– 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.
– Salmon fishing was very good last week in the rain, especially at Clarksburg and Garcia Bend, on Kwikfish and Brad’s Wigglers trolled slowly downstream. Fishing for stripers was good once again in the Deep Water Channel for boaters trolling, jigging, or drifting minnows. Bankies were scoring on bloodworms and sardines. A few sturgeon were being caught, too.
•DELTA REGION, SACRAMENTO River side
–Sturgeon remain congregated near the Pittsburg PG&E Plant and in the general region, but there are signs that the fish are starting to migrate north as far as Liberty Slough. Salmon roe, grass shrimp, eel and fresh shad are all productive baits for sturgeon. Striper fishing continues to be solid for school-sized linesides with mudsuckers and bullheads scoring the larger fish while fresh shad remains a consistent option. The colder water and abundant debris has slowed the troll bite, and as the water continues to cool, the linesides will be moving into the warmer temperatures in the south Delta near Discovery Bay.
•SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side
– A few distinct schools of striped bass are moving around in the San Joaquin River from Antioch towards Stockton, and at the present time, the school of larger fish is feeding from Three-Mile Slough towards the Antioch Bridge. Drifted mudsuckers, vertical jigging with spoons, or anchoring with fresh shad are productive techniques. Catfishing in the south Delta remains solid with anchovies, sardines, or mackerel.
– Trout fishing is real good. A few anglers are still having luck catching catfish. Last week fishermen were only fishing about 10 feet below the surface using grubs catching limits. Other anglers were using ’crawlers, eggs and Power bait catching trout.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
NORTH COAST LAKES
– Find numbers of small bass in the 1- to 1 1/2-pound range from 5 to 30 feet with crawdad jigs or tubes. Or throw reaction baits early and late. There has been a small swimbait window, but only for one or two a day early and late. Stay off the soft banks and hit the hard rock banks. Anglers have been trolling for trout with downriggers in the main stems in 60 to 100 feet after finding the bait. Most ramps are low and closed so check ahead of time.
– Lots of salmon are still entering the Nimbus Hatchery, but few are being caught downstream of the closure. Steelhead fishing continued to improve where it’s legal to fish around River Bend Park, Watt Avenue, and Howe Avenue. Drift nightcrawlers, swing spinners and small spoons, or dead drift nymphs and egg patterns under indicators. Lots of anglers and dark salmon are still packed into Nimbus Basin.
– Steelhead fishing continued to be very good, but flows have dropped down to 1,200 cfs, making boating very hazardous. Fishing was very good throughout the Low Flow Section down to Live Oak. Drift Glo-Bugs and nightcrawlers, and swing spinners. Fly fishers are scoring on egg patterns, red copper Johns and San Juan worms.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff
– Salmon fishing was excellent again, with bright fish being caught from Hamilton City up through the Barge Hole. Flows are very low, though, down to 3,700 cfs, and boating is very hazardous. The average take was about fish a rod for good anglers. The kings are bright, but might average around 10 pounds one day, or in the 20 to nearly 40 pounds the next.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding
– Flows are very low, and trout fishing continued to be very good, with steelhead fishing continuing to improve around Battle Creek. Some nice fresh late fall kings were continue to show up.
•UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVER
– The rivers are in their prime time fall season of fishing. The lower part of the Upper Sac below Sims is now 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.
– The river is low, but fly fishers continued to do well. However, almost all the action is on nymphs under indicators, not dries. A few steelhead are starting to show, too.
– 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.