– The lake is 52 feet from full. Collins Lake Resort will make its first fall trout plant this week—a whopping 2500 pounds of catchables and trophy rainbows. The only fish checked in this past week were catfish to 7 1/2 pounds.
Opening week fishing was as spectacular as was predicted! Valarie Taylor at Crosby’s Lodge and her husband Larry fished with a friend on opening day and they caught 15 3/4- and 8-pound cutthroats jigging P-Line Laser minnows at 80 to 90 feet deep at Warrior Point. The biggest fish weighed so far at Crosby’s was a 19 3/4 pounder caught by Todd McCadden of Reno. Crosby’s also weighed in a 17, 16, and a bunch of 10 to 13 pounders!! George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported doing very well on the east side of the lake both trolling and jigging with 3 clients picking up 50 fish to 11, 8, and 6 pounds one day, and 9 3/4 and 6 1/2 pounds the next. Huge bait schools and rolling fish could be seen in the mornings on the surface all around the lake.
•FEATHER RIVER —
The fall king salmon run has been holding steady with around 2 to 4 fish a boat per outing. Lots of spots up and down the river have been good, from Boyd’s Pump, Mosquito Beach, downstream, to Shanghai Bend and Gridley upstream. Steelhead fishing has been good, but you might catch four or five salmon for every steelhead. Use steelhead fishing gear, light lines and break off any salmon.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento —
Salmon fishing was very good last week, but kings are moving through the river in spurts and flying upstream. Verona was very good, with dozens of fish caught each day. Try early morning till about 10:30 and from 4:15 p.m. until dark. The 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 and Verona. Trolling with Kwikfish, jigging with P-line jigs, or casting spinners like Flying C ‘s have all been catching an occasional fish.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
•CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon
– King salmon are stacking up off the mouth of the Chetco in preparation for the rains that will swell the river and bring them in to spawn, but right now, they are staging in the ocean off the mouth where the “Bubble Season” is open, and big fish are being caught, according toWON
Field Reporter and guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing, who has been averaging 4 to 6 kings a day.
•COOS BAY RIVER, Coos Bay, Oregon
– It is starting to become a hit and miss situation on the lower flats of the Coos River, according toWON
Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “Marshfield Channel, which is usually good, has shown us it can be cruel and not hand out many fish at times. Then a couple days later we have happy faces and boats catching as many as 5 Chinooks in a day of angling. The upper forks of this river should fish throughout October.”
•COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Oregon
– With the silver salmon being late this season, it has made fishing in the lower section of the Coquille River remain good longer than residents are used to seeing. “The silvers are hitting a trolled spinner very well,” said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. “Pink in color with a pink skirt or hoochie has been the best for my boat. There’s still a few bright king salmon being caught around the Rocky Point area. Now, upriver in the town of Coquille, there are some Chinook's starting to be caught in fair numbers over the last weekend.”
•ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Oregon
– Action is picking up a little in the middle and upper Rogue River, but you can only keep salmon caught below Hog Creek. Most fish continue to be caught on Kwikfish with a sardine wrap or back-bounced roe. Steelhead anglers can score on trolled crawdad colored plugs or Glo-Bugs with Pautzke Nectar. Nightcrawlers and Corkies also produce action, and some cohos are being taken on shiny spoons, reported Guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass.
•UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork, Glide, Oregon
It is that time of season when most people are thinking of hunting, however this is a great time to walk the banks of the North Umpqua River,” said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. “A few people have been reporting catching hatchery summer steelhead in Glide and all the way up to the fly water line. These excellent fish can weigh as much as 12 pounds on this river.”
•KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
– Fishing has slowed down with some jacks and a few adultD, as well as coho being caught. All must be released and pressure has gone way down.
•KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam
– Lots of those salmon that were being caught in the lower Klamath have gone upstream to Iron Gate Dam, and are being caught on backbounced roe. Some days there are well over a dozen caught.
– Fishing on the Trinity River has been fair to good above Del Loma. Many of the salmon are spawning and not in very good shape, but some salmon are still in good shape. Steelhead are coming on strong now, with fly fishing being good. Red copper John’s and stoneflies have been good dead-drifted under indicators. Back-trolled Hot Shots and Brad’s Wigglers have been good early in the morning.
NORTH COAST LAKES
– Pitching, flipping, and punching Senkos, jigs, punch rigs and plastics were reported the methods of choice in the Rattlesnake arm and the north end of the lake. A few anglers also tossed swimbaits and LVs in these same areas where water depths were running from 4 to 8 feet. Jumbo minnows are now available for both bass and catfish.
– The spoon bite for bass continues to be good for fish in the 2- to 3-pound range. Work 1 3/4-ounce Blade Runner spoons around bait balls in the Narrows and around the Big Island. Drop-shot rigs and Carolina rigs worked on the offshore rock piles and rocky points. If you are looking for a few salmon, head to the dam. Launches are still available at Markley Cove, Steele Park, Pleasure Cove and the Putah Creek. But the free Capell Cove launch is now closed.
• LAKE SONOMA - Covering water with shad imitations should land you a few bass, but the bite backed off with warmer weather. Fish the grass edges in 5 to 10 feet of water with buzzbaits, LuckyCraft BDS3, spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. Trollers working the east side of the main lake toplining white trolling flies 100 feet behind the boat picked up a few steelies to 19 inches, but the heat also sent them down.
– There are not many anglers out trolling these days, as the focus starts to turn to bass fishing. Try some Senkos and Roboworms.
– No changes here, since water conditions have remained essentially the same.
This lake is always a go-to spot in the summer and fall with its cold, clean water and an abundance of habitat and insects. Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high.
•FALL RIVER —
No changes this past week since conditions have remained essentially the same. Water conditions are great and the fishing has been excellent. They don’t call it Fall River for nothing.
•UPPER HAT CREEK
– Fishing here is at its best early in the day before the sun gets high in the sky and then right at sunset. The Power House No. 2 riffle is still worth checking out.
•McCLOUD RIVER —
The river is still blown out due to a massive mud slide on the slopes of Mt. Shasta.
•PIT RIVER —
It continues to fish well. September and into October are high season months here, but bring a staff as the rocks and boulders in here are unforgiving.
– Cover lots of water and target the first 5 feet with crankbaits and spinnerbaits for bass. If you can find shade on hard structure like rock or wood in the afternoon, head to that. Best bet has been the first two and last two hours of the day.
– The lake and ramps are in great shape and the kokanee fishing has been good for fish from 13 to 16 inches. Troll a pink Apex behind a Sling Blade in the channel at the bridge or the coldwater curtain. Or try an Uncle Larry’s spinner with pink and white beads tipped with shoepeg sweet, the long kernel corn you can get in the grocery store. You have to keep the hooks tipped with corn so if you aren’t getting hit check to see if your corn is gone.
– Salmon counts fluctuated between a fish per rod and limits. Most fish came from between Muir Beach and Duxbury.Happy Hooker
hit the rockfish and lingcod hard, fishing up above Duxbury.
•BODEGA BAY/LAWSON’S LANDING
– 10-Mile Beach was the hotspot all week long for salmon. It was a nicely consistent bite for October andNew Sea Angler
really got into it, scoring a fish per rod on average, plus limits of rockfish and plenty of lingcod. Out of Lawson’s Landing, Hunter Hayes caught a 36-pound salmon on a private boat.
chased salmon, scoring better than a fish per rod. Other boats fished rockfish and lingcod. Boats that ran to the Farallones, includingNew Huck Finn
hammered out limits of both lingcod and rockfish. Boats fishing the Marin coast got limits of rockfish and good counts of lings.
– A few boats came back in with albacore, stoking the passions of local fishers. Pacific halibut catches to 81 pounds were reported. When weather allowed, runs to Cape Mendocino were sure-fire tickets for limits of high-grade rockfish and hefty lingcod.
– Boats didn’t see much action, but the charter boats began preparations for the crab opener coming up in November. Surf fishing was fantastic at MacKerricher and Mendocino Headlands. Abalone gathering adventures resulted in some limits. The World Famous Abalone Cookoff is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 11 in Noyo Harbor.
•HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA
–Queen of Hearts
went primarily after the phenomenal rockfishing down the coast at Pescador and Tunitas. Salmon catches off of Pacifica were reported by private boaters.
– Boats went outside the Gate and tussled with salmon. At times the numbers were near limits and then went to a fish per rod. Other options existed and were utilized, such as striped bass or rockfish and lingcod by boats adjusting to the needs of their passengers.
–Flows have gone down to 1,150 cfs, and hopefully will hold at that level throughout the salmon spawning season. But steelhead fishing was okay with nightcrawlers, Little Cleos and Kastmasters, which have been getting a strike or two, Salmon fishing continued to be very slow, but a few dark fish were being caught by flossing fish around Sailor Bar.
– The lake has gone below the 400-foot elevation and a 5 mph is required now. It’s the fall pattern for bass. Fish using your electronics hanging over old rock tailings and river channels at the end of the Peninsula. Fish 20 to 30 feet deep with jigs, drop-shotting and Carolina-rigging. Some reaction bite can be good in the morning.
•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.
•SACRAMENTO RIVER, Woodson’s Bridge
– Salmon fishing was good at times, and lots of limits were being caught with some fish approaching 40 pounds. Fish were even being caught around Grimes and Colusa, but spots above Chico continued to be better. All the older fish at the Barge Hole went into tributaries, and some newer fish are moving in.
•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.
– The Yuba River is flowing at 64 cfs. The lower Yuba below DeGuerre dam has been good in the warmer weather on hopper indicators with a nymph dropper.
– The lake is at 19.9-percent capacity. The inlet was still the best bet here for shore anglers and small boaters in kayaks, canoes or float tubes. For bait, use an inflated nightcrawler or a marshmallow/worm; successful fly patterns include midge and callebaetis imitations.
– The lake is at 71-percent capacity. With colder weather, the trout action was improving, according to John Voss at Caples Lake Resort. Kevin Laird of Fremont and two young ladies trolled flasher/worms at 15 feet deep and caught 4 rainbows to 3 pounds. The resort will stay open until at least Oct. 20 for cabin and boat rentals.
•CARSON RIVER (East, West)
– Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported trout fishing in the East Carson was spectacular this past week with fish to 5 pounds checked in. Alpine County will stock another 1800 pounds of rainbows this week to keep the action in high gear. Both the West and East will be stocked—the amounts dependent on the water flows, which were very low in the West and pretty good in the East.
– The lake is at 54-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported trolling was still producing some limits using the copper/red head Dick Nite or the red-dot frog Needlefish in the channel from the island to Honker Cove. Shore anglers were still picking up 2 to 4 nice rainbows at Mallard on inflated nightcrawlers.
– The lake is at 59-percent capacity. The kokanee trolling was still good for fairly bright salmon using dodger/hoochies at 20 to 40 feet deep. Rainbow trout action was slow with no plants since June. Macks were moving shallower and shore anglers were picking up a few casting Krocodile spoons and Rapalas. Small boaters were jigging a few out in deeper water.
•FEATHER RIVER CANYON
– Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported anglers were still picking up a few nice native rainbows in the North Fork below the Powerhouse dam.
– The lake is at 35-percent capacity. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported he and a friend caught 30 rainbows in 2 1/2 hours trolling a copper/red head Wee Dick Nite 18 feet deep over 23 to 25 feet of water across from the Frenchman ramp. The fish ranged from 10 to 18 inches and they kept limits of 18 inchers!! Shore fishing was good at the dam using inflated nightcrawlers according to Wiggins Trading Post.
•GOLD LAKES BASIN
– Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported that casting a 1/4- or 3/8-ounce Kastmaster spoon from the shore near the ramp at Gold Lake on windy evenings was producing a nice mix of browns, macks, and rainbows to 18 inches. Salmon, Sardine, and Packer were all slow with no DFW plants since June.
•ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 83-percent capacity. This area reopened this past week—the region east of Ice House Road. Not enough traffic yet to get a decent fishing report though.
•INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
– With such good fishing in the nearby East Carson River, few if any anglers were bothering to head up here this past week. Alpine County will stock 1800 pounds of rainbows here in mid-Nov, after the general stream season ends.
•JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Shore fishermen were doing well on rainbows casting spinners in the coves. Trollers were picking up some nice browns on Rapalas near the river inlet.
•JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
– Sly Park Resort reported shore anglers were picking up a few rainbows on the peninsula at the entrance to the Narrows on nightcrawlers and floating dough baits.
- Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported catching limits of nice macks trolling 140 to 385 feet deep from Tahoe City to Crystal Bay Point. The active schools of fish were feeding on mysis shrimp and in fantastic shape. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing was jigging for limits of macks at South Shore using Williamson Raku, Benthos, and Abyss jigs tipped with a minnow. His keepers on Sunday all weighed 5 to 6 pounds. Zack Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported the fleet was mooching for macks from Rubicon to Tahoe City and catching mostly 2 to 4 pounders, and the occasional fish to 8 pounds.
– The lake is at 52-percent capacity. The lake was reopened to access after the King Fire was pretty much contained (as of press time). The Georgetown Ranger Station reported one boater had no problems launching at the main ramp and catching a nice bunch of rainbows trolling a dodger/nightcrawler.
– The lake is at 27-percent capacity. Trout action was slow, but smallmouth bass fishing was good for 2 to 3 pounders using Rapalas, Kastmaster spoons, jigs, worms, and tube jigs at the dam and on rocky points.
– Fishing should be getting better here as the water temp drops and the fish feed heavily to prepare for winter.
– The lake is at 48-percent capacity. Trolling and shore fishing should be improving as the water temp drops and the fall feeding frenzy kicks in.
– The lake is at 25-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported they’d heard very little about any fishing here, since there weren’t any decent boat launching options available due to the low lake level.
– The flows were still low, but the bite was on the upswing in the eastern portion of the canyon from Floriston to Farad using BWO, PMD, and midge patterns. Try a dry/dropper.
•UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 66-percent capacity. This area was still off-limits due to cleanup efforts after the King Fire.
•WEST WALKER RIVER
– George Anderson at the Toiyabe Motel reported trout action was still excellent in the deeper pools located in the canyon south of Walker. Flyfishermen practicing catch-and-release reported up to 100 fish days, with most anglers seeing 20 to 30 fish days and a few rainbows up to 3 to 4 pounds.
MOTHER LODE LAKES
– The bass bite has begun to warm up a bit as the temperatures begin to cool off during the nights. The bass are chasing the shad schools around a bit and anglers have been fishing the boils with topwater lures. Evening and mornings have been the best times.
– Not many reports, but a few anglers were seen trolling by the dam for trout and a few anglers were spotted in and around the river arm fishing for catfish.
•DON PEDRO RESERVOIR
– Live bait has been the best bet for bass around the lake. Few trout anglers have made it out, but as the water cools the fishing should begin to improve.
– Due to the low water levels, all the boat ramps are closed and few anglers are even trying. A few reports of anglers accessing the lake with canoes or other small boats have indicated a decent bite for spotted bass and catfish with live baits.
– The Merced Irrigation Trout Derby occurred over the weekend and the lake was heavily stocked in preparation for it. Trollers did well with dodger/Wedding Ring combinations, while shore anglers picked up good numbers of fish by the marina and handicap dock with nightcrawlers and dough baits.
•NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
– Catfish remain the top bite and anglers have been soaking chicken livers, frozen shad, or anchovies to entice the big cats into biting. The bass bite is also beginning to warm up a bit and anglers are fishing drop-shot rigs or jerkbaits at 25 to 45 feet deep.
– Bass were the main highlight. Drop-shot rigged plastic worms fished in the river arm provided most of the fish. A few catfish were also reported. Twin Cove produced the most fish, but a few anglers found success fishing the coves near the river mouth as well.
– Running low and clear. Most of the river was off limits due to King Fire Closures. Rains this winter will most likely wash huge amounts of ash, debris, and soil into the watershed, creating long lasting problems for the fishery.
– The lake is at 43-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported the fishing was pretty slow for bass. A local bass club held a tournament here recently and only 1 limit was weighed in. The winners, though, had over 20 pounds for 4 fish, which were caught on swimbaits fished deep off main lake points.
•CAMP FAR WEST
– The lake is at 5- to 10-percent capacity. Boaters were doing very well on bass using worms and jigs. Boaters beware when launching off the muddy shoreline past the concrete ramp—4-wheel drive is mandatory.
– The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Rainbows to 5 1/4 pounds were caught this past week on floating dough baits at Hogback.
•FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 33-percent capacity. This area was still closed due to the King Fire.
•HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
– The lake is at 26-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station said this area was still closed due to the King Fire.
•LAKE OROVILLE —
The lake is at 30-percent capacity—down only 6-inches this past week!! Guide Ron Gandolfi reported 100 fish days per boat were still possible here this past week for experienced anglers—even novices were scoring 50 fish on half-day trips. Tubes and drop-shot worms in red oxblood, ayu, and green were still the most consistent producers for mostly 12- to 15-inch spots with lots of 2 pounders, a few 3’s, and a 4 pounder or two. Topwater was working well in the early morning on shady steeper walls and points, and some rocky flats. Lipless cranks were working in the afternoon, but be ready to switch back over to the tubes and worms if the bite doesn’t develop.
– The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported bass fishing was very good using worms, jigs, and drop-shot in the Greenhorn Peninsula area. Trout fishing was slow with a fish or two hitting flasher/worms at 35 feet deep.
•SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE
– The lake is at 49-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at NID reported smallmouth bass fishing was still good with lots of 2 to 3 pounders hitting worms, jigs and cranks at the dam. Trout fishing was very slow. Small boats and bass boats can still launch at the marina ramp, but boaters must use caution motoring away from the ramp. Boaters need to use caution while running on the lake due to shallow tree stumps.
•SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
– Not much happening here with crews still nearby cleaning up after the King Fire which was 97-percent contained at press time after burning 150 square miles of forest.
•STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
– Not much happening here with the campgrounds burned out by the King Fire.
– The lake was at 133.9-foot elevation at press time—81-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was good using Senkos, frogs, buzzbaits, and swimbaits around the tules, grass beds, and isolated trees for 2 to 4 pounders.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side— Salmon fishing continued to improve on a daily basis as more and more fish pour into the Delta on their way north into the upper stretches of the Sacramento River. In lower Suisun Bay, Dillon Point State Park remained the best location in the early mornings with improved action at 1st Street in Benicia in the afternoons at high tide. A pod of sea lions has been marauding hooked fish off of 1st Street. In the upper Delta, trollers are starting to find salmon in the Old Sacramento River with Silvertron or similar spinners while shore anglers are tossing Flying C spinners from Freeport south to Clarksburg. Boats congregate near the Freeport Bridge, and a steady stream of salmon are jigged up with either P-Line Laser Minnows or Slammer Minnows. The big stripers have vacated Liberty Island for parts unknown. Sturgeon fishing in the Pittsburg area continued to improve, but undersized diamondbacks have been dominant. The sturgeon should be gathering in numbers in the deep water off of the PGE Plant.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side— Schools of striped bass are thick in the San Joaquin system, and anglers are advised to use their electronics to locate the schools. Jigging with P-Line Laser Minnows in greens or blues are effective while topwater experts are catching and releasing big fish in Frank’s Tract or Mildred Island with Delta Wood Bombers or similar top water lures. Swimbaits have also been effective for stripers in excess of 25-pounds, and the lure tossers are releasing the big fish. Largemouth bass fishing is solid for numbers, and best action for larger fish is yet to come. Spinnerbaits on windy baits with rip baits on calm days are the top techniques. The threadfin shad schools are thick, and the top lure patterns are shad imitations. Fresh shad is readily available throughout the Delta bait shops from Stockton west to Pittsburg. Bluegill action continued to be excellent 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 fresh or frozen clams, sardines, or fresh shad.
– Western Outdoor News