SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Striped bass fishing continued to be very good, and a few more larger females are being seen. The big surprise last week was the early appearance of large schools of shad, and anglers were getting limits of 25 on mini-jigs in red and chartreuse at Miller Park and Discovery Park. Fishing pressure has been extremely heavy so it's important to get your spot early or fish during the week.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa - Striped bass fishing was very good between Colusa and Tisdale early in the week, but dropped off later in the week when flows dropped and fish moved downstream to the stretch between Knight's Landing and Verona. They'll move back upstream as flows rise again. Minnows drifted and trolled downstream have been the most effective method.
BERKELEY - Berkeley salmon boats are back into good fishing with limits reported aboard the New Easy Rider and New El Dorado III. Happy Hooker and California Dawn turned in solid counts of halibut from central Bay trips. Stripers bit from the shore. Private boaters got into both halibut and striped bass.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Anglers catching a few trout fishing over the river channels, the 49 bridge or near the dam/spillway. The kokanee bite has been great with fish to 14 inches. Try Glitterbugs pink Micro Hoochie or an Anglers Market Kokanee Bites trolled behind a small tear drop dodger. Don't forget to tip your lure with shoe peg corn that has been soaked in garlic, anise, carp spit, or kokanee special Pro Cure, or Smelly Jelly scent. Bass fishing is good as the fish are in pre-spawn, spawn, and post spawn modes.
CAMANCHE LAKE - Mt. Lassen Trout delivered 600 pounds of trout to the South Shore Pond and 600 pounds to the north shore ramp. Warmer weather certainly has the bass bite doing well. Lake is 80-percent full and you can see 10 feet deep or more. WB607GC 6-inch worms or any crawdad pattern bait should work. Trout are scattered, but a week of hot weather should push them back to the main river channels. Hat Island and the buoy line near the dam are always good places to bait fish or troll.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - Spring salmon fishing on the lower Rogue River was hit and miss last week, as clearing water made many of the fish reluctant to bite. Tides also were not favorable last week, delaying the best action until late afternoon or evening hours. Many guides reported catching a fish or two one day, and then slow action the next, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. BesideS the poor tides, anglers also have faced dropping, clearing flows, with no rain in sight. Tides are improving this week, however, and anglers are expecting a boost in the action.
RUSSIAN RIVER - Swimming and rafting season has begun. Shad have just begun their run, but not enough to merit a trip by itself, said Steve Jackson of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville. He said a couple of small male shad have been caught. Steelhead are winding down, although a few fresh fish are still coming into the hatchery - about 70 last week. Smallmouth bass are starting to bite however, now that the river temperature has come up 2 or 3 degrees.
UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, Ore. - Reports from WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service indicate that there were a whole lot of disappointed people this last week here. "The spring salmon fishing here is awful. There's a few being caught, but it isn't like last week. I did a trip Thursday and everyone was unhappy. Now, I did see some spring Chinook's on Thursday in the Tyee area." He said he's been seeing one to 3 driftboats a day in that area. A few fin-clipped summer steelhead were seen, and the occasion winter steelies. "Farther upriver near Roseburg at Cleveland Rapids, a gentleman caught a spring Chinook during the middle of the week. That is the first one I know of being caught there this year. Cleveland Rapids is a good spot for a bank fisherman to wet a line while waiting for their chance to battle a spring King.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Ore. - "I still have not heard of a lucky person catching that first springer in Glide this season," said WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. "Again this week I haven't heard any dramatic stories of people catching springer's below Winchester Dam. When the salmon get stacked up in the holes below the dam, so do the anglers, but it just isn't happening. The Colliding Rivers area is where I have been told of a few chrome steelhead have been caught."
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - There was only a relatively short stretch of Klamath in good, fishable condition, down to where the Shasta River comes in, and not many steelhead are still around in the upper stretch of river below Iron Gate. The next best bet for fishing will be when the salmon fly hatch starts in late May and June. You'll have the river to yourself, and it's possible to catch a few trout and an occasion steelhead, but it's not worth a long drive.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - The release in flows from Lewiston Dam per the Record of Decision have started and is going to 2,000 cfs on Monday, and to 4,500 cfs by May 2. It will start ramping down on May 4 and be back down to 450 cfs around June 13. Needless to say, fishing is about out of the question unless you want to dunk a nightcrawler or roe in a hole near shore in the hope of attracting a brown trout.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek - The river was fishing well before flows went up, and some nice native steelhead were caught but it is high and going higher.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - Look for the pressure to intensify as the full moon hits this week and a lot of bass will move onto their beds. Also look for live bait to be less productive as the water warms. Big swimbait pattern have now moved to more shallow baits and techniques, with a few frogs also getting some responses.
LAKE BERRYESSA - Although it was another windy week here, the king salmon and rainbow trout didn't seem to mind and the more protected areas had kings and trout averaging 3 pounds. Make sure you check out the coves as well since the baitfish are in there spawning and there will be a lot of predators on the prowl in there as well.
LAKE SONOMA - With wind an issue here, the bass bite slowed as the waters muddied up.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side - Wind was an issue here, but the Collinsville area and the Power Lines were a good bet for sturgeon, as was Cache Slough. Stripers were hit and miss since they are moving through in schools. Check the tide charts this week, as there are some good ones coming up.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - This past week's winds should not be an issue this week, but good night tides and early morning tides combined with a full moon should bust things wide open. Salmon roe was the top producer for sturgeon and jumbo minnows took the top spot for stripers.
LAKE ALMANOR - The king salmon and rainbow trout bite has been improving, in part due to the tremendous amount of insect hatches. There are also bass in the shallows ready to spawn. Please photo and release the bass back onto their beds.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - Don't expect to get in yet, but if the weather continues to be warm it shouldn't be too much longer.
BAUM LAKE - With so many new bodies of water becoming available and opening this weekend, there should be less pressure and plenty of fish here.
BUCKS LAKE - All ramps are open now as well as the roads. Only a few boats have been out, but a few nice macks were accounted for.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Opens Saturday April 27. According to Rim Rock Ranch PG&E appears to have completed all repairs to the forebay and canal and water flows have been restored to the channel. DFW will be planting this section as in years past, so another great area that was closed to fishing last year should be good to go. The natural habitat in this section was disrupted, so it may take a while to be completely restored to its previous fishing excellence, especially for fly fishing.
FALL RIVER - Opens Saturday April 27 with good water conditions.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Opens Saturday April 27. DFW always does a great job with plants here including some huge brookies. Rim Rock Ranch said there are great water conditions here. Worms, eggs, and spinners should all work well. Some small stone fly hatches have been coming off and incredibly, some mosquitoes as well, so there should be good fishing for everyone.
PIT RIVER - Both fishing and water conditions have been good, although you may not find them in all of your favorite holes. The good news is that the fish are biting and as the weather and water warms up it'll only get better.
McCLOUD RIVER - Opens Saturday April 27 with good water conditions.
SHASTA LAKE - Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sportfishing reported good action in the Dry Creek arm for trout first thing and then deeper for salmon. The smallies will be spawning in 10 to 20 feet so use light line and Senko or MF in crawdad or shad for a bunch of dinks.
TRINITY LAKE - The rainbow bite has been good on Sep's sidekick with a threaded nightcrawler on the surface or a blue Wiggle Hoochie. With warming days the water is starting to warm up, but there was no koke bite yet, according to guide Mike Elster.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR - The kokes are still small but very healthy and fat. Guide Mike Elster had 2 limits in 4 hours on Apexs with Slingblades. The fish were holding in 40 to 60 feet of water around the 299 bridge, and 60 to 80 feet by the Curtain. These kokes will be up to 14 and 16 inches or larger by July or August.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 60-percent capacity. With the heavy inflow of water from the Little Truckee River out of Stampede Reservoir, the inlet was good for some nice rainbows. Try the dam for big browns.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is in the process of thawing. You could try fishing off the dam in the open water, but stay off any ice!
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - The DFW stocked 1000 pounds of catchable rainbows in both the East and West Carson this past week and Alpine County will plant 1800 pounds of 3 pounders this week in time for the opener. Todd Sodaro reported that runoff had the river running at 450 to 500 cfs and the water was a little cloudy on Sunday when WON called. Sodaro said the river should still be fishable.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling and shore fishing was slow this past week for the most part. Trollers were picking up 3 to 5 fish on Needlefish at 10 to 15 feet deep. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that one troller caught a nice limit of 16 to 20 inchers running a Wee Dick Nite on 3 colors of leadcore between the dam and Catfish Cove. Shore fishing was slow at Mallard Cove with most fish heading up the creeks to spawn. Launching was available at Camp 5 and Lightning Tree.
DONNER LAKE - Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that shore fishing had slowed since the DFW trout plant 3 weeks ago. Trolling for macks and kokanee was sporadic too.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - The Middle Fork at Graeagle is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week and the North Fork was planted, according to Mike Hanson. Caribou Crossroads Resort on the North Fork will be hosting a Big Fish Derby with a BBQ and live music on opening day. Call (530) 283-1384 for info.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore anglers were catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows at Snallygaster, Lunker Point, and Turkey Point on Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers. Ed Dillard's friend, Jim Estrella of Reno, caught a limit of 16 to 18 inchers on inflated worms at Snallygaster. Fishing was good for quality trout!
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that the roads to Salmon, Sardine, and Packer were open. The access road to lower Gold Lake at the outlet was open. No current fishing reports were available due to little fishing pressure.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that trollers were still picking up limits of 9- to 13-inch rainbows on dodger/worm combos fished in the top 15 feet. The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Shore anglers were catching rainbows to 4 pounds near the north dam on Power Bait. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported fly casters in small boats or float tubes were doing well using blood midges and woolly buggers.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - The road to the lake could be open but there was no official confirmation available, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - Sly Park Resort reported that lots of small rainbows were being caught on Power Bait and worms up in the Narrows. A few macks to 2 pounds were being caught by trollers, but the bite was sporadic at best.
LAKE TAHOE - Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported doing well on 2- to 5-pound macks trolling size 3 green Needlefish, Sep's Glow Green Secrets, and Rapalas at 250 to 300 feet deep on both sides of Stateline Point, Dollar Point, and on the south end of the lake. Kennedy also picked up a few nice rainbows at Dollar Point. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported plenty of action at Carnelian Bay at 350 to 375 feet deep on macks from 3 to 10 pounds. Daniels found schools that produced triple and quadruple hook-ups. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported a slower bite - limits in 3 to 4 hours instead of 1 to 2 hours. Self was keeping limits of 4 to 9 pounders trolling at Crystal Bay Point at 180 to 350 feet deep. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported good action for browns and rainbows along the west side using Scatter Raps and ThunderSticks in 25 to 30 feet of water. The macks were hitting ThunderSticks at 70 to 90 feet deep topped by a 14 pounder.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 60-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that Wentworth Springs Road was open to Loon Lake and the road to the primitive boat ramp at the dam was open - watch for logging trucks during the week on Wentworth Springs.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 34-percent capacity. Fly fishermen accessing the creek channel through the campgrounds were doing well on strong fighting rainbows in the 14- to 18-inch range on nymphs and woolly buggers. Try spinners, spoons, and inflated nightcrawlers at the dam.
PYRAMID LAKE - Crosby's Lodge reported trollers were picking up 10 to 20 smaller cutthroats in the 17- to 24-inch range on spoons and plugs at 20 to 40 feet deep in the Warrior Point area. Fly fishermen were still coming in with a few big fish - Peter Thompson of Reno caught a 12-pound 15-ounce cutt' on a black fly at the Nets. The cutthroats were moving up into the artificial spawning facility in Sutcliffe - plan a visit soon to see this amazing sight!
RED LAKE - It's time to wait until the lake is ice-free. You might could fish the open water along the shore, but don't try to get out on the ice!
SILVER LAKE - Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported that there was a lot of open water along the east end of the lake and 3 boats were on the lake this past week. Trolling for big macks right after the thaw can be memorable.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Trolling for macks was good here with lots of 4 to 8 pounders falling for Kwikfish, Rapalas and Rebels 20 to 40 feet deep at the island, dam and up in the Davies Creek arm. Kokanee were just beginning to hit the usual offerings - dodgers trailing hoochies and spinners in orange or pink. Topline in the early morning and drop down to 20 to 30 feet deep as the sun hits the water.
TOPAZ LAKE - Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trollers were still doing best out in the middle of the lake using flasher/worm combos for limits of 13-inch rainbows with lots of catch-and-release. Shore fishing had improved a little with anglers picking up a few trout on Power Bait and worms. Smallmouth bass were beginning to get active. Bass boaters were catching 2 or 3 fish for a day of casting.
TRUCKEE RIVER - Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that the BWO hatches were slowing down, though there had been a few monster midge hatches. The trout were being very selective and feeding almost exclusively on the naturals in the Reno-Sparks area! Squala stones were working in the faster sections of the river in the Glenshire area.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser of Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service fished this past weekend and reported very slow action for macks and rainbows. He caught two 2-pound macks and a 14-inch rainbow - each in a different spot all over the lake - on an orange Perfect Storm dodger/flame Wiggle Hoochie at 35 feet deep.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The River is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. It should be a good opener! Contact George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel for more info about river conditions at (530) 495-2281.
BODEGA BAY - New Sea Angler scratched salmon in rough conditions this week, however full crab pots allowed anglers to go home with plenty (generally limits) of delicious seafood. Limits of surf perch came to beach fishers who pumped ghost shrimp in the bay and then fished them south of town near the golf course.
CROCKETT - Close proximity to San Pablo Bay, Carquinez Straights and the Mothball Fleet helped boats score sturgeon and striped bass. Morning Star fishes for halibut, sturgeon and stripers.
DILLON BEACH - Dillon Beach has salmon when the weather lays down enough to get out to them. Fish were reported as close as 140 feet of water off of Tomales Point. Surfperch schools began patrolling the beach and surf fishers did well when weather and surf allowed. Crabbing inside Tomales Bay is rated fair to good.
EMERYVILLE - Boats from Emeryville fished near Deep Reef or the S Buoy and enjoyed great scores. On many trips it was limit-style fishing aboard the New Huck Fin, New Salmon Queen and New Seeker.
EUREKA - Shore fishing busted wide open for red tail perch. The best bait was shrimp and Centerville Beach was the epicenter of perch action.
FORT BRAGG - Telstar and Seahawk ran salmon trips in windy, rough conditions which hampered success. The level of action was much better then the number of fish boated and the bonus was plenty of crabs available. Subsea Progression Dive Shop reported 10 to 15 feet visibility and spearfishing action on rockfish and lingcod.
HALF MOON BAY - Boats from numerous ports converged off of Half Moon Bay because the area held the best salmon fishing opportunities along the coast. Great fishing was a short run out of Pillar Point Harbor. Shoreline striped bass activity was evidenced by brisk tackle sales, though anglers remained quiet. Crabbing proved consistent at Pacifica and Pillar Point Harbor.
MARTINEZ - Sturgeon fishing reigned supreme all week. Boat anglers caught good numbers, mostly on grass shrimp and pile worms. Pier fishers also scored fish and there was a story this week of a very large sturgeon fought from the pier and then lost when it wrapped around a piling.
OYSTER POINT - John Akina at Oyster Point Bait and Tackle reported improved halibut fishing for boaters trolling frozen herring. On Friday, 10 halibut came in and 4 were over 20 pounds. On Saturday 11 fish were reported and 3 were over 20 pounds with an average of 13 pounds.
PORT SONOMA - Anglers scored better quality fish from the northern tributary waterways of the San Pablo Bay, than what was available out on the Bay. Rivers produced sturgeon and stripers whereas Bay anglers repeatedly hooked sharks and rays.
SAN FRANCISCO - Bass Tub found good halibut fishing inside the Bay, averaging a fish per rod. Capt. Erik Anfinson plans to additionally run salmon trips when weather outside the Gate allows. Salmon boats out of the San Francisco Wharf, including Salty Lady, New Rayann, Hog Heaven and Outer Limits, found limits of their quarry over the weekend fishing south of the S Buoy.
SHELTER COVE a lmon fishing was rated very good, even though the winds never went away and most fishing was done with whitecaps on the water. The Seahawk found single, double and even triple hookups. Nearby areas produced limits of abalone.
AMERICAN RIVER - A very few anglers are having some great steelhead fishing to themselves on the upper end of the American River from Sailor Bar to Sunrise. They're chrome-bright naturally spawned fish mostly from 16 to 20 inches with some ranging to 26 inches. They're being taken mostly on flies, small nymphs like pheasant tails, prince, and red copper Johns dead-drifted under indicators. Virtually no non-fly anglers are trying for them, spoons, spinners, and nightcrawlers ought to work, too.
FOLSOM LAKE - Bass fishing continued to be very good, with a variety of approaches scoring some nice fish. Live minnows drifted over rock piles are irresistible to bass, but the reaction bite has been good, too. Try weightless Senkos, swimbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits. There's even a topwater bite early and late. Drop-shotting Robo-Worms, as always, was effective. The landlocked king salmon and trout bite has slowed as the lake warms up and fish go deeper. Speedy Shiners and hoochies behind dodgers trolled between 40 and 50 feet have been attracting a few bites.
FEATHER RIVER - Flows are very low, and boating virtually impossible in the lower end of the river. Striper fishing slowed, but steelheading in the Low Flow Section continued to be very good. Try red copper Johns, and pheasant tail nymphs under indicators.
RANCHO SECO LAKE - The trout bite has dropped off significantly as the water has warmed quite a bit. A few very large bass were still being caught, but the action is now turning to panfish like redeared sunfish.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing was excellent again last week, and water conditions were just about perfect. Both spin fishing and fly fishing were scoring fat rainbows between 12 and 20 inches. The release from Keswick has been a low - for this time of year - 5,500 cfs making for good fishing conditions. While nymphing has been good, the best action has been drifting roe and back-trolling small plugs.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERs - Flows are still high on the upper Sac, but trout fishing is very good. The best fly fishing combo has been nymphing with a rubberleg and small Mayfly or caddis nymph imitation. Not much dry fly action yet, but it should be good this year. The McCloud opens to fishing this Saturday, April 27. Flows are low and fishing should be good. Swinging soft hackle wet flies should be good, as well as dead-drifting May fly and caddis nymphs 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 Topwater from shore above the bridge and below. Blue wind olives and Pale morning duns. Beetles, too.
AMERICAN RIVER, above Folsom Lake - The general trout season opens April 27. Anglers can then use bait and keep 5 fish per day with 10 in possession.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 87-percent capacity. Craig Robertson at Emerald Cove Marina reported that bass fishing was good for spots to 5 pounds. Lots of big bass were seen cruising around in the marina. One troller reported catching kokanee to 12 inches on a flasher/Flatfish/corn combo run 4 colors deep (20 feet) between the marina and the dam. With the lake still slowly rising, there's lots of debris floating around including large logs - boaters must use caution while running.
CAMP FAR WEST - The lake is at 95-percent capacity. North Shore Resort reported that bass fishing was still very good. One angler reported catching a 2 1/2-pound crappie on a Senko while bass fishing.
COLLINS LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a 3000-pound DFW trout plant this week, plus another 1000-pound private plant. Emily Gehrke at the resort reported that trout fishing was excellent with lots of limits caught by both shore anglers and trollers. The big fish of the week, a 7 3/4-pound rainbow, was taken by Martha Castellanos while trolling a Needlefish on the north end of the lake. The bass were moving up into the shallows and being caught in the top 15 feet on worms, jigs, and live bait. Ted Schoppe hit the scales with a 7 1/4-pound catfish.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Trollers were doing well on planter-sized rainbows along with a few of the trophy fish released by skippers Cove Marina. Dillon Davis of Skippers Cove anchored in the "No-Wake" zone on the upper end of the lake and between he and his son caught six rainbows over 5 pounds on Power Bait and worms fished on the bottom. Bass were seen moving up into the shallows all over the lower end of the lake - lots of 3 to 6 pounders were cruising in the marina.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 51-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the road to the south boat ramp was open - no north boat ramp or campgrounds yet, maybe by mid-May.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 65-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station confirmed that the road was open to the boat ramp, and boaters needed to use extra caution when venturing through the Narrows due to the low lake level.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 88-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the bass bite was still very good with lots of 2 to 3 pounders showing up in livewells along with a few fish over 4 pounds. Dart-head worms and Senkos worked best on the bottom in coves, and on walls and points all over the lake. On windy days, mudlines attracted big fish that ate spinnerbaits and small Keitech 3.8 swimbaits. Trollers were working the Green Bridge, dam, and area from the Slot into the West Branch for coho and doing well on dodger/hoochie combos, Speedy Shiners, and Rapalas
ROLLINS LAKE - Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that shore anglers were still picking up a few rainbows to 17 inches using inflated nightcrawlers at Long Ravine and Greenhorn. One troller reported catching a few nice browns on Rapalas at the river inlet. Bass fishing was good in the coves using worms and tubes.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - The lake is 1 1/2-foot from full. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that NID made a 4000-pound trout plant this past Friday and shore anglers were catching quick limits in the marinas on worms and Power Bait. Holdover trout were coming out of the inlet area for boaters. Lots of bass were seen cruising in the marina.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the campgrounds would open on April 26. On last report, shore anglers were catching rainbows on Power Bait and worms at the boat ramp.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the campgrounds would open April 26. Shore anglers and trollers were catching holdover rainbows, but with the new plant, limits will be quick.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 130.5-foot elevation at press time - 61-percent capacity. At this level, the bass move to the outside edges of cover or out to rocky banks and breaks. Fishing should be good along the rocky banks or on tules near deeper water. Pitch jigs or Senkos on the tules and throw spinnerbaits or cranks on the rocks. There was lots of activity off Larkin Road this past week with water rescue training by CAL FIRE and military helicopters.
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said on Sunday, "the trout bite has been great, with 3 nice stringers caught off the bank this evening." The bass and crappie are also biting. They planted 3600 pounds of cut-bows this week for the anglers to catch. The lake is almost to spill.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Bass fishing is good when you find them with WB001r or WB6007GC 6-inch worms from the bank to 15 feet of water on a 1/16-ounce darthead. The best concentration of fish was found up around the power lines. There were a few spotted bass on the point going into Hatch Creek. There is a spinnerbait and topwater bite with poppers or spooks. Water is gin clear and bed fish can be spotted.
LAKE MCCLURE - The Lake is rising pretty fast, making the bed fish hard to find. Jim and Terry Small fished 6 hours for 5 fish. The duo said the fishing just plain sucked. They met a couple friends that had fished all day from Bagby down and they had the same results. There is a fair trout, salmon and kokanee bite. Slow rolling shad from 50 to 100 feet for salmon. Try small pink or orange hoochies with corn at 30 to 50 feet for kokanee. Best area to troll is starting out from the point going into Temperance and work toward the dam.
LAKE MCSWAIN - A couple bank anglers during the week say that trout fishing off the bank is bad, as they never got a bite. Trollers are finding limits with blades/'crawler combo or Wedding Rings and 'crawler from the outhouse to the fence. Fishermen using salmon eggs and 'crawlers fished in cooler slow moving water upriver are catching a few fish.
NEW HOGAN RESERVOIR - Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing said "it is still a week or so away from decent striper fishing." On an exploratory trip he only caught 2 stripers in the 3-pound class. Anchovies and shad did the trick and he had two other strikes that did not stick. He marked lots of fish upriver and in the main lake at 18 to 30 feet but they didn't want to eat. Water temperature upriver is 62 degrees and 66 out in the main lake.
LAKE PARDEE - Bank fishing has slowed a bit since the last plant. The "Mud Hole" at the rear of the EBMUD boathouse is still the hot spot, but Rainbow or Blue Herron Points are producing fish. Fishermen are using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Pistol Pete's and Mouse (mice) Tails, in addition pink Power Worms on a water bobber. Blue/silver Kastmasters are also hot right after the plant; they should be hot all weekend. Trollers continue to concentrate in upriver locations near and around Columbia Gulch and continue to land some nice Trout and Kokanee. The fish will undoubtedly go a bit deeper with the warming surface temperatures, most boaters are sticking with 'crawlers or beaded spinning lures with corn behind medium flashers or medium size dodgers in red, blue, and chrome.
- Western Outdoor News