SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Fishing for downrunner striped bass from 2 to 10 pounds was pretty good, once again, but bait stealers were a problem. They were taking bloodworms, sardines and pileworms with Courtland, So. River Road, and Miller Park, a few of the better spots. Fishing for striped bass above Sacramento was poor.
MARTINEZ - Exceptionally good sturgeon fishing excited anglers from Martinez and Benicia. People on both sides of the waterway also enjoyed good striped bass fishing, however Benicia was ground zero for an epic shore bite on 20- to 30-inch stripers.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - The East Carson and West Carson are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Fishing was very good since Alpine County stocked 1800 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows between the East and West this past week. Chad Machado at the Carson River Resort reported that anglers were landing plenty of DFW planters along with good numbers of 2 to 3 pounders on bait, spinners, and flies. The river flows were perfect, but rain in the forecast for the early part of the week could change conditions.
FOLSOM LAKE - Fishing for trout continued to be very good, and the occasional landlocked king salmon was also being caught. John Enos of Big John's Guide Service and Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motorsports Guide Service were both doing well, and scoring limits for clients. Troll Speedy Shiners and Rapalas slathered with scent from 25 to 40 feet deep. Bass are moving deeper as the lake is now dropping. Slowly work drop-shotted Robo-Worms and weightless Senkos over rock piles and around brush, which will soon be high and dry.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - Cooler water in the river kept the springers moving up the system, and guide Bill Divens of Salmon King Lodge was able to get at least a fish each of his last five trips up in the National Forest, and he thinks that will hold for a few days until it warms the river up to 70, when the salmon will begin holding in the Bay for trollers. WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service confirmed the improved action with the cooling water. He said that perch fishing has been decent at the sand spit near the south jetty for those who fish before high tide and through the slack.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore. - "The drift boats and bank anglers are both catching springers still," was the report from WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. "Lost Creek Hatchery loaded up a truck of these Chinooks after marking them and drove them back downriver some 30 miles to be released, so that sportsman can have another chance at catching the fish again. The hatchery is able to do this for the public only after they have harvested the designated amount of paired salmon needed."
RUSSIAN RIVER - This time of year there's only one thing going on here, and that's smallmouth bass fishing, early and late before and after all the rafters, tubers and swimmers get into the water. Smallie action can be good, though, using spinners or small minnow-imitating lures.
UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, OR. - The spring Chinook are being aggressive, and the bite improved last week, according to Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. He said a lot of summer steelhead have showed above Glide, and good places to fish from shore are slots and holes from Colliding Rivers Park up to Dead Line Falls.
UMPQUA RIVER, Roseburg, OR. - Shad fishing is going hot and heavy on the river from Forks River Park downstream to a short distance below Umpqua Boat Ramp. "I haven't heard anything about the smallie fishing, but it is usually good this time of year and becomes better than most can imagine by the middle of August," said Palmer.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam - The salmon fly hatch is all but over, but trout were still biting, taking salmon fly-imitating nymphs and dries, as well as drifted nightcrawlers for non-fly fishers. Flows are a bit over 1,000 cfs, but warming rapidly.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Spring run Chinook salmon were entering the river in better numbers, but low flows full of moss are frustrating anglers. You have to clean your CV-7 spinners just about every cast, and drifting roe is no better.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City - Spring salmon are trickling in, but numbers were still low. The holes that used to hold salmon around Junction City have mostly filled in, so there is very little holding water. Some small steelhead and brown trout were providing most of the fishing action.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - The numbers were all over the board due to unusually cooler weather and anglers were junk fishing as a result. Chatterbaits, topwater plugs, flukes, Senkos, plastic worms, minnows, etc. all worked at different times. The upper lake seemed to fish better. Henderson Point began to occasionally produce fish, though it was inconsistent. Catfish are being caught all around the lake on nightcrawlers, chicken hot dogs and cut baits. Most of the channel cats being landed are in the 8- to 12-pound range.
LAKE BERRYESSA - Fish have been a little spooked due to water drawdowns so you'll have to work a little for koke limits. Don Paganelli said the topwater bass bite has been good with fish up to five pounds. Getting out early is best, but you can still find a bite during the day working the north end and the weedy flats on the east side. Drop-shotting 6-inch plastic worms on outside points along with Carolina rigs has also been good. The night bite has also been good.
LAKE SOMONA - On weekends stay in the "no-ski" zones on the main body to fish without personal watercraft. Dry Creek has produced some nice bass lately. Try a Sammy 128 on points in the morning and drop-shotting Robo Worms on those same points after the sun comes up.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side - Trollers are still catching a few stripers around the Walnut Grove area, the Old Sac and off the Isleton Pier but most of the action has shifted to warmwater species such as bass, catfish and panfish now.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - Soaking anchovies and sardines off piers continues to produce keeper stripers in between shakers as well as a few sturgeon. Sturgeon were also targeted at Sherman Island and Broad Slough with grass and ghost shrimp.
LAKE ALMANOR - The Hex hatch is just getting started. Expect some great fishing for everything in this lake as they all tune in on feeding.
BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR - Fishing was slow, but the best fishing was around the dam. Fishing very deep seemed to be the best way to get at bigger fish. Chubs are definitely becoming a bigger problem.
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 for rainbow trout and even a few brown trout.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reported fishing was better this past week on flies, eggs and worms. The surprise is that fishing pressure right now is quite low. The PG & E Campground was actually empty on Tuesday, so this could be a sleeper for a mid-week outing.
FALL RIVER - Mixed reports from here, but the better ones seem to come from those hiring a local guide. Warm days will bring on the hatches.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reported better fishing, but a mixed bag, with some catching lots and some just a few. The creek has changed quite a bit over last year, as flooding in February changed the flow. You will need to explore a bit more in order to rediscover the best holes holding the most fish. Both worms and salmon eggs worked well. Some big fish are still coming in, but you will have to work a bit harder to find them. Crickets were also a good bet when other presentations slowed down.
PIT RIVER - Fishing has been better midday, but don't forget your wading staff. It has also been a little crowded on weekends.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reported good fishing with action above and below the norm for now. A consistent bite has not yet presented with big swings in the temperature this month. Heavy rain at the beginning of the week should improve into a more typical summer pattern by the weekend. 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 but crowded on weekends. The fish have been hanging at Ash Camp but will head downstream any time now.
SHASTA LAKE - Trolling the I-5 Bridge area once bait was found produced trout from 40 to 60 feet and a few salmon from 70 to 90 feet. Numbers of small bass were taken from the shoreline out to 30 feet, but several larger ones were also caught by trout trollers. Also try some spinnerbaits and ripbaits along the mud lines now that there's been some rain.
BERKELEY - Salmon bit near the Farallons for the Happy Hooker and Bay Marin coast trips resulted in rockfish, lingcod, halibut and striped bass. California Dawn reported great rockfishing with some large angry lingcod mixed in, along the Marin Coast. Berkeley Charter Boats reported limits of salmon on Sunday.
BODEGA BAY - New Sea Angler hauled in high counts of salmon on some trips and higher counts of rockfish on other trips. Lingcod fishing was off the hook.
EMERYVILLE - Most Emeryville boats targeted salmon north of the Farallons where New Salmon Queen, New Seeker and Sundance all posted limits of salmon. Boats focused on rockfish and lingcod worked the Marin Coast and generally caught limits of rockfish and good counts of lingcod.
EUREKA - This has been described as the salmon season for the ages. Fish are biting just outside the Harbor and a jetty fisher may actually score a salmon this season. The biggest of the week went 42 pounds. Pacific halibut to 49 pounds made anglers grin as they came back to dock. Reel Steel, Shellback, Sea weasel II all scored impressive fish.
FORT BRAGG - Salmon counts rose, as did the average weight. Travel distances were pleasingly short. Rockfish trips to Cabrillo Point Lighthouse area produced good sacks of fish with an increase in lingcod size, if a decrease in count. Telstar and Trek II both enjoyed good fishing for salmon and for rockfish through the week.
HALF MOON BAY - Rough weather and seas limited salmon fishing, though the Huli Cat made it out and found fish. Most boats worked the coast where they found excellent rockfish action plus some lingcod. Jetty fishers concentrated on Dungeness crabs and also caught rockfish.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 74-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. No real change here - get out early to avoid the heavy recreational boat traffic and try the inlet or the dam for rainbows and the occasional brown trout. The plant will boost trout action near the boat ramp until the fish disperse.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is full. Boat rental and resort guests caught rainbows and macks to 3 pounds on Rapalas this past week at the mouth of Emigrant Bay trolling 15 to 30 feet deep - 13-year-old Grace D'amico of Placerville picked up a 3-pound rainbow and Angela Lalum of Antelope caught a 3-pound Mackinaw.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was still good despite the warmer water temp. Trolling Wee Dick Nites and metallic perch Needlefish at Lightning Tree was producing limits of mostly 12- to 13-inch DFW planters along with a few 15- to 18-inch holdovers. Shore fishermen using Turbo Power Bait at Fairview were doing well for 15 to 18 inchers - use 2- or 4-pound test leaders and size 16 trebles for the best results. Flyfishing was good along the west side from Camp 5 to Cow Creek, but fishing pressure was heavy with damsel hatches in progress.
DONNER LAKE - Trout fishing was still good at the west end for shore anglers using Power Bait. Kokanee trolling was only producing small 10- to 12-inch fish from Loch Levon to China Cove on dodger/hoochies.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that trout fishing was good for anglers using worms.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that shore fishing was good at the dam, Turkey Point, and Big Cove using nightcrawlers. Boaters were doing well anchoring across from Frenchman's camp at Crystal Point using inflated nightcrawlers on the bottom.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Lower Sardine Lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. After the DFW plants this past week, fishing was good at Snag Lake, Salmon Lake, and Gold Lake using Power Bait and worms. Trollers using white flies at 15 feet deep off the west side beach resort were seeing a few macks in the early morning.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 87-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that shore fishing was very good at the Strawberry Point campground.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Chad Machado at the Carson River Resort reported that strong winds all this past week were a problem and more weather was in the forecast for early this week. Most of the fishing pressure was at the dam for shore anglers using Power Bait.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, the trolling was still best from the inlet to the dam along the west side of the lake for rainbows and the occasional brown using flasher/worm combos and Rapalas.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. A few macks were seen this past week, but overall fishing was slow. Jim Painter from Pollock Pines landed a 3 1/2-pound mack casting a swimbait. After the trout plant, a swimbait should work well for macks as they move up into shallower water looking for an easy meal.
LAKE TAHOE - Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported having an "awesome week" this past week trolling for macks averaging 7 pounds, with bigger fish to 9 1/2 pounds. Self was trolling Rapalas and Lucky Craft lures at 120 feet deep and spoons down to 370 feet deep from Crystal Bay Point to Tahoe City to "shred" the macks. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported that kokanee trolling was excellent off Camp Richardson using Sep's Strike Master Dodgers trailing Uncle Larry's Tropical Tiger spinners tipped with pink Pautzke's Fire Corn. A wedding party caught 5 limits of 13- to 14-inch kokes and released a few more fish.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 85-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported the bite was red-hot for mostly planter rainbows, plus an occasional brown trout. Trolling a Sep's Strike Master Dodger/Sep's brown grub or a single Sep's grub in the top 20 feet was working all over the lake.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 40-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The trout fishing has been slow but that should all change with this week after the plant. Fishing for smallmouth bass remained steady for those casting worms and jigs off the rocky shores - from a boat, it was best to access deeper water. There's been very little fishing pressure here lately.
PYRAMID LAKE - Carla Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported that trollers were doing okay along the west side for trout to 8 pounds on Apex and FlatFish. The trout season closes from July 1 until Oct. 1. Fishing for Sacramento perch will fill the void during the off-season. Trout can be caught incidental to perch fishing but must be immediately released, unharmed.
RED LAKE - The EID host at Caples Lake reported that shore anglers were catching a few small cutthroats at the dam on worms.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 94-percent capacity. The EID host reported that trollers were doing well for limits or near limits of rainbows after a recent DFW plant.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Since the DFW plant, rainbow fishing was good from the boat ramp around into the Sagehen arm. One troller tried the kokanee action but only caught a bunch of 8- to 12-inch fish - just too many small fish. The better fish were still being found at 55 to 70 feet deep near the bottom on dodger/pink or orange hoochies.
TOPAZ LAKE - The lake was dropping about a foot per week, according to Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina and if the level drops 4 more feet, launching will become a problem for anything larger that a small aluminum boat. Fishing was slower, but trollers were still catching limits of rainbows in the middle of the lake on flasher/worm combos. It takes all day to limit out now, though most settle for 2 or 3 fish before calling it a day due to the heavy recreational boat traffic.
TRUCKEE RIVER - Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports recommended green drake dries the last hour of the day for good browns in the faster riffles. Use the nymph pattern during the day. Lots of nice browns were up looking for the big drakes.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported that trolling for kokanee was still tough! Troll a Wild Thing dodger with a hoochie, Hoochie Thing, or bug tipped with corn at 25 to 40 feet deep all over the lake. Look for active groups of fish and move often to stay on biters rather than waiting for a strike.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Mono County is also scheduled to stock 200-plus pounds of 3-pound average rainbows in the West Walker this week. The Toiyabe Motel reported that fishing was very good in the deeper pools where anglers were finding plenty of the 2 to 3 pounders stocked previously by Mono County along with the smaller DFW planters. Small spoons, spinners, salmon eggs, and flies were all working well.
AMERICAN RIVER - There are still a few shad in the upper end of the American River above Sunrise, but it's now hit-or-miss and the bite is restricted to the last hour of legal fishing. A few stripers were taking topwater plugs, soft swimbaits, jerkbaits, jumbo minnows and crawdads, mostly below Grist Mill. Flows have been yo-yoing lately, but were 2,700 cfs over the weekend.
FEATHER RIVER - Rich Leonetti of American Fly Fishing said that the previously good steelhead fishing in the Low Flow Section to Palm Avenue below the Outlet has slowed, but some were still being caught on golden stones and bluewing olives under indicators, as well as stimulator dry flies.
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 - Flows have increased to around 14,000 cfs, hampering fly fishermen, but spin fishermen continued to do very well. Trout between 2 and 3 pounds were striking Glo-Bugs, drifted roe, and small back-trolled small Hot Shots. Fly fishers were getting a few dead-drifting pmd's under indicators.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - Fishing has transitioned into summer conditions and was characterized as "fair" by Bob Grace of Ted Fay Fly Shop. The best odds have been around Dunsmuir where trout are planted. The best area for fly anglers has been from Pollard Flat to Sims. The fish have been small however. On the McCloud fish have been small and the best fishing has been around Ash Camp. 12 inches, summer flows right now.
YUBA RIVER - Shad fishing has just about ended for the season, but fishing for trout has been good, from the Highway 20 Bridge to Daguerre Dam. Nymphing under indicators has been effective, but trout are taking dry flies that imitate hoppers, too.
AMERICAN RIVER above Folsom Lake - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the river was running low and clear, but none of the locals had made the effort to hike down to the deeper pools where the rainbows and browns were waiting for a big nightcrawler.
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that rainbow trout were hitting trolled threaded nightcrawlers in Willow Creek, Bridger Creek and along the face of the dam in the early morning at 20 to 25 feet deep.
CAMP FAR WEST - Kathy DeRossett at North Shore Resort reported that lake regular, "Ron" of Folsom, caught 17 bass on his last outing. Four largemouths and 13 spots fell for green pumpkin and watermelon Brush Hogs and lizards in the Rock Creek and Bear River arms at five to 10 feet deep. With the water temp running 75 to 77 degrees, the summer crowds of recreational boaters have overrun the lake so fish during the week or very early in the morning for the best chance of success.
COLLINS LAKE - Collins Lake Resort reported that trout were hitting all over the lake - dam, bridge, Elmer's Cove, docks, and east side. Bass fishing was good with limits of fish to 6 1/2 pounds weighed in this past week. Catfish were also hitting at the dam, the bridge, and off the docks. Cats up to 7 1/2 pounds were weighed in this past week.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Trollers were picking up some good quality holdover rainbows to 18 inches in the Boston Bar and "No-Ski" zone areas on the upper end of the lake on Needlefish and dodger/threaded nightcrawler combos at 25 to 30 feet deep.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 59-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were still picking up 12- to 14-inch rainbows at the dam and the nearby creek inlet at 30 to 40 feet deep on dodgers trailing threaded nightcrawlers.
FULLER LAKE - The lake was supposedly stocked by the DFW, so shore fishing at the dam and day-use area and trolling should be good.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 62-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that lots of boaters on the lake were catching a mix of trout and macks. The USFS employee that patrolled the lake reported seeing 'some big fish heads' in the trash can near the ramp - mostly likely macks caught deep trolling at the dam.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the reaction bite for bass really kicked into high gear this past week. Lipless crankbaits ripped past ambush points on rocky walls were providing 20 fish per hour action. Bass were spread out from the top to 40 feet deep with the bigger fish at 30 to 40 feet deep off the points. Drop-shotting or jigging a worm-head Senko worked best for 2 to 2 1/2 pounders, while mostly smaller fish were hitting the reaction baits. Coho salmon fishing was very good. WON reader Andre Fontenot and his daughter Lindsey of San Bruno did well trolling dodger/pink hoochies and Koke-a-Nuts tipped with anchovy 40 to 50 feet deep from the dam to the Green Bridge. John Wadden at Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that one customer picked up limits of 3- to 6- pound coho bouncing his gear on the bottom in 100 feet of water along the "wall" at the east end of the Green Bridge.
ROLLINS LAKE - The lake has dropped to a level that boaters need to be on the lookout for shallow sand bars near Greenhorn. Matt Holiday at Long Ravine Resort reported that boaters were still picking up some rainbows trolling dodger/nightcrawler combos 30 feet deep at the dam in the early morning. Bass boaters reported catching 15 to 20 fish per day on jigs and Senkos. Catfish action was improving for fish to 8 pounds using anchovies and bologna or hot dogs in Long Ravine.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - Troll for trout at the dam using flasher/worm combos in the early morning at 25 to 35 feet deep or run Rapalas along the rocky shores up in the inlet area in the early morning.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - One angler reported doing well from the shore near the boat ramp using worms. A kayaker picked up a few rainbows trolling flasher/worm combos.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that shore anglers and trollers were catching limits of rainbows, according to the campground host.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 126.6-foot elevation at press time - 39-percent capacity. At this level, the bass were found out in deeper water around the grass mats in the main body - the coves are too shallow. At this level, bigger boats are in jeopardy of hitting shallow spots getting away from the ramps, and the recreational boat traffic makes fishing dangerous according to one source.
AMADOR LAKE - "Bass bite is wide open with 13, 11 1/2, a couple 9-pounders and a couple 8s caught this week," said Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store, but she didn't have any names of the anglers. There are a few trout being caught to 4 pounds. Best bait for bass has been topwater over at Rock Creek and at the Old Boat Campgrounds.
BEAVER CREEK - Fishing has been good. "Beaver Creek was planted last week," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All stream styles of fishing should work.
CAMANCHE LAKE - Fishing is fair. Trout and catfish are the species that are being brought in by most anglers. There have been reports of good fishing out near the dam, Hat Island and the trout pond. Trout are biting Power Bait, 'crawlers and Rapala lures. The catfish are eating chicken livers. No bass reports.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Fishing is good. Last Saturday guide Monte Smith took clients Po Wang, his wife Allison, son Lawrence, and 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, of Los Altos. They started fishing at 8 o'clock and by 11 they called it a day as they had more than enough fish and they had a long drive home. They ended up with eight nice kokanee and three rainbows, and released one small trout. The fish hit Rocky Mountain Tackle dodgers and Uncle Larry's spinners, all tipped with shoe peg corn soaked in shrimp and prawn oil and Herring oil, at depths of 50 to 70 feet near Jenkins hill. There is some topwater action early for bass then Senko's, drop-shotting and dartheading plastics later in the day.
HIGHWAY 4 CORRIDOR - "Fishing has been excellent with all of the recent trout plants," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Trout plants for this week are White Pines Lake, Angels Creek, Beaver Creek, the North Fork of the Stanislaus, and Mosquito Lakes. Make sure to obtain a fire permit before entering the campgrounds and please be careful as it has been a dry season and there is a high fire danger.
LAKE MCCLURE - Excellent bite for kokanee and trout! Guide Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sportfishing said, "The fat and sassy kokanees are averaging 14 to 15 inches." Good areas to try are from the A Frame to the south shore of Temperance Bay, at depths of 40 to 60 feet deep. The 16- to 18-inch rainbows are holding the same areas as the kokanee, 30 to 45 feet deep. Both trout and kokanee are falling for Uncle Larry's lures behind Vance's Dodgers tipped with Bloody Tuna corn. King salmon bite is slow with and occasional Chinook showing up 60 to 80 feet deep in the deeper waters around the dam.
LAKE MCSWAIN - "Fishing for trout is good at the Handicap Dock early in the morning," said Stephanie Wood at Lake McSwain Marina. Trollers have been fishing around the Floating Toilet on up to the Chimney, the river arm to the 2nd Fence Line. Bank anglers are using Power Bait and 'crawlers. Trollers are using Wedding Rings tipped with a 'crawler behind a dodger or small Cowbells, 'crawler combination,
LAKE ALPINE - Fishing is good. The NEW dock is in at Lake Alpine Lake. The lake was planted this past week. Trollers should try Glitter Bugs, Wedding Rings, Apex, Needlefish, and Berkley Atomic Teazers behind your favorite flasher or dodger tipped with either a 'crawler or Berkley Maggots. Bait fishermen should try using Berkley Garlic Power Eggs, Berkley Gulp Eggs, Berkley Garlic Gulp, Gulp Garlic Eggs, Salmon Peach or Grape Nymph Power Bait.
LAKE PARDEE - Fishing is good. Bank anglers are fishing opposite the EBMUD boathouse and also Rainbow and Blue Herron Points. They are using Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Trollers have been working the face of the dam and that vicinity, fishing for trout and kokanee. Both species have been congregating at the 35-foot level between the dam and the orange buoy. Uncle Larry's copper pops and pinkie along with Apex and Sling Blades behind silver/gold or watermelon dodgers. Catfish are being caught in the river arm and from Mel's Cove to Rattlesnake. Chicken livers, Power Bait and 'crawlers are working.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Trout and catfish bite is good with bass and kokanee fishing just fair. The fish have moved out to deeper/cooler water. The fish are feeding in 40 to 60 feet near main lake points near the old river channel. Night fishing anglers are catching limits of fat healthy trout under a submersible light. Kokanee anglers are catching most of their fish in the early morning and picking up a few here and there throughout the afternoon.
NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS - Fishing is good and the river was planted with trout last week. You can check the flows for the North Fork of the Stanislaus by going to dreamflows.com. All of the stream fishing tactics should work.
MOSQUITO LAKES - Fishing is fair. Mosquito Lakes was planted last week. All the usual lake fishing styles should work.
SPICER RESERVOIR - Fishing is good. "Trollers should try using Apex, Wedding Rings, Glitter Bugs, Needlefish, Cripplure, Humdinger and Berkley Atomic Teazer behind your favoorite flasher or dodger tipped with either a 'crawler or berkley maggots," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Toplining seemed to work the best, as the fish are still toward the top. Hobart Creek doesn't open until July 1, and that includes all moving water in the lake. Avoid a ticket and stay away from Hobart Creek and the flow into the lake.
WHITE PINES LAKE - "Fishing has been excellent and is due to be planted this upcoming week," said Bill Reynolds of Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. All the regular lake fishing styles should work.