Fishing Line

Fishing Line: Week of Sept. 22, 2014

TOP PICKS

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AMERICAN RIVER

– Flows continued to be about 1,350 cfs, but they are likely to decrease soon. Steelhead fishing has been picking up, and some fish to 8 pounds were caught last week about one per every two or three outings. Nightcrawlers, Little Cleos, and Kastmasters have been getting a strike or two. Salmon fishing continued to be very slow, but a few dark fish were being caught.



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CARSON RIVER (East, West)

Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge said Alpine County was going to stock the East and West Carson this week with their usual 1800 pounds of 1 to 5 pounders. With low flows in the West, most of the fish will be spread out in the East Carson. Expect a great weekend of fishing. Heenan Lake was producing 5 fish per angler on barbless flies and lures. The biggest cutthroat checked in so far this season was a 28 incher and quite a few 23 to 24 inchers were caught, according to the DFW biologist monitoring the lake.



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SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento

– Salmon fishing has been improving in the Sacramento region, especially around Verona, but it was up and down. Fishing at Freeport was good for jigging, but only in the last half hour before dark. Some limits were being caught, even though the water is still warm and fish are jetting north to cooler water. Fish are being caught at Miller Park, Garcia Bend, Freeport, Verona and others. Trolling with Kwikfish, jigging with P-line jigs, or casting spinners like Flying C‘s have all been catching an occasional fish.



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SACRAMENTO RIVER, Woodson’s Bridge

– Salmon fishing good at times, and some limits were being caught. There were a couple of flurries of action around Grimes and Colusa, but spots above Chico were better.



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SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff

– Salmon fishing has continued to be very good north of Woodson’s Bridge, with the center seeming to be around Hamilton City. And lots of anglers have been getting their limits both on roe and on lures. Weeds and algae are making it necessary to clean lures and bait every few minutes.



NORTH COAST RIVERS

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CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon

– The first king salmon of the year have been caught at the mouth of the Chetco River, a few weeks earlier than usual, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. He said one 40 pounder has been caught already, and that as of Oct. 1, when the ocean season opens off the mouth, fishing should be wide open with some big kings in the mix—some to 50 pounds most years.



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COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Oregon

Marshfield Channel continues to be a zoo of boats,” according to

WON

Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “With all of the king salmon being caught you can still see plenty of skunks from some of the boats being pulled out at the east side boat ramp. Over the last week a little over half of the fish being caught were jack salmon.” Guide and

WON

Field Reporter Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing has returned from Alaska and is now concentrating on this river, also, confirming it’s the “peak of the season.”



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COOS RIVER, South Fork, Coos Bay, Oregon

– Fall Chinook are starting to move into much smaller tributaries of the Coos River system. “Most of the fish being caught in this river are being caught one or two ways: Most widely used are bobber and eggs, which you will find being used by both and shore anglers. The fish are starting to show color. As more fish enter the river we'll start to see anglers trolling with spinners, hoping to caught their next big king.”



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COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Oregon

– More Chinook salmon have been being caught in the Coquille River near Rocky Point. Depending on who you ask and on what day, the answer can be anywhere from good, fair or in-between. “Over the weekend I noticed some pretty good bites,” said guide Curtis Palmer. “They might not have lasted long, so if you weren’t there and concentrating you might not have caught a fish on that day. I personally have seen only a couple fish caught on the outgoing this season, but there have been a couple of Coho caught.”



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ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon

– Indian Creek kings are starting to show, reported guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “These hatchery salmon will be found at the upper end of the bay fluctuating with tides on the flats on the south side of the upper bay. Anglers can get their shot at these fish from boats, as well as from the bank as they access at Indian Creek Restaurant. The first heavy rains will raise the creek and a great portion of these fish will disappear back up to the hatchery where they were raised.”



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ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass, Oregon

– Indian Creek kings are starting to show, reported guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “These hatchery salmon will be found at the upper end of the bay fluctuating with tides on the flats on the south side of the upper bay. Anglers can get their shot at these fish from boats, as well as from the bank as they access at Indian Creek Restaurant. The first heavy rains will raise the creek and a great portion of these fish will disappear back up to the hatchery where they were raised.”



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UMPQUA RIVER, South Fork Roseburg, Oregon

– Closed to fishing to allow salmon spawning.



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UMPQUA RIVER, Winchester Bay, Oregon

– Towards the end of the week there were so many fishing boats on the Umpqua River starting just above the Coast Guard Station continuing on up to Bouy 17 that it was hard to imagine how many fish were being caught. “There were fish being caught, due to a big, fresh school of coho just entering the river,” said

WON

Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “When I asked the fish checker from the ODFW, they said several fish came through, but not as many as you would expect, and there were some nice Chinooks, too. The estimate of returning Coho set by ODFW was about 3500 fish to return to 120 miles of the Main Umpqua River. Those fish will continue an estimated 34 miles up the South Umpqua where they will enter Cow Creek, then up Cow Creek until they hit the foot of the Gainesville Dam. There, at the base of the dam, the Coho will spend time circling and waiting for volunteers and biologists to scoop them up and release them on the other side. With this years extreme drought conditions, these fish are going to have a more difficult time reaching their destination than any one would have imagined.”



TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

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KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen

– Fishing has continued to be fantastic, with lots of adult salmon being caught, although they cannot be kept.

It’s still possible to fish for jacks—three—under 22 inches and two hatchery steelhead. The best fishing has been about 3 miles above Blue Creek.



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TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek

– Flows increased to 3,400 cfs as an emergency measure to prevent gill rot in salmon and steelhead streaming up the Trinity and Klamath rivers. Flows will return to 450 cfs this week and the river should be filled with salmon and steelhead from end to end, drawn upriver by the high flows.



NORTH COAST LAKES

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CLEAR LAKE

– The main ramps at Clearlake Oaks, Redbud and in Lakeport are all still usable. Crankbaits, chatterbaits, plastics, jigs, and topwater baits are all top choices now as well as a drop-shot rigged plastic worm in watermelon candy color. The main ramps in the cities of Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks and Lakeport are all still usable, but boaters need to exercise caution while boating close to the shoreline. The ramp at the State Park is now closed.



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LAKE BERRYESSA

– The spoon bite for bass has been very good with most fish running in the 2- to 3-pound range. Work 1 3/4-ounce Blade Runner spoons around baitballs concentrated in the Narrows and around Big Island. Drop-shot rigs and Carolina rigs worked on offshore rock piles and rocky points. Launches are still available at Markley Cove, Steele Park, Pleasure Cove and the Putah Creek. But the free Capell Cove launch is now closed as of Sept. 15th. King salmon and kokanee have been hitting slow-trolled Apexs in pink and orange and also Wee Tads in white behind RMT silver and 50/50 fusion dodgers.



• LAKE SONOMA - Cover a lot of water with your favorite shad imitations and you’ll pick up some nice fish. Your best bet is to fish the grass edges in 5 to 10 feet of water with buzzbaits, LuckyCraft BDS3, spinnerbaits or chatterbaits.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

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ALMANOR LAKE

– Anglers should stay to the east side of the lake mostly, and keep working the A-Frame, Big Spring, Canyon dam or Rock Point areas for rainbows and the occasional brown and king. Hamilton Branch is still seeing plenty of pressure, due to the inflow.



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BAUM LAKE

– It’s still the summer pattern here, but that’s about to change with an expected cool-down later this week, and when the water cools, the trout move around and begin feeding up for the fall and winter.



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EAGLE LAKE

– The lake is down to 65 degrees, and that has the trout spread out from 5 feet in shallower water to 20 feet over deeper water, and everyone is doing well on trout averaging 2 pounds and up to 2 1/2 pounds, according to Ron Beck of Flying Eagle Guide Service. He has had limits for clients by mid-morning trolling Seps grubs and J Fair trolling flies over 20 feet of water, with the lure down 3 to 5 feet. Others have been doing well over deeper water trolling from 5 feet down to 20.



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UPPER HAT CREEK

– Fish here early in the day or just as the sun is setting for the best action. Work the riffles because of the obscured water surface and high oxygen content, especially near the Power House No. 2 riffles.



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SHASTA LAKE

– Bass anglers need to continue covering lots of water with reaction baits, concentrating on hard banks and not mud banks, since the siltation is dramatic around the soft shorelines, and fish are not there. They’re on the hard banks, especially in the afternoon in shade pockets, according to pro bass guide Jeff Michels. A cooling trend is expected, however, and that will bring up the shad balls, and along with them, every species in the lake. Expect that to happen within two weeks, he said.



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TRINITY LAKE

– “It’s a big muddy pond,” according to guide Mike Elster.



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WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR

– Guide Mike Elster of Mike’s Fishing Guide Service, was on Whiskeytown Sunday and said that the kokanee are still red hot and just starting to turn, getting ready for spawn, but all-in-all, they’re in good shape and should be for another week or two at most. “It’s easy limits down from 40 to 100 feet and the best spots are the Hwy. 299 bridge or the coldwater curtain using anything pink: hoochies or spinners, all tipped with shoepeg,” Elster said.



NORCAL SALTWATER

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BERKELEY

– Salmon action had slowed and then

New Easy Rider

put up a huge count on Saturday and got everyone to looking again. Action was just outside the Gate at the North Bar.

Happy Hooker

kept the numbers up for her passengers, fishing the Marin Coast for rockfish and lingcod.



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BODEGA BAY

– 10-Mile Beach continued to produce salmon for private boaters who had the patience. Many boats turned their attention to the surefire action of rockfish and lingcod. Point Reyes served up fine, full, heavy sacks of rockfish and lingcod for passengers aboard

New Sea Angler

.



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EMERYVILLE

– The weekend bump in salmon action gave some Emeryville boats plenty to do, while others went after groundfish.

Sundance

came just one fish away from full limits of salmon.

Sea Wolf

and

Tigerfish

posted limits of both lingcod and rockfish from the Marin Coast.



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EUREKA

– Pacific halibut were slow to bite. Cape Mendocino rockfish and lingcod made up for the lack of halibut action by packing boats with limits of fish. Jetties and shore spots produced catches of greenling, cabezon, lingcod and rockfish.



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FORT BRAGG

– With salmon slowing down noticeably and rockfish season shut down, boaters options were limited. Commercial guys worked diligently through the jellies to bring up some salmon. PBers caught sanddabs. Some of the best fishing available was for lingcod, cabezon and rockfish from shore at the Mendocino Headlands. Jetty anglers cast snares for rock crabs.



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HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA

– Party boats including

, Huli Cat

,

Riptide

and

Queen of Hearts

, waded into the rockfish and lingcod with great scores through the week. Salmon were caught right outside the Harbor, where they have been in recent weeks, yet in reduced numbers. At beaches near Pacifica, striped bass were caught and from the pier, bigger-than-usual perch were abundant.



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SAN FRANCISCO

– Fisherman’s Wharf boats worked on salmon, sharks or rockfish and lingcod.

Wacky Jacky

got good salmon counts from the Channel Buoys.

Bass Tub

fished sharks in the Bay during the week, then salmon on the weekend.

Argo

fished for leopard and sevengill sharks in the Bay.



SACRAMENTO VALLEY

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FEATHER RIVER

–The fall king salmon run has continued to pick up with anglers catching one per rod, although an On-the-Spot this past week showed that action can be slow, too. Fishing has been good both above and below Yuba City. Jigging has been good in deeper holes on the river. Troll slowly upstream, because the current is so slow. Steelhead fishing has been good, but you might catch 7 salmon for every steelhead.



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FOLSOM LAKE

– The lake is has gone below 400 foot elevation and a 5 mph is required now. Fishing is good in the main part of the lake, with fish hanging over old rock tailings at the end of the Peninsula. They have all kinds of peaks and valleys. Use your electronics to find fish, and schools of pond smelt. Fish 15 to 35 feet deep. The water is very warm, so the fish have gone deeper.



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RANCHO SECO LAKE

– Some nice bass are continuing to be being caught on weightless Senkos close to dark. And even topwater plugs might get a strike early or late. Red-eared sunfish are biting worms under bobbers.



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SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding

– Most folks are concentrating on salmon, but trout fishing continued to be very good fishing nymphs under indicators, and there was a bit of some dry fishing late in the evening.



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YUBA RIVER

– The Yuba River is flowing at 600 cfs. The lower Yuba below DeGuerre dam has been producing some nice trout on small hopper imitations on some days, but fishing might be slow on others.



SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

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BOCA LAKE

– The lake is at 18.5-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported brown trout were staging for the spawn at the inlet.



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CAPLES LAKE

– The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Trollers were still picking up some nice rainbows to 3 pounds on flasher/worms. Shore fishing was improving with the colder nights at Wood’s Creek inlet, the dam and the Spillway. The EID launch ramp was still open for a $10 fee.



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DAVIS LAKE

– The lake is at 55-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported trolling was still sporadic—one day a boater caught 2 limits of rainbows to 4 pounds on red-dot frog Needlefish trolled 25 feet deep in the channel between Honker Cove and the island, the next day only produced 2 to 4 fish, and the day after that everyone was skunked. Bait fishing at the island was still producing 4 to 8 rainbows to 19 inches using floating dough baits at 30 feet deep. Shore anglers were picking up 1 or 2 fish to 20 inches at Mallard Point or Fairview on inflated nightcrawlers. Flyfishermen were only catching a fish or two on stripped woolly buggers and nymphs. The Honker Cove launch ramp, with a dock, will be open until mid-November, weather permitting.



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DONNER LAKE

– The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Kokanee fishing was slow as the fish were turning and preparing to spawn. Rainbow trout action along public piers depended on being in the right place at the right time as schools of fish cruised the shoreline.



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FEATHER RIVER CANYON

– The North Fork was still producing some nice native rainbows for anglers willing to do a little “boonie crashing” in the section below the Caribou Powerhouse dam. The Caribou Powerhouse itself was also kicking out a few nice rainbows.



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FRENCHMAN LAKE

– The lake is at 36-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported shore fishing was good at the dam for rainbows averaging 16 inches. Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said trollers were catching limits of 16- to 18-inch rainbows trolling a Dick Nite 25 feet deep over 30 feet of water across from the Frenchman ramp and 18 feet deep over 23 to 26 feet of water in the channel at Turkey Point.



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GOLD LAKES BASIN

– Rainbow trout fishing was still good using flasher/worms or a Dick Nite at the 4x4 campgrounds at 15 to 20 feet deep. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports said he caught 8 fish to 16 inches there this past week. The mack bite had slowed, as had the fishing in the other basin lakes.



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ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 85-percent capacity. The King Fire burned close to the lake and the roads into and around the Crystal Base were closed by the USFS until further notice.



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INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR

– Windy weather made fishing tough here this past week. Alpine County will stock 1800 pounds of rainbows here in November.



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JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported trolling was good for browns at the Yuba River inlet where they were beginning to stage for the fall spawn. Rainbow trout action was good at the dam and in Pass Creek.



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JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)

– Sly Park Resort reported they were in no danger from the King Fire, though the smoke was bad. Fishing was slow with little pressure since school started.



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LAKE TAHOE

- Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported he was still doing very well for mackinaw, catching limits in 3 to 5 hours trolling from Tahoe City to Crystal Bay Point at 140 to 420 feet deep. His keepers were ranging from 3 to 9 pounds. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported doing well for 3- to 7-pound macks jigging Williamson Abyss, Raku, and Benthos jigs tipped with a minnow along the west side from Rubicon to Sugar Pine at 100 to 200 feet deep. Kokanee jigging was very good using Bomber Slab spoons and Crippled Herring at Taylor Creek though the fish were all “turned”. He’s been releasing the males and keeping the brighter females for eating. Zack Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported kokanee fishing was just about over as the fish have turned—no scales, red/green, hooked jaws—and the fleet would be switching back over to trolling or live bait drifting for macks. Kokanee limits were possible trolling flasher/Wedding Rings at 90 feet deep at Camp Rich.



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LOON LAKE

– The lake is at 53-percent capacity. The King Fire burned to the lake and the roads were closed until further notice, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station.



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PROSSER LAKE

– The lake is at 26-percent capacity. The best bet here was the smallmouth bass fishing at the dam and the nearby rock points.



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PYRAMID LAKE

– The trout season opens Oct. 1.



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RED LAKE

– Not much change here all season—fish the dam or the inlet for small brookies and cutthroats.



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SILVER LAKE

– The lake is at 57-percent capacity. With little pressure on the lake, trolling should be good in deeper water as the fish start their fall feeding binge



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STAMPEDE RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 25-percent capacity. There’s been little pressure here with launching restricted to small boats that can launch off the gravel banks past the high-and-dry concrete boat ramp. The kokanee should be turning in preparation for the spawn anyway.



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TRUCKEE RIVER

– Mountain Hardware and Sports reported flows were very low. With cooler weather around the corner anglers should be seeing some use for October caddis, PMD, and baetis patterns. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported crayfish were in the middle of molting and recommended using crayfish pattern paired with a PT nymph. The water is low, so fish early in the day to reduce delayed mortality in released trout.



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UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 69-percent capacity. The King Fire burned to the lake and the roads were closed until further notice. Before the fire, kokanee trolling was good at 80 feet deep for 14- to 15-inch salmon.



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WEST WALKER RIVER

– George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel reported fishing was still very good with catch-and-release flyfishermen reporting 25 to 30 fish days. Bait and lure anglers were catching a few 2 to 3 pounders and lots of DFW planters in the deeper pools and runs. Flows were low, but the fishing was great.



MOTHER LODE LAKES

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AMADOR LAKE

– Anglers picked up a few bass in the coves and over submerged islands with soft plastics. Catfish anglers soaked chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and dough baits for a few fish.



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DON PEDRO RESERVOIR

– Trollers have been fishing spoons at a fast pace to pick up a few trout, but warmer temperatures have kept the trout action to a minimum. Bass anglers have been soaking live minnows, crawdads, or nightcrawlers for okay numbers of bass.



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LAKE McCLURE

– Live bait has been the best option for bass and catfish anglers. Live minnows and crawdads have been working the best for bass, while crawdads have been the best bait for catfish.



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LAKE McSWAIN

– A plant on the 19th helped boost the fishing for a few days. Trollers did better than the shore anglers. Flashers and nightcrawlers have been the best rig when trolled between the floating restrooms and the chimney.



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NEW MELONES RESERVOIR

– Trout anglers should focus in the deep areas of the lake with baitfish imitations like Rat-L-Traps, Rapalas or spoons. Catfish are also biting for anglers soaking frozen shad, anchovies, or sardines near deep water channels.



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LAKE PARDEE

– Bass anglers did well near the recreation area and in the river arm. Soft plastics in darker colors picked up most of the fish. Trout anglers focused on the far end of the river arm for a few fish.



NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

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AMERICAN RIVER

– The huge King Fire burning between Hwy 80 and Hwy 50 has this whole region shut off. Unless you live here and haven’t been evacuated, stay out to make room for the 5000 firefighters and their equipment.



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BULLARDS BAR

– The lake is at 44-percent capacity with only the Dark Day boat ramp open. Emerald Cove marina reported anglers were doing well on bass.



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CAMP FAR WEST

– North Shore Resort reported the lake was down to 10-percent capacity and the main launch ramp was out of the water. Small boats can launch on the gravel shore near the ramp, but a 4-wheel drive is recommended. Fishing pressure was very light this past week.



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COLLINS LAKE

– The lake is 49 feet from full. Mike Butler at the Resort said fishing was very slow with only a few catfish checked in this past week. Doug Clark of Elk Grove caught the big fish of the week—a 6 3/4-pound cat taken while trolling a Kastmaster in the channel near the dam.



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ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina reported fishing pressure was non-existent.



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FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 34-percent capacity. With the huge King Fire rapidly overrunning all efforts at control, the Foresthill Ranger Station recommended staying out of the whole region between Hwy 80 and Hwy 50, and the majority of that area has been declared “closed” by the USFS anyway. Hunters heading out for the deer opener this weekend should change their plans.



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HELL HOLE RESERVOIR

– The lake is at 29-percent capacity. The King Fire burned up to the lake and overran the campgrounds according to the Georgetown Ranger Station—the region is closed to the public.



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LAKE OROVILLE

– The lake is at 31-percent capacity—down only another foot all this past week. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported the ramps at the Spillway and Bidwell Resort were still open, but strongly recommended 4-wheel drive for both. Bass fishing was very good on the steeper walls and points using Senkos, tubes, and finesse jigs. The reaction bite was good using lipless cranks on shady banks. There was very light fishing pressure with the launching situation. Only have 2-wheel drive? Go to the Thermolito Afterbay where concrete ramps abound.



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ROLLINS LAKE

– The lake has plummeted to 59-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at Orchard Springs Resort reported the Yuba City bass club held a tournament this past week and all 10 boats said they caught 30 fish each. The top limit weighed 15 pounds and the fish were caught on jigs and worms at Greenhorn and Peninsula near the Bear River inlet. Drake dove under the docks this past week to do repairs and saw numerous 4- to 6-pound bass and schools of 12 to 15 inchers.



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SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE

– The lake is at 53-percent capacity. The Resort Store said the marina was closed with the low lake level and all rental and private berthed boats had been pulled out of the water. With no access, fishing pressure was very low this past week.



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SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR

– The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the whole area was very smoky due to the King Fire and recommended staying out of the region between Hwy 80 and Hwy 50.



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STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR

– The King Fire overran the campgrounds and the area is closed to the public.



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THERMOLITO AFTERBAY

– The lake was at 135.5-foot elevation at press time—92-percent capacity.

WON

Staffer Pat Young stopped by the lake this past week and found the water level well up into the tules in the shallower coves, and weed beds were showing offshore. On a Thursday, there was very little boat traffic. Shore anglers at Wilbur Rd. said fishing was slow that day, but reported they had been catching steelhead to 4 pounds on inflated nightcrawlers or marshmallow/nightcrawlers. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company said bass fishing was good and recommended pitching Senkos and jigs to the outside edges of the grass beds and tules for smaller bass. Bigger bass to 5 pounds were deep in the grass beds and required punching a heavy bait into the thick growth.



DELTA REGION

SACRAMENTO RIVER side— Salmon fishing continues to improve from the Suisun Bay shoreline with steadily increasing numbers of fish landed. Dillon Point State Park remained the best location, with as many as 18 salmon taken over a two-day period. The action at Freeport is “on and off,” but six salmon were taken from the shoreline at the Minnow Hole on Sundaymorning. Jigging with P-Line Laser Minnows or Slammer Minnows are producing a few fish. Trolling remained slow with the occasional fish taken on either a Silvertron or Shasta Tackle Scorpion spinner in the Old Sacramento or main Sacramento south of the Freeport Bridge. Striped bass fishing has been consistent from the shoreline in Suisun Bay, and when the wind allows, large linesides can be taken on live splittail or bullheads at the Firing Line or the Middle Grounds. Trolling is producing a solid grade in Broad Slough, but once again, the wind is a factor. The stripers have mostly vacated the hard-to-maneuver stretch of river above Liberty Island, but a few remnant fish are taken on live mudsuckers in the shallows. The normal September pattern of sturgeon stacking up in the deep water off of the Pittsburg PGE Plant is occurring with the occasional legal fish taken on grass shrimp. A few smallmouth are still holding along the rocks in the upper Sacramento sloughs of Steamboat and Miner. Catfish thrive in the Deep Water Channel, and blood or pile worms are the top baits.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER sideSmall striped bass continue to be the pattern, but live bluegill have been producing large linesides in excess of 10 pounds in the Old River. Anglers can catch and release numerous shaker stripers with a variety of techniques including bait fishing with shad, casting with swimbaits, trolling with deep-diving lures, or jigging with spoons. Largemouth bass are active, and spinnerbaits, rip baits, or crankbaits are all effective as well as punching the weeds with creature baits. Fresh shad are readily available throughout the Delta bait shops from Stockton west to Pittsburg. Bluegill action remained very good off of Eight Mile Road, Holland Tract, Bethel Island, or Big Break with wax worms being the top bait. Catfish are plentiful in the sloughs with frozen clams, sardines, or fresh shad in the back sloughs.

– Western Outdoor News

www.wonews.com

sacbee.com/fishingline

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