DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side--Night fishing for stripers will produce better action as the waters warm up during the day, and baitfishing has done well. For salmon, troll at first light before waters warm, for a chance at a few fish. Sturgeon were a good bet in Cache and Prospect sloughs with grass or mud shrimp. SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side--Rain midweek and bigger tides should help the fishing. Striper fishing was good in the Tracy area with a topwater bite, but on the warmer days they went down a little deeper. The Antioch Pier was good for stripers on fresh shad and a few sturgeon, there and by Pittsburg on mudsuckers, fresh and live bait.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR--The lake is at 67-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Trolling and shore fishing was excellent this past week. This would be a great place to take the kids to catch easy limits of 11- to 13-inch rainbows from the shore near the boat ramp. Trollers running Sep's grubs and threaded nightcrawlers on top were catching multiple limits of rainbows.
EMERYVILLE--Boats from Emeryville Sportfishing began their crab season with big numbers. Boats; Sea Wolf, New Huck Finn, New Salmon Queen, New Seeker and Tiger Fish all scored limits of Dungeness crabs along with limits of rockfish and good lingcod counts. The total among the boats for Saturday was 146 passengers, 1460 rockfish, 22 lingcod and 876 crabs. Salmon fishing slowed this week.
AMADOR LAKE - "There have been over 15,000 pounds of 3- to 4-pound cut-bows planted so far" said Debbie Grayson at the Lake Amador Store. Anglers are fishing along the dam where the fish are planted and also trolling in front of the dam as most the trout are congregated there and have not made their way out into the main body of the lake.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFG's Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. For the Russian River and counties of Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin, call (707) 944-5533. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886. Many streams close, and others change to artificial/barbless only on, March 31 and others on April 25. Trouble identifying salmon or steelhead? Go to: http://www.swr.noaa.gov/fmd/identify.htm.
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.--The river opened up a few days early from the scheduled opener due to high water, and the kings pushed into the river in big numbers. The river opened last Wednesday, Holloween, and fishing was great that day, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. The second day was tough fishing due to leaves, and over the weekend the biggest problem was the crowd of anglers. The river dropped below 2,000 cfs Saturday night, down from the 5,000 cfs Halloween night. Rain is in the forecast next week, and fresh kings should be entering the river most every day.
ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.-- Fishing was super slow over the weekend and not much better during the week. "I had to look hard to find a fish or two that had been caught, and I wasn't sure if I could even find anyone who had caught one," said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. "I did speak with a bank angler who had spent the whole weekend up at Elephant Rock fishing. He told me that he only caught one bright Chinook and saw another caught as well. He did say that there was a handful of black salmon that had also been caught over the two days of fishing there. With the incoming tide being in the morning hours, it made fishing better for the fly anglers and other fisherman at the mouth of the river. There are still some king salmon being caught in the ocean off the mouth." The commercial boats weren't doing as well as they had been just a couple weeks ago. A few of the boats barely scratched of a couple fish for their efforts and others came in with catches around 5 for a day of fishing hard to make a living. The Elk river doesn't fish well below 4.0 feet by the gauge at the hatchery.
RUSSIAN RIVER--According guide Dave Delmue out of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville, the steelhead fishing is picking up. He fished clients from Guerneville downriver on Sunday and they caught 3 steelies between 3 and 4 pounds using plugs. Flows are just over 200, down from 250 earlier in the week, and this week's storm should bring a little more rain, which will only bring in more steelhead.
SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.--The king salmon have been running strong into the river this last week, and the Sixes was the top spot for kings in southern Oregon, despite the Chetco opener, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Even with plenty of driftboats just a few feet overhead in many cases, these salmon were consistently active. Saturday was the best day for filling the boats with fresh Chinook's this last week. Many of the boats reported hooking double-digit numbers of fish. Sunday was not as fruitful as the couple days before, but some boats were still catching 3-6 fresh Chinook's over the course of the day.
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.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE--It's all about the live bait right now, but bass guide Bob Myskey reminds anglers that bass will start to move into their winter haunts in deeper water following the bait. Bass brought out of 10 to 30 feet of water will have an over inflated bladder and need to be pictured and released as quickly as possible so that they can swim back down and equalize themselves.
LAKE BERRYESSA-- Some of the best methods for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass have been spooning and drop-spotting shad worms for fish to 4 pounds, which are corralling schools of shad in 20 to 40 feet of water. The trout action has been best at 6 feet for most of the day, then they dropped to 20 to 30 feet.
LAKE SONOMA-- A few nice fish (2-4 lbs.) have been caught in the backs of the creek channels (Cherry, Dry Creek & Warm Springs) with LuckyCraft BDS3 crankbaits covering water. As the water cools, a good pattern will be to fish the creek ledges in 15-35 feet with jigs, drop-shot or Texas-rigged Robo worms. Look for the landlocked steelhead to make their way to the creek mouths with rain.
Some of the rivers close or have changing regulations after Nov. 15 check the regulations at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/FreshFish-Mar2012/ccr-t14-ch3-art3.html.
BAUM LAKE--The lake fished well this past week and should continue to do so for the next few months.
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 are being caught, but most were between 2 and 2 1/2 pounds on Jay Fair flies. Possible snow this week should help cool the waters and heat up the bite.
FALL RIVER--Closes on Nov. 15 but fishing has been good, thanks to hatches.
HAT CREEK--Closes on Nov. 15 but should be fishable on sunny days with hatches, although there are no plants now and they've had snow.
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 fishing has been off and on. 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 caddis 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 and trout. Trout are also by the dam. The bass fishing is getting going and fish are everywhere, adjust your fishing to where the baitfish are.
BOCA LAKE--The lake is at 39-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing was slow, but best on the points along the north side of the lake near the campground and off the south end of the dam.
CAPLES LAKE--The lake is at 65-percent capacity. Shore fishing from the spillway, dam, and Wood's Creek was good with the recent DFG trout plant. Both boat ramps were closed as of Nov. 1.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)--The East and West Carson are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that fishing was phenomenal with anglers catching lots of big fish. Christine Dallas of Carson City said she had caught-and-released 10 trout in 1 1/2 hours of flyfishing on the East Carson. She said the fish measured from 16 inches to 4 pounds and she lost a 6 pounder on a dropper nymph rig under an indicator. The season will close on Nov. 15, so get up here and finish out the year with a bang!!
DAVIS LAKE--The lake is at 67-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling, shore fishing, and fly fishing were all very good. Trolling from Lightning Tree to Fairview with a cinnamon woolly bugger at 5 feet deep was producing easy limits of 15- to 18-inch rainbows. Shore fishing was good at Fairview for anglers using Power Bait. Fly fishermen were "having a field day" at Mosquito Slough stripping nymphs or fishing them under an indicator--double-digit days were a distinct possibility.
DONNER LAKE--The lake is at 37-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that rainbow trout fishing was good along the west end and north side near the boat ramp on Power Bait, worms, and salmon eggs. Trollers working big Rapalas and J-Plugs were picking up some macks in 60 to 80 feet of water.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON--The fishing on the North Feather above Caribou Crossroads Resort was still very good. More anglers need to take advantage of this great bite before the season ends on Nov. 15.
FRENCHMAN LAKE--The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that fishing was good for trollers and shore anglers. The dock was removed at the Frenchman ramp, so use caution when launching. 12- to 16-inch rainbows were hitting Power Bait at Crystal Point, Turkey Point, and Lunker Point for shore anglers.
GOLD LAKES BASIN--The roads were open to all the lakes. The mack bite should be improving on Gold Lake for trollers running silver/blue F-11 Rapalas off the rocky shores. Shore fishing was good at Sardine Lake, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR--Though this lake was recently planted by the DFG, the amazing action on the Carson siphoned off most of the fishermen to the river.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR--The lake is at 50-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the roads to the lake were snowed in.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)--Sly Park Resort reported that trolling for rainbows was good after the recent DFG plant. Jeff and Denise Cole were toplining Kastmaster spoons for rainbows and running Ken's Custom Tackle Double-Flutter spoons for macks at 20 to 30 feet deep in the Narrows. They hooked and lost a couple of nice macks. Shore fishing was good near the boat ramp and first dam.
LAKE TAHOE--Charter operators on both ends of the lake were still catching limits of macks trolling and jigging. The rainbow trout bite was better on the south end, slow on the north. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters was catching 10 to 12 fish per trip to 7 pounds in 300 to 350 feet of water. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing was picking up limits of macks running 2 to 7 pounds trolling spoons and small plugs from 140 to 400 feet deep. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported that trolling for 1- to 2-pound rainbows was productive in 20 to 25 feet of water along rocky shores at Cave Rock, Rubicon, and Meeks Bay on Rapalas, Mooselock Wobblers, and Speed Shiners run 10 to 12 feet deep. Nielsen was catching bigger macks to 7 pounds trolling 140 to 220 feet deep with ThunderSticks and spoons, while better numbers of smaller fish were hitting minnow-tipped Williamson Abyss and Benthos jigs.
LOON LAKE--The lake is at 51-percent capacity. The fall feeding frenzy is on--trolling was very good for small rainbows. Try a Sep's brown grub or a threaded nightcrawler in the top 10 feet.
PROSSER LAKE--The lake is at 33-percent capacity. With the lake so low, the dam was the only place to consistently find fish. The lake turned over recently and algae clumps were floating all over the surface, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports.
PYRAMID LAKE--Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that trolling was "absolutely great" for cutthroat trout running 16 to 24 inches along the west side of the lake on the south end from Indian Head to Popcorn. Mendes fished 3 days this past week and landed 45, 16, and 29 fish trolling metallic silver and bronze FlatFish on shallow flats at 10 to 12 feet deep or in deeper water at 20 to 25 feet deep. The Willows and the Monument on the north end were both very productive areas for trolling. Shore fishermen were doing very well casting flies and spoons. Jose Silvera caught a 15-pound, 7-ounce lunker at Cattle Guard on a purple fly on Sunday and several 9 to 11 pounders were weighed in at Crosby's Lodge this past week, mostly by shore anglers!! Indian Head and Sand Hole were good shore spots.
RED LAKE--Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners stopped by here this past week and said he only saw two people fishing off the dam. The water was clear of algae and fish were dimpling all over the surface of the lake in the afternoon. A bubble/fly should do the trick in the early morning or evening when the fish are on the surface.
SILVER LAKE--The lake is at 40-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that boat launching would be difficult or impossible at the current water level. Shore fishing should be good since the lake was planted this past week by the DFG.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR--The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Shore anglers were doing well on the windblown points using Power Bait and worms for planter rainbows, according to Tony Marotta at Mountain Hardware and Sports.
TRUCKEE RIVER--The river from 1000 feet below the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam to Trout Creek will close on Nov. 16. From Trout Creek to Stateline, the river will remain open to fishing with artificial lures with barbless hooks only and a zero limit until April. Fly fishing was good on BWO-dark stone dropper combos and green or black sculpin streamers from Hirshdale to Stateline.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR--The lake is at 49-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service still recommended trolling dodger/herring combos for macks in 110 to 150 feet of water. Meter suspended fish and then drop down to them for the best shot at a hookup.
WEST WALKER RIVER--According to the West Walker Motel, the river flows were very low and fishing was very slow. The trout season closes on Nov. 15 until next April.
BERKELEY--Crab and rockfish combo trips began very well for Berkeley boats and limits of both are expected through Thanksgiving at least. Boats offering combo trips include: El Dorado, New El Dorado III, Goldeneye 2000, Sunfish, Happy Hooker and California Dawn, which reported full limits of rockfish and crabs with some great lingcod to 27 pounds. On a bachelor party trip, soon-to-be-married-bachelor (Jason Gallia) caught a 25-pound salmon on the New Easy Rider near Duxbury. Congratulations, Jason, on both catches.
BODEGA BAY--The New Sea Angler placed crab pots outside of Bodega Bay in the morning of the opener and went off to haul in easy limits of rockfish and numerous lingcod near Point Reyes. On the return, those pots provided full limits of Dungeness crabs. Private boaters found albacore 35 miles southwest of Bodega Head.
EUREKA--Dungeness crabs seemed to blanket the seafloor and pour into crab pots. Limits were common, both inside and outside of Humboldt Bay, with short soaks of just several hours. Pacific halibut willingly took baited B2 Squid jigs out in front of Eureka for anglers aboard the Reel Steel.
FORT BRAGG--Salmon still showed for boaters trolling while giving their crab pots a decent soak. Most salmon were on the smaller side, but their presence was encouraging. Those crab pots came up bulging with Dungeness crabs. Shore fishers reported catches of lingcod near the north end of town at MacKerricher State Park.
HALF MOON BAY--Easy limits of rockfish was the oft-repeated report from the Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts, Rip Tide and Ankeny Street. Lingcod bit at a rate averaging above one fish per rod. The crab season opener proved eventful with a town full of people and plenty of limits of crabs. Even cafes and bars had their limits!
MARTINEZ--Sturgeon and striped bass continued to wage war on anglers. In general, the striped bass bite slowed somewhat from the frenetic pace of a week ago but the sturgeon bite stayed strong with the best areas being; the Mothball Fleet, Buoy 2 and Buoy 4.
OYSTER POIINT--World Series fever and the post-Series activities kept the usual crowds away from the pier and launch ramp, yet some keeper leopard sharks were caught from the pier. Halibut bit near Angel Island. Trailer boats headed out the Gate and came back with crabs and rockfish.
PORT SONOMA-- Striped bass were caught from shore at Port Sonoma and Black Point boat launch. Sturgeon bit well up in the Petaluma River. The Napa River hosted a solid striper bite with nice fish up to 10 pounds. The upper San Pablo Bay produced abundant sharks and rays, including a generous number of keeper-size leopard sharks.
TRINIDAD--Boats out of Trinidad did exceptionally well, with many reports of private boater limits of Dungeness crabs. Reports indicated that crabs were full and heavy.
CAMANCHE LAKE - Trout plants were started on Nov. 1. There is an estimated 4,800 pounds of trout that were planted between both shores. There were tagged fish that were included with this delivery for the trout derby held Nov. 3.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing took a couple catch and release fishing. Nothing at 35 to 50 feet deep, but when he put out a couple leadcore lines 5 colors deep with Chucker-Ts they caught quite a few fish to release, all trout. Up at Woods Creek trollers were catching bass on spoons way back over the creek channel. Water was 65 degrees and the trout and bass were 10 to 15 feet deep.
EBBETTS PASS - The rivers and streams trout fishing season ends on Nov. 15th. There are still fish to be caught at the High Sierra lakes. Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods said " if you don't have 4 wheel drive and chains and do not have that much experience driving on ice and snow, fish the lakes in the foothills." Bill continued that he is now setting up the store with ski's, snowboards and winter clothing as the fishing season comes to a close.
LAKE MCCLURE - No fishing reports on salmon or trout being caught. "Bass and catfish are biting on crawdads said Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling. Mickey Armous went from a 30 fish day to just a half dozen bass recently. The stormfronts can cause the fish to have lockjaw or go on a feeding fenzy.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Jannett Sturtevant at Lake McSwain Marina said "most anglers are still catching limits of trout." The last plant was on Oct. 31, so there are still lots of trout to be caught in the lake. Silver and blue Kastmasters and gold Wedding Rings with 'crawlers trailers have been producing limits around the floating outhouse. Bank fishermen have been using purple and other colors of Power Bait to catch fish at the Handicap Dock and also by the marina.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR -The catfish seem to be moving shallow and feeding. Generally catfish will feed in shallow flats or areas with large chunk rock near deep water. The trout seem to be in transition from deep to shallow water. Fish were being caught from 5 to 65 feet deep on Needlefish, Excels, Slimfins, and Speedy Shiners. The fish are feeding heavily on 3- to 5-inch shad. The kokanee schools are heading to the back of creek arms, and upriver for their annual spawn and die. Bass bite getting better as the shad are staging in 15 to 30 feet of water on main lake points and at the mouths of major creek arms.
AMERICAN RIVER--The river is now closed to fishing from the USGS Gauging cable below the hatchery to the power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park, but there is some good fishing available for steelhead and salmon still ascending the river downstream of the lower end of the closure. There are also lots of salmon that somehow have gotten through the fish screens at Nimbus Hatchery and are trapped in Nimbus Basin. Crowds are heavy, though, and the fish are well past their prime. Guide Phil White of American Fly Fishing said that halfpounder steelhead were being caught on small caddis, baettis, and Mayfly nymphs fished under indicators. Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and swinging Kastmasters and No. 3 Blue Fox spinners. Yee Vang of Broadway Bait, Rod and Gun said that some salmon were being caught at night on Glo-in-the-dark Gitzits in the Dredger holes.
FOLSOM LAKE-- Fishing for landlocked king salmon was only so-so once again last week, but a few were still being caught in front of the dam on Speedy Shiners fished from 50 to 65 feet deep. Bass was fair for anglers looking for concentrations of bait near the surface or spotted on electronics over submerged rock piles and points. Crankbaits, spinners and spoons, as well as drop-shotted Robo-Worms, which have been scoring grabs from mostly spotted bass to a couple of pounds.
FEATHER RIVER-- Fishing for salmon in the open section of river downstream of 200 yards above the Live Oak Boat Ramp continued to be almost non-existent, but fishing for steelhead was very good once again. The best fishing has been from Thermalito to Palm Ave. Fly fishers are drifting San Juan worms, red copper Johns prince nymphs, and hefty PT's under indicators. Spin fishermen are drifting nightcrawler and swing Little Cleos and Kastmasters. There are lots of steelhead in the Low Flow Section, but there still are heavy concentrations of salmon which cannot be targeted, but which are frequently accidentally hooked. A better bet has been to fish below Thermolito Afterbay.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento--Salmon fishing was very slow with a small salmon to about 10 pounds being caught "here and there." Striped bass fishing was pretty good in the Deep Water Channel for anglers using bloodworms, mudsuckers, and minnows, while a few sturgeon are starting to show up around Hood-Franklin.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff--The fall run of king salmon is all but over, and some late fall kings are starting to show up. These are gorgeous fish and aggressive biters, but their numbers are far smaller than those of the fall run. Anglers should be happy with even one fish a rod. They are almost exclusively being taken on backtrolled plugs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding--Trout fishing continued to be excellent from 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 be outstanding with larger fish ascending the river from the lake upstream to Sims, and smaller, but more numbers of fish farther upstream to Dunsmuir.
YUBA RIVER--Trout fishing was outstanding last week, and anglers were doing well on small dries and caddis, Mayfly and baettis nymphs from the Highway 20 Bridge down to Sycamore Ranch.
AMERICAN RIVER--The river was running clear despite the recent storms. Fishing pressure was low, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station. Beginning Nov. 16, the North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork above Folsom Lake will switch over to artificial lures with barbless hooks only and a zero limit.
BULLARDS BAR--The lake is at 61-percent capacity. The Red Bluff Bass Club held a tournament here this past weekend and it only took a 5-pound limit to win--and that included the big fish for the event, a skinny 1 1/4-pound spot. The fish were hitting brown/green pumpkin jigs rigged with a 6-inch warmouth Roboworm and a pearl/black Senko fished on rock piles in 5 to 10 feet of water or on steeper points down to 25 feet deep. Guide Larry Hemphill hit the lake late this past week and caught 4 keeper fish from 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 pounds drop-shotting worms 30 to 40 feet deep. Emerald Cove Marina reported that kokanee that were unsuccessful in spawning up Willow Creek or the North Yuba River were floating around the lower end of the lake.
CAMP FAR WEST--North Shore Resort reported that "Ron" of Folsom said he caught 22 bass--a smallmouth, a largemouth, and 20 spots--on watermelon/red Brush Hogs on main body points at 10 to 12 feet deep. The bass were mostly 1 to 1 1/2 pounders with the biggest weighing 2 pounds.
COLLINS LAKE--The resort made another trout plant this past week that consisted of 800 pounds of 1-pound rainbows, 100 pounds of 3- to 8-pound rainbows, and 100 pounds of 8- to 13-pound trout!!! According to the resort, a plant like this will be made each week for the next three weeks (Thanksgiving week). David Bunting of Colusa caught a 13-pound rainbow casting a Cleo spoon off the beach this past week. Jimmy Trejo landed a 6 1/2-pound trout trolling a Mooselock Wobbler spoon 30 feet deep in the middle of the lake. The dam and the beach were the most productive for shore anglers with several 4 and 5 pounders coming in for those casting Kastmaster spoons or using worms and Power Bait. Allan Tomiyama of Roseville caught 8- and 10-pound catfish off the dam on Power Eggs, while Margaret Johnson of Newcastle landed a 7 3/4-pound cat drifting worms off the dam from her boat.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR--The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reported that boaters were picking up some nice rainbows to 3 pounds at Black's Ravine and Boston Bar on Power Bait and worms.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The lake is at 51-percent capacity. With very little fishing pressure here, no reports were available from the Foresthill Ranger Station.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR--The lake is at 53-percent capacity. The Placer County Water Agency was repairing the road to the lake from Georgetown according to the Ranger Station.
LAKE OROVILLE--The lake is at 51-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported that bass fishing was still very good with anglers picking up 40 fish in a half-day on the water. 1/4- or 5/16-ounce green pumpkin/orange or brown/purple jigs fished down to 30 feet deep on the main outer points in the West Branch (from the bridge to the marina) or in the North Fork near Berry Creek produced mostly 13 1/2- to 14 1/2-inch spots with the biggest fish running 3 1/2 pounds. The smaller fish were shallower with the better fish 20 to 30 feet deep.
ROLLINS LAKE--The lake is at 80-percent capacity. The lake was planted by the DFG this past week so trolling should be good. Try near Greenhorn and the dam for rainbows with flasher/worm combos.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE--The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Trolling was still good for rainbows from Cascade Shore to the dam.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR--The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. This is the second plant in the last 3 weeks, so fishing should be excellent near the boat ramp.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that anglers were doing very well as long as otters weren't in the immediate area chasing the fish around. One shore angler saw trout, bass, and catfish swimming around near the boat ramp.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY--The lake was at 132.5-foot elevation at press time--75-percent capacity. According to the local fishermen, duck hunters take over the lake and it's just better not to fish here during the duck season. Trout fishing should be improving in the channel near the Wilbur Road ramp--shouldn't be any duck hunters there!!
--Western Outdoor News