Fishing Line: Week of 11/22/12

Published: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

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AMADOR LAKE - Lee Lockhart said "A new lake record trout could be caught for the annual Lake Amador Trout Derby that will start on Nov. 23rd and run through the last Saturday in March. We will be stocking some broodstock fish that run from 16 to 20 pounds." These fish will be part of the 600 to 1,000 pounds of trout that are planted each day at the lake. The lake is down 30 feet and anglers are walking a little to get to the water but the catching is worth it.

DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side--Most continued to focus on the striper action in the Rio Vista areas--both trolling and baitfishing-- but with mixed results depending on when they were there, as schools moved through. Fishing was excellent for many, with some big stripers in the mix down around Antioch. There were some salmon caught from Rio Vista and further up, but not many worked for them. Both spinners and plugs were working. As the waters cool down, the sturgeon fishing is also gearing up.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side--It was all about the stripers and fishing was good throughout the area. Depending on where you were determined the sizes found. Sturgeon fishing is also picking up, with Pittsburg to the Power Lines, Collinsville and Broad Slough all being hot spots.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento--Salmon fishing saw a spurt last week from Garcia Bend to the I-80 Bridge, and even bankies picked up a few on Mepps Flying C's at Miller Park and the Minnow Hole. This run is not as numerous as the fall run, but anglers are being rewarded with the highest quality fish of the year. Sturgeon fishing was picking up, too, especially on Cache Slough.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Knight's Landing--Salmon are moving fast through this area, but the numbers are pretty good, and some are biters, if you hit the right place at the right time. Tisdale is one of the right places.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff--Late fall king salmon continued to be taken in good numbers by good and patient anglers, almost exclusively on plugs. The best bite seems to be happening in the afternoons. Pressure is very light.

PYRAMID LAKE--Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that trolling was still very good on the SW end of the lake. This past week Jim Davis landed a 12-pound 6-ounce cutthroat with Mendes trolling an Apex 48 feet deep over 110 feet of water at Block House--the boat landed 35 more fish, too!! Shore anglers casting spoons were still doing well from Indian Head to Popcorn. Victor Weltz of Reno caught an 11 3/4 pounder off the shore at Block House on a Daredevil spoon.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-- Fishing was slow before the big weekend rains, and this week it's supposed to be approaching flood stage, with most of the kings surging into the river. WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secret's Guide Service fished it last week and never touched a king. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said up to 10 inches of rain is expected at the headwaters, and the river is expected to be raging at 60,000 cfs late Tuesday night.This should bring in the rest of the king salmon run. Call ahead.

EEL RIVER, Main Stem/South Fork--According to guide Mark Nimitz of Pipe Creek Guide Service, both rivers are plugged full of thousands and thousands of king salmon, and they're all the way up both rivers. Unfortunately, the rivers have been too low to fish, and not even open due to low flow closures, but that's changing now. Flows have been spiking up and down like crazy on Monday, Nimitz said, and one forecast has the expected river flows to be 13,000 cfs by Thursday at Fernbridge. There is a zero limit on salmon and/or steelhead here, for no imaginable reason. It was a crazy decision when they changed the regulations. Call ahead for a current report before driving up. According to Brown's Sporting Goods in Garberville on Monday morning, the river was clear up above the forks and muddy below it, but they were expecting a lot of rain.

ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Port Orford, Ore.--Both rivers were low and clear until the weekend, when the rains hit, but it was too soon at deadline on Monday to know if there was any salmon fishing going on. The Sixes River was still brown on Sunday but falling quickly, according to guide and WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, who said "Thanksgiving is what has, in past years, been known as peak season."

RUSSIAN RIVER--The river received at least a few inches of rain over the weekend and it brought the river up, but it was already going down on Monday morning. The river was off color, "brownish" on Monday, but clearing fast. They were expecting another inch or so of rain, which was expected to bump up the flows, but expected to drop back out quickly. The river is "totally fishable," according to Scott Heemstra from Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville. Steelhead and salmon are both being caught, and it's the most kings in 10 years with a total of 5,361 Chinook counted by Nov. 14. There are also silvers in the river, so don't mix up an adipose-clipped silver with a steelhead. Anglers may not take any salmon, and only adipose- clipped steelhead. The mouth is open and things are "looking good."

SMITH RIVER--Heavy rains have finally brought in big numbers of kings, and they're busy taking eggs at the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery. There was a big push of extremely dark fish at first, but now the fresh ones are coming in, according to WON Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. A mix of chrome-bright kings and dark salmon entered the fish trap over the weekend. A few large steelhead also arrived. Flows on the Smith peaked at 4,500 cfs over the weekend, but were expected to spike sharply after heavy rain Monday and Tuesday. The National Weather Service expects flows to hit nearly 48,000 cfs by Tuesday night, reaching 25 feet. Flood stage is 33 feet. The river was at 15 feet Sunday night. Call ahead.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS KLAMATH RIVER, Blue Creek--Fishing was good up until the rains brought the river up, and fishability took a dive. It should be good again after the weather settles down, and the river drops and clears. It shouldn't be long.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate--The storms didn't do much to the river below the dam, and steelheading continued to be good for anglers fishing with flies, plugs, roe and nightcrawlers with nightcrawlers. Fishing pressure continued to be very light.

TRINITY RIVER, Junction City--Steelheading slowed a bit before the rains, but was still very good. It was expected to be even better after the rains brought the creeks up. The rain wasn't expected to blow out the river, only to attract more steelies. Flies, roe, spinners, nightcrawlers and backtrolled Brad's Wigglers and Hot Shots were all good. TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek--Steelhead fishing slowed before the rains hit, and the river blew out below the North Fork, but it was expected to clear quickly, and bring more fish through.

NORTH COAST LAKES CLEAR LAKE--For numbers of bass in the 3 1/2- to 4-pound range plus a few larger ones as well, it's all about using live bait. And for the purists, swimbaits, ripbaits, umbrella rigs and plastics are all good choices. With the last of the tourneys over, the winter fishing pressure will be very light, so enjoy it.

LAKE BERRYESSA--An abundance of bait have bass hunting down the schools and anglers using swimbaits and topwater in the main body or LV500s, Sammy 128s, spoons and a variety of jigs and plastics in 5 to 20 feet of water. The kokes and salmon have trollers pulling small hoochies, Wedding Rings or Koke-A-Nuts in the 50- to 70-foot range from the dam, up past Portuguese Cove.

LAKE SONOMA-- A few nice fish have been caught in the back of the creek channels (Cherry, Dry Creek & Warm Springs) with LuckyCraft BDS3s and crankbaits covering water. As the water continues to cool, a good pattern will be to fish the creek ledges in 15 to 30 feet with jigs, drop-shot or Texas rigged Robo worms. Look for the landlocked steelhead to start making their way into the creek mouths with the rain.

NORTHEASTERN AREA BAUM LAKE--The lake fished well this past week and should continue to do so, especially with some weather coming in, which will help some of the hatches. The October hatches are being replaced with midge activity, so look for conditions to continue to improve.

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--Put in at the south end and watch the ice. Trolling between Shrimp Island and Wildcat in 5 to 10 feet of water with Jay Fair flies put fish in the boat. Off the jetty, they have been using little crappie jigs in brown and orange. Bobber fishing at Shrimp Island anchoring in 10 feet and fishing 6 to 8 feet deep also produced trout. The dock has been removed, so take care.

PIT RIVER--The Pitt has been fishing well everywhere. There are some hatches going off and water conditions have also been good. The trout are feeding up for the winter and rain should set off more caddis hatches. SHASTA LAKE--Now that the lake has turned, use topwater baits early and late for numbers of bass and as the sun comes up, throw spinnerbaits in the shade pockets The trout and bait have moved up and 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 and in the mouth of Dry Creek.

MOTHERLODE CAMANCHE LAKE -"Anglers have reported catching limits and lots of catch-and-release while trolling near Hat Island and near the causeway using primarily Power Baits of various colors and 'crawlers about 10 feet deep," said Stephanie Wells, Lead Reservationist at Camanche Recreation Company. Planter fish tend to stay closer to the surface and near the shorelines while holdover fish (from last year) are still in deeper water, about 40 feet deep. Catfish are still being caught, as George Nakawatase weighed in a 2.85- and a 6.30- pound catfish that was caught in the North Shore Marina cove using chicken liver as bait.

DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing said "The trout are really close to the surface and lead core is the method of choice, at least for this guide anyway! The fish will be at the entrances of coves and close to shorelines this time of year, as they are chasing bait close to the surface. Covering a lot of water still might necessary to find either birds feeding on bait fish or fish chasing bait close to or near the surface. Any lures in shad patterns will put you onto fish or try using small frozen shad on long lines out behind the boat. I suggest a 100-foot leader on the leadcore line so the lure is way behind the boat. Use Excels, Needlefish or spoons trolled 2 to 3 miles an hour to cover water and find feeding trout. The bass have went back to the bottom where they want slow-slow presentation baits like jigs or spit-shotting plastics. The bass bite is tough.

LAKE MCCLURE - Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said "the best bait going is live crawdads that have been producing catfish to 17.4 pounds and bass to 20 inches." Mello has been fishing from the bank using Robo Worm 4-inch Warmouth catching bass. Fishermen used a combination of live crawdads and minnows Wednesday to catch bass to 5 pounds and catfish to 9 pounds. A couple anglers used minnows and crappie jigs to boat 20 crappie. Mello and another angler used orange and white Power Eggs to catch trout at Barretts Cove while a couple trollers used gold Kastmaster in the main lake for limits of trout.

LAKE MCSWAIN - Dustin Grissom at Lake McSwain Marina said "DFG planted 650 pounds of trout recently." Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said "one angler reported catching and releasing 20 trout in 3 hours trolling using gold Ford Fender and ruby Wedding Ring tipped with a 'crawler." The weather was just awful this weekend, said Grissom.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Trolling anglers caught fish in main lake creek arms. The trout seem to be in transition from deep to shallow water. Try using shad patterned trolling spoons such as, Needlefish, Excels, Slimfins, Speedy Shiners or 'crawler/flasher combo. Bass are fairly shallow, 10 to 35 feet deep. They are feeding on shad and crawdads. Catfish are moving shallow and feeding on live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies.

NorCal Saltwater

BERKELEY--Boats scored consistent limits on crab and rockfish combo trips. A spike in lingcod counts added frosting to the crab and fish cake. The Happy Hooker fished Duxbury Reef and found jumbo rockfish and limits of crabs, plus some shrimp. The California Dawn enjoyed similar success on rockfish and crabs.

BODEGA BAY--Crabbing was productive with limits common from boats and decent counts for shore and jetty fishers casting snares. Rockfish/ crab combo trips to Point Reyes aboard the New Sea Angler were highly successful with big reds and lingcod mixed in with the usual standard- fare rockfish.

DILLON BEACH-- Crabbing was just okay inside the Bay and very good in the ocean when sea conditions allowed an adventure. Rockfish provided steady action offshore. As a local bonus, a few large halibut were caught in Tomales Bay. One was a 19 pounder on a dead herring and the other a 22 pounder on a live jacksmelt while drifting.

EMERYVILLE--The Sea Wolf, New Huck Fin and New Seeker all ran trips this week with easy-to-remember reports... limits of fish and crabs on every one of 13 trips this week and weekend. Good numbers of lingcod came up too, with high counts of up to 20 lingcod up to 20 pounds. Fishing was done either at the Farallon Islands or along the Marin Coast.

EUREKA-- Boaters who soaked pots offshore reported easy limits of Dungeness crabs and those who worked inside the Bay also reported limits. Jermy Leonardo and Brian Taylor both of Scotia went down to Crab Park at the mouth of the Eel River and got easy limits of crab casting their snares from shore. Crabbing is easy everywhere. Early in the week, shore and jetty fishers were able to catch rockfish however late-week weather halted most fishing activity.

FORT BRAGG--Crabbing seemed ridiculously easy. The Telstar returned to dock by 9:30 a.m. with full limits. Abalone divers did well, as did surf fishers concentrating on rockfish lingcod, and cabezon.

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA--Humboldt squid were so thick that it was at times difficult to get through them to hook rockfish and lingcod. Crabbing was excellent from boats and decent from the beach or jetty casting snares.

MARTINEZ--Striped bass and sturgeon both bit very well from boat, pier or shore early in the week before a storm system deferred fishing. The Flash is now in Martinez and running trips for stripers and sturgeon.

OYSTER POINT--Numerous leopard shark and bat rays were caught from the pier. One leopard measured out over 4 feet long. Squid and ghost shrimp were the best baits. Halibut fishers worked right off of Oyster Point Marina but those fishers were very secretive.

PORT SONOMA--Petaluma and Napa rivers produced both striped bass and sturgeon. Seasonal rains brought sturgeon into their autumn feeding positions in the rivers and in the upper San Pablo Bay. Sharks and rays were not as plentiful this week due to the rains.

SAN RAFAEL--The best halibut fishing of the year was enjoyed by anglers drifting live shiners off of Red Rock. Recent rains improved the sturgeon bite and while sturgeon anglers sat at anchor they hooked striped bass while waiting for sturgeon.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY AMERICAN RIVER--Steelhead fishing continued to improve, although little by little, and more and more larger adults from 5 to 7 pounds are showing weekly. Swinging steelhead streamers on sink tips and shooting heads has been improving, but most are still being caught on nymphs under indicators. Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and roe, and swinging Kastmasters and No. 3 Blue Fox spinners close to the bottom. Nimbus Basin continued to be crowded by anglers willing to settle for well-past-prime spawning and about to spawn kings.

FOLSOM LAKE-- Fishing continued to be slow with a few landlocked king salmon and small trout being caught by trollers. Some planters were being caught by Granite Bay on bait. Troll in front of the dam with Speedy Shiners 50 to 65 feet deep. Bass fishing was slow, but smallish spotted bass were being caught on slowly worked neutral- colored plastic worms and jigs fished from 15 to 25 feet deep up the North Fork

FEATHER RIVER--Steelheading continued to be pretty good but slowed a bit. Salmon spawning has declined greatly, so are not such a nuisance in the Low Flow Section, but pressure is heavy. Fly fishers were drifting red copper Johns and prince nymphs, and San Juan worms. Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and swinging Little Cleos and Kastmasters.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding--Trout fishing continued to be very good from Redding to Anderson. Fly fishers are dead-drifting nymphs and Glo-Bugs under indicators and spin fishermen are drifting crickets, Glo-Bugs and small lures.

YUBA RIVER--Fishing for trout was very good again last week, Anglers can come in from the Highway 20 Bridge and fish downstream, or access the river from downstream via Hallwood and Hammond-Smartsville Road.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS BOCA LAKE--The lake is at 33-percent capacity. With the lake this low, check out the dam for cruising browns and the inlet for planter rainbows. The points outside the boat ramp cove were producing rainbows for shore anglers using Power Bait and worms. Be sure to stay out of moving water at the inlet which flows in from the Little Truckee--this area falls under the stream closure restrictions that went into effect on November 15.

BUTT VALLEY RESERVOIR--Guide Dick Mason said the lake had dropped below the concrete boat ramp and launching was impossible for trailered boats--maybe a cartopper. Fishing should be good if you can get out on the water near the channel on the north end of the lake.

CAPLES LAKE--At 7800-foot elevation, this lake received a lot of snow during the weekend storm and could get more this week. The boat ramps were closed 3 weeks ago and the lake hasn't frozen yet, so there wasn't much happening here this past week.

CARSON RIVER (East)--The river below Hangman's Bridge is still open to fly fishing with barbless hooks and a zero limit, but the rain had angling pressure to a minimum this past week. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort saw a couple of vehicles parked near the bridge but couldn't see any fishermen on the river.

DAVIS LAKE--The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Heavy rain this past week reduced the fishing pressure here. Most boaters have put the boats away for the winter. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that one boat made it out and trolled cinnamon flies down 15 to 20 feet deep from Camp 5 to Jenkins and did pretty well and then fly fished north of Jenkins and caught lots of nice rainbows. Dillard said Eagle Point, Mallard Point, and Fairview were producing for shore anglers. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said he picked a limit of 14- to 18-inch rainbows at Fairview in 30 minutes on Gulp! Eggs from the shore. Fly fishermen were picking up double-digit catches off Freeman Creek--3 guys caught 100 fish in wiggle tails under indicators, according to Tieslau.

DONNER LAKE--Keith Zenker, trolling guru at Mountain Hardware and Sports, recommended running large kokanee pattern plugs 5-foot off the bottom over the ledges from China Cove to the inlet for big Mackinaws. Jigging Crippled Herring and Buzz Bombs near the kokanee schools was producing some nice macks, too. The macks were stalking the schools of the smaller "next year" kokes in these south shore areas and near the handicap boat ramp to the east end. Rainbow trout fishing was good at the west end public docks. Shore anglers were picking some macks casting spoons, spinners, and Rapalas during low light periods--early and late on clear days and all day on overcast days--patience required!!

FRENCHMAN LAKE--The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that fishing was still good for the few anglers who braved the cold and snow. This week's storms could close the roads around the lake so call ahead for the latest road conditions at 530-993-4683. Shore anglers were picking up 12- to 16-inch rainbows on worms and Power Bait.

GOLD LAKES BASIN--Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the basin only saw rain so the roads to all the main lakes were open and access was good. Rain kept angling pressure to a minimum this past week.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR--The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle reported that the recent storm had the road to the lake snowy and icy. Wait until the weather clears or call the Pacific Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-647-5400.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR--With the lousy weather, Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported there was little fishing pressure here this past week. Alpine County will be making an 1800-pound plant of trophy rainbows here in the next two weeks.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)--The DFG planted 2500 pounds of rainbows in the past couple of weeks--2000 pounds at the main ramp and 500 pounds at the back ramp in the Narrows. Anglers willing to brave the weather should be able to catch some planters on Power Bait and worms.

LAKE TAHOE--The recent storms dumped rain at lake level, not snow. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported that fishing was good when the weather permitted--strong winds were a problem over the weekend. Trolling 350 to 400 feet deep was producing limits plus several more macks tagged and released, or lost. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners was doing well trolling at South Shore for macks and some browns and rainbows. The macks were hitting Luhr-Jensen Shoehorn spoons at 170 to 220 feet deep. The trout were taken running CD Rapalas in 20- to 40-foot deep water. Watch the weather!!

LOON LAKE--The lake is at 51-percent capacity. Snow and ice at this elevation made access to this lake difficult, if not impossible. Any more storms could close this lake until spring, if it isn't already!! PROSSER LAKE--The lake is at 33-percent capacity. With the lake at this low level, the dam was where anglers were seeing cruising rainbows and browns. Cast spoons and Rapalas for these fish. Try Power Bait and worms for the smaller planters.

RED LAKE--Snowy, icy roads. The lake has not frozen over yet.

SILVER LAKE--At 7134-foot elevation, this lake received plenty of snow over the weekend and could get more this week. Not much happening here until the weather clears and more rain/snow was in the forecast for most of this week.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR--The lake is at 75-percent capacity. The road to the lake was passable but 4-wheel drive was suggested due to icy conditions. Trollers working the area from the boat ramp to the dam were picking up some nice macks, according to Tony Marotta at Mountain Hardware and Sports. Macks were also hitting jigs, large trolled lures, and large white/red streamers fished on fast sinking lines off the ledges at 40 to 50 feet deep.

TRUCKEE RIVER--The browns were hitting streamers fished in the faster water and the rainbows were sucking up BWO and baetis nymphs fished under indicators below the Boca outlet. Remember, artificial lures with barbless hooks only and a zero limit from Trout Creek to Stateline until April.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR--The lake is at 48-percent capacity. The road to the lake off Pea Vince Ridge Road was snowy and icy. Ken Mathis of Ken's Custom Tackle recommended 4-wheel drive with chains for any attempt to reach the lake. Better to wait until the weather settles-- probably next week.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS AMERICAN RIVER--The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the river was running low and clear. With the unsettled weather, angling pressure was at a minimum. Remember that the North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork are still open to fishing with artificial lures with barbless hooks and a zero limit.

BULLARDS BAR--The lake is at 59-percent capacity. Heavy rains over the weekend reduced the fishing pressure to zero and the weather forecast for the week was calling for more rain.

CAMP FAR WEST--North Shore Resort reported that bass fishing was good before the heavy rains and wind arrived over the weekend. Drop-shot worms and bottom bounced Brush Hogs were producing 20 to 30 fish per day off main body points.

COLLINS LAKE--The resort received 2400 1-pound rainbows from the DFG for their pen-rearing program this past week along with a 1000-pound private plant of catchable and trophy trout. The last 1000-pound private plant of the year will be made this week. Kathy Hess said that five trout over 6 pounds were weighed this past week. With the rainy weather, mostly shore anglers were out catching good stringers of rainbows from the dam, beach, Open Area, and campgrounds. Some boaters made it out and caught fish drifting worms at the bridge or trolling near the marina. Catfishing slowed with the drop in the water temp.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR--The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported "pouring rain" over the weekend. There was no fishing pressure on the lake this past week and poor weather in the forecast will keep pressure low.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The lake is at 47-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the road to the lake was icy, snowy and restricted to one-lane, but still passable to the lake. The snow forecast for this week could change all that, so check with the Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-367-2224, M- F 8:00-4:30.

FULLER LAKE--The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. If the snow drops to the 5000-foot level, call ahead for road conditions at the Nevada City Ranger Station at 530-265-4531.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR--The lake is at 52-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the Placer County Water Agency was still repairing the road to the lake, but it was still passable. With more poor weather in the forecast, it would be wise to check with the Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-333-4312, M-F, 8:00-4:30.

LAKE OROVILLE--The lake is at 50-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that fishing was still good, but the better fish had scattered and dropped into deeper water. There were still plenty of 1 1/4- to 1 3/4- pound bass up on the banks hitting worm-head rigged Senkos, and Paradise Tackle Company finesse jigs in the West Branch, the Slot, and the Middle Fork on shallower points. Bigger bass from 2 to 3 pounds were mostly hitting Senkos and jigs at 20 to 30 feet deep, but occasionally fish were caught shallower on spinnerbaits, Spooks, ripbaits, and weightless Senkos. Shade or low light periods were best for the shallow water and topwater bites.

ROLLINS LAKE--Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that fishing was slow during the heavy rains that drenched the area over the weekend. Drop- shotting worms at the dam could produce a good bass for the patient angler.

SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE--Jim Caldwell at the resort reported that one troller running a Rooster Tail at the dam caught two smallmouth bass to 2 1/2 pounds, a largemouth bass, and 2 rainbows. Another troller picked up 3 rainbows on flasher/worm combos at the spillway. It rained very hard here over the weekend--no snow as of press time.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR--According to the Foresthill Ranger Station, the roads were still open to the lake with some snow on the roads. With unsettled weather in the forecast for most of this week, it would be wise to check with the Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-367-2224. The lake was planted by the DFG two weeks ago, but angling pressure has been minimal so fishing should be good.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the road to the lake should still be open. The lake was planted by the DFG two weeks ago and angling pressure has been minimal, so fishing should still be good.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY--The lake was at 130.5-foot elevation at press time --61-percent capacity. Heavy rains and wind over the weekend made it great for duck hunting, but lousy for fishing.

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