UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 91-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that he was picking up boat limits of 12- to 13-inch kokanee for 2 or 3 clients on every trip this past week. The fish were hitting a watermelon Wild Thing trailing an orange Hoochie Thing or Little Devil tipped with corn at 15 to 30 feet deep just outside Camino Cove.
AMERICAN RIVER - Shad fishing was excellent in the upper stretch between Sailor Bar and Sunrise. Flows are still low at a bit over 1,000 cfs, and fly fishermen are finding better action dead-drifting small shad flies in pink and white under indicators on floating lines rather than the traditional swinging technique. Some traditional fishermen trying to fish downstream of one mile below Arden Way, the upper limit where spearfishing for striped bass is allowed, quitting as a result of spear fishermen disturbing fish and killing striped bass.
FOLSOM LAKE - Trout fishing was surprisingly good last week, both on the main body when the wind didn't blow, and up the North Fork when it did. Some nice landlocked king salmon were being caught, too. Speedy Shiners trolled fast behind the boat, and nightcrawlers toplined behind flashers were doing the damage on trout, while hoochies behind dodgers fished at 40 feet were scoring the salmon Most bass being caught were being taken off rock piles on drop-shotted Robo-worms.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Some striped bass and shad were still being caught at Miller Park, Discovery Park, and Verona on bait, with Verona the best of the lot. Trolling with shallow- and deep-diving plugs around the mouth of Steamboat Slough has been even better. Fishing for catfish in the Deep Water Channel has been improving as the water continues to warm.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale - Fishing for stripers has been pretty good at night between Ward's Landing and Tisdale, especially at night on black rubber worms. Fewer, but larger stripers were caught trolling big deep-diving plugs. The minnow bite has been slow, though. Shad are being caught to Colusa and above. Use mini-jigs weighing 1/16-ounce min-jigs in pink and pink and pink and chartreuse combinations.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, OR. - With all the rain showers last week the temperature of the river dropped dramatically. The water temperature going into the holiday weekend was in the mid 50's, but had warmed back up to just slightly over 60 degree's by Memorial Day. Most of the days last week produced some salmon, even though it was nothing close to what anglers were hoping to see from the fresh rain. "Friday, I think was the worst day for spring Chinook activity on the lower section of the Rogue River," said WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. June 1 is the first day that anglers will be able to retain native springer's.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, OR. - Spring king salmon keep moving into the area from downriver, and they're being caught by boaters and shore anglers in a variety of ways, including plugs and roe. Some steelhead still in the mix here.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, OR. - There are still some nice springers being caught in the Glide area of the North Umpqua River, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. A newer area came in on a report this last week with a few pictures of their catch: back-bouncing roe through the slot under the North Bank Road. bridge from a driftboat and continuing to back-bounce the slots downriver from the bridge, also. The evening hours have been producing a few more salmon in areas like the Rock Creek Hole this last week with the cooler river temperature.
UMPQUA RIVER, Sutherlin, OR. - First light of the day has been a good time to catch a spring Chinook this last week. With very little competition for a good spot to set anchor on the river and with the recent rainfall, the salmon fishing has improved. "Reports from two of my friends say that they have been catching springer's while jigging Crippled Herring jigs in the deep pools. The better holes were the deeper slow water at the bottom of a fast, narrow chute. This isn't a method that I personally ever used for catching a spring Chinook, but I have used it for their brother, the fall king salmon," said Palmer.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - There's still no sign of the salmon fly hatch, but it should start almost any day. Still, some nice trout are being caught by the few anglers trying for them. They are drifting nightcrawlers or backtrolling crawdad plugs. Fly fishers are drifting nymphs like princes and red copper John's under indicators. When the salmon fly hatch starts, a good combo will be a salmon fly dry fly imitation used as an indicator with nymph droppers.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - The spring Chinook run was still very slow, and the water is low, clear, and now, mossy. Anglers are discouraged, but also hopeful because of the large number of salmon off the coast. It could happen any day.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - The release from Lewiston Dam was down to around 1,600 cfs over the weekend, still quite high but very fishable. However, there were only sketchy reports of fish being caught anywhere along the Trinity, and campgrounds had lots of vacancies in spite of the Holiday weekend. When the salmon hit the Klamath, it should take only a few days to hit the Trinity, and a few days more to travel to the upper sections.
AMADOR LAKE - It was a busy weekend here for the holiday weekend, but far more people were just having fun kicking back with water sports and not fishing. Those who did, according to Lori at the shop, were focusing on trout at 25 feet during the day with Power Bait or nightcrawlers, or off the dock at night up on top. Bass fishing has been best with "long plastic snake worms," she said, emphasizing the night bite. Crappie haven't shown up in great numbers, but handsized bluegill are everywhere for those who use a mealworm under a bobber.
CAMANCHE LAKE - This was "fun time" on the lake for most, and the last trout plants of the year were made this past week. Trollers are focusing their efforts a little deeper, especially around Hat Island. Cooler weather improved the bite at the South Shore Trout Pond. The catfish bite is definitely on the rise here.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Now's the time for big rainbows here, they're on a "great bite" according to Monte Smith of Gold Country Outfitters. The kokanee and salmon are also available from 40 to 100 feet. On Friday Smith took Robert Cain, Steve Chiappie and Dave Costa out and they caught limits of kokanee, kings and rainbows to 3 pounds. The kings went to 4 pounds. Bass fishing was better with the cooler weather.
EBBETTS PASS - The pass is open and most of the high country lakes were at least partly ice free. A lot of the camping sites are still closed, but more were opened for the holiday weekend.
LAKE ALPINE - Fishermen did well here over the weekend with the cooler weather, and they were up on top early and late, but still available for bait-dunkers during the day using Power Bait, a sliding sinker and leader at least 2 feet long.
LAKE MCCLURE - Crowded over the weekend, and boats kept the fishing a little slow during the day, but early and late anglers still did well for bass using drop-shot and topwater action, especially off the points. You'll have to look around for the trout and salmon, as they're scattered, but generally holding from 25 feet early to 40 feet later.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Trout fishing continues good here with ongoing plants, and Power Bait in most any color is still the go-to bait, especially from shore at the Brush Pile and Handicapped Docks. Trollers are doing well from the surface down to 25 feet on most standard gear.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - There weren't a lot of reports as of Sunday, since a lot of folks were still out fishing for the long weekend, but catfish are making a good showing around Mormon Creek and the Tuttletown boat launch, which is where Bob Bird landed a 9-pound, 1-ounce whiskerfish. Chris Kaiser caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce cat at the same location. Bruce Affenheim and Mike Marshall caught rainbows and kokanee to 1 1/2 pounds at the spillway. While on the phone Sunday at 3 p.m. with Lori at Glory Hole Sports, she passed on a report from Tony Holguin and partner from Brentwood, and they had 11 kokanee to 14 inches from 45 feet to 70 feet trolling from the spillway to Glory Hole Point. Bassing was only fair during the middle of the day, but good early and late.
LAKE PARDEE - Trout fishing continued to be good over the holiday weekend, and even more catfish are showing up. The trout from the last plant have moved around the shoreline from the marina cove, although some were still being caught there on Power Bait and Kastmasters. The main lake is still the place for kokanee and trout from 40 to 55 feet, and bass are hitting cranks, spinnerbaits and some worms.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - Like so many other areas, the wind and cooler weather took its toll on the fishing and the bite cooled as well. Although some bass will continue to spawn through the month of June, most have finished their efforts and post spawners will soon start thinking about feeding again. As soon as they do look for the topwater bite to kick in. In the meantime work wacky rigged Senkos from the bank out to 8 to 10 feet.
LAKE BERRYESSA - There's an early summer fishing pattern developing with all quality kokanee taken in 100 to 120 feet of water. Most kokes range from 15 to 17 inches with a few over 18 inches mixed in. Fish the main lake from the Ranch House to mid island 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 when they can get out, but most preferred to stick to the bank in order to beat the wind. Soaking baits for stripers such as mudsuckers or anchovies will be good options. Sturgeon are spread out, but anglers reported good action before the wind and cooler weather showed up using grass shrimp.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - Soaking anchovies off piers found the better action for stripers, as winds kept almost everyone off the water. The water's were clearing around Sherman Lake and the sand bars, so trolling will be an option there when the winds die. Sturgeon are spread out everywhere but anglers could not launch to go find them.
LAKE ALMANOR - Combos of dodgers and nightcrawlers, fast action trolling lures as well as mooching with anchovies are all effective this time of year. Trout are still spread out from top to bottom, but they are the main targeted species.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - Floating baits and eggs continue to produce, as have spoons and Kastmasters. The boat launch area has been fishing well, as has the east shoreline near the campground.
BAUM LAKE - The Fly Shop in Redding reported good fishing with plenty of trout here, but fish the morning bite and then move on.
BUCKS LAKE - Days without wind are producing 6 to 8 trophy fish per day, according to Big Daddy's Guide Service. When the wind comes up it's more like 2 to 4 fish per day.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reports the forebay continues to fish well with lots of limits and most people catching fish. Floating baits and worms were both working well and fly fishing was also good despite the cooler weather. Salmon eggs have been working well with worms a close second.
EAGLE LAKE - It was a great opener with most anglers catching their limits (2). The low water ramp is up at the south end and the Spalding ramp is doable as well. Fishing here starts at one hour before sunrise and many have been back in before 10:00.
FALL RIVER - Mixed reports, but head upstream off Island Road, as fish are still corralled up there.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reports fishing improved with additional fish plants and good stream conditions. Campgrounds were mostly full with lots of fishermen showing up for the holidays and moderate weather. Salmon eggs topped the list for baits, but worms and lures also fared well. The DFW started it's twice-a-week fish plants and should continue that throughout the summer. The stream was quite crowded over the weekend but pressure should subside over the next few weeks.
PIT RIVER - The Fly Shop in Redding reported a fair to good bite with the best action late in the morning through early afternoon. The rainbows are there, so suspend your flies under an indicator with a dead drift presentation or high sticking the pockets.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reported cooler weather slowed the bite somewhat, but a few fish were being taken on topwater patterns and subsurface nymphing. Remember this is a catch and release lake with special restrictions so be sure to check the regulations.
McCLOUD RIVER - The fishing has been great with many morning hatches going off.
SHASTA LAKE-- The trout bite has been good from 7 a.m. to around 9:30 a.m. There's been a decent topwater bite early and late for bass if you can get away from boat traffic. No ski areas and 5-mile zones are a better choice during the summer. Few are still trying to spawn, but the bite has been from the surface to 25 feet with worms and smaller swimbaits around points and drop-offs.
TRINITY LAKE - No changes 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. Right now it's all about the bass.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 75-percent capacity. The bite hasn't changed much here according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. CD Rapalas cast at the dam in the early morning could attract a nice brown trout. Kastmaster spoons, Power Bait, and nightcrawlers will all work for rainbows at the dam and the inlet.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is full. The DFW stocked the lake this past week, so fishing should be improving. Caples Lake Resort is now open for boat rentals, launching, and tackle sales. Earl Pennington of Morgan Hill fished the lake early this past week during cold, windy weather and managed 7 rainbows from 11 to 14 inches on dodger/worms.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - Chad Machado at the Carson River Resort reported that the East Carson was running high but clearer and anglers were "slamming the fish." The father and son team of John and Jim Haleib of Auburn checked in with 6-pound, 7-ounce and 4-pound, 6-ounce rainbows along with several more smaller trout. The West Carson was running much clearer than the East. Fishermen were reportedly releasing large numbers of trout on Markleeville Creek.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was good this past week for limits of 15- to 18-inch rainbows. Running a copper/red head Wee Dick Nite at 10 to 15 feet deep north of the island was the most productive. Shore anglers were doing well at Eagle Point, Grasshopper, Grizzly, and Fairview for 15- to 18-inch rainbows on Power Bait. Flyfishermen were picking up 4 to 6 rainbows per day on leeches fished 6 feet deep on an intermediate sink line at Camp 5 and Jenkins.
DONNER LAKE - The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Trout fishing was slow this past week and the kokanee bite was sporadic. One boater picked up a few kokanee trolling dodger/hoochies between 11 a.m. and noon over the humps between Loch Leven and China Cove at 40 to 60 feet deep this past Sun. The mack bite was slow, but the trout plant could attract the bigger fish into shallower water to prey on the new rainbows.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that the fishing had slowed down with a lack of plants from the DFW - they're all going into the North Fork Feather above Lake Almanor.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 67-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore anglers were doing well at Spring Creek and Crystal Point for rainbows running 14 to 16 inches. Trollers scored at the Frenchman ramp and between Spring Creek and Big Cove using Needlefish.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that the courtesy dock had been installed at Gold Lake. Sardine Lake anglers were picking up limits of planter rainbows from shore using Gulp! Eggs and Kastmasters while trollers in small boats were scoring on flasher/worm combos.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 90-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Trout trolling should be good toplining dodger/worm combos for 12- to 13- inch rainbows.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - By last report, the fishing had slowed for shore anglers using Power Bait at the north dam. Try earlier in the morning for the best chance at success.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - Not much change here, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Trollers were doing well at the south end of the lake at the Yuba River inlet, but with the word out, traffic was heavy. The dam was producing fish also.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - Denise Cole at Sly Park Resort reported that trout fishing was slow - they need another DFW plant. Smallmouth bass fishing was probably the best bet going for those who know how to bass fish. Try jigs, tubes, and darthead worms on flatter rocky banks.
LAKE TAHOE - Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported he was "knocking the stuffing out of the fish." This past Saturday, he had limits of 2 to 6 1/2 pounders in 5 1/2 hours, but on Sunday he was done in 2 1/2 hours with limits of 5- to 9 1/2-pound macks (long before WON called). Self was trolling spoons and plugs at 140 to 370 feet deep in 5 different areas trying to stay on active fish. One other boat was doing well off Tahoe City at the Tavern Hole in 370 feet of water. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners was catching mixed limits of macks and browns trolling Scatter Raps, ThunderSticks and Laxee spoons on the south and west side of the lake.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 83-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The campgrounds and boat ramp finally opened this past weekend.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 42-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that smallmouth bass fishing was improving around the dam for anglers using CD Rapalas and white jigs. Trout fishing was better at the inlet and in Prosser Creek.
PYRAMID LAKE - Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that trolling on the east side at Anderson Bay, Hell's Kitchen and north of the Pyramid was producing consistently larger fish than the west side. His last two trips produced 18 and 28 cutthroats running mostly 20 to 24 inches--in the slot. He said it was hard to get a limit of keepers from 17 to 20 inches. Mendes was trolling chartreuse frog FlatFish on downriggers at 25 to 35 feet deep and copper-back Father Murphy Vibrators on toplines with 1 1/2- and 2-ounce trolling weights at 10 to 15 feet deep.
RED LAKE - No recent reports, but fishing should be good near the dam and the inlet.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 98-percent capacity. The lake was planted with big rainbows this past Wed. by the DFW.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that kokanee trolling was the best bet right now with the mack bite slowing. Bigger kokanee in the 14- to 16-inch range were caught near the bottom in 60 to 70 feet of water on dodger/ orange or pink hoochies. Smaller 12- to 13-inch kokes were at 40 feet deep. The area from the Sagehen inlet to the island was the most productive for bigger fish and smaller fish could be found near the dam.
TOPAZ LAKE - Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trollers were still picking up boat limits of 13- to 14-inch rainbows on flasher/worm combos and Rapalas in the middle of the lake. Smallmouth bass were up in the shallows spawning but there was little pressure on them.
TRUCKEE RIVER - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that flyfishing was better above the Boca Outlet where the flows weren't as heavy, though even below the outlet the water color was good despite the stronger currents. Light and crystal flash caddis nymphs, PT's, and smaller stones were working best above the outlet and bigger, darker patterns were good below the outlet - black stones and streamers.
WEST WALKER RIVER - George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel reported that fishing on the West Walker was slow due to high flows. Flyfishing on the Little Walker was excellent for rainbows running 15 to 18 inches.
FEATHER RIVER - Some shad were still being caught, but the best action was on steelhead which are still in the Low Flow Section in good numbers, 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 on panfish, especially redeared sunfish.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing continued excellent from Redding to Anderson on Glo-Bugs, drifted roe, and small back-trolled small Hot Shots. Fly fishers were dead-drifting pmd's under indicators.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - Flows continued to drop on the Upper Sac, and wading has increasing 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 for trout was very good, once again, and the hopper season is just around the corner. Stimulators, muddlers, or anything imitating a hopper are really fun to use and effective. Use it as an indicator and add a pmd dropper. Shad fishing continued to be good, too, all the way up to Daguerre Dam.
BERKELEY - Salmon boats ran right back out to the area below the Farallon Islands where they had left a great bite in order to hide from day-upon-day of bad weather. The fish were right where they had left them and were quite hungry. Live bait fishing inside the Bay generated some success on halibut aboard the California Dawn.
BODEGA BAY - A prolonged wind event hampered boat-based fishing all week. Jetty fishers at Bodega Jetty cast snares and managed 3 to 5 crabs per person on average. Hook and line anglers found willing rainbow and walleye perch. Tom Jimenez at Outdoor Pro Shop in Bodega Bay reported that people fishing rocky shorelines between Jenner and Fort Ross caught rockfish and cabezon, however hazardous surf limited their efforts.
EMERYVILLE - Limits of salmon for 97 anglers on Sunday proved the point for Emeryville boats, fishing inside the Farallon Islands. Bay trips produced good counts of striped bass. Early in the week, halibut bit well, but slowed late in the week due to very high tides and strong currents.
EUREKA - Salmon fishing progressed from warm to red hot in the aftermath of severe winds. Shellback and Reel Steel both limited out over the weekend, after the big wind event which caused Thursday to be the first fishable day.
FORT BRAGG - Rockfishing was good along a wide swath of coast, both below and above Fort Bragg. Telstar scored well on rockfish and exceptionally well on lingcod up to 17 pounds. Passengers got a bonus in the form of Dungeness crabs. Surf fishers picked safe periods to work the beach for perch. Jetty fishers caught perch and also brought in rockfish and cabezon.
HALF MOON BAY - Limits of salmon came to boats heading out to the Deep Reef area Sunday when the windy weather finally allowed a safe, comfortable trip. Jetty fishers cast snares for crabs or used hook & line for rockfish.
MARTINEZ - Wind howled throughout the week, severely limiting fishing. One story stood out though, as D. Saelee of San Francisco caught a 60-inch, 64-pound sturgeon on grass shrimp in Montezuma Slough.
PORT SONOMA - Napa River served up the best chances for sturgeon. Stripers bit in Petaluma River. Some sharks and rays were caught in both rivers however San Pablo Bay was the hotspot for sharks and rays, along with a sporadic bite on sturgeon near the Pumphouse.
TRINIDAD - Salmon fishing over the weekend busted wide open with quick limits feasible. The scales of fishing justice were balanced by poor fishing for rockfish out of Trinidad and off of Cape Mendocino.
AMERICAN RIVER above Folsom Lake - Unless you're willing to hike down to the Middle Fork near Georgetown, the Silver Fork is the only area receiving DFW trout plants and that was weeks ago.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported catching lots of male spots under 1-pound. Big females to over 7 pounds were hitting worm-head rigged green pumpkin Senkos near Dark Day at 5 to 15 feet deep. The smaller fish were hitting darthead and shakey-head worms.
CAMP FAR WEST - North Shore Resort reported that the lake was dropping quickly, which could jeopardize the bass spawn. One angler said the bite was slowing down as the spawning season begins to come to a close. Throwing green pumpkin Brush Hogs produced fair action in the Rock Creek and Bear River arms.
COLLINS LAKE - The lake is 6 feet from full. With the surface water temp at 70 degrees, the trout were moving to deeper water and boaters were doing better than the shore anglers. Trolling flasher/nightcrawler combos and Needlefish at 20 to 25 feet deep all over the lake was working for limits of rainbows to 4 1/4 pounds. Shore anglers working deeper water at the dam and the bridge did well for trout to 5 1/2 pounds. Drifting bait at the dam, bridge, and east side produced trout, catfish, and bass.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service took 96-year-old Les Beretta and 90-year-old Bud Beretta of Lake Wildwood out as winners of the Skippers Cove Marina raffle this past week and they caught 20-plus rainbows to 3 1/2 pounds on watermelon Sep's Side Kick and Strike Master dodgers and nightcrawlers from Rocky Bluff to the South Fork.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 60-percent capacity. Memorial Day weekend weather was cold and windy which cut down on the traffic. Some fish were taken by trollers working the area near the dam.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - Windy and cold over the Memorial Weekend. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported slow fishing.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that fishing was still good. Bass were still spawning, but most were in post-spawn mode heading to outside structure to recuperate. Senkos, worms, and tubes were all working for fish to 3 pounds. Look for spawning fish on the flatter banks in the coves in 5 feet of water. The post-spawners were down to 20 feet deep on walls and points. Boaters were either working the area from the dam to the Green Bridge at 40 to 60 feet deep for hit-or-miss action, or mooching at the buoy line with anchovy tails.
ROLLINS LAKE - Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that rainbow trout action was still good using inflated nightcrawlers at Greenhorn, or trolling Rapalas from Greenhorn up toward the inlet. Bass were hitting worms and lizards in the coves near Greenhorn. Catfish to 5 pounds were hitting nightcrawlers in the early morning.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - Jim Caldwell reported that the marina was now open for the season. Trout fishing was good at the dam. One boater scored a 28-inch rainbow and four 12 to 15 inchers on Rapalas run 20 to 40 feet deep on downriggers. Smallmouth bass to 3 1/2 pounds were hitting plastic worms at Cascade Shores.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - Shore anglers and small boat trollers were still picking up a few rainbows on nightcrawlers.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were full over the holiday weekend and both shore anglers and trollers were catching limits of planter rainbows.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 130.8-foot elevation at press time - 63-percent capacity. It's still a little early for the best fishing here, according to Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company. The fishing is better when it gets hot and the bass hit frogs in the late afternoon.
- Western Outdoor News