropped due to colder weather over the holidays and the fishing has slowed. Winter patterns are in place for bass, drop-shot rigs, football jigs, darthead jigs, Ned rigs, and shakey head jigs are great ways to catch finicky winter bass. UPPER BLUE LAKES: DFG has been planting trout once a month since November. While the resort has changed the combination at the gate, anglers from other parts of the lake have reported decent fishing for both bass and trout when weather conditions allow. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Trout fishing has picked up for boaters. Fast trolling hardware 8 to 12 feet deep in the 30-foot column for both rainbows and browns is good. Red and gold speedy shiners seemed to work best this week. Fly anglers are reporting quality fish in the coves. BAUM LAKE: Fishing is red hot this time of year! Midges are working great, zebra midges, Mercers Midgling, frostbite midge, and chromie midges are great flies this time of year. For surface flies use Griffith gnat, leeches, and woolleybuggers. LEWISTON LAKE: Fishing is still good for the few anglers that have driven up. Midges are popular for fly fisherman, zebra midges are a local favorite. Mercers Midgling, or a hopper dropper with a midge under a Parachute Adams also work. PIT RIVER: The pit remains unfishable due to high flows. With nice weather this week Pit 5 might be fishable soon. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing has been great all around the lake, but it has been mainly on finesse style fishing techniques. One half and 3/4-ounce football head jigs fished slow are working, and there has also been a decent spinnerbait bite when the wind blows and there is a mudline, but you have to really slow roll to get the bite. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: A few anglers have been starting to fish, but the lake conditions are far from ideal. With recent storms the water clarity remains stained but anglers have been finding a few bass with finesse style fishing techniques. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmeman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Boca is extremely low, with muddy shorelines. The best shore fishing is by the dam where there’s access to deep water. It isn’t the greatest for shore fishing in the Truckee area but it’s still an option. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission again said he didn’t see a single car at the year-round C&R artificials only section of the East Carson. DAVIS LAKE: Jeanne Graham, J&J’s Grizzly Store, said the lake is “thinking about freezing.” Those areas that are frozen are unsafe, but gung ho shore anglers will be glad to hear Mallard is still wide open. The fish have been biting Power Bait. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said there’s no ice on Donner or any Truckee area lake. The boat ramp is open and no longer covered by snow, but the water level is below the concrete apron so boaters should exercise caution. Shoreline trout are the best fishing option, followed by a few browns. Power Bait has been best for the stocked rainbows. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and Todd’s Bait and Tackle in Markleeville said Indian Creek has mostly frozen over. The surface is unsafe everywhere! The only open water was by the dam, a space big enough for two people to fish, but that should freeze over soon. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said the fishing for the catchable trout planted on Dec. 21 has been good from the shore and boats. Power Bait has been a good option. LAKE TAHOE: Very good fishing now for Mackinaw on the South Shore, with Tahoe Sportfishing boats pulling double trips to satisfy the crowds of anglers on holiday vacation. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter fishing said the Mackinaw fishing has been very good on those few occasions he’s been able to get out. High winds and the resulting nasty wind waves are making for short weather windows on the North Shore. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee reported good shore fishing for rainbow trout and a few cutthroat at Prosser. The dam area has been best. PYRAMID LAKE: Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service reported catch numbers remain down since it’s cold with water temperatures in the high 40s, but the chance to catch a trophy is excellent for those putting in the time. The better fly patterns remain popcorn beetles, midnight cowboys, and balanced tui chubs cast and retrieved to cover more water. Indicator fishing is not producing as well. At Cutthroat Charters, George Molino said his boat trip on Saturday was slow with only 6 fish caught, but Sunday it was warmer and they caught 15. The weather was expected to once again turn colder on New Year’s. The heaviest fish checked in at Crosby’s Lodge was a 14-pound, 2-ounce chunk caught by Sonny Malone of Sparks, Nev. while dragging a rainbow spoon from a boat. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Stampede is a very nice 87 percent full. Boaters are launching to topline for trout. Hobart Mills Road is the way to go. Stampede Road from Boca is still inaccessible. The dam is open. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season.Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to fish well, and recommended nymphing slow water such as deeper tailouts mid-day when it’s warmer. Bluewing olives and midges are coming out. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Determined anglers can walk in, but the road may be covered in snow. WEST WALKER RIVER: Staffers at the Walker General Store report they haven’t seen any fishermen in weeks on the C&R, barbless, artificials only fishery. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: The river opened between Hazel Avenue and Nimbus Hatchery for steelhead on Jan. 1. Sailor Bar is typically a hot spot on opening day for anglers drifting roe, nightcrawlers or yarn, or tossing Little Cleo spoons. Salmon season is now closed. Flows over the weekend at Fair Oaks were 1,800 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: Big numbers of steelhead have been reported above Highway 70 in Oroville. The section of river opened Jan. 1. Barbless hooks must be used. Salmon season is closed. It re-opens in July. Although a few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, overall striper fishing is slow. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 389.5 feet elevation. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. The low water ramp at Granite Bay and the Hobie Cove ramp at Brown’s Ravine are the only two ramps in operation. Fishing is slow for bass and trout, with little effort. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking a few trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 20 to 35 feet down. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Flows dropped from 700 cfs to 350 cfs last week. Trout fishing is slow. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: With salmon season closed, anglers are focusing on wild rainbows between Keswick Dam and Anderson, and steelhead below Anderson. Fishing for trout has been wide open, with roe, beads and Glo Bugs all working well, with fish to 24 inches. Flows over the weekend at Keswick Dam were 3,900 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Steelhead fishing has been good below Red Bluff. Drifting roe and yarn in shallow riffles is working best. Most fish are 2 to 4 pounds, with a few over 6 pounds. Salmon season is now closed. Striper and sturgeon fishing is slow, although a few trophy-size stripers are available closer to Colusa. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Salmon season is closed. Sturgeon fishing is slow at First Beach and Second Beach at Knights Landing as anglers wait for increased flows from winter storms. Striper fishing is slow near Knights Landing and Verona. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon season is now closed. Some stripers are being caught at the Port of Sacramento and deepwater channel on minnows or jigs. Sturgeon fishing is slow in the metro area, although a few anglers are fishing near the airport. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Mike Cunningham of Will Fish Tackle reported a hot kokanee bite. Two-year-old kokanee are coming up  limit style, an easy 10 fish, for anglers using pink flashers and hoochies. The fish are cookie cutters to 13 inches long. Hot spots around and outside the buoy line at the dam. Meanwhile, bass fishing is slow, according to Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle, with water temperatures in the low 50s, making deadstick the way to go. CAMP FAR WEST: Recent rains have brought the lake level up high enough to use one lane of the concrete launch ramp at North Shore Resort, according to Kathy DeRossett. COLLINS LAKE: Trout fishing remains good at Collins, with a number of 5- and 6-pound rainbows finding anglers’ lines. Collins Lake Fish Reporter Ed Palma said most fishers are finding success while using Power Bait and worms from the shore, but there have been a few boaters also cashing in. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake was stocked with DFW catchable trout 2 weeks ago. Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said one boat that went up to Black’s Ravine had a few bites but didn’t manage to bring any trout to the boat while drifting nightcrawlers. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said due to snow, French Meadows is probably over until spring. HELL HOLE: Since French Meadows was inaccessible last week, Hell Hole likely is as well. Check on road conditions if you’re thinking of trying it. The lake level was low, below the launch ramp at last report. LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said the lake is fishing just as it was last week. There are plenty of bass to be had, but they are all 1 1/2 pounds, nothing bigger. The Middle Fork has been the best, and shaking worms has been effective. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said he continues to hear reports of anglers catching 2- to 3-pound bass on the rocks. He said he’d break out a Keitech swimbait, ripbait, jig or a combination of those things for the best success. Stay away from the tules unless you want to tangle with duck hunters. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Charter boats sent out El Dorado and New El Dorado III on combo trips and they knocked out limits of crabs and rockfish, with some lingcod mixed in. Berkeley area boats like California Dawn and Happy Hooker were silent over the Christmas week. Skiff anglers and shore fishers watched and scouted the area for herring after Richmond Marina came alive with them. BODEGA BAY: Limits of rockfish were common, and limits of crabs were probable. Then, adding some nice lingcod made for nice heavy sacks for people to carry off boats like New Sea Angler. Beach fishing was good in late week and into the weekend, for redtail, rainbow and barred surfperch at Dillon Beach and Doran Beach. Tomales Bay gave up some Dungeness crab. EMERYVILLE: Much of the week was too windy to run trips and Friday was the first post-Christmas day that boats could comfortably make it out. From Fish Emeryville, New Huck Finn, Salty Lady and Tigerfish combined for a total of 103 limits of assorted rockfish and 960 Crab. The Farallon Islands were the first-choice destination because of the quality of the average rockfish. EUREKA: At the end of the week, wind and seas calmed sufficiently to allow a few boats to get out. Sea Weasle II made it out twice, allowing an overnight soak which resulted in limits of nice Dungeness crab which are filling out nicely. South jetty was the only safe shore fishing spot for much of the week and it did produce some nice kelp greenling and lingcod to 8 pounds. FORT BRAGG: Late week and weekend seas made it feasible if not entirely comfortable for boats to get out and work their crab gear and maybe catch some rockfish and lingcod at reefs just up the coast from Noyo Harbor. Crab pots yielded limits. Surf fishers had been confined by safety to Noyo Jetty and Dog Park, but finally were able to get out to highly-productive shore spots like Virgin Creek, Jughandle, Mendocino Headlands and MacKerrciher. HALF MOON BAY: Anglers were off the water, awaiting decent conditions, which finally came late in the week. Huli Cat made it out for a successful combo trip for rockfish, lingcod and Dungeness down the coast towards San Gregorio. Over the weekend, conditions improved to the point where plenty of people came to Pillar Point harbor to use snares and hoops for crab or soak baits for rockfish, cabezon and monkeyface prickleback eels. SAN FRANCISCO: Argo was busy making runs up to San Pablo Bay to catch limits of striped bass and some sturgeon up to 150 pounds. Bass Tub plans to make some bass and sturgeon trips beginning mid-January. South Bay was strangely quiet in terms of sturgeon activity. Local beaches, both outside the Gate and inside were good for perch.
04 Jan 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS BULLARDS BAR: Mike Cunningham of Will Fish Tackle reported a hot kokanee bite. Two-year-old kokanee are coming up  limit style, an easy 10 fish, for anglers using pink flashers and hoochies. The fish are cookie cutters to 13 inches long. Hot spots around and outside the buoy line at the dam. Meanwhile, bass fishing is slow, according to Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle, with water temperatures in the low 50s, making deadstick the way to go. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Steelhead fishing has been good below Red Bluff. Drifting roe and yarn in shallow riffles is working best. Most fish are 2 to 4 pounds, with a few over 6 pounds. Salmon season is now closed. Striper and sturgeon fishing is slow, although a few trophy-size stripers are available closer to Colusa. COLLINS LAKE: Trout fishing remains good at Collins, with a number of 5- and 6-pound rainbows finding anglers’ lines. Collins Lake Fish Reporter Ed Palma said most fishers are finding success while using Power Bait and worms from the shore, but there have been a few boaters also cashing in. TRINITY RIVER: Steelhead fishing has been good in the Junction City area, where MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers has been working well. Fly anglers using beads and Glo Bugs also are catching fish. Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City hit 610 cfs last week and were down to 376 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City increased to 700 cfs last week, but dropped to 392 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Hoopa blew out at 6,000 cfs last week, but were down to 2,130 cfs over the weekend. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing has been great all around the lake, but it has been mainly on finesse style fishing techniques. One half and 3/4-ounce football head jigs fished slow are working, and there has also been a decent spinnerbait bite when the wind blows and there is a mudline, but you have to really slow roll to get the bite. 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.: The Chetco crested at 9,000 cfs on Christmas Day, but was down to 1,600 by Sunday. Although flows are dropping, the river remains a prefect steelhead green. Catch rates were best the first few days after Christmas. Fishing was slow over the weekend. More rain is expected this weekend. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk was in good shape most of last week for steelhead, but fishing was slow. The best steelhead fishing on the Elk is the second half of the season in February and early March. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: The Rogue reached good winter time levels. Fishing has been slow for anglers plunking Spin-N-Glos on the lower river gravel bars. RUSSIAN RIVER: It was in prime shape on Sunday with 2 to 3 feet of visibility following high and muddy flows when plunkers were still getting some hatchery steelhead on roe with a Spin-N-Glos. Driftboats out of Healdsburg are finding fish backtrolling plugs. Without rain, the river will drop and clear and be good for bobbers and jigs or bait, as well as fly fishing, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. SMITH RIVER: The Smith was in prime shape for steelhead last week, as the river level dropped from 14 feet to 8 feet at Jed Smith. Fishing was slow, although big numbers of halfpounders are being caught. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The upper river remained in good shape, with flows of 950 cfs at Iron Gate Dam. Steelhead fishing has been very good between the hatchery and Klamathon Bridge. Drifting beads, Glo Bugs or roe has been productive for steelhead, most of which are wild. Fishing pressure has been light. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Steelhead fishing continues to be good in the Happy Camp and Orleans areas, with bigger winter-run fish now arriving. Guides are reporting six to 10 halfpounders and two to four adult steelhead per day. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp increased to 2,400 cfs last week, but dropped to an ideal 1,520 cfs over the weekend. At Orleans, flows jumped to 11,000 cfs, but dropped to 3,850 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Flows at Klamath Glen blew out at 26,000 cfs on Christmas, but were down to 8,800 cfs over the weekend. TRINITY RIVER: Steelhead fishing has been good in the Junction City area, where MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers has been working well. Fly anglers using beads and Glo Bugs also are catching fish. Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City hit 610 cfs last week and were down to 376 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City increased to 700 cfs last week, but dropped to 392 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Hoopa blew out at 6,000 cfs last week, but were down to 2,130 cfs over the weekend. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fish are relating to the creek arms in search of schools of baitfish. Many anglers have reported catching multiple fish of different species in the same locations on the same baits. Spoons are working in the color of your choice, drop-shot rigs, Ned baits, football head jigs. Use your sonar to locate schools of bait and then stay on them. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake has started rising with a steady flow of water coming in from Stoney Creek and Buress Creek, but it still has a long ways to go before the water line reaches the willows. There were reports of anglers catching some nice-sized catfish near the dam while fishing with minnows, but the water clarity remains poor. CLEAR LAKE: Large schools of baitfish have everything around the lake schooled up. Jumbo minnows have been the bait of choice through the holidays, but all the bait shops around the lake are out of minnows until January 2nd. Crappie are still being caught around the lake near deeper docks, but that is also dependent on the minnow delivery. LAKE SONOMA: Water temperatures have dropped due to colder weather over the holidays and the fishing has slowed. Winter patterns are in place for bass, drop-shot rigs, football jigs, darthead jigs, Ned rigs, and shakey head jigs are great ways to catch finicky winter bass. UPPER BLUE LAKES: DFG has been planting trout once a month since November. While the resort has changed the combination at the gate, anglers from other parts of the lake have reported decent fishing for both bass and trout when weather conditions allow. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Trout fishing has picked up for boaters. Fast trolling hardware 8 to 12 feet deep in the 30-foot column for both rainbows and browns is good. Red and gold speedy shiners seemed to work best this week. Fly anglers are reporting quality fish in the coves. BAUM LAKE: Fishing is red hot this time of year! Midges are working great, zebra midges, Mercers Midgling, frostbite midge, and chromie midges are great flies this time of year. For surface flies use Griffith gnat, leeches, and woolleybuggers. LEWISTON LAKE: Fishing is still good for the few anglers that have driven up. Midges are popular for fly fisherman, zebra midges are a local favorite. Mercers Midgling, or a hopper dropper with a midge under a Parachute Adams also work. PIT RIVER: The pit remains unfishable due to high flows. With nice weather this week Pit 5 might be fishable soon. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing has been great all around the lake, but it has been mainly on finesse style fishing techniques. One half and 3/4-ounce football head jigs fished slow are working, and there has also been a decent spinnerbait bite when the wind blows and there is a mudline, but you have to really slow roll to get the bite. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: A few anglers have been starting to fish, but the lake conditions are far from ideal. With recent storms the water clarity remains stained but anglers have been finding a few bass with finesse style fishing techniques. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmeman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Boca is extremely low, with muddy shorelines. The best shore fishing is by the dam where there’s access to deep water. It isn’t the greatest for shore fishing in the Truckee area but it’s still an option. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission again said he didn’t see a single car at the year-round C&R artificials only section of the East Carson. DAVIS LAKE: Jeanne Graham, J&J’s Grizzly Store, said the lake is “thinking about freezing.” Those areas that are frozen are unsafe, but gung ho shore anglers will be glad to hear Mallard is still wide open. The fish have been biting Power Bait. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said there’s no ice on Donner or any Truckee area lake. The boat ramp is open and no longer covered by snow, but the water level is below the concrete apron so boaters should exercise caution. Shoreline trout are the best fishing option, followed by a few browns. Power Bait has been best for the stocked rainbows. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and Todd’s Bait and Tackle in Markleeville said Indian Creek has mostly frozen over. The surface is unsafe everywhere! The only open water was by the dam, a space big enough for two people to fish, but that should freeze over soon. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said the fishing for the catchable trout planted on Dec. 21 has been good from the shore and boats. Power Bait has been a good option. LAKE TAHOE: Very good fishing now for Mackinaw on the South Shore, with Tahoe Sportfishing boats pulling double trips to satisfy the crowds of anglers on holiday vacation. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter fishing said the Mackinaw fishing has been very good on those few occasions he’s been able to get out. High winds and the resulting nasty wind waves are making for short weather windows on the North Shore. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee reported good shore fishing for rainbow trout and a few cutthroat at Prosser. The dam area has been best. PYRAMID LAKE: Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service reported catch numbers remain down since it’s cold with water temperatures in the high 40s, but the chance to catch a trophy is excellent for those putting in the time. The better fly patterns remain popcorn beetles, midnight cowboys, and balanced tui chubs cast and retrieved to cover more water. Indicator fishing is not producing as well. At Cutthroat Charters, George Molino said his boat trip on Saturday was slow with only 6 fish caught, but Sunday it was warmer and they caught 15. The weather was expected to once again turn colder on New Year’s. The heaviest fish checked in at Crosby’s Lodge was a 14-pound, 2-ounce chunk caught by Sonny Malone of Sparks, Nev. while dragging a rainbow spoon from a boat. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Stampede is a very nice 87 percent full. Boaters are launching to topline for trout. Hobart Mills Road is the way to go. Stampede Road from Boca is still inaccessible. The dam is open. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season.Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to fish well, and recommended nymphing slow water such as deeper tailouts mid-day when it’s warmer. Bluewing olives and midges are coming out. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Determined anglers can walk in, but the road may be covered in snow. WEST WALKER RIVER: Staffers at the Walker General Store report they haven’t seen any fishermen in weeks on the C&R, barbless, artificials only fishery. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: The river opened between Hazel Avenue and Nimbus Hatchery for steelhead on Jan. 1. Sailor Bar is typically a hot spot on opening day for anglers drifting roe, nightcrawlers or yarn, or tossing Little Cleo spoons. Salmon season is now closed. Flows over the weekend at Fair Oaks were 1,800 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: Big numbers of steelhead have been reported above Highway 70 in Oroville. The section of river opened Jan. 1. Barbless hooks must be used. Salmon season is closed. It re-opens in July. Although a few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, overall striper fishing is slow. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 389.5 feet elevation. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. The low water ramp at Granite Bay and the Hobie Cove ramp at Brown’s Ravine are the only two ramps in operation. Fishing is slow for bass and trout, with little effort. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking a few trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 20 to 35 feet down. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Flows dropped from 700 cfs to 350 cfs last week. Trout fishing is slow. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: With salmon season closed, anglers are focusing on wild rainbows between Keswick Dam and Anderson, and steelhead below Anderson. Fishing for trout has been wide open, with roe, beads and Glo Bugs all working well, with fish to 24 inches. Flows over the weekend at Keswick Dam were 3,900 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Steelhead fishing has been good below Red Bluff. Drifting roe and yarn in shallow riffles is working best. Most fish are 2 to 4 pounds, with a few over 6 pounds. Salmon season is now closed. Striper and sturgeon fishing is slow, although a few trophy-size stripers are available closer to Colusa. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Salmon season is closed. Sturgeon fishing is slow at First Beach and Second Beach at Knights Landing as anglers wait for increased flows from winter storms. Striper fishing is slow near Knights Landing and Verona. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon season is now closed. Some stripers are being caught at the Port of Sacramento and deepwater channel on minnows or jigs. Sturgeon fishing is slow in the metro area, although a few anglers are fishing near the airport. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Mike Cunningham of Will Fish Tackle reported a hot kokanee bite. Two-year-old kokanee are coming up  limit style, an easy 10 fish, for anglers using pink flashers and hoochies. The fish are cookie cutters to 13 inches long. Hot spots around and outside the buoy line at the dam. Meanwhile, bass fishing is slow, according to Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle, with water temperatures in the low 50s, making deadstick the way to go. CAMP FAR WEST: Recent rains have brought the lake level up high enough to use one lane of the concrete launch ramp at North Shore Resort, according to Kathy DeRossett. COLLINS LAKE: Trout fishing remains good at Collins, with a number of 5- and 6-pound rainbows finding anglers’ lines. Collins Lake Fish Reporter Ed Palma said most fishers are finding success while using Power Bait and worms from the shore, but there have been a few boaters also cashing in. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake was stocked with DFW catchable trout 2 weeks ago. Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said one boat that went up to Black’s Ravine had a few bites but didn’t manage to bring any trout to the boat while drifting nightcrawlers. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said due to snow, French Meadows is probably over until spring. HELL HOLE: Since French Meadows was inaccessible last week, Hell Hole likely is as well. Check on road conditions if you’re thinking of trying it. The lake level was low, below the launch ramp at last report. LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said the lake is fishing just as it was last week. There are plenty of bass to be had, but they are all 1 1/2 pounds, nothing bigger. The Middle Fork has been the best, and shaking worms has been effective. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said he continues to hear reports of anglers catching 2- to 3-pound bass on the rocks. He said he’d break out a Keitech swimbait, ripbait, jig or a combination of those things for the best success. Stay away from the tules unless you want to tangle with duck hunters. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Charter boats sent out El Dorado and New El Dorado III on combo trips and they knocked out limits of crabs and rockfish, with some lingcod mixed in. Berkeley area boats like California Dawn and Happy Hooker were silent over the Christmas week. Skiff anglers and shore fishers watched and scouted the area for herring after Richmond Marina came alive with them. BODEGA BAY: Limits of rockfish were common, and limits of crabs were probable. Then, adding some nice lingcod made for nice heavy sacks for people to carry off boats like New Sea Angler. Beach fishing was good in late week and into the weekend, for redtail, rainbow and barred surfperch at Dillon Beach and Doran Beach. Tomales Bay gave up some Dungeness crab. EMERYVILLE: Much of the week was too windy to run trips and Friday was the first post-Christmas day that boats could comfortably make it out. From Fish Emeryville, New Huck Finn, Salty Lady and Tigerfish combined for a total of 103 limits of assorted rockfish and 960 Crab. The Farallon Islands were the first-choice destination because of the quality of the average rockfish. EUREKA: At the end of the week, wind and seas calmed sufficiently to allow a few boats to get out. Sea Weasle II made it out twice, allowing an overnight soak which resulted in limits of nice Dungeness crab which are filling out nicely. South jetty was the only safe shore fishing spot for much of the week and it did produce some nice kelp greenling and lingcod to 8 pounds. FORT BRAGG: Late week and weekend seas made it feasible if not entirely comfortable for boats to get out and work their crab gear and maybe catch some rockfish and lingcod at reefs just up the coast from Noyo Harbor. Crab pots yielded limits. Surf fishers had been confined by safety to Noyo Jetty and Dog Park, but finally were able to get out to highly-productive shore spots like Virgin Creek, Jughandle, Mendocino Headlands and MacKerrciher. HALF MOON BAY: Anglers were off the water, awaiting decent conditions, which finally came late in the week. Huli Cat made it out for a successful combo trip for rockfish, lingcod and Dungeness down the coast towards San Gregorio. Over the weekend, conditions improved to the point where plenty of people came to Pillar Point harbor to use snares and hoops for crab or soak baits for rockfish, cabezon and monkeyface prickleback eels. SAN FRANCISCO: Argo was busy making runs up to San Pablo Bay to catch limits of striped bass and some sturgeon up to 150 pounds. Bass Tub plans to make some bass and sturgeon trips beginning mid-January. South Bay was strangely quiet in terms of sturgeon activity. Local beaches, both outside the Gate and inside were good for perch.
27 Dec 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
Top picks COLLINS LAKE: Recent rains have stained the water, but trout anglers are still catching trophies and trout plants are ongoing. One 6- and a couple of 5-pound rainbows were caught, both trolling spoons near the boat launch and shore fishing by the dam using Power Bait. This is a great time to go if you enjoy fishing without crowds, as pressure appears light.     LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle fished Oroville this week, reporting that he couldn’t locate the bass that had been in the main body, likely because colder water has scattered the bait. He found fish right up on the shoreline at Potter’s Ravine and in The Slot, all 1.5-pound cookie cutters caught on a green Keitech jig with a Rage Jr. trailer. Sorensen further said the arms are muddy due to the recent rains. Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle reported the lake level has come up a couple feet, which has kept water on the concrete ramp at Bidwell, the only launch open at the current water level. TRINITY RIVER : Steelhead fishing has been consistently good on the Trinity throughout December, said guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service. Fishing has been best near Junction City, where driftboaters are using 3.0 MagLip plugs. Shore anglers are tossing spoons or drifting bait. Far north lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing remains slow due to mild weather. There were a few fish caught trolling hardware around the lake and the bite should improve with incoming weather. BAUM LAKE: Fishing is red hot this time of year. Any style of midges and leeches will produce fish.       EAGLE LAKE: Warmer conditions have melted away a good amount of ice around the lake, although there weren’t many anglers out this last week. FALL RIVER: Closed for season. HAT CREEK: Closed for season. LEWISTON LAKE: Fishing is still good for the few anglers that have driven up. Midges are popular for fly fisherman, zebra midges are a local favorite. PIT RIVER: The pit remains unfishable due to high flows. SHASTA LAKE: Fishing has been up and down due to weather conditions and heavy boat traffic, but diligent anglers have been catching nice fish. Spotted bass were pushed up shallow in the mud lines and targeting reaction baits as well as mid-sized line through swimbaits. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Lake remains muddy with scattered debris from runoff due to recent fires and rising lake level. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER : The river opens between Hazel Avenue and Nimbus Hatchery for steelhead on Jan. 1. Sailor Bar is typically a hot spot on opening day for anglers drifting roe, nightcrawlers or yarn, or tossing Little Cleo spoons. Salmon season is now closed. Flows over the weekend at Fair Oaks were 1,800 cfs FEATHER RIVER : Salmon season reopens in July. Although a few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, overall striper fishing is slow.  A few steelhead are biting above Gridley. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir : The river blew out last week, rising 3,000 cfs before dropping back to 450 cfs on Sunday evening. Trout fishing is slow with the frequent changes in flows. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff : With salmon season closed, anglers are focusing on wild rainbows between Keswick Dam and Anderson, and steelhead below Anderson. Fishing for trout has been wide open, with roe, beads and Glo Bugs all working well. Flows over the weekend at Keswick Dam were 4,000 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa : Salmon season is now closed. Striper and sturgeon fishing is slow, although a few trophy-size stripers are available closer to Colusa. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa :Salmon season is closed. A few sturgeon are being caught at First Beach at Knights Landing. Striper fishing is slow near Knights Landing and Verona. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento : Salmon season is now closed. Some stripers are being caught at the Port of Sacramento on minnows or spoon jigs. Sturgeon fishing is slow in the metro area, although a few anglers are fishing near the airport. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook : The upper river remained in good shape, with flows of 980 cfs at Iron Gate Dam. Steelhead fishing has been very good between the hatchery and Klamathon Bridge. Drifting beads, Glo Bugs or roe has been productive for steelhead, most of which are wild. Fishing pressure has been light. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp : The Middle Klamath remained in good shape for steelhead, with flows of 1,850 cfs at Seiad Valley. The river reached 16,000 cfs at Orleans last week, and blew out, but was down to 5,380 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen : The lower Klamath blew out last week, cresting at 27,000 cfs. It remained high and muddy over the weekend, but was down to 11,800 cfs. Steelhead fishing has been slow. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR: Bass fishing was very slow this week, according to Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported some of his customers are doing well fishing for 2-year-old kokanee using dodgers and hoochies. The fish are 11 to 12 inches long. Unfortunately the kokanee anglers preferred not to share where on the lake they were fishing.     CAMP FAR WEST: Great news! Recent rains have brought the lake level up high enough to use one lane of the concrete launch ramp at North Shore Resort, according to Kathy DeRossett. Fishing however was said to be poor, but should improve as the situation stabilizes.   ENGLEBRIGHT: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported the lake was stocked with DFW catchable trout a week ago Thursday. Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said a friend who trout fished in the Boston Bar area caught three 20- to 21-inch rainbows while trolling up top. FOLSOM LAKE : The lake level is 389 feet elevation, down a foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. The low water ramp at Granite Bay and the Hobie Cove ramp at Brown’s Ravine are the only two ramps in operation. Fishing is slow for bass and trout, with little effort. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking a few trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said due to snow, French Meadows is probably over until spring.   HELL HOLE: Since French Meadows was inaccessible last week, Hell Hole likely is as well. Check on road conditions if you’re thinking of trying it. The lake level was low, below the launch ramp at last report.        ROLLINS LAKE: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said Rollins isn’t a bad choice now. There are browns to be had trolling up the Bear River arm and bass all over the lake. The water level is low so he recommended launching a boat at Orchard Springs. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said he has heard reports of anglers catching 2- to 3-pound bass on the rocks. That’s better than nearby Oroville and worth a try, but watch out for duck hunters in the tules. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fishing varies from day to day due to weather. There are always fish to be caught in deeper water but you really have to slow down and pick everything apart. Jigs, drop-shot, dartheads, shakey heads, and spoons can all work. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is on the rise, and the river channel that has been high and dry for months is just starting to get a light coating of water on the flats. Fishing is nonexistent until water conditions improve. CLEAR LAKE: Large schools of baitfish can be found all over the lake with reports of anglers reeling in their lures and having shad stuck to their treble hook. Bass fishing is very slow with the increased bait traffic. Crappie fishing and bluegill fishing has been good near certain docks relating to deeper water. Large groups of boats competing for small areas of water are a telltale sign of crappie. LAKE SONOMA: Bass are scattered in both shallow and deep water. Jigs are a popular way to put decent bags of bass in the boat. There is some reaction bite happening when conditions are right. UPPER BLUE LAKES: DFG has been planting trout once a month since November. While the resort has changed the combination at the gate, anglers from other parts of the lake have reported decent fishing for both bass and trout when weather conditions allow. North Coast rivers CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. : The Chetco reached its highest level in two years last week when it crested at 20,000 cfs on Tuesday. It dropped to 3,140 cfs on Sunday and was fishing well for plunkers, who are catching steelhead at Social Security Bar on Spin-N-Glos. The river is expected to rise again this week, but should be in prime shape by the weekend. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. : The Elk crested at 8.9 feet and then quickly dropped. Effort was light, however, for late salmon and early steelhead. More salmon returned to the hatchery last week. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. : The lower Rogue is now in good shape for steelhead fishing. Plunkers are concentrating on the lower gravel bars at Lobster Creek and Huntley Park. Fishing has been slow. SMITH RIVER : The Smith rose to 18 feet last week, and then quickly dropped. Plunkers did well for adult steelhead. Drift boaters were on the water over the weekend, and caught a few adult steelhead between the Forks and Ruby. So far nearly a dozen steelhead have returned to Rowdy Creek Hatchery compared to just one fish through the same date last year. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. : The Sixes blew out most of last week but was in good shape over the weekend. Fishing has been slow. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmeman of Mountain Hardware and Sports fished Boca, reporting that he had a very good day at the outlet but access was tough due to the extremely low lake level: he figures capacity is down in the teens. The drawdown has concentrated the fish. For easier access, try the dam. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said he didn’t see a single car at the year-round C&R artificials only section of the East Carson, despite excellent conditions. The ice that was on the bank has melted.    DAVIS LAKE: Jeanne Graham, J&J’s Grizzly Store, said the lake has yet to freeze. It’s cold, 22 degrees in the morning, but that didn’t stop a group her guests from trying Mallard for rainbows on Saturday. Fishing was good, everyone caught at least 2 and many more fish were lost. All were 20-plus inches and snapped up Power Bait. Access to Mallard has improved, drivers are advised to go slowly but they can get there.     DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said with the fall drawdown Donner has plenty of shore fishing access. The boat ramp is open and no longer covered by snow, but the water level is below the concrete apron so boaters should exercise caution. Shoreline trout are the best fishing option, otherwise the lake has been slow for Mackinaw. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and Todd’s Bait and Tackle in Markleeville said a buddy of his fished the lake Friday. There’s no ice on the reservoir but his friend was blown off after just one bite. Another buddy has been going out 2 to 3 times a week and catching fish on the dam side. He throws Power Bait and blown-up nightcrawlers. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said the fishing is good. The lake was planted with catchable trout on Dec. 21. Max Cass caught an 18-inch rainbow from the boat dock on Power Bait.        LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe Sportfishing on the South Shore has been about the only game in town, with the company sending out one boat a day for as few as a couple anglers per charter. According to Zach Gordon, Mackinaw fishing has been wide open. If you want the lake to yourself, go now but dress warmly.      PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee reported good shore fishing for cuththroat trout at Prosser. The dam area has been best. The fish have been stocked at the lake the past few years. Anglers target them using worms.   PYRAMID LAKE: It’s cold, and bites are fewer but there’s quite a bit of quality. Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter said his recent trips have accounted for 18, 13 and 12 cutthroat each, with nothing over 8 pounds. Hell’s Kitchen has been producing best for him on pearl white Apex lures dangled at 47 feet. Shore anglers are doing well, but it takes a lot of work to get grabs, Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service reported. The average fish is 24 inches long, and some of the better fly patterns are popcorn beetles, midnight cowboy, and balanced tui chub cast and retrieved or worked under an indicator. Ouellette’s biggest fish of the week was an 18-pounder caught by a client. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said he hasn’t heard anything about the fishing at Stampede other than access is no problem. The lake level is nice and high, boat launching is easy, and there should be good shore fishing at the launch ramp and campground.    TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river is fishing well, and recommended nymphing slow water such as deeper tailouts mid-day when it’s warmer. Bluewing olives and midges are coming out. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Determined anglers can walk in. The road may be covered in snow.      WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said she hasn’t seen any fishermen in weeks. Apparently no one tried the C&R, barbless artificials only fishery. Saltwater BERKELEY: The big fish of the week was an 85-pound thresher shark taken at the Farallones onboard Happy Hooker. California Dawn also fished the Farallones and scored limits of rockfish and limits of crab. El Dorado and New El Dorado III ran two trips apiece this week, keeping the faith with season-long reports of limits of crab, limits of rockfish plus some lingcod. BODEGA BAY: By the weekend, conditions improved to the point that New Sea Angler was able to break away from the calmer spots like Russian River and Fort Ross and instead make runs down the coast to fish the fabled waters off Point Reyes where bigger rockfish and lingcod are plentiful. Pulling limits of crab was a daily occurrence. Shore fishing for perch was good around Dillon Beach. EMERYVILLE: Fish Emeryville boats New Huck Finn, Sea Wolf, Tiger Fish, and Pacific Pearl returned from each trip with limits posted for crab and rockfish. There were some lingcod in the sacks, too. Landing staff reported catches of yellows, olives, blues and a good mix of hardheads filling the sacks. Crab counts were perfect and the fleet was pulling them outside of the 30-fathom line. EUREKA: Crabbing was good outside Humboldt Bay after the monster 32-foot swells subsided. The crew of Sea Weasel II pulled eight pots to get the 60 crab needed for limits. Crabbers inside the Bay didn’t fare as well, but they were able to get enough for a crab dinner. People fishing the jetty inside the bay had a tough time finding a safe and productive spot to fish, but fortunately the kelp greenling seem to be everywhere and quite hungry. FORT BRAGG: No boating activity was possible for most of the week and very little occurred over the weekend when larger boats could finally make it out. Sea Hawk found fishing and crabbing to be a little tough, yet they brought home good sacks of seafood including 220 crab, a dozen lingcod and maybe half-limits of rockfish. By the weekend, shore fishers could fish and crab from Noyo Jetty and catch perch at Dog Park. HALF MOON BAY: Fishing was tough when boats could get back out after the big swell event that lasted most of the week. The smaller school fish foraged up in the water column and bit okay, but the bigger species of rockfish near the bottom were quiet. Over the weekend the fish found their appetites and the bite improved for Huli Cat and other boats. Meanwhile, Dungeness crab were plentiful and steady limits were the rule. SAN FRANCISCO: The Fisherman’s Wharf fleet was quiet, however Argo ran trips into San Pablo Bay, scoring limits of striped bass on the morning flood tide and getting a sturgeon on the afternoon ebb. Shore anglers inside the Bay in South San Francisco caught perch a few leopard sharks and striped bass. By the weekend when the big swells outside the gate had subsided, beaches were primed and gave up good counts of barred surfperch and redtail perch. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. A longer version, with many more lakes and rivers, can be seen online at chicoer.com/sports.
27 Dec 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
Top picks COLLINS LAKE: Recent rains have stained the water, but trout anglers are still catching trophies and trout plants are ongoing. One 6- and a couple of 5-pound rainbows were caught, both trolling spoons near the boat launch and shore fishing by the dam using Power Bait. This is a great time to go if you enjoy fishing without crowds, as pressure appears light.     LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle fished Oroville this week, reporting that he couldn’t locate the bass that had been in the main body, likely because colder water has scattered the bait. He found fish right up on the shoreline at Potter’s Ravine and in The Slot, all 1.5-pound cookie cutters caught on a green Keitech jig with a Rage Jr. trailer. Sorensen further said the arms are muddy due to the recent rains. Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle reported the lake level has come up a couple feet, which has kept water on the concrete ramp at Bidwell, the only launch open at the current water level. TRINITY RIVER : Steelhead fishing has been consistently good on the Trinity throughout December, said guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service. Fishing has been best near Junction City, where driftboaters are using 3.0 MagLip plugs. Shore anglers are tossing spoons or drifting bait. Far north lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing remains slow due to mild weather. There were a few fish caught trolling hardware around the lake and the bite should improve with incoming weather. BAUM LAKE: Fishing is red hot this time of year. Any style of midges and leeches will produce fish.       EAGLE LAKE: Warmer conditions have melted away a good amount of ice around the lake, although there weren’t many anglers out this last week. FALL RIVER: Closed for season. HAT CREEK: Closed for season. LEWISTON LAKE: Fishing is still good for the few anglers that have driven up. Midges are popular for fly fisherman, zebra midges are a local favorite. PIT RIVER: The pit remains unfishable due to high flows. SHASTA LAKE: Fishing has been up and down due to weather conditions and heavy boat traffic, but diligent anglers have been catching nice fish. Spotted bass were pushed up shallow in the mud lines and targeting reaction baits as well as mid-sized line through swimbaits. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Lake remains muddy with scattered debris from runoff due to recent fires and rising lake level. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER : The river opens between Hazel Avenue and Nimbus Hatchery for steelhead on Jan. 1. Sailor Bar is typically a hot spot on opening day for anglers drifting roe, nightcrawlers or yarn, or tossing Little Cleo spoons. Salmon season is now closed. Flows over the weekend at Fair Oaks were 1,800 cfs FEATHER RIVER : Salmon season reopens in July. Although a few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, overall striper fishing is slow.  A few steelhead are biting above Gridley. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir : The river blew out last week, rising 3,000 cfs before dropping back to 450 cfs on Sunday evening. Trout fishing is slow with the frequent changes in flows. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff : With salmon season closed, anglers are focusing on wild rainbows between Keswick Dam and Anderson, and steelhead below Anderson. Fishing for trout has been wide open, with roe, beads and Glo Bugs all working well. Flows over the weekend at Keswick Dam were 4,000 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa : Salmon season is now closed. Striper and sturgeon fishing is slow, although a few trophy-size stripers are available closer to Colusa. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa :Salmon season is closed. A few sturgeon are being caught at First Beach at Knights Landing. Striper fishing is slow near Knights Landing and Verona. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento : Salmon season is now closed. Some stripers are being caught at the Port of Sacramento on minnows or spoon jigs. Sturgeon fishing is slow in the metro area, although a few anglers are fishing near the airport. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook : The upper river remained in good shape, with flows of 980 cfs at Iron Gate Dam. Steelhead fishing has been very good between the hatchery and Klamathon Bridge. Drifting beads, Glo Bugs or roe has been productive for steelhead, most of which are wild. Fishing pressure has been light. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp : The Middle Klamath remained in good shape for steelhead, with flows of 1,850 cfs at Seiad Valley. The river reached 16,000 cfs at Orleans last week, and blew out, but was down to 5,380 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen : The lower Klamath blew out last week, cresting at 27,000 cfs. It remained high and muddy over the weekend, but was down to 11,800 cfs. Steelhead fishing has been slow. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR: Bass fishing was very slow this week, according to Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported some of his customers are doing well fishing for 2-year-old kokanee using dodgers and hoochies. The fish are 11 to 12 inches long. Unfortunately the kokanee anglers preferred not to share where on the lake they were fishing.     CAMP FAR WEST: Great news! Recent rains have brought the lake level up high enough to use one lane of the concrete launch ramp at North Shore Resort, according to Kathy DeRossett. Fishing however was said to be poor, but should improve as the situation stabilizes.   ENGLEBRIGHT: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported the lake was stocked with DFW catchable trout a week ago Thursday. Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said a friend who trout fished in the Boston Bar area caught three 20- to 21-inch rainbows while trolling up top. FOLSOM LAKE : The lake level is 389 feet elevation, down a foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. The low water ramp at Granite Bay and the Hobie Cove ramp at Brown’s Ravine are the only two ramps in operation. Fishing is slow for bass and trout, with little effort. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking a few trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said due to snow, French Meadows is probably over until spring.   HELL HOLE: Since French Meadows was inaccessible last week, Hell Hole likely is as well. Check on road conditions if you’re thinking of trying it. The lake level was low, below the launch ramp at last report.        ROLLINS LAKE: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said Rollins isn’t a bad choice now. There are browns to be had trolling up the Bear River arm and bass all over the lake. The water level is low so he recommended launching a boat at Orchard Springs. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said he has heard reports of anglers catching 2- to 3-pound bass on the rocks. That’s better than nearby Oroville and worth a try, but watch out for duck hunters in the tules. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fishing varies from day to day due to weather. There are always fish to be caught in deeper water but you really have to slow down and pick everything apart. Jigs, drop-shot, dartheads, shakey heads, and spoons can all work. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is on the rise, and the river channel that has been high and dry for months is just starting to get a light coating of water on the flats. Fishing is nonexistent until water conditions improve. CLEAR LAKE: Large schools of baitfish can be found all over the lake with reports of anglers reeling in their lures and having shad stuck to their treble hook. Bass fishing is very slow with the increased bait traffic. Crappie fishing and bluegill fishing has been good near certain docks relating to deeper water. Large groups of boats competing for small areas of water are a telltale sign of crappie. LAKE SONOMA: Bass are scattered in both shallow and deep water. Jigs are a popular way to put decent bags of bass in the boat. There is some reaction bite happening when conditions are right. UPPER BLUE LAKES: DFG has been planting trout once a month since November. While the resort has changed the combination at the gate, anglers from other parts of the lake have reported decent fishing for both bass and trout when weather conditions allow. North Coast rivers CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. : The Chetco reached its highest level in two years last week when it crested at 20,000 cfs on Tuesday. It dropped to 3,140 cfs on Sunday and was fishing well for plunkers, who are catching steelhead at Social Security Bar on Spin-N-Glos. The river is expected to rise again this week, but should be in prime shape by the weekend. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. : The Elk crested at 8.9 feet and then quickly dropped. Effort was light, however, for late salmon and early steelhead. More salmon returned to the hatchery last week. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. : The lower Rogue is now in good shape for steelhead fishing. Plunkers are concentrating on the lower gravel bars at Lobster Creek and Huntley Park. Fishing has been slow. SMITH RIVER : The Smith rose to 18 feet last week, and then quickly dropped. Plunkers did well for adult steelhead. Drift boaters were on the water over the weekend, and caught a few adult steelhead between the Forks and Ruby. So far nearly a dozen steelhead have returned to Rowdy Creek Hatchery compared to just one fish through the same date last year. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. : The Sixes blew out most of last week but was in good shape over the weekend. Fishing has been slow. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmeman of Mountain Hardware and Sports fished Boca, reporting that he had a very good day at the outlet but access was tough due to the extremely low lake level: he figures capacity is down in the teens. The drawdown has concentrated the fish. For easier access, try the dam. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said he didn’t see a single car at the year-round C&R artificials only section of the East Carson, despite excellent conditions. The ice that was on the bank has melted.    DAVIS LAKE: Jeanne Graham, J&J’s Grizzly Store, said the lake has yet to freeze. It’s cold, 22 degrees in the morning, but that didn’t stop a group her guests from trying Mallard for rainbows on Saturday. Fishing was good, everyone caught at least 2 and many more fish were lost. All were 20-plus inches and snapped up Power Bait. Access to Mallard has improved, drivers are advised to go slowly but they can get there.     DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said with the fall drawdown Donner has plenty of shore fishing access. The boat ramp is open and no longer covered by snow, but the water level is below the concrete apron so boaters should exercise caution. Shoreline trout are the best fishing option, otherwise the lake has been slow for Mackinaw. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission and Todd’s Bait and Tackle in Markleeville said a buddy of his fished the lake Friday. There’s no ice on the reservoir but his friend was blown off after just one bite. Another buddy has been going out 2 to 3 times a week and catching fish on the dam side. He throws Power Bait and blown-up nightcrawlers. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said the fishing is good. The lake was planted with catchable trout on Dec. 21. Max Cass caught an 18-inch rainbow from the boat dock on Power Bait.        LAKE TAHOE: Tahoe Sportfishing on the South Shore has been about the only game in town, with the company sending out one boat a day for as few as a couple anglers per charter. According to Zach Gordon, Mackinaw fishing has been wide open. If you want the lake to yourself, go now but dress warmly.      PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee reported good shore fishing for cuththroat trout at Prosser. The dam area has been best. The fish have been stocked at the lake the past few years. Anglers target them using worms.   PYRAMID LAKE: It’s cold, and bites are fewer but there’s quite a bit of quality. Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter said his recent trips have accounted for 18, 13 and 12 cutthroat each, with nothing over 8 pounds. Hell’s Kitchen has been producing best for him on pearl white Apex lures dangled at 47 feet. Shore anglers are doing well, but it takes a lot of work to get grabs, Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service reported. The average fish is 24 inches long, and some of the better fly patterns are popcorn beetles, midnight cowboy, and balanced tui chub cast and retrieved or worked under an indicator. Ouellette’s biggest fish of the week was an 18-pounder caught by a client. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said he hasn’t heard anything about the fishing at Stampede other than access is no problem. The lake level is nice and high, boat launching is easy, and there should be good shore fishing at the launch ramp and campground.    TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river is fishing well, and recommended nymphing slow water such as deeper tailouts mid-day when it’s warmer. Bluewing olives and midges are coming out. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Determined anglers can walk in. The road may be covered in snow.      WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said she hasn’t seen any fishermen in weeks. Apparently no one tried the C&R, barbless artificials only fishery. Saltwater BERKELEY: The big fish of the week was an 85-pound thresher shark taken at the Farallones onboard Happy Hooker. California Dawn also fished the Farallones and scored limits of rockfish and limits of crab. El Dorado and New El Dorado III ran two trips apiece this week, keeping the faith with season-long reports of limits of crab, limits of rockfish plus some lingcod. BODEGA BAY: By the weekend, conditions improved to the point that New Sea Angler was able to break away from the calmer spots like Russian River and Fort Ross and instead make runs down the coast to fish the fabled waters off Point Reyes where bigger rockfish and lingcod are plentiful. Pulling limits of crab was a daily occurrence. Shore fishing for perch was good around Dillon Beach. EMERYVILLE: Fish Emeryville boats New Huck Finn, Sea Wolf, Tiger Fish, and Pacific Pearl returned from each trip with limits posted for crab and rockfish. There were some lingcod in the sacks, too. Landing staff reported catches of yellows, olives, blues and a good mix of hardheads filling the sacks. Crab counts were perfect and the fleet was pulling them outside of the 30-fathom line. EUREKA: Crabbing was good outside Humboldt Bay after the monster 32-foot swells subsided. The crew of Sea Weasel II pulled eight pots to get the 60 crab needed for limits. Crabbers inside the Bay didn’t fare as well, but they were able to get enough for a crab dinner. People fishing the jetty inside the bay had a tough time finding a safe and productive spot to fish, but fortunately the kelp greenling seem to be everywhere and quite hungry. FORT BRAGG: No boating activity was possible for most of the week and very little occurred over the weekend when larger boats could finally make it out. Sea Hawk found fishing and crabbing to be a little tough, yet they brought home good sacks of seafood including 220 crab, a dozen lingcod and maybe half-limits of rockfish. By the weekend, shore fishers could fish and crab from Noyo Jetty and catch perch at Dog Park. HALF MOON BAY: Fishing was tough when boats could get back out after the big swell event that lasted most of the week. The smaller school fish foraged up in the water column and bit okay, but the bigger species of rockfish near the bottom were quiet. Over the weekend the fish found their appetites and the bite improved for Huli Cat and other boats. Meanwhile, Dungeness crab were plentiful and steady limits were the rule. SAN FRANCISCO: The Fisherman’s Wharf fleet was quiet, however Argo ran trips into San Pablo Bay, scoring limits of striped bass on the morning flood tide and getting a sturgeon on the afternoon ebb. Shore anglers inside the Bay in South San Francisco caught perch a few leopard sharks and striped bass. By the weekend when the big swells outside the gate had subsided, beaches were primed and gave up good counts of barred surfperch and redtail perch. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. A longer version, with many more lakes and rivers, can be seen online at chicoer.com/sports.
26 Dec 18

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21 Dec 18
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Merry “Fish-Mas” to you!! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, and is able to spend time with family and friends and cherishes each and every moment! We are grateful for your readership and hope that all the fishing news we share with you each week provides welcome tips and info that allows you to have […]

14 Dec 18
Georgia Wildlife Blog

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07 Dec 18
Georgia Wildlife Blog

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07 Dec 18
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TOP PICKS LAKE OROVILLE: The Bidwell launch ramp at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area reopened Tuesday following the containment of the Camp Fire, and although most area anglers chose to wait out the mid-week rain storm, once they got on the water they found improving fishing for bass to 2 pounds. Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said he caught somewhere around 40 bass Friday on a mixture of an Evergreen deep diving crankbait, a Keitech swimbait and a Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm. He fished main lake points where he found the fish holding in the 20-foot range. TRINITY RIVER: The Trinity is fishing well for steelhead between storms. Fish from 4 to 8 pounds are being caught near Douglas City and Junction City, said guide Steve Huber, who is using 3.0 MagLip plugs or drifting roe below bobbers. Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. They were 292 cfs on Sunday. Flows last week at Douglas City hit 1,200 cfs before dropped to 371 cfs for the weekend. Flows at Junction City hit 1,000 cfs before dropping to 388 cfs. Flows at Hoopa rose from 900 cfs to 3,800 cfs. They were 2,170 cfs on Sunday. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is red hot and the weather is icy cold. Roads are very icy so use caution if you’re headed out to the lake. The dock at Christies day use has been removed, finally. Jay Fair flies being trolled behind the boat have worked great all season. Fly fisherman from shore have been doing really well. Bank fishing has been reported as epic from Pikes point and the Jetty at the marina. FEATHER RIVER: Flows shot up last week with heavy rain, although the river remained fairly clear. Fishing is slow for salmon. A few steelhead are being caught above Gridley. Although a few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, overall striper fishing is slow. There have been no reports of sturgeon yet at the mouth of the Bear River. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Anglers are beginning to fish for sturgeon at Knights Landing, but success has been poor. Rain last week, however, should soon begin to draw fish in from the delta. A few large stripers have been caught by sturgeon anglers using ghost shrimp, as well as bank anglers using cut bait. GENERAL North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Despite good conditions, salmon fishing has been slow overall on the Chetco. A school of fresh kings arrived Thursday, providing good action for a couple of days before fishing slowed over the weekend. A few adult steelhead were caught last week and over the weekend. Flows hit 4,000 cfs on Saturday and were down to 2,500 cfs on Sunday evening. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk was in prime shape for salmon on Sunday, at 4.0 feet, but salmon fishing was only fair to slow. Boat pressure was heavy. The river will drop throughout the week. More rain is expected by the weekend. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon season is over. A few halfpounders and summer steelhead are being caught near Agness. The first winter run steelhead have not shown up in big numbers yet. RUSSIAN RIVER: The Russian finally opened to fishing on the 23 of November and since then has remained open due to continued rains, according to Scott Heenstra of Kings Sport & Tackle. There were a fair amount of small steelhead caught in the 1- to 4-pound range with a few coho also in the mix. All salmon and wild steelhead must be returned to the water immediately after confirming what it is. “I was able to get out and fly fish on Tuesday and managed a small 2-pound steelhead using flies,” Heemstra said. “Since then we have gotten a ton more rain that has brought the river up and muddy. This is good, since it will flush out the leaves and silt from the creeks and should bring in a new batch of hopefully larger fish! Things should improve by midweek as the murky water makes it way out to the ocean.” SMITH RIVER: After a couple of good days salmon fishing early last week, fishing was poor over the weekend despite good flows for salmon. A lot of the kings have already spawned. Halfpounder steelhead and a few adult steelhead have been caught in the past week. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The river was blown out Saturday, but in good shape Sunday. Salmon fishing has been fair to slow. A few steelhead have already been caught by anglers fishing for salmon. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The upper river remained fishable all week, despite heavy rain. Flows are steady at 1,040 cfs. Fishing pressure is light. Divers and bait and MagLip plugs are working best. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The river rose last week but was dropping over the weekend. The water is colored near Happy Camp but fishable. More rain is expected this week. Flows at Seiad Valley hit 1,800 cfs before dropping. They were on the rise over the weekend, at 1,650 cfs. Flows at Orleans hit 7,000 cfs, blowing the river out, but were down to 3,540 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The lower river is muddy and blown out. Flows hit 11,000 cfs and dropped below 10,000 cfs on Sunday. More rain is expected this week. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Fish can be caught in all water columns right now still. There are fishing feeding up shallow depending on the right conditions that can be targeted with reaction baits and glidebaits still. There is a strong bite for quality sized fish in deeper water using Pline spoons or Blade runner spoons in 30 to 60 feet of water. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is little more than a mud puddle right now. Very poor conditions, especially for this time of year when bass fisherman would like to be fishing the main lake and duck hunters would like to be in the willows up Stoney creek. After the recent rains the lake has turned very muddy from a buildup of silt in the lake. CLEAR LAKE: Rains have the lake on the rise. This is a great time of year for live bait fishing with jumbo minnows. Bass can also be caught on lipless crankbaits, swimbaits, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are also biting very well near Shag Rock and all around the lake on 1/4-ounce crappie jigs. LAKE SONOMA: Trout can be seen jumping back in the creeks after the recent rains. Bass are biting in the creek arms as well on reaction baits, underspins, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Quantity size fish can be caught deeper using drop-shot rigs, Ned rigs, and shakeyhead jigs in natural colors. UPPER BLUE LAKES: A trout plant happened three weeks ago at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: 5-inces of snow fell this past week causing conditions around the lake to change. Fly fishing has slowed down due to windy cold conditions, but some fish are still being caught in the backs of coves and near the dam when conducive. Trolling around the north end of the lake has been good with ‘crawlers, Speedy Shiners, and Gulps! BAUM LAKE: Starting to kick in for that excellent winter time fishing. Fly gear is usually best, focus on midges, woolley buggers, leeches FALL RIVER: Closed for the season. HAT CREEK: Closed for the season. LEWISTON LAKE: Temperatures are getting cooler but the fishing is still good. Pine Cove Marina is in winter hours as well as availability. Fly fisherman are using streamers, midges, zebra midges, leeches, and Mercers Midgling. Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. Bait fisherman can use ‘crawlers and Power Bait from shore as well. PIT RIVER: Make sure to check the flows before going and wading any of the pits right now. Pit 5 should be fishable when the water recedes from recent rainstorms. Fly fishing with black nymphs, rubberlegs, zebra midges, Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince and dark lord is working best. SHASTA LAKE: Spotted bass and trout fishing are consistent around the lake right now. Many bass anglers have done well fishing swimbaits this past week with a few reported giant spotted bass caught. Fish can always be caught deeper on traditional gear as well this time of year. Trout fisherman are working the arms of the lake right now and have been consistently been catching limits. TRINITY LAKE: Trinity Lake was recently planted with 30K kings which will certainly help with sustainability of that valuable recreational fishery.  Trinity Lake boasts a good population of the state’s largest land locked kings and keeping that program alive and well is very important for Trinity County commerce around the lake, but also for the recreational fishing interests in the area as well. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The major concern for Whiskeytown Lake is the ash and siltation deposits as a result of the Carr fire. The Whiskeytown Lake tributaries are at risk after recent storms from all the runoff into the lake leaving officials concerned during the annual kokanee salmon spawning period. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boca boasts some of the best access in the Truckee area. According to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports, most people focus around the dam for trout. The inlet area, normally a good option this time of year, has low water. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the weather is freezing and no one is fishing. Everything is cold and icy with more weather expected. DAVIS LAKE: Davis Lake has snow on the ground but the trout — big ones — are biting at the dam and at Mallard Cove. Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said friends of his caught several beautiful 3- to 5-pound trout while tossing lures, and bait dunkers are averaging 3 fish a rod per day. DONNER LAKE: Donner is still accessible for shore fishing, and the trouting is good although shoreline. Mackinaw fishing is poor. The launch ramp is unplowed and icy, with the concrete apron out of the water, making for very difficult boat launching. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Access is difficult, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden, who said the access road is closed at the staging area. If you want to get in from this side, you need to go by snowmobile, although he said it’s possible there’s still access from the Alpine County side — he didn’t know. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said fishing activity was very light, but she’s sure the fishing for big ones will pick up now that it’s cold. The lake received snows last week. There are winter trout plants up here. LAKE TAHOE: Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing said he was busy driving a snowplow this week. The wind was brutal, shutting fishing down for a while. On Sunday, conditions were still too rough for fishing. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Prosser is starting to show ice around its edges, according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee. That’s made it tough to fish except at the dam where anglers are soaking bait. PYRAMID LAKE: Pyramid Lake was visited by storms that dropped a little snow, which was good news for shore anglers but bad luck for boat anglers, who were blown off the lake. Fly fishing guides are reporting more fish in the shallows and improved quality averaging 6 to 8 pounds, with a nice smattering of 15 to 16 pounders in the mix. Balanced leeches were performing best along southern beaches between Indian Head and Popcorn. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: The roads into Stampede are inaccessible due to snow according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Access via Hobart Mills may open if there’s a warm spell. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish C & R mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season and the access road is covered in snow. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Flows remained stable on the American River last week, as much of the runoff from recent storms is being held back at Folsom Lake. Flows remained steady at 1,870 cfs. Despite good conditions, fishing for salmon and steelhead has been slow. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 392 feet elevation, down 1 foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing is slow, especially with rapid changes in flows with last week’s storms. Flows at Delta jumped from 120 cfs to 1,400 cfs last week and were back down to 375 cfs on Sunday. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Runoff from last week’s storms muddied the Sacramento River from Redding through the Red Bluff area. Flows from Keswick Dam are holding steady at 4,000 cfs. Salmon fishing was good at the Barge Hole early last week, before the rain blew the river out. Guides reported limits of late-fall kings on T55 FlatFish. Fishing for salmon and trout slowed over the weekend with muddy water. Salmon season closes Dec. 16. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Muddy water has slowed salmon action throughout the Sacramento River. There have not been any reports of sturgeon yet above Colusa. Salmon season closes Dec. 16 but it’s basically over now. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Muddy water has slowed salmon fishing, which is on its last legs anyway. Effort is now very light. The river closes to salmon on Dec. 16 . Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. No reports of sturgeon yet, although last week’s storms could soon have fish on the move. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: The lake is good for numbers of small spotted bass. Now that it’s December, the larger models should start showing soon. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. COLLINS LAKE: Few anglers tried Collins Lake this week, which was a shame, as reports out of the lake are favorable for both trout and bass fishing. The largest fish of the week was a 7-pound trout caught on a crankbait at the north end. A 5.5 came out by the dam. The water was 36 feet from full and rising, with a surface temperature of 58 degrees and a bit of stain. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said it’s a good time to fish here due to the cooling temperatures. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said after the recent snows it will take a serious effort to reach French Meadows. He said a customer with a big 4×4 who visited a similar higher altitude lake before the storm reported dragging the bottom the entire way. HELL HOLE: Just like French Meadows, snows fell at Hell Hole according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. Access is difficult, and if you make it to the lake with a boat you’ll have to launch off the dirt due to low water. There are better options. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: There’s duck hunting here now, so Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle advises anglers to stay away from tule patches. There’s probably someone in there with a shotgun, he said. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley was quieter than usual due to heavy seas pushed by strong winds which reduced demand for trips. Exceptions were Happy Hooker and California Dawn, both of which made trips out the Gate to pull full limits of Dungeness and on some trips catch limits of rockfish and some lingcod. The Berkeley Flats held striped bass, although only a few PBers tried for them. It was easier to fish for them from shore. BODEGA BAY: Having a battlewagon for a boat paid dividends in fishing days on Bodega Bay. New Sea Angler counts as a battlewagon and so Capt. Rick powers scheduled trips during the week to fish and crab off Russian River and Fort Ross. Then on Sunday the boat was able to head south to the Point Reyes area where the average fish was larger. Limits of crab and rockfish with some lingcod added was the rule on every trip. Near Lawson’s Landing the big swells reshaped the beach and made it just right for perch fishing from shore. EMERYVILLE: Boats worked around rain, wind and big swells early in the week and on the weekend to pull limits of crab and catch blues, olives and yellows. Skippers noticed an increase in the number of big reds, which is always appreciated. Salty Lady, New Huck Finn, Sea Wolf, Pacific Pearl and others made successful trips and are at the ready for better conditions ahead. November scores were limits of crab on every trip. EUREKA: Crabbing was good at roughly 100-foot depths, both to the north and south of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Reel Steel hauled and stacked her traps for the season. Snare and hooping inside the Bay was rated fair.  Full throttle Sports Fishing and Fishy Business plan to run trips through December, weather permitting. Scrimshaw made a bottomfish excursion to Cape Mendocino, catching limits of rockfish and half-limits of lingcod. FORT BRAGG: There were just a couple of safe days to venture out for crabbing and rockfishing. Sea Hawk, Capt. Tuna and Viking seized the opportunity and the results justified the effort. Top score was limits of crab, rockfish and lingcod. Shore fishers were limited by wind and surf to Noyo Jetty and fortunately people were able to snare some Dungeness and catch rockfish, cabezon and kelp greenling. HALF MOON BAY: Huli Cat pulled limits of crab and caught plenty of rockfish at choice spots down the coast off Martins Beach, Pescador and San Gregorio. Staff at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported people snaring or hooping Dungeness and rock crab from the pier and the jetty. Some soaked baits while they were at it and added perch and rockfish, plus an occasional cabezon. SAN FRANCISCO: Bass Tub and Argo put time in pulling pots for limits of crab and fishing for limits of rockfish along the Marin Coast. Flash began running trips from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Carquinez Straits for sturgeon and bass. Bass Tub has plans to run similar trips for the winter. Surf fishing for perch was good inside the bay and is expected to be excellent on the coast when the weather settles. The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state. A longer version, with many more lakes and rivers, can be seen online at chicoer.com/sports.
30 Nov 18
Georgia Wildlife Blog

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

30 Nov 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: Salmon fishing is slow riverwide as the season nears its end. Salmon fishing closes Dec. 16. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures.COLLINS LAKE: It rained heavily mid-week, muddying up the lake, but when the rains lifted by the weekend a variety pack of fish cooperated. Highlight catches of the week included an 11.75-pound catfish and a number of 4-pound trout. The lake was last stocked on Tues, Nov. 20. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday despite heavy rains mid-week which helped firefighters gain 100 percent containment on the disastrous Camp Fire that leveled nearby Paradise. A Lake Oroville SRA announcement suggested the lake could reopen on Friday, Nov. 30, although that date is subject to change. Anglers such as North Valley Tackle’s Jamie Sorensen hope it reopens sooner. TRINITY RIVER: Last week’s rain caused flows to increase and moved schools of salmon and steelhead into the upper river. Fishing has been good for steelhead, with MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers both working well. Salmon fishing is open on the upper end, but the kings are dark. More rain is expected this week and could muddy waters in Junction City and Douglas City. Flows last week at Douglas City hit 430 cfs before dropped to 340 cfs for the weekend. Flows at Junction City hit 440 cfs before dropping to 349 cfs. Flows at Lewiston remained stable just below 300 cfs. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing is good if you can get to the Gold Lakes Basin, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. On Sunday morning that was a dicey proposition due to icy road conditions. The roads are plowed to the Plumas/Sierra County line. Anglers are catching Mackinaw and browns from shore while using lures or a bobber dangling a nightcrawler 6 feet down. The boat ramp is covered by a layer of ice and snow, so the lake is not recommended for boats at this time. GENERAL North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Heavy rain last week blew the Chetco out on Friday before it dropped to good conditions over the weekend. Salmon fishing is only fair, with many of the kings already spawning in the upper river. Flows jumped from 80 cfs to 7,000 cfs on Friday before dropping back below 2,000 cfs over the weekend. Another big storm is expected this week. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remains low, with few boats fishing for salmon. This week’s rain should have it in prime shape for the weekend. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is over for the year. A few steelhead are being caught near Agness. The first of the winter steelhead could arrive after this week’s rain. RUSSIAN RIVER: After several days of consistent rain the Russian finally went over the 300 cfs and after the DFW took their sweet time they changed the recording on the low flow hotline from closed to open, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville.  “Being early in the season there are not a ton of steelhead in the system, but I have gotten reports of both small steelhead and salmon being caught,” he said. “Just remember that all salmon on the Russian are protected and must not be removed from the water.  With consistent rain in the forecast this week we should see the river remain open and new fish entering.  Just remember to check the flow before you go 707-944-5533.” SMITH RIVER: The Smith opened for the first time this season above Rowdy Creek on Thanksgiving. Salmon fishing was good over the weekend from the Forks to Outfitters, with a mix of dark and bright kings. A few adult winter steelhead have been caught. Heavy rain is expected this week, but the Smith is forecasted to remain fishable. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Sixes fished well on Friday and Saturday for fall salmon, with most of the fish between Edson Creek and Mid Drift. It was low on Sunday. More rain is expected this week. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Even though rain is in the forecast this week, the upper section of the Klamath is expected to remain fishable. Conditions are currently prime. Steelhead fishing has been good, with roe, beads and flies all working well. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steelhead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans, although last week’s rain increased flows. New fish likely are moving upriver. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp were 1,300 cfs. Flows down at Orleans were 2,460 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river rose from 2,430 cfs a week ago to 5,370 cfs over the weekend. It was as high as 10,000 cfs late last week after a series of Thanksgiving rain storms. Fishing is slow on the lower river. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, Huddelston swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits and spoons. Lots of bait, trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. The jig bite has also picked up using a football head style jig in darker color patterns with craw style trailers. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke CLEAR LAKE: The live bait bite has really picked up and all the tackle shops are stocking jumbo minnows. The lipless crankbait LV 500  is still producing nice fish and can be used as a cast and retrieve style bait or you can fish it vertical in a yoyo motion. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. Not many reports this past week of anglers fishing. LAKE SONOMA: Landlocked steelhead fishing has slowed with the bait pushing deep. Bass are biting in deeper water with finesse style baits. Ned rigs, drop-shot, shakey head, football jigs, and Carolina rigs. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened two weeks ago at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing has really picked up with the recent weather change. When the lake is flat calm watch for trout busting the surface. Slow trolling ‘crawlers has been working well for consistent numbers and mixed bags. When the wind blows, switch to the faster gear. BAUM LAKE: Starting to kick in for that excellent winter time fishing. Fly gear is usually best, focus on midges, wolleybuggers and leeches. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still very good all around the lake. Jay Fair flies being trolled behind the boat have worked great all season. Fly fisherman from shore have been doing really well. Bait fisherman are catching fish on nightcrawlers suspended near the bottom. FALL RIVER: Closed HAT CREEK: Closed LEWISTON LAKE: Temperatures are getting cooler but the fishing is still good. Fly fisherman are using streamers, midges, zebra midges, leeches, and Mercers Midgling. Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. Bait fisherman can use ‘crawlers and Power Bait from shore as well. PIT RIVER: Make sure to check the flows before going and wading any of the pits right now. Pit 5 should be fishable but will be deep to wade. Fly fishing with black nymphs, rubberlegs, zebra midges, Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince and dark lord. SHASTA LAKE: Float and flies picking up for trout near the dam and centimudi launch ramp. Alabama rigs are starting to work for bass, fishing has gotten tougher with the cooler weather and increased flows. Plastics on the bottom are a good way to catch quantity of smaller fish right now. Target the creeks flowing with fresh water. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Snow that fell in the Truckee area was pretty much gone by Sunday, leaving most mid-elevation roads open. Thick mud exposed by Boca’s steep drawdown, possibly for dam work, encircles much of the lake.  Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the weather was terrible last week, a combination of freezing rain, snow and wind. He didn’t see anyone fishing the East Carson at the Catch and Release bridge, and doubted anyone had fished Indian Creek, Caples or Silver lakes. Rather, there were a lot of people cutting Christmas trees. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said last week’s spell of poor weather had blown over by the weekend. The snow was all gone, the rain having melted it. Conditions were gorgeous Saturday, bringing people out to wet a line. Graham said the point at Honker Cove (you can’t fish the cove itself) kicked out limit-style fishing for beautiful trout. DONNER LAKE: Donner’s low water level and exposed ramp is keeping most boats off the lake. Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service was out on the lake Saturday, for just two trout. Mackinaw trolling has been very poor for weeks. Shore anglers are catching the occasional lake trout and plenty of rainbows near the boat launch. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said fish are still coming in, but she’s heard of nothing big. Anglers are catching trout, bass and a few Mackinaw from both shore and boats. It’s a good time to come fishing, as the rains should have brought them to the top and perked up the bite, she said. LAKE TAHOE: Wind and rain and snow hit Tahoe mid-week, but the white stuff didn’t stick at lake level. While other guides were idle over the holiday, Tahoe Sportfishing fished right through the weather, yielding some spectacular results for Ethan Treviranus of Chicago, Illinois, who caught 14- and 15-pound lake trout off the west shore. By the weekend the lake was glassed over and the Mackinaw bite was steady, but better in the afternoon. PROSSER RESERVOIR: The shorelines here are muddy due to the low lake level, preventing the launch of most boats. Anglers who find access to deeper water can expect to catch a trout or two. PYRAMID LAKE: Reports out of Pyramid were lacking, with a spell of poor weather washing through from Thanksgiving through Saturday and both licensed boat-based guide services off for the holiday week. According to a Crosby’s Lodge staffer, the big fish of the week was a 17-pound, 5-ounce cutthroat Jaylon Newbold caught at Howard’s Bay. The venerable lodge’s lunker list was split half and half between boat and shore anglers. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: For boat anglers, this is about the only good option left in the Truckee area. The lake remains high, and the roads are open because last week’s storms were milder than expected. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. The river closes to salmon fishing on Dec. 16. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,830 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 393 feet elevation, down 1 foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam are holding steady at 4,600 cfs. Salmon were stacking up at the Barge Hole last week and then blasted into Battle Creek on Thanksgiving as heavy rain fell. Fishing was slow on Friday, but then again over the weekend as new schools moved through Red Bluff and into the Barge Hole again. T55 FlatFish with sardine wraps are working best. Trout fishing remains wide open. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing was good below Red Bluff on Saturday and Sunday, as last week’s rain pulled schools of late-fall kings upriver. Guides reported good action on FlatFish plugs as well as drifting roe. Fishing has slowed near Colusa. Steelhead also are showing up. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Rain and dirty water slowed fishing for a few days. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Higher flows are needed to bring sturgeon upriver. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week and reported he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs, Senkos and some drop-shot. The fish were holding between 15 and 30 feet deep, and were cookie-cutter 1 to 2 pounders. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said now’s the time to head to the lower mountain lakes such as French Meadows. Fishing is very good with fresh water and nutrients coming into the lakes. It’s time to chase rainbows and browns while the snow level is still high above them. HELL HOLE: Just like French Meadows, fishing at Hell Hole took off after this week’s rains, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. At Hell Hole, where the water is low, boaters must launch from the dirt. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: There’s duck hunting here now, so Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle advises anglers to stay away from tule patches. There’s probably someone in there with a shotgun, he said. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Pretty much every boat operating out of Berkeley Charterboats or Berkeley Marina ran out through the Gate, fished either the Marin Coast or the Farallones, then pulled crab pots to add easy limits of crab. The resulting dependable count was limits of rockfish, some long lingcod and easy limits of crabs. Private boats from Berkeley had the option of crabs and rockfish, or trying for white seabass at the Bay Bridge or running to South bay and fishing sturgeon at Dumbarton Bridge. BODEGA BAY: On windy and rough days, boats like New Sea Angler fished rockfish and lingcod to the north near Russian River and Fort Ross. On calmer days the preferred destination was Point Reyes where the average fish was larger. In either case, limits of rockfish were almost always attained, and crab limits happened every single day. Shore casters did well with snares from the jetty at the entrance to the harbor. Surf fishing was good for redtail, rainbow and barred surfperch. EMERYVILLE: Salty Lady is now running out of Fish Emeryville and running regular crab/rockfish trips along with Sea Wolf, New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and Pacific Pearl. On every single combo trip the tally was limits of both rockfish and Dungeness. For local PBers, the Flats were still good for striped bass and some boats fished white seabass at the Bay Bridge or sturgeon deep in the South Bay. EUREKA: It was a short week for fishing and crabbing due to the first fierce storm of the season. Before the storm, boats like Reel Steel and others were pulling easy limits of crabs. Reel Steel made 3 trips per days and pulled 4 to 5 pots per trip to reach limits. Crabbing inside the bay was decent for people with hoops, pots or snares. Jetty fishing was limited to the safe and secure end of the structure, so the catch consisted of perch, small rockfish and perhaps a cabezon. FORT BRAGG: The ocean was rough for most of the week, which limited shore-based crabbers and fishers to relatively protected areas like Noyo Jetty. Before the storm, folks were able to spread out and fish all of the choice rocky surf zones. Party and charter boats Capt. Tuna and Sea Hawk fished rockfish and lingcod, then pulled crab gear, which held steady limits of Dungeness. HALF MOON BAY: A 27-pound halibut was the prize catch of the week on boats from Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, while they fished Pescadero and San Gregorio to the south for rockfish and lingcod. Huli Cat worked the same areas for high counts of rockfish, a few lingcod and steady limits of high-grade Dungeness crab. Around Pillar Point harbor, people ran private boats and pulled pots, or they fished the jetty and pier, generally finding enough Dungeness and rock crab to make a fine family meal. SAN FRANCISCO: It was a short and exciting run to the crabbing grounds for Fisherman’s Wharf boats like Bass Tub and Argo. Flash boats had the option of crabs and rockfish or fishing the Bay for bass, sharks or sturgeon. Counts were pretty steady through the week with quick limits of crabs and loads of rockfish caught along the Marin Coast or out at the Farallon Islands. Surf fishers below town found good action on redtail and barred surfperch.
30 Nov 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: Salmon fishing is slow riverwide as the season nears its end. Salmon fishing closes Dec. 16. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. COLLINS LAKE: It rained heavily mid-week, muddying up the lake, but when the rains lifted by the weekend a variety pack of fish cooperated. Highlight catches of the week included an 11.75-pound catfish and a number of 4-pound trout. The lake was last stocked on Tues, Nov. 20. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday despite heavy rains mid-week which helped firefighters gain 100 percent containment on the disastrous Camp Fire that leveled nearby Paradise. A Lake Oroville SRA announcement suggested the lake could reopen on Friday, Nov. 30, although that date is subject to change. Anglers such as North Valley Tackle’s Jamie Sorensen hope it reopens sooner. TRINITY RIVER: Last week’s rain caused flows to increase and moved schools of salmon and steelhead into the upper river. Fishing has been good for steelhead, with MagLip plugs and roe fished below bobbers both working well. Salmon fishing is open on the upper end, but the kings are dark. More rain is expected this week and could muddy waters in Junction City and Douglas City. Flows last week at Douglas City hit 430 cfs before dropped to 340 cfs for the weekend. Flows at Junction City hit 440 cfs before dropping to 349 cfs. Flows at Lewiston remained stable just below 300 cfs. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing is good if you can get to the Gold Lakes Basin, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. On Sunday morning that was a dicey proposition due to icy road conditions. The roads are plowed to the Plumas/Sierra County line. Anglers are catching Mackinaw and browns from shore while using lures or a bobber dangling a nightcrawler 6 feet down. The boat ramp is covered by a layer of ice and snow, so the lake is not recommended for boats at this time. GENERAL North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Heavy rain last week blew the Chetco out on Friday before it dropped to good conditions over the weekend. Salmon fishing is only fair, with many of the kings already spawning in the upper river. Flows jumped from 80 cfs to 7,000 cfs on Friday before dropping back below 2,000 cfs over the weekend. Another big storm is expected this week. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remains low, with few boats fishing for salmon. This week’s rain should have it in prime shape for the weekend. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is over for the year. A few steelhead are being caught near Agness. The first of the winter steelhead could arrive after this week’s rain. RUSSIAN RIVER: After several days of consistent rain the Russian finally went over the 300 cfs and after the DFW took their sweet time they changed the recording on the low flow hotline from closed to open, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville.  “Being early in the season there are not a ton of steelhead in the system, but I have gotten reports of both small steelhead and salmon being caught,” he said. “Just remember that all salmon on the Russian are protected and must not be removed from the water.  With consistent rain in the forecast this week we should see the river remain open and new fish entering.  Just remember to check the flow before you go 707-944-5533.” SMITH RIVER: The Smith opened for the first time this season above Rowdy Creek on Thanksgiving. Salmon fishing was good over the weekend from the Forks to Outfitters, with a mix of dark and bright kings. A few adult winter steelhead have been caught. Heavy rain is expected this week, but the Smith is forecasted to remain fishable. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Sixes fished well on Friday and Saturday for fall salmon, with most of the fish between Edson Creek and Mid Drift. It was low on Sunday. More rain is expected this week. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Even though rain is in the forecast this week, the upper section of the Klamath is expected to remain fishable. Conditions are currently prime. Steelhead fishing has been good, with roe, beads and flies all working well. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steelhead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans, although last week’s rain increased flows. New fish likely are moving upriver. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp were 1,300 cfs. Flows down at Orleans were 2,460 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river rose from 2,430 cfs a week ago to 5,370 cfs over the weekend. It was as high as 10,000 cfs late last week after a series of Thanksgiving rain storms. Fishing is slow on the lower river. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, Huddelston swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits and spoons. Lots of bait, trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. The jig bite has also picked up using a football head style jig in darker color patterns with craw style trailers. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke CLEAR LAKE: The live bait bite has really picked up and all the tackle shops are stocking jumbo minnows. The lipless crankbait LV 500  is still producing nice fish and can be used as a cast and retrieve style bait or you can fish it vertical in a yoyo motion. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. Not many reports this past week of anglers fishing. LAKE SONOMA: Landlocked steelhead fishing has slowed with the bait pushing deep. Bass are biting in deeper water with finesse style baits. Ned rigs, drop-shot, shakey head, football jigs, and Carolina rigs. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened two weeks ago at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fishing has really picked up with the recent weather change. When the lake is flat calm watch for trout busting the surface. Slow trolling ‘crawlers has been working well for consistent numbers and mixed bags. When the wind blows, switch to the faster gear. BAUM LAKE: Starting to kick in for that excellent winter time fishing. Fly gear is usually best, focus on midges, wolleybuggers and leeches. EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still very good all around the lake. Jay Fair flies being trolled behind the boat have worked great all season. Fly fisherman from shore have been doing really well. Bait fisherman are catching fish on nightcrawlers suspended near the bottom. FALL RIVER: Closed HAT CREEK: Closed LEWISTON LAKE: Temperatures are getting cooler but the fishing is still good. Fly fisherman are using streamers, midges, zebra midges, leeches, and Mercers Midgling. Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. Bait fisherman can use ‘crawlers and Power Bait from shore as well. PIT RIVER: Make sure to check the flows before going and wading any of the pits right now. Pit 5 should be fishable but will be deep to wade. Fly fishing with black nymphs, rubberlegs, zebra midges, Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince and dark lord. SHASTA LAKE: Float and flies picking up for trout near the dam and centimudi launch ramp. Alabama rigs are starting to work for bass, fishing has gotten tougher with the cooler weather and increased flows. Plastics on the bottom are a good way to catch quantity of smaller fish right now. Target the creeks flowing with fresh water. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Snow that fell in the Truckee area was pretty much gone by Sunday, leaving most mid-elevation roads open. Thick mud exposed by Boca’s steep drawdown, possibly for dam work, encircles much of the lake.  Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the weather was terrible last week, a combination of freezing rain, snow and wind. He didn’t see anyone fishing the East Carson at the Catch and Release bridge, and doubted anyone had fished Indian Creek, Caples or Silver lakes. Rather, there were a lot of people cutting Christmas trees. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said last week’s spell of poor weather had blown over by the weekend. The snow was all gone, the rain having melted it. Conditions were gorgeous Saturday, bringing people out to wet a line. Graham said the point at Honker Cove (you can’t fish the cove itself) kicked out limit-style fishing for beautiful trout. DONNER LAKE: Donner’s low water level and exposed ramp is keeping most boats off the lake. Shaun Rainsbarger of Shaun’s Guide Service was out on the lake Saturday, for just two trout. Mackinaw trolling has been very poor for weeks. Shore anglers are catching the occasional lake trout and plenty of rainbows near the boat launch. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said fish are still coming in, but she’s heard of nothing big. Anglers are catching trout, bass and a few Mackinaw from both shore and boats. It’s a good time to come fishing, as the rains should have brought them to the top and perked up the bite, she said. LAKE TAHOE: Wind and rain and snow hit Tahoe mid-week, but the white stuff didn’t stick at lake level. While other guides were idle over the holiday, Tahoe Sportfishing fished right through the weather, yielding some spectacular results for Ethan Treviranus of Chicago, Illinois, who caught 14- and 15-pound lake trout off the west shore. By the weekend the lake was glassed over and the Mackinaw bite was steady, but better in the afternoon. PROSSER RESERVOIR: The shorelines here are muddy due to the low lake level, preventing the launch of most boats. Anglers who find access to deeper water can expect to catch a trout or two. PYRAMID LAKE: Reports out of Pyramid were lacking, with a spell of poor weather washing through from Thanksgiving through Saturday and both licensed boat-based guide services off for the holiday week. According to a Crosby’s Lodge staffer, the big fish of the week was a 17-pound, 5-ounce cutthroat Jaylon Newbold caught at Howard’s Bay. The venerable lodge’s lunker list was split half and half between boat and shore anglers. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: For boat anglers, this is about the only good option left in the Truckee area. The lake remains high, and the roads are open because last week’s storms were milder than expected. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. The river closes to salmon fishing on Dec. 16. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,830 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 393 feet elevation, down 1 foot from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam are holding steady at 4,600 cfs. Salmon were stacking up at the Barge Hole last week and then blasted into Battle Creek on Thanksgiving as heavy rain fell. Fishing was slow on Friday, but then again over the weekend as new schools moved through Red Bluff and into the Barge Hole again. T55 FlatFish with sardine wraps are working best. Trout fishing remains wide open. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon fishing was good below Red Bluff on Saturday and Sunday, as last week’s rain pulled schools of late-fall kings upriver. Guides reported good action on FlatFish plugs as well as drifting roe. Fishing has slowed near Colusa. Steelhead also are showing up. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Rain and dirty water slowed fishing for a few days. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Higher flows are needed to bring sturgeon upriver. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week and reported he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs, Senkos and some drop-shot. The fish were holding between 15 and 30 feet deep, and were cookie-cutter 1 to 2 pounders. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said now’s the time to head to the lower mountain lakes such as French Meadows. Fishing is very good with fresh water and nutrients coming into the lakes. It’s time to chase rainbows and browns while the snow level is still high above them. HELL HOLE: Just like French Meadows, fishing at Hell Hole took off after this week’s rains, according to Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle. At Hell Hole, where the water is low, boaters must launch from the dirt. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: There’s duck hunting here now, so Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle advises anglers to stay away from tule patches. There’s probably someone in there with a shotgun, he said. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Pretty much every boat operating out of Berkeley Charterboats or Berkeley Marina ran out through the Gate, fished either the Marin Coast or the Farallones, then pulled crab pots to add easy limits of crab. The resulting dependable count was limits of rockfish, some long lingcod and easy limits of crabs. Private boats from Berkeley had the option of crabs and rockfish, or trying for white seabass at the Bay Bridge or running to South bay and fishing sturgeon at Dumbarton Bridge. BODEGA BAY: On windy and rough days, boats like New Sea Angler fished rockfish and lingcod to the north near Russian River and Fort Ross. On calmer days the preferred destination was Point Reyes where the average fish was larger. In either case, limits of rockfish were almost always attained, and crab limits happened every single day. Shore casters did well with snares from the jetty at the entrance to the harbor. Surf fishing was good for redtail, rainbow and barred surfperch. EMERYVILLE: Salty Lady is now running out of Fish Emeryville and running regular crab/rockfish trips along with Sea Wolf, New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and Pacific Pearl. On every single combo trip the tally was limits of both rockfish and Dungeness. For local PBers, the Flats were still good for striped bass and some boats fished white seabass at the Bay Bridge or sturgeon deep in the South Bay. EUREKA: It was a short week for fishing and crabbing due to the first fierce storm of the season. Before the storm, boats like Reel Steel and others were pulling easy limits of crabs. Reel Steel made 3 trips per days and pulled 4 to 5 pots per trip to reach limits. Crabbing inside the bay was decent for people with hoops, pots or snares. Jetty fishing was limited to the safe and secure end of the structure, so the catch consisted of perch, small rockfish and perhaps a cabezon. FORT BRAGG: The ocean was rough for most of the week, which limited shore-based crabbers and fishers to relatively protected areas like Noyo Jetty. Before the storm, folks were able to spread out and fish all of the choice rocky surf zones. Party and charter boats Capt. Tuna and Sea Hawk fished rockfish and lingcod, then pulled crab gear, which held steady limits of Dungeness. HALF MOON BAY: A 27-pound halibut was the prize catch of the week on boats from Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, while they fished Pescadero and San Gregorio to the south for rockfish and lingcod. Huli Cat worked the same areas for high counts of rockfish, a few lingcod and steady limits of high-grade Dungeness crab. Around Pillar Point harbor, people ran private boats and pulled pots, or they fished the jetty and pier, generally finding enough Dungeness and rock crab to make a fine family meal. SAN FRANCISCO: It was a short and exciting run to the crabbing grounds for Fisherman’s Wharf boats like Bass Tub and Argo. Flash boats had the option of crabs and rockfish or fishing the Bay for bass, sharks or sturgeon. Counts were pretty steady through the week with quick limits of crabs and loads of rockfish caught along the Marin Coast or out at the Farallon Islands. Surf fishers below town found good action on redtail and barred surfperch.
23 Nov 18
Oroville Mercury-Register
Top picks TRINITY RIVER: Trinity River Hatchery has collected more than 4,800 fall king salmon, allowing the river to re-open to salmon fishing from Indian Creek to the Old Lewiston Bridge. Anglers can now once again keep an adult king over 22 inches as part of a two-fish limit for salmon. Steelhead fishing is good, despite low, clear conditions. Rain this week should draw in fresh steelhead, as well as some brighter salmon from the lower half of the river. Flows at Lewiston were 292 cfs. Flows at Douglas City were 320 cfs, down from 340 cfs, while flows at Junction City were 331 cfs, down from 346 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 517 cfs, down from 527 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Steelhead fishing has been good with roe, beads and flies all working well. Conditions are ideal. Very few hatchery steelhead are being caught. Salmon fishing has re-opened between I-5 and Iron Gate Dam, as the hatchery reached its goal of 8,000 kings back to the fish ladder. Most of the salmon are now dark and ready to spawn. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,030 cfs. FEATHER RIVER: The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Lower water has slowed salmon fishing down river. Boaters are having to deal with low flows. Steelhead are showing up and are biting roe, Glo Bugs and nightcrawlers from Gridley to the Outlet. A few stripers are being caught in the Yuba City area on topwater lures. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Hundreds of fresh late-fall kings moved through the Red Bluff area last week. Anglers did well drifting roe, while T55 FlatFish worked early in the morning. With rain in the forecast this week, more late-fall salmon should arrive, although too much rain will blow the river out. LAKE OROVILLE: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remained closed on Sunday, a result of active fires in the area as well as fire suppression efforts. No boats were allowed on the lake. Fishing is an afterthought anyway as the area copes with the massive destruction to lives and property wrought by the Camp Fire. GENERAL North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: With flows down to 80 cfs over the weekend, which are summertime levels, the Chetco is too low to float in a driftboat. This week’s rain, if it materializes, should allow anglers to begin drifting the river. Flows are expected to hit at least 1,000 cfs by Thanksgiving. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk remained too low to fish from a driftboat over the weekend, but major rain is expected this week. The river could be driftable by Thanksgiving weekend, and should be full of salmon. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: The Rogue Bay is slow. A few summer steelhead are being caught in the Agness area. This week’s rain could give steelhead fishing a boost. RUSSIAN RIVER: “As of Nov. 18, the Russian was still closed due to low flow but there is good news in the future,” said Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. “Hopefully by the time you are reading this, it should be raining!!  Forecasters are calling for a pattern change and the opening of the winter storm doors.  That being said, it will still take quite a bit of rain to first soak in before it will run off into the river.  If you see on the hydrograph that the river is flowing over 300 cfs that does not mean that the river is open.  Call the low flow hotline before you go to ensure that the DFW actually opened the river to fishing; 707-944-5533.  Lets all do our rain dance!” SMITH RIVER: Flows are down to 200 cfs at Jed Smith and must reach 600 cfs to allow an opener above Rowdy Creek. The river has been closed to salmon fishing above Rowdy Creek since Oct. 1. Heavy rain is expected this week, and the Smith could be open by Thanksgiving. Fishing has been slow in the estuary, but the upriver holes are reported to be full of salmon, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Guide Phile Desautel of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service confirmed that. “We have been down at the Sand Hole at the mouth, and it is good when a school of fish moves in. Thursday I fished it by driftboat and there were 3 bankies, and in a 15-minute period, 3 kings of about 15 pounds each were caught.” Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Fishing for steehead has been very good near Happy Camp and Orleans. Roe and yarn, as well as flies are working well for shore anglers near Somes Bar. The fall salmon quota has been reached. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches may be kept. Most of the salmon are now dark. Flows at Seiad Valley near Happy Camp are 1,240 cfs. Flows at Orleans are 1,740 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Rain this week could bring in the first of the winter steelhead. Only jack salmon less than 22 inches can be kept, as the adult quota has been met below the Highway 96 bridge. Salmon fishing has slowed between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek as the run winds down. Some salmon and steelhead are being caught above Blue Creek, but few anglers are fishing. Steehead fishing is good, with light pressure. Flows at Klamath Glen near the mouth of the river are 2,430 cfs. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Reaction bite has picked up! Underspins with Keitech swimbaits, glidebaits, big swimbaits, crankbaits, lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, and spoons are all working. Lots of bait around, and trout are targeting the shad and bass are targeting the trout. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake remains a mud puddle. Not much fishing happening right now with low level, and heavy smoke and ash pollution from the Camp Fire. Most of the ducks rafting in the center of the lake have moved off from the smoke. CLEAR LAKE: Lipless crank LV 500 has still been the bait of choice the past week. Fish it with a yoyo style jigging motion vertically or cast it out and burn it back to the boat. All the bait shops are stocking jumbo minnows and cooler conditions are becoming more conducive to bait fishing. LAKE MENDOCINO: Football jigs, dartheads, and drop-shot rigs have been the go-to baits for bass in deeper water. LAKE SONOMA: The steelhead bite has been good, and most of the fish are biting on the surface long lining behind the boat. Kastmaster, Speedy Shiner, and Needlefish, or a small shallow diving crankbait all work. Bass are biting better in 50 feet of water on the drop-shot rig and Ned rig. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The trout plant happened recently at the resort. The owners said there were 1000 pounds of what they called “Tennessee trout,” released. The resort is currently closed until the first of the year and they said they didn’t know of anyone fishing the lake recently unless they had a key to the gate, although you can fish right off Hwy. 20 that borders the lake. Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: Fast trolling Speedy Shiners, Artic Fox trolling flies, crawlers, and Gulp! minnows when there is a little wind blowing. When the lake is flat calm switch to the slower gear. With the weather change fish should be moving back into the coves and be easier to target with fly gear. BAUM LAKE: The colder the weather gets the better the fishing will get! Fly fishing with leeches, zebra midges, and midge dryflies works best. EAGLE LAKE: Trolling Jay Fair flies in Orange and olive green from 6 to 12 feet deep is working. Bank fishing has been good near Christie Day Use Area with orange Kastmasters and Gulp! minnows 3 feet under a bobber. FALL RIVER: Closed for the season Nov. 15. HAT CREEK: Closed for the season Nov. 15. LEWISTON LAKE: Drifting ‘crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers. The fish are in big pods, so you want to find them and stay on them. Fly fisherman have been using leeches, woollybuggers, midges and Mercers Midgling. PIT RIVER: Pit 5 is fishing good, Pits 3 and 4 are too high to fish Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince, dark lord, zebra midge and rubberlegs flies are all working. SHASTA LAKE: Threadfin shad are the key for bass and trout. Bass can be caught early on topwater. Reaction baits like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swimbaits are working better this past week. Trout can be caught on the surface with bigger fish being down deeper. Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, and bank anglers are using the float and fly technique. TRINITY LAKE: No report, Trinity center closed for season. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: No report, very few anglers have been fishing. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA RESERVOIR: Boaters who consider launching from the shoreline should be aware of the thick mud exposed by the recent lake drawdown. If you manage to launch you may have the entire lake to yourself, but local guide Marc Christophel says it isn’t worth the risk. The drawdown should continue for some time, as Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported dam work may be in the offing. Trout fishing is still good at the dam using bait or gold Kastmasters. CARSON RIVER (East, West): Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said very few people fished the rivers the last week before the general Sierra trout season closure. Most area visitors were escaping terrible air quality caused by the Camp Fire. After Nov. 15, he said the East Carson from Hangman’s Bridge to the Nevada border will remain open to catch and release, single hook barbless flies and lures only. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said there weren’t many reports this weekend, but the ones she fielded were good. Trolling for trout is doing well between Lightning Tree and Bluff Cove. One of her customers said he caught limits plus each day in about 6 feet of water. Bank anglers are doing well at Mallard on worms or Power Bait. DONNER LAKE: Trolling for Mackinaw has been slow according to multiple sources. Shore fishing, however, is producing trout and increasing Mackinaw according to Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports. Zimmerman said he thinks it will get much better when foul weather arrives this week. INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said Indian Creek is loaded with trophy trout stocked in mid-October. It is open to fishing year-round. JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park): Karen Ward at Sly Park Resort said Mackinaw are coming out from shore and boat, but there’s been nothing big yet. LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw fishing was solid at Tahoe this week. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore said he experienced phenomenal fishing all week, but it was important to follow the fish down deeper as the sun rose. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners said it wasn’t red hot but it was consistent for both lake trout, rainbows and browns. At Tahoe Sportfishing, Zach Gordon said the afternoon trips were producing limits. Mornings were slower. PROSSER RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports reported Prosser is dropping quickly. The shoreline is muddy. Boaters should use caution if they plan on launching over the dirt. Bass are now inactive due to cold water. Trout fishing is steady using bait in deeper water. PYRAMID LAKE: After a slow period a week ago, the cutthroat bite picked up again this week. Counts went from a dozen a day into the 20s and 30s for trollers. Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter said smaller fish are on top, with the larger ones from 47 feet down into the 80s. Algae at the north end is evidence the lake hasn’t finished turning over, but it isn’t affecting the bite. Shore anglers are catching nice fish up into the teens, but they have to work for them. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said trout fishing is steady from shore, and best at the Little Truckee inlet. Toplining for rainbows is steady, and since the dam road opened, shore casters are offering their lures right from the dam. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said water temperatures are in the low 40s. It isn’t worth your time to show up too early, you’ll just be cold. Fish mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Bluewing olives and midges are coming off. WEBBER LAKE: The access gate has been closed for the season. Although there is no boat launching, the lake is still open to those who walk in. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova at the Walker General Store said the river fished well right up to the November 15 general trout closure. Much of it remains open, with special regulations, but she had no additional reports. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Salmon fishing has been slow overall on the American, although some kings are being caught below the power lines at Rossmore Bar. Flows at Fair Oaks were 1,850 cfs over the weekend. A few small steelhead are being caught. Fishing is slow near the mouth. FOLSOM LAKE: The lake level is 394 feet elevation, down 3 feet from a week ago. The lake now has a 5 mph speed limit since it is below 400 feet elevation. Speedy Shiners with flashers are tricking trout and salmon near Brown’s Ravine 30 to 40 feet down. Bass fishing also has improved with the cooler weather. Bank anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Fishing has been slow, although fly anglers are still catching trout. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows from Keswick Dam were down to 4,540 cfs. Salmon fishing has been good at the Barge Hole, with new late-fall fish arriving daily. Last week produced the best fishing in several weeks. T55 FlatFish are working well. Trout fishing remains very good in the Redding area for anglers drifting Glo Bugs, roe or beads. Steelhead also are being caught between Anderson and Red Bluff. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing is slow at Knight’s Landing and Verona. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is best between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, where bright kings continue to be caught. Fishing is winding down, but some kings are still being caught on Pro Troll Flashers and Brad’s Super Baits early in the morning. Stripers are being caught on minnows at the Port of Sacramento. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Tony Mello of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City fished this week, reporting he caught quite a few small spotted bass while using shaky heads, Ned rigs and some drop-shot. He had the place nearly to himself, seeing only one other boat during his day. CAMP FAR WEST: The lake remains extremely low, requiring boaters to launch off a gravel ramp. Small aluminum boats can make it, but owners of larger or fiberglass boats should look elsewhere. Tin boaters are catching and releasing bass. COLLINS LAKE: Collins Lake Recreation Area made up for a missed trout stock caused by Camp Fire road closures last week with a double stocking this week, 2,000 pounds. Fishing was good but effort was light for trout up to 7 pounds. The action is solid from boat and from shore. As the lake has turned, the trout are up shallow, in the top ten feet of the water column. A couple of nice catfish also chewed for anglers targeting shallow mud in the coves. ENGLEBRIGHT: The lake remains slow with very little fishing activity. FRENCH MEADOWS: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle reported fishing for rainbows and browns at French Meadows remains good for 18- to 19-inch fish. HELL HOLE: Hell Hole should be producing browns, it’s that time of year. Be aware, the lake is low, necessitating boat launching off the dirt shoreline. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: On Sunday, the Afterbay appeared to be open for fishing and boating. North Saltwater BERKELEY: It was a week of crab/rockfish combos for Berkeley boats like California Dawn and Happy Hooker, both of which fished the coast and the Farallones, scoring daily limits of crabs, daily limits of rockfish and lingcod counts between a fish per rod and limits. Some of the private boat fleet, just looking for some fun and dinner fish worked the Berkeley Flats for striped bass and an occasional halibut. BODEGA BAY: Swells had been running on the large size for more than a week, impacting anglers’ ability to keep a bait or lure in the strike zone and making it tougher to pull crab pots. Through the latter part of the week and over the weekend the swells diminished to usher in a commensurate increase in the catch count and specially in the average size of rockfish and lingcod aboard boats like New Sea Angler. Crabbing was so good that nothing seemed to endanger a boat’s ability to haul limits. EMERYVILLE: Crab/rockfish combo trips dominated the talk of the fishing community, when fires weren’t the main topic. Boats New Huck Finn, Salty Lady, Sea Wolf and Pacific Pearl clobbered the rockfish, took half to full limits of lingcod up into the high teens and enjoyed easy limits of rockfish. These were the kinds of trips that give skippers good records. Private boats not wanting to head to the open ocean worked along the Emeryville shoreline and down along the Alameda Rock Wall for striped bass. EUREKA: Boats ran down coast on calm seas to fish Cape Mendocino where the lingcod seemed as hungry as a fish can get. Limits of lings were the rule for people using swimbaits, Lingslayers, jigs or frozen finfish baits on trap rigs. Crabbers worked closer to home, finding good numbers and good quality within just a few miles of the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Inside the Bay the crabbing was also good however the average size was smaller. Jetty fishing was good for kelp greenling, rockfish, cabezon, lingcod and perch. FORT BRAGG: Crabbing proved easy for Captain Tuna, Samurai, Sea Hawk and other boats, with short runs to productive areas like Jug Handle. Sportboat skippers say it looks like the commercial crab season won’t open for awhile so sporties should have easy crabbing for holiday meals. Lingcod fishing was very strong and rockfish numbers ranged between 3/4-limits to full limits, depending on how long fisherfolk wanted to keep fishing for rockfish with limits of crab already onboard. HALF MOON BAY: Reef zones to the south including Pescador, San Gregorio, martins Beach and Ritz Carleton were all good for Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts, Riptide and other Half Moon Bay boats looking to load up on rockfish and lingcod in relatively shallow water. Lings up into the high teens were taken. Some boats made combo trips out of it and pulled steady limits of crab in short order. Shore casters used snares and pier fishers dropped hoops for crab inside Pillar Point Harbor and did okay. SAN FRANCISCO: After a salmon season which featured short and successful trips for Wacky Jacky, Bass Tub, Flash and Argo, crab season opened and once again it is short and successful trips, this time for Dungeness, rockfish and lingcod along the Marin Coast or Farallon islands. The boats found better fishing, in terms of average size, at the islands, but the crabbing was good in a widespread area.