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Salmon action remains slow in Sacramento River

Chinook salmon are being taken by anglers, but action for the prized species so far has been slow in Northern California waters.
Chinook salmon are being taken by anglers, but action for the prized species so far has been slow in Northern California waters. Sacramento Bee file photo

Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of Aug. 1, 2016.

TOP PICKS

CARSON RIVER (East, West)

Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported trout fishing was excellent with everyone keeping limits that wanted to, or doing lots of catch-and-release. Flows were very low in Markleeville Creek and Silver Creek, and dropping rapidly in the West Carson. Flows were still very good in the East Carson. Alpine County will stock again the week of August 7.

DELTA REGION: SACRAMENTO RIVER

One or two salmon are landed daily below the Freeport Bridge with trolled Silverton spinners, tossed Flying C’s, or jigged P-Line Laser Minnow spoons, but the overall action is very slow. The first salmon have been landed in lower Suisun Bay with Vee-Zee or Flying C spinners at the Dillon Point State Park. Striped bass are also showing up from the Benicia shorelines. A few stripers are trickling into the main Sacramento River around Decker Island with trollers scoring with both shallow and deep diving lures. Smallmouth are found in the upper river near rocky structure with Robo Worms or deep-diving crankbaits. Catfishing remains best in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel with chicken livers or night crawlers.

DELTA REGION: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER

Largemouth bass are the top species, although striped bass and sturgeon are starting to make an appearance around Antioch. The first of two large frog tournaments out of Russo’s Marina produced some huge largemouth bass, but the wind slowed down the overall action for frogs, resulting in several teams blanking for the two-day tournament. When the heat is on, frogs and topwater lures near current are the top offerings. Bluegill are abundant in the normal locations in the South Delta with wax worms, red worms, or jumbo red worms. Fresh shad is starting to show up more regularly in Stockton-area bait shops.

NEW MELONES

A huge largemouth bass over 13 pounds was caught and released on a crankbait this week, but by far the best action for bass is found in deep water to 30 feet with a variety of finesse techniques including Texas and Carolina rigs. Big kokanee to over 18 inches are possible, and the average size of fish is in the 16-inch range. Putting together a limit is a challenge, but the best fishing is occurring around the dam, spillway, and Rose Island at depths from 60 to 90 feet with Apex lures or hoochies. Trout fishing has been slow overall, but quality rainbows in excess of three pounds can be found in the main river channel with shad-patterned spoons at depths to 30 feet. Catfishing is solid from the banks with nightcrawlers, chicken livers, or mackerel. Crappie are holding in the submerged trees with minijigs or small minnows on a slip-float rig.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa

Salmon fishing has been slow, but some kings are being caught by anglers anchoring near Verona and running M2 FlatFish with sardine wraps. Charter boats and the coast reported wide open fishing from Eureka to Bodega Bay last week, an indicator salmon could be moving into the river in the next few weeks. Fishing for catfish has been excellent at First and Second Beach at Knight’s Landing, as well as behind the wing dams at Verona. Chicken liver, pile worms and salmon roe are working well. Night fishing has been best. Fish are averaging 1 to 2 pounds, with some topping 13 pounds over the weekend.

GENERAL

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon

Herring and anchovies are thick at the mouth of the Chetco, but salmon fishing is still slow. The best salmon fishing won't start until October. A California halibut was caught from the south jetty of the Chetco on Sunday.

COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Oregon

The first king salmon of the season in the Coos River estuary was caught Saturday by guide Shannon Keys. Salmon fishing generally picks up in late August.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon

Salmon fishing was good at times last week in the Rogue Bay, as warm temperatures near Agness have prevented salmon from migrating above the estuary. Kings to 30 pounds are being caught daily. Strong northwest winds have limited success in the afternoons. Gusts topped 40 mph over the weekend.

ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Oregon

There are plenty of salmon on they way upriver from the Gold Beach area, where fishing has been good, mostly on trolled anchovies. Up here in the middle areas, fish are on the move above Rainie Falls. Fishing is definitely on the upswing for salmon, said guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle. Best salmon action has been on sardine-wrapped Kwikfish, or back-bounced roe in the deeper holes. Steelhead fishing is also pretty good with catches made on back-trolled small plugs like the K-9, Brad’s Wee Wigglers or small spinners. The hot weather has the lakes warming up and the bass are moving to deeper waters. The bite has cooled a bit, but action at Selmac, Applegate and Lost Creek lakes remains fair on small plastics and deep diving crank plugs.

RUSSIAN RIVER

Water temperatures are hovering around 70 degrees with flows at only 100 cfs around Guerneville, but smallmouth bass action has still been decent around Monte Rio and Guerneville for anglers throwing Rooster Tail spinners, diving crankbaits and soft plastics, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport & Tackle in Guerneville. “For the fly fisherman use a sink tip line with streamer patterns such as woolly buggers, woolly worms, sculpin imitations, and clousers. Fish the deep water with structure like cliffsides, rock rip rap, and downed trees or stumps,” said Heemstra.

SMITH RIVER

Fishing has been slow for sea-run cutthroat trout. Hot weather inland has made the areas near Jed Smith crowded with swimmers.

UMPQUA RIVER, Winchester Bay, Oregon

Kings and silvers were caught last week, but windy weather has limited success. Trolling plug-cut herring has been the best bet. The launches in Salmon Harbor and Reedsport are already crowded.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook

Trout fishing continues to be very good on the upper Klamath below Iron Gate Dam, although action has been at first light, before the 100-degree temperatures push anglers off the water. Flows held steady at 936 cfs over the weekend. Stonefly patterns are tricking trout, along with bait fished below divers and small plugs. Salmon are still five to six weeks away.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp

Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley were 1,100 cfs, good for trout and steelhead fishing. Hot weather has limited the best fishing to first light and late in the evening. Fresh adult steelhead have been making their way into the Happy Camp area.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen

The best salmon fishing continues to be in the estuary. Salmon are being caught by trollers dragging Kastmasters and spinners in the estuary on the outgoing tide. Steelhead fishing was hit and miss last week, but many of the adults being caught are hatchery fish. Flows Sunday at Terwer were 2,870 cfs, down from 3,270 cfs the week before.

TRINITY RIVER

Flows from Lewiston Dam dropped to 550 cfs over the weekend and are expected to dip to a normal level of 450 cfs this week. Salmon are spread throughout the river and are now being caught by drift boaters near Douglas City and Junction City and bank anglers at the Cemetery Hole and Bucktail area. Guide Travis Michel helped an angler to a 27-pounder last week. With lower water, roe and tuna balls are out-fishing plugs. Some summer steelhead also are showing in the catch.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE

The last tournaments until September hit the lake over the weekend, but even before that, the bass fishing was excellent for numbers, even though the majority of the fish were 1 to 2 pounds. The mix of fish last week was up to 11.4 pounds, though, so big fish were definitely possible, according to guide Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Bob Guide Service. He put clients on 30 to 81 fish in 5-hour fishing trips this past week.

LAKE BERRYESSA

Best bet here is those big Eagle Lake strain rainbow trout running 17 to 24 inches, and available trolling structure areas at 30 or 40 feet, but keep it above 50 feet for now. Action has slowed a little since last week, but still rated as good by guide Troy Barr of T-Roy’s Guide Service. Bass action requires a switch-up now with summer dog days setting in, according to WON Field Reporter Scott Green, and while topwater will still work some early and late, it’s mostly the use of Senkos, tubes or jigs worked from 20 to 35 feet around ledges, islands tops or main body points.

LAKE MENDOCINO

Still a pretty decent smallmouth bass bite here with bassers drop-shotting 4-inch worms, wacky rigged Senkos and tubes in natural colors for fish to 2 pounds. A few fish coming to topwater baits early and late, but best bet is fishing the points and ledges in the 15 to 25 feet of water range. Waterskiers make the lake tough after 9 a.m. so go early

LAKE SONOMA

Weekends still busy with watercraft with weekday trips a bonus. Channel catfish to 12 pounds are rewarding anglers soaking stink baits in 20 to 35 feet of water in creek channels on a sliding sinker rig. Bass continue to be best early morning late evenings on topwater, jigs and Senkos off main body points. Night fishing with black spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and brush hogs are also a good way to beat the heat and catch good largemouth bass to 7 pounds. Yorty Creek, Dry Creek and Warm Springs arm are good areas to target.Trollers are averaging 1 to 3 hookups a morning for landlocked steelhead to 18 inches. Best bet has been targeting the 35 to 50 feet of water column from the no ski bouys in the Dry Creek arm back down to the dam in the main body. Z Rays, Humdingers or ‘crawlers behind a smaller dodger has been the best bet.

NORTHEASTERN LAKES

LAKE ALMANOR

The hex hatch is almost over and trout are switching to smelt for their main diet. Try running Strike Master Dodgers with a trailing lure, or jigging near the springs with half an anchovy or ‘crawler. Browns and rainbows are in the mix.

BAUM LAKE

Cooler weathe is in the offing, so trout are getting more active. Try PMDs in the morning and evenings or damsel nymphs during the day.

BUCKS LAKE

Fish early for koke or rainbow action until the sun hits the water and then the bite picks back up around 10 a.m. During midday, drop down in depth and head towards the inlet creek. Best baits have been watermelon or silver dodgers followed by Uncle Larry's Pink Tiger spinners.

EAGLE LAKE

Warm surface temperatures made it best to hit the water early, and guide Ron Beck of Flying Eagle Guide Service has been getting on the water before sunrise and limiting by 10 or so. Al Marquant of Santa Clarita, Reid Skinner of Clovis, Tim Trent of Roseville, Steve Eyrich of Stevenson Ranch and Stan Takahashi of Tracy all had their 2-fish limits of fish from 2 1/2 pounds to 3 pounds, 6 ounces. Beck begins with bobber fishing nightcrawlers, then switches to trolling.

FALL RIVER

The river is doing well with a few hatches still coming off. Try mayflies and search for the hatches.

HAT CREEK

The trout bite is slowing down for now as the major salmon fly hatches are done. There are still plenty of other mayflies to keep you occupied along with caddis in the evening.

McCLOUD RIVER

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.

MCCLOUD RESERVOIR

Fishing has been fair to good with damsel nymphs or wooly buggers.

PIT RIVER

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.

SHASTA LAKE

Use lures or rolled shad for quick limits of trout or go catfishing all night with chicken livers and stink baits, or even live minnow that might give you a shot at other species. Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes off shallow points and in the coves. Generally, bass fishing is slow, but spotted bass are taking flies with a sinking line and little clouser minnow. Fish early and late since the water users mess it up big time during the day.

TRINITY LAKE

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.

WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR

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. Try your lures in pink or white hoochies with a short 6- to 8-inch leader behind 4-inch sling blades.

MOTHERLODE

LAKE AMADOR

Triple-digit temperatures have limited the numbers of fishermen and visitors during the past week, but bass fishing remains outstanding with Senkos or plastics in chartreuse around rocky points at depths from 10 to 17 feet. The annual Catfish Derby has been opened to the public, and it will have occurred this Wednesday night. Crappie and bluegill are coming from the big dock at night along with around submerged trees. The fishing fee has been dropped to $5.00 for the summer fee with a $10.00 day use fee along with a $7.00 boat launch fee.

LAKE CAMANCHE

The rainbow trout bite continues to bring trollers from all over as the holdovers are found in the main lake near the dam and the spillway with shad-patterned spoons on a fast-troll at depths from 25 to 35 feet. Speedy Shiners in gold, gold/red, or chrome along with gold Kastmasters are the top lures. Bass fishing has slowed with the hot temperatures, but thre is an early crankbait bite before switching to jigs at depths from 20 to 30 feet. Crappie are holding in the submerged trees near Little Hat Island. Catfish are biting chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or mackerel at night.

DON PEDRO

King salmon and holdover rainbows are the top species with the kokanee action slowing down. The salmon can be found at depths below 100 feet in the deeper parts of the lake with rolled anchovies or shad on a harness along with Uncle Larry’s spinners. The bass bite has slowed in the hot weather, and the best action has been in deeper water to 40 feet with plastics on the drop-shot. Robo Worm’s Aaron’s Magic or Pro Worms Purple Death 124p are good options. The water releases have started, and the lake has dropped to 72% of capacity. All three launch ramps remain open.

LAKE McCLURE

The lake keeps on releasing water, and it has dropped to 51% of capacity. Heavy recreational boating traffic during the daytime along with hot, hot, hot temperatures have limited the number of anglers. There is a topwater bite in the early mornings before dropping to the bottom with Berserk Baits Purple Hornet or Sprayed Grass jigs by 9:00 a.m. Catfishing is 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.

LAKE MCSWAIN

The campgrounds are full, but fishing remains very slow with the hot weather and no trout plants since May.

NEW HOGAN

The topwater bite for striped bass has slowed a bit with heavy pressure from boaters running into the boils. The triple-digit temperatures in excess of 105 degrees have discouraged fishermen from heading to the dry terrain around the lake. The striper troll bite should pick up again in the coming weeks as the fish slow down on boiling on the surface.

LAKE PARDEE

Getting on the lake before first light is the key to landing a limit of kokanee, as the bite dies after the sun hits the water. The best action for kokanee is in the main lake at depths from 30 to 50 feet with Apex lures or hoochies in pink, purple, blue, or orange. The topwater bite has slowed for bass but working the bottom with Senkos or pink worms on a drop-shot rig has been the best technique for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Trout fishing has been slow, but catfish are abundant throughout the lake in the shallows with nightcrawlers or chicken livers.

SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS

BOCA LAKE

The lake is at 73.6-percent capacity. The kokanee bite slowed this past week but limits of 14- to 15 1/2-inch fish were still possible with a bit more work. Trolling dodger/hoochies at 35 to 40 feet deep in the early morning and 40 to 45 feet deep in the late morning was working for successful boaters, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports.

CAPLES LAKE

The lake is at 84.4-percent capacity. Caples Lake Resort was open with lodging, boat rentals, and store. The EID boat launch facility was open. The best fishing reports came in from the Wood’s Creek inlet.

DAVIS LAKE

The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported trolling had improved with his last trip producing 5 rainbows, 12 to 17 inches, using red dot frog and metallic watermelon Needlefish and a copper/redhead Wee Dick Nite at 25 feet deep between Honker Cove and Mallard Point.

DONNER LAKE

The lake is at 90-percent capacity. With the hot weather and heavy recreational boat traffic, fishing was slower. Early morning trips for small kokanee and macks were producing in the China Cove to Loch Leven area at 40 to 50 feet deep for the kokes and 80 to 140 feet deep for the macks. Shore fishing was tough.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON

Without a DFW trout plant for over a month, the fishing was slow.

FRENCHMAN LAKE

The lake is at 38-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported “killer action” for limits of 17-inch rainbows. Trolling metallic watermelon and yellow watermelon Needlefish 25 feet deep in 40 to 50 feet of water north of the dam produced the best. Be aware that with the water level dropping, launching larger boats could become impossible--12- to 14-foot aluminum boats may be able to launch. The boat dock may be removed, but pushing it out into the water further would allow better access for the smaller boats still able to launch.

GOLD LAKES BASIN

Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported the trout fishing at Lower Sardine Lake and Packer Lake was still better than at Upper Salmon Lake. Trollers were catching near-limits of 10- to 14-inch planters at 15 to 20 feet deep at Sardine. The boat ramp and campgrounds were closed at Gold Lake, but small boats could still launch off a primitive ramp at the outlet. The Gold Lake campgrounds were closed so go to Goose Lake, Snag Lake, and Haven Lake to camp, but bring your own water.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 87-percent capacity. The hot weather and heavy recreational boat traffic slowed the fishing.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR

With wide-open trout action in the East Carson, fishing pressure was very low here.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR

The lake is at 82.3-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported fishing was slower due to the heat. Look for rainbows at 30 to 50 feet deep.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)

The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported fishing was very slow here--a friend fished the lake 3 times without a strike!! Sly Park Resort said some bass and trout were caught up in the Narrows near the Hazel Creek inlet.

LAKE TAHOE

Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported he was working hard for limits of macks to 8 pounds trolling between Tahoe City and Crystal Bay Point. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing said their boats were running combo trips trolling for kokanee and macks over deep water along South Shore from Ski Run to Camp Rich. The kokes were hitting flasher/Wedding Rings at 40 to 110 feet deep and running 10 to 14 inches. 10-man loads were only scoring 15 to 30 kokanee and 7 to 13 macks in the 4- to 7-pound class. The macks were under the kokanee at 150 to 200 feet deep and hitting dodger/minnows.

LOON LAKE

The lake is at 82-percent capacity. The heat and boat traffic made this lake a poor choice.

PROSSER LAKE

The lake is at 65.4-percent capacity. Kayakers were picking up a few smallmouth bass off the dam using tubes, worms, and jigs in crawdad colors.

RED LAKE

Few reports available from here. Try the dam and inlet for cutthroats and brookies using worms and salmon eggs.

SILVER LAKE

The lake is at 85.1-percent capacity. The DFW stocked the lake a couple weeks ago, so there should be some action off the dam for shore anglers. Trollers need to look for incoming water.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 40-percent capacity. The kokanee bite here was sporadic with fish far and few between but they were nice 16 to 17 inchers.

TOPAZ LAKE

The lake dropped 9 feet in July, but there was still 20 feet of water in the Topaz Landing Marina. With the heat and boat traffic, fishing overall was very slow for bass and trout, according to Chuck Fields.

TRUCKEE RIVER

Mountain Hardware and Sports reported the crawfish were molting and big trout were seeking them out, so crawdad patterns dredged through the deeper pools were working. Golden and yellow stones, and caddis were all working.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR

The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Fishing was slow with the heat and boat traffic according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service.

WEST WALKER RIVER

The Little Walker River and West Walker River at Pickel Meadows and the canyon were scheduled for their weekly DFW trout plants. Ty Bryson of Twain Harte caught an 8.6-pound rainbow on a white jig in a deep hole below the Chris Flat Campground to lead the “How Big is Big” Fishing Derby by 2 pounds—the derby ended July 31 at 8 p.m. after press time, but it should be safe to say that he won the event! Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported anglers were doing very well catching limits daily on bait, lures, and flies. The “Size Doesn’t Matter” Fishing Derby will be held August 12-14. 50 tagged fish will be released worth great prizes.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

AMERICAN RIVER

Salmon fishing has been slow. A few large stripers have been reported. Shad fishing appears to be over for the season. Flows held steady at 5,050 cfs all last week.

FEATHER RIVER

A few salmon are being caught by bank anglers tossing Blue Fox spinners. The Outlet is seeing the majority of the effort. Boaters are catching some kings on plugs near the Outlet, but overall action is slow. Striper fishing has been hot near the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers, with lots of shakers and keepers between 24 and 26 inches. Boat and bank anglers are catching fish. Artificial lures, such as scrounger heads with flukes, or swimbaits, are working well. Fly fishing for stripers has been good in the mornings on the Yuba River.

FOLSOM LAKE

The lake is dropping a foot a day and was down to 415 feet on Sunday evening. The water temperature was 83 degrees on Sunday. The Granite Bay, Brown’s Ravine and Folsom Point ramps are open. Rattlesnake and Peninsula are closed. Trout and landlocked salmon fishing has slowed. Bass anglers are fishing suspended fish on the offshore rockpiles, 25 to 35 feet down. Drop-shot rigs with 3-inch plastics are working best.

RANCHO SECO LAKE

Trout fishing has slowed.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir

Flows held steady last week at 227 cfs at the Delta gauge. 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, Red Bluff to Colusa

Salmon fishing has been slow since the July 16 opener below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Some kings were caught last week on T55 FlatFish below Red Bluff. Anglers expect fresh salmon to move into the Woodson Bridge area in the next few weeks, as reports out of San Francisco and Bodega Bay were very good in July.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff

Fishing re-opened from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge on Aug. 1. Trout fishing has already been good below Highway 44 and was expected to be wide open this week. Roe and crickets are working for bait fishermen, while fly anglers are enjoying afternoon hatches. Salmon fishing also opened between Red Bluff and Anderson, with fishing now allowed at the Barge Hole. Flows at Kewsick Dam were 10,500 cfs all last week.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento

Some kings are being caught near Freeport and Garcia Bend on jig as well as M2 FlatFish or K14 Kwikfish with sardine wraps. Flying C spinners also are tricking some salmon. Catfish are being caught near the Port of Sacramento. Striper fishing is slow at Discovery Park and Miller Park.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER

The river was flowing nicely but it was HOT and lots of rafters were on the Middle Fork and South Fork. The best fishing was at the end of the trails down to the deeper holes on the North Fork above Foresthill, and below French Meadows Reservoir on the Middle Fork.

BULLARDS BAR

The lake is at 77-percent capacity. The DFW recently stocked 70,000 fingerling kokanee in the lake, so the trophy spotted bass population will be well fed!! Fishing overall was slow due to the heat wave that hit the North State this past week and recreational boat traffic was very heavy. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported that trollers getting out EARLY were catching limits of 11-inch kokanee near the dam at 45 to 55 feet deep.

CAMP FAR WEST

The lake was at 70-percent capacity. The triple-digit heat slowed fishing to a crawl and recreational boat traffic was very heavy. You might try night fishing for catfish using sardines, anchovies, mackerel, or chicken livers.

COLLINS LAKE

The lake is 13 feet from full. Catfish were the name of the game here this past week with the blistering hot weather. Catfish to 7 3/4 pounds were caught on a variety of baits. Only one trout was weighed but it was a good one—a 5 1/2 pounder caught at the dam on floating dough bait. Kids did well on bluegill off the docks using worms.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR

The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported recreational boat traffic on the lake was very heat with the hot weather. Fishing was very slow.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR

The lake is at 81.6-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported all the campgrounds and boat ramps were open. Fishing reports were hard to come by, but trollers getting out in the early morning should be able to pick up a few trout in deep water.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 76.4-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported all the campgrounds and the boat ramp were open. Anglers fishing the Rubicon River inlet were catching 12- to 16-inch rainbows.

LAKE OROVILLE

The lake is at 67-percent capacity—down 85 feet!!! Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was tougher with anglers catching 15 to 25 fish on half-day trips depending on experience. The topwater bite was good early, and lipless crankbaits were working well. Keitech swimbaits worked close to the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water were picking up bass that were gorging on pond smelt. Steep walls, points, and flat with sharp drop-offs in the shade were producing in the West Branch and upper North Fork. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported trolling for king salmon was tougher but his clients were still scoring limits of 14- to 15 1/2-inch fish on dodger/ hoochies at the Green Bridge and Bidwell Point at 55 to 65 feet deep.

ROLLINS LAKE

The lake is at 97.2-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported the topwater bass bite had slowed but wacky weighted Senkos and drop-shot morning dawn worms were working near Greenhorn. An angler caught a 7- to 8-pound spot on topwater off the jetty at the Bear River inlet. An 8-pound catfish was caught by a troller on a flasher/worm combo targeting trout.

SCOTTS FLAT LAKE

The lake is at 76.4-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at NID reported anglers were picking up a few small planter rainbows and some nice smallmouth bass. Recreational boat traffic was very heavy with the hot weather.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR

The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the lake still had plenty of water and the campground and day-use area were open. Fishing was slow with the hot weather and no recent DFW trout plant.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR

The lake is at 87-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the campgrounds were full and fishing was tough for shore anglers. Trollers working 30 to 40 feet deep were catching a few rainbows.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY

The lake was at 134.1-foot elevation at press time—82.6-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported the frog bite was good in the late morning to late afternoon around the grass beds for bass to 7 pounds. Senkos pitched to the pockets and outside edges of the grass beds produced lots of fish to 2 pounds. Recreational boat traffic was heavy, so fishermen need to be vigilant.

NORTH SALTWATER

BERKELEY

The lure of the open sea, with better weather drew many boats outside the Gate to work the Marin Coast or Point Reyes for big lingcod and heavy rockfish and then make a pass or two at North Bar for halibut. Bass Tub got 6 halibut and passengers lost another 7. Sunfish saw a 28-pound halibut come over the rails. A 35-pound lingcod was caught on California Dawn off of Point Reyes. Happy Hooker got 26 lingcod on the Marin Coast and on Sunday scored big at the Farallones.

BODEGA BAY

Salmon were spread out from Ten Mile Beach to South Point and all boats were getting some. New Sea Angler ran some combo trips for salmon, lingcod and rockfish, finding salmon to 20 pounds and lingcod to 24 pounds. Willy Vogler at Lawson’s Landing reported halibut, thresher sharks and striped bass in Tomales Bay.

EMERYVILLE

Emeryville Sportfishing boats split duties, with New Seeker and Sundance chasing salmon and finding limits late in the week. Other boats including Tigerfish, New Salmon Queen, Sea Wolf and New Huck Finn searched the Marin Coast and found limits of rockfish and a respectable number of lingcod.

EUREKA

Weather and seas were rough through the week, though boats like Reel Steel, Scrimshaw and Shellback were willing to brave the seas for the excellent salmon fishing right off the North Jetty and early limits were possible even fishing in 10-foot swells. Then the weather worsened and shut down fishing over the weekend. Pacific halibut opened back up on August 1st.

FORT BRAGG

Fishing the bottom for rockfish and lingcod above town aboard Telstar and other boats was a solid action plan, chasing salmon on private boats was also a popular pastime. While the salmon were not as abundant as along the far northern California coast, local sea conditions were better and there were fish taken. Surf fishers got kelp greenling, rockfish and cabezon at Noyo Jetty and those plus lingcod at Mendocino Headlands and MacKerricher Beach.

HALF MOON BAY

Salmon were within reach especially up towards the Channel Buoys. Down the coast to Ritz Carlton, Pescadero and other reef zones, it was hookups all around thanks to voracious rockfish and lingcod. Queen of Hearts and Huli Cat made the most of the good bite. Shore fishers had good success with striped bass with the late evening bite the best.

SAN FRANCISCO

Bass Tub ran outside the Gate and clobbered the rockfish and lingcod then drifted North Bar to boat 6 halibut and see 7 others come unbuttoned. Wacky Jackyfished salmon along the Marin Coast and had some delightful scores with crew member John Dresser getting a 19-pound salmon. A 30 pounder was brought aboard Nautilus. Lovely Martha fished halibut, rockfish and lingcod as well as salmon.

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