— Bay fishing doesn’t get much better than this.Happy Hooker
totally stacked her deck with halibut and bass.Bass Tub
did similarly, with Central Bay spots providing the hardy action. Berkeley Flats was one of the best spots. Berkeley pier anglers got into the halibut, too.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
nailed limits of salmon on the opener. There have been some good days of weather in this far northern area and with plenty of natural feed in the water to satisfy the salmon, fishing was very good.
NORTH COAST LAKES
•BAUM LAKE —
The Fly Shop in Redding reported this lake is a go-to spot on wet or cloudy days as it helps the hatches. There has been some pretty good dry fly fishing going on.
•CASSEL FOREBAY —
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. Get out early.
•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. The Power House No. 2 riffle has been giving up fish. Water conditions have been great.
— The fish are starting to warm and get hungry. Remember this is a catch and release, single hook, artificial lure only lake and check Lassen Park’s special regulations 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. You won’t get many bites here, but a few nice trout were caught by the dam.
The lake is at 96-percent capacity. The roads were open to the lake and trollers were doing well on 3- to 5-pound rainbows at the Yuba River inlet, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee.
— The lake is at 98-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Trollers should be doing well on a mix of rainbows, browns, and macks. Shore fishing near the boat ramp will be good after the DFW plant.
•COLLINS LAKE —
The lake is at 15 feet from full and scheduled for a double private plant this week. Three huge fish were checked in this past week—a 20 1/4- pound catfish, and 9 1/2- and 7 3/4-pound rainbows. Trollers and shore anglers continued to do well on a mix of trout, bass, bluegill, and catfish. The trout were hitting trolled nightcrawlers and flies and Power Bait or worms from the shore. The catfish preferred anchovies. The bass liked plastic worms, crawdads and nightcrawlers.
•SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side —
Wind, wind, and more wind was the story with few opportunities for boaters. The wind did bring out an improved reaction bite for largemouth bass, and crankbaits in red or chartreuse have been effective for the heavily feeding fish. Striper action is best in the back sloughs with live bluegill or fresh shad, and bluegill action has been tremendous with wax worms or jumbo red worms in a variety of access locations in the south Delta. Catfishing is showing signs of life with fresh clams.