Fishing for American shad in the American River
Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of June 27, 2016.
Salmon season opens July 16. Flows held steady all week at 4,000 cfs. Shad are still being caught in the American, although the action has slowed down. Watt Avenue, Gristmill and the Arden Bar area all have been good bets. Tiny lead-headed jigs with chartreuse grubs, or red and white shad darts have been working best for shad. Minnow imitations are best for some larger stripers.
Salmon have been spotted throughout the Feather River as the July 16 opener nears. With much better flows and water temperatures than last season’s opener, anglers are optimistic. Many expect to use sardine-wrapped FlatFish or back-bounce roe during the opener. Some shaker-size stripers are being caught in the Boyd’s Pump area, with a handful of keepers. Cut sardines, pile worms and minnows are working. Shad fishing is slow, although a few fish are still in the Feather. Shad fishing is fair to good on the Yuba River. Tiny chartreuse grubs fished with 1/16-ounce red dartheads are producing.
The kokanee are scattered, but there are quality kokanee to nearly 17 inches and 1.4 pounds possible at depths from 45 to 80 feet in Middle Bay, the Graveyard, and around Big Oak Island, according to guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing. Micro-squid or Apex lures in green, gold, or orange behind a dodger are working for the quality kokes. King salmon to 5 pounds have been taken on small watermelon Apex lures or rolled shad or anchovies coated with scent. Bass fishing is best in the morning with topwater lures before dropping to the bottom with plastics on the Texas rig or drop-shot. All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 79% of capacity.
The lake is at 86-percent capacity—now down 35 feet from full!! Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was tougher with the fast dropping water level. Reaction baits—topwater, crankbaits, and Persuader Image Blade spinnerbaits—were working in the upper ends of the river arms in any available current for fish to 3 pounds. The tube, darthead, drop-shot, Senko bite was tough with the fish only slapping the baits instead of eating them. Salmon trolling was good at the dam and Green Bridge at 45 to 60 feet deep, according to Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service. Brady was catching limits of mostly 14- to 16-inch kings on dodgers trailing green, purple, or white hoochies tipped with a small chunk of anchovy, herring, or sardine.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.
The river is open to fishing, although only sea-run cutthroat trout are being caught. Anglers are limited to artificial lures or flies through August and cautioned to avoid fishing for steelhead smolts, which are currently migrating downstream.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.
Trollers have begun fishing the Rogue Bay out of Gold Beach, waiting for the first fall kings of the year to show up. "There are folks trolling the bay but I haven't heard of any success yet," Larry Cody of the Rogue Outdoor Store in Gold Beach said Sunday. "It could pop any day though." Last year, salmon fishing was good by the last week of June. Most years the bay doesn't get going until at least mid-July. Cody said conditions are good in the bay, and with hot weather inland, kings soon should begin to stack up in the lower tidewater. The water temperature at Agness was 68 degrees Sunday, up from 63 degrees at the beginning of the week. Once it reaches 70 degrees, salmon tend to hold in the bay instead of continuing upstream, according to guide and WON Staff Writer Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Ore.
Things have not changed much here, but starting July 1 anglers can keep wild salmon again below Dodge Bridge. The wild fish are still hitting on sand shrimp, roe, and sardine-wrapped Kwikfish, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Best action has been from the Lost Creek dam to Dodge Bridge. Some summer steelhead are falling for flies, small plugs, spinners, and fly and bubble rigs in the Grants Pass area. There are reports of lots of hatchery fish down near the mouth of the river, so these fish should be coming back upriver soon. Applegate Lake is still producing good trout action on trolled Wedding Rings with flashers. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. Galesville Reservoir is producing some kokanee and rainbow trout on most Power Baits, plus bass on Senkos and small jigheads rigged with Berkley Power Nymphs.
Fishing has been fair for sea-run cutthroat trout near the estuary. Upriver, success is best at first light before people arrive to go swimming.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
Trout fishing has been very good between Iron Gate Dam and Interstate 5. Flows Sunday were a perfect 1,210 cfs. With salmon fies still hatching, dry flies are tricking fat rainbows. Guide Scott Caldwell is reporting a couple dozen hookups per day. Small plugs also are working.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley dropped from 1,860 to 1,570 cfs last week, good for trout and steelhead fishing. Hot weather is expected to return this week.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Flows on Sunday at Terwer were 5,790 cfs, down 1,000 cfs from the week before. Spring salmon fishing was fair last week, with some decent numbers of fish caught to begin the week. Some summer steehead are already being caught, and with good conditions throughout the lower river, fish can be caught well below Blue Creek. July is prime time for steelhead in the lower river.
Although fish are being caught near Burnt Ranch and Grays Falls, the section of the Trinity near Douglas City and Junction City remains too high for effective spring king salmon fishing. Flows dropped to 1,750 cfs on Sunday at Lewiston. Prime levels for salmon are around 1,000 cfs. Driftboat anglers expect to begin targeting spring salmon in the next few weeks, running MagLip plugs with sardine wraps, or drifting roe or tuna balls. The river is still too high for bank fishing on the upper end. Fishing for sea-run brown trout has slowed.
NORTH COAST LAKES
There have been plenty of small bass available on a variety of topwater tackle. The bass are spread out, so cover some ground and look for cooler water. The better fish were bass between 6 and 8 pounds on chatterbaits and drop-shot worms in 7 to 10 feet of water. You’ll also find action on crappie with mini-jigs, cut bait for catfish and a line at the boat ramp due to the holiday, so be patient.
Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes off shallow points and in the coves around bushes. A big group of kokanee were found hanging from 50 to 60 feet deep, but no one could get them to go. Trout ranging from 15 to 17 inches were suspended off the bottom. Head to the shallows by Spanish Flats and at the Ranch House with your Rocky Mountain Tackle (RMT) dodger/worm combos, RMT Serpent spoons, Needlefish and Apex spoons and Pautzke Red Fire Corn and Pautzke Liquid Krill for some nice, fat trout. Another way to beat the heat and also some traffic has been to go bass fishing at night with a 7-inch black Berkley Power Worm.
Insect hatches were going off after the sun came back out. Many anglers are starting to anchor and bottomfish rather than troll, according to guide Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures, who said that the trout are keyed in on aquatic insect hatches, so anglers are suspending crickets and mealworms.
Midges and small mayfly nymphs fished under small dry flies or indicators. There are a few really big browns in the lake, too. Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech, pheasant tails, small damsels, swinging small crystal buggers and a calibrates hatches in a.m. for trout to 12 inches. Most of the larger fish will elude you, but all of the normal summer patterns are working.
Try the Mill and Bucks creeks arms for brown and rainbow trout or open water for kokes and macks. Fish here and you’ll have the place to yourself.
It’s been slow due to warm weather and waters. Trout averaging 2 pounds but up to 3 1/2 pounds were caught, but anglers had to switch up their tackle and move around in the shallows for a few good fish.
The Hex have begun showing with a few here and there in the evening. By mid-month the hatch should be going strong. Try a mayfly spinner fall in the a.m. and in the evening the hex hatch should be strong. Fishing is in its usual summer patterns, with stuff happening all day long. Check in with The Fly Shop in Redding for more ideas.
Salmon flies will get a few but mayflies or midges will do better as caddis are starting to hatch. Once they start, switch to a caddis fly.
IRON CANYON RESERVOIR
Good fishing conditions continue, although the water level can fluctuate quite a bit this time of year. Ideally look for lower water levels that result in the best fishing. This a great option for a weekend getaway right now.
Too high to fish right now.
Try some MDs and some caddis hatches have been spotted with best chances for fishing dries coming near sunset. It’s also fishing well with DMD’s and blue olives.
It’s time to start switching over to flies mimicking caddis hatches.
Gooseneck quickly provided a fat 16-inch rainbow on rolled shad in 45 feet while 25 to 45 feet took 8 rainbows from 15 to 18 inches and 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds for one guide, plus a huge hit at 30 feet on a white wiggle Hoochie that produced a 4 1/2-pound, 20-inch brown trout. For bass fishing try tackle such as tubes, spinnerbaits and Keitech and for crappie small jigs or nightcrawlers.
It’s now launchable for small boats, but wait another week or so until the water level settles down.
The koke fishing continues to be on fire and limits have been the norm. Use pink Apexs and spinnerblades in pink and orange, tipped with Toupee corn or a green bug with a spinner with corn behind Sling Blades for kokes.
Catfish and bass are the top species, but there are still rainbow trout holding in the deepest parts of the lake. Night fishing under lights with small minnows, nightcrawlers, or trout dough bait is producing a few quality rainbows. Largemouth bass are found at depths to 20 feet with plastics on the drop-shot or jigs. A Moonlighter Bass tournament will be held on August 24. Another catfish plant is anticipated during the summer.
Trout are found in the deepest part of the lake near the dam at depths to 40 feet with blade/’crawler combinations or Speedy Shiners. Recreational boating has taken over the lake, and bass fishing has slowed with the best window in the early mornings with plastics on the drop-shot over submerged island tops. Crappie limits have been taken in the submerged trees with mini-jigs or small to medium minnows. Finding the right tree holding fish is the trick. Catfish are holding in the shallows with chicken livers or nightcrawlers.
Not much change at the lake with the level holding at 60% despite water releases beginning in earnest. The bass bite is the same, with topwater lures in the early mornings or evenings before working the bottom with plastics or jigs. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction. The Bagby and Horseshoe Bend ramps remain closed, and they will most likely be closed for the rest of the season.
The lack of trout plants since April has plagued trout fishermen, but a few rainbows are still taken in the early mornings off of the Brush Pile, the Handicapped Docks, or along the peninsula at the Marina. The triple-digit temperatures have further complicated the action. Four of the five planted gold-tagged rainbows have been brought in for the $250.00 reward, leaving one of the tagged rainbows in the lake.
Kokanee remain the top species with the fish in the 15- to 40-foot range in the river arm and in the main lake to the Buoy Line with micro-hoochies in pink, purple, or green behind a small dodger. The fish are scattered, and trollers will need to search around to locate the schools. An electric motor is helpful when the fish are close to the surface. Bass fishing is excellent up the river arm with topwater lures early in the morning, and the spinnerbait bite is emerging. Stoney Creek Spillway is a good location for catfish with anchovies or chicken livers. Two more major kokanee tournaments are scheduled at the lake during the summer.
Kokanee to nearly 17 inches have been landed, but the bite is sporadic, with fishermen working hard for a few quality kokanee. The best action is around the spillway, the dam, and in front of Rose Island at depths from 25 to 40 feet with micro-hoochies, RMT or Uncle Larry’s Spinners, or Apex lures behind a large dodger with a slight bend. Trollers are finding rainbow trout around the shad schools with shad-patterned spoons or blade/’crawler combinations at depths from 25 to 40 feet. Night fishing under lights is another good way to put in a limit. Bass fishing is fair with the spots holding in deeper water. Catfishing is good with several in the 8- to 10-pound range taken on frozen shad, anchovies, or mackerel in the shallows. Crappie fishing is fair at best with mini-jigs or small minnows. The lake is starting to release water, and it held at 27% of capacity with inflow from the upper Stanislaus River.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
Upper and Lower Blue Lakes were stocked by the DFW this past week. Fishing should be very good.
The lake is at 73.6-percent capacity. With the launch ramp in operation, recreational boaters have taken over the lake by late morning-early afternoon. For the best chance at catching any fish, get out early in the morning during the week and troll in front of the dam. Shore fishing was okay at the dam.
The lake is at 99-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort reported the fishing was much improved this past week. Shore anglers were seeing 20-fish days at Wood’s Creek inlet using floating dough bait and worms. Marvyn Hunting picked up a 6-pound rainbow at Wood’s Creek using floating dough bait. Trollers were doing well using flasher/worms and Rapalas. Kirkwood Meadows PUD should stock the lake for the July 4 weekend.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)
Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported Alpine County will stock 1800 pounds of rainbows to 4 pounds this week for the July 4 holiday in the East and West Carson. All the flows were looking good and fish to 4 pounds were hitting salmon eggs and worms.
The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Trolling and shore fishing was still slow—a fish or two a day. Flyfishermen were catching lots of rainbows to 5 pounds during the damsel hatch at Cow Creek with the best action coming at 9 to 10 a.m.
The lake is at 98-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fishing has been slow, but should be good at the boat ramp docks and west end beach after the plant. Small kokanee were hitting dodger/hoochies at China Cove at 25 to 30 feet deep.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON
The North Fork at Belden is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Fishing should be excellent for the July 4 weekend.
The lake is at 42-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported trolling was very good with limits of 15- to 17 1/2-inch rainbows hitting in 3 to 5 hours using yellow watermelon Needlefish and brass/redhead Triple Teasers at 18 to 25 feet deep.
GOLD LAKES BASIN
The previously announced July 5 ramp closure at Gold Lake has been postponed until August 1. Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported trollers were experiencing a tougher bite at Gold Lake with the fish moving deeper into 35 to 50 feet of water in the channel near Rocky Point and the 4x4 campground. Macks and browns were hitting FlatFish, Kwikfish, and Rapalas. DFW planters were hitting better at Upper Salmon Lake than at Lower Sardine Lake and Packer Lake was slow.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported his last trip produced 10- to 11-inch DFW planters using dodger/’crawler combos.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing here was very good with big Alpine County planters being caught all around the lake on floating dough bait and inflated nightcrawlers.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 95.4-percent capacity. Trollers were only picking up 2 or 3 rainbows to 3 1/2 pounds in the early morning before the sun hit the water using watermelon Apex and dodger/’crawler combos at 15 to 25 feet deep, according to Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Denise Cole at Sly Park Resort reported fishing in the Narrows in the 5 mph zone was productive for bass and trout, especially near incoming water.
Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported trolling for macks was good with limits of 3- to 8-pound fish coming in the early morning in just 2 or 3 hours. He was trolling UV spoons and small Sebile or Lucky Craft plugs at 180 to 220 feet deep from Tahoe City to Dollar Point. Mike Nielsen was picking up macks both trolling and jigging at South Shore and the west side at 150 to 175 feet deep. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported good action for the fleet on early morning trips at South Shore and Sugar Pine Point for limits of 3 to 6 pounders. 10 and 12 1/2 pounders were caught this past week on flasher/minnows at 220 feet deep in front of Ski Run.
The lake is at 97-percent capacity. The DFW stocked here a couple weeks ago, so fishing should be good.
The lake is at 68.8-percent capacity. Smallmouth bass fishing was still the best bet here, though some trollers were scratching out a few holdover rainbows in the early morning on small Rapalas.
The trout season closes June 30 and will reopen on October 1. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported his last trip produced 14 cutthroats to 23 1/2 inches trolling Apex at 75 feet deep in 200 feet of water from Warrior to Pelican. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle reported doing well using his Double Flutter spoons in frog colors 80 feet deep at Monument. His last trip yielded 12 trout, 17 to 24 inches, in 4 hours. The boat ramp was still in the middle of repairs.
Try for small cutthroats at the dam using worms and salmon eggs.
The lake is spilling and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Shore fishing should be good at the dam.
The lake is at 45-percent capacity. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service reported great action for kokanee with limits the rule for experienced anglers—some kids were having a tough time landing the feisty landlocked salmon. Netzel said he was slow trolling with RMT pink/purple dodgers and pink plankton hoochies at 30 to 45 feet deep right out in front of the boat ramp. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide service reported catching limits on Uncle Larry orange tiger spinners at 25 to 40 feet deep at the mouth of Sagehen Creek. Both guides reported the kokes measured 13 to 16 inches.
The lake is full and further flooding the river bed to the south of the lake. Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported trout and bass fishing were slower due to the heavy recreational boat traffic on the lake. Shore anglers were only catching 1 or 2 trout per day using floating dough bait and worms. Trollers were getting out early in the morning during the week and using flasher/worms and Rapalas at 25 to 30 feet deep.
The Little Truckee along Hwy 89 is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Flows and water temps were good in the main river with caddis, yellow sally, green drake, PMD, and golden stones all hatching.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 95-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported 12- to 14-inch kokanee were hitting Wild Thing dodgers and pink or orange hoochies at 30 feet deep between the powerhouse and the dam.
WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon were stocked by the DFW this past week and will all be planted again this week. The “How Big is Big” Fishing Derby starts July 1 and runs for the whole month. There is no entry fee and the only official weigh station is the Walker General Store. Mono County will stock 400 pounds of 3-pound rainbows for the July 4 weekend. The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce will stock 400 pounds of 5-pound rainbows this week and 400 pounds of 3- to 4-pound rainbows in mid-July to support the derby. Flows were lower in the West Walker with good clarity and fishing was good for 14- to 16-inch planters using salmon eggs and worms.
Smallmouth bass remain the best bet along the rocky shorelines in the northeast Delta, but there are a number of undersized fish in the mix. Catching keepers over 13 inches is a challenge. Deep-diving crawdad patterned crankbaits, live medium minnows, Senkos, or plastics on the drop-shot along the rocky shoreline in 10 feet of water are working best. There are plenty of undersized striped bass with a few larger fish in the Freeport, Pittsburg, and Benicia areas. Channel catfish are plentiful in the north Delta with chicken livers or anchovies. Sturgeon fishermen are waiting for better conditions.
SAN JOAQUIN DELTA
The triple-digit temperatures and week of big tides has created a challenge for bass fishermen, but solid action can be taken on topwater lures in the early mornings before switching to crawdad-patterned crankbaits along the rocks as the bass are keying on the crayfish. With the hot temperatures, bass are holding under the mats, and punching the weeds with creature baits is effective. Stripers are limited to mostly undersized fish, but bluegill are thick in the sloughs with wax worms or jumbo red worms.
The lake dropped 4 feet last week from 447 feet to 443 feet. The lake temperature remains 75 degrees. All the boat ramps are open. Some trout are being caught trolling Speedy Shiners 30 to 50 feet down near the South Fork. Fishing is best at first light. Bank anglers are using live minnows with slip bobbers to catch bass as well as some catfish. Bass fishing has been good for the boaters, despite heavy boat traffic. The fish are in their post-spawn pattern and are holding in deeper water along the main body. Drop-shot rigs with 3- and 4-inch plastics imitating pond smelt are working well. Most of the bass are being caught 30 feet below the surface.
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has been fair to good. Kastmasters and Power Bait both have been taking limits.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows dropped from 600 cfs to 355 cfs last week. Bait anglers are doing well for planted rainbows around Dunsmuir, where small spinners such as Rooster Tails also are working well. The river has been planted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and soon will receive more stockings by the city of Dunsmuir. Afternoon big hatches are keeping fly anglers happy.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Salmon season opens July 16 below Red Bluff. Shad fishing has been fair to good near Red Bluff, Corning, Hamilton City and Chico. Small 1-inch pink, champagne or chartreuse grubs are working best. Expect shad to be present through June and until early July.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Fishing is now closed from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge, a 5.5-mile stretch. From the Highway 44 bridge to Anderson, fishing for wild rainbow trout has been good. Flows at Kewsick Dam remained at 9,000 cfs the past week. Anglers are launching at the Posse Grounds. Salmon roe and crickets are working well, as are a variety of Glo Bugs. With hot weather, dry flies and nymphs also are getting action, as well as tiny plugs. Many trout have already spawned and are now feeding heavily. The area just below the Highway 44 bridge has been crowded, but pressure eases downstream toward Anderson. Salmon season opens Aug. 1 between Anderson and Red Bluff.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Salmon season opens July 16. Shad anglers have noticed salmon rolling in the evenings, as well as sea lions eating salmon. Shad fishing has slowed. There are catfish in the deepwater channel as well as the sloughs and ditches around Sacramento. Crappie also are present. A few stripers are still around, but many anglers are now waiting for salmon season to begin.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
Salmon season opens July 16. Catfish are being caught near the wing dams below Verona, as well as the Sutter Bypass and at Knight’s Landing, as well as the Butte Creek Slough. Knight’s Landing has been the best bet for bank anglers, who are using pile worms and chicken liver. Cut sardines seem to be catching lots of shaker-size stripers. Small stripers are still being caught at Colusa, Tisdale, Knight’s Landing and Verona. Jumbo minnows, swimbaits and pile worms are tricking what’s left of the spring striper run.
The South Fork at Camp Sacramento was stocked by the DFW this past week. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the river was running a bit high, but clear. There were 100 cars worth of sun worshipers gathered daily at the Hwy 49 confluence—lots of swimming and frolicking, but no fishing.
The lake is at 87-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported the bass bite was slow, but check the bite up in the current in the North Fork. Small kokanee were schooled up in the Willow Creek arm and up in the North Fork.
CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Fishing was slow with all the recreational boat activity on the water, especially in the afternoons and on weekends. Ron Franks of Folsom fished the Bear River arm for 6 small bass this last week using oxblood and orange craws at 10 to 15 feet deep.
The lake is 7 feet from full. Trout to 3 1/4 pounds were hitting worms at the dam and in Elmer’s Cove for shore anglers. Trollers working the dam and main channel were picking up rainbows to 4 1/2 pounds on Needlefish and Kastmaster spoons at 25 feet deep. Bass, catfish, and redear sunfish were hitting worms fished from the shore and the docks.
The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported fishing was slow. Look for some nice bass around the weed beds in Keystone Cove and Black Ravine.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 91-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. All the campgrounds were open.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 90-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported there were a lot of boats on the water trolling for trout and kokanee. The Hell Hole and Middle Meadows campgrounds were open. The Big Meadows campground was still not open.
The lake is at 97.3-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported the bass bite was good for fish to 3 1/2 pounds using buzzbaits. The fish were coming up off the ledges on the Greenhorn and Bear River side of the lake. Trout fishing was slow with no DFW plant since late April.
SCOTTS FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 95.4-percent capacity. A few trout were being caught off the point near the marina by shore anglers. Small boaters were picking up some rainbows in the coves by the marina toward the dam. Look for bass in the many submerged trees located all over the lake.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The DFW stocked the lake a couple weeks ago, so the fishing should still be pretty good near the boat ramp and the dam.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The Georgetown Ranger Station reported there were a lot of campers at the lake. Fishing was slow with no DFW trout plant since early April—this lake needs another plant.
The lake was at 134.6-foot elevation at press time—86.1-percent capacity. Lots of cold water was flowing in from Lake Oroville to slow the bite. The shallower east side bays had warm water loaded with floating algae. Swimbaits and punching the grass beds were both producing some bass.
The striped bass bite was off the charts with many limits taken along with a decent pick at the halibut from Alcatraz and Berkeley Flats aboard El Dorado, Flash II,California Dawn and Happy Hooker. Rockfish and lingcod trips outside the Gate found hungry fish and stuffed sacks full.
Big weather messed up Bodega bay and it was the larger boats like New Sea Angler that could make it out for rockfish and lingcod, posting limits of both rockfish and crabs. Six-pack boats found a salmon per rod down outside of Bird Rock. In Tomales Bay, the halibut bite continued around Hog Island and a bonus 55-pound white seabass was caught on an anchovy. Stripers went on a feeding frenzy after dark in the surf thanks to a surprise grunion run.
New Seeker went after salmon and scored 9 fish to 18 pounds. New Huck Finn went after bass and brought 27 over the rail. New Salmon Queen and Tiger Fishstuffed sacks with rockfish, caught some lingcod and then went inside to play with the ever-hungry bass. Good tides ahead promise lots more of the same and maybe even higher counts.
Salmon action picked up for Eureka, Trinidad and Crescent City boaters. Humboldt Bay is choked with anchovies and there were some salmon catches from inside the Bay. Lingcod fishing was best near Cape Mendocino, but was roaring along at limits velocity out of the other north coast harbors, when weather allowed. High hopes and expectations are pinned on the July 1 opening of the July Pacific Halibut season.
Hare Creek was the hotspot for Telstar where people caught lingcod to 17 pounds, plenty of rockfish and 7 to 10 crabs apiece. A local boat got into salmon in 300 feet of water, 100 feet down on the wire. Surf fishers worked Noyo Jetty and Old Mill for kelp greenling, cabezon, lingcod, rockfish and perch.
HALF MOON BAY
Local trips to Pillar Point were solid producers for Huli Cat. Queen of Hearts and Riptide made runs down the coast and stuffed sacks with lingcod and rockfish. Surf fishers –especially near Pacifica got into the striped bass with fish to 38 pounds caught. Crabbing was very good from boats, piers and jetties in the final week of crab season.
High counts of striped bass and a sprinkling of halibut were the happy stories aboard Bass Tub, Flash and Flash II, fishing Central Bay and the South Tower of Golden Gate Bridge.