•DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side —
Salmon fishing remained scratchy with the warm water temperatures rushing the fish through the Delta system in search of cooler climes. A few salmon are landed on a daily basis with the Dillon Point State Park near Benicia or below the Freeport Bridge south of Sacramento being the top locations. Larger stripers have migrated above Rio Vista towards the shallower waters around Liberty Island. There are few sturgeon fishermen, but there is some action in Montezuma Slough on grass shrimp. Smallmouth bass are becoming scarcer, but deep-diving crankbaits provide the best opportunity for success. Catfish thrive in the Deep Water Channel, and blood or pile worms are the top baits.
•DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN side —
The hot striper bite in the main San Joaquin River near the mouth of False River has ceased for the time being, and small stripers to 8 pounds have replaced the larger fish. Trolling, spooning, or anchoring with fresh shad are the top techniques. Fresh shad has become more and more accessible on a daily basis, available throughout the Delta bait shops from Stockton west to Pittsburg. Bluegill action is solid off of Eight Mile Road, Holland Tract, Bethel Island, or Big Break with jumbo red worms or wax worms. Largemouth bass fishing remained outstanding with reaction baits such as rip baits or spinnerbaits while working outside the weed line with plastics, but wacky-style is also effective. A few salmon are taken from Humphrey’s Dock in Antioch with heavy spinners.
– The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported members of his fishing club caught easy limits of planter rainbows all over the lake using dodger/nightcrawlers or grubs. Launching was still good on the concrete ramp.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
– Salmon fishing has been improving in the Sacramento region, even though the water is still warm. Fish are being caught at Miller Park, Garcia Bend, Freeport, Verona, and others. Flying C Spinners and P-Line spinners have been good as well as Brad’s Killer Fish for lures.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Ward’s Landing
– Fishing has been improving between Grimes and Colusa, even though the water is still warm. Fishing is still best above Chico, however.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff
– Salmon fishing has continued to be very good north of Tisdale , and the river is “full of fish.” Limits are common during the week, but weekends have been very crowded, so fish averages have been about one per rod. Weeds and algae are making it necessary to clean lures and bait every few minutes.
•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.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
•COOS RIVER, North Bend, Oregon
– “The Coos River heated up the middle of last week and guide Mark VanHook told me of a seven fish day for his boat, and only one of the Chinooks was a jack and the other six were nice adults salmon,” said guide Curtis Palmer. “Most other reports concur with Mr. Vanhook’s summary of a good mid-week fishery. By the end of the weekend, the fishing that had so many anglers excited ceased to exist, even though there are plenty of fish all the way up to Chandler’s Bridge. Flooding tides in the morning became the only time anglers hoped to catch a salmon. Out of all the salmon that were caught on Saturday and Sunday, it’s safe to say half of them were jack's. Even though there were large numbers caught this weekend, easily half the anglers didn’t have any salmon. During the incoming, the salmon are on the bottom, but during the outgo, they were suspended in the top 7 or 8 feet. One of the hatchery volunteers said that they are expecting a very large return back to the Coos River system this year.
•COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Oregon
– Over the last week a lot of anglers coming off the Coquille River were unhappy because of their unsuccessful fishing trips, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. “A person can’t say that the fish aren’t there, because during slack tide the salmon jump and show themselves just about everywhere in the river. I will agree, though that there haven’t been very many Chinooks caught in the last seven days here in Bandon. Although the few salmon that have made it into a net have been really nice big fish. I am sure that this is just a lax moment in the run this year and after another week it will all be about the hooksets and the high fives.”
•ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
The Rogue Bay seems to be fishing good from what I have heard from anglers over the past few days,” saidWON
Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer. “I am sorry to say that my time spent on rivers farther north has left me out touch, personally, last week on the Rogue. I did talk to one friend who lives in Gold Beach and he said he was catching fish. It hasn’t been extraordinarily good or bad. We should be starting to see quite a few Indian Creek fish starting to go to the upper part of the creek waiting for fall rains to raise the water at the creek so they can spawn.”
•ROGUE RIVER, Shady Cove, Oregon
Salmon fishing has picked up real well and they were some impressive catches for the salmon derby on Saturday, which was won with a big fish for Mike O’Connor,” according to guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. “The salmon fishing is pretty good in most areas, and most anglers in the derby caught fish. Troy and his anglers caught 7 fish on Saturday. The salmon are not on the move now, but are settling into favorite holes. Anglers continue to pick up fish by back bouncing baits or working Kwifish in the favorite rapids areas. Lots of steelhead also were caught this week, just about everywhere. Bank angling continues to produce action at Finley Bend, Galice Creek and Griffin Park. Bank anglers score by fishing beads or corkies or big spoons in holes.”
•RUSSIAN RIVER —
“The smallmouth bass fishing continues to be excellent with the usual arsenal working: Rebel diving lures, Rooster Tail spinners, variety of Senko colors, and swimbaits,” according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville. “ Fish midday in the shady spots around structure to evening, since the water temps are starting to cool and the fish have become less active in the cooler morning hours. Many of the swimmers and boaters have left the river, but expect traffic on Saturdays through this month. We are also starting to see small steelhead from 14 to 20 inches migrating in, so it won't be long. The summer recreational dams at Johnsons Beach and Vacation Beach will be out by Oct. 1.”
•UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Oregon
– The fishing on the Umpqua River took an unexpected downturn in the numbers of fall king salmon being caught. “The days that I fished the Umpqua River last week, it seemed to me that there weren’t as any fish in the area as I am used to seeing,” said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “I would expect the fishing to get better, it’s still pretty early in the season.
•KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
– The spit at the estuary has closed to fishing since the quota has been reached. It’s still possible to fish for jacks as you can keep three under 22 inches. And, two hatchery steelhead can be kept, too.
•TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek
– The Trinity below the South Fork opened to fishing on September 1. Chinook are being caught at Big Bar on roe, even though the water is warm,and fish are flying upstream.
•TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City
– Some fall kings are arriving in the upper river as the flow drops to and steelhead are becoming more active. Fall run Chinook are starting to arrive, too.
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. Avoid the smaller fish by fishing offshore and using the flipping technique to target bigger fish. 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. The one at the State Park is now closed.
– Try topwater fishing early and late for largemouth and smallmouth bass chasing bait with a LuckyCraft Gunfish or Sammy 125 in shad patterns. The best bet has been primary main body points with some wind. There are still a few quality kokes and some are still chrome while others are going through the spawning change.
– The east basin has been the hot area. The trolling lanes in some of the well known bait spots like Rocky Point, Canyon Dam, Big Springs and the A-Frame had decent fish. The Hamilton Branch has been packed with anglers lining the shore due to a good bite there. The big browns are still at Rec.2, as they have been all month.
– This lake is always a go-to spot in the summer and fall 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. Bobberfishing with nightcrawlers has also been a good option as well.
– Water conditions are great and the fishing has been excellent, so not much has changed here.
•UPPER HAT CREEK
– Fishing here is at its best early before the sun gets high in the sky and then right at sunset. The Power House no. 2 riffle is worth checking out.
– Water conditions, visibility and fishing for brown and rainbow trout have all been great here lately.
– It continues to fish well. September and into October are high months here.
– Cover lots of water and target the first 5 feet with crankbaits and spinnerbaits for bass. If you can find shade on hard structure like rock or wood in the afternoon, head to that. There is also bait everywhere from the surface to 25 feet. Best bet has been the first two and last two hours of the day.
– The lake and ramps are in great shape and the kokanee fishing has also been outstanding for fish from 13 to 15 1/2 inches. Troll a pink Apex behind a Sling Blade in the channel at the bridge or the coldwater curtain. Or try an Uncle Larry’s spinner with pink and white beads tipped with shoepeg sweet, long kernel corn you can get in the store. You have to keep the hooks tipped with corn.
stuck with the sure thing for their passengers who took home limits of rockfish and nice counts of hefty lingcod, fishing along the productive Marin Coast.Flying Fish
andNew El Dorado III
both put 30-plus-pound salmon on the whoppers list.
•BODEGA BAY/LAWSON’S LANDING
– Salmon came from 10-Mile Beach, where so too, did two very nice white seabass… a 65 pounder and a 36 pounder.New Sea Angler
found lingcod and rockfish action at Fort Ross to the north and Point Reyes to the south.
– Emeryville boats got into solid salmon action just a couple of miles outside the Gate, or up along the Marin Coast.New Huck Finn
all scored better than a fish per rod over the weekend. Other boats scored not far behind.Sea Wolf
posted limits of rockfish and 36 lingcod.
– Salmon season ended well, with good weather and lots of limits reported. Part 2 of the Pacific halibut season got underway with catches off of Eureka, Trinidad and Crescent City. A couple of thresher sharks were hooked. Cape Mendocino produced the area’s best rockfish and lingcod.
– With rockfish season now closed and salmon catches somewhat sporadic, charter boats and private boats ran fewer trips. Salmon were present and possible for trollers and drifters working deep. Shore-based fishers had a blast catching greenling, cabezon and other surf zone predators at Glass Beach, Jug Handle and other rocky beaches.
•HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA
– Late in the week, salmon showed up in good numbers right outside the harbor, almost within casting distance. One boater hooked 7 and boated 4 of them.Que Sera Sera
fished salmon north of Mussell Rock. White seabass worked a squid spawn down the coast. Lingcod and rockfish catches were very strong, especially from rocky reefs to the south. A few stripers bit along the beaches near Pacifica during the night.
– Salmon showed in good numbers right outside the Gate. Marin Coast pumped out consistent limits of rockfish and plenty of lingcod. Islands of Central Bay were fished frequently for low to medium counts of halibut.Wacky Jacky
all hooked whopper list entry salmon.
– Flows are a bit less than 1,400 cfs, and steelhead fishing has been called “fair.” A few fish to about 5 or 6 pounds are being caught on caddis imitations under indicators for fly fishers. Little Cleos and drifted nightcrawlers have been effective for spin fishers. Salmon fishing has continued to be quite slow.
–The king salmon run has been arriving—but in spurts. You might catch one, you might catch 5 or six. The fish are in beautiful shape however. Steelhead fishing has been outstanding, and good anglers can catch over a dozen fish a day. Salmon are biting, too, but you have to release any caught in the Low Flow Section.
–The lake is still clinging to an elevation of greater than 400 feet, so the speed limit has not been imposed yet. Bass fishermen have been drop-shotting over submerged rock piles, jigging, and Carolina-rigging with pond smelt-patterned plastic worms at the edges of channels, and rock piles around 15 to 25 feet deep. Late in the evening, some fish are approaching the surface and are taking swimbaits and even some topwater baits.
•RANCHO SECO LAKE
– Some nice bass are continuing 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.
– The Yuba River is flowing at 600 cfs. The lower Yuba below DeGuerre dam has been producing some nice trout on small hopper imitations below indicators with a pmd as a dropper.
– The lake is at 16-percent capacity. With the lake this low, about the only options for anglers were fishing the inlet and the dam in the early morning and evening.
– The lake is at 77-percent capacity. Trout action has been very good since the EID/KMPUD trout plant for limits of rainbows to 3 1/2 pounds. The dam and spillway were good for shore anglers and boaters also did well drifting in front of Emigrant Bay. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service trolled white and brown grubs from 4 to 11 feet deep at Wood’s Creek and the Spillway and caught 7 rainbows from 11 to 15 inches. Daneman said he metered a lot of fish in the lake, so as the water temps drop the fishing should get much better.
•CARSON RIVER, (EAST/WEST)
– Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing in the East Carson was “spectacular” after the 1350-lb. Alpine County plant. With much lower flows in the West Carson the fishing wasn’t as good with the 450 pounds of rainbows stocked in two deep holes quickly fished out over the Labor Day weekend. Alpine Lake will be stocked this week by Alpine County with 1800 pounds of 1- to 5-pound rainbows.
– The lake is at 56-percent capacity and boat launching was good on the upgraded concrete ramp with a courtesy dock at Honker Cove. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported bait fishing at the island was still producing 10 nice rainbows in a morning using rainbow floating dough bait on a 2 1/2-foot leader rigged with a size 16 treble hook. Trolling was hit-or-miss--good one day and poor the next using olive or cinnamon woolly buggers. Shore anglers were picking up 2 to 4 fish in a morning at Mallard Point.
– The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Kokanee to 14 inches were hitting on the east end near China Cove at 40 to 60 feet deep. They were beginning to school up to spawn and were beginning to “turn.”
•FEATHER RIVER CANYON
– Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported experienced anglers were picking up some nice native rainbows in the North Fork between the Caribou Powerhouse dam and the USFS campgrounds.
– The lake is at 37-percent capacity. Lake regular Walter Jones of Reno was doing well on 15- to 19-inch rainbows drifting nightcrawlers off the bottom at Crystal Point. Shore anglers were doing well at the dam using inflated nightcrawlers.
•GOLD LAKES BASIN
– Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported trolling was still good for planters using flasher/worms at 15 feet deep. Jigging for macks off the rocky point out from the 4x4 campgrounds continued to produce 4- to 8-pound macks. Fishing will just get better as the water temps drop—it’s already freezing at night here.
•ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported trolling should be good using dodger/nightcrawlers down to 35 feet deep.
•INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
– As the water cools and the aquatic weeds die off, the fishing will get better. Trolling in front of the dam with flasher/worms and spinners was good for boaters this past week.
•JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 69-percent capacity. Trolling was still good for planter rainbows in the middle of the lake and in front of the dam at 25 to 40 feet deep using flasher/worms and watermelon Apex.
•JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
– The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Sly Park Resort reported shore anglers were picking up some small macks at the second dam on marshmallow/worms. Smallmouth bass were hitting plastic worms in the Narrows and rocky banks leading into the Narrows.
- Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported trolling for macks was still excellent using spoons and Lucky Craft minnow plugs from 140 to 400 feet deep off Crystal Bay Point. His clients were picking up limits of macks to 14 pounds by 8:30. Zack Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported quick limits of kokanee in the morning between 7 and 9:30 a.m. off South Shore running flasher/Wedding rings at 60 to 90 feet deep. Gordon said they were still picking up several nice macks to 18 pounds trolling dodger/minnows 120 to 170 feet deep over 700 feet of water below the kokanee gear off Camp Richardson.
– The lake is at 26-percent capacity. Smallmouth bass fishing was good this past week for fish 2 to 3 pounds on brown tubes, jigs, and rust woolly buggers on rocky banks at the dam or on nearby points.
– No change here—fish for small brookies and cutthroats at the dam and inlet using worms.
– The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported there was plenty of water on the ramp for easy launching. Trollers should do well since EID/KMPUD stocked 1350 pounds of 1- to 5-pound rainbows recently.
– The lake is at 26-percent capacity. There wasn’t much happening here with the lake so low and boat launching so difficult.
– With warm daytime temps, fish kills due to stress were still a major concern for folks interested in preserving the trout fishery. Flyfishing was recommended early in the morning only using nymphs in faster water. Water from Donner Lake was finally being released into the river so the flows were up a little—but for how long?
•UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 71-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported fishing was slow.
•WEST WALKER RIVER
– George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel reported fishing was still very good in the deeper holes for fish to 5 1/2 pounds. Jerry Cordova and Chris Stevens of San Leandro caught-and-released 20 planter rainbows and kept 2 1/2- and 4 1/4-pound fish using nightcrawlers at the deep pool at the Hwy 108 Bridge.
MOTHER LODE LAKES
– Relatively few reports were made this week. The few anglers who made it out found a decent bass bite around the lake’s shallow islands. Catfish were also a good bet and anglers fished the lake’s coves and shallow islands with chicken livers, sardines and nightcrawlers.
– Trout fishing remains slow, and not many anglers are out fishing for them. Trolling along the dam with flashers and nightcrawlers has been the best bet. A few catfish and bass have been showing up. Chicken livers have worked best for the catfish while a variety of plastics has been the ticket for bass.
– Anglers picked up a few catfish by drop-offs with anchovies, chicken livers and crawdads. Bass fishing remained slow, with anglers mainly soaking live baits, or working jigs along the bottom.
– Anglers were able to pick up decent numbers of trout by trolling from the floating restrooms to the dam. Flasher/spinner combinations worked well when fished over the deeper sections of the lake. Bank anglers picked up a few fish by the Marina and brush pile by soaking nightcrawlers and dough baits.
•NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
– Trout and kokanee fishing have slowed considerably. A few fish are still being caught in the deeper areas of the lake. Trolling flashers and spinners with corn or a nightcrawler has worked the best. Bass anglers have been tossing dropshot rigs with shad colored plastics. Catfish anglers have been fishing at night with scented shad, anchovies or sardines for a few quality fish.
– The trout fishing remains slow and the fish deep. Anglers are fishing 50 feet down on the south end of the lake for a few fish. A few kokanee are still to be found around the river arm at 100 feet deep. Bass fishing in the river arm has improved and anglers are pulling in fish with topwater lures as well as jigs and Senkos.
–All the forks were running lower and clearer than ever this season with no rain. Look for trout in all the deeper pools you can hike to.
– The lake is at 45-percent capacity. The Emerald Cove Marina boat ramp is closed for the remainder of the season. The Dark Day boat ramp is open and recommended for launching small fishing boats and ski boats to 24 feet—no deep draft cruisers. Fishermen were catching plenty of small spotted bass along the shore.
•CAMP FAR WEST
– The lake is low enough that the concrete launch ramp is out of the water—small boats can launch on a nearby gravel ramp. Bass fishing was good for Robert Scott of Citrus Heights who caught 24 bass and a small striper trolling a sexy shad square bill crankbait 4 to 8 feet deep over main lake points. Ron Franks of Folsom landed 17 bass using oxblood and morning dawn Roboworms, Senkos, and jigs on the main body and Bear River arm at 15 to 20 feet deep. Cecil Thomas caught 6 spots and 5 largemouths on minnows and crankbaits on the main body.
– The lake was 43 feet from full at press time. Fishing was slow overall with light fishing pressure. Catfish still topped the board with 5 1/2 and 10 1/4 pounders caught on bait at the dam this past week.
– The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported there was still significant weekend recreational boat traffic. Fishing was slow overall, with just a few rainbows reportedly caught drifting nightcrawlers at Boston Bar.
•FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 36-percent capacity. No boat launching at either ramp except for cartoppers that can be carried down to the water. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported fishing was slow.
•HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 37-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported fishing was slow with only a small boat or two launched off the shore.
– The lake is at 31-percent capacity—only down 4 feet in the last 2 weeks!! Boats can launch at the gravel ramp at the spillway with 4-wheel drive only and on the temporary ramp at Bidwell Marina. With the lake level fairly stable this past week, fishing was still very good, according to guide Ron Gandolfi who reported anglers were still catching 60 to 80 fish per day using tubes, jigs, Senkos, drop-shot worms, spoons, crankbaits (lipless and deep-diving), spinnerbaits, and topwater on rocky walls and points.
– The lake is back up to 95-percent capacity. PG&E is draining Lake Spaulding to do repairs. The early morning topwater bass bite was still good. Shore anglers were doing well on catfish at the dam and on the Orchard Springs Resort lake trail using chicken livers and nightcrawlers.
•SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
– The lake is at 57-percent capacity. The launch ramp at Cascade Shore was out of the water, and the marina ramp only has 15 feet to go to get to the end of the concrete. The marina pulled out the rental fleet this past week and many private boat owners were pulling their boats out due to the low lake level. The launch ramp courtesy dock was only in the water part way on one side and out of the water on the other. The marina is scheduled to close on Sept. 28.
•SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
– Not much happening here with the low water level and slow fishing.
•STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 54-percent capacity. Fishing was slow, plus the trout were infested with copepods. No boat launching with the ramp out of the water and the shore too muddy below the concrete.
– The lake was at 135.2-foot elevation at press time—90-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported fishing was good on the north end above the Hwy 162 Bridge and in the larger southern coves with 5 mph speed limits. Bass were hitting frogs, Senkos, and swimbaits on the grass beds and tule banks, and crankbaits and jigs on the riprap.