Top Picks• FEATHER RIVER – Steelhead fishing was outstanding again, and some anglers landed up to 30 steelhead from 2 to 5 pounds an outing on some days. Drift Glo-Bugs and nightcrawlers and swing spinners. The Sunset Pump area was particularly good.
• DELTA REGION, Sacramento River side – Sturgeon and stripers were found at the power lines and from the banks at Sherman Island. There also were some bright chrome salmon taken in the Garcia Bend area on K14 Kwikfish.
• DELTA REGION, San Joaquin River side – Striper fishing was excellent out of Korth’s Pirate’s Lair, and drifting mudsuckers got their attention. There also was a good sturgeon bite in the Pittsburg area on ghost and grass shrimp or fresh shad.
• AMADOR LAKE – “Fishermen are catching some big trout,” said Kathy Isaac at Lake Amador Store. Three of the biggest caught last week weighed 15.3, 14 and 12.4 pounds. There were 600 pounds of cut-bows planted last week. Even though the lake level continues to drop, the single-lane boat launch is still usable.
SACRAMENTO VALLEY• AMERICAN RIVER – Salmon continued to crowd the fish ladder and fish holding pond at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, and visitors sometimes had to wait for an open parking spot. Salmon and anglers also jammed Nimbus Basin, and lots of dark salmon were caught, mostly by “lining” or “flossing.”
• FOLSOM LAKE – Bass fishing was slow again, with some smaller fish hooked by drop-shotting RoboWorms over rock piles, dragging jigs or spooning next to channels from 15 to 25 feet deep. Very few anglers were fishing for trout and landlocked salmon. Troll Speedy Shiners and Rapalas 25 to 35 feet deep for trout and 45 to 65 feet deep for kings.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento – There were bigger gaps between schools of salmon passing upstream through the Sacramento area, but some bright late-fall king salmon were still caught. Many anglers switched to striped bass, with catches in the Turning Basin and Prospect, Cache and Miner’s sloughs. Sturgeon activity has picked up weekly, and a 68-pounder was caught at Discovery Park on a sardine.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff – Fishing continued to be very good for late-fall king salmon, but flows continued to drop, making launching at Woodfords and Hamilton City a doubtful proposition.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding – Trout fishing was good, and steelhead fishing improved around Battle Creek. Some nice fresh late-fall kings continued to show up.
• UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS – The rivers are in their prime fall season. The lower part of the Upper Sac below Sims is attracting some larger fish coming up from the Sacramento River, and some big browns are starting to show at the lower end of the McCloud.
MOTHER LODE• CAMANCHE LAKE – Trout fishing was good. The pond was packed and the main lake ramps were busy as anglers were reeling in trout all over the place. Trout were active on the trout pond with flies, spinners and Power Bait, and trollers caught trout all over the lake on an assortment of lures.
• DON PEDRO RESERVOIR – Fishing for bass and trout was slow. Bass fishermen did best with drop-shot rigs. Trout trollers had a hard time finding a bite.
– Western Outdoor News