Sturgeon caught from Knights Landing to Colusa, and in the lap of Tisdale, are breaking size limits. Here’s a look at other fishing hot spots.
The Delta Region, among a few others, are included in this week’s featured hotspots.
The three marooned snowmobiles on an island of snow at Donner Ski Ranch serve as a clear indicator of how little snow has fallen in the Sierra this winter.
Fishing at these hotspots could lead to a belated gift of trout.
After the recently-ended salmon fishing season, here are some hotspots for alternative fishing.
Heres a look at best salmon fishing hot spots as the Dec. 16 closing season looms, along with other current fishing conditions.
FOLSOM LAKE – Bass fishing picked up in spite of wind and rain, at least for anglers using electronics to spot shad concentrations, and then slowly working drop-shotted Robo-Worms from 15 to 25 feet deep. Very few anglers were fishing for trout and landlocked salmon, but DFW has been planting panfish-sized rainbows, which are being caught at Granite Bay.
AMERICAN RIVER – The “Greatest show in Sacramento” is at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery these days with hundreds of salmon at a time crowding the base of the fish screen, climbing the ladder and filling the holding pond. The parking lot is as crowded as the fish ladder, and parking spots have been hard to find, especially on weekends. Guards are now on duty at night to curtail the vandalism of the fish screens, which have been tampered with to allow salmon to get upstream into Nimbus Basin. The Basin has been crowded as a result, and lots of dark salmon were being caught, mostly by “lining” or “flossing.” Steelheading was pretty good again around River Bend Park, Watt Avenue, and Howe Avenue on a mix of halfpounders and the occasional adult. Drift nightcrawlers, swing spinners and small spoons, or dead drift nymphs and egg patterns under indicators. Some salmon were still being caught in the Dredger holes at night.
Tahoe National Forest officials have reopened parts of two popular trails damaged in August by the American fire and are seeking volunteers to help rehabilitate the remaining trail segments.
Two federal agencies are seeking 11 volunteers to serve on a committee that helps set policies concerning recreation on federal lands in California.
Salmon fishing is only so-so in some locations, but stripers are a good bet and sturgeon is beginning to appear.
Both salmon and striper fishing were good during the week, but heavy boat pressure on the weekend slowed things down. The sloughs had the better bite by the weekend.
The U.S. Forest Service has told 115 Sacramento sixth-graders who were excited about spending next week at the Sly Park Environmental Education Center, tucked into the Eldorado National Forest outside Pollock Pines, to stay home instead.