Well, it is lookin’ like the steelhead salmon fishing season is getting real close. The recent storms has got the streams and creeks running.
So, the scent of fresh running steams has got some salmon moving up in the Russian River. The word is that there are some Chinook and Coho’s coming up with the Steelies. Most of the salmon are still south of us. But, by the time you read this they could be up in “neck of the woods.”
Here’s being hopeful.. If you have not heard, the Sacramento River has had a wonderful run this year. So, with that being said, maybe the same will apply to the Russian River.? Remember to keep tabs on whether or not the Russian River is open to fishing. Call 707-944-5533 make sure you are not breaking the law.
As promised, the Upper Blue Lake did receive a trout plant last week. Anglers have been successful fishing from the shore along Hwy. 20 and troiling with flashers and action discs from boats. The bass fishin, has been okay? Most catching 2 - 3 bass per outing. Still the bass hot spot is the Narrows area. Try spinner baits, crank baits, swim baits or slow draggin’ plastics.
Right now, is probably the last hurrah ! With the lake turnover happening right now, the bass are schooled up in wolf packs and are going on a feeding spree before winter kicks in.
Tip: Many anglers are doing well fishin’ a “trash-fish” swimbait reeling it slowly off the bottom. Try fishing Henderson and Shag Rock. That is where we caught all our bass. Plus, I hear that there are some anglers catching bass off the docks at the north side of the lake. The Catfishing has been super good! Minnows, cut bait and night crawlers have been working the best. Good luck!
Upper Mill Creek Pond
Get ready for some great trout fishing. Our friends at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking the Mill Creek Pond with steelhead/trout like crazy! The word is that they will been putting truck loads in every week or two for the next few months. Sweet! This is a great place to take a kid fishing and with the bazillon steelhead/trout swimming around they are bound to hook in to one or two.
Like Clear Lake, the bass bite is still alive. There are only a handful of anglers fishin’ the lake right now. Some have been successful fishin’ deep water at Vinegar Point to the water tower, and the north end of Crappie Cove. Others are doing well fishin’ in 10 to 15 feet of water with a jerk bait, hooking into smallmouth bass.
Also, a few folks have been catching some nice channel catfish using minnows along the dam and the south/eastern side of Crappie Cove. Pay close attention to the shoreline when the lake is this low, you can even take some pictures. Why? Because, the low water level exposes submersed structure that will be submersed next spring. This will help you to know where to fish in the spring.
Thanks for reading. Remember to keep it reel. Don at 4reelfishin.com.