DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side - A few salmon were reported by anglers from the Vieira's Resort area, but the waters are still warm and fish are shooting through. The fall run for stripers has already started and fish are being caught throughout the system.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - No salmon reports - it was another windy week. When you can get out there are stripers everywhere being caught on everything as an early fall run had already started. A few found sturgeon in Montezuma Slough. The catfish and bluegill bite has been outstanding.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - Alpine County stocked 1800 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows into the East and West Carson this past week. Everyone was catching fish, according to Todd Sodaro at the Creekside Lodge. Lots of 12-inch DFW planters and a few 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-pound Alpine County fish were seen this past week. Water releases from Kinney Lake muddied up the East Carson and Silver Creek, but they were still very fishable. 12-year-old Will Wolfe of Piedmont caught 2 1/2- and 3-pound rainbows this past weekend on a woolly bugger fly and salmon eggs.
FOLSOM LAKE - The lake is continuing to drop and will reach 400 feet elevation this week, meaning the speed limit will drop to 5 mph. Fishing for king salmon and trout was pretty good in front of the dam on Speedy Shiners fished between 55 and 65 feet deep. Some nice smallmouth bass were being caught off rocky points on crawdads and plastics fished fairly deep.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Fishing for salmon continued to improve, but still wasn't better than fair for most of the week around Sacramento. However, numbers increased toward the end of the week around Freeport and Clarksburg. Bankies were throwing Flying Cs and Blue Fox spinners. Jigging was also accounting for some. Fishing for catfish continued to be good in Sutter Slough.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff - Salmon season above Red Bluff opened on August 1, and fishing was outstanding between Jelly's Ferry and Bend Bridge with many anglers catching limits. Fishing wasn't quite as good downstream around Hamilton City, but pressure dropped off dramatically, so the remaining anglers found good conditions and bright fish on both roe and plugs.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Ore. - Fishing in the ocean outside the Port of Brookings "slowed" some last week, compared to past weeks, but it was still excellent salmon fishing compared to years past. Seas were calmer, but still tougher for many boaters trolling outside, and most didn't have limits. Average size of the kings was 12 pounds or so, although some went over 30 pounds, and one was over 40, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, who fished it last week with clients.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - Fishing for king salmon in the bay of the Rogue River has been hit and miss lately. "One day there were more than four dozen salmon caught, but the day before I only heard of eight Chinooks caught," according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. "It was most likely a fresh batch of fish entering the river that brought on the great day of fishing, by the look of the fish that were caught. I have noticed that a lot of the salmon are near the surface and not on the bottom where many of us fish for Chinooks. Last Wednesday, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife did their normal seining of fish at Huntley Park and they had one of the largest numbers of salmon in a very long time. I heard one employee say "The salmon are here, but anglers might have to change tactics in order to fill their Harvest Tags this season." Some kings are moving up out of the Bay and back down with the tides, but one big school just kept on heading upriver last week.
RUSSIAN RIVER - Normal summer flows here, and plenty of hot weather water activities that disrupt the daytime fishing. Smallmouth anglers fish early morning and late evening when things quiet down.
UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport & Winchester Bay, Ore. - It has been an unusual week for salmon fisherman on the Umpqua River, and many are hoping it will not continue into this next week. The bite was inconsistent all week, with just a couple fish caught now and then from the 101 bridge down to the sand dunes by Buoy 17, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Anglers here generally see "big bite" time frames during the day when everyone hooks up, but that wasn't the case last week. "The mouth of the river at Winchester Bay didn't seem to be much different - a few Chinooks caught here and there with no noticeable hot spot or bite time," Palmer said. "There have been lots of healthy sized Chinook's being caught from the mouth of the river upriver to the Highway 101 bridge. The third week in August is usually really good here."
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Flows were a very low 2,700 cfs over the weekend, and the water temperature at Blue Creek - coolest source of water on the lower end of the Klamath until you reach the mouth of the Trinity - was around 71 degrees. The temperature at the mouth was 73 degrees. There is supposed to be a water release from the Trinity on August 15 which should lower temperatures, as well as help move fish upriver. Commercial netting by Native Americans starts on August 10. Nets are supposed to be out of the water on Thursdays. The mouth of Blue Creek and just below has been producing some native steelhead, and a few salmon, so long as pressure is low. At the mouth it's mostly been the liners fishing from the spit who are having success.
TRINITY RIVER - It was very hot again last week, and flows are still at a very low 450 cfs. Salmon fishing continued to be very tough, with the upstream part of the river above Junction City about the only place where fish were being caught consistently - at least until about 10 or 11 a.m. Then the only action is likely to be letting roe or tuna balls sit in deep holes.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - All three arms are producing action for anglers for bass to 6 pounds. Toss a little topwater early looking for a better fish and then switch to jigs or plastics for the remainder of the day.
LAKE BERRYESSA - There's a topwater bite in the morning using poppers and stick baits along weed beds. Then switch to dropshot rigs in the main body working points and offshore rock piles. For kokes try RMT hyper plaid Bahama mama dodgers with Apex spoons, Uncle Larry spinners or Dick Nite spoons with Pautzke red, pink Can O' Corn soaked in Pautzke krill and natural garlic oil. Look for a flat bottom in shallower water and fish down towards the bottom at 75 to 80 feet. There's a few bigger king salmon in the Ball Park at the dam fishing 100-plus feet deep with shad and small hoochies.
LAKE SOMONA - The main body points are holding the best numbers of bass from the dam up to the Dry Creek arm. The hot topwater bite happens during the last hour of daylight for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Anglers are using a LuckyCraft Sammy 128, Gunfish or Super Spook. There has also been good catfish action in 15 to 25 feet at Skunk Creek Campground.
LAKE ALMANOR - Trolling or bait fishing, both have been productive. When both are working as well as they are, it's considered a good bite. Trolling dodgers or flashers with threaded mini 'crawlers or half a large 'crawler have been effective all season. Now that the aquatic insect events have peaked, feeding fish have turned up the heat up on the very flourishing smelt populations.
BAUM LAKE - The Fly Shop in Redding reports better fishing in the deeper, colder sections midday when hatches come off. Callibaetis hatches happen midday and a few fish can be found feeding off the surface eating duns and emergers.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reported the bite has been good in general, but it was a bit tougher this past week. Salmon eggs and crickets were the better baits, but as usual worms and floating baits also took fish. Flyfishing was good at times but hatches are not quite as consistent this year.
FALL RIVER h e Hex hatch is still going but winding down. Fishing has been good with nice hatches of callibaetis through the middle of the day.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reported the creek is fishing well, but that doesn't mean it is easy. Water is a bit lower this year and streamside conditions have changed a bit since it flooded in February. This means you may have to explore the creek a bit more to find the new holes that are holding more fish. And change up your presentation a bit from previous years. Despite the added challenges, the fishing this summer has been quite good overall. DFW is still planting twice a week and a lot of people are catching fish. Salmon eggs are hard to beat this year but when the fish get a bit wary from seeing the same presentations it is good to try different baits. Weather is very pleasant right now, so it is a great time to be in the mountains.
PIT RIVER - Although there was plenty of good fishing this past week, everyone is looking forward to August and the bite that is triggered by the isonychia. Fish are not stacked up so move around.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reported the action was slower and, as with many other bodies of water this year, the hatches have not been as prolific as years past. The callibaetis hatch here is usually good, but has not really presented as well this year. Mornings have been best and midge patterns are taking more fish. Remember, this lake has special restrictions, so be sure to read the regulations governing this body of water.
McCLOUD RIVER - No big fish to report this past week, but they are out there. You can find a few rainbow and browns eating dry flies early in the morning and then again after 5 p.m. Look for shady water.
SHASTA LAKE - Trout are deeper from 40 to 80 feet along with the bass, but the bite was good one day and not so good the next. There is a lot of bait in the system. Try chrome Apex, watermelon Apex, white Wiggle Hoochie or a blue Wiggle Hoochie in Waters Gulch, where the mouth of the Sac and Pitt meet, directly east in the bay, behind No Name Island. For salmon, try up in the McCloud by Holiday Harbor in 60 to 120 feet.
TRINITY RESERVOIR - A lot of fish were marked in the Papoose arm at 60 feet but few takers. With low water the only ramps open are Trinity Center, Minersville and Cedar Stock.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR - The Highway 299 Bridge is still good for cookie cutter 12- to 14-inch kokes. Guide Mike Elster had three limits in four hours using UV pink or UV orange Apexs behind Sling Blades. The Curtain was not as productive.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 75-percent capacity. The best fishing was at the Little Truckee River inlet in the early morning. There's too much recreational boat traffic on the lake during the day for successful fishing.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is at 86-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Dave Foley at Caples Lake Resort reported that fishing was slow, with shore anglers picking up a few rainbows at Wood's Creek, Emigrant Bay, and along the south side of the lake east of the spillway on Power Bait and worms.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was "not too bad" with one boat catching 2 limits between 6 and 9:30 a.m. trolling firetiger Needlefish at 20 feet deep at Lightning Tree and the big island. The fish were a mix of 12- to 13-inch planters and several 15- to 19-inch holdovers. Shore fishing was slow but best in the early morning or late evening at Mallard Point using inflated nightcrawlers. Fly fishing was best early or late at Jenkins and Eagle Point on damsel patterns. 12- to 14-inch bullhead catfish were hitting worms at Eagle Point, Camp 5 and Coot.
DONNER LAKE - Trout fishing was still good on the west end docks and piers using Power Bait. Kokanee trolling was best in the early morning before sunrise at 60 to 70 feet deep using dodger/hoochie or spinner combos.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - The North Fork Feather above Hwy 70 is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The North Fork was still running off-color due to upstream water releases. Butt Valley Reservoir was producing limits of 2 1/2- to 3-pound rainbows for shore anglers fishing off the point by the buoy line near the dam. Trolling should be good also.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 56-percent capacity. Still seeing rainbows caught on worms and Power Bait near the dam and nearby coves.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that fishing was still good for limits of planters at Packer Lake. Salmon Lake and Sardine Lake were also producing, but fishing was slow at Snag Lake and Gold Lake.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 69-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Rainbow trout were hitting dodger/worm combos in the early morning at 20 to 25 feet deep, according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Not many reports coming from the lake, with the great fishing in the Carson River.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that trolling for rainbows and the occasional brown was good at the dam in the early morning.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - Sly Park Resort reported that fishing was slow. Charlie Craig of Pollock Pines checked in with an 18-inch, 2 1/2-pound mack caught trolling a Double-Flutter spoon.
LAKE TAHOE - The kokanee trolling at South Shore is "as good as it gets" for Scotty Carey at Tahoe Sportfishing while mack fishing was best in the very early morning at North Shore for Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Line Sportfishing was doing well on 3- to 7-pound macks jigging on the south end and west side at 165 to 185 feet deep. Carey was trolling 85 to 90 feet deep off Camp Rich with flasher/spinner combos tipped with corn for limits of mostly 14- to 15-inch kokes with a few to 17 inches. Self was trolling 65 to 250 feet deep for macks running 3 to 8 3/4 pounds from Crystal Point to Tahoe City with spoons and plugs in the first 45 to 90 minutes of the morning before sunrise.
LOON LAKE - The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that colder nights helped cool the water and trout fishing was good for trollers working a Sep's watermelon Side Kick dodger/worm or grub combo at 20 to 25 feet deep.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 36-percent capacity. The warm water here made smallmouth bass fishing the best bet. Work the rocky points with tubes, worms, or crawdad crankbaits.
RED LAKE - According to Caples Lake Resort, fishing was slow. Try the dam and the inlet for brookies and cutthroats with worms.
SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 76-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Slow fishing this past week, according to the EID host.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported that kokanee trolling was still very good. His last trip produced 4 limits on a morning trip using a Sep's Side Kick dodger trailing a RMT Assassin or Uncle Larry's Tropical Tiger spinner tipped with Pautzke's Fire Cured corn or Pautzke's Shoepeg Can-o-Corn. The kokes were mostly 13 inchers with a couple to 14 inches taken from around the island and in Jay's Cove. The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week, so trout fishing was good at the Little Truckee and Sagehen inlets. Try the rocky points for smallmouth bass using tubes, worms and crawdad crankbaits.
TOPAZ LAKE - The lake was pretty much shut down to the public due to the low water level.
TRUCKEE RIVER - According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, colder nights cooled off the water and improved the trout action on large stones and crawfish patterns. Big fish were out searching for these big meals in the faster, deeper runs and pools.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 76-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The kokanee bite was completely shut down with the heat. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that there was still a consistent mack bite trolling 150 to 175 feet deep with dodger/herring combos for 3- to 7-pound fish.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Fishing was good for DFW planters - there should be a zillion of them in the river by now, with the weekly planting schedule. The "How Big is Big" Trout Derby was won by 8-year-old Cameron Holcomb of Roseville with his 6-pound, 4-ounce rainbow. The "Size Doesn't Matter" Trout Derby starts this Friday, Aug. 9 at noon and runs until 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Register at the Country Store on the north end of Walker for $5, which entitles the angler to check in one of the tagged fish that will be released by the Northern Mono County Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning. Each tagged fish caught will require a separate registration fee. Tagged fish have a specific prize assigned to the tag number. There will be a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 6 to 9 a.m. at the Country Store for $5.
AMERICAN RIVER - A few more salmon were seen rolling by anglers fishing for striped bass, but stripers continued to provide most fishing success. The salmon that were being caught were coming from Nimbus Dam, but it shouldn't be more than a couple of weeks before anglers start doing well on salmon. Most of the stripers were not very big, but the bite has been active, and they are biting crawdads, minnows, swimbaits, Pencil Poppers and Clouser-type streamers throughout the river.
FEATHER RIVER - There still were not that many fall fish in the Feather, and fishing success was spotty. Most of the darker fish have disappeared, and the fresh fish are shooting straight upriver without stopping due to the warm water temperature.
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 was better last week in the lower flows. Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers, Glo-Bugs, and crickets, while fly fishers dead-drifted nymphs under indicators.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - Fishing will remain tough in the low warm water until fall, but it wasn't too bad around Dunsmuir where trout are planted. The best area for fly anglers has been from Pollard Flat to Sims. On the McCloud, fishing was pretty good around Ah-Di-Na and around Ash Camp.
YUBA RIVER - Fishing slowed last week, and the hopper bite seemed to die off somewhat. Trout were still being caught on top, but the dries that seemed to work best were pmd's. Dead drifted nymphs like rubberlegs, and micro-Mayflies in browns were working best overall.
BERKELEY - Boats made short runs outside the Golden Gate to find salmon counts ranging from a fish per rod to full limits. Other options included rockfish and lingcod, halibut and striped bass. A 35-pound salmon was caught at Alcatraz aboard the California Dawn. Happy Hooker fished for salmon, then rockfish and lingcod to 15 pounds.
BODEGA BAY - New Sea Angler reported better than a fish per rod on salmon to 40 pounds off of the Russian River. Most fish came on the mooch, allowing for light tackle fun. Elephant Rock area also produced salmon. Just below town, reef zones hosted a wide-open lingcod bite with fish to 19 pounds. On Saturday, the lingcod count alone was 71 lingcod for 42 anglers.
CROCKETT - Striped bass action continued for the "Nth" week in a row. It has been going on long enough that people have trouble remembering when it began. Boaters and shore anglers both got into the action by soaking baits such as pile worms and shrimp, or casting lures.
EMERYVILLE - Boats fished salmon right outside the Golden Gate, averaging from 1 fish per rod to limits. Rockfish trips limited out early and added salmon counts on top of the rockfish and lingcod counts.
EUREKA - Catching limits of salmon to 40 pounds took the better part of the day early in the week when the winds blew. By the middle of the week the seas were calm and the bite was red hot. On some days, limits of salmon came so quickly that bonus drifts for Pacific halibut were possible and productive.
FORT BRAGG - Seahawk and Telstar both fished salmon this week and reported a slow-down. Conditions still look good, so the bite is expected to pick back up after the south winds subside. Meanwhile, back at the reef... rockfish and lingcod bit at 3/4-limit levels or better, with blacks, blues, china and red rockfish proving the most plentiful. Telstar skipper, Capt. Randy Thornton reported pulling lots of doubles of big rockfish.
HALF MOON BAY - A fish per rod on salmon was standard, as were limits of rockfish, with more reds mixed in than in recent weeks. Shore fishers tried for striped bass, pier fishers got perch and sharks.
MARTINEZ - A bat ray invasion kept rods bent. Most boaters were targeting sturgeon and striped bass so the bat rays were something of a nuisance for them, but they sure were fun!
POINT SAN PABLO - Fury fished Bonita Cove for rockfish and lingcod. An out-of-state group from Texas scored quality rockfish and a few nice lingcod.
SAN FRANCISCO - Quick runs for good counts of salmon made for a good week for Wacky Jacky, Lovely Martha, Argo, Flash and other boats. Rockfish and lingcod were readily available and bars outside the Gate held halibut.
SHELTER COVE - Easy salmon fishing was found by anglers aboard Bite Me, right outside of Shelter Cove by the entrance buoy. A stop by crab pots after the salmon fishing added substantially to the haul of seafood.
TRINIDAD - Salmon action continued full force. Weather windows gave boaters good chances to get out and find quick limits, pretty much all through the week.
AMADOR LAKE - Bass fishing is good. Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said, "There have been a lot of bass anglers coming in in the evening, and all I heard was purple worms and topwater."
CAMANCHE LAKE - Fishing is good. Warm water temperatures have trout hanging out 45 to 50 feet by the dam. Bass are hiding out by the lake shore, especially out near Hat Island and in the Narrows. Most anglers are catching them on 'crawlers. Catfish are hiding out during the day, but are coming out in the shallow, warm waters at night. They're biting anything smelly, especially anchovies and chicken liver.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Fishing is excellent. Robert Vojvode of Sunnyvale and Aaron Wolter of Brentwood, fished with guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing for early limits of trout and salmon by 10 a.m. Friday's clients were Garrett Stowers of Modesto and Butch and Elsie Betschart of Farmington and they had limits of fish by 10 a.m. also. The fish were 40 to 65 feet. Bass are hit and miss with some anglers getting a few bites and others getting skunked.
LAKE MCCLURE - Fishing is excellent. "The kokanee are moving off structure and moving out in open water over the river channel," said Guide Danny Layne of Fish'n Dan's Guide service. Small pods of fish are being located off the A-frame down towards McClure Point, striking small micro hootchies, small Sock-Eye Slammers and the smaller Ex-Cel spoons. All lures are being teamed with either Sling blades or Vance's dodgers with my most productive set-up being a pink-butt dodger and a pink slammer. For those seeking rainbows and or king salmon, work the fingers on the south bank from Piney Creek down to the A-Frame from 55 to 70 feet. Ed Brandi from Sonora joined Layne last Wednesday for a mixed bag of kokanee, trout and kings.
LAKE MCSWAIN - "Fishing is great" said Stephanie Wood at Lake McSwain Marina. Calaveras Trout Farm just planted another 1,000 pounds of trout and the fishermen are catching them. Around the Marina and the Peninsula anglers are throwing Kastmasters catching limits. At the Brushpile, anglers have been limiting with pumpkin seed or yellow Power Bait and 'crawlers. Trollers have been up around the Chimney area using Tomahawk lures or copper/silver flashers and a 'crawler catching limits of trout.
LAKE PARDEE - Fishing is good. The Woodpile has been a favorite spot for bank anglers using a sliding sinker cast about 30 feet out. The anglers working the banks are using Power Bait (eggs or worms) with garlic and glitter. Kokanee fishing is still good around Deer Island, Columbia Gulch and Indian Head Rock areas at 60 to 80 feet. Trollers are using Uncle Larry's Copper Pops and pinkies along with Wedding Rings and Apex lures behind silver/gold or watermelon dodgers. Catfish have been plentiful, look for them in the River arm and the southern coves from Mel's Cove to Rattlesnake. Chicken livers, Power Bait and 'crawlers are all working.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Fishing for catfish and kokanee is good. Trout, bass and crappie fishing is slow. Night fishing anglers have been catching some chunky 2-pound rainbows near the dam and the spillway. 'Crawlers and Power Bait have been the two most productive baits to use at night. Trolling anglers have been catching a few fish while trolling for the kokanee. The kokanee are working their way upriver for their annual spawn. Anglers have located schools of kokanee near Glory Hole Point and upstream to the 49 bridge. The bass have been really hard for most anglers to locate. Anglers are catching plenty of nice cats with average size being 4 to 8 pounds.
NORTH FORK STANISLAUS RIVER - Fishing has been good. Guides Dan Liechty and his son John of Xperience Fishing Guide Service took a group out for some good fly fishing with dry flies including stimulators, tarantulas, and parachute Adams. Most of the anglers caught some nice native rainbows on the surface. Once the sun was beating down on the water midday, they switched to a subsurface nymph presentation and fished prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and golden stones under an indicator and continued to catch fish.
MODESTO RESERVOIR - Fishing is slow. The reservoir dropped a foot from last week. There is a stronger current than last week coming in at the inlet. Largemouth bass were eating WB607 6-inch worms around the hardpan islands that dot the reservoir. You had to cover a lot of water to get a bite.
AMERICAN RIVER - Tom Lanini of Davis hiked down to the North Fork at Italian Bar and did well on rainbows averaging 12 inches on Mepps spinners. The water was low, clear, and cold with perfect fishing conditions - watch out for slippery rocks!
BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up a few 10- to 12-inch kokanee at Garden Point at 60 to 80 feet deep on chrome mylar dodgers trailing white/red head Dick Nite spoons.
CAMP FAR WEST - Bass and catfish were hitting this past week, but in low numbers. Ron Franks of Folsom landed 11 bass in the Bear River and Rock Creek arms on green pumpkin lizards at 10 to 12 feet deep. Nick Dumas of Grass Valley picked up a 5.2-pound catfish on a live frog using light trout gear - he fought the fish for 30 minutes.
COLLINS LAKE - Fishing has been slow overall due to the warm weather and recreational boat traffic--the typical summer doldrums. Shore anglers and trollers were catching a few rainbows in deeper water near the dam. Shane Thompson picked up a 4 1/4-pound rainbow trolling an orange Rapala at the dam in the early morning. The big fish of the week, and probably the whole year, was a 20-pound catfish caught by Bailey Johnson of South Lake Tahoe while night fishing off the docks with anchovies. A few bass and crappie were checked in at the store but no big numbers of either.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that one boat with two angers caught 3 rainbows trolling chrome dodgers with worm tipped pink hoochies at the dam at 40 feet deep. Mike Torres at Skippers Cove Marina reported that boat campers at Buck's Beach were catching limits of rainbows on yellow Power Eggs. One boat caught two limits of mostly 13- to 14-inch planters and a 4 1/2 pounder. Torres caught 2 rainbows to 15 inches drifting nightcrawlers in Hogback Ravine. Lots of bass were seen cruising the banks.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 51-percent capacity. The heat has slowed the bite and pushed the fish into deeper water. Troll at the dam and the nearby creek inlet below 20 feet deep.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 57-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow. "Anglers said fishing just quit - they were picking up a few kokanee at the powerhouse and then the action stopped!"
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 60-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that bass fishing was still very good with even novice anglers catching 15 to 40 fish per day on a 1/2-day trip. Drop-shotting 4-inch shad or margarita mutilator Roboworms at 5 to 20 feet deep was producing 1 3/4- to 3 1/4-pound spots in the Slot, West Branch, and North Fork on the points and walls. Earlier this past week, spinnerbaits and lipless cranks worked very well for more experienced casters. The upper end of the North Fork produced 30 fish in 1 1/2 hours on shakey-head Roboworms. Coho salmon trolling at the Green Bridge was best in the early morning before the heavy recreational boat traffic hits the lake.
ROLLINS LAKE - Fishing was fair at best this past week. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up a few nice rainbows in the early morning in the Bear River arm using Rapalas and dodger/threaded nightcrawler combos.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that trollers were picking a few rainbows trolling up near the Hensley House. Smallmouth bass to 2 pounds were hitting from the day-use area to Hensley.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - Slow - fish inflated nightcrawlers in deep water for the occasional trout.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow. The camp host said the water temp warmed up and fish went deep - 50 feet deep.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 134.6-foot elevation at press time - 89-percent capacity. At this level, the water was well up into the tules. Fish the tules early pitching Senkos and spinnerbaits, then frogs in the late afternoon.
- Western Outdoor News