Amador County harbors a bounty of trout at Amador and Camanche lakes this week . Here’s a look at other fishing hot spots.
FOLSOM LAKE – Bass fishing picked up in spite of wind and rain, at least for anglers using electronics to spot shad concentrations, and then slowly working drop-shotted Robo-Worms from 15 to 25 feet deep. Very few anglers were fishing for trout and landlocked salmon, but DFW has been planting panfish-sized rainbows, which are being caught at Granite Bay.
AMERICAN RIVER – The “Greatest show in Sacramento” is at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery these days with hundreds of salmon at a time crowding the base of the fish screen, climbing the ladder and filling the holding pond. The parking lot is as crowded as the fish ladder, and parking spots have been hard to find, especially on weekends. Guards are now on duty at night to curtail the vandalism of the fish screens, which have been tampered with to allow salmon to get upstream into Nimbus Basin. The Basin has been crowded as a result, and lots of dark salmon were being caught, mostly by “lining” or “flossing.” Steelheading was pretty good again around River Bend Park, Watt Avenue, and Howe Avenue on a mix of halfpounders and the occasional adult. Drift nightcrawlers, swing spinners and small spoons, or dead drift nymphs and egg patterns under indicators. Some salmon were still being caught in the Dredger holes at night.
DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side– A new pod of salmon came through this past week bringing larger, bright fish. T-Roy’s Guide Service had the Freeport to Clarksburg stretch to himself and reported fish from 20 to 30 pounds.
Salmon fishing is only so-so in some locations, but stripers are a good bet and sturgeon is beginning to appear.
Both salmon and striper fishing were good during the week, but heavy boat pressure on the weekend slowed things down. The sloughs had the better bite by the weekend.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Salmon fishing broke wide open last week, with many anglers picking up at least one fresh king salmon, and quite a few catching limits from Garcia Bend, through Freeport, Miller Park, the Minnow Hole, Discovery Park and Verona. Backtrolled plugs, big spinners, and jigs were all accounting for fish.
Salmon is the big catch this week on the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Feather rivers.
Still hit and miss for salmon.
Salmon fishing is getting better.
Fishing for salmon was a bit better last week but still slow on the Sacramento River.
Fishing for salmon was better last week but still was a challenge around Sacramento.
A few salmon were reported by anglers from the Vieira's Resort area, but the waters are still warm and fish are shooting through. The fall run for stripers has already started and fish are being caught throughout the system.
Fishing for salmon improved last week, though still well short of red hot, but that will change this week, as flows dropped 1,000 cfs on Sunday.
he CA/NV state record kokanee was caught on a Tahoe Sportfishing charter boat this past Saturday by Bill Brush of Nevada City - a 5-pound 3.2-ounce, 25-inch lunker.
Striper fishing is well-rewarded on the Sacramento, San Joaquin and American rivers.
The best salmon bite in memory was no farther away than a couple of miles from Harbor.
Fishing for shaker-sized striped bass provided lots of action but few legal (greater than 18 inches) fish.
Fishing for downrunner striped bass from 2 to 10 pounds was pretty good, once again, but bait stealers were a problem.
Top picks for the week include big, skinny downrunner striped bass on the Sacramento River and landlocked king salmon and trout at Folsom Lake.
Bass are schooling up bait in the mouths of the smaller bays and pockets, so use your electronics and then yo-yo a LV500 in Aurora Brown for some quality smallmouth bass.
Striped bass fishing was surprisingly good from Garcia Bend to Colusa for patient anglers willing to cover a lot of water.
The lake is at 91-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.
Steelhead have disappeared, replaced by lots of shad and a few striped bass. Anglers have been catching a dozen or more shad an evening from Sailor Bar down to Grist Mill. The occasional striped bass was attacking swimbaits and Pencil Poppers, mostly downstream from Howe Avenue. Shad were taking pink and pink, or pink and chartreuse mini-jig combos and shad flies.
AMERICAN RIVER - A few steelhead were still being caught, and some striped bass were attacking swimbaits and Pencil Poppers, but the focus now is on shad, which are all the way up to Sailor Bar Park. Steelies still taking nymphs under indicators, and shad were grabbing champagne curly-tailed jigs and flies.
The incoming tide is still the best time for stripers and trolling got the job done.
Striped bass fishing was pretty good again last week up to Verona and down to around Courtland.
When fishing season opens Saturday, the Lassen National Forest will be ready with a variety of campgrounds opened for anglers and others.
Striped bass fishing continued to be very good, and a few more larger females are being seen.
DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side - The stripers are on the run and the bite continues off and on all day with the incoming tide the best, as usual.
Striped bass scores, as well as fishing pressure, skyrocketed, and lots of limits were being caught at Bryte's Beach, the Minnow Hole, and South River Road. The best baits have been blood worms, pileworms (which also have been attracting sturgeon action). Most of the fish have been small, up to about 24 inches.
Trout fishing at Rancho Seco Lake is among this week's top picks, and a few very large bass were caught as well. A trout derby is being held this weekend, April 6 and 7.
Both sturgeon and striper fishing continue to be a good bet, although there was less pressure for the sturgeon as the spring striper run gets going.
Sturgeon and striper fishing continue to be a good bet in the Old Sacramento River and Bass fishing continues to improve as Folsom Lake warms.
Top picks for the week include, from the Delta region, Sacramento side, Snug Harbor: Anglers are catching sturgeon. The larger one was 54 inches and caught on Steamboat Slough at the confluence with Cache Slough.
DELTA REGION--SACRAMENTO RIVER side--Once again sturgeon fishing was the top priority, with anglers finding a great bite soaking grass and ghost shrimp as well as eel.
Top picks include the Delta region, Sacramento River side, where sturgeon fishing was the top priority and Cache Slough was the most crowded, but best producer.
The sturgeon bite continued to improve as flows warmed and cleared.
Sturgeon fishing was the best bet and a mixed batch of fish were being reported.
Steelheading was good on the American River last week, with brighter fish and lower fishing pressure being hooked farther downstream and more numerous, but somewhat darker fish and more pressure found from Sunrise Blvd. up into Nimbus Basin
Anglers found some of the best steelhead fishing in many years last week for bright winter steelhead weighing up to 15 pounds.
Steelheading was pretty good last week, not so much in numbers, except for halfpounders, but in size with some fish weighing over 10 pounds.
AMERICAN RIVER - Steelheading in the Salmon Closure Area, which opened Jan. 1 was very good last week, even with yo-yoing flows on, and after opening day.
The salmon closure area, the lower end marked by power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park, opened on Tuesday, January 1.
Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters and Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing report excellent mack fishing this past week before the storm hit.