North state fishing report
By Western Outdoor News
CAMP FAR WEST >> Lake has risen dramatically with inflow from Rollins Lake. The upside of that is the docks will stay in the water for the rest of the year. The downside is the bass bite remains slow. Some bass are caught in depths of five to 10 feet with Senkos, but the fish are small and few.
SMITH RIVER >> The river reopened on Friday, but was still low and clear and fishing was slow for salmon. This week’s big storm is expected to kick salmon fishing into high gear. Flows are expected to jump from 5 feet to 11 feet by Friday and then begin dropping. Anything between 10 and 7 feet would be prime for fall salmon.
TRINITY RIVER >> Steelhead fishing has been fair to good between Lewiston and Junction City, although low, clear water has made fishing challenging. MagLip plugs are working best, said guide Steve Huber. The hatchery steelhead smolts released in late October have moved from Lewiston to the Junction City area.
COLLINS LAKE >> Trout fishing is picking up with anglers able to get near limits from the shoreline near the dam. Power Bait or nightcrawlers will do the trick. Best trout last week weighed 5¼ pounds — the biggest fish of the fall. A double plant went in last week. Another 1,800 pounds will be added this week.
LAKE ALMANOR >> Anglers are finally going to get some weather this week with rain, wind, snow and temperatures dropping into the teens. A few were caught in Geritol and Keddie Coves, on floating crawlers and Power Baits. Also seeing some action from the tip of the Peninsula to Goose Island, covering the majority of the shoreline. Fly fishermen are picking up a few trout in the coves.
BAUM LAKE >> Trout fishing is fair for bait and fly fishermen, but the weather has turned cold.
BUCKS LAKE >> Marina is shut down for the winter. Fishing has been very slow with few shore anglers out.
EAGLE LAKE >> The marina has closed for the winter, but the campground is still open. No fishing reports were available this week.
FALL RIVER >> Trout fishing has been slow. Season closes here on Nov. 15.
LEWISTON LAKE >> Trout fishing remains good on Power Baits, Cripplures, Roostertails and Kastmasters. Lots of limits of trout to 2 pounds caught from the dam area and down lake to the marina.
HAT CREEK >> Trout fishing remains slow. Season closes here on Nov. 15.
PIT RIVER >> Trout fishing is fair for fly anglers working black nymphs. This river is open year-round.
SHASTA LAKE >> Bass fishing is good in numbers on swim baits, but most are small 1- and 2-pounders. A few catfish are being caught on cut baits in the Jones Valley area and a few trout are still being caught on flashers and lures trolled about 60 feet deep.
TRINITY LAKE >> Fishing remains poor for bass with a few anglers fishing the rockpiles at the upper end of the lake, and a few trout are being caught also at the upper end of the lake.
WHISKEYTOWN LAKE >> Not much action here with kokanee still in the spawning areas. A few bass are caught, but not many anglers out.
AMERICAN RIVER >> Bank anglers are catching salmon on Flying C spinners and beads near Nimbus. Fishing was good last week at Hazel and Sunrise. Some of the kings are now dark. Trolling near Discovery Park has been slow.
FEATHER RIVER >> The Outlet Hole closed Oct. 15. Jet boaters are catching kings on plugs between Live Oak and Yuba City, but the water is skinny. Salmon fishing has been slow to fair at Boyd’s Pump and Star Bend. Steelhead fishing has been good in the low-flow section near Oroville.
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 >> Trout fishing remains fair. Rain is expected this week.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff >> Flows from Keswick Dam dropped from 8,000 cfs to 6,700 cfs. Salmon fishing was slow near the Barge Hole early last week before improving over the weekend. Most of the kings are still jacks and small adults, but new bright fish arrived. FlatFish plugs are working at first light. Steelhead fishing has improved.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa >> Fishing for salmon is slow in the Woodson Bridge area. Sardine-wrapped T50 FlatFish plugs have been working best at first light.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa >> Salmon fishing is slow. Trolling spinners has been working best for kings in the Verona area, while some fish also are being taken on M2 FlatFish in the mornings. Fishing for catfish remains good at Knights Landing and fair to good near Verona. Stripers from 20 to 22 inches are being caught at Knight’s Landing.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento >> Salmon fishing has slowed down in the mid-town area between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, but some kings are still being caught. Trollers are using Pro Troller flashers with Brad’s cut baits with good results. Boaters also are doing fair anchoring near the Pioneer Bridge and running M2 and T50 FlatFish. Jiggers are catching a few salmon at Freeport and the Minnow Hole.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook >> The river is closed to salmon fishing. Steelhead fishing has been very good near Hornbrook, where guide Scott Caldwell said crawfish plugs and divers and bait are working best. Flows over the weekend at Iron Gate Dam were 1,240 cfs.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp >> Salmon season is closed. Steelhead fishing has been very good near Happy Camp, as spawning salmon have steelhead actively feeding. Small plugs and roe and yarn are working well.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen >> The river is now closed to salmon fishing, but remains open to steelhead fishing. Fishing has been slow, although steelhead are spread throughout the Klamath.
AMERICAN RIVER >> River closes to fishing Wednesday above the Highway 49 bridge, but remains open year-round below Highway 49.
ENGLEBRIGHT >> Bass action picked up last week prior to the storm. Inflated nightcrawlers worked best. No large fish were weighed in, was the report from Skipper’s Cove Marina.
LAKE OROVILLE >> Bass fishing has been fair, but not as good as the typical fall fishing has been in the past. The cold front that passed through last week could ignite the start of the fall bite. Topwater is slow. Cranking has been sporadic. Most consistent producing methods have been drop-shots, dartheads, jigs or tubes. Lake is 34 percent of capacity.
SCOTTS FLAT >> Smallmouth bass bite is fair. Trout fishing slow. Best action is along the Cascade shore and near the inlet. Inflated nightcrawlers will attract smallies in the two-pound class.
THERMALITO AFTERBAY >> At this time of year and with fluctuating water levels, there are just two ways to get bass here said Bruce Gibson of Paradise Tackle Company. “It’s swimbaits or jigs,” Gibson said. “No Senkos or anything else. The bass are mostly on the rocks or in the avenues through the grass.” Gibson said to fish as deep as possible and near submerged structure.
LAKE BERRYESSA >> Anglers are experiencing a great fall bite for bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. The lake is packed with bait balls of threadfin shad and all species are gorging on them. Grab some 1-ounce P-Line Laser spoons in shad pattern and follow the birds. From the top down to 60 feet of water anglers can catch a variety of fish and good electronics are a bonus.
BLACK BUTTE LAKE >> Fishing remains slow with very few anglers on the lake.
CLEAR LAKE >> For a while this past week the bite seemed to be picking up, at least for numbers, with many people reporting being able to catch 15 to 25 fish per outing. The water color on the north end of the lake remains a dark brown, and most people working the lake are fishing mid-lake to the south arms in order to find the clearer water.
LAKE MENDOCINO >> Some bass are being caught, but action is generally slow.
LAKE PILLSBURY >> Not much action going on here with few anglers on the water.
LAKE SONOMA >> Bass fisherman are finally experiencing a good fall bite with largemouth to 5 pounds feeding up before winter, Concentrate on the creek mouths with A-rigs, chatterbaits, LV500’s and jigs from 10 to 20 feet deep. Other techniques working are crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jerk baits and plastics for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the 1- to 3-pound range.
UPPER BLUE LAKES >> Fishing is still slow due to the lack of trout plants.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. >> The river is expected to blow out by Thursday, as 4 to 6 inches of rain are expected this week. Salmon fishing was slow over the weekend because of low water. Good fishing, maybe the best of the year for salmon, is expected after this week’s big storm.
ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. >> Low, clear water made fishing poor last week and a big rain event will likely blow the river out this week. The Elk could be fishable by the weekend.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. >> The Rogue Bay was slow for salmon last week. Summer steelhead are being caught near Agness, but this week’s rain could blow the river out.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass, Ore. >> Some rainy days slowed much of the fishing action in the Grants Pass area this week, said guide Troy Whitaker of U-Save Tackle. He fished Sunday and caught three cohos while twitching jigs from his driftboat, but no steelhead action was posted. The barometer dropped this week, but weather is expected to improve. Anglers might get a salmon or steelhead by floating nightcrawlers with a rubber egg, or side-driting orange Glo-Bugs or other small plugs in the Grants Pass area and downriver to Galice.
BLUE LAKES >> Upper and Lower Blue Lakes were planted last week and fishing for small rainbows has been excellent. Lake was planted mid-August, mid-September and last week so lakes are full of fish.
BOCA RESERVOIR >> Inlet is the spot to start. Typically, trout are stacked here this time of year. Recent cold front can only help.
CARSON RIVER >> West Fork closes to fishing Nov. 15. The East Fork above Hangman’s Bridge also closes Nov. 15 but catch-and-release fishing with artificials is allowed year-round below the bridge. Last week’s storm didn’t impact the East Fork. River is well-stocked and fishing well.
DAVIS LAKE >> Shore anglers picked up trout from Mosquito Slough and Honker Bay, according to guide Ed Dillard. Power Bait or floating nightcrawlers attracted trout measuring 18 to 24 inches. Trout are in the first 10 feet of water. Water temperature has dropped below 50 degrees.
DONNER LAKE >> Mack bite has slowed for shore anglers and trollers. Could be time for the larger browns and Macks to emerge.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR >> Guide Dale Daneman fished here last week and achieved four limits of trout in six hours. Trout were 9 to 14 inches long and came from the top 30 feet. Lake is 58 percent of capacity. Water temperature is 54 degrees.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR >> Trout bite has improved with the cooler weather. Nightcrawlers or Power Bait will get planted rainbows.
JACKSON MEADOWS >> Lake this week will be planted with trout again. This will be the fourth plant since mid-September. Should provide plenty of holdovers for next season.
LAKE TAHOE >> Mackinaw fishing wasn’t easy last week. Weather limited access and few anglers are pursuing fish this time of year. Macks have been in the 2- to 6-pound range for the boats of Tahoe Sportfishing. Anglers are picking and scratching, but usually catching a few.
PROSSER RESERVOIR >> Trollers are getting planted rainbows. Smallmouth bass bite is slow.
PYRAMID LAKE >> Trollers have been having solid results but bank anglers have been battling algae and wind. A troller caught a 20½-pound cutthroat last week off Hell’s Kitchen. It was the third 20-pound plus cutt caught this season.
SLY PARK >> Trout fishing remains decent near the second dam and from the shoreline from the middle of the lake. This lake fishes best when the weather is cold and windy so this is only getting better.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR >> Top-lining for rainbows and cutthroat has been productive here.
TOPAZ LAKE >> Lake closes to fishing on Sept. 30. It will re-open Jan. 1.
TRUCKEE RIVER >> Flows are good below Glenshire and fishing is best here. The expected surge of water from Lake Tahoe through the general regulation section did not materialize so that stretch remains low.
WEST WALKER RIVER >> River is in great shape as it moves to the Nov. 15 closure. Water is clear, but not low. Use light lines. Spinners, nightcrawlers work well.
BERKELEY >> Combo trips for Dungeness crabs, rockfish and lingcod dominated the fishing scene for Berkeley boats with the only real options being whether to work the Farallon Islands or the Marin Coast. Many boats opted for the islands thanks to good weather and there were limits of crabs and some very impressive lingcod to 22 pounds and rockfish that came aboard Happy Hooker, California Dawn and New El Dorado III. A Boy Scout Troop had a great combo trip adventure on Happy Hooker.
BODEGA BAY >> With Dungeness crab season open over the weekend and favorable weather, the whole fleet was out sacking up delicious seafood. Larger boats like New Sea Angler made longer runs and Point Reyes where besides limits of Dungies, passengers scored limits of rockfish and some hefty lingcod to 21 pounds. Shore-based snare casters managed some crabs near the Harbor entrance.
EMERYVILLE >> The Fish Emeryville landing sent several boats (Sea Wolf, New Salmon Queen, Wet Spot and New Huck Finn) out on crab combo runs and the scores were impressive … limits of crabs, limits of rockfish and some large lingcod that loved to hitchhike on small rockfish. Tigerfish ran a rockfish only trip and scored full limits.
EUREKA >> A trip to Cape Mendocino on Reel Steel meant sacks of heavy rockfish and lingcod to 15 pounds. A buddy boat belonging to Nick Johnson also did well and found a vermillion that went 7 pounds. Sherry Klassen caught a 15-pound California halibut inside Humboldt Bay. Dungeness crab season opener was a huge success and pulling up limits was generally not difficult even after short soaks.
FORT BRAGG >> Dungeness crabs were thick and heavy for Fort Bragg boats including Capt. Tuna, Sea Hawk and Trek II. An example count for combo trips was Sea Hawk’s 20 limits of crabs (crew included), 17 limits of rockfish and 18 lingcod. John Gebers at Noyo Fishing Center was enthusiastic about prospects for the remainder of the fishing season, weather depending of course.
HALF MOON BAY >> Queen of Hearts ran productive trips for rockfish and lingcod, getting limits and returning early to dock. Huli Cat did combo trips for Dungeness crabs and bottom fish, concentrating on the San Gregorio area. Before salmon season closed, shore, kayak and skiff fishers caught returning pen-reared salmon from shore and near Pillar Point Harbor entrance. Striped bass fishing near Pacifica was good in the evening and the highlight was a 27 pounder.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Wacky Jacky ended the salmon season on a positive note with some big late-season salmon. Flash and Flash II took turns fishing rockfish and lingcod outside the Gate or leopard sharks in South Bay. Bass Tub hauled limits of crabs, limits of rockfish and some large lings at the Farallones.