Anglers are producing good numbers of trout and catfish in the Sacramento River in this week’s top picks.

CAPLES LAKE – The lake is full and was stocked this past week by the DFW with 15,000 pounds of rainbows. Nearby Kirkwood Lake was stocked also. Caples Lake Resort reported that shore fishing and the dam and Wood’s Creek inlet were excellent. Trollers were also doing very well using flasher/worms for limits of rainbows and the occasional brown. A 10-pound mack hit a Kwikfish trolled 40 feet deep off Wood’s Creek inlet on Sunday.

Shad fishing in the American River leads this week’s top picks.

See which areas are scheduled for trout plants, and which lake is dropping fast because of higher flows down the American River causing stripers moving out to deeper water, in this week’s Top Pick.

Bass fishing in the American River and Lake Oroville lead this week’s top picks.

Big fish, namely rainbows and mackinaws, are biting in these week’s top picks.

Shad fishing is plentiful this week on the American and Sacramento rivers.

The Catfish Derby this weekend stands out among this week’s top picks.

Bass bite is on “fire” at Folsom Lake, while persistant winds slowed down the action on the Delta.


Sierra streams and the Eastern Sierra opened for fishing Saturday, and the upper American River opens May 1.

Trout and striped bass fishing look to continue their success in this week’s top picks.

Trout and striped bass fishing looks to continue its success in this week’s top picks.

Striped bass fishing and water conditions improve in Delta. Here’s the latest look at which rivers are clearing up and noteworthy hot spots for fishing in the region.

Although a little slow this week, there are still a few hot spots in our top picks for fishing in the Sacramento region.

Sturgeon and trout highlight this week’s top picks.

Folsom Lake’s elevation keeps rising as it returns to this week’s top picks.

Sturgeon and stripers highlight this week’s top picks.

Sturgeon and stripers highlight this week’s top picks.

The Delta region looks to continue its abundance in this week’s top picks.

The Delta region looks to continue its abundance in this week’s top picks.

The Delta region looks to continue its abundance in this week’s top picks.

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.

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.

Here’s a look at best salmon fishing hot spots as the Dec. 16 closing season looms, along with other current fishing conditions.

Amador County harbors a bounty of trout at Amador and Camanche lakes this week . Here’s a look at other fishing hot spots.

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.

Steelhead, sturgeon and “some big trout” are all on this week’s list of top picks for the Sacramento region.

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.

DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side– A new pod of salmon came through this past week bringing larger, bright fish. T-Roy’s Guide Service had the Freeport to Clarksburg stretch to himself and reported fish from 20 to 30 pounds.

AMERICAN RIVER – Fishing closed this week, Oct. 31, in the Salmon Spawning Closure Area. The river will reopen to fishing Jan. 1, but no fishing will be allowed for salmon. Salmon were still being caught in Nimbus Basin and below the lower limit of the Salmon Spawning Area. Howe Avenue has been one of the better spots, and so has Paradise Beach. Night fishing has been good at times at the Upper Dredger Hole as schools move through. Steelheading continues to improve, and, now, River Bend, Watt Avenue, Campus Commons and Paradise Beach will be some of the places to go.

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.

Good -- even outstanding -- salmon fishing continues on the American and Sacramento rivers, and Pyramid Lake reports an excellent opening week of the trout season.


SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Salmon fishing broke wide open last week, with many anglers picking up at least one fresh king salmon, and quite a few catching limits from Garcia Bend, through Freeport, Miller Park, the Minnow Hole, Discovery Park and Verona. Backtrolled plugs, big spinners, and jigs were all accounting for fish.

Salmon is the big catch this week on the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Feather rivers.

Still hit and miss for salmon.

Salmon fishing is getting better.

Fishing for salmon was a bit better last week but still slow on the Sacramento River.

Fishing for salmon was better last week but still was a challenge around Sacramento.

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.

Fishing for salmon improved last week, though still well short of red hot, but that will change this week, as flows dropped 1,000 cfs on Sunday.

he CA/NV state record kokanee was caught on a Tahoe Sportfishing charter boat this past Saturday by Bill Brush of Nevada City - a 5-pound 3.2-ounce, 25-inch lunker.

Striper fishing is well-rewarded on the Sacramento, San Joaquin and American rivers.

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