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Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of July 11, 2016.
Salmon season opened Saturday, July 16. Fishing was slow near Discovery Park, in part because of heavy flows from the American. Flows held steady at 5,000 cfs all last week. Shad are still being caught in the American, but action has slow. Watt Avenue, Gristmill and the Arden Bar area have been fishing best.
The Feather was the best bet during Saturday’s, July 16, salmon opener, but overall fishing was slow. Some guides connected on bright fish with sardine-wrapped FlatFish near the Outlet. Up to 12 ounces of lead were needed to get the plugs down. Shore fishing was slow, especially with high flows of 10,500 cfs. Most of the salmon caught were taken above Gridley. Striper fishing is good at the Yuba City boat launch, as well as the mouth of the Yuba River, Shanghai Bend, Beercan Beach and Boyd’s Pump. Cut sardines or anchovies are working well. Most of the fish are shakers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Salmon season opened Saturday, July 16 below Red Bluff. Fishing was slow, despite good flows and cool water. The few salmon that were caught were taken on sardine-wrapped FlatFish. Shad fishing continues to be good near Red Bluff, Corning, Hamilton City and Chico. Small 1-inch pink, champagne or chartreuse grubs are working best. A chartreuse jighead with an orange 1-inch grub has been working well.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
The salmon opener was slow, with only a handful of kings reported. Anglers that were successful were anchoring near Verona with FlatFish, or trolling plugs. Striper fishing is fair near Grimes and Verona, with a mix of keepers and shakers. 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.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Salmon season opened Saturday, July 16. Fishing was very slow. 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. Salmon were reported near Freeport before the opener, but no catches were reported on opening day.
The two-day CIFFI Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 23-Sunday, July 24, has been cancelled due to limited participation necessary to justify the large payout. Kokanee action has slowed down, but limits are still possible at depths to 40 feet with bright-colored Apex lures or spinners behind a small dodger. Bass fishing is best up the river arm with brown/purple jigs or Senkos as the topwater bite has slowed. Catfishing is excellent throughout the lake with the best area in the south end of the reservoir or Rainbow Point. Trout fishing with dough bait from a boat at Mel’s Cove has been solid. Bank action remains slow for the planted rainbows.
A 44-inch striped bass was reported on a topwater lure at dusk from a bass boat. The boils are still occurring regularly, and topwater lures such as Zara Spooks, flukes, or Alabama-rigs are working for linesides to 8 pounds. The key is to stay off of the boil and cast into it in order to keep the fish on the surface rather than plowing in with full motor thrust. The lake is releasing water, and it is currently at 35% of capacity. The launch ramp is still accessible with no problems.
The river salmon bite opened with a few fish taken below the Freeport Bridge, either off of the banks or by trollers, but no salmon were reported out of Suisun Bay or near Viera’s Resort on the Old Sacramento River. Stripers should be on their way, and trollers are starting to get ready. Schoolie stripers are thick in both upper and lower Suisun Bay with pile worms, anchovies, or frozen shad. In the north Delta, catfishing is best in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel with chicken livers or nightcrawlers while smallmouth bass remain a viable option with deep-diving crankbaits or plastics on the drop-shot around rocky structure.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER/DELTA
Striped bass are starting to trickle in, and although most range from undersized to 22 inches, linesides as large as 41 inches have been taken on sardines. Largemouth bass fishing is the top draw with topwater lures, frogs, or punching the weeds with creature baits. Current is the key to finding the bass in the warm water. Live bluegill are working for stripers to 27 inches in the south Delta, and bluegill are abundant 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.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.
Flows are at a summertime level of 134 cfs. Fishing has slow for sea-run cutthroat trout. Some crab are being caught in the estuary, along with anchovies, herring and sardines. No reports of any early salmon yet in the Chetco estuary.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.
Salmon fishing was fair on the lower Rogue River and Rogue Bay last week. Lots of fish are in the bay, but windy weather last week limited success. Winds topped 35 mph. Calmer weather is expected this week. Flows at Agness are down to 2,150 cfs, while the water temperature is back up to 74 degrees. Trolling whole anchovies with green spinnerblades are working best in the bay. The water has been extremely shallow at low tide, with lots of moss.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Ore.
More summer steelhead are showing in the Grants Pass area, according to Troy Whitaker, guide at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Shore anglers are hitting fish on nightcrawlers, Puffballs in orange, and copper colored spinners in the old dam area and Whitehorse Park. Some salmon are also being caught in deep holes along the river by driftboaters on Kwikfish with sardine wraps and roe. The upper Rogue is producing some salmon, too. Applegate Lake continues to be pretty good on bass, plus some trout on trolled lures, Senkos and nightcrawlers. Lost Creek Lake has an algae bloom, but is still producing lots of small bass on Senkos and crankbaits.
The Smith was down to 450 cfs over the weekend. Trout fishing has been slow. Salmon won’t arrive until late September.
UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Ore.
The first fall king salmon of the season were caught last week in the lower Umpqua near Reedsport. Silvers are being caught near Winchester Bay, with some hatchery silvers in the mix. Windy weather, which limited success last week, is expected to ease this week.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
Trout fishing continues to be very good on the upper Klamath below Iron Gate Dam. Flows increased from 903 cfs to 1,050 cfs on Sunday, July 17, but were still ideal for fly fishing and gear fishing. There are big hatches in the afternoons, while bait anglers are catching fish all day.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday, July 17, at Seiad Valley dropped from 1,370 cfs to 1,210 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
The river is flowing at 4,000 cfs at Terwer. Fishing has been fair for adult summer steelhead and king salmon. Drifting roe near Blue Creek has been effective. Kings also are milling around the estuary and are being caught on trolled Kastmasters and spinners. Steelhead also have been hitting the trolled lures. The salmon quota doesn’t go into effect until Aug. 15.
Driftboaters are catching kings in the Douglas City area on 4.5 MagLip plugs with sardine wraps. The fish are spread out, as the water is still high for this time of year. Flows Sunday at Lewiston were 1,180 cfs. Normal flows are 450 cfs, but the river won’t drop to that level until August. A few kings are being caught by bank anglers, but shore fishing will get much better as the river drops, according to Tim Brady of Trinity Outdoors in Weaverville.
NORTH COAST LAKES
Conditions may not look good, but the summer bass fishing has been some of the best in years. Not only for numbers but the size has also been good. Anglers are enjoying 60 to 70 fish days with a number of boats reported 75-plus fish days. Try the section below the Narrows fishing areas of rock in 8 to 12 feet of water. Plastics, crankbaits, small swimbaits, jigs, and rattle baits have been popular. No one seems to be targeting the catfish or crappie, but they are there.
The trout fishing slowed a little this past week with the heat but limits of Eagle Lake strain rainbows were still available. Try Apex spoons from 30 to 40 feet deep. For bass target all the main body primary and secondary points with topwater, small crankbaits and plastics from the top down to 20 feet.
Not much pressure here but the focus has been on bass with early morning trips before the watercraft arrive for some pretty good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass to 2 pounds.
It’s typical summer style fishing now. Start out with topwater tackle for bass on main body points and then switch it up with brown jigs and Senkos off ledges in 25 feet. Channel cats to 13 pounds can be found by soaking stink baits at night during your camping trip. Drop down with grubs, Z-Rays or nightcrawlers in that 40- to 50-foot range along the east shoreline of the main body early in the morning for landlocked steelhead to 19 inches.
The hex hatch is almost over and trout are switching to smelt for their main diet. Try running Strike Master Dodgers, with a large mealworm 16 feet back at 42 feet down just outside of the log boom at 60 feet.
It’s the dog days of summer. Try PMDs in the morning and evenings or damsel nymphs during the day.
Fish early for koke action until the sun hits the water and then the bite picks back up around 10 a.m. Best baits have been watermelon or silver dodgers followed by Uncle Larry’s Pink Tiger spinners.
Both ramps are in the water and the trout are looking healthy. Try damsels, leaches and Chuy chubs or maybe a beetle or ant. Another good bite has been for worms on bobbers.
The river is doing well with a few hatches still coming off. Try mayflies and search for the hatches.
The trout bite is slowing down for now as the major salmon fly hatches are done. But don’t worry; there are plenty of other mayflies to keep occupied along with caddis in the evening.
Fishing has been fair to good with summertime stuff like golden stone nymphs and streamers, caddis in the afternoons and dry flies as the sun goes down.
Fishing has been fair to good with damsel nymphs or wooly buggers.
This river is only for the advanced outdoors person and angler, so be careful out there as the waters are still high and fast. Stoneflies and caddis have been working here for the few fishing.
Use lures or rolled shad for quick limits of trout or go catfishing all night with chicken livers and hot dogs. Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes off shallow points and in the coves. Spotted bass are taking flies with a sinking line and little clouser minnow. There’s a good bite and few coming to enjoy it.
Has not been a good option due to launch conditions and lower water levels but rising and conditions change daily but no good reports yet.
Skiers have taken over the lake but if you fish early and late you’ll find trout and kokanee and steady action on the main body on the south side of the 299 Bridge. No Apexs, just spinners and beads in pink or white hoochies with a short 6- to 8-inch leader behind 4-inch sling blades.
The fishing fee has been dropped to $5 for the summer fee with a $10 day use fee along with a $7 boat launch fee. There are still holdover rainbow trout from the fall/spring plants in the deeper portions of the lake, particularly at night near the Blue Dock with nightcrawlers or trout dough bait. Warmwater species of catfish, crappie, or largemouth bass are providing the best action. The Moonlighter Bass tournament will be held on Aug. 24.
Continued great action for holdover rainbows to 4 pounds in the deepest part of the lake near the dam with heavy spoons at speeds from 3.0 to 3.2 mph at depths to 40 feet. Bass fishing is best with Brush Hogs or jigs at depths from 5 to 15 feet with the larger fish found in deeper water. Crappie fishing is slowing down, but the slabs are still holding in submerged trees near Little Hat Island. Catfishing is solid with mackerel or nightcrawlers in the shallows near the North Shore Day Use Area.
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported a slow kokanee bite, but he put client Bill Mechedo of Hughson onto a 6.5-pound king salmon at 100 feet in depth. Smith will be targeting king salmon and rainbow trout in the coming months with the slowdown for kokanee. For bass, there’s a small window for topwater lures in the early mornings before working the bottom with plastics on the Texas rig or drop-shot. The fish are moving off of the shoreline early with the dropping water levels. All three launch ramps are open with the lake dropping to 74% of capacity.
The lake keeps on releasing water, and it has dropped to 55% of capacity. There is a small window for topwater lures in the early mornings before switching to working the bottom with jigs, live crawdads, or live minnows. Crappie are holding around submerged structure with catfishing best along muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, sardines, or mackerel. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction.
Not much change, with no trout plants since May. The campgrounds are filled over the weekends, but fishing has been at a standstill for the past several weeks.
The largest kokanee in the state continued to come out of Melones with quality taking precedence over quantity. Kokanee to 2.4 pounds have been landed this year, and the lake record of 2.8 pounds is in jeopardy. The kokanee are starting to school up. The lake is dropping water, and the bass have moved out into deeper water from 35 to 40 feet. The trout bite remains slow with the fish holding in the deepest portions of the lake for trollers. Catfishing is very good with sardines, frozen shad, or mackerel as the whiskerfish seem to prefer fish baits. Crappie action is heating up with small minnows or minijigs in the submerged trees. The lake is starting to release water, and it dropped to 25% of capacity.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
The lake is at 72.9-percent capacity. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service was still catching limits or near limits of fat, chunky 15- to 16-inch kokanee trolling RMT dodgers and pink RGT’s at 20 to 40 feet deep on the inlet end of the lake. Some fish were already beginning to slip a few scales and develop a kype (hooked jaw).
The lake is at 95.4-percent capacity. Try shore fishing at or trolling near the Wood’s Creek inlet for 9- to 10-inch DFW planters.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)
The East and West Carson were stocked by the DFW this past week with 8- to 10-inch rainbows. Alpine County stocked the East Carson, West Carson, Silver Creek, and Alpine Lake this past week. Silver Creek is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Alpine County will stock another 1,800 pounds of catchable to 5-pound rainbows in the East and West Carson this week. With all this being said and done, it’s no wonder the fishing was excellent this past week with some folks reporting catch-and-release fish counts of 50 to 75 rainbows.
The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Jeanne Graham at J&J’s Grizzly Store reported fishing overall was slow. Flyfishermen were picking up a few rainbows at Jenkins during heavy damsel hatches, and at Grasshopper during evening Hex hatches. Shore fishing at Mallard Point was best for those capable of casting well offshore by either wading out before casting or using surf rods to reach deeper water. No limits were caught, only 1 or 2 rainbows in the 18- to 21-inch class. Trolling was very slow.
The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Heavy recreational boat and personal watercraft traffic slowed the fishing to a crawl.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Trout fishing was slow this past week with no DFW trout plant for 3 weeks - time to stock this popular family fishing spot again.
The lake is at 40-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported trolling was good at 30 feet deep, and shore fishing was best at the dam. Shore anglers need to use a floating dough bait or inflated nightcrawler to get up off the weedy bottom.
GOLD LAKES BASIN
Gold Lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Packer Lake was stocked this past week. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported the trout bite was good at Packer Lake and Lower Sardine, but slower at Upper Salmon Lake. Sardine was kicking out limits of 12-inch rainbows on trolled silver Super Dupers. Flyfishermen were stripping prince nymphs on an intermediate sinker at the outlet. Gold Lake should be good for big macks and browns casting a big Rapala in the evenings after the DFW plant. Remember the Gold Lake boat ramp will close for major upgrades on Aug. 1.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported trolling was slow.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing pressure was very light here with all the heavy trout plants going into the Carson River.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 87.9-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported trolling was good for the 8- to 10-inch DFW rainbows and the occasional 3-pound holdover using dodger/’crawler combos and RMT Serpent spoons at 30 to 35 feet deep.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Sly Park Resort reported bass fishing was good all around the lake using jigs, tubes, darthead worms, and nightcrawlers. Rainbow trout were hitting at the Hazel Creek inlet at the upper end of the Narrows. Some small macks were caught trolling near the second dam and the island
Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported he was doing well for macks to 11 pounds trolling and jigging at 180 to 220 feet deep along South Shore and up the west side. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing said they were running 8 boats most mornings and 3 or 4 boats most afternoons for macks running 5 to 7 pounds. The boats were running the west side from Tahoe City to Rubicon. Kokanee action was just getting started. An exploratory trip produced 10 kokes, a rainbow and a mack on flasher/Wedding Ring/corn combos at 40 to 60 feet deep at South Shore. The kokes were mostly 8 to 10 inchers with a couple 14-inch fish.
The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Guide Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service reported fishing would remain productive here as long as the water temp remained below 70 degrees - it was 66 degrees on his last trip. If the temp stays on the mid-60’s, try a Sep’s brown grub at 15 feet deep on a 100-foot setback for 14- to 16-inch rainbows.
The lake is at 67.4-percent capacity. The smallmouth bass bite was still the best bet going here with no trout plants here since early last year at best.
Fish the dam and the inlet for cutthroats and brookies with worms and salmon eggs.
The lake is at 92.6-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Shore fishing was good near the spillway and dam. Trollers should try around the island
The lake is at 43-percent capacity. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service reported the kokanee bite was still good for 16-inch fish using a RMT dodger and Wedding Ring at 20 to 65 feet deep. The fish were deeper at the mouth of Davies Creek and shallower in Sagehen. Netzel’s last trip produced a 5-pound rainbow along with koke limits.
Heavy recreational boat and personal watercraft traffic slowed the fishing. For the best chance at a few rainbows, get out at dawn and troll flasher/’crawlers or Rapalas at 30 feet deep in the middle of the lake.
Mountain Hardware and Sports reported flyfishing was good from Truckee to Stateline. Yellow sallies, caddis, golden stones, some green drake, PED’s, PMD’s, and sculpin streamers were all working at one time or another. The Little Truckee was good on the upper half toward the Stampede Dam using BWO, baetis, PMD’s, yellow sallie, and caddis.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 88-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported the fishing for trout and kokanee was slow with the warm weather and recreational boat traffic.
WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon are scheduled for more DFW trout plants this week. The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce will stock 400 pounds of 3- to 4-pound rainbows on July 24 to finish out the “How Big is Big” Fishing Derby. The new leader of the derby was Mitchell Marone with a 6.6-pound rainbow caught on salmon eggs that beat out a 4.4-pound rainbow caught by Greg Vierra of Oakdale two days earlier. Anglers were doing very well using bait and spinners. Flows were still a bit high for good flyfishing.
The lake dropped 5 feet last week, from 432 feet to 428 feet. Outflows have ranged from 5,000 cfs to 8,000 cfs. The water temperature was back up to 80 degrees over the weekend. The 5 mph speed limit doesn’t kick in until the lake drops below 400 feet. Trout fishing has been good near the dam and South Fork 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 slowed, but jigging spoons is tricking suspended fish.
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has slowed.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows dropped from 281 cfs to 265 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.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Fishing is closed from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge, a 5.5-mile stretch. The section re-opens Aug. 1. From the Highway 44 bridge to Anderson, fishing for wild rainbow trout has been good. Flows at Kewsick Dam were 10,500 cfs all last week. Anglers are launching at the Posse Grounds. Salmon roe and crickets are working well, along with size 50 Hot Shots and small spoons. 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.
All the forks had normal, clear flows. The South Fork has been stocked a couple times by the DFW. The Middle Fork and North Fork require arduous hikes to reach the water, but they should be loaded with catchable rainbows and some browns.
The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Recreational boat traffic was heavy. Lots of small bass were hitting plastic worms on the points and steep walls. Small kokanee should be hitting in the North Fork and Willow Creek.
CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is at 75-percent capacity. Bass fishing was slow with the water temp in the river arms in the 75- to 79-degree range. Ron Franks of Folsom fished the main body and Bear River and only picked up 9 fish - all in the Bear River on oxblood worms at 10 to 20 feet deep. Recreational boat traffic was crazy most afternoons and on weekends.
The lake is 12 feet from full. Trollers and shore anglers at the dam scored rainbows to 4 3/4 pounds. Trollers did best in front of the dam and in the main channel at 20 to 30 feet deep using spoons and flasher/worms. Shore anglers relied on floating dough bait. Catfish to 10 pounds and bass to 5 pounds were hitting along with lots of crappie and bluegill.
The lake is at 94-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Skippers Cove Marina reported trout fishing was good in the marina for bait drifters, and houseboaters using worms off the backs of their boats. Most of the fish caught were 12- to 14-inch rainbows but a 3 pounder was reported. Recreational boat traffic was getting heavy on weekends.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 84.8-percent capacity and all the campgrounds and boat ramps are open. Trout should be hitting for shore anglers and trollers.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 83.6-percent capacity and Hell Hole and Middle Meadows campgrounds are open. The boat ramp is open. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported shore anglers were picking up some browns at the Rubicon River inlet near the Upper Hell Hole campground. Kokanee should be hitting dodger/hoochies at the powerhouse.
The lake is at 75-percent capacity - already down 63 feet. Bass fishing was tougher this past week with the rapidly dropping water level, heavy recreational boat traffic, and hot weather. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported his trips were only producing 15 to 20 fish up to 2 1/4 pounds, mostly on topwater and lipless cranks early in the morning in current in the North Fork and West Branch, and in the Slot. Persuader buzzbaits and Popping Walkers were the topwater lures of choice - but wait for the pull down before setting the hook. Drop-shot worms and Senkos were working after the sun was on the water, but look for shady banks. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported salmon trolling was still very good for limits of 14- to 15-inch kings at the Spillway using dodger/white hoochies tipped with a chunk of anchovy at 55 to 65 feet deep.
The lake is at 97.4-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported bass fishing was still very good using topwater, spinnerbaits, Roboworms, and Senkos around the rocky points. Trout action was slow.
SCOTTS FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 90.8-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Scotts Flat Marina reported the lake was stocked on Friday, July 15, and shore anglers were catching lots of 8- to 10-inch planters on worms and floating dough bait near the boat ramp.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 90-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported all the campgrounds and the day-use area were open.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 90-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the campgrounds were full. Shore fishing was slow, but trollers were doing better in deeper water near the inlet.
The lake was at 135.2-foot elevation at press time - 90.4-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi fished the lake 2 days this past week and reported the bass fishing was slow with only 2 to 5 fish caught each day. Senkos pitched to the outside edges of the tules and grass beds produced 1 1/2- to 1 3/4-pound largemouths. There were some blowups on Persuader buzzbaits but no hookups.
Crazy-good striper fishing and some nice halibut catches highlighted the week of fishing for Berkeley boats including California Dawn and Sunfish. Happy Hooker posted impressive catches of rockfish and lingcod from along the Marin Coast and limits of bass from the Bay where most rockpiles held hordes of hungry bass.
Salmon showed and though the weather was marginal, boats got into them and enjoyed some decent numbers, mostly from the southern end of Bodega Bay where some of the Bay Area boats joined the local boats. Tomales Bay saw some halibut catches and even a couple of limits caught. Surf fishers got striped bass, surf perch, rockfish and cabezon.
Salmon boats New Seeker and Sundance worked the Marin Coast where there were only a couple of days of a fish per rod and most days were limits of salmon. New Seeker and Tiger Fish tallied limits of rockfish and near limits of lingcod fishing the Farallones or Marin Coast. New Huck Finn and New Salmon Queen ran live bait potluck trips in the Bay for good numbers of bass and halibut.
Scrimshaw made the westward trek of exploration and caught the first albacore of the season at 60 miles. Salmon fishing was as good as the weather would allow, meaning that on days when the boats could get out and work some favored areas, the results were there for Reel Steel, Shellback and others.
Crabbing and rockfishing were easy for shore fishers and not so easy for private boaters due to winds and seas. Telstar made it out and loaded up with limits of crabs, plenty of lingcod to 15 pounds and high counts of rockfish. A few salmon were caught, but better weather is needed to explore those possibilities.
HALF MOON BAY
Lingcod fishing was fantastic for party boats like Riptide, Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts fishing downcoast as far as San Gregorio. High-grade bottomfish such as vermillion bit very well, but the smaller school fish like black rockfish were a bit slow. Striped bass fishing along all local beaches was as good as people can remember and the best action was at night.
Flash fished sharks, bass and halibut inside the Bay, hauling in one halibut that weighed 33 pounds. Flash II fished the Marin Coast for rockfish and lingcod, catching a monster 13-pound vermillion. A 90-pound thresher shark was caught aboard Wacky Jacky during a day of limit-style salmon fishing locally. Lovely Martha saw a 50 pounder come over the rail on a day of shark bites on big baits.