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.
• CARSON RIVER (East, West) – The East and West Carson are both scheduled for DFW 1000-pound trout plants this week. Fishing was excellent for fish to 6 1/2 pounds using worms, salmon eggs, and spinners. With another plant this week, fishing should be stellar. Alpine County will stock 1800 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows before the July 4thweekend.
• EMERYVILLE – Boats from Emeryville Sportfishing plied the waters of the Marin Coast for lingcod and rockfish, or fishing the Central Bay for halibut and striped bass, deciding against running out farther for salmon. Typical counts were: C-Gull II had 22 folks catch 176 rockfish and 24 lingcod to 14 pounds. New Huck Fin’s 15 people brought in 130 rockfish and 30 lings to 14 pounds. New Salmon Queen saw 17 passengers boat 85 rockfish and one 9-pound lingcod. New Seeker has 27 people catch 200 rockfish and 12 lings to 12 pounds. Sundance’s 6 fishers caught 11 rockfish and 12 lingcod to 12 pounds. Tiger Fish had 26 folks get limits of rockfish and 33 lingcod to 18 pounds.
• ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR – The lake is at 91-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Trolling was very good, according to Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service. Daneman caught 20 rainbows to 15 inches in 4 hours on his last trip trolling a Sep’s watermelon Strike Master Dodger with a brown grub from the top to 27 feet deep. Shore anglers were doing well also.
• SILVER LAKE – The lake is full and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Earl Pennington of Morgan Hill took his grandkids here this past week and they caught over 40 rainbows trolling dodger/nightcrawler or grub combos at 7 to 10 feet deep. The rainbows ran 12 to 15 1/2 inches and bit like snapping dogs.
NORTH COAST RIVERS• ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon – “I don't have any good news for the mouth of the Rogue River yet,” said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “With the last of the spring Chinook's entering the river one at a time and the first of the fall king salmon still not yet entering the Rogue Bay, it has made fishing for these big salmon painful for those who don't have patience. I have not heard of any salmon being caught upriver over the last week. Pink fin surf perch fishing is good some days and expected to become better over the next couple weeks. I have been finding new baits for these wonderful fish each year, but still favor a piece of shrimp on the hook for attracting bites. You can find parking on the South Jetty for the best access to the Sandspit for fishing the incoming tide.”
• ROGUE RIVER, Middle, Oregon – Summer steelhead are starting to show up for fishermen in the Grants Pass area, and some fish to 7 pounds were caught at Schroeder Park, Galice Creek and Griffin Park at Panther Chute, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Salmon continue to bite in the early a.m. on Kwikfish with sardine wrapper, or back-bouncing roe or shrimp. Best bet is to launch at the dam/hatchery and fish down to Shady Cove. The river was running high over the weekend, so be prepared for heavy rowing in your driftboat. Lakes such as Selmac, Hyatt, Lost Creek and Howard Prairie are producing some bass action, plus small rainbows on trolled lures.
• UMPQUA RIVER, Sutherlin, Oregon — The shad have come and gone on the Umpqua River. These fish are fun to catch, so it will be a long wait until next May, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. “Spring Chinook's are still wandering up the Umpqua a few at a time, however it is just about impossible to keep a line in the water fishing with all the moss floating downstream,” he said. “If you are looking for a fun day during the month of July, you can expect to find that fishing for smallmouth bass. A couple guides have been putting people onto more fish than they could ever have expected. I am sad to say that over the next month, anglers can expect fishing to become very slow on the Umpqua River for everything except smallmouth.”
• UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Oregon – Springer's are everywhere in the North Umpqua River. There are a few spring Chinook's that have not turned dark yet, but most of them have turned, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “Summer steelhead are being caught now on a regular basis. Swift Water Park is a good starting point for trying to catch one or even a few of these athletic fish. With a deeper, fast current just above Swift Water Bridge, it gives a multitude of variations of ways people can fish the same piece of water.
TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS• KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam – The tailwater trout fishing below the dam is getting into full swing now. There should be lots of time to get up to the Klamath River for some great fishing. Most fish are small about 12 inches, but some rainbows have weighed up to 5 pounds.
• KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen – Fishing has been slow. Flows have been low, warm, and algae has been a problem, fouling lures and fouling nets.
• TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City – While the salmon fishing has been bad in the lower Klamath, it should be getting much better soon in the Trinity. Flows will be going to 450 cfs at the beginning of July, and fishing should be very good as salmon are going to be far more concentrated and driven to head upriver.
NORCAL SALTWATER• BERKELEY – Happy Hooker nailed easy limits of rockfish and plenty of lingcod along the San Mateo coast, then came back inside the Bay to fish the Raccoon Straits and add some striped bass and halibut. New Easy Rider found 3 salmon on 2 trips. Other Berkeley boats worked spots outside the Bay for rockfish and big lingcod, then worked on halibut.
• BODEGA BAY – Lingcod lit up the catch counts with steady limits reported aboard New Sea Angler. Six-pack boat Miss Anita caught 6 salmon for her passengers. Cameron Vogler at Lawson’s Landing reported halibut biting live baits near Hog Island in Tomales Bay. Surf perch put on a decent bite along local beaches.
• EUREKA – Salmon fishing returned to its former glory, with improved weather. Shellback, Sea Weasel II, Foreel and Reel Steel all worked together to get in on the best areas of hungry fish. Murky water slowed the Pacific halibut bite, however a few were caught, up to 40 pounds. Cape Mendocino and the Lost Coast gave up the best counts of rockfish and lingcod.
• FORT BRAGG – Salmon were located in relatively shallow water, eating baby rockfish. Sea Hawk got into them and the catch counts went up over a fish per rod. Mendocino Coast reef zones gave up high counts of rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. Jetty anglers cast snares for crabs and soaked baits for red tail perch and rockfish. Aboard Trek II, a monster 27-pound lingcod was caught north of town.
• HALF MOON BAY – Huli Cat reported full limits of lingcod, plus many released on the way to limits of rockfish. Queen of Hearts, Riptide and Que Sera Sera posted limits of rockfish and caught some impressive cabezon. Very large brown rockfish, 5 to 6 pounders, showed up in the catch. Jacksmelt invaded the Harbor, giving plenty of people a chance to catch some for food or bait.
• SAN FRANCISCO – Wacky Jacky fished the Marin Coast and nailed high counts of lings to 15 pounds and rockfish limits. Lovely Martha fished the Bay and caught halibut to 25 pounds. Bass Tub and Argo both mixed up the week by fishing inside and outside the Bay. Angel Island gave up some good counts of halibut and South Hampton was where the best numbers of striped bass came from. On days when they went outside the Gate, both boast worked the Marin Coast for rockfish and lingcod.
• VALLEJO — Anglers along the waterfront used bait and lures to catch striped bass. The Napa River system produced catches of both stripers and sturgeon. Cuttings Wharf again made the top of the list of local hotspots.
NORTH COAST LAKES• CLEAR LAKE – The average fish is running a solid 3 to 3 1/2 pounds. Fishing pressure will continue to be light as the majority of tournament action is going to switch over to night tournaments. Try topwater baits, pitching Senkos, and bladed swim jigs in the lanes and areas where the weeds are a little sparser.
• LAKE BERRYESSA – Try around the Big Island and the Ranch House for kokes to 19 inches. Use RMT 5 1/2-inch dodgers with Uncle Larry’s spinners, Apexs, RMT spinners and squids from 48 to 60 feet deep. Early in the morning, fish for bass shallow with topwater baits across main body points. After the sun gets higher, work deeper points and ledges with jigs, worms and tubes.
• LAKE SONOMA – Target bass in standing timber in 10 to 20 feet of water in the main Dry Creek arm early in the morning. Green pumpkin Senkos and jigs work, but the topwater is getting going. Trout trollers also need an early start for landlocked steelhead that are biting shad patterned Apexs, Needlefish and Humdingers in 15 to 30 feet of water. You can also find a few channel catfish to 10 pounds soaking stinkbaits in the evenings from shore.
NORTHEASTERN AREA• LAKE ALMANOR – For a mix of browns and rainbows, and an occasional salmon, troll north of Rec. 2, and from Rec. 1 to the A-Frame. Most hits have been coming off the down-rigged deep rods between 35 to 45 feet or about 6 to 8 feet off the bottom. For lead core lines, try 3 to 4 colors down. Another developing good spot has been the rock jetties near Plumas Pines to Almanor West ramp and back.
• BAUM LAKE – This lake is always a go-to spot with its cold, clean water and abundance of habitat and insects. Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high.
• BUCKS LAKE – The koke bite has been wide open using silver dodgers or the new Pro Troll UV 4-inch dodger with Uncle Larry’s spinners in pink tiger tipped with corn from 20 to 30 feet down for fish from 12 1/2 to 13 inches.
• EAGLE LAKE – Try bobber fishing by Shrimp Island in 8 to 10 feet of water with a threaded nightcrawler down 6 feet. Fish at first light fish around 5:30 a.m. The launch ramp at the south end is still looking fine, but keep your motor trimmed up when launching. If you are fishing the shallows, make sure to use extreme caution and take your time.
• FALL RIVER – The Fly Shop in Redding reported an improved Hex hatch with warming weather. The evening fishing has been great. The hatch has been going off around 8:45 or 9:00 p.m..
• UPPER HAT CREEK – As the weather warms up, so has lots of good salmon fly hatches. The Power House No. 2 riffle has been giving up fish, but it is crowded. You can get most, if not all of it to yourself near or at sundown. Pay attention to fishing regulations near sunset. Water conditions have been great. Fish early and late.
• McCLOUD RIVER – River conditions are good and the fishing has been great. Dry fly action has been good early and late. Nymphs are always an option here, but now add salmon flies.
• PIT RIVER – The best river conditions are going to be found below Lake Britton Dam at Pit No. 3 and it has been fishing well. Hatches have been going off mid-morning to early evening, but cover some water.
• SHASTA LAKE – For a ton of the little bass throw Senkos. Look for 2 to 3 1/4-pound rainbows in 60 to 80 feet on rolled shad in Dry Creek and the McCloud arm in front of Shasta Cabins. The bite was a little slow for both trout and salmon.
• TRINITY RESERVOIR — Bass fishing has been good, but the trout bite slow.
• WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR – This lake continues to be red hot for 11- to 13 1/2-inch kokes and easy limits. Troll both sides of the 299 Bridge at 40 to 60 feet. Try a pink hoochie behind a 6-inch Sling Blade and a pink Apex behind a 4-inch Sling Blade. If it starts to slow down or gets too crowded, check out the coldwater curtain and fish from 60 to 80 feet down.
SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS• BLUE LAKES – Upper Blue and Lower Blue were stocked by the DFW this past week. Fishing was good, according to a report from Caples Lake Resort.
• BOCA LAKE – The lake is at 43-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. The DFW planters always wind up gravitating toward the inlet to get in the incoming flow of cooler, more highly oxygenated water.
• DAVIS LAKE – The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported that fishing was slow on all fronts. Trollers were picking up 4 or 5 fish from 12 to 20 inches; shore anglers at Mallard were catching 0 to 2 fish each; flyfishermen were lucky to catch 3 rainbows in the late evening along the west side.
• DONNER LAKE – The lake is at 97-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week and is scheduled for another trout plant this week. Trout fishing was excellent at the west end near the boat ramp and beach and off the public piers. 12-inch kokanee were scattered around the lake at China Cove to Loch Leven and across from the boat ramp. The kokes were hitting dodger/spinner/hoochie combos in pink, orange, purple at 20 to 40 feet deep.
• FEATHER RIVER CANYON – The North Fork at Belden was stocked by the DFW with 3800 pounds of rainbows this past week. Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort said the fishing was excellent and everyone was catching fast limits of nice planters on worms, salmon eggs, and crickets. The Caribou Powerhouse was producing some nice rainbows to 3 pounds.
• FRENCHMAN LAKE – The lake is at 43-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that trout fishing was good at the dam from shore using nightcrawlers. Shore anglers at Snallygaster were picking up some small catfish on worms. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that boaters anchoring across the lake from the Frenchman ramp were doing very well in 30 feet of water. Trolling was slow.
• GOLD LAKES BASIN – Salmon Lake, Sardine Lake, and Packer Lake were producing plenty of planters, according to Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. Gold Lake was good in front of the private homes on the north side of the lake and off Rocky Point.
• INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR – Shore anglers were picking up a few rainbows at the dam, but with the fishing so good in the Carson River system, few anglers were bothering with this lake.
• JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR – The lake is at 89-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Fishing should be good out from the launch ramp for trollers using flasher/worms and small spoons.
• JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) – The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week. Rainbow trout fishing was good in the cove near the boat ramp and at the first dam using worms and floating dough baits.
• LAKE TAHOE — Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported “off the charts” mack trolling all this past week with limits of macks and a couple of rainbows by 9:30 each day. Self was trolling spoons and Lucky Craft minnows at 140 to 300 feet deep from Tahoe City to Crustal Bay Point—the secret was staying on the move. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing was doing well on a mix of kokanee, brown and rainbow trout and macks. The kokanee were from 12 to 23 inches and were hitting nickel flashers and Dick Nite spoons tipped with Pautzke’s Fire Corn from the top to 65 feet over 300 to 1000 feet of water. The macks were being caught trolling, drifting live bait, and jigging at 100 to 240 feet deep using Laxee spoons and ThunderStiks, and Williamson Vortex and Abyss jigs tipped with a minnow. The trout were hitting CD 7 and F 11 Scatter Raps in the top 30 feet over 45 to 50 feet of water. Zack Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported their fleet was split between drifting live bait for macks and trolling for kokanee. Morning trips were producing 25 to 40 11- to 14-inch kokes on dodger/ Wedding ring combos tipped with corn. Macks to 10 pounds were being caught suspended under the kokanee schools.
• LOON LAKE – The lake is at 87-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported his last trip produced 10 rainbows to 14 inches on Sep’s brown grubs in the top 20 feet. He metered fish all over the lake.
• PROSSER LAKE – The lake is at 32-percent capacity. The dam was the most consistent producer of the occasional rainbow and smallmouth bass.
• PYRAMID LAKE – George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported he was hooking 10 to 12 fish on half-day trips working the west side of the lake from Indian Head in the south to Monument in the north using Apex at 25 to 45 feet deep. The trout season ends on June 30 and reopens October 1. Valarie Taylor at Crosby’s Lodge reported they only weighed 2 fish this past week—8 1/2- and 9-pound cutthroats caught trolling at Hell’s Kitchen.
• RED LAKE – Caples Lake Resort reported that the lake was full. There should be some decent fishing at the dam and the inlet for cutthroats and brookies using worms.
• SILVER LAKE – The lake is at 99-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fish and trolling were good.
• STAMPEDE RESERVOIR – The lake is at 29-percent capacity. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service said 2-wheel drive trucks were getting stuck at the boat ramp in the mud—a backhoe was cleaning the ramp, but 4-wheel drive is strongly recommended. Kokanee action was still red-hot with small copper dodgers and pink Radical Glow tubes tipped with Pautzke’s Fire Corn picking up limits of 13-inch fish between the ramp and the island. Kalan Richards of Cameron Park scored limits of kokes on purple hoochies behind silver Sling Blades and an 8-pound mack on a brown trout Jointed Rapala in the Little Truckee arm.
• TOPAZ LAKE – Only car top fishing boats can launch at the current water level, with the ramps closed at Topaz Landing Marina and the County Park. Trollers were still picking up a few rainbows in the early morning using flasher/worms and Rapalas at 20 to 25 feet deep.
• TRUCKEE RIVER – Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that flyfishing was good using caddis, little yellow stones and PMDs. The green drake hatch was sporadic below Hirshdale in the late evenings. The caddis and yellow stone hatch was best in the late afternoons while the PMDs were showing in shady areas with slower flows during the late morning to early afternoons.
• UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR – The lake is at 96-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Kalan Richards of Cameron Park caught 2 macks to 3 pounds in 8 hours of trolling an F9 rainbow trout Rapala. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that trout fishing was excellent after the big DFW plant for both shore anglers and trollers. The trout were hitting flasher/worms at 45 to 55 feet deep.
• WEST WALKER RIVER – The Little Walker and West Walker were stocked by the DFW this past week and are both scheduled for trout plants this week. Pam Hamic at the West Walker Motel reported fishing was excellent for rainbows from 12 inches to 4 pounds. The Thompson family from Modesto caught easy limits from the bridge all the way down the canyon in the deeper holes. The river flows were still a bit high, but should be perfect soon. The “How Big is Big” Fishing Derby begins July 1 and runs through the whole month. The anglers with the top 50 fish will be awarded prizes on July 31. Mono County stocked the West Walker with 400 pounds of 3- to 5-pound rainbows 2 weeks ago and will stock another 400 pound in mid-July to support the derby.
SACRAMENTO VALLEY• AMERICAN RIVER— Flow have actually gone up to 2,400 cfs. The lake has continued to drop around 6 inches to a foot a day. Flows are likely to drop back to 500 cfs or lower by mid-July. So you should take advantage of the fishing now. There are still a very few shad up around Sailor’s bar, and you might go looking for some big striped bass on crawdads, swimbaits or topwater lure early or late.
• FEATHER RIVER — A very few shad were being caught around Live Oak, and but some striped bass were also being caught above Shanghai Bend. And even better, some steelhead were heading up into the Low Flow Section. There have even been fish caught on flies like red copper Johns.
• FOLSOM LAKE – Trout fishing has been continuing into summer, and Big John Enos landed 7 rainbow to 17 inches long on Speedy Shiners fished from 45 to 65 feet deep. The lake is dropping very fast, and the third boat ramp is starting to be exposed. Flows have been higher flows down the American River, even higher than before at 2,400 cfs. Bass have continued to move out to deeper water. Those fishing with drop-shotted Robo-Worms have been getting a few strikes.
• RANCHO SECO LAKE – Some nice bass were being caught on weightless Senkos close to dark. It’s still mostly a time for red-eared sunfish and bluegill fished with worms under bobbers.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento – Striped bass fishing was slow. Some shaker-sized fish were being caught from Power Inn road and up to Brytes Beach, but a few keeper fish were still being caught on blood worms and sardines. Catfish have been one of the better bets in the Deep Water Channel, and at the slow spots on the river, the sloughs and up to Knight’s Landing.
• SACRAMENTO, Ward’s Landing – Some good fishing for striped bass was occurring using a variety of methods--plastic worms, Clouser minnows thrown toward shore, minnows and swimbaits. Some folks caught up to 20 fish to about 8 pounds around Ward’s Landing.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding – Trout fishing continued to be good from Redding to Red Bluff, and still were being caught very early and very late, mostly on combo trips late in the day. Some shad were being caught all the way down to Chico. Fishing was still good for fly fishers dead-drifting small caddis nymph imitations and pmd’s, while spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and Glo-Bugs and even tiny drifted FlatFish.
• YUBA RIVER – There were still a few shad being caught very late in the day in the lower half of the river below Matthews Avenue, and trout fishing still hasn’t changed much and continued to be slow. The fish have not been taking dry flies like grasshoppers in any numbers yet.
MOTHER LODE LAKES• AMADOR LAKE – The surface temperatures have finally raised too high for the trout to come up, even at night. Anglers have begun to switch over to the lake’s warmwater species. A few catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers and chicken livers near the campground and the dam. The bass bite is good for anglers casting Senkos and crankbaits from boats. Most of the bass caught are in the top 15 feet of water.
• CAMANCHE LAKE – Fishing was slow this week. A few anglers scored trout along the dam and in the Narrows at depths of 20 to 25 feet. Anglers looking to find catfish had luck soaking chicken livers in the river arm’s coves and behind Hat Island. Bass anglers fished the river arm and in the lake’s many coves with Senkos or dropshotting other plastics.
• DON PEDRO RESERVOIR – The kokanee and trout action slowed this week and anglers struggled to put many fish in the boat during the morning shift. Dodgers and hoochies or Apexes fished deep are still the best bet for kokanee in the morning hours. Some anglers switch to trout later in the morning by trolling spoons at 20 to 50 feet deep.
• LAKE McCLURE – The lake level is very low and the fish are concentrated in the deeper areas due to the warm weather.
• LAKE McSWAIN – The lake received 1,000 pounds of new rainbow trout this week and the trout action improved. Shore anglers fished nightcrawlers or silver and blue Kastmasters near the dam and handicap dock for good numbers of trout. Trollers fished with PPK’s Tomahawk spinners and flashers by the marina and brush pile.
• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR – Kokanee action continues to be the best action on the lake. Glory Hole Point, the dam, the spillway and Rose Island have all been productive areas. Scented corn with an orange hoochie fished behind a dodger has been a solid rig for many anglers. The kokanee are hanging at about 40 to 75 feet deep. Catfish are also doing well in the lake’s shallower areas with frozen shad and nightcrawlers.
• LAKE PARDEE – Good numbers of kokanee continue to show up for anglers trolling pink or green hoochies and spinners behind a dodger. Trout anglers fished with orange dough baits at the south end of the lake and the marina area for a few fish. Some catfish showed up in the Mels Cove area for anglers soaking nightcrawlers and garlic scented baits. Some bass have shown up for anglers fishing Senkos and crankbaits along the shoreline.
NORTHERN FOOTHILLS• AMERICAN RIVER — The South Fork at Coloma is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The North Fork along Foresthill Road was producing rainbows for hikers. The Middle Fork below French Meadows was good for rainbows.
• BULLARDS BAR — The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Ron Gandolfi reported that fishing was slow for bass.
• CAMP FAR WEST — North Shore Resort reported that bass fishing was fair during the week. Ron Franks of Folsom caught 8 bass in the Rock Creek arm at 20 to 25 feet deep on green pumpkin Brush Hogs.
• COLLINS LAKE — The lake is 25 feet from full and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Trout fishing was best off the shore at the dam or trolling over the channel during the day, and off the rental docks at night. Trollers scored some big trout this past week from 4 to 9 1/4 pounds using dodgers or flashers and worms at 20 to 30 feet deep. Night fishermen picked up lots of rainbows and a few crappie catfish, and bass on worms or floating dough baits.
• ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR — The lake is at 93-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Skippers Cove Marina reported that boaters were picking up 12- to 14-inch rainbows and a few catfish drifting nightcrawlers in the Boston Bar/ Black’s Ravine area of the upper lake. The trout were 20 feet deep, while the catfish were on the bottom.
• FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR — The lake is at 53-percent capacity. Campgrounds were open and fishing was good near the creek inlet by the dam.
• HELL HOLE RESERVOIR — The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Ken Mathis of Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service fished the lake for 6 days this past week and reported that kokanee trolling was very good for 13- to 15 1/2-inch salmon on dodgers, spinners, and hoochies at 45 to 65 feet deep all over the lake. Most trollers were picking up a couple of macks incidental to the kokanee to 8 pounds. One troller caught a 9-pound brown on kokanee gear.
• LAKE OROVILLE — The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported the bass bite was still good, but numbers were dropping while the quality was increasing. His clients were catching 30 to 40 fish on half-day trips including a few 3 to 4 pounders and lots of 1 3/4- to 2-pound bass. Successful anglers were using tubes, drop-shot worms, Senkos, shaky head worms, spinnerbaits, lipless cranks, and topwater from the surface to 30 feet deep on steep walls and points. Gandolfi was fishing the upper half of the main body to the ends of the North Fork and West Branch with good results. Big balls of bait were seen on top, attracting mostly smaller fish, but the occasional big bass was hitting a Spook. Fish the shady sides of the rocks or walls.
• ROLLINS LAKE — The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported the topwater bite for bass was good in the early morning before sunrise in Long Ravine and along the rocks on the SE end of the dam. In the evenings, drop-shotting tequila sunrise and margarita mutilator Roboworms was working at the dam and the Bear River inlet. Trout were hitting flashers and worms at 45 to 50 feet deep near the dam. The NID operated ramps at Long Ravine, Orchard Springs and Peninsula all open at 6 a.m. Greenhorn Resort is open.
• SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE — The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Mike Dowd at the marina reported that trollers were picking up easy limits of 10- to 12-inch rainbows in the middle of the lake between the marina and Cascade Shores using flashers and worms. Catfish were hitting worms in the evenings at the dam. A few smallmouth bass were hitting plastic worms, jigs, and tubes on the rocky banks between the dam and the marina and on the dam.
• SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR — The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the campgrounds were open and a few holdover rainbows were still being caught in the early morning or evening.
• STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR — The Georgetown Ranger Station said shore and trollers were still doing well on rainbows. The shore anglers were doing best off the spots near the dam and parking lot using worms and floating dough baits. Trollers were heading up to the inlet for the best action. Launching is still good on the concrete at the current lake level.
• THERMOLITO AFTERBAY — The lake was at 133.8-foot elevation—80-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that Paradise Tackle Company black/blue jigs were picking up some nice 4- to 6-pound bass off the rip-rap banks. The bite was just fair on the tule banks using Senkos and frogs.
DELTA REGION• SACRAMENTO RIVER side — The wind remained the story on the Sacramento River Delta as spring pattern winds continued despite the start of summer. Between the wind and other interests, the number of anglers launching boats in lower Suisun Bay has diminished. The incoming tide remained by far the best window for anchoring. Shoreline anglers near Benicia are struggling with bait-stealing crab, undersized stripers, and jack smelt. An occasional sturgeon is caught and released from Buoy 2 or the mouth of Montezuma Slough. Interest has all but extinguished for American shad from Clarksburg to Freeport.
• SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side — Largemouth bass remained the top species on the San Joaquin side with the persistent wind providing a great opportunity for reaction baits. Crankbaits produced quality largemouth, and there is a window for prop baits or topwater baits in the warmer conditions of the afternoons. Catfishing remained strong with fresh or frozen clams. Bluegill anglers have been working the banks with wax worms and jumbo red worms from various locations in the south Delta. Fresh shad is a mystery, with only a few pounds brought into Stockton-area bait shops. Extra-large minnows are scarce, and jumbo minnows have been all but impossible to obtain.
– Western Outdoor News