FEATHER RIVER-Salmon fishing was very good again. Bright salmon were being caught around Shanghai Bend by trollers and jiggers, but you have to get on the water very early to get a decent spot. Below the Outlet also was very good, but fish are darker. Some steelhead were being caught in the Low Flow Section on dead-drifted nymphs under indicators, drifted nightcrawlers, and Glo-Bugs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-Salmon fishing was good last week from Clarksburg to Verona. Trolling Kwikfish and Silvertron spinners were effective, while the Minnow Hole and Discovery Park were producing a few kings for bank fishermen. Fishing for catfish was very good in Lisbon Slough, which is high because of the draining of rice fields.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff-More and more king salmon are stuffing the river from Chico to Red Bluff, and good anglers are consistently getting limits of kings for all anglers on the boat. All methods were working including backtrolling plugs or backbouncing and dragging roe. There's no telling when the bite might take off on a given day. While fishing might be good in the morning, there might be no action until the afternoon
DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side-Look for salmon fishing to really get going as cooler nights have the water temperatures finally starting to drop. Spinners such as Blade Runners have been popular early and late in the day for the ever-increasing numbers of bright salmon. Most fish weighed in the teens and low 20s, still but expect to see more competition for these fish as the season heats up.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-The stripers sizes backed off some, but not the numbers of them. For a ton of action and a few keepers, try Broad Slough, Sherman Lake, Big Break or Dutch slough with mudsuckers or shad. Got a favorite hole and you can bet there are stripers in it. Sturgeon fishing has been slow, with only a few keepers reported in the past few weeks. The wind has stayed around longer than usual and the stripers were stealing all their bait anyway. The bluegill bite hasn't stopped. One angler reported 90 bluegill over 1 1/2 pounds in Whiskey Slough on wax and red worms.
LAKE TAHOE-Mackinaw fishing was good on both ends of the lake for charter operators. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners was picking up macks while trolling Rapalas, ThunderSticks and spoons 160 to 180 feet deep. Bob Spaulding of Paso Robles landed an 11 1/2 pounder on a Rapala. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing booked 25 anglers in five boats and almost all caught limits by 10 a.m. this past weekend. The fish ran 3 to 7 pounds and hit mainly spoons from 150 to 370 feet deep. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters last trip scored 10 fish to 9 pounds in the early morning from 250 to 300 feet deep at Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, and Crystal Bay.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
COQUILLE RIVER, Rocky Point, Bandon, Ore.- "Alright, fishermen, this river has not lived up to my expectations for the beginning of the king salmon season," said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret's Guide Service. "As a matter of fact, it was a lot slower fishing on the lower end of this river during the weekend than I could of imagined. There were salmon caught by just about every boat that was on the river Sunday, but I didn't see any boats with more than one or two fish. I still expect to see some incredible days of catching salmon on this river in the next month."
COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Ore.-"Well, it was bound to happen at some point this season, but luckily it only lasted a couple days," said guide Curtis Palmer. "I am talking about the great fishing for fall Chinook salmon at Marshfield Channel on the Coos River. It became very slow fishing for a couple days near the end of the work week, but as the weekend passed, new report's were given to me stating that Coos River was fishing pretty darn good again, but not as good as the beginning of this last week when most boats had multiple king salmon on board. I am expecting the Coos river salmon fishing too improve over the next 4 days."
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.- "It has been difficult this season to give an up lifting report for the mouth of the Rogue River, but I hope this weeks report will come close," said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. "Over the last week the number of salmon being caught hasn't gone up any that I could see. Although I have noticed that the size of salmon being caught by those fortunate angler's who connect has been well above the 20-pound range." The good news is that Guide Bill Divens of King Salmon Lodge has been fishing upriver in the Wild & Scenic area and he's been doing well intercepting fast-moving kings that aren't holding in the estuary, but scooting straight on through.
RUSSIAN RIVER-Recreation activity has slowed down a little bit here, but it's still crazy wild on the river on weekends. Fishing is smallmouth bass only early and late, and you can keep singing that tune until a big rain.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Fishing continued to get better and better last week, and mixed limits of adult and jack salmon were common. Salmon were averaging larger, too, with some in the 30-pound class. The upper part of the lower Klamath up to Blue Creek seemed to produce better than down by Klamath Glen. Boaters side-drifted roe early then switched to dragging (boondoggling). Halfpounder steelhead are entering the river now, and fly fishers are doing well swinging streamers and dead-drifting nymphs.
TRINITY RIVER, Junction City-Some bright fall Chinooks are now joining dark spring-run fish, and numbers the best fishing has been down by Del Loma with many anglers catching at least two or three bright fall run Chinook. A few steelies are starting to show, too. Flows were dropping back, and were a little over 800 cfs over the weekend.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek-Fishing around the Hawkins Bar/Willow Creek area has started to improve, according to guide Ed Duggan with more and more fresh fish showing up each day. No. 3 Blue Fox spinners have been attracting some nice steelhead as well as salmon. Kimtu Riffle in Willow Creek has been one of the better spots. Drifting roe has been effective, too.
NorCal Saltwater BERKELEY-Party boats Happy Hooker, California Dawn, Lovely Linda enjoyed options for salmon, rockfish and lingcod, halibut and very large Bay sharks. Jerrid Davis of Sacramento boated a 225-pound 7- gill shark.
BODEGA BAY-Off-color water moved back inshore and salmon moved in with it, bringing action from Bird Rock to Elephant Rock. Combo trips on the New Sea Angler produced limits of rockfish, good lingcod counts and salmon. Albacore counts spiked in an area 35 miles out of Bodega Bay.
EMERYVILLE-Salmon fishing was variable with success ranging from boat- to-boat and day-to-day, anywhere from well under a fish per rod up to limits, coming from the Channel Buoys and Duxbury. Emeryville Sportfishing is running combo trips on weekends for salmon and rockfish. Anglers generally have a choice between salmon, rockfish and lingcod, or potluck trips. Recent potluck trips concentrated mostly on lingcod and rockfish at the Farallon Islands or along the Marin coast.
EUREKA-Salmon season ended with a blockbuster bite, the same as it has all season, 7 miles from the entrance to Humboldt Bay. Albacore were within reach, albeit a lengthy run to the right water. Pacific halibut bit for anglers in 300 feet of water straight offshore. Lingcod and rockfish provided limit-style action.
FORT BRAGG-Anglers who fished straight out for albacore enjoyed modest success. Boaters who trekked southward found high counts with even some dorado mixed in. Subsurface Progression Dive Shop reports many limits of abalone by divers working local shallow areas.
HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA-Rockfish and lingcod action was wildly productive with easy limits for anyone who could stand at the rail and keep fishing. Anchovies moved into the harbor and jacksmelt gathered around the outer jetty, bringing halibut in with them. White seabass and halibut were caught with squid south of Pillar Harbor.
MARTINEZ-Striped bass action peaked this week with a great average size of 12 pounds. Stripers are biting for pier, boat and shore anglers, making everyone happy. Martinez Marina Bait & Tackle weighed in a couple of salmon Saturday, caught with lures by a boater off of 1st Street, Benicia.
OYSTER POINT-Pier anglers scored halibut early in the week and striped bass at mid-week. Perch bit periodically all week. There were reports of striper activity near the Brisbane Tubes. Private boaters who launched and headed through the Gate came back with salmon and albacore.
PORT SONOMA-Petaluma River continued to churn out striped bass with both boat and shore anglers catching their share. The Napa River saw limited but notable success. Upper San Pablo Bay began to pump out some sturgeon and ideal tides late this week are expected to produce solid catches of sturgeon, stripers, halibut and salmon.
SAN FRANCISCO-Boats split efforts between albacore, salmon and rockfish/lingcod trips. Capt. Erik Anfinson took the Bass Tub out Thursday with 8 anglers who caught 16 albacore to 30 pounds near the Gumdrop.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. With colder nights dropping the water temp and the recreational boat traffic at a minimum with the passing of Labor Day, fishing was better at the inlet and the coves near the boat ramp.
CAPLES LAKE-The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Trollers were picking up some limits of planter rainbows on spinner/worm combos at 24 feet deep in Emigrant Bay. Shore fishing at Wood's Creek inlet was producing a few trout also. The DFG planted 2000 rainbows to 1 1/2 pounds this past week, overall fishing was hit-or-miss with anglers doing well one day and poor the next, according to the EID host.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Alpine County planted 1800 pounds of 1 1/2- to 7 1/2-pound rainbows in the East and West Carson this past weekend. Limits of 2- to 4-pound rainbows were being caught on every kind of bait and lure imaginable. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort said the river was "just plugged" with trout. Fly fishermen were also doing well on golden stones, copper Johns, and San Juan Worms near the bottom and Elk Hair Caddis on top in the evenings.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was only fair-his last two half-day trips produced 7 and 4 rainbows. Copper/red head Wee Dick Nite spoons were working best in the morning at 12 to 16 feet deep while the firetiger Needlefish did well in the afternoons at 18 to 22 feet. Shore fishing was only producing 2 or 3 fish per angler at Grasshopper and Mallard Point. Eagle Point was also producing if you could cast out past the weed line. Fly fishing was hit-or-miss from Camp 5 to Cow Creek. The Honker Cove boat ramp will be closed on September 18 for the rest of the year for repairs-the Camp 5 ramp will be open for launching.
DONNER LAKE-The lake is at 87-percent capacity. This lake was still providing the best action in the Truckee area. The kokanee trollers were still doing well for salmon running 12 to 14 inches at 55 to 65 feet deep on dodgers trailing pink or orange hoochies. Some macks were hitting the kokanee gear along with a variety of plugs and spoons in firetiger patterns. Rainbow trout fishing was best on the NW side of the lake near the offshore ledges that could be reached from shore by a good cast.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON-Caribou Road was opened and the first USFS campground was reopened for campers. Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that campers were catching some nice rainbows. The Chips Fire was no longer a threat to the area after burning for almost a month.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Shore fishing was good at the dam and Big Cove for rainbows running 14 to 16 inches using Power Bait. Boaters drifting Power Bait over the channel in the middle of the lake were doing well also.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-Colder nights dropped the water temp here and improved the fishing in all the lakes. Look for the macks to move shallower in Gold Lake as the water gets colder.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Trollers were catching lots of planter rainbows on Sep's grubs and threaded nightcrawlers at 25 to 35 feet deep. As the water cools the fish will get shallower.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Lake is low and weedy-the fishing was still tough!!
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports visited here this past week and found the fishing to be very slow. There were two boats on the lake and neither had landed a fish.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Sly Park Resort reported that one troller caught-and-released 5 macks on spoons run 105 to 115 feet deep.
LOON LAKE-The lake is at 59-percent capacity. No reports were found from the local guides-few visitors here, apparently.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 51-percent capacity. The lake is low and fishing was slow this past week. Drifting bait over the channel in a small boat would be something to try. As the water temp drops, the fishing should improve.
SILVER LAKE-The lake is at 66-percent capacity. EID host Ron Peterson reported that the DFG planted 2000 rainbows to 1 1/2 pounds this past week. Fishing was hit-or-miss with anglers doing well one day and poor the next.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 77-percent capacity. The kokanee bite was about over with the fish pretty well all turning-hooked jaws, slipped scales, and red bodies. The few that were still hitting were striking out of territorial aggressiveness, so keep leaders short behind the dodgers. The best action was at the island at 50 to 60 feet deep. Rainbow trout fishing was good in the coves near the boat ramp.
TOPAZ LAKE-The lake is low and the fishing was very slow, according to Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina.
TRUCKEE RIVER-According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, the flows were still very good, 380 to 420 cfs, and the water temp was dropping, creating perfect conditions for the beginning of the fall feeding frenzy. The October caddis bite was well underway this past week-fish the big orange nymphs with a small dark dropper through the faster runs. The crawfish pattern bite was shifting over to streamers with the cooler water.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 68-percent capacity. The kokanee bite slowed way down. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that the kokes were 75 feet deep at the dam and scattered. The fish have turned and the bite was tough. Neeser and Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle both said that smaller macks were active but only running from 1 to 3 pounds and hitting 100 to 125 feet deep.
WEST WALKER RIVER-The flows in the West Walker were down to 30 cfs, but there was plenty of fishable water in the canyon south of Walker. The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel said that fishing was fantastic for the few anglers who were visiting the area. The DFG planters were measuring 12 to 14 inches and some of the Mono County fish were weighing in at 2 3/4 pounds. Bait, lures, and flies were all working well. Want solitude and great fishing? Visit the West Walker River!!!
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-Cooler nights will have bass getting ready to school up and find the bait. It's time for them to start feeding up for the winter, so just move around until you find the bait and you'll find the bass.
LAKE BERRYESSA-With kokes getting into spawning mode, expect to find more dark fish and more of next year's batch of trout and salmon. There were still some nice pockets of them found at the dam, in the Narrows and in front of Skiers Cove. Some of the best options for the kokanee are RMT 5 1/2-inch hyper plaid Bahama Mama Dodger with Apex spoons or a small RGT or micro hoochie from 85 to 105 feet deep.
LAKE SONOMA-For bass, check out the topwater bite in the main body with Sammy 128s in ghost minnow around points and standing timber before the sun hits the water. Then it's drop-shotting or Senkos in the 15 to 25 feet of water on grass lines, points and ledges. For land-locked steelies, work the 30- to 35-foot mark in front of the dam.
LAKE ALMANOR-Almanor Fishing Adventures suggested the east basin, especially the north end from Hamilton Branch and Big Springs areas, have been producing fish, also the east side of the peninsula from Rec. 1 to Big Cove. Try a naked nightcrawler at 30 to 35 feet for fish between 6:15 and 9:00 a.m., after that, run SMD Dodgers and nightcrawler combos down to 40 feet. There's been an even balance of kings to 3 pounds and rainbows in the 4-pound range. Most were smaller, but you can expect a few big fish to show up.
BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR-Rim Rock Ranch reported no anglers at this time.
BAUM LAKE-With the night time temperatures dropping, the morning bite has picked up.
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. The section above the canal near the post office is fishing well but does not accommodate a lot of fishermen.
FALL RIVER-The Fly Shop reported that the entire 9 miles above the confluence has been fishing well. Anglers are finding a small dry fly window in the early morning and then nymphing on the swing or under indicators will get the rainbows attention the rest of the day.
HAT CREEK, UPPER-With fires burning all around the state, the decision to chance a trip here has not been on a lot of people's minds. The good news is that the upper Hat Creek is smoke free, the weather is warm and pleasant and the fishing is hot. With many fewer people hitting the creek, the fishing has been outstanding. DFG is planting as many fish as ever and with fewer folks fishing, there are plenty of fish for everyone. Both brookies and rainbows are coming in, but the vast majority of the larger fish are brookies. Worms are the way to go as of late, but when fish see more pressure, try eggs and lures. Mornings have been on the cold side, but daytime temperatures are in the mid 80s. Fishing should remain good all month as fish plants will continue twice a week.
MANZANITA LAKE-Rim Rock Ranch had no fishing reports and there have been no anglers here.
MCCLOUD LAKE-Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service has been finding stellar trout days here, with up to 70-plus fish being released each trip.
MCCLOUD RIVER-Closed due to the Bagley Fire for at least a few weeks.
PIT RIVER-There haven't been any reports from here lately, but The Fly Shop says you can't go wrong here in September, thanks to hatches of small insects.
SHASTA LAKE-The lake is still red hot in the Dry Creek area for rainbows and salmon to 3 pounds. The kings have been holding between 120 and 150 while the trout have been at 60 to 70 feet. You'll also find the bass under baitballs as they move up to feast.
TRINITY LAKE-The bite was slow in front of the dam, but it did produce at least one nice 4-pound salmon at 85 feet. Run your setups from 65 down to 110 feet to cover a large spread and try white Wiggle Hoochies or small black and white Apexs.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR-No new reports but it has been fishing the same all season with limits of 11- to 14-inch kokes both north and south of the 299 Bridge. Some of the kokes are just starting to kype but there's 3 or 4 more good weeks left here. Look for a steady day using Apexs in UV pink and watermelon behind a Sling Blade in 30 to 45 feet.
AMERICAN RIVER- American Fly Fisher's Mike Powers said that fishing has been "really good" for halfpounder steelhead. He said they have been mostly taking caddis nymphs, but there has been some action on dries like elk hair caddis flies at times in the evening after a warm day. It's important to give the fly a bit of action-"dance it"-he said. Fish were being caught from Sailor Bar down to Watt Ave. Salmon fishing was still slow, but could take off any time now.
FOLSOM LAKE-Not many anglers were fishing last week, but those who were and knew what they were doing caught some nice landlocked king salmon at about 60 feet deep by the dam and over by the spillway where construction is going on. Fast troll Speedy Shiners in silver patterns. Bass fishing was still slow, and most of the action-what little there was of it-continued to be on plastics: drop-shotted Robo-Worms in shad patterns and jigs in crawdad patterns worked slowly across main points and over submerged rock piles..
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-Trout fishing was outstanding in the lower flows in the Sacramento River below Keswick Dam last week, especially between Redding and Anderson. Al Brown of Al Brown's Guide Service said fishing was so good that on two different occasions on his outing on Friday, 3 of his 5 firefighters had triple hookups, and last Friday, they were using little Rapalas and Big O's in silver. A couple of the fish weighed 6 pounds, and they hooked an estimated 60 fish, landing about half of them.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir-Trout fishing continued to be slow except early in the morning and late in the evening. Dunsmuir was better, where frequent plants pump up the action. The McCloud has also been only fair.
YUBA RIVER- Fishing continued to be good on the Yuba River with fat rainbows still keying on hoppers below the Highway 20 Bridge. The river is closed to fishing upstream of the bridge. Pair a hopper with a small dropper nymph, especially mid-day.
AMERICAN RIVER-The Silver Fork was planted by the DFG this past week. Try fishing near the Silver Fork campground near Kyburz for a good shot at success.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 69-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that trollers were picking up some 12- to 14-inch kokanee working dodger/hoochies at 50 feet deep at the dam. Levon Matthiessen said that kokanee were jumping on the surface in the evenings and were starting to "turn" as the spawn gets closer. The kokes will move up toward Willow Creek to spawn.
CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is at 28-percent capacity. Shore fishermen caught catfish to 11 pounds this past week on chicken livers near the boat ramp. Stephanie Bridgeman caught an 8-pound catfish trolling a spinner in the Rock Creek arm. Bass anglers were still catching lots of small fish in the Rock Creek arm on green pumpkin Brush Hogs at 5 to 10 feet deep in the mornings and 10- to 15 feet deep in the afternoons.
COLLINS LAKE-The lake is 27 feet from full. Fishing pressure dropped off once school got back in session, but catfish and crappie were still hitting worms at the dam for the few anglers who got out.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. A houseboater who beached in the Boston Bar area landed a 6-pound rainbow off the back of the boat on worms. Shore fishing or drifting worms from Black's Ravine to Boston Bar was the best bet for trout fishermen. Boat traffic on the lake was much lower once school started-fishermen can have the lake back now as fall arrives.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 65-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station announced that the Lewis open campground and the Coyote and Gates group campgrounds will be closed as of September 16.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 57-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that boaters were only catching 2 or 3 rainbows a day trolling 60 to 70 feet deep all around the west end of the lake-boats cannot get past the Narrows due to the low water level.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that his last half-day trip produced 40 bass to 3 pounds- mostly slot fish with 3 over-slot fish, including two largemouths. Lipless crankbaits in 5 to 15 feet of water, darthead Senkos and jigs from 15 to 30 feet, and drop-shot shad worms to 40 feet deep were all working well. The fish were still chasing the ever smaller balls of pond smelt, and feeding heavily on crawdads in dirt or gravel banks. The lake was still dropping 1 to 1 1/2 feet per day and exposing more good structure. There has been very little boat traffic on the lake during the week-the best time to fish!
ROLLINS LAKE-The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Casey Reynolds reported that bass to 3 to 4 pounds were hitting red craw and tiger shad crankbaits in the coves in the Greenhorn and Freeloaders Cove area. Gulp! Worms in chartreuse were working well for bass, too. Crappie to 10 inches were hitting worms in the coves for small boaters drifting along the shores in shallow water. Bluegill were hitting worms pretty much everywhere on the lake and providing kids with some great action.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE-The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that one boat caught limits of largemouth bass to 3 1/2 pounds while trolling Rapalas for trout. The fish were most likely suspended on the points looking for bait fish. Some 12- to 14- inch rainbows were still hitting flasher/worm combos 35 to 40 feet deep at the dam.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The Foresthill Ranger Station announced that the group campgrounds would be closed as of September 16. Fishing was still slow, but as the water temp drops with fall in the air, the holdover trout should get more active.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 79-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that trollers were catching a few rainbows in deep water, but fishing was really pretty slow.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake was at 134.2-foot elevation at press time -86-percent capacity. Get back into the warmer pockets and coves for bass on the tule banks. Pitch Senkos into the tules or try frogs in the late afternoon on hot days.
MOTHERLODE AMADOR LAKE- Larry "Lunker" Hemphill fished the lake Sept. 7 in the evening and night and hooked a dozen bass, landing 6 between 2 to 4 pounds, all on black Power Worms. He said the lake is down about 25 feet and absolutely chock full of shad, that come to the surface at night. The bass were all in great shape, he said. The trout bite is slow, but the catfish bite has been good, especially off shore. The surface temperature was still 84 degrees in the afternoon, so the fall bite is still a few weeks off, he said.
BEAVER CREEK - Low flows, but there are still trout in there, of course. Look for the deeper pools and faster water where its cooler and more oxygenated. Use lighter leader tippets and sneak tactics, and stay away from heavy weights or lures-they spook the fish.
CAMANCHE LAKE-The trout are still deep, and most of them are coming at 40 to 50 feet during the day, although those using submersible lights at night can get away fishing shallower. Some nice-sized rainbows can be found, but most of the action is on catfish in the morning and evenings.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Find the shad, and catch the trout. Rainbows averaging 2 to 3 pounds and salmon on the upper range of 3 pounds can be caught, along with some black bass. Troll lures at 35 to 45 feet, mostly. Find the bait with electronics, then fish the immediate area, and you're likely to catch any of the species here.
EBBETTS PASS -Kinney Lake is fair, but you need to go deep, while Mosquito Lakes on the Hwy. 4 corridor have been good, especially after a trout plant by the DFG.
LAKE ALPINE -Good fishing here for holdovers and fresh trout from the DFG, and up top is okay early in the day and after sunset, even fly and bubble. Trollers working 20 to 45 feet mostly, and finding good numbers of trout. Bank fishing is hit or miss-if you're where the trout are holding it will be fast action on Power Bait, Firebait or inflated 'crawlers.
LAKE MCCLURE -The dam is still the hot spot for salmon, and trout are hanging nearby, too. Use flashers and a trailing nightcrawler or Needlefish for best action. Occasional topwater early in the day on the bass, and catfish are still being caught, mostly from shore, by slinging out a wad of 'crawlers, sardines or stinkbait.
LAKE MCSWAIN -Trout action is still good following the plant of 2 weeks ago, but they're scattering around the lake now. Trollers are staying in 40 to 55 feet of water by the dam and surrounds, using flasher and 'crawler or other offering. Bankies are finding fewer trout, but still some, off the peninsula and Handicap dock.
LAKE PARDEE - The cooler water is the most productive, and that's up the river arm, although you can still pick up trout and kokanee by dropping downriggers down to 40 or 50 feet, even deeper for the kokanee. Catfish action has been good around the shoreline, with some fish to 6 pounds on chicken liver, sardines or nightcrawlers.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR-Rainbow trout are still biting at night, but the daytime trolling isn't anything to sniff at, either, as guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Guide Service found out on Sept. 6 when he took Glenn Bell and Elna Trip of Stockton out for limits of rainbows from 2 1/2 to 4 pounds, even throwing some back so they could keep fishing. They also caught a few smaller kokanee, all of the fish coming on lures between 45 and 70 feet. Catfish are still biting well, too, especially for bankies.
NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - Water level is down some, but still good for trout fishing, and DFG plants are all coming on schedule.
PINECREST RESERVOIR - There's still some of the 4,200 pounds of trophy trout leftover from the Labor Day plant, and the inlet is where most are congregating due to the cooler water. Bankies are dunking all your usual trout baits around the dam for fair to good action.
--Western Outdoor News