Fishing Line

Fishing Line: Week of March 17, 2014


•  DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER side Sturgeon fishing in Suisun Bay remained solid over the weekend with the fish migrating towards the Carquinez Straits or into Montezuma Slough. The Mothball Fleet remained a popular area, and salmon roe and lamprey eel continued to be the top baits. The main river is muddy, but huge stripers have been taken out of the deep water near the Pittsburg PGE Plant with live splittail. Striper trolling should turn on again along the West Bank towards Collinsville once the river clears. Sturgeon fishing continued to be good with grass shrimp the top bait further upriver from Cache Slough north to Freeport.

•  FOLSOM LAKE The lake has reached the 400-foot elevation, and the 5 mph limit no longer is in effect. Bass are starting to move into shallow water to prepare to spawn, and are being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, minnows, and Senkos. Slowly worked plastic worms fished over rock piles in deeper water are still attracting bites, though. Trollers were catching some nice trout and landlocked king salmon at about 30 feet deep on Radical Glow Tubes and trout near the surface on J-7 Rapalas on the main body and up the North Fork.

•  RANCHO SECO LAKE It’s slow fishing, but there are some giant bass lurking in the shallows, some weighing over 12 pounds. Try working weightless Senkos. Release any big bass you catch. Trout fishing is more of a sure thing, both from the bank and from boats (no gas engines allowed). There’s a trout derby coming up on March 28 and 29. Call the lake 209-748-2318 for more information. Trout fishing was very slow over the weekend, with some throwing lures for hours without a bite.

•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento— The water was still murky, but clearing and the striper spring run is moving into high gear. Fish Miller Park and Bryte’s Beach for your best odds. Sturgeon fishing was still good, on South River Road and Verona. Bankies were using 10 to 12 ounces of weight and pileworm/eel, and pileworm/ghost shrimp combos.

•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale Sturgeon fishing was great again last week with “most people” hooking a sturgeon, something that rarely occurs. Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle said sturgeon fishing was the best he’d ever seen. Pileworms have been tough to get, but the nightcrawler/ghost shrimp combo has been a good alternative.


• CHETCO RIVER, Oregon "It has been such a good year on the Chetco, and it's not done yet," said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. "We should see steelhead clear through the end of the month. New fish just keep showing up." Spawned out steelhead, of course, are now in the mix. River was a perfect 2900 cfs on Saturday and should fish well the next 2 weeks of season. Guide Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company also had good counts of steelies all week—like 6 for 9 one day.

• EEL RIVER, South Fork WON Field Reporter Lonnie Dollarhide of Eureka fished the river with Capt. Tim Klassen with guide Kenny Priest and hooked 14 steelies, experiencing the “best day of steelhead fishing, ever!” All catch-and-release here, of course.

• ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Oregon — Last week the Elk and Sixes were “cranking out fish,” according to WON Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. On Thursday, Martin fished Leif and Brady Schrader of Coquille, Ore., and they hooked over 15 steelhead and limited out. On Saturday, Martin was back on the Chetco and fished Matt Dowd of South Lake Tahoe, who limited out. Guide Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company said the Elk was running a perfect 4.4 when he fished it, and boats landed 1 to 3 fish the day he was there.

• SMITH RIVER Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company said, “after the big rise on the Smith it came back in Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday for boaters and bankies. Ted kemp and Rory McDonald had days of hooking 6 to 10 fish, a mixture of runbacks and fresh fish.

• UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Oregon Fishing on the second half of the week was fair, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “Water was a little high and very off color for these type of conditions. The boats were averaging about a half dozen steelhead being caught for most driftboats. Amacher Park and other drifts have been doing about the same as the upper sections of river for numbers of fish caught.”

• UMPQUA, South Fork, Myrtle Creek, Oregon Fishing was fairly good this last weekend behind the Seven Feathers Casino Resort at Stanton Park. “Water was dark olive green throughout the last few days of the week and most boats had above average success in the area,” said river guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “Yarn Balls were the choice of most anglers I saw on the river.”

• UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton, Oregon — The river has been much too high for many of the anglers to be fishing for steelhead on the lower portions of the river, said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. There have been a couple reports of spring Chinook's being caught in the Scottsburg area of the river early last week. “Should be seeing more of these salmon as we get closer to March,” he said.


• KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate This stretch, down to I-5 once again, was just about the only fishable spot on the Klamath. And, just about the only spot on the Klamath and Trinity where a steelhead angler had good odds of catching something. The steelies in this area are not large—up to about 5 pounds, but an angler should be able to catch several adults daily along with a like number of rainbows between 12 and 16 inches. Backtroll crawdad plugs, side-drift nightcrawlers, and swing steelhead streamers or dead-drift nymphs.

• TRINITY RIVER Good river conditions were predicted for last week, and that was the case, at least down to Del Loma, but the predication of good fishing as the river dropped and cleared didn’t. Almost all the steelhead being caught—and there weren’t all that many—were downrunners. There were some brown trout being caught, but few anglers were targeting them.


• CLEAR LAKE With the first big tourney of the season this weekend the lake will get a little crowded. If you are just looking for lots of fish, drop-shot or shake a worm in 3 to 5 feet of water for active males to 2 pounds. Anglers looking for bigger bites should try ripbaits, lipless rattlebaits and swimbaits in water a little deeper. This past week fish were caught in 4 to 5 feet in two arms of the lake and out to 18 feet in the mid-section of the lake.

• LAKE BERRYESSA The east side has been hammered by pre-tournament boats, so check out the west side from Big Island to Pope Creek using 6-inch Robo worms in the green pumpkin color. The water has been as warm as 60 degrees and the color has been good in the shallows, so bass are moving into the shallows.

• LAKE SONOMA Target points, secondary points and transitions into the flats. With warming weather and waters, bass are in the shallows. Sort through the smaller more aggressive males for a few larger females to release.


• LAKE ALMANOR Black/white Rapalas (imitating baitfish) are producing an excellent brown trout bite. Salmon have been hitting fast action lures like 1/6-ounce Speedy Shiners in nickel hammer finish or Fire tiger. A few hatches have started with warming weather and water.

• BAUM LAKE The Fly Shop in Redding said to use a pontoon boat, float tube or pram here to target trout. This lake holds many rainbows that eat buggers, no. 20 midges, no. 18 PT nymphs and BWO dries.

• PIT RIVER From Nov. 16 through the Friday proceeding the last Saturday in April only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Watch out for increased flows below Lake Britton from March 16 to May 9 when PG&E increases the flow on the Pit 3 Reach of the river for planned maintenance at the powerhouse electric switchyard. From Pit 3 all the way down through Pit 5, expect to find good fishing and not much pressure.

• SHASTA LAKE Bass fishing at its finest now. For larger bass target main lake points with swimbaits in 6- to 7-inch sizes in a ghost rainbow pattern. Or just fish your strength and concentrate on water 15 feet or less. You can find 60-degree water in the afternoons in sheltered coves, so also start checking the shallows. Trout are being longlined on the surface as trollers are starting to return.


• ALBION FLATS Crabs were plentiful in the lower river. Sylvia at the Campground Store reported that one guy caught 20 of them. There was very little fishing activity along the area beaches over the weekend, but fishing has been at least decent for perch and rockfish.

• BERKELEY Happy Hooker went looking for bass and found them, posting a score of 22 stripers to 8 pounds. Berkeley Flats turned out to be a halibut hotspot late in the week and over the weekend. Bounce-balling with herring or anchovy produced the best results.

• BODEGA BAY The new boat, Surf Scooter was splashed over the weekend and is ready to provide comfortable fishing for her passengers. Doran Beach anglers caught perch and a few rockfish. The hotspot for big rockfish, cabezon and lingcod was up the coast at Fort Ross.

• EMERYVILLE Boats here began running halibut specials over the weekend, to take advantage of the hot SF Bay halibut bite. A good bite will put more boats online.

• EUREKA The south side of the jetty was the top spot for black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, greenling and perch. The bigger fish were tight into the rocks, so heavier line and gear was needed. Red tail perch staged a good bite near Orick. Englund Marine Pier remained a viable spot for catching a combination of Dungeness and red rock crab.

• FORT BRAGG Red tail perch tied on the feed bag at two local beaches: Chadbourne Guch and Ward Avenue near MacKerricher State Beach. Along the jetty at Noyo Harbor, the bite was pretty good for rockfish, cabezon and perch. Crabbers using snares were quite successful from the jetty.

• OYSTER POINT Halibut and striped bass both showed up to make anglers grin. From boats, halibut were caught bounce-balling with herring, while stripers were caught by drifting with live shiners. Shore fishers had been doing well on perch, but when the big fish showed up, most shore folks switched from perch rigs to swimbaits or live jacksmelt.

• PACIFICA/HALF MOON BAY Striped bass showed for people fishing Pacifica Pier. Anchovies were the best bait. Shore fishers geared up with baits and lures, then went out, but no reports had yet come in by our editorial deadline. Jetty and pier fishers at Half Moon Bay hauled in crabs, rockfish, cabezon and perch. Below town, San Gregorio and Pescadero were the best surf fishing spots. Huli Cat posted good counts on a crab and ‘dab combo run, while whales frolicked nearby.


• BOCA LAKE The lake is at 21-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that a float tuber caught a 6- to 8-pound mack stripping a streamer in front of the dam—otherwise the fishing was slow.

• CAPLES LAKE The lake is at 59-percent capacity and scheduled for a possible DFW trout plant this week. Ice fishing should still be good at the dam and spillway.

• CARSON RIVER (East)Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported that flyfishing should be good below Markleeville Creek using San Juan Worms and nymphs.

• DAVIS LAKE The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Guide Ed Dillard reported that shore fishing was good at Mallard, Coot, Camp 5, Eagle Point, and Grasshopper. Flyfishermen were seeing 30- to 50-fish days using size 16 Mercer hare’s ears and size 14 micro-mays under indicators at Coot Bay and Grasshopper—mostly from float tubes. A troller got out and caught a nice limit of 18- to 20-inch rainbows between the island and Honker on red-dot frog Needlefish at 10 feet deep. The Camp 5 launch, the only open ramp on the lake, now has the courtesy dock in place.

• DONNER LAKE The lake is at 58-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Rainbow trout fishing was good on the west end using salmon eggs, worms, and marshmallow/worms. The DFW plant certainly won’t hurt!!

• FRENCHMAN LAKE The lake is at 50-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that the Lunker Point boat ramp had closed due to muddy conditions—only the Frenchman ramp was open. Shore anglers were catching limits of 16- to 18-inch rainbows at the dam and Lunker Point on Power Bait and nightcrawlers.

• GOLD LAKES BASINMountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that Gold Lake was still closed, but Sardine Lake and Salmon Lake could be reached from Hwy 49.

• ICE HOUSE RESERVOIRThe lake is at 68-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Access is good to the boat ramp and trollers should do well on dodger/worms.

• INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIRTodd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported that lots of anglers were shore fishing at the dam using Power Bait and worms. Small boats were launching off the shore near the dam.

• JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIRThe lake is at 55-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that the lake was open, but didn’t have any current fishing reports.

• JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park) The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week and both rainbows and macks were hitting for shore anglers and trollers. The shore anglers were doing best near the boat ramp and at the first dam using Power Bait, inflated nightcrawlers and marshmallow/worms.

• LAKE TAHOE Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported that mack trolling was excellent! Morning trips were producing 15 macks running 2 to 9 pounds with limits of keepers at 5 to 9 pounds each using spoons and minnow plugs at 160 to 350 feet deep. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing said he had a good day trolling for browns one morning this past week scoring six trout between 4 and 6 pounds. The browns hit Laxee spoons and Rapala Scatter Raps along the west side of the lake. Nielsen also did well on 3- to 5-pound macks trolling ThunderStiks at 100 to 200 feet deep at South Shore. Nielsen said he heard that another guide put a client on a 16-pound mack trolling at Tahoe City. The big fish had been eating kokanee salmon.

• LOON LAKE The lake is at 58-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Unless the USFS decides to open the gate to the boat ramp, the primitive ramp at the dam is available for launching small boats.

• PROSSER LAKE The lake is at 33-percent capacity. Shore anglers were picking up a few rainbows fishing wind-swept points using Power Bait and worms.

• PYRAMID LAKE The 10th Annual Ken Hembree Hook, Line, and Sinker Fishing Derby fielded 330 contestants this past weekend. Travis Schweitzer of Sparks won the event with a 17-pound, 11-ounce cutthroat and rode away on a new Polaris ATV. The Top 20 fish ranged from 17 to 6 pounds with the majority caught by shore anglers including the winner. Trollers had a harder time getting good numbers or size of fish during this event according to Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters and George Molino at Cutthroat Charters.

• RED LAKE The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.

• SILVER LAKE The lake is at 25-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.

• STAMPEDE RESERVOIRThe lake is at 48-percent capacity. Shore fishing was good on rocky points near the dam using marshmallow/worms. One group caught 20 rainbows and a 5- to 6-pound mack.

• TOPAZ LAKE Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that the lake has dropped a little and the County Park boat ramp had closed, but his ramp was still open for launching smaller 12- to 16-foot single-axle trailered fishing boats. The private RV Park was still launching bigger boats with a tractor, but would stop public launching at the end of March. A large fishing club with 44 members fished out of 18 boats over the weekend and found very good action for nice rainbows toplining Rapalas. One boat reported catching over 30 fish to 2 pounds.

• TRUCKEE RIVER Tony Marotta at Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that flyfishing was good in the evenings on size 14-16 March brown patterns and during the day using size 6-10 squala stones from the Boca Outlet to Farad.

• UNION VALLEY RESERVOIRThe lake is at 57-percent capacity. The road to the lake off Pea Vine Ridge Road was in very poor shape and towing a boat to the lake was a long, arduous task. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service said the mack bite was still good for 2- to 3-pound fish and the occasional lunker using dodger/herring combos at 50 to 80 feet deep along ledges and over mid-lake humps.

• WEST WALKER RIVERLocal flyfishermen were still experiencing fantastic action for 2- to 4 1/2-pound rainbows on nymphs and dries. Anglers were seeing 60 fish days in perfect water flow conditions. Come up now before the regular season opens and the fish disappear.


• SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side Striped bass action slowed to a crawl with the waters of the river turning muddy in response to high winds and high tides during the period of full moon. Drifting live bait, tossing swimbaits, or dropping spoons which had all been productive in the preceding weeks, diminished to next to nothing. Soaking frozen shad has been the most productive technique. There is speculation that the stripers have left for the high waters of the Sacramento River in their move towards spawning upriver. Red-eared perch and bluegill action continued to be slow down, but crappie fishing with medium minnows along Whiskey Slough Road or Eight Mile Road has been very good.


• AMERICAN RIVER Anglers continued to catch small, young steelhead below the closure line, and a few larger fish to about 4 pounds. In addition to fishing where there are fish present, it’s important to take a stealthy approach and stay in very shallow water so as not to spook them. Drift nighcrawlers if spin fishing, or dead-drift San Juan worms, caddis nymphs, and alevin imitations under indicators if fly fishing. Watt Ave. and River Bend Park have the right kinds of riffles to hold steelies, should they be present.

• FEATHER RIVER A few big striped bass, not many, were being caught in the lower end of the Feather below Shanghai Bend, Star Bend, Verona, and Beer Can Beach on swimbaits, jigs, and deep-divers.

• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding Tributaries were dropping, but still were muddy and fishing was still concentrated in the Redding area. Fly fishers dead-drifted small caddis nymph imitations and spin fishermen drifted nightcrawlers.

• YUBA RIVER Fishing slowed last week, and, while Squalas were still hatching, dry fly fishing was not as good as dead-drifting nymphs. The fish are nice though, some from 16 to 20 inches long.


• AMADOR LAKE There were 3,500 pounds of trout planted last week. There also was a plant of trophy fish from 6 to 15 poundsFriday evening and also another plant of big fish on Saturday morning for a fishing event held Saturday. Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said, “Anglers are doing good on Power Bait, gold Kastmasters and chicken liver.”

• CAMANCHE LAKE — The trout fishing has been excellent. The most popular spot for boat anglers who are looking to catch trout is Big Hat Island. Other spots are the dam, the North Shore buoy line, and upriver in the Narrows near China Gulch. Most anglers are catching trout anywhere between 5 and 25 feet. The most commonly used baits are Kastmasters and Rapala lures. If you are looking to trout fish from the bank you should try your luck out at the South Shore Trout Pond and fish with Power Bait or salmon eggs.

• DON PEDRO RESERVOIR Trout fishing is fair, but bass fishing is good. The trout are scattered. A few fish around Oak Island and then up at the Power Lines and the Jacksonville Bridge. Bass are from 2 to 40 feet. Swimbaits in a trout pattern are catching the big bass while cranking Shad Raps in gold and other lures are catching smaller fish. Dartheading worms and covering the water is picking up limits to 3-pounds.

• LAKE MCCLURE — Fishing is good for bass and trout. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling said, “The bass and trout bite is on.” Anglers are using shakey heads and plastic worms to catch bass. Minnows and crawdads are catching lots of bass. There have been some crappie caught on and near the houseboats. Trout anglers are catching limits on Wedding Rings/’crawlers or dodgers or flashers and ‘crawlers.

• LAKE MCSWAIN Trout fishing is good. Victoria Sturtevant at the McSwain Marina said, “The best spots for bank fishermen are the Handicapped Docks, Brush Pile or the two points near the Marina.” The best bait has been chartreuse or rainbow with garlic Power Bait. Trollers are catching fish around the dam, the Outhouse and upriver. Dodgers and ‘crawlers, Wedding Ring/’crawlers, Tomahawk spinners in pink/chartreuse with a ‘crawler at 10 to 20 feet. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling said, “Trollers are catching some trout to 17 inches using J5 or 7 Rapalas in gold or trout pattern.”

• LAKE PARDEE Fishing is good. Bank fishermen are fishing the “Mud Hole”, Porcupine Point, the point directly across the way and Blue Herron Point. White Power Bait, chartreuse with sparkles, eggs with garlic, orange Mice Tails along with ‘crawlers on a sliding sinker or a half full water bubble have all been effective at catching trout. Trollers are working the Narrows, the River Mouth and the Rock Wall; however the majority of boats are heading upriver towards Columbia Gulch, Twin Coves and beyond where the catching has been better. The fish are very near the surface at 5 to 15 feet.

• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Bass fishing is good with trout fishing only fair. The majority of fish are staging in 35 to 50 feet on main lake structure. To target deep fish try using a drop-shot rig with a 4- to 6-inch straight tail worm. Try using natural shad and crawdad colors. Bank anglers are catching trout off of Glory Hole Point and near the Tuttletown boat launch with Power Bait and Gulp! Eggs, bright colored Mice Tails and ‘crawler/mallow combo. Trolling anglers are fishing from the surface down to 35 feet.


• AMERICAN RIVER The river was still running low and clear, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station. Fishing only allowed below the Hwy. 49 bridge until stream opener.

• BULLARDS BAR The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina said their ramp was in good shape and capable of launching any size boat. The bass fishing was very good, though good one day and poor the next. Lots of small spots were hitting along with a few lunkers in the 7- to 9-pound class. Senkos, jigs, and crankbaits were all working on points, coves and flats.

• CAMP FAR WEST The lake is nearly full. North Shore Resort reported that bass anglers were catching 50 to 60 fish per day on worms, Brush Hogs, and lizards in 8 to 10 feet of water in Rock Creek.

• COLLINS LAKE The lake was 22 feet from full and was stocked with 2000 pounds of rainbows by the DFW this past week. The resort will release two pens of 2- to 3-pound rainbows this week. John Wadden at Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that one of his clients caught a limit of 2-pound rainbows trolling a chrome dodger/Cripplure in front of the boat ramp at 10 to 15 feet deep. A 7-pound catfish was caught by a boater drifting worms across from the marina. As usual, the dam and the Beach were hot spots for shore anglers using Power Bait, worms, spoons, and spinners.

• ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIRThe lake is at 91-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina said trollers were still picking up rainbows in the marina between the moored houseboats on flasher/worm combos.

• FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIRThe lake is at 42-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station recommended using 4-wheel drive to get to the lake due to icy spots on the road in the early morning. The lake was still too low to allow boat launching off the ramp. Shore fishing was slow according to Will Fish Tackle in Auburn

• FULLER LAKE The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.

• HELL HOLE RESERVOIRThe lake is at 54-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that access was good to the lake, even with a 2-wheel drive truck. Small aluminum boats could launch off the ramp, but fishing was slow.

• LAKE OROVILLE The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the bass fishing was “red-hot” with 75 to 85 fish days common. Any kind of lure was working--darthead worms to spinnerbaits--on mud lines, walls, points and coves all over the lake. Lots of 2 to 3 pounders, and better numbers of 4 pounders were showing up in catches. The bigger fish were hitting jigs. Water temp was 49 to 53 degrees.

• ROLLINS LAKE The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at Orchard Springs Resort reported that shore anglers were doing well for limits of rainbows using Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers at the dam and off Orchard Springs Point. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trolling was slow up in the Bear River arm.

• SCOTT’S FLAT LAKEThe lake is at 80-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore anglers were doing well on 14- to 16-inch rainbows near the boat ramp using Power Bait. Trollers were still picking up a few fish near the dam using flasher/worm combos.

• SUGAR PINE RESERVOIRThe Foresthill Ranger Station reported that access to the boat ramp was good and a courtesy dock was in place.

• STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIRThe lake is at 61-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fishing should be good near the boat ramp.

• THERMOLITO AFTERBAYThe lake was at the 135-foot elevation at press time—92-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that good numbers of 2- to 4-pound bass were moving up into the shallows to spawn with the water temp at 60 degrees. Big fish should be moving up soon.


• CAPITOLA Eric Warner of Capitola caught a 23-pound halibut Saturday at the Mile Reef. Otherwise, most catches were rockfish, which turned into releases. The beach near Pajaro River gave up a couple of striped bass. Aptos area beaches were first choice for surf perch fishers.

• MONTEREY Chubasco and Checkmate put large piles of sanddabs aboard, along with a few crabs apiece for anglers. Individual striper catches were made from Marina Beach, Seaside and Fort Ord Dunes. Rocky surf zones near Big Sur produced cabezon and rockfish for anglers who had the right rigging.

• MOSS LANDING Striped bass were caught nearby at Salinas River State Beach. Barred surf perch bit well, both above and below the harbor.

• SANTA CRUZ Checkmate on Friday posted full limits of crabs plus plenty of tasty sanddabs. Velocity ran morning sanddab trips through the week. Surf perch bit well near the harbor. Shore fishers worked “up the line” for rockfish and cabezon.