CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Both forks are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. The colder water temp caused by the continued runoff slowed the bite for bait and lure fishermen. Anglers need to fish the pockets along the bank out of the current for the best success. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported seeing some limits of planter cutthroats and rainbows, but only a few of the larger trophy fish. Alpine County will be making another 1800-pound trophy plant this week in the West and East Carson.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-Striper fishing was good once again, and so was fishing for shad. Two of the shad hotspots were Miller Park and Discovery Park. Action has been best in the afternoon, but pressure has been heavy. Bryte's Beach, Miller Park, Discovery Park, Verona, and South River Road were good once again for stripers weighing mostly from 3 to 6 pounds, although, much larger specimens weighing over 20 pounds are occasionally being caught.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa-Striper fishing was very good from Verona to Colusa, although groups of fish moving through the river varies day by day. Some of the best fishing last weekend was around Tisdale and Grimes, but it could easily be at Colusa or Knight's Landing another day. Drifting and power-trolling minnows downstream have been particularly effective, but trolling and throwing rubber worms have been good, too.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported that the bass were mostly in spawning and post-spawn mode and hitting jigs, worms, tubes, and Senkos-pretty much anything-in the coves and on the flatter points.
The females have mostly finished their business and have backed off into deeper water to recuperate while the males are on the beds protecting the spawn. Coho salmon, 14 to 16 inches, were found at the Green Bridge this past weekend and were hitting Sling Blade/ hoochie combos and Rapalas at 20 to 40 feet deep. WON Staffer Bill Karr fished with Chuck and Justin Harrison and they mooched up limits using anchovy tails under the bridge.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.-Springer fishing has been good to great this past week as flows drop out, and now that the sun is shining and the variable weather has passed, the river will get better and better. The full moon brought in a lot more kings on the high tides, and really kicked the fishing up according to guides Steve Huber, Bill Diven and WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer.
RUSSIAN RIVER-Flows are now down to 700 cfs and the river is nice and clear. Shad are coming in pretty good, mostly around Johnson's Beach and Monte Rio and Cassini's. Guys are getting 3 or 4 per evening, mainly swinging flies. The majority are smaller males, but surprisingly, there's been a few nice females already. Kayakers are already starting, according to Dave Delmue at King's Sport and Tackle in Guerneville, who said that a few surprise late steelhead were caught last week.
UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, Ore.-This river has spring king's from the mouth of the river to the confluence of both forks. Over the last week there have been lots of nice salmon being caught at many locations over the 100-plus-mile river. "I have received reports from nearly a dozen fisherman this week, with all of them giving me the same information: that there are salmon being caught every day," said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. More boats are going home skunked than there are going home with the success of catching a springer, though.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Roseburg, Ore.- From the Winchester Dam downstream to the Forks, angler's are finding good fishing for springer's in the morning's. Backbouncing roe is the most used bait and some angler are finding that a diver with an anchovy spinning behind it while back trolling downriver works well during the early season. "I know this river well and the first four miles below the dam can be some of the best fishing for these spring salmon in the early morning's and late evening's," said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. "I credit a lot of this to the fact that these fish get stacked in the deep channel's waiting for their turn to push through the ladder system going over the dam. As the windows in the viewing area become full of Chinook's, anglers will find that the fishing is getting red hot. Farther upstream near the town of Glide, there have been report's of a couple springer's being caught.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Flows in the lower Klamath continued to be high, but the river was in good condition otherwise, and Indians were catching some nice spring run Chinook salmon in their nets.
Rich Mossholder of Rivers West Guide Service is starting to fish for them this week and recommends CV-7 spinners in green and chartreuse, and fishing from Blue Creek on down.
TRINITY RIVER-The river is too high to fish, but salmon fishing should be outstanding when flows drop back into fishable condition.
The upper part of the river should be fishable sometime around the middle to late June and the lower part of the river to be fishable sometime around July 4.
SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 47-percent capacity. According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, fishing was excellent at the inlet for some larger rainbows and brown trout using Power Bait, worms, spoons, and spinners. Small boats launching off the gravel shores along the east side of the lake were doing well in the early morning trolling Rapalas at the inlet and the dam.
CAPLES LAKE-The lake is at 68-percent capacity. Ice fishing is done, but there was enough open water along the rocky shores at the dam and spillway, and at Wood's Creek to allow bank fishing. Caples Lake Resort predicted that the lake could thaw in a couple weeks and would open the store for tackle and bait sales by May 11 and the marina, boat rentals, and boat docks by May 18.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported improved trolling action for rainbows running 13 to 17 inches on Humdingers and Needlefish at 5 to 15 feet deep from Honker Cove to the island, and at Camp 5. Shore fishing was only fair at Mallard, but better at Eagle Point for anglers using Power Bait. Fly fishing was hit-or-miss on blood midges along the west side from Camp 5 to Jenkins.
DONNER LAKE-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. The DFG planted trout this past week so there was some action seen on bigger macks patrolling the shallows and feeding on the new rainbows. Toplining Rapalas near the boat ramp could produce a nice mack. Other boaters had some success jigging for macks. Rainbows were hitting power Bait, worms, and salmon eggs from the boat ramp to the west end docks.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON-Flows in the North Fork dropped back to normal after PG&E reduced releases from Caribou Powerhouse. Caribou Crossroads Resort reported good fishing for some anglers on worms and salmon eggs.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 84-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported good action for trollers, shore anglers and fly fishermen. Shore fishing was best at the dam-Larry Mitchell of Reno landed a 17 1/2-inch rainbow on nightcrawlers. Fly fishing was good for float tubers at the dam and north end on olive or black woolly buggers, Copper Johns, and bead-head nymphs.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-The campgrounds were opened at Sardine Lake according to Bassetts Station. Sardine Lake is still the only lake open.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 88-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that the water temp was still too cold for good trolling success.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that fly casters were still picking up a few 12- to 14-inch rainbows on blood midges. Though a few bigger fish were still being caught, another Alpine County plant is needed to improve the action.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The lake is full. Shore anglers were catching planter rainbows at the first dam on Power Bait and worms.
Sly Park Resort reported that the bass were spawning and could be seen on beds around the lake-practice catch-and-release!!
LAKE TAHOE-Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported good action when the wind allowed boats to get out. His Friday trip for two clients netted 4 keepers, 4 tagged fish, and 4 more lost trolling 180 feet deep early and 350 feet deep later in the day. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported good action for a Florida couple on their honeymoon when they landed 10 fish to 8 1/2 pounds. They were trolling 220 to 250 feet deep off King's Beach with Krocodile spoons. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners reported that fishing was hampered by the cold winds and success was fair. His trips produced 3 to 5 brown trout to 7 pounds and some 2- to 4-pound macks on Storm ThunderSticks at South Shore.
LOON LAKE-According to the Georgetown Ranger Station, the main gate to the campgrounds and boat ramp was still locked, but the road to the secondary ramp near the dam was passable with only a few patches of snow-only small aluminum boats were recommended. The water temp was still too cold for good fishing success, according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing here was excellent at the inlet and dam for 14- to 16-inch rainbows on spoons, spinners, Power Bait, worms, and salmon eggs. Smallmouth bass action was improving for anglers fishing the right side of the dam with jigs and tubes.
PYRAMID LAKE-George Molino at the Pyramid Lake Store/Cutthroat Charters reported hit-or-miss action for trollers depending on the wind. His last four trips produced 5, 6, 25, and 5 fish respectively. Molino said that the north end of the lake at Warrior Point, Spider Point, and Pelican Point was fishing the best for trollers using Apex and FlatFish at 25 to 35 feet deep. Shore fishing was tough but some fish were being caught. The mild spring has extended the shore fishing this year-it's usually done by now as the fish finish up the spawning season.
RED LAKE-There's plenty of open water for shore fishing here.
SILVER LAKE-The lake is at 63-percent capacity. The lake had pretty much thawed and boaters could get out and troll, though there was still some ice showing, according to Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners. Nielsen's friends, John and Danielle Stafford of Gardnerville, Nevada, fished the lake on Sunday and caught three big Mackinaws-14, 17, and 25 pounds on AC Plugs.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 93-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. With the warmer weather, the access to the lake was wide open. Toplining Rapalas in the Sagehen, Davies, and Little Truckee arms was producing some larger brown trout and macks. The DFG plant this week will attract some big macks to the boat ramp area, too. 10- to 12-inch kokanee were hitting dodger/ hoochie combos in the Sagehen and Little Truckee arms in the top 20 feet off the points, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Try Rapalas in the early morning for browns. Mack trolling was consistent from the boat ramp to the dam.
TOPAZ LAKE-Linda Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported very good trolling success for a 46 member group from Modesto-lots of limits of rainbows up to 3 pounds. Rapalas on the south end of the lake were the key to catching fish. Some bass were caught on the north end of the lake.
TRUCKEE RIVER-According to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, the flows were up but the river was still fishable-just not in prime condition. Large dark stones with a small dropper were producing.
The Little Truckee was in very good condition at 235 cfs and fishing was good, though very technical here with the highly educated trout requiring your A-game. Be on the lookout for spawning rainbows on redds-stay out of the spawning beds!!
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 90-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that the water temp here was still too cold for consistent trolling action.
WEST WALKER RIVER-The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Mono County planted 200 pounds of 3-pound Alpers trout this past week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported excellent fishing with lots of 2 1/2 to 3 pounders coming in on worms and salmon eggs.
NORTH COAST LAKES CLEAR LAKE-Overall the bass bite was good. Best bets for bait choices included the purples and watermelon variations of plastic worms and Senkos. Bass guarding fry in the tules is a clear sign that a frog bite should be coming on. Also, a Huddleston swimbait on some of the deeper rock ledges and walls leading into spawning areas may not produce a bunch of bites, but will get some better bites.
LAKE BERRYESSA-It was all about the kokes, salmon and trout this past week as the bite was hot! The fish are starting to drive a little deeper, try RMT hyper plaid and bahama mama dodgers paired with Dick Nite spoons, RMT and Uncle Larry's spinners worked the best at speeds from 1.3 to 1.5 on the GPS. Many areas were producing big fish, including the Big Island and Goat Island for trout and kokes and the baseball field for big salmon. For those of you that don't know, the mouth of Markey Cove is home plate, first base line is straight down Hwy 128 and second base is out passed the dam, just like a ball field.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side-Target the shad around the Freeport Bridge area using shad darts with a curly tail. The sturgeon are still biting but most are working the striper bite. Now, add a great bite for black bass in the Mokelumne River and you have plenty to do.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-The striper bite backed off a bit, in part due to winds that made it hard for any anglers to get out. Many fished from piers or from the banks. Better tides towards the end of the week and a stabilizing of the weather patter should help the overall bite later this coming week.
NORTHEASTERN AREA LAKE ALMANOR-Both trolling and bait fishing was great. Fishing pressure has been light with a spike of activity on the weekends.
Rec. 1 to the A-frame has been full of brown trout. Inside the moorings, smelt are pressed along the shoreline and they are holding them in there. Ripping smelt patterns, like Rapalas, Pin Minnows, or Trophy Sticks have at times caught the bigger fish.
BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR-No access to this area at this time but it should open pretty soon.
BAUM LAKE-Steve Vaughn in Burney said the lake is fishing fairly well, especially since it was stocked.
CASSEL FOREBAY-Closed until further notice for repairs. All water has been drained to work on structure repairs. Upstream from the Cassel Bridge should still be fishable. Castle Pond was also stocked and upstream from the Cassel Bridge should still be fishable.
EAGLE LAKE-Opens the Saturday proceeding Memorial Day, on May 26.
Ron Beck of Flying Eagle Guide Service said last year they caught more fish in the 3- to 3 1/2-pound range than the previous two years and he's looking forward to more 4-plus pounders this year. Ramps at both ends will be open.
FALL RIVER--Fishing has been good, with trout going to 25 inches in some areas. Try red copper John's in no. 16.
MANZANITA LAKE-The lake is now open and fishable. Fish are hungry and there should be lots of nice trout found on pheasant tails and copper John's down to 7 feet. This lake has special restrictions, so be sure and read the regulations. Lassen Park is only open 10 miles into the Devastation Wilderness Area but will likely be open by or before Memorial Day.
MCCLOUD RIVER-Both the weather and water conditions were in great shape but the water is running high and fast so fishing was fair to good. Bring a wading staff.
PIT RIVER-Pitt no. 3 and 4 were good and fishable but be very careful of slippery rocks.
SHASTA LAKE-The spotted bass are spawning, which means they are deeper at 20 feet, so the fishing slowed except for quantities of smaller one. Overall, conditions were tough but start looking for the topwater bite for post spawning bass to get going soon. The trout and salmon fishing was good depending on the weather. Hertz Bay had nice brown trout while the McCloud arm was going good for browns and rainbows. Salmon came out of Dry Creek and in front of the dam. This coming week when it starts to stabilize it should just get even better. Try UV Apex from the surface down to 60 feet for trout, kings at 80 to 120 feet.
UPPER HAT CREEK-It was a bit cooler and the fishing was a bit slower.
But DFG made two good plants again so there are lots of fish in the creek. Worms, yellow colored floating baits and salmon eggs continues to produce the most action. A few brooders still coming in but not nearly as many as usual, the fish are there, as a lot of fishermen mentioned they could see big fish in various holes. Morning temperatures can be at or below freezing so be sure and dress accordingly. Fly fishing was a bit slow but stonefly nymphs and crystal buggers worked best.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR-Fishing was fair but the wind was blowing and only a few 14-inch kokes were reported, along with one 17-inch rainbow on the north side of the 299 Bridge by the tower, using a pink hoochie in 40 feet.
AMERICAN RIVER-Flows started to drop back, to 6,000 cfs over the weekend, as Folsom reached the full mark, and flows are likely to drop more in the upcoming days and weeks. Shad were being caught by boaters up to about the H-Street Bridge. No doubt they are farther upstream than that, at least to Howe Ave. and will soon be accessible to anglers using a bit more weight with their curly-tail jigs.
Stripers are following the shad, and fishing for them should be good by late May or the beginning of June.
FEATHER RIVER-The river went way up last week due to high releases from Oroville and Englebright dams. Anglers not switching over to the Sacramento River found high and muddy conditions below Shanghai Bend, but a few stripers were caught Sunday around Nicolaus.
FOLSOM LAKE- The lake is full, and bass fishing continued to be very good. While many anglers were lure fishing, non-purists were finding outstanding action on minnows and crawdads. Yee Vang of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun said that he's been selling so many crawdads to anglers fishing Folsom, "It's ridiculous!" He said that some of the better spots have been Folsom Point, Dyke 8, and Browns Ravine. Lure fishermen were still doing very well working flooded brush and trees with slowly worked Senkos. Drop-shotting and dartheading plastic worms off points has been good, too. But, whatever you do, get off the water by around 10 a.m., or be driven off by recreational boaters. Fishing for trout and landlocked king salmon has slowed, and not many anglers are now trying for them.
RANCHO SECO LAKE-Air and water temperatures are warming rapidly, so the days of fishing for trout are numbered. So, it's imperative to get on the water soon, because the action is quickly turning to warmwater fish, bass and redeared sunfish. Boaters in rafts, kayaks, pontoon boats or canoes have the best shot at trout, because they have access to deeper and cooler water. Drift Power Bait and nightcrawlers, troll flies, Rapalas, and Kastmasters. Bass were being caught crankbaits, ripbaits, swimbaits and Senkos. Redeared sunfish were biting worms under bobbers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-Trout fishing slowed last week, although there were occasional good days mixed in with the bad. Backtrolling small Hot Shots, and side-drifting nightcrawlers or egg flies seemed to be more effective than drifting nymphs, though good fly fishermen were catching a few.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir-The river is high and swift, so there's not much wading. But, it is fishable. High stick the edges with big flies like Rubber legs, Prince nymphs, and Rubber legs.
NorCal Saltwater BERKELEY-Halibut and striped bass action in the Central Bay was good for boaters. The Happy Hooker -even with strong tidal flows and muddy water-managed a big 20 pounder for Dan Higginbotham of San Francisco. Late last weekend the boat posted 11 halibut for 22 people. Capt. Smith of the Happy Hooker reported seeing sea lions thrashing striped bass all over the central Bay. On Thursday the New El Dorado III and New Easy Rider both trolled the north side of Deep Reef and together scored limits of salmon to 22 pounds for 25 people.
On Saturday the New El Dorado III fished off the Alameda Rock Wall with baits for 1 striped bass and 1 halibut.
BODEGA BAY-Salmon fishing has been steady since the opener, with just a few brief periods of cool, clear water to slow the bite. The best part is short runs to the fish off of Bodega Head for the Sea Hawk.
Perch bit for surf fishers casting baits along local beaches.
EMERYVILLE-Salmon trips to the Marin County coast aboard the New Huck Finn were successful. On Thursday 18 fish to 16 pounds but averaging 10 to 12 pounds were caught trolling. The boat was back out after salmon again on Sunday. The same boat fished the central Bay on Saturday with 20 anglers fishing baits to score 2 halibut to 6 pounds and 2 striped bass to 4 pounds.
EUREKA-After being blown back to harbor on opening day, charterboats, Reel Steel and Shellback went back out the next day and again later in the week to prove that the salmon were there and were hungry. On Friday the Shellback had 3 passengers catch 5 salmon out of eight hookups. Most were in the typical 8- to 12-pound class and were caught from 30 to 40 feet down on the wire, in water depths from 120 to 200 feet. Steve Haines of Eureka aboard the private boat Red Ryder had 1 keeper salmon.
FORT BRAGG-Salmon action picked up a bit over the weekend when 5 fish to 14 pounds were caught by 7 anglers while trolling aboard the Sea Hawk off of Pudding Creek north of town. Numerous other fish were hooked up and lost. Jetty anglers at Noyo Harbor enjoyed good success on rockfish, greenling and cabezon.
HALF MOON BAY- Thursday was the first fishable day after nearly a week of foul weather which kept boats in Harbor. The Queen of Hearts boated a fish per rod, but hooked 2 to 3 times that many. On Friday the boat tallied 13 fish to 13 pounds for 25 people and again, many fish were hooked up and lost. Weather prevented trips the remainder of the week. When the weather improves, boats plan to make runs down the coast below Pigeon Point where rockfish and lingcod season is now open.
LAWSON'S LANDING- While most of the week was windy and wild, a few salmon were caught on Thursday when the wind took a one day break.
Action was just offshore. Some larger-than-usual crab were taken from the pier when the weather allowed. Calico surfperch bit wantonly on the incoming tide for beach fishers. The presence of schools of small herring in the bay near Marshall tells anglers with local knowledge that the halibut season is about to begin.
MARTINEZ-Sturgeon stacked up and bit well for boaters thanks to great tides late in the week and over the weekend. Hotspots were the Benicia Bridge and near the Mothball Fleet. Shore anglers also scored both sturgeon and stripers at Martinez. Grass shrimp proved to be the most desired bait.
OAKLAND-Striped bass bit bullheads off of Point Richmond and Point Pinole. Bigger stripers gulped live shiners at Alcatraz Island. Near the Alameda rock wall, shore and boat anglers using live shiners for bait scored schoolie stripers and halibut averaging 10 pounds.
SAN RAFAEL-Charter vessel Morning Star, skippered by Capt. Gordon Hough, moved from Martinez to Loch Lomand Marina in San Rafael for a season of halibut, bass, rock cod, lingcod (and anything else that swims by the boat) "Potluck" fishing in San Francisco Bay.
SHELTER COVE- Wednesday at Shelter Cove was one of those special days when anything in the water caught salmon. Local boater Dave Beshunsky reported he and two friends had their 6 salmon for limits in just 3 1/2 hours of fishing. Their biggest was a 20 pounder and the other five were from 10 to 13 pounds. The chatter on the VHF was lots of doubles and triples hooked up. Most were fishing from the Whistler Buoy, south. Into the weekend it was the same story on mostly cookie cutter king salmon with a few bigger units mixed in.
MOTHERLODE AMADOR LAKE-With the continue release of 600 to 800 pounds of trout every weekday, the trout fishing remains good and they plan to continue releasing fish until the end of the month. The trout congregate from the marina to the spillway and are being caught on 'crawlers, flies, crappie jigs, Power Bait and Kastmasters. With warming water temperatures the black bass, crappie and catfish are starting to feed.
CAMANCHE LAKE-Trout fishing good from Hat Island to the dam using Ex- Cel lures, Needlefish, fire tiger Rapala, broken back Rebels in fire tiger or black blue. Bank and pond fishermen are using Power Bait with garlic scent. Bass bite is good upriver with dartheads or drop- shotting worms, crankbaits and ripping. The rock walls out in the main lake are producing black bass, also.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR-King salmon are still down at 75 to 120 feet and all of the fish have come while using shad, said Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. Several trout were caught at the shallower depth. Paul Cox of C&C Marine in Modesto had a great day on the water with grandsons Wyatt 5 and Garret 9. Garrett had a 6 pounder on a red and black Senko. Grandpa Paul used a 301 Hula grub for several bass.
LAKE MCCLURE-Trout and salmon are being caught over the river channel from 30 to 80 feet deep trolling Needlefish, Ex-Cel lures or slow rolling shad. Spotted and black bass are still on a good bite using minnows, crawdads and plastics worms. Joe Ryan of Waterford recently had a great day fishing using a Wright Bait brown and green with black flake Senko for a limit of over 15-inch fish.
LAKE MCSWAIN-With another trout plant last week the action has been very good for bank anglers fishing Power Bait, 'crawlers and Kastmasters around the Marina, Handicapped Docks and Brush Pile.
Trollers are still working around the floating restroom and trolling upriver using 'crawler/blades, Wedding Rings with 'crawler or spinners successfully.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR-Crappie fishing is good. Use Beetle Spins, Mini Jigs, and minnows in 15-25 feet of water and target standing timber, willow trees and floating debris in coves. Kokanee 11 to 14 inches are starting to school up. Bass anglers are reporting a wide open bite on everything. The trout bite is still good, said Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports. Warm water is pushing the trout out into deeper, cooler water. Bank anglers are still catching 2- to 3-pound rainbows off of points, using Power Bait and Gulp! or Power Eggs.
NEW HOGAN RESERVOIR-Striped bass are hitting on anchovies and shad upriver and also in the main lake, said Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. The linesides have their favorite areas but are constantly on the move. Some anglers are going upriver using flukes and minnows successfully for black bass and stripers from 3 to 5 pounds.
MODESTO RESERVOIR-The reservoir is a drinking resource so the level goes up and down like a yo-yo, but should level off this summer.
Trout are being caught all over the reservoir right now, said Rob Edmondson. Trout are eating 'crawlers, minnows, Rat-L-Traps, Kastmasters and Power Bait. Bass are hitting Rat-L-Traps, top water poppers, Shad-raps and different type plastic worms.
LAKE PARDEE -Trollers are working the south end barrel line and the dam in front of the spillway for trout and kokanee and the fish are 10 to 20 feet deep, said Fred Dorman, staff writer for Lake Pardee.
Uncle Larry's glow pink fire tiger, copper popsicles and desert fire lures, tipped with corn behind a medium silver/blue or watermelon Sep's dodger have all been very successful combos for kokanee. Bank fishing at the Marina, Recreation Area, Rainbow Point, behind the EBMUD boathouse, launch ramp and Porcupine Point are all good areas.
Garlic flavored Power Bait and eggs in yellow and chartreuse remain the best bait along with the Pistol Pete fly.
NORTHERN FOOTHILLS AMERICAN RIVER-The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the flows were up and the water was a little off-color, but fishable with bait and lures. All the access above the Hwy 49 confluence is reached by hiking, so be prepared for a good climb into and out of the river.
Fishing was good on the edges of the larger pools and in the pockets out of the stronger current.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 97-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported lots of bass boat traffic on the weekends with little activity during the week. Big spots are in spawning mode in the coves and on the flatter points. Senkos were consistent producers in shad, baby bass, and green pumpkin colors at 5 to 20 feet deep.
Guide Ron Gandolfi fished here this past week and reported catching huge numbers of 8- to 14-inch spots, along with two 4 pounders, two 5 pounders, and two 6's on the main body and in Willow Creek.
CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is still full. Bass and crappie were still hitting shaky-head and drop-shot morning dawn worms on the rocky points and around the trees and bushes in 2 to 12 feet of water.
COLLINS LAKE-The lake is full. The lake received a DFG plant, a double trophy trout plant this past week and the last 2 pens of trout were released-that's a lot of fish! The resort will schedule weekly trophy trout plants until late May depending on the surface water temp -75-degree water is the cut-off. Trout, bass, and panfish were all active this past week as the water temp moved toward the 70's. Shore anglers did well using Power Bait at the campgrounds and increasingly more from boats drifting bait on the east side and Elmer's Cove as the water warms and the trout move deeper. Trollers did well using threaded worms and Rapalas. Bass were very active for anglers throwing spinnerbaits around the submerged trees and bushes. Some limits of bass to 3 pounds were weighed in.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 101-percent capacity. Dillon Davis at Skippers Cove Marina reported that trollers were picking up quick limits of planter rainbows in the marina at 7 to 10 feet deep on flasher/worm combos. Up lake the fish were deeper, to 35 feet deep, and hitting dodger or flasher/worm combos-a 7 pounder was caught at Black's Ravine. The colder water running into the lake dropped the water temp and delayed the bass spawning activity seen this past week when the lake was lower.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-According to the Georgetown Ranger Station, Ralston Road was open to the dam, but the road to the campgrounds and boat ramp was still impassable due to snow drifts.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 80-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the road was open to the boat ramp. The campgrounds were still closed but campers in RV's could park at the boat ramp.
ROLLINS LAKE-The lake is full. The campgrounds are open at Long Ravine Resort-the Outrigger Grill will open Memorial Day weekend.
Casey Reynolds reported improving water clarity made for better fishing. Bass were getting active and Reynolds was catching 2- to 3- pound spots on spinnerbaits while fishing from the shore. Trout trollers were still picking up fish at the dam.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE-The lake is full. The marina is now open on weekends.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-Check with the Foresthill Ranger Station for the latest info on the campgrounds. The day-use facilities were all open. Call 530-367-2224.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is full and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were open. The camp host said that anglers were picking up limits of rainbows from the shore and boat, but patience was necessary-the plant this week will change that!! The day-use fee of $7 will be collected now that the camp host is on site.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake was at 133.5-foot elevation at press time. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that with a stable water level, the water temp went back up and the bass were spawning, along with hoards of carp. Look for the bass on the tule banks and flatter rocky points-throw jigs, Senkos, and spinnerbaits for some nice quality fish.
--Western Outdoor News