DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side - The incoming tide is still the best time for stripers and trolling got the job done. Pressure on sturgeon in the sloughs lightened up but was still productive. Both will be finishing up their spawn this month as the waters warm up and they head back down to cooler waters.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - Striper action was good for shoreline anglers and off the piers again. Get there early for both good tides and a good spot. Keeper and oversized sturgeon have been found outside of Broad Slough, off of River View Lodge. Black bass are on beds and being targeted by sight fishing.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - The lake is full. Randy Skipper caught a 12 1/2-pound Mackinaw on a swimbait this past week - a laker that thought he was eating a planter rainbow, no doubt! Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service said the trout trolling should still be excellent. Look for macks on the ledges at 40 to 60 feet deep and drop a 2-ounce spoon on their heads for some fast jigging action.
AMERICAN RIVER - Late season steelheading continued to be surprisingly good with some bright, mostly wild steelies still taking nymphs under indicators in the upper part of the river. However, shad are now pushing upriver in good numbers, too, and had reached Howe Ave. They should be all the way up to Sailor Bar Park in another week. Striped bass are showing up, but predominantly in the lower parts of the river.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Striper fishing activity slowed down. That's not only because of a lack of fish, but because everyone is focusing on the red hot shad bite. Drifting redheaded mini-jigs with trailing champagne pink, white, or chartreuse Curly Tails will yield a dozen or more shad in an afternoon or evening of fishing at Miller Park and Discovery Park. Verona is another shad hot spot. There are still some striped bass hanging around at the mouth of the Feather, too. Knight's Landing and Grimes are also still producing a few striped bass for anglers willing to move around until they locate a small pod. If you find them, they will bite, mostly on drifted minnows.
EMERYVILLE - Emeryville Sportfishing Center reported steady counts of salmon caught in the Deep Reef area. One day's totals pretty much reflect the trend all week: C-Gull II had 20 folks catch limits of salmon to 22 pounds. The Sea Wolf's 12 anglers got limits of salmon to 16 pounds. New Huck Fin took 21 people out to catch 41 salmon to 28 pounds. Super Fish had 10 fishers haul in 15 salmon to 14 pounds, the Sundance saw 6 people get limits of salmon to 15 pounds and the Tiger Fish had 22 anglers catch 25 salmon to an impressive 28 pounds.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - Tides over the past week or so have not been big enough to bring many fresh salmon into the estuary at the mouth of the Rogue River, so anglers just haven't been seeing much action lately, although some are still showing now and then from the mouth up to Agness. Experienced guides are still getting the occasional king, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service, but shore anglers are having a tough time since the travel lanes are out in the middle of the river. Flows are way down, about 3300 cfs, and the water is about 61 degrees.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore. - Jack Jermain at the Fishin' Hole in Shady Cove said the spring kings have shown up in fishable numbers about a month ahead of time, and "there's been a bunch landed on the upper Rogue." The steelhead fishing has tapered off some, although some nice fish are still available. Overall, it was a "tough" steelhead season, according to Jermain. But salmon season is looking good, and he said 3 anglers came in and all of them had their 2-fish limits of hatchery springers. Usually the run gets going up here in mid-May.
RUSSIAN RIVER - Dave Delmue, guide at Kings Sport and Tackle, said that shad are now being caught in the river at Johnson's and Monte Rio. The best so far is 8 for one angler, but the run is building. The mouth is open and flows are at about 350 cfs, so the fish are holding in big pools like at Johnson Beahc. Use grubtail jigs in chartreuse or flies. Morning and evening are best.
UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, Ore. - With the warmer weather and the sunny days, the river temperatures have been rising quickly. It has also got the moss breaking off and floating down in the current much earlier this year. With the frustration of having to clean tackle and baits almost constantly, many fisherman are not spending their time on the lower river. The highest success rates have gone to anglers anchoring near the bank, or near the deeper channels closer to the middle of the river, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Best times of the day to catch a fish this last week was first light or late afternoon.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Ore. - The springer's have found their way home and anglers are catching them from Dead Line Falls downriver to where it meets the South Fork. There are some new regulations this year for the tackle that can be used above the boat ramp on Lone Rock Rd. upstream to the deadline for conventional tackle, so anglers need to make themselves familiar with these changes before fishing this section of the river, said WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer. Most of the salmon are being caught on roe. Early morning and the last 3 hours of daylight have been most productive for catching a spring Chinook on this river.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - Hardly anyone is fishing right now, but the few anglers on the upper end of the Klamath were catching a few small steelhead and trout, mostly drifting nightcrawlers and roe and backtrolling crawdad-type plugs. There won't be much happening until the salmon fly hatch starts in late May and early June.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - A few spring run king salmon were caught last week, but even the Indians were not getting many. Fishing should improve quite a bit this week and next though. Anchor up with a Colorado-style spinner opposite the Roy Rook boat ramp at Klamath Glen. Then sit back and relax. It's not fast fishing.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - Flows from Lewiston Dam have peaked, and are already starting a slow decline. However, it won't be until June that they are low enough to provide decent fishing conditions. Dunking roe or a nightcrawler in a back eddy might attract a brown trout or two though.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - By far the best bass bite for both numbers and size has been on a plastic worm. Roboworms in the favorite Margarita Mutilator, Folkstad Special, Oxblood, and Red Crawler offer a good chance to have a productive day on the lake, according to Clear Lake Guide Service. Senko colors of green pumpkin, watermelon and craw shades have also been doing the trick.
LAKE BERRYESSA - With winds blowing most of the week few ventured out. It was tough trolling with fish spread out, but there was a spinner bite with the Uncle Larry's pink tiger, orange copper back, green tiger, purple tiger or RMT's glow orange and purple cotton candy squid teamed with a RMT dodgers in hyper plaid, pink bahama mama or a fuzion. The best scent was herring and shrimp at 25 to 42 feet on the downrigger at a speed of 1.3 to 1.6 on the gps, according to T-Roy Guide Service.
LAKE ALMANOR - The east shore near Lake Cove and the Dorado Inn have been good trolling lanes for a mix of browns and trout, but the majority have been kings.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - Fishing remains quite good on the north and west shores. With fewer people and lots of limits this is an excellent body of water to fish right now. Worms, spoons and Power Bait are your best choices at present.
BAUM LAKE - The Fly Shop in Redding reported fair fishing but the bite seems to die off after 2:00.
BUCKS LAKE - All ramps are open now as well as the roads.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reported fishing here remains good to excellent but can be a bit crowded on the weekends. Power Bait, worms and eggs are all working well here. Olive or gold crystal buggers were also effective for fly fishermen.
FALL RIVER - Mixed reports, as it is still a little early here, but a few nice rainbows can be caught.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Worms and gold speck salmon eggs were the most productive with black Panther Martins a close third. The fish plant schedule appears to be once a week until Memorial Weekend and then twice a week for the rest of the summer. Reports are getting better as the plants begin to spread within the system. Be prepared for mosquitoes though.
PIT RIVER - Fishing has been good, especially in the evenings when the hatches are happening.
MANZANITA LAKE - Fishing has improved with fish cruising the shoreline for insects. Some bigger browns are starting to come in and with minnows searching out the warming water near the shoreline, streamers are working well. A bit offshore, prince nymphs were the way to go. Remember this is a catch-and-release lake with special restrictions so be sure to check the regulations.
McCLOUD RIVER - A good opener with fish found in the shallow tail outs and a few big ones in the deeper pockets.
SHASTA LAKE - The bass bite has been off the hook for dinks to 1 1/2 pounds. Fish your strength and target shade. For a few big fish, throw a spook or swimbait suspended on vertical stuff like steep walls, bridge pilings or flooded willows in less than 5 feet early and late in the day.
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 as well, but there have been no kokanee biting yet.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR - The kokes are still small but very healthy and fat. The fish were holding in 40 to 60 feet of water around the 299 Bridge, and 60 to 80 feet deep by the Curtain. By July and August these kokes will be up to 14 and 16 inches or larger.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that a lot of water was running into the lake from Stampede and lots of fish were up near the inlet--troll outside the running water. Shore anglers do well at the dam on worms and Power Bait.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported that the lake had thawed and was mostly ice-free with a few rafts of ice still floating around. The resort marina and boat rentals should open by May 11, if not before.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - Alpine County will plant 1800 pounds of 3-pound rainbows this week. Todd Sodaro reported that fishing was slow due to high muddy water. Some anglers were picking up a few fish on salmon eggs dropped into the quiet pockets along the shore.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Ed Dillard of Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trollers were picking up boat limits of 15- to 18-inch rainbows in 3 to 4 hours running firetiger and red-dot frog Needlefish and copper/redhead Dick Nite spoons at 4 to 15 feet deep from the little island to Lightning Tree.
DONNER LAKE - The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that rainbow trout fishing was good on the west end using worms and Power Bait. Trollers were doing well on macks running 3 to 10 pounds on Lyman lures, J-Plugs, and Rapalas in trout or kokanee colors. No kokanee trolling yet.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that the North Fork was still producing limits of planters running 12- to 14 inches and an occasional native rainbow to 19 inches. The Caribou Powerhouse lake was closed by PG&E for repairs. The 3 USFS campgrounds along the North Fork are open. The Middle Fork was producing on stone flies, Panther martins, and Rooster Tails.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Shore anglers were still doing well on 14- to 22-inch rainbows using worms and Power Bait at Lunker Point, Spring Creek, and Big Cove. The Chilcoot, Frenchman, and Spring Creek campgrounds are all open.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Lower Sardine Lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. All the roads to the lakes were open and the boat ramp was open at Gold Lake.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 88-percent capacity. High winds this past week kept trollers off the lake. On the last report, the fishing had slowed due to the big flying ant hatch.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - According to one local, the fishing had slowed to 1 or 2 fish per day near the dam on Power Bait.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - The lake is at 94-percent capacity and Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that the road was now open into the boat ramp. The lake just opened up, so no reports were available yet.
LAKE TAHOE - Charter operators on both ends of the lake reported excellent mackinaw action. Mickey Daniels rated his last trip as "super awesome" with limits caught, fish cleaned and boat docked in 2 1/4 hours. Daniels had fish to 7 1/2 pounds taken from 200 to 300 feet of water. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported great action when the winds allowed for macks running 3 to 7 1/2 pounds taken on Lucky Craft lures and spoons from 100 to 300 feet deep from Crystal Bay to Dollar Point. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported catching quick limits of macks jigging on the west side from Meeks Bay to Tahoe city.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 71-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the road to the lake was open, but the gate to the boat ramp and campgrounds was still closed.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 38-percent capacity. Shore anglers can do well casting a spoon at the dam and in the Prosser Creek arm.
PYRAMID LAKE - George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported good action with limits in 2 hours running watermelon Apex at 25 to 30 feet deep for 17- to 24-inch fish. Molino was trolling over 90 to 180 feet of water from Warrior Point to Spider Point. Valarie Taylor at Crosby's Lodge reported that Bob McDaras of Elk Grove caught a 14-pound, 15-ounce cutthroat trolling a watermelon Apex at Warrior Point. Jim Wallace of Sparks landed an 11 1/2 pounder trolling a frog pattern Lyman plug on the south end of the lake. Crosby's also weighed in two more 8 pounders and one 6 pounder this past week. Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported catching 22, 18, and 27 fish on his last three trips. His biggest fish weighed 13 1/4 pounds and was taken on a watermelon Apex at Warrior Point. Mendes did fish quite a bit on the east side at Hell's Kitchen where he was catching a large percentage of native cutthroats.
RED LAKE - The lake was completely ice-free. Shore fishermen should stop by and give the dam area a try for cutthroats and brookies.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 89-percent capacity. The lake was free of ice a couple of weeks ago and trollers should find some big macks lurking around. No current fishing reports seemed to be available with the resorts still closed.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 71-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that kokanee trolling was good for 12- to 14-inch fish at the Little Truckee and Sagehen inlets using pink or orange hoochies behind a chrome dodger at 12 to 15 feet deep. Trolling for 5- to 7-pound macks was good at the dam using Lymans, J-Plugs, and Rapalas
TOPAZ LAKE - Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trollers were still doing much better than shore anglers. Trolling flasher/worm or Needlefish combos at 12 to 15 feet deep was producing lots of limits of rainbows up to 2 pounds in the middle of the lake. Shore anglers were catching 1 or 2 fish each on a good day using nightcrawlers and Power Bait.
TRUCKEE RIVER - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fly fishing and lure casting was productive from Truckee to Floriston. Kalan Richards and friends fished the opener for 3 days and caught 6 browns and 4 rainbows. The browns hit CD5 and CD7 Rapalas in RBT and BT patterns with the two biggest fish measuring 20 and 22 inches. Some of the other fish were caught on stone fly nymphs. The group fished from the Hwy 267 Bridge to Glenshire. The flows were high and muddy through Reno. The Little Truckee was running a very high 400 cfs.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that mack and kokanee trolling was very slow due to the heavy inflow of cold water into the lake from run-off. The fishing will improve after the water level stabilizes.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The West Walker and Little Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. The West Walker was still running high - look for quieter pocket water along the shore for the best chance at finding a fish. The Little Walker was running much clearer and producing good numbers of rainbows.
BERKELEY - Salmon boats that turned north out of the Gate got somewhere between a fish per rod and limits. Boats that went south out of the Gate got steady limits. Bay trips aboard the California Dawn and Happy Hooker produced halibut to 25 pounds and striped bass.
BODEGA BAY - Salmon fishing went from scratchy to limits as the week wore on. Surf fishers found hungry surf perch. Blue and black rockfish bit willingly for jetty anglers.
EUREKA - Pyong Yi of Eureka braved rough water on opening day to boat the first salmon of the season out of Eureka. By the next day, boats went out in force and fishing did nothing but improve through the weekend with early limits reported. Clamming was a very popular sport, also.
FORT BRAGG - Libby at Dolphin Isle Marina in Fort Bragg reported good salmon fishing nearby, decent crabbing for Dungeness and excellent abalone numbers and sizes. Blake Tallman at Subsurface Progression Dive Shop reported successful spearfishing for lingcod and rockfish, plus the first trophy abalone (19+ inches) of the season entered into their derby.
HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA - Good salmon fishing continued all week, with Deep Reef serving as the center of activity. Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts scored good counts. The Riptide scored limits of rockfish plus 3 lingcod. Stripers stormed the surf early in the mornings near Pacifica where anglers caught them with top-water plugs.
MARTINEZ - Boaters did very well on sturgeon, also picking up stripers as incidental catches, using shrimp. Best spots were Buoy 6, Benicia Bridge, Montezuma Slough and near the Mothball Fleet. Pier fishing was generally quiet. A local known only as Boogie had fished for sturgeon for four years and finally this week hung his first one... an impressive 56-pounder.
OYSTER POINT - It was mostly sharks and rays on the pier during the week and little fishing activity over the weekend due to weather. A few halibut were reported during the week by boaters drifting or slow-trolling live shiners.
SAN RAFAEL/PORT SONOMA - Napa River produced the best counts of sturgeon and stripers. Sharks and rays bit furiously near the Pumphouse on San Pablo Bay. Drifting with live shiners resulted in halibut to 20 pounds near Red Rock.
SHELTER COVE - Salmon fishing was good, when weather slowed. Sea Hawk reported 3/4-limits to full limits with fish up to 26 pounds. Charter boat Bite Me did well also.
FOLSOM LAKE - There has been some surprisingly good trout action lately, even though the recreational boating season is getting underway and the lake is warming up. Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motorsports guide Service got in on some very good holdover trout action in front of the dam toplining nightcrawlers behind dodgers 200 feet behind the boat. An occasional landlocked king salmon was also being taken between 45 and 55 feet deep on white and glow-in-the-dark hoochies. Bass were biting weightless Senkos over rock piles, as well as reaction baits like Lucky Craft Pointers and swimbaits. Even topwater very early and late. Drop-shotting, as usual, was also accounting for its share of bites.
FEATHER RIVER - Fishing was slow for striped bass, but a few were being caught downstream of Shanghai Bend. The surest action was on shad, where anchoring up below Shanghai Bend consistently produced a dozen or more hookups in a couple hours of fishing. Some steelhead in the 2- to 4-pound range were still being caught in the Low Flow Section on dead-drifted tan caddis and olive Mayfly nymphs as well as red copper Johns. There was some action on the swing, too, using tan soft hackle flies.
RANCHO SECO LAKE - There's still occasional trout action if you intercept a school passing by, but the lake is warming quickly, and the trout bite has slowed. Bass fishing is up and down, with anglers who find the right spot and use the right technique - weightless Senkos seem to be attraction the most bites lately - hooking some very large fish, some weighing close to 10 pounds. Redeared sunfish, again, were the surest bet for anglers just wanting some bites.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing has kicked up another notch below Keswick Dam brought on with the increase in flows from Keswick. Spin fishermen were catching fat 12- to 20-inch trout on drifted roe and back-trolled small plugs. Fly fishers were dead-drifting prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and copper Johns under indicators.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - Trout fishing on the McCloud continued to be good, especially around Ah-Di-Nah campground on nymphs dead-drifted under indicators and tan soft hackles swung on floating and sinktip lines. Flows are still high on the Upper Sac, but the mid-section especially was producing some nice trout on dead-drifted nymphs under indicators.
YUBA RIVER - Dry fly action continued to improve on the Yuba, and trout are even keying on grasshopper imitations now. An effective technique is to use a big bushy dry like a muddler as an indicator with a smaller dry or nymph as e trailer. Fish above or below the Highway 20 bridge. Anglers are also finding shad all the way up to Daguerre Dam
AMERICAN RIVER above Folsom Lake - The Silver Fork was planted by the DFW, so fishing should be good above and below the campground.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that kokanee trolling was okay, but the fish were small, from 6 to 12 inches. The area from the marina to the dam at 20 feet deep was producing some action on Flatfish trolled on 3 to 4 colors of leadcore. The bass bite should be good, but no one wants to talk about it to marina staff. The water temp was 64 degrees, so the spawn should be in full bloom.
CAMP FAR WEST - The lake is at 85-percent capacity. North Shore Resort reported that bass fishing was still very good. One angler caught 13 bass in Rock Creek and another 9 fish in the Bear River on dart-head 6-inch worms in 10 to 15 feet of water. Another fisherman picked up 44 bass on green pumpkin Brush Hogs and lizards at 5 to 10 feet deep all over the lake. The water temp was 68 to 70 degrees--prime for spawning
COLLINS LAKE - Collins Lake Resort reported that most anglers were picking up 2 to 3 rainbows with some limits of 1 to 2 pounders along with a few big fish to 5 pounds. Bass fishing was improving with the warmer water temp and limits were reportedly caught on plastic worms in shallow water. A 7-pound catfish was checked in too, so the warmwater species fishing should bust wide open soon. The lake will plant 1800 pounds of rainbows including trophy fish this week.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up some nice rainbows and a few browns on Rapalas and dodger/hoochie/worm combos above the "No-Ski" buoys above Boston Bar. Skippers Cove Marina reported that boaters were still doing well using bait--either drifting or tied to the bank--from Boston Bar to Black's Ravine.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 56-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the roads to both boat ramps were open, but the campgrounds would not open until mid-May. Shore fishermen at the dam reported good action, but trollers said the fishing was slow.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 68-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that customers caught 8- and 12-pound macks trolling 4-inch frog pattern Lyman lures 60 feet deep at the dam.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 85-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that fishing this past week was very good with 30 to 60 fish days common. He reported that many fish had finished spawning and were moving to the outside points and rocky walls, though there were still some fish moving up into shallow water to spawn. Bedding fish were seen everywhere. Gandolfi was spending most of his time in the Slot, West Branch, and North Fork throwing Senkos, worms, Flukes, and Keitech swimbaits.
ROLLINS LAKE - The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that boaters were picking up good numbers of crappie to 1 1/4 pounds on worms fished around the brush in the coves in Long Ravine. A few rainbows were still hitting inflated nightcrawlers, but the bite was slow.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that trout fishing had slowed--trollers were picking up 2 to 3 fish on flasher/worm combos and working from the dam to the inlet to get them. Smallmouth bass to 2 1/2 pounds were hitting crankbaits at the dam, and above the day-use area at Hensley.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - The DFW planted the lake this past week, so shore fishing and trolling was good. One angler hit the lake 3 days this past week and caught a limit each day - he fished from shore using nightcrawlers and trolled a flasher trailing a small Rapala from a kayak. The campgrounds are open. Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds without a permit, but required outside of designated camps in "dispersed areas."
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is full. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were busy and fishermen were picking up more of the rainbows planted by the DFW two weeks ago.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 132.1-foot elevation at press time--72-percent capacity. At this water level, the fish should be up in the tules trying to spawn. Pitch jigs and Senkos early in the day, and try a frog in the late afternoon on hot days.
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said "the trout bite has been okay and we are still planting about 500 pounds of fish a day." Grayson said an angler had an unusual catch while trolling Needlefish for trout, an 11.5-pound catfish hit the lure. Anglers have been trolling in the middle of the lake with flashers and 'crawlers at 20 to 35 feet catching limits.
BEAVER CREEK - Beaver Creek is running higher than normal, but with the absence of snow this spring it should be fishable. Beaver Creek will be planted this week. All the usual tactics should work. The road will be open by this Saturday. The road had been closed due to down trees. You can contact Big Trees State Park at (209) 795-3840 for more information regarding the Park.
CAMANCHE LAKE - Big bass biting as Cazbar Saelao of Sacramento, caught a 14.62-pound bass in the main body of the lake on a Senko. The fish measured 28 3/4 inches long and had a 21 1/2-inch girth. Norbert Gee of Sacramento caught a 12.79-pound bass off the left side of the North shore open dock using a brown crawdad with gold and red flakes. He also caught a male that was not weighed and both were released. There is also a good catfish bite on chicken liver and 'crawlers at the lake.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Bass fishing has slowed with plastics being the best producer. Wright Baits WB001r and WB607GC on a darthead shaken slowly back on the bottom is working. Nice hold over rainbows are moving into open water, which is good for those who troll. The fish can be found in Fleming Bay, Mexican Gulch and in Middle Bay near Hatch Creek. Target these bows at depths from 25 to 40 feet. Ex-Cel spoons, needlefish or Cripplures all very productive at this time. Most bows in the 14- to 16-inch range with some holdover trout to 3 pounds. King salmon are active over the river channel in Middle Bay, rolling shad or anchovies from 80 to 120 feet for kings to 4 pounds.
LAKE ALPINE - Highway 4 is closed at the East end of Lake Alpine. There is still ice on the Lake but it's melting fast. The East end of the lake is open however, but you may have to walk a little to reach the lake. All the usual fishing styles should work. Contact Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for more information.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Dustin Grissom at Lake McSwain Marina said "the fish are jumping and they are down 10 to 15 feet." Another load of fish was planted on the 1st. Trollers are going from the Floating Outhouse upstream with Wedding Rings tipped by a 'crawler behind a dodger or Cowbells or just spoons 2 or 3 colors deep are scoring limits. Bank fishing areas are near the Brush Pile, Handicapped Dock, and point near the Marina with 'crawlers, and garlic scented Power Bait and Power Eggs or throwing a blue/silver Kastmaster.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - "The trout are starting to show up in main lake pockets and over the river channel" said Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sports. The trout are targeting large balls of shad in deep and shallow water. Kokanee fishing has been limits as the rule on most type kokanee lures, as the fish are schooled up in 30 to 70 feet. Bass fishing is good with a lot of fish being caught shallow. The larger catfish are moving to shallow water to spawn and feed on live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies. Also while bait fishing, it is a good idea to drag your bait across the bottom every few minutes to attract nearby fish. Use a sliding sinker with a bead to create a ticking noise as your bait is moving.
NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - The flows for the Stanislaus will vary due to snowmelt and release from Spicer Reservoir. You can check the flows by going to dreamflows.com. The North Fork of the Stanislaus will be planted this week. All the regular fishing styles will work. Contact Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for more information.
LAKE PARDEE - Joe Frater at Lake Pardee Marina said "there is a good kokanee bite 40 to 60 feet on Uncle Larry's pink glow firetiger." Largemouth bass to 10 and smallmouth bass are being caught on jerkbaits. Trout limits are the norm off the banks with 'crawlers or Power bait. Trollers toplining or 1 to 2 colors lead with flashers and Wedding Rings tip with 'crawlers have been catching limits.
SPICER RESERVOIR - The road to Spicer is now completely open and the dock is in the water. All the usual fishing styles will work. Hobart Creek is not open to fishing until July 1, 2013. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake. I understand the water level is at the bottom of the ramp, but is still rising as they have not been releasing water lately. Contact Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for more information.
WHITE PINES LAKE - Just planted with trout and all the regular fishing tactics will work. Contact Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for more information.
- Western Outdoor News