TOP PICKS CROCKETT - Schoolie-size striped bass swarmed the Crocket shoreline. One group of three guys caught over 100 bass, releasing almost all of them. Striper catches were reported in various spots, but Crockett reigned supreme.
SACRAMENTO RIVER - Some big, skinny downrunner striped bass showed up last week, including one 38 pounder, and fishing for them was good around Sacramento down to Courtland. They were taking mostly bloodworms, sardines and pileworms. Fishing for striped bass above Sacramento was poor, except for some decent shad and striped bass fishing around and above Bend.
FOLSOM LAKE - Fishing for landlocked king salmon and trout was very good again last week for some anglers like guide John Enos of Big John's Guide Service and Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motorsports Guide Service. Catches of over a dozen fish have been common and they've ranged to 20 inches, though most are around 14 inches long. Trolling Speedy Shiners and Rapalas from 25 to 40 feet deep has been scoring the trout while the king salmon were being caught, by going deeper to around 50 feet 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. Soaking minnows and crawdads was working, too.
AMADOR LAKE - "There is a good black bass and catfish bite at the lake," said Debbie Grayson at the Lake Amador Store. Larry Hemphill of Yuba City fished the lake last week at night and early morning catching bass on 301 Senko's and 10-inch Power Worms. Out of 17 bass his two biggest a 5.6 and 4.13-pounder came in the morning on a Storm Chug Bug. There have been catfish caught up to 7 pounds.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - "Night fishing is great for trout, catfish and crappie," said Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sports. Night fishing anglers are catching limits of fat healthy trout under a submersible light. Try anchoring the boat in 40 to 50 feet of water and dropping the light 15 to 25 feet. Try using live minnows, mini jigs, Power Bait and 'crawlers. Anglers are catching most of their kokanee in the early morning. There are a lot of schools of kokanee holding tight to cover. Early morning bite has been good for bass. The fish are primarily feeding on large balls of shad.
NORTH COAST RIVERS ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - Warm temperatures hit the Rogue Valley last weekend and that brought up the temperature of the river to the point where salmon were holding up in the Bay, and a few springers were caught there. Then, water temperatures dropped, and the kings sprinted upriver, where guide Bill Divens of Salmon King Ledge intercepted a couple in the national forest. As river temps increase, the salmon will hold more and more in the Rogue Bay, and trolling will be the primary means of catching them.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore. - They're letting water out of the dam and flows are running about 3,000 cfs. The spring salmon are still showing up and being caught, mostly by bankies, while the guides are concentrating more on summer steelhead, rainbows and cutthroats. The salmon fly hatch of a week and a half ago slowed dramatically by a change in the weather, but now that it's warming up again it should kick back in.
RUSSIAN RIVER - Firmly in the hands of summer here now, as the dam at Johnson's is halfway up and the dam at Vacation Beach will be put up next week. The shad run is over, and for the rest of the summer the river will be a water playgrounds. Fishing is - from this point on - a recording: smallmouth bass fishing will be good early and late in the day, using Rooster Tails or small minnow-imitating lures.
TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - The salmon fly hatch is full on, and nice trout are being caught on both salmon fly-imitating nymphs and dries. It's a very short run and will be tapering down within a week or two. Flows are a bit over 1,000 cfs and are ideal, too.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Spring run Chinook salmon began to enter the river in earnest last week, and if you are diligent in cleaning your lures often - every few minutes - you should have a good shot at a fish or two on CV-7 spinners. Some nice wild steelhead are showing up, too.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - The release from Lewiston Dam was a little over 600 cfs over the weekend and the river is very fishable. Good pods of fish showed up around Willow Creek last week, and could be as far upriver as Cedar Flat, and even reach Douglas City late this week. And the numbers should only build from there. Drift roe and swing spinners.
BERKELEY - Rough weather kept many, but not all, boats fishing locally for a variety of rockfish, lingcod, halibut and striped bass. Some boats did go out looking for salmon. New Easy Rider, Flying Fish and New El Dorado III all braved the seas and came back in with limits of big salmon to 35 pounds. Happy Hooker passengers enjoyed solid success along the Marin Coast and inside the Bay fishing for rockfish, lingcod, halibut and striped bass.
BODEGA BAY - New Sea Angler made it out in spite of the weather and found action. On Friday, 8 people caught 7 salmon to 28 pounds, with a 15- to 18-pound average, plus Dungeness crabs. Over the weekend private boaters, as well as the party boats, concentrated on coastal rockfish and lingcod with solid success.
DILLON BEACH - Morning periods during relatively calm days offered chances for salmoneers to fish the 30-fathom area to catch fish to 30 pounds. Dungeness crab activity increased and the results were favorable in late season. Surf perching was generally slow, but those who worked at it found success on generally average-size fish.
EMERYVILLE - Jumbo size salmon highlighted the fish counts for Emeryville boats with plenty of fish in the high 20s and low 30s. On the Sea Wolf, a jackpot had to be split because two passengers caught identical 34-pound salmon and the balance bar wouldn't budge off of center. Boats targeting groundfish posted limits of rockfish and impressive lingcod counts.
EUREKA - Sizzling salmon fishing continued all week, even though seas were rough. Most anglers could take it for the few hours required to limit out. There was very little rockfishing done because the good spots were blown out. Jetty fishing was the exception and rockfish catches were reported.
FORT BRAGG - Rough weather most of the week kept boats nearshore fishing for rockfish and lingcod. Party boats Seahawk, Telstar, Trek II and Ambush all targeted the groundfish. On Sunday the seas calmed sufficiently to allow the fleet to get out farther and late reports were of very good salmon fishing.
HALF MOON BAY - Dramatic weather impeded salmon fishing much of this past week, though the Huli Cat managed to find salmon. Queen of Hearts and Riptide hauled in limits of rockfish and good counts of lingcod. Striped bass were caught at Mussel Rocks near Pacifica.
MARTINEZ - Sturgeon action was somewhat slow all week, though better tides in the coming days suggest improve fishing. Striped bass bit throughout the area and a bragging size bass was caught from the pier in Martinez on Friday.
SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS BLUE LAKES - Upper Blue Lake and Lower Blue Lake are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Bring your mosquito repellant!
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 74-percent capacity. Not much change here - fishing is generally slow, particularly with all the recreational boat traffic during the day. For the best chance at catching a nice trout, fish in the early morning or late evening at the inlet or dam.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is full. Dave Foley at Caples Lake Resort reported that fishing overall was slow. Matt Martin of Alameda caught a 3-pound mack toplining a dodger/nightcrawler this past weekend.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - Chad Machado at the Carson River Resort reported that fishing was very good. Anglers were picking up mostly limits of the smaller DFW planters along with a few Alpine County stockers. Bait, spinners, and flies were all working with river flows in perfect condition. Flyfishing was best above the bridge and one fly caster released four 3 pounders using a prince nymph. Alpine County will stock 1,800 pounds of "catchables" - translated as 3 pounders - this week, according to Todd Sodaro at the Creekside Lodge. Silver Creek was producing good action on salmon eggs.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 78-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trollers were still picking up limits of 15 to 19 inchers, though strong winds early this past week made fishing conditions a little tough. Trolling a copper/red head Wee Dick Nite, firetiger or metallic perch Needlefish at 6 to 8 feet deep from north of the island to Lightning Tree. After the DFW trout plant this past Tuesday, trollers started picking up lots of 10 to 13 inchers, releasing the smaller fish in search of the holdovers. Shore fishing improved a little at Fairview with mostly holdover fishing hitting Power Bait's Turbo X-tra Scent bait. Flyfishing was hit-or-miss with one angler catching 1 fish while another scored 8 rainbows on blood nymphs and damsels at Jenkins.
DONNER LAKE - Mountain Hardware and Sports rated the fishing as "very good" here. Rainbow trout action was still productive on the west end piers and docks for 12-inch planters. The kokanee bite was "the best of the season" according to trolling guru Keith Zenker. Fat 12- to 13-inch kokes were hitting dodger/hoochie or spinner combos in the early morning at 50 to 60 feet deep from Loch Levon to China Cove. For hoochies, try pink, chartreuse, orange, and blue.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - Butt Valley Reservoir is at 86-percent capacity. Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that two anglers he sent up to Butt Valley each caught 8 smallmouth bass to 2 1/2 pounds on Senkos cast from the shore near the dam. The North Fork from the resort to the campgrounds was producing limits of planters on worms and crickets since the recent DFW stocking.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Shore fishing at the dam produced fish up to 3.88 pounds this past weekend. Big Cove was also a good spot for shore anglers using Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Wiggins Trading Post didn't get many reports about trolling this past week, but it should be good out from the Frenchman ramp.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Gold Lake, Packer Lake, and Snag Lake are all scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Marl Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that 3- to 7-pound macks were hitting white trolling flies in the first hours of the day in front of the beach resort on the west side of the lake. Sardine Lake was kicking out limits of 12- to 14-inch rainbows on Sep's Mini-flasher/Panther Martin combos. Salmon Lake produced limits of 10 to 12 inchers on Power Bait fished off the dock.
HIGHLAND LAKES - The road to Highland Lakes off Highway 4 just opened this past week due to a huge tree across the road. Still some snow drifts here and there, but no problem accessing it. Cold at night, around mid-30s, but tons of mosquitos during the day! Brook trout on a wild bite in both lakes using fly and bubble - with a mosquito fly, of course.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 89-percent capacity. The warmer water temps slowed the bite to a crawl, according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - The fishing was fair at the dam, according to local sources.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that trolling was very good here with light fishing pressure. The west side of the lake from the dam to the Yuba River inlet was producing on Needlefish, Dick Nites, and flasher/ 'crawler combos at 10 to 20 feet deep in the early morning and dropping to 20 to 40 feet deep in the heat of the day.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - Fishing was slow, according to Sly Park Resort. Bill Ellsworth caught a 3-pound mack on Power Bait - the only fish reported all week.
LAKE TAHOE - Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported that fishing was tough, but limits were possible with lots of work. The bite was "awesome for the first hour of the day, but as soon as the sun hit the water the work began." Self was fast trolling with Trophy Sticks at 120 feet deep from Crystal Bay Point to Dollar Point for fish running from 1 to 11 pounds. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners reported that he started fishing for kokanee this past week picking up limits of 11- to 13-inch fish on silver flasher/ Dick Nite/Pautzke's Fire Corn combos at 25 to 50 feet deep off South Shore. He was also trolling for macks at 120 to 140 feet deep using Laxee spoons and Storm ThunderSticks. Nielsen picked up a few 2- to 3-pound browns on CD7 and F11 Scatter Raps 15 to 20 feet deep over 40 feet of water up toward Rubicon Bay.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that fishing was wide-open. His last trip produced 20 fish in 4 hours using a Sep's Strike Master Dodger trailing a Sep's brown grub, or a single brown grub in the top 15 feet. The bulk of the fish were 10- to 14-inch planters though he caught one native rainbow with beautiful colors.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 40-percent capacity. At this level, the trout fishing was slow. Smallmouth bass fishing was the best bet this past week. Casting Senkos, plastic worms, and crankbaits around rocky banks worked for fish up to 3 to 4 pounds.
PYRAMID LAKE - Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that heavy thunderstorm activity early this past week washed tons of mud into the east side and south end of the lake raising the lake level 9 inches overnight. Fishing was decent on the west side from Pelican north toward Monument where the water was clearer. Mendes' last two trips produced 11 and 12 fish, respectively. The first trip produced limits of keepers plus cutthroats to 22 inches. The second trip yielded fish to 26 inches. Mendes was trolling bleeding frog FlatFish at 25 to 35 feet deep from Pelican to Warrior Point and north.
RED LAKE - The cutthroat and brookie action was best at the dam for those looking for an easy day. A hike to the inlet could be worth the effort.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 97-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Trolling was very good for planter-sized rainbows near any in-coming water.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 62-percent capacity. The fishing was great for kokanee and good for rainbows and macks this past week, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Macks were caught up shallow in the early morning while they were cruising the dam and around the ramp where the DFW stocked rainbows this past week. The macks were also found near the kokanee schools in deeper water. The kokanee bite was rated as the best bite seen in some time - even better than last year. Troll dodger/hoochies or spinners at 50 to 65 feet deep. The smaller fish, 12 to 13 inchers, were in shallower water 40 to 50 feet deep or suspended shallower over deep water. The bigger 14- to 15-inch kokes were still being found near the bottom relating to structure, high spots or rock piles, at 55 to 65 feet deep. The rainbow trout bite was good along the shores from the ramp to the campgrounds on Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, spoons, and spinners.
TOPAZ LAKE - Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trout fishing was still very good for trollers. Boaters were picking up limits of 17- to 18-inch rainbows in the middle of the lake at 20 feet deep on flasher/worm combos. With the lake dropping 1-foot in 3 days this past week, the future of boating on this lake for the rest of the summer looks dim. If the lake drops 5 more feet, the launch ramps at the marina and the county park will be out of commission. A small local bass tournament this past week only produced 2 fish for one boat - slow fishing to say the least! The spawn is over and the bass have moved off into deeper water to recuperate from the rigors of reproduction.
TRUCKEE RIVER - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that flows above the Boca Outlet were better for dry fly action while the heavier flows below Boca required heavyweight nymphing. The green drake hatches were coming to a close and the caddis and PMDs were taking over. Concentrate on the faster moving pocket water for the better fish with the water temps up into the 60's.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that kokanee trolling was very tough, but hard working boaters could catch limits. Neeser said the bite was sporadic with one fish here and another there - find an active group of kokanee and stay on them presenting lures from every angle, then move on to find another school. Neeser caught fish on his Wild Thing dodger trailing a hoochie, Hoochie Thing, or a bug tipped with corn at 25 to 40 feet deep all over the lake.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The Little Walker River and West Walker River are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Mono County will stock a load of trophy fish the week of June 24. The river flows were perfect this past week and fishing was very good with lots of limits of DFW planters and a few of the bigger Mono County fish to 3 1/2 pounds.
SACRAMENTO VALLEY AMERICAN RIVER - Sacramento County has been enforcing the ban on weapons in the American River Parkway, and signs have been posted at all entrances. Shad fishing was good from Sailor Bar Park to Sunrise, but not so good downstream from there. 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.
FEATHER RIVER - Some shad were still being caught around Shanghai Bend and the Outlet, and so were a few stripers on minnows at Shanghai Bend. Around 15,000 spring run salmon have entered the hatchery, been tagged, and released to the river, but but there is no fishing allowed for them. Anglers wishing to take advantage of the good runs now returning to the Feather are being urged to contact the Fish and Game Commission: www.fgc.ca.gov, or email email@example.com.
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 - Fishing was quite good on the Upper Sac as flows and temps dropped into a sweet spot. Prince nymphs, pmd's and soft hackles have been good. 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 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.
NORTH COAST LAKES CLEAR LAKE - Cover water to find open fishing lanes at both ends of the lake. Practically every technique can now be utilized during the course of the day to catch fish. The frog bite is picking up, worms work, topwater, jigs, whatever your pleasure is, you can toss it now. There is also a good catfish bite - a 12 pounder was reported.
LAKE BERRYESSA - The koke bite has been hot but fish are still scattered, although starting to school up more and more onto structure. They are also starting to move deeper. Try a 5 1/2-inch RMT hyper plaid and Bahamas Mama dodgers, Apex spoons, Uncle Larry's spinners and RMT assassin spinners. For bass try a LV500 in Aurora Brown for smallmouth bass.
LAKE SOMONA - Hit the "no-ski" zones of the main body to fish without personal watercraft interference. Dry Creek has produced bass to 7 pounds lately. Try a Sammy 128 on points in the morning and drop-shotting Robo Worms on those same points when the sun comes up.
DELTA REGION SACRAMENTO RIVER side - Although trollers are still catching a few stripers, most of the action has been off the bank for warmwater species such as bass, catfish and panfish now.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - Soaking anchovies and sardines off piers found action for a few keeper stripers in between some shakers as well as a few sturgeon. Sturgeon were also targeted by Sherman Island and Broad Slough with grass and ghost shrimp.
NORTHEASTERN AREA LAKE ALMANOR - Trollers were out early and stayed out later for more fish. The early bite has been good from around 5:15 to 8 a.m. The bite has spread out as the waters warm and hatches go off in other areas.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - Fishing was okay and only time will tell how the chub situation will affect the catch here. Right now pansized browns still represent the majority of the fish taken. The dam and west shore fished the best with some reports of good lure fishing in the back end of the inlet bay.
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. The action has been good during both times.
BUCKS LAKE - The macks are deeper now so troll the middle of the lake. Fish 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 the bite was a bit slower than typical. No particular bait seemed to rise above another as the top producer. Flyfishing still remains slower which come as no surprise as weed and structure growth will take a while to recover from repair work done last year. Pressure should remain moderate leading up to the fourth of July.
EAGLE LAKE - Heat and then some rain slowed the bite but fishing was in less than 10 feet trolling grubs over structure on the west side was good before and after.
FALL RIVER - The Hex hatch is on and the fishing great in the morning and then just before sunset.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reported good fishing and consistent as fish plants continue on schedule twice a week, mid week fishing pressure is moderate. Temperatures are about average for this time of year so expect pleasant days in the high 70s and cooler mornings in the low 40s. There were lots of rainbows this past week with many in the 2 to 3-pound, 18- to 20-inch range being caught. Salmon eggs were the hot bait as rainbows seem to like eggs a little more than the brookies.
PIT RIVER - Fishing has been great with hatches going off all day but don't forget your wading staff. The Pitt offers some of the best summer fishing but the wading can be tough.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reported slow to good fishing that seemed to vary from day to day. With a steadier weather pattern building, it should help improve the day-to-day bite. Midges and callibaetis worked okay on top and brassies and pheasant tail nymphs were still the way to go 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. It's also been a little crowded on the weekends here.
SHASTA LAKE - White or blue Wiggle Hoochies behind Sling Blades did the trick for rainbows but they were much deeper, smaller and harder to find. Numbers of small bass were taken from the shoreline out to 30 feet but several larger ones were also caught by trout trollers.
NORTHERN FOOTHILLS AMERICAN RIVER - The Middle Fork was running low and clear, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station. The Highway 49 confluence was loaded with sunbathers and swimmers with little room for fishermen. Anglers willing to make the hike down to the Middle Fork should find good action in the deeper pools for rainbows and browns.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 79-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that trollers were still catching limits of kokanee salmon in the North Fork Yuba River at Madrone Cove on dodger/hoochie combos at 60 feet deep. Weekend recreational boat traffic makes fishing a tough proposition - fish during the week in the early morning for the best results.
CAMP FAR WEST - North Shore Resort reported that heavy recreational boat traffic slowed the fishing. South Shore Resort is now open on weekends, Friday-Sunday.
COLLINS LAKE - The lake is 10 feet from full. Collins Lake Resort reported that most shore anglers were catching at least a few trout on Power Bait and worms at the dam, the bridge, or the campgrounds. Boaters drifting Power Bait at the bridge were picking up limits of trout. Bass, catfish, and panfish were much more active with the warmer water temp. Night fishing off the rental dock was producing trout, catfish, bass, and crappie on a variety of baits. Recreational boat traffic was getting heavy on weekends, so fishermen were advised to hit the lake during the week in the early morning for the best chance at success, or night fish.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Mike Torres at Skippers Cove Marina reported that trollers were doing well on rainbows to 18 inches running flasher/Needlefish or Rapala combos at the dam. Drifting worms at Buck's Beach and Missouri Bar was producing some nice rainbows. Bass were active at Black's Ravine, Keystone Cove and in the marina and hitting crawdads and plastic worms. Redear sunfish up to 2 pounds were cruising around the docks in the marina.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 60-percent capacity. Trolling was very good for rainbows. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up limits of 14- to 17-inch rainbows on chrome dodger/white hoochies tipped with a piece of worm run 30 feet deep at the dam.
FULLER LAKE - The lake should have been stocked by the DFW by now. Truck problems delayed at least one recent scheduled DFW plant.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 65-percent capacity. Fishing was tough due to strong winds. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that very windy conditions kept trollers off the lake almost all of this past week.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 77-percent capacity. The bass have slowed down with the heat and post-spawn doldrums. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that fishing was best early and late with the bite shutting off during the hottest part of the day. There were still smaller bass up shallow in the early morning, but most of the better fish were 20 to 30 feet deep. Senkos, both weightless and rigged on a worm head, were working well, but the reaction bite was still slow. A good day of fish was producing 10 to 20 fish. Try for coho at the dam and the Green Bridge with dodger/hoochies tipped with a piece of anchovy at 25 to 60 feet deep - shallower early and deeper later in the day.
ROLLINS LAKE - Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that trout and bass fishing was still good. Reynolds was drifting worms in deeper water in the coves near Greenhorn. Trollers were picking up a few browns on flasher/Rapala combos in the early morning at the Bear River inlet. Bass were hitting small crawdad and shad crankbaits, chartreuse worms, and Gulp! lizards around brush and trees in the coves in the early morning. A few fish 4 to 5 pounds were seen this past week along with lots of 11 to 13 inchers.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that fishing was fair for trout and smallmouth bass. Shore anglers fishing between the marina and the dam were picking up a few rainbows. Boaters trolling dodgers with threaded nightcrawlers off the dam at 25 to 35 feet deep were doing better. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking 12- to 14-inch rainbows in the early morning on F5-F7 black/silver or black/gold Rapalas in Deer Creek at 9 to 15 feet deep.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - Hopefully the DFW was finally able to stock the lake. A truck breakdown delayed the last scheduled plant - a common occurrence of late, unfortunately!
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were full over the Father's Day weekend and shore anglers and trollers were still picking up a few rainbows.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 130.6-foot elevation at press time - 62-percent capacity. Not many reports were available, but Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company recommended Senkos pitched around the grass mats in the coves in the early morning and then frogs and buzzbaits in the afternoon, especially on hot days. Recreational boat traffic was very heavy on weekends with the Monument ramp pretty much jammed. Fishermen should launch at Wilbur Road.
BEAVER CREEK - "Beaver Creek was planted last week and the fishing is good," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All stream fishing styles should work.
BIG TREES STATE PARK - The Park is open for camping. You need to make a reservation to 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 - Fishing is good. Summer temperatures have trout down 35+ feet with baits of choice being Power Baits and 'crawlers. Bass have been active with Tom Fronek of Camanche catching a 3.65-pound black bass. Popular baits have been Senko's, toad thrashers, and 'crawlers. The Eagle Beach Campground at North shore is the only place in the park that is accessible by boat only and is located on the East side of the Peninsula in the Rabbit Creek arm. Both 8 and 16 person's sites are available. Call (866) 763-5121 for info.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - "Good fishing for kokanee, rainbows, and king salmon" said Danny Lane of Fish'n Dan's Guide Service. The bass fishing is just fair at best. Big Creek arm is holding some nice bows and Kokanee at the North end of Big Oak Island to the buoy line out in open water. For the rainbows, troll small shad Ex-Cel spoons at 45 feet and for the kokes to 15 inches, Glitter Bug Hoochies in pink or orange down at 65 to 80 feet. Scented shoe peg corn in flavors of garlic or carp spit working well. There is a topwater bite early for bass. Try poppers and spooks or white Senko's and flukes. When the sunshine hits the water try drop-shotting 4-inch plastic baits. Wrights Baits WB001r 4-inch leach has been a good producer.
HIGHWAY 4 - Fishing on the Highway 4 corridor has been excellent with all of the recent trout plants.
LAKE ALPINE - "Fishing is good and the lake was planted last week," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. The NEW dock is in at Lake Alpine. All the lake trolling methods and bait fishing should work. Very crowded over the weekend with lots of bicyclists, creating a big of a hazard for vehicles on the new, narrow road beyond the lake.
LAKE MCCLURE - "There is a very good action for all three cold water fish: king salmon, rainbows and kokanee," said Danny Layne of Fish'n Dan's Guide Service. He worked the south bank from Barrett's Cove down to the A-Frame for kokanee and trout from 40 to 60 feet. Uncle Larry's spinners tipped with a small piece of 'crawler worked best on the bows and the same spinners tipped with Pautzke's Fire Corn worked well on the kokes. There was a decent bite on 18- to 21-inch kings off Temperance Bay in the river channel rolling threadfin shad at 95 feet getting the best bite.
LAKE MCSWAIN - "Fishing has been real good for nice size trout," said Stephanie Wood at Lake McSwain Marina. The lake was planted with 1,000 pounds of trout last week. Trollers are using Wedding Rings and 'crawlers trolling from the floating outhouse up past the 2nd fence line for limits of nice fish. Bank fishing with 'crawlers and Power Eggs of the Brush Pile in the morning and the Handicap dock in the afternoon has been good. On the peninsula, anglers are throwing Kastmasters and Rooster Tails catching trout.
LAKE PARDEE - "Fishing was a little slow last week," said Bill Cook at the Lake Pardee Marina. Bank anglers have been working the banks opposite the EBMUD boathouse and also Rainbow and Blue Herron Points with Power Bait with garlic and glitter. Trollers are having success on kokanee in the main lake and upriver with orange and pink Apex's and Uncle Larry's mad cow spinners at 30 to 50 feet. Catfish from 2 to 5 pounds are biting around the marina on chicken live and 'crawlers. Lots of 2- to 3-pound smallmouth being caught drop-shotting.
NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS - "Fishing is good and it was recently planted," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. You can check the flows for The North Fork of the Stanislaus by going to dreamflows.com. Most stream fishing styles will work.
MODESTO RESERVOIR - Fishing is poor and the reservoir is full. The bass are hitting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Wright baits WB001r 6-inch worms on a darthead. The trout have moved to the inlet and are hitting Rooster Tail spinners and biting on salmon eggs, Power Bait and 'crawlers.
MOSQUITO LAKES - "Mosquito Lakes have had excellent fishing," said Bill Reynolds Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. The usual lake fishing patterns should work.
SPICER RESERVOIR - "Fishing is good," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Top lining seemed to work the best as the fish are still toward the top. Hobart Creek doesn't open until July 1. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake.
WHITE PINES LAKE - White Pines Lake has been excellent and the recent trout plant should keep it that way. All the usual lake fishing styles should work.
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