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Salmon appear in Half Moon Bay; Lake Pardee features kokanee

Kokanee are being caught in Lake Pardee by anglers who take their time.
Kokanee are being caught in Lake Pardee by anglers who take their time. Sacramento Bee file

Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of Aug. 8, 2016.

TOP PICKS

HALF MOON BAY

Salmon showed up right outside the harbor and all along the shore as far up as Mussel Rock. New Capt. Pete got into the shiny fish and her skipper Capt. Dennis Baxter reported seeing good fish caught by skiff and kayak anglers. Queen of Hearts and Riptide had solid success fishing rockfish and lingcod and halibut at rocky points to the south, where they caught some fish for the WON Whoppers List.

LAKE PARDEE

The kokanee have dropped in the water column to 90 feet, and although limits are possible, patience is the key. Apex lures appear to be working best on a slow presentation between 1.0 and 1.2 MPH up the river arm. The Kokanee Power Team Derby will be held on Aug. 20 with a three-fish weigh in. There have been some big fish to 16 inches taken in the past week. Bass fishing is best with plastics on the drop-shot or jigs while catfishing is good with chicken livers or nightcrawlers throughout the lake.

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 and salmon fishing is slow at Discovery Park and Miller Park.

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. Fishing for catfish was fair last week at First and Second Beach at Knight’s Landing, as well as behind the wing dams at Verona. It slowed from the hot action the week prior. Chicken liver, pile worms and salmon roe are working well. Night fishing has been best. Fish are averaging 1 to 2 pounds.

GENERAL

NORTH COAST RIVERS

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon

Some California halibut are being caught near the jetties of the Chetco. No salmon have been reported in the estuary, despite plentiful anchovies and herring in the harbor. Trout fishing has slowed upriver, as flows have reached summer lows.

COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Oregon

A few more king salmon were caught last week in the lower bay. Windy weather kept most anglers at home, but salmon were reported between Charleston and Empire. Crabbing has been good in the Coos estuary.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon

Salmon fishing was fairly good in the estuary last week, as warm water upstream continues to force fish to hold in the bay. Water temperatures near Agness have been peaking at 75 degrees each day, but dropping down to 70 degrees at night. Some salmon are now showing up in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seine nets at Huntley Park, indicating some kings are moving upstream. Trolling anchovies with spinner blades is producing best in the bay, with incoming tide fishing better than the outgoing tide. Many of the fish are being caught in front of the Jot's Resort dock. Red-tail surfperch are biting well near the south jetty sand spit.

ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Oregon

Anglers are starting to see and catch more salmon in this area, on Kwiikfish with a sardine wrap, or wobbling plugs. Lots of steelhead are still being caught, too, on side-drifted roe or a nightcrawler. Catches also are being made on Puffballs and with a spoon or spinner in copper colors, such as Panther Martin of Blue Fox spinners. There’s some action for bass on the lakes, but the hot weather seems to be slowing down the number of anglers out.

SMITH RIVER

Fishing is slow for sea-run cutthroat trout. Salmon are still a month away.

UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Oregon

Windy weather last week forced trollers to focus on the Reedsport area instead of Winchester Bay. The best action have been on the incoming tides just below the Highway 101 bridge. Anglers are catching kings with plug-cut herring fished behind Big Al's Fish Flash flashers. Guides reported multiple fish per boat on Sunday.

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook

Flows Sunday at Iron Gate Dam were 931 cfs. Trout fishing has been good at first light and again in the evenings. Nightcrawlers are working well, as are small plugs. Expect the first salmon to show up in mid-September.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp

Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley were 1,150 cfs, good for trout and steelhead fishing. Hot weather has limited the best fishing to first light and late in the evening. A few steelhead are moving in the middle section of the Klamath. Expect salmon to show up around Labor Day, with the best fishing later in September.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen

Salmon fishing has slowed on the lower river as the sand bar at the mouth of the river is now blocking fresh fish from entering, except at the peak of the high tide. Trolling in the estuary has been slow. Between Terwer and Blue Creek, a few steelhead are being caught by anglers side-drifting roe. Few salmon are being caught on the lower river. Flows Sunday at Terwer were 2,370 cfs, down from 3,870 cfs the week before. Fall salmon regulations go into effect on Aug. 15, when anglers will be limited to one king a day over 22 inches as part of a two-salmon limit.

TRINITY RIVER

Flows from Lewiston Dam dropped to 449 cfs over the weekend. Salmon fishing has improved in the upper river, with bank anglers and drift boaters both catching kings on roe and tuna balls. Fishing has been best in the mornings. Plug fishing is slow, with low, clear water limiting success. Adult summer steelhead also are showing in the catch.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE

Bass fishing is very good all over the lake, and some guides are saying 50 and 60 fish a day are common, according to guide Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Boa, with plenty of 4- and 5-pound fish hitting on plastic worms, but also lots of 1- to 2-pound bass. Some bass to 10 and 11 pounds were caught and released during the week.

LAKE BERRYESSA

The lake level remains low and the fishing is slow for bass. Some trout are available to trollers, and they are lunkers.

LAKE SONOMA

Bassers are waiting for the cooler nights and the fall bite to start soon, but for now you can still catch a few smallmouth and largemouth early on Shad colored Sammy's or G-Splash poppers before the sun comes up. Main body primary and secondary points are still your best bet and hitting as many as you can is key.

NORTHEASTERN LAKES

LAKE ALMANOR

Trout fishing remains fair with most anglers trolling No. 2 Needlefish or 1/6-ounce Speedy Siners.

BAUM LAKE

Fishing is in the summer doldrums.

BUCKS LAKE

Kokanee are being caught early in the morning. The bite slows after the sun comes up, but picks up later in the morning. Head towards the creek arms for cooler water.

EAGLE LAKE

Fishing has been on the tough side, but a few anglers bagged fish to 3 pounds on nightcrawlers fished deep, and trolled grubs to add more fish to the stringer.

FALL RIVER

Trout fishing remains fair on mayflies.

HAT CREEK

The trout bite has slowed with salmon fly hatches done.

LEWISTON LAKE

Trout fishing is pretty good for trollers trailing nightcrawlers behind dodgers. Fly fishermen are scoring with zebra nymphs while lure casters are throwing Kastmasters in red or gold.

MCCLOUD RESERVOIR

Trout fishing is fair to good on woolly buggers and damsel nymphs.

PIT RIVER

River is still running high and fast. Some trout are being taken on stoneflies and caddis.

SHASTA LAKE

Fishing has been very good in many areas of the lake such as the McCloud Arm, Waters Gulch and near the dam. Most are 16 to 19 inchers, taken as the fish come up from deep waters to chase bait in the top 30 feet.

TRINITY LAKE

Not much action reported here with low water conditions.

WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR

Early and late action is reported on trout and kokanee on the south side of Hwy 299 bridge. Trollers are doing well with Apex lures, beads and spinners.

MOTHERLODE

LAKE AMADOR

The first open catfish derby brought out 50 anglers to stay up during the night for whiskerfish to 20.12 pounds. A plant of 500 pounds of catfish was released into the lake prior toWednesday’s catfish derby, and the whiskerfish ranging in size from 5 pounds upward. Most of the catfish were landed in the Carson Cove area. Bass action continues to be solid along rocky points in 10 to 15 feet of water with Senkos. Bluegill and crappie are found around submerged trees, the Blue Dock, and in coves with crappie jigs or red worms. 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

Rainbow trout are still holding in 30 to 40 feet of water near the dam around Little Hat and Big Hat Islands, and trollers continue to score quality limits using Speedy Shiners in gold, chrome, or gold/red on a fast troll over 3 mph. Bass fishing was slowed a bit with the best grade found at depths from 22 to 25 feet with jigs, Senkos, or Brush Hogs in crawdad patterns. Crappie are holding around specific trees and brush, and the bait is starting to school up. Catfishing is best with anchovies at 12 feet in depth along both the North and South shorelines. The lake is starting to release water.

DON PEDRO

The king salmon and rainbow action has slowed considerably for some unknown reason, with Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing working Middle Bay, Blue Oaks, and Fleming Bay for only two quality rainbows on a recent scouting trip. He will be looking up the Moccasin Arm in search of the rainbows holding in the cold water break as September and October are generally the top months for king salmon and rainbows. For bass, there is a small window for topwater lures before working the bottom with Pro Worms 124 or jigs such as Berserk’s Purple Hornet at 20 to 40 feet in depth. The lake has dropped to 71% of capacity.

LAKE McCLURE

The lake keeps on releasing water, and it has dropped to 49% of capacity. Numbers of bass can be taken on plastics such as Pro Worm’s 124 on the drop-shot or Berserk’s Purple Hornet jigs at depths from 20 to 40 feet. There is an early morning topwater bite with the River2Sea Rover, but the window is short in the warm surface temperatures. 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

7500 pounds of catchable rainbows were released into the lake on Thursday and Friday, and limits of rainbows are coming off of the shorelines from the Handicapped Docks, peninsula by the marina, or the Brush Pile with chrome/blue Kastmasters. Trollers are also scoring with the heavy plants.

NEW HOGAN

Striped bass are still boiling on the surface, particularly in the morning hours. By mid-morning, the linesides drop deeper in the water column, and despite boiling, they only stay up for less than a minute. The lake has dropped to 32% of capacity. The striper troll bite should pick up again in the coming weeks as the fish slow down on boiling on the surface.

NEW MELONES

Big kokanee to 19 inches have been taken this week with trollers working the area south of the dam to north of Rose Island with spinners, spoons, or Apex lures at depths from 80 to 95 feet. Trout fishing remains fair at best, but there have been a handful of rainbows from 2 to 6.25 pounds landed with the past week for trollers working the old river channel, the spillway, and the dam with large profile lures and dodgers. For bass, there is a small window in the early morning for topwater lures, but the best action is with shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot at depths to 40 feet. Catfish and crappie action have turned on.

SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS

BLUES LAKE

Upper Blue Lake, Lower Blue Lake were scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. WON Editor Bill Karr reported camper and fishermen traffic was CRAZY in this area this past weekend.

BOCA LAKE

The lake is at 67.7-percent capacity. Jim Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service reported the kokanee bite was still good, though trollers had to work a bit harder to get limits. The salmon were hitting dodger/hoochies at 20 to 35 feet deep and running up to 17 inches.

CAPLES LAKE

The lake is at 81.8-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Caples Lake Resort reported a fisherman caught a 5-pound brown trout off the shore between the resort and spillway using nightcrawlers. Most anglers were trying their luck at the Wood’s Creek inlet.

CARSON RIVER (East, West)

Alpine County will stock another 1800 pounds of rainbows this week—mostly in the East Carson with some in the West depending on flows. Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported anglers were catching limits of the 7- to 9-inch DFW planters and a few Alpine County rainbows.

DAVIS LAKE

The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported his last trip only lasted 2 hours but the 9- and 5-year-old clients caught five 14-inch rainbows trolling copper/redhead Wee Dick Nite, red dot frog and metallic watermelon Needlefish spoons at 18 to 25 feet deep between the small island and Mallard Point.

DONNER LAKE

The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Some huge Mackinaws were caught by trollers on kokanee gear. Mountain Hardware and Sports confirmed a 20 pounder and heard a rumor of another that went 25 to 27 pounder—also caught on kokanee gear.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON

Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort on the North Fork at Belden reported a few experienced anglers were catching some nice native rainbows in the less accessible sections of the river between the campgrounds and the Caribou Powerhouse dam.

FRENCHMAN LAKE

The lake is at 36-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported only 12- to 14-foot aluminum boats could still launch at the Frenchman ramp due to the dropping lake level. Trollers were still picking up limits of 14- to 18-inch rainbows on brass/red head Dick Nite and yellow watermelon Needlefish spoons at 20 to 25 feet deep north of the dam. Shore anglers were catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows at Turkey Point according to Wiggins Trading Post.

GOLD LAKES BASIN

The powers-that-be decided to keep the campgrounds at Gold Lake open, but the launch ramp was still closed for upgrades. Small boats launching at the primitive ramp near the outlet were jigging Kastmaster spoons for macks to 5 pounds on the bottom of the channel near Rocky Point. Fishing at Sardine Lake and Packer Lake was still decent, but Salmon Lake action was slow.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 86-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported a pro-staffer caught limits of rainbows to 3 pounds trolling the new Funky Chicken Wild Thing dodger trailing a threaded nightcrawler at 25 to 35 feet deep on the inlet end of the lake.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR

Fishing pressure was very low here with the heavy trout plants in the East Carson River.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR

The lake is at 79.7-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported you could catch all the 8- to 11-inch DFW planters you wanted trolling a dodger/Sep’s grub at 35 to 50 feet deep in the Middle Fork arm of the lake.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)

The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported an all-day trip only produced one 3-pound mack caught on a Wild Thing dodger/’crawler trolled 50 feet deep. Sly Park Resort reported a troller caught a 5-pound brown on a Needlefish in the channel near the second dam.

LAKE TAHOE

Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported he was catching limits of 3 to 9 pounders and releasing lots of 3- to 5-pound Mackinaw trolling down to 250 feet deep off Crystal Bay Point. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing was doing well for macks to 16 pounds at South Shore trolling and jigging 120 to 260 feet deep. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported the kokanee bite was “ON” and boats were picking up limits of 10- to 14-inch salmon between the Keys and Camp Rich trolling flasher/Wedding Ring/corn combos at 60 to 90 feet deep. The afternoon bite was much better with less fishing pressure than seen in the mornings. They were also still catching two to six 3- to 6-pound macks trolling a dodger/minnow at 150 to 180 feet under the kokanee schools.

LOON LAKE

The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Trolling on the east end of the lake can produce a mix of DFW planters and SMUD stockers. Watch out for shallow hazards while boating—lots of big boulders are just under the surface!!

PROSSER LAKE

The lake is at 63.4-percent capacity. Smallmouth bass were hitting crawdad and leech imitations at the dam.

RED LAKE

Fish the dam and inlet for cutthroats and brookies using worms and salmon eggs.

SILVER LAKE

The lake is at 81.5-percent capacity. Fish the dam for DFW planters.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 39-percent capacity. Trollers were having a tough time here on the kokanee. An 8- to 10-fish day would be considered good when Boca was kicking out 20- to 25-fish per day.

TOPAZ LAKE

The lake only dropped a foot this past week. Trout fishing was good for boaters drifting nightcrawlers along the highway on the SW side of the lake in 45 to 50 feet of water. Rental boats from Topaz Landing Marina caught limits of rainbows to 3 1/2 pounds. Bass fishing was slow with an occasional 2-pound smallmouth landed.

TRUCKEE RIVER

Mountain Hardware and Sports reported the flows were low and warm above the Boca Outlet. Glenshire to Boca was producing on caddis, golden stone, yellow sallie, and midge patterns. With crawfish molting, big fish were hitting craw patterns fished in the deeper pools.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR

The lake is at 83-percent capacity. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported was slow but the kokanee were beginning to school up near the dam at 25 to 40 feet deep. The Sunset Campground closure was lifted; the eaglets have flown.

WEST WALKER RIVER

The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the canyon were scheduled for another DFW trout plant this week—stocked weekly for the past two months!! The “Size Doesn’t Matter” Fishing Derby runs August 12 to 14 with a $25 entry that can be purchased at the Walker Country Store or the Walker General Store. 50 tagged fish will be released for the event and anglers can weigh up to 2 fish per entry.

DELTA REGION

SACRAMENTO RIVER

A few salmon continue to trickle into north Delta bait shops from below the Freeport Bridge with a variety of techniques. The minus tides muddied the waters in Suisun Bay, but smaller tides this past week should perk up the shoreline bite. Sturgeon are starting to make a showing in Suisun Bay with lamprey eel, and some large striped bass are taken on either bait or throwing lures into shallow water. Smallmouth are found in the upper river near rocky structure with deep-diving crankbaits or plastics.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER

Largemouth bass remain the top species, and the cooler temperatures created an even playing field for the second of the big frog tournaments. The overall largemouth bite is hot with a variety of techniques, and the striped bass are just waiting to start chomping on the 5-inch Bubba Shad swimbaits. Some large stripers are already showing on wooden topwater lures. Bluegill are abundant in the normal locations in the South Delta with wax worms, red worms, or jumbo red worms, and the smaller grade of bluegill is working for stripers in Whiskey Slough. This was the best week for fresh shad with an average of 40 pounds arriving daily in Stockton-area bait shops.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

AMERICAN RIVER

Salmon fishing has been slow. A few large stripers have been reported. Shad fishing has come to an end. Flows dropped to 4,430 cfs over the weekend, down from 5,050 cfs all last week.

FEATHER RIVER

Striper fishing has been best at Mosquito Beach. Bank anglers are fishing cut bait, while boaters are tossing artificial lures. 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. Releases remain high from Lake Oroville.

FOLSOM LAKE

The lake is dropping a foot a day and was down to 408 feet on Sunday evening. It was 415 feet a week ago. The water temperature was 81 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. The speed limit doesn’t go into effect until the lake drops below 400 feet.

RANCHO SECO LAKE

Trout fishing has slowed.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir

Flows held steady last week at 222 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

Some kings are being caught on T-55 FlatFish with sardine wraps between Red Bluff and Woodson Bridge. The best bite has been between 8 and 9 a.m., when the salmon first begin to move after sunup. Chrome plugs with a chartreuse bill have been producing at first light, while white or peak with pink sides are working later in the day. The water temperature is 58 degrees near Red Bluff in the morning, rising to 60 in the afternoon. Overall salmon fishing remains slow, with relatively few anglers fishing. 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 and early August.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff

Fishing re-opened from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge on Aug. 1. Trout fishing was especially good on the far upper section last week, but remains good down to Anderson. Roe and crickets are working for bait fishermen, while fly anglers are enjoying afternoon hatches. The Aug. 1 salmon opener at the Barge Hole was slow, with only a few fish caught. T-55 FlatFish with sardine wraps worked best during the salmon opener. The water temperature at the Barge Hole is 55 degrees in the morning, rising to 58 in the afternoon. 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 Georgetown Ranger Station reported the flows were normal and clear in all 3 forks. Rafting traffic was heavy. Fishermen hiking down to the deeper pools in the North Fork near Foresthill and into the Middle Fork below French Meadows were finding good numbers of rainbows.

BULLARDS BAR

The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported recreational boat traffic was heavy. Some small kokanee were caught trolling near the dam in the early morning. Small spotted bass were hitting drop-shot worms on the steeper points and walls. The bigger spots are deep and feeding on the 70,000 fingerling kokanee that were recently planted by the DFW.

CAMP FAR WEST

The lake was at 70-percent capacity. Fishing was slow due to the heavy recreational boat traffic. Night fishing for catfish produced a 5 pounder for one angler using anchovies.

COLLINS LAKE

The lake is 17 feet from full. Catfish were the top catch again this past week with whiskerfish to 10 pounds weighed at the store. Trout were in deep water near the dam where 2 rainbows were caught on flasher/worms. Bass and redears were hitting worms at the dam and the docks.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR

The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported bass fishing was good for fish to 5 pounds using Senkos, flukes, tubes, and drop-shot worms around the weed beds and laid-down trees. The bite was best after the recreational boats had worked up a good mudline—otherwise the water was too clear.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR

The lake is at 80.3-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported all the campgrounds and boat ramps were open. Fishing should be decent early and late with the warm weather.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR

The lake is at 75.5-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported macks were hitting spoons and large plugs in deep water at the dam. Kokanee were hitting dodger/hoochies at the powerhouse. Hikers walking up to the Rubicon River inlet were catching a mix of browns and rainbows on spinners and nightcrawlers. The Big Meadows Campgrounds was reopened after extensive upgrades.

LAKE OROVILLE

The lake is at 63-percent capacity—down another 12 feet this past week; did somebody pull the plug!!! There was still a good early morning topwater bite in the upper end of the North Fork and West Branch. Underspins, lipless cranks, and drop-shot worms were working in the Slot down to 35 feet deep. There was a blue-green algae bloom in the upper Middle Fork—avoid this area. King salmon were hitting dodger/hoochies at the Green Bridge and Bidwell Point at 55 to 80 feet deep.

ROLLINS LAKE

The lake is at 94.8-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported a good topwater bite for 2- to 3-pound bass—bass were pushing big schools of shad up to the surface all day. Trout fishing was slow.

SCOTTS FLAT LAKE

The lake is at 85.8-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at NID reported anglers were still catching a few bass and trout, but recreational boat traffic was heavy on the lake so get out early.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR

The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the campgrounds, day-use area and launch ramp were open. Fishing was slow with no DFW trout plant since June.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR

The lake is at 85-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported trollers were still catching a few rainbows at 40 feet deep using flasher/worms and Rapalas.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY

The lake was at 133.9-foot elevation at press time—81.2-percent capacity. Bass to 2 pounds were hitting Senkos and jigs pitched to the edges of the grass beds. Punching the thicker, laid over weeds on the outside edges was producing also.

NORTH SALTWATER

BERKELEY

Berkeley Flats were full of halibut and private boaters especially caught lots… mostly shakers. Boats targeting bigger flatties fished Angel Island or Paradise. Happy Hooker braved bumpy water and put her people on 20 lings to 14 pounds plus 3/4-limits of rockfish. California Dawn worked the same area for lings, rockies and also picked up halibut and salmon.

BODEGA BAY

New Sea Angler found a pick at salmon each day they ran a combo and hauled in high counts of lingcod in the teens plus limits of rockfish off of Timber Cove and Fort Ross. Experienced private boaters had similar successes. Shore fishers caught perch and a declining number of striped bass, with evening bass fishing best.

EMERYVILLE

Sundance chased salmon, scoring full limits on some days and caught a 32-pound salmon, while C Gull II ran a combo trip and still took better than a salmon per rod. Tigerfish spent a little time on salmon during a combo trip and got 7 fish. On rockfish trips, Sea Wolf and New Salmon Queen stopped by the sandbars and added a few hefty halibut after limits of rockfish and good lingcod counts.

EUREKA

Salmon went wide open on Tuesday, though other days saw some nice action as well. One father and daughter team caught 3 salmon off of the South Jetty. Sea conditions were pretty serious for much of the week, so fortunately there were also some fish caught inside Humboldt Bay near King Salmon. Halibut fishing was tough because of sea conditions, but a few were taken.

FORT BRAGG

A few salmon were taken among the fleet of party boats and private boats, led by Telstar, Sea Hawk and Bragg-n. Lingcod and rockfish action was very good, with Cleone Reef zone producing well. Shore fishers caught red tail perch at sandy areas and plenty of cabezon and kelp greenling at Old Mill and MacKerricher.

SAN FRANCISCO

Wacky Jacky, Lovely Martha and Nautilus tended to salmon duties and from one day to the next scored anywhere from below a fish per rod to near limits. Flash Iand Flash II both fished lingcod and rockfish along the Marin Coast and also fished bass and sharks in South Bay. Bass Tub scored nicely on lings and rockfish from the Marin Coast.

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