Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing was slow this past week on both the East and West Carson. Alpine County will stock 1800 pounds of 1- to 5-pound rainbows this week before the Labor Day holiday. Depending on flows, fish will be stocked in the West Carson in a few spots, but the bulk of the fish will most likely be planted in the East Carson.
— Bass anglers have pulled in quite a few fish in the morning hours with topwater lures before switching over to either Senkos or live minnows for the daytime bite. Trout anglers have been trolling shad colored spoons 35 to 60 feet deep for decent numbers of chunky rainbow, according to guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Guide Service.
•DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side
– Salmon fishing is showing signs of life in lower Suisun Bay and near Sacramento, and for the first time this season, on the Old Sacramento River near Isleton. Heavy spinners are the ticket in Suisun Bay while trolling Silvertron spinners is the method of choice near Isleton, followed by dropping spoons near Freeport. In any case, the salmon have to run a gauntlet of gear to make it to the hatchery. Striper fishing for the larger fish continued to be slow, but school-sized linesides are hitting fresh shad in the shallows near Pittsburg. Smallmouth bass continued to inhabit the rocks on the Old Sacramento River. Catfish are numerous in the Deep Water Channel and Lisbon Slough with a variety of baits.
•DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side
Quality stripers have arrived in the lower Santa Clara Shoals, and the linesides have been busting bait on the surface from False River to Three-Mile Slough. Vertical jigging with spoons, trolling with deep-diving plugs, or anchoring with fresh shad are productive techniques, but the majority of linesides continued to be undersized.
Fresh shad has been available throughout the Delta bait shops from Stockton west to Bay Point. Crappie continued to appear near Bethel Island with live minnows while bluegill remained plentiful with jumbo red worms or waxworms in a number of locations. Largemouth bass fishing remained excellent with topwater lures, crankbaits or buzzbaits on the reaction bite while plastics on the drop-shot continued to produce numbers. Punching the weeds continued to be an alternative technique.
— Salmon fishing continued to be very slow from Sacramento up to Chico. It seems to be getting a bit better though—maybe a fish a boat in a long days fishing. Some salmon were being caught jigging around Freeport. Catfish have been one of the better bets in the Deep Water Channel, at Lisbon Slough, Verona and the 113 Bridge. A 30 pounder was reported around Verona. Small striped bass are being caught at Miller Park and the Deep Water Channel.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
•ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
– Fishing in the Rogue Bay has gotten dramatically better over the last week. With water temperatures at 64 degrees, salmon have started to stack up in the bay and become more active. The fishing in the Rogue Bay should get even better this week. Guide Bill Divens of Salmon King Lodge confirmed the change in fishing, saying, “We fished the bay a couple of days this past week and just started fishing upriver after the most recent increase in flow from 1700 to 2100 cfs this week. The salmon are moving in from the ocean and through the bay, so, since the recent flow increase, anglers only get a shot at the salmon as they move through the bay. We are watching salmon pour over the break at Ferry Hole 4 miles upriver from the mouth every evening.”
•ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Oregon
– According to Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass, salmon have finally moved up to the Grants Pass areas. Bank anglers are catching fish at Griffin Park, Finley Bend, Schroeder Park and other areas, mostly on Corkies. Boat anglers continue to score on Kwikfish with sardine wraps, or with back bouncing roe, chunks of roe or yarn balls dipped in Pautzkes. Steelhead fishing is still pretty good, too, on plugs in crawdad colors or silver and pink. Any riffles areas can produce steelies, says guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass.
•UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Oregon
– Fishing this last week in Windy Bend and just below the 101 bridges has slowed down considerably since last week, according to Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. There were approximately 30 boats on Saturday and an easy two dozen more boats at the end of the week. With a declining bite, the anglers didn’t put out a lot of effort.
•UMPQUA RIVER, Roseburg, Oregon
– A couple of reports have come in that fall Chinook have been seen at the confluence of the fork of the river, said WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “On the average evening you will find anywhere from 4 to 8 people fishing and two kings were caught this last week. This is the highest point in the river where fall Chinook can be legally retained.
•KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
– Fishing for fall run Chinook really took off last week, with easy limits of jacks and adult Chinook being caught. Steelheading was very good again. Most of the fishing success and fishing pressure has been below Blue Creek. Chinook salmon were being caught, too—even more than the jacks, as the take limit changed to one adult king salmon and two jacks. A flow increase has started and will benefit fishing as well as hopefully staving of a massive dieoff of fish like the one that occurred in 2002.
•TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek
– Temperatures are still high in the lower Trinity and fishing is poor, but with higher flows on the way that should have already changed. Highway 96 is restricted to travel just out of Willow Creek due to fires, so call ahead before you plan on going into that area. A few halfpounder steelhead and adults were being caught around Weitchpec. Most have been wild so must be released.
•TRINITY RIVER, Junction City
– Just when most people have given up on fishing, it’s made a big turnaround, and limits of salmon as well as steelhead and brown trout are being caught.
NORTH COAST LAKES
– It’ll be a few more weeks before the bass fishing picks up here due to all of the juvenile fish in the system, including baitfish. Catfishing remained consistent, not great, but if you work at it you can catch four to seven fish in a day between 10 and 15 pounds on live minnows, shrimp and nightcrawlers in the deeper arms of the lake. The main ramps in the cities of Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks and Lakeport are all still usable, but boaters need to exercise caution while boating in close to the shoreline.
– Bass fishing has been fair, with most fish caught on drop-shot rigs and Carolina rigs, but the spoon action is heating up. There are still a lot of quality kokes and some are still chrome, while others are going through the change. The most consistent setup was a RMT 5 1/2-inch hyper plaid dodger with a green tiger Uncle Larry's spinner using a blue radical glow spinner and Pautzke Fire Corn with fresh minced garlic. Most fish were caught from 80 to 100 feet deep.
– Brown trout between 5 and 7 pounds were caught on jigs or suspend crickets and nightcrawlers off the bottom about 5 to 6 feet. The rainbows have been up to 4.8 pounds off theses baits. Nightcrawlers with Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and crickets with Pro-Cure Garlic produced rainbows to 5 pounds. Trolling lanes in some of the well known bait spots like Rocky Point, Canyon Dam, Big Springs and the A-Frame also reported decent fish.
– This lake is always a go-to spot with its cold, clean water and an abundance of habitat and insects. Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high.
– Get out early and be ready to fish at first light. Fish the east side of the lake by the springs at Eagle’s Nest with lead core from 3 to 6 colors deep. Options included Sure Catch Goldilocks, Bikini Needlefish or Jay Fair flies. Bobber fishing with nightcrawlers has also been good.
– Water conditions are great and the fishing has been good.
•UPPER HAT CREEK
– Open for business again after fires shut down access. DFW has also resumed planting trout. Fishing here is at its best early before the sun gets high in the sky and then right at sunset.
– It's still chalky and wading can be tough because visibility is only a couple feet at best, but the color is perfect by steelhead standards.
– It continues to fish well all day long. Try no. 3 but don’t forget to check out pits 4 and 5.
– Try topwater in the morning and then throw worms and jigs in the afternoon and evening in the shade pockets with varying vertical structure during the day. Troll in the deep channel at Digger Bay to dam and back. Nice limits of rainbows from 16 to 20 inches were hitting white hoochies, rolled shad and shad patterned Humdingers behind Sling Blades.
– Salmon are holding both north and south of the harbor with squid schools abundant from the mouth of the Russian River south to Ten Mile Beach. Trollers are pulling a variety of lures or bait along the bottom, while mooching anchovies is a solid option from Tomales Point south. Rockfish and lingcod fishing continued to be incredible, with anglers loading up with limits of rockfish and a ling or two per rod.•EMERYVILLE
posted reports of full limits of salmon. Other boats scored high counts of roughly 1.5 fish per rod, with many lost opportunities that would have put the counts at limits. The action has been great, especially later in the week and over the weekend.
Bottom fishing continued to be excellent at the Sisters, the South Reefs, and around the second buoy. Salmon action has slowed with few anglers trying. The ocean temperatures remain warm, and thresher shark are found outside of the harbor.
– The port remained a solid location for ocean salmon fishing, but the season will end on September 7. Party boats are averaging from a fish per rod to limits with the best action trolling along the bottom at depths less than 100 feet. A few boats have switched to mooching to avoid the intense jellyfish schools outside of the harbor. Salmon are found both north and south of the harbor. Pacific halibut season reopens on September 1, and incidental catches of halibut have taken place by salmon trollers working the shallows.
– Salmon fishing remained a viable option for quality fish in the shallows north of the harbor from Pudding Creek to Cleone Reef. Local fishermen are turning to mooching with the salmon holding tight to the bottom in the warm ocean conditions. Rockfish and lingcod continued to be easy targets either north or south of the harbor.
•HALF MOON BAY
– A variety of species is possible with rockfishing being number one, but white seabass, salmon, and halibut are also a possibility. The market-grade squid remain thick from north of Pillar Point south to Pescadero, and white seabass are found at gray light in the squid schools by private boaters and commercial fishermen at Egg Rock, Montara, and Martin’s Beach. Salmon are holding outside of the Channel Buoys and also south in the shallows of Martin’s Beach. The anchovy schools have moved into the shallows.
Salmon fishing turned on with a vengeance in mid-August, and private boats and six-packs have been scoring from a fish per rod to limits on a regular basis from Muir Beach to Duxbury. Party boats are finding solid scores with at least a quality fish per rod to the occasional boat limits both mooching or trolling. Rockfish action continued to be fantastic with high lingcod counts.
Most party boats are heading outside of the Gate in search of a sure thing in the form of rockfish or salmon. In San Pablo Bay, stripers are abundant, but the size is less than desired. Trolling at the top of the tide near the Marin Island with worm-tailed jigs will produce unlimited quantities of undersized stripers. Halibut fishing remained very slow with the best action near Paradise with live shiners. Bank anglers are plugging for stripers from Point Richmond, Point Pinole, and the Alameda Rockwall. Perch fishing is solid from the east bay shoreline and also off of Sausalito with pile worms or grass shrimp. Leopard shark are numerous in the south bay with midshipmen on the slower tide.
– Rockfish and lingcod limits are the rule with by far the best action occurring north of the harbor from Rodger’s Break to above Punta Gorda. Lings over 25 pounds are common, and the potential world-record copper rockfish at 7-pounds/11-ounces and 23 inches was landed at Gorda with Captain Trent Slate of Shelter Cove Sport Fishing. Salmon continued to be possible just outside of the harbor near “The Eyeball” or south near the “Old Man” for anglers mooching tray bait or jigging spoons.
The salmon action was hot during the week with boats from Eureka running north towards the harbor earlier in the week. After a fast start, the boats migrated further south to the mouth of the Mad River in the shallows less than 100 feet. Rockfishing along the local reefs remained outstanding.
– The lake is at 18-percent capacity. Tony Marotta at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported fishing at the inlet was slow on a trip he made this past week—inflows from Stampede Reservoir were only 47 cfs. Water was being released into the Truckee River at 51 cfs.
– The lake is at 84-percent capacity. Earl Pennington of South Lake Tahoe hosted John and Joey Gomez this past week and they caught 13 rainbows to 14 inches trolling watermelon Side Kicks and threaded nightcrawlers at 8 to 20 feet deep. Caples Lake Resort reported the fish were located in the deepest sections of the lake out from the spillway and from Wood’s Creek to in front of the marina.
– The lake is at 57-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported doing well at anchor at the island in 28 to 30 feet of water using floating dough bait for 18- to 20-inch rainbows. One troller caught a couple of fish trolling the channel between Honker Cove and the dam using a metallic perch Needlefish at 15 feet deep in the early morning. Flyfishing with rust woolly buggers was producing 4 to 5 fish per day along the west side. Shore fishing at Fairview using corn floating dough bait was good for two or three 20-inch rainbows in the early morning.
– The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Fishing slowed here. Mountain Hardware and Sports recommended fishing for planter rainbows along Donner Pass Rd off the public piers using bait—patience was required to wait for a school of trout to cruise by and feed.
•FEATHER RIVER CANYON
– Mosquito Creek between Caribou and Butt Valley Reservoir was producing limits of 10-inch rainbows on worms—bring the waders and fish right up the middle of the creek between the heavy brush and trees along the banks.
– The lake is at 38-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that local anglers Bob Perry and Pam Lee caught limits of 16- to 17-inch rainbows trolling dodger/nightcrawlers at the dam.
•GOLD LAKES BASIN
– Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said trolling for planter rainbows was still good using flasher/worms at 15 feet deep. Boaters jigging marabou jigs in 40 feet of water off the rocky point in front of the 4x4 campgrounds were still picking up some nice macks.
•ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 79-percent capacity. Trollers were picking up planter rainbows at 40 feet deep using dodger/nightcrawlers, according to Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service.
•INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
– The fishing here was slow due to warm water temps and heavy aquatic weed growth, according to Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge.
•JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 71-percent capacity. Trolling for 12- to 16-inch rainbows was still good using threaded nightcrawlers and dodgers at the Pass Creek inlet. Shore fishing was good at the dam.
•JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
– Denise Cole at Sly Park Resort reported lots of macks were hitting for trollers fishing deep in the Narrows using spoons and Rapalas. Some fish to 10 pounds were reported.
- Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported he was still catching limits of macks to 9 pounds trolling 140 to 350 feet deep from Tahoe City to Crystal Bay Point, but the bite had slowed and he was fishing until 9:00 to 9:30. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing said he was doing well on macks and kokanee at South Shore. The 12- to 14-inch kokes were hitting silver flashers and red Apex at 90 to 100 feet deep. The macks were hitting Laxee and Shoehorn spoons and Williamson Vortex jigs at 140 to 180 feet deep and running mostly 3 to 7 pounds with the occasional fish to 11 pounds. The mack action was good at South Shore and North Shore. Tahoe Sportfishing was catching limits of 11- to 13-inch kokanee on flasher/Wedding Rings trolled 50 to 100 feet deep off South Shore in the early morning. They were still picking up a few 4- to 6-pound macks on dodger/minnows trolled at 150 to 200 feet deep under the kokanee schools.
– The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Dale Daneman reported trollers were picking up limits of 12- to 16-inch rainbows using flasher/nightcrawlers at 17 to 20 feet deep all over the lake.
– The lake is at 27-percent capacity. Bass fishing was the best bet here at the dam and the rocky points on the east side of the lake using tubes, jigs, and crankbaits in crawdad colors.
– The best action was still at the dam and the inlet for small brookies using worms.
– The lake is at 69-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported shore anglers picked up 3 limits near the dam using worms and floating dough bait.
– The lake is at 26-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports said few reports were coming in from here—the lack of decent boat launching doesn’t help.
– Mountain Hardware and Sports recommended staying off the river due to the extremely warm water temps that almost guarantee that a fish caught and released will suffer from delayed mortality. Ethical anglers need to leave this river alone to protect this fishery, which is in critical condition.
•UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Kokanee trolling was tough with boats landing just 2 to 4 fish, and the fish were beginning to slip their scales.
•WEST WALKER RIVER
– The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Sam Foster at the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce reported flows were down, with the fish concentrated in the deeper holes and runs where the fishing was still very good using worms and salmon eggs.
— Flows are down to 1,500 cfs, and will be going to 800 cfs soon, but salmon fishing has continued to be slow except for a few dark fish in the Basin. A few small steelhead to a few pounds are being caught by persistent fishermen, mostly in the upper part of the river.
The fall run of salmon has finally made a showing. These are bright fish, but they are lethargic and easily lost in the warm water downstream of the Low Flow Section. A few are being caught at Gridley, and some are being caught at Shanghai Bend. The total flow of the river is out of the Low Flow Section. Some nice steelhead to about 4 pounds are taking drifted nightcrawlers in the Low Flow Section.
– The lake is still clinging to an elevation of barely greater than 400 feet so the speed limit of 5 mph still has not been imposed. Bass fishermen have been drop-shotting over submerged rock piles with pond smelt-patterned plastic worms around 15 to 25 feet deep. Aaron’s Magic has been a good pattern. Paganelli said that virtually all species have been in the mix, including spots, smallmouths and largemouth bass. Most have been in the 1 1/2-, to 2 1/2-pound class.
•RANCHO SECO LAKE
– Some nice bass continued to be being caught on weightless Senkos close to dark. And even topwater plugs might get a strike early or late. Red-eared sunfish are biting worms under bobbers.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale
- Salmon fishing has been better, but just by a little bit.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER , Red Bluff
— Salmon fishing has been better in this area starting with improvements around Chico, and getting better the farther upstream you go. Hamilton City, Corning, and upstream into the Canyon below the Barge Hole have been better yet.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding
— Most folks are concentrating on salmon, but trout fishing continued to be very good fishing nymphs under indicators, and there was a bit of some dry fishing late in the evening. Spin fisherman are using small Glo-Bugs, small Hot Shots, nightcrawlers, and crickets.
– The lower Yuba down to below DeGuerre dam has been producing some nice trout on small hopper imitations with small nymphs like a pmd as a dropper. Striper fishing for mostly small fish to about 4 pounds has continued to be good on Clouser minnows.
MOTHER LODE LAKES
– Most anglers have been out at night trying to pick up bass or catfish. Bass anglers fished soft plastics off the points for a few bass. Catfish anglers picked up fish with chicken livers or nightcrawlers.
– Anglers have picked up a few catfish and bass this week. Live baits worked well for both bass and catfish, but bass anglers also picked up a few fish using jigs and Robo Worms.
– The trout bite remains solid and anglers are picking up decent numbers of fish by the dam and inlet areas. Dough baits and nightcrawlers have produced the best.
•NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
– The fishing has been good, particularly for catfish. Anglers soaked frozen shad or nightcrawlers in shallow areas bordered by deep water. Trout anglers also did well trolling Needlefish and Speedy Shiners. Fishing dough baits and nightcrawlers by submersible lights produced as well.
– Fishing slowed dramatically with only a few anglers picking up an occasional kokanee or catfish. Those who did catch kokanee reported dodgers and Apexes, spinners, or hoochies worked best. Most catfish were caught from boats in the lake’s coves with chicken livers or nightcrawlers.
–The river was lower and clearer this past week with no thunderstorm activity. Fish were stacked up in the deeper pools in all the forks. Hiking down into the North Fork above Foresthill produced good action on rainbows. Check out the Middle Fork below Frenchman Reservoir. Watch out for rattlesnakes.
– The lake is at 48-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina closed their launch ramp this past weekend—the Dark Day ramp was still open. Fishing was slow.
•CAMP FAR WEST
– The lake is at 25-percent capacity. Kathy DeRossett at North Shore Resort reported Ron Franks of Folsom fished for bass this past week and caught 8 fish on Brush Hogs on main body points at 10 to 15 feet deep. The launch ramp was almost out of the water this past weekend—boaters will still be able to launch on the gravel below the ramp.
–The lake is 41 feet from full. Fishing was slow this past week for trout. Several anglers did well on catfish with one pair picking up 5 cats to 16 pounds. Robert Boyd caught the 16 pounder using sardines near the island. The boat ramp was still in operation contrary to rumor.
– The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reported that fishing was slow.
•FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 39-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported both boat ramps were out of the water and only recommended launching cartoppers. Fishing was slow.
•HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 41-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported a couple of boaters were on the lake this past week—it’s a long way down the road past the ramp to the rock and gravel shore where small boats and cartoppers can still be launched. Fishing was slow.
– The lake is at 32-percent capacity—down 218 feet at press time. The only boat ramp open is the gravel ramp at the spillway where 4-wheel drive is mandatory!! Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was still good. Anglers can now fish new structure not seen in some time with the water so low, and there will be much less recreational boat traffic with the single lane ramp. Tubes and drop-shot worms were working well at 30 to 40 feet deep on rocky points, and lipless and deep diving cranks, spinnerbaits, and topwater were picking up some bigger fish on shady, rocky banks and points in the early morning. Look for current on the points caused by water releases to position the fish.
– The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Kids were doing well from shore on small bass using drop-shot worms. Trollers picked up a few 12- to 16-inch rainbows on flasher/Wedding Ring/worms at the inlet. The early morning, 6:00 to 7:30, topwater bite was still good for bass using Pop-Rs and Spooks.
•SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
– The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Scott Gomes at the marina reported fishing was slow.
•SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
– The Foresthill Ranger Station reported fishing was slow.
•STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– The Georgetown Ranger Station reported fishing was slow. The boat ramp was out of the water and it was too muddy below the concrete to launch trailered boats—cartoppers only!
– The lake was at 135.4-foot elevation at press time—92-percent capacity. With heavy recreational boat and watercraft traffic on the main lake, anglers should confine their efforts north of the Hwy 162 Bridge for bass in the coves and along the riprap using crankbaits, jigs, and frogs. Boaters can also drift nightcrawlers for steelhead in the canal at Wilbur Rd.