Keitech

19 Apr 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said his customers are telling him bass numbers are improving, and while most are catching them on finesse baits, an early topwater bite has just started up. Retired guide Craig Bentley said that he and a friend found the fish stacked up on secondary points and the ledges of those points in the South Fork, and caught them with finesse baits and Keitech swimbaits. With warmer temperatures on the way late in the week, the bass might start their spawning dance, he said. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing busted open last week as the flows dropped some, with boaters catching limits on minnows while releasing big numbers of fish. The Live Oak, Yuba City, Boyds Pump and Verona launches are open. The water is still high, but shore anglers are catching fish on pile worms, sardines and anchovies at Mosquito Beach and Boyd’s Pump. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Matthew Goodwin, owner of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store, said the lake is ice free and the roads on the west side are open to Lunker Point. The spillway area is open, but on the east side there’s no access past the dam due to snow. Goodwin said he saw a small boat in the lake on Saturday, but noted the lake is so full the ramp is underwater. The Goodwin’s General Store trout derby will fish Saturday, May 4. Sign up at the store or by calling 951-446-2471. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Anglers expect good fishing for stripers as the river drops. It was still too high over the weekend, but is expected to drop to fishable levels as early as Friday or Saturday. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. Striper fishing is slow because of high water, but should be good as flows drop later this week. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The trout and salmon are still biting well for boaters out trolling but you have to cover water. There was the first bass tournament of the year up there and with the increased boat traffic it has scattered the fish. BAUM LAKE: There are still plenty of fish to be caught on balanced leeches, midges and small streamers. LEWISTON LAKE: Quality trout are being caught on midges and woolly buggers with strike indicators. Bank anglers are using crawlers and Power Bait in red and white combined. The trinity dam is increasing flows throughout the week and will be 9800 by Thursday, so use caution while fishing. SHASTA LAKE: The lake rose to near full capacity and then they began dropping it shortly after, leaving the fish confused. The water temperatures are still cool and the bass are down deeper out to 30 feet and are being caught best on soft plastics. Crappie are being caught in Jones Valley and Silverthorn and trout can be caught trolling between 30 and 50 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: Big smallmouth are being caught as well as some nice-sized largemouth, and most of the fish are still in deeper water, but on days that warm up in the afternoon fish have been moving in shallow to feed and can be caught on reaction style baits. As it continues to warm up the bite will get better but the lake level will be dropping over the next week. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The bite remains up and down from day to day. There are fish to be caught, but some days they are all smaller fish and others the bigger fish are mixed in. The heavy north winds have had the bite down deeper and on soft plastics. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: No shad have been reported yet, but soon. Steelhead fishing is slow. Stripers are being caught near Discovery Park, but most are shakers. Flows remained at 10,100 cfs all week. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature reached 62 degrees over the weekend. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 2 feet last week, from 447 feet of elevation to 449 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. Trout fishing is good. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 15,200 cfs lastr week before dropping back to 3,650 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam jumped to 40,000 cfs last week as water was dumped from Shasta Lake. They were down to 33,800 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing is fair near Anderson. The river is closed above the Highway 44 bridge. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Striper fishing has slowed with more water being released from Shasta dam. A few shad have been reported near Freeport. Fishing is slow in the deepwater channel. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The river flooded last week, with releases of 10,000 cfs from Iron Gate Dams. Flows were down to 4,800 cfs over the weekend, still way too high for steelhead fishing. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp is blown out with flows of 10,500 cfs. Flows could be fishable by the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river crested at 130,000 cfs last week, near flood stage. It was down to 45,000 cfs over the weekend. This year’s salmon quota will be announced this week. TRINITY RIVER: Fishing is slow on the Trinity because of high water. Flows from Lewiston Dam were 307 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 1,104 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,420 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 12,292 cfs. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake’s plentiful kokanee have moved up in the water column to the top 10 feet. Many anglers are fishing deeper and finding only frustration. CAMP FAR WEST: Pre-spawn bass are holding in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers are catching a few. COLLINS LAKE: The trout came up to the surface at Collins Lake, bringing the shallow, shelving beach back into play for shore anglers. Trollers also found success toplining. The bass are not quite pre-spawn, and although most are small, you can have a bundle of fun throwing small Keitech swimbaits at them. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: The DFW stocked Engelbright this week, and Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn said anglers are catching them. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Water managers continue to repeatedly and quickly fill and drain the Afterbay. It was low again this week, the tules at least 2 feet out of the water. Few anglers even tried, it was so windy and the bass bite has been horrible due to changing conditions and the influx of cold water. If you go, the best bet may be the southwest corner where a flashy ripbait thrown at the rocks might entice a bass or two. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The changing fronts and the big north winds had the bite tougher, with the fish being caught out deeper on finesse style baits. The weekend brought warmer weather and the bite picked up, especially in shallow water on reaction baits and jigs. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is looking beautiful but it has a little ways to go before it takes off. This lake is the last of the 3 lakes that are connected together so it gets the cold water out of the dam of the other 2. There are some bass being caught and they have moved up with the lake and water level and can be caught in the creek arms on senkos and jigs. CLEAR LAKE: After a week straight of tournaments the lake is still kicking out nice giant bass. Swimbaits, jigs, Senkos, spinnerbaits and reaction baits all produced fish. With the warming weather, many people will be sight fishing and looking for bed fish. EAST PARK RESERVOIR: Fishing is great and the lake is free for camping and boating until the end of the week. Many of the bass are spawning but there are still many that are feeding voraciously. The bite has been so good that you can catch fish on just about anything you throw right now. STONEY GORGE RESERVOIR: Anglers were catching crappie on jigs, swimbaits, and minnows near the willows. Bass are looking to spawn and are moving up into shallower waters. The water has a stain to it that makes sight fishing hard but it should continue to improve without rains to stir things up. LAKE SONOMA: The lake is still murky but the bass and crappie are biting. The fish have moved into the backs of the creek arms and you can catch both species in the same areas right now and sometimes even on the same baits. Both were hitting the smaller 3-inch Keitech swimbaits on a jighead. North Coast rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Salmon, trout and steelhead fishing is closed until May. Surfperch are available along the jetties. The river reached 52,000 cfs last week, its highest level since 2012. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Fishing is closed until May. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Flooding sidelined spring salmon anglers last week, as flows hit 90,000 cfs at Agness. Flows remained high over the weekend, but could drop to fishable levels late this week. RUSSIAN RIVER: Scott Heemstra at Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville said the river is still high, murky and green with flows at 2800 cfs and a foot of visibility. “I would expect things to start improving with the warm dry weather,” Heemstra said. “We  should be able to target some downstreamer steelhead in the next week or so. Early shad should also start showing, but we need the water to drop a few more feet to effectively target them.” SMITH RIVER: The river remains open for steelhead through the end of April. Flows hit 30 feet, or 90,000 cfs at Jed Smith, during last week’s flood. The river was back to a steelhead green color over the weekend. Steelhead fishing is slow. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Boca is starting to open up, but the parking area is far away so few are trying it. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East and West Carson are both running high and marginal for fishing due to snowmelt. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing and Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store both said Davis is still mostly covered in rotten ice and slush. There’s just a little bit of open water, about 20 feet at Mallard, and it’s fishable from shore. Cast out onto the ice and reel until your offering drops into the water, Graham suggested. Dillard said that the launch ramp access road at Honker Cove is still covered by at least 2 feet of snow and remains inaccessible. DONNER LAKE: Mark Christophel of Christophel’s Guide Service said the public launch ramp opened Thursday. He took an exploratory trip on Saturday, finding 39.5-degree water from the surface all the way to 120 feet, very cold, and as expected the Mackinaw bite was tentative. LAKE TAHOE: It was an off week at Tahoe. The brown trout bite in the shallows seems to have fizzled, and Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners found only a few Mackinaw at the mid-depths. He expects fishing to improve soon. PROSSER LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said that Prosser is opening up, but reaching the water requires a long hike with the aid of snowshoes so few are trying it. PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature along the shorelines hit the 52-degree mark, bringing the cutthroat into the shallows where fly fishers have been capitalizing. It’s slower but still mostly productive for boat-based anglers. The shorelines have been crowded – go early if you want a spot on the beach, despite the bite being better in the afternoons. Seek out clear water – the Truckee is dumping mud into the southern part of the big lake. TOPAZ LAKE: The Topaz Lake Trout Derby ended Sunday. The Week 15 leaders as of Sunday morning were Bob Webster (3 pounds, 6.4 ounces) and John Wait (2 pounds, 10.3 ounces). The overall leaders were Jeff Sullivan (9 pounds, 11.1 ounces), Aaron Talhelm (9 pounds, 7.7 ounces) and Bob Brister (9 pounds, 4.8 ounces). TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River is closed for the season. Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to run high and fast, and there’s more water the farther downstream you go. Access is wide open at Glenshire. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said a group of anglers was on the river on Saturday, and while fishing was slow for them, they found perfect water. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley boat California Dawn, Happy Hooker and Pacific Dream put passengers on high counts of striped bass (usually limits or near limits) and halibut which will go nuts when live bait is available to Bay boats. New Easy Rider went for salmon and bested the fish per rod mark with 16 salmon for 15 people. BODEGA BAY: Bodega Bay enjoyed the best opener on the coast. The opener dawned calm after a week-long wind event and the salmon were hungry partway down to Point Reyes. New Sea Angler scored 43 salmon for 23 people, reaching close to limits. Sunday’s fishing was happily similar. With the ocean so riled up during the week, boats remained tied to the dock. Jetty fishers caught perch, rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. EMERYVILLE: Over the weekend, Fish Emeryville boats were sending boats out for most available species. Pacific Pearl had 13 salmon for 17 people. New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and C-Gull II fished the south bay for near limits or full limits of bass plus some nice halibut. Sea Wolf ventured out through the Gate to crank up rockfish and lingcod. EUREKA: Winds blew and seas raged for much of the week, so fishing was mostly limited to the jetties and not all of the jetty area was safe to fish. People used mostly baits to catch rockfish, perch, and kelp greenling. People who worked small swimbaits along the deeper parts of the jetty pulled in lingcod. In the north Humboldt Bay, sharks and rays gave people some practice pulling on big fish. Down the coast off Shelter Cove, better than a dozen boats made it out and caught salmon a mile offshore. FORT BRAGG: The salmon opener was a bit slow, however given more boats and more time to find the pockets of fish productivity is expected to increase. Seven boats went out and caught a total of 17 fish. Two fish to 8 pounds came over the rail of Sea Hawk. By the weekend when the weather improved, people fished Old Mill, Mendocino Headlands and other top shore spots. HALF MOON BAY: Huli Cat took 7 salmon for 8 anglers on the opener. Que Sera Sera had 5 fish for 6 guys. Riptide had 5 fish. New Capt. Pete had a father-son team who both caught their limits of salmon. Queen of Hearts kept the faith with rockfish and lingcod anglers by taking them out to Deep Reef where their numbers were very good. Surf fishing was good for perch and seemed to be getting better by the day for striped bass on both baits and lures. SAN FRANCISCO: Wacky Jacky went for salmon up near Point Reyes with a group of regulars who all got to take salmon fillets home. Lovely Martha got 12 salmon on the opener. Lovely Martha got limits of bass and halibut to 32 pounds on weekday trips. Bass Tub had epic days of limit-style bass fishing with some nice halibut mixed in. Flash II fished San Pablo Bay to pull in bass, sturgeon and leopard sharks.
19 Apr 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS LAKE OROVILLE: Jamie Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said his customers are telling him bass numbers are improving, and while most are catching them on finesse baits, an early topwater bite has just started up. Retired guide Craig Bentley said that he and a friend found the fish stacked up on secondary points and the ledges of those points in the South Fork, and caught them with finesse baits and Keitech swimbaits. With warmer temperatures on the way late in the week, the bass might start their spawning dance, he said. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing busted open last week as the flows dropped some, with boaters catching limits on minnows while releasing big numbers of fish. The Live Oak, Yuba City, Boyds Pump and Verona launches are open. The water is still high, but shore anglers are catching fish on pile worms, sardines and anchovies at Mosquito Beach and Boyd’s Pump. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Matthew Goodwin, owner of Goodwin’s and Sons General Store, said the lake is ice free and the roads on the west side are open to Lunker Point. The spillway area is open, but on the east side there’s no access past the dam due to snow. Goodwin said he saw a small boat in the lake on Saturday, but noted the lake is so full the ramp is underwater. The Goodwin’s General Store trout derby will fish Saturday, May 4. Sign up at the store or by calling 951-446-2471. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Anglers expect good fishing for stripers as the river drops. It was still too high over the weekend, but is expected to drop to fishable levels as early as Friday or Saturday. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. Striper fishing is slow because of high water, but should be good as flows drop later this week. GENERAL Far North lakes and rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The trout and salmon are still biting well for boaters out trolling but you have to cover water. There was the first bass tournament of the year up there and with the increased boat traffic it has scattered the fish. BAUM LAKE: There are still plenty of fish to be caught on balanced leeches, midges and small streamers. LEWISTON LAKE: Quality trout are being caught on midges and woolly buggers with strike indicators. Bank anglers are using crawlers and Power Bait in red and white combined. The trinity dam is increasing flows throughout the week and will be 9800 by Thursday, so use caution while fishing. SHASTA LAKE: The lake rose to near full capacity and then they began dropping it shortly after, leaving the fish confused. The water temperatures are still cool and the bass are down deeper out to 30 feet and are being caught best on soft plastics. Crappie are being caught in Jones Valley and Silverthorn and trout can be caught trolling between 30 and 50 feet deep. TRINITY LAKE: Big smallmouth are being caught as well as some nice-sized largemouth, and most of the fish are still in deeper water, but on days that warm up in the afternoon fish have been moving in shallow to feed and can be caught on reaction style baits. As it continues to warm up the bite will get better but the lake level will be dropping over the next week. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The bite remains up and down from day to day. There are fish to be caught, but some days they are all smaller fish and others the bigger fish are mixed in. The heavy north winds have had the bite down deeper and on soft plastics. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: No shad have been reported yet, but soon. Steelhead fishing is slow. Stripers are being caught near Discovery Park, but most are shakers. Flows remained at 10,100 cfs all week. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature reached 62 degrees over the weekend. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 2 feet last week, from 447 feet of elevation to 449 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. Trout fishing is good. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 15,200 cfs lastr week before dropping back to 3,650 cfs. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam jumped to 40,000 cfs last week as water was dumped from Shasta Lake. They were down to 33,800 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing is fair near Anderson. The river is closed above the Highway 44 bridge. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Striper fishing has slowed with more water being released from Shasta dam. A few shad have been reported near Freeport. Fishing is slow in the deepwater channel. Trinity/Klamath rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The river flooded last week, with releases of 10,000 cfs from Iron Gate Dams. Flows were down to 4,800 cfs over the weekend, still way too high for steelhead fishing. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp is blown out with flows of 10,500 cfs. Flows could be fishable by the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The river crested at 130,000 cfs last week, near flood stage. It was down to 45,000 cfs over the weekend. This year’s salmon quota will be announced this week. TRINITY RIVER: Fishing is slow on the Trinity because of high water. Flows from Lewiston Dam were 307 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 1,104 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,420 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 12,292 cfs. Northern foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake’s plentiful kokanee have moved up in the water column to the top 10 feet. Many anglers are fishing deeper and finding only frustration. CAMP FAR WEST: Pre-spawn bass are holding in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers are catching a few. COLLINS LAKE: The trout came up to the surface at Collins Lake, bringing the shallow, shelving beach back into play for shore anglers. Trollers also found success toplining. The bass are not quite pre-spawn, and although most are small, you can have a bundle of fun throwing small Keitech swimbaits at them. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: The DFW stocked Engelbright this week, and Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn said anglers are catching them. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Water managers continue to repeatedly and quickly fill and drain the Afterbay. It was low again this week, the tules at least 2 feet out of the water. Few anglers even tried, it was so windy and the bass bite has been horrible due to changing conditions and the influx of cold water. If you go, the best bet may be the southwest corner where a flashy ripbait thrown at the rocks might entice a bass or two. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The changing fronts and the big north winds had the bite tougher, with the fish being caught out deeper on finesse style baits. The weekend brought warmer weather and the bite picked up, especially in shallow water on reaction baits and jigs. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: The lake is looking beautiful but it has a little ways to go before it takes off. This lake is the last of the 3 lakes that are connected together so it gets the cold water out of the dam of the other 2. There are some bass being caught and they have moved up with the lake and water level and can be caught in the creek arms on senkos and jigs. CLEAR LAKE: After a week straight of tournaments the lake is still kicking out nice giant bass. Swimbaits, jigs, Senkos, spinnerbaits and reaction baits all produced fish. With the warming weather, many people will be sight fishing and looking for bed fish. EAST PARK RESERVOIR: Fishing is great and the lake is free for camping and boating until the end of the week. Many of the bass are spawning but there are still many that are feeding voraciously. The bite has been so good that you can catch fish on just about anything you throw right now. STONEY GORGE RESERVOIR: Anglers were catching crappie on jigs, swimbaits, and minnows near the willows. Bass are looking to spawn and are moving up into shallower waters. The water has a stain to it that makes sight fishing hard but it should continue to improve without rains to stir things up. LAKE SONOMA: The lake is still murky but the bass and crappie are biting. The fish have moved into the backs of the creek arms and you can catch both species in the same areas right now and sometimes even on the same baits. Both were hitting the smaller 3-inch Keitech swimbaits on a jighead. North Coast rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Salmon, trout and steelhead fishing is closed until May. Surfperch are available along the jetties. The river reached 52,000 cfs last week, its highest level since 2012. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Fishing is closed until May. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Flooding sidelined spring salmon anglers last week, as flows hit 90,000 cfs at Agness. Flows remained high over the weekend, but could drop to fishable levels late this week. RUSSIAN RIVER: Scott Heemstra at Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville said the river is still high, murky and green with flows at 2800 cfs and a foot of visibility. “I would expect things to start improving with the warm dry weather,” Heemstra said. “We  should be able to target some downstreamer steelhead in the next week or so. Early shad should also start showing, but we need the water to drop a few more feet to effectively target them.” SMITH RIVER: The river remains open for steelhead through the end of April. Flows hit 30 feet, or 90,000 cfs at Jed Smith, during last week’s flood. The river was back to a steelhead green color over the weekend. Steelhead fishing is slow. Sierra lakes and rivers BOCA LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said Boca is starting to open up, but the parking area is far away so few are trying it. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East and West Carson are both running high and marginal for fishing due to snowmelt. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing and Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store both said Davis is still mostly covered in rotten ice and slush. There’s just a little bit of open water, about 20 feet at Mallard, and it’s fishable from shore. Cast out onto the ice and reel until your offering drops into the water, Graham suggested. Dillard said that the launch ramp access road at Honker Cove is still covered by at least 2 feet of snow and remains inaccessible. DONNER LAKE: Mark Christophel of Christophel’s Guide Service said the public launch ramp opened Thursday. He took an exploratory trip on Saturday, finding 39.5-degree water from the surface all the way to 120 feet, very cold, and as expected the Mackinaw bite was tentative. LAKE TAHOE: It was an off week at Tahoe. The brown trout bite in the shallows seems to have fizzled, and Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners found only a few Mackinaw at the mid-depths. He expects fishing to improve soon. PROSSER LAKE: Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said that Prosser is opening up, but reaching the water requires a long hike with the aid of snowshoes so few are trying it. PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature along the shorelines hit the 52-degree mark, bringing the cutthroat into the shallows where fly fishers have been capitalizing. It’s slower but still mostly productive for boat-based anglers. The shorelines have been crowded – go early if you want a spot on the beach, despite the bite being better in the afternoons. Seek out clear water – the Truckee is dumping mud into the southern part of the big lake. TOPAZ LAKE: The Topaz Lake Trout Derby ended Sunday. The Week 15 leaders as of Sunday morning were Bob Webster (3 pounds, 6.4 ounces) and John Wait (2 pounds, 10.3 ounces). The overall leaders were Jeff Sullivan (9 pounds, 11.1 ounces), Aaron Talhelm (9 pounds, 7.7 ounces) and Bob Brister (9 pounds, 4.8 ounces). TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River is closed for the season. Tony Marotta of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to run high and fast, and there’s more water the farther downstream you go. Access is wide open at Glenshire. WEST WALKER RIVER: Jenna Casanova of the Walker General Store said a group of anglers was on the river on Saturday, and while fishing was slow for them, they found perfect water. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley boat California Dawn, Happy Hooker and Pacific Dream put passengers on high counts of striped bass (usually limits or near limits) and halibut which will go nuts when live bait is available to Bay boats. New Easy Rider went for salmon and bested the fish per rod mark with 16 salmon for 15 people. BODEGA BAY: Bodega Bay enjoyed the best opener on the coast. The opener dawned calm after a week-long wind event and the salmon were hungry partway down to Point Reyes. New Sea Angler scored 43 salmon for 23 people, reaching close to limits. Sunday’s fishing was happily similar. With the ocean so riled up during the week, boats remained tied to the dock. Jetty fishers caught perch, rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. EMERYVILLE: Over the weekend, Fish Emeryville boats were sending boats out for most available species. Pacific Pearl had 13 salmon for 17 people. New Huck Finn, Tigerfish and C-Gull II fished the south bay for near limits or full limits of bass plus some nice halibut. Sea Wolf ventured out through the Gate to crank up rockfish and lingcod. EUREKA: Winds blew and seas raged for much of the week, so fishing was mostly limited to the jetties and not all of the jetty area was safe to fish. People used mostly baits to catch rockfish, perch, and kelp greenling. People who worked small swimbaits along the deeper parts of the jetty pulled in lingcod. In the north Humboldt Bay, sharks and rays gave people some practice pulling on big fish. Down the coast off Shelter Cove, better than a dozen boats made it out and caught salmon a mile offshore. FORT BRAGG: The salmon opener was a bit slow, however given more boats and more time to find the pockets of fish productivity is expected to increase. Seven boats went out and caught a total of 17 fish. Two fish to 8 pounds came over the rail of Sea Hawk. By the weekend when the weather improved, people fished Old Mill, Mendocino Headlands and other top shore spots. HALF MOON BAY: Huli Cat took 7 salmon for 8 anglers on the opener. Que Sera Sera had 5 fish for 6 guys. Riptide had 5 fish. New Capt. Pete had a father-son team who both caught their limits of salmon. Queen of Hearts kept the faith with rockfish and lingcod anglers by taking them out to Deep Reef where their numbers were very good. Surf fishing was good for perch and seemed to be getting better by the day for striped bass on both baits and lures. SAN FRANCISCO: Wacky Jacky went for salmon up near Point Reyes with a group of regulars who all got to take salmon fillets home. Lovely Martha got 12 salmon on the opener. Lovely Martha got limits of bass and halibut to 32 pounds on weekday trips. Bass Tub had epic days of limit-style bass fishing with some nice halibut mixed in. Flash II fished San Pablo Bay to pull in bass, sturgeon and leopard sharks.
16 Apr 19
sicyakker

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

13 Apr 19
News Archives Uk

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

11 Apr 19
Lake County Record-Bee
As the first-day results of the WON BASS Clear Lake Open showed, Clear Lake is the place to go bass fishing. It’s not just the tournament anglers who are enjoying the excellent fishing but the everyday recreational fishermen as well. The WON BASS tournament could easily set a record if the excellent fishing continues. Eighty percent of the field weighed in limits on Wednesday. The final weigh-in takes place Friday at 3 p.m. at Konocti Vista Casino, Resort and Marina in Lakeport. The awards ceremony follows the weigh-in. The winning pro receives a new bass boat worth more than $35,000. The winner also receives cash. The tournament pays down to approximately 25th place. The hot lure all this week continued to be the A Rig. Most of the successful anglers are retrieving the lure slowly and letting it bump the bottom. Small swimbaits such as the Keitech are having the most success. The A Rig can be purchased at all the local tackle shops. The other top lures this past week have been silver-colored jerk baits and plastic worms. Jigs flipped back into the tules also have been effective. The bass still haven’t started to spawn although that could change as the water temperature rises to the 60-plus-degree mark. Some of the larger bass are being caught in the deeper water in the south end of the lake. The WON BASS tournament is the start of a series of bass tournaments to be held on the lake. Best Bass Tournament (BBT) is holding a team tournament Saturday. It goes out of Redbud Park in Clearlake and should draw at least 100 boats. Crappie/bluegill action Crappie action continues to be wide open and most of the fishermen are catching from 20-40 fish per day. Crappie are being caught at just about every location around the lake and some of them have been huge, weighing up to 3 pounds. The docks at Library Park in Lakeport are providing good fishing and Lakeside County Park is another hot spot. Clear Lake State Park, Redbud Park and the county park in Lucerne are also loaded with crappie. Silver-colored crappie jigs have been the top crappie catcher. The bluegill fishing also been very good with nightcrawlers being the top bait. Lake level As of early Thursday afternoon the lake level was at 7.66 feet on the Rumsey Gauge. A full lake is 7.56 feet . Trout action Trout action at Upper Blue Lake has been rated fair. A few anglers are doing well while others are struggling to catch a fish. The lake isn’t on the current stocking list. Turkey season The spring wild turkey season is in full swing and the gobblers are starting to chase the hens. The season closes May 5. Several hunters report seeing a lot of toms, but they also report the birds are still flocked up. What is needed is some warm weather to push the turkeys into their mating season. The Cache Creek Wildlife Area in eastern Lake County has been providing some decent hunting but there have been few hunters out.
05 Apr 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS COLLINS LAKE: Collins Lake received two trout plants this week, 1,000 pounds including trophies from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms and 900 pounds of DFW catchables. With some many trout in the lake, the fishing is solid. Collins Lake Fish Reporter Ed Palma said the trout are backing off from the shore, but still active in the top 15 feet. Power Bait is still effective, and trollers are starting to get into the action. Bass are in pre-spawn, while crappie are still in deep, cold water. Big fish of the week was a 8.25-pound trout for Chuck Holman of Folsom. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers and sturgeon are showing up, but overall action is still slow. Wards, Colusa State Park and Steelhead Lodge boat ramps are now open. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. A few stripers are being caught, but fishing has been slow on the Sacramento because of high water. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing is fair on the Feather River, where pile worms are working best. Some boaters going up from Verona are catching limits. Lots of shakers have arrived in the Beercan Beach area. Flows from Oroville Dam could increase this week. LAKE ALMANOR: Bass fisherman are still struggling to find eager biters with the colder water temperatures. Trout fisherman have been catching good numbers of quality ‘bows and browns while trolling flies or the hardware of your choice around 2 mph. Bank fisherman are catching fish on Power Bait, ‘crawlers, and jigs. BAUM LAKE: The bite remains red hot but with many more anglers out fishing this past week. Non-beaded prince nymph, Eng thing, Tungsten Bead PT Prince, leeches, and midges are all working well with fish up to 18 inches being caught. GENERAL Far North Lakes and Rivers LEWISTON LAKE: The whole Trinity system still has a lot of water moving through after recent storms, anglers haven’t found good enough conditions yet, but they are improving. SHASTA LAKE: Bass are still biting really well and have moved into the back of creeks again. Reaction baits like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, rip baits, and swimbaits are all working for catching quality bass. The glidebait bite is also starting to pick up for fish that are sitting in the shallower part of the water column. Trout are still being caught near the surface near the main body where they are feeding on plankton. TRINITY LAKE: Cooler temperatures after the big storms slowed the bite and pushed the fish back out deep again. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Anglers are catching solid numbers of bass, but nothing of any size yet. Most of the spotted bass are between 1 and 2 pounds and can be caught on soft plastics, and if conditions are good, reaction baits. Before the storm hit, anglers were catching some bigger fish on medium-sized swimbaits. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Steelhead fishing is slow. Stripers are being caught near Discovery Park, but most are shakers. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature reached 60 degrees over the weekend. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 5 feet last week, from 437 feet of elevation to 442 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. Trout fishing improved last week. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 5,000 cfs last week, and remained over 2,800 cfs during the weekend. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam jumped from 10,000 cfs to 14,000 cfs. Trout fishing has been very good, with big numbers for guides drifting beads or roe. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Lots of shaker-size stripers have arrived at Miller Park and Discovery Park, where pile worms and blood worms are working best. Crowds of anglers were out over the weekend. Boat access is poor. Fishing is slow at the Port of Sacramento and in the deepwater channel. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The Upper Klamath is high but fishable. Fishing pressure is light. Flows from Iron Gate Dam are 1,850 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp remains high for late-season steelhead. Fishing is slow. Flows are near 5,000 cfs at Happy Camp and over 10,000 cfs at Orleans. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The lower Klamath is high and unfishable, with flows near 28,000 cfs. Anglers will find out this fall’s salmon quotas early next week when the PFMC meetings near San Francisco. Quotas are expected to be double last year’s numbers. TRINITY RIVER: Fishing is slow throughout the Trinity River as steelhead season winds down. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston Dam were 307 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 1,077 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,670 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 11,274 cfs. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the kokanee have slowed down. Limits are still possible but it may take all day. It’s a slower pick but the fish are still out there. CAMP FAR WEST: The North Shore Resort Bass Tournament offered better fishing for numbers, but the bass are still small. Robert Blarderaz and Cody Moore finished first with a 5-fish limit of 8.36 pounds. Shawn and Blake Milligan were second with 8.35 pounds, and Ron Manley and Ryan Delozer were third with 8.09. The Big Fish of the tournament weighed 2.97 pounds and was caught by Scott Hammond. The lake is still full and spilling, and the water is cold, in the low 50s. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: The trout bite is on at Englebright! Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said several boaters have checked in with limits, most of them trolling with flashers and nightcrawlers. The lake released its pen-raised trout Friday. It’s great fishing and the weather is cooperating. LAKE OROVILLE: The lake is up 10 feet over last week, to 852, but the bass seem to be acclimating to the new level. Jamey Sorensen of North Valley tackle said he caught a bunch fishing main lake points with 6.95 Juicy Flirt Worms, Keitech 3.3 swimbaits in Rainbow Shad pattern, and jigs from the shoreline to 20 feet deep. He didn’t manage any bites in the coves. His customers were also catching them on Senkos and tubes, and he figured spinnerbaits and ripbaits could play a factor in Satruday’s upcoming NorCal 90 bass tournament. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: While the Afterbay isn’t red hot for bass, it gave up several 3 pounders to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle, who fished the tules in the area he refers to as South Cove. The water is shallow there and warms more quickly than the balance of the lake, and it reached the 60s. Otherwise the bass fishing has been poor due to water operations, according to retired guide Craig Bentley, but the fishing for stocked steelhead hasn’t been bad. Those fish are concentrating at the canal and basin, and anglers are taking advantage. Bentley’s group of 10 managed almost a steelhead per rod. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Bass fishing has slowed in the wake of the big team tournament events and the big thunderstorms that passed through the past week. Fish are still sitting up in the shallower part of the water column but aren’t eager to bite. The water clarity is still muddy around the lake, especially at the northern end, but temperatures have been getting up to almost 60 degrees in the afternoon on sunny days. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake fluctuations are keeping the water clarity at an unfishable level. After the big storms they drained the lake almost empty for a week, then rapidly filled it to full pool to relieve some of the water from Stoney Gorge and East Park in the foothills. CLEAR LAKE: The lake got pummeled by heavy winds and rains the past week which brought the water level back up to monitor stage and increased the boating restrictions. The bass have been harder to catch but are still eating Alabama rigs, Lv500 lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and smaller swimbaits. LAKE SONOMA: Conditions are starting to improve around the lake, but it is still 5 feet over full pool and the water clarity is still poor. The creeks are flowing cleaner water than the rest of the lake and the bass are relating to those sections of the lake and can be caught on Brush Hogs, jigs, senkos and drop-shot rigs. Look for catfish in the inflows as waters warm. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The Narrows Resort still reports the lake is very muddy and that they haven’t seen anyone out attempting to fish yet. North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Salmon and steelhead closed for the season on March 31 and re-opens in late May. Steelhead fishing was fair during the final week of the season, with two to three fish per boat. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead fishing closed for the season on March 31 and re-opens in late May. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Spring salmon fishing is fair, with a handful of fish being caught each day in the Elephant Rock and Willows area. The hatchery run appears to be off to a good start. Steelhead fishing has slowed. Water conditions should remain good with this week’s rain. RUSSIAN RIVER: High and muddy, running 8600 cfs and expected to be unfishable for at least a week or so. All Sonoma and Mendocino coastal streams close on April 1, but Russian remains open with artificial barbless only until Nov. 1. Should still be some good action on downrunners when it clears, and shad season should be great in April. SMITH RIVER: The Smith remains open for steelhead fishing through the end of April. Fishing has been slow in recent weeks, with just a few downrunners being caught. Heavy rain this weekend may draw in a few fresh steelhead. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead season closed on March 31. Fishing re-opens in late May. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said the ice on Boca is no longer safe. There’s open water at the inlet and trout fishing has been good. There’s still snow on Stampede Road, but it’s accessible to the Boca Rest campground. Access past that is closed out, with some people who try it getting stuck, so exercise caution. CAPLES LAKE: Victor Babbitt of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters said the company had a guide out on Friday and he found a ton of slush and never made it through the ice to fish. Consequently, Babbitt is calling it a season, as it’s just too much effort with failing ice. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East Carson River is starting to come up from snowmelt. The color is still good, a green tinge, and worth trying in the open, special regulations section downstream of the “Catch and Release” bridge. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing said his friends, experienced ice fishers, have called it a season out of safety concerns, as the days are longer and warmer now that it’s April. Still, some people are ice fishing, and there’s a foot or more of ice at the dam, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden, but he acknowledged there’s reason for caution. He had no recent reports of successful ice fishing trips. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner Lake is open in the middle, although there is still ice covering the west end of the lake. Some shore fishing access has opened, and there’s limited parking. The public launch ramp has been plowed but it’s closed off but should open in a week or two. Shore anglers should try Power Bait or worms, spinners, big spoons, and Kastmasters for mostly rainbows and maybe the odd Mackinaw. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Staffers at Goodwin’s and Son market in Chilcoot said the ice has pulled away from the shoreline, closing the ice fishing season. On May 4, the store will host a fishing derby at Frenchman Lake. Entry is $25 for adults, $20 for juniors. Sign up by stopping by the store or call them at 951-446-2471. JENKINSON LAKE (AKA SLY PARK): Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort said there have been a lot of fishermen at the lake with the weekend’s good weather, and they are catching trout from both the shore and boats. LAKE TAHOE: Brown trout remain the story this week, targeted up shallow and even in water as deep as 60 feet on the west side. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners had 6 in the box on Sunday and was still fishing when WON contacted him. Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said their boats fishing the South Shore have been targeting Mackinaw at 90 to 120 feet, right on the bottom using live bait. Mornings are better, with limit style fishing. Afternoons are producing near limits. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore has been working deeper water from 120 feet to 320 for his lake trout limits. He said they have been bigger recently, 4 to 8 pounds. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said, like Boca, the ice on Prosser is no longer safe. There’s a little open water at the Prosser Creek inlet, but it’s a long out of the way hike to reach it. PYRAMID LAKE: Tremendous flows of cold water are entering the lake, suppressing water temperatures and, according to several sources, holding back the cutthroat spawn. Guides and anglers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of 52-degree water – that’ll get things fired up. Fishing was slower over the weekend, but some guides put their clients on 5 fish a rod during better bite periods. It’s up and down. Guides are still seeing bigger fish – they’ve yet to swim up the river to spawn, which means trophies are still possible. TOPAZ LAKE: The annual trout derby is underway, with just a couple more weeks to go. The week 13 leader as of Sunday morning was Jeff White with a 6-pound, 8.1-ounce trout, followed by Edward Sarabia, 3-pounds, 15 ounces. Jeff Sullivan’s 9-pound, 11.1-ounce trout caught last week is still the overall leader. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to run high and fast, as much as 2,100 cfs in the canyon section. The Tahoe City Dam is releasing 1,100 cfs, which swells to 1,600 cfs by the time the river reaches Hirschdale, but the water is clear. He recommended looking for slower pockets of water and using larger attractors, stonefly nymphs, worm patterns, and to a lesser extent, streamers. Parking is wide open at Hirschdale and much improved at Glenshire. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Sportfishing Charters will start operating in earnest for the salmon opener and is also looking forward to a great live bait season in the Bay.  Live bait should be available in another 2 or 3 weeks. The salmon opener looks promising with good water and bait conditions. BODEGA BAY: Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler and Merlin Kolb on the Reel Magic are looking forward to strong rockcod and salmon seasons.  The New Sea Angler will run daily rockcod/lingcod trips until the April 13 salmon opener.  Rockcod action will be good from Pt. Reyes to Fort Ross. Lots of bait, feeding whales, and sea lions already chowing down on salmon indicate a great opener. EMERYVILLE: The Sea Wolf and Tigerfish were sold out for the rockcod opener and fishing is expected to be very good.  As soon as live bait is available, the New Huck Finn will be running striper/halibut trips in the Bay.  The salmon opener is highly anticipated and signs look good to the north and south away from all the freshwater flowing into the ocean from rain and snow runoff. EUREKA: With rockcod opening on May 1 and salmon season tentatively set to open on May 25, nothing is happening here with the sportfishing fleet.  The only fall back was the shore fishing at the north and south jetties at the entrance to Humboldt Bay and the local beaches. As usual, the jetties were producing a mix of perch and rockfish using squid, shrimp, and swimbaits. The local beaches produced some nice perch on Gulp! Sandworms. FORT BRAGG: Crab season is winding down as commercial gear is being pulled for the April 15 deadline for whale entanglement avoidance.  The local sport boats were keeping busy with whale watching trips until the April 13 salmon opener. Blue water, heavy freshwater inflows, and little bait could mean a tough salmon opener.  Shore fishing off the beaches near Westport was good for perch, while the jetty was still producing some rockfish on bait and crabs using snares. HALF MOON BAY: The Huli Cat was still running sanddab/ crab combos this past weekend, but was looking forward to the rockcod opener on April 1.  Rockcod/ ling limits were pretty much insured with the good weather that was forecast for opening day. Salmon season looks good with favorable sign showing near the Davenport Fingers to the south.  The salmon season opens April 6 below Pigeon Point and April13 above Pigeon Point. SAN FRANCISCO: Partyboats were running to the north for stripers, sturgeon, and a few halibut, or to the South Bay for halibut and stripers.  Live bait should be available in 2 to 3 weeks starting the striper/halibut drifting season. Most boats are waiting for the salmon opener on April 13.  The Bass Tub was trolling for halibut in the South Bay near Oyster Point and North Bay at Paradise this past week, and was not going out for rockcod after the opener preferring to wait for the salmon and live bait season to kick in.  The Argo was fishing San Pablo Bay for stripers to 10 pounds and the occasional halibut to 15 pounds.  Flash II was fishing San Pablo and doing well on sturgeon, leopard sharks, and stripers.
05 Apr 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS COLLINS LAKE: Collins Lake received two trout plants this week, 1,000 pounds including trophies from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms and 900 pounds of DFW catchables. With some many trout in the lake, the fishing is solid. Collins Lake Fish Reporter Ed Palma said the trout are backing off from the shore, but still active in the top 15 feet. Power Bait is still effective, and trollers are starting to get into the action. Bass are in pre-spawn, while crappie are still in deep, cold water. Big fish of the week was a 8.25-pound trout for Chuck Holman of Folsom. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers and sturgeon are showing up, but overall action is still slow. Wards, Colusa State Park and Steelhead Lodge boat ramps are now open. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. A few stripers are being caught, but fishing has been slow on the Sacramento because of high water. FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing is fair on the Feather River, where pile worms are working best. Some boaters going up from Verona are catching limits. Lots of shakers have arrived in the Beercan Beach area. Flows from Oroville Dam could increase this week. LAKE ALMANOR: Bass fisherman are still struggling to find eager biters with the colder water temperatures. Trout fisherman have been catching good numbers of quality ‘bows and browns while trolling flies or the hardware of your choice around 2 mph. Bank fisherman are catching fish on Power Bait, ‘crawlers, and jigs. BAUM LAKE: The bite remains red hot but with many more anglers out fishing this past week. Non-beaded prince nymph, Eng thing, Tungsten Bead PT Prince, leeches, and midges are all working well with fish up to 18 inches being caught. GENERAL Far North Lakes and Rivers LEWISTON LAKE: The whole Trinity system still has a lot of water moving through after recent storms, anglers haven’t found good enough conditions yet, but they are improving. SHASTA LAKE: Bass are still biting really well and have moved into the back of creeks again. Reaction baits like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, rip baits, and swimbaits are all working for catching quality bass. The glidebait bite is also starting to pick up for fish that are sitting in the shallower part of the water column. Trout are still being caught near the surface near the main body where they are feeding on plankton. TRINITY LAKE: Cooler temperatures after the big storms slowed the bite and pushed the fish back out deep again. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Anglers are catching solid numbers of bass, but nothing of any size yet. Most of the spotted bass are between 1 and 2 pounds and can be caught on soft plastics, and if conditions are good, reaction baits. Before the storm hit, anglers were catching some bigger fish on medium-sized swimbaits. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Steelhead fishing is slow. Stripers are being caught near Discovery Park, but most are shakers. FOLSOM LAKE: The water temperature reached 60 degrees over the weekend. Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 5 feet last week, from 437 feet of elevation to 442 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. Trout fishing improved last week. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 5,000 cfs last week, and remained over 2,800 cfs during the weekend. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam jumped from 10,000 cfs to 14,000 cfs. Trout fishing has been very good, with big numbers for guides drifting beads or roe. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Lots of shaker-size stripers have arrived at Miller Park and Discovery Park, where pile worms and blood worms are working best. Crowds of anglers were out over the weekend. Boat access is poor. Fishing is slow at the Port of Sacramento and in the deepwater channel. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The Upper Klamath is high but fishable. Fishing pressure is light. Flows from Iron Gate Dam are 1,850 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp remains high for late-season steelhead. Fishing is slow. Flows are near 5,000 cfs at Happy Camp and over 10,000 cfs at Orleans. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The lower Klamath is high and unfishable, with flows near 28,000 cfs. Anglers will find out this fall’s salmon quotas early next week when the PFMC meetings near San Francisco. Quotas are expected to be double last year’s numbers. TRINITY RIVER: Fishing is slow throughout the Trinity River as steelhead season winds down. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston Dam were 307 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 1,077 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,670 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 11,274 cfs. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the kokanee have slowed down. Limits are still possible but it may take all day. It’s a slower pick but the fish are still out there. CAMP FAR WEST: The North Shore Resort Bass Tournament offered better fishing for numbers, but the bass are still small. Robert Blarderaz and Cody Moore finished first with a 5-fish limit of 8.36 pounds. Shawn and Blake Milligan were second with 8.35 pounds, and Ron Manley and Ryan Delozer were third with 8.09. The Big Fish of the tournament weighed 2.97 pounds and was caught by Scott Hammond. The lake is still full and spilling, and the water is cold, in the low 50s. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: The trout bite is on at Englebright! Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said several boaters have checked in with limits, most of them trolling with flashers and nightcrawlers. The lake released its pen-raised trout Friday. It’s great fishing and the weather is cooperating. LAKE OROVILLE: The lake is up 10 feet over last week, to 852, but the bass seem to be acclimating to the new level. Jamey Sorensen of North Valley tackle said he caught a bunch fishing main lake points with 6.95 Juicy Flirt Worms, Keitech 3.3 swimbaits in Rainbow Shad pattern, and jigs from the shoreline to 20 feet deep. He didn’t manage any bites in the coves. His customers were also catching them on Senkos and tubes, and he figured spinnerbaits and ripbaits could play a factor in Satruday’s upcoming NorCal 90 bass tournament. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: While the Afterbay isn’t red hot for bass, it gave up several 3 pounders to Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle, who fished the tules in the area he refers to as South Cove. The water is shallow there and warms more quickly than the balance of the lake, and it reached the 60s. Otherwise the bass fishing has been poor due to water operations, according to retired guide Craig Bentley, but the fishing for stocked steelhead hasn’t been bad. Those fish are concentrating at the canal and basin, and anglers are taking advantage. Bentley’s group of 10 managed almost a steelhead per rod. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: Bass fishing has slowed in the wake of the big team tournament events and the big thunderstorms that passed through the past week. Fish are still sitting up in the shallower part of the water column but aren’t eager to bite. The water clarity is still muddy around the lake, especially at the northern end, but temperatures have been getting up to almost 60 degrees in the afternoon on sunny days. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Lake fluctuations are keeping the water clarity at an unfishable level. After the big storms they drained the lake almost empty for a week, then rapidly filled it to full pool to relieve some of the water from Stoney Gorge and East Park in the foothills. CLEAR LAKE: The lake got pummeled by heavy winds and rains the past week which brought the water level back up to monitor stage and increased the boating restrictions. The bass have been harder to catch but are still eating Alabama rigs, Lv500 lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and smaller swimbaits. LAKE SONOMA: Conditions are starting to improve around the lake, but it is still 5 feet over full pool and the water clarity is still poor. The creeks are flowing cleaner water than the rest of the lake and the bass are relating to those sections of the lake and can be caught on Brush Hogs, jigs, senkos and drop-shot rigs. Look for catfish in the inflows as waters warm. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The Narrows Resort still reports the lake is very muddy and that they haven’t seen anyone out attempting to fish yet. North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Salmon and steelhead closed for the season on March 31 and re-opens in late May. Steelhead fishing was fair during the final week of the season, with two to three fish per boat. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead fishing closed for the season on March 31 and re-opens in late May. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Spring salmon fishing is fair, with a handful of fish being caught each day in the Elephant Rock and Willows area. The hatchery run appears to be off to a good start. Steelhead fishing has slowed. Water conditions should remain good with this week’s rain. RUSSIAN RIVER: High and muddy, running 8600 cfs and expected to be unfishable for at least a week or so. All Sonoma and Mendocino coastal streams close on April 1, but Russian remains open with artificial barbless only until Nov. 1. Should still be some good action on downrunners when it clears, and shad season should be great in April. SMITH RIVER: The Smith remains open for steelhead fishing through the end of April. Fishing has been slow in recent weeks, with just a few downrunners being caught. Heavy rain this weekend may draw in a few fresh steelhead. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead season closed on March 31. Fishing re-opens in late May. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said the ice on Boca is no longer safe. There’s open water at the inlet and trout fishing has been good. There’s still snow on Stampede Road, but it’s accessible to the Boca Rest campground. Access past that is closed out, with some people who try it getting stuck, so exercise caution. CAPLES LAKE: Victor Babbitt of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters said the company had a guide out on Friday and he found a ton of slush and never made it through the ice to fish. Consequently, Babbitt is calling it a season, as it’s just too much effort with failing ice. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East Carson River is starting to come up from snowmelt. The color is still good, a green tinge, and worth trying in the open, special regulations section downstream of the “Catch and Release” bridge. DAVIS LAKE: Ed Dillard of Dillard Guided Fishing said his friends, experienced ice fishers, have called it a season out of safety concerns, as the days are longer and warmer now that it’s April. Still, some people are ice fishing, and there’s a foot or more of ice at the dam, according to Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden, but he acknowledged there’s reason for caution. He had no recent reports of successful ice fishing trips. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner Lake is open in the middle, although there is still ice covering the west end of the lake. Some shore fishing access has opened, and there’s limited parking. The public launch ramp has been plowed but it’s closed off but should open in a week or two. Shore anglers should try Power Bait or worms, spinners, big spoons, and Kastmasters for mostly rainbows and maybe the odd Mackinaw. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Staffers at Goodwin’s and Son market in Chilcoot said the ice has pulled away from the shoreline, closing the ice fishing season. On May 4, the store will host a fishing derby at Frenchman Lake. Entry is $25 for adults, $20 for juniors. Sign up by stopping by the store or call them at 951-446-2471. JENKINSON LAKE (AKA SLY PARK): Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort said there have been a lot of fishermen at the lake with the weekend’s good weather, and they are catching trout from both the shore and boats. LAKE TAHOE: Brown trout remain the story this week, targeted up shallow and even in water as deep as 60 feet on the west side. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners had 6 in the box on Sunday and was still fishing when WON contacted him. Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said their boats fishing the South Shore have been targeting Mackinaw at 90 to 120 feet, right on the bottom using live bait. Mornings are better, with limit style fishing. Afternoons are producing near limits. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore has been working deeper water from 120 feet to 320 for his lake trout limits. He said they have been bigger recently, 4 to 8 pounds. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said, like Boca, the ice on Prosser is no longer safe. There’s a little open water at the Prosser Creek inlet, but it’s a long out of the way hike to reach it. PYRAMID LAKE: Tremendous flows of cold water are entering the lake, suppressing water temperatures and, according to several sources, holding back the cutthroat spawn. Guides and anglers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of 52-degree water – that’ll get things fired up. Fishing was slower over the weekend, but some guides put their clients on 5 fish a rod during better bite periods. It’s up and down. Guides are still seeing bigger fish – they’ve yet to swim up the river to spawn, which means trophies are still possible. TOPAZ LAKE: The annual trout derby is underway, with just a couple more weeks to go. The week 13 leader as of Sunday morning was Jeff White with a 6-pound, 8.1-ounce trout, followed by Edward Sarabia, 3-pounds, 15 ounces. Jeff Sullivan’s 9-pound, 11.1-ounce trout caught last week is still the overall leader. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river continues to run high and fast, as much as 2,100 cfs in the canyon section. The Tahoe City Dam is releasing 1,100 cfs, which swells to 1,600 cfs by the time the river reaches Hirschdale, but the water is clear. He recommended looking for slower pockets of water and using larger attractors, stonefly nymphs, worm patterns, and to a lesser extent, streamers. Parking is wide open at Hirschdale and much improved at Glenshire. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Sportfishing Charters will start operating in earnest for the salmon opener and is also looking forward to a great live bait season in the Bay.  Live bait should be available in another 2 or 3 weeks. The salmon opener looks promising with good water and bait conditions. BODEGA BAY: Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler and Merlin Kolb on the Reel Magic are looking forward to strong rockcod and salmon seasons.  The New Sea Angler will run daily rockcod/lingcod trips until the April 13 salmon opener.  Rockcod action will be good from Pt. Reyes to Fort Ross. Lots of bait, feeding whales, and sea lions already chowing down on salmon indicate a great opener. EMERYVILLE: The Sea Wolf and Tigerfish were sold out for the rockcod opener and fishing is expected to be very good.  As soon as live bait is available, the New Huck Finn will be running striper/halibut trips in the Bay.  The salmon opener is highly anticipated and signs look good to the north and south away from all the freshwater flowing into the ocean from rain and snow runoff. EUREKA: With rockcod opening on May 1 and salmon season tentatively set to open on May 25, nothing is happening here with the sportfishing fleet.  The only fall back was the shore fishing at the north and south jetties at the entrance to Humboldt Bay and the local beaches. As usual, the jetties were producing a mix of perch and rockfish using squid, shrimp, and swimbaits. The local beaches produced some nice perch on Gulp! Sandworms. FORT BRAGG: Crab season is winding down as commercial gear is being pulled for the April 15 deadline for whale entanglement avoidance.  The local sport boats were keeping busy with whale watching trips until the April 13 salmon opener. Blue water, heavy freshwater inflows, and little bait could mean a tough salmon opener.  Shore fishing off the beaches near Westport was good for perch, while the jetty was still producing some rockfish on bait and crabs using snares. HALF MOON BAY: The Huli Cat was still running sanddab/ crab combos this past weekend, but was looking forward to the rockcod opener on April 1.  Rockcod/ ling limits were pretty much insured with the good weather that was forecast for opening day. Salmon season looks good with favorable sign showing near the Davenport Fingers to the south.  The salmon season opens April 6 below Pigeon Point and April13 above Pigeon Point. SAN FRANCISCO: Partyboats were running to the north for stripers, sturgeon, and a few halibut, or to the South Bay for halibut and stripers.  Live bait should be available in 2 to 3 weeks starting the striper/halibut drifting season. Most boats are waiting for the salmon opener on April 13.  The Bass Tub was trolling for halibut in the South Bay near Oyster Point and North Bay at Paradise this past week, and was not going out for rockcod after the opener preferring to wait for the salmon and live bait season to kick in.  The Argo was fishing San Pablo Bay for stripers to 10 pounds and the occasional halibut to 15 pounds.  Flash II was fishing San Pablo and doing well on sturgeon, leopard sharks, and stripers.
29 Mar 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing is fair on the Feather River, where pile worms are working best. Some boaters going up from Verona are catching limits. Lots of shakers have arrived. TRINITY RIVER: The upper Trinity remains in good shape for late-season steelhead and browns. The lower river is blown out. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston Dam were 315 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 987 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,152 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 10,714 cfs. SHASTA LAKE: Big largemouth continue moving up and staging for the spawn. Smaller trout have been getting chased near the edge of the shore so anglers are using swimbaits and glidebaits to target them. Numbers of fish are using main lake points and creek coves and can be caught on smaller swimbaits, jigs, Alabama rigs, and Senkos. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers and sturgeon are showing up. Wards, Colusa State Park and Steelhead Lodge boat ramps are now open. Not much in the way of fishing action yet due to river flows and lack of clarity. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. A few stripers are being caught, but fishing has been slow on the Sacramento. GENERAL Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The bite varies depending on the weather conditions. The lake is expected to receive 17 inches of snow this next week which will cause water temperatures to drop and creeks to muddy up again. Boaters have been catching fish trolling Artic Fox flies and Optimizers in red/gold colors. BAUM LAKE: Fishing remains red hot for fly anglers. Non beaded prince nymph, Eng thing, Tungsten Bead PT Prince, leeches, and midges are all working well with fish up to 18 inches being caught. TRINITY LAKE: Colder conditions change the fishing pattern day to day. One day it is warm and sunny and the fish are trying to move up shallow to feed and the next its cold and snowing making it hard to lock down a consistent pattern. More snow is expected to fall the next week. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Fish are starting to move up shallow and have been eating reaction baits when conditions are good. Swimbaits, spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs, and finesse style rigs are great this time of year for catching the big spotted bass. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Flows at Fair Oaks dropped from 6,500 cfs last week to 5,150 cfs over the weekend. Steehead fishing remains slow, although driftboaters floating down from Sunrise are reporting fresh fish. FOLSOM LAKE: Folsom Lake Marina reported last week that Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 5 feet last week, from 432 feet of elevation to 437 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 3,500 cfs last week, and remained over 2,200 cfs during the weekend. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam dropped from 28,000 cfs to 9,720 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing is good for jetboaters drifting beads and roe, said guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Lots of shaker-size stripers have arrived at Miller Park and Discovery Park, where pile worms and blood worms are working best. A few keepers have been reported. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The Upper Klamath is high but fishable. Fishing pressure is light. Flows from Iron Gate Dam are 1,550 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp remains high for late-season steelhead. At Seiad Valley, flows are just under 5,000 cfs, while flows at Orleans topped 11,500 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The lower Klamath is high and unfishable, with flows near 30,000 cfs. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake is still producing kokanee, although the action isn’t as fast as it had been recently. Guys who have the program dialed in are still getting limits. The bulk of the kokanee are up in the Willow Creek arm, holding between 30 and 50 feet and eating hoochies in orange and pink. CAMP FAR WEST: Kathy DeRossett of North Shore Resort reported fishing has been extremely slow, despite the water clearing. The lake continues to spill, and she doesn’t expect fishing to improve with the next series of storms due this week. COLLINS LAKE: Collins trout continued to bite well, and although there were no giants caught, there were plenty of 5 pounders finding stringers. Visibility remains about 3 feet, and the fish have moved off the bank a bit, although they are still accessible from shore and boat as well. The dam has been a prominent hot spot. Yet another 1,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout splashed into Collins this week. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said it’s a good time to target bass at Collins, with most likely in pre-spawn. He recommended a variety of finesse plastics and reaction baits such as crankbaits. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said the lake has a nice green tinge, and conditions are good. The sun was shining on Saturday, bringing some anglers to the lake. Two boats each caught two trout, and they were good ones, running 18 to 19 inches. Another boat somehow hooked a kokanee. Fishing is looking up. LAKE OROVILLE: The water level rose a relatively mild 5 feet this week, and the bass continue to acclimate to the higher water level. The bulk of the bass appear to be holding between the shore and 20 feet deep and are biting reaction baits such as Keitech 3.3 swimbaits. Spinnerbaits are another option particularly when it is windy. The key is to work baits slowly, as the water is still cold. Most anglers are averaging 12 to 13 bass an outing, but some are doing better, with counts in the 20-fish range. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: The Afterbay has offered hit and miss fishing all week, with the best bite in the 60-degree water found in the back by Larkin Road, and area Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle calls the South Cove. There he caught a bunch of 2 to 3 pounders while pitching and flipping the tules. The stocked steelhead weren’t very active this week, according to retired guide Craig Bentley. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The fishing has been good but the bigger bass are still harder to find right now. Most of the lake is stained but anglers have been using the muddy water to their advantage with the most successful fisherman fishing in the muddiest parts of the lake with a-rigs, jigs, LV500, and chatterbaits. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: For flood control they have dropped the water level back down to where it was during duck season so half of the lake is a mud flat once again. The remaining part of the lake remains very muddy and cold. Anglers went out and reported not even having a bite. CLEAR LAKE: The fishing has really taken off with the full moon with multiple double digit bass being caught this past week. Alabama rigs, LV500, drop-shot, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and swimbaits are all working for big pre-spawn bass. LAKE SONOMA: Not many reports from anglers heading out, the lake is very full and the water has cleared up quite a bit from recent storms. Reports were the bass are still down deep and the bite had been tough. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The resort reports the water color still being murky and they haven’t seen any anglers out on the water. North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Rain boosted flows just before the weekend, and brought in a mix of fresh steelhead while moving spawned out fish out of the upper tributaries, said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The handful of guides still fishing the Chetco are reporting good catches. The river closes March 31. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead fishing was fair over the weekend. The river is clear, with flows of 3.5 feet on Sunday. The Elk closes for the season on March 31. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Spring salmon fishing is slowly improving. Guide John Anderson caught a wild springer and a hatchery keeper during a trip last week, along with a few steelhead. Rain this week should keep flows near ideal levels. SMITH RIVER: Fishing is slow, with almost nobody still fishing. The Smith remains open through April. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said the ice on Boca is no longer safe. The inlet area is becoming accessible to lifted, 4WD vehicles but exercise caution, you could get stuck. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East Carson River has come up 8 to 10 inches due to snowmelt, but it still has a nice green tint, it’s not dirty yet. He’s seeing a car or two parked at the entrance to the year-round, special regulations section every day, and figures that means someone’s catching. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said the lake is still frozen, but Grizzly Creek had thawed. He said there were ice fishermen out on Saturday, but they didn’t return to share a report. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner Lake is open in the middle, although there is still ice covering the east and west ends of the lake. Some shore fishing access has opened, and there’s limited parking at the public boat ramp. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Staffers at Goodwin’s and Son market in Chilcoot said the lake is frozen and some people are still ice fishing, although they couldn’t recommend it as the ice is starting to separate from the shoreline. Trout fishing has been good by the dam. On May 4, the store will host a fishing derby at Frenchman Lake. Entry is $25 for adults; $20 for juniors. Sign up by stopping by the store or call them at 951-446-2471. JENKINSON LAKE (AKA SLY PARK): Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort said there have been a lot of fishermen at the lake, and they are catching small trout from both the shore and boats. The lake is full and clearing. It’s a good time to fish. LAKE TAHOE: Brown trout are the story this week, targeted up shallow and even in deep water. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners said he and clients caught 40 in 3 days. Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said their boats fishing the South Shore have been targeting Mackinaw at 60 to 150 feet, right on the bottom using live bait, and averaging one 7 or 8 pounder per outing. Meanwhile, Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore has been working deeper water from 180 all the way to 450 feet for their lake trout limits. The fishing is starting out on fire, then tapering a bit as the morning wears on. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said, like Boca, the ice on Prosser is no longer safe. There’s a little open water at the Prosser Creek inlet, but it’s a long, out of the way hike to reach it. PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature has come up a few degrees to 46, but that’s still cold. The cutthroat are staging to spawn, but it’ll take another 4 to 5 degrees for them to go. Shore fishing was decent, but it was slow going for boaters. On cold, rainy days the afternoon grab has been best. When it’s been calm first and last light are most productive. Popcorn beetles and boobies accompanied by a woolly bugger or streamer on or close to the bottom has been good universally around the lake, according to Casey Anderson of Pyramid Fly Co. TOPAZ LAKE: The annual trout derby is underway and has a new overall leader, Jeff Sullivan, who caught a 9-pound, 11.1-ounce rainbow this week, edging out the 9-pound, 7-ounce trout caught by Aaron Talhelm on week 1. The week 12 leader as of Sunday morning was Sullivan, followed by Dave Keckla and his fish of 4-pounds, 11 ounces. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river is running high and fast, as much as 2,100 cfs in the canyon section. The Tahoe City Dam is releasing 1,100 cfs, which swells to 1,600 cfs by the time the river reaches Hirschdale, but it is clear. He recommended trying No. 8 skwala stones, and said most anglers are indicator fishing. Bluewing olives, midges and worms are other effective alternatives. North Saltwater BERKELEY: The sportfishing fleet was still doing maintenance preparing for the April 13 salmon opener. Live bait should be available by mid-April to kick off what should be an excellent striper/halibut season.  Rockcod season opens April 1, but the sport boats here will concentrate on salmon and live bait fishing until fall when the rock cod fishing will take over at the end of the salmon season on October 31. BODEGA BAY: Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler was on a whale watching trip when called.  Though he has crab pots in the water all season long, there wasn’t enough interest or good weather to mount a trip this past week.  The poor weather made for tough conditions most of last week and the same is forecast for this week. Hopefully the weather will settle down for the April 1 rockcod opener and April 13 salmon opener. Outdoor Pro Shop in Cotati reported good perch fishing at Doran Park Beach and Portuguese Beach using Gulp! Sandworms, and rockfish hitting squid off the rocky shores in Timber Cove north of Fort Ross. EMERYVILLE: Andy Guiliano at Emeryville Sportfishing reported the fleet was still doing winter maintenance prepping for the upcoming rockcod and salmon openers.  Live bait is expected with the next few weeks, which will kick off the search for stripers and halibut in the Bay. Book now for a spot on a boat for the April 13 salmon opener. EUREKA: Still no reason to venture outside Humboldt Bay due to the weather.  The jetties produced a mix of perch, greenlings, and lingcod for anglers using shrimp, squid, anchovies, and swimbaits. Freshwater Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Big Lagoon were producing trout on Power Bait and inflated worms. FORT BRAGG: Another tough week on the North Coast due to the sloppy weather.  There were a few redtail perch to 1 1/2 pounds caught at Chadbourne Beach and off the jetty on Gulp! Sandworms.  Anglers were advised to use caution if trying to fish off the jetty in rough weather to avoid getting washed of the rocks by a wave:no fish in the world is worth drowning for!!  The salmon season opens April 13 and the rockcod season opens May 1. Pray for good weather! HALF MOON BAY: All boats stayed tied to the dock this past week due to the rough weather and the Huli Cat was hauled out for bottom painting. The only fishing reported was from the jetty and pier, or small private boaters seeking crabs.  The jetty produced a mix of small rockfish and monkeyface eels. Crabbers used snares off the jetty and hoops off the pier.  Small boaters dropped their own pots out in 100 feet of water when the weather allowed them to get out. The inside edge of the south jetty was producing good numbers of skates on squid. The local beaches were decent for barred perch using Gulp! Sandworms and a few stripers. SAN FRANCISCO: The main bay was producing stripers and halibut around Angel Island, while the South Bay was good for stripers, halibut and sturgeon at the Alameda Rockwall, Coyote Point, Oyster Point, and Candlestick.   The South Bay was producing fair numbers of halibut for partyboats trolling herring. The Lovely Martha and the Argo found success near Candlestick for fish to 9 pounds.  The boats were releasing lots of short fish an inch or less from being legal:the live bait season later this spring and summer should be great!  The fleet is anxiously awaiting the rockcod opener on April 1 and especially the salmon opener on April 13. Book a spot now for the opener.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
29 Mar 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing is fair on the Feather River, where pile worms are working best. Some boaters going up from Verona are catching limits. Lots of shakers have arrived. TRINITY RIVER: The upper Trinity remains in good shape for late-season steelhead and browns. The lower river is blown out. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston Dam were 315 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 987 cfs and flows at Junction City were 1,152 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 10,714 cfs. SHASTA LAKE: Big largemouth continue moving up and staging for the spawn. Smaller trout have been getting chased near the edge of the shore so anglers are using swimbaits and glidebaits to target them. Numbers of fish are using main lake points and creek coves and can be caught on smaller swimbaits, jigs, Alabama rigs, and Senkos. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers and sturgeon are showing up. Wards, Colusa State Park and Steelhead Lodge boat ramps are now open. Not much in the way of fishing action yet due to river flows and lack of clarity. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Sturgeon are being caught near Knights Landing. A few stripers are being caught, but fishing has been slow on the Sacramento. GENERAL Far North Lakes and Rivers LAKE ALMANOR: The bite varies depending on the weather conditions. The lake is expected to receive 17 inches of snow this next week which will cause water temperatures to drop and creeks to muddy up again. Boaters have been catching fish trolling Artic Fox flies and Optimizers in red/gold colors. BAUM LAKE: Fishing remains red hot for fly anglers. Non beaded prince nymph, Eng thing, Tungsten Bead PT Prince, leeches, and midges are all working well with fish up to 18 inches being caught. TRINITY LAKE: Colder conditions change the fishing pattern day to day. One day it is warm and sunny and the fish are trying to move up shallow to feed and the next its cold and snowing making it hard to lock down a consistent pattern. More snow is expected to fall the next week. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: Fish are starting to move up shallow and have been eating reaction baits when conditions are good. Swimbaits, spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs, and finesse style rigs are great this time of year for catching the big spotted bass. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Flows at Fair Oaks dropped from 6,500 cfs last week to 5,150 cfs over the weekend. Steehead fishing remains slow, although driftboaters floating down from Sunrise are reporting fresh fish. FOLSOM LAKE: Folsom Lake Marina reported last week that Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine, Folsom Point, Rattlesnake bar and Peninsula boat ramps are now open. The lake level increased 5 feet last week, from 432 feet of elevation to 437 feet. Bass fishing is good, with plastics working well. Shore anglers are catching bass on minnows. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. Flows hit 3,500 cfs last week, and remained over 2,200 cfs during the weekend. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam dropped from 28,000 cfs to 9,720 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing is good for jetboaters drifting beads and roe, said guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Lots of shaker-size stripers have arrived at Miller Park and Discovery Park, where pile worms and blood worms are working best. A few keepers have been reported. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The Upper Klamath is high but fishable. Fishing pressure is light. Flows from Iron Gate Dam are 1,550 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp remains high for late-season steelhead. At Seiad Valley, flows are just under 5,000 cfs, while flows at Orleans topped 11,500 cfs. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: The lower Klamath is high and unfishable, with flows near 30,000 cfs. Northern Foothills BULLARDS BAR: Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said the lake is still producing kokanee, although the action isn’t as fast as it had been recently. Guys who have the program dialed in are still getting limits. The bulk of the kokanee are up in the Willow Creek arm, holding between 30 and 50 feet and eating hoochies in orange and pink. CAMP FAR WEST: Kathy DeRossett of North Shore Resort reported fishing has been extremely slow, despite the water clearing. The lake continues to spill, and she doesn’t expect fishing to improve with the next series of storms due this week. COLLINS LAKE: Collins trout continued to bite well, and although there were no giants caught, there were plenty of 5 pounders finding stringers. Visibility remains about 3 feet, and the fish have moved off the bank a bit, although they are still accessible from shore and boat as well. The dam has been a prominent hot spot. Yet another 1,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout splashed into Collins this week. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said it’s a good time to target bass at Collins, with most likely in pre-spawn. He recommended a variety of finesse plastics and reaction baits such as crankbaits. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said the lake has a nice green tinge, and conditions are good. The sun was shining on Saturday, bringing some anglers to the lake. Two boats each caught two trout, and they were good ones, running 18 to 19 inches. Another boat somehow hooked a kokanee. Fishing is looking up. LAKE OROVILLE: The water level rose a relatively mild 5 feet this week, and the bass continue to acclimate to the higher water level. The bulk of the bass appear to be holding between the shore and 20 feet deep and are biting reaction baits such as Keitech 3.3 swimbaits. Spinnerbaits are another option particularly when it is windy. The key is to work baits slowly, as the water is still cold. Most anglers are averaging 12 to 13 bass an outing, but some are doing better, with counts in the 20-fish range. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: The Afterbay has offered hit and miss fishing all week, with the best bite in the 60-degree water found in the back by Larkin Road, and area Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle calls the South Cove. There he caught a bunch of 2 to 3 pounders while pitching and flipping the tules. The stocked steelhead weren’t very active this week, according to retired guide Craig Bentley. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The fishing has been good but the bigger bass are still harder to find right now. Most of the lake is stained but anglers have been using the muddy water to their advantage with the most successful fisherman fishing in the muddiest parts of the lake with a-rigs, jigs, LV500, and chatterbaits. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: For flood control they have dropped the water level back down to where it was during duck season so half of the lake is a mud flat once again. The remaining part of the lake remains very muddy and cold. Anglers went out and reported not even having a bite. CLEAR LAKE: The fishing has really taken off with the full moon with multiple double digit bass being caught this past week. Alabama rigs, LV500, drop-shot, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and swimbaits are all working for big pre-spawn bass. LAKE SONOMA: Not many reports from anglers heading out, the lake is very full and the water has cleared up quite a bit from recent storms. Reports were the bass are still down deep and the bite had been tough. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The resort reports the water color still being murky and they haven’t seen any anglers out on the water. North Coast Rivers North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa. CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Rain boosted flows just before the weekend, and brought in a mix of fresh steelhead while moving spawned out fish out of the upper tributaries, said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The handful of guides still fishing the Chetco are reporting good catches. The river closes March 31. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead fishing was fair over the weekend. The river is clear, with flows of 3.5 feet on Sunday. The Elk closes for the season on March 31. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Spring salmon fishing is slowly improving. Guide John Anderson caught a wild springer and a hatchery keeper during a trip last week, along with a few steelhead. Rain this week should keep flows near ideal levels. SMITH RIVER: Fishing is slow, with almost nobody still fishing. The Smith remains open through April. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said the ice on Boca is no longer safe. The inlet area is becoming accessible to lifted, 4WD vehicles but exercise caution, you could get stuck. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East Carson River has come up 8 to 10 inches due to snowmelt, but it still has a nice green tint, it’s not dirty yet. He’s seeing a car or two parked at the entrance to the year-round, special regulations section every day, and figures that means someone’s catching. DAVIS LAKE: Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said the lake is still frozen, but Grizzly Creek had thawed. He said there were ice fishermen out on Saturday, but they didn’t return to share a report. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner Lake is open in the middle, although there is still ice covering the east and west ends of the lake. Some shore fishing access has opened, and there’s limited parking at the public boat ramp. FRENCHMAN LAKE: Staffers at Goodwin’s and Son market in Chilcoot said the lake is frozen and some people are still ice fishing, although they couldn’t recommend it as the ice is starting to separate from the shoreline. Trout fishing has been good by the dam. On May 4, the store will host a fishing derby at Frenchman Lake. Entry is $25 for adults; $20 for juniors. Sign up by stopping by the store or call them at 951-446-2471. JENKINSON LAKE (AKA SLY PARK): Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort said there have been a lot of fishermen at the lake, and they are catching small trout from both the shore and boats. The lake is full and clearing. It’s a good time to fish. LAKE TAHOE: Brown trout are the story this week, targeted up shallow and even in deep water. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners said he and clients caught 40 in 3 days. Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said their boats fishing the South Shore have been targeting Mackinaw at 60 to 150 feet, right on the bottom using live bait, and averaging one 7 or 8 pounder per outing. Meanwhile, Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing on the North Shore has been working deeper water from 180 all the way to 450 feet for their lake trout limits. The fishing is starting out on fire, then tapering a bit as the morning wears on. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said, like Boca, the ice on Prosser is no longer safe. There’s a little open water at the Prosser Creek inlet, but it’s a long, out of the way hike to reach it. PYRAMID LAKE: The water temperature has come up a few degrees to 46, but that’s still cold. The cutthroat are staging to spawn, but it’ll take another 4 to 5 degrees for them to go. Shore fishing was decent, but it was slow going for boaters. On cold, rainy days the afternoon grab has been best. When it’s been calm first and last light are most productive. Popcorn beetles and boobies accompanied by a woolly bugger or streamer on or close to the bottom has been good universally around the lake, according to Casey Anderson of Pyramid Fly Co. TOPAZ LAKE: The annual trout derby is underway and has a new overall leader, Jeff Sullivan, who caught a 9-pound, 11.1-ounce rainbow this week, edging out the 9-pound, 7-ounce trout caught by Aaron Talhelm on week 1. The week 12 leader as of Sunday morning was Sullivan, followed by Dave Keckla and his fish of 4-pounds, 11 ounces. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river is running high and fast, as much as 2,100 cfs in the canyon section. The Tahoe City Dam is releasing 1,100 cfs, which swells to 1,600 cfs by the time the river reaches Hirschdale, but it is clear. He recommended trying No. 8 skwala stones, and said most anglers are indicator fishing. Bluewing olives, midges and worms are other effective alternatives. North Saltwater BERKELEY: The sportfishing fleet was still doing maintenance preparing for the April 13 salmon opener. Live bait should be available by mid-April to kick off what should be an excellent striper/halibut season.  Rockcod season opens April 1, but the sport boats here will concentrate on salmon and live bait fishing until fall when the rock cod fishing will take over at the end of the salmon season on October 31. BODEGA BAY: Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler was on a whale watching trip when called.  Though he has crab pots in the water all season long, there wasn’t enough interest or good weather to mount a trip this past week.  The poor weather made for tough conditions most of last week and the same is forecast for this week. Hopefully the weather will settle down for the April 1 rockcod opener and April 13 salmon opener. Outdoor Pro Shop in Cotati reported good perch fishing at Doran Park Beach and Portuguese Beach using Gulp! Sandworms, and rockfish hitting squid off the rocky shores in Timber Cove north of Fort Ross. EMERYVILLE: Andy Guiliano at Emeryville Sportfishing reported the fleet was still doing winter maintenance prepping for the upcoming rockcod and salmon openers.  Live bait is expected with the next few weeks, which will kick off the search for stripers and halibut in the Bay. Book now for a spot on a boat for the April 13 salmon opener. EUREKA: Still no reason to venture outside Humboldt Bay due to the weather.  The jetties produced a mix of perch, greenlings, and lingcod for anglers using shrimp, squid, anchovies, and swimbaits. Freshwater Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Big Lagoon were producing trout on Power Bait and inflated worms. FORT BRAGG: Another tough week on the North Coast due to the sloppy weather.  There were a few redtail perch to 1 1/2 pounds caught at Chadbourne Beach and off the jetty on Gulp! Sandworms.  Anglers were advised to use caution if trying to fish off the jetty in rough weather to avoid getting washed of the rocks by a wave:no fish in the world is worth drowning for!!  The salmon season opens April 13 and the rockcod season opens May 1. Pray for good weather! HALF MOON BAY: All boats stayed tied to the dock this past week due to the rough weather and the Huli Cat was hauled out for bottom painting. The only fishing reported was from the jetty and pier, or small private boaters seeking crabs.  The jetty produced a mix of small rockfish and monkeyface eels. Crabbers used snares off the jetty and hoops off the pier.  Small boaters dropped their own pots out in 100 feet of water when the weather allowed them to get out. The inside edge of the south jetty was producing good numbers of skates on squid. The local beaches were decent for barred perch using Gulp! Sandworms and a few stripers. SAN FRANCISCO: The main bay was producing stripers and halibut around Angel Island, while the South Bay was good for stripers, halibut and sturgeon at the Alameda Rockwall, Coyote Point, Oyster Point, and Candlestick.   The South Bay was producing fair numbers of halibut for partyboats trolling herring. The Lovely Martha and the Argo found success near Candlestick for fish to 9 pounds.  The boats were releasing lots of short fish an inch or less from being legal:the live bait season later this spring and summer should be great!  The fleet is anxiously awaiting the rockcod opener on April 1 and especially the salmon opener on April 13. Book a spot now for the opener.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
22 Mar 19
Georgia Wildlife Blog

“Gonna get outside (sneeze) and get the poles and tackle box (sneeze) and head to the water (sneeze).” Don’t let that blanket of pollen in the Georgia air keep you from getting to your favorite fishing hole – just add in some of your favorite sneeze reducing (non-drowsy) medication, some tissues and head out the […]

22 Mar 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: The Feather was busy with striper anglers last week, with mixed reports of success. Cut bait is working best, although some anglers are using minnows upstream from the mouth of the Yuba and swimbaits. The river is high but fishable. Sturgeon are being caught near the mouth of the Bear River. Mixed reports of some quick limits, and some catching nothing at all, but should improve daily as it clears. LAKE ALMANOR: Sunshine finally made its way to the lake up here, and it’s been 50 degrees finally, although temps are still dipping into the teens. Still no water in the Super Ditch, but Hamilton Branch and Bayley Creek are dumping dirty water. A lot more boat traffic, according to guide John Crotty, owner of Quail Lodge and Guide Service. Fishing has improved significantly and trolling brought in 2- to 3-year-old rainbows to 3 pounds. Bankies were doing okay in Geritol Cove on DFW planters. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Shore anglers are catching a few stripers and sturgeon at Knights Landing and the Elkhorn boat launch. Most boat launches are closed, so access to the river is limited. Fishing is expected to improve as the river drops this week. BULLARDS BAR: By most accounts, the Bullards Bar kokanee bite slowed a bit. Brett Brady of Bare Bones Guide Service said the strongest bite was at Willow Creek on orange and pink hoochies in 30 to 60 feet of water. Guide “Rustic Rob” Reimers said a noon launch on Monday still resulted in a dozen fish, but not limits. The water remains in good shape, nice and clear and warming at 52 degrees. COLLINS LAKE: Collins went off for jumbo trout, and for the first time this year boaters collected a large share of the fish, indicating the trout are moving out to deeper water. The heaviest fish of the year, a 10.54-pound beauty caught by Paul Nederveld of Rocklin, fell for a trolled Rat-L-Trap offered by the dam. Other troll fish succumbed to broken-back Rapalas. Meanwhile shore anglers still got a nice share, highlighted by an 8 1/4 caught by Bryan Durgan of Placerville while fishing Mice Tails at his campsite. Ed Palma, the Collins Lake Recreation Area fish reporter, recommended shore anglers make long casts to improve their odds. Power Bait dunkers are averaging 1 to 2 fish a stick. GENERAL Far North Lakes and Rivers BAUM LAKE: Fishing remains red hot for fly anglers. Non beaded prince nymph, Eng thing, Tungsten Bead PT Prince, leeches, and midges are all working well with fish up to 18 inches being caught. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing remains good but fish have pulled back into deeper water with the lake level dropping. Anglers are focused on main lake points with soft plastics and A-rigs and if there is some wind, big swimbaits are still working for bigger bass. Trout fishing is holding steady with more browns being caught daily. Anglers are trolling fast in the top 15 feet of the water column and catching browns and rainbows mixed with rainbows up to 5 pounds. TRINITY LAKE: A couple anglers made it out last week, the water temperatures are still cold and fish are out deep and not very willing to bite yet. They boated a couple fish on soft plastics but after another week or two of warmer weather the bite should improve. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: After the long week of north winds the bite has suffered. Some anglers reported getting skunked completely while others managed to land a fish or two. Water temperatures have cooled back off and clarity is limited. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Steehead fishing has been slow on the American because of high water, but could improve as the river drops. Flows dropped 10,000 cfs over the last week, from 16,000 cfs to 6,500 cfs on Sunday. FOLSOM LAKE: The Folsom Point, Brown’s Ravine and Granite Bay launches are open. The lake level dropped 2 feet last week, from 434 feet to 432 feet. The 5 mph speed limit has been lifted. Some bass are being caught by bank anglers fishing minnows as well as boaters using plastics along the shoreline. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam dropped to 28,000 cfs and could be down to 10,000 cfs by the end of the week. Trout fishing is good for jet boaters drifting beads and roe. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers and sturgeon are showing up, but the river remains high and difficult to fish. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Stripers are being caught at Discovery Park, but most are shakers. Sturgeon also are showing up. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The Upper Klamath blew out last week, hitting 2,400 cfs at Iron Gate. Flows dropped to 1,600 cfs before rising back to 1,910 cfs. Few anglers are fishing. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp remains high for late-season steelhead. At Seiad Valley, flows crested at 5,000 cfs, dropped to 3,500 cfs and then were back up to 4,300 cfs. Flows at Orleans dropped from 13,000 cfs to 9,000 cfs and were back above 10,000 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Flows on the lower Klamath dropped from 40,000 cfs to 23,500 cfs, but remain high for fishing. TRINITY RIVER: The upper river fished well for steelhead last week as flows from Lewiston Dam remained at 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City dropped form 1,300 cfs last week to 700 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City were down to 1,130 cfs after hitting 2,100 cfs. Flows remained high at Hoopa at 8,050 cfs. Northern Foothills CAMP FAR WEST: Kathy DeRossett of North Shore Resort reported fishing has improved, but most anglers would still consider it fairly slow. Local tournament fisherman Ron Manley told DeRossett he caught 9 bass of no particular size during his most recent outing, but wouldn’t say where or on what. The lake continues to spill but it is starting to clear. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said the lake is back to its usual winter green and the sun has been shining, which has lured boaters and anglers back to the water. Although she had no fishing report to share, she said the lake clarity is 3 feet. LAKE OROVILLE: The bass have acclimated to the higher water level and have started to bite both finesse baits offered from the shore to 20 feet deep, and reaction baits such as swimbaits. Retired guide Craig Bentley reported his friend Dale Marsh cashed in after work on Friday, hooking 18 on a slow retrieve and landing 14 while using Keitech Easy Shiner swimbaits on leadheads. The highest water temperature Marsh found was 52.6 degrees. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: WON staff writer Billy Driessen fished the Afterbay, reporting that the water levels have been dramatically fluctuating, leading to poor fishing. It was about as low as it gets on Friday, then up several feet by Saturday morning, crashing the water temperature. Before it plummeted he managed good bassing on Huddleston swimbaits, ABT Wagtail Swimbaits and Hiroshima Custom Glidebaits in 9-12 feet while working slowly. By the weekend the boat pressure was intense, too much for the small fishery. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The bite remains tough for bass fisherman but there are still fish to be caught and quality ones at that, but not in large numbers. Anglers have to cover a lot of water to find the pattern that works for them. Jigs, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and wacky rigged Senkos have been working with the tougher patterns. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: They finally slowed down the releases out of the dam allowing the lake to stabilize but the water remains very muddy with little to no visibility. There have been a few anglers trying to catch catfish from shore but the bite hasn’t taken shape yet. One angler reported catching a couple bass in Anglers Cove on minnows but the bite has still been tough overall. CLEAR LAKE: Once the north winds died down and the sun came out the bite took off. Anglers are catching quality fish on reaction style baits, A-rigs, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and swim jigs are a great way to get big, hungry pre-spawn bass fired up to feed. LAKE SONOMA: The lake remains overfull and water temperatures are still cool. The bite remains slow for the few boats that have gone out but many local anglers didn’t fish this week with the big tournament at Clear Lake. Conditions continue to improve with warmer weather. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The Narrows Resort reported the lake is still very muddy and that they haven’t seen anyone trying to fish yet, but are expecting conditions to improve quickly if the weather holds out another week. 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.: Steelhead fishing has slowed, but a few bright fish are still being caught. Rain is expected this week, which may draw in a few late fish. Spawned out steelhead are being caught in the entire river no, with some fresh fish. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The river is low and clear. A few spawned out steelhad are being caught on the upper river near the hatchery. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Steelhead fishing remains good, although the river is dropping quickly. Rain this week will bring ideal flows. Jet boaters are anchoring and running plugs. A few more spring salmon have been caught. SMITH RIVER: Steelhead fishing was slow last week, with low, clear conditions. A few more steelhead are expected with this week’s rain. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead fishing is slow, with low, clear conditions. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said the ice on Boca is no longer safe. CAPLES LAKE: Victor Babbitt of Tahoe Flyfishing Outfitters said he and friends dug through six feet of snow and never found the ice, so they gave up, as the effort was too great. He said he didn’t see anyone else out there. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East Carson River is running with a nice green tint, and although he didn’t have a fishing report, he’s seen cars parked at the head of the year-round catch and release section all week long, so something must be happening. If he were to go, he’d sling a black woolly bugger #8 or #10 with a bead, or try something like a red bodied copper John. DAVIS LAKE: Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said his prior report of unsafe ice was premature. Both he and Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said ice fishermen have been out at the dam catching trout. Although the ice is not officially monitored and people go at their own risk, reports have it as a foot thick with 9 inches of slush over it at the dam towards Catfish Cove. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner Lake is open in the middle, although there is still ice covering the east and west ends of the lake. Some shore fishing access has opened, and there’s limited parking at the public boat ramp. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden repeated that there is 6 feet of snow on Gold Lake, then 3 feet of slush before you get to the ice. JENKINSON LAKE (AKA SLY PARK): Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort said there have been a lot of fishermen at the lake, and they are catching small trout from both the shore and boats. The lake is full and clearing. LAKE TAHOE: Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said his company has been getting out every day, often with multiple boats on morning and afternoon sessions. Mornings are much better for the Mackinaw, producing limits early on the west shore. Afternoons have been a pick bite. He said they found their fish as shallow as 80 feet and as deep as 150 feet on the bottom. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said, like Boca, the ice on Prosser is no longer safe. PYRAMID LAKE: Better weather caused by high pressure has the cutthroat bite best in the early morning or late in the evening. Fewer trophies were caught, but guide Joe Contaldi of Performance Angler’s Guide Service got a beauty at 17.5 pounds while fishing a balanced leech under an indicator near Sand Hole. The water remains frigid, at 43 degrees, and that made for slow boat fishing, according to George Molino of Cutthroat Charters. TOPAZ LAKE: The annual trout derby is underway and is currently led by a 9-pound, 7-ounce trout caught by Aaron Talhelm on Week 1, according to staff at the Topaz General Store. The week 11 leader as of Sunday morning was Gary Nelson, 6 pounds, 13.2 ounces, followed by Eric Williams, 3 pounds, 8 ounces. There’s no registration fee to enter, and there are weekly prizes for first and second place. 21 and over only. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river is running high and fast. The Tahoe City Dam is releasing 1,100 cfs, which swells to 1,600 cfs by the time the river reaches Hirschdale, but it is clear. He recommended trying #8 skwala stones. Some people are catching fish on dry flies, but most are nymphing, other than that bluewing olives and midges and some streamer fishing has been effective. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Charter Fishing sent one boat out this past weekend and drifted for halibut in the South Bay. 20 anglers came away with 5 keepers and released a dozen shorts using frozen bait. The main fleet is waiting for the salmon opener on April 13. BODEGA BAY: Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler was still running crab-only trips until the April 1 rockcod opener and the April 13 salmon opener. Jetty anglers were picking up some perch and monkeyface eels. Dillon Beach was producing perch and crabbers were snaring enough Dungies for a meal. EMERYVILLE: The fleet was anxiously awaiting the rockcod opener and salmon opener. Boaters were trolling and drifting for halibut along the Berkeley Flats with some success: lots of short fish were seen. EUREKA: No reason to go outside with the strong currents, but shore fishing off the jetties produced a mix of perch and greenlings. Freshwater options nearby were Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon for trout on Power Bait and inflated worms. Rockcod season opens May 1 and salmon is set to open May 25. FORT BRAGG: Crabbing slowed dramatically so the boats getting out were concentrating on whale watching as the grey whales migrate north to Alaska. Currents were so strong that it was very difficult to find crab pot strings, so whales it is. With better weather, fishing off the jetties, beaches and rocky shores were producing a mix of rockfish, perch, and greenling. HALF MOON BAY: The Huli Cat was still slamming the crabs and sanddabs on their combo trips. Tom Mattusch reported 16 crab limits, 804 sanddabs and 6 petrale sole on Saturday, and 19 crab limits, 682 sanddabs, and 2 petrale on Sunday: that’s catching, not fishing!!! The harbor jetty was producing rockfish and monkeyface eels, and the beaches were good for perch using pile worms and Gulp! Sandworms. SAN FRANCISCO: The South Bay was the hot spot for halibut. The Lovely Martha had a great weekend with trips producing 9 ‘buts on Saturday and 14 on Sunday. More significant for the upcoming season were the large numbers of shorts being released: 50 in two days!! The Argo and Bass Tub were hitting San Pablo Bay for a mix of sturgeon, stripers, leopard sharks, and starry flounder. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
22 Mar 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
TOP PICKS FEATHER RIVER: The Feather was busy with striper anglers last week, with mixed reports of success. Cut bait is working best, although some anglers are using minnows upstream from the mouth of the Yuba and swimbaits. The river is high but fishable. Sturgeon are being caught near the mouth of the Bear River. Mixed reports of some quick limits, and some catching nothing at all, but should improve daily as it clears. LAKE ALMANOR: Sunshine finally made its way to the lake up here, and it’s been 50 degrees finally, although temps are still dipping into the teens. Still no water in the Super Ditch, but Hamilton Branch and Bayley Creek are dumping dirty water. A lot more boat traffic, according to guide John Crotty, owner of Quail Lodge and Guide Service. Fishing has improved significantly and trolling brought in 2- to 3-year-old rainbows to 3 pounds. Bankies were doing okay in Geritol Cove on DFW planters. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Shore anglers are catching a few stripers and sturgeon at Knights Landing and the Elkhorn boat launch. Most boat launches are closed, so access to the river is limited. Fishing is expected to improve as the river drops this week. BULLARDS BAR: By most accounts, the Bullards Bar kokanee bite slowed a bit. Brett Brady of Bare Bones Guide Service said the strongest bite was at Willow Creek on orange and pink hoochies in 30 to 60 feet of water. Guide “Rustic Rob” Reimers said a noon launch on Monday still resulted in a dozen fish, but not limits. The water remains in good shape, nice and clear and warming at 52 degrees. COLLINS LAKE: Collins went off for jumbo trout, and for the first time this year boaters collected a large share of the fish, indicating the trout are moving out to deeper water. The heaviest fish of the year, a 10.54-pound beauty caught by Paul Nederveld of Rocklin, fell for a trolled Rat-L-Trap offered by the dam. Other troll fish succumbed to broken-back Rapalas. Meanwhile shore anglers still got a nice share, highlighted by an 8 1/4 caught by Bryan Durgan of Placerville while fishing Mice Tails at his campsite. Ed Palma, the Collins Lake Recreation Area fish reporter, recommended shore anglers make long casts to improve their odds. Power Bait dunkers are averaging 1 to 2 fish a stick. GENERAL Far North Lakes and Rivers BAUM LAKE: Fishing remains red hot for fly anglers. Non beaded prince nymph, Eng thing, Tungsten Bead PT Prince, leeches, and midges are all working well with fish up to 18 inches being caught. SHASTA LAKE: Bass fishing remains good but fish have pulled back into deeper water with the lake level dropping. Anglers are focused on main lake points with soft plastics and A-rigs and if there is some wind, big swimbaits are still working for bigger bass. Trout fishing is holding steady with more browns being caught daily. Anglers are trolling fast in the top 15 feet of the water column and catching browns and rainbows mixed with rainbows up to 5 pounds. TRINITY LAKE: A couple anglers made it out last week, the water temperatures are still cold and fish are out deep and not very willing to bite yet. They boated a couple fish on soft plastics but after another week or two of warmer weather the bite should improve. WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: After the long week of north winds the bite has suffered. Some anglers reported getting skunked completely while others managed to land a fish or two. Water temperatures have cooled back off and clarity is limited. Sacramento Valley AMERICAN RIVER: Steehead fishing has been slow on the American because of high water, but could improve as the river drops. Flows dropped 10,000 cfs over the last week, from 16,000 cfs to 6,500 cfs on Sunday. FOLSOM LAKE: The Folsom Point, Brown’s Ravine and Granite Bay launches are open. The lake level dropped 2 feet last week, from 434 feet to 432 feet. The 5 mph speed limit has been lifted. Some bass are being caught by bank anglers fishing minnows as well as boaters using plastics along the shoreline. RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is fair, thanks to plants every other week. Power Bait is working best. The big trout derby will be held in April. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is poor because of high water. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Flows at Keswick Dam dropped to 28,000 cfs and could be down to 10,000 cfs by the end of the week. Trout fishing is good for jet boaters drifting beads and roe. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Stripers and sturgeon are showing up, but the river remains high and difficult to fish. SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Stripers are being caught at Discovery Park, but most are shakers. Sturgeon also are showing up. Trinity/Klamath Rivers KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: The Upper Klamath blew out last week, hitting 2,400 cfs at Iron Gate. Flows dropped to 1,600 cfs before rising back to 1,910 cfs. Few anglers are fishing. KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: The Middle Klamath near Happy Camp remains high for late-season steelhead. At Seiad Valley, flows crested at 5,000 cfs, dropped to 3,500 cfs and then were back up to 4,300 cfs. Flows at Orleans dropped from 13,000 cfs to 9,000 cfs and were back above 10,000 cfs over the weekend. KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Flows on the lower Klamath dropped from 40,000 cfs to 23,500 cfs, but remain high for fishing. TRINITY RIVER: The upper river fished well for steelhead last week as flows from Lewiston Dam remained at 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City dropped form 1,300 cfs last week to 700 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City were down to 1,130 cfs after hitting 2,100 cfs. Flows remained high at Hoopa at 8,050 cfs. Northern Foothills CAMP FAR WEST: Kathy DeRossett of North Shore Resort reported fishing has improved, but most anglers would still consider it fairly slow. Local tournament fisherman Ron Manley told DeRossett he caught 9 bass of no particular size during his most recent outing, but wouldn’t say where or on what. The lake continues to spill but it is starting to clear. ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR: Lisa Rogers of Skipper’s Cove Marina said the lake is back to its usual winter green and the sun has been shining, which has lured boaters and anglers back to the water. Although she had no fishing report to share, she said the lake clarity is 3 feet. LAKE OROVILLE: The bass have acclimated to the higher water level and have started to bite both finesse baits offered from the shore to 20 feet deep, and reaction baits such as swimbaits. Retired guide Craig Bentley reported his friend Dale Marsh cashed in after work on Friday, hooking 18 on a slow retrieve and landing 14 while using Keitech Easy Shiner swimbaits on leadheads. The highest water temperature Marsh found was 52.6 degrees. THERMALITO AFTERBAY: WON staff writer Billy Driessen fished the Afterbay, reporting that the water levels have been dramatically fluctuating, leading to poor fishing. It was about as low as it gets on Friday, then up several feet by Saturday morning, crashing the water temperature. Before it plummeted he managed good bassing on Huddleston swimbaits, ABT Wagtail Swimbaits and Hiroshima Custom Glidebaits in 9-12 feet while working slowly. By the weekend the boat pressure was intense, too much for the small fishery. North Coast lakes LAKE BERRYESSA: The bite remains tough for bass fisherman but there are still fish to be caught and quality ones at that, but not in large numbers. Anglers have to cover a lot of water to find the pattern that works for them. Jigs, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, and wacky rigged Senkos have been working with the tougher patterns. BLACK BUTTE LAKE: They finally slowed down the releases out of the dam allowing the lake to stabilize but the water remains very muddy with little to no visibility. There have been a few anglers trying to catch catfish from shore but the bite hasn’t taken shape yet. One angler reported catching a couple bass in Anglers Cove on minnows but the bite has still been tough overall. CLEAR LAKE: Once the north winds died down and the sun came out the bite took off. Anglers are catching quality fish on reaction style baits, A-rigs, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and swim jigs are a great way to get big, hungry pre-spawn bass fired up to feed. LAKE SONOMA: The lake remains overfull and water temperatures are still cool. The bite remains slow for the few boats that have gone out but many local anglers didn’t fish this week with the big tournament at Clear Lake. Conditions continue to improve with warmer weather. UPPER BLUE LAKES: The Narrows Resort reported the lake is still very muddy and that they haven’t seen anyone trying to fish yet, but are expecting conditions to improve quickly if the weather holds out another week. 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.: Steelhead fishing has slowed, but a few bright fish are still being caught. Rain is expected this week, which may draw in a few late fish. Spawned out steelhead are being caught in the entire river no, with some fresh fish. ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The river is low and clear. A few spawned out steelhad are being caught on the upper river near the hatchery. ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Steelhead fishing remains good, although the river is dropping quickly. Rain this week will bring ideal flows. Jet boaters are anchoring and running plugs. A few more spring salmon have been caught. SMITH RIVER: Steelhead fishing was slow last week, with low, clear conditions. A few more steelhead are expected with this week’s rain. SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: Steelhead fishing is slow, with low, clear conditions. Sierra Lakes and Rivers BOCA LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said the ice on Boca is no longer safe. CAPLES LAKE: Victor Babbitt of Tahoe Flyfishing Outfitters said he and friends dug through six feet of snow and never found the ice, so they gave up, as the effort was too great. He said he didn’t see anyone else out there. CARSON RIVER: Todd Sodaro of Todd’s Bait and Tackle and the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the East Carson River is running with a nice green tint, and although he didn’t have a fishing report, he’s seen cars parked at the head of the year-round catch and release section all week long, so something must be happening. If he were to go, he’d sling a black woolly bugger #8 or #10 with a bead, or try something like a red bodied copper John. DAVIS LAKE: Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said his prior report of unsafe ice was premature. Both he and Jim Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store said ice fishermen have been out at the dam catching trout. Although the ice is not officially monitored and people go at their own risk, reports have it as a foot thick with 9 inches of slush over it at the dam towards Catfish Cove. DONNER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said Donner Lake is open in the middle, although there is still ice covering the east and west ends of the lake. Some shore fishing access has opened, and there’s limited parking at the public boat ramp. GOLD LAKES BASIN: Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden repeated that there is 6 feet of snow on Gold Lake, then 3 feet of slush before you get to the ice. JENKINSON LAKE (AKA SLY PARK): Karen Ward of Sly Park Resort said there have been a lot of fishermen at the lake, and they are catching small trout from both the shore and boats. The lake is full and clearing. LAKE TAHOE: Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said his company has been getting out every day, often with multiple boats on morning and afternoon sessions. Mornings are much better for the Mackinaw, producing limits early on the west shore. Afternoons have been a pick bite. He said they found their fish as shallow as 80 feet and as deep as 150 feet on the bottom. PROSSER LAKE: Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said, like Boca, the ice on Prosser is no longer safe. PYRAMID LAKE: Better weather caused by high pressure has the cutthroat bite best in the early morning or late in the evening. Fewer trophies were caught, but guide Joe Contaldi of Performance Angler’s Guide Service got a beauty at 17.5 pounds while fishing a balanced leech under an indicator near Sand Hole. The water remains frigid, at 43 degrees, and that made for slow boat fishing, according to George Molino of Cutthroat Charters. TOPAZ LAKE: The annual trout derby is underway and is currently led by a 9-pound, 7-ounce trout caught by Aaron Talhelm on Week 1, according to staff at the Topaz General Store. The week 11 leader as of Sunday morning was Gary Nelson, 6 pounds, 13.2 ounces, followed by Eric Williams, 3 pounds, 8 ounces. There’s no registration fee to enter, and there are weekly prizes for first and second place. 21 and over only. TRUCKEE RIVER: Except for the special regulations section from the mouth of Trout Creek at Glenshire Drive to the Nevada state line, the Truckee River has closed for the season. Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware and Sports said the river is running high and fast. The Tahoe City Dam is releasing 1,100 cfs, which swells to 1,600 cfs by the time the river reaches Hirschdale, but it is clear. He recommended trying #8 skwala stones. Some people are catching fish on dry flies, but most are nymphing, other than that bluewing olives and midges and some streamer fishing has been effective. North Saltwater BERKELEY: Berkeley Charter Fishing sent one boat out this past weekend and drifted for halibut in the South Bay. 20 anglers came away with 5 keepers and released a dozen shorts using frozen bait. The main fleet is waiting for the salmon opener on April 13. BODEGA BAY: Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler was still running crab-only trips until the April 1 rockcod opener and the April 13 salmon opener. Jetty anglers were picking up some perch and monkeyface eels. Dillon Beach was producing perch and crabbers were snaring enough Dungies for a meal. EMERYVILLE: The fleet was anxiously awaiting the rockcod opener and salmon opener. Boaters were trolling and drifting for halibut along the Berkeley Flats with some success: lots of short fish were seen. EUREKA: No reason to go outside with the strong currents, but shore fishing off the jetties produced a mix of perch and greenlings. Freshwater options nearby were Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon for trout on Power Bait and inflated worms. Rockcod season opens May 1 and salmon is set to open May 25. FORT BRAGG: Crabbing slowed dramatically so the boats getting out were concentrating on whale watching as the grey whales migrate north to Alaska. Currents were so strong that it was very difficult to find crab pot strings, so whales it is. With better weather, fishing off the jetties, beaches and rocky shores were producing a mix of rockfish, perch, and greenling. HALF MOON BAY: The Huli Cat was still slamming the crabs and sanddabs on their combo trips. Tom Mattusch reported 16 crab limits, 804 sanddabs and 6 petrale sole on Saturday, and 19 crab limits, 682 sanddabs, and 2 petrale on Sunday: that’s catching, not fishing!!! The harbor jetty was producing rockfish and monkeyface eels, and the beaches were good for perch using pile worms and Gulp! Sandworms. SAN FRANCISCO: The South Bay was the hot spot for halibut. The Lovely Martha had a great weekend with trips producing 9 ‘buts on Saturday and 14 on Sunday. More significant for the upcoming season were the large numbers of shorts being released: 50 in two days!! The Argo and Bass Tub were hitting San Pablo Bay for a mix of sturgeon, stripers, leopard sharks, and starry flounder. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
20 Mar 19
Lure&Boat BackLash Japan

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15 Mar 19
Lure of the Week

It has come to my attention that I have been remiss in covering a very simple yet essential lure that should be in every tackle box in the world. The Ball Head Jig. For those of you who read my blog every week you will know that I have talked about the jig head in […]

27 Feb 19
Lure of the Week

I know I promised a frog last week, but I’m coming up short with it and I think it just needs more testing. So in the mean time I thought I’d share another one I’ve used recently, the 3” pearl spoiler shad swimbait by Creme. This lure is a soft plastic swimbait just like the […]

25 Feb 19
Lure of the Week

In lieu of last weeks’ blog, I thought I’d review another lure in the synthetic polymer world, the Keitech minnow rig. There are a number of brands and varying shapes, but my review applies to the average beige plastic minnow, approximately four inches long with a flat circular tail designed to catch water and wiggle […]

24 Feb 19
Cmskag02

Spring is approaching and bass fishing is heating up around the country. With so many different lures to chose from, how do you decide on what to throw? Here is a guide to the top five lures that you need to have tied on the next time you hit the lake this spring.   Lipless […]