DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side--Both sturgeon and striper fishing continue to be a good bet, although there was less pressure for the sturgeon as the spring striper run gets going. Most of the stripers have been smaller males; please remember to release the big females. Jumbo minnows, sturgeon baits and as the waters clear, try trolling plugs. The black bass bite has also been good in the tules as they move into the shallows to also spawn.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side--The waters are a few weeks ahead of schedule and clearing enough to start tossing swimbaits, trolling and plugging for stripers. Shad are also starting to school up in Big Break. Sturgeon fishing slowed some due to wind and as interest increased in rounding up some schoolie-sized stripers.
FOLSOM LAKE--Bass fishing was very good again with fish moving closer to shore as spawning gets closer, and the lake rises slowly. The most consistent bite continued to be on jigs over rock piles, but the reaction bite continued to improve. Weightless Senkos and swimbaits offer the chance at larger fish than those being caught fishing low and slow. The king salmon bite was, as usual, up one day, slow, the next. The bite might occur as readily at daybreak as at noon, so put in your hours. Trolling Speedy Shiners and hoochies behind dodgers from 40 to 50 feet deep has offered the best odds of hooking fish. Holdover rainbows were taking nightcrawlers behind flashers fished near the surface.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento--Striped bass action continued to get better and better, and trollers have been getting in on the action, too. Fish continued to run small, males to about 8 pounds. Bait anglers worked Miller Park, South River Road, Bryte Beach, and Courtland, and Rio Vista with sardines, pileworms and minnow. Trollers used shallow and deep-diving Yo-Zuri and P-Line plugged. Most anglers have switched their efforts from sturgeon to stripers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa--Sturgeon fishing was still excellent, but striper fishing was still only fair. However, a few more stripers were being caught. Sturgeon were being caught all the way to Princeton and as far down as Tisdale.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR--Both Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service and Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that trout trolling was excellent with quick limits the norm. Toplining a Wild Thing/threaded nightcrawler or a Sep's watermelon Strike Master/brown grub was producing lots of 11- to 13-inch rainbows. The roads, ramp, and parking lot were all snow free with little snow showing around the lake at all.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-- The Chetco was down to 1,800 cfs on Sunday after it crested at more than 8,500 cfs Wednesday, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. While the river was in perfect shape over the weekend, only a handful of steelhead were caught as most of this year's run has already spawned. Effort is light, allowing the few anglers still fishing a chance at some late fresh fish.
COQUILLE RIVER, South Fork, Powers, Ore.--There were still some nice steelhead caught here this last weekend, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Traffic was light with only a half dozen boats Saturday, but one caught 6 of 9 steelies using Glo-Bugs, a bobber and jig tipped with prawn and a few on plugs. The next boat caught 6 of 8 with bobbers and yarn balls. Another boat out of Haze caught 5 of 7. The river is expected to be low by mid-week.
EEL RIVER-- The Eel got a small shot of rain last week, added some color and got the steelhead moving. The South Fork was up from 500 cfs at the Miranda gauge to a bit over 2000 cfs, according to WON Field Reporter Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures, but fell out quickly and by Saturday was green and fishing well. Sepulveda had double digit hookups both days, fresh fish and downers.
MAD RIVER-- The Mad is still fishing great and like the Eel, the fishing pressure is almost nonexistent, according to Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures, who got the info from Gary Blasi of Mad River Bait and Tackle. The few bank anglers that made the effort last week were rewarded. Downers, bright wild fish and spring bluebacks all made a showing and there were plenty of them. Try a size 3 Blue Fox slowly, just off the bottom.
ROGUE RIVER, GOLD BEACH, Ore.--Spring salmon season has begun with a decent early showing of fish, although only a half dozen or so are being caught by all anglers combined so far, although the tides were not ideal. "The run gets started in a few weeks," said WON Field Reporter and guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing, "and the season peaks in April and May." Some steelhead were also caught after rains brought the river up some. The river level is low and there's some concern about flows for the springer run, according to Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, but "the spring Chinook will return, and I have never found our water condition to do more than make things difficult for us. The first week of May is a great time for springs."
RUSSIAN RIVER--According to King's Sport and Tackle, the river is low and clear, flowing at 520 cfs, and the good push of steelhead last week had slowed to a trickle. Guide Chris Aff has been pulling plugs in the narrows below Monte Rio each evening and getting a fish now and then. On the tail end of the run now, but returns to the hatcheries were 7,000 fish, double last years return! The first shad were reportedly caught this week, a few weeks early, and that could spell a really good shad run coming up.
UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, Ore.--There hasn't been much fishing pressure, and the two boats that reported into WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer had no luck, although they heard a report of two boats dropping out on what appeared to be fish on. "With rains coming later this week, I would expect some salmon to enter the river," Palmer said.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Ore.--There is a nice mixture of bright upriver steelhead and downers in the river now. Water temperatures have been bouncing between 41 degrees and 45 degrees this last week. There have been a few more very large steelhead caught over the last several days, and Gwyneth Bell, 11 years old, caught a 38 1/2-inch buck while fishing with guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, who provided the report. He said a couple bigger ones were also reported. Fishing has much improved over the past two weeks, and one guide reported catching 12 on Saturday between Whistler's Bend Park downriver 16 miles to Page Road. He said the best bait has been 4- or 6-inch pink worms. There are still fish crossing the Winchester Dam in decent numbers, so I have a feeling that this years steelhead season may have good fishing during the first couple weeks of April.
UMPQUA RIVER, South Fork, Canyonville, Ore.--The river is low, but the visibility is 5 feet or less and a dark green. Boat traffic is very low with only 2 or 3 boat trailers at a ramp. There were reports of bright steelhead being caught late last week from Stanton Park in Canyonville down river to Templeton Boat Ramp in Roseburg. The bright fish are scattered with lots of dark fish in-between. Reports from locals are that with this lower water many of them have switched to fishing from the bank. Some of them are casting with spoons while walking from one hole to another. A couple fishermen have been spending their time fishing with bobbers & jig's in deeper pools where the steelhead aren't as easily spooked, instead of fishing from their driftboats.
TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam--Flows were up due to the recent rain, but there still were some fresh adult steelhead to about 5 pounds being caught, mostly on drifted roe and nightcrawlers. Flows steadily increase as you work downstream, and fishing is quite difficult by the time you reach Happy Camp.
KLAMATH RIVER, Johnson's Riffle--Flows were still very high, and fishing very difficult Fishing was only fair as steelhead pushed upstream, and have not been replaced by new arrivals. A few steelhead were being caught below the mouths of creeks, but fishing was slow. There was virtually no fishing pressure, though.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City--There were still lots of steelhead--and quite a few newly arrived--present from Lewiston to Junction City, but fishing for them was a challenge because of all the released smolts. Fishing pressure was very light. Some steelhead were being caught on backtrolled plugs and side-drifted roe, the best action was via fly fishing, and the best flies were poxy-back hare's ears, and red copper Johns with white rubber legs.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek--Fishing was pretty good last week as fresh steelhead stuck around the area waiting for the river and creeks to rise, especially downstream of the South Fork. The rain raised the river a bit, and allowed fresh fish move into that section of river, while others moved out and went upstream.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE--Fish continue to move up in preparation for the spawning season. For plastic choices stick with the basics, variations of green pumpkin or watermelon for Senkos, purples and oxblood for worms. For minnow fishing use a slip float to control the depth of the bait around the tules. Drop-shotting works better for fishing than minnows on some of the deeper docks and rocks.
LAKE BERRYESSA--Troll the dam and Skiers Cove if you are looking for kings, but there haven't been many reports yet. But you can catch all the rainbows you want with the old dodger/worm combo on the surface at the Narrows before the main lake, Skier's Cove and up on the shallow flats above the Ranch House.
LAKE SONOMA--Bass anglers are still chasing fish up in the coves and down in the Warm Spring arm as we move to pre-spawn fishing. LuckyCraft BDS3 in the shad patterns tossed on the main body from the No Ski buoys all the way back to the 5-mph buoys has been kicking out some nice fish, but the water is still stained and cold. The steelies should be back in the main body by the end of the month.
LAKE ALMANOR--Spring is the time to target the big brown trout, followed by big rainbows and kings in the early summer as they fatten up from the winter. Right now it's the pond smelt they are after. Before too long there will also be hatches. Things are getting ready to bust open, with warming waters it's time to make plans for trophy browns. Some hatches are also starting. Smallmouth bass are also starting to be spotted.
BAUM LAKE--The Fly Shop in Redding reported fair to good fishing from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. With plenty of rainbows here - this action should last through the rest of the month.
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 forebay may reopen.
PIT RIVER--Both fishing and water conditions have been good one day and not so good the next. But the good news is anglers are starting to see some March browns and some caddis.
SHASTA LAKE--Bass fishing has been good on main lake points with small swimbaits. The kings are just getting started from 60 to 100 feet down on shad patterns. Rainbows are scattered everywhere in the top 30 feet, just follow the diving birds for limits. For brown trout try in the 30- to 40-foot range in Hertz Bay and No Name Island.
SACRAMENTO VALLEY AMERICAN RIVER--Flows have dropped to the lowest of the season, to 1,250 cfs, and there were still a few steelhead being caught, mostly small fish now. They're in two groups, 12 to 15 inches, and 3 to 5 pounds. Virtually no one is fishing for steelies now, though. They're taking side-drifted nightcrawlers, and caddis- and smolt-imitating nymphs on the swing.
FEATHER RIVER--A few more striped bass showed up last week from Verona to Shanghai Bend, but action was still spotty as small pods swam through. Most of the action was on bait, and fish were small, up to 8 pounds. Some steelhead continued to be caught in the Low Flow Section and down to Gridley below the Outlet.
RANCHO SECO LAKE--Fishing for trout and the occasional whopper bass was very good last week aided by another trout plant on Friday. There was lots of elbow room around the lake shoreline and piers, and boaters did well, too (no gasoline engines allowed). A trout derby being is being held April 6 and 7. There will be $100 first prize for adults, $50 for youth 11-16, and $35 for 10 and under. A $5 entry fee will be charged to enter the Derby (plus daily park entry fee). There will be some heavy plants just before the event. Some nice bass were caught last week. Fishing for them is a challenge, but some of the bass are in the 10-pound class. Senkos, Robo-Worms, swimbaits, and jigs are all effective. Fishing is slow, but the there's a good chance of hooking a hog of a Florida strain largemouth weighing 10 pounds.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding--Trout fishing was "red hot" last week from Redding to Jelly's Ferry. Side-drifting roe, nightcrawlers, crickets, and Glo-Bugs was outstanding, and some fish measure 20 inches or more. Fly fishing was very good, too, Drift Mayfly and caddis nymph imitations under indicators.
YUBA RIVER--Trout fishing was very good, once again with trout taking nymphs under indicators, and there was even some dry fly action late in the day as the weather warmed.
SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS BOCA LAKE--Shore fishing was good on both ends of the lake--the dam and inlet. According to Tony Marotta at Mountain Hardware and Sports, anglers using bait and lures were picking up nice holdover rainbows and a few browns in the 14- to 17-inch range.
CAPLES LAKE--John Voss at Caples Lake Resort reported the ice was still 2 feet thick and ice fishermen were picking up a few rainbows and browns at the spillway in 5 to 10 feet of water near the shore on worms, bay shrimp and jigged Kastmaster spoons.
CARSON RIVER (East)--Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported experienced anglers were catching one or two 12- to 16-inch rainbows on stone nymphs, glo-bugs, and baetis nymphs in the restricted section below Hangman's Bridge. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort spoke to one couple who fished late this past week and they didn't get a strike. The warm weather has started some runoff and the water has taken on a little color.
DAVIS LAKE--Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that ice fishing was over for the season with the lake 80-percent open as of last Sunday. If the weather stayed warm, the lake could be totally ice free by the time you read this report. Shore fishermen were picking up a few fish at Mallard Point on bait and fly fishermen were seeing hit-or-miss action at Coot on nymph/indicators. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that some fly casters were catching 20 fish one day and none the next--it just depended on whether you were there when the schools moved into the shallows. Dillard said a small boat could probably be launched at Mallard Point, but there is no dock. The Honker Cove ramp construction is still not complete, so it won't be opening for a while--maybe as late as mid-May.
DONNER LAKE--According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, rainbow trout were hitting worm/marshmallows cast off the public piers. One fly caster reported picking up a couple of kokanee on nymphs off one of the west end piers--WOW!! Trollers were doing well on macks using big Rapalas in the top 10 to 15 feet or running white/green Krocodile spoons on downriggers set at 8 to 10 feet deep.
FRENCHMAN LAKE--Wiggins Trading Post reported that the lake was completely ice-free and anglers were shore fishing all around the lake with the roads open. The boat ramps were open, but there were no docks installed yet. Shore fishermen were picking up some limits of 12- to 16-inch rainbows on Power Bait and nightcrawlers.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR--Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported that both roads into the lake were snow free and there was little snow showing anywhere around the lake. Float tubers were picking up a few rainbows on nymph/indicators. There was no word about any shore fishing success.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)--Sly Park Resort reported that very little was happening with most anglers waiting for a DFW trout plant. A couple of 18- to 19-inch macks were taken on bait, but otherwise fishing was slow.
LAKE TAHOE--Chuck Self took a load of 2013 Stanford seniors and their parents out this past Sunday morning and they were doing very well on macks to 8 1/2 pounds. The early morning bite produced 6- to 8-pound fish on spoons at 300 to 350 feet deep. The late morning bite produced 2 to 4 pounders at 150 to 220 feet deep off Crystal Bay Point. At South Shore, Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported doing well on browns trolling the new Rapala ScatterRap and Laxee Spoons. Nielsen was picking up 4 to 8 brown trout from 2 to 4 pounds at 10 to 20 feet deep in 25 to 30 feet of water. He was doing best on macks jigging Williamson Benthos jigs tipped with minnows at 175 to 220 feet deep. If one school wasn't hitting the jig, move and find one that had actively feeding fish rather than wasting time.
PROSSER LAKE--Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that with the low lake level, fishing was slow and anglers were better off stopping at Boca. The best chance of catching anything would be at the dam.
PYRAMID LAKE--Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that fishing was very good with big numbers of 17- to 24-inch cutthroats in the NW end of the lake from Warrior Point to the Willows. Mendes was running Father Murphy Vibrator spoons 17 to 25 feet deep in 20 to 30 feet of water. The key to getting strikes was to keep the lure 3 to 5 feet off of sandy bottoms. Mendes said that bigger fish were being caught along the side of the lake, but in fewer numbers. Carla Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported that the fly fishermen were picking up some big fish along the shallower beaches, but in small numbers. Crosby's Lodge confirmed this by reporting only a few fish from 12 1/4 to 16 3/4 pounds being checked in by shore anglers this past week.
RED LAKE--According to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, cold nights refroze the lake so ice fishing was safe again. Anglers still need to use extreme caution when venturing out on any frozen lake this time of year in case there's a soft spot in the ice. Cutthroat trout fishing was slower than earlier this winter on worms and Kastmaster spoons.
SILVER LAKE--No new reports from this lake were available, but the best access is at the dam where ice fishermen were picking up a few fish on worms and bay shrimp.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR--Word got out fast that the lake had opened and boaters hit the lake with a vengeance this past week. Early in the week, Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service put clients on 5 macks--10 pounds, 9 1/2 pounds, 9 pounds, 5 pounds, and a 2 1/2 pounder. The bigger macks were full of 6-inch kokanee salmon--the breakfast of champions! All the fish hit a Pro Troll Sting fish pulled on the bottom in 60 feet of water. As more boat traffic hit the lake, 25 boats by Sunday, the bite slowed. The road to the lake was clear, but a little ice on the ramp made a 4-wheel drive necessary to launch.
TOPAZ LAKE--The lake is at 48-percent capacity. Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trollers were still doing much better than shore fishermen. Trolling in the middle of the lake with flasher/worm combos and Rapalas was producing limits of 13- to 14-inch rainbows in the top 10 feet of the water column.
TRUCKEE RIVER--Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that fishing was better in the Reno-Sparks area than up in the canyon in CA. BWO hatches were providing lots of action for trout running 12 to 20 inches. The Little Truckee was readily accessible. Experienced anglers were picking up some nice fish on baetis, midge, and winter stone patterns. The main river through CA was experiencing some runoff conditions that had raised the water level, dropped the water temp, and slowed the fishing.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR--Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that his trips were still producing 4 to 8 macks in the 3- to 5-pound range with a chance at a lunker. That chance came for Rick Schrichfield of Cameron Park this past week when he landed a 20.2-pound Mackinaw that hit a dodger/herring combo at 100 feet deep over a mid-lake hump.
BENICIA--Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait said the striper action along the shoreline is picking up with plenty of smallish stripers (some legal, more undersized) hitting grass shrimp. Boating anglers are getting better and bigger bass on bullheads up at Pittsburg and Honker Bay with bullheads when they can find them. There was a nice 58-inch sturgeon caught by a customer on Saturday.
BERKELEY--The California Dawn will be moving back this week, offering halibut trips using what live bait can be found. The anchovies should be available around May 1 in the bait receivers.
BODEGA BAY-- Northwest winds kept the sand dab and crab combos from chasing the flatties, but crab pots are generally available even in rougher weather. Captain Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler said his group did get limits of Dungeness, but they weren't able to try for sand dabs due to the fast drift.
BROOKINGS, OR-- Wind and big seas kept anglers in, but the rockfish and lingcod action was off the hook until the weather moved in. Top rockfish getters are purple shrimp flies while lings like root beer and purple grubs on a leadhead (3- to 6-ounce). Lings are liking a little bait tip on the leadheads.
CROCKETT--Captain Gordon Hough on the Morning Star said the time is right for some high action on San Pablo Bay bait trips, with lots of rays and sharks filling in the gaps between the occasional striped bass and sturgeon. Lots of shaker sturgeon on the weekend trips, with 4 stripers to 14 pounds on Sunday's trip, and a 48-inch leopard shark taking the pool on Saturday's trip. Crab populations are light in the bay, so anglers have a better chance hooking up.
EMERYVILLE--The first halibut trolling trips scored with the Tigerfish getting 4 keepers on Saturday, and the Sundance finding one on Sunday. The best bite came at the end of the Berkeley Pier, on the Berkeley Flats.
EUREKA--Crabbing remained good in the bay from the Coast Guard Station to the Red Can, but most anglers are ready for a change... like surf smelt or the April ocean salmon opener south of Horse Mountain (Eureka anglers will launch out of Shelter Cove). Shore fishing from the jetties produced greenling and black rockfish, weather permitting.
FORT BRAGG--Captain Randy Thornton on the Telstar said the crabbing is holding up, although numbers of both crabs and customers are down this year... the combination complimenting each other. "We've had fewer crabs, but fewer anglers, so we usually get limits anyway." Out of 40 trips, 36 produced limits of Dungeness. The quality remained high, and his most recent trip produced limits for customers and crew.
HALF MOON BAY--Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat is back from vacation, and will be offering sand dab and crab combos, and crab only trips until ocean salmon season opens on April 6. His boat is booked for the opener, so call ahead. Mattusch said the gray whales are in close, and offer a bonus for anglers on the combo trips.
MARTINEZ--Anglers on the Happy Hooker scored big on Saturday, but the bite fell flat on Sunday. The 13 anglers on board caught 5 keepers and released one oversized fish and 3 undersized fish. The California Dawn had a private trip, and one guest caught a 58 incher. Captain Steve Talmadge on Flash Fishing had 2 oversized sturgeon released, and a nice 54 incher.
SHELTER COVE--Captain Trent Slate on Bite Me has been commercial crabbing and said the sport end has really slowed down for commercial sized crabs, but there are still plenty of sport legal Dungeness available. The launch area has been improving for surfperch, top bet using sandcrabs, shrimp or cut baits.
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said the trout bite is good with white Power Bait, 'crawlers or white crappie jigs. Trollers are using 'crawlers and flashers. Bass are getting ready to bed. They are planting 1000 pounds of cut-bows on Mondays and Fridays with 500 pounds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
CAMANCHE LAKE - The big black bass are staging and spawning in the warm waters at the South Shore Marina. Last week two big bass were caught in the warmer waters there. The trout are in the trout pond, Narrows, Hat Island and near the buoy line at the dam. The water is high so the trout are scattered until the warmer weather and water chases them back to the creek channel that runs through the lake.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing has been having his best success away from the banks in deep water fishing from 10 to 40 feet. He has been trolling around the Jenkins Hill area, Schoolhouse Point and Graveyard areas. Trollers are using flashers with grubs, spinners, 'crawlers, hoochies and Excel spoons for trout and kokanee. Wright Baits owner Jim Small and his nephew Terry Small spent a windy day fishing at Don Pedro Reservoir and never saw a bedding fish. They did catch 8 bass on WB607GC 6-inch worms. Big bass are hitting swimbaits slow rolled on the bottom. Jigs, drop-shotting, dartheading or spilt-shotting plastics fished in 10 to 30 feet will catch smaller bass.
LAKE MCCLURE - With the lake rising and the spotted bass spawning deeper than the blacks, their beds may be hard to see. With the size limit now being 12 inches for bass, a limit should be easy to get. Live bait or dartheading or split-shotting plastics should fill up your stringer. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait and tackle in Snelling fished a couple hours and caught 3 keeper bass at Horseshoe Bend. Lots of anglers are using minnows and crawdads to catch limits of bass. Trout and king salmon have been taken by trollers from the dam at 30 feet with Rebels all the way up the river arm to near Bagby.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Dustin Grisson at Lake McSwain Marina said "the fishing has not been that good with all the wind, but the DFW planted a truckload of trout here Thursday." Jason Mello at A-1 Bait and tackle recommended Kastmasters for freshly planted truck trout. Trollers should use blade 'crawler combinations from the floating outhouse on upriver. Bank anglers should try Power Bait and 'crawlers around the Brush Pile, Handicap Dock or the point near the marina.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - "The trout bite seems to be getting better," said Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sports. Most anglers are catching a few fish with the occasional limit coming in. Trolling anglers are catching fish at various depths from the surface to 25 feet. Try running a dodger/'crawler combo from 15 to 25 feet on one rod and a large floating Rapala on the other. Bank fishing has picked up a little. Try using Berkley Mice Tails or a pinched 'crawler/egg combo. Kokanee are scattered throughout the water from 15 to 50 feet. The fish are a good size for this time of the year, 13 to 14 inches and very chunky. Bass are getting shallow and staging use soft plastics such as Senko's, Brush Hogs, and lizards.
LAKE PARDEE - Jim Reece at Lake Pardee Marina said "George McGill of Stockton caught a beautiful 10.68-pound German brown near Deer Island using a Rapala gold Xrap. Bank fishing has been better this week once the rain moved through. Bait and setups remain unchanged; anglers are using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Pistol Pete's and the latest craze, Mouse (mice) Tails, in addition pink Power Worms on a water bobber has been successful lately. Blue/silver Kastmasters are also hot right after the plant. Trollers continue to concentrate in Columbia Gulch and upriver areas and are pulling out some nice Trout and Kokanee. The fish are still at 10 to 18 feet and most boaters are sticking with 'crawlers behind medium flashers and medium size dodgers in red, blue, and chrome. We did receive one report from two shore anglers who got skunked.
NORTHERN FOOTHILLS BULLARDS BAR--Small kokanee, 9 to 10 inches, were still hitting dodger/pink spinner combos near Dark Day down to 40 feet deep. The big spots should be moving up shallower to spawn. Start on the points outside the flatter coves with a kokanee colored Senko and work your way in.
CAMP FAR WEST--North Shore Resort reported that bass fishing was "really, really good" with anglers catching 20- to 50-plus fish per day on worms, lizards and Brush Hogs on points from 6 to 15 feet deep. The bass were running 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.
COLLINS LAKE--The lake is 2 feet from full. Kathy Hess at the store reported that trout fishing was "fantastic" with lots of limits being caught. The big fish of the week was a 7-pound rainbow, and there were lots of 4 and 5 pounders included on full stringers. Trollers and shore fishermen were doing well. Bass fishing was rapidly improving and several big catches were reported, including fish to 4 pounds. The resort will be releasing two more pens this week and receiving another private plant, so fishing will remain excellent.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR--Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reported that trout fishing was "really good". Most of the successful anglers were drifting nightcrawlers from Black's Ravine to Boston Bar. A 26-inch rainbow was reported, but couldn't be confirmed. Skippers Cove Marina will release the four pens of big rainbows this week--WON will be in attendance!
LAKE OROVILLE--Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the bass fishing was "really turning on" with the spawn hitting high gear with the upcoming full moon. Gandolfi reported picking up several 3 to 4 pounders each day along with lots of 2 to 2 3/4 pounders on jigs, Senkos, darthead worms, spinnerbaits, ripbaits, and A-rigs--pretty much anything you want to throw! The fish were spread out from the bank down to 30 feet deep. The biggest fish of the week was a 4 pounder that came out of 3 feet of water in the West Branch. Shasta Tackle Pro-Staffer John Kline reported that coho trollers were doing well in the upper reaches of the North Fork and Middle Fork for limits of 8 to 14 inchers using Sling Blade/pink-white hoochie combos.
ROLLINS LAKE--The DFW trout plant two weeks ago spurred on a good bite for trollers working flasher/worm combos and Rapalas near the dam and up at the inlet above Greenhorn.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE--Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that trollers were picking up some limits of rainbows to 18 inches running flasher/worm combos and Rapalas at the dam.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR--Fishing for holdover rainbows should be improving with the warmer weather. There's little, if any, snow around the lake and the launch ramp is open for boaters with a 10 mph speed limit.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR--The lake is full. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the road was clear and passable for all vehicles. Trollers were picking up limits of rainbows running flasher/worm combos and Rapalas. Shore fishing was slower than trolling but fishermen were still catching 2 or 3 fish on Power Bait and worms.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY--With the warmer weather, the bass bite was rapidly improving for anglers casting spinnerbaits and cranks along the rock banks on the west side of the lake. If the water is up in the tules, try jigs and Senkos for staging pre-spawn fish.
- Western Outdoor News