Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of May 23, 2016.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
Shad fishing busted wide open on the American last week, as higher flows drew in a big batch of fish. Roosmoor Bar, Sarah Court, Watt Avenue, Gristmill and Harrington have all produced good fishing. Discovery Park is fishing best on the outgoing tide, especially in the evening. Tiny lead-headed jigs with chartreuse grubs, or red and white shad darts, have been working best. Some stripers are being caught on topwater lures in the evening. Flows Sunday were 5,000 cfs.
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▪ DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER
American shad are still king in the Freeport area, but there are stripers in the northeast corner of the Delta. Live shiners are the top baits, but spooning with shad-patterned jigs is also working. Striper trolling has slowed with the fish quickly on the move back to the bay. 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 have headed to the bay, but sturgeon are still on the hunt in Suisun Bay.
▪ DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER
Largemouth bass are the top species, but there are still striped bass for the taking in the main San Joaquin River with swimbaits or spoons. The bass are holding in slightly deeper water, and they are in all stages of the spawn. Post-spawn bass are feeding heavily while fish are also guarding fry, and bluegill patterns are the top baits. There is a good topwater bite in the mornings before switching to the bottom with a variety of plastics. Bluegill are thick in the south Delta sloughs with wax worms or jumbo red worms.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Shad are biting throughout the Sacramento. Striper fishing has slowed above Colusa. Salmon season opens July 16.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
Lots of shakers and a few keeper stripers are being caught at Colusa, Tisdale, Knight’s Landing and Verona. 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. Catfish also are being caught near the wing dams below Verona, as well as the Sutter Bypass and at Knight’s Landing.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
▪ CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon
The Chetco opened to fishing May 22. Anglers reported catching sea-run cutthroat trout in the tidewater section with small spinners. Bait cannot be used until September. Surf perch are being caught off the Chetco River jetties on sand crabs and small pieces of shrimp.
▪ HUMBOLDT COUNTY RIVERS
Sections of the South Fork Eel, Mad, Mattole and Van Duzen rivers open to fishing May 28. Cutthroat trout are available. See regulations for specific closures on salmon and steelhead.
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
Spring salmon fishing has been slow. Guides reported one fish for every five boats, and most are wild and must be released. Anglers can begin keeping wild kings on June 1. Flows Sunday were 3,960 cfs. Rain over the weekend helped cool water temperatures from 65 degrees the middle of last week to 58 degrees on Sunday.
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass, Oregon
Fishing is basically slow up and down the river, there are not many salmon, hatchery or native. Maybe more fish will be on the move with a full moon this week, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. The few salmon caught have been on sardines with Kwikfish, or roe with sand shrimp, or back troll with beads and corkies. Only a few have been reported. Best action is on the lakes for trout, but you can also keep trout on the Rogue, limit is 5 from 8 inches up to 16. Anything over 16 inches is considered a steelhead. Lake fishing anglers are catching trout in the Harbury Creek area of Applegate Lake. Bank anglers are using nightcrawlers or Pautzke’s. Trolllers are scoring with Wedding Rings and Needlefish at most all of the lakes. Fly fishermen are showing good success at Diamond Lake on nymphs and midges. Trollers are using Needlefish 10-20 feet deep, and bait anglers use Power Baits about 20 feet deep.
▪ RUSSIAN RIVER
Not much has changed since last week. Flows are hovering around 350 cfs with water temps in the low to mid 60's. Plan on seeing water users on any given day from now until early fall. The smallmouth are fat and plentiful right now, while the shad fishing seems to be best right before dark.
▪ SMITH RIVER
The Smith re-opens to fishing May 28. Barbless hooks and artificial lures or flies must be used through Aug. 31. Two cutthroat trout a day at least 10 inches long may be kept. Salmon and steelhead fishing also is open, but salmon won't arrive until September.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
Flows were down to 1,440 cfs on Sunday, high but fishable for trout and steelhead. 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 3,420 cfs, and 6,830 cfs at Orleans. The river is high for trout fishing below the Trinity River, but is nearing fishable levels near Happy Camp.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Flows on Sunday at Terwer were 13,100 cfs. Anglers have begun anchoring and running spinners for spring salmon, but so far fishing has been slow. Tribal netters have caught some springers the past week, signaling the beginning of the salmon run.
▪ TRINITY RIVER
Flows at Lewiston Dam dropped to 3,860 cfs over the weekend. While still too high for fishing, the upper river could be fishable by Memorial Day Weekend. No salmon have been reported yet, but some late spawned out steelhead and brown trout will be available. Expect salmon to show up in fishable numbers by mid-June.
NORTH COAST LAKES
▪ CLEAR LAKE
The water and weather are still in transition so the bass bite shut down. A better bet has been crappie on mini-jigs or cut bait for catfish. No one reported anything about bluegill, although they are starting to show up in the shallows.
▪ LAKE BERRYESSA
The winds are still blowing but that didn’t stop all three species of bass from biting. Throw topwater baits like a Rico, Gunfish or Sammy in shad patterns early and late. Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes on shallow points and in the coves or on Mud Pies and Crazy Eddies. The trout and kokanee came on an Apex, Dick Nite spoons, small Needlefish or Triple Teazers from 25 to 35 feet with red or pink Pautzke Fire Corn with garlic oil. Very good trout action has been found from Skiers Cove to Spanish Flats and the kokanee were up around the Big Island.
▪ LAKE SONOMA
Good numbers of largemouth bass to 5 pounds and a few smallmouth bass to 2 pounds were caught by covering water with a LuckyCraft BDS3 in an American Shad pattern early in the morning up the Warm Springs arm. Targeting trout was difficult due to the winds.
▪ LAKE ALMANOR
Almanor is full and looking good. Insect hatches are popping off all over both basins. A week of sunshine and then the insect hatches will go from popping off to erupting and then the trout and bass bite will also take off.
▪ BAUM LAKE
Bring a variety of flies here and enjoy. Very few come up here and it’s beautiful. With more hatches going off the trout bite picked.
▪ BUCKS LAKE
Full and in good shape with all species biting well. Go to the Mill and Bucks creeks arms for browns and rainbows while kokes and macks are in open water.
▪ EAGLE LAKE
Opens May 28 with both ramps in the water and trout looking healthy.
▪ FALL RIVER
Conditions are good and trout from 14 to 20 inches have been possible. Try floating and intermediate lines, a variety of mayfly dries, leeches, streamers and nymphs.
▪ HAT CREEK
Try some green drakes, nymphs and dries. There will also be some big salmon flies hatching in the next few weeks as it gets warmer. This is the time to get out, as very few have been here and the trout are hungry. Also the entire system was planted this week.
▪ MCCLOUD RIVER
Conditions are good with rubber legs and anything black working, but with so many other waters open not many are fishing here so you’ll have plenty of water to yourself.
▪ PIT RIVER
This river is only for the advanced outdoors person and angler, so be careful out there as the waters are still high and fast. Big, dark flies work here once you've nagged them enough. Try big black nymphs, popper Johns or a Mercer Tb Pt. Prince.
▪ SHASTA LAKE
Good for trout and salmon as they move in front of the dam. Use lures for trout and rolling shad and anchovy by the dam and up in Dry Creek for salmon. Bass are 15 to 20 feet away from structure and in a little deeper water. Use chartreuse colored spinner blades and Kyte Xs for bigger fish in Packers Bay out to the Pit arm for bass and then go catfishing all night using chicken livers and hot dogs. There are also crappie on jigs and tubes on shallow points and in the coves.
▪ 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
It’s been red hot for limits and steady action for 8 to 10 trout. A 10-inch brook trout was also caught. Kokes were about 14 inches and fat. Not long yet, but lots of meat on them. Rainbows to 18 inches were taken at 40 feet. Most of the fish were caught on main body on south side of the 299 Bridge. No Apexs, just spinners and beads in pink for Hoochies with a short 6- to 8-inch leader behind 4-inch Sling Blades.
▪ LAKE AMADOR
A plant of 2100 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows was released this past week, and this is the last trout plant for the season. Catfish plants will start prior to the Memorial Day weekend, and a few additional whiskerfish plants will occur during the summer. Trout to 13.62 pounds have been taken on trout dough bait, and a large catfish in excess of 16 pounds was also caught on dough bait. Trolling Kastmasters at depths of 20 feet or soaking trout dough bait, Mice Tails, or nightcrawlers are working for the planted rainbows. Crappie to 2.62 pounds have been landed from the docks with live minnows while bass fishing is best with jigs or plastic worms.
▪ LAKE CAMANCHE
Trout plants will continue as long as the water temperatures remain below 70 degrees, and 600 pounds was released at the North Shore launch ramp this week. Experienced trollers are finding easy limits of quality rainbows to 8 pounds in the deepest water near the dam with Speedy Shiners coated with Smelly Jelly at depths to 20 feet. Bass fishing is best with Senkos, Brush Hogs, or plastics on the drop-shot as the fish are in post-spawn mode. Catfish are biting chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or anchovies in the shallows. The lake is the highest it has been in several years at 66% of capacity.
▪ DON PEDRO
The bass bite is solid with topwater lures in the early mornings before switching to the bottom at depths from 20 to 25 feet with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot. Bank fishermen are catching planted trout with nightcrawlers or trout dough bait while trollers are finding good action in the top 20 feet from the surface. The fish are still high in the water column despite rising water temperatures. 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 74% of capacity.
▪ LAKE McCLURE
The lake has risen to 56% of capacity, and there is an excellent topwater bite in the mornings with the River2Sea Rover or subsurface SWaver. By mid-morning, bass fishermen are finding the best action on the bottom between 20 and 25 feet with jigs such as the Berserk Purple Hornet or Sprayed Grass jigs or plastics 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. The Bagby and Horseshoe Bend ramps remain closed, and they will most likely be closed for the rest of the season.
▪ LAKE MCSWAIN
Trout fishing remains very slow with the lack of planting. The last plant was April 8, but an occasional rainbow is taken from the shoreline with trout dough bait, nightcrawlers, or Kastmasters. 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 action has been dependent on the full moon and the incoming weather fronts, but quality linesides are there for the taking with frozen anchovies on a harness at depths to 20 feet. Frozen shad has been scarce in area bait shops. The lake is at 42% of capacity, and it continues to release water.
▪ NEW MELONES
Kokanee are the number one species, but there is a solid bass bite with topwater lures in the morning. The kokanee are found from the dam to Rose Island at depths to 40 feet with, Uncle Larry’s spinners in pink/blue or Glitter Bugs micro-hoochies tipped with scented corn behind a dodger. The bass are taken on River2Sea SWavers or Rovers in the mornings before moving out between 20 and 25 feet by mid-morning. Jigs or plastics on the drop-shot are best when the fish have moved to the bottom. The warmer water temperatures are attracting catfish to the shallows with frozen shad, mackerel, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers, and crappie are found near structure in the main lake coves. The lake has come up nearly 4 feet this week to 26% of capacity.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
▪ BOCA LAKE
The lake is at 64.8-percent capacity. The best bet here was fishing at the dam for rainbows using floating dough bait, worms, and Kastmaster spoons.
▪ CAPLES LAKE
The lake is at 84.8-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort said the lake should be thawed by Memorial Day weekend when the resort opens for the summer season, including the store and marina with boat rentals.
▪ CARSON RIVER (East, West)
Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported the East Carson, Silver Creek, and Markleeville Creek were still high and muddy. The West Carson was high and off color but anglers using salmon eggs were picking up a rainbow or two to 3 1/2 pounds.
▪ DAVIS LAKE
The lake is at 69-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW with a load of 3- to 6-inch rainbows. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported fishing was spotty with his last trip producing 4 rainbows on 10 hookups—two 18 inchers and two 19 inchers. He was trolling the red-dot frog Needlefish at 6 feet deep. A friend caught 4 nice rainbows on a green Rainbow Runner. Shore fishing was hit-or-miss with anglers only scoring 1 or 2 nice rainbows.
▪ DONNER LAKE
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported planter rainbows were hitting floating dough bait and worms at the west end. Trolling was slow with the poor weather that hit this past weekend.
▪ FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Fishing was slow in the North Fork above Caribou Crossroads Resort with no recent DFW trout plant. As popular as this stretch of river is to families with kids, the DFW needs to keep it stocked.
▪ FRENCHMAN LAKE
The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Trout trolling was excellent for those using Needlefish and Dick Nite spoons at 10 to 15 feet deep. One boat caught thirty 12- to 14-inch rainbows in 3 hours using Needlefish. The campgrounds were open and the Frenchman ramp was open with the courtesy dock installed.
▪ GOLD LAKES BASIN
Upper Salmon Lake and Lower Sardine Lake were scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. All the roads in the Basin were now open and the boat ramp at Gold Lake was open with a dock. Fishing should be good after the weather improves.
▪ ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Wind, snow, and rain pounded the region this past weekend, so give the weather a chance to stabilize before venturing forth.
▪ INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
The DFW stocked the lake this past week. Fishing should be good here and is the best option in the area with the Carson River blown out.
▪ JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 97-percent capacity and NID hopes to have the campgrounds and boat ramp open for the Memorial Day weekend.
▪ JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is full and spilling. Sly Park Resort reported some big macks were caught lurking around the boat docks where the DFW plants are made.
▪ LAKE TAHOE
Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported the mack bite was great with quick limits of 3 to 7 pounders coming in when the winds allowed. Self was trolling spoons and plugs at 85 to 450 feet deep off North Shore. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported they “were slaying them in shallow water”. One boat caught 7 limits of 3- to 6-pound macks in 1 1/2 hours mooching live bait in 30 to 60 feet of water at Timber Cove.
▪ PROSSER LAKE
The lake is at 51.3-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported smallmouth bass were hitting tubes on rocky banks. Trout fishing was slow.
▪ PYRAMID LAKE
George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported his 95-year old client, Jack Strickley of Santa Rosa, caught a 25-inch, 6-pound Lahontan on a popcorn Apex at 35 feet deep between Spider Point and Pelican Point. Winds hampered boating, as did the closure of the Pelican ramp for repairs. The ramp was supposed to have one lane open on weekends, but could be closed during the week until repairs were completed.
▪ RED LAKE
The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week. The lake was thawed and ready for shore fishing at the dam.
▪ SILVER LAKE
The lake is at 81.7-percent capacity. The lake was thawed.
▪ STAMPEDE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 46-percent capacity. The ramp was open with no courtesy dock. Boaters must park in the lot at the top of the ramp instead of at the water’s edge. A wounded veterans derby was held with mixed results. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service reported his boat scored one trout, one kokanee and 4 lost kokes—the fish were not grouped up yet and fishing was pretty slow. He caught his fish trolling a Radical Glow Tube behind a dodger at 10 to 20 feet deep.
▪ TOPAZ LAKE
Wind, rain, and snow made it tough for fishing, but on the bright side, the lake level came up 5 feet to 62.5-percent capacity.
▪ TRUCKEE RIVER
With the snow and rain this past week, the main river was blown out. Try the Little Truckee above Boca Lake.
▪ UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 99-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported the kokanee bite was excellent—the camp host caught a limit in 20 minutes on dodger/hoochies and spinners.
▪ WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker River and the West Walker River at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon were scheduled for DFW trout plant this week. With the rain and snow this past week, the river was still too high and muddy for fishing.
▪ FEATHER RIVER
Flows increased to 5,100 cfs at Boyd’s Pump. Although striper fishing has slowed, the boost in flows could draw in some late fish. A few keepers and lots of shakers have been reported. Jumbo minnows and pile worms are working best for stripers. Shad fishing has been very good, especially near Shanghai. Tiny grubs and shad darts are producing.
▪ FOLSOM LAKE
The lake held steady at 453 feet of elevation for the second week in a row, about 12 feet from being completely full. A few salmon were reported by trollers last week. 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.
▪ 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 575 cfs at the Delta gauge. Conditions have improved for trout fishing. Nymphs have been working on the soft edges and side channels. Rain over the weekend stalled the hatches that produced good fishing last week.
▪ 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 6,490 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.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Shad are being caught on the outgoing tide at Discovery Park. Some stripers are biting in the deepwater channel. Salmon season opens July 16.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
All 3 forks were running strong and clear. According to the Georgetown Ranger Station, there were a lot of folks recreating at the Hwy 49 confluence, but few fishermen.
▪ BULLARDS BAR
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported the recreational boat traffic was increasing rapidly, especially on weekends. Fishing should still be good for post-spawn spotted bass on walls and points. No word on any trout or kokanee action yet.
▪ CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is full. Recreational boat traffic was increasing heavily on weekends, so fishermen were advised to hit the lake during the week until Labor Day. Bass fishing was still good in the Bear River arm.
▪ COLLINS LAKE
The lake is 1-foot from full. So far this spring, Collins Lake has received 36,000 pounds of rainbows from private plants and the DFW. Trout fishing was excellent for limits of rainbows up to 9 pounds. Catfish to 8 1/4 pounds were caught too. Bass fishing was productive on the east side.
▪ ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR
The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Not much happening here for fishermen. More and more recreational boaters were using the lake with Memorial Day weekend just around the corner.
▪ FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 88.7-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported all the campgrounds were open and the French Meadows boat ramp was open. The McGuire boat ramp was not open yet, but should be soon.
▪ HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 84.8-percent capacity. The Hell Hole campground was open, but the Big Meadows campground won’t open for a while. The boat ramp was open. Trollers were picking up some nice macks in front of the dam.
▪ LAKE OROVILLE
The lake is being held at 96-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported anglers were only catching 40 fish per day on his trips with the majority of the fish now post-spawn. Bass were mostly 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds with a few to 1 3/4 pounds and even fewer to 2 pounds. Tubes, worms, Paradise Tackle Company jigs, grubs, and Keitech swimbaits were all working on steep walls and points. Persuader spinnerbaits were doing well in the mudlines. Fishing was consistent on the whole lake with water temp running 69 to 73 degrees.
▪ ROLLINS LAKE
The lake is at 99-percent capacity. NID will open Long Ravine Resort, Orchard Springs Resort, and the Peninsula Resort on May 27 for the Memorial Day weekend. Bass fishing was good, but trout action was slow.
▪ SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 98.4-percent capacity. The campgrounds and marina will open on May 27 for the Memorial Day weekend. Trout fishing was good on the point near the marina and float tubers were doing well from the day-use area to the Hensley House. Smallmouth bass fishing was good with lots of 2 to 3 pounders hitting cranks, jigs, and tubes.
▪ SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The lake is full. The Giant Gap campground was open for first come--first served and reservations. The group camp will open for reservations only beginning May 26.
▪ STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is full and spilling. The campgrounds and boat ramp were open. The day-use fee for vehicle parking and/or boat launching is $8. Trollers were doing better than the shore anglers on planter rainbows and a few browns.
▪ THERMALITO AFTERBAY
The lake was at 134.8-foot elevation at press time—87.5-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported there were smaller bass in and around the shallower tule banks and islands hitting Senkos, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The larger females were still sitting in deeper water on the outside edges of offshore weedbeds in water up to 25 feet deep. Jigs and chatterbaits were working for fish to 7 pounds.
Halibut counts topped 2 per rod for boats like California Dawn fishing Central and South Bay. Happy Hooker explored, allowing her passengers a shot at halibut, striped bass and groundfish.
▪ BODEGA BAY
Lingcod to 17 pounds, plus limits of high-quality rockfish including coppers, reds, browns and quillback filled sacks and then loads of Dungeness crabs were piled on top, giving anglers a workout to carry their groceries to their cars. Hog Island in Tomales Bay saw good halibut action over the previous weekend and early in the week, before the wind event lowered water temps. Surf fishers caught surf perch and stripers to 10 pounds.
A halibut apiece plus a mess of striped bass made passengers happy aboard New Huck Finn. Tigerfish ran outside for a lingcod per rod and near-limits of rockfish.New Salmon Queen bested the fish per rod mark while salmon fishing just a short way up the coast.
Early salmon season was surprisingly successful and boats like Reel Steel, Scrimshaw and Shellback were back in very early with limits for passengers and the skippers, too. Cape Mendocino was the hotspot for the rockfish opener and limits of lings as well as fat, feisty rockfish was fairly common for the few boats to make the long run.
▪ FORT BRAGG
Trips up the coast produced some very good results in terms of quality fish for Telstar, Trek II and Ambush fishing hotspots such as Westport and the Lost Coast. Crabs added substantially to the wealth of seafood and even on short soaks pots had plenty of keepers. Shore fishers were limited to Noyo Jetty during the windy periods but roams to unprotected hotspots when the surf allowed, targeting cabezon, rockfish, lingcod and kelp greenling.
▪ HALF MOON BAY
A big wind event looks to have blown salmon down the coast and right out in front of Half Moon Bay where private boats got into them bright and early in the morning over the weekend. Queen of Hearts, Riptide and Huli Cat sacked up the rockfish and lingcod pretty good. Huli Cat ran rockfish/crab combo trips to add limits of crabs to the passengers’ loads.
▪ SAN FRANCISCO
Limits of salmon came over the rails of Wacky Jacky. Bass Tub hit the halibut hard and added some bass in Central Bay but also ran outside for some rockfish and lingcod. Lovely Martha caught roughly a halibut per rod and brought in some striped bass while at it. Flash II worked Central and South Bay for halibut, with rising scores.