Fishing Line

Fishing Line: Week of April 21, 2014


•  AMADOR LAKE– Lots of big trout and some nice-sized bass biting. Debbie Grayson at Lake Amador Store said, “There were 4,300 pounds of trout planted last week with some trophy-sized trout planted last Wednesday.” Rainbow Rapalas, Mouse Tails with green eggs, several varieties of Power Bait and rip-baits worked last week for the fishermen at Amador Lake.

•  CARSON RIVER (East, West) — The West Carson River and Markleeville Creek are scheduled for a DFW trout plants this week in advance of the Saturday opener. Alpine County will stock 1800 pounds of 1- to 4-pound rainbows in the East and West Carson this week, too. The opener should be phenomenal with the heavy plants made over the past few weeks.

•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Metro Fresh and spawned-out stripers are both being caught in all the normal places on the river, and the first showing of shad appeared. Uncle Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle said that in the Sacramento metropolitan area, “The male shad have arrived at the mouth of the American River with fish in the 1.5-pound range showing up within the past week.” The males had been shooting straight up the river, bypassing Freeport and Discovery Park, and this was the first report of shad holding in the metro area. Striper action is still good.

•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale Plenty of fishing pressure here, as well as above and below, and striper action has been okay, but not red hot by any means. Mixed reports of fresh and spawned fish, but some obviously weren’t near spawning, and the big females seem to not be around, although some “big fish” are being broken off. Limits are attainable by drifting jumbo minnows or working black worms off the rock rip-rap. Those fishing in the evening and at night are finding no pressure and better fishing.


•  ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon — Low flows virtually halted the springer salmon run last week, but storms in the forecast are expected to bring the river right back up over the weekend, so call ahead and plan your trip. There are other options even when fish aren’t moving up the river, like working tidewater at the mouth of the estuary on the tides, or fishing for lings and rockfish in the ocean outside the mouth. There’s still over a month of springer fishing to go.

•  ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Oregon Things haven’t changed much from last week, according to Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grant’s Pass. “We’re still waiting for more spring salmon to show in our local areas. The steelhead fishing has gotten a little tougher, with only downers now being caught. To try for springers, anglers should try sardine-wrapped Kwikfish or roe, as springers should start moving through in better numbers. For the steelhead, continue to try crawdad-type plugs or drifted roe, in aerated waters below rapids.

• UMPQUA RIVER, Sutherlin, Oregon Fishing remained slow for most anglers on the Umpqua River this past week, according to guide and WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. The warm afternoons did nothing to help with the springer salmon bite, but even though the fishing over all has been very difficult on the Umpqua River. Some people are still scratching up a salmon or two when they go out fishing. Heavy rain is expected later this week.

•  UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Roseburg, Oregon The North Umpqua River wasn’t very helpful this last week when it came to helping anglers producing very many spring Chinook, and it may be blown out by the weekend if the big rains hit as predicted, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “ I have been one of the most fortunate fishermen on the water, because I have been catching a few chrome salmon this last week. I am hoping with the fresh rains during the upcoming week, it will have a positive effect on the returning king salmon fishing.”

•  SMITH RIVER Guide Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company out of Brookings, Ore., said there were multiple fish days for steelhead the past two weeks, but “with the current low water you can hang up your spurs and look forward to the salmon arrival this September.”


• KLAMATH RIVER — From Weitchpec to Happy Camp/Seiad Valley, the river is looking better every day but no reports of springers showing up yet. Above Orleans, according to Ed Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide, trout will start showing well. Weather dictates the trout fishing above the I-5 bridge.

• TRINITY RIVER Flow releases for the season will be limited this year, and they are listed in a story in this issue. E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide, said, “The river is going to be really warm this year due to a lack of cold water pool in Trinity Lake. The releases will make it hard for the Trinity River to maintain proper water temperatures for the outmigration of the freshly released smolt in the upper river from Douglas City to the North Fork. Water temperatures at Weitchpec are going to be very critical for the incoming fall run Chinook come August/Sept. Currently, the river has been steadily dropping and is in good condition, but very few spring salmon in the river so far, so the run is still coming. A lot of smolts currently moving down the river, so bait is hard to use. Browns upriver still have a field day on the smolts.”


• CLEAR LAKE — Overall conditions on the lake have been good and fishing pressure has been light during the week days. Anglers finding clear water and beds have been doing well on bass running between 3 to 4 pounds. Anglers report catching fish on jigs, Brush Hogs, plastic worms and even some frog fish. Minnows are still also being used around the lake with varying success.

• LAKE BERRYESSA — Try Rocky Mountain Tackle (RMT) hyper plaid, Bahama Mama dodgers, Uncle Larry’s spinners or RMT pink plankton squids with Pautzke’s pink fire corn with natural herring oil or Pautzke’s liquid krill. Kokes and trout are still spread from Skiers Cove to the second bathroom at the Big Island. And both kokanee and trout are scattered from 18 to 40 feet deep. Spawned bass will be tougher to catch so try a LuckyCraft Sammy 125 in ghost water and plan on covering some water. If they swirl and miss your bait, follow it up with a Senko.

• LAKE SONOMA — The catfish bite has been good soaking cut bait from shore with mackerel being the best fished on a sliding sinker rig. Spawned bass will be tougher to catch anywhere. Try a topwater LuckyCraft Sammy 125 in ghost water and plan on covering some water. If they swirl and miss your bait, follow it up with a Senko.


• LAKE ALMANOR — Aquatic insect hatches continue in both basins but most of the traffic has been on the east shoreline. With the pen reared releases going on, Big Springs will be a good place for them to hide. Except big brown trout are moving in there after them, so check that out as well.

•  BATTLECREEK RESERVOIR Jim Cimaglia from Rim Rock Resort said he hasn’t heard about accessibility to this lake as yet, but suspected you could get there. If you encounter snowdrifts they can be deeper than they appear, so use your best judgment before trying to continue on your way. Hopefully the fishing will continue to improve here as plants of German browns continue and the fish get bigger, thus helping to control the shiners here. Kastmasters and worms always do well here so these would be good choices to start out your day. Check regulations please.



No changes here. The good trout bite continues for those that can get on the water and reach them. The Fly Shop in Redding suggests using a pram, pontoon boat, or float tube to get at them. The bite is usually consistently good because the water conditions are controlled, cold and clear.

•  BUCKS LAKE — Some big mackinaw trout have been taken along the shoreline, by the dam and off Rainbow Point on large lures and P-line Lazar Minnow in a clown color.



Jim Cimaglia from Rim Rock Resort said the forebay will be open this weekend and the fishing should be better than last year as the water has been flowing for a year now and weed growth and insect hatches should improve conditions here. Pressure will be a bit more here on the weekends, but there should be plenty of fish for everyone. Power Bait, worms and eggs should be the go-to baits to start the season.



Opens Saturday. River conditions look good.



Opens Saturday.

Fish and Wildlife should be planting this week leading up to the opener and if their planting routine is similar to years past, expect some huge broodstock in the 3- 5-pound class to be in the mix. The Forest Service campgrounds will likely all open on Wednesday (4-23). This time of year the weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared for colder temperatures and the possibility of rain or snow. Worms, eggs and lures should all work well.



— Jim Cimaglia from Rim Rock Resort said the lake opened early this year due to warmer and drier weather over the winter. Rainbows and browns should be more active earlier this year with the warmer temperatures. Fish the shoreline and structure for better action. Prince nymphs and streamer patterns usually work well this time of year so go deeper. Remember that this is a catch-and-release, single hook, artificial lure only lake. Remember to check Lassen Park’s special regulations for this lake.



Opens Saturday. River conditions look good.

• PIT RIVER — Watch out for increased flows below Lake Britton until May 9 while PG&E increases the flow on the Pit 3 Reach of the river for maintenance at the powerhouse electric switchyard. The best river conditions are going to be found below Lake Britton Dam at Pit no.3 and it has been good fishing. River conditions below Pit 3 are improving but all reports are good.

• SHASTA LAKE — With the bass now spawning, the bite toughened up for the big gals. Most are small males but you can use anything you want and catch a ton of fish. For a few larger ones, try the early topwater bite. Trout and salmon fishing slowed with few fish being marked.



The bite also slowed here with only a few fish found by the dam.

•  WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR The koke bite continued to be good on either side of the Hwy 299 Bridge. A few bass boats were also spotted on the lake. Pressure is very light here.




Some boats, including

California Dawn


Happy Hooker

, ran short and scored high on halibut and striped bass. Other boats, including

El Dorado


Flying Fish


New Easy Rider

ran out the Gate and headed to the Duxbury to catch salmon to 23 pounds.

• BODEGA BAY — Salmon counts were up and down and on some days aboard New Sea Angler, came close to a fish per rod. On Sunday a 6-pack boat scored limits off of Tomales Point. Shore fishing was very good, with crabs, rockfish and cabezon at the jetty. Near Duncan’s Landing, a 17-pound lingcod was caught from the shore, along with black rockfish, cabezon and greenling.



Pacific Ocean out of brookings was a tough one last week due to north winds and now a 17-foot swell. Solid rockfishing occurred on Monday morning, producing limits of blacks and lings. It is excellent fishing when the ocean settles. Harvey young on


will be running charters all summer.

• EMERYVILLE — Emeryville Sportfishing sent out New Huck Fin and Tiger Fish after halibut and striped bass inside the Bay. Halibut counts came close to a fish per rod and weights up to 18 pounds. Bass fishing was also good with fish up to 12 pounds.

• EUREKA — Red tail perch put on a good bite for surf fishers, though huge swells beginning Sunday kept people away. Before those swells, jetty people caught greenling, perch, rockfish and cabezon. Local boats made the run down to Shelter Cove to try for salmon.

• FORT BRAGG — Salmon fishing was sketchy, but some were caught, especially near Jughandle. Some boats made a long run up the coast to catch salmon at the Hat, below Shelter Cove. Smelt ran at night time along the beaches north of town and plenty were netted. At the jetty, fishing was focused on perch, cabezon and rockfish.

• HALF MOON BAY — Queen of Hearts, Huli Cat and Riptide got into salmon, but the numbers have only begun to come up. Crabbing was a very viable alternative and some trips became impromptu combo trips in the late morning. Striped bass bit for surf fishers at Rockaway Beach, Linda Mar and Mussel Rock. A 30-pound striper was reportedly caught near Mussell Rock by someone casting a popper from shore.

•  SHELTER COVE Charterboat C’Mon was back to dock by 1:00 p.m., with limits of salmon to 19 pounds for everyone aboard including the crew. Fishing ranged from great to slow, from one day to the next, but overall, Shelter Cove was one of the most promising areas on the north coast. Private boat fish were reported up to 25 pounds.


• BOCA LAKE — The lake is at 38-percent capacity. Try the points out and away from the boat ramp for DFW planter rainbows stocked earlier this season. The dam should be the best bet for a nice brown in the early morning.

• CAPLES LAKE — The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported that the ice was getting slushy all around the lake and ice fishing was over for the season. The lake should thaw by mid-May, if not sooner.

• DAVIS LAKE — The lake is at 68-percent capacity. Trollers were doing pretty well in the top 12 feet around the island and Camp 5 for 16- to 18-inch rainbows using Wee Dick Nite and Needlefish spoons. The dock could be installed soon at the Camp 5 ramp, but construction at the Honker ramp was proceeding very slowly. With a LOT of luck, the Honker ramp could open by May 1. Shore fishing was slow, 2 fish in 3 hours, due to continued spawning activity in the shallows.

• DONNER LAKE — The lake is at 78-percent capacity. With the unscheduled DFW plant a couple of weeks ago, the rainbow trout fishing was still good at the west end from the beach, boat ramp dock, and public piers along Donner Pass Rd.

•  FEATHER RIVER CANYON Flows in the North Fork were perfect, the DFW made two plants, two USFS campgrounds were open—the makings for a great trout opener. Caribou Crossroads Resort will hold their annual trout opener fishing derby open to all ages with a $5 entry. There will be lots of trophies and prizes, plus a big hamburger/hot dog BBQ and a DJ.

• FRENCHMAN LAKE — The lake is at 51-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that fishing was good for shore anglers, trollers, and flyfishermen. The dam, Lunker Point, and Big Cove were all producing. The campgrounds are now open and the local streams will open on Saturday.

• GOLD LAKES BASIN — The road to Gold Lake should have been plowed. Call Mountain Hardware and Sports for the latest conditions at 530-836-2589.

• ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR — The lake is at 97-percent capacity. The trout bite was wide-open for Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service. He trolled a single brown or orange Sep’s grub and caught over 30 rainbows in 5 hours—13- to 14-inch average with a few to 17 inches.

• INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR — The lake was stocked by the DFW this past week. Fishing should be good on both ends of the lake with the recent plant.

• JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR — The lake is at 87-percent capacity. No recent report about road conditions was available, but with the warmer weather of the past week, access could open at any time. Call Mountain Hardware and Sports for the latest conditions at 530-587-4844.



Sly Park Resort reported that rainbow trout and macks were hitting for shore anglers at the first and second dams using Power Bait and marshmallow/worms. Smallmouth bass fishing was good on the back side of the lake using worms, jigs, and tubes.

• LAKE TAHOE — Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported that the mack trolling was excellent earlier in the week but slowed by the weekend. The fish had been hitting well from Dollar Point to Crystal Bay Point at 160 to 220 feet deep. Self felt a move to Tahoe City and 400 feet of water was in order. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing spent this past week trolling the shallows for browns using Rapala Scatter Raps and Flash flies run 10 to 15 feet deep over 17 to 25 feet of water. Nielsen was scoring 6 to 8 browns running mostly 2 to 4 1/2 pounds with the occasional big fish in the 9- to 10-pound class. Diversions to deep water for macks produced mostly smaller fish stuffed with mysis shrimp at 80 to 140 feet deep either trolling or jigging. Nielsen said trollers were picking up 16- to 18-inch kokanee already in the SE corner of the lake using flasher/dodger/bug or spoon combos at 30 to 50 feet deep.

• LOON LAKE — The lake is at 70-percent capacity. The gate still hasn’t been opened by the USFS so anglers can get to the DFW trout stocked a few weeks ago—call the Pacific Ranger Station.

• PROSSER LAKE — The lake is at 38-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The dam and the boat ramp should be the best bets this week.

• PYRAMID LAKE — Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported that trolling was slow—he reported catching 4 fish per day from 3 to 5 pounds. Willie Mathis caught and released a 32-inch cutthroat while casting a red/black spoon from the shore at Pelican. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters said the fishing was slow on all fronts. On a 6-hour trip, he scored 3 fish from 18 to 21 inches trolling bloody frog and rainbow Apex from Monument, Warrior, and Pelican. Molino said the bite was slow due to spawning activity.

• RED LAKE — There was little to report from this small lake. There was open water reported at the dam and a DFW trout plant earlier this year should have made for good fishing.

• SILVER LAKE — The lake is at 71-percent capacity. The lake was open and a boat load of 11- to 22-pound Mackinaws were caught trolling already this spring by a Lake Tahoe couple. It’s time to get out while the big fish are trying to make up for lost time and are feeding heavily.

• STAMPEDE RESERVOIR — The lake is at 42-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Trout fishing should be good around the boat ramp. Kokanee were schooled up near the island and points toward the dam and hitting dodger/spinners or hoochies down to 50 feet deep.

• TOPAZ LAKE — The lake level came up 6 inches this past week after a heavy rainstorm. Topaz Landing Marina was still the only public ramp available on the lake—the County Park was not open for launching. Fishing was still very good with boat limits of rainbows hitting flasher or dodger/worms and Rapalas in the top 15 feet.

• TRUCKEE RIVER — The Truckee River for 1000 feet below the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam is closed to fishing all year. The general section from 1000 feet below the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam to Trout Creek in Truckee opens to fishing on April 26 with barbed hooks and bait and a 5-fish limit. From Trout Creek to the Nevada Stateline, fishing is restricted to the use of artificial lures with barbless hooks and a 2-fish limit with a 14-inch minimum size. Be sure of where you are and what you can use—the DFW will be watching.

• UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR — The lake is at 81-percent capacity. With the road to the dam in such bad condition, it appears that boaters are waiting for the USFS to open the Sunset gate.

• WEST WALKER RIVER — The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFW trout plants this week in advance of the Saturday opener. The river should be solid with rainbows for the opener and flows were perfect. If the sunny warm weather prevails, there might be some color in the river due to runoff.


•  SACRAMENTO RIVER side Interest in sturgeon fishing has waned, but the fish are still holding in lower Suisun Bay for the few fishermen targeting diamondbacks. Grass shrimp, lamprey eel, and ghost shrimp are the top baits, but supplies of grass shrimp have been limited. The winds have limited access for striper trollers to the West Bank, but during periods of less wind, trollers are finding great action with both deep and shallow diving lures. A few sturgeon are still holding in the upper Delta near Cache Slough. American shad are migrating up the Sacramento River, and they have appeared near Discovery Park.



The more protected waters of the San Joaquin have led to excellent striped bass action from the mouth of the river near Antioch as far south as the Mossdale Bridge. Trolling with either deep or shallow-diving lures, swimbaits, top water lures, Rat-L-Traps, and fresh shad are also producing linesides to the mid-teens. Fresh fish are still moving into the system, but many others are starting to vacate the Delta with the water temperatures rising to 70 degrees. Salmon smolt releases are scheduled to occur this week near the Antioch Bridge. Extra-large and jumbo minnows are top baits for largemouth bass in the central Delta. Catfish have shown up near Holland Tract with a variety of baits. Bluegill and red-eared perch continued to be located near Clifton Court Forebay, Holland Tract, and Orwood Marina. Crappie fishing is only fair with medium to large minnows from the access points along Eight Mile Road and Whiskey Slough west of Stockton.


• AMERICAN RIVER — The general trout season opens Saturday and anglers can then use barbed hooks and bait with a 5 fish possession limit. Anglers will no longer be restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks and a zero limit on the North, Middle, and South Forks of the American above Folsom Lake.

• BULLARDS BAR — The lake is at 68-percent capacity. The spotted bass action was still good for big fish. Jason Kincannon of Woodland landed a 10-pound, 2-ounce spot on a swimbait fished 35 to 40 feet deep on a main lake point. Another angler fishing the same tournament won the event with 28 pounds that included two 8 pounders caught on Senkos on points.

• CAMP FAR WEST — North Shore Resort reported that bass fishing was very good. Ron Franks of Folsom caught 45 bass on green pumpkin lizards and Brush Hogs in the Rock Creek and Bear River arms in 67- to 70-degree water.



The lake is 15 feet from full and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week, plus the release of another two pens. Trout fishing was fantastic this past week for both shore anglers and trollers. Limits of rainbows included many 2 and 3 pounders. Bass and catfish were more active with the warming water temp. A 5-pound bass and 8-pound catfish were weighed in at the store. Fishing was good from the powerlines to the dam for boaters and, as usual, the shore anglers slew the fish at the dam, boat ramp, and the Beach.

• ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR — The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported that trout trollers were still catching a few rainbows in the marina and around the corner toward Keystone Cove on flasher or dodger/nightcrawler combos. A young boy caught a 4-pound bass off the family houseboat in the marina.

• FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR — The lake is at 50-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the campgrounds would most likely open by mid-May.

• HELL HOLE RESERVOIR — The lake is at 59-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station said the roads to the lake were clear, boaters were trolling, but no current reports about the fishing were available. The campgrounds should open by mid-May.

• LAKE OROVILLE — The lake is at 52-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi of Paradise reported that bass fishing was still very good with 50 to 65 fish days still the norm, though experienced fishermen could pick up 80-plus fish per day. Senkos (wacky), dart-head worms, grubs, Paradise Tackle Company finesse jigs with single or twin tail trailer, and tubes were working well on walls for post-spawn fish. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits were working well in the mudlines. The fishing was a bit tougher on the spawning flats and in the coves because the fish were moving the baits off the beds and were much harder to hook. The whole lake from the North Fork to the South Fork was fishing well.

• ROLLINS LAKE — The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up lots of 12- to 14-inch rainbows and the occasional brown trout to 18 inches. Long Ravine was good for rainbows on chrome dodger trailing a white hoochies tipped with a piece of worm trolled at 30 feet deep. The best brown trout action was up in the Bear River inlet area toplining a Rapala F9 in BT or RBT colors.

• SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE — The lake is at 84-percent capacity. Trollers were still picking up some nice rainbows off Cascade Shore and up near the inlet. Smallmouth bass fishing was getting better as the water temps warmed on the rocky banks using worms, tubes, and jigs.

• SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR — The lake is full. The Foresthill Ranger Station said the campgrounds would open on Friday in time for the trout opener.

• STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR — The campgrounds opened on April 18. Fishermen were picking up planter rainbows from shore and trolling.

• THERMOLITO AFTERBAY — The lake was at 134.8-foot elevation at press time—86-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that bass were hitting buzzbaits and jigs fished along the tules banks and in the backs of the flatter coves.


• CAMANCHE LAKE — Bass and trout are on the bite. There were 1,200 pounds of trout planted with 600 pounds each going to the north and south shore boat ramps. The top bass weighed in at 12.95 pounds and the top trout was 14.64 pounds. The bass was caught on the main lake and the trout was from the trout pond. Trout trollers had success down by the dam and up in the narrows. The favorite baits were Power Bait, ‘crawlers, spoons and wacky rigged worms and lures.

• DON PEDRO RESERVOIR The trout, salmon, kokanee and bass fishing has been slow, although guides who fish it frequently do much better. Trout and salmon are going deeper 40 to 100 feet. The black bass limits are not easy with most fish being caught from 5 to 25 feet. Spotted bass are all over the reservoir. Jim Small caught an 11.50-pound bass on a Wright Bait wb001r at 25 feet in the main lake. A couple other anglers reported limits of spotted bass in Rogers Creek arm to 3 pounds with WB001s 6-inch worms in about 10 feet on dartheads.

• LAKE MCCLURE — Bass fishing is good but kokanee and trout have slowed down. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said, “The biggest bass caught lately was an 11-pound fish caught on a swimbait.” Mello has been doing a little fishing around Barretts Cove off the bank catching a few bass. A couple trout anglers reported very little action.

• LAKE MCSWAIN Trout fishing is good. Calaveras Trout Farm planted 1,000 pounds of catchable trout on April 16. Victoria Sturtevant at the McSwain Marina said, “Trollers were doing well around the Chimney to the 2nd fence using hammered flashers and ‘crawlers or green Wedding Rings and ‘crawlers. The Handicapped Docks, the Brush Pile, and the two points near the Marina are still producing fish. Anglers have been casting blue and chrome or plain chrome Kastmasters off the bank catching fish. Bait anglers have been using lime Power Bait Balls and ‘crawlers. Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said, “An angler caught a 6 1/2-pound trout upriver with pink and red Power Eggs.” Green flake and orange Power Eggs are catching a few trout off the banks also.

• LAKE PARDEE Fishing was good after the trout plant last Thursday. Rainbow Point, the Mud Hole, the Launch Ramp, Blue Herron Point and Porcupine Point are all good spots to fish. White Power Bait, chartreuse with sparkles, eggs with garlic, orange mouse tails along with ‘crawlers are popular baits. Lots of trollers have been working the Sugar Bowl, the Narrows, Columbia Gulch, Twin Coves and upriver. Three to five colors of lead core, trolling with beaded spinners, Uncle Larry’s pinkies and white/pink hoochies all behind a medium dodger are catching fish. German browns are being caught on broken-back Rapala’s.

• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Kokanee and bass are biting as trout shut down. Limits of kokanee are being caught with somedecent-sized fish for this time of the year. “Pink is always a great color for dodgers and baits, with orange and green producing fish as well,” said guide John Liechty at Glory Hole Sports. Bass have moved into shallow water to spawn, some are staging to spawn, and some have already spawned. Trout fishing is slow.


• AMERICAN RIVER — Low flows and relatively warm water has kept fishing slow here and the nearby striper action in the Sacramento River has pressure low, although the first of the shad has made a showing at the mouth at Discovery Park. No reports of them being up the American yet, though.

• FEATHER RIVER — J. D. Richey has been working on a fish tagging project here, and with the extremely low and dangerous water conditions, he doesn't advise putting a boat in the river. He said, "I have been taking my jet boat out on the tagging project, but it is 'white-knuckle' time out there." They caught several stripers on their first tagging adventure, but overall, there are very few stripers on the Feather.

•  SACRAMENTO RIVER, Knights Landing Shad have made a showing, and one angler caught 21 small males on shad darts, so the run has begun! Stripers also still around but scattered schools. Fish until you find them, then stay on ‘em.

• SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding — Trout fishing has been excellent up here with low flows at 3700 cfs, but fishing pressure is pretty heavy. Expect a lot of fish for a day’s work—Scott Wolcott of Sacramento caught 30 to 19.5 inches on dead-drifted rubber legs under an indicator.

- Western Outdoor News

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