Fishing Line: Week of Feb. 24, 2014

02/24/2014 1:50 PM

02/24/2014 1:51 PM

TOP PICKS

AMERICAN RIVERThe river closed to fishing from the power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park to Nimbus Dam last weekend. Some steelhead are still coming upriver, and anglers putting in their time have a shot at fresh steelies and downrunners below the closure at places like the riffle around upstream of Watt Ave. and River Bend Park.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento — The first bunch of striped bass of the year showed up last week with some nice catches made from shore on the flats at Clarksburg. They are mostly schoolies to about 8 pounds and are eating bloodworms and pileworms. Sturgeon fishing continued to be very good with fish being caught from Clarksburg to Verona.

SACRAMENTO, Tisdale — Sturgeon fishing was very good again last week with catches being made from Knight’s Landing to Colusa. Pileworms were available again, but nightcrawler/ghost shrimp combos were good, too. Fishing pressure has been high.

DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side — Sturgeon fishing continued to heat up, and the gorgeous spring-like weather brought out a huge flotilla to Suisun Bay over the past weekend. The action has centered around the Mothball Fleet, but the fish are moving in search of food. Boaters are advised to locate their own fish and to display courtesy by not anchoring on the bow of another boat. Salmon roe and lamprey eel are the top baits, and the best action over the past weekend was on the incoming tide. Striper fishing remained excellent with trollers finding great action with both deep and shallow divers in the main Sacramento River. The fresh water has started the sturgeon on the move, and the action has improved further upriver all the way to Freeport.

DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side — Finding clear water was the key to striper fishing, and those willing to peck around found excellent action with topwater lures on overcast days, swimbaits, or spoons in the San Joaquin River to the mouth of the Mokelumne. The San Joaquin has pocket of clear water, but the Mokelumne remained muddy, particularly on the outgoing tide. The water temperature has risen to the mid-50’s, and in addition to stripers, largemouth action has improved with live minnows, rip baits, or jigs. Red-eared perch and bluegill action remained solid with jumbo red worms, wax worms, or mini-crawlers near the bridge along King Island and Paradise off of Eight Mile Road, Whiskey Slough southwest of Stockton, or in Clifton Court Forebay. Crappie fishing has slowed.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Oregon — Take care here, especially around Tamba Riffle, as WON Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing reported a drowning and other driftboats capsized. Good fishing action, however. Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company said it was one of the best weeks this year so far, with fish to 16 pounds. He said there was plentiful water, good color and a “robust migration” of winter steelied. He said boats were getting 2 to 6 fish per boat, and the river was flowing at 3600 cfs over the weekend.

COQUILLE RIVER, South Fork, Powers, Oregon — Fishing this last week was “pretty darn good” as the river receded, said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “I was expecting a few more steelhead being caught per boat, but I was not expecting the number of boats. This was likely the only option of fishable rivers nearby, as this river fishes murky brown on the drop.” Fishing slowed as the week progressed, but Palmer said it has another month of good fishing, with a good number of hatchery fish.

EEL RIVER — WON Field Reporter Scott Green just got back from fishing the Eel River on Sunday evening, and he said there were “plenty of fish for drift boats working the main stem, now running 2000 cfs, from the forks all the way down to the mouth of the Van Duzen. Boats average 4 to 12 fish with a mix of fresh and downers in the 6- to 12-pound range. Most were caught on roe/Puffball or boondoggling. Guide Mike Bogue and Don Newman of PLine caught fish 6 to 12 pounds. Guide Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures said there were big crowds over the weekend, and the fish are scattered all up and down its entire length. Still had fair color but expected to drop out quickly.

EEL RIVER, South Fork — The South Fork was flowing at 800 cfs on Sunday and in “perfect shape and color” according to WONField Reporter Scott Green, who fished it Sunday with Stuart Minugh of Redding and Eric Jones of Mt. Shasta, catching 3 steelies to 12 pounds side-drifting yarn balls.

ELK RIVER, Oregon—Guide Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company said the river fished well this past week.

MAD RIVER — Guide Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures said the Mad came into play towards the end of the week with perfect conditions and good action. “The majority were wild fish, as is to be expected this time of year, but there were a few bright hatchery fish to be had,” Sepulveda said. “Drifting roe and a Fish Pill accounted for most of the hookups, but jigs under floats and spoons also put some beauties on the bank.”

REDWOOD CREEK — The river was in “good shape” this past weekend and produced a mix of both fresh fish and downrunners.

RUSSIAN RIVER — As of Friday, the Russian is Closed to angling until the end of April. The coastal rivers dropped out fast from the rain of a couple weeks back, as did the Russian. “We are in need of more rain in order to get the fish moving into the coastal streams,” said Scott Heenstra of Kings Sport and Tackle.

SMITH RIVER — Guide Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Fishing Adventures said this was one of the rivers in the Rowdy Creek Hatchery derby over the weekend, and it had good numbers of fish showing, with about 4 fish a boat landed the first day. The bite dropped a bit on day two, with most action on the South Fork.

UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Oregon — Fishing has been slow this last week, and that is due to the flooding of the river with the last storm of over a week ago, according to guide and WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer. The river was in fishable shape for over the weekend, but still needs to drop another 5.5 feet at Winchester dam to be good. “I did talk with a close friend after seeing him tow his jetboat down the road towards his home,” said Palmer. “He had been on the river, but he said the river is still too high for much action.”

UMPQUA RIVER, South Fork, Canyonville, Oregon — You don’t have to gamble here, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets: “The fish are here, behind the casino at Stanton Park in Canyonville!” He said the fishing was good during the end of the week, and the fish are showing a little later this year, but appear to be in good numbers. “Friday thoughSunday there was plenty of good old fun fishing just above Stanton Park,” said Palmer. “We are talking about actively biting fish that were full of energy. There is a good fishing area just upriver from the park for bank anglers. I favor the access at the bridge entering from the north on I-5. This is a good cast and drift place that most bank fisherman and drift fisherman get along well on.”

VANDUZEN RIVER — The river was in good shape this past weekend and a mix of both fresh and down runners were on hand, according to WON Field Reporter Scott Green, who fished the South Fork Eel on Sunday.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate — The river has cleared almost entirely throughout its length, and fresh steelhead continued to arrive to the upper end of the river. An angler can expect to catch several adult steelhead to about 5 pounds and a like number of halfpounders on flies, small Hot Shots, crawdad plugs, drifted nightcrawlers, Glo-Bugs and roe.

TRINITY RIVER, Junction City — The Trinity was low and clear again, but some fresh steelhead were still coming upstream, and offering good, not great fishing. A few downriver fish were starting to show, too, and fishing pressure was heavy because of the bluebird weather. Fish were being caught on flies, plugs, and roe.

TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek — The river was fishable all the way to the mouth, with about 4 feet of visibility below the South Fork. Fresh, dime--bright steelhead were arriving and taking flies spinners, and bait. However, rain is expected this week, and could quickly muddy up the river. Call ahead.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

FEATHER RIVER — A few steelhead were being caught around the green bridge to just below the Hatchery, but not many.

FOLSOM LAKE — The lake has gone up 20 feet, and the lower Granite Bay paved ramps is now available for launching. The lake has cleared, but is still full of debris. Trollers were scoring on nice carryover trout near the surface on nightcrawlers behind Sidekicks, Criplures, and Speedy Shiners, and from 35 to 45 feet deep for landlocked king salmon on glo-in-the-dark hoochies. Bass were moving into the shallows in coves like New York Creek, and some catfish, too. Use soft plastics for the bass, but try some reaction baits, too as the water continues to rise and warm up.

RANCHO SECO LAKE — Trout fishing continued to be good. Soaking Power Bait and nightcrawlers from shore, and troll Kastmasters, small, jointed Rapalas, nightcrawlers and woolly buggers near the surface on sinking fly lines.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding — Tributaries have cleared and trout fishing has improved from Redding to Anderson. Some caddis hatches are now showing up, but most success is still coming on dead-drifted nymphs.

YUBA RIVER—Fishing was still somewhat iffy as the river was still a bit off-color. A few trout were being caught, though, on nymphs.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BOCA LAKE — The lake is at 17-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the lake was completely ice-free and fishermen were doing best at the dam and inlet. The roads along the west side were very muddy and should be avoided.

CAPLES LAKE — The lake is at 58-percent capacity. The ice was still 2 feet thick with 2 feet of snow on top. John Voss at Caples Lake Resort reported that anglers were picking up rainbows and the occasional brown trout to 3 pounds at the dam and spillway. Voss said the lake would most likely thaw by May 1—typical of drought years.

CARSON RIVER (East) — Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported that one guide caught 7 trout on red San Juan Worms 1/4-mile below the Markleeville Creek junction—1 1/2 miles below Hangman’s Bridge. The river flows were beautiful—just like in August, but what’s it going to look like in August??

DAVIS LAKE — The lake is at 65-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported that trout action had slowed. Dillard and a friend fished for 3 hours and only caught three 18- to 20-inch rainbows on inflated nightcrawlers at Mallard Point. Some fish were also being taken at Fairview and Eagle Point. Small aluminum boats can launch at Camp 5, but there’s no courtesy dock. One boater anchored at the island and caught a couple of fish. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that flyfishing was good at the inlet at Coot using hare’s ears and copper Johns in the early afternoon after the water had a chance to warm up.

DONNER LAKE — The lake is at 43-percent capacity. Trollers were looking for some of the lake’s big Mackinaw using Lyman’s, J-Plugs, Rapalas, and spoons in 80 to 100 feet of water. Rainbow trout fishing was still decent on the west end.

FRENCHMAN LAKE — The lake is at 50-percent capacity. According to Wiggins Trading Post, the lake was ice-free and fishing was best at the dam, Lunker Point and the Frenchman boat ramp using inflated nightcrawlers and Power Bait for limits of rainbows running 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. The road around the lake was clear. Both boat ramps were open, but due to muddy conditions at Lunker Point, the Frenchman ramp was recommended, but there won’t be any docks until May.

GOLD LAKES BASIN — The road to Gold Lake was still officially closed, but Sardine Lake was thawed.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR — The lake is at 62-percent capacity. According to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service, there wasn’t much fishing pressure here.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR — Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported that Airport Road was open and recommended fishing the open water near the dam with Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) — Sly Park Resort reported that Mackinaw to 6 pounds were hitting mostly for shore anglers using bait or casting spoons. Darrin Taylor caught the 6-pound mack on a Kastmaster. A 3-pound brown was caught off the shore on worms and planter rainbows were still hitting at the first dam.

LAKE TAHOE — Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported that the mack bite was “off the charts” with limits coming on both his morning and afternoon trips. Self was trolling spoons and Lucky Craft plugs at 165 to 220 feet deep from Dollar Point to Crystal Bay Point for macks to 11 pounds. At South Shore, Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing was doing well trolling for both brown trout and macks. Sean Jordan of Nevada City landed a 7 1/2-pound brown and his dad lost one at the boat in the 10-pound range on Storm Arashi lures. They switched over to macks and caught limits of 6 pounders on Storm ThunderStiks at 170 feet deep off Camp Richardson.

PROSSER LAKE — The lake is at 31-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the lake was completely ice-free and fishing was best at the dam for some nice rainbows.

PYRAMID LAKE — The largest cutthroat of the year was caught by Peter Thompson of Reno this past Wednesday. Thompson landed a huge 25-pound, 4-ounce lunker while flyfishing from shore at Rawhide with a woolly bugger. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported doing well on 15- to 22-inch cutthroats trolling Apex at 20 feet deep over 140 feet of water in the Warrior area. Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported that fish were being found out in deep water in the middle of the lake feeding on huge schools of tui chub—look for Western Grebes.

RED LAKE — The ice was beginning to get a little questionable with a mixture of solid ice, slush and snow. Hopefully the storms in the forecast for this week will refreeze the lake and make the ice more stable. A few cutthroats and brookies were still being caught, but no big numbers or size.

SILVER LAKE — The lake is at 17-percent capacity. John Voss at Caples Lake Resort reported that there was open water here, so stay off the ice and fish the open water from shore.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR — The lake is at 49-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the lake was completely ice-free. Anglers were casting off the dam for macks and browns, while boaters were trolling or jigging the area in front of the dam and in the deep channel between the ramp and the dam for macks.

TOPAZ LAKE — The launch ramps at Topaz Landing Marina and the County Park were still closed, but the private Topaz Lake RV Park was launching boats with a tractor from the shore for $10—a sign was posted on the highway near the CA Stateline. Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina spoke to a boater who had been on the lake all day and the two anglers only caught 4 rainbows in 7 hours—that’s tough fishing.

TRUCKEE RIVER — Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that flows were low and fishing was tough. Catching 1 or 2 fish would be considered a good day casting midge nymphs during the warmer part of the day from 12 to 2 p.m. On cloudy or overcast days, a possible baetis or BWO hatch could create a bit of dry fly action. 35,000 trout were stocked in the river in the Reno/Sparks area this past week by Nevada DOW.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR — The lake is at 51-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that mack fishing was hit-or-miss. On his last trip, his clients only caught one fish but it was a 40-inch Mackinaw that weighed an estimated 22 pounds—it was photographed and released. The big mack hit a 10-inch Code Blue Dodger trailing a herring at 60 feet deep. Mathis spoke to 3 other boaters and they averaged 1 or 2 fish each running 2 to 4 pounds.

WEST WALKER RIVER — The river opens for catch-and-release fishing with artificial lures with barbless hooks only on March 1. The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce stocked 750 pounds of 2-pound average rainbows in the river this past Friday and the DFW was scheduled to stock this Wednesday in advance of the opener. Check with the Toiyabe Motel, West Walker Motel, or northernmonochamber.com for more info.

NORCAL SALTWATER

BERKELEY — Happy Hooker fished San Pablo Bay and picked up an early season halibut, along with a good number striped bass. They finished the day outside, pulling crab pots for even more seafood. Shore fishers at Berkeley caught a variety of perches.

BODEGA BAY — Crabbing slowed down for most boaters and with the Russian and American rivers closed by emergency order by the State, overall fishing effort was down. Surf perch however, picked up some of the slack by providing action at Doran Beach and Dillon Beach. The most productive bait for the perch was Gulp! 2-inch sandworms in camo color.

EUREKA Jetty fishing turned on, thanks to accommodating wind and swells. Using surf leaders, swimbaits and bait under a bobber, jetty fishers scored kelp greenlings, black rockfish, blue rockfish and cabezon.

FORT BRAGG — Noyo Harbor jetty was fishable for the latter half of the week and people used snares for crabs and surf leaders for perch. Rockfish, cabezon and greenling catches came from MacKericher State Park, Jug Handle State Reserve and Mendocino Headlands.

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA — Crabbing seemed to slow a bit out of Pillar Point Harbor, though sanddabs bit like crazy. Off of Pacifica, however, crabbing improved to the points of limits for some pier people. Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay knocked the snot out of sanddabs, just a few miles from harbor.

VALLEJO — Waterfront anglers caught a mix of striped bass and very large starry flounder (up to 15 inches). Napa River fishers launched at Cuttings Wharf and caught both sturgeon and stripers. Mia at Norm’s Bait & Tackle said that several keeper sturgeon were reported each day.

MOTHERLODE

AMADOR LAKE – Fishing is good for trout. The lake is holding steady after the 13-foot rise after the last storm. The courtesy dock is in the water. Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said, “The fishing for trout has been very good with a 15.28-pound fish caught this week. Chartreuse Power Bait was used for the big trout with Black and gray J-7 Rapala lure and yellow Power Bait also used to catch big fish this week.

CAMANCHE LAKE – Trout fishing was fantastic last week. The South Shore Trout Pond was a great place for bank anglers. Anglers fishing from the shore are having the best luck with various sorts of jigs as well as Power Bait. The Narrows, Hat Island and the Dam also proved to be good spots for boat anglers with most fishermen trolling with Rapalas, Kastmasters, Cripple Lures and grubs in the top 20 feet.

DON PEDRO RESERVOIR – Trout fishing is good, but the fish are scattered and you have to cover lots of water. Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing used lots of tricks and covered lots of water for limits of fish for his clients. Monte fished the dam for a couple, Rogers Creek, Hatch Creek and the flume to limit out. Drop-shotting or dartheading 001rg Wright Baits 6-inch worms, minnows, crawdad or shad patterned plastics at 50 feet are working, but the bass are coming up later in the day.

LAKE MCCLURE – Fishing is slow. A couple anglers from Waterford used plastics to catch 2 bass; one was near the old sunken railroad bridge. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop said, “A couple anglers used minnows off McClure Point to put in several bass and a crappie.” Drop-shotting shad patterned plastics to 50 feet. Look for bass to come up in the afternoon.

LAKE MCSWAIN – Trout fishing is good. Victoria Sturtevant at Lake McSwain Marina said, “The Department of Fish and Wildlife planted another 1,000 pounds of trout last week.” Anglers were having good luck at the Handicap Dock and the Brush Pile using lime green Power Bait Balls and white garlic Power Bait. Trollers were using Tomahawk, Pot ‘O Gold spoons and Wedding Rings or flashers with ‘crawlers. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop said, “Anglers used orange Power Bait to catch trout at the Brush Pile while others used dodgers and ‘crawlers trolling.”

LAKE PARDEE – Fishing is good for bass and trout. Planted fish are keeping to the Recreation Area much longer than usual. The hot spots for bank anglers have been the “Mud Hole”, Blue Herron Point and Stoney Point Landing. White Power Bait or eggs with garlic and orange Mouse Tails with a half full water bubble have been the best combo thus far. Trollers are using beaded spinners, Uncle Larry’s pinkies and white/pink hoochies all behind a medium dodger.

NEW HOGAN RESERVOIR – “There is enough water to fish, with two docks in the water on a drive-by trip,” said guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR – Trout fishing has been fair. Bank anglers are catching fish off of Glory Hole Point and near the Tuttletown boat launch. Power Bait and Gulp! Eggs, and ‘crawler/’mallow combo will work. The bass bite is getting better each day. A Carolina rigged Brush Hog or Senko will work well with a slow dragging presentation. The catfish have slowed down, but some are still being caught.

TURLOCK LAKE – It has been planted with trout, but the lake is very, very low. The inlet is a good place to try with all the usual baits. Once the water is turned into the lake for irrigation the fish should move to the inflowing water.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER — The river was running low and clear with little, if any, fishing pressure, below the Hwy. 49 bridge where it’s open, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station.

BULLARDS BAR — The lake is at 49-percent capacity. There was boat launching at Dark Day, but the lake needs to rise 20 more feet to open the ramp at Emerald Cove Marina. The bass fishing has started to improve with good numbers of big spots from 5 to 8 pounds beginning to show. Guide Ron Gandolfi fished the lake this past week and caught 20 fish that included three 5 pounders. The smaller fish were caught on tubes, while the big spots hit Rat-L-Traps. Another angler that Gandolfi spoke to said he caught fish to 8 pounds on deep diving crankbaits.

CAMP FAR WEST — North Shore Resort reported that the lake was up to about 50-percent capacity. Ron Franks of Folsom caught 10 bass to 2 pounds on green pumpkin and chartreuse Brush Hogs at 10 feet deep. The water was still a little muddy and 50 to 54 degrees.

COLLINS LAKE — The lake is 34 feet from full. Trout anglers were averaging 2 to 3 rainbows each from the shore using Power Bait and worms at the Beach and the dam. Paul Johnson of Vacaville caught the biggest trout of the week—a 3 1/4-pound rainbow taken from shore on a worm. A bass club held a tournament this past weekend and one boat reported catching 25 fish with lots of 3 to 4 pounders and big fish running 4 to 5 pounds. The bass were hitting worms and jigs on the east side flats and the bite lasted all day.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR — The lake is at 90-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were catching a few rainbows at the confluence of the North Yuba and South Yuba on the upper end of the lake. Skippers Cove Marina released their trout pens in the marina and fishing was very good with 4500 catchables loose. The rainbows were all 12 to 14 inchers.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR — The road to the lake was open, but weather this week may close it if the snows that were in the forecast fall at the lower elevations expected. Call the Foresthill Ranger Station for the latest road conditions at 530-367-2224.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR — The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the lake was still too low to allow boat launching off the ramp, though cartoppers could put in off the shore.

LAKE OROVILLE — The lake is at 39-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that boat launching was available at Lime Saddle and the Spillway now that the lake was up 14 feet. Launching may switch from the low-water ramp to the middle ramp at Bidwell if the lake continues to rise. Bass fishing was very good this past week for Gandolfi, who averaged 40 fish days on 5 trips. The key to catching bass was slowing down the retrieve using Paradise Tackle Company finesse jigs, tubes, darthead worms and Senkos, and drop-shot worms. The fish were deeper in the morning—15 to 40 feet deep—and shallower at 5 to 20 feet deep in the afternoons as the water warmed up. The reaction bite was slow on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swimbaits. Watch out for big rafts of debris while running.

ROLLINS LAKE — The lake is at 96-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant.

SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE — The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at the marina reported that trollers were still picking 3 to 4 rainbows each using flasher/worms at the inlet. Though there wasn’t any pressure on the smallmouth bass this past week, Caldwell said the bass fishing should be good with the warmer weather.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR — No change here—the water was rising slowly and boats had no problem launching. Try trolling flashers and worms for holdovers rainbows, or shore fish near the dam.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR — The lake level is up 5 feet and the Georgetown Ranger Station reported that 12- to 16-foot trailered aluminum boats could now launch at the ramp. Shore fishing was slow.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY — The lake was at the 135-foot elevation at press time—92-percent capacity. With the water warming, largemouth bass were moving up on the flats and hitting jigs. Some big bass to 8-plus pounds were reported.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE — A few anglers have enjoyed 20 to 30 fish days. The water is clear around the lake and fish are being caught shallow. The Rattlesnake Island area, Redbud Arm and the north shore of the upper end are all productive areas now. Plastic worms, chatterbaits, jigs, swimbaits and rattlebaits are doing the trick when anglers locate a pod of fish.

LAKE BERRYESSA — Bass have moved to the banks and the pre-spawn bite has begun. A few big fish were caught on A-rigs in 15 feet of water in the north end of the main body. Quite a few smaller ones were caught on spinnerbaits, LV500s, Pointer Minnows and Senkos.

LAKE SONOMA — No reports due to no anglers, too low water and windy conditions.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

LAKE ALMANOR — Water temperatures are unusually warm, so baitfish will start to move closer inshore as will browns and rainbow trout. Try imitations of baitfish such as Rapalas in black/silver in the top 10 feet.

BAUM LAKE — The Fly shop in Redding said fishing has been good on overcast days. Rainy days also brought the wind. The best BWO hatches happen on overcast days.

PIT RIVER — From Nov. 16 through the Friday proceeding the last Saturday in April only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Fishing has improved and so have the hatches. The best times have been from mid-morning until mid-afternoon when the sun warmed things up. Try Pit no. 3.

SHASTA LAKE — Rising waters have helped reduce water clarity, which in turn has helped bass fishing. Look for points and secondary points that have hard bottom, as bass are still chasing crawdads. You can expect to land tons of 12- to 15-inch fish but not many big ones yet. Start with reaction baits and then move on to tubes.

-Western Outdoor News

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