AMERICAN RIVER - A few steelhead were still being caught, and some striped bass were attacking swimbaits and Pencil Poppers, but the focus now is on shad, which are all the way up to Sailor Bar Park. Steelies still taking nymphs under indicators, and shad were grabbing champagne curly-tailed jigs and flies.
FOLSOM LAKE - Some trout were still being caught on the main body, but fish have gone deeper as the lake has continued to warm up. Bass are in post-spawn and while a few can be taken early in the morning on topwater and ripbaits, most of the action is occurring off points and over rock piles drop-shotting, jigging and dartheading. Anglers should be aware of the major Memorial Weekend event which includes unlimited hydroplane races, wakeboarding and other activities. It formally starts on Friday May 31, and lasts three days. The lake is likely to be completely taken over for the week before the actual event.
FEATHER RIVER - Fishing for shad was still good, and a few striped bass were still being caught, but, overall, fishing was only so-so. Fish downstream of Shanghai Bend for both shad and striped bass. Some steelhead in the 2- to 4-pound range were still being caught in the Low Flow Section.
RANCHO SECO LAKE - Trout fishing has all but ended for the season, but a few were still being caught by boaters working the deeper holes. The bass spawn has ended, and fish have gone back into deeper water. A few were being hooked very early and late by anglers tossing topwater lures and ripbaits. Redeared sunfish remain the surest bet on worms fished under bobbers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Shad fishing has slowed around Sacramento, but it's still the surest bet with anglers fishing Discovery Park and Verona able to get a dozen or so in an evening. There are still some stripers being caught, but fishing was only fair. The better spots were off South River Road and Old Sac.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Grimes - There actually was an uptick in striper fishing last week, and some anglers were managing to catch limits of bass, small ones mostly, that had not yet spawned. Ward's Landing and Grimes were two of the better areas. Drifting minnows was the best bet by far.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing was "fantastic" drifting between Redding and Anderson according to Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. Spin fishermen were catching fat 12- to 20-inch trout on drifted roe, small Glo-Bugs, and back-trolled small Hot Shots. 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 very good, especially around Ah-Di-Nah campground on nymphs dead-drifted under indicators and tan soft hackles swung on floating and sinktip lines. There has even been some dry fly action late in the evenings. The mid-section of the Upper Sac continued to be the best stretch for fly fishers, but flows are dropping, and the area around Dunsmuir, which has less restrictive regulations and trout plants was also providing good action.
YUBA RIVER - Dry fly fishing was good once again, and there are a surprising number of hoppers flying about, which fish are keying on. Use a big bushy dry like a stimulator or muddler as an indicator with a smaller dry or nymph as the trailer. Fish above or below the Highway 20 bridge. Shad fishing continued to be good, too, all the way up to Daguerre Dam
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said, "The trout bite has been good with lots of limits being caught." Grayson tried for a catfish one evening using mackerel and caught a trout. There was 3,400 pounds of trout planted last week.
BEAVER CREEK - "The creek was planted with trout this week," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the usual fishing styles will work.
BIG TREES STATE PARK - The Park will be open for camping on a first come, first serve basis in the North Grove only. The Oak Hollow campground will be open for Memorial Day. You can contact Big Trees State Park at (209) 795-3840 for more information regarding the Park.
CAMANCHE LAKE - The catfish bite is improving with lures and chicken liver. The kids are scoring on panfish from the banks with redworms and 'crawlers. There have been some stringers of trout come out of the North shore area over the last weekend. These undocumented fish appear to be in the 2-plus-pound range. Anglers still report trout 15 to 25 feet using different types of lures. Bank fishermen are getting hits with lures and various colored Power Baits. Still a decent bass bite on plastics, jerkbaits and topwater early.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Bass fishing getting tough but anglers are catching fish with white flukes early or when the wind makes a chop on the water. There is a topwater bite early and sometimes late in the day. Drop-shotting, Texas rigging with a light weight and dartheading plastics in 15 to 30 feet is working. Kokanee and salmon are going deeper. Trout are from 30 to 65 feet. Salmon are down to 130 feet.
LAKE ALPINE - The lake has been planted with trout. Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods suggests using a sliding sinker rig with a 30-inch leader with your baits. Fly fishermen should try sparrow nymphs, woolly buggers, stone flies, and bead head nymphs.
LAKE MCCLURE - "Small bass are everywhere," said Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling. Mello caught a 14-plus-inch largemouth bass on topwater and released it and wishes other anglers would release the largemouth bass they catch also. Live crawdads, minnows and dartheading or drop-shotting plastics along with jerkbaits and some topwater. Fish are scattered from the dam all the way to the bridge. Trout fishing is good with Wedding Rings/'crawler combo at 45 feet. Kokanee and salmon are deeper.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Stephanie Sturtevant at Lake McSwain Marina said, "Trolling is good from the marina to the 2nd fence line." Fishermen are using Wedding Ring and 'crawler combo behind copper and chrome flashers. Best lures have been Kastmasters in blue and chrome off the bank. The Brush Pile and Handicap Docks have been producing fish on Power bait and 'crawlers.
NEW HOGAN RESERVOIR - "High winds made striper fishing difficult recently," said Guide Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sportfishing. However, on one outing we managed to catch 4 fish from 1.5 to 3 pounds. The line sides are extremely scattered between the mouth of the river to the dam. Hamby recommends covering a lot of water and be very patient! Slow rolling shad and anchovies 15 to 25 feet in the river channel.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - "Kokanee fishing is off the chart'" said guide Bruce Hamby. He has been slow rolling shad upriver for some nice size browns to 5.4 pounds. Bass fishing is good with topwater lures and drop-shotting or dartheading plastics.
NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - The flows for the Stanislaus will vary due to snowmelt and releases 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 usual fishing styles will work. Camping at the Sourgrass area will be limited to disperse camping only. Remember, you will need a campfire permit.
LAKE PARDEE - Bass fishermen are having good luck up the river and at the south end of the lake. White spinnerbaits and drop-shotting plastics are working. Water level is about 10 feet from spill. The cove behind the Marina continues to produce some trout. Bank fishing has been better since the last plant around the usual good spots, the "Mud Hole" at the rear of the EBMUD boathouse, Rainbow and Blue Herron Points. Anglers are using chartreuse, white or rainbow Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Trollers continue to concentrate in the South end of the Lake adjacent to the intake tower. Kokanee have been elusive throughout the week. The fish have gone a bit deeper with the warming surface temperatures, most have dropped down to 40 to 60 feet.
SPICER RESERVOIR - "The road to Spicer is now completely open and the dock is in the water," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the usual fishing styles will work. Top lining seemed to work the best as the fish are still toward the top. HOBART CREEK IS NOT OPEN TO FISHING UNTIL JULY 1ST. 2013. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake. Reynolds said the water level is at the bottom of the ramp, but is still rising, as they have not been releasing water lately.
WHITE PINES LAKE - White Pines Lake located near Arnold was planted this week. Fishermen should try all the usual fishing styles and bait fishermen should remember to have salmon eggs and 'crawlers along.
-Western Outdoor News