Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of June 20, 2016.
Flows rose slightly from 3,890 cfs to 4,000 cfs last week. Shad fishing has been best from the Gristmill Recreation Area to the Arden Bar area. Tiny lead-headed jigs with chartreuse grubs, or red and white shad darts, have been working best for shad. Minnow imitations are best for some larger stripers. There has been a topwater bite in the evenings for stripers.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)
The DFW stocked the West Carson and Alpine County stocked the East and West Carson, and Markleeville Creek this past week. Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing was good everywhere for rainbows. The East, West, and Markleeville Creek were producing fish to 5 pounds. Hot weather in the forecast could cause murky flows again this week in the East Carson and Silver Creek.
A few keeper-size stripers as well as lots of shakers are being caught near the mouth of the Yuba River. Cut sardines, pile worms and minnows are working. Shad fishing is slow, although a few fish are still in the Feather. Shad fishing is good on the Yuba River. Tiny chartreuse grubs fished with 1/16-ounce red dartheads are producing.
Fat, chunky kokanee to 16 inches have been taken on spinners or hoochies behind copper dodgers at depths from 40 to 66 feet. King salmon to 5-plus pounds are taken in the Woods Creek arm from the mouth to the Buoy Line upstream at depths from 90 feet and below with 4-inch watermelon Apex lures, rolling shad or anchovies or with Uncle Larry’s Salmon Hoochies, according to guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing. Bass fishing is best in the morning with topwater lures before dropping to the bottom with plastics on the Texas rig or drop-shot. All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 79 percent of capacity.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Shad fishing has been good near Red Bluff, Corning, Hamilton City and Chico. Small 1-inch pink, champagne or chartreuse grubs are working best. Expect shad to be present through June and until early July. Salmon season opens July 16.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.
Anchovies, herring and sardines are being caught in the Port of Brookings on Sabiki rigs. Anglers are using them for salmon or halibut bait. The river is open to fishing and sea-run cutthroat trout are biting in the upper tidewater. Bait cannot be used above the head of tide. Perch fishing has slowed along the jetties. Flows Sunday were 189 cfs.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.
A handful of springers were caught last week between Gold Beach and Agness as the run winds down. Wild salmon can now be kept. With cooler water temperatures last week, in the lower 60s, boaters were anchoring and running spinners or anchovies. Flows at Agness were 3,570 cfs on Sunday. Summer steelhead half-pounders will begin showing up in July. A few boats trolled the bay last week with poor results.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Ore.
A few salmon are showing up, but it’s still mostly wild fish, hitting on sand shrimp, roe, and sardine-wrapped Kwikfish, according to Troy Whitaker, guide at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Best action has been for boaters floating from the dam to Dodge Bridge. A few summer steelhead are falling for flies and small plugs, spinners, and fly-and-bubble rigs in the Grants Pass area. The steelies also like copper colored Blue Fox spinners. For lake fishing, Applegate is producing good trout action on trolled Wedding Rings with flashers. Smallmouth bass fishing is good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. Galesville Reservoir is producing some good bass fishing on Senkos and small jig heads rigged with Berkley Power Nymphs. Anglers are also catching kokanee and rainbow trout on most Power Baits.
A few sea-run cutthroat trout were caught last week in the riffle above deeper pools. Only artificial lures or flies can be used. The limit is two cutthroat a day. Flows Sunday at Jed Smith were 603 cfs.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
Trout fishing has been very good between Iron Gate Dam and Interstate 5. Flows Sunday were a perfect 1,100 cfs. With salmon flies still hatching, dry flies are tricking fat rainbows. Guide Scott Caldwell is reporting a couple dozen hookups per day. Small plugs also are working.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley dropped to 1,860 cfs last week, good for trout and steelhead fishing. Hot weather is expected to return this week.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Flows on Sunday at Terwer were 6,910 cfs. Spring salmon fishing was slow last week. Some summer steelhead are already being caught, and with good conditions throughout the lower river, fish can be caught well below Blue Creek. July is prime time for steelhead in the lower river.
Flows dropped below 2,000 cfs on Sunday at Lewiston. Driftboat anglers expect to begin targeting spring salmon in the next few weeks, running MagLip plugs with sardine wraps, or drifting roe or tuna balls. The river is still too high for bank fishing on the upper end. July is peak season for springers.
NORTH COAST LAKES
There have been plenty of small bass available on small soft plastics. Jigs and topwater baits were also good since the bass are spread out, so cover some ground. In the meantime you’ll find action on crappie with mini-jigs or cut bait for catfish as the lake transitions into the summer bite.
Gunfish or Sammy’s in shad patterns thrown early and late produced bass coming off beds. Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes off shallow points and in the coves. And a big group of kokanee were found hanging from 50 to 60 feet deep. Trout ranged from 16 to 22 inches from 25 to 40 feet using RMT dodgers, Apex spoons, RMT Serpent spoons and red Pautzke Fire Corn soaked in garlic oil.
Insect hatches were going off, although the weather made it a little more of a challenge. Late spring time can produce some of the best bites here.
Spring is a wonderful time to fish here and the trout are usually eager to whack your midges and small mayfly nymphs fished under small dry flies or indicators. There are a few really big browns in the lake, too. Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on the east side.
Try the Mill and Bucks creeks arms for brown and rainbow trout or open water for kokes and macks. Fish here and you’ll have the place to yourself.
It’s been slow, but cooler weather coming up should help. Trout to 3 1/2 pounds were caught mostly on Sure Catch’s Red Dogs but switch them up and move around in the shallows.
Callibaetis are showing up toward the confluence with the Tule River as well as caddis in the afternoon and evenings. There has also been a good PMD hatch going on by the confluence of Spring Creek in the early morning. The Hex have begun showing with a few here and there in the evening. By mid-month the hatch should be going strong.
It’s been fishing well although the golden stones are tapering off, but the warming temperatures should see some salmon flies popping up. Caddis will become increasingly popular with the rainbows here and warming weather. Throw some cinnamon Pupas or a brown Micro May under a Rogue stone in salmon fly pattern. Swinging leeches and streamers is a proven technique anytime here on the Hat Creek.
IRON CANYON RESERVOIR
Good fishing conditions continue although the water level can fluctuate quite a bit this time of year. Ideally, look for lower water levels that result in the best fishing. This a great option for a weekend getaway right now.
It has been fishing well and there are plenty of spots to find fish eating small mayflies, midges and caddis. If you go, be careful as the flows can come up or down rapidly leaving previously hidden obstacles in your way.
The McCloud is in great shape and the warming temperatures should have the salmon flies and golden stones coming off in greater numbers soon. MDs and some caddis hatches have been spotted with best chances for fishing dries coming near sunset.
It continues to fish well, with green Drakes and evening caddis hatches picking up. Try stonefly patterns, salmon flies and some goldens on top and down below. You can also get some fish to take dries in some surprisingly slow water.
Head to the Goose Neck early and run between 25 to 40 feet down for rainbow trout to 15 1/2 inches hitting 2-inch shad patterned Needlefish. Find some deep water for drop-shot bass because it’s been windy.
It’s now launchable for small boats and S-Wavers produced smallies off the rock piles.
The kokes are on fire and easy limits have been possible, although the bass are not biting. Use pink Apexes and spinnerblades in pink and orange, tipped with Toupee corn or a green bug with a spinner with corn behind Sling Blades for kokes.
The 1st Annual Carp Spear and Bow Fishing tournament was a success with 25 participants resulting in a handful of carp removed from the lake. The trout have dropped into the deeper portions of the main lake, but they are still being caught with trout dough bait or Mice Tails. Night fishing under lights is a good way to target the trout. Largemouth bass to 8 pounds have been landed on plastics near the spillway. The catfish plant of 500 pounds is starting to pay dividends, and the concessionaires are planning another catfish release during the summer.
Bass fishing has slowed with the arrival of numerous recreation boaters with the lake level over 75 percent and rising. There is a small window for topwater lures in the early mornings before working the bottom with plastics with a purple line. There are still trout to be taken from the deepest parts of the lake with Speedy Shiners or similar shad-patterned lures at depths to 50 feet. Downriggers are necessary to reach the rainbows. Crappie are still hanging around the submerged trees near Hat Island with live minnows or mini-jigs. Catfishing is very good as the whiskerfish are spawning in the shallows. Chicken livers or nightcrawlers are working for catfish.
The lake is starting to release water, but it held at 60 percent of capacity this week with inflow from the upper Merced River. There has been no word of the status of the five gold-tagged rainbows planted a few weeks ago, and these rainbows are worth $250 if caught by December 31st. Bass fishing is best with topwater lures in the early mornings or evenings before working the bottom with plastics or jigs. 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.
Four of the five planted gold-tagged rainbows have been brought in for the $250 reward, leaving one of the tagged rainbows in the lake. Trout fishing is best in the early mornings or evenings after 7 p.m. with the heat affecting both the bite and the fishermen during the daytime.
Kokanee fishing has been up and down, but those willing to seek them out with electric motors at depths from 15 to 25 feet are finding success. Changing presentations is necessary to identify what the fish want. Bass fishing is best along steep canyon walls in the river arm with topwater lures or Senkos. Catfish are found throughout the lake with anchovies or chicken livers. Two more major tournaments are scheduled at the lake during the summer.
There are big kokanee for the taking, but the fish are few and far between. Kokanee to 16 inches are possible with RMT or Uncle Larry’s Spinners behind a large blade or micro hoochies behind a small blade. Trout fishing is fair with shad-patterned spoons in the main river arm at depths from 30 to 40 feet over the deepest portions of the lake. There are a few large bass for the taking with topwater lures in the early mornings before working the bottom with plastics. Frozen shad, mackerel, nightcrawlers or chicken livers are producing catfish in the shallows. Crappie action has slowed. The lake is starting to release water, and it held at 27 percent of capacity with inflow from the upper Stanislaus River.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
Upper Blue Lake and Lower Blue Lake are scheduled for DFW trout plants this week.
The lake is at 73.6 percent of capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported the boat ramp was now open and there was an aquatic invasive species self inspection program in place. Fishing was slow, but try the dam and inlet for a mix of rainbows and browns.
The lake is at 95.8 percent of capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported fishing was slow – the lake needs a DFW trout plant.
The lake is at 67 percent of capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported fishing was as good as the weather. Early in the week with stable weather a trip produced limits of mostly 12-inch DFW planters trolling copper/redhead Wee Dick Nite spoons at 6 feet deep between Honker Cove and the dam. The biggest fish of the week was a 3.3-pound rainbow caught by Jenna Brown of San Jose.
The lake is at 97 percent of capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported 8- to 10-inch kokanee were hitting dodger/hoochies at China Cove and the south side of the lake across from the boat ramp at 25 to 30 feet deep. Macks were being targeted by trollers using Needlefish and Krocadiles at 40 to 60 feet deep.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Caribou Crossroads Resort reported fishing was still very good in the North Fork above the resort for planter rainbows using worms, salmon eggs, and crickets.
The lake is at 43 percent of capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported trolling was very good for rainbows to 19 inches. A trip this past week produced 14 trout in two hours trolling a yellow watermelon Needlefish at 18 feet deep out in front of the Frenchman boat ramp.
GOLD LAKES BASIN
Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported the boat ramp at Gold Lake would close on July 5 for the rest of the season for major upgrades. A few macks to 5 pounds and browns running 3 to 5 pounds were hitting sporadically for trollers at Gold Lake. Upper Salmon Lake was fishing well for planter rainbows; Lower Sardine Lake action was slower.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 96 percent of capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service hit the lake this past week and caught five 15- to 16-inch rainbows and a 19-inch brown trout trolling Jointed Rapalas and Sep’s brown grubs at 17 feet deep.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Fishing pressure was light here with all the fish planted in the Carson River.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 97.2 percent of capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported fishing was slow, mostly due to windy, cold weather. His trip last week produced five fish to 3 pounds trolling Apex at 30 feet deep.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is at 98 percent of capacity. Sly Park Resort reported rainbow trout were hitting all over the lake for shore anglers and trollers. Shore anglers were doing well using inflated nightcrawlers, and trollers were using a brown trout Kastmaster to imitate the fingerlings planted by the DFW.
Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported catching limits of 3- to 6-pound macks trolling 180 to 220 feet deep from Tahoe City to Crystal Bay Point in the early morning. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing was still on a tear catching big Mackinaws – one trip produced fish to 20 pounds. Nielsen was trolling Rapalas and Storm ThunderStiks at 135 to 220 feet deep along the west side from Meeks Bay to Sugar Pine Point. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported their whole fleet was running limit trips to the west side from Rubicon to Meeks Bay for 2 to 5 pounders with the occasional mack to 12 pounds bouncing live bait on the bottom.
The lake is at 97 percent of capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Trollers should be doing well on the upper end of the lake using dodger/’crawler or brown grub combos.
The lake is at 69.1 percent of capacity. Trout fishing was very slow. Smallmouth bass fishing was the best bet on this lake. The DFW needs to stock this lake since it hasn’t been planted in a long time.
George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported one trip this past week produced a 14.3-pound cutt’ for an 11-year-old youth trolling an Apex at 70 feet deep at Pelican Point. Most fish were 18- to 19-inch keepers with a few 22 to 23 inchers that had to be released. There was bait everywhere and the fish were loaded with tui chub. The season closes for the summer on June 30 and reopens Oct. 1.
Caples Lake Resort reported shore anglers were picking up some small cutthroats at the dam on worms.
The lake is at full and spilling, and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Look for some big macks to move in shallow to feed on the planters.
The lake is at 46 percent of capacity. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service reported the kokanee bite was good using Wee Dick Nite spoons and orange or pink plankton Radical Glow Tubes at 25 to 40 feet deep east of the launch ramp.
The lake is only 3 feet from full. Trollers were still doing well using Rapalas at 35 feet deep, but with all the recreational boat and jet ski traffic on weekends it’s best to fish during the week.
Mountain Hardware and Sports reported flows were slowing down and flyfishing was good from the Boca outlet to Stateline using green drakes, caddis and golden stones.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 96 percent of capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide service reported that kokanee were hitting Wild Thing dodgers and pink or orange hoochies at 30 feet deep between the powerhouse and the dam.
WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon were stocked by the DFW this past week and will be planted again this week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported the river was still a bit high and murky, but anglers were catching planter rainbows. A disabled Vietnam vet, “Mr. Madero,” used the handicapped fishing dock at Mountain Gate Park to score a couple 12-inch rainbows for dinner.
Smallmouth bass are the best bet in the north Delta with deep-diving crawdad patterned crankbaits, Spro lipless crankbaits in shad patterns, Senkos, or plastics on the drop-shot along the rocky shoreline in 10 feet of water. A few legal striped bass were taken on anchovies, sardines or shad coated with garlic spray. Most striped bass are sublegal, and they are plentiful. A few shad are straggling through, but most of them are up in the American River. There have been a few stripers over 20 pounds landed on live bait in upper Suisun Bay. The wind and heat have kept most sturgeon fishermen off of the river. Most bait shops are not even carrying ghost shrimp.
SAN JOAQUIN DELTA
Largemouth bass are providing the top draw on the San Joaquin-Delta with a topwater bite in the morning before switching to crawdad-patterned crankbaits or shad-patterned spinnerbaits. Striper fishing has slowed to a crawl with most stripers being of the 8-inch variety. Bluegill and red-eared perch are prolific in the south Delta sloughs, and bank fishermen are scoring with wax worms or jumbo red worms.
The lake dropped 3 feet last week, from 450 feet to 447 feet. The lake temperature is now 75 degrees. All the boat ramps are open. Boat traffic was heavy for Father’s Day weekend. Salmon and trout fishing remains slow. Bank anglers are using live minnows with slip bobbers to catch bass as well as some catfish. Bass fishing has been good for the boaters, despite heavy boat traffic. The fish are in their post-spawn pattern and are holding in deeper water along the main body. Drop-shot rigs with 3- and 4-inch plastics imitating pond smelt are working well. There has been a topwater bite at first light.
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has been fair to good. Kastmasters and Power Bait both have been taking limits.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows jumped from 382 cfs to 602 cfs after rain fell in Siskiyou County last week. Expect flows to drop this week with warmer, drier weather. Bait anglers are doing well around Dunsmuir, where small spinners such as Rooster Tails also are working well. The river has been planted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and soon will receive more stockings by the city of Dunsmuir. Afternoon bug hatches are keeping fly anglers happy.
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 jumped from 8,050 cfs last week to 9,000 cfs over the weekend. 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. With hot weather, 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 opens Aug. 1 between Anderson and Red Bluff.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Shad fishing has slowed. There are catfish in the deepwater channel as well as the sloughs and ditches around Sacramento. Crappie also are present. A few stripers are still around, but many anglers are now waiting for salmon season to begin. Salmon season opens July 16. Shad anglers have noticed salmon rolling in the evenings, as well as sea lions eating salmon.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
Salmon season opens July 16. Small stripers are still being caught at Colusa, Tisdale, Knight’s Landing and Verona. Jumbo minnows, swimbaits and pile worms are tricking what’s left of the spring striper run. There are still lots of shakers. Catfish also are being caught near the wing dams below Verona, as well as the Sutter Bypass and at Knight’s Landing, as well as the Butte Creek Slough.
The DFW scheduled a plant on the South Fork at Camp Sacramento.
The lake is at 90 percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported bass fishing was slow. Try for kokanee in the Willow Creek arm using dodger/hoochies.
CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is at 85 percent capacity. Bass fishing was hit-or-miss in the Bear River arm. Ron Franks of Folsom caught 8 bass in 74- to 76-degree water on lizards and worms, while Justin Holiman of Lincoln did well on bass to 3 pounds in the colder running water further up the Bear River arm using Roboworms. Weekend recreational boat traffic was very heavy.
The lake is 6 feet from full. Trout anglers were catching 2 or 3 rainbows to 4 1/2 pounds, but there were no limits. Shore anglers did best at the dam using floating dough bait. Trollers did best probing deeper water with Kastmaster spoons. Catfish, bass, and crappie numbers were good for anglers using worms and anchovies. The big fish of the week was a 7 1/2-pound cat caught by Logan Lomas at night from a cove on the east side using anchovies.
The lake is at 91 percent capacity. Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reported 11-year-old Luke Dobbins of Olivehurst caught 2 3/4- and 3 1/4-pound rainbows drifting nightcrawlers in the channel near Long Cove. A houseboater berthed on the docks in the marina was catching planter rainbows off the back of the boat using worms. Look for bass suspended over the weedbeds – they’ll hit a fluke.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 92.3 percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Fishing should be good near the boat ramp after the plant. All the campgrounds were open.
The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week. Try fishing at the day-use area or the dam.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 88.9 percent capacity. Kokanee should be hitting at the powerhouse. The Hell Hole and Middle Meadows camps were open.
The lake is at 89 percent capacity – down 25 feet from full. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was good with fish numbers varying from 15 to 40 depending on skill. Fishing was good in the cooler 62-degree water at the inlet of the North Fork using spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, and flukes. In the 74-degree water in the lake, darthead worms, tubes, Senkos, and flukes were working well. Most fish were 1- to 1 1/2-pound spots. Gandolfi caught a 4-pound salmon, 4 1/2-pound catfish, 3-pound rainbow, 3-pound smallie, and spots to 2 1/2 pounds this past week. Salmon trolling was good at the dam at 30 to 70 feet deep using dodger/hoochies.
The lake is at 95.7 percent capacity. Bass fishing was good using drop-shot worms on the points. Trout fishing was slow. Recreational boat traffic was getting heavy on weekends.
SCOTTS FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 96.4 percent capacity. Jim Pelton at NID reported shore anglers and small boaters were catching rainbows near the marina. Bass were hitting worms and Senkos cast to the many submerged trees and bushes located all around the lake.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week. Fishing should be good near the boat ramp and the dam.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake level is dropping. Fishing was slow – the lake needs another DFW trout plant.
The lake was at 132.9-foot elevation at press time – 74.4 percent of capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported bass fishing was tough with the lower water level and colder water temps.
Central Bay bass fishing was like mayhem, halibut fishing was pretty good and Berkeley boats were in the thick of it. Happy Hooker had a day with a 20-pound leopard shark, 3 bass and 14 halibut to 32 pounds. The fleet out of Berkeley Charter Boats focused on lingcod and rockfish or they worked for halibut and bass. There was a 28-pound halibut caught on Golden Eye 2000 and a 32-pound halibut taken on Sunfish. California Dawn on Sunday banged limits of stripers for 30 anglers and added halibut, lingcod and leopard shark.
Trips to Point Reyes were exceptionally productive for New Sea Angler which put daily limits of crabs aboard along with usual limits of rockfish and good lingcod counts. Halibut were still active near Hog Island in Tomales Bay and surf fishers got a few stripers along with their surf perch near Dillon Beach.
Most trips through the week and over the weekend were about groundfish and the landing sent numerous boats out, including New Huck Finn, Tiger Fish, Sea Wolf, New Salmon Queen, C Gull II and New Seeker. Results were limits of rockfish for passengers and crew and lingcod up to 21 pounds.
Anglers had to switch gears midweek with the closing of June’s halibut season and the opening of the June salmon season. Halibut season ended strongly on charter boats like Reel Steel, Scrimshaw and Shellback. Salmon were caught but the fish were scattered, requiring more searching time. By Sunday the fleet had found more fish and counts were coming up. Rockfish and lingcod bit best to the south.
Lingcod took a break during the week when the bigger fish seemed to move way inshore, possibly after a food source, leaving the little guys to bite and be released. Then all of a sudden the big ones were back and very hungry for Telstar passengers and private boaters. Crabs were plentiful, and usually there were limits to take home.
HALF MOON BAY
Trips to the south for rockfish and lingcod were the norm for Queen of Hearts and Huli Cat. Pescadero and Martin’s Beach were hotspots. Huli Cat pulled a 14-pound salmon on Sunday off of Pacifica. Sherry Ingles at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported that PBers got salmon to 27 pounds off of Mussell Rock. Surf fishers near Pacifica enjoyed a good week of striper fishing with the best times late in the evening.
Bass Tub hauled in halibut and stripers from Central Bay. Lovely Martha posted 34 stripers for 25 folks. South Bay got somewhat quiet except for boats like Flash II which could go catch good numbers of sharks. Wacky Jacky fished Central Bay, taking halibut and bass, plus a 20-pound leopard shark from near Alcatraz.