LAKE BERRYESSA - Bass are schooling up bait in the mouths of the smaller bays and pockets, so use your electronics and then yo-yo a LV500 in Aurora Brown for some quality smallmouth bass. "Look for kokes from the Ranch House to mid-island in 100 to 125 feet of water fishing 50 to 65 feet down. T-Roy's Guide Service uses RMT dodgers in hyper plaid, Bahama Mama, Watermelon Bahama and Hawaiian Bahama teamed up with Uncle Larry's spinners in copper blue, pink, pink tiger, green tiger and a verity of Apex spoons.
AMERICAN RIVER - Sacramento County has been enforcing the ban on weapons (like spearguns) in the American River Parkway, and signs have been posted at all entrances. Shad fishing was excellent once again, especially from Sailor Bar Park to Rossmoor Bar, but flows have increased to 2,500 cfs, so swinging flies on shooting heads is again effective, especially as the fly sits at the end of the drift. Evidently, spearfishermen didn't kill all the stripers, as anglers tangled with some nice fish last week, on everything from crawdads to streamer flies.
FOLSOM LAKE - Trout fishing was "on fire" for some anglers, at least last week, with guides like Big John Enos catching from 13 to 16 trout an outing, fishing up the North Fork, in front of the porta-potties and Dike 8. He's been trolling Speedy Shiners and Rapalas from 25 to 40 feet deep with the larger fish - they've been going from 13 to 19 inches - at the deeper end of the depth range. Some landlocked king salmon were being caught, too, by going deeper with hoochies behind dodgers. Patient bass fishermen were catching some nice fish by slowly working Carolina-rigged Robo-Worms and 3-inch grubs over rock piles and points.
SACRAMENTO RIVER - Some striped bass continued to be caught, but it was necessary to cull through a bunch of sub-sized shakers. Around Sacramento, they are taking mostly bloodworms, sardines and pileworms, while farther upstream, they have been taking black plastic worms, minnows, and even streamer flies tossed into banks. It's necessary to drift over a long stretch of water when fishing from Knight's Landing to Colusa if you expect any kind of success. Fishing for catfish has been very good in the Deep Water Channel in slow stretches along the river, Lisbon and Sutter sloughs.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, OR. - "I don't know of a single salmon caught in the lower river during the last week," said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. "Bank anglers from Lobster Creek to the mouth of the river are some of the most discouraged fisherman I have ever spoken with. The last of the guides are hanging their anchors up and are most likely going to take a short break or start trolling the bay in Gold Beach. With virtually continual winds, we have not had more than a few boats trolling the bay for more than a couple hours at a time for salmon. Towards the end of the week a Chinook was caught by an angler in the Bay. This is the first salmon I am aware of this year to have been caught in the bay. As these winds calm, expect too see more anglers trolling the bay for Chinook salmon."
RUSSIAN RIVER - According to guide Dave Delmue of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville, a few smallmouth bass are being caught in the river, and only a few shad. The mouth opened for a few days but closed up again, but still no reports of new shad in the river. He said some fly anglers are still picking up a shad or two, but it's beginning to look like the summer game plan: Smallmouth bass early and late.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, OR. - There were a lot of springer's being caught this last week near the Rock Creek area of the river. Most of these salmon are turning a darker color now that they have been in the river awhile. "I have seen a lot of pictures of salmon turning 'gun metal' grey," said Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. There are a few steelhead being caught in the Swift Water Park area of the river. These steelies are much bigger than what many rivers have, for a comparison size. Evenings are usually the best time to go fishing. The break of dawn is a close second best time period to target either species.
UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, OR. - There are still some chrome king salmon being caught, but it is slowing down very quickly. Smallmouth bass are starting to be caught by a few guides now. "I have not received any reports about shad fishing on the Umpqua River," said Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. "This time period has, in past years, been a good time to catch shad with river levels usually low. Shad season is close to being over around the end of June, because most of these fish have found their way past the Umpqua and into the South Umpqua River."
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - Salmon flies are hatching, and fishing is good. While some trout and small steelhead to 20 inches are being caught, most often it will be a small fish that reaches the fly first. Try any salmon fly-imitating dry fly or nymph. The good fishing should last another couple of weeks, but be quick. It's a short hatch.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Spring run Chinook salmon are entering the river in greater numbers, but fishing is still slow and low water, as well as moss, is still hampering fishing success. A big push is expected any time.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - The release from Lewiston Dam is below 1,000 cfs, but few fish have shown up in the upper end of the river. A few were being caught down around Burnt Ranch, but it's been hotter than blazes - not much far from the truth. It's really hot.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - Heat, a dropping lake, weed and algae growth all combined to create tougher conditions this past week. Sight fishing wasn't really an option, so most were caught either drop-shotting or pitching 5-inch Senkos rigged weightless on the upper end of the lake. There was also a little action on topwater baits.
LAKE SOMONA - Lucky Craft pro staffer Scott Green said summer patterns are in full swing for largemouth bass. Get out early and tie on a LuckyCraft Sammy 128 in ghost minnow and hit as many points as you can before the sun and personal watercraft come out to play. Water is clear, so long casts help trigger strikes. Later try Robo worms, Senkos or jigs in the 15 to 25 feet. The main body and Warm Springs has been best bet. If you can make a night trip, grab your buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs for a good shot at bigger bass. Overnight campers are catching an occasional channel catfish to 10 pounds soaking bait.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side - With the wind, most stayed on the shorelines fishing for a few stripers by soaking baits. As the waters heat up anglers are switching to warmwater species such as catfish.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - Soaking anchovies off piers found action for a few keeper stripers, as wind is still an issue. Sturgeon were taking grass and ghost shrimp by West Island.
LAKE ALMANOR - There were mixed reports, but most agreed the better action was in the east basin for trout trollers, and west basin for smallmouth bass anglers. Trollers that were out early and stayed out later got more fish. The early bite has been good from around 5:15 to 8 a.m.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - Fishing was decent since Fish and Wildlife did a major plant. Browns still represent the majority of the fish taken. There are still a lot of chubs in this lake, so keeping your bait away from the chubs and getting it to the trout can be a challenge at times. The campground shoreline fished the best with spinners and spoons working well.
BAUM LAKE - The Fly Shop in Redding reported the best bite is in the morning hours and then a rally in the fishing action near sunset.
BUCKS LAKE - Troll the middle of the lake in 45 to 55 feet with Dick Pool's Pro Troll Stingfish in blue for a few huge macks. For dinner fish, check in Bucks or Mill creek's close to the bottom for a mix of brown and rainbow trout with Needlefish in frog and fire tiger patterns.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reported good fishing with eggs and floating baits working the best on 12- to 16-inch fish. There wasn't a lot of topwater action for fly fishermen, but the water above the road fished well. Pressure was moderate here, but could increase by next weekend leading up to Father's Day.
EAGLE LAKE - The bite toughened up, thanks to the wind stirring things up, but the better fishing was in the cool shallows in less than 10 feet trolling grubs over structure on the west side of the lake south of Pelican Point.
FALL RIVER - Fishing has been good, even though most are waiting for June's hex hatch, which is beginning to happen downriver.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reported a hot week and so was the fishing, as increased Fish and Wildlife plants are improving the fishing. Pressure is still very moderate, as not all area schools have let out for the summer yet. A good number of big trout started coming in and lots of limits were taken with worms and eggs the top baits. Temperatures should be more moderate in the coming week, but the fishing should remain excellent.
PIT RIVER - Fishing has been great with hatches going off all day, but don't forget your wading staff.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reported that fishing is starting to pick up here with fish taking both topwater and nymph patterns. Mosquitoes and callibaetis worked well on top and brassies and pheasant tail nymphs worked well underneath. Remember this is a catch and release lake with special restrictions so be sure to check the regulations.
McCLOUD RIVER - The fishing continues to be great with many morning hatches going off.
SHASTA LAKE - Nice rainbows were taken in the top 30 feet, but the fish are scattered so 1 or 2 fish an hour was the norm. The hot setups were a watermelon Apex or white or blue Wiggle Hoochies behind Sling Blades. Numbers of small bass were taken from the shoreline out to 20 feet on ripbaits and crankbaits along the rocky shores or a 4-inch plastic worm for some larger fish.
FEATHER RIVER - Some shad were still being caught, but well upstream at the Outlet. Steelheading continued to be good from the Oro Dam Bridge in the Low Flow Section to Palm Avenue below the Outlet. They were being caught on small nymphs, under indicators, drifted nightcrawlers and spinners on the swing.
RANCHO SECO LAKE - A few 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 to be 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 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 - Fishing for trout from 14 to 20 inches was very good once again and the very best way to attract strikes was to drift big hopper-imitating dry flies - just about the very most fun way to fish for trout. Anglers are fishing from the Highway 20 Bridge down to the Daguerre Dam. Though access below the dam is limited to how far an angler can walk, a few guides like Al Barbari, who have launch and take-out access, are catching both shad and trout.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 74-percent capacity. The best bet here was fishing at the inlet with the big flows coming in from Stampede attracting a mix of rainbows and browns, or at the dam in the early morning looking for a cruising brown.
CAPLES LAKE h e lake is full. Despite a couple of trout plants so far this season, the fishing was sporadic this past week. Shore fishermen were picking up a few rainbows at Wood's Creek, but trolling was more productive overall, but few limits, if any, were seen by the EID host at the boat ramp.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - The East and West Carson split an 1800-pound Alpine County trout plant this past week. The Carson River Resort reported that anglers were picking up easy limits of the smaller DFW planters on bait, spinners, and flies in both the East and West Carson - flows were great in both. Todd Sodaro at the Creekside Lodge said fishing was very good in Silver Creek where he took local Michael Sims and his granddaughter, Lauren Hillbrick. They caught 20 to 30 rainbows to 4 1/2 pounds on salmon eggs dipped into pockets on fly rods.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 79-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was good for limits of rainbows to 19 inches using copper/red head Wee Dick Nite, firetiger Needlefish, and red Rainbow Runner spoons from 4 to 20 feet deep north of the island to Lightning Tree and Fairview. Shore fishing was sporadic due to the heat, and fly fishing was hit-or-miss at Jenkins on blood midges and damsels. One flyfisherman picked up 8 fish in an evening at Jenkins.
DONNER LAKE - The lake is at 92-percent capacity. The DFW plant two weeks ago really boosted the trout bite on the west end docks. Anglers were still picking up good numbers of fish on Power Bait. The kokanee bite was fair trolling dodger/hoochies 60 to 75 feet deep from Loch Leven to China Cove, with the bigger fish closer to the bottom. Mountain Hardware and Sports said one angler reported catching a 30-inch brown trolling a trout/kokanee imitation near China Cove. Trolling or jigging for macks was sporadic at best.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - The North Fork Feather River above Highway 70 near Belden was scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Trout fishing was slow in the North Fork this past week, but Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported good action for smallmouth bass to 14 inches in the East Branch on tube jigs. He also caught smallies to 2 1/2 pounds off the shore at Butt Valley Lake near the buoy line at the dam on Senkos.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore anglers were picking up rainbows to 19 inches and a few small catfish at Snallygaster and Turkey Point. Trollers were doing well for rainbows on flasher/worm combos across from the Frenchman boat ramp.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Gold Lake and Upper Salmon Lake were stocked by the DFW this past week. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said a large load of brown trout were stocked into Gold Lake as part of a private grant program. Sardine Lake was fishing okay. Salmon Lake kicked out 20 rainbows for one troller running flasher/spoons at 20 feet deep. The trout measured 10 to 14 inches.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 91-percent capacity. The extreme heat this past week shut down the bite - wait for cooler weather.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Alpine County stocked 1000 pounds of catchables here this past week, so the bite was good at the dam for shore anglers using Power Bait.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing was still good from the Yuba inlet to the dam on Rapalas and flasher/worm combos.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - The lake is at 98-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and worms at the first dam and near the boat ramp according to Sly Park Resort. The smallmouth bass were done spawning and beginning to feed again. Try jigs and worms on the steeper, rocky banks for the smallies.
LAKE TAHOE - Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported catching fast limits on his morning trips - 4 to 9 pounders trolling bigger spoons and Rapalas at 100 to 120 feet deep from Crystal Point to Dollar Point. Self said the key to success was moving constantly to find an active school, staying on them until the bite slowed then finding another school. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported doing well jigging for macks all along South Shore from 80 to 220 feet deep - just searching out active schools of fish. The macks were running 1 to 5 pounds. Nielsen was also doing well trolling for 2- to 3-pound browns in 20 to 30 feet of water using Scatter Raps and ThunderSticks. Some trollers were reporting success on 13- to 14-inch kokanee - this is just the start of the kokanee season.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 87-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that the extreme heat this past week shut down the bite. The lake isn't very deep and the fish head to the bottom and sulk until the temp drops. It's supposed to be cooler this week.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 40-percent capacity. The trout fishing was slow this past week with the heat. The best bet was trying for smallmouth bass at the dam and the rocky shores near the dam with tube jigs, crawdad crankbaits, and worms.
PYRAMID LAKE - Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported picking up 28 cutthroats on Sunday trolling bleeding frog and original frog FlatFish 25 to 35 feet deep at Hell's Kitchen and Fox Bay on the NE end of the lake. The cutts' ran 17 to 23 1/2 inches - to 4 1/2 to 5 pounds.
RED LAKE - Ron Peterson, EID host at Caples Lake, reported that the fishing for small DFW cutthroats was good at the dam.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is full. Trolling was good for mixed limits of rainbows, browns, and macks at the inlet areas according to an EID source.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 63-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. There was still a good kokanee bite in the early morning at 55 to 70 feet deep. The bigger fish, 14- to 15-inch kokes, were hitting dodger/hoochies trolled close to the bottom in 60 to 65 feet with the smaller fish up shallower near the island and the rock pile. Macks were being taken on kokanee imitations as they prowled around the schools looking for a stray salmon.
TOPAZ LAKE - Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trout fishing was best for boaters drifting nightcrawlers at the south end of the lake at the inlet. Shore fishing was very sporadic with the heat, and recreational boat traffic was very, very heavy due to the hot weather.
TRUCKEE RIVER - With the hot weather and warmer water temps, the fish were definitely favoring faster flows this past week. Mountain Hardware and Sports recommended PMDs and spinners in the early morning for rising fish, and then stones and caddis pupa in faster pocket water by late morning. In the afternoon, yellow stones, PEDs and caddis were showing. Look for active fish and stay on the move! The reaches above the Boca Outlet were best for dry fly activity due to the slower flows.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 91-percent capacity. The extreme heat shut down the kokanee bite with the surface temp at 73 degrees. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that a friend who was at the lake when WON called on Sunday had only caught two small fish all morning - a kokanee and a mack.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel reported that fishing was excellent on both the West Walker and Little Walker with perfect flows on both rivers. The bite on the West Walker was great using worms and flies for limits of 12- to 15-inch rainbows. Flyfishermen on the Little Walker were catching-and-releasing at least 20 fish per day.
BERKELEY - Rockfish and lingcod trips resulted in consistent limits of rockfish plus frequent limits of lingcod, all along the Marin Coast. Offshore trips for salmon were a bit up and down, but the average was a solid 1.5 salmon per rods. Berkeley has live anchovies and Bay fishing improved, with halibut up to 26 pounds.
BODEGA BAY - Salmon and lingcod not only proved plentiful but also quite large. One salmon brought aboard New Sea Angler went 31 pounds and one lingcod was 29 pounds. Salmon were caught near Point Reyes. Lingcod and limits of rockfish came from near Point Reyes.
EMERYVILLE - All boats were on duty this past week, with some running salmon trips and some targeting rockfish. Salmon fishing resulted in limits or near limits 15 to 20 miles outside the Golden Gate. Along the Marin Coast, boats posted reports of consistent limits of rockfish.
EUREKA - Boater cooperation paid off. One successful boater radioed his position, allowing the fleet to score limits. Shellback and Reel Steel both brought in limits for their passengers. Surf smelt moved inshore where people with dip nets caught plenty of them.
FORT BRAGG - Salmon remained scattered, with low fish counts overall. Lingcod however bit like there was no tomorrow, providing wild action to go along with limits of rockfish for Telstar, Seahawk and Trek II.
HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA - Early week salmon action was very good, with better than a fish per rod coming over the rails. As the week progressed, jellyfish and floating kelp seemed to fill the sea and salmon fishing suffered. Rockfish counts held steady. Striped bass and surf perch bit well along Pacifica area beaches.
SHELTER COVE - Sea Hawk took advantage of weather windows to lead the salmon hunt out of Shelter Cove. Private boaters got out each time the sea conditions allowed. Salmon to 25 pounds were willing biters.
AMADOR LAKE - Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said, "The trout, bass and catfish have been biting at night." The hot weather has been keeping fishermen away. There have been a few catfish caught at Jackson Creek on chicken liver.
BEAVER CREEK - Beaver Creek was planted last week. All the regular stream fishing tactics will work.
BIG TREES STATE PARK - The Park is open for camping. You need to make a reservation top insure a camping site. You can contact Big Trees State Park at (209) 795-3840 for more information regarding the Park. For RV and camping you can also try Golden Pines RV Resort on Highway 4. You can contact KC at (209) 795-2820 for reservations.
CAMANCHE LAKE - The Lake is 74% full & the water temperature is 70'F degrees. The trout are at 40 feet and deeper and the kokanee are 40 to 70 feet. Grubs and hoochies are working for kokanee. Trout trollers are using Rapalas, Needlefish and Excel lures. For guys soaking bait, Power Bait and 'crawlers are working.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - With the heat, the topwater action early and late has been pretty good. Spooks, poppers, flukes and shallow running swimbaits have been working. Drop-shotting or dartheading small plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water is the way to go once the sun comes up. Trout are 40 to 80 feet. Kokanee 60 to 100 and salmon from 80 to 100 feet plus. All the usual methods are working.
HOGAN RESERVOIR - The striped bass are biting slow rolled shad. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing used planer boards and downriggers for several linesides to 5 pounds at 24 to 27 feet. The stripers seem to be inhaling the shad baits better than anchovies. The fish were hanging around schools of what looked like shad on the depthfinder.
LAKE ALPINE - "The new dock is in the water at Lake Alpine," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. The California Waterways built this new dock and fishing has been excellent. All the usual fishing styles should work.
LAKE MCCLURE - Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling "said one of my locals who targets kokanee finally found them and caught 10 fish on dodgers and hoochies." Trout are running 50 to 60 feet on Needlefish and Excels and kokanee 60 to 80. There has been a good trout and salmon bite at night from houseboats with minnows and 'crawlers. Some good size bass are hitting topwater early and late. Once the sun hits the water the fish are biting plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Minnows and crawdads are still working for bass according to Jason Mello.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said, "Limits of fish have been coming from the brush pile on garlic or chartreuse Power Eggs." Trollers are using flashers with Wedding Rings and 'crawlers or Cowbells and 'crawlers catching limits. This time of year you might want to troll upriver looking for the cooler water.
LAKE PARDEE - "The fish have all moved upriver," said Bill Cook at the Lake Pardee Marina. He had a couple anglers go out Friday morning and they fished for less than an hour to limit out on kokanee. All the regular kokanee gear is working at 30 to 60 feet. Bass are hitting plastics drop-shotted and swimbaits upriver and in the coves. The lake is 98 percent full.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - The trout have moved out to deeper/cooler water. The fish are feeding in 40 to 60 feet. Trolling anglers are using plugs that have a large profile and put off a lot vibration like Rat-L-Traps, Speed traps, and Shad Raps. Bank anglers have been catching a few trout using a Power Egg/'crawler combo or fan casting a Kastmaster. Kokanee fishing is fair with some anglers finding their limits in a few hours of fishing, and others are struggling to get a limit. The bass will move up in the morning and evenings to feed and then head out to deeper water midday. Some big cats are showing up in shallow water. Some pretty decent crappie being caught on red/white or chartreuse crappie jigs or with live minnow. The night fishing bite has started to pick up.
NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS - The area was planted this last week: You can check the flows for The North Fork of the Stanislaus by going to dreamflows.com. All the usual fishing styles can work. Camping at the Sourgrass area is open to first come, first serve. Please obtain a campfire permit before camping.
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, but toplining seemed to work the best, as the fish are still toward the top. Hobart Creek is not open to fishing yet. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake.
WHITE PINES LAKE - "White Pines Lake trout fishing has been excellent," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. The lake is located near Arnold and all the regular fishing styles will work.
AMERICAN RIVER - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that flows on the South Fork were increased. Anglers willing to hike down into the deeper holes in the Middle Fork should find plenty of nice rainbows and browns hitting worms and spinners.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Levon Matthiessen at Emerald Cove Marina reported that he caught rainbow trout from 16 to 24 inches drifting nightcrawlers 20 feet deep at the dam. Trollers were catching limits of 12- to 14-inch kokanee in the North Fork at Madrone at 55 feet deep on dodger/hoochie combos.
CAMP FAR WEST - The lake is at 72-percent capacity. North Shore Resort reported that Steve Farver said that bass fishing was good, the catfish bite was wide-open, and panfishing was great. "Ron" from Folsom said he caught 20 bass to 2 pounds on green pumpkin and watermelon Brush Hogs and lizards in Rock Creek at 8 to 10 feet deep in the morning and 10 to 15 feet deep in the afternoon. Recreational boat traffic was very heavy this past weekend. For the best success, try fishing in the early morning during the week.
COLLINS LAKE - Jacob Kerstan at Collins Lake Resort reported that trout fishing was still productive near the dam and in Elmer's Cove. Daniel Kerstan picked up a 4 3/4-pound rainbow on Power Bait in Elmer's Cove. Most anglers were catching 1 or 2 trout with some anglers coming in with limits. Night fishing at the docks was very good, especially with the very heavy recreational boat traffic on the lake during the day.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 93-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reported that two anglers on a houseboat moored in the marina caught 5 rainbows on worms. Of the 5 fish, two measured 18 inches and one went 22 inches. Weekend recreational boat traffic was very heavy with the heat wave that passed through the valley this past week - as is usual for the summer season, fish during the week in the early morning for the best results.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 60-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. John Wadden at Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up rainbows and a few browns on a threaded nightcrawler behind a chrome dodger at the dam and at the creek inlet just east of the dam.
FULLER LAKE - The lake is scheduled for another DFW trout plant this week.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 67-percent capacity - at this level boats could not get above the Narrows. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow. One boater said they only picked up two rainbows after a day of trolling.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 78-percent capacity. With the sweltering heat, fishing slowed this past week as the fished moved into deeper water. Guide Ron Gandolfi said that most of the bigger fish were 25 feet deep hitting weighted wacky rigged Senkos and drop-shot worms. The reaction bite hasn't developed yet on spinnerbaits and lipless cranks, but Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort said there was some topwater activity in the evenings on Spooks. Gandolfi said on a good day anglers were catching 20 to 30 fish - cooler weather will improved the bite. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service emceed a Project Kokanee derby this past weekend at the spillway ramp which was won with a 2-pound coho. Most trollers picked up good numbers of salmon on both ends of the Green Bridge running dodger/hoochie or spinner combos tipped with a piece of anchovy at 25 to 55 feet deep.
ROLLINS LAKE - The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Heavy recreational boat traffic this past week due to the extremely high temps slowed the bite over the weekend. Hit the lake in the early morning during the week for the best chance at success for trout or bass. Catfishing should be good at night.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that trollers with downriggers were catching limits of big rainbows at the dam on dodger/threaded nightcrawler combos at 35 feet deep. Smallmouth bass to 3 pounds were still hitting plastic worms near Hensley.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - The lake was planted by the DFW this past week. Fishing should be good here for shore anglers and trollers in the early morning or late evening due to high mid-day temps.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 95-percent capacity and was planted by the DFW this past week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that shore anglers and trollers were picking up lots of rainbows. Lake Walton in Georgetown was stocked by the USFS and DFW for a kids' derby and there weren't many fish caught during the derby--fishing should be good if the weather cools off this week.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 133.9-foot elevation at press time - 84-percent capacity. Lots of recreational boat traffic here makes it tough on fishermen - get out early or late. At this lake level, the fish can be way back in the tules.
- Western Outdoor News