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Rainbows appear in Lake Camanche

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Huge rainbow trout made an appearance this week in the dam area at Lake Camanche. In this 2005 file photo, Janet Johnston, left, of Fair Oaks and Chris Clark of Carmichael caught two rainbow trout in the creek at Camp Sacramento.
Huge rainbow trout made an appearance this week in the dam area at Lake Camanche. In this 2005 file photo, Janet Johnston, left, of Fair Oaks and Chris Clark of Carmichael caught two rainbow trout in the creek at Camp Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file

Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of July 4, 2016.

TOP PICKS

AMERICAN RIVER

Salmon season opens July 16. Flows increased from 4,000 cfs to 4,450 cfs over the weekend. 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.

LAKE CAMANCHE

Huge rainbow trout made an appearance this week in the dam area for trollers working from 35 to 50 feet in depth with shad-patterned spoons. The rainbows are gorging themselves on shad, and big bows to a whopping 16.55 pounds were landed this week. Bass fishing is best in the shallows with Brush Hogs or Senkos. Catfish are abundant with chicken livers or nightcrawlers. Crappie are holding around submerged structure or drop-offs with red/white minijigs, small minnows, or Kastmasters. Bluegill are biting red worms or wax worms.

FEATHER RIVER

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. Bank anglers near the Outlet will be tossing spinners, or drifting beads. Lots of shaker-size stripers are being caught at Live Oak near the rock dam. Cut sardines, pile worms and minnows are working. Shad fishing is slow. Shad fishing is fair on the Yuba River, but is winding down. Tiny chartreuse grubs fished with 1/16-ounce red dartheads are producing.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento

Salmon season opens July 16. Anglers will be trolling spinners or plugs, or anchoring and running plugs on opening day. 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.

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon

Fishing is slow for sea-run cutthroat trout as the Chetco has dropped to summer levels. Flows Sunday were down to 142 cfs. Anchovies and sardines are being caught at the Port of Brookings.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon

The Rogue Bay began producing good numbers of king salmon late last week, with upwards of 30 salmon caught Saturday and another two dozen on Sunday. Water releases from Lost Creek Dam were cut from 2,600 cfs to 1,690 cfs last week. Flows at Agness dropped from 3,100 cfs to 2,400 cfs, allowing water temperatures to hit 74 degrees. The warmer water is forcing salmon to hold in the bay, which is much cooler because of ocean water coming in on the tide.

ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Oregon

Anglers can now keep wild salmon again below Dodge Bridge. The wild fish are still hitting on back-bounced sand shrimp, roe, and sardine-wrapped Kwikfish. Worden’s Mag Lips wrapped with tuna or sardine filltets are also good, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Best river 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. Lots of hatchery fish are showing 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. Action is also good on Power Baits fished by shore anglers. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. Lost Creek Lake is also producing some good smallmouth bass fishing on Senkos. 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.

RUSSIAN RIVER

Smallmouth fishing from Odd Fellows crossing to Vacation beach in the Guerneville area slowed last week, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle. With the summer dams raising the river levels, fish went off the bite for awhile until they get acclimated to the new surroundings. Smallmouth bite has been better from Steelhead beach in Forestville up towards Healdsburg.

SMITH RIVER

The Smith has dropped to summer-time flows of 457 cfs. Fishing for cutthroat trout has been slow.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook

Trout fishing has been very good between Iron Gate Dam and Interstate 5. Flows Sunday dropped to 987 cfs. Small plugs are working well, along with a variety of flies. Bug hatches are taking place in the afternoons.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp

Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley dropped to 1,420 cfs, good for trout and steelhead fishing. Hot weather has limited the best fishing to first light and late in the evening.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen

Flows on Sunday at Terwer were 4,870 cfs, down another 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.

TRINITY 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 1,620 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. The fish being caught at the falls are running 5 to 9 pounds and are chrome bright, according to anglers who have been fishing there.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE

The Redbud and Rattlesnake arms were the better areas to fish for bass in 7 to 20 feet of water using drop-shotting plastic worms and baits or Carolina rigs deep on rocks and pitching Senkos. Chatterbaits tossed around some of the weed beds on the upper end have also been effective.

LAKE BERRYESSA

Kokanee were found hanging from 50 to 60 feet deep, but with holiday boat traffic few were trolling for either them or trout. Guide Larry Hemphill suggests beating the heat by bass fishing at night with a 7-inch black Berkley Power Worm.

LAKE SONOMA

Bass anglers who got up in the creeks found the best luck pitching jigs and plastics in and around ledges and bluffs in the 10 to 20 feet of water. Not many were trolling due to all of the waterskiers but several campers had lines out with cut bait for catfish at night in 25 feet of water.

NORTHEASTERN LAKES

LAKE ALMANOR

Insect hatches are just getting underway here, with anglers using suspended crickets and mealworms which look like emerging hex larva.

BAUM LAKE

All of the normal summer patterns are working. Try midges and small mayfly nymphs fished under small dry flies or indicators.

BUCKS LAKE

Hit the open water for some trout or big macks. Or try the Mill and Bucks creeks arms for brown and rainbow trout.

EAGLE LAKE

You’ll have to switch things up here and move around in the shallows for a few good fish. The hot water and weather have the trout sluggish.

FALL RIVER

In the evening the hex hatch should be going strong. Fishing is in its usual summer patterns now with something happening all day long.

HAT CREEK

Mayflies or midges will do better here as the caddis are starting to hatch, or switch to a caddis fly now.

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.

MCCLOUD RIVER

The river is fishing well with DMDs and blue olives or try some MDs and some caddis hatches. The best chances for fishing dries comes near sunset.

PIT RIVER

It’s time to start switching over to flies mimicking caddis hatches.

SHASTA LAKE

White Wiggle Hoochie were the way to go for trout. For bass fishing try tubes, spinnerbaits or a Keitech and for crappie small jigs or nightcrawlers. Due to the popularity of this lake for skiers, you may want to head to one of the smaller lakes for now.

TRINITY LAKE

It’s now launchable for small boats but no reports yet.

WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR

The koke and trout fishing continues to be on fire and limits have been the norm. Wedding Rings, broken back Rapalas or Wiggle Hoochies in pink or white are always a good option here.

MOTHERLODE

LAKE AMADOR

Another plant of 500 pounds of catfish was released into the lake on June 24, and chicken livers or dough balls are working for the whiskerfish. Trout action is hit or miss with a few rainbows in the main body at depths to 45 feet or in the back of the lake in the cooler Jackson Creek Arm. Trout dough bait or nightcrawlers are working best. Bass fishing is good with plastic worms around submerged rockpiles. The second annual Carp Spear and Bow tournament will be held in May 2017 to give participants a better shot at the spawning carp. The Moonlighter Bass tournament will be held on August 24.

DON PEDRO

The kokanee bite dropped off this week, but big king salmon and rainbow trout were the rule with guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing finding kings to 5.2 pounds and rainbows to 2.8 pounds running customs spoons on a fast-troll. Middle Bay, the Graveyard, and around Big Oak Island remain the top locations. There is a small window for topwater lures in the early mornings before working the bottom with plastics on the Texas rig or drop-shot. All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 79% of capacity.

LAKE McCLURE

The lake is showing signs of life for all species with the return of the houseboats to the lake. Terry Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported night fishing under lights is producing crappie, bass, and trout. There is a topwater bite in the early mornings for bass before working the bottom with Berserk’s Purple Hornet or Sprayed Grass jigs. Plastics on the drop-shot are also effective for numbers. Live crawdads and large minnows are another productive choice for bass. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction. The lake is releasing water, and it has dropped to 58% of capacity.

LAKE MCSWAIN

The campgrounds were filled for the July 4 holiday weekend, but fishing remains slow with a few trout landed before first light with trout dough bait from the Brush Pile, the Handicapped Docks, or along the peninsula at the Marina. The last trout plant occurred in May. The temperatures ranging from 104 to 109 degrees have not been conducive to sitting on the banks during the daytime.

LAKE PARDEE

Kokanee have been dropping in the water column in response to the warmer temperatures, but most trollers are picking up limits working 25 to 35 feet in the mornings before dropping to 70 feet by the afternoons. The river arm and main lake have been productive locations with micro-hoochies in pink, purple, or green behind a small dodger. Catfish are abundant throughout the lake, and bass fishing is best up the river arm. The two-day Kokanee Power Team Tournament is coming on July 23/24. Information at CIFFI.org.

NEW HOGAN

Triple-digit temperatures have created conditions for boiling stripers in Wrinkle Cove, and 10-fish limits of stripers have been landed on occasion by those casting small shad-patterned lures into the boils or trolling shad or anchovies on a harness in the early mornings. The lake is releasing water, and it is currently at 37% of capacity. The launch ramp is still accessible with no problems.

NEW MELONES

Quality kokanee are the rule, and fat, chunky kokanee are moving deeper in the water column due to the excessive heat. The spillway, dam, and the south end of the lake are the top locations with micro-hoochies, RMT or Uncle Larry’s Spinners, or Apex lures behind a large dodger with a slight bend. Night fishing under lights has been a good technique for rainbow trout, crappie, or bass, as the trolling bite has been slow. There is a window for topwater lures in the mornings for bass before they move into deeper water. Senkos, plastics, or jigs are working once the bass move out. Catfish are found throughout the lake with sardines, frozen shad, or anchovies along sloping banks. Crappie fishing is fair with a few slabs holding in submerged structure. The lake is starting to release water, and it dropped to 26% of capacity with inflow from the upper Stanislaus River.

SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS

BOCA LAKE

The lake is at 73.9-percent capacity. A local reported doing very well trolling for limits of kokanee to 17 1/2 inches using a dodger and pink RGT at 20 to 30 feet deep.

CAPLES LAKE

The lake is full and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fishing was good at the Wood’s Creek inlet.

CARSON RIVER (East, West)

Nearby Kinney Lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Alpine County stocked 1800 pounds of rainbows this past week—750 pounds in the East, 750 pounds in the West, 150 pounds in Markleeville Creek, and 150 pounds in Silver Creek. Flows were good in the West Carson and Silver Creek, high in the East Carson, and dropping in Markleeville Creek. Fishing was good for rainbows to 4 pounds. Alpine County will stock 2 more times in the next 3 weeks.

DAVIS LAKE

The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported trolling and shore fishing was still slow here with 2 or 3 rainbows hitting in 5 hours of fishing one day and zero the next.

DONNER LAKE

The lake is at 98-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Heavy recreational boat traffic here over the holiday weekend made for slow fishing as the trout and kokanee headed to the bottom to avoid the confusion overhead. Get out during the week and/or early in the morning for the best chance at success.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON

The North Fork at Belden was stocked by the DFW this past week. Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported everyone was catching limits of 12- to 14-inch rainbows on salmon eggs and worms.

FRENCHMAN LAKE

The lake is at 42-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported trolling was excellent here with his last trip producing a dozen 15- to 19-inch rainbows in less than 2 hours. He was using a yellow watermelon Needlefish, copper/redhead Dick Nite, and brass/redhead Triple Teazer at 25 feet deep near the dam. Wiggins Trading Post reported shore anglers were still doing well at the dam and Big Cove using nightcrawlers and floating dough bait.

GOLD LAKES BASIN

Gold Lake and Lower Sardine Lake are scheduled for a DFW trout plants this week. Day-time temps in the high 80’s slowed the fishing in the Basin, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden. After the DFW plant, look for big browns and macks to move shallow at Gold Lake to feed on the smaller rainbows. Troll a big Rapala or other trout imitator for a chance at a lunker.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported trolling was sporadic for 10- to 11-inch DFW planters using a Wild Thing dodger and worms at 20 to 30 feet deep. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported catching some of the SMUD/Mt. Lassen stockers on his last trip.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR

Shore fishermen were doing well, but with the heavy plants in the Carson River, pressure was low here.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR

The lake is at 93-percent capacity. The bite slowed here with the heat and heavy holiday boat traffic. Again, get out early for the best chance at success and troll 30 to 50 feet deep with Apex or flasher/worms.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)

The lake is at 97-percent capacity. Boat traffic and hot weather slowed the fishing. Try up in the Narrows at the incoming water for both trout and bass.

LAKE TAHOE

Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported he was catching limits of 3- to 6-pound macks trolling and jigging at Sugar Pine Point in 120 to 220 feet of water. He started the week with a 16 pounder caught trolling a Mag X-Rap on the west side. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing said the fleet was doing well in the early morning mooching live bait on the west side at 180 to 220 feet deep for limits of mostly 2- to 5-pound macks with the occasional 10 pounder.

LOON LAKE

The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported a trip here this past week produced a dozen strikes and 7 landed rainbows—two DFW 10 to 11 inchers and five 14- to 17 1/2-inch Mt. Lassen/SMUD stockers. Daneman was using a Sep’s brown grub with and without a watermelon Side Kick, and a threaded nightcrawler.

PROSSER LAKE

The lake is at 68.1-percent capacity. A few trollers were out in the early morning looking for holdover rainbows. Smallmouth bass fishing was still the best bet.

RED LAKE

Try for small cutthroats at the dam or inlet using worms and salmon eggs.

SILVER LAKE

The lake is at 99.3-percent capacity. The lake was stocked by the DFW 2 weeks ago, so fishing should still be good.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 45-percent capacity. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service reported the kokanee bite was still good for anglers that kept up with the movement of the fish. Look for schools of kokes at 30 to 50 feet deep over 85 feet of water in the Sagehen and Little Truckee arms if the area in front of the ramp doesn’t work out. RMT dodgers and pink RGT combos were working.

TOPAZ LAKE

The lake is full!! Heavy recreational boat and watercraft traffic over the holiday weekend slowed the fishing. Get out during the week in the early morning and troll Rapalas and flasher/’crawler combos 25 to 35 feet deep for a few rainbows.

TRUCKEE RIVER

The Little Truckee River in Perazzo Meadows at Henness Pass was scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The Little Truckee along Hwy 89 was stocked by the DFW this past week. Mountain Hardware and Sports said the flyfishing in the main river was very productive, especially in the evenings with the caddis hatch. During the heat of the day, nymphing was the go-to method.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR

The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported kokanee to 15 inches were heading toward the dam and being caught at 30 to 60 feet deep on Wild Thing dodgers and pink or orange hoochies.

WEST WALKER RIVER

The Little Walker and West Walker are scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Mono County stocked 400 pounds of 3-pound average rainbows on July 1. The first weekend leader of the “How Big is Big” Fishing Derby was John Biven of Modesto with a 20. 5-inch, 4 pounder. Flows were down to 400 cfs from 600 cfs the previous week, so the river was looking good.

DELTA

SACRAMENTO DELTA

The summertime blues are starting to lighten up, and a few large striped bass have been taken from the shorelines with lures or bait. Catfish are abundant in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel or the Port with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Smallmouth bass are found along the rocky shorelines in the northeast Delta with plastics on the drop-shot or deep-diving crankbaits. They drop in the water column as the day progresses.

SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Hot temperatures followed by high winds have created difficult conditions, particularly when combined with the heavy boat traffic on the San Joaquin with the holiday weekend. Bass fishing is solid by either punching the weeds with creature baits under a tungsten punch weight or with frogs on the surface. The occasional striped bass is taken on live bluegill, and frozen shad and mudsuckers are starting to appear in area bait shops. Bluegill are thick in the sloughs with wax worms, red worms, or jumbo red worms along the normal locations of Whiskey Slough, Bacon Island Road, Tracy Oasis, and Eight Mile Road.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

FOLSOM LAKE

The lake temperature hit 82 degrees over the weekend, and it’s 72 percent full. All the boat ramps are open. Trout fishing has been good near the dam for trollers fishing 30 to 35 feet down. 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 355 cfs to 294 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.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa

Salmon season opens July 16 below Red Bluff. Shad fishing has been excellent near Red Bluff, Corning, Hamilton City and Chico as more fish stack up. With cooler water, the shad have yet to spawn. Small 1-inch pink, champagne or chartreuse grubs are working best. A chartreuse jighead with an orange 1-inch grub has been working well. 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 increased from 9,000 cfs to 9,730 cfs over the weekend. Anglers are launching at the Posse Grounds. Salmon roe and crickets are working well, along with size 50 Hot Shots and small spoons. 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. Some guides are reporting good salmon catches closer to Red Bluff. Salmon season opens Aug. 1 between Anderson and Red Bluff.

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.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER

The Middle Fork area was closed due to the Trailhead Fire. The North Fork and South Fork were still open to rafting operations and saw heavy traffic over the holiday weekend, but be prepared for smoke.

BULLARDS BAR

The lake is at 85-percent capacity. Bass pro Skeet Reese reported lots of small bass were hitting drop-shot plastics at 10 to 20 feet deep. The bigger trophy bass were feeding on kokanee at 40 to 60 feet deep. Trollers were picking up some kokanee in the early morning.

CAMP FAR WEST

North Shore Resort reported bass fishing was still good in the Bear River arm using green pumpkin worms and lizards at 10 to 15 feet deep near incoming water. Two Lincoln anglers scored 35 bass one day this week. Avoid the crazy recreational boat traffic by fishing during the week or very early in the morning.

COLLINS LAKE

The lake is 9 feet from full. Bass, bluegill, crappie, and redear sunfish were all hitting worms along the shoreline and around the islands. Trout were deep for both trollers and shore anglers—try at least 25 feet deep. Night fishing off the rental dock was improving for all species including catfish.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR

The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported slow fishing with all the recreational boat traffic on the lake over the holiday weekend. For the best chance at catching a rainbow, get up in the 5 mph zone on the upper end of the lake.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR

The lake is at 89-percent capacity. The campgrounds were full and lots of boats were on the lake, but fishing reports were hard to come by.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 87.6-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the lake was still accessible despite the Trailhead Fire. USFS staff reported the campgrounds were full over the holiday weekend. Kokanee were hitting dodger/pink hoochies at the powerhouse at 25 to 35 feet deep.

LAKE OROVILLE

The lake is at 83-percent capacity—now down over 41 feet! Guide Ron Gandolfi reported his half-day trips were producing 30 fish using topwater lures in the early morning before the sun hits the water, and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Keitech swimbaits on shady rocky walls near incoming water at 10 to 15 feet deep in the upper river arms. Salmon were still hitting dodger/hoochies in front of the dam at 45 to 65 feet deep.

ROLLINS LAKE

The lake is at 97.8-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported bass fishing was good using drop-shot plastics, topwater lures, and crankbaits for fish running 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds. Trout fishing was slow.

SCOTTS FLAT LAKE

The lake is at 93.9-percent capacity. Bass fishing was good around the submerged trees. Trout fishing was slow.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR

With the Trailhead Fire near Foresthill, check with the USFS about the latest conditions for campers. Lake should be accessible and recently planted by the DFW.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR

The lake is at 94.7-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. The campgrounds were accessible and full for the holiday weekend despite the Trailhead Fire. Fishing should improve dramatically after the plant.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY

The lake was at 135.3-percent capacity—91.1-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported frogs, poppers, and Spooks were working well in the early morning on rock banks, grass beds, and grassy points. To avoid the recreational boat traffic, launch at the Wilbur Rd. ramp and fish north of the Hwy 162 Bridge where there’s a 5 mph speed limit.

NORTH SALTWATER

BERKELEY

California Dawn ran a heart-warming trip for veterans through “California Waterfowl” resulting in limits of bass, a lingcod and a halibut. Happy Hooker posted high scores of bass and some were large, such as a 17-pound brute from Central Bay. A 33-pound halibut was caught aboard Golden Eye 2000. New Easy Rider and El Dorado went up the coast for salmon to 25 pounds.

BODEGA BAY

Salmon catches increased through the week and there are big hopes that the bite will develop even further. New Sea Angler took trips to Point Reyes and Fort Ross for heavy sacks of good quality rockfish and counts of lingcod as high as 28 fish. Halibut bit in Tomales Bay near Hogg Island and surf fishers near Dillon Beach scored striped bass and surf perch.

EMERYVILLE

Heather at the landing reported the Emeryville fleet divided to conquer, with some boats heading outside for roughly half-limits of salmon and some boat, like New Huck Finn staying inside the Bay where halibut and striped bass kept people busy and happy.

EUREKA

The 2nd round of salmon season ended strongly, albeit a bit early due to fits of weather. Reel Steel and Shellback were into them and found limits. Private boaters caught some inside the bay, near King Salmon. Rockfish and lingcod bit like crazy for anglers out of all north coast ports when weather allowed boats to get to the fish.

FORT BRAGG

With mid-day scores like 20 lingcod to 23 pounds and 3/4-limits of rockfish, Telstar put in some great trips and other boats did similarly. Salmon began to show up over the weekend and counts were rising. Surf fishers had days when they could fish some of the area’s real hotspots like the Mill and Mendocino Headlands.

HALF MOON BAY

Party boats like Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts and Riptide put in some very successful trips to spots down the coast. Huli Cat ran combo crab and rockfish trips off of Pillar Point. Shore fishers from below Half Moon Bay to all the way well past Pacifica casting the right lures had the times of their lives with striped bass.

SAN FRANCISCO

Salmon fishing was good overall thanks to a nice bunch of fat fish off of Stinson Beach and Rocky Point where the water is protected. Wacky Jacky took salmon to 20 pounds. Lovely Martha fished Central Bay for halibut and bass to 20 pounds. Bass Tub has availability for Bay and coastal trips with light loads. Flash and Flash II caught leopard sharks in South Bay and stripers in Central Bay.

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