Fishing Line: 07/05/12

Published: Thursday, Jul. 5, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

TOP PICKS

AMERICAN RIVER-Shad fishing continued to be good, especially in the stretch upstream of Sunrise Ave. Flows are up to 4,000 cfs, so more weight will be needed with mini-jigs fished under floats, and faster sinking shooting heads for fly fishermen. The bigger news was a great improvement in striper fishing. Topwater plugs, swimbaits, big streamer flies, sardines, jumbo minnows, and sardines are all catching stripers from schoolies to fish weighing up to 25 pounds.

FOLSOM LAKE-Fishing for trout and landlocked king salmon continued to be very good, and guide Big John Enos has been getting limits for his clients daily by fishing up the North Fork, with Speedy Shiners trolled between 40 and 50 feet deep. Bass fishing was a challenge, but some were being caught off outside points between 15 and 20 feet deep and in flooded brush up the North Fork. Work drop-shotted and Carolina-rigged plastic worms slowly, and fish Pop-R's crankbaits, swimbaits early in the morning in and around flooded brush. There's also a bit of a topwater bite early on.

LAKE BERRYESSA-Koke fishing was wide open with big limits coming from the main lake from 48 to 62 feet deep. You can find the fish in 80 to 100 feet of water in the afternoon in the 55- to 60-foot range around this time with Uncle Larry's spinners or RMT's planton squid. Bass anglers are doing well on top in the mornings and then dropping down with drop-shot gear or Senkos during the day.

COLLINS LAKE-Everything was biting this past week. One group fished from dusk on into the night and caught 30 fish-15 trout, 4 catfish, 2 redears, 7 crappie, and 2 bass. They trolled for the trout and drifted Power Bait, worms, and minnows at the bridge for their big catch. Other anglers did well fishing off the docks around midnight for trout, crappie, and catfish. Shore fishing was consistent for trout at the bridge during the day. Bass to 5 1/2 pounds were hitting topwater lures in the evening along the east side. Trollers did well in the middle of the lake over the channel.

GENERAL

NORTH COAST RIVERS

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.-Cooler waters have kept the spring salmon moving up the river in a surprisingly late run, and anglers anchored up above the estuary were still finding as many as 3 fish a day on some days. There's still nobody trolling in the Bay, since the fish just keep on moving up the river, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, who said it's been unusually wet up there, and the river has remained cooler.

ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore.-According to the Fishin' Hole in Shady Cove, anglers are still catching spring salmon, and they're starting to change color. The salmon fly hatch is in its final stages now, and there aren't too many more bugs. Trout fishing has been okay with a salmon fly on top as an indicator with bug underneath. It's been "decent activity" for the springers, although the fish are big and it's been hard for shore anglers to land them. Since they took the dams out the fish have arrived earlier and they're bigger. Most of the action is from the hatchery down to and including Dodge Bridge. The spring salmon season remains open until the end of July.

RUSSIAN RIVER-This summer, like every summer, the shad run is over, and fishing is limited to a few smallmouth bass if anglers get out early and late and use Rooster Tails or small, minnow-imitating lures. The river is overrun with float tubers, kayakers and swimmers all day long.

UMPQUA RIVER, Sutherlin, Ore.--Smallmouth bass fishing is going strong for most angler's who enjoy this non-stop action. With the cooler water, it has kept the larger-sized bass more active later into the season, according to a couple of sources of WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer. The cooler weather has also been a nice surprise.

UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Ore.- Evening time is now the best time of the day to be trying to find a late season springer salmon. Most of the salmon are a bronze color now, but surprisingly there are still bright salmon being caught. Late returning runs and cooler water temperature have a lot to do with the salmon being in much better shape than past years. Summer steelhead are starting to show up and this river has some of the biggest steelhead to be found in the state, according to Palmer.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Salmon fishing near the mouth of the Klamath continued to be spotty-a couple of fish a boat one day, none or one the next. Steelheading continued to improve, however, and they are taking spinners, flies, and nightcrawlers, around Blue Creek and Johnson's Riffle.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam-There's not much more time left for the salmon fly hatch to run, but trout fishing continued to be pretty good and should remain good for awhile after the hatch is over. Big nymphs are still working, and so are big dries occasionally. More consistent action is coming from backtrolled crawdad plugs and drifted nightcrawlers.

TRINITY RIVER-The release at Lewiston was dropping 100 cfs a day below 2,000 cfs, and good anglers were hooking a couple of bright spring Chinooks a day around Junction City. Fishing is only going to get better throughout July as more fish arrive and flows drop to summer levels of 400 cfs. Farther downstream, Burnt Ranch anglers were seeing more action, too, but fishing was tougher because of inflows added from tributaries.

NorCal Saltwater

BERKELEY-Live bait potluck trips fishing islands inside the Bay scored well on halibut and fairly well on striped bass, using anchovies aboard the Happy Hooker, California Dawn and New Eldorado III. Salmon fishing was steady all week, though slowed on Saturday. Rockfish and lingcod filled sacks willingly. On Sunday the Happy Hooker posted 30 lingcod, plus 3/4-limits of rockfish, caught by 20 anglers.

BODEGA BAY-Action remained steady for rockfish and lingcod with some very large lingcod to 28 pounds. Salmon showed their power when full of krill by fighting hard and busting off frequently. Decent weather made more fishing trips possible and the New Sea Angler took full advantage by running trips all week.

EMERYVILLE-After limit-style action all week on salmon, it was tough when catch counts lowered to an average of a fish per rod, yet that is still good fishing. Average size was 12 to 15 pounds with fish up to 30 pounds brought in. Combo trips did well targeting rockfish outside the Bay and then drifting for halibut inside. Rockfish trips produced consistent limits of high-grade rockfish plus lingcod.

EUREKA-The great salmon bite of 2012 continued, though not all boats caught limits this week. Some found tougher fishing. Pacific halibut to over 60 pounds provided the monster fish category. Rockfish were easy all week and lingcod added heft to sacks of groundfish.

DILLON BEACH- Salmon fishing was excellent and Lawson's Landing had fish weighed in to 35 pounds, although most fish were running in the teens. The hot area proved to be from south of Elephant Rock to north of Bodega Head in 100 to 200 feet of water. Bird Rock and Tomales Point seem to be ground zero. Herring, anchovies and Watermelon Apexes trolled 20 to 40 feet down produced best. Halibut and rockfish are very slow. The Dungeness crab came in pretty easy at the end of the local season.

FORT BRAGG-Ranging from just below a fish per rod to wide open, salmon fishing came to life off of Fort Bragg for private boaters and local charter boats including the Telstar and Trek II. Rockfish and lingcod were very willing biters, but fishing pressure for them tapered off as salmon action picked up during the week. Shore fishers found good numbers of rockfish plus cabezon and even smaller lingcod off the rocks.

HALF MOON BAY-Salmon action ranged from wide open to under a fish per rod throughout the week, with Thursday being the best day for the Queen of Hearts and Wednesday for the Huli Cat. Rockfish and lingcod fishing generally produced limits. Striped bass moved into the surf zone from above Half Moon Bay to Pacifica.

MARTINEZ-Sturgeon fishing was very good both from the Martinez Pier and from private boats fishing nearby. Successful anglers soaked ghost shrimp. Lisa Rezentes of Martinez Marina Bait & Tackle reported a 92-inch sturgeon and an 86-inch sturgeon, both caught by regulars who prefer not to be recognized for their great catches. Striper action was slow.

OAKLAND-Stripers are slow, according to Mike Huyhn of Mike's Bait & Tackle in Oakland, who also noted that halibut were caught near Alcatraz Island and Angel Island for live bait fishers. Many used live anchovies, but some used live shiners available at Mike's Bait & Tackle. 7-gill and leopard shark bit in the south Bay off of the Alameda Rock Wall and in the South Bay down past San Bruno Shores.

SAN RAFAEL-Striped bass were strangely slow late in the week but halibut took up the slack in the fish counts. The Morning Star with 15 anglers caught 11 halibut to 18 pounds. Sturgeon bit live shiners during strong tides at Angel Island and Red Rock. Salmon are just outside the Bay and expected to move inside very soon.

MOTHERLODE

ANGELS CREEK - (Angels Camp) was planted with trout on June 24.

AMADOR LAKE - Laurie Lockhart at the Lake Amador Store said "the black bass bite is on with lots of big bass this week." She said one angler caught 12 bass on a Texas rigged Brush Hawg with the biggest going 9 1/2-pounds. There is a catfish bite going on also. The lake is 2 feet from full.

BEARDSLEY RESERVOIR - "Bigger trout are biting 'crawlers up at the inlet" said Scott Cole at the Strawberry Store. Fish are being caught at the boat ramp, but they are going deeper as the water heats up. Flashers and 'crawler combo is producing fish for trollers. Bank fishermen are using 'crawlers and Power Bait.

BEAVER CREEK - Was planted on June 24. Water levels are perfect for fly, spinner or bait fishermen, reported Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods CAMANCHE LAKE - Trout are going deeper, recent reports state that they are being caught at about 40 feet deep with Power Baits in chartreuse, rainbow, garlic or 'crawlers are a favorite with anglers. Gene Mollenhauer and Bob Hendricks of Ione caught limits of trout to 5.75-pounds at the North shore near the dam/causeway while fishing with Rapala lures. No bass reports.

CLARKS FORK - Fishing is good with salmon eggs and Power Bait, reported said Scott Cole at the Strawberry Store.

DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing reported a good kokanee, trout and salmon bite from the Graveyard area to the river channel out front of Hatch and Willow Creek in 40 to 70 feet of water. Salmon are deeper, try 70 to 100 feet deep. Good bass bite with topwater lures early then WB001r 6-inch worms or other plastics once the sun hits the water. Bass are scattered but limits of 13- and 14-inch black, spotted and smallmouth bass are possible.

EBBETTS PASS - The fishing on the highway 4 corridor has been excellent, reported Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular spinners, fly's and baits are working.

LAKE ALPINE - Was planted with trout on June 24. Fishing is excellent for both trollers and bank fishermen using all the regular methods, reported Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.

LAKE MCCLURE - "There was a good crappie bite in Cottonwood with some slabs going to 16 inches" said Jason Mello of A-1 Bait Shop. Horseshoe Bend area produced a 12-pound black bass on a green pumpkin Senko Saturday. Another nice 5 pounder was caught near the dam. There is a good trout bite at night under lights. Trollers are still catching a few salmon.

LAKE MCSWAIN - "Trolling upriver with small cowbells and 'crawlers are taking limits" said Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling. After the recent trout plant, action may pick up, but it's slow right now. Best spots from the bank are the handicap dock and the brush pile. The bridge below McSwain has been producing trout.

LAKE PARDEE - Boats are working the lake between the mouth and the face of the dam and in front of the Rock Wall while others are working upstream around Twin Coves, Deer Island and Columbia Gulch. The trout and kokanee remain at 30 to 60 feet deep. The bass are at the south end of the lake. Lots of smallies and largemouth in the 2- to 4-pound range caught on Hot Shots and swimbaits. Catfish are also turning up.

MOSQUITO LAKE - Was planted on June 24. All the regular fishing styles will work.

NEW HOGAN RESERVOIR - Stripers are getting harder to find and the summer boat traffic isn't making it any easier. Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing has been trolling anchovies at depths of 17 to 27 feet deep in the main lake.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Trolling spoons and spinners are producing quality fish. Tie on a Needlefish, or a Rocky Mountain Serpent Spoon trolled behind flashers, or a Mack's Wedding Ring with 'crawler for trout. Night fishing under submersible lights has been very good. Drop Power Bait, Gulp Minnows, or live minnows near the spillway/dam, or under the Highway 49 Stevenot Bridge.

NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - Was planted on June 24. "Water has been perfect for fishing this area" said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Lure casters, fly fishermen and bait fishermen should try all the usual baits.

PINECREST RESERVOIR - Trollers are using flashers and 'crawler combinations. Bank fishermen are using green Power Bait and 'crawlers near the inlet and the dam, reported Scott Cole at the Strawberry Store.

SOUTH FORK STANISLAUS - Power Bait and worms are catching fish, reported Scott Cole at the Strawberry Store.

SPICER RESERVOIR - Fishing is still excellent, but the fish have moved deeper due to warmer weather, reported Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Trollers should try toplining with Wedding Rings or your favorite flasher, tipped with either a 'crawler or Berkley Trout Worms.

UNION RESERVOIR - Was planted with trout on June 24th.

WHITE PINES LAKE - Was planted on June 24. "Fishing has slowed down just a bit due to warm weather this past week" said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles are producing a few fish.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

FEATHER RIVER-Steelhead fishing continued to be very good in the Low Flow Section, especially on small nymphs dead-drifted under indicators. Flows have dropped down to 600 cfs (6,500 cfs total below the Outlet). Shad fishing has just about died off except a few below the Outlet.

RANCHO SECO LAKE-A few bass were being caught on crankbaits, ripbaits, swimbaits and Senkos by float tubers early and late, but bass fishing was slow. Redeared sunfish continued to provide the best action on worms under bobbers.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-There are plenty of stripers around, but almost all are bait stealers too small to keep. Fishing for catfish was a better bet-the Deep Water Channel, sloughs, and eddies off the main channel all provided some decent action on clams, chicken livers and mackerel.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Chico Straights-Anglers caught limits of stripers to 8 pounds on anchovies. Fishing pressure was nil. Other spots, such as Ward's Landing and Colusa would be good, too, if there were any anglers out trying. Minnows are scarce, so fishing is almost all with soaked bait.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding -Higher flows of nearly 15,000 cfs has not affected a good trout bite from Redding to Anderson. Fat trout to 20 inches were being caught on caddis imitations dead-drifted under indicators. Crickets, small plugs, and Glo-Bugs were effective, too.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir- Trout fishing continued to be good in the Upper Sacramento River above Shasta Reservoir and the McCloud River. There's even been some good dry fly fishing going on in the evenings just about anywhere on the Upper Sacramento. On the McCloud, it's fishing for wild fish below the dam, and fishing for planters above the lake.

YUBA RIVER-Shad fishing continued to be very good for waders coming in from Walnut Ave. and for jetboaters coming up from the mouth.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE-Ross England said most of the locals are scratching to come up with a limit of fish on a variety of baits including jigs, Senkos, and worms under docks. Reports also include a decent topwater bite both early and late. Plastic frogs, poppers and walkers are the predominant choices fished near the weed lines, tule lines, or open spots in the weed beds.

LAKE SONOMA-Try the dam and bridge areas for a mix of steelies from 10 inches to 2 pounds. But be aware this will be a busy week with other boaters out as well. Or head up into the creek arms early for some topwater bass action in the mornings.

UPPER BLUE LAKE-Anglers are catching limits to 2 pounds mixed in with the smaller, new planters. Try going down 30 feet with a Kastmasters, Needlefish or a woolly bugger with an action disk.

DELTA REGION

SACRAMENTO RIVER side-It's time to start switching over to summer species until the salmon season opens on July 16. A few sturgeon were found at the PG&E site and a few scattered shaker smallies found, but most were targeting bass, panfish and catfish.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-The bass action was good out at Bethel Island, while the sturgeon were biting in Broad Slough or other areas protected from the wind.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

LAKE ALMANOR-The Hex hatch is going off and fish are snacking most of the day on an abundant supply of bugs right now, so expect to work a little harder for your limits. There were also baitfish in the east basin by the dam.

BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR-The bite picked up a bit by the dam for those using floating baits or worms, but the fly fishing hasn't taken off yet.

BAUM LAKE-Fishing has been hot and cold here, but it is improving late in the day.

CASSEL FOREBAY-Closed until further notice for repairs. All water has been drained into the natural creek channel that flows into Baum Lake in order to work on structure repairs in the canal.

EAGLE LAKE-Fishing has been great, fast and most importantly, early, at first light. Both trollers and bobber anglers are finding fish averaging 2 pounds.

FALL RIVER--Fishing had been fair to good, thanks to the Hex hatch.

MANZANITA LAKE-Weather has improved and the late afternoon bite has been fair. No clear hatch pattern at this time but pheasant tails and pmd patterns usually work well. Not too much kayaking taking place yet, which bodes well for the fly fishermen. Weather has been very inconsistent which has made it difficult to predict the hatch. This lake has special restrictions so be sure to read them.

MCCLOUD RIVER-Water conditions are excellent and the fishing continues to be good with hatches late in the day.

PIT RIVER-Fishing has been very good lately with good hatches, but the wading here is tough.

SHASTA LAKE-Both trout and salmon have been producing limits but you'll have to go deeper for them now. This will be a busy week here, fish early, fish late regardless of what you are targeting. Ripbaits and crankbaits worked along the rocky shores have been the best bet for numbers of bass, while 4-inch plastic worms have been the ticket for some bigger fish in the Pit Arm of the lake.

UPPER HAT CREEK-The pre 4th of July weekend saw both good weather and excellent fishing. Worms and lures were top producers as lots of 3- to 4-pound fish came in all weekend. Fish and Game has been planting generous plants of both large brooders and pansize fish. With the 4th falling mid-week it is difficult to know the plant schedule other than a lot of fish will hit the water in the coming week. Weather continues to be mild and water conditions are very good at this time. Expect the fishing to get even better as water levels drop a bit more. Fly fishing on the upper creek also improved. Stone flies caught more fish this week.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER-The Silver Fork is scheduled for another DFG trout plant this week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the flows were low and clear.

BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Craig Robertson at Emerald Cove Marina reported that some spotted bass to 6 pounds were still hitting plastic baits at 20 feet deep. Kokanee trollers were still picking up some fish trolling in the North Fork Yuba arm on dodger/hoochie combos.

CAMP FAR WEST-North Shore Resort reported that the lake was down to 80-percent capacity. One angler caught 7 bass with 3 running 1 1/2 to 2 pounds on Brush Hawgs and morning dawn worms in the coves in the Rock Creek arm. Weekend recreational boat traffic is very heavy, so fish during the week.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 96-percent capacity. One boater picked up 3 1/2- and 5-pound rainbows drifting Power Bait on the upper end of the lake. Shore fishing was still good for small rainbows up at the confluence of the Yuba River forks.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 85-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Trollers were catching some rainbows running flasher/worm combos from the boat ramp to the dam.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Kokanee trolling was still good for trollers working dodger/hoochie combos at the powerhouse at 40 feet deep.

LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported good action for bass to 2 1/2 pounds on points and walls in the West Branch, North Fork, and slot. Smaller fish were hitting drop-shot worms and tubes in 5 to 20 feet of water. The bigger fish were hitting lipless cranks and spinnerbaits on the points. Night fishing should be excellent this week with the full moon rising-try topwater at dusk, then switch to dark-colored worms and jigs. Guide Larry Hemphill fished at night this past week and he and his client caught 50 fish-mostly little spots-on 7-inch black Power Worms. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported that the coho had moved deeper-50 to 85 feet deep-but were still hitting in good numbers. Brady had 45 hits that produced 23 salmon-the fish were feisty fighters!! Brady was using watermelon Sep's dodger/white hoochie combos before sunrise, and Sling Blade/hoochie combos after sunrise at the dam. Get an early start-5 a.m. to 8 a.m.- was the time for the best fishing.

ROLLINS LAKE-Long Ravine Resort reported slow trolling action due to heavy recreational boat traffic all week long. Shore anglers were picking up 2 or 3 rainbows each-12 to 14 inches-on Power Bait and worms at the Long Ravine campgrounds and at the boat ramp.

SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE-The lake was stocked with 2000 pounds of rainbows by the DFG this past week. The marina reported that boaters were fishing 85 feet deep on the main lake for rainbows, and kokanee were hitting for trollers at the inlet.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Fishing should pick up dramatically for both shore anglers and trollers.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that shore anglers and trollers were still picking up good numbers of rainbows, though the trollers had the advantage.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake was at 131.2-foot elevation at press time -66-percent capacity. According to guide Ron Gandolfi, the bass should be on the outside edge of the tules at this lake level. Try frogs in the heat of the afternoon for some heart stopping topwater action.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BLUE LAKES-Lower and Upper Blue Lakes are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that one client fished here and said the fishing was good, and that will only get better with the plant.

BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 74-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Fishing has been slow here for weeks, so the plant should turn things around in a big way. Experienced trollers who put in the time were picking up a few nice rainbows according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. There are lots of 8- to 10-inch smallmouth bass beginning to show up along rocky areas.

CAPLES LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Caples Lake Resort reported good fishing for both shore anglers and trollers this past week. Shore anglers did well at the dam and Wood's Creek for rainbows up to 3 pounds on Power Bait. Trollers caught rainbows from 2 to 4 pounds on Kastmaster spoons toplined along Hwy 88, off Wood's Creek, and at Emigrant Bay. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters (TFFO) reported that casters stripping woolly buggers and blood midges were picking up rainbows to 16 inches at the dam.

CARSON RIVER (East, West)-The East and West Carson are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Alpine County will be making another 1800-pound plant of 2- to 5-pound rainbows this week also. Fishing was good according to both TFFO and the Carson River Resort. One angler checked into the resort with a limit of 3- to 4-pound rainbows taken out of the East Carson on salmon eggs. The flows in the West Carson are lower than in the East, so anglers need to use a little stealth when approaching the river's edge to avoid spooking the fish. Bait, lures, and flies were all working this past week-choose your own poison!

DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that fishing was just fair. Trollers were picking up fish right on the surface during insect hatches at Camp 5 in the late evenings, but during the day the fish drop down to 30 feet deep over the main channel between the island and the dam. Rapalas, Sockeye Slammers, and red-dot frog Needlefish were all producing rainbows running 15 to 16 inches. Weeds can be a problem on the downwind side of the lake. Some fish have copepods, some don't-they won't hurt you, they just look bad!

DONNER LAKE-The bite has been consistent for 10- to 13-inch kokanee trolling dodger/orange or UV glow white hoochies at 60 to 70 feet deep. Some big macks were rumored to be taken by anglers jigging the bottom in 85 to 115 feet of water. Trolling big swimbaits right off the bottom can entice a big mack, too.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON-The North Fork at Belden is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Mike Hanson at the Caribou Crossroads Resort reported slow fishing in the North Fork. He said a few native trout were being caught in the main river. The trout bite was good at the Butt Valley Reservoir powerhouse.

FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Ed Dillard reported that trolling was still good for 13- to 16-inch rainbows out from the Frenchman boat ramp 15 to 25 feet deep over 50 feet of water on firetiger Sockeye Slammers and red-dot frog Needlefish. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore anglers were doing well for trout up to 2 pounds on Power Bait at Nightcrawler Bay.

GOLD LAKES BASIN-Jon Rose at Bassett's Station reported that anglers were catching limits of 11- to 13-inch rainbows at Lower Sardine on mini-crawlers. Fishing was good at Gold Lake and Snag Lake after the recent DFG plants.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported taking seven 12- to 16-inch rainbows trolling dodger/grub or nightcrawler combos 35 feet deep on the east end of the over deep water. The surface temp is 66-degrees and the fish are unusually deep for this time of year.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-TFFO reported that fly casters were doing well stripping woolly buggers, damsel nymphs, and blood midges. Dry fly action on callibaetis patterns was good in the late evening.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that trout fishing was hit-or-miss in the east arm of the lake for trollers running flasher/worm combos or Rapalas.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-Sly Park Resort reported that heavy recreational boat traffic had slowed the trout fishing. Shore anglers were still picking up a few rainbows at the first dam and boat ramp.

LAKE TAHOE-Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported that his trips were producing 5 or 6 macks to 6 1/2 pounds and losing 4 or 5 more trolling off Carnelian Bay from 60 to 350 feet deep. The better fish were coming out of 350 feet of water. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported that the bite was "incredible" with the full moon-it would continue this way as long as the moon was up during the early to late morning. Self was doing best in the early morning from 45 to 145 feet deep for macks running 2 to 10 pounds. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners reported that the kokanee bite had kicked into high gear and he was catching limits of salmon off Emerald Bay, Rubicon, and Richardson Bay at 40 feet deep over 400 to 500 feet of water. The kokes were hitting nickel dodgers or flashers trailing Apex lures tipped with Pautzke's Fire Corn. 3- to 5-pound macks were hitting Storm ThunderSticks 130 to 160 feet deep at North Shore. Nielsen also did well jigging Williamson jigs tipped with minnows off Homewood catching 5 limits in 2 hours from 6 to 7 pounds.

LOON LAKE-The lake is at 86-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service found trolling to be slow this past week. He only caught 7 rainbows to 14 inches expecting 15 to 20 fish. Daneman caught his fish on Sep's watermelon Strike Master dodgers trailing Sep's 2-inch brown grubs.

PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 71-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that anglers who put in the time were catching some nice rainbows. One couple caught an 18-incher on an inflated nightcrawler while fishing from the shore in the early morning.

PYRAMID LAKE-According to Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters, the trout season ended on a strong note. His last three trips produced 20-fish days and easy limits of cutthroats to over 25 inches trolling Father Murphy Vibrators at 25 to 35 feet deep at Hell's Kitchen and the north end of the lake. Mendes fished for Sacramento perch one day and caught a dozen fish including the second largest perch on record at the lake, a 3-pound, 5-ounce lunker. The perch were hitting 3/8- ounce red/white marabou jigs at 35 to 40 feet deep near rocky structure. The trout bite on crappie jigs will kick into high gear in August and September-all catch-and-release.

RED LAKE-TFFO reported that fly fishermen were picking up a few fish casting to rising trout in the late evening.

SILVER LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service hit this lake one afternoon this past week and had no bites. All the boaters he spoke to while he was launching said not to bother putting in-maybe the plant will improve the fishing.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 83-percent capacity. The kokanee, 13 to 16 inchers, have moved deeper at the island-60 to 75 feet deep. Use pink, red, orange hoochies in the early morning and UV glow white after the sun gets on the water-use scented corn, too. Some macks in the teens and low twenties are rumored to have been caught banging the bottom with jigs in 80 to 110 feet of water, but you have to put in a lot of time to be successful. Rainbows were hitting in the early morning in 3 to 5 feet of water in the creek arms on bait and lures. Later in the afternoon, the fish move back onto drop-offs 8 to 20 feet deep.

TOPAZ LAKE-The lake dropped 6 feet during the month of June. Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that a group of trollers fished all week and limited out each day running flasher/worm combos 30 feet deep on the south end of the lake over deep water. Shore fishing was slow due to the warm water temp. Some smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits along the shore for boaters.

TRUCKEE RIVER-TFFO reported that the river above the Boca outlet was running at 400 cfs-still a little high, but fishable on caddis pupa, and golden stone nymphs during the day with some good caddis and mayfly dry action after 8 p.m. The flows below the Boca outlet were running 700 cfs-high flows but still fishable with big nymphs.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 93-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that the kokanee fishing was still good but the fish had dropped deeper-30 to 40 feet. Neeser scored limits of 12- to 14-inch kokes on UV pink Hoochie Things behind chrome Wild Thing dodgers at the dam, powerhouse, and off the peninsula. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that Wyatt Green caught a 10-pound mack trolling a dodger/ herring combo 40 feet off the bottom. They also picked up three small 14- to 18-inch lakers.

WEST WALKER RIVER-The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Mono County is scheduled to plant 200 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows this week also. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported that flows were low but every pool was full of fish and everyone was catching limits on anything in the tackle box.

--Western Outdoor News

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