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Trout plants scheduled throughout the region in prep for season opening

TOP PICKS

▪ CARSON RIVER (East, West) — The East Carson and West Carson were scheduled for 1000-pound DFW trout plants each this week in advance of the April 25 season opener. Alpine County will stock 3600 pounds of trophy trout in the East Carson, West Carson, Silver Creek, and Markleeville Creek by April 18. Fishing will be excellent on opening weekend, April 25.

▪ DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER Striped bass trolling has been outstanding both above and below the Rio Vista Bridge with both deep and shallow-diving lures working for linesides to 18 pounds. Guides operating in the area are consistently returning with limits of linesides. Sturgeon fishing has been excellent for the few anglers trying in Montezuma Slough or the Big Cut with salmon roe or eel. Big striped bass continue to be removed from deep water near Pittsburg with jack smelt illegally transported from San Pablo Bay. Grass shrimp continue to be scarce, and it remains in high demand with Benicia Bait and Phu Quy Bait in Oakland the only viable sources.

▪ DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER Striped bass and largemouth bass are numerous with a topwater bite in the early morning and late afternoons or with a variety of techniques. The largemouth bass are in all phases of spawn, and the action should remain solid for the next four to six week. Pencil Poppers, Striper Squirrels, and the ima Big Stick are all working for stripers while the ima Little Stick is effective for largemouth bass to 8 pounds in the warmer waters of the afternoons. Crappie are coming out of Tiki Lagoon or Turner Cut on Inland Drive on small to medium minnows or wax worms. Bluegill are still found in deep water in Whiskey Slough or from the first or second bridge on Eight Mile Road east of Stockton. The Rat-L-Trap Open will be held this Sundayat Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island.

▪ LAKE OROVILLE The lake is at 51-percent capacity. Bass fishing was still on fire as the spawn kicked into high gear. Darthead or shakeyhead 4-inch worms and tubes were working well on fish bedding in shallow water on flats on points and in the coves from 5 to 20 feet deep. Incidental catches of king salmon on plastic worms were increasing in the North Fork. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service was doing well trolling for king salmon with a dodger/artificial minnow combo.

▪ NEW MELONES – Kokanee fishing has taken off with the landlocked salmon found in both the northern and southern portion of the lake at depths from 24 to 65 feet with Uncle Larry’s spinners, GlitterBug’s micro hoochies, or Shasta Tackle’s Wiggle Hoochies in greens behind similarly colored Sling Blades. Bank fishing for trout is basically over for the season as the fish have moved off into deeper water. Bass fishing remained solid with Carolina rigged Brush Hogs or lizards. Trolling for trout is best at depths from 20 to 40 feet in the main lake channel near the dam and spillway with various colors of spoons or plugs depending upon the water conditions. Catfishing is fair with mackerel, frozen shad, or nightcrawlers near submerged structure while the crappie are holding in the exposed structure present throughout the lake. Glory Hole Cove is the only launch ramp accessible in the lake.

▪ STAMPEDE RESERVOIR The lake is at 20-percent capacity. Kokanee trolling was incredible this past week for small boaters able to launch in the mud. Toplining a pink or green dodger with pink or green spinners and Koke-a-nuts at 6 to 8 feet deep was producing limits of 15- to 16-inch salmon. If you plan on launching a boat, 4-wheel drive will be mandatory.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

▪ ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon – Spring Chinook salmon fishing on the Rogue River was fair last week, dropping a notch on Saturday. Elephant Rock area fishing has been as good as any place to set anchor while waiting for fresh salmon to follow the tide inland. Over the next two weeks, locals are expecting the salmon fishing conditions to improve drastically in the lower section of the river. This time of year has oftentimes turned out to be the peak of the salmon run.

▪ ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Oregon Action slowed a little this week for steelhead, with mostly downers being caught on drifted roe or back-trolled plugs. “More springers are showing up now and we expect more salmon to be coming upriver real soon,” according to Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tacke in Grant’s Pass. “Anglers have been getting salmon by anchoring up and casting spinners or small plugs.

▪ RUSSIAN RIVER - The rains brought the river up and pushed some of the spawned out steelhead and smolts out, but fishing remains good on the river for a mix of fresh and downers, and flows are 450 cfs with excellent visibility, according to Scott Heemstra of King’s Sport and Tackle. “We are still seeing consistent action downstream of Steelhead Beach using Little Cleos, spinners, jigs under floats and swinging comets, bosses and mini-intruders with a fly rod.” As the river warms the steelhead will finish up and the shad and smallmouth will begin.

▪ UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, Oregon - Spring Chinook fishing turned out to be very good between Scottsburg and Tyee. The bridge located in Elkton (Crossing the Umpqua), saw some of the best fishing overall. This bridge is one of the very few bridges located on the West Coast that allows anglers permission to fish from. A friend fishing in that area told me he saw numerous fish being caught just downstream by other local fisherman. No reports have been made of anglers catching spring Chinook in the Forks River Park Area, although many photos have been posted at the Idleyld Store of recent catches in the Glide Area.

▪ UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Oregon Winter steelhead fishing on the North Umpqua River has been slow, as the season is coming to an end. A few early summer steelhead have been caught on the Colliding Rivers Section. Last week, spring Chinook fishing just above Glide, was significantly better than I can recall from previous years. The North Umpqua River conditions are significantly lower than usual due to lack of snowpack in the Cascade Mountain Range. There are concerns about the impact these conditions will have on our spring salmon season.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam – Fishing pressure has been light, with many of the steelhead spawned and heading back to the ocean.

▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp – Conditions are good and anglers are catching a mix of spawned out adult steelhead and halfpounder steelhead.

▪ KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glenn – Flows on the lower Klamath were 11,400 cfs on Sunday. Indian netters have reportedly caught the first few spring salmon of the year. There have been no reports of sport caught springers.

▪ TRINITY RIVER – Steelhead fishing continues to slow down, but few fresh steelhead and more numerous spawned out fish are being caught by drift boaters and bank anglers in the Lewiston and Douglas City areas. Rapalas are working well for sea-run brown trout.

NORCAL SALTWATER

▪ BERKELEY – Berkeley boats had options, so some stayed in the Bay for halibut and striped bass, including Happy Hooker and California Dawn, both of which had good counts of the bass plus some halibut. Other boats went out the Gate after salmon, which they readily found at Deep Reef.

▪ BODEGA BAY – Salmon showed up off of Elephant Rock where trollers had good fights with fish up to 21 pounds. Most fish were in the low to mid-teens. Jetty and rocky shoreline anglers got into rockfish and cabezon. Surf perch bit well along sandy beaches. Abalone pickers pickers found good counts of keepers up to 10 inches.

▪ EMERYVILLESplitting forces brought in the fish. Sea Wolf and Sea Gull II fished the Bay waters and pretty much limited out on striped bass regularly. Salmon duties outside the Gate were handled by New Huck Finn and New Salmon Queen.

▪ FORT BRAGG – Salmon showed up right out front. The counts are not yet high, but the average size is good. Crabs are staging a late-season comeback and Telstar found limits to go along with some salmon. Early-season abalone picking was very good, though the best is yet to come when the seas settle down for a longer period of time and people can work more exposed shoreline areas.

▪ HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA – One of the best spots of salmon was just 6 to 8 miles off of Pillar Point, making for quick runs to the salmon grounds. Catches ranged from a couple of fish per boat to full limits. Trolling with hoochies and bait hoods was the proven method. Rockfish, cabezon and lingcod bit south of Half Moon Bay. Striped bass to 30 pounds were taken with swimbaits along area beaches.

▪ SAN FRANCISCO Bass Tub lived up to her name, whacking the bass and pulling halibut from near Point Pinole. Wacky Jacky and Lovely Martha ran out the Gate and scored some decent early season salmon. Argo pulled limits of bass near Treasure Island.

▪ SHELTER COVE/EUREKA Wednesday was the first day the weather allowed boats out of Shelter Cove and there were only 5 salmon reported. By the very next day, people had found the right spots and the count jumped to a fish per boat. Consecutive days continued the trend of improvement. Kelp Greenling and black rockfish were readily available for Eureka jetty anglers. Local beaches were very good for red tail crabs.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

▪ BOCA LAKE – The lake has dropped to 25-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The inlet area was fishing well for anglers casting spinners and spoons. Flyfishermen were swinging soft hackle nymphs with some success.

▪ CAPLES LAKE – The lake is at 81.7-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The Caples Lake Resort boat ramp and store will open to the public on April 18. Fishing has been good. Resort staffer Drew Meteer caught a 10-pound Mackinaw. Look for lots of big macks to move shallow to feed on the DFW planters this week.

▪ DAVIS LAKE – The lake is at 57-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported rainbow trout action was slow overall with the trout still in spawning mode. Large schools of fish were cruising the shorelines in the coves and just bumping into lines accounting for lots of “short strikes”. Shore anglers were averaging just 1 fish per person.

▪ DONNER LAKE – The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Trollers were still catching easy limits of 11-inch kokanee toplining pink dodgers and pink spinners or Koke-a-nuts. Shore fishing slowed down after the DFW plant, but a Kastmaster, floating dough bait, or a nightcrawler might still attract the occasional rainbow or small mack.

▪ FEATHER RIVER CANYON The Middle Fork Feather at Graeagle is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week in advance of the April season opener. Butt Valley Reservoir is at 72-percent capacity. Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort warned folks to observe the April 25 opening date for the trout season after chasing at least a dozen anglers off the North Fork this past week, some of which had already caught limits of fish. What a DFW citation that would be.

▪ FRENCHMAN LAKE – The lake is at 37-percent capacity. A friend of Ed Dillard’s reported red-hot flyfishing here using a beadhead PT nymph under an indicator for 18-inch rainbows in the coves along the west side of the lake. Wiggins Trading Post reported great shore action at Turkey Point for limits of rainbows to 20 inches using nightcrawlers and floating dough bait—four anglers caught limits in less than 2 hours. The campgrounds will open on April 17, but there’s still no courtesy dock at the Frenchman boat ramp.

▪ GOLD LAKES BASIN Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported trout fishing was very good near the boat ramp at Sardine Lake. Hans Mulgraber of Chilcoot caught an 11-pound mack trolling a Rapala in Gold Lake. Troll around the islands and at Rocky Point for macks and browns at Gold Lake.

▪ ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR The lake is at 81-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. A boater at the lake this past week reported seeing fish jumping out of the water while feeding on the surface—topline a brown grub or small spoon no deeper than 10 feet.

▪ INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR – The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Alpine County may plant 1800 pounds of 2- to 5-pound rainbows here next week.

▪ JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR — The lake is full. Shore fishing was good using nightcrawlers along the west side of the lake along the river channel from Woodcamp to the dam for 16- to 24-inch holdover rainbows. Launching was available at the Pass Creek ramp for all size boats.

▪ JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) The lake is at 80-percent capacity and rising. Denise Cole at Sly Park Resort reported good shore fishing for DFW planters at the first dam using worms and floating dough bait. Trollers were picking up rainbows and the occasional mack. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass fishing was good with the fish up in the shallows spawning—release the big females.

▪ LAKE TAHOEChuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported limit action for macks along with the occasional brown trout to 5 pounds trolling from Dollar Point to Crystal Bay. His last trip with two dads and 3 young boys produced limits of 3- to 7-pound macks plus they released several 2 to 3 pounders in 4 hours trolling 180 to 350 feet deep. The browns were hitting minnow imitations in 65 feet of water. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported he spent most of the week chasing brown trout and experienced rather slow action. On Sunday he caught 2 browns to 4 pounds and 1 rainbow at South Shore. A friend of Nielsen’s jigged up a 20-pound mack at South Shore in 160 feet of water. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported a good bite for limits of 3- to 6-pound macks at Camp Richardson mooching live bait in 220 to 240 feet of water.

▪ LOON LAKEThe lake is at 41-percent capacity. The gate was still closed to the main boat ramp. Small boats can launch off the gravel ramp at the dam and fishing should be good.

▪ PROSSER LAKE – The lake is at 18-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fishing the creek channels in the Alder Creek or Prosser Creek arms was producing a holdover rainbow or two to 18 inches in a couple hours fishing. Look for some smallmouth bass at the dam.

▪ PYRAMID LAKEValarie Taylor at Crosby’s Lodge reported another slow week for fish weighed in—only 3 double-digit fish all this past week topped by a 16-pound, 15.2-ounce fish caught trolling a red Z-Ray at Pelican Point by Jim Green of Sparks. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported doing well this past week catching 27 and 25 fish on his last two trips. Molino was trolling Apex at Warrior Point for cutthroats running 17 to 22 1/2 inches at 15 to 25 feet deep over 100 to 200 feet of water. Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters said his last 2 trips produced 21 and 17 trout to 23 inches trolling Apex and FlatFish at Spider Point, Monument, and Anderson Bay. The fish were shallow since they are in the middle of the spawn.

▪ RED LAKE – Victor Babbitt at Tahoe Fly fishing Outfitters (TFFO) reported shore fishing for cutthroats was good at the dam using worms and floating dough bait.

▪ SILVER LAKE – The lake is at 81.8-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fishing should be good near the boat ramp. Look for some big Mackinaws to move shallow to feed on the planters.

▪ TOPAZ LAKE — According to the last available report, the Topaz Landing Marina ramp was still closed. The County Park ramp was open, but it won’t take much of a drop in the lake level to close it for the season.

▪ TRUCKEE RIVER – Flows were low through the Glenshire area. Flows were up below the Boca Outlet with releases at 386 cfs—when will it stop? When Stampede, Prosser, and Boca are empty? Golden stones and squalla stones were working in nymph and dry patterns, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports.

▪ UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR – The lake is at 83-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Now if the USFS would open the gate at Sunset so folks could get on the lake to fish for the planter rainbows, life would be good! Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported hit-or-miss action for macks trolling a dodger/herring on the ledges at 50 to 70 feet deep.

▪ WEST WALKER RIVER – Not much fishing pressure here according to Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel. The DFW will begin planting for the opener next week.

MOTHER LODE LAKES

▪ LAKE AMADORLightning trout from Mt. Lassen Trout Farm were released into the lake within the past week, and the gold-colored trout are starting to show up from the shoreline with various colors of trout dough bait or Kastmasters. The Lightning trout were part of a 1000-pound plant this week that included the normal rainbows from the hatchery. The lake has risen to 9 feet from spilling, and both launch ramps are operational. Shoreline action remained solid from the Boat House to the Spillway with a variety of techniques. Trollers are scoring in the back coves with Rapalas in bright color patterns. The crappie bite has improved with small to medium minnows along the submerged brush.

▪ CAMANCHE LAKE – 1200 pounds of rainbow trout from the Mt. Lassen Trout Farm were released into the lake at the North Shore Launch Ramp during the past week, and the north shore is hosting the majority of action with its capacity to launch boats in excess of 18 feet in length. Smaller boats can be launched at the South Shore Launch Ramp. Trolling has been best near the dam, the Narrows, and near both Big and Little Hat Islands with joined Rapalas in bright color patterns, grubs, or heavy spoons in shad patterns at depths to 20 feet. The best shore fishing continued from the stocked South Shore Pond with trout dough bait, Mice Tails, or Power Eggs. Boaters need to be cautious while running outside of the main channel due to unmarked rockpiles. Largemouth bass are oriented towards the shallows and starting to sit on beds, and jerkbaits, plastics, Senkos, or jigs are all working for the bed fish.

▪ DON PEDROKokanee fishing has been excellent at depths from 30 to 50 feet with Rocky Mountain Tackle’s micro-hoochies or Uncle Larry’s spinners in orange behind Vance’s or RMT dodgers in gold. Quick limits of kokanee from 11 to 13 inches have been the rule. Trout fishing is also solid with shad-patterned spoons as deep as 50 feet. King salmon are less than willing to bite, but they should start moving into deep water and becoming more active shortly. Bass fishing is best with live minnows, but shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot or crawdad-imitation Brush Hogs on a Carolina-rig are also effective. The Fleming Meadows Launch Ramp is open with only one lane at the present time, and patience is required to launch with long lines on the weekends.

▪ LAKE McCLURE – The bass bite continued to be wide open with a variety of techniques from the shoreline. The North Barrett Cove Launch Ramp will only be open for a limited period of time, and it is only accessible from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and boats have to be off of the water by 4:00 p.m. It is a very long walk to the parking lot and to the shoreline, and it is difficult to bring a child down to the water’s edge. Senkos, Brush Hogs, lizards, or plastic worms are all working. The store and marinas will remain closed for the coming season. Information on the launch ramp is available at (855) 222-5253.

▪ LAKE McSWAIN – Heavy trout plants occurred prior to this past weekend’s annual Merced Irrigation Trout Derby. The lake was inundated with fishermen over the weekend, and bank fishing has been best from the A-Loop or the Brush Pile with garlic trout dough bait scented with Rip Lipperz Trout Dust. This series of plants may complete the trout fishing season due to the unseasonably high water temperatures.

▪ NEW HOGAN - Striped bass action is hit or miss with great action one day followed by extremely slow fishing the following day. The schools of the small stripers are thick, but the boils have yet to emerge. Experienced Hogan anglers typically troll frozen anchovies or shad on a harness rig from the launch ramp to the dam and to Deer Flat on a triangular pattern. The lake level is low, but launching a boat is no problem.

▪ LAKE PARDEE 6000 pounds of rainbows were planted into the lake over the past week, and limits of rainbow trout from the banks were the rule over the weekend. The Boat House, Rainbow Point, and Tom Sawyer Island were the top locations with Kastmasters, Rooster Tails, trout dough bait in rainbow, chartreuse, or spring green or Power Eggs in orange or fluorescent yellow. Kokanee are found from the mouth of the river arm to the log jam with hoochies at depths to 40 feet. Bass fishing is best with Senkos or Robo Worms on the drop-shot. The annual Lake Pardee Media Day is coming on Saturday, April 25 with professional bass anglers from the Elite Series along with the top outdoor writers in northern California in attendance. Reconstruction of the Recreational Vehicle Park will result in the lake’s closure on July 10. All boats are required to pass a Quagga Mussel inspection prior to launching.

▪ LAKE TULLOCH Plans have been announced to drain the lake in September to meet agricultural and environmental obligations, but it appears that the lake will be open for the summer months.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

▪ AMERICAN RIVER – With flows down to 500 cfs, fishing is slow.

▪ FEATHER RIVER – Some stripers are being caught at Boyds Pump and Beercan Beach, but fishing is fair to slow. The first shad of the year have been caught.

▪ FOLSOM LAKE – Fishing for spotted and smallmouth bass has been good near South Fork, while the largemouth bass are still in deeper water. Some landlocked kings and trout were taken near the dam last week. Trout are biting at daylight near the surface in the South Fork area. Kastmasters have been working.

▪ RANCHO SECO LAKE – Warm water has slowed trout fishing, although some rainbows are still being caught. Bass fishing is improving.

▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir – Fly fishing for rainbows has improved. Flows were 500 cfs on Sunday. Some larger trout are being to appear. Fly anglers are using rubber legs and prince nymphs.

▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff – Fishing for large rainbows was very good last week. Afternoon hatches have sparked dry fly action, while nymphs also are working well. A decision on a closure of the Sacramento River between Keswick Dam and the Highway 44 bridge is due this week.

▪ SACRAMENTO RIVER, Knight’s Landing to Colusa – Stripers are spread out, but fishing has been fair to good when anglers can locate schools of fish. Jumbo minnows are working best, as the bass are feeding on newly hatched wild salmon. Sturgeon fishing remains good from Colusa to Knight’s Landing. A few shad are now being caught as the run appears to be early this year.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

▪ AMERICAN RIVER — The river was running low and clear in the North Fork and Middle Fork. The flows in the South Fork were dependent on water releases for rafters. No fishermen were seen by staff from the Georgetown Ranger Station.

▪ BULLARDS BARThe lake is at 62-percent capacity. Bass fishermen were still picking up lots of small 1- to 1 1/2-pound spotted bass and the occasional lunker to 9 pounds on Senkos cast to points in 15 to 25 feet of water.

▪ CAMP FAR WEST – The lake is full. Bass fishing was good, according to North Shore Resort.

▪ COLLINS LAKEThe lake is 24 feet from full. The resort released another two pens of 2 to 3 pounders and stocked a 1000-pound load of trophy fish that included more tagged rainbows. The Nor Cal Trout Anglers Challenge was fished by 293 contestants and lots of 2 to 5 pounders were checked in, but the biggest fish was a 6 pounder. Numbers of big fish caught over the past week by trollers including an 11 1/2-pound rainbow caught on a firetiger Rapala by young Tyler Perez of Santa Cruz. John Bennett of Windsor landed a 9 3/4-pound rainbow while trolling a Rapala near the island. Shore anglers did well at the dam and the Beach. Bass were hitting swimbaits and plastic worms in Elmer’s Cove.

▪ ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR – The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Harry (7) and William (9) Souza of Grass Valley caught a 2 1/2-pound bass in the marina on a nightcrawler. Boaters were picking up a few rainbows trolling a threaded nightcrawler up above the No-Ski buoys.

▪ FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR The lake is at 43-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The French Meadows boat ramp can now launch small boats but the McGuire ramp is still closed.

▪ ROLLINS LAKE – The lake is at 97.5-percent capacity. Trollers were picking up a few trout and bass fishing was good in the coves and points using worms, jigs and tubes.

▪ SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE – The lake is at 68.5-percent capacity. Trout fishing was very good on the point near the marina and around toward the dam for rainbows up to 3 to 5 pounds using worms, floating dough bait, and Kastmaster spoons. Smallmouth bass fishing was good using dart-head or shakey-head worms and jigs on rocky banks.

▪ SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR – The lake is full. Try trolling a dodger/worm, or shore fish on the trail between the ramp and the dam with nightcrawlers and floating dough bait.

▪ STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR The lake is at 61.5-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station said shore anglers reported the fishing was slow. Only cartop boats can launch with the water level well below the concrete ramp.

▪ THERMOLITO AFTERBAY – The lake was at 134.7-foot elevation at press time—87-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company said bass fishing was very good. Pitching green pumpkin/brown jigs around tules and wood, and black/blue jigs on the rip-rap was productive. Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits were working around the tules and weed beds. Try frogs in the afternoon on hot sunny days. The afternoon bite overall has been better after the water temps rose to their daily high.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

▪ LAKE ALMANOR There are still some trout in the shallows but you’ll have to sort through all of the smallmouth bass to get them. Farther offshore, both rainbows and brown trout are on tap along with a few salmon.

▪ BAUM LAKE The action has been steady with the good weather for mostly rainbows but also a few brown trout. Now that it has cooled off, so have the hatches. As soon as it warms back up so will the hatches and bite.

▪ BUCKS LAKE - The lake is full and the fishing and weather have been great. There was snow this past week though. Before that, they were catching German browns, mackinaw and rainbow trout.

▪ MCCLOUD RESERVOIR This reservoir sees very little pressure and with little to no pressure here, check out the waters near the northern portion of the lake for trout. Your best chance happens midday near where the upper McCloud comes into the lake.

▪ PIT RIVERThe fishing and water conditions have been good, but a few days are needed for the waters to clean up again. A few March browns were showing up before the weather cooled down. Most of the fishing pressure has been at Pit no. 3 so also check out Pit no. 4 and 5.

▪ SHASTA LAKEThe lake has been in transition and the trout bite backed off all around the lake. All that is needed, though, are a few days of consistent warm weather so the bait will show up and it will going again. In the main body near the Jones Valley ramp fish all of the points for bass in all stages of their spawn.

▪ TRINITY RESERVOIR The trout fishing was slow with no fish marked in the usual trout holes.

– Western Outdoor News

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