– The Sierra streams and the Eastern Sierra opened up for fishing on Saturday, but expected crowds of anglers were somewhat diminished by the quick snowstorm that dropped up to 2 feet of snow at the passes. Those who made it to their favorite streams found them well-stocked with trout, and special plants of brood stock from the DFW and Alpers trophy trout in the eastern Sierra spiced things up. The biggest fish in the Eastern Sierra Bishop area was 9-pound, 6-ounce Alpers caught from Intake 2 up Bishop Canyon.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
trolled the Paradise area for halibut and bass.Happy Hooker
posted limits of bass on Friday, slower Saturday, except for a 29-pound halibut, then 11 bass and 9 halibut for 11 people on Sunday.New Easy Rider
scored 10 salmon for 8 people on Wednesday. Berkeley’s live bait receiver should be selling live anchovies by the time this issue ofWON
hits the street.
NORTH COAST LAKES
•BAUM LAKE —
The Fly Shop in Redding reported that cloudy, wet weather this past week can produce good topwater fishing. Baetis and BWOs love this type of cloudy, wet weather and hatches can be intense.
•CASSEL FOREBAY —
Jim Cimaglia from Rim Rock Resort said the Forebay did a bit better on the opener with reports of some huge brook trout being taken in the upper canal area. Worms and Panther Martins worked well to entice hits from big trout. Weather here was a bit warmer at the lower elevation, but still unseasonably cold. This next week should be much better with temperatures rising slightly above average.
•FALL RIVER —
River conditions looked good, but there have been no reports yet.
•UPPER HAT CREEK —
Jim Cimaglia from Rim Rock Resort said the weather only partially cooperated on the stream opener as snow and rain pummeled the area last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday keeping temperatures in the low 30s and a high of 41 on the weekend. There were not as many fishermen for a season opener as typical, but a lot of dedicated fishermen braved the weather regardless. Fish and Wildlife made heavy plants on the Friday preceding the opener, so there were lots of fish in the system, but not widely dispersed. A nice mix of rainbows and brookies were coming in, but not as many large brooders. This means there are some big fish yet to be caught as the weather warms again. Worms and Power Bait were the top producers over the weekend.
— Jim Cimaglia from Rim Rock Resort said the park has not yet completely opened so no reports yet as to fishing success. But now is a good time to catch some big browns cruising the shoreline looking for a high protein snack in the warmer water of the shallows. Weighted nymphs and streamers work well this time of year, so using these patterns would be a good start. Remember this is a catch and release, single hook, artificial lure only lake and check Lassen Park’s special regulations here.
Opened this past weekend but no reports yet. River conditions look good.
•TRINITY LAKE —
With an abundance of bait in the system it was tougher to get bit. One nice 7-pound salmon was caught by the Buckeye Inlet on a 3-inch watermelon colored Apex.
•SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side —
Even the more protected San Joaquin side of the Delta was victim to high winds over the past week, but striper action is available for trollers working from the Antioch Bridge towards the mouth of the Mokelumne with both deep and shallow diving lures. The Antioch Fishing Pier has been a hotspot with keeper stripers landed on a daily basis. Largemouth bass are in all stages of spawning, and Senkos in shallow water have been productive. Extra-large and jumbo minnows continued to be top baits for largemouth while catfishing improved with a variety of baits. Crappie action has slowed, but red eared perch and bluegill remained a viable option with wax worms or red worms near Buckley Cove and Eight Mile Road west of Stockton.
The lake is at 88-percent capacity. The snow this past weekend closed the road again, but it could be plowed by later this week. Check with the Mountain Hardware and Sports for the latest conditions at530-587-4844
, or contact the Sierraville Ranger Station.
— The lake is at 82-percent capacity. The lake was open and boats were launching this past week, according to Caples Lake Resort staff. Mackinaw trolling should be good.
•COLLINS LAKE —
The lake is 15 feet from full. The DFW stocked 1,000 pounds of rainbows, the Resort planted 2,000 pounds of trophy trout and they released the last two pens of rainbows reared at the marina for a total of about 4,500 pounds this past week. Trout fishing was excellent with LOTS of limits checked in. Trollers were doing well using flasher or dodger/worm combos and Rapalas while the shore anglers relied on Power Bait and worms. Catfish from 4 to 10 3/4 pounds were caught this past week on live crawdads, and bass were hitting them too. Bass to 5 pounds were hitting lures and bait.