AMERICAN RIVER - Steelhead have disappeared, replaced by lots of shad and a few striped bass. Anglers have been catching a dozen or more shad an evening from Sailor Bar down to Grist Mill. The occasional striped bass was attacking swimbaits and Pencil Poppers, mostly downstream from Howe Avenue. Shad were taking pink and pink, or pink and chartreuse mini-jig combos and shad flies.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Although shad fishing has slowed around Sacramento, it's still pretty good at the mouth of the Feather, according to Yee Vang of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun. Waders can score 8 or 10 in a couple of hours fishing early and late, and boaters can do even better. Striper fishermen are catching lots of small stripers too little to keep, but occasionally a keeper from 18 to 22 inches at Bryte's Beach, Miller Park and Freeport. It's a bait affair - bloodworms and sardines, but crawdads have been doing even better down at Freeport.
COLLINS LAKE - Collins Lake Resort will plant another 1800 pounds of rainbows this week - 1200 pounds of 1 to 2 pounders and 600 pounds of 3 to 6 pounders with a few 8 to 10 pounders possible. Trout fishing was good all this past week with the fish moving toward deeper water as the weather warmed. Shore anglers did well at the bridge and the dam using Power Bait. Trollers were doing best running spoons and Rapalas at 20 to 25 feet deep.
LAKE TAHOE - Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported catching limits of 3- to 6 1/2-pound macks in 5 hours on Saturday at 100 to 250 feet deep. On Sunday, it only took 2 1/2 hours to pick up limits of 5 to 8 pounders at 200 feet deep on small spoons and plugs. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported the best brown trout action in a month this past week. On morning trips he was getting 4 to 6 browns and afternoon trips produced 2 to 4 fish, all running 4 to 5 pounds. Nielsen was toplining CD7 Scatter Raps and ThunderSticks and running F11 Rapala and ThunderSticks on the downriggers at 25 feet deep over 35 feet of water. The mack bite was hit-or-miss-trolling one day, jigging the next at 165 to 220 feet deep.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - The slow springer fishing continues here due to river conditions, but good guides are still getting a chance or two or three a day. Guide Bill Divens of Salmon King Lodge said that he's been putting clients on zero to three a day, but there's always at least one opportunity. WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets confirmed the slow action, and said that the afternoon bite seems to be better than early in the day. Watch for gravel bars in the low flows. The firsts reports of halfpounder steelies came in this past week, according to Palmer. Guide Steve Huber said about the same thing, and sent in a photo of a nice springer one of his clients caught.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore. - Salmon fishing for springers has been pretty good, and it's been a good early start for the season, according to The Fishin' Hole in Shady Cove. The kings are all over the upper river, and it will get better every day until mid-May for anglers who backbounce roe, use sandshrimp or pull plugs. Steelhead fishing has slowed, but the salmon fly hatch is starting up and in another week things will be looking good for sea-run cutthroats and summer steelhead.
RUSSIAN RIVER - According to Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville, shad fishing got a little better this past week and some bigger females came in. If an angler works at it they might get 4 or 5, and one guy got 10 below Monte Rio, according to Steve Jackson. Shad fishing is not really wide-open yet, he said, it's been really spotty. Smallmouth are biting well in the river, though.
UMPQUA RIVER, Roseburg, Ore. - The best option here is to fish for shad, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. "Ultra light spinning rods or even your favorite 5 weight fly rod will result in an almost never-ending day of catch-and-release shad fishing," he said. "The season is just starting and there still isn't a constant flow of shad moving through the river, but a week in this fishery can be like night and day. Springer king fishing is still very slow on most sections of the Umpqua River."
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Ore. - The first confirmed summer steelhead was caught this past week up near Swift Water Park, according to Palmer. The first of the steelhead will travel upriver with the springer's, but this is a little earlier than normal for hatchery fish. The natives are usually the first, as they head up the system for the smaller tributaries. "Early morning is producing most of the spring Chinook salmon over the last week," Palmer said. "One of the hottest spots for catching a springer is the cliffs on the south side of the river below the Swift Water Bridge. The anglers fishing from the cliffs are using 3-ounce bobbers with roe or sand shrimp as bait. Most of the holes above the Narrows are producing some fish in the mornings."
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - There's virtually no one fishing now, but a few trout are around. Everyone's waiting for the beginning of the salmon fly hatch. A few nymphs should be starting up the water column soon, and the hatch should be getting underway soon, the first or second week in June.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - A few more spring run Chinook were coming into the lower end of the Klamath, but very few. Even Indian netters were having much success. The run should start in earnest very soon, though. One of the problems has been the very low flows for this time of year. They're running at about the level normally seen a month from now.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - Flows from Lewiston Dam down to around 2,500 cfs over the weekend, but still quite high. Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service made and exploratory trip last week but drew a blank fishing from shore. Flows will drop below 2,000 cfs this week, and while still high, fishability will be greatly improves. Hopefully, a few springers will show up, as well. Fish will be showing up first around the Falls area, and above the North Fork.
BERKELEY - Happy Hooker and California Dawn fished inside the Bay to score halibut and striped bass, primarily on the Berkeley Flats, near Alameda Rock Wall and Oyster Point. Berkeley Charter Boat fleet headed to near the Farallones to score a large grade of salmon.
BODEGA BAY - Surf and jetty fishing ranked as very productive from Tomales Bay on up to Russian River. The first halibut of the season was caught off of Dillon Beach. Crabbing was still good in Tomales Bay. Some were scattered but catchable out in 300 feet of water off of Bodega Bay.
EMERYVILLE - Salmon fishing was great all week until the wind came up Saturday and even then the counts were good. New Huck Fin saw 24 anglers boat 26 salmon to 15 pounds. New Salmon Queen's 21 folks got 21 salmon to 17 pounds. New Seeker had 14 people boat 23 salmon to 23 pounds. Super Fish had 11 anglers catch 4 salmon to 21 pounds. With live bait now available, live bait potluck trips started up. C-Gull II had 17 people catch 1halibut to 22 pounds and 2 stripers to 9 pounds.
EUREKA - Salmon bit wild in all directions out of Eureka, with the average weight running mid-teens to low-twenties. Rockfish season opened with great action. Pacific halibut fishing was very good with fish up to 74 pounds reported.
FORT BRAGG - Lingcod took the spotlight during the opening week of rockfish season, with the keeper count hovering right around one lingcod per rod. Red tail perch as well as greenlings, cabezon and rockfish kept jetty anglers busy. A 10.75-inch abalone was checked in by Tony Vau to the abalone derby at Subsurface Progression Dive Shop.
HALF MOON BAY - Huli Cat scored well on salmon, on the troll fishing anchovies behind flashers from Deep Reef to below the Farallones. Queen of Hearts took an "Old Guys group" (guys in their '80s and '90s) out for limits of salmon to 30 pounds. Riptide fished rockfish with limits posted daily along with decent counts of lingcod. New Capt. Pete found success on salmon below the Farallones.
MARTINEZ - Sturgeon action remained hot and stripers came to boat with them. Johnny Furtado (88 years old) fished a private boat near buoy 6 to battle and boat a 61-inch sturgeon... far from the first big one for this local legend.
SAN FRANCISCO - Fishing inside the Bay was just as good as outside the Bay for San Francisco boats. Capt. Eric Anfinson on the Bass Tub fished live bait inside the Bay to score 5 halibut and 1 striped bass for 3 anglers on Saturday and then 8 bass to 18 pounds plus 18 halibut to 30 pounds on Sunday. Wacky Jacky and Lovely Martha ran out to below the Farallones to find limit-style fishing for salmon up into the twenties.
SHELTER COVE - Lingcod fishing was off the hook out of Shelter Cove. Many were released after achieving limits. Rockfish bit very well also and some boats hauled crab pots. Sea Hawk and Bite Me posted high scores on the opener. Salmon were caught and at times in good numbers, but consistency is not quite there yet.
SOUTHERN ORE. - Capt. Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service in Oregon reported the first Chinook in a long time was caught out of Brookings this week. Friday had halibut fisherman from Bandon and Coos Bay harbors both excited with the results. The cleaning stations were busy with large catches being cleaned up to dinner hour daily. Lumpy seas over the weekend kept most boats ashore.
FOLSOM LAKE - Trout were still being caught on 'crawlers behind Needlefish, Speedy Shiners and small Rapalas, mostly on the main body, but it's necessary to go deeper now. Only a few king salmon are being seen. It's important to get on - and get off - the water early, especially on weekends to avoid the ever-increasing number of recreational boaters. Bass are making brief forays into the shallows very early in the a.m. and taking crankbaits, swimbait and even topwater lures, but they soon retreat to deeper water where working drop-shotted Robo-Worms off points and sunken rock piles is more likely to attract bites. Remember, fishing will be curtailed starting Friday May 31 through Memorial Day weekend. And, the lake is likely to be completely taken over for the week before the actual event.
FEATHER RIVER - Fishing for shad was still okay below Shanghai Bend, but the big surprise is the continuing good steelhead fishing in the Low Flow Section and down to Palm Avenue below the outlet, according to fly fishing guide Brian Clemens. They range from 16 inches to about 4 pounds.
RANCHO SECO LAKE - Some bass were still being caught, mostly very early and late, but most of the fishing action now is for panfish, especially redeared sunfish.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale - It's not red hot fishing, but persistent anglers willing to move around to find small pods of fish were still catching schoolie-sized stripers from Tisdale to Colusa, mostly on minnows. The better bet is that shad have shown up in big numbers, especially around Ward's Landing and Colusa. Try 1/16-ounce min-jigs in pink-pink or pink-chartreuse combo colors.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing continued to be outstanding with anglers catching around two dozen an outing between Redding and Anderson according to Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. Spin fishermen were catching big native trout, a few weighing as much as 6 pounds, small Glo-Bugs, drifted roe, and small back-trolled small Hot Shots. Fly fishers were dead-drifting prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and copper Johns under indicators.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - Flows continued to drop on the Upper Sac, and wading has increasingly become less challenging. 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. Fly fishers are now finding even better fishing on the Upper Sac as flows continue to drop.
YUBA RIVER - Dry fly fishing is the best way to go on the Yuba, but nymphing is also effective if not as much fun. Stimulators, muddlers, or anything imitating a hopper are really fun to use and effective. Shad fishing continued to be good, too, all the way up to Daguerre Dam.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 72-percent capacity. According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, things have been pretty quiet here. Try the dam early in the morning and inlet where the heavier flows from Stampede are running in.
CAPLES LAKE--The lake is full and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Ben Hutchinson at Kirkwood Lodge caught a 12-pound mack from shore at a "secret spot" this past week. Wood's Creek, the dam, and spillway were producing for shore anglers
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters (TFFO) reported that the West Carson was running high but clear and anglers were picking up fish on black stones, copper Johns, and Glo-Bugs. The East Carson was high and off-color, but fish were holding in the quieter pockets along the shore. Chad Machado at the Carson River Resort reported that fish were being caught on dark spinners and salmon eggs in the pocket water on the East Carson--mostly 12 to 14 inchers with some fish up to 3 1/2 pounds. Three anglers reported getting "broke off" by big fish. The West Carson was running clearer and fishing better.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was good using No. 1 Wee Dick Nite spoons in copper/red head at 8 to 15 feet deep from the island to Mallard Point. On his last trip, two young boys caught 9 nice rainbows - two 15 inchers, and seven 16 to 17 1/2 inchers. Shore fishing was good at Eagle Point, Honker, and Grasshopper. Boaters also did well anchoring off the same areas and using Power Bait. Fly fishing was good for a club that hit Jenkins during a blood midge hatch.
DONNER LAKE - According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, the kokanee bite was just getting started. The kokes were running small, 10 to 11 inches, and hitting dodger/hoochies. The mack bite was steady - one angler was jigging Kastmasters in 80 feet of water for 3 to 4 pounders.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that anglers were still catching lots of fish on the North Fork on worms. A resort customer followed Hanson's advice and caught a 5-pound brown at Butt Valley Lake from shore off a mid-lake point on Power Bait.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 69-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore anglers were picking up limits of rainbows to 2 pounds at the dam and Spring Creek on nightcrawlers and Power Bait. Trollers were doing well using flasher/worm combos.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - The roads were all clear to all the basin lakes. Shore fishing at Sardine Lake after the DFW plant produced limits of 10- to 14-inch rainbows just past the boat ramp.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 91-percent capacity. The stormy weather shut down the bite this past week, but clearer weather should kick the bite back in gear. Trolling a dodger/worm should be producing limits of rainbows.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Try the shore fishing near the dam using Power Bait.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that trollers were doing well on rainbows at the Middle Yuba inlet at the SW end of the lake running Needlefish at 10 to 20 feet deep.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - Sly Park Resort said trout fishing was slow. Smallmouth bass fishing was good with the fish up shallow to spawn.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 81-percent capacity. The north side RV camp was open this past week. The main campground/boat ramp was still closed according to the Georgetown Ranger Station despite there being no snow anywhere around the lake.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 43-percent capacity. With the lake still this low, the best bets were still the dam and the deeper Prosser Creek arm. Try the dam in the early morning for big trout. Work the western coves along the rocky flats for smallmouth bass.
PYRAMID LAKE - Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters and George Molino at Cutthroat Charters worked the west side from Monument to Pelican for 12 to 19 cutthroats running 17 to 22 inches trolling Apex, FlatFish, and Father Murphy Vibrators at 25 to 35 feet deep.
RED LAKE - No current reports available, but fishing should be good at the dam and inlet.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 97-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 69-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that kokanee trolling was good for good numbers of smaller fish, 12 to 14 inches. The smaller fish were shallower, 10 to 30 feet deep, while the bigger fish were 10 feet off the bottom in 80 feet of water around drop-offs, humps, and points. A watermelon dodger trailing pink or watermelon spinners tipped with corn were working best. The mack bite was consistent using FlatFish, Kwikfish, Jointed Rapalas, broken-back Rebels, or flashers trailing small Rapalas or Needlefish below the kokanee.
TOPAZ LAKE - Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trollers were still picking up rainbows in the middle of the lake on flasher/worm combos at 12 to 15 feet deep. Smallmouth bass action improved this past week as more fish moved into the shallows to spawn. One angler reported catching a dozen bass, including a 3-pound, 6-ounce fish on the SW shore.
TRUCKEE RIVER - TFFO reported that fly fishing was good using small March browns, midges, and golden stones above the Boca Outlet where flows were "perfect." Below the Boca Outlet, flows were high, but fishing was still decent using bigger, darker flies and streamers
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that kokanee trolling was good for fat 10- to 13-inch fish. Neeser was using a watermelon Wild Thing dodger with an orange Hoochie Thing or an orange Little Devil plug in Camino Cove at 20 to 30 feet deep. The Sunset gate was open to the ramp, and the campgrounds should be open for Memorial Day weekend.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The West Walker River and Little Walker River are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel reported that the flows were dropping and the water was clearing up. Most fishermen were still only picking up a few fish in the quieter pockets, though experienced anglers scored a few limits. The Little Walker was in good shape and producing for fly fishermen.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - Limited by wind, spawning carp and dirty water, visitors had no choice but to attack the shallows in protected areas and pound away on every fish they could find. Drop-shotting plastics and weightless Senkos in 4 to 8 feet of water have been the more productive. As the lake continues to drop a few more fish are showing up on the front edges of the deeper tules. Docks with a little deeper water are also producing fish. With bass guarding fry and water above 70 degrees, add a topwater bait such as the Rico popper, Skitter Pop, buzzbaits and Zara Spook.
LAKE BERRYESSA - Fish the main lake from the Ranch House to mid island for the best fishing this week with RMT dodgers in Hyper Plaid, Bahama mama, Watermelon Bahama with RMT squids in pink glow plankton, orange glow plankton, green cotton candy and Uncle Larry's spinners in copper pop, copper blue pink. For bass it's plastics, spinnerbaits, small grubs and swimbaits.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side - Trollers are still pulling plugs and a few soaking baits for stripers, but many are already switching over to warmwater species. Sturgeon are starting to move out but Cache Slough and a few others still provide some action and crowds using grass shrimp.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - The better striper action was lower in the system, with many soaking sardines and anchovies in 20 feet off piers. Head to the shallows in Big Break and 5 to 7 feet during tide swing with sardines and anchovies for more action. Big tide swing mean better action this coming week.
LAKE ALMANOR - Both basins have good fishing reports coming in. From Almanor West to the east shore, everyone seems to be catching fish as aquatic insect hatches continue to drive the bite. Combos of dodgers and nightcrawlers, fast action trolling lures as well as mooching with anchovies are all effective this time of year.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - The bite was a bit more sporadic but most anglers did well. The dam has been producing the most fish, but float tubers have been doing okay along the rocks and inlet. Floating baits and eggs continue to be the best producers but lures are working as well.
BAUM LAKE - The Fly Shop in Redding reported good fishing with plenty of trout here, but the bite seems to die off after 2 p.m.
BUCKS LAKE - The macks have been moving around the lake feeding on everything from kokanee to midges. Try a variety of plugs, spoons and even flies fished from the surface to 50 feet as they are what everything is after.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reports the forebay is fishing well with lots of catching. Salmon eggs have been working well with worms a close second. Floating baits in yellow and hatchery pellet have also done well. For fly anglers PMDs and callibaetis nymphs are catching fish, especially above the road near the post office.
FALL RIVER - Mixed reports, as it is still a little early here, but a few nice rainbows can be caught. The better bite will start come June. Try the upper river above Island Drive.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reports a few more fish moving throughout the system now. Fish plants will increase in preparation for the coming holiday and busy summer months ahead. Worms and eggs continue to be the top baits, but Panther Martins are beginning to pay off as well. The weather looks to be a bit cooler this coming week, but the outlook at this time is calling for fair weather for the holiday weekend. Expect better fishing and some bigger fish in the 3- to 6-pound range.
PIT RIVER - The Fly Shop in Redding reports great spring fishing as stoneflies and salmon flies mixed in with caddis and mayflies are filling up the bellies of hungry Shasta strain rainbows.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reports some topwater activity is showing and flying ants are presenting so fishermen did better on the top than nymphing. Black ant patterns should do well now as well as mosquito and midge patterns. Remember this is a catch and release lake with special restrictions, so be sure to check the regulations. For those planning to camp Memorial Day weekend, Manzanita Lake will be open.
McCLOUD RIVER - The fishing has been great as mayflies are coming off.
SHASTA LAKE - The bite has been good from 7 a.m. to around 9:30 a.m. for both trout and kings. The bass bite has also been good early with topwater lures.
TRINITY LAKE - No change here yet. The rainbow bite has been good on Sep's sidekick with a threaded nightcrawler on the surface or a blue Wiggle Hoochie. No real koke bite yet.
AMERICAN RIVER above Folsom Lake - Flows are good, low and clear, but few fishermen were out, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station--fishing should be good in the deeper pools. Lots of sunbathers were gathered at the confluence on Highway 49.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 84-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that trollers were catching plenty of 10- to 12-inch kokanee salmon running dodger/hoochie or spinner combos at 20 to 25 feet deep. Bass fishing was still good but few anglers were willing to talk about the bite.
CAMP FAR WEST - North Shore Resort reported that "Ron" of Folsom landed 35 bass while throwing green pumpkin Brush Hogs and lizards in the Bear River and Rock Creek arms at 8 to 10 feet deep. His best five were all 2 1/2 to 3 pounders. The Bear River fish in general were smaller than those caught in Rock Creek.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 92-percent capacity. PG&E stocked another 2500 pounds of rainbows this past week to complete their obligation under the conditions of their FERC permit. One boater ran up to Rocky Bluff and drifted Power Bait for two 5-pound rainbows. Trolling should be good in the marina.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The campgrounds were open and boaters were on the lake, but few fishing reports came into the Foresthill Ranger Station. Cold, windy weather plagued the region all this past week.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that all the campgrounds were open. Lots of boaters were seen on the lake, though windy weather kept fishing success on the slow side this past week.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that bass fishing was still very good with inexperienced anglers catching 20 to 30 fish per day and good sticks scoring up to 60 fish. Though many fish were still spawning, most were in post-spawn and moving toward the outside points and walls. Some huge females were seen cruising with males. The shallows were loaded with huge masses of fry. Drop-shot worms, darthead worms, Senkos, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater were all working from 5 to 20 feet deep. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service visited the lake with a friend this past week and did well on coho salmon running 15 to 16 inches using dodger/white grub and dodger/hoochie combos scented with Pro-Cure bloody tuna gel at the Green Bridge at 25 to 35 feet deep. Guide Larry Hemphill fished it Sunday with Preston French and his two sons, and they landed about 60 bass including a 3-pound largemouth.
ROLLINS LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported good trout action in the Greenhorn area anchored at the mouths of the coves using nightcrawlers on the bottom. His 6-year-old daughter, Josie, landed a 2 pounder. Bass fishing was good with the fish up in the shallows spawning. There were lots of bluegill in the shallows waiting for a kid with a bobber and a worm.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that bass fishing was good for smallmouths to 2 1/2 pounds and largemouth bass to 3 pounds on worms, jigs and crankbaits. The shoreline from the marina to the day-use area was the best according to the reports. Trollers were still picking up some rainbows on flasher/worm combos.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were open. Fishermen were still picking up a few rainbows from shore and trolling flasher/worm combos from small boats and kayaks.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station said the campground host reported that anglers were still picking up a few rainbows from the shore near the dam or trolling flasher/worm combos and Rapalas.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 130.4-foot elevation-61-percent capacity. The bass should still be spawning in the coves near the tule banks. Pitch jigs and Senkos for a chance at some good fish.
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said "the trout bite has been good with lots of limits caught." The trout are 16 to 24 feet and anglers are using weights or leadcore line to reach them with Rapalas or 'crawlers. They are planting 3,400 pounds of trout a week. Grayson reported an 11-inch sunfish was in the tank for a while, but it spooked the other small perch in the tank so they put it back in the lake.
BEAVER CREEK - The creek was planted with trout last week. "All the regular stream fishing styles will work," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.
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 - High temperatures mark the end of the trout planting season, so they will have Mt. Lassen Trout make one final trout plant this week with both North and South Shores and the Trout Pond being planted. Anglers report trout limits with average fish about 2 pounds being caught out of the trout pond or trolling by the dam at about 35 feet. Power Bait around Hat Island has been good. Catfish bite getting better.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Jerkbaits, white flukes and topwater lures working early. Crankbaits and jerkbaits work off points when the wind blows. Wright Baits 6-inch worms Wb001r working drop-shotting or dartheading in 10 to 25 feet. Trout are from the top to 50 feet and kokanee 40 to 80 feet with salmon 80 to 120 feet.
EBBETTS PASS - The Pass is now open. The high country lakes are still partially frozen, but some of the creeks are fish-able. Camping will still be limited to dispersed camping, as they have still not opened most campgrounds, but are due to open between now and Memorial Day. For latest information call Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, (209) 795-1686.
LAKE ALPINE - The lake was planted with trout last week. Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods recommends using all types of Power Bait, salmon eggs and 'crawlers, using a sliding sinker rig with a 30-inch leader. The last we heard the new dock is still not in.
LAKE MCCLURE - Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling said, "Jerkbaits and topwater action off main lake points." There is also a fair drop-shot and darthead bite on plastics. Kokanee and salmon are scattered all over the lake. The trout are at 40 feet from the A-frame house to the dam. Excel lures, Wedding Rings and 'crawlers will put a limit of fish to 15 inches in the boat but you have to cover lots of water.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Stephanie Wood at Lake McSwain Marine said, "An angler just caught a 10-pound trout about an hour ago." Trollers are going from the Floating Restroom to the Chimney with flashers or Wedding Rings and 'crawlers. There were 1,000 pounds of trout planted last Friday. Fishermen have been using bright Power Bait in yellow, pink, white or rainbow scented with garlic-scented at the Brush Pile, Handicapped Docks and at the peninsula near the Marina.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - The trout are feeding in the main lake and near the mouths of major creek arms. There is a large population of shad in the lake, and the trout are targeting them as their primary forage. Most anglers are finding their limits of kokanee in a few hours of fishing. The majority of bass have pulled off the bank due to dropping water levels. They will move up in the morning and evenings. The larger catfish are moving to shallow water to spawn. There is a crappie bite in the back of creek channels.
NORTH FORK STANISLAUS - You can check the flows for The North Fork of the Stanislaus by going to dreamflows.com. The North Fork of the Stanislaus was planted last week. All the regular stream tactics will work.
LAKE PARDEE - Joe Frater at the Lake Pardee Marina has been doing a little catfishing in the coves and catching fish to 5 pounds on chicken liver. Frater said, "The trout seem to be sticking around the marina area for some reason and the anglers who find them are having great success." The cove behind the Marina, the "Mud Hole" at the rear of the EBMUD boathouse, Rainbow and Blue Herron Points are good places to try with white or rainbow Power Bait with garlic and glitter. Blue/silver Kastmasters are also hot right after a fish plant. Trout and kokanee in the main lake and river arm are 40 to 60 feet and scattered. Bass are hitting crankbaits with the smallmouth on the rocks and largemouth back in the coves.
SPICER RESERVOIR - The road to Spicer is now completely open and the dock is in the water. A wide variety of flies, baits and trolling lures are working. Try using scent on your bait to leave a scent trail. It does work. Toplining seemed to work the best as the fish are still toward the top. 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.
WHITE PINES LAKE - Lake located near Arnold was planted with trout last week, said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular fishing styles will work. A good bait style to use is salmon eggs or 'crawlers with a sliding sinker rig or with a cast-a-bubble rig with 30- to 36-inch leader.
- Western Outdoor News