Fishing Line: Week of Oct. 21, 2013

Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

TOP PICKS

AMERICAN RIVER - Salmon fishing was only so-so heading into the salmon spawning area closure end of day on Oct. 31. The best fishing was in the uppers section around Sailor Bar and in Nimbus Basin. However, most fish were very dark, and were being caught on beaded hooks on long leaders. Steelheading was a better bet with quite a few halfpounders and some adults being caught on nymphs under indicators. Spin fishermen were scoring on drifted nightcrawlers, small spoons and spinners.

DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side - Both salmon and striper fishing were good during the week, but heavy boat pressure on the weekend slowed things down. The sloughs are starting to attract sturgeon. Fish were reported in Cache Slough in particular.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side - Humphrey's Pier and the banks by it, as well as downtown Antioch, continued to produce a few salmon, but it was hit or miss action. Pittsburg and Grizzly Bay had sturgeon in the deeper waters as well as Honker Bay. Stripers were the best bet and larger fish came in on bigger baits.

CARSON RIVER (East, West) - With both Alpine County and DFW trout plants this past week, fishing was excellent on both the East and West Carson. Try the bridges from Woodfords to the Luther Pass turnoff on the West Carson with salmon eggs and flies--try a dry/dropper. The East Fork was stocked between the two bridges south of Markleeville. Limits were fast and easy on salmon eggs and flies. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters recommended October caddis, stimi's, caddis and dark streamers on the East, and a parachute Adams or dry/dropper on the West.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Salmon fishing was up and down last week. Decent if you intercepted a new school passing through. Lousy if you missed the school. However, your odds improved if you fished a deeper hole where fish would tend to hold for awhile in the extremely low flows. Fishing for striped bass was also good in the Deep Water Channel, especially at the mouth of Miner's Slough.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Hamilton City - Salmon fishing was good early in the week, slowed mid-week, then picked up again when a fresh school moved in. There were more fish being consistently caught around Jelly's Ferry and the Barge Hole, but a higher percentage were dark.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Ore. - The fish that were holding in the estuary are already up in the lower river, holding in the deeper holes at Morris Hole, Tide Rock and the riffle next to the RV park, where fishing doesn't open until Nov. 2. WON Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing expects them to hold due to dropping flows. Meanwhile, fish numbers in the estuary are beginning to build back up.

COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Ore. - More silver salmon are being caught by anglers than kings now, and most boats are trolling plug cut herring behind a flasher--either species of salmon will eat these baits, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Native silvers are open for harvesting through Oct. 31 at 1 fish a day and a total of two for the season. Average fish has been 31- 32.5 inches and very healthy. There are still chrome kings trickling in over the bar and moving on upriver most days. Friday and Saturday the kings averaged about 20 pounds each. The majority of the boats are finding 2 to 4 fish a day, a mix of silvers and kings.

ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. - Chromer kings are moving in and out of the saltwater at the mouth with the tides, and a few have been caught at the mouth, but not many take the hike down there, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. The next good rainstorm should move salmon through most of the lower area of this small river.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. - Big numbers of wild coho and fewer hatchery coho, mixed with kings bound for the Indian Creek Hatchery, have been spicing up the Rogue Bay fishing lately, with most boaters getting at least a few keeper hatchery silvers (figure 1 hatchery to every 4 or 5 wild fish, although they don't fin-clip all the hatchery fish). Crabbing has been decent in the Bay, so leaving out traps while your fishing is a good idea.

RUSSIAN RIVER - No change in fishing - smallmouth bass only - until rains show up and bring in salmon, steelhead and maybe some stripers.

SMITH RIVER - The Smith River is closed upstream from Rowdy Creek until flows increase over 600 cfs. Below Rowdy Creek, fishing for king salmon has been slow, although a few fish were seen splashing near the Sand Hole on Friday. "We have some really big tides that may jump start action at the Sand Hole and below Rowdy Creek," said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Martin said he will be trolling herring or FlatFish at first light once the salmon arrive, and then switch to bobbers and sand shrimp later in the day.

UMPQUA RIVER, Winchester Bay, Ore. - The mouth has been fishable all day most of the week, and while not red hot fishing, a couple of good guides did manage to come close to limiting out with big kings, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. Mornings have been better than afternoons. One group of anglers said they only caught 1 king and 2 coho, but at high tide there were lots of salmon jumping, and they looked like coho. Salmon are pooled up in the deeper water at the bottom of rapids near I-5. One of Curtis' contacts has been fishing the evenings near the town of Umpqua, and he did well last week and over the weekend, catching 5 hatchery coho. "My 10-year-old nephew found a couple small Chinook salmon one night last week while fishing with his dad on the same section of river near the town of Umpqua," according to Palmer. River Forks Park has also been productive.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen - Flows have dropped back. Indian netting has been heavy again, and anglers--relatively few left--were working hard to get 4 or 5 small Chinook an outing.

KLAMATH RIVER, Weitchpec - Salmon fishing at the mouth of the Trinity slowed and few were heading up the Trinity last week. Odds were best by trying for steelhead at the mouths of creeks.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate - Fishing below Iron Gate offered decent odds for some salmon action, but numbers were lower than last year, and most anglers were staying away because of the poor fishing through most of the season at the lower end of the Klamath.

TRINITY RIVER, Del Loma - The river has dropped to a low flow of 350 cfs, presenting challenges to driftboaters. Few fresh salmon were being caught, and steelheading was the best bet for anglers on fresh steelies averaging 6 pounds.. Del Loma was a good bet, so was the Canyon from Douglas City to Junction City, and from Steel Bridge to Bucktail.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE - The south end has been getting all of the pressure. Huddleston-type swimbaits dragged over the deeper rock piles, Strike King's huge new crankbaits and even jigs have been getting the job done for bass in the Rattlesnake Arm. In the steeper areas like Henderson, Wheeler, and Jensen points, try deep diving crankbaits. And if you don't want to work so hard, buy some jumbo minnows. The catfish bite has also been good.

LAKE BERRYESSA - The main body from Big Island down to the Narrows has been loaded with bait, birds and fish. All species of bass, as well as trout and salmon are options here now while they're packing on the pounds.

LAKE SONOMA - Open again, but with gin clear water, the bite has been slow. A good rain is needed to stir things up.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

LAKE ALMANOR - Trout fishing has been good, trolling from the surface down to 10 feet on the east side.

BAUM LAKE - DFW continues to plant this lake, there is not much pressure here and the fishing has been good. Try the east side.

CASSEL FOREBAY - Fishing should remain decent here until the end of the season. Especially since fewer anglers are fishing here now.

EAGLE LAKE - Fall and into the winter when this lake closes on Dec. 31 is when fishing is at its best. The fish are moving into the shallows, but a good number of fish are also grabbing offerings while making turns out over the open water. Look for this action to only get better as we move deeper into fall.

FALL RIVER - Work the shallows, as the fish are hungry and targeting a variety of bugs. The hatches have been good and producing better fishing.

UPPER HAT CREEK - The Fly Shop in Redding reported fishing was good most days at the Power House No. 2 riffle. The bite has been good until midday and then again close to sunset when the bugs are more active again.

PIT RIVER - Water conditions have been great and with good morning hatches, the fishing great as well. The best bite has been in the afternoon to early evening when the hatches are happening.

McCLOUD RIVER - Cooler weather and overnight temperatures have helped the bite. Water conditions here have also been good. There were better October caddis hatches this past week.

SHASTA LAKE - Both fish and bait are starting to come up so fish the top 15 feet. The water is very clear, so run your setbacks at least 80 to 120 feet back. White Wiggle Hoochies or watermelon Apexs have both been good choices. Find the bait and stick with it. There are plenty of bass around, but most have been dinks.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BOCA LAKE - The lake is at 40-percent capacity. The fishing was still best at the dam and inlet according to Mountain Hardware and Sports, so no change.

CAPLES LAKE - The lake is at 66-percent capacity. The fishing remained pretty good here with rainbows to 2 pounds hitting for trollers and shore anglers. Launching was available at Caples Lake Resort for small aluminum boats. The Resort will close until Christmas on October 27. Shore fishermen should try the dam, spillway and Wood's Creek.

DAVIS LAKE - The lake is at 67-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard's Guided Fishing reported that trolling was good for boaters running copper/red head Dick Nite, pink Sockeye Slammers, fire tiger or frog Needlefish, and flasher/Power Bait combos around the island at 4 to 8 feet deep for limits of 16- to 19-inch rainbows. Flyfishing was good at Mosquito Slough using a blood midge under an indicator or stripping a cinnamon woolly bugger on an intermediate sinking line. Shore fishing was good at Fairview using inflated nightcrawlers or a 'crawler/marshmallow combo.

DONNER LAKE - Rainbow trout fishing was good at the west end for shore anglers and trollers. The kokanee fishing is done for the season. Some small macks were hitting bait and spoons cast along the shore on the north side of the lake.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON - Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that fishing was slow on the North Fork Feather River.

FRENCHMAN LAKE - The lake is at 50-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that trollers were still doing well using flasher/worm combos near the dam for rainbows up to 2 pounds.

GOLD LAKES BASIN - Gold Lake was still fishing well around the islands, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. Sardine Lake and Salmon Lake were both producing a few planter rainbows on bait.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 57-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale's Foothill Fishing Service reported that trollers were catching quick limits of 12- to 13-inch planter rainbows running a Sep's watermelon Strike Master Dodger with a Sep's brown grub in the top 15 feet. The ramp was in good shape but there was no courtesy dock in the water.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR - Again this week, there were very few, if any, anglers here with the phenomenal fishing in the nearby East and West Carson. Alpine County will stock the lake in November with 1800 pounds of 1 1/2- to 5-pound rainbows.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR - Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that little had changed here. Troll in front of the dam and along the west side toward the inlet for rainbows. Try the inlet for browns as they stage for the spawn.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) - Sly Park Resort reported that trout fishing was good at the second dam for limits of planters on worms and Power Bait. Some nice macks were hitting for shore anglers and trollers. Smallmouth bass were hitting worms and jigs in the Narrows.

LAKE TAHOE - Trolling or jigging for macks was very good this past week. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported that jigging was excellent for limits of 5 to 7 pounders using Williamson Benthos and Abyss jigs tipped with a minnow along South Shore from the Keys to Camp Rich at 150 to 220 feet deep. His clients were landing a dozen fish and losing a dozen more on the typical trip. Nielsen was also venturing into shallow water for browns and rainbows--no browns, but a few rainbows running 1 to 4 pounds on Rapalas. Scott Carey at Tahoe Sportfishing reported getting into a school of 6 to 7 pounders trolling flasher/minnow and dodger/minnow combos in the Sugar Pine area.

LOON LAKE - The lake is at 50-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the gate to the boat ramp had been locked during the shutdown and it was unlikely that it would be unlocked this late in the season. Small aluminum boats can still launch at the primitive ramp near the dam. Fishing should be good!

PROSSER LAKE - The lake is at 24-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that fishing should be good at the dam for smallmouth bass on large Panther Martin spinners.

PYRAMID LAKE - George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported that trolling was good in the Pelican and Warrior Point area for cutthroat trout running 17 to 23 inches. He was running watermelon, army truck, and bleeding frog Apex at 30 to 45 feet deep near the bottom. His trips were producing limits of 17- to 20-inch keepers and plenty of fish for catch-and-release - 20 fish days. Valarie Taylor at Crosby's Lodge reported that Jeff Morris of Reno topped the board again this week with a 19-pound, 1-ounce cutthroat that he caught trolling a frog FlatFish at Indian Head on the south end of the lake. When WON called on Sunday morning, Taylor was weighing in a 14-pound, 3-ounce fish for Casey Knutson of Fernley, NV, who was casting a green/red spoon off the beach at Block House.

RED LAKE - There was little to report, with light fishing pressure here. Try the dam for planter cutthroats using worms.

SILVER LAKE - The lake is at 43-percent capacity. It was reported that the EID boat ramp was open here.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 54-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that trout fishing was pretty good from the ramp toward the dam in the coves for shore anglers and good for bigger fish around the island for trollers. Smallmouth bass were hitting in the Davies Creek arm.

TRUCKEE RIVER - With colder weather and reduced flows, the flyfishing was good both above and below the Boca Outlet. Above Boca, the lower flows made for much easier wading to reach rising fish in the afternoons using small black mayfly and midge patterns. Try big dark streamers in the deeper pools and the bigger tailouts above the riffles at Glenshire and Hirshdale. The bigger browns are out feeding as the spawn moves closer - if you catch one, take a quick picture and release it to spawn!

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is at 55-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken's Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that little was happening here--no fishing pressure and nothing to talk about.

WEST WALKER RIVER - The Toiyabe Motel reported that the river flows were very low and the fish were concentrated in the remaining deep pools. Anglers were still catching lots of smaller DFW planters and a few bigger fish. Many anglers were practicing catch-and-release on the smaller fish holding out for a few good sized keepers. Try the Little Walker where flows were higher, and flyfishing was good for catch-and-release anglers.

NorCal Saltwater

BERKELEY - Bay boats had surprising success on salmon between the Channel Buoys and Duxbury. Argo reported limits. Rockfish and lingcod bit hungrily along the Marin coast where California Dawn and Happy Hooker managed limits of lingcod twice during the week. South Bay sharking proved successful for both leopards and sevengill. Happy Hooker also scored limits of lingcod along with limits of rockfish.

BODEGA BAY/TOMALES BAY - Runs north, on New Sea Angler, to Fort Ross were productive and trips south to Point Reyes were even more productive for reds, coppers, browns and also lingcod. A few keeper halibut were caught in Tomales Bay, with low tide proving to be the magical time.

EMERYVILLE - Party boats out of Emeryville concentrated on rockfish and lingcod all week. Salmon action was sporadic at best. During the weekend, representative scores were: New Seeker took 13 anglers to catch 18 lingcod to 12 pounds plus limits of rockfish. Sea Wolf had 12 folks bring up limits of rockfish and full limits of lingcod to 14 pounds. New Huck Fin saw 25 people limits of rockfish and 17 lings to 15 pounds. Everyone is hoping for another flurry of salmon action before the season winds down.

EUREKA - Limits of Pacific halibut to 55 pounds came aboard Reel Steel, fishing in 300 feet of water off of Eureka. Rockfish and lingcod proved to be voracious and anxious to bite near Cape Mendocino.

FORT BRAGG - Shore fishers caught perch from sandy areas near town and gathered at rocky spots using 2-hook surf leaders with squid, shrimp or Gulp! baits to catch blacks, gophers, cabezon and greenling. Spearfishers had an excellent week with 10 to 15 feet of visibility and plenty of lingcod over 10 pounds, plus big rockfish.

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA - Increasing counts of lingcod made Half Moon Bay anglers smile. Limits of rockfish were pretty much an every trip occurrence.

MARTINEZ - A few sturgeon and lots of striped bass was the report from Martinez. The Concord Police Derby began Friday and runs for two weeks. Jim Debridge of Walnut Creek took an early lead with a 10.7-pound striper.

OYSTER POINT - Barred surf perch invaded Oyster Point. Pier fishers hauled up limits of the tasty fish using pile worms on 2-hook rigs. A sand shark was caught and subsequently released. It measured over 3 feet in length.

SAN FRANCISCO - A resurgence in the salmon run outside the Gate kept Wacky Jacky, Lovely Martha and Argo busy scoring a better grade of salmon near the Middle Grounds and Duxbury. Trips inside the Bay produced sharks from the South bay and stripers from numerous locations.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

FEATHER RIVER - The river is still loaded with salmon but very few fresh fish were being caught. The river closed to salmon fishing on Oct. 15, upstream of the boat ramp at Live Oak, and steelheading has been good in the section from the Outlet down to Palm Ave., with fishing around Gridley being especially good.

FOLSOM LAKE - Bass fishing was pretty good for anglers drop-shotting Robo-Worms over rock piles or next to channels from 15 to 25 feet deep. Look for concentrations of bait using electronics. No reports on salmon or trout fishing. Remember, the lake speed limit is now 5 mph.

RANCHO SECO LAKE - Fishing has been generally slow, but a very few bass were being caught, mostly very early and late. Fishing was better for redeared sunfish and a 1.5 pounder was caught on a nightcrawler.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding - Trout fishing continued to be outstanding, and many outings from Redding to Anderson produced 50 trout to 2.5 pounds, mostly taken on Glo-Bugs, and nymphs under indicators.

UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS - The rain cooled the water, and trout fishing improved greatly, especially in the lower part of the Upper Sac below Sims. A few of the larger trout that make their annual trek out of Lake Shasta are now starting to show up. Fishing improved on the McCloud, as well. It's still a little early for the big browns to start showing up on the Nature Conservancy water, but there should be some around Ah-Di-Na and Ash Camp.

YUBA RIVER - Fly fishers were still doing very well from the Highway 20 Bridge to Sycamore Ranch on egg patterns, May fly, baettis and pmd nymphs under indicators. Dry fly fishing should be good, too, but most anglers are sticking with nymphs.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the river was running low and clear with very few anglers making the effort to hike down to the deep pools in the Middle Fork. Tom Lanini of Davis checked out the old mine at Italian Bar in the North Fork this past week and caught a couple rainbows while down at the river on Mepp's spinners.

BULLARDS BAR - The lake is at 54-percent capacity. With houseboat and recreational boat traffic pretty much done for the year, the lake has cleared up to 20- to 25-foot visibility and fishing should be improving on all fronts, according to Emerald Cove Resort. With more bass anglers showing up lately, the fall bite has started and big fish are feeding to prepare for winter.

CAMP FAR WEST - The lake is at 21-percent capacity. Dorothy Greenwood at North Shore Resort reported that bass and catfish action was good. Boats can still launch on the one-lane ramp at the resort. Work was being done on the dam and powerhouse and water releases were slowed, so hopefully the lake will begin to re-fill soon.

COLLINS LAKE - The lake is 41 feet from full and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The resort reported that most trout anglers were still only catching 2 or 3 rainbows, though a few limits were reported. Bass and catfish were hitting this past week, topped by a 10-pound cat caught by a Yuba City angler.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR - The lake is at 93-percent capacity. With the lake just re-opening after the government shutdown was lifted, no fishing reports were available. Skippers Cove Marina reported that they were getting their trout rearing pens ready for a DFW delivery later this month.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The lake is at 40-percent capacity. At this lake level, boat launching was impossible except for cartoppers that could be carried to the water's edge.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR - The lake is at 42-percent capacity - No boat launching at this low level. Few, if any, people were up here this past week, so reports were hard to come by.

LAKE OROVILLE - The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that fishing was much improved this past week with anglers catching 20 to 25 fish to 4 pounds. A swimbait cast to points and walls was attracting the attention of 3 to 4 pounders, and even if they didn't commit to the swimbait, a follow-up cast with a Senko was doing the trick. Bigger numbers of fish were caught on drop-shot and darthead worms, Paradise Tackle Company finesse jigs, and wacky Senkos from the 1 to 25 feet deep. Gandolfi said the fish were on the same patterns all over the lake - from the end of the Middle Fork to the top of the North Fork, the Slot and the West Branch.

ROLLINS LAKE - Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that a friend of his was still catching limits of nice rainbows from shore casting a garlic scented nightcrawler into deep water in Freeloaders Cove near Long Ravine.

SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE - Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that trollers were catching good numbers of 11- to 16-inch rainbows on flasher/worm combos worked in the top 20 feet at the dam and spillway.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR - There wasn't much to report from here since it just re-opened after the government shutdown. The lake was scheduled for a DFW trout plant this past week, so fishing could be good near the ramp using worms and Power Bait.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR - The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were closed for the season. The lake level was below the concrete on the boat ramp and it was too muddy to launch any boat unless it could be carried to the water.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY - The lake was at 130.4 feet elevation at press time--61-percent capacity. The duck season opened this past weekend and the annual conflict between hunters armed with guns and boaters armed with fishing rods has begun. Fishermen need to give hunters a wide berth to avoid problems. The locals just avoid this lake during the duck season.

MOTHERLODE

AMADOR LAKE - "The trout bite has been getting better each day and so far we have planted 2,800 pounds of trout," said Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store. Starting Monday they plan on planting 500 pounds of trout a day through a pipe on the dam. Black wooly buggers have been working for a few trout from 2 to 4 pounds.

CAMANCHE LAKE - Fishing is getting better as the water temperature cools down, and the trout, bass and catfish are starting to feed. Bass up to 8.93 pounds have been caught. Catfish are biting on chicken liver and 'crawlers. Camanche Lake will be planting trout in the pond and main lake at the end of October.

DON PEDRO RESERVOIR - Bass fishermen have been catching some nice bass that have been chasing shad onto the banks at Moccasin and Woods Creek at the upper end of the lake. "There is some pretty good early fall action taking place this past week," said Danny Lane of Fish'n Dan's Guide Service. Fish have been in Middle Bay, working the areas from Oat Hill back down to Graveyard Bay at 37 to 50 feet on cop-car Needlefish or Vance Slim Fin spoons. Rolling shad is working well for trout from 16 to 20 inches and Kings that are chunky at 17 inches.

LAKE MCCLURE - "Fishing at Lake McClure is slow, period," said Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling. There is a rumor of bass fishermen catching bass around long rocky points. A few bass and trout being caught at 60 feet trolling trout gear.

LAKE MCSWAIN - Fishing for trout is still very good. "There was another trout plant on October 16th," said Victoria Sturtevant at Lake McSwain Marina. Bank fishermen have been using 'crawlers and Power Bait or chrome and blue Kastmasters at the Brush Pile or Handicap Dock. Trollers are going from the floating outhouse upstream trolling blades and flashers with Tomahawk, Wedding Rings and 'crawlers.

LAKE PARDEE - Bill Cook at the Lake Pardee Marina said, "Stony Point Landing and the Woodpile have both been producing some nice trout on 'crawlers, white or yellow Power Eggs and Power Bait in the same color with garlic". Trollers are going down 20 feet with flashers and 'crawlers or lures and catching some nice trout. Bass are hitting topwater and drop-shotting plastics with smallmouth to 4 pounds being caught upriver. Catfish are being caught around the Woodpile and Stoney Creek on 'crawlers and chicken liver.

NEW HOGAN RESERVOIR - The Bureau of Reclamation has unlocked the gates, so you can now fish once again for bass, stripers and catfish. There is some freelance turkey, quail, duck and goose hunting on BLM land on the other side of the lake for those that know how to do it.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - The Bureau of Reclamation has unlocked the gates to the Tuttletown and the Glory Hole recreation areas. Use caution if you launch at the Glory Hole Ramp until the Bureau of Reclamation moves the docks to the lower ramp. The very end of the concrete is not far from the edge of the water, so when launching, your trailer tires may slip off into the mud and muck and get stuck. A couple anglers limited out on some real chunky trout trolling around the dam and spillway with fire tiger Excel lures.

MODESTO RESERVOIR - The waterfowl season is now in progress. A minimum of a 300-yard distance must be maintained between waterfowl blinds. This is for the hunter's safety and is a good rule of thumb for your boating safety, as a lot of waterfowl (diver ducks) fly low close to the water.

WOODWARD RESERVOIR - The waterfowl season is now in progress. A minimum of a 300-yard distance must be maintained between waterfowl blinds. This is for the hunter's safety and is a good rule of thumb for your boating safety as a lot of waterfowl (diver ducks) fly low close to the water.

- Western Outdoor News

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