Top Picks• FEATHER RIVER – Steelhead fishing was outstanding once again, and some anglers have been landing 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 has been particularly good.
• DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side –
The sturgeon are moving into the sloughs, and can also be found at the Power Lines and from the banks at Sherman Island. Stripers have also been found at the Power Lines and Sherman Island. There are also some bright chrome salmon being taken in the Garcia Bend area on K14 Kwikfish, and striper fishing has been good.• SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side – Striper fishing has been excellent out of Korth’s Pirate’s Lair. It helps that the water hyacinth is dying. Drifting mudsuckers got their attention. There was also 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 big trout caught last week weighed 15.3, 14 and 12.4 pounds. Unfortunately, no names were taken. Six-hundred pounds of cut-bows were planted last week. The lake continues to drop, but the single lane boat launch is still usable. The fish are still shallow and being caught on Kastmasters, Rapalas, Power Bait and flies.
• PYRAMID LAKE, Nevada – Guide Dick Nichols of Shaver Lake visited with 3 friends this past week and had one of the most productive trips in 32 years of fishing this lake. Keith Matsumura of Fresno landed a 14-pounder while they caught-and-released dozens of fish using bleeding frog FlatFish at 20 to 22 feet deep from Pelican Bay to Windlass Bay - Nichols said they caught a fish every 5 minutes. Crosby’s Lodge reported that 25 big cutthroats were weighed in this past week, including a fish pushing 21 pounds.
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 were also jamming Nimbus Basin, and lots of dark salmon were being caught, mostly by “lining” or “flossing.” Steelheading was fair to good along River Bend Park, Watt Avenue, and Howe Avenue by drifting nightcrawlers, swinging spinners and small spoons, or dead drifting nymphs and egg patterns under indicators.
• 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 being caught. Many anglers have been switching to striped bass, catching them in the Turning Basin, Prospect, Cache, and Miner’s Slough. There is more sturgeon activity occurring weekly, and a 68 pounder was caught at Discovery Park on a sardine.
• FOLSOM LAKE – Bass fishing was slow, once again, with some smaller fish being caught by drop-shotting RoboWorms over rock piles, dragging jigs, or spooning next to channels from 15 to 25 feet deep. Look for concentrations of bait using electronics. Very few anglers were fishing for trout and landlocked salmon. Troll Speedy Shiners and Rapalas 25 to 35 for trout, and 45 to 65 deep for kings.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff – Fishing was very good for late fall king salmon once again, but flows continued to drop and are going down to 3,300 cfs, making launching at Woodfords and Hamilton City a doubtful proposition.
• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding – Flows are very low, and trout fishing good, with steelhead fishing continuing to improve around Battle Creek. Some nice fresh late fall kings were continue to show up.
• UPPER SACRAMENTO/McCLOUD RIVERS – 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.
• YUBA RIVER – 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.
MOTHERLODE• CAMANCHE LAKE – Trout fishing is good. The pond was packed and the main lake ramps were busier as anglers were reeling in trout all over the place. Toplining way behind the boat with grubs is working. Trout are active on the trout pond with fly’s, spinners and Power Bait catching fish. Trollers are catching trout all over the lake on an assortment of lures.
• DON PEDRO RESERVOIR – Fishing is tough for bass and trout. Bass fishermen have been doing best with drop-shot rigs. Trout trollers are having a hard time finding the bite. We need some cold weather so the lake will turn over and get the trout to bite.
• LAKE PARDEE – Pardee Lake Recreation Area is closed. The Park will reopen for the 2014 season Thursday Feb. 13th for camping and the 14th for fishing.
• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR – Fishing is good from the bank and by trolling as the trout are getting shallower as the reservoir cools down. Bank fishermen should try shallow water areas with deep drop-off nearby. Trolling anglers should try toplining small shad patterned baits. Bass fishing is fair, as the lake is in transition from summer to fall and the fish seem to be spread out from deep to shallow water. A 10-pound bag can be caught. The bite has been a little on the tough side for most, but should pick up.
• MODESTO RESERVOIR – Fishing is off again on again. Joe Ryan of Waterford reported a good bass bite on plastic baby watermelon craws. He said several of the bass he is catching are full of eggs.
- Western Outdoor News