Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of May 30, 2016.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
Flows dropped from 5,000 cfs to 4,100 cfs over the weekend. Shad fishing remains good throughout the river, although the section near the Sunrise bridge has been hot. Rossmoor 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.
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▪ DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER
American shad remain the top species in the stretch of river from Clarksburg to Freeport. Striper fishing has slowed considerably, but there are still a trickling of fresh fish moving up the Delta into the upper Sacramento River. Live minnows are best for stripers, but there are linesides swallowing sardines or pile worms scented with garlic spray. Sturgeon fishing is limited to a few committed anglers, but most sturgeon anglers are on hiatus. The diamondbacks are still holding in lower Suisun Bay. Smallmouth bass are heating up in the northern sloughs with rocky structure with deep-diving crankbaits, live minnows, or drop-shot plastics. High winds remain a limiting factor in the main river.
▪ DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER
Bass tournaments take center stage after the Memorial Day weekend with the Bass ‘N’ Fly out of Ladd’s Marina for fly fishermen along with the Wild West Tournament Trails out of Big Break Marina. Multiple club and association tournaments will occur each weekend through the summer at various marinas. Reaction baits such as chatterbaits are working for the post-spawn bass while bluegill are abundant in the back sloughs. A few stripers remain in the San Joaquin, but interest in striper fishing has waned.
▪ FEATHER RIVER
Flows dropped again last week, sending stripers from the area near the Fifth Street Bridge down to Boyd’s Pump and Shanghai Bend. There has been a decent evening bite for anglers using live minnows or swimbaits. Most of the fish are shakers, but some keepers between 18 and 24 inches are being caught. Shad fishing has been hot on the Yuba River. Shad also are being caught on the Feather near Shanghai Bend. Chartreuse grubs with a 1/16-ounce red dart head are working well.
▪ LAKE PARDEE
Kokanee fishing remains solid with a variety of small lures behind a small blade, and the landlocked salmon are found from the river arm into the main lake to the buoy line. A plant of 2000 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows prior to the Memorial Day Weekend led to vastly improved shore fishing for rainbow along with catfish. The lake has become the top kokanee reservoir in the Mother Lode, and three major tournaments scheduled during the summer.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Shad are being caught on the outgoing tide at Discovery Park, but fishing has slowed. Fishing also has slowed near Miller Park. Salmon season opens July 16.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
▪ CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon
The river is open to fishing, although only sea-run cutthroat trout are present. Flows Sunday were 308 cfs, nearing summer levels. Small Rooster Tail spinners are effective for the cutthroat. Only artificial lures and flies can be used until September.
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
Spring salmon fishing remains slow between Agness and Gold Beach. Flows Sunday were 3,820 cfs at the Agness gauge. The river temperature was 64 degrees. Anglers can keep wild salmon beginning June 1.
▪ ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Oregon
Salmon fishing improved a little on the Middle Rogue, but not many hatchery fish yet, mostly wild fish which have to be released. Anglers are back-bouncing roe with sand shrimp or sardine wrapped Kwikfish. Beginning June 1 anglers can keep wild fish below Fish Creek ferry boat ramp, but cannot keep fish above this area. The high lakes continue to produce the best fishing action with trout hitting well at most lakes. Anglers at Diamond Lake are trolling Needlefish or Wicked lures behind small flashers, 10 to 20 feet deep. Power Baits are also working for still fishing. Most lakes are producing good trout action on trolled Wedding Rings. Bass fishing is pretty strong at the upper lakes, on Senkos rigged wacky for largemouth bass. The smallmouth are hitting crankbaits. The salmon fly hatch on Lost Creek Lake has the bass and trout active near the dam. Applegate Lake is “on fire” for trout anglers trolling Wedding Rings or Power Baits or Pautzke’s salmon eggs, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass.
▪ RUSSIAN RIVER
Flows have dropped under 300 cfs with water temps in the upper 60's to low 70's. Lots of water users over the weekend but still able to get some shad around them at both Johnsons Beach and in Monte Rio, according to Scott Heenstra at Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville.
▪ SMITH RIVER
The river is open to fishing, with cutthroat trout available between the Forks and tidewater section. Small spinners or flies are effective for the trout. Flows Sundaywere 848 cfs. Low-flow closures go into effect Oct. 1.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
Flows were down to 1,210 cfs on Sunday, good trout and steelhead. The salmon fly hatch should begin any time with hot weather over Memorial Day Weekend, sparking a hot bite for native rainbows.
▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley were 2,600 cfs, and 5,600 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 10,500 cfs. Anglers have begun anchoring and running spinners for spring salmon, but so far fishing has been slow. Four springers were counted from the guides fishing on Saturday and Sunday. The river is in perfect shape for springers, according to guide Mick Thomas of Lunker Fish Trips.
▪ TRINITY RIVER
Flows at Lewiston Dam ranged from 3,500 to 5,000 cfs last week. No salmon have been reported yet, as the river has been too high to fish. Expect salmon to show up in fishable numbers by mid-June.
NORTH COAST LAKES
▪ CLEAR LAKE
With the water and weather still in transition, the better bet has been for crappie on mini-jigs or cut bait for catfish. A drop-shot wacky rigged RoboWorm fished in 16 feet of water produced one nice 9-pound bass, but for the most part the fish have still been small. Now that the holiday weekend is over things should settle down some, with less traffic at the ramps.
▪ LAKE BERRYESSA
Very good trout action has been found from Skiers Cove to Spanish Flats and the kokanee were up around the Big Island. The trout and kokanee came on Apexs, Dick Nite spoons, small Needlefish and Triple Teazers from 25 to 35 feet with red or pink Pautzke Fire Corn with garlic oil. Throwing topwater baits like a Rico, Gunfish or Sammy in shad patterns early and late produced a few bass coming off beds. Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes off shallow points and in the coves.
▪ LAKE SONOMA
Cover lots of water and you can find good numbers of largemouth bass and a few smallmouth bass with a LuckyCraft BDS3 in an American Shad pattern early in the morning up the Warm Springs arm.
▪ LAKE ALMANOR
Insect hatches are going off all over both basins. A week of sunshine has them erupting and both the trout and bass are biting.
▪ BAUM LAKE
With more hatches going off, the trout bite picked up. Bring a variety of flies here.
▪ BUCKS LAKE
The lake is full and in good shape with all species biting well. Both Mill and Bucks creek arms have been good for brown and rainbow trout while kokes and macks have still been hanging out in open water.
▪ EAGLE LAKE
The opening weekend went well, although a little crazy at the ramps. Trout to almost 3 pounds were caught, mostly on inflated nightcrawlers.
▪ FALL RIVER
Conditions are good and trout from 14 to 20 inches have been possible. Floating and intermediate lines matched with a variety of mayfly dries, leeches, streamers and nymphs produced trout.
▪ 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. Now that the holiday weekend is over there should be plenty of space for everyone.
▪ MCCLOUD RIVER
Rubber legs and anything black have been working and with so many other waters open now not many are fishing here so you’ll have plenty of water to yourself.
▪ PIT RIVER
Waters are still high and fast so be careful out there. Big, dark flies work here. Try big black nymphs, popper Johns or a Mercer Tb Pt Prince.
▪ SHASTA LAKE
Both the trout and salmon are moving in front of the dam. Use lures for trout and roll shad and anchovy by the dam and up in Dry Creek for salmon. Bass are 15 to 20 feet and in a little deeper water now. Chartreuse colored spinner blades and Kyte Xs will find the bigger bass in Packers Bay out to the Pit arm. Or 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.
▪ WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR
It’s been red hot for limits and steady action for trout. A few brook trout have also been caught. Kokes have been measuring up to 14 inches and are healthy and fat with lots of meat on them. Rainbows to 18 inches were taken at 40 feet. Most of the fish were caught on the main body on the south side of the 299 Bridge on spinners and hoochies with pink beads with a short 6- to 8-inch leader behind 4-inch Sling Blades.
▪ LAKE CAMANCHE
Trout fishing is limited to the deeper portions of the lake in the main river channel and near the dam, but there are quality holdovers to be found for experienced trollers in the deep water. Bass fishing is best in the early morning, as the fish are in the shallows with Senkos or plastics on the drop-shot, but once the sun rises, they move out into deeper water. Catfishing is good with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or anchovies as they are moving into the shallows with the warmer water conditions. Recreational boating was high during the Memorial Day weekend. The lake is the highest it has been in several years at 69% of capacity.
▪ DON PEDRO
The Don Pedro historic Visitor’s Center burned to the ground along with over 6 acres of surrounding land during the week, but a temporary educational building will replace the center for the current time. Trout action is fair at best with blade/’crawler combinations at 30 to 40 feet in the main lake. Topwater lures are working for bass in the early morning before switching to the bottom with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot. All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 75% of capacity.
▪ LAKE McCLURE
The lake held at 56% of capacity, and bass action continues to dominate the lake. There were five gold tagged trout released into the lake, and anyone who lands one of these rainbows by December 31 will receive $250. Topwater lures are best for bass in the early mornings before working the bottom with 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
A trout plant of 1750 pounds was released prior to the Memorial Day Weekend, and the bank action came alive in response to the plant. The Brush Pile, Handicapped Docks, or the Marina are the top bank locations with trout dough bait, nightcrawlers, or Kastmasters. Five rainbows were tagged with gold tags, and anglers who catch one of these tagged trout could receive $250 for their catch.
▪ NEW MELONES
Bass fishing provided the best action during the week with a slowdown in both trout and kokanee. Quality fish are there for the taking, and the consistent hot weather should get the salmon species to locate in tighter grouping along their preferred temperature zones. Bass action has been best on the bottom with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot with the reaction bite slowing. Hot weather should ramp up the reaction and topwater bite. Catfish are in the shallows with frozen shad, mackerel, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers, and crappie are found near structure in the main lake coves. The lake dropped slightly, and it is currently at 26% of capacity.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
▪ BOCA LAKE
The lake is still at 64.8-percent capacity with outflows matching the inflows. Try the dam and the inlet for rainbows and browns. WON Staffer Pat Young stopped here this past week and saw that the boat ramp was still several feet from the water.
▪ CAPLES LAKE
The lake is at 81.8-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported the lake was thawed and the store, marina, boat rentals, and launch ramp were open. The EID boat facility was opened for the Memorial Day weekend. Fishing should improve as the water temp warms up.
▪ CARSON RIVER (East, West)
The Alpine County Fish and Wildlife Commission, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, and South Tahoe PUD combined resources to plant 1800 pounds of rainbows to 5 pounds in the East and West Carson, Markleeville Creek, and Silver Creek this past week for the Memorial holiday. The East Carson and Silver Creek were still running high and off color. Anglers here were catching fish on salmon eggs and black/gold Panther Martins. The West Carson and Markleeville Creek were running high and clear and fishing was better here using salmon eggs, worms, and spinners.
▪ DAVIS LAKE
The lake is at 68-percent capacity. According to Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing, the bite was still slow with shore anglers, trollers, and flyfishermen only catching a fish or two. All the campgrounds were open and the Honker Cove boat ramp was open with a dock. The Camp 5 ramp was open without a dock.
▪ DONNER LAKE
The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Shore fishing was tough according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Trollers were seeing some action on macks and small kokanee along the south shore.
▪ FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort on the North Fork at Belden reported fishing was very slow with no DFW trout plant since late April—come on DFW, plant some more trout here. For that matter, get back to planting them everywhere.
▪ FRENCHMAN LAKE
The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported trout fishing was very good for 12- to 16-inch rainbows at the dam and Turkey Point using nightcrawlers and floating dough bait. All the campgrounds were open and the Frenchman ramp was open with a dock.
▪ GOLD LAKES BASIN
Upper Salmon Lake and Lower Sardine Lake were stocked by the DFW this past week. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported a troller caught 27 trout in 4 days on Rapalas in 20 feet of water at Gold Lake—browns running 3 to 5 pounds and macks to 11 pounds.
▪ ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 94-percent capacity. All the campgrounds were open and the boat ramp was open with a dock. Fishing should be good since the lake was recently stocked by the DFW.
▪ INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Try for rainbows from the shore at the dam and near the campground. Small boaters and float tubers should give the deeper water in front of the dam a look. Flyfishermen in float tubes working blood midges and woolly buggers do well early and late in the day.
▪ JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98.8-percent capacity. NID was trying to get the lake opened up by the Memorial Day weekend.
▪ JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is full and spilling. Sly Park Resort said bass fishing was good, but there was little to report on trout or macks.
▪ LAKE TAHOE
WON Staffer Pat Young and a good friend fished with Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing this past week and caught limits of 4- to 6-pound macks in 2 hours. The bite was excellent in the early morning trolling spoons and small minnow imitations at 180 to 450 feet deep off Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported excellent mack action mooching live bait for limits of 2- to 5-pound macks in 200 to 240 feet of water at South Shore. After scoring limits of macks, the boats were toplining flasher/minnows in 6 to 20 feet of water for a few rainbows. 8- to 12-inch kokanee were beginning to show in Emerald Bay.
▪ LOON LAKE
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. The USFS announced that the campgrounds opened this past week.
▪ PROSSER LAKE
The lake is at 57-percent capacity. The boat ramp at the campground was open. Trout fishing was slow with no DFW trout plant since last year. Try for smallmouth bass on the rocky shorelines using a tube or darthead worm.
▪ PYRAMID LAKE
Boating was still complicated here by repairs being made on the Pelican Point boat ramp, which could last into late June. Mid-week launching should be no problem, but heavy crowds of recreational boaters will make weekends a nightmare for fishermen. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters fished on Sunday and had 12 strikes that produced 3 keepers to 8 1/2 pounds and a few smaller fish trolling Apex at 40 feet deep from Monument to Warrior Point.
▪ RED LAKE
The lake was thawed and recently stocked by the DFW. Shore anglers should be catching trout at the dam on worms and salmon eggs.
▪ SILVER LAKE
The lake is at 79.9-percent capacity. The lake was thawed and trolling should be good near the island and SW side waterfall.
▪ STAMPEDE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 47-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported the kokanee trolling was improving for 12- to 13-inch kokanee on dodger/spinners or hoochies at 15 to 35 feet deep at the mouth of the Little Truckee arm. Trollers were chasing macks and browns from the ramp to the dam.
▪ TOPAZ LAKE
Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported the lake was at 75-percent capacity—up 4 feet just this past week. There was heavy recreational boat and jet ski traffic on the lake over the Memorial Day weekend. Trout fishermen were scoring on rainbows to 2 pounds drifting nightcrawlers at the West Walker inlet on the south end of the lake.
▪ TRUCKEE RIVER
The main river and the Little Truckee were both running high. The main river at Farad was beautiful. The Little Truckee was showing a bit of color due to big releases from Stampede Reservoir.
▪ UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Kokanee were hitting at 25 to 30 feet deep according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service. All the campgrounds except Sunset loops 1 and 2 (sites 1-61) were open. The Sunset Loop 1 and 2 campgrounds were closed temporarily due to the discovery of a pair of nesting bald eagles and would not reopen until mid-August. The Sunset boat ramp was open.
▪ WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker River and West Walker River at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon were stocked by the DFW this past week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported the river was still too high and off-color for decent fishing. It rained at the lower elevations and snowed up on top over the holiday weekend, so there’s a lot more runoff coming in the near future.
▪ FOLSOM LAKE
The lake dropped a foot last week from 453 feet to 452 feet over the weekend. It is 13 feet from full capacity. 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 dropped from 575 cfs last week to 488 cfs over the weekend at the Delta gauge. Conditions have improved for trout fishing. Nymphs have been working on the soft edges and side channels. Warm weather has sparked afternoon bug hatches.
▪ 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 6,600 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. Salmon season opensAug. 1 below Anderson.
▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Shad are biting throughout the Sacramento. Striper fishing has slowed above Colusa. Salmon season opens July 16. Anglers are optimistic about the opener based on good catches in the ocean out of San Francisco and Eureka.
▪ 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, and some boaters are having problems launching. 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. Sturgeon fishing has been best from Ward’s to Knight’s Landing.
▪ AMERICAN RIVER
The Silver Fork campground on the South Fork American opened this past weekend. Driftboat guide clients caught a few fish in high flows on the Middle Fork this past week.
▪ BULLARDS BAR
The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported there was heavy recreational boat traffic on the lake over the holiday weekend, but fishermen were out chasing bass and trout in the Willow Creek arm and North Fork Yuba.
▪ CAMP FAR WEST
The lake level was down to 90-percent. The lake was loaded with recreational boaters over the holiday weekend, but fishermen were still finding bass up in the Bear River arm.
▪ COLLINS LAKE
The lake is 2 feet from full. Trout limits were still common this past week with fish up to 5 1/4 pounds weighed at the store. Trollers and shore anglers were doing well in deeper water. Shore anglers did best at the dam and the rental dock, while the trollers worked flasher/worms and Rapalas at 15 to 25 feet deep. Recreational boat traffic was heavy over the holiday weekend.
▪ ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR
The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported heavy recreational boat traffic on the lake over the holiday weekend. A houseboater berthed in the marina caught two 2 1/2-pound rainbows and a 4-pound rainbow on worms. Look for fishing to best on the main lake above the “No-Ski” zone.
▪ FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. All the campgrounds were open this past weekend and there were lots of boaters fishing. Try for rainbows and browns at the creek inlet by the dam.
▪ HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 81-percent capacity. The Hell Hole camp and Middle Meadows group camp were open. The ramp had 19 boat trailers parked on it on Saturday, but fishing reports indicated a tough bite. Kokanee, macks, and trout should be hitting for trollers. Fishing should be good for hikers making it up to the Rubicon River inlet above the Upper Hell Hole camp.
▪ LAKE OROVILLE
The lake dropped to 94-percent capacity. With heavy holiday weekend recreational boat traffic and fluctuating barometric pressures, the bass bite was much slower than in previous weeks. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported fish counts running 11 to 32 fish depending on angler experience. The fish were here today and gone tomorrow on points and walls all over the lake at 10 to 25 feet deep. The best lures were tubes, drop-shot worms, Senkos, and the Strike King Menace fished on a worm head or as a jig trailer. There were pre-spawn fish showing up on the flatter points.
▪ ROLLINS LAKE
The lake is at 96.8-percent capacity. Long Ravine Resort, Orchard Springs Resort, and Peninsula Resort, all run by NID, opened this past weekend. Bass fishing was very good with some anglers reporting up to 50 fish per day on drop-shot and darthead worms.
▪ SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 98.3-percent capacity. Trout fishing was good on the point near the marina. Smallmouth bass were hitting on the rocky banks near the dam. Try for bass and panfish around the many submerged trees along the shoreline.
▪ SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The lake is full. The Sugar Pine Point campground opened this past week. With no recent DFW trout plant, fishing was fair at best.
▪ STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is full. With the Stumpy Meadows and Ponderosa Cove campgrounds open, the camp host reported lots of folks visiting the lake over the holiday weekend. Lots of boats were on the lake and some trollers reported catching some nice browns near the inlet.
▪ THERMALITO AFTERBAY
The lake was at 135.3-foot elevation at press time—91.1-percent capacity. Bass fishing was still good around the tule banks and islands in the east side bays and coves. Senkos, jigs, and spinnerbaits were working well with the higher water level. Try cranking the riprap banks along the west side for bass. Some steelhead can be found in the canal at the Wilbur Road access area.
Happy Hooker scored with limits of stripers both on Wednesday and again on Sunday. California Dawn ran for rockfish and lingcod on some days and stayed in the Bay for halibut and bass on other days. New Easy Rider got a 24-pound salmon off of Slide Ranch and Golden Eye 2000 brought a 25-pound halibut aboard near Angel Island.
▪ BODEGA BAY
Lingcod to 18 pounds, halibut to 21 pounds and rockfish plus a top-off of crabs made for very hefty sacks aboard New Sea Angler. Halibut to 24 pounds were caught in Tomales Bay near Hog Island by both drifters and trollers. Surf fishers caught red tail perch and striped bass near Dillon Beach.
Boats fishing Central Bay out of Emeryville managed to break the 2 fish per rod mark on striped bass, which seemed to be awfully hungry. The Bay counts also included some halibut caught on live bait for the most part and also salmon from off the Marin Coast.
Salmon fishing was off the hook for boaters out of Eureka, many of whom, including Reel Steel, were back in for brunch with full limits of delicious salmon. Salmon catches were reported out of Trinidad, Shelter Cove and Crescent City. Lingcod and rockfish were found in big numbers out of all North Coast ports.
▪ FORT BRAGG
Rough weather made the latter part of the week difficult to fish for most boats. Telstar made it out and put the hammer down on lingcod to 15 pounds. Rockfish were biting strongly but suspending above the bottom, which required an adjustment for successful anglers. Shore fishers mostly worked Noyo Jetty or Dog Beach.
▪ HALF MOON BAY
Huli Cat and Riptide put their passengers on salmon from Pedro Point and the Shipping Lanes. Queen of Hearts showed the lingcod and rockfish a thing or two while fishing off of Pescadero. Casting lures was the ticket for hooking striped bass in the surf between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica.
▪ SAN FRANCISCO
Bass Tub ran for rockfish and lingcod one day, salmon another and stripers and halibut on other days, to offer her passengers the best options. Flash I went after bass early in the week and then fished for leopard and sevengill sharks late in the week. Flash II caught halibut as the water cleared up and also fished rockfish and lingcod in Bonita Cove. Lovely Martha had a thresher shark come across her rails off of the Towers.