SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Fishing for salmon was better last week but still was a challenge around Sacramento. However, fishing improved greatly at Verona and upstream from there. Knight's Landing, Tisdale, Grimes, and Colusa anglers found much better action than in previous weeks. Backtroll Kwikfish and troll spinners up- or downstream.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff - Salmon fishing improved greatly last week, especially around Hamilton City, and Red Bluff as many more fish moved into the area. It remained good upstream in the Canyon. Anglers were catching four to six salmon per outing, up from the two or three. Both roe and plugs were doing well depending on the time of day, and the fishes' preference.
DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side - There have been a few salmon caught around Vieira's Resort. The Isleton area has been producing some stripers but for the most part they are small. No sturgeon were reported form this area.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - No salmon reports but they should be headed this way soon so check the regs. To make sure you know where you can fish and what the limits are. Sturgeon were the way to go and heading to Humphrey's and Riverview Lodge piers with some grass shrimp was a good bet. You'll need a big stick and 6- to 8-ounce weights there.
CARSON RIVER (East, West) - Both rivers are scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. The East Fork finally cleared up after some releases from Kinney Lake and runoff from earlier thunderstorms. Fishing was good in both the East and West Carson for anglers using salmon eggs. Lots of limits of the smaller DFW planters and some bigger fish to 4 1/2 pounds were seen this past week. Alpine County should stock another 1800 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows this week.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - River flows in the Rogue have cooled down to below 70 degrees, and that means the salmon are not holding up in the Bay, so the 20 to 40 boats trolling the estuary are basically doing poorly. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife ran their nets at Huntley Park upriver for seine counts, and had 500 salmon in one day--so that means they're moving and not holding!
"They're acting like spring Chinooks," said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Ore. - According to Jack Jermaine of The Fishin' Hole in Shady Cove, their guides are still doing well on late springer salmon and early fall salmon fishing about 20 miles downriver from the shop. His son, Kurtis, hooked 9 and landed 6 from 20 to 30 pounds last week. Usually they get 1 to 4 kings a trip backbouncing roe and using Kwikfish. Upriver by the shop the fly guys are concentrating on trout and summer steelhead running 18 to 28 inches, and they're also hitting 'crawlers and spinners. It just gets better towards September, he said.
RUSSIAN RIVER - Water sports are about it here, but if you want to get out before the fun begins in the early morning, you can have some fun on the smallmouth bass by throwing Rooster Tails or other minnow imitating lures. Evening are also good when things quiet down on the river.
UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Ore. - According to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, the better anglers are working the Windy Bend area and if they put in their time, end up with 2 or 3 kings a day, at least during the last half of the week. "And that's good fishing for this time of year," Palmer said.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Flows cooled a bit last week, but salmon fishing continued to be slow. Fishing for steelhead, both adults and half-pounders, as well as a few jack salmon provided some action around Blue Creek. Liners were catching some salmon at the mouth. Pulse flows of cool water are starting this week, should precipitate an upstream movement of many more salmon.
TRINITY RIVER - Water temperatures cooled a bit last week, and some nice salmon were caught, mostly on roe. It's still an early morning bite with fishing over by mid-morning. Fishing should improve greatly as more fish are drawn upstream by the pulse flows to be released this week from Lewiston Dam.
BLUE LAKES - Both Upper and Lower Blue Lake are scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Colder nights should really kick the fishing into high gear.
BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 75-percent capacity. The fishing was slow here this past week with all the recreational boat traffic. For any chance at all of catching a fish, head up to the inlet in the early morning.
CAPLES LAKE - The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported that the trout fishing was slow with few limits posted. The best fishing was at Wood's Creek, Emigrant Bay, dam and spillway. One troller reported catching some 15- to 20-pound macks running big plugs 5 feet off the bottom, but didn't show any fish or pictures to Dave Foley at the resort, so it's just a rumor at this point, but possible. We've certainly seen them before.
DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Fishing slowed here with the warm water temp. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported picking up 7 rainbows on his last trip while many other boaters were skunked. Dillard landed five 12 inchers and a couple of 17-inch rainbows running size 0 firetiger Needlefish at 20 feet deep from the dam to the island. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that shore anglers were picking up some 16- to 19-inch rainbows at Mallard Point on Power Bait. Fly fishing was slow.
DONNER LAKE - The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that rainbow trout fishing was still good at the west end docks using inflated nightcrawlers. Kokanee trolling was slow.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON - The North Fork was supposed to be planted by the DFW this past week, but Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that trout fishing was slow.
FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 55-percent capacity. The trout fishing was good at the dam for rainbows up to 18 inches according to Wiggins Trading Post. Power Bait and nightcrawlers were the most popular baits. Shore fishing or drifting from a boat worked equally as well for anglers.
GOLD LAKES BASIN - Gold Lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. After the plant, look for some nice macks to move up near the boat ramp to feed on the small rainbows -- troll at an F11 or F13 blue/silver or black/silver Rapala. Salmon Lake, Sardine Lake, and Packer Lake were all producing fish but not at the fast pace as in the past couple of weeks. Use Power Bait and worms and plan on staying all day for limits.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported the trout fishing was slow. His last trip yielded 3 bites and 3 small rainbows - 7 to 10 inchers - taken on dodger/grubs at 20 to 25 feet deep.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Todd Sodaro reported that few anglers were fishing here with such great action in the Carson River.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing was good at the dam for nice rainbows. Trollers were doing well with Rapalas and blue/silver spoons, while the shore anglers scored with inflated nightcrawlers.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - The lake is at 88-percent capacity. Sly Park Resort reported that fishing was slow with very few anglers out even trying for rainbows.
LAKE TAHOE - Kokanee and mack fishing was good this past week. Chuck Self at Chuck's Charter Fishing reported that he had limits of 3- to 8 1/4-pound macks by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. Self was trolling from Tahoe City to Crystal Bay Point with spoons and plugs from 160 to 350 feet deep. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liner Sportfishing reported doing well jigging up limits of both macks and kokanee off Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson. The bite was best in the early morning. The macks ran 3 to 8 pounds and the kokanee ranged from 13 to 20-plus inches. The kokes were hitting hot pink Buzz Bombs and Crippled Herring, while the macks preferred Williamson Benthos and Gamakou jigs tipped with a minnow.
LOON LAKE-- The lake is at 70-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. If the nights continue to cool, the fishing should be good, especially after the plant.
PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 35-percent capacity. The best bet here was worming and jigging for smallmouth bass at the dam in the early morning, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports.
RED LAKE - Not many reports from here according to Caples Lake Resort. Try the inlet or the dam for brookies and cutthroats using worms.
SILVER LAKE-- The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Fishing was similar to Caples - slow!
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 57-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported that kokanee trolling was still good, but the bite was changing on a daily basis. Earlier in the week, he was catching 13-inch kokes at the island from 35 to 55 feet deep on Sep's gold Starlight dodger trailing an Uncle Larry's Pink Tiger spinner tipped with Pautzke's Fire Corn. By the weekend, the fish were spread out from 21 to 65 feet deep at the island and the dam. The bite was best in the very early morning.
TOPAZ LAKE - With the boat ramps out of the water, shore fishing or car-top boating was the only option. Warm water temps slowed the fishing to a standstill.
TRUCKEE RIVER - The dry fly action was good in the Glenshire area for smaller native rainbows on PMDs and caddis in the hour before dark. Bigger fish were hitting a big August stone in the faster, deeper runs and pools down near Stateline.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 73-percent capacity. The water temp was still too warm for a decent kokanee bite. Macks should be prowling near the boat ramp if the lake was stocked by the DFW as scheduled this past week. Otherwise, 3- to 7-pound macks were hitting dodger and herring combos at 150 to 175 feet deep.
WEST WALKER RIVER - The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Of the 25 tagged fish released by the Chamber Commerce for the "Size Doesn't Matter" Trout Derby this past Friday, 11 had been caught by Sunday evening. The fish were 3 to 3 1/2 pounders and all worth a nice prize given out on the spot at the Walker Country Store. The Chamber may hold a similar event in mid-Sept. Fishing was good for limits of DFW planters with the river in perfect condition.
AMERICAN RIVER - Salmon continued to trickle in to the American River last week, but numbers were still very low. Almost all the salmon being caught were being taken in Nimbus Basin by lining with long leaders, and beads in front of a hook. Some striped bass were still being caught on bait like crawdads, minnows. Others were being caught on swimbaits, Pencil Poppers and Clouser-type streamers throughout the river.
FEATHER RIVER - The number of salmon moving upstream on the Feather River increased last week, at least in the stretch from the mouth to Shanghai Bend, with fishing best between Boyd's Pump and Shanghai Bend. The fishing success rate was still poor just below the Outlet, however.
FOLSOM LAKE - The lake is continuing to drop and will reach 400 feet elevation soon as the lake continues to drop-- it was at 415 feet on Sunday. The speed limit will then 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.
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 fell off for a couple of days when the river dropped to 11,500 cfs, but has improved, especially for fly fishers in the lower, more fishable flows. Spinfishermen were drifting nightcrawlers, Glo-Bugs, and crickets, while fly fishers dead-drifted nymphs under indicators.
UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - Fishing continued to be in the summer doldrums, with the McCloud a more enjoyable experience than the Upper Sac, if only because of the more comfortable chance to fish in the shade under vegetation. Planted trout in the Dunsmuir offered better opportunities to feel a tug on the line, than downstream because of plants. On the McCloud, try around Ah-Di-Na and Ash Camp.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE - The weeds continue to disappear at a rapid rate and the algae blooms have been minimal. Surface lures remained effective and one angler reported having a productive day with frogs. Both the mid lake and southern arms are fishing well with bass to 5 pounds.
LAKE BERRYESSA - Kokanee and kings are being caught from 75 to well over a 100 feet deep. Try RMT hyper plaid, Bahama Mama, watermelon Bahama, natural glow dodgers with Apex spoons, Uncle Larry's spinners and RMT micro squids. Best scents were fresh garlic oil, krill on Pautzke pink and red Can O' Corn. There's a topwater bite in the morning using poppers and stick baits along weed beds.
LAKE SOMONA - The main body points is 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 - Almanor Fishing Adventures reports the bite has been holding steady thru the morning and will be good up to the early afternoon, before tailing off.
BAUM LAKE - The Fly Shop in Redding reports the best fishing has been found along the deeper sections of the lake.
BUCKS LAKE - Trout are in the Bucks Creek arm, brookies and browns you are on the Mill Creek side of the lake and the kokes are from Haskins Channel towards the dam stacked up at 40 to 45 feet.
CASSEL FOREBAY - Rim Rock Ranch reports the bite has been good in general. Early mornings and evenings fished best with eggs and worms working well. Flyfishermen did well in the mornings using PMDs and caddis patterns.
EAGLE LAKE - The "first light" bite was best and threaded nightcrawler slip bobber setup down 25 to 29 feet did the trick for limits. Trollers were using pumpkinseed grubs with success. Others are using black Jay Fair flies about 20 feet deep down in 40 feet of water. The Gallatin low water ramp is the way to go or hire a guide.
FALL RIVER - Reports have been great, with a mixture of dry fly fishing, suspending nymphs, stripping leeches and swinging flies. It seems like all methods are working.
UPPER HAT CREEK - Rim Rock Ranch reports anglers had another great week as the weather continued to be mild and the bite very good. A wide variety of presentations worked well. Worms and salmon eggs topped the list but Panther Martins and floating baits also caught a lot of fish. The fishing remains very consistent as fish plants continue twice a week and mid week pressure is low.
PIT RIVER - No Isonychia yet, but that hasn't stopped the rainbows from biting on any dark colored fly.
MANZANITA LAKE - Rim Rock Ranch reports the action was better in both the mornings and in the evenings. Zebra midges, chironomids in red and parachute adams or hares ears all took fish. Some bigger browns are starting to hit so this is a god time to fish this lake. 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 - The river has been fishing great. Try dry flies both in the mornings and evenings.
SHASTA LAKE - Guide Mike Elster reports a tougher bite this past week that was good until 9:00 and then it shut down. Try the deep water in Waters Gulch area or the Goose Neck but you'll have to work for them. Salmon were caught on rolled archives or shad in 120 feet and rainbows on anchovies in 60 to 80 feet. Bass are thick in 30 to 50 feet. Elster was getting 2-plus-pound fish trolling white or blue Wiggle Hoochies.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR - Taking DFW out on a sampling trip, Guide Mike Elster reported 4 limits in 4 1/2 hours. Fishing the bridge, dam (fish were smaller), curtain (12 to 14 inches) and one in the main channel almost 15 inches on pink or orange Apexs in 40 to 60 feet.
BERKELEY - Lingcod to 32 pounds and salmon to 38 pounds highlighted the week's catches aboard the Happy Hooker.California Dawn enjoyed a 50-lingcod day. Salmon action slowed throughout the week, however, expectations remain strong for another wave of salmon outside the Golden Gate.
BODEGA BAY - Scads of boats took to the water over the weekend to get in on a resurgent salmon bite. The fish were plentiful and running big... 20 to 35 pounds. New Sea Angler also scored heavily on rockfish and lingcod during the week, with over 200 lingcod boated in a 4-day period.
EMERYVILLE - Frank Salazar at Emeryville Sportfishing reported a slowdown in salmon fishing with a fish per rod considered good numbers. Skippers expressed expectations for renewed high counts. Meanwhile, rockfish and lingcod bit exceptionally well at the Farallon Islands and along the Marin coast for Emeryville boats.
EUREKA - Salmon fishing was so good that the term, "30-minute limits" was used frequently. Seaweasel II made the term a reality. Boaters also found ideal drifting conditions which resulted in catches of Pacific halibut aboard Reel Steel,Seaweasel II and Shellback.
FORT BRAGG - Salmon reappeared with a vengeance, after taking the early part of the week off. Seahawk scored 17 salmon for 8 passengers which meant the deckhand took time to catch one. Jetty fishers were surprised by a good late-week lingcod bite. Rosetail perch bit near Cleone and rockfish bit near Hare Creek.
HALF MOON BAY - Two halibut were the prize catches from the north jetty. Otherwise it was rockfish and sand sharks from the jetties. Rockfish limits and good lingcod fishing awaited boaters working the reef zones at Pescadero and Duxbury Reef. Salmon action stayed below a fish per rod.
MARTINEZ - Sturgeon fishing was good from the pier for people soaking grass shrimp. One regular pier fisher, Steve Clarke, caught 2 keepers and 10 shakers during the week.
TRINIDAD - Salmon and Halibut have been on a tear out of Trinidad. Butch Wolf of Trinidad landed a 53 pound Halibut , it was Butch's first ever Halibut in California ocean waters.
AMERICAN RIVER - The North Fork and Middle Fork were still good bets for rainbows for anglers willing to make the hike down into the deeper pools.
BULLARDS BAR -- The lake is at 65-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that heavy recreational boat traffic made for tough fishing. Some small kokanee were being caught in the very early morning at Garden Point at 60 to 80 feet deep.
CAMP FAR WEST - The lake is at 44-percent capacity. The bass fishing slowed and the catfish action picked up this past week. Catfish weighing 4 to 5 pounds were caught during the day and at night on anchovies, sardines, and chicken livers.
COLLINS LAKE - The lake was holding at 18-foot from full. Trout fishing was slow with anglers only catching 1 or 2 fish from the shore or boat. Catfishing was good all over the lake for fish to 5 pounds using Power Bait, worms, sardines, anchovies, and chicken livers. The docks were good at night for a mix of trout, catfish, bass, and panfish. Bass were caught in Elmer's Cove and up by the bridge.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Trout action was still good around the marina and up lake at Buck's Beach for fish running 12 to 18 inches using Power Bait and nightcrawlers. The smaller fish were found near the marina with bigger fish at Buck's Beach. One boat of fly fishermen picked up eight smallmouth bass, 8 to 15 inches, on the east side of the lake near Boston Bar.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 50-percent capacity. Trout fishing was sporadic at best with the low water level and warm daytime temps. Cooler nights should help the fishing was the water temp drops.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 56-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow. The lake level was low enough that boats were launching off the gravel off the end of the concrete ramp--only smaller boats advised.
LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 57-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that bass fishing was still very good. His trips were producing 40 fish per day for novice anglers. The Slot, West Branch, and North Fork were all good using topwater, spinnerbaits, lipless cranks, dart-head worms and Senkos, and drop-shot Roboworms at 5 to 20 feet deep on the steeper points and walls. With all the boat traffic, the salmon fishing was slow so get out very early between the dam and Green Bridge.
ROLLINS LAKE - The lake is at 93-percent capacity. The heavy recreational boat traffic made for tough fishing. Try drifting a nightcrawler at the inlet or in a deep cove in the early morning for a rainbow.
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that fishing was slow overall. Boaters were picking up some smallmouth bass and a few largemouth bass on plastic worms at the spillway. Trollers were still catching a few rainbows at the dam and the inlet in the early morning.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were all open, but had little word on any fishing success. With the warmer weather, fishing was most likely slow.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 80-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow. The camp host said that boaters were picking up a few fish at 50 feet deep.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 133.5-foot elevation at press time - 81-percent capacity. At this water level, try spinnerbaits and swimbaits in the gaps between the tules in the morning and then switch to frogs in the afternoon.
AMADOR LAKE - The bass bite is still good. Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said "There was a 32.23-pound catfish caught last week by Cole Cassidy who weighed it and released it at the boat ramp." The regular bass fishermen are still catching fish on topwater, cranking and plastics.
BEAVER CREEK - "Beaver Creek has been fishing excellent," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.
CAMANCHE LAKE - Fishing is good especially for catfish. Warm water temperatures have trout hanging out 45 to 50 feet down by the dam. The mild weather has more people reeling in bass and we are seeing all different varieties come in large mouth, small mouth, and spotted. Catfish are being caught all over the lake right now and they seem to be biting all sorts of bait: 'crawlers, Power Baits and anything smelly like anchovies or chicken liver.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Good trout bite at 50 feet. Kokanee and salmon are from 90 feet down. All the usual lures are working. There is an early morning topwater bite for bass.
LAKE ALPINE - "The fishing at Lake Alpine has been awesome with all of the recent trout plants," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.
LAKE MCSWAIN - Fishing is excellent. Victoria Sturtevant at Lake McSwain Marina said, "CDFW planted 1500 pounds of trout last week." Anglers are using blue and chrome Kastmasters, Wedding Rings and 'crawlers, etc. catching limits of trout. Bank fishermen are using yellow Power Bait and 'crawlers. All the regular places on the lake are producing fish.
LAKE PARDEE - "Kokanee fishing is great," said Joe Frater at Lake Pardee Marina. The kokanee are 50 to 90 feet in the river and down at the mouth. All the regular tackle is working. Trout fishing is hit and miss at 20 to 40 feet. There is an early morning topwater bite and a crank bait bite for bass. The catfish are biting on chicken liver all around the lake.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Fishing is good. The catfish and trout bite at night is still going on with Power Bait and 'crawlers. Trout are being caught around the dam and spillway. Catfish are being caught on the flats. Kokanee going deeper try 70 to 100 feet. For bass try fishing banks and bluffs that lead into deep water. Crappie fishing is slow.
NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS - The River has been fishing excellent and was planted again last week.
MOSQUITO LAKES - "Mosquito Lakes has slowed since there have not been any recent trout plants," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.
SPICER RESERVOIR - Fishing is good. Top lining early then drop down deeper as it gets hotter.
UNION RESERVOIR - Fishing is fair. Union Reservoir is located next to Utica Reservoir off the road to Spicer.
WHITE PINES LAKE - Fishing is good. White Pines Lake is located near Arnold has been excellent and was planted last week. "Remember it has been extremely warm up here and you should be on the water at sunrise," said Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.
- Western Outdoor News