Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of Oct. 26, 2015.
▪ COLLINS LAKE
The lake is 68 feet from full. The lake received 1800 pounds of rainbows this past Thursday – 75-percent catchables and 25-percent trophy fish. This was the first of three plants scheduled until Thanksgiving. Collins Lake Resort reported anglers were doing well at the dam. Some bass and catfish made it to the scales.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Knight’s Landing to Colusa
Trolling FlatFish and Kwikfish has been fair near Verona. Stripers are being caught on swimbaits near Verona.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Salmon fishing is still fair to good, with new batches of fish moving through the river.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Salmon fishing is best at the Barge Hole, although the number of dark fish is increasing. New groups of salmon have moved above Red Bluff. Fishing for wild rainbows is very good between Redding and Anderson as salmon begin to spawn.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Salmon fishing is best near Freeport and the Sacramento metro area with plenty of kings moving through. Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Guide Service had seven hookups one day. Catfish are biting well in the deepwater channel. A few stripers also are being caught near the port.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
▪ CHETCO RIVER, Oregon
Low, clear water took its toll on fishing here in the lower portion of the river that is open. Only a few fish were caught in the estuary and tidewater section, according to guide and WON Staff Writer Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. There was some rain on Sunday, but flows were down to 55 cfs last week, so it will take a lot more to make any improvement in salmon fishing.
▪ COOS BAY, Coos Bay, Oregon
With not many boats on the river, fishing for salmon is difficult to judge how good it has been. It seems there are more than enough salmon of a mix between Chinook’s and coho to make it worthwhile to get out of the house and wet a line, said Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Tackle Company. “In front of the casino in the deep water a friend has been consistently catching Chinook’s. He reported losing a massive salmon last week, as it forced them to follow the fish while playing tug-of-war for some time before losing it. Bobber fisherman on both forks that make up the Coos River are doing very well, with high tide being the most productive. The salmon fishing will come to a drastic halt over the next two weeks and possibly sooner with the recent storm.”
▪ COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Oregon
Fishing for salmon over the last days has been a mixed bag of results. “Last Tuesday, kings and a couple silvers were being caught from Rocky Point with plug cut herring being pulled behind bright green/chartruse flashers, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Tackle Company. Wednesday throughFriday there was fast paced fishing farther upstream closer to the town of Riverton. “I was told by some anglers that in the first couple hours of the morning many boats had 2-3 salmon,” Palmer said. “Then anglers were hard pressed to find a bite until mid afternoon. Saturday was much slower and anglers out trolling had to put in the hours on the water for one or maybe a second chance at a fish. Sundays storm most likely influenced this drastic change.”
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Oregon
“We’re having good steelhead fishing in town with nightcrawlers and small Glo-Bugs. Water level is still low. We’re seeing more silver salmon on beds in town, but no cohos,” said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle. “Backtroll small plugs like the K-9 Kwikfish or Pee Wees. Good plug colors are silver and black, silver and pink or crawdad colors. Not much salmon action below Hog Creek. Lake fishing is slow and lakes are low, but Diamond Lake is producing trout on trolled lures and various baits.
▪ SMITH RIVER
Anglers here are hoping the rains in the forecast will finally be enough to open the river from low flow closures. Right now, it’s still only open from the mouth to Rowdy Creek. Current flows are at 232 cfs and they have to hit 600 cfs before it will be opened. The hotline is at 707-822-3164. Some fish are caught daily at the mouth and near the Sand Hole, according to WON Staff Writer and guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Fish are staging on tidewater now.
▪ UMPQUA RIVER, Roseburg, Oregon
There still isn’t much fishing happening in the Roseburg area, where the recent school shooting dampened fishing enthusiasm. “This community is one of the strongest you will find anywhere, and with the extreme low water conditions, fishing has been on the back burner for many, but not all,” said Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Tackle Company. “There are a few nice silvers being caught on bait or spinners. Twin Forks River Park is one of two main places for access. Down river at Cleaveland Rapids is a nice place with lots of bank to fish from. Most angler’s are friendly there. I expect over the next week we will see a push of silver’s in the upper Umpqua River from the fresh rains that came in on Sunday morning. We still need a lot more rain before boating will become safe.”
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate
Salmon fishing is quickly winding down, while steelhead fishing is improving. Anglers are fishing beads below spawning salmon, or tossing Rapalas for steelhead. Flows on Sunday ay Iron Gate were 1,000 cfs.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Fishing for salmon and steelhead is slow. Any rain this week may draw in fresh steelhead. Flows at Seiad Valley were 1,200 cfs on Sunday.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Fishing has slowed for salmon with most guides returning to their home rivers. Flows at Terwer were 2,170 cfs on Sunday.
▪ TRINITY RIVER
Salmon fishing is nearly over for the season, although a few are still being caught. Steelhead are available in good numbers, but low water is limiting success. Anglers are downsizing their line to 8-pound-test and fishing in the early morning. Rain this week should give fishing a boost. Flows at Lewiston were 302 cfs on Sunday.
NORTH COAST LAKES
▪ CLEAR LAKE
The lake will finally stop taking a beating after this week as tournament season will be over. Square billed crankbaits, bladed jigs, rattlebaits and topwater tackle have been producing some of the better bites early mid-lake and in the two deeper arms of the lake. Once the sun is out the bite gets tougher. Try deep diving cranks, shaking worms and jigs in 10 to 15 feet during the middle of the day. Catfish and crappie are still only being caught as incidental catch.
▪ LAKE BERRYESSA
Pull out your shad patterns, since both bass and trout are targeting the shad. One of the more consistent patterns has been yo-yoing a LV500 in 5 to 10 feet of water along the east shoreline outside dying grass. Drop-shots and wacky Senkos took a few nice smallmouth and even some spoon fish were found in 35 to 40 feet of water. This is a good time for trout trollers to start toplining their favorite shad imitations in the top 10 feet of water in the morning.
▪ LAKE SONOMA
Largemouth bass have been feeding on shad and fattening up. Plan on covering some water with search baits in shad imitations for strikes in the top 15 feet of water. Look in the smaller cuts and creek channels where bass will be pushing bait up and feeding. Try toplining early in the morning and then as the sun gets higher drop down to 25 to 40 feet for 2 to 4 landlocked steelhead in the 16- to 18-inch range.
▪ LAKE ALMANOR
The east basin has lots of bait fish but the trout bite slowed down. A better bet has been bass. There have been topwater smallies on the bank to 200 yards offshore.
▪ BAUM LAKE
The fishing continues to be good here since DFW plants trout here regularly. Expect the fishing to improve even more as the weather cools off and the days get shorter.
▪ EAGLE LAKE
The lake is low so trim your motor when heading out. The bite is very good and everyone is catching trout. Pretty much everything is working right now. This is the time to come up and fish.
▪ FALL RIVER
Larger fish continue to move up and finding trout to 17 and 18 inches now with a few larger ones is possible. Rising fish are taking cripple mayfly patterns and callibaetis.
▪ UPPER HAT CREEK
It’s been a little tougher in the creek as the water is a little low. Look for trout holding in deeper pockets with shade.
▪ MANZANITA LAKE
Check the regulations for where you can fish and what you can use on this catch and release only lake. Fishing pressure continues to be very light here.
▪ McCLOUD RIVER
Move around and you’ll find some nice trout. The river is in good shape and the fall colors are arriving.
▪ MCCLOUD RESERVOIR
The best fishing has been near the inflow of the upper McCloud and there has been no fishing pressure here.
▪ PIT RIVER
Cinnamon poopa, birds’ nests and small pheasant tails work well here. And now is the time for the October caddis. Look for fish close to the bottom among the rocks rising to these hatches.
▪ SHASTA LAKE
Both the bass and trout bite are picking up since the lake has turned over.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
The fall salmon season has been a bust all season and remained slow last week.
▪ FEATHER RIVER
Salmon fishing is best under the Fifth Street Bridge. Stripers are showing up at Shanghai Bend.
▪ FOLSOM LAKE
All boat launches are now closed because of low water. Bank fishing for bass is fair.
▪ RANCHO SECO LAKE
Bass and trout fishing is slow.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Anglers using small nymphs are catching rainbows throughout the day.
▪ BOCA LAKE
The lake is at 13-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported browns were moving up out of the lake into the Little Truckee to spawn and the macks were following--try the inlet area for both.
▪ CAPLES LAKE
The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort closed for the summer season and will reopen for the ski season on December 19. Fishing was improving by the last report. The EID ramp should stay open until the end of October.
▪ CARSON RIVER (East, West)
Fishing in the East Carson was slow – it’s pretty well picked over! Heenan Lake was good this past weekend with a 28-inch cutthroat hitting for one lucky angler. Heenan Lake closed October 25.
▪ DAVIS LAKE
The lake is at 44-percent capacity. Jeanne Graham at J&J Grizzly Store reported fishing was sporadic at best. Flyfishermen did very well last Friday and stumbled on Saturday. Only 12-foot aluminums can launch and get over the sandbar at Honker Cove. Trollers were picking up a few fish on cinnamon woolly buggers and wiggle tails in the top 10 feet. Shore fishing was slow.
▪ DONNER LAKE
The lake is at 37-percent capacity. The kokanee bite was done as the fish have turned. Macks were beginning to move shallower. Five to 10 pounders were hitting Lymans, J-Plugs, and Krocodile spoons at 40 to 60 feet deep. Smaller macks can be caught from shore early and late in the day on spoons and minnow imitation flies. Boat launching can be difficult for anything over 12 feet long – a metal brace at the end of the concrete can cause serious damage to trailers, so beware.
▪ FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that fishing for native trout was good in the East Branch along Hwy 70, and on the North Fork above and below the Caribou Powerhouse. 2- to 2 1/2-pound rainbows were hitting at the Powerhouse generators.
▪ FRENCHMAN LAKE
The lake is at 22-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported shore anglers were catching a fish or two at the dam on nightcrawlers.
▪ GOLD LAKES BASIN
Chris at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported trollers were doing well close to shore at Gold Lake using a chartreuse Wedding Ring for browns to 22 inches.
▪ ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported a fishing club member hit the lake this past week and caught a limit of 2-pound rainbows on dodger/worms at 20 feet deep. The fall feeding frenzy is on.
▪ INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported shore anglers were picking up some nice rainbows near the dam using floating dough bait. Small boaters and float tubers were still doing well in the deeper water in front of the dam casting spoons.
▪ JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 46.8-percent capacity. Trolling for rainbows should be good in the top 20 feet using dodger/nightcrawlers or small gold Apex.
▪ JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is at 65-percent capacity. Sly Park Resort reported shore anglers were still picking up a few small trout and bass near the Narrows.
▪ LAKE TAHOE
Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported his clients were keeping limits of 3- to 8-pound macks and releasing lots of 1 to 2 pounders in the early morning trolling 160 to 300 feet deep between Dollar Point and Crystal Bay Point. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported a tough bite for half- to three-quarter limits (depending on the passenger load) of 2- to 5-pound macks mooching live bait off South Shore at 160 to 180 feet deep. The macks are in the middle of the spawn, so give it a couple weeks or so before the bite picks back up.
▪ LOON LAKE
The lake is at 47-percent capacity. The lake was low and the fishing was slow. This will be the last report until water conditions change for the better. Boating was hazardous due to many shallow rocks and boulders.
▪ PROSSER LAKE
The lake is at 25-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported the occasional brown and rainbow was being caught at the dam.
▪ PYRAMID LAKE
Crosby’s Lodge reported only one big fish weighed this past week – a 15-pounder. Valarie Taylor at Crosby’s said there were good numbers of smaller cutthroats being caught trolling and jigging on both sides of the lake. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported his clients were catching limits of 17 to 20 inchers by 9 a.m. most days and releasing several fish in the 20- to 24-inch slot trolling Apex from Warrior to Spider Point at 60 to 80 feet deep. Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported doing well jigging and trolling at the south end of the lake between Indian Head and Popcorn. His last trip produced 44 fish to 12 pounds using firetiger and frog Apex, and P-Line Laser Minnows.
▪ RED LAKE
No reports available – wait until winter for ice fishing.
▪ SILVER LAKE
The lake is at 40.2-percent capacity. No reports available.
▪ STAMPEDE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 13-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported fishing was very slow here with the low lake level. Only kayaks and cartoppers were getting on the lake. Look for macks at the dam.
▪ TRUCKEE RIVER
The river was flowing at 78 cfs. Flyfishermen were nymphing and picking some rainbows and browns but sportsmen need to leave the river alone until normal flows return.
▪ UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 54-percent capacity. Holdover rainbows and Mt. Lassen Trout Farms planters from SMUD should be hitting in the top 20 feet. Trollers were picking up some limits of kokanee at the dam at 60 feet deep—the fish have started losing their scales though so the bite won’t last much longer.
▪ WEST WALKER RIVER
Pam Hamic at the West Walker Motel reported anglers were picking up some rainbows at the bridgeheads below the Canyon and town. Flows were adequate with the recent rains.
Each boat skipper made up his own mind about where to go and what to chase with the salmon season winding down, but some great individual fish were caught, such as the 35 pounder that came aboard New El Dorado III off of Rocky Point. Rockfish and lingcod along the Marin Coast was the stable option that nearly always resulted in limits of rockfish and good counts of lingcod. California Dawn made multiple trips to the Farallones and scored well above 2 lingcod per angler plus sacks full of rockfish.
▪ BODEGA BAY/LAWSON’S LANDING
There were some bodacious fish checked into Lawson’s Landing, including a 50-pound white seabass caught by Nicki Vogler and a pair of bluefin tuna that went 40 and 38 pounds. New Sea Angler ran up to Fort Ross and sacked up the lingcod and rockfish, with individuals catching as many as 7 lings to add towards the boat limit.
Rockfish and lingcod were the primary targets of the Emeryville fleet during trips up along the Marin Coast where they found loads of rockfish. Lingcod bit like hungry wolf packs and the top fish was caught by someone who did not provide a name (he or she could have been our hero of the week!), a 28-pound lingcod taken aboard Sea Wolf.
▪ EUREKA/SHELTER COVE
Seas were too rough for charter boats or private boats to make it out of Eureka, so people spent fishing time either working the nearshore portion of jetties for perch, rockfish, kelp greenlings and cabezon or getting their gear ready for the November 7 opener of Dungeness crab season. A private boat made it out of Shelter Cove and among the fish the group caught was a 25-pound lingcod and an 11-pound vermilion.
▪ FORT BRAGG
Hotspots of the week for rockfish and lingcod from boats were MacKerricher State Beach and the Lighthouse. Telstar passengers struggled just a bit because they were carrying heavy sacks of fish to their cars. No complaints there! Shore fishers made good catches of kelp greenling, rockfish, cabezon and a few lingcod from Mendocino Headlands, Old Mill and MacKerricher.
▪ HALF MOON BAY
Rockfishing was excellent and lingcod fishing was good with fish up to 20 pounds coming aboard Huli Cat. Half Moon Sportfishing boats Queen of Hearts, Riptideand Que Sera Sera got into the action with steady limits of lingcod and a pick at the lingcod south of town. Salmon were caught inside the harbor, but the bite had slowed somewhat and people were cognizant that the salmon season ends on Saturday, Oct. 31.
▪ SAN FRANCISCO
Bass Tub charged the Marin Coast to pick up better than a lingcod per rod plus limits of lingcod. Flash II ran morning half-day trips to the South Bay for leopard sharks or along the Marin Coast for plentiful rockfish and lingcod. Private boats worked the eastern shore of the South Bay for striped bass and a few halibut.
▪ LAKE AMADOR
The first weekly plant of rainbow trout from the Mount Lassen Hatchery occurred with 3500 pounds on Oct. 22, and anglers didn’t wait long to find limits from the shoreline. The corner of the dam has been the top location with full stringers taken on garlic Power Eggs or silver Kastmasters. The lake’s temperature has dropped to nearly 70 degrees. Plants of up to 5,000 pounds will occur on a weekly basis through May 2017. The restaurant has reopened for the season.
▪ LAKE CAMANCHE
Trout plants are yet to start, but the concessionaires will be dumping the trophies in within the next few weeks now that the water temperatures are starting to cool enough for the rainbows. Huge catfish in excess of 10 pounds have been taken from the shoreline off of the North Shore peninsula with nightcrawlers. One angler landed a stringer of five whiskerfish totaling 36.76 pounds. The South Shore Ramp 2 is open along with both ramps at the North Shore.
▪ DON PEDRO
Bass fishing is starting to heat up with plastics on the drop-shot near the Jacksonville Bridge. The shad are starting to school up, and the bass are suspending on the shad schools. Trout and king salmon action will not improve until the water cools. As a result, there are few trout fishermen heading to the lake. The boat launch has a slight curve, but once you get around the curve, launching two boats at the same time is possible. A grant for the improvement of the Fleming Meadows Launch Ramp has been approved, and construction to create a two-lane ramp should start shortly. The lake dropped to 31 percent of capacity.
▪ LAKE MCCLURE
Due to severe drought conditions, lake recreation is extremely limited at Lake McClure. The North Ramp at Barrett Cove may be used at boater’s risks by hand-launched car such as kayaks and canoes. Boaters using the ramp do so at their own risk. The Barrett Cove South Ramp, as well as Lake McClure ramps at Bagby, Horseshoe Bend, and McClure Point remain closed – there is no access for boats into or out of Lake McClure at these locations. The Barrett Cove Camp Store, Barrett Cove and McClure Point marinas are closed until further notice. The ramp was temporarily open during the summer months as the water level increased slightly. With water levels falling, the ramp is now closed again. Watercraft not requiring a trailer – such as a canoe or kayak – may still be launched from dawn until dusk at the user’s risk. Bass fishing from the banks remains good, and shad-patterned plastics such as Robo Worm’s Hologram Shad.
▪ LAKE MCSWAIN
Lake McSwain Marina and launch ramp remain open, but they are closed on Monday through Wednesday. Campfires are once again allowed at McSwain’s campgrounds. The annual Merced Irrigation Derby Fall Trout Derby has been postponed until April 9/10 due to warm water conditions at the lake during our fourth year of the drought. Few fishermen have been heading to the lake with the lack of trout plants since April. The Merced River is now closed to fishing until January 1 between the Crocker-Huffman Bridge to G Street in Snelling due to warm water conditions.
▪ NEW MELONES
Bass fishing has been excellent with the bass chasing small shad throughout the water column. The best action for numbers has been with shad-patterned plastics within the suspended fish. Vertical jigging with 1/2- to 3/4-ounce P-Line Laser Minnows are effective for numbers while drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics is also effective. Catfishing remains good with frozen shad, anchovies, sardines, or mackerel from Glory Hole Point to the Highway 49 Bridge along areas with flats adjacent to deep water access. Trout trollers are finally starting to score limits with blade/’crawler combinations or shad-patterned spoons as the fish are rising in the water column. The launch ramp is limited to the dirt ramp at Glory Hole Point, and a 4WD tow vehicle in essential. The area around the dam has been buoyed off due to strong currents from water releases.
▪ NEW HOGAN
The lake is holding at 9 percent of capacity, and only small aluminum boats are able to be launch from the ramp. Small striped bass are still plentiful for those launching kayaks and jigging within the schools of bait fish. The shad are thick in the lake, and they are starting to ball up with the cooler weather.
▪ LAKE PARDEE
The lake has closed due to a major reconstruction of the RV Park over the remainder of the summer, and it will reopen in February 2016 with heavy trout plants anticipated for the opener.
▪ LAKE TULLOCH
Trout trolling should be hitting its stride with November the key month for trout action at this lake as the water has cooled and the recreational boating season is over. The lake has dropped slightly to 82 percent of capacity within the past week.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
Even with a recent rain event, the river was still running low and clear with little fishing pressure.
▪ BULLARDS BAR
The lake is at 39-percent capacity. Clyde Crow of Grass Valley fished this past week and reported a good bite for 11- to 14-inch spots using morning dawn worms in 5 to 10 feet of water, and poppers on bass boiling on the surface. Boaters can still launch on the single-lane ramp at Dark Day.
▪ CAMP FAR WEST
North Shore Resort reported that Ron Franks of Folsom caught 36 bass this past week—more than half were keepers and 8 were largemouths, with the remainder being spots. Franks was fishing 10 to 15 feet deep in the Bear River arm using green pumpkin lizards and morning dawn worms. Boaters can still launch off the shore near the ramp with 2-wheel drive.
▪ ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported houseboaters in the marina were catching a few small rainbows on worms at 15 feet deep.
▪ LAKE OROVILLE
The lake is at 29 percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was still very good with experienced anglers catching 75 to 100 fish per day on tubes, and darthead or drop-shot worms at 5 to 20 feet deep. Points, flat and steep, along with steep rocky walls were all holding fish on the main body, Middle Fork and North Fork. Launching at the Spillway and Bidwell Marina was still “4-wheel drive only”.
▪ ROLLINS LAKE
The lake is at 69.3 percent capacity. Boats can launch at Long Ravine and Orchard Springs according to NID. Bass were still hitting on the points. There was no word on any trout action.
▪ SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 38.3-percent capacity. Boats larger than 12-foot aluminums can no longer launch – watch out for the mooring cables until well out of the marina area. Smallmouth bass to 4 pounds were hitting topwater lures – try a Spook this Halloween.
▪ SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The campgrounds were closed and fishing was very slow with the low lake level and no DFW plants in the past few months – this will be the last report until the lake has more water and fish.
▪ THERMOLITO AFTERBAY
The lake was at 134.1-foot elevation at press time – 82.6 percent capacity. 2- to 4-pound bass were hitting Senkos on the outsides of the tule banks and swimbaits on the edges of the deeper grass beds. With the opening of the waterfowl season on October 24, fishermen should avoid getting too close to the hunters set up in the coves south of the Hwy 162 Bridge.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER
Road closures are the highlight of the remainder of the month with weekend closure on Highway 12 from 10:00 p.m. on Friday evenings until 5:00 a.m. on Monday morning due to work on the Mokelumne River Bridge. The highway is closed to all but local traffic from Interstate 5 on the east and Highway 160 on the west. Closures are Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 13-16. There’s also maintenance at the Three Mile Slough Bridge on Highway 160 and there are traffic backups of up to five miles from the bridge to the base of the Antioch Bridge. The construction is going on 24 hours per day, so visitors to the Delta need to plan for extra time for the delay. Salmon fishing continues to be decent from the Benicia and Freeport shorelines with a smattering of fish off of Pittsburg and Antioch. Sturgeon are showing up in deep water in the Pittsburg area on roe or eel as grass shrimp is very scarce. Striper bait fishing appears to be the top option as hyacinth is also invading the Sacramento River.
▪ SAN JOAQUIN RIVER
Hyacinth continue to choke many of the waterways in the San Joaquin River near and north of Stockton, but it hasn’t slowed down the largemouth bass bite with a variety of techniques. Flipping Missle’s D-Bombs or Brush Hogs are a good option as well as with 1/2-ounce Persuader spinnerbaits in white or chartreuse. Small striped bass are abundant, and they are susceptible by anchoring with fresh shad, drifting with live mudsuckers or bluegill, or spooning with jigs. Crappie are starting to show up, and limits have been reported near Turner Cut with medium minnows or pink/white mini-jigs. Bluegill and red-ear perch are throughout the south Delta, and Whiskey Slough, Bacon Island Road, and Eight Mile Road are hotspots with jumbo red worms or wax worms. The removal of the False River saltwater barrier is in process, and the barrier will be removed by Nov. 15. Boaters are advised to use extreme caution while traveling through this popular route as construction and large floating equipment is in the water. Fresh shad are readily available in area bait shops, and the quality is improving. However, the water hyacinth in the Port of Stockton may make shadding difficult, so anglers are advised to procure a supply of frozen shad for the winter.
– Western Outdoor News