North state fishing report
By Western Outdoor News
FEATHER RIVER >> While the Outlet Hole remains the best bet for salmon, kings also are being caught by trollers fishing spinners near Boyd’s Pump. Guides have reported quick limits at the outlet fishing roe. The outlet has been very crowded. Steelhead have started to show up in the Yuba City area, biting spinners being fished for salmon. A few stripers are being caught at Boyd’s Pump and Shanghai Bend.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff >> Salmon fishing has improved at the Barge Hole, where anglers are using FlatFish to catch kings at first light and then roe later in the day. Fishing last week was the best it has been so far this season, mainly because fresh salmon arrived and the pressure has been light. Trout fishing between Keswick Dam and the Highway 44 bridge has been good, although the best action for bigger fish is still from the Posse Grounds downstream.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass, Ore. >> Salmon fishing has been good throughout the Grants Pass area from Gold Hill and downriver through Gray’s Creek, reported Troy Whitaker of U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Anglers are catching salmon on wobblers, Kwikfish with sardine wraps, or back-bouncing roe. Steelhead fishing has been fair on Panther Martin spinners, small pieces of roe or K-9 and K-11 plugs with sardine wraps, from Robinson Creek to Galice Creek.
LEWISTON LAKE >> With a DFW stock of 3,500 pounds of rainbows last week, most anglers are getting limits on Power Baits or trolled flashers and worm rigs.
LAKE ALMANOR >> A mix of brown and rainbow trout fell for slow trolling Gulp! baits and nightcrawlers in waters between 35 and 50 feet deep. Most of the fish were caught in the bottom 10 feet on a size 8 hook without any additional hardware.
BAUM LAKE >> Trout fishing remains fair for shore anglers on Power Baits, with fly fishermen scoring on midges and leeches.
BUCKS LAKE >> Trout fishing bounced back to a good rating this week at the lake, with bait anglers posting limits of rainbows on worms, while the trollers were scoring with shiners and Rapala lures. Lots of 1 ½- to 2-pound rainbows are being caught.
EAGLE LAKE >> A few trout catches are being made on deep-trolled lures.
FALL RIVER >> Fly fishing is good on olive nymphs and other flies.
HAT CREEK >> Most fly fishermen are reporting good action.
PIT RIVER >> Area 3 remains the best bet for fly fishing, but waters are still high in other sections.
SHASTA LAKE >> Bass fishing is still holding a fair pace with catches made on cranks, plastics and topwater plugs off most points. Trollers after trout are still working 70 to 100 feet deep with Kastmaster lures trailing behind flashers.
TRINITY LAKE >> Not much fishing action reported here, with few anglers out due to smoky conditions from local brush fires.
WHISKEYTOWN LAKE >> Kokanee fishing around the 299 Bridge and the Whiskey Creek arm is still good. Anglers are catching fish at 50 feet and down at 80 to 100 feet. Dropping water temps are currently hovering around 74 degrees. The lake is still full.
AMERICAN RIVER >> Flows are just over 3,450 cfs. Salmon also have been reported at the Wall and Sailors Bar. Fishing has been slow at Discovery Park.
FOLSOM LAKE >> Trout fishing is slow. Bass anglers are doing well form shore at Rattlesnake Bar, where they are throwing Senkos and other plastics and catching mainly smallmouths, but also some largemouth and spotted bass.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir >> The river is in prime shape. Trout fishing is good, with afternoon hatches for fly anglers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa >> Salmon fishing has been slow above Colusa, although a few kings are being caught on plugs at first light near Red Bluff. Pressure has been very light, as most guides are focusing on the Feather.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa >> Salmon fishing improved last week near Verona, where anglers trolling Silvertron spinners reported decent action. Several schools of fresh kings moved through the area last week. Fishing for catfish has been very good at Knights Landing, where live minnows, chicken liver and anchovies are all working. The area near the boat launch has been best for catfish.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento >> Salmon fishing has improved for jiggers near Freeport. Trollers fishing the metro area have reported slow action for salmon, although schools of bright kings have been observed moving upriver.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook >> The river is closed to salmon fishing, just as the first fall kings would be arriving below Iron Gate Dam. Trout and steelhead fishing is good, although smoke has kept many anglers away.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp >> Salmon season is closed. Hot weather and smoke from forest fires has kept steelhead anglers away.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen >> The river is now closed to salmon fishing, but remains open to summer steelhead fishing. Steelhead are spread throughout the lower river and fishing has been good for native and hatchery adult and half-pounder steelhead. Big numbers of salmon have arrived, but must be released. Anglers have been warned not to target salmon.
TRINITY RIVER >> Salmon fishing is closed. Fresh steelhead are stacking up at the mouth of the Trinity. Conditions have been good on the lower river, but smoke from wildfires has kept anglers away between Lewiston and Junction City.
BULLARDS BAR >> Kokanee have turned, angling pressure is down.
CAMP FAR WEST >> Surface temperatures have cooled to 78 to 80 degrees. Bass remain deep. Ron from Folsom last week caught 14 small spots but had to go down 30 to 40 feet to find action using Oxblood and bold bluegill Senkos. Crankbaits and Senkos accounted for a few small bass in the Bear Creek Arm during the week.
COLLINS LAKE >> Water has cooled to 77 degrees and fishing has been fair. Trout are in the middle of the lake or in the deep water near the dam. Bass are on the east side of the lake.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR >> Very light pressure here last week. Could be a sleeper trout pick given the influx of cool water.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR >> Anglers who are able to get down 50 to 60 feet of water and troll Needlefish can get healthy rainbows to 16 inches. Shore fishing is slow.
FULLER LAKE >> DFW will drop a plant of trout here this week. Finally.
LAKE OROVILLE >> Lake is 42 percent full and the water temp is between 74 and 77 degrees. Bass bite is very good with topwater lures, ZMan worms and lipless crank baits. A lot of bass are within a foot or two of the bank and few are deeper than 10 feet.
ROLLINS LAKE >> Smallmouth and spotted bass have become active again. Fish slowly in five to 15 feet of water with wacky-rigged Senkos, Ned Rigs or shaky heads. A lot of the bass are in the 2-pound class. Crappie are being caught along the shoreline directly across from the Long Ravine Launch with chartreuse curly-tailed jigs.
SCOTTS FLAT >> Weekend triathlon kept anglers away, said Jim Caldwell of the Nevada Irrigation District.
STUMPY MEADOWS >> Angling pressure is dropping off but anglers trolling can still get rainbows 14 to 16 inches long. “The water temperature is dropping and that’s probably helping the bite,” said Pete Robinson of the Georgetown Ranger Station. “There are no monsters but they are catching nice fish.”
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR >> Prospects have turned here and the trout bite is worth pursuing. Trolled Apexes are getting rainbows in the 12- to 14-inch range. “It had been a tough bite but now it’s picking up,” said Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn. “Shore fishing is slow, though.”
THERMALITO AFTERBAY >> Best action here comes in the afternoon after the water has a chance to warm. Crankbaits or jigs on the rocks or frogs offered on the top of the grass can attract largemouth bass.
LAKE BERRYESSA >> Bass fishing remains fair on plastics and crank plugs, but little action has been posted recently on trout, salmon or other species. BLACK BUTTE LAKE >> Fishing remains slow for bass and crappie.
CLEAR LAKE >> Bass fishing is fair with most fish in the 2-pound range caught throughout the lake near docks, piers and brushy areas. Largest bass in weekend tournament was nearly 8 pounds.
LAKE MENDOCINO >> Not much action reported here with few anglers out.
LAKE PILLSBURY >> A few bass and bluegill are being caught, but action is more on the slow side.
LAKE SONOMA >> Bass anglers are finding a little action on fish to 3 pounds in the Cherry Creek area on Senko plastics, but overall fishing has been slow.
UPPER BLUE LAKES >> Fishing remains poor with few anglers out. Trout plants probably won’t resume until October.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. >> Jack salmon are now being caught at Social Security Bar on salmon eggs or anchovies fished below bobbers. Jacks and a few adults also are being caught in the estuary by anglers trolling anchovies or herring. Look for more fish to arrive with this week’s rain.
COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Ore. >> Salmon fishing has been fair, with guides reporting a fish per rod, slower than average years. Trolling herring behind Big Al’s Fish Flash flashers have been the best bait.
COQUILLE RIVER, Ore. >> Salmon fishing fair here, but action is better on the Coos, so that’s where most of the effort has been.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. >> Salmon fishing remains very good in the bay last week, but this week’s rain and cooler temperature may prompt many of the kings to leave the bay and charge upriver. Several fish between 35 and 40 pounds were weighed in last week at Jot’s Resort. Summer steelhead are showing up near Agness.
Smith River >> Lots of jacks and some adult kings are kegging up in the Bailey Hole. Eggs or sand shrimp fished below bobbers have taken some fish. Rain this week could draw more fish in. Low-flow closures take effect in October.
BLUE LAKE >> Both upper and lower Blue Lakes this week will receive plants of trout from DFW.
BOCA RESERVOIR >> Slow fishing of late. Maybe this week’s cold snap will help turn around the fishing.
CAPLES LAKE >> Recent trout plant helped improve the bite. Trollers with flashers/nightcrawlers are getting good results trolling just beneath the surface. Shore fishermen can expect two to three fish per day near the spillway or Woods Creek. One shore angler landed a 5-pound rainbow with a Mepps spinner near Woods Creek.
CARSON RIVER >> The West Fork received 1,800 pounds of trout last week. The trout were planted in nine spots between the Woodfords Bridge to the upper meadow. Thundershowers muddied the East Fork but it is now clear and this week it will receive an 1,800-pound plant.
CRYSTAL BASIN >> Slow fishing here. No boats at Loon. Kokanee at Union Valley are done. That leaves Ice House for trout anglers trolling for 8- to 11-inch trout with the occasional holdover.
DAVIS LAKE >> Lake continues to cool, which is welcome news to trout anglers. Surface temp last week was 67 to 70 degrees depending when and where the measurement was taken. The trout bite has improved, but it’s still slow, said Jeanne Graham of J&J’s Grizzly Store. “Shore anglers get onesies and twosies at Mallards and fly fishers in float tube get a few at Mosquito with wooly buggers,” Graham said.
DONNER LAKE >> Kokanee up to 13 inches are being caught and Mackinaw can be found underneath the kokes and near China Camp where they are preparing to spawn. “The Macks are really hungry now as they get ready to spawn,” said guide Shaun Rainsbarger. “It’s a good time to start targeting the larger Macks.”
FRENCHMAN LAKE >> Shore anglers tossing a nightcrawler/Power Egg combo can get limits of rainbows at Turkey Point. Trout 14 to 18 inches are being caught. “Sometimes the bite is early and sometimes it’s during the mid-day,” said Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware & Sports in Blairsden. “But there is a daily bite.”
GOLD LAKES BASIN >> Overnight lows last week dropped below freezing so be properly equipped if you’re camping or venturing out early. Salmon and Gold Lake have been the best bets, said Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware & Sports in Blairsden. Trolling with flashers/nightcrawlers get trout from 10 to 14 inches. Snag Lake and Sardine Lake were slow last week.
HEENAN LAKE >> Catch-and-release fishing for cutthroat broodstock runs through the end of October. Fishing is usually best later in the short season, but cold weather has made September fishing quite good. Fly fishers in float tubes offering leeches or scuds under an indicator do well.
JACKSON MEADOWS >> The lake this week will receive its first trout plant of the year.
JENKINSON RESERVOIR >> Slow action here. Prospects typically don’t change until late fall when cold weather moves in.
LAKE TAHOE >> Kokanee are bunched in the south end of the lake and starting to turn. Give it another week, maybe two before most of the kokes are dark. Mackinaw fishing has been good when the wind allows. Macks are beginning to stage for the spawn and are feeding aggressively on shrimp. Find the shrimp, find the Macks.
PROSSER RESERVOIR >> Trout fishing has been decent near the dam. Smallmouth bass remain active, too. Evening bite is best. Use Power Bait, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Crawdad-patterned lures work well here, said Miles Zimmerman of Mountain Hardware & Sports in Truckee.
PYRAMID LAKE >> Countdown is on for the Oct. 1 opener.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR >> The kokanee bite continues to be excellent and guides report early limits. Fish are schooling and some are starting to turn, but there are next-year’s fish in the 14-inch range that are being caught. Small cutthroat are in the creek arms.
TOPAZ LAKE >> Lake closes to fishing on Sept. 30. Trout fishing has been slow. Best results are anchoring over deep water and getting Power Bait down 50 to 60 feet. Smallmouth continue to bite in the shallows along rocky shorelines.
TRUCKEE RIVER >> October caddis have arrived and cooler weather have made quality fishing possible throughout the day. The whole river is fishable but best stretch continues to be below the Boca Outlet. Streamers can be effective.
WEBBER LAKE >> Trout are being taken in the deep water off the shelf where the creek enters the lake. Be prepared to go down 40 to 50 feet to find trout.
WEST WALKER RIVER >> Ideal flows and water clarity here. Fishing has been very good. Panther Martins, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers are good bets.
BERKELEY >> Boats heading out for rockfish and lingcod along the Marin Coast and at the Farallones did exceptionally well, with the edge going to the boats that went to the islands. Happy Hooker, California Dawn, Sea Wolf, New El Dorado and Ms. Marin were all prime examples of boats that came back with limits of lingcod and 3/4-to full limits of rockfish. Salmon to the mid-twenties came aboard New Easy Rider and El Dorado at local spots.
BODEGA BAY >> Ten Mile Beach went off the hook for salmon action with 45 hooked and 25 boated aboard New Sea Angler during a wild bite that saw 3 and 4 hooked simultaneously. Rockfish and lingcod bit like crazy up the coast off of Fort Ross and also down the coast near Point Reyes. Combo trips were run which resulted in limits of lings and limits of salmon plus good quality rockfish for some anglers.
EMERYVILLE >> Rockfishing was the activity of choice for the Emeryville fleet. Sea Wolf scored limits of rockfish and lingcod daily from both the Farallones and the Marin Coast. Salmon slowed some but Sundance fished the Marin Coast to put 6 salmon aboard for 6 passengers. Sizes ranged from 14 to 22 pounds. Crab combos are already beginning to fill up for weekend days in November.
EUREKA >> That long-running California halibut bite just kept right on running inside of Humboldt Bay. Reel Steel managed limits before noon at mid-week and private boaters did very well through the week. Shellback and Reel Steel ran down to Cape Mendocino and knocked out some high grade lingcod and rockfish.
FORT BRAGG >> Albacore runs 30 miles or better were productive although the fish had spread out in the absence of a well-defined temp break, According to Capt. Marino on Captain Tuna. Fish were in the teens and twenties. That same size range also applied to salmon, which bit rather well at times near Cleone Reef. Lingcod and rockfish were willing biters but didn’t get the attention they typically get due to attention shift to albies and salmon.
HALF MOON BAY >> Huli Cat, private boats and kayakers got into the batch of fish milling about just outside of Pillar Point Harbor, apparently salmon returning to where they were released from the net pends inside the Harbor. On Wednesday folks began catching salmon inside the harbor, including from shore. Queen of Hearts found great fishing for lingcod and rockfish along the inside edge of Deep Reef. Spots down off of Pescador and Pigeon Point were also generous groundfish catch producers.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Salmon came aboard Wacky Jacky and Lovely Martha out of Fisherman’s Wharf and fishing the Marin Coast and Channel Buoys. Shark trips inside the bay and options for bass and halibut were there for other Wharf boats. Flash I and Flash II mixed things up with trips for salmon, rockfish, lingcod and South Bay sharks.