LAKE TAHOE-The kokanee bite was wide-open on the south end of the lake. John Shearer at Tahoe Sportfishing and Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners were seeing excellent action and early limits trolling flasher/hoochie, spoon, or spinner combos at 50 to 75 feet deep. Nielsen found some fish at 60 to 65 feet deep that were hitting Bomber Slab spoons jigged through the schools. Nielsen was also trolling for 2- to 6-pound macks with Storm ThunderSticks at 95 feet deep. Shearer said he was running dodger/minnow rigs below the kokanee and picking up an occasional mack to 14 pounds. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing was "slaying" macks to 9 pounds on a variety of stickbaits and spoons in the very early morning from 120 to 250 feet deep off Tahoe City at the Tavern Hole. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters was picking up 6 to 9 fish per day trolling 180 to 450 feet deep off Carnelian Bay. The macks were running 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds and hitting Sling Blade/Koke-a-nut or minnow combos.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-Salmon fishing was cycling between fair one day and slow the next around Sacramento. The key to success is to put in your time. Miller Park, the Minnow Hole, and Discovery Park were producing some bright kings for bank anglers throwing big, heavy spinners, like Flying C's and Blue Foxes. There was a flurry of action at Freeport by boaters using Kwikfish. A few stripers were being caught at the Deep Water Channel, but most anglers are focusing on salmon.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Ord Bend-A bunch more fresh salmon are obviously moving up the river since the fishing picked up last week, especially around Ord Bend. They are ranging in size between 15 and 25 pounds. Drifted roe was the most effective bait last week, since these are rapidly moving fish, and that method covers more water than backbouncing roe. Boat traffic has been heavy, but some anglers have been doing well by waiting until boat traffic thins in the afternoon and then backtroll Kwikfish.
FEATHER RIVER-More fresh salmon moved up the Feather last week, and fishing was fair to good at Shanghai Bend and below the Thermalito Afterbay. A few anglers were even catching limits, mostly on Kwikfish. There's some decent fishing for steelhead-mostly from 14 to 20 inches-in the Low Section, as well, on small nymphs drifted under indicators.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-Fishing outside the mouth and near-shore has been very good for king salmon recently, with anglers scoring well. The fall in-river salmon fishing should be great.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.-There are some nice-sized king salmon being caught every day at the mouth of the Rogue River, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. The size of some of these fish is all you need to see too understand why they are called "king" salmon in so many areas. Anchovies being trolled with a Rogue River Rigging has been the number one producer for salmon on the bay over the last couple weeks. During the late afternoon and early evening, the salmon have been more active, with more fish being caught from the bridge down to the flat below Jot's dock and also the area out in front of Indian Creek at high tide.
ROGUE RIVER, SHADY COVE, Ore.-According to The Fishin' Hole in Shady Cove, late spring kings are still being caught out of the Gold Hill area, and guide Kurtis Jermain scored 4 out of 5 trips there this past week, catching 12 kings in the last 5 trips, mostly on roe, but some plugs. Also catching summer steelhead with some adults, cutthroat and trout while sidedrifting nightcrawlers or pink rubber worms. No fly action yet, as flows are too high-running 2200 to 2300 cfs.
RUSSIAN RIVER-No changes to the summer action here, where there are a few smallmouth bass available in the morning and evening before and after the kayakers and floaters.
UMPQUA RIVER, Winchester Bay, Ore.-Salmon fisherman had a good week catching Chinook's at the mouth of the Umpqua River. Plug cut herring is the most popular technique on this river, but a bunch of the angler's are trying something new and having great result's. Anglers have been using Pautzke's Fire Cure in chartreuse for brining their herring, which gives them a vivid fish attracting color. "I haven't used any of this myself, but friends have told me that they like that it is easily cleaned up with water if you drip it on the boat or clothing," said guide Curtis Palmer. "If I had to pick the most unusual thing about this fishery it would have to be that the salmon fishing is always better in the morning. It doesn't seem to be effected by the tides like most of the other rivers in Oregon. They start trolling early on this river while going with the tide. Most boats start heading for the boat ramps at tide change and there is nearly nobody left on the water by the time it is high noon. There are still salmon caught during the afternoon and evening, but it is easy to see the difference.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Fresh salmon, the beginning of the fall run, were entering the river last week. It's just a start, and only a couple fish a boat were being caught, but anglers were scoring mostly jacks on spinners and Kastmasters. Steelhead fishing was very good farther upstream, mostly around Blue Creek. Steve Huber, of Steve Huber's Guide Service has been putting his clients on to several steelies a day from 4 to 6 pounds on drifted and boondoggled roe.
TRINITY RIVER, Junction City-Fishing has been outstanding for bright salmon, and it seems to get better every day. Anglers are scoring limits of dime bright fish from the North Fork to Lewiston on roe and backtrolled plugs. Flows are scheduled to increase on August 15 for an undefined duration to lower temperatures in the Klamath River in order to prevent a repeat of the massive fish kill on the lower Klamath that occurred in 2002.
TRINITY RIVER, Grays Falls-Fishing is good in the lower part of the Trinity-if you happen to be present when fish are moving through, according to Ed Duggan. The salmon are moving fast and fishing can be really good in spots like Dutch Creek and Cedar Flat on one day, and then slow the next.
AMERICAN RIVER-The river was still running low and clear this past week and anglers willing to make the hike down into the Middle Fork were being rewarded with some nice browns and rainbows taken on worms out of the deep pools. There should be some fish left from the DFG plants in the Silver Fork.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that an occasional bass to 5 pounds was still being caught along with lots of small spots. Limits of 12- to 14-inch kokanee were being caught by trollers working flasher/Wedding Ring combos tipped with worms in the Dark Day area at 30 to 80 feet deep. The DFG planted around 100,000 Eagle Lake trout fingerlings this past week, much to the delight of the bass population!!
CAMP FAR WEST-North Shore Resort reported that one angler picked up five 2 1/2- to 3-pound catfish from the shore during the day on worms. One bass fisherman caught 14 bass to 2 pounds on green pumpkin and morning dawn Senkos and lizards in the Bear River arm. The lake level is dropping fast, but launching is still good off the concrete ramp.
COLLINS LAKE-Trout, bass, and catfish action was okay this past week for shore anglers and boaters. Dave Callison and "Kevin" caught 3 catfish to 6 1/2 pounds and 8 bass to 3 pounds on plastic worms fished around the submerged brush. The rental dock and the bridge produced catfish and trout for shore anglers. Trollers caught some limits of trout at the power lines and off the beach on flasher/worm combos and green spoons at 25 to 35 feet deep.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Heavy recreational boat traffic slowed the fishing. Dillon Davis at Skippers Cove Marina recommended heading to the no-wake area on the upper end of the lake for some trout and bass near the confluence of the Yuba forks.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 77-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station announced that the Tevis Cup horse event would be held on Aug. 4 and would create extra traffic on Foresthill Rd and fill the Robinson Flat campgrounds-use caution when in the area this weekend. The water system at the north side campgrounds was still out of order at the Lewis and Group camps at French Meadows.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that 3 anglers in one boat trolled all day and caught 2 macks and 2 browns this past weekend indicating slower action. The 4-pound macks hit 3-inch red-dot/black Lyman plugs trolled 60 feet deep at the dam at 3 mph. The 16-inch browns hit F 9 purpledescent Rapalas in the early morning at the inlet.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle customer John Cadiente of Auburn fished for coho this past weekend and caught four 19 1/2-inch salmon trolling Sep's watermelon Strike Master dodger/pink hoochie combos at 45 feet deep at the bridge and dam. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the bass fishing was still red- hot with over twenty 2 pounders hitting reaction baits and jigs on a half-day trip this past Saturday. The fish were in the short pockets, on points, and on ambush points on walls in the North Fork and in the slot. The DFG is considering removing the slot-limit for bass-great idea!!
ROLLINS LAKE-Heavy recreational boat traffic slowed the bite-the best bet was up in the inlet area for some trout and bass action.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE-There was still some smallmouth bass action up in the Hensley area early and late. Lots of recreational boat traffic during the day.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were all open. Fishing was slow for DFG planters with no new fish in a month.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow. The one good trout that was taken was covered with copepods!
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake was at 133.7-foot elevation at press time -86-percent capacity. With heavy releases coming out of Lake Oroville, the water temp was too low for good bass action. PG&E is fixing several dams up on the Feather River and releasing a LOT of water that normally wouldn't be seen this time of year.
BENICIA-Salmon began biting for shore fishers on Wednesday, exactly as predicted by Curtis Hayes of Benicia Bait & Tackle. Much of the action was from the shoreline of Benicia State Park. Expectations, based on history, are that the salmon bite will turn on at First Street.
BERKELEY-Very slow salmon fishing the latter part of the week proved disappointing after such great fishing recently. Boats from Berkeley Marina Sportfishing concentrated instead on plentiful rockfish and lingcod along the Marin coast where weather was pleasant for most of the week. The El Dorado ran a trip to the islands that produced a lingcod per rod plus limits of rockfish.
BODEGA BAY-The salmon bite was red hot at the beginning of the week, then tapered off. Lingcod fishing has been very good and rockfish were off the hook. New Sea Angler is running combo trips to give anglers a variety of options.
EMERYVILLE-Salmon were slow to bite, though the 6-pack and 4-pack boats -including the Wet Spot, Talisman, Sundance -continued to do better than most on salmon outside the Gate. Potluck live bait Bay trips produced decent counts of halibut, but were generally well under a fish per rod. Most party boats filled sacks with rockfish and lingcod along the Marin coast, then tried halibut at north bar or south bar or at Alcatraz.
EUREKA-This incredible salmon season continues with limits aboard the charter boats and many experienced private boaters scored limits as well. Fishing for Pacific halibut resulted in limits for one boat.
FORT BRAGG-Anglers wait for better weather to go long and try for longfin, where a decent catch was made before the current wind event. Inshore, salmon fishing is a pick and rockfishing is very dependable.
HALF MOON BAY-Salmon counts are down but the quality is high, 15 to 30 pounds. Rockfish bit well near San Gregorio. Red tail perch went on the bite at Pescadero. Up the coast at Pacifica, Mark Glisson at New Coastside Bait and Tackle reported good striped bass fishing just north of town and south of town. The stripers averaged 6 pounds and bit both pileworms and Daiwa SP Minnows.
OAKLAND-Shark fishing in the South Bay took the spotlight for Bay fisherfolk as halibut and striped bass fishing slowed noticeably during the week. Most boaters ran outside the Gate to fish for salmon or halibut.
PORT SONOMA-Striped bass went wild in the Petaluma River and a decent number were caught in the Napa River on grass shrimp, bullheads and pileworms. Sonoma Creek produced very few reports of catches. Large sturgeon rolled and jumped in San Pablo Bay, but seem to be waiting for the upcoming minus tides.
SAN FRANCISCO-Rockfish and lingcod provided steady action along the Marin coast. Salmon action was slow though the quality was good with mixed year classes of fish biting. The Bass Tub nailed limits of groundfish outside the Bay, hauled in some halibut inside the Bay and is now planning tuna trips offshore in the coming weeks.
SHELTER COVE-Albacore counts to be proud of came from 35 miles out, before the big blow began. The Bite Me plans to make tuna trips when conditions allow. Salmon slowed to a pick in the latter half of the week. Rockfish and lingcod filled sacks to bulging.
BEAR RIVER RESERVOIR-Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle reported that there had been a flurry of action for macks running 15 to 20 pounds this past week. Deep trolling a dodger/herring combo to metered fish at 100 to 135 feet deep was the key.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Hot weather slowed the bite. The best action was still in the west side coves in the early morning before the recreational boaters roughed up the lake. The fish were scattered and cruising around in small schools, so being in the right place at the right time was paramount.
CAPLES LAKE-Ron Peterson, EID host, reported that the trout fishing had improved over the previous week. Boaters were doing better than the shore anglers on 1- to 1 1/2-pound rainbows trolling flasher/worm combos and Rapalas at the dam, off Wood's Creek and over the channel near the spillway. Shore anglers were doing best at Wood's Creek and at the spillway.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort, reported that limits were common with Alpine County making another plant this past week of 1800 pounds of 2 to 5 pounders. One lady angler came in with a limit that included a 4 pounder, two 3 pounders, and a 2 pounder-she released a bunch of smaller DFG cutthroats and rainbows. A 13-year-old Folsom girl landed a 5 pounder. Limits were common on both the West and East Carson for anglers using bait. Hit the bridge from the Hwy 88/89 junction toward Lake Tahoe on the West Carson for the best action.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 75-percent capacity. The Grizzly Store reported fly fishing was good at Eagle Point, Jenkins, Freeman Creek, Mosquito Slough, and Fairview in the mornings on PT's, rust and olive woolly buggers, and damsels. Shore fishing was slow, but the best action was at Eagle Point for anglers using Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers. Trollers did best running red-dot frog Needlefish and copper/red head Dick Nites 25 feet deep from Honker to the channel north of the island, and in the channel from the island to the dam- stay in the deepest water in the lake!!
DONNER LAKE-The bite was suffering from the hot weather. Like everywhere this time of year, you have to get out early or late for the best chance at success. The trout were scattered and cruising the shorelines, taking Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers. 12- to 13-inch kokanee were still hitting for trollers working dodger/ hoochie combos at 45 to 75 feet deep-experiment with colors to find the right one. 3- to 6-pounds macks were hitting sporadically for trollers banging stickbaits along the bottom.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON-The PG&E water releases were still blowing out the North Fork, but locals were doing well at the Caribou Powerhouse and in the East Branch at the confluence of the North Fork for native rainbows up to 16 inches on worms. Fly fishing should still be good on the East Branch at Rich Bar.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 69-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore anglers and trollers were still scoring on rainbows to 18 inches. Shore action was good at the dam and Lunker Point on Power Bait and worms. Trollers were fishing deeper, 15 to 25 feet deep with flasher/worm combos and Needlefish-start out shallower in the early morning and drop down as the sun gets on the water.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-Upper Salmon and Lower Sardine were planted by the DFG this past week, so fishing was good in the early morning at these two lakes.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 85-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that the bite here was still very slow due to the high water temp. One of Daneman's friends fished the lake this past week and never got a bite despite the fact that the lake was scheduled for a DFG trout plant.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Fishing was still slow due to the warm weather. Some fish were seen jumping in front of the dam in the early morning-might try a bubble/fly.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the trout bite had slowed since the lake was stocked two weeks ago. The best bet was to get out early for both shore angers and trollers.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-Sly Park Resort reported that trout fishing was good for shore anglers using Power Bait and worms at the first dam and at the second boat ramp in the Narrows. Lots of small smallmouth bass were seen along the banks.
LOON LAKE-The lake is at 77-percent capacity. One boater fished the lake for two days and only caught 3 rainbows, according to Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service. The water temp is just too hot for good fishing.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 67-percent capacity. The smallmouth bass bite slowed due to heavy pressure, though some good bass were still being caught on jigs, tubes and crankbaits in the very early morning off the dam. Trout anglers need to fish from a boat over the creek channels in the Prosser Creek and Alder Creek arms for the best chance at success either drifting bait or trolling-again, in the very early morning or late evening.
PYRAMID LAKE-Perch fishing was still slow, though many trout were being caught while perch fishing. The Pyramid Lake Store closed for business recently.
RED LAKE-Fishing was still slow due to the heavy algae bloom.
SILVER LAKE-Ron Peterson, EID host, reported that the trout fishing was improving. Trollers and shore anglers were catching some nice 2- to 3-pound rainbows. Trollers were doing best around the island on flasher/worm combos fished 20 feet deep in the early morning. Shore anglers did best at the dam using Power Bait and worms.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 80-percent capacity. The kokanee bite was slower but still productive for trollers working dodger/ hoochie, Radical Glow Tube, or spinner combos at 50 to 75 feet deep. The kokes were running mostly 13 to 14 inches with a few to 15 inches. The few macks were hitting lures trolled on the bottom at 80 to 100 feet deep. Rainbow trout were hitting along the shorelines from the dam to the campgrounds. Some smallmouth bass were seen in the pockets along steep banks this past week.
TOPAZ LAKE-The fishing was slow due to the warm water temp. Sadly, Linda Fields, co-owner of the Topaz Landing Marina lost her battle with brain cancer on July 21. She will be missed!!
TRUCKEE RIVER-Fly fishing was best in the morning and evening for casters using caddis, golden stones, and terrestrials-hoppers and ants. On windy days, hopper/droppers were working well. Daytime action was best in the deeper, faster water with streamers and crawfish patterns. Flows in the Little Truckee were very low requiring 6X and 7X tippets. Some green drakes were still hatching.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that the kokanee trolling was very slow-2 or 3 fish per day was a good day!! The early morning bite was good though the late evening bite was better for 14- to 16-inch kokes on purple/pink, pink, or red hoochies behind a chrome dodger fished at 45 to 55 feet deep. Mack trolling was pretty good. Mathis hooked 6 macks on his last trip to 16 pounds trolling dodger/herring combos or kokanee pattern Double Flutter spoons at 115 to 135 feet deep.
WEST WALKER RIVER-The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported that trout fishing was excellent. The biggest trout caught this past week was a 3 pounder but there were huge numbers of DFG planters being caught-and-released by anglers using everything in the tackle box. Irrigation drawdowns will end on July 31 on the river north of Walker and flows will increase to fishable levels. Mono County should be stocking 200 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows this week in the river south of Walker.
AMERICAN RIVER-Fishing was fair last week, but anglers had the choice of striped bass, salmon, steelhead, and even a few leftover shad. Striped bass are concentrated from Grist Mill downstream big streamers. Gear guys were soaking bait, and throwing swimbaits. A few salmon were being caught in Nimbus Basin, but not many. Half- pounder steelhead, were taking nymphs fished under indicators.
FOLSOM LAKE-Trout fishing was fair for trollers getting out on the water before the recreational boating crowd hits water with small jointed FlatFish in Hot Steel and Speedy Shiners. Fish between 45 and 55 feet deep. Bass are spending most of their time in deeper water now that the lake is dropping, and moving into the shallows only very early in the morning. Drop-shot Robo-Worms or jig with crawdad patterns across main points over submerged rock piles. Drifting crawdads and minnows has also been effective. Early in the morning, bass move into the shallows and are taking spinnerbaits, crankbaits and even topwater plugs.
RANCHO SECO LAKE-Fishing was slow except for very early and late for an occasional bass. A better bet is to soak worms under bobbers for redeared sunfish.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-Trout fishing continued to be very good in the high flows, and trout are keying on egg patterns because of all the salmon moving into the upper river.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir-Trout fishing continued to be very good. Anglers were catching mostly planters in the Dunsmuir area, and wild fish farther downstream. Most are 10 to 12 inches, but fish to nearly 20 inches are also occasionally being caught. On the McCloud, it's fishing for wild fish below the dam, and fishing for planters above the lake.
YUBA RIVER-Fly fishing has been good for nice rainbows from the 120 Bridge down to Sycamore. Although nymphing Mayflies and caddis- imitating nymphs is effective, trout are really keying on hoppers, and the strikes are spectacular.
AMADOR LAKE - "The black bass bite is red hot with lots of 5- to 6- pound bass being caught" said Debbie Grayson at the Lake Amador Store. Anglers are preparing for the annual Moonlighter Bass Tournament scheduled for August 4, so the bass fishermen are not talking about what they are catching them on. A few crappie being caught around the boathouse on jigs. Grayson said that the campers really love the swimming pool and it has been like the 4th of July every weekend.
BEAVER CREEK - "Water levels are beginning to drop but perfect for fishing," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles will work.
CAMANCHE LAKE - "Trolling by the buoy lines down at the dam 29 to 39 feet deep has been producing limits of nice-size trout for anglers" said Kimble LeMaux at the South Shore Marina. Black bass were schooling upriver, feeding on shad with fish to 6 pounds. 6,000 Florida strain black bass from 2 1/2- to 4-inches were just planted at the lake.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said "the kokanee are heading to structure and the bottom when the sun comes up." He has no problem getting his clients limits of kokanee up to 15 inches. Butch Betschart and his grandson Garrett Stowers enjoyed catching their limits of fat kokanee at 90 to 115 feet deep. There is an early morning or late evening topwater bite for bass. The One or Repo Man Paycheck topwater bait has been working. Senko's worked around the bridge pilings this time of year for suspended bass are working, also.
EBBETTS PASS - "The fishing on the highway 4 corridor has been excellent," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Make sure to be fire safe at this time of year as it is very dry out in the woods.
LAKE ALPINE - Fishing is excellent. "The dock is still not in the water so be prepared when you launch," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles will work.
LAKE MCCLURE - Kokanee and king salmon have gone deep and are hard to find. Still a good catfish bite on crawdads, 'crawlers, minnows and anchovies. Good topwater bass bite early and late in the day. Mid-day try jigs, drop-shotting or dartheading plastics in 20 to 40 feet of water.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Victoria Sturtevant at the Lake McSwain Marina said "the trollers are doing much better than the bank fishermen." Some successful trollers were using Wedding Rings and 'crawler combo. Bank fishermen were using garlic Power Bait.
MOSQUITO LAKES - Fly fishermen, bait fishermen and lure fishermen should try all the usual tactics to catch fish.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Most anglers are still getting easy limits of fat 13- to 14-inch kokanee. "Troll 50 to 75 feet deep in the spillway or dam area or near the 49 Bridge" said Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports. Night fishing has been producing some nice limits of healthy rainbows. Try fishing the main lake by the dam or spillway. Anchor your boat in 35 to 50 feet of water and drop the light 15- to 25-feet down. Power Bait, Gulp! Eggs, and 'crawlers have been working. Bass are feeding shallow on top water baits early and late, and then move out to main lake structure as the sun warms the water
NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - "The stream was planted recently and the water has been perfect," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles will work.
PINECREST RESERVOIR - "Fish up to 16 inches are being caught" said LouAnn Vallelunga at Pinecrest Sporting Goods. There have been several trout plants the last few weeks and the bite has been good. The water has slowed down coming into the lake so most anglers are heading to the dam using Power Bait or trolling with Wedding Rings and a 'crawler at 30 to 40 feet deep.
SPICER RESERVOIR - Trollers are still able to launch and the dock is in the water but the lake level is very low. "Fishing is still excellent, but the fish have moved deeper due to warmer weather," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles will work.
WHITE PINES LAKE - "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 will work.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-Sizes have been good for the summer but the fish harder to find, thanks to the weeds and algae. Try fishing at night or at dusk.
LAKE BERRYESSA-Shorten up your leaders some and make a lot of speed ups and turns to get pre-spawning kokes to bite. The bite backed off this past week due to weather releases, but should pick back up now that they've stopped.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side-A few salmon were taken but stripers were on the minds of more anglers, as the bite has been good.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-Striper fishing continued to be good at the Antioch Pier and New York and Broad sloughs. Boats were also doing well on sturgeon in Broad Slough or targeting catfish and crappie at Bethel Island. For black bass, it's been all about the topwater early and frogs.
LAKE ALMANOR-This Saturday is the Fish for a Wish Trout & Bass Tournament on August 4th at Big Cove Resort. If you can't make it, go to the website fishforawish.org to make a contribution or call Big Cove Resort at (530) 596-3349 to participate. There's been plenty of action and it's a great cause.
BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR-The fishing is still hot here, with bait anglers scoring most of the action. Rim Rock Ranch in Old Station reports some nice fish in the 18- to 20-inch range are coming in. Not a lot of action is being reported on fly fishing activity right now.
BAUM LAKE-Now that the weather has heated up, fish early for a few trout or late in the afternoon for a better chance at them.
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-The fishing has been good in the Eagles Nest area in 55 feet of water with a threaded nightcrawler 25 to 30 feet down under a slip bobber setup. Trollers are having some success at 30 to 35 feet with the frog pattern Sure Catch lures.
MANZANITA LAKE-The bite has really picked up, with a lot of topwater action. Fly patterns varied depending on whether you were fishing the weed beds or along the shoreline. Rim Rock Ranch at Old Station reports ants and terrestrials worked well close to shore while damsel nymphs were hot in more open water. Both browns and rainbows are showing in the mix. This lake has special restrictions, so be sure and read them.
PIT RIVER-Fishing has been great here lately. The Fly Shop reported nymphing with pheasant tail nymphs in No. 14-16 should produce hook- ups with energetic rainbows.
SHASTA LAKE-Outdoor Adventures reports king salmon fishing has been off the hook, trolling, around 60 to 100 feet deep. As water warms up, fish are going down deep. The Dry Creek area and Little Bone area has been the best. Their catching rainbows from 5:30 to 8 in the morning and then rainbows are going down to around 30 to 40 feet deep. Cripplures and Wiggle Hoochies are producing. The Bridge Bay area around the buoys has been producing some nice rainbow trout.
UPPER HAT CREEK-Rim Rock Ranch at Old Station reports fishing remains good, with most people catching lots of fish. DFG continues their regular plants and despite a bit more pressure on the creek the fish are biting. Worms, floating baits and roostertails were the top producers and some big fish are still being caught. Most fish at present are brookies with an occasional rainbow. Fly fishing has been good with blue wing olives and mosquito imitations working well.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR-Guide Mike Elster got three limits of 11- to 13- inch kokanee within four hours. The fish are down 40 to 60 feet and are hitting Apex's, Pink Pee Wee Hoochies and Pink Radical Glow Tube all behind UV Sling Blades. The fish are being caught on either side of the 299 Bridge.
-- Western Outdoor News