Fishing Line: 11/01/12

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

TOP PICKS

AMERICAN RIVER-The river was loaded with salmon, and fishing was good right up to the closure in the salmon closure area on Wed.

Oct. 31 from the USGS Gauging cable below the hatchery to the power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park. There are still plenty of salmon coming upriver, and guide J. D. Richey said that salmon fishing should continue to be good for at least a couple more weeks in the section of river still open to fishing. Fishing for steelhead halfpounders to 20 inches plus the occasional adult was good, according to guide Phil White of American Fly Fishing. A variety of small nymphs fished under indicators is doing the trick.

Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and swinging Kastmasters and No. 3 Blue Fox spinners.

COLLINS LAKE - The lake is 39 feet from full. The fall planting program started early this past week-500 pounds of catchables and 500 pounds trophy fish. The weekly fall plants will continue until the week of Thanksgiving then resume in the spring in mid- February. As the water temp cools, the shore fishing is expected to improve as the trout move into shallower water. The spillway end of the dam produced good action for shore anglers using Power Bait this past week. Trollers were doing well using shad imitation spoons or threaded nightcrawlers behind a dodger at 30 feet deep.6-year old Austin Weller caught his first fish while fishing with his grandpa in front of their campsite.

LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 52-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that bass fishing was "outstanding" for bigger fish. On his last trip the clients caught 35 to 40 fish and 15 were 2 1/2 to 4 pounders. Short-hopping a Paradise Tackle Company finesse jig rigged with a 6-inch Roboworm down points and walls from the bank to 25 feet deep worked very well in the West Branch and North Fork. The DFG planted 200,000 small coho salmon at Lime Saddle Marina this past week, so expect the topwater/ripbait bite to improve dramatically.

AMADOR LAKE - "Cut-bow trout are now being stocking in the lake at 1,000-pounds a day Monday through Friday" said Debbie Grayson at the Lake Amador Store. That means there have been 10,000 pounds of trout stocked so far. I can see a guy fighting a nice cut-bow jumping right now and it looks like he is using flashers and a 'crawler," she said. The fish all averaged 2 to 4 pounds and with cooling water, bigger fish will start being planted. Bass are still chasing shad. Topwater poppers, spooks and spinnerbaits tossed around active schools of bass feeding will work. Debbie Grayson recently caught a nice catfish so they are still biting.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. - The river opens on Nov. 3 above tidewater, just in time for a storm that is expected to bring it up substantially and bring big numbers of kings into the river. If it doesn't blow out, it should be a great opener. Even so, there are already plenty of kings in the river, spread from tidewater to the South Fork. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said he scouted the river and saw lots of salmon in the lower river.

COOS RIVER, South Fork, Coos Bay, Ore.-The heavy rain Monday morning was all it took for the Chinook's and coho to race upriver. "When I say race I mean it, because by the time it was noon we could find very few signs of salmon in the river," guide Curtis Palmer reported. "This river was packed full of fish two days before and now they are gone. We caught one coho that was in excellent condition and lost two nice Chinooks on spinner's while trolling them. We did have several other bites, but I suspect that they were from the few mini-jack's that we would see jumping every now and again. We did come across some locals who just had to rub it in by showing us a really nice Chinook they caught while trolling a Blue Fox spinner. On our way to the boat ramp we did see salmon jumping in the Main Coos River above Catchem Slough on up to the forks in the river.

ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. - Enough water for there to be salmon in it, but most would be in the lower river and not as high as the hatchery, so concentrate efforts in the lower river.

ROGUE RIVER, Estuary; Gold Beach, Ore. - Pretty much the last of the kings have entered Indian Creek with the rains last week, and the coho are racing upriver, so it's pretty much over down here for salmon for the year, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. "In about 6 weeks we will start to see winter steelhead being caught on plugs from the comfort of warm jetboats," he said. "If in the area, I suggest trying any of the other small rivers to the north or south of Gold Beach for some Chinook," Palmer said. "There are lots of opportunities whether you are wanting to do some walking while fishing, park and fish, drift a river or hire an experienced guide. It is all available this time of year and should be good through Christmas."

ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove - Fishing has been good up here for steelhead using a bug and bubble set up, but bait fishing is allowed beginning Nov. 1. Winter steelies are running 3 to 6 pounds average, but a few 3-year fish in the teens are showing, too, according to the The Fishing Hole in Shady Cove.

RUSSIAN RIVER - More and more salmon coming into the river, and the upcoming rain should bring even more kings and coho in. "I saw kings swimming under the Duncan Mills Bridge," said Chris Aff of Kings Sport and Tackle. He said there are kings at Cassini's, Duncan Mills, Mirabel, Johnson's and even in Redwood Hole. All kings and coho must be released. Steelheaders can keep 2 hatchery fish, and there are some showing also, including one 7 or 8 pounder from Monte Rio. A lot of halfpounders being caught. The river was flowing at 250 cfs on Sunday, but expected to come up more. Bait is >allowed as of Nov. 1.

SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. - The little Sixes River north of Brookings, Ore., has been full of kings for a week, and while most of them are in the lower river from The Grange to the mouth, there are some being caught past the deadline at Edison Park, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. The river is off-color now, which is the best. The upcoming storm may even blow it out, he warned.

SMITH RIVER - A new batch of fresh kings is expected to move into the river with the approaching storm, and fishing should be good over the weekend. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said there are a lot of kings in the lower river, a mix of dark and fresh fish. The river may blow out. The first steelhead of the season arrived at Rowdy Creek Hatchery on Wednesday, the same day the first was caught from the river.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Salmon fishing was slow, according to Rich Mossholder of Rivers West Guide Service because the mouth had been closed most of the week. Some nice steelhead were being caught, though. He also thought there should be one more good wave of salmon to enter the Klamath when the mouth of the river reopens.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate - Quite a few dark salmon are still in the Iron Gate area, but they are tired and on redds. More steelhead are starting to show, though, and fly fishers, as well as spin and conventional fishermen were starting to do well on steelies and trout to about 4 pounds.

TRINITY RIVER, Junction City - There was very little rain and the river remained low and clear. Most of the salmon are dark now, and it takes several fish caught for every one worth keeping. However, fishing for steelhead is improving, and fly fishers, as well as conventional gear anglers are starting to do well. Fly fishers are catching fish to 10 pounds on nymphs and egg flies under indicators, while roe and backtrolled plugs are scoring fish to 12 pounds for conventional gear and spin fishermen. Fishing pressure remains heavy from Junction City to Lewiston. Fish down around Del Loma for less pressure.

>NorCal Saltwater >

BERKELEY - Variety still packs a punch here, where anglers chose between rockfish and lingcod action, a better-than-average salmon bite or stellar striped bass action. All of these great options proved to be within a quick easy boat ride, allowing for maximum fishing time.

BODEGA BAY - The Fort Ross area produced very good counts of rockfish with some big lingcod mixed in. Albacore pounced on trolled rigs 30 to 35 miles out, just outside of Cordell Banks. Crab tests suggest a robust population of healthy crabs again this year.

EMERYVILLE - A focus on salmon paid off for Emeryville boats New Salmon Queen and New Seeker. Trolling and mooching both produced salmon. Rockfish, lingcod and cabezon bit well on comfortable seas along the Marin coast.

EUREKA - Lingcod fishing is off the hook. On Friday the Reel Steel caught limits of lingcod, and released 12 more. Cabezon represented themselves well in anglers' sacks. The primary rockfish caught were; blacks, reds, coppers and China cod. A 40-pound Pacific halibut was caught Thursday on the 50-fathom curve off of Eureka, according to WON Field Reporter, Lonnie Dollarhide. Local jetty fishing resulted in catches of rockfish, lingcod and perch.

FORT BRAGG - Shore fishing for perch was better than decent, thanks to generally good conditions. Rockfish and lingcod bit for boaters. Blake Tallman at Subsurface Progression Dive Shop reported good visibility, which resulted in great counts of abalone for divers. Two sizable lingcod were reported Saturday by spear fishers. Best dive spots were around Noyo Harbor and off of Casper Beach.

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA - Lingcod limits on the Ankeny Street stirred excitement. Rockfish limits proved commonplace. A large squid spawn near Pescadero attracted white seabass. Perch and stripers were the stuff of stories at Pacifica.

MARTINEZ - Stripers continued their multi-week surge of action, providing plenty of action for the Concord Police Derby. Good action was found from shore, pier and boats. Recent rains kicked off the sturgeon season and the ancient species began to bite more vigorously. The Flash is moving operations to Martinez to run trips for stripers and sturgeon.

OAKLAND - Shark fishing at night ranked as stellar this week, with soupfin and leopard shark running rampant, biting sardine baits and busting off even heavy 80-pound leaders. Shark central was right off of the Oakland Airport.

PORT SONOMA/SAN RAFAEL - Trollers worked the Marin shoreline for stripers, while drifters used live shiners at Angel Island and Red Rock for halibut or drifted the Whaling Station, the Brothers and the Sisters for striped bass. The beginning of the rainy season is shifting attention to sturgeon fishing, although the water is still very clear.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

FOLSOM LAKE - The full moon was being blamed for a slowdown in fishing for landlocked king salmon last week. It should pick up again as the nights become darker. Some bass were being caught by anglers watching for birds and boiling bait being driven to the surface. Throw crankbaits, spinners and spoons. Otherwise look for bait over submerged rock piles and points using electronics and drop-shot Robo-Worms.

FEATHER RIVER - Fishing for salmon in the section of river open to salmon fishing downstream of 200 yards above the Live Oak Boat Ramp was very slow due to low flows. The Yuba City boat ramp was closed to launching and the nearest launch point was at Boyd's Pump. Steelheading continued to be good in the main river, but fishing for steelhead in the Low Flow Section was all but impossible because of the difficulty of avoiding hooking salmon, which jam that section of river. Fly fishers were dead-drifting nymphs and egg flies under indicators while spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers, Glo-Bugs, and swinging spinners.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Salmon fishing slowed quite a bit for much of the week, but anglers found some action on Thursday as a new wave of fish passed through, likely on their way to head up the American River. Anglers who had been doing well from Isleton to >Freeport were getting around one fish for every two boats.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff - Salmon numbers were dwindling even in the Balls Ferry area, and most were dark, but anglers "grinding it out" were still putting several fish in the net. The rain did not do much to attract new fish. It was much the same story farther downstream around Los Molinos, with some salmon being caught by persistent anglers, and the fish a bit brighter on average. However, the highly-anticipated late fall run has yet to appear in any appreciable numbers. They should be appearing very soon.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing continued to be excellent around Redding, with anglers scoring up to two dozen fat native trout an outing. Fly fishers dead-drifted nymphs under indicators and spin fishermen drifting crickets, Glo-Bugs and small lures.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir - Trout fishing continued to improve, and larger fish are moving from the lake all the way up to Sims, with some over 20 inches. Use larger nymphs like No. 8 rubber legs when targeting them.

YUBA RIVER - Trout fishing continued to be good, with most fish now being caught on nymphs under indicators. Hammon Grove is one of the better areas, with nice trout and steelhead hanging behind spawning salmon.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE - Better numbers and overall better-sized fish are coming in from Lakeport to Redbud on live bait. Those throwing artificials are struggling, but try rattlebaits, ripbaits, swimbaits and spinnerbaits.

LAKE BERRYESSA - Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are corralling schools of shad in 20-40 feet of water and some of the best methods have been spooning and drop-spotting shad worms for fish to 4 pounds.

LAKE SONOMA - Anglers fishing Senkos and drop-shot worms caught a few smallmouth bass to 2 pounds from the Narrows to the marina. Look for the bass to feed up in the next few weeks as the water temperatures drop and the lake starts to turn. Steelies were caught between 45 and 65 feet, but look for that to also change as the water cools down; then they'll come up.

DELTA REGION

SACRAMENTO RIVER side - The Rio Vista area had better salmon action this past week and also there were more stripers caught. The sturgeon were in Cache Slough.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - The Antioch Pier had lots of nice stripers, many up to 30 pounds, Broad Slough and West Island also posted good numbers.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

Some of the rivers close or have changing regulations after Nov. 15 check the regulations at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations

LAKE ALMANOR - No fishing this past week, as there were 4 days of snow, rain and wind. That cleared but was replaced by lots of fog.

BAUM LAKE - This is fly fishing time of year, but this weekend may not be the best, as PG&E will start repairs on their tunnel to the Powerhouse and the water will start spilling over on Nov. 1 or 2.

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. There's been no indication as to when repairs may be completed or when the fore bay may reopen.

EAGLE LAKE - Lots of fish being caught and their sizes are coming up as well. The lake closes to fishing on Dec. 31, so you better make plans soon.

FALL RIVER - Closes on Nov. 15, but fishing has been good, thanks to hatches.

HAT CREEK - Closes on Nov. 15, but it will be fishing well until the end of the season.

MCCLOUD RIVER - It's open from Ash Camp down through Ah-Di-Na but the south and southeast sides of the river are closed due to the possible danger of falling trees. There are lots of hatches but the fish must be spooked, as it wasn't fishing very well. Closes on Nov. 15.

PIT RIVER - The Pitt has been fishing well everywhere and there are some hatches going off. The trout are feeding up for the winter and October has been a good month here. Rain should set off more hatches. Check the regs. for your favorite section, from Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

SHASTA LAKE - The bite has been in transition as the lake begins to turn. The trout and bait have moved up, now found between 25 and 40 feet. The Sac and McCloud arms are full of shad, making it a good spot to fish for bass.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER - Rain and snow this past week increased the flows but the water was still clear. Few, if any, anglers were fishing this past week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the woods were full of deer hunters trying to fill a tag.

BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi fished the lake this past week and reported catching only smaller 1- to 1 1/2-pound spots drop-shotting worms on rock piles and points. The larger fish were scattered in deeper water and not biting, but the weather change could bring them shallower.

CAMP FAR WEST - North Shore Resort reported that "Ron" of Folsom caught 18 bass, mostly keeper fish to 2 1/2 pounds, on green pumpkin Brush Hogs and morning dawn worms fished 10 to 12 feet deep in Rock Creek and on the left side of the dam. The lake level came up with the rain this past week and boats were still launching off the concrete ramp.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - Skippers Cove Marina received their pen trout from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms of Shasta County-stop by the marina to see some really big fish!!

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 52-percent capacity. The area received snow this past week and the road conditions were questionable. Another storm was forecast for mid-week that could add to the accumulation. Call the Foresthill Ranger Station first before venturing into this area at 530-367-2224.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 52-percent capacity. Icy, snowy roads and 30 mph winds over the weekend kept sane anglers off the lake. More snow could hit the area by mid-week. Call the Georgetown Ranger Station first before heading up into this area at 530-333-4312.

ROLLINS LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. One angler reported catching limits of spotted bass to 2 1/2 pounds trolling a dodger/worm combo from Long Ravine to the dam. The NID operated resorts at Long Ravine and Orchard Springs are closed for the season.

SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - Jim Caldwell at the resort reported that one boater was drifting flies on the surface off Cascade Shore for lots of 6- to 8-inch rainbows. Smallmouth bass were still hitting at the day-use area.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were closed, but the boat ramp was still open. No fishing reports were available from the USFS.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the snowstorm this past week left an accumulation on the ground, but the roads were open. Few anglers were visiting the lake.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 133.3-foot elevation at press time-79-percent capacity. Duck hunting season is open and fishermen tend to avoid this lake due to on-going conflict between the two user groups-can't we all just get along?

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 42-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing was still good at the dam and the inlet. There were rainbows, browns and a few macks at the inlet in the deeper water toward the main body of the lake. Browns were also cruising the dam feeding on minnows-try a small Rapala or silver spoon. Shore fishing was good at the dam. The ramp was all mud and boat launching was not recommended.

CAPLES LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Both the EID boat ramp and the Caples Lake Resort marina are closed for the season. This pretty much means shore fishing only until the lake freezes and ice fishing begins this winter.

CARSON RIVER (East, West) - The DFG planted this past week to make up for missing the scheduled plant the week before due to an equipment breakdown. Alpine County will plant 1800 pounds of 2 to 5 pounders this week- the last plant in the river this season. Anglers were seeing 40 to 50 fish days this past week for fish up to 5 pounds. Fishing should be good until the trout stream season closes on Nov. 15.

DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 67-percent capacity. The lake received 12 to 14 inches of snow this past week. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that fishing on all fronts was very good- trolling, shore fishing and fly fishing. Trollers were doing well running copper/redhead Wee Dick Nite spoons or cinnamon flies at 5 feet deep around the island and from Lightning Tree to Fairview. Dillard's brothers fished Fairview and caught limits of 15- to 19- inch rainbows on Power Bait. Fly fishermen were doing well at Mosquito Slough and along the west side using nymphs under indicators. Call ahead to confirm that the ramp at Camp 5 is clear of snow at: Dillard, 530-966-5500 or J&J's Grizzly Store, 530-832-0270.

DONNER LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Shore fishing for rainbows was good at the west end and will just get better with the plant. Fish near the boat ramp right after the plant. The plant could attract some big macks into the shallows to feed on the rainbows-cast a Krocodile spoon in the early morning.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON - The DFG made an unannounced trout plant on the North Fork this past week and Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that fishing was excellent. Butt Valley Reservoir was full and trout trolling was good for guide Dick Mason this past week. Mason said his clients hooked 15 fish and landed 9-8 rainbows and 1 brown- all 16 to 18 inches. The fish were hitting Excel spoons and threaded nightcrawlers.

FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 59-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore fishermen and trollers were out this past week. There was no appreciable accumulation of snow from the storm this past week so access was good. Shore anglers were doing well at Crystal Point, Turkey Point, and Lunker Point using Power Bait and worms for rainbows running 12 to 16 inches. The dock was removed from the boat ramp at Frenchman, but the ramp was still open.

GOLD LAKES BASIN - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the roads to some the lakes were snowed in. The highway was plowed, putting a 3-foot high berm in front of the roads to the lakes blocking access to Gold and Salmon. Bassett's Station reported that the roads to Sardine and Packer had been plowed, but more weather was in the forecast for mid-week. Call ahead to Mountain Hardware and Sports, Mark Tieslau at 530-836-2589 or Bassett's Station at 530-862-1297.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 67-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that the trout fishing was outstanding for 10- to 13-inch rainbows from a boat or the shore. Trollers were catching multiple limits toplining a dodger/grub or worm. Shore anglers using Power Bait and worms near the boat ramp were picking up easy limits.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Fishing was better here since the DFG made an announced trout plant this past week, but with the Carson River fishing so good, most anglers were hitting the river instead. After the river season closes on Nov. 15, the lake will get more pressure. Alpine County will make a plant here sometime in November -1800 pounds of 2- to 5-pound rainbows.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the roads into the lake from the highway could require 4-wheel drive and trailering a boat in might be unwise-cartoppers would be okay. Shore fishing should be good at the dam.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Sly Park Resort reported there was little action this past week. After the plant, fish near the boat ramp with Power Bait and worms. Some bigger macks could be attracted into the shallows to feed on the rainbows.

LAKE TAHOE - Charter operators on both ends of the lake reported good fishing for a mix of macks and trout. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters said that fishing was good at 400 feet for macks to 5 pounds. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported picking up limits of macks, 2 to 7 pounds, trolling spoons and small Lucky Craft or Rapala plugs from 200 to 350 feet deep off Agate Bay. Self was also trolling for rainbows in shallower water after limiting out on the macks. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners was doing well trolling for 3- to 6-pound macks at 175 to 220 feet deep off Rubicon Bay and Meeks Bay. An early morning trip into the shallows for trout produced 13 rainbows, 1 brown and 1 mack in 1 1/2 hours on Rapala Shad Raps at 15 feet deep in 25 feet of water in the same area.

LOON LAKE - The lake is at 51-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that the fall bite was wide-open here with multiple limits falling for any trolled lure or bait combo. The rainbows were only 11 to 13 inches though. Call ahead to the Pacific Ranger Station for road conditions-530-647-5400.

PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 32-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. The dam, left of the dam, and the inlet were still the best places to look for trout. At the inlet, fish the deeper water in the channel near the old ramp at Hobart Mills. Boats should still be able to launch off concrete at this lake and should troll the deeper channels.

PYRAMID LAKE - Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that the cutthroat trout bite was excellent-"it went from hot to hotter". With the colder weather, fish were more active on the west side of the lake making them accessible to trollers with smaller boats. Mendes was catching 28 to 32 fish per day-all 16 to 23 inches-on silver or bronze Flatfish and Apex trolled 25 to 35 feet deep at Sand Hole and Indian Head. Shore fishermen were doing well casting spoons at Sand Hole and fly fishing was good at Indian Head. Bait balls were still showing 8 to 10 feet deep, but were moving deeper with the colder weather and water temp-still 60 degrees.

RED LAKE - Not much word of any fishing pressure here. Snow could have made access difficult.

SILVER LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week.The channel from the ramp to the main lake was getting perilously shallow and narrow due to the low lake level. Larger boats could have a problem getting out onto the lake. Shore fishing should be excellent after the plant. Trollers were catching multiple limits.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Trout trolling was very good for boaters working 10 to 15 feet of water in the Sagehen and Little Truckee arms with Rapalas, Needlefish, Dick Nites, and Kastmasters. Shore fishing was good in the coves by the boat ramp and the campgrounds.

TRUCKEE RIVER - The river was fishing well according to Mountain Hardware and Sports with BWO and baetis patterns working during the day in the lower flows above the Boca outlet. Below the Boca outlet, nymphing was more productive in the higher flows with red and olive Copper Johns with a soft hackle dropper under an indicator.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 51-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported some success trolling for 18- to 20-inch macks. The fish were suspended in 110 to 155 feet of water and hitting dodger/herring combos. Mathis said the Sunset ramp gate was still open, but a call to the Pacific Ranger Station to see when it might be closed would be advised.

WEST WALKER RIVER - The river was very low and fishing was very slow.

MOTHERLODE

CAMANCHE LAKE - "Cooler weather has trout coming closer to the surface, but still at about 30 feet deep" said Stephanie Wells at Camanche Recreation Company. The fish are biting nightcrawlers and rainbow and chartreuse colored Power Bait. In anticipation of the Trout Derby, fish plants should start during Halloween week as long as Mother Nature cooperates with colder weather. Trout catches have been reported near the bridge by trollers using nightcrawlers as well as near the edge of the Peninsula (Eagle Beach) trolling with Needlefish in about 25 feet of water.

DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Best bass action is still fair trolling lures over the shad balls. The bass seem to have scattered and instead of catching several bass over a school, trollers are now catching a fish here and there. Small swimbaits in a shad pattern or drop- shotting plastics will work when you find them, but a couple anglers said it was tough bass fishing right now. Trout seem to have scattered also, with fish being caught at 30 to 60 feet deep. Ex-Cel shad pattern, blue-silver or blue-gold are good colors to start with.

EBBETTS PASS - The rivers and streams trout fishing season ends on Nov. 15.

LAKE MCCLURE - "Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said "The bass bite is getting better with Robo Worm's sr-93-gf or live crawdads on a recent trip into Barrett's Cove". Anglers have been trolling in the center of Cottonwood Creek at depths to 60 feet deep with silver/blue Rapalas for bass feeding on the shad schools in the deep water. Some bass anglers are using watermelon Brush Hogs Carolina rigged catching up to 30 bass a day. Trout fishing is good upriver or near the dam with Wedding Rings or blade/'crawler combinations. Mello said the Department of fish and game just planted a load of trout at Barretts Cove.

LAKE MCSWAIN - Jannett Sturtevant at McSwain Marina Said "most anglers are catching their limits of fish in this excellent weather we are having." Trollers are using Kastmasters, Rooster Tails in red and blades and 'crawlers around the floating restrooms and upriver to the 2nd Fence Line. Bank anglers are catching limits at the Brush Pile on green and yellow Power Bait. The continued trout plants at the lake makes for some real good fishing at times.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - "Trolling anglers are catching a few limits in the main lake and in the mouths of major creek arms" said Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sports. The fish are being caught from 35 to 65 feet deep. Shad patterned trolling spoons such as, Needlefish, Ex-Cels, Slimfins, and Speedy Shiners. For bass, large plug baits like Countdown Rapalas, Rat-L-Traps and Speed Traps are working well, too. When you locate fish that are too deep to target with plugs, try using a 1/2-ounce spoon or a drop-shot rig. Catfish are eating live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel and anchovies.

- Western Outdoor News

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