Fishing Line: 08/09/12

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

TOP PICKS

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-Salmon fishing was pretty good between Miller Park and Discovery Park. At Discovery Park, anglers were anchored up with Kwikfish, trolling Silvertron spinners, or even scoring from shore throwing big spinners. Freeport continued to produce some salmon, as well. Fishing for striped bass and catfish was pretty good in the Deep Water Channel for those few not trying for salmon.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff-Salmon were continuing to stream up the river and anglers were doing well from Verona, and Tisdale, to the Barge Hole above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Deschutes River Bridge which opened to fishing on August 1. A variety of methods are being used: Big spinners trolled downstream, backtrolled Kwikfish, drifted and back-bounced roe. The fish being caught are mostly in beautiful shape with many "silver bullets" fresh from the ocean being taken

DELTA REGION:

SACRAMENTO RIVER side-A good striper bite continues. The Rio Vista area had jiggers working the channel edges and anglers throwing Rat-L-Traps and swimbaits along the tules for stripers. Decker and Sherman islands and surrounding areas were also hot for stripers. No salmon reports really yet, as the water's hot and most are shooting through to cooler areas.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-Stripers are hot from Antioch to Pittsburg and there were some big ones, as well. Sturgeon fishing was off due to winds and the bass bite was fair, also due to wind. But the bluegill bite is going strong in the back sloughs.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Night fishing is really good for trout by the dam or spillway area and should continue for the next few weeks as long as the weather stays hot. Nice sized trout are being caught on Power Bait, Gulp! eggs, and 'crawlers. Kokanee fishing is red hot with anglers catching easy limits. Fishing for catfish is good but the bass are getting harder to catch.

GENERAL

NORTH COAST RIVERS

COOS RIVER, Charleston, Ore.-WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret's Guide Service said that he received some reports from locals around the Coos River who said that the incoming tide has been bringing Chinooks into the mouth of the river chasing baitfish. Peak time for fishing has been the middle of incoming tide all the way through the first hour of the outgoing. Mooching or trolling a bait behind a flasher are both popular techniques. Most of these salmon are feeder's on their way to home rivers and are not heading up the Coos river.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.-This past Friday was the busiest day this season in the estuary of the Rogue River, and for WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer, "it was nice to see all the boats and anglers out on the water. They couldn't of picked a better day to get out and try there luck, because it was probably the best day we have had for catching these chrome salmon." Wednesday was also a good day on the water, he said, with most of the boats having some kind of action, whether a strike or a stripped bait, or landing a king. Last week was good fishing, with some days better than others. "For instance Thursday was terrible in my review of the day, but overall, this last week was the best week we have had this season. I am expecting the salmon fishing to be improving significantly over the next two weeks," Palmer, of River Secrets Guide Service, said.

ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore.-The Fishin' Hole said the fishing hasn't changed since last week, with the possible exception of more summer steelhead showing up. Anglers are still getting late spring salmon in the Gold Hill area, and that will continue until September when early fall salmon should start showing up. Summer steelhead action is good in the Gold Hill area, too, and will get better and better.

RUSSIAN RIVER-Bring your water toys and swim suit, because that's about it unless you want to get out early and late and throw minnow- imitating lures for smallmouth bass.

UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Ore.-"The reports came in telling two different stories this week," said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer. "I guess it would depend on if they caught salmon or didn't catch salmon, for how they gave the report. I have come to the conclusion that the Chinook fishing slowed down this last week, with not as many feeder salmon following the bait into the river at the mouth. Many of the reports said that they caught one or two fish for the boat, but that was from the successful anglers. I also had messages left for me saying that they only caught one or two salmon and they weren't impressed with how many were caught or how many times they saw the net flying in other boats. Don't be discouraged from this report, because the disappointing week is over and the Umpqua river is known for this happening. We should start seeing the success on this river consistently getting better over the next couple weeks.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Steelheading was great last week, and the beginnings of the fall salmon run are getting better by the day. Spinners and Kastmasters were doing the trick near the mouth. Steelhead fishing was outstanding around Blue Creek said Steve Huber, of Steve Huber's Guide Service, who reported that a dozen were taken up to 11 pounds on one outing last week.

TRINITY RIVER, Junction City-Fishing got even better last week, if that's possible. Limits of bright kings to 17 pounds were common from the North Fork to Lewiston on roe and backtroll plugs early and drifted roe later. 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-Ed Duggan of "D" Guide Service said that salmon fishing can be good one day below the North Fork, as fish move through, slow the next. Del Loma has provided some pretty good action at times, and so have the Falls. Make sure to get on the river early and off early to avoid the heat.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

AMERICAN RIVER-Fishing was pretty good for striped bass, salmon, steelhead, and even a few leftover shad so long as you stayed away from weekends and mid-day fishing. Striped bass are concentrated from Grist Mill downstream and hitting big streamers. Gear guys were soaking bait, and throwing swimbaits. A few salmon were being caught in Nimbus Basin, but not many. Halfpounder steelhead were taking nymphs fished under indicators.

FOLSOM LAKE-Fishing for king salmon and trout was quite good last week, and Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motorsports Guide Service put his clients on to landlocked king salmon of 22, 20, and 18 inches along with trout and several other hookups on a single outing. He fished the main body over the river channel trolling between 35 and 60 feet deep with Rocky Mountain Tackle Bahama Mama white hoochies tipped with a chunk of anchovy. He was off the water by 10 a.m. Bass are mostly in deeper water as the surface temperature is 80 degrees and the lake is dropping fast. Drop-shot Robo-Worms or jig with crawdad patterns across main points over submerged rock piles. Bait anglers are drifting crawdads and minnows

FEATHER RIVER-Fresh salmon are continuing to move upriver in batches. Fishing can be slow one day with a couple of fish taken per boat at Shanghai Rapids or below the Outlet. Or, limits might be taken another. More fresh salmon moved up the Feather last week, and fishing was fair to good at Shanghai Bend and below the Thermalito Afterbay. Some small steelhead were still being caught in the Low Flow Section on small nymphs drifted under indicators.

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-Guide Al Brown of Al Brown Guide Service has been finding great fishing with his clients hooking 20 or more big, beautiful rainbows in a short outing . He's been using crickets and trolling small lures, but fly fishing with nymphs under indicators has been great, too.

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.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE-Jigs, drop-shots, wacky rigged Senkos with a nail weight and flick shake worms worked around deeper docks and rock piles from mid lake to the south arms should put some fish in the boat. Some of the guides working the lake, including Bob Myskey, have been fishing with live crawdads with good success.

LAKE BERRYESSA-The kokanee are going into their transition and some are hanging on structure, while others are in deep water on the bottom. The best tackle has been RMT 5 1/2-inch dodgers in Hyper Plaid, Bahama Mama followed with Uncle Larry's spinners and Apex spoons. Add garlic on the corn and on the dodger in gel form and run your leaders short. For bass, try frogs in the grass, topwater in the mornings, football head jigs on the rocks, drop-shotting Robo Worms on weedlines and even yo-yoing LV500s.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

LAKE ALMANOR-The Fish for a Wish Trout & Bass Tournament was a huge success and plenty of trout and salmon were coming in. Stacking Sep's chartreuse and 50/50 Strike Master Dodgers and 1/2 a nightcrawler at 25 feet and 44 feet down got all the action. A naked nightcrawler never got a bump. Fish are deep, attractors can only help.

BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR-Rim Rock Ranch in Old Station reports fishing is still very good even though they are seeing a bit more pressure than the past few years. Floating baits and lures are the top producers, but worms and eggs are catching their fair share as well. Fly fishing has been a bit better with callibaetis and PMD nymphs getting some action. There was an unusual late summer ant swarm that hit the lake and made for an interesting bout on the water for great surface activity.

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-Flying Eagle Guide Service reports fishing at Miners Point with a threaded nightcrawler in the water at legal fishing time produced limits in a few short hours. They anchored in 55 feet of water with the bait down 25 to 30 feet deep.

FALL RIVER--Few reports available as the hatches are backing off. The better bite seems to be in the morning.

MANZANITA LAKE-The bite has been good, as the topwater bite is active both early and late. Ants, damsels and zebra midges are all taking fish. Deep water activity has been more productive than the shoreline so float tubing or boating has been a big advantage. Reports from Rim Rock Ranch indicate that both browns and rainbows are still biting. This lake has special restrictions, so be sure and read the regulations.

MCCLOUD RIVER-No reports at this time.

PIT RIVER-Fishing has been great here lately. The Fly Shop reported an abundance of good water from Lake Britton Dam all the way down to Big Bend and beyond. Plan on wet wading and casting nymphs about 10 feet out and into the pockets, riffles and glides.

SHASTA LAKE-Dry Creek and in front of the dam is where you'll find the salmon from 100 to 120 feet down on anchovy tails. Elmore Bay in the Sacramento arm has been good for trout, since shad have been holding there. And bass are eating drop-shot Robo Worms in 20 to 40 feet on the main lake points and rocky areas, UPPER HAT CREEK-Rim Rock Ranch at Old Station reports fishing was very good with very light pressure mid-week but busy on the weekend. Fishing has been very consistent with most of the fish plants being brook trout of late. The fish are on the bite and hitting very well, especially on worms. Other baits are working as well, but mostly after the fish have been pressured a bit. DFG continues twice a week plants of mostly catchable pan-sized fish to the tune of 2,000 pounds a week. The creek is running much lower than earlier in the year so most holes and areas are fishable and holding fish. Some bigger fish are coming in, but not as frequently as in July. Fly fishing continues to be good with dry flies working as well as nymphs in some areas. Try caddis and attractors on top while copper Johns and wired stones are doing well fished deep.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BEAR RIVER RESERVOIR-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle reported that a couple more 15- to 20-pound macks were caught this past week trolling 100 to 135 feet deep with dodger/herring combos.

BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports said the fishing was slow for trout. The best bet was to get out very early in the morning and fish the west side coves from shore or get out over the channel by boat. This lake sees very heavy recreational boat traffic during the day, so get out early or late.

CAPLES LAKE-The lake is at 86-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Both Ron Peterson, the EID host, and Caples Lake Resort reported that the fishing was very slow this past week. One angler picked up a 22-inch rainbow on a Kastmaster from the shore at Wood's Creek. Most anglers only caught 1 or 2 rainbows in the 11- to 12-inch size range. The DFG plant should help the bite!!

CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Both the East and West Carson are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that anglers were doing well on nightcrawlers in the deeper pools. Fly fishermen were catching fish early and late in the day. Lure fishing was slow. One 11-year-old girl checked in with two 4 pounders and said she released 11 smaller trout on nightcrawlers. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters (TFFO) reported that dry fly action was good early and late on PMD's, hoppers, ants and stones.

DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 74-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was good this past week with trips producing limits of 17- to 18-inch rainbows. Dillard was trolling copper/red head Dick Nite spoons at 18 to 22 feet deep around the island. Shore fishermen were still catching a few fish at Eagle Point on Power Bait and worms. Fly fishermen were doing well during blood midge hatches along the west side of the lake.

DONNER LAKE-The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Trout fishermen were finding "feast-or-famine" action. Some guys hit the right spot with the right lure and caught fish, others blanked. Kokanee 11 to 13 inches were still hitting for trollers at 50 to 75 feet deep on dodger/hoochie combos.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON-The North Fork Feather is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. A major wildfire in the Feather River canyon area was forcing the evacuation of the Caribou Crossroads Resort on Sunday-stay out of the area until further notice.

FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 67-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore fishermen were doing well in the early morning using Power Bait and worms for rainbows to 18 inches before the recreational boaters hit the water and tore up the lake. The dam was the best spot this past week-the deepest water in the lake!!

GOLD LAKES BASIN-Bassett's Station reported that trout fishing was good at most of the lakes in the basin, especially at Sardine where the locals were limiting out in a couple of hours.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that fishing here was very slow due to the hot weather and warm water temp.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that trout fishing was very slow here due to the hot weather. Early mornings at the dam were the best bet.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing was slow-it's just too hot! One customer visited the lake and only caught a couple of fish after fishing all day from shore with Power Bait and worms.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-Local Jim Edmundson hooked a big Mackinaw on a frog spoon trolled on leadcore and got broke off-ouch!! Little smallmouth bass were being caught in the shallows all around the lake, according to Sly Park Resort.

LAKE TAHOE-Charter boats on both ends of the lake were reporting slower, but consistent action for macks and kokanee salmon. Tahoe Sportfishing and Tahoe Top Liners were doing well on macks and kokes trolling off South Shore from Camp Richardson to the Tahoe Keys. The macks were hitting spoons and dodger/minnow combos 80 to 150 feet deep. Kokanee limits were being taken on flasher/Apex or spoon combos at 50 to 80 feet deep. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters and Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported mack action at 120 to 130 feet deep in the very early morning with the later bite coming at 320 to 400 feet deep.

LOON LAKE-The lake is at 74-percent capacity. According to Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service, the bite continued to be miserably slow due to the warm water temp.

PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 66-percent capacity. With the 15-hp max on this lake, small boaters don't have to yield to recreational boat traffic like that seen at Boca. Get out over the channel and drift worms or troll early in the morning. The dam was still the best bet for smallmouth bass, but they can be found almost anywhere around the lake. Try tubes or dart-head worms for the smallies.

PYRAMID LAKE-Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that the perch fishing was still slow, but the incidental catch of cutthroat trout was very good on crappie jigs fished on light spinning gear at the Needles and Hell's Kitchen.

RED LAKE-Caples Lake Resort said that few reports were available, but there was a big algae bloom that was making fishing success difficult.

SILVER LAKE-The lake is at 77-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. The EID host reported that the fishing was slow with only a few small rainbows being caught by shore fishermen and trollers. The DFG plant should improve the situation!!

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 79-percent capacity. The Kokanee Power derby this past weekend was a big success and fielded 45 to 48 boats, according to Keith Zenger from Mountain Hardware and Sports who fished the event. The winners, Ken Munn and Steve Kenyard, both KokaneeMart.com pro-staffers, weighed in three 14 inchers to claim the $600 first prize. Fishing was tough for most contestants, but the winning fish came out of Jay's Cove on Sep's dodgers trailing Radical Glow Tubes. Zenger picked up his fish toward the dam at 65 feet deep over 80 feet of water on RMT Fusion dodgers and blue Uncle Larry's spinners TOPAZ LAKE-Chuck Fields at the Topaz Landing Marina reported that trout fishing was slow with trollers only picking up a fish or two in the middle of the lake. One bass angler caught a 2 3/4-pound smallmouth along the north shore on a worm.

TRUCKEE RIVER-The main river was flowing 389 cfs through Truckee and 488 cfs below the Boca outlet. The Little Truckee was running 76 cfs. According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, the main river was fishing well early and late on PMD's, golden stones, and caddis. Crawfish patterns dredged through the deeper holes were also producing some bigger fish. The Little Truckee was fishing well with PMD's all day, according to TFFO.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 84-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that the kokanee trolling was very slow, with boats only catching 2 to 4 fish running Wild Thing dodgers ahead of pink hoochies at 50 feet deep over the deepest water in the lake near the dam. Trollers were working hard for their fish-it's just too hot.

WEST WALKER RIVER-The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. The flows were lower and most of the fish were coming out of the 5 or 6 deep spots in the canyon south of Walker in the early morning or late evening. The "How Big is Big" trout derby was won by Chris Tuttle of Gardnerville, Nev., with a 4 1/2-pound rainbow. First prize was a Fenwick Fly Rod/ Reel combo. The junior division was won by Travis Brooks with a 4 1/4-pound rainbow. He picked up a rod/reel combo for first place. The derby had 131 adult contestants, and 30 juniors who weighed in 68 trout over 3 pounds and 16 fish over 4 pounds. "The best derby we've ever had", according to weighmaster Debbie Bush at the Walker General Store.

NorCal Saltwater BERKELEY-It was a pick at halibut except for during just the rights tides. Rockfish competed eagerly for baits and decent lingcod counts came with the rockfish. Salmon action outside the Gate continued at roughly 1 fish per rod.

BODEGA BAY-The New Sea Angler switched to rockfish and lingcod to create impressive fish counts. On Thursday, 28 anglers got limits of rockfish and 30 lings to 16 pounds. On Saturday, 44 people caught limits of rockfish and 37 lingcod to 16 pounds. Then on Sunday, 43 fishers hauled in 54 lingcod to 21 pounds along with their limits of rockfish. Leroy Ress caught a 16-pound lingcod to barely stay ahead of Jay Ress' (Leroy's 12-year-old grandson) 15-pounder. Erik Carstensen, 9 years old of Sebastopol, battled and boated a monster 27-pound lingcod, his second big lingcod of the day.

BROOKINGS, Ore.-Fishing for salmon was almost within casting distance of the Chetco Harbor Jetty. Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service found quick limits close to the harbor on the troll.

DILLON BEACH- Salmon fishing slowed down to more like a normal salmon season with above-average fish coming from 30 to 70 feet of water hugging the rocky bottom, possibly due to very clear water conditions. Halibut were hooked in the entrance to the bay, along local beaches and inside Tomales Bay behind Hog Island where drifters used live smelt for bait.

EMERYVILLE-Salmon continued at roughly 1 fish per rod from Muir Beach and the Channel Markers. Rockfish boats limited at the Farallons or Marin coast. Counts from Emeryville Sportfishing Center included: Friday: C-Gull II had 18 anglers catch 19 salmon to 25 pounds. The Sea Wolf's 25 people got limits of rockfish and 7 lingcod to 11 pounds. The New Huck Finn had 20 fishers boat limits of rockfish, 3 lings to 10 pounds and 12 salmon to 19 pounds. The New Salmon Queen had 19 people catch 24 salmon to 20 pounds. New Seeker's 7 passengers got 8 salmon to 22 pounds. Saturday: Akunui had 4 people boat 5 salmon to 18 pounds. The C-Gull II saw 25 anglers catch limits of rockfish and 5 lingcod to 10 pounds. The Sea Wolf got 17 salmon to 25 pounds for 24 anglers. The New Huck Finn had 17 anglers catch 19 salmon to 24 pounds. The New Salmon Queen saw 21 folks boat 14 salmon to 27 pounds. The Super Fish's 24 people caught 15 salmon to 24 pounds. The Sundance caught 8 salmon to 22 pounds for 6 passengers. The Wet Spot's 4 people caught limits of rockfish, 2 lingcod to 8 pounds plus 2 salmon to 18 pounds.

EUREKA-Weather hampered salmon fishing for small craft early in the week due to inclement weather, but by late week the fleet was back out in full force and limits of salmon, running an average of 15 to 20 pounds, were common. Charter boats Reel Steel, Sea Weasel, Shellback and North Wind reported regular limits.

FORT BRAGG-Salmon seemed few but large for charter boats and private boaters. Groundfish, including rockfish, lingcod and cabezon, jumped baits at all hard-bottom areas but proved generally larger up near Westport aboard the Telstar. Surf perch bit at sandy beaches from near Fort Bragg to Westport. A private boater found tuna off of Fort Bragg and outside the Farallons at 37.44 and 123.15. One boat reported 13 fish.

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA-Salmon trips are by request only with low counts but larger fish. Rockfish are biting wildly on short trips south of harbor. The Huli Cat ran both rockfish and salmon trips. Jetty fishers are carrying off good numbers of rockfish and lingcod. Up the coast at Pacifica, a few salmon were caught from the pier and stripers bit in the surf south of the pier.

MARTINEZ-A couple of keeper sturgeon were caught and some lost by pier fishers. The left side of the pier was best, according to Amy Tompkins of Martinez Marina Bait & Tackle. Boaters reported shakers but no keepers. A few striped bass catches were reported from near Rio Vista.

OAKLAND-Perch season opened again on August 1 and big rubberlip and pile perch, to 1.5 pounds were caught from Alameda Rock Wall to Point Pinole. Stripers to 20 inches bit live bullhead near Point Ponole. A noticeable number of salmon showed off of California City.

PORT SONOMA-Striped bass stacked up in the Petaluma River and seemed to bite everywhere. The Napa River saw salmon move in. Bat rays and sharks were thick in the upper San Pablo Bay and lower rivers.

SAN FRANCISCO-Halibut and salmon both played the hit & miss game, though at times the fishing was good for a nice grade of fish. Shark fishing in the South Bay held the promise of action on the right tides. Rockfish and lingcod stayed on duty and bit willingly for the Flash.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER-The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the river was still running low and clear. Again, anglers willing to make the hike down into the Middle Fork can find good rainbows and browns in the deeper pools in the early morning and late afternoon.

BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Still some kokanee being caught in the Dark Day area by trollers working dodger/hoochies 30 to 80 feet deep in the late morning. Some catfish were caught in Catfish Cove-the big cove between marina and Dark Day-on worms. Boaters willing to make the trip through the no-wake zone to the end of the North Fork were catching some rainbows drifting worms in the current. Bass were showing around the docks to feed on the newly spawned bluegill.

CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is at 51-percent capacity. One angler picked up eleven 1- to 1 1/2-pound bass on morning dawn worms and Senkos while fishing steep banks in the Bear River arm at 10 to 15 feet deep.

COLLINS LAKE-The lake is down 18 feet from full. Trout fishing was pretty slow, with the best action coming off the docks at night on Power Bait and worms. Catfishing was good for fish to 6 pounds off the docks and in Elmer's Cove. Some daytime shore fishing success was seen at the bridge for a mix of catfish and trout.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Houseboaters did well on trout this past week. A 4-pound rainbow was caught in the marina by John Weatherford while soaking worms off the back of his houseboat. Rental houseboaters did well at Hogsback across from the marina and up lake at Black's Ravine for planter rainbows. Look for bass in the marina and at Keystone Cove where a 6 pounder was caught this past week.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 75-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Will Fish Tackle in auburn reported that a group of customers camped here for a couple of days this past week and found fishing very slow-only a couple of fish per day of trolling. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the water system at the Lewis, and Coyote and Gates group camps was still not working. Mosquito Ridge Road was being dug up to make repairs- beware of construction crews and equipment.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 71-percent capacity. According to the Georgetown Ranger Station there were lots of fishermen out on the lake, but few fish were being caught. The hot weather made the bite tough for trout and kokanee.

LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 74-percent capacity. Mike Hanson reported that the Tuesday evening turkey shoots were being won with fish over 19 inches-long skinny spots or 5-pound largemouths. Topwater lures were working well during the 5 to 8 p.m. events fishing from the dam to the North Fork. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that reaction baits-lipless cranks and small swimbaits-were still working well on the rocky points and walls in the West Branch and North Fork. Jigs were really working well at 15 to 25 feet deep.

ROLLINS LAKE-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Long Ravine Resort reported that bass fishing was good early and late in the Freeloader Cove area. Trollers getting out very early or late evening were picking up some trout at the dam and inlet. There's been very heavy recreational boat traffic on weekends.

SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE-The lake is at 89-percent capacity. The trout fishing was slow, but smallmouth bass action was good from the Hensley area up toward the inlet. Lots of recreational boat traffic on weekends made fishing tough.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the hot weather and no DFG plant since the July 4 holiday made for slow trout fishing. Try early or late during the week for the best chance at success.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 87-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campground host said trout fishing was very slow due to the 76-degree water temp. The lake does have bass and catfish that could be hitting at the dam.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake was at 133.5-foot elevation at press time -81-percent capacity. The bass fishing was still slow due to the heavy releases from the lake keeping the water temp unseasonably cold. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company said no one was even trying for bass with the high flows running through the Afterbay.

MOTHERLODE

AMADOR LAKE - Kathy Isaac at the Lake Amador Store said "lots of panfish being caught on redworms and crappie jigs". Chicken liver being used at Rock Creek to catch catfish and there is still a decent black bass bite at night.

BEARDSLEY RESERVOIR - "Bank fishing is slow but anglers trolling flashers and 'crawler combinations are still catching a few fish" said Scott Cole at the Strawberry Store.

BEAVER CREEK - "Water levels are dropping but fishing is good," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles will work.

DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing has been using Shasta tackle Sling Blade dodgers in the 8-inch series, as they have more flash and action as the kokanee are getting very aggressive and need something bigger this time of year, along with Vances large hoochies all tipped with shoe peg corn soaked in herring scent at depths of 90 to 115 feet. Dartheading and drop-shotting plastics for bass in Hatch Creek has been working for Harold Wiley of Waterford, but the bass seem to be smaller than those in Rogers or Big Creek arms of the lake.

EBBETTS PASS - "The fishing on the highway 4 corridor has been very good," 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 good. "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 salmon bite slowing. Kokanee are relating to main lake deepwater points and underwater humps. Salmon are holding in the river channel from Barretts Cove to the dam. Some anglers targeting kokanee are catching salmon and some salmon anglers are catching kokanee. There have been some quality fish being caught. Bass fishing is good with topwater early and late and then drop- shotting and dartheading plastics.

LAKE MCSWAIN - Stephanie Powell at the McSwain Marina said "trollers are doing well with dodgers and Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of 'crawler. There is no hotspot for the bank fishermen as the fish are scattered and fishermen are catching fish all over the lake. Garlic Power Bait and Kastmasters seem to be the bait and lure of choice for bank fishermen. There have been a couple trout plants recently, so the bite should improve.

LAKE PARDEE - "The kokanee are getting hooknoses and sharp teeth already and it looks like the fish are going to spawn early" said Bill Cook at Lake Pardee Marina. Kokanee are hitting anything pink. Trout are 25 to 40 feet deep hitting blade 'crawler combination or spoons. Smallmouth bass are running from 2 to 5 pounds drop-shotting Robo worms. The catfish bite has been excellent with 'crawlers or chicken liver.

MOSQUITO LAKES - Fly fishermen, bait fishermen and lure fishermen should try all the usual tactics to catch fish.

NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - The stream has been heavily planted and even with water levels dropping the fishing is still good. All the regular fishing styles will work.

PINECREST RESERVOIR - LouAnn Vallelunga said "a 4 pound 6 ounce trout was caught at the lake." The big fish was caught trolling. Trout to 16 inches have been caught by bank fishermen blowing up 'crawlers so they float high in the water column and Power Bait. Trollers are mostly using blades or dodgers with a 'crawler.

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 very good, but the fish have moved deeper," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Best depth to try is 25 to 45 feet deep. All the regular fishing styles will work.

SOUTH FORK STANUISLAS - Fishing is fair but the water is the lowest it has been in years said Scott Cole at the Strawberry Store. Lots of stream plants in the area and all the usual stream tactics will work.

WHITE PINES LAKE - "Fishing has slowed way down," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.

--Western Outdoor News

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