Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of June 5.
Shad fishing remains very good at Gristmill and Harrington Access, as well as Discovery Park. Striper fishing was good last week after steelhead smolts were released at Discovery. Fish to 4 pounds were caught. Flows jumped from 6,000 cfs to 12,000 cfs over the weekend.
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Shad fishing is good near the Outlet. New schools of stripers moved into the river over the weekend, with the best success out of the Yuba City Boat Ramp. Muddy water from the Yuba River has slowed striper fishing downstream from the mouth. Minnows are working well for boaters, while bank anglers are using sardines, pile worms, anchovies and nightcrawlers. Shad fishing is good on the Yuba upstream from the muddy water.
Red Bluff to Colusa Striper, fishing continues to be good near Colusa, with some fish spread clear up to the Chico Straights. Minnows are working best. Shad are now as high as Red Bluff, with good fishing near Butte City and Colusa.
Verona to Colusa, Striper fishing is good near Verona, Knight’s Landing and Tisdale. Minnows are working for boaters, while bank anglers are using pile worms and sardines. Shad fishing is slow near Knight’s Landing and Verona. A few catfish are being caught at Knight’s Landing.
4,500 pounds of rainbows were released into the lake this past weekend, and there is one more small plant yet to arrive from the DFW. A monthly maintenance plant is scheduled for the remainder of the summer months. The kokanee bite slowed down over the past weekend during the Kokanee Power tournament, but it had been outstanding the week prior. The kokanee are found at depths from the surface to 45 feet with pink or orange micro-hoochies. Most boats are working the south end of the lake, and there is still floating and submerged debris in the main lake. The Central Valley Anglers Mr. Kokanee Memorial Tournament is this coming Saturday, June 10 with information at www:centralvalleyanglers.org.
Some spawned out striped bass are moving back downstream into the bay, and the linesides are showing up from above the Rio Vista Bridge towards Collinsville. The troll bite should pick up along the West Bank. Stripers are also showing up with cut baits off of the Benicia shorelines. American shad are available off of the shorelines in the upper Delta with shad darts below a 1-ounce egg sinker. Sturgeon fishing is best in Suisun Bay between the two major bridges or the Big Cut with lamprey eel, salmon roe, or ghost shrimp. Grass shrimp may be available once again as two shrimpers are back in business.
San Joaquin side
The reaction bite for largemouth bass remains slow and anglers will have to adopt a slower approach with large plastic worms such as Big Bites or Zoom Trick Worms. The bass are holding on the outer edges off of the shorelines before moving up for a few hours. Bluegill action is solid from the banks along Eight Mile Road in Stockton with red worms.
Brookings, Oregon Flows are down to 525 cfs, their lowest of the year. Fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout is fair, with Rooster Tails and other small spinners working best in the upper tidewater.
Gold Beach, Oregon Anglers can now keep wild king salmon. Fishing is slow, but some late springers are being caught near the Willows and Elephant Rock. Flows at Agness were 5,990 cfs, with a water temperature of 66 degrees. Once water temperatures top 70 degrees and flows dip below 3,000 cfs, anglers will have a shot at salmon while trolling the bay.
Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Oregon The springer bite remains mostly in the Shady Cove area, but a few scattered fish can be found in holes down to and below Grants Pass, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Anglers should try back-bouncing roe or fillets wrapped on Kwikfish for the salmon. A few summer steelhead are starting to show also, on nightcrawlers and back-bounced small plugs in holes of the Grants Pass area and below. Lake fishing for trout or bass continues to be good at Selmac, Applegate and Lost Creek lakes on crank plugs, Pautzke's Fire Bait, and Power Baits. Trollers are using Wedding Rings or nightcrawlers to entice the rainbows.
Shad fishing continues to be good for fly and spin fishermen. Fish are spread out through the river, and Johnson's Beach and Monte Rio lower beach being two easy access spots producing fish. Resident bass fisherman Andrew Ahn has been catching both large and smallmouth bass in the lower river, with a fairly good number of striped bass mixed in. Small spinnerbaits, soft plastic flukes, crayfish, and crankbaits are working for all three bass species.
Hornbrook Flows dropped from 2,544 cfs to 1,800 cfs over the weekend. The upper Klamath is on the verge of dropping into shape for steelhead and trout. Flows could be good by this weekend. Expect the salmon fly hatch to begin any time.
Happy Camp Flows at Seiad Valley were 5,490 cfs on Sunday, down from 8,100 cfs a week ago. Flows near Orleans were 11,600 cfs. The river is blown out for steelhead and trout.
Klamath Glen Spring salmon fishing has been slow, but could improve this week as the river continues to drop. Flows at Terwer dropped form 30,000 cfs a week ago to 19,800 cfs over the weekend. The Klamath is open to spring king salmon through Aug. 14.
Flows on the upper Trinity at Lewiston dropped form 4,500 cfs last week to 3,910 cfs over the weekend. They are expected to be down to 2,500 cfs by mid-June. The river is still high for spring salmon fishing, but should be fishable within the next couple of weeks. Flows at Douglas City were 4,329 cfs, while flows at Hoopa were 6,740 cfs.
NORTH COAST LAKES
Bass anglers are getting some great action on the top with poppers, walking baits, buzzbaits and just about anything on the surface early in the morning. Eagle Lake strain rainbows are also providing good action.
BLACK BUTTE LAKE
Crappie fishing remains pretty good in the brushy areas on small jigs and worms. Bass fishing fair in the same areas.
The bass bite overall is decent with most fish being caught on drop shot worms, Senko’s rigged weedless or wacky rigged, and smaller style under spins with a swimbait type trailer. The crappie bite is still strong. The shad population is still huge and the shad are still spawning up against the sea walls in several locations around the lake. The bass will definitely be under them and feeding when you find them.
Bass fishing has been fair on plastic worms, but not many anglers are hitting the lake.
A stocking of trout last week perked up the action here on Power Baits and trolled lures.
Bass fishing has turned on here for anglers pitching plastics, black spinnerbaits or buzzbaits in the top 10 feet of water with Cherry Creek, Yorty Creek and Dry Creek being good bets.
UPPER BLUE LAKES
Trout anglers are scoring on a wide variety of baits and lures, including various colors of Power Baits or trolling with flashers followed by wedding rings.
FAR NORTH LAKES AND RIVERS
Slow trolling continues to catch trout throughout the lake and anchor fishermen are also picking up quality fish. A mealworm with a cricket floated just off the bottom is productive on browns and rainbows off the Peninsula, Rec #2, Rocky Point and off Red Bank on anchor or slow trolling ‘crawlers.
Trout angling remains fair for fly and bait anglers.
Trout fishing has slowed due to warm weather. A few trout are being taken on worms and Power Baits, but kokanee action is improving on trolled wedding rings, said DeWitt Henderson at the marina.
Trout fishing has remained on the slow side following a huge midge hatch. The few fish caught have been 15 to 25 feet deep, but anglers are only getting a few strikes, and sometimes none at all.
Trout action is slowly improving for fly anglers on small baetis and other flies.
The trout fishing remains on the slow side with the water level still running high.
Winter conditions still prevail here with few anglers out.
Trout fishing remains slow.
Pit #3 remains the only fishable water with other sections still flowing high.
Bass fishing remains fair working plugs, Senkos and shakey head jigs off the mudlines created by heavy boating traffic on the lake. Trout anglers are getting some action trolling lures at 20 to 30 feet deep.
Trout fishing is still on the slow side.
The lake is down about 10 feet, and fishing is just fair for bass on the points in the upper end of the lake. Trout fishing is fair off the tributaries flowing into the lake.
Most anglers have been putting about 5 kokes in the box. There are a lot of next year’s fish being caught right now. These kokes are on the small side, 12 inchers. The bigger kokes are running about 15 inches. Some bass are being caught on Senkos and pumpkin-colored crank plugs.
The final load of trout was placed into the lake before Memorial Day Weekend with 600 lbs. of rainbows and 600 lbs. of Lightning trout released in the lake. The trout are holding from 12 to 15 feet in the morning before dropping to the 20- to 25-foot range later in the day. Kastmasters, nightcrawlers, and trout dough bait are working with trollers pulling a variety of lures. The water in the launch cove has heated up, and the rainbows have moved out into deeper water. The trout bite should continue through July with the full lake. The swim pond is open.
Trout plants are done for the season until late October, but there are still loads of Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows holding in the deepest water from the triangle between the dam, Little Hat, and Big Hat Islands. The rainbows will continue to drop in the water column as the lake warms up. Bass fishing remains solid with anglers arriving in the early mornings to avoid the heavy recreational boat traffic. Crappie are still found near vertical structure with mini-jigs or small to medium minnows. All active, reserve, retired, and veteran military personnel receive a 20% discount on Day Use entry and selected boat rentals.
LAKE DON PEDRO
The largemouth bass bite has been excellent with topwater lures such as the ima Little Stick or new ima Popper. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, found a great topwater bite for bass to 4 pounds this week. Rainbow trout are found at depths to 60 feet with shad-patterned spoons or Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler. There is the occasional massive kokanee pushing 2 pounds on pink hoochies tipped with corn behind a flasher, but the numbers are limited. Huge kokanee in excess of 2 pounds are possible, but the numbers are limited at the present time. Kokanee Power is holding their annual Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Tournament on the lake on June 24. Information: kokaneepower.org.
The crappie bite has improved considerably, and fishermen are using mini-jigs or small minnows around structure. Bass fishing is best with Pro Worm’s 266 or Berserk Baits Green Craw jigs at depths from 25 to 45 feet as the fish are feeding. There is an early morning topwater bite. The launch ramps at Barrett Cove and McClure Point are open. The lake is as full as it has been in several years.
The recent trout plant has rekindled bank action at the normal locations of the Brush Pile, Handicapped Docks, and the peninsula near the marina with trout dough bait, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. As the fish scatter into the colder water of the river arm, Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of nightcrawler behind a dodger or blue/chrome Kastmasters will do the trick for trollers.
Striped bass fishing continues to be good for experienced trollers pulling shad on a harness rig in the main lake. Using live perch or bluegill at New Hogan is illegal, and rangers have been citing for this violation. There is no size restriction for striped bass with a 10-fish daily limit.
The bass are scattered with the high water levels, but the opportunity for a trophy bass is possible with swimbaits or topwater lures. The vegetation along the submerged shorelines is starting to decompose. The arrival of a more consistent weather pattern should improve the bass bite. The occasional quality kokanee is taken in the main lake from the dam to the spillway at depths to 30 feet with micro-hoochies. The crappie bite is taking off with mini-jigs or small to medium minnows near submerged structure while catfish are holding near rock close to the lake’s inlets.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
Action was hammered by Memorial Day Weekend boat traffic and fishing dropped off. Kokanee fishing is still a challenge. Darker colors like purple or blue are working better than pink.
Lake is still frozen.
Rivers came up during the week. Hopefully, trout plants will be possible the week prior to Father’s Day.
Trout bite remains slow as anglers work to find concentrations of fish. The few fish being caught have been in the 18- to 19-inch range, said guide Ed Dillard.
Lake levels continue to yo-yo. Macks to 3 pounds can be caught from shore with large spinners or spoons. Get out further on a boat and find Macks weighing 4 to 6 pounds 75 to 90 feet deep.
FEATHER RIVER (MIDDLE FORK)
River is still too fast for fly fishing but spinners or nightcrawlers get 12- to 14-inch trout.
FEATHER RIVER (NORTH FORK)
The river has been stable since before Memorial Day. Manageable flows with good clarity. Trout fishing has been decent.
Guide Ed Dillard tried fly fishing, jigging and trolling at various depths and found most success trolling at 40 feet. Trout to 16 inches were taking brown trout patterned Needlefish.
GOLD LAKES BASIN
Only fishable lake is Sardine and action is slow. Roads are open but walking is required to any other lakes. There is ice on Gold and Snag.
Trout are being caught from Union Valley and Ice House. Most are small, planted fish with a few holdovers. Loon Lake remains inaccessible.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Because Markleeville Creek and both forks of the Carson are too high and muddy, this lake will get another 1,800 pounds of trout next Saturday. Combined with an earlier DFW plant, more than two tons of trout have been stocked here since the end of April. This will be the last plant of the summer for Indian Creek.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
A handful of bass were reported caught near the second dock.
North Shore has been a steady producer of Mackinaw in the morning while the Mack bite on the South Shore has been significantly better in the afternoon. Guide Mike Nielsen led clients to a 13-pounder June 2, and a 20 pounder on June 3.
Holdover cutthroat and recently planted cutts are being caught all over the lake. Smallmouth are found on the north side of the lake and along the dam.
Cutthroat have moved offshore and into the range of trollers. A 23-pound cutt was caught by John Beebe of Somerset while trolling a Lymann Frog in Anderson Bay. Another troller nabbed a 14 pounder off Pelican. Water temps have risen to 67 degrees and trout are transitioning into a feeding mode after spawning.
Lake has come up a lot and you have to get wet to access the dock. Trollers are getting rainbows off the shoreline shelf. Kokanee are scattered, not schooled. Start trolling right away because there are fish all over the lake. Pink is the hot color.
Walk to find soft water. When you do, trout will be in bunches. Use caution and don’t go alone because soft banks can give away without warning.
WEST WALKER RIVER
River is high and fast. There is more fishable water near Pickle Meadows than through the Walker Area.
Folsom Lake is full, up 6 feet from last week. It is expected to remain full through June and into July. The Brown’s Ravine, Rattlesnake Bar, Folsom Point and Granite Bay launches are open. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Bank anglers are catching smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass in crawfish as well as live minnows or nightcrawlers. Boaters are finding big numbers of bass in the North Fork and South Fork on small tubes. Trout and salmon fishing remains slow. The lake remains full of floating woody debris, which is continuing to make launching difficult.
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has been fair to good.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows at the Delta gauge dropped from 1,500 cfs to 1,190 cfs over the weekend. The river is high but fishable for trout, with some anglers fishing the slower edges.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Flows from Keswick Dam are 11,000 cfs. The section of river between Keswick and the Highway 44 bridge is now closed. Trout fishing has been good from Redding to Red Bluff, with the best fishing from the Highway 44 bridge to Anderson. The upper most stretch is crowded.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Shad and stripers are being caught at Miller Park and Discovery Park. Bright Beach also is good. There are a lot of shaker-size stripers, with keepers from 19 to 21 inches. Most of the shad are smaller males.
High, fast and hard to access or fish.
Guide Ron Gandolfi took a trip here last week and found challenging conditions. “The lake is so full, all my spots are in the water and we didn’t scope any big fish,” he said. “We got a ton of small fish under three pounds, but this lake fishes totally differently when it is this full.” Lots of ski boats, houseboats on the water.
CAMP FAR WEST
Bass bite is slow. Water temperatures are in the low 70s. Lots of boat traffic has put significant mudlines along the shoreline. No catfish or crappie being caught either.
Lake is full and surface temperature is 70 degrees. Trout bite remains good for both trollers and those soaking bait near the dam. Bass and crappie are on the menu near structure.
Trout bite is very good for those drifting nightcrawlers just under the surface outside Skipper’s Cove Marina and halfway up the lake. A 3 1/2-pound spotted bass was caught with a plastic worm inside the marina. No kokanee reports yet.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
Shore anglers get trout from the inlet while trollers use Rapalas or nightcrawlers in the inlet and through the middle of the lake for a mix of browns and rainbows.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
Mackinaw and kokanee are being caught here but the level of success hasn’t been quantified. “I haven’t heard it’s a wide-open bite,” said Mike Cunningham from Will Fish Tackle in Auburn. “Macks should be around the dam in the morning. For browns I would just troll nightcrawlers by the inlet.”
Boat traffic is crazy but the spotted bass bite is even crazier. Action is fast and triple-digit days are possible. Anglers can find bass off steep walls with ZMan worms. Mudlines also hold fish. Don’t expect much larger than 2 pounds but expect big numbers.
Spotted bass have started taking topwater lures to go along with grubs, Senkos and spinnerbaits. Trout have started to bite near the Peninsula Launch. Lake is virtually clear of debris. All ramps are open.
It’s difficult to get a boat in and out with the number of people using the ramp as their beach. Once on the water, a well-placed crankbait into the rocks will get bass. Any small-body, big-lip crank that will go down 10 feet in shad, bluegill or baby bass will work. Six-inch Senkos are a solid standby. It’s still not hot enough to trigger a morning bass bite. Best action is later.
Other than to get bait, there was no reason to go far for Berkeley boats like California Dawn, Happy Hooker. El Dorado, New El Dorado III, New Huck Finn, New Salmon Queen, Sea Wolf and C Gull which on days with good tides going into the weekend achieved nearly 2 halibut per person. New Easy Rider went outside to troll up 14 salmon for 9 people. Sea Wolf and Tigerfish worked outside for great lingcod fishing.
Lingcod and rockfishing was so good that New Sea Angler made it back to the dock near noon with limits of lingcod and near-limits of rockfish from a local small reef zone. Trips down to Point Reyes were equally great fishing adventures. Along the shore, especially Doran Beach and Lawson’s Landing, surf perch bit well.
Halibut fishing was on fire. New Huck Finn, New Salmon Queen, Sea Wolf and C-Gull II collectively boated 60 halibut to 21 pounds and 17 striped bass for 67 anglers. Sea Wolf and Tigerfish explored outside the Gate and came back with 3/4-to-full limits of rockfish. Lingcod catches hovered around a fish per rod.
Pacific halibut fishing was excellent, with Sea Weasel II yanking up full limits and some were bigger fish up to 52 pounds. Inside Humboldt Bay the California halibut picked up the action for skiff and kayak fishers. Reel Steel ran down coast to Cape Mendocino and found easy pickings on rockfish and lingcod.
Early salmon season never really got going for Fort Bragg boats and hopes are there for a better 2nd half of the season when it reopens the middle of August. Boats that got out found wide-open action on hungry lingcod and quality rockfish. Shore anglers caught perch, rockfish and kelp greenling or they cast snares from Noto Jetty for Dungeness.
HALF MOON BAY
Party boats Queen of Hearts and Huli Cat worked rockfish and lingcod off of Pillar Point, out at Deep Reef or down the coast towards Pescadero. Private boats and at least one boat from the San Francisco Bay fleet caught a few salmon off of Pillar Point. Surf fishers found the perch willing to bite and they also caught striped bass from below Half Moon Bay all the way up to Mussell Rock.
Flash I ran halibut trips to Berkeley Flats and South Bay, getting 1 1/2 fish per rod. Lovely Martha spent the week chalking up impressive counts of halibut and striped bass in Central and South Bay.