all had phenomenal days of fishing halibut and striped bass at Angel Island, Alcatraz, Raccoon Strait and a few other spots.
ran for salmon and tallied 42 salmon to 23 pounds for 31 anglers, fishing below the Farallones.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
•BODEGA BAY —
Salmon fishing busted loose big-time.New Sea Angler
over the weekend was done by 12:30 with full limits of salmon for all passengers. It wasn’t limit-style fishing every day all week long, but it improved as the week progressed. Schoolhouse Beach hosted a strong red tail perch bite.
NORTH COAST LAKES
•BAUM LAKE —
The Fly Shop in Redding reports this lake is a go-to spot on wet weather days and they had more good conditions this past week. There was some pretty good dry fly fishing going on.
•CASSEL FOREBAY —
Some huge brook trout continue to be taken in the upper canal area. Worms and Panther Martins worked well to entice hits from big trout.
•FALL RIVER —
The Fly Shop in Redding reported fair to good fishing here, but few hatches yet.
•UPPER HAT CREEK —
There have been a few mayfly hatches and hatches of baetis late in the morning. As the weather warms up there should be lots of good hatches going off. In the meantime try worms and Power Bait.
— It’s still a little early to fish here. Remember, this is a catch and release, single hook, artificial lure only lake and check Lassen Park’s special regulations.
River conditions are good and the dry fly action has been good early and late. Nymphs are always an option here.
•TRINITY LAKE —
With an abundance of bait in the system, it’s tough to get bit. Some nice salmon have been caught by the Buckeye Inlet on a 3-inch watermelon colored Apex or by the dam.
The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the one lane of the road was open to the boat ramp. Trollers were launching and doing well at the inlet on big rainbows returning to the lake after the spawn.
— The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Some Caltrans roadwork was making access out of the boat ramp area a problem due to a lane closure. The lake was ice-free and beautiful whenWON
Staffer Pat Young stopped by this past week. Trolling should be good.
•COLLINS LAKE —
The lake is still 15 feet from full and received an 1,800-pound private plant of rainbows, including trophy fish to 5 pounds this past week. Both trollers and shore anglers did well on rainbows this past week. There were numerous trout caught in the 2- to 4 1/4-pound range. Trollers did best using flasher/worms, Rapalas, and Needlefish from the power lines to the dam. The shore anglers always do well with Power Bait and worms at the dam, beach, and marina. Bass action was good and big redear sunfish were beginning to show up on stringers.
•SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side —
Winds were also the story on the San Joaquin River, but experienced anglers have found great topwater action with custom plugs. Big tides and persistent winds muddied up the river, slowing down the action, but most striper trollers continued to focus on the more-protected San Joaquin. The topwater largemouth bite is improving, particularly when there is a chop on the water. Bass continued in all three phases of spawning. Extra-large and jumbo minnows continued to be top baits for largemouth, and bluegill remained a viable option with wax worms or jumbo red worms in various locations in the south Delta.