Fishing Line: Week of July 7

07/07/2014 12:38 PM

07/07/2014 12:39 PM

TOP PICKS

•  TAHOE LAKE – Mack trolling and jigging on the north end of the lake was either “incredible” or “unbelievable” with limits coming in 2 hours or less. Guides were catching multiple limits and releasing smaller fish to end up with 5- to 7-pound keepers. Trolling for rainbows was good for fish to 4 1/4 pounds using a Megabait along the buoy line after getting limits of Macks. Tahoe Sportfishing was doing well drifting live bait for Macks at North Shore from 80 to 200 feet deep. Trolling for kokanee at South Shore was good using flasher/Wedding Ring at 60 to 80 feet deep in the early morning or 70 to 90 feet deep in the late afternoon.
•  LAKE BERRYESSA – As of Sunday, fire officials said Highway 128 was closed in the area east of Canyon Creek Resort Campground to Pleasant Valley Road. Give Markley Cove a call before heading up to see if they have the road open. For trout, you’ll find easy limits. The kings and kokanee are a little deeper and require a little more work. Working the weed lines on the east side of the main body has been the best area followed by Wragg Canyon coves and main points in the Narrows for bass. Drop-shot rigs and Carolina rigs will work after your topwater bite stops.
•  EMERYVILLE – A giant octopus of over 50 pounds was somehow brought aboard New Huck Finn. On the same trip, a 35-pound lingcod was caught by Vanessa Lee. All boats caught plenty of rockfish and lingcod and some boats fished inside the Bay for stripers and halibut in the clear waters around the islands of Central Bay. On New Salmon Queen, another monster came aboard at the South Bar a 67-pound white seabass caught by Fire Zhou of San Francisco.
•  WEST WALKER RIVER – The Little Walker and West Walker were both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week and were stocked by the DFW this past week so the rivers should be loaded with fish. A 5 1/4-pound rainbow caught by Donald Zuber was leading the “How Big Is Big” Fishing Derby. Two Modesto anglers came in with three 4 pounder caught on salmon eggs and Rapalas. Fishing was very good this past week with limits of DFW planters and some trophy fish easy to come by for anyone hitting the deep pools spread out through the canyon south of town. For the locations of the “community” fishing spots, check at the West Walker Motel, Toiyabe Motel or the Walker General Store.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

•  ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon – The spring king run is over, and the first of the in-Bay fall kings were caught in the estuary this past week, probably early arrivals feeding inside the mouth and acclimating for the fall upriver run. “This last week wasn’t great, but I did finally hear of 3 fall Chinook salmon caught by trollers inside the Bay,” said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “The Bay is 73 degrees and at this temperature the fish hold for longer periods in the bay before heading upriver. Now, I would like the water to reach at least one more degree if not 3 more degrees and stay there for the next few months. That would give us at the mouth of the river a fishing season like we had consistently a decade ago.”
•  ROGUE RIVER, Middle and Upper, Oregon It was not too bad for action this week,” said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grant’s Pass. “A good number of salmon were taken in the Gold Hill area; mostly on back-bounced roe or shrimp. The upper river area from the dam to Shady Cove remains the most consistent area for salmon action on the same stuff that’s been used for the past several weeks – sardine wrapped Kwikfish, or back-bounced roe or shrimp. Quite a few steelhead are being taken also, but it’s mostly salmon.”
•  RUSSIAN RIVER, Oregon – It’s summer fishing here, and means major competition with swimmers, rafters, kayakers and others during the day, so fishing is limited to smallmouth bass early and late in the day.
•  UMPQUA RIVER, Winchester Bay Oregon The guys have had a hard time catching early season king salmon out at the jaws of the river this last week,” said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “By now we are usually getting a few reports of morning activity or something. It has been slow upriver at Reedsport as well. Windy Bend did report a nice Chinook caught, I believeFriday. It was a whopping 28 1/2 pounds, and the only one I’ve heard about. It won't be much longer before they are catching them at the incoming tide at the mouth of the river. There were reports over the weekend of good salmon fishing out in the ocean with boats leaving out of Salmon Harbor.”
•  UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide,Oregon Talk about a nice place to be on these hot days in the Umpqua Valley –that’s the North Umpqua River,” said guide Curtis Palmer. “You can just about park anywhere you choose because it was so uncrowded. My guess is that with the ocean forecast saying fishable seas over the weekend, that evening anglers stayed home to get ready for salt salmon fishing on the big pond. As long as boats can get out to fish the ocean I am pretty sure we won’t be hearing too much about fishing reports from the Glide area.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

•  KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam – The hatch has been going for a couple of weeks now, but the weather is hot, and the hatch is about over. The heat and the algae are taking their toll on the river. Fishing about over until the fall.
•  KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen – Fishing has improved with the abatement of the moss. The temperature is not ideal at 70.1 degrees, flows have been low, too, but steelhead have been entering the river. Indians have been having some success netting, and liners fishing the estuary have been catching some Chinooks. Anglers fishing the outflow of Blue Creek have been doing okay on jacks and adults. as well as some nice steelhead. However, pressure can be heavy if you are not the first one on the river.
•  TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek – The temperatures have been reaching 100 degrees by early afternoon, and it’s a good idea to get off the water well before then. A few salmon are getting over the falls, but the concentration of fish has been low.
•  TRINITY RIVER, Junction City – Some Chinook are milling up and down the river in schools in the deeper pools, but the concentrations have been small. Fish are present up to Lewiston, though, and anglers have been averaging about one fish a day. Fishing for small steelhead has been better, and some nice steelhead are being caught to cheer up anglers.

NORTH COAST LAKES

•  CLEAR LAKE – Everything, including live bait, worked, but there were not a lot of fish caught. Use what you want but make sure you move around a lot. Lakeport and Redbud launch areas are still fine and will be okay as we go into the fall. The Lucerne ramp, State Park and casino ramps will require caution and raised motors.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

•  LAKE ALMANOR – The bite slowed a bit due to pollen in the water and boat traffic. The pollen will settle soon, but the traffic will hang around. The Hex hatch has been going strong around the west shore and east peninsula as well as other areas. Casings are floating around both basins. Fish late in the afternoon until dark.
•  BAUM LAKE – This lake is always a go-to spot with its cold, clean water and abundance of habitat and insects. Not much has changed here. Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high.
•  BUCKS LAKE – Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service reported a hot koke bite at Bucks Creek along with some nice, thick 15- to 18-inch trout and a few small lake trout (macks) to 20 inches close to the bottom (40) feet. Try 32 feet, but the range has been from 28 to 40 and run double super charged UV flasher 4-inch Pro Troll with UL tropical tiger, pink tiger spinners or pink hoochies behind the dodgers.
•  EAGLE LAKE – Troll from Shrimp Island to Wild Cat Point in 40 to 50 feet of water with leadcore 3 to 5 colors deep. Anglers have been using orange Needlefish, Rainbow Runners and no. 3 watermelon grubs for trout to 2 1/2 pounds.
•  FALL RIVER – Not much has changed here. The Fly Shop in Redding reported good morning hatches and fishing. The night fishing has also been great.
•  UPPER HAT CREEK – As the weather warms up so has the fishing with the hatches. The Power House No. 2 riffle has been giving up fish. Water conditions have been great. Fish early and late, during the day scout the flats for rising fish. In the evenings golden stones have been on the menu.
•  McCLOUD RIVER – River conditions are good and the fishing has been great. Dry fly action has been good early and late. Fish are rising for them in the flats and near the lips of riffles.
•  PIT RIVER – Hatches have been going off mid-morning to early evening, but cover some water. It continues to fish well all day long.
•  SHASTA LAKE – For a bunch of little bass, throw Senkos. It’s topwater time early and late in the day. Limits of rainbows have been easy, but you’ll have to work a little deeper and harder for the salmon.
•  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.
•  TRINITY LAKE – Fishing guide Mike Elster caught a nice king in Stuart Fork at 60 feet on a 3-inch watermelon Apex. There’s not as much bait in there, and anglers get more bites. Bass fishing has been very good. Anglers are consistently getting 3- and 4-pound bass at the north end of the lake off points.

NORCAL SALTWATER

•  BERKELEY Happy Hooker, California Dawn and other boats fished Central Bay to pick up a handful of halibut and a large sack of striped bass. Jacksmelt were caught by pier and surf fishers.
•  BODEGA BAY/TOMALES BAY – Salmon turned on off of the Russian River mouth and off of Tomales Point. Lingcod and limits of rockfish bit like crazy off of Fort Ross for anglers aboard New Sea Angler. Thick halibut came from the mouth of Tomales Bay and also from deep in the Bay near Hog Island where a surprise 45-pound white seabass was caught.
•  EUREKA – King salmon became somewhat difficult to find and were definitely smaller during the week. Fortunately, by the weekend, the numbers and the average size was back up to par. Pacific halibut fishing was quite good on days when the weather allowed boats to get out after them.
•  FORT BRAGG – Lingcod and rockfish action was best up the coast off of MacKerricher State Park where it was wide-open fishing in shallow water. Many of the salmon caught came from off of Jughandle State Beach. Late-breaking Sunday report from Telstar was of a wide-open salmon bite off of MacKerricher.
•  PACIFICA/ HALF MOON BAY – Lingcod and rockfish were on fire, providing levels of action that – while down slightly from recent weeks aboard, Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts, New Capt. Pete and others – still ranked as excellent. Salmon fishing was slow, with very few fish caught and little effort expended. Striped bass were caught along beaches from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica, however the counts were way down from the previous week.
•  SAN FRANCISCO Bass Tub, Argo, Wacky Jacky and other boats settled a score with halibut and especially striped bass inside the Bay at Angel Island and Alcatraz. Then boats ran after lingcod and rockfish along the productive Marin Coast.
•  VALLEJO – Napa River system remained clear and provided good conditions for a continued bite on both striped bass and sturgeon. Several areas produced fish, however Cuttings Wharf again ranked as the number 1 hotspot. A 58-inch sturgeon was caught on the Napa.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

•  BOCA LAKE – The lake is at 36-percent capacity. Not much change here – the most consistent action was taking place at the inlet where some nice rainbows and macks were gathering to feed on fish being pushed down the river due to the drop in flows from Stampede. Get out near the drop-offs with a kayak, canoe, or float tube in the early morning or late evening when the jet skiers are off the lake.
•  CAPLES LAKE – The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported that trout fishing was very good for big stringers of rainbows to 3 pounds using flashers and worms along the south shore and at Wood’s Creek and Emigrant Bay. Shore anglers were doing well at the dam and the Wood’s Creek inlet.
•  CARSON RIVER – Alpine County stocked 1,800 pounds of rainbows to 5 pounds in the East and West Carson this past week. Anglers caught fish to 6 1/2 pounds on the East Carson and limits were fast and easy using worms, salmon eggs, and red copper John flies. Markleeville Creek was fishing well up near the firehouse and the library. Flows were dropping in Silver Creek, Markleeville Creek and the West Carson.
•  DAVIS LAKE – The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported that trolling was slow with his last evening trip only producing 3 rainbows – two at 11 inches, and one 19-inch fish. The best action came on the copper/redhead Wee Dick Nite trolled 25 feet deep in the channel between Honker Cove and Coot Bay. Shore fishing was slow and the best flyfishing was in the very early morning using damsel and midge patterns on the west side for small rainbows.
•  DONNER LAKE – The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Rainbow trout fishing was very good at the west end and in the middle of the lake, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Kokanee trolling was sporadic for 12- to 13-inch fish scattered all over the lake at 60 to 80 feet deep using dodgers and purple, black, blue, and glow hoochies. The Mack bite was sporadic for those jigging or mooching live minnows trapped from the lake.
•  FEATHER RIVER CANYON – Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported the trout fishing was still excellent with lots of limits of 12- to 15-inch rainbows hitting worms, salmon eggs and grubs. The Caribou Powerhouse was producing a few rainbows to 2 pounds. Dick Mason at Dick’s Guide Service reported that trolling for quality rainbows at Butt Valley Reservoir was good for limits of 18 to 21 inchers with the occasional 5 pounder. Mason was using half a threaded nightcrawler on 2 to 3 colors of leadcore, and a Rainbow Runner on the downrigger at 20 feet deep near the dam in 40 feet of water.
•  FRENCHMAN LAKE – The lake is at 42-percent capacity. The best action was found across from the Frenchman ramp at Crystal Point for boaters anchored in 30 feet of water using salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. Trolling was slow.
•  GOLD LAKES BASIN – Gold Lake was kicking out easy limits of DFW planters for trollers running flashers and worms or a Dick Nite at 10 to 15 feet deep on the main body of the lake. Some 5- to 10-pound macks and a few browns to 3 pounds were hitting a brown trout Tomic or the bleeding frog U-20 FlatFish trolled 30 feet deep over 40 to 50 feet of water in areas near Rocky Point with a flatter bottom. Salmon Lake was fishing well from the shore near the lodge and the outlet. Sardine Lake was producing well for boaters getting out to deeper water. Packer Lake action was slowing.
•  ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR – The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Trollers were still picking up some DFW rainbows on dodger/nightcrawlers in the early morning, but the bite was slower than in previous weeks due to the heat. Kids at a summer camp fished from a patio boat anchored across the lake from Strawberry Point and caught 30 rainbows from 10 to 12 inches on floating dough bait this past week.
•  INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR – A few rainbows were hitting near the dam, but the great action in the nearby Carson River was keeping fishing pressure at this lake pretty low.
•  JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR – The lake is at 85-percent capacity. Fishing was very good here on all fronts. Shore anglers were doing well using worms, floating dough baits, spinners, and spoons once they located a group of rainbows as they cruised along the shore. Trollers were having a field day catching 11- to 13-inch rainbows on just about anything they cared to drag behind the boat – flashers, dodgers, spinners, spoons, threaded nightcrawlers, whatever.
•  JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) – Denise Cole at Sly Park Resort reported that DFW planters were still hitting for shore anglers at the first dam using nightcrawlers and floating dough bait. Trollers getting out early in the morning before the recreational boating crowd were doing well using flashers and worms.
•  LOON LAKE – The lake is at 85-percent capacity. One boater reported doing well on limits of 11- to 13-inch rainbows trolling a Sep’s watermelon Strike Master Dodger/nightcrawler combo. The lake was loaded with trout and anglers should take advantage of the bite now before it gets too hot and the lake level drops.
•  PROSSER LAKE – The lake is at 28-percent capacity. With the lake this low, the best bet was fishing for smallmouth bass at the dam and the rocky shores away from the dam using darthead or shakyhead worms, tubes, and 4-inch Senkos in browns and greens. The early morning or late evening was the best time to try for a trout off the face of the dam with a spoon or Rapala.
•  PYRAMID LAKE – The trout season closed on June 30, but anglers can still fish for Sacramento perch. Any cutthroats caught while perch fishing must be released unharmed.
•  RED LAKE – Try for trout at the dam and the inlet using worms and salmon eggs.
•  SILVER LAKE – The lake is at 88-percent capacity. Earl Pennington of Morgan Hill fished the lake this past week and caught 33 rainbows running 14 to 16 1/2 inches and a 14 1/2-inch Mackinaw trolling a watermelon Sep’s Strike Master Dodger and a nightcrawler or a Sep’s brown grub on the eastern side and along the south shore from the top to 35 feet deep.
•  STAMPEDE RESERVOIR – The lake is at 28-percent capacity. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported the launch ramp was no longer usable, though 4-wheel drives could launch off the shore east of the ramp. Kokanee were scattered all over the lake at all depths, but the best bite was at 30 feet deep using a Sep’s a copper Side Kick dodger with a pink Radical Glow Tube tipped with pink Pautzke’s Fire Corn.
•  TOPAZ LAKE – Since the lake has dropped even more and boats cannot launch, this will be the last report until conditions change. The lake closes for fishing from Sep. 30 to Dec. 31, reopening on New Year’s Day.
•  TRUCKEE RIVER – Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the flows from Lake Tahoe into the river were going to be cut at Tahoe City. Flyfishing was still pretty good using PMD nymphs and caddis pupa in the pocket water during the day, and looking for caddis, PED, and little yellow stone hatches in the evening.
•  UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR – The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that fishing for macks was sporadic. He was trolling dodger/herring combos and jigging with a whole herring at 50 to 70 feet deep on Sundaywhen WON called, and had already lost a trophy Mack and landed a 6 pounder. Kokanee trollers were finding it tough to get through the plentiful DFW rainbows schooled up at 45 to 65 feet deep.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

•  AMERICAN RIVER – Shad fishing is still fair higher up in the river on small shad darts very early or about sunset until dark. The resident stripers are still in the river, but they’re a tough target for most anglers.
•  FEATHER RIVER – Some shad are still being caught below Shanghai Bend by those fishing early and late, and a few stripers were caught here and there, but boating is dangerous in the low flows.
•  FOLSOM LAKE – Lower lake levels keep the bass moving around, but fishing for trout has been decent up the river arms if you keep moving until you find them.
•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento – Most of the guides are getting ready for the salmon opener on July 16, so they weren’t on the water, but many of the bait shops are reporting slow fishing in general. However, Tom Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports said one group of anglers used jumbo minnows from the mouth of the American up the Sacramento River about a mile and landed 9 keeper stripers, releasing 6. Catfishing has been tops in the same area, with many fish 1 to 2 pounds, and some to 30.
•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale – Anglers have been finding good fishing for stripers here, including some to 35 pounds, fishing at dusk or during the night. Backwaters and sloughs have been producing good numbers of catfish, too.
•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding – The fishing for wild rainbows results in anywhere from 20 to 35 ‘bows from 1 to 3 pounds average, 16 to 20 inches, with an occasional larger 4- to 5-pound trout being caught each day, according to guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. Redding, Anderson and Red Bluff are the most productive bodies of water, with the best set-ups and techniques side drifting small Glo-Bugs in various egg color patterns working best, or back trolling small No. 50 and 70 sized Hot Shot lures.

DELTA REGION

•  SACRAMENTO RIVER side — The river salmon season opens on July 16th, and Delta fishermen are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to target a different species. Although the best part of the season is months off, anglers will line the banks on the opener in hope of hooking a salmon. Sturgeon fishing has been slow with few fishermen, but Montezuma Slough is the top option. Striper action is limited to the occasional legal fish out of a number of shakers. Catfishing has taken off near Sacramento in the Deep Water Channel. Smallmouth bass have invaded the northeast Delta sloughs near rocky structure .
•  SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side – Striped bass fishing has backed off the past week, but the best action remained near the Antioch Bridge at the western end of the San Joaquin River. Catfishing is on the upswing with fresh or frozen clams, and bluegill are abundant throughout the southern and eastern regions with jumbo red worms or wax worms. Fresh shad is still absent from area bait shops, and extra-large, and jumbo minnows have been difficult to obtain, and many shops will not have a supply of jumbos for the next few weeks.

MOTHER LODE LAKES

•  AMADOR LAKE – Bass have been the top fish. Anglers have been fishing soft plastics and spinnerbaits near Jackson and Rock creeks. Some catfish are still being caught near the dam and spillway with nightcrawlers and anchovies. The best time for catfish remains at night.
•  CAMANCHE LAKE – Heavy recreational traffic slowed fishing over the weekend. Trollers picked up a few trout by the dam at 30 to 40 feet deep with flashers and either a nightcrawler or a spinner. Catfish and bass still provide steady action for anglers in the coves of the river arm.
•  LAKE McSWAIN – The last plant was on July 2. The lake’s trollers are doing better than the bank fishermen. The Brush Pile has been this week’s hot spot. Nightcrawlers and dodgers are the best rig for trollers. Shore anglers have been soaking nightcrawlers and rainbow colored dough baits.
•  LAKE McCLURE – The low water continues to keep the fishing action slow. Trout anglers are trolling Rapalas near the marina at about 60 feet deep for a few fish. Bass anglers have been casting plastic worms and Brush Hogs along the shore for a few smaller fish.
•  NEW MELONES RESERVOIR – Kokanee fishing has still been good, and bigger hoochies will start to work as the fish school up. Orange is still the color, down about 40 to 60 feet, but catfishing is a great bet here with fish from 12 to 16 pounds being caught around the Tuttletown boat launch and Glory Hole point using shad, ‘crawlers or liver. Bass fishing is slow during the day, but okay at night, and the same with the trout under lights.
•  LAKE PARDEE – Thanks to a recent plant, the trout action has picked up. The Woodpile has been the best area and anglers are soaking dough baits in rainbow and white colors. Kokanee action is still good. Trollers have been fishing the dam area with dodgers and hoochies for mixed bags of trout and kokanee. Catfish made a good showing in the Woodpile area for anglers fishing chicken livers and nightcrawlers.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

•  AMERICAN RIVER –The South Fork at Chili Bar was running clear and lower than normal, and fishermen were seen a mile below the dam chasing rainbows. The North Fork above Foresthill was running low and clear, but was producing rainbows for the anglers willing to make the hike.
•  BULLARDS BAR – The lake is at 60-percent capacity. The lake was overloaded with recreational boat traffic this past week and fishing was slow. Jason Kincanon of Woodland fished for bass and had boats and personal watercraft running between his boat and the shore he was casting to – that means it’s time to go home. In the early morning mid-week, trollers can catch kokanee between Dark Day and Garden Point on pink hoochies and dodgers at 40 to 50 feet deep.
•  CAMP FAR WEST – The recreational boat traffic on the lake this past week was overwhelming and fishing was understandably slow. Try mid-week in the early morning for a chance at some bass in the creek arms.
•  COLLINS LAKE –The lake is 27 feet from full. Fishing slowed with the heat this past week. Trout fishing was best in the early morning or evening trolling flashers and worms up to 60 feet deep, or shore fishing at the dam or off the rental docks with worms and floating dough bait. A 10 1/4-pound catfish was caught by a boater drifting minnows in the middle of the lake this past weekend.
•  ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR – The lake is at 96-percent capacity. The lake was “crazy” with recreational boat traffic this past holiday weekend. Skippers Cove Marina reported that fishing was slow unless you ran up into the ‘No-Wake” zone and drifted nightcrawlers for a few rainbows.
•  FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR – The lake is at 52-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that boat launching was getting difficult with the dropping water level. Smaller boats getting out and trolling between the ramp and the dam were picking up some nice DFW planters using dodgers and threaded nightcrawlers at 20 feet deep over 40 to 50 feet of water.
•  HELL HOLE RESERVOIR – The lake is at 57-percent capacity. Boat launching was still possible, but be prepared to back down a long curved single lane road to the water. Trollers were still picking up trout and kokanee at the powerhouse on dodger/pink hoochies. The dam area was still kicking out the occasional Mackinaw fast-trolling a 4-inch red-dot frog Lyman at 80 to 90 feet deep. The water over the Narrows was getting shallow and only small boats should try navigating this part of the lake.
•  LAKE OROVILLE –The lake is at 42-percent capacity. Fishing was still great for good numbers of fish using tubes, Senkos and shaky-head worms at 20 to 30 feet deep, but recreational boat traffic made the experience less than enjoyable or safe, according to Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company. Big boats and personal watercraft were running too close to anglers in bass boats, dumping water over the gunnels or knocking fishermen off their feet – do yourself a favor and only fish during the week. Also, get out early and leave early. Launching could close soon at Lime Saddle Marina leaving Bidwell as the only good ramp – be prepared for big crowds and long walks to parking lots.
•  ROLLINS LAKE – The lake is at 95-percent capacity. The lake was overloaded with recreational boat traffic over the holiday weekend, which made fishing difficult. The best chance at catching a trout or bass was to get out early and get off the lake early to avoid the madness.
•  SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE – The lake is at 74-percent capacity. Recreational boat traffic was heavy over the holiday weekend. Fishermen were picking up a few rainbows trolling a dodger/Wedding Ring at 40 feet deep in the middle of the lake between the marina and Cascade Shores in the early morning. Avoid fishing during the day due to the crazy boat traffic.
•  SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR – — Not much happening here with no scheduled DFW plants because of the American River Hatchery shutdown.
•  STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR –The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that the campgrounds were full over the holiday weekend. Shore anglers fishing the deeper water at the dam and trollers were still picking up DFW planters.
•  THERMOLITO AFTERBAY – The lake was at the 135.5-foot elevation at press time – 92-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported that bass fishing was good using black/blue jigs on the rock banks near the Wilbur Road channel. One day this past week, he caught 15 or 16 fish from 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 pounds, with the best five weighing about 25 pounds. Recreational boat traffic here was very heavy and will be as long as the higher water level is maintained. Gibson recommended using the Monument Hill ramp instead of the Wilbur Road ramp where there seemed to be a security problem with some undesirable folks breaking into vehicles. At the Monument Hill ramp, watch out for kids jumping off the dock when you’re heading in to pull the boat out.

– Western Outdoor News

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