•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
– Catfish, stripers, bass, and crappie all have been giving anglers good results. Of course, the majority of the attention is being given to the opening day of salmon season today, when the river will be loaded with boats in search of early fall kings.
– Wide-open salmon fishing was reported.Bragg’n
had limits by 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Fortunately, the boat had a second trips scheduled.Telstar
and other boats fared similarly. A kayaker managed to bring in a 24-pound salmon. Glass beach turned out a high number of cabezon. North jetty was good for red rock crab.
– Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported that Mackinaw trolling was still “un-freakin’-believable” with limits of 3- to 8-pound macks coming in just a couple of hours at 140 feet deep off North Shore. Rainbow trout trolling after the mack limits was producing fish to 3 pounds on F7 and F9 Rapalas in 25 feet of water. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing was still slamming limits of 3- to 7-poind mack in 2 to 3 hours jigging Williamson Vortex jigs in 140 to 220 feet of water at Sugar Pine Point and Tahoe City. Zack Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing said limits of 13- to 16-inch kokanee were coming in daily along with a couple of 6- to 8-pound macks trolling 60 to 80 feet deep off South Shore.
– The river salmon season opens today, and lure tossers are preparing with Vee-Zee or Flying C spinners from the shorelines in Suisun Bay and upriver. The majority of salmon will be arriving in September and October, but optimism abounds for the possibility of hooking an early season salmon. Few fishermen are targeting sturgeon, and striped bass have been limited to the shoreline with the high wind throughout most of the week. Catfishing has improved with the warm weather, and frozen shad, mackerel, and chicken livers are producing in the Deep Water Channel above Rio Vista. Smallmouth bass have invaded the northeast Delta sloughs near rocky structure.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
•ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
– The Rogue River Bay at the mouth just had its first full week of salmon being caught and it looks as if the season is finally here. Thursday, there were only 8 or so boats out fishing. The nice thing was there was almost double that in Chinook salmon caught at 14 for the day. Friday was the biggest catch day with 25 salmon caught, or close to that amount, and two dozen boats on the water. Saturday was slower, with a good 20 boats trying for about the same luck as others had earlier in the week—a fish a boat. “I only know of 8 fish caught on that day,” saidWON
Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “Water temperature is up 76 degrees and the salmon are going in and out of the bay.” A report from Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass confirmed the report: "We fished the bay area on the lower Rogue a couple of days this week, but saw only a couple of fish caught…but action picked AFTER we left!”
•ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Oregon
– “The action remains pretty good in the Shady Cove and Gold Hill areas, and another batch of Chinooks should be up here in Gold Hill & Grants Pass areas in the next week or so," said guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. He said to try for Chinook with Worden’s 5.0 and 4.5 lures. Also try pink and silver K-9 and K-11 Kwikfish, or Rebel crawdad plugs in brown or soft shell pattern. Go early and get off the water about 1 p.m. to avoid the heat. On the Applegate River, try for salmon or steelhead with Little Cleos or Panther Martins No. 6 in black and silver.
•RUSSIAN RIVER, Oregon
– Only action available is before and after things warm up in the morning when the rafters, kayakers and swimmers take over the river, and that’s for smallmouth bass action, which can be good.
•UMPQUA RIVER, Winchester Bay Oregon
– WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets said he couldn’t get any reports from the mouth of the Umpqua, or up at Windy Bend, probably because the anglers are all out on the saltwater chasing the salmon before they enter the system.
•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 is about over until the fall.
•KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
– Fishing for steelhead has been good below Blue Creek, which has cooler water than most of the other tributaries to the lower Klamath. The moss has gone, but algae has started to bloom and can become much worse—even lethal, like in 2002--as temperatures continued to rise. Anglers have been lining fish at the estuary, and Indians have been having some success netting.
•TRINITY RIVER, Junction City
– The spring Chinook salmon run hasn’t reached it’s peak yet, but fishing continued to be poor because of the hot air and water temperatures. The fish count at the Junction Weir has been around the same level as last year, and salmon are concentrated in small schools in deeper pools, but have been reluctant to bite. It’s important to get out on the water very early and off the water well before noon. Anglers have been lucky to average about one fish a day, mostly on roe. Fishing for small steelhead has been better, but it’s small solace for anglers looking for Chinook salmon.
NORTH COAST LAKES
– Lakeport and Redbud launch areas are still fine and will be okay as we go into the fall. The Lucerne, State Park and casino ramps will require caution and raised motors. It is typical summer fishing here now. Work hard, cover water and throw some topwater baits for a chance at a good largemouth, but the numbers aren’t high. The catfish bite is going pretty well. Cats to over 15 pounds were caught on dropshot worm, jigs and live crawdads as bonus fish while fishing for bass. Just look for rocks away from the banks, as the cats are there.
•LAKE BERRYESSA —
Highway 128 is open and the kokanee bite has been very good over deep water in the channel. Look for schooled up fish in from 55 to 71 feet in 100-plus feet of water.
•LAKE SONOMA —
Bass anglers used jigs and chatterbaits in the main body for fish to 6 pounds.
– The bite continued to be slow, but started to improve by week’s end. Crickets and mealworms are getting some quality fish.
– This lake is always a go-to spot with its cold, clean water and an abundance of habitat and insects. Not much has changed here. Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high.
– The koke bite continued in Bucks Creek along with some nice 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 feet. Run double super charged UV flasher 4-inch Pro Troll with UL tropical tiger, pink tiger spinners or pink hoochies behind the dodgers.
– Few fished this past week due to the heat.
– Not much has changed here. The Fly Shop in Redding reports night fishing has also been great with Hex hatches. You’ll need to be on the water before 10:00 a.m. for the PDM hatch.
•UPPER HAT CREEK
– Fish early and late, and during the day scout the flats for rising fish.
– River conditions are good and the fishing has been great. Don’t forget wading shoes with studs and staff and cover some water.
– Hatches have been going off mid-morning to early evening, but cover some water. It continues to fish well all day long. Try no. 3 but don’t forget to check 4 and 5.
– 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. The hot lures were shad patterned Hum Dinger and a chrome Apex, both behind a UV Sling Blade between 25 and 60 feet.
– You won’t get many kokanee or salmon here, but they will be nice ones. Try Stuart Fork and the dam and by Captain’s Point. The lake may be 112 feet down but you’ll have it to yourself. If you rent a houseboat, the one ramp launch at Minersville won’t matter. You can also still launch and there is a small dock there.
– 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.
– Mixed trips were common for Berkeley boats because there were options and choices to make. Salmon fishing remained slow, so a well-utilized plan was to whack the rockfish and lingcod in the morning and then make a choice between drifting for halibut at the Bars outside the Gate, or run to the islands on Central Bay (Alcatraz and Raccoon Strait were hotspots) for striped bass.
made her maiden voyage with passengers, running outside to find good counts of salmon in deeper water.New Sea Angler
and private boaters mostly worked shallower spots for salmon and also caught easy limits of rockfish with plenty of lingcod mixed in. Jetty fishers caught cabezon, rockfish and perch. Beach anglers got red tail perch, rockfish, cabezon and lingcod.
- Half their boats fished the coast and half fished the Farallones. All effort was on rockfish and lingcod, except for theSundance
which tried for salmon. Representative counts were:C-Gull II
had 24 anglers get limits of rockfish and 18 lingcod to 15 pounds.New Huck Fin
saw 24 folks get their rockfish plus a high count of 41 lingcod to 22 pounds.New Salmon Queen
had 30 people catch limits of rockfish and 21 lingcod to 18 pounds.New Seeker’s
18 people managed limits of rockfish and 24 lingcod to 15 pounds.Super Fish
put 20 passengers onto limits of rockfish and 8 lingcod to 12 pounds.Sundance
had 6 fishers get an 8-pound halibut and 2 salmon to 28 pounds.Tiger Fish’s
24 people caught limits of rockfish and 31 lingcod to 13 pounds. Five anglers onWet Spot
nailed limits of lingcod and one 8-pound lingcod.
– After a slowdown at mid-week, salmon action picked back up to early-limits levels. Lost Coast produced even easier limits of rockfish and lingcod on days when weather and sea conditions allowed the run. Nick Johnson, fishing onShellback,
joined the 30/30 club with a 32-pound salmon and a 31-pound lingcod in the same day.
– 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 fromTelstar
was of a wide-open salmon bite off of MacKerricher.
•PACIFICA/ HALF MOON BAY
– Halibut were caught around the harbor entrance and an 18 pounder was caught at the jaws of the breakwater. Just a few salmon were caught during the week, so by the weekend, most boats were making rockfish and lingcod trips. Three salmon were caught from the Pacifica Pier. Local beaches gave up striped bass up to 19 pounds.
– Options opened up handsomely. Capt. Jacky Douglas on her boat,Wacky Jacky
scored a 30-pound salmon which was part of a triple hookup.New Rayanne
had caught some salmon early in the week, above the Towers and toward Double Point.Argo
made a successful salmon run on Wednesday, enjoying multiple hookups. Big fish was a 22 pounder.
– The lake is at 31-percent capacity. The flows were running 190 cfs in the Little Truckee River and trout were congregating at the inlet. Get a small boat out in the early morning or evening for the best chance at success casting a spoon or drifting a nightcrawler.
– The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Earl Pennington of Morgan Hill fished this past week and caught 12 rainbows and 2 macks trolling a Sep’s watermelon Side Kick Dodger with a threaded nightcrawler at 20 to 30 feet deep on the south end of the lake. He kept a limit of 16 1/2- to 18 3/4-inch rainbows and released the rest. Caples Lake Resort reported that trolling and shore fishing were very good since the lake was heavily stocked by the DFW and Kirkwood PUD/EID over the past few weeks.
•CARSON RIVER (East, West)
– Alpine County is scheduled to stock 1800 pounds of 1- to 4-pound rainbows in the East and West Carson this week. Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing was good for mostly smaller trout this past week, but a few bigger fish were taken. 9-year-old Alexia Lacerdo of San Jose caught a limit of rainbows to 3 pounds on salmon eggs in the East Carson. The 3500 bicyclist “Death Ride” had the area pretty much overwhelmed this past week, but the coast is clear for this week and the Alpine County plant.
– The lake is at 60-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported a couple of his buddies fished here this past week and found the trolling slow, but did well anchored in 30 feet of water at the island and caught limits of 14- to 20-inch rainbows on floating dough bait. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported trolling was hit-or-miss. He went out this past week and picked up a limit of 12- to 19-inch rainbows on a No. 1 copper/redhead Dick Nite near the island at 5 to 15 feet deep—depth dependent on weed growth. The next day, the troll bite was dead, so he anchored at the island and caught 16 to 19 inchers and lost a 22- to 23-inch trout on floating dough bait. Flyfishing was sporadic with only a few good fish being caught on the west side on damsel patterns.
– The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Rainbow trout fishing was good all over the lake. One private homeowner reported catching 23 rainbows off their dock on the south side of the lake. A boater could just as easily troll or anchor on the south side and do well. The west end docks and beach were good spots for rainbows. Kokanee were scattered around the lake at Loch Leven, China Cove, and the south side suspended at 60 to 80 feet deep and hitting dodgers and pink, orange, blue, or green hoochies tipped with Pautzke’s Fire Corn.
•FEATHER RIVER CANYON
– Butt Valley Reservoir produced limits of 15- to 19-inch rainbows forWON
Staffer Pat Young this past week using threaded nightcrawlers on 2 to 3 colors of leadcore on the lower half of the lake. The lake was at 87-percent capacity. Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported anglers were still catching limits of DFW planters on salmon eggs and worms in the North Fork.
– The lake is at 41-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported shore fishing was best at the dam, though fishing overall was slow. Boaters should try anchoring in 30 to 35 feet of water across from the Frenchman ramp at Crystal Point and dropping worms to the bottom.
•GOLD LAKES BASIN
– Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported trollers using flashers and a nightcrawler or Dick Nite at 10 to 15 feet deep were catching easy limits of DFW planters and browns on the west end of the lake. Jigging a Buzz Bomb in 50 feet of water at Rocky Point was producing a few macks to 5 pounds. Shore fishing was best in front of campsites 14 and 15 where the water drops off to 50 feet deep using a marshmallow worm on a 3-foot leader. Trolling was good on Sardine Lake over the channel at 20 to 30 feet deep using flashers and a nightcrawler or Dick Nite spoon. Salmon Lake and Packer Lake fishing had slowed.
•ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported trollers and shore anglers were doing well for DFW planters on the east end of the lake at the Silver Creek inlet. Trollers were using a dodger/’crawler and the shore fishermen relied on a floating dough bait.
•INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
– A few fish were being caught at the dam, but most folks preferred the easier fishing on the Carson River.
•JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports heard a rumor that launching was difficult at the Pass Creek ramp, but trollers were doing well over the lake for planter rainbows using flashers or dodgers and worms. The dam and west side were good areas to troll.
•JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
– The lake is at 78-percent capacity. There were still a few rainbows hitting worms and floating dough baits at the first dam.
– The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Trollers should be able to catch easy limits of rainbows in the top 20 feet on dodger/worm or grub combos.
– The lake is at 27-percent capacity. At this low level, the best chance for a fish was casting off the dam very early in the morning or packing a small boat to the water and trolling over the creek channel, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. There should be some active smallmouth bass on the rocky banks hitting tube jigs and darthead worms.
– Try fishing at the dam and the inlet for cutthroats, brookies, and rainbows at the dam and the inlet.
– The lake is at 84-percent capacity. Trout trolling was excellent here for boaters using dodgers and nightcrawlers on the south and east side for rainbows to 18 inches.
– The lake is at 28-percent capacity. Boaters launching off the shore east of the boat ramp were still doing well on 12- to 13-inch kokanee scattered all over the lake using dodgers and pink or orange hoochies from 35 to 65 feet deep depending on the location. The island and the Little Truckee arm were good spots to begin your search for active schools of kokes.
– Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that flyfishing was good morning and evening using PMDs, PEDs, caddis, and little yellow stones. The Little Truckee below Stampede was running at 190 cfs and fishing very well using the same patterns but on 5X and 6X tippets for these finicky rainbows.
•UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service and Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle both reported that fishing was tough here for trout, macks, and kokanee.
The Little Walker and West Walker are scheduled for DFW trout plants this week, and both were stocked by the DFW this past week. Pam Hamic at the West Walker Motel reported fishing was good in the usual spots in the canyon (the deep pools) with lots of DFW planters and a few bigger fish coming in. Mono County stocked 400 pounds of 3- to 5-pound rainbows on Tuesday in the West Walker to support the “How Big Is Big” Fishing Derby. The junior leader (under 12 years old) is Eli Lattig of Escalon with a 2 pounder. Christopher Wong of Sacramento’s 5.6-pound rainbow was the new leader of the adult division.
– Stripers continue to be good, especially up on the upper part of the American. There are always lunker stripers in the lower section of the river, but they’re well-educated. Most are prepping for the salmon opener Wednesday.
– Most anglers are getting ready for the salmon season to start on Wednesday, and you can expect the Thermalito outflow to be packed. For now, the best action on the Feather has been the stripers which have come on topwater lures, with anglers working the ledges. Lots of quality stripers, with some ranging up to 20 pounds.
– Bass fishing on Folsom Lake continues to produce 15-20 fish days, while topwater and crankbaits have been productive, dropshots have been best. Work depths of 11 feet to 20 feet, and use colors in shad as a result of the bass feeding on pond smelt.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona
– Catfish are being caught from Verona to Knights Landing, stripers most active up towards Yuba City, with bass and crappie coming while fishing the calm water of the wing dams.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding
– Trout fishing continued to be good from Redding to Red Bluff, and still were being caught very early and very late, mostly on combo trips late in the day.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale
– The bonus here has been the large stripers that have come from fishing at dusk or at night using large live bait.
MOTHER LODE LAKES
– Bass fishing remains the best bet. Anglers have been catching fish up to 5 pounds, particularly at night. Spinnerbaits and plastic worms have been the best producers. Catfish also remain a good option. Anglers have been fishing Jackson creek with chicken livers and anchovies.
– Trollers have been fishing along the dam for a few trout. The warmer weather has forced the fish deeper and anglers are working hard to get fish in the boat. Catfish and bass remain a solid option in the river arms. Chicken livers and anchovies are working for the catfish, while plastic worms are proving the best for bass.
•DON PEDRO RESERVOIR
- The summer temperatures have scattered the kokanee. A few trout can still be found around the lake for anglers willing to search for them. Spoons trolled at depths of 40 to 60 feet are still bringing in a few chunky trout.
– The low water levels have impacted the fishing badly. Anglers trolling Apexes or PPK Tomahawk spinners have been picking up a few trout by the dam. Bass anglers have been casting Brush Hogs or soaking live minnows for decent numbers of fish.
– Shore anglers have been fishing at the handicap dock and near the brush pile for a few planters. Orange salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and Kastmasters have produced the most fish. Trollers have been using flashers and Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler past the floating restrooms.
•NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
– Kokanee are moving deeper and larger lures in darker colors are working better. Fish are in the 14- to 16-inch range. Trout fishing is good at night with submersible lights. Nightcrawlers and dough baits are working well. Catfish remain a good option for anglers soaking frozen shad, anchovies, or nightcrawlers.
– A few trout have been caught by trolling 50 feet deep with Needlefish in red or fire tiger. The kokanee have moved deeper. Anglers are now fishing 90 to 100 feet deep with dodgers trailed by Uncle Larry’s spinners, Apexes, or hoochies. Some catfish are being caught in the coves on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Smallmouth are hitting well in the river arm, while largemouth are showing more in the main lake.
–The North Fork was running low and clear this past week, according to Tom Lanini of Davis. Lots of 6- to 14-inch rainbows were bunched up in the deeper pools between Italian Bar and Mumford Bar and hitting Mepp’s No. 1 spinners in silver, gold, and copper with red dots. On the hike down and out, watch out for poison oak and rattlesnakes!
– The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported there were plenty of small spotted bass hitting plastic worms on the rocky shores and points. Look for kokanee from Dark Day to Garden Point at 40 to 60 feet deep.
•CAMP FAR WEST
– The lake is at 60-percent capacity. Daytime recreational boat traffic was heavy. A 10-pound catfish was caught off the shore in the late afternoon this past week. At this water level, rocks and island tops are beginning to show and boaters need to use extreme caution while running.
–The lake is 30 feet from full. The trout fishing was still pretty good this past week with anglers catching 2 to 5 fish each depending on whether they were fishing from shore or boat. Trollers did best this past week for limits using dodger/nightcrawler combos at the dam at 35 feet deep. Shore anglers were picking up 1 to 3 rainbows on floating dough bait and worms at the dam, docks, and Open Area. A few catfish to 5 pounds were taken using worms.
– The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Boaters were catching limits of rainbows drifting worms at Buck’s Beach.
•FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 49-percent capacity. Danielle Kelly at the Foresthill Ranger Station reported that water levels were getting low on both the north and south boat ramps, with the south ramp the best choice for larger boats. Trollers using flashers or dodgers and worms were doing best near the dam.
•HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 55-percent capacity. The water level was below the concrete on the boat ramp, so only launching of small aluminum boats was recommended. Motor boats can no longer get over the Narrows—only canoes and kayaks. Trollers were still picking up a mix of trout and kokanee at the powerhouse on dodgers and hoochies.
–The lake is at 40-percent capacity. The lake dropped 3 1/2 feet just this past weekend so launch ramps were definitely in jeopardy of closing at Lime Saddle and the Spillway by the end of this week. Bidwell Canyon Marina has the best launching at low lake levels. Bass fishing was very good this past week for guide Ron Gandolfi with 30 to 60 fish days still possible using a variety of lures from worms and tubes to topwater and lipless cranks. Steep rocky walls and points up in the river arms produced the most consistent action.
– The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up 12- to 14-inch rainbows at the dam and the Bear River inlet near the powerlines on a threaded nightcrawler behind a rainbow or watermelon dodger at 20 to 25 feet deep in the early morning.
•SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
– The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that a few brown trout were hitting a fast trolled brown trout F9 Rapala in the very early morning at the mouth of Deer Creek. Rainbows were hitting bikini or rainbow trout Needlefish behind a dodger or flashers at the dam at 30 to 40 feet deep until late morning.
•SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
– The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that fishing was slow.
•STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
–The lake is at 70-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported fishing was slowing, but a few rainbows were still being caught by both shore anglers and trollers. The water was low on the ramp and only the launching of small aluminum boats was recommended.
– The lake was at 134.8-foot elevation at press time—87-percent capacity. Bass fishing was good using black/blue jigs on the rocky banks. With the water higher up on the tule banks at this level, try frogs in the late afternoon.