SACRAMENTO RIVER-The sturgeon bite continued to improve as flows warmed and cleared. Fish were biting as far upstream as Colusa. Tisdale to Grimes was also a good stretch of river. Verona, Hood-Franklin, South River Road, Merritt's and Fremont Weir were some of the better spots downstream of Sacramento. Striped bass fishing was starting to pick up a bit on the main river with a few being caught at Discovery Park and Verona. The Deepwater Channel was also pretty good.
DELTA REGION SACRAMENTO RIVER side-Sturgeon fishing is still the best bet and a mixed batch of under and oversized fish as well as legal ones were being reported, especially in Cache Slough and from Rio Vista and above. Look for the striper action to being to pick up as fish begin to move up with warming waters and a little rain.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-Pressure continues to be high for sturgeon, which have moved into the shallows.Grass shrimp has been the best bait, but eel has also been producing numbers of fish in all sizes. Anchored below the Antioch Bridge, sturgeon baits were also being taken by stripers. The shallows of Big Break had stripers to 14 pounds and more will be on tap as the waters are warming up. Try tossing big swimbaits, umbrella rigs, topwater lures and spooning.
LAKE TAHOE-Guides on both ends of the lake reported trolling was good for macks, plus a few rainbows and browns. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported "awesome" action for macks with limits coming in as little as an hour. The fish were hitting spoons and stickbaits from 180 to 220 feet deep and averaged 4 to 8 pounds. Rick Kennedy at Tightlines Guide Service reported that clients on Friday hooked 33 macks and landed 20 fish from 3 to 6 pounds. The macks were hitting Sep's Pro-Secret spoons and Needlefish at 260 feet deep. On Saturday he trolled for trout off Skunk Harbor and caught a 4 1/2-pound rainbow and a 5-pound mack in shallow water before heading back out to deep water for the macks. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners said he was catching his macks trolling Rapalas and Storm ThunderSticks at 180 to 200 feet deep then moving into shallower water for 1- to 3-pound rainbows, and 1- to 4-pound browns.
CAMANCHE LAKE - Mt. Lassen Trout delivered 600 pounds to the South Shore Pond and 600 pounds to the south shore ramp recently. The CDW also planted 1000 pounds of trout at the north shore ramp. George Raborn of Lodi caught a 7.94-pound trout while fishing the Narrows using a Fire Tiger lure. Ronald Weldum of Stockton caught a 5.32-pound trout while fishing the North Shore Day Use Point top lining with a Rapala lure. Marcus Helm of Galt caught a 3.5-pound trout near Hat Island while using a Dodger with a Rapala.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-It's been low and clear recently, but the storm this week is supposed to bring the flows up from 1140 cfs on Sunday to 2,700 cfs by mid-week, according to guide and WON Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. There's already been fresh steelies in the lower river because of high tides, and this will bring them in.
EEL RIVER-Both the main stem and the South Fork are low and clear, but there are fish there if you can locate them and use light lines and leaders to entice them into striking. Upcoming forecast rains may or may not bring them up enough to bring more steelhead in, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures.
MAD RIVER-Guide Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures said snowmelt has kept some color in the river, and the bankies thinned out enough so he could run a few drifts in his boat. He found fish scattered throughout the system, mostly wild fish. Plugs and bait both worked.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.- The river level is still very low for this time of year, and there haven't been many people fishing over the last couple of weeks, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. The most successful days are usually during high darker water levels for bank anglers, so it's not a surprise to hear that they have not been out lining the banks with rods. "I have seen a few of the Rogue River guides over on the Umpqua River this last week and if there is more than one or two of them that far from home there is most likely a reason," Palmer said.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove-Guide Kurtis Jermain of The Fishin' Hole said winter steelhead action has been great on the upper Rogue, as well as the south Umpqua. "The Rogue starts to heat up in late February and fishes well for winter steelhead," he said.
RUSSIAN RIVER-"Fickle" was the word on fishing. There's a lot of fish in the river, mostly from Healdsberg on up, but a lot of downstreamers are showing up, too, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Bait and Tackle in Guerneville. He said a guide on Saturday saw a pod of steelies move through the lower river, but the mouth is closing up, and without rain, there won't be many new fish. Water clarity and flows are good. Another run should come in on the next good rain.
SMITH RIVER-Low and clear, but still fish in the stystem, and plenty waiting in the lower river for the next rain to move in and run upriver. Some guides in the know still doing well, according to Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures, guide Mike Coopman has been getting some impressive fish despite the conditions, including one that taped out at "well over 20 pounds." Phil Desautel of Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service, said the river is "super low and gin clear" and there were a "few fish in a few spots". Rain might hit here and bring in more fish.
UMPQUA RIVER, Sutherlin, Ore.-- The water temperature is considerably warmer than last month and that is a favorable situation for the steelheader. River level is dropping very slowly and with every inch the fishing has been getting better, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer. Color is still a dark green and that won't change much even with the water level dropping. There are steelhead being caught from Elkton upriver to where the North and South forks of the Umpqua come together. The lead boats on each run are catching the most fish on average every day. If you don't get a chance to fish many times a year, you might want to edge your time on the water by getting to the boat ramp early. The most fish I know of on this river in a single day this last week is 12 steelhead boated and only one of those fish was kept.
UMPQUA RIVER, South Fork, Winston, Ore.- The new boat ramp in the town of Winston has been proving to be a nice addition for access to the river, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Some of the best water for fishing in the area can be reached from that ramp by motoring upriver in a driftboat or sled. The river is full of steelhead, but most boats are getting a couple nice fish a day. A slight rain should cloud the water a little and keep them from being so spooky. I know of a couple anglers that have been getting a few more than everyone else and they're concentrating on the deeper slots and making several passes over the same slot, Palmer said. If you believe fish are in the hole and you didn't get a bite the first pass or two. You might try it a few more times before moving on to the next spot.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Roseburg, Ore.- Without rain for awhile now, but in the near future, the rocks are starting to pop out of the river. Visibility is near 10 feet looking down from a boat. The summer steelhead are starting to spawn and a few have been seen in the viewing station at Winchester Dam as they have been working their way back to the ocean. Amacher Park just below the dam is a great place to put in and fish for steelhead now, because winter steelhead have been stacking in the slots waiting to move upstream and over the dam. There are not many returning hatchery fish in the river during this time of year, so you can count on releasing all of them you catch, Palmer said. Upriver near Glide there has been very little pressure from boats or anglers and the couple boats I talked with on Saturday said they only had a couple fish. I talked with a few others that had fished earlier in the week and they described days of more than enough fish to tire the best of anglers.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam-Bitter cold was continuing to put a crimp on fly fishing, but the river was clear, and some small steelhead were being caught on backtrolled plugs, drifted roe and nightcrawlers.
KLAMATH RIVER, Blue Creek-The river was clear to the mouth, but still somewhat high, putting a damper on fly fishing. However, drifting roe from Blue Creek to Johnson's Riffle was producing some nice adult steelhead, plus halfpounders.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City-Anglers were catching one to four steelhead to about 8 pounds on backtrolled plugs and drifted roe. They're a mix of newly-arrived fish and downrunners A few brown trout were being caught, as well. Fly fishing was slow, however, due to the low, clear and very cold water. Rain is needed badly.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek-The river is fishable all the way to the mouth, and anglers were doing fairly well attracting bites below Willow Creek backtrolling plugs and drifting roe. Fly fishers were hooking a few steelhead on darker nymphs.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-Winter water conditions are beginning to disappear and as things warm up so is the bite. Jerk baits, umbrella rigs, swimbaits and rattlebaits are good choices. Look for the mouth of Rodman Slough to get plenty of pressure during the coming weeks. The mid-lake section is also seeing some action on structure with live bait. Shag Rock, Henderson Point, Rattlesnake Island and Monitor Island are all producing at least some action.
LAKE BERRYESSA-Some action is being reported for shoreline trout fishing but none by trollers. Expect to see more bass boats back as the waters warm and they feed before the spring spawn. Working baits slowly is still the best bet, like drop-shotting and Carolina rigs, followed by jigs and tubes
LAKE SONOMA-Fishing has been slow since the waters have not warmed up in this deep reservoir and it's still cloudy and stained. Fish slowly off ledges for a few bass.
LAKE ALMANOR-The ice is braking up and a good king salmon and brown trout bite is developing. Most fish have been in the deeper ranges of 30 to 50 feet with only a few being caught shallower. The east shoreline by the dam is a good place to start, but there is no dock at the ramp still.
BAUM LAKE-According to The Fly Shop, fly fishing has been great using small midge patterns and dry flies depending on the weather. What is needed is a little rain and warming conditions to really get things going.
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.
PIT RIVER-Don't let the stained up waters put you off, the snowpack has melted enough to give access here. Fish the warm, sunny spots mid day, according to the Fly Shop the fish are hungry.
SHASTA LAKE-Work the shallows in the upper arms for bass in the mornings. You'll find a few big ones but not much action. Move to the main lake points in the afternoons in 15 feet of water. Throwing 6- and 7-inch trout patterned swimbaits has produced some big bass but only one or two. For numbers of fish, move out to 40 feet and use weighted Senkos or tubes. Trout are on top but no one has been trolling for them. Look for that to change as an interesting mix of weather this coming week could bring out the anglers.
BERKELEY/OAKLAND-Sturgeon and stripers remained within striking distance of Berkeley and Oakland boats heading into San Pablo Bay or towards the Carquinez Straights. Two keeper halibut were caught near Point Molate by a woman fishing from shore. Perch action remained strong throughout the area.
BODEGA BAY-Staff at The Outdoor Pro Shop reported good perch action from Doran Beach to Stinson Beach. Boaters had to deal with inclement windy weather, but crabs and sand dabs were the prizes for forays during weather windows.
EMERYVILLE-Boats in the Emeryville fleet are undergoing annual maintenance and inspections. Plans include possible halibut trips in the latter part of March and salmon trips when that season opens in April.
EUREKA/CRESCENT CITY-Herring runs in the Bay at Crescent City began in earnest and people used Sabiki rigs to load up on the fish for later use as bait for Pacific halibut and salmon. Razor clams were easy to load up on at Clam Beach. Crabbers found some action inside Humboldt Bay where the water was much calmer than out on the open ocean.
FORT BRAGG-Crabbing was productive, but not as much so as early in the season. Telstar still managed consistent limits. Rough water made diving opportunities seem scarce, however folks that did make it out reported spearing lingcod and rockfish.
HALF MOON BAY-Jetty fishers at Half Moon Bay hooked up with rockfish and a couple of lingcod. The Pacifica Pier continued to give up crabs for people casting snares. Mussell Rock area was the hotspot for surf perch. Huli Cat ran combo trips for good counts of both crabs and sand dabs.
MARTINEZ/BENICIA-Sturgeon bit very well all week, for boaters out of both Martinez and Benicia. Stripers bit for both boaters and shore anglers, but didn't keep pace with the sturgeon. The Flash enjoyed an excellent week of fishing for both species. Happy Hooker is now back in the water and ready to fish for sturgeon and stripers. Flounders were still caught, but in slightly lower numbers.
PORT SONOMA-Upper San Pablo Bay gave up good numbers of stripers, sturgeon and flounders this week. Striped bass and sturgeon both bit enthusiastically in the Napa River, Petaluma River and Sonoma Creek.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 39-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the ice was getting spotty along the banks with open water showing in some places. The safest bet was still the dam. Jigs tipped with a piece of worm were working for rainbows and browns. Brett Miracle of Truckee caught a 4 1/2-pound brown right on the bottom in 40 feet of water on a jig/worm combo at the dam.
CAPLES LAKE-John Voss at the Caples Lake Resort reported that the ice was 12 to 18 inches thick and topped with 2 feet of snow. On Sunday, there were 2 dozen ice fishermen at the spillway catching some nice rainbows and few browns on bay shrimp and worms.
CARSON RIVER (East)-Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that there was a little ice along the banks of the river and the water was COLD! Fishermen he talked to at Hangman's Bridge said fishing was very slow due to the cold. A storm was forecast to hit mid-week with snow, so call ahead for the latest conditions at 530-694-2229.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that ice fishing was slow. Anglers catching 1 to 3 fish were doing well. The few fish being caught were all 17 to 18 inchers and were hitting Power Bait at the dam, Honker Cove, Mallard, and Fairview. DONNER LAKE-Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that a few rainbows were being caught at the west end and the north side public piers on inflated nightcrawlers.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 64-percent capacity. The best bet was still ice fishing at the dam for nice rainbows using worms and Power Bait. More snow is in the forecast for this week, so call ahead for the latest road conditions to Wiggins Trading Post, 530-993-4683.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 62-percent capacity. A storm forecast for mid-week should shut down the access to the lake with a layer of fresh snow and the distinct possibility of ice. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle recommended waiting for the weather to warm up before trying to get up here.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that at least half of the pavement was showing this past weekend and a 4-wheel drive truck could probably make it to the lake. A storm forecast for mid-week could dump enough snow to change all that-call ahead at 530-694-2229.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The beautiful weather this past week produced some great fishing for macks. This past Wednesday, one troller caught three small macks on spoons. Brian Cardwell caught a 4 1/2-pound smallmouth bass on a swimbait. One boater really hit the jackpot with a 10-pound, 15-ounce mack, four rat macks from 18 to 22 inches, and a 21-inch brown trout all taken on a vampire Rapala trolled on leadcore line.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 30-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the ice and the fishing were both in great shape here. Rainbows were hitting white jigs tipped with a piece of worm at the dam and to the right of the boat ramp.
PYRAMID LAKE-Rob Jacobson of Fernley, Nev., won the 26th Annual Presidents Day Derby at Crosby's Lodge with the 17 1/4-pound cutthroat he caught from shore on the first day of the event, and took home a boat, motor, and trailer. Second place was a 13 pounder taken by Dave Rials of Sparks that was worth $1500. The TOP 20 fish were awarded cash and prizes-it took 8-pounds 10-ounces to make the grade. 299 contestants competed in the event and were about evenly distributed between shore anglers and boaters
RED LAKE-Ice fishermen were still picking up a few small cutthroats at the dam using worms, Power Bait, and Kastmaster spoons.
SILVER LAKE-Ice fishing at the dam using bay shrimp was still the best bet here-not much different than last week.
TOPAZ LAKE-According to Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina, trollers were having a great time catching limits of 1-pound rainbows in 3 to 4 hours on flasher/worm combos and black/gold Rapalas in the top 10 feet. Shore anglers were having a tougher time, though some who stayed out all day caught limits on Power Bait.
TRUCKEE RIVER-Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fly fishing was better at Stateline and in the Reno-Sparks area on BWO and baetis patterns. The region is forecast to get snow this week, so call ahead at 530-587-4844 for the latest conditions.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that fishing for macks was improving. On 3 trips this past week, clients caught 4 to 6 fish each day averaging 3 to 5 pounds. Jeff Robinson of Cameron Park landed the big fish of the week, a 17 pounder that measured 33 inches. The fish were hitting dodger/herring combos from 50 to 110 feet deep. The road was clear earlier this past week and into the weekend, but a storm forecast for mid-week will most likely shut down the access.
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at the Lake Amador Store said "We are planting from 400 to 600 pounds of cut-bow trout every weekday." The best action continues to be from the shoreline with lures and baits. Larry Henle caught a trout that weighed 15.72 pounds in Carson Cove. Anthony Kralj caught a trout that weighed 12.62 pounds trolling the main lake with a firetiger Rapala.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - The black bass bite is fair. Drop-shotting or dartheading crawdad or shad pattern style worms. Jigs in the same colors are also working 15 to 45 feet. There is a good bite in the lake for trout 5 to 15 feet deep. The trout are hitting Speedy Shiners, Excels and Needlefish trolling 2 to 3 miles an hour. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said on a recent trip he hugged the bank catching fish. He suggests using side planers to get as close to the banks as possible as the fish are cruising the warmer water looking for food.
LAKE MCCLURE - Jason Mellow at A-1 Bait in Snelling said "no catfish, salmon or kokanee reports this week." He said that the bass and trout fishing have been excellent with lots of limits. Best bass limits were on minnows with 10 fish from 15 to 20 inches. Live crawdads were another good bait choice. Drop-shotting oxblood worms in 40 to 50 feet. Trout trollers are using flashers/'crawler combo at 15 to 30 feet. One angler used minnows at night in the Horseshoe Bend area of the lake to catch 20 crappie.
LAKE MCSWAIN - "There was a trout plant by DF&W and also by Calaveras Trout Farm before the weekend and anglers are catching them off the bank and from boats trolling," said Victoria Sturtevant at Lake McSwain Marina. Trout action is good from the banks near the Brush Pile or Handicap Dock or the point by the marina. Anglers are using chartreuse dough bait, white Power Bait with garlic and Power Eggs. Trolling has been good with flashers/Wedding Ring 'crawler combo or lures. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait and Tackle in Snelling said "one of my anglers used a J-5 brokenback rainbow and brown trout while trolling two rods. He was kept busy reeling in fish off each rod until limited.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Bass fishing is still tough. Most anglers are having trouble locating fish. Now is a good time to fish finesse style presentations, such as a darthead or drop-shot rig. Small, slow moving baits will trigger more bites. The trout are still scattered throughout the lake from 0 to 30 feet. Trolling anglers have been catching a few limits of 13- to16-inch fish. Try fishing major coves and creek arms, with baits trolled near the surface. Bank fishing was a little slow this week with only a few fish being caught per angler.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that an underwater filming crew found lots of big spotted bass down at 50 feet deep while trying to shoot a TV show. The marina also reported one angler did well using Senkos on an uphill retrieve on the points for bass to 7 pounds.
CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is at 95-percent capacity and clearing. Bass fishing was good up in the creek/river arms at 10 to 20 feet deep for 1 1/2- to 2 pounders on worms, Brush Hogs, and jigs.
COLLINS LAKE-The lake is 1 1/2 feet from full. The lake received the first spring plant on Valentine's Day-1800 pounds of rainbows, half of which were 1- to 1 1/2- pound catchables and the other half were 2 to 6 pounders with some 8 to 10 pounds. Sydney Foster of Gridley landed a 10 1/2 pounder off the beach on Power Bait and some limit stringers included 4 to 6 1/4 pounders. Beginning in March, there will be a big fish contest with weekly big trout, bass, and catfish anglers qualifying for a drawing each month for a free day on a patio party boat. Plus there were tagged fish released worth free ice cream, $5 off a day-use fee, $10 off a T-shirt or hat, or $100 cash. Another 1800-pound plant will be made this next week.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Trollers were catching limits of small rainbows in the marina, though one angler lucked out and caught a 3 1/2 pounder between the houseboats. Dillon Davis at Skippers Cove Marina reported catching several trout from 10 to 17 inches trolling a threaded nightcrawler 4 feet behind a large splitshot at 10 feet deep from the marina to Boston Bar. Another boater drifted worms from Boston Bar to Black's Ravine for a few 14- to 16-inch rainbows.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 79-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the AC Team tournament was won by Ryan Friend with 21 pounds-10 pounds over second place. Friend was reportedly using a float n' fly rig for suspended spots. Gandolfi said that Senkos, worms, jigs, and Paradise Tackle Company finesse jigs rigged with a 6-inch warmouth Roboworm were all working if fished slowly from 5 to 40 feet deep. Some fish were moving up shallow looking for bedding sites, while most of the bigger fish were deep. A-rigs and swimbaits were best worked in deep water. The Keitech 3.8 in shad colors were working well as a swimbait or on the A-rigs. Gandolfi stayed in the West Branch, North Fork, and the Slot-there was still a lot of debris floating that required caution from boaters.
ROLLINS LAKE-The lake was 2 feet from full. Casey Reynolds of Auburn fished from shore at Long Ravine this past week and caught a few rainbows, and talked to one angler who had a limit of 13- to 16-inch rainbows taken on nightcrawlers and chartreuse marshmallows. Trollers were picking up trout off Greenhorn and at the inlet on Rapalas.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE-The lake is full and clear. Trollers were still picking up rainbow trout between the marina and the dam, at the dam, and off Cascade Shore using flasher/worm combos.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the road into the boat ramp was open, but the ramp itself was dangerously icy and one boater had to be rescued while trying to launch. Few anglers were seen at the lake. The area could see snow from a series of storms forecast for mid-week. Call the Foresthill Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-367-2224.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The road to the lake was still dangerously icy and 4-wheelers need chains in order to make it out to of the area. Storms forecast for this week should shut down access for a while. Call the Georgetown Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-333-4312.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake was at 130-foot elevation at press time-percent capacity. Oroville Outdoors reported that the steelhead usually found in the channel at the Wilbur Rd access had dispersed out into the lake and fishing had slowed. One kayaker found some bass in the shallower coves along Larkin Rd. in the late afternoon when the water had warmed. He caught a few fish on frogs.
AMERICAN RIVER-A push of fresh steelhead moved up the American last week, and anglers found very good action, at least on some days getting half a dozen hookups. Good days, though, were interspersed with days of only one or two hookups. A lot of fish were spawning on redds, and unfortunately they were being targeted by unethical anglers. Pressure was higher upstream of Sunrise Blvd, and so was the number of steelhead, but higher percentage of darker fish. Fly fishers dead-drifted small egg patterns, Glo-Bugs imitating steelhead eggs, psycho prince nymphs, and San Juan Worms dead-drifted under indicators. Non-fly fishers were getting their larger fish back-trolling plugs, while halfpounders and smaller adults were being taken on drifted roe and nightcrawlers.
FOLSOM LAKE-Fishing for trout and king salmon was pretty good last week, especially on the main body between the dam and outhouse for king salmon and trout. A call to Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motorsports Guide Service was interrupted with his second king salmon of the day, another 19 incher. He was using Apex and GVF spinners behind a GVF dodger. Bass fishing slowed, though. The ones being taken were on slowly worked drop-shotted Robo-Worms, jigging, and drifting live minnows from 15 to 20 feet deep.
FEATHER RIVER-The striped bass being caught downstream of Boyd's Pump down to the mouth are large at 20 pounds and larger, but were a challenge to catch last week, and more anglers are going home skunked than with a hookup. Minnows have been working best, but some were being caught on deep-diver plugs like Bombers. Steelheading continued to be very good in the Low Flow Section, especially below Montgomery Ave. Waders can hook five to a dozen steelhead an outing with most 14 to 18 inches, but driftboaters can double the score. Dead-drift prince nymphs, green and brown mayflies, and red copper Johns.
RANCHO SECO LAKE-Fishing for trout from 12 inches to 3 pounds continued to be very good both from shore, as well as float tubes. Some nice bass were getting more active, too, as the weather warmed up. There were reports of an 8 pounder caught on a swimbait. Senkos worked in the shallows were attracting bite from some nice bass, as well.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-The water below Keswick was still off-color, but anglers backtrolling small plugs and drifting nightcrawlers were doing well down to Anderson. Flows cleared gradually the farther downstream one went and fly fishing picked up. Dark flies such as rubberlegs were being dead-drifted with smaller Mayfly and caddis nymph imitations.
YUBA RIVER-The Skwala hatch appears to have ended, and it was back to nymphing for most of the trout action, and even that was "hit and miss" last week.
- Western Outdoor News