“Everybody and their mother is up there right now,” said Aaron Searcy of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. Hundreds of bank anglers and dozens of guide boats are fishing the Outlet Hole each morning. Most guides and many of the bank anglers are leaving with fish.
“There are a lot of people catching fish and a lot of people have been losing fish,” Searcy said. Fishing remained good over the weekend, but was a little slower compared to the wide-open action last week. More fish appear to be headed to the Outlet, Searcy said.
“Those schools of fish that were there started to move, but we’ve been hearing a lot of reports of fish moving and splashing at Gridley and Live Oak,” Searcy said. “Those fish are about to move into the Outlet.” Guides are running FlatFish plugs first thing in the morning and then switching over to roe. Bank anglers are drifting beads and tossing spinners.
Anglers hoping to escape the crowds are finding success by launching at Gridley and heading upriver to fish. They are pulling plugs and back-bouncing roe. Searcy also weighed in four kings on Sunday caught out of Boyd’s Pump by a pair of anglers who were trolling spinners. The biggest was over 30 pounds.
Bank anglers not wanting to fish the Outlet have fewer options, but some are finding fish at Boyd’s Pump, while salmon also are being caught near the Fifth Street Bridge by shore anglers using jigs.
Guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service confirmed the good reports from the Feather, saying it is the best fishing he has seen in years there. WON Editor Bill Karr fished with him on Thursday and the four anglers had limits of 8 kings to 32 pounds by noon. Read the story in this issue of WON.
Weese is using FlatFish plugs with sardine wraps in the morning, and then fishing roe as the sun comes up. Limits have been common for the guides fishing the Outlet, Weese said. “I think it is going to be really solid clear up until it closes,” Weese said.
Anglers in the ocean out of San Francisco are still doing well on salmon, an indication a lot more kings are on their way, Weese said. Some resident stripers are being caught near Boyd’s Pump on anchovies, sardines and nightcrawlers. Shanghai Bend also is producing some decent striper catches.