Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of May 16, 2016.
▪ LAKE AMADOR
Another big plant of 2400 pounds of Mt. Lassen hatchery rainbows will be planted into the lake, following the plant of 2400 pounds in early May. More Lightning trout will also be in this plant. The surface temperature has risen to 64 degrees, and the 20-foot level has been the key for the planted rainbows with Mice Tails, trout dough baits, or Kastmasters. A small bit of dough bait on a 5-foot leader has been the top technique from the bank. 500 pounds of catfish are to be planted into the lake. The fishing pass price dropped to $5.00 for the summer on May 1. Their new water slide will open at the swim pond on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.
▪ DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER
American shad remain the top story in the Sacramento delta, and a few females are starting to show up in the Freeport area. Striper fishing has slowed considerably with the best action found by drifting jumbo minnows in Steamboat Slough. Striper trolling has slowed, but there are still pre-spawn fish coming up the river. Smallmouth bass will start providing action in the north sloughs of Steamboat and Miner as well as the Old Sacramento River. The high winds and a week of minus tides have dirtied the main river. Sturgeon fishermen are on hiatus, but the diamondbacks are still in lower Suisun Bay.
▪ DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER
Largemouth bass and bluegill dominate action, and the reaction bite has improved considerably as the bass have moved out into deeper water off of the beds. The fish are either guarding fry or feeding heavily in the current, and chatterbaits, squarebill crankbaits, or Senkos are producing. The winds have allowed for a solid spinnerbait bite. Stripers are on their way out of the system in search of cooler climes, but bluegill are making a showing in the sloughs with wax worms or jumbo red worms. There will be an armada of bass boats in the south Delta on the weekend due to the large tournament out of Bethel Island.
▪ FEATHER RIVER
Increased flows last week brought in more stripers, which have been hitting topwater lures in the evening. Jumbo minnows and pile worms also are working good. Shad fishing has been excellent from Shanghai Bend to Verona. Shad also are biting well in the Yuba River. Chartreuse grubs with tiny lead-headed jigs are tricking shad.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Shad are biting throughout the Sacramento. Many of the stripers have spawned and returned to the delta, although some schools of bigger fish are still active near Colusa. Small black plastic worms have been working, along with swimabits. Jumbo minnows also are tricking fishing.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Shad fishing is wide open at Discovery Park and Miller Park. Bank anglers are finding good numbers of fish at Discovery, while boaters are anchoring just below near the water towers. Most of the stripers have returned to the delta, although some smaller fish are still being caught.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
The river is low near Verona, so boaters are urged to use caution. Jumbo minnows, swimbaits and pile worms are tricking what’s left of the spring striper run. Lots of smaller stripers are still being caught near Verona, with some bigger fish biting in the evening and pre-dawn hours. Shad are thick near Verona. Catfish also are being caught near the wingdams below Verona, as well as the Sutter Bypass.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
▪ CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon
The Chetco re-opens to fishing May 22. Although salmon won't arrive until the fall, sea-run cutthroat trout are available, and are typically caught with small spinners or flies, such as muddler minnows. Flows on Sunday were 435 cfs, plenty of water for good trout fishing.
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
Spring salmon fishing was fair last week, with the evening tides fishing best. Many of the fish caught were wild springers that had to be released, but some hatchery fish were caught. Flows on Sunday at Agness were a perfect 4,500 cfs. The water temperature is 62 degrees, slightly warmer than normal. Red tail surfperch are biting well at the mouth of the river.
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass, Oregon
There are still some salmon being caught in the Shady Cove area, along with a few steelhead, reported guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Most are wild fish and must be released; keep only hatchery salmon or steelhead. Back bounce roe, sand shrimp, sardines or Kwikfish. A few salmon are also being taken from Bank Hole, Casey Park, Slide Hole, Hays Fall and spots in Grants Pass areas. Bass fishing as pretty good at Lake Selmac, topped by an 8-pounder this week on a wacky rigged plastic worm. Trout fishing is slow to fair as the water is warming up. Lake Applegate anglers are still picking rainbows by trolling Wedding Rings behind flashers. Some smallmouth bass are also being caught, mostly on wacky rigged Senko plastics.
▪ RUSSIAN RIVER
Shad have finally hit the river in big enough numbers to merit a trip, and anglers are getting from 1 to 10 an evening of effort at Johnson’s Beach. Flows are at 400 cfs with good clarity and water temperatures in the upper 60s. Smallmouth are also on an improved bite.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
The upper section of the Klamath near Hornbrook remained high last week and over the weekend, with flows at Iron Gate still 1,650 cfs. Ideal flows for spring fishing are around 1,000 cfs. The salmon fly hatch should begin any time, sparking a hot bite for native rainbows.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley were 4,090 cfs, and 8,650 cfs at Orleans. Once the river begins to drop, look for good trout action with nymph patterns in May and dry flies in early June.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Flows on Sunday at Terwer were 14,3000 cfs, a decrease from last weekend. Some anglers have begun anchoring and fishing spinners for spring king salmon, but so far fishing has been slow.
▪ TRINITY RIVER
Flows at Lewiston Dam averaged 10,000 cfs most of last week. They dropped below 7,000 cfs on Sunday, still way too high for steelhead, trout or salmon fishing. Flows are high to flush salmon and steelhead smolts from the river as part of the annual enhancement releases by the Bureau of Reclamation.
NORTH COAST LAKES
▪ CLEAR LAKE
They’re still junk fishing here for bass as the water and weather are still in transition, so toss a lot of different stuff. With poor visibility, the sightfishing continues to be poor. The crappie action remained good around the lake on mini-jigs while anglers used cut bait for catfish or caught them as incidental catch while fishing for bass. No one is reporting on bluegill, though they are starting to show up in shallow areas around the lake.
▪ LAKE BERRYESSA
There were still winds, but largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in either pre-spawn, spawn or post-spawn mode have been on tap. Throw topwater baits like a Rico, Gunfish or Sammy in shad patterns. The trout bite remains good from the surface down to 40 feet with rainbows from 14 to 19 inches long. A few kokanee are showing from Skiers Cove to Steel Park and out in front of the Ranch House from 20 to 45 feet deep.
▪ LAKE HENNESSEY
The bass are spawning or looking to spawn and can be caught on Pointer 100s, chatterbaits, jigs and Senkos.
▪ LAKE SONOMA
Bass are in the main lake and being caught and released on shad swimbaits with a lead head in 5 to 15 feet of water. Senkos, jerkbaits, swimbaits and plastics are also working. A few crappie are also being caught in and around the campgrounds in 10 to 15 feet on live minnows under a slip bobber fished for bass.
▪ LAKE ALMANOR
Fishing pressure has been light and boats scattered as the trout wander, looking for scattered bait. There were lots of marks but not a lot of bites.
▪ BAUM LAKE
With more hatches going off the trout bite picked up, although few have been here to enjoy it. Bring a variety of flies here and enjoy.
▪ FALL RIVER
Conditions are good. Expect trout from 14 to 20 inches have been possible. The Fly Shop in Redding suggested showing up with floating and intermediate lines, a variety of mayfly dry's, leeches, streamers and nymphs.
▪ HAT CREEK
This is the time to get out, the insects are large, the trout are hungry and they haven't seen a fly all winter, but few have been here. Try green drakes, nymphs and dries, with some big stone (salmon flies) going off in the next few weeks as it gets warmer.
▪ MCCLOUD RESERVOIR
There is a good trout fishing here on leeches and dry flies down by the dam and very few fishing here now. There is also good camping here.
▪ MCCLOUD RIVER
Conditions are good with rubber legs and anything black working, but with so many other waters open not many are fishing here.
▪ PIT RIVER
This river is only for the advanced outdoors person and angler –so be careful out there. Check for big releases and always look at the stream flow reports--the Fly Shop is a good source. Warm days equals snowmelts and could mean cloudy water. Big, dark flies work here, show them to the fish many times, as they often take it once you've nagged them enough. It’s still running high but fishable. Try big black nymphs, popper Johns or a Mercer Tb Pt Prince.
▪ SHASTA LAKE
There wasn’t much change here as the seasonal transition as the seasonal trout and salmon move in front of the dam. But the bass fishing has been excellent for numbers of smaller fish with fish scattered out to 25 feet.
▪ TRINITY LAKE
Has not been a good option due to launch conditions and lower water levels, but rising and conditions change daily but no good reports yet.
▪ WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR
Trout fishing has been good but kokanee have been better for the very few here trolling and with a few baitfish hatches, spawning bass and some squawfish caught things are looking up. Kokanee took a pink Spin-n-Glo tipped with some shoepeg corn soaked in a Smelly Jelly garlic tuna scent according to WON reporter Pat Young. The fish were stacked up in the channel from the Whiskey Creek launch ramp to the bay south of the Hwy 299 Bridge.
▪ LAKE CAMANCHE
Trout plants continue at the lake with 600 pounds at the South Shore ramp, and 600 pounds at the South Shore Pond. A few trollers are working deeper water near the dam for the occasional quality rainbows over 6 pounds, but the trout bite has slowed overall in the 63-degree water temperature. Bass fishermen have been flooding the lake with Senkos, Brush Hogs, or plastics on the drop-shot as the fish are inpost-spawn mode. Catfish are also in the shallows, and chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or anchovies are all working. The lake is the highest it has been in several years at 63% of capacity.
▪ DON PEDRO
The occasional quality king salmon is taken along with a few kokanee, and the action should improve once the weather stabilizes and warms. Running shad-patterned spoons in the coves are producing quality rainbow trout. The bass are holding in deeper water, and despite an overall tough bite, huge lunkers over 9 pounds are available on reaction baits. The Moccasin Marina will once again be operational, and the houseboats will be returning from the main lake to Moccasin, allowing for much quicker access in the main lake. All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 72% of capacity.
▪ LAKE McCLURE
The lake has risen to 52% of capacity, but the changing water level has created variable conditions. There is a solid bass bite with live crawdads and minnows while topwater lures such as the River2Sea Rover or subsurface SWaver are producing quality spotted bass. The Berserk Purple Hornet or Sprayed Grass jigs are effective as well as clear plastics with a purple blood line on the drop-shot or darthead. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction.
▪ LAKE MCSWAIN
The lack of trout plants has resulted in very slow trout action, and most area fishermen are finding other places to target rainbows from the banks. The last trout plant was April 8, and there are still several tagged fish in the lake from the MID Derby, and registered participants can still pick up the number 1 fish worth $500.00. The Marina Store is open from Thursday through Sunday.
▪ LAKE PARDEE
Kokanee action remains outstanding with small pink spinners or hoochies behind a small dodger, and the kokanee are starting to move into the main lake from the mouth of the river. Bass action is best up the river arm with Senkos for numbers. Trout have moved from the marina area into the main lake, and they have dropped in the water column. Catfishing is best on the south end with chicken livers. RV Park is scheduled to open within the next two months.
▪ NEW HOGAN
Striped bass are the story at this low elevation reservoir with frozen shad or anchovies on a harness. The bass are chasing shad, and multiple hook ups are possible with the right speed and running in the right locations. The section of the lake from the dam to the launch ramp to Deer Island is the normal trolling pattern. The lake is at 43% of capacity, but it is starting to release water.
▪ NEW MELONES
Kokanee remain the top species, and although the action isn’t hot and heavy, quality kokanee in the 14- to 15-inch range are the reward for patient trollers. The area around the dam, spillway, and south to Rose Island are the top locations at depths from 32 to 40 feet with gold spinners, Uncle Larry’s spinners in pink/blue, or Glitter Bugs micro-hoochies. The bass have moved into deeper water, and there is an early morning topwater bite with the River2Sea Rover before working the bottom with the SWaver. Trout are also in deeper water in the main river channel at depths from 40 to 60 feet with shad-patterned spoons. Catfishing continues to improve with frozen shad, mackerel, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers, and there have been crappie over 2 pounds taken near structure in the main lake coves. The lake is still releasing water, but the pace has slowed and it is still at 25% of capacity.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
▪ BOCA LAKE
The lake is at 65.3-percent capacity. The lake was already plagued by personal watercraft. Fishermen were picking up some nice browns on Kastmaster spoons in the west end coves near the dam.
▪ CAPLES LAKE
The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported there was still ice on the majority of the lake but open water was showing around the edges and at the Spillway and Wood’s Creek inlet. The Resort will open for the summer season by Memorial Day week. Anglers hiking into the Wood’s Creek inlet from the gate to the EID ramp were picking up some rainbows.
▪ CARSON RIVER (East, West)
The whole drainage was blown out and needs a week to 10 days to settle down. Call ahead to Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge for the latest river report at 530-694-2511.
▪ DAVIS LAKE
The lake is at 69-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported trout fishing was SLOW for trollers, shore anglers, and flyfishermen.
▪ DONNER LAKE
The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Planter rainbow fishing was hit-or-miss—if you’re in the right place when the school of fish cruise by along the shoreline, you catch some, otherwise it can be slow. Trolling along the south shore was producing small 8- to 10- inch kokanee. 5- to 12-pound macks were being caught jigging along the south shore by experienced anglers.
▪ FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported fishermen were still picking up a few trout but the river needs another DFW trout plant.
▪ FRENCHMAN LAKE
The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported shore fishing was good at the dam and Turkey Point for anglers using nightcrawlers. The courtesy dock was installed at the Frenchman ramp. The USFS previously announced that the ramp would not be installed this season, so good for them for changing their mind.
▪ GOLD LAKES BASIN
The lower unimproved ramp at the outlet on Gold Lake was accessible for launching small cartopper boats and a 5-pound mack was caught by a troller. The main ramp was accessible by 4X4 but not open yet for boats. Sardine Lake was open, but Salmon Lake was still closed.
▪ ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Fishing should be good after the recent DFW trout plant.
▪ INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Some rainbows were caught at the dam—with the Carson River blown out this is the only viable option in the area.
▪ JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 92.7-percent capacity. The roads were still closed.
▪ JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is full and spilling. After the DFW stocked 1500 pounds of fingerling browns in the lake, the macks and bass were feeding on them like crazy. Look to the shallows for good action on spawning largemouth and smallmouth bass.
▪ LAKE TAHOE
Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported doing well on morning trips catching quick limits of 3- to 8-pound macks--he’s only keeping the 5 to 8 pounders and releasing the smaller fish. The macks were caught trolling 85 to 450 feet deep along North Shore. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported catching nice limits of 3- to 7-pound macks trolling Krocodile spoons and Storm ThunderStiks at 140 to 170 feet deep at South Shore—stay away from other boats!! The brown trout bite had slowed and trips were only producing 1 to 3 browns running 2 to 4 pounds on CD7 Scatter Raps. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported the fleet was busy on morning and afternoon trips picking up limits of 3- to 5-pound macks mooching live bait along South Shore in 40 to 80 feet of water and at Sugar Pine at 120 to 150 feet deep.
▪ PROSSER LAKE
The lake is at 41.9-percent capacity. There wasn’t much happening here even though the lake came up 13-percent in a week. Let’s just hope it continues to fill at this pace.
▪ PYRAMID LAKE
Crosby’s Lodge reported fishing was slow this past week with two big fish weighed in by the same angler on two different days. Casey Code of Vacaville caught 15-pound, 15-ounce and 16-pound, 2.4-ounce cutthroats trolling FlatFish at Warrior Point. Guide George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported his last trips were only producing 7 or 8 strikes with 2 to 4 keeper fish landed trolling Apex 30 feet deep at Pelican Point.
▪ RED LAKE
Caples Lake Resort reported the lake had thawed, so fishermen should be able to pick up some cutthroats at the dam on worms.
▪ SILVER LAKE
The lake is at 80.9-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported the lake had thawed. Boaters should be able to catch some big macks here trolling by the island and the waterfall on the west end of the lake if the ramp is open.
▪ STAMPEDE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 44-percent capacity. The kokanee trolling has improved with the fish up off the bottom and schooling at the mouth of the Little Truckee arm. Dodger/spinner combos tipped with corn trolled at 15 to 25 feet deep were working. Boats can easily launch at the main ramp with the lake level up another 3-percent this past week.
▪ TOPAZ LAKE
The lake level was up 2 1/2 feet and trollers were still catching quick limits of nice rainbows in the top 10 feet. One boater caught-and-released 14 fish using Rapalas.
▪ TRUCKEE RIVER
The general regulation section from Alpine Meadows to Truckee was fishing well—you can use barbed hooks and bait here. From Trout Creek to Glenshire in the regulated section, flyfishing or lures with barbless hooks were working for some nice rainbows and browns. From Hirshdale to Stateline, the river was too high to fish.
▪ UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported the lake was loaded with debris and the Sunset ramp gate was still locked. Some 13- to 14-inch kokanee were caught trolling a chrome dodger and purple spinner tipped with corn in the top 20 to 30 feet. Mack fishing was slow.
▪ WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon were stocked by the DFW this past week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported the river was blown out—high and muddy.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
Higher flows on the American River have made fishing for stripers and shad tough. Flows on Sunday were 4,360 cfs. They have been running between 4,000 and 5,000 cfs the past week. Shad are being caught in good numbers at Discovery Park. Tiny lead-headed jigs with chartreuse grubs, or red and white shad darts, have been working best.
▪ FOLSOM LAKE
The lake held steady at 453 feet of elevation last week, about 12 feet from being completely full. Bass fishing has been good in both the North Fork and South Fork, as well as the main body. Many of the bass are now suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water. Green pumpkin and watermelon with red flake have been the hot color for tubes and grubs. Senkos also are working well. Topwater plugs are producing fish at first light. Bank anglers are using live minnows with slip bobbers to catch bass as well as some catfish. Trout trollers are focusing on the North and South forks, but trout and salmon action has been slow. Some fish are being caught between 40 and 60 feet deep.
▪ RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has been fair to good. Kastmasters and Power Bait both have been taking limits.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows on Sunday were 847 cfs at the Delta gauge. Conditions have improved for trout fishing. Nymphs have been working on the soft edges and side channels. The river is still high, but fishable.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Fishing is now closed from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge, a 5.5-mile stretch. From the Highway 44 bridge to Anderson, fishing for wild rainbow trout has been good. Flows at Kewsick Dam held steady at 6,440 cfs last week. Anglers are launching at the Posse Grounds. The carp spawn is over, and the matching beads are now less effective. Salmon roe is working well, as are a variety of Glo Bugs. Dry flies and nymphs also are getting action, as well as tiny plugs. Many trout have already spawned and are now feeding heavily. The area just below the Highway 44 bridge has been crowded, but pressure eases downstream toward Anderson.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
The South Fork was running at 2200 cfs, down from 3000 cfs—lots of rafters. North Fork was running high and clear. There wasn’t much fishing pressure with the flows so high.
▪ BULLARDS BAR
The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported houseboats and shore campers were more numerous with the high water level and nice weather. Bass anglers caught a lot of dink spots and a few big fish on deep cranks, worms and swimbaits.
▪ CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is full. Bass fishing was good in the Bear River arm where Ron Franks of Folsom caught 32 bass in 64- to 68-degree water at 8 to 10 feet deep using watermelon and green pumpkin lizards and Brush Hogs. Recreational boat traffic was increasing as summer nears.
▪ COLLINS LAKE
The lake is full. Trout fishing was fantastic with lots of 5- to 7-pound rainbows showing up on stringers. Trollers were scoring at 15 to 25 feet deep near the dam with the fish moving deeper as the water temp rose to 70 degrees--lots of limits were caught. As the water temp warms, shore fishermen need to get out at dawn or dusk when it’s cooler with trout moving into deeper water during the heat of the day.
▪ ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR
The lake is at 90-percent capacity—this level should remain steady all summer. There was a lot more recreational boat traffic on the lake this past week with few fishermen.
▪ FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 81.3-percent capacity. The lake was accessible with both ramps in the water.
▪ HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 80.8-percent capacity. The lake was accessible and Hell Hole Campground was open. The Middle Meadows group campground was open with no water. The ramp was open and trollers were picking up some nice macks in front of the dam.
▪ LAKE OROVILLE
The lake is holding at 96-percent capacity—8.3 feet from full. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass numbers were down as the fish moved into deeper water. The bass being caught were mostly post-spawners with a few pre-spawn fish still waiting to move onto beds. The bite was very subtle with many anglers missing more fish than they caught—experienced anglers were catching 30 to 35 fish each while novices were sticking 20 to 25. The bite was best using Paradise Tackle Company green pumpkin/black flake finesse jigs, tubes, darthead worms, grubs, and Senkos on steep rocky walls and points, and Persuader chartreuse/white willow leaf spinnerbaits with gold/nickel blades in the mudlines. The West Branch, North Fork, and Slot were fishing well at 15 to 25 feet deep. The DWR was corralling debris and towing it to the dam for removal, but boaters should always be on the lookout for floating debris.
▪ ROLLINS LAKE
The lake is at 99.8-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at NID reported the lake was much clearer with some floating debris that boaters need to look out for. There were a lot of spotted bass being caught on the points and steeper banks on tubes and darthead worms. Trout fishing was slow for trollers with only a few rainbows caught.
▪ SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 98.2-percent capacity. Shore fishermen were doing well for trout on the point near the marina using worms and floating dough bait. Boaters and float tubers were catching a lot of smallmouth bass in the 2- to 3-pound range.
▪ SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The lake level was high and the campgrounds and day-use area were open. Some rainbows were being caught but the lake really needs another DFW plant.
▪ STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is full and spilling. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the Stumpy campground and the Ponderosa group camp were open. Boaters were picking up a few fish but the lake needs another DFW plant.
▪ THERMALITO AFTERBAY
The lake was at 134.7-foot elevation—86.8-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported bass fishing was still good around the tule banks and islands in the east side coves. Gibson recommended pitching 6-inch green pumpkin/black flake Senkos and flukes back into the tules and along the outside edges for bass running mostly 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds with a few to 4 pounds. There was a good topwater bite using poppers in the early to late morning.
Central and South bays were choked with hungry halibut and boats like California Dawn, Happy Hooker and boats from Berkeley Charter Boats got on them with scores like a halibut per rod. Berkeley boats also ran outside for salmon and enjoyed some limits trips on El Dorado and New Easy Rider.
▪ BODEGA BAY
Boats including New Sea Angler ran down the coast to Point Reyes for limits of rockfish, a good lingcod count and usual limits of crabs. The boat ran up north off of Russian River for the few salmon that were caught locally. Halibut to 14 pounds showed up in increasing numbers near Hog Island in Tomales Bay. Surf fishing for perch was fair to good at Salmon Creek, Doran Beach and Dillon Beach.
Sundance scored 1.5 salmon per rod. New Huck Finn, New Salmon Queen, Tigerfish and New Seeker handled the rockfish and lingcod duties admirably. Rockfish counts were nearly always limits and lingcod counts surpassed the 2 fish per rod mark.
Pacific halibut were scattered, with boats fanning out to find their own hotspots. Reel Steal and Scrimshaw reported catches to 70 pounds. Jetty fishers did well on rockfish, kelp greenling and lingcod on both the North and South jetties. Boaters making the run below Shelter Cove found just spotty action on salmon.The Shellback made it out on the Monday morning salmon opener for just a few hours in windy weather, and slammed four limits of 8 beautiful kings and were on their way back at 9:30 a.m., so salmon season is off and running.
▪ FORT BRAGG
Crab pots stuffed so full the “no vacancy” light was on greeted Telstar passengers who found about 20 keepers per pot. Salmon fishing was slow, though there were plenty of fish and baitballs around. Spear diving was very good and one guy came in with heavy stringers of big lingcod, rockfish and cabezon.
▪ HALF MOON BAY
Queen of Hearts is back from drydock and back in action making runs to Duxbury for salmon to 21 pounds and spots downcoast for rockfish and lingcod to 13 pounds, sharing water with Huli Cat which had a great week of combo trips for rockfish, lingcod and crab. Jetty anglers connected with rockfish and cabezon and surf fishers set the hook on striped bass.
▪ SAN FRANCISCO
Salmon hit the deck with great regularity and Fisherman’s Wharf boats Wacky Jacky and Lovely Martha were in the thick of it with counts hovering at or near 2 fish per rod. Bass Tub showed the rockfish and lingcod who’s boss with lingcod counts of over 2 fish per rod. Flash II got about a halibut per rod and a couple of leopard sharks per person while working Berkeley Flats.