SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa >> Salmon season opens Sunday below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Stripers are being caught between Chico and Butte City, but most are shakers. Pockets of shad are being seen below Red Bluff. Guides have reported a few salmon rolling downstream of Red Bluff.
ROGUE RIVER >> The springer bite remains mostly in the Shady Cove area, but a few scattered fish can be found in holes down to and below Grants Pass, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Try back-bouncing roe or fillets wrapped on Kwikfish for the salmon. Summer steelhead action is showing on nightcrawlers and back-bounced small plugs in holes of the Grants Pass area. The best salmon fishing is down at the mouth of the Rogue River.
FEATHER RIVER (MIDDLE FORK) >> Flow has dropped to nearly ideal. Trout, mostly rainbows, in the 10- to 16-inch range will take spinners or nightcrawlers.
FEATHER RIVER (NORTH FORK) >> Trout plant last week has turned prospects up a notch, and weekend anglers were able to catch rainbows to 12 inches with nightcrawlers or spinners.
EUREKA >> A private boater from Eureka ran 45 miles to a warm water area and boated 42 albacore. The next weather window should see plenty more boats out. California halibut were active inside Humboldt Bay and happily took live baits. Jetty anglers fared well with kelp greenling, cabezon and rockfish.
LAKE ALMANOR >> Fishing slowed up with the recent full moon period, but some trout still available. With the high water, trout are not congregating at the inlets and springs like they usually do.
BAUM LAKE >> Trout fishing remains fair to good with DFW stocking keeping the action going.
BUCKS LAKE >> Trout fishing is fair to good after DFW plants.
EAGLE LAKE >> Full moon over the weekend resulted in tough trout fishing with trollers picking up only a few fish.
FALL RIVER >> Trout fishing is fair for fly anglers.
LEWISTON LAKE >> Trout anglers are still scoring well with flies and baits. Lots of limits taken by anglers. Most fish are one-half to 3-pounders, but a few larger ones also caught last week by trollers.
MCCLOUD RIVER, LAKE >> Both areas are still fair to good fishing for stocked rainbows.
PIT RIVER >> Areas 4 and 5 are still too high for fishing, but area 3 remains a little bit fishable for rainbow trout.
SHASTA LAKE >> Anglers are fishing the evening hours with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, brown and purple Senkos, and Zara Spooks. Trout fishing is down about 70 feet deep due to warm waters.
TRINITY LAKE >> Bass fishing is still pretty good off the points and ledges at the north end of the lake. Trout and kokanee salmon continue to be caught in fair numbers throughout the lake, while bass fishing continues to be good off the points at the north end of the lake.
WHISKEYTOWN LAKE >> Action got a little tougher for kokanee, perhaps due to the full moon or warming water. Trollers action widely scattered and generally slow for most anglers.
AMERICAN RIVER >> Flows dropped from 4,000 cfs to 3,480 cfs over the weekend. Shad are still being caught on the upper portion of the river, but action has slowed. Sunrise Access has been the best bet. Some large stripers are being caught in the lower river as they feed on shad. Boat traffic is heavy at Discovery Park. Salmon season opens Sunday.
FEATHER RIVER >> Low water has slowed fishing above the mouth of the Yuba. Some small stripers are being caught at Boyd’s Pump and Shanghai Bend, but few keepers are showing in the catch. Low flows are expected to make for a slow salmon opener on Sunday. Shad fishing has slowed.
FOLSOM LAKE >> Folsom Lake is just 2 feet from full pool. The water temperature is 84 degrees. Boat traffic is heavy. Bank anglers are catching smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass in crawfish as well as live minnows or nightcrawlers. Boaters are finding the largest bass near submerged woodpiles, where drop-shot rigs are working best. Trout and salmon fishing is slow.
RANCHO SECO LAKE >> Trout fishing has slowed but bass action and bluegill are both good.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir >> The river is in prime shape. Trout fishing is fair to good, with afternoon hatches for fly anglers. Caddis patterns are working well. Spinners and spoons are working for gear anglers.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff >> Trout fishing has been fair to good from Redding to Red Bluff, with the best fishing from the Highway 44 bridge to Anderson. Small plugs are working very well, although Glo Bugs, crickets and roe work, too. Fly anglers are using caddis patterns. Salmon season opens Aug. 1 between Anderson and Red Bluff.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa >> Lots of shakers and some legal stripers are biting sardines near Verona. Stripers also are being caught near Tisdale. Fishing for catfish has been good near Verona and Knight’s Landing with chicken liver and sardines working best. Salmon season opens July 16. Anchoring with FlatFish or trolling spinners is expected to produce some fish on opener day.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento >> Some keeper stripers are still being caught at Bright Beach across from Discovery Park. Shad fishing has slowed at Discovery Park and Miller Park. Salmon season opens July 16. Trolling spinners or plugs will be the go-to method in the Sacramento area.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook >> Flows at Iron Gate Dam remain near 1,140 cfs, perfect for trout and steehead fishing. The salmon fly hatch is winding down, so anglers are now using caddis patterns. Trout will also hit small plugs and worms fished behind divers. Effort has been light.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp >> Flows at Seiad Valley were 1,900 cfs on Sunday, down from 2,030 cfs a week ago. Flows near Orleans were 3,398 cfs, down from 4,230 cfs. The river is in good shape for trout and steelhead fishing.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen >> Flows are down to 6,793 cfs at Terwer, down from 8,500 cfs a week ago. Once flows hit 5,000 cfs, usually in mid-July, salmon fishing improves in the estuary, while side-drifting for springers and summer steelhead also gets better. Springer fishing was slow last week after a few weeks of steady fishing. The Klamath is open to spring king salmon through Aug. 14.
TRINITY RIVER >> Flows Sunday at Lewiston were 1,450 cfs, down from 1,850 cfs a week ago. Flows at Douglas City were 1,570 cfs, while flows at Junction City were 1,540 cfs. Flows at Hoopa are 2,419 cfs. Springers are being caught early in the morning at Grays Falls and Burnt Ranch Falls. Fishing is still slow near Junction City and Lewiston, although drift boaters are now targeting springers. The Trinity is open to salmon fishing through Aug. 31.
BEAR RIVER >> Trout action is good for anglers throwing spinners at rainbows below Rollins Lake.
BULLARDS BAR >> Kokanee bite continues to be very good. Guide Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service last week landed 10-fish limits for each of his clients on three different trips. Hot pink Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs offered at 35 feet have been doing the trick.
CAMP FAR WEST >> An angler on Friday caught and released three cats weighing more than 9 pounds fishing from the shore behind the store. Bass anglers get a few here and there. Water temps are in the 80s and boat traffic is heavy.
COLLINS LAKE >> Trout are deep and available very early. Catfish bite is picking up all over the lake and is now the best bet here.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR >> Pen-raised trout can be caught where the cold water enters the lake.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR >> Trout fishing has been good here all season and a plant was added last week to keep the action going. U.S. Forest Service fishery biologist Dan Teater said trollers using Rapalas are getting fish over 20 inches near the mouth of the American River. Worms also will work.
FULLER LAKE >> This lake received its first trout plant of the season last week.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR >> No verifiable news has come from this lake this season. Tough access on rough roads makes for a long haul.
LAKE OROVILLE >> Bass are tight against the steep walls in the morning. When that fails, go to tubes for fast action.
SCOTTS FLAT >> Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught on the Cascade side to the Overflow area. Some are near the willows near the Ditchtender’s house. Plastic worms or nightcrawlers work but some have caught bass on trolled Rapalas meant for trout. Trout are nearly non-existent. Catfish are scarce.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR >> A trout plant from DFW was delivered here earlier in the week. Anglers in kayakers and small boats pick fish on the north side where Shirttail Creek comes in.
STUMPY MEADOWS >> Trollers pulling dodger/nightcrawler combos can score limits of rainbows.
THERMALITO AFTERBAY >> Afterbay continues to provide good bass action. Throw plastics into the grass. Shad-colored Senkos are productive. Frogs are effective in the morning and evenings. Boat traffic on the weekend can be heavy, but it’s light during the week.
LAKE BERRYESSA >> Both trout and bass fishing have been productive for many anglers. Bass are starting to feed heavily on shad and other baits, and the spoon bite might perk up.
BLACK BUTTE LAKE >> Fishing remains slow to fair with a few crappie and bass being caught.
CLEAR LAKE >> Best bet has been from the narrows south to Red Bud with the key being rock. Drop-shotting Robo worms in margarita mutilator color has by far been the best bet for numbers. Jigs, Senkos and baby brush hogs are also accounting for many bass.
LAKE PILLSBURY >> Fishing remains on the slow side with hot weather keeping pressure light.
LAKE SONOMA >> The jig bite was slow, but a black Chatterbait fished slowly along the bottom in 5 to 15 feet of water got the bigger largemouth to bite, on main body primary and secondary points with some standing timber for most of fish. The best bite seemed to be from just before dark until 11 p.m.
UPPER BLUE LAKES >> Fishing remains slow here due to an algae bloom in the lake.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. >> A few king salmon are being caught daily at the mouth of the river by anglers trolling anchovies. The first-light bite has been best. The salmon are feeder kings from the ocean, eating anchovies schooled up in the harbor.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. >> Salmon fishing improved over the weekend on the Rogue Bay, with many guides catching limits of kings from 10 to 20 pounds. There is a mix of feeder kings from the ocean and early fall-run salmon from the Rogue. Trolling anchovies has worked best. Fishing had been slow early in the week before catch rates increased on Saturday and Sunday. Flows at Agness are 3,600 cfs, with a water temperature of 72 degrees. Summer steelhead fishing is still slow near Agness.
RUSSIAN RIVER >> According to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville, “The Russian River bathwater is currently flowing around 170 cfs and the temperature is fluctuating between 75 and 80 degrees. Expect to find lots of water users with the warm temps, so fishing from a floating device is highly recommended. Bass fishing has been fair to excellent depending on whom you talk to. I had some success stripping streamer patterns with a sink tip fly rod using a 4-weight rod. Fishing deep produced the best results. Crankbaits, soft plastics, and spinners fished near structure in the shade produces the best results. Still hearing about the occasional striped bass being caught as well mostly as an incidental catch while targeting smallmouth.”
BLUE LAKES >> Road to Blue Lakes remains closed for no discernible reason. Lower campground expected to open July 15, and middle and upper on Aug. 1. There are no explanations given for these late openers. There’s no snow at the locked gate.
BOCA RESERVOIR >> A trout plant was scheduled for this week.
CAPLES LAKE >> Trollers get one or two fish per outing. Most are 9- to 12-inch planters. Shore anglers finding slow action.
CARSON RIVER >> East Carson should get its first plant of the season next week. Silver Creek also is slated for a plant. Markleeville Creek and the meadow section of the West Carson have been heavily planted with trout.
DAVIS LAKE >> Trout can be had early trolling deep water, but the best action has been on panfish near Camp 5 or bass off Lightning Tree.
DONNER LAKE >> Mackinaw bite has slowed greatly. Kokanee bite is good with kokes found 35 to 80 feet deep. “Best luck was at 50 feet,” said guide Shaun Rainsbarger. There is a morning bite and an afternoon bite. Most are 11 to 12 inches, but are solid. Shore anglers are able to get planted trout on Power Bait, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR >> Trout bite has slowed here as the water has warmed. Shore anglers at Turkey Point can get action if they can reach the deep water. Trollers need to go deep to pick a trout or two.
GOLD LAKES BASIN >> Lower Salmon Lake responded to the trout plant that went in last week and anglers are catching rainbows from all over the lake. Gold Lake and Packer Lake will get trout plants soon. Gold Lake provides a shot at large browns or macks. Fishing by the island with spoons or trolling with leadcore 2 to 2 1/2 colors deep can get either a brown or Mack. Throwing Kastmasters near the island also has proven successful.
CRYSTAL BASIN >> Union Valley is producing some kokanee but waterskiers push anglers off the water early. Ice House produces small, DFW rainbows and the rare Desert Springs planter in the 15-inch class. The surface temperature at Loon Lake has already warmed to 68 degrees and guide Dale Daneman reported a very soft bite and little action.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR >> There are lots of trout in here but you have to go early or late to cash in.
JACKSON MEADOWS >> Early reports after ice out were of solid fishing. Latest reports indicate very slow action. One angler trolled two days for one fish and reported similar results from the folks he spoke with.
LAKE TAHOE >> Mackinaw weighing in the mid-teens were caught last week as well as a steady stream of large fish between 6 and 8 pounds. South Shore has had the largest fish, but a more challenging bite. Better numbers are off the north shore. Still no kokanee.
PROSSER RESERVOIR >> Trout bite has picked up here. Fish near Prosser Creek or Alder Creek for best action. Smallmouth bass are in the shallower arms and near the rocks on the dam.
PYRAMID LAKE >> Lake will open to cutthroat fishing on Oct. 1. It’s open for perch.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR >> Go early for kokanee ranging from 13 to 16 inches. Kokes are anywhere from 25 to 40 feet deep and spread throughout the lake.
TRUCKEE RIVER >> Flows continue to drop and conditions are improving. There are caddis in the evening and stream fishing continues to be good. Most anglers have been focusing on the stretch between Glenshire to Hirschdale but the water through the canyon is now accessible.
WEBER LAKE >> Anglers in float tubes are doing best. Gold Kastmasters, nightcrawlers get rainbows and recently planted cutthroat. Shore fishing is hit-or-miss.
WEST WALKER RIVER >> Still high, fast and muddy. Wading isn’t advised.
BERKELEY >> It was potluck variety for Berkeley boats like California Dawn fishing inside the bay for bass and halibut to 30 pounds or running the Gate for lingcod and rockfish. Jilly Sea bested the halibut per rod mark. Happy Hooker had great bass counts and put aboard some good halibut to 23 pounds (that fish was caught by Capt. Jonathan Smith).
BODEGA BAY >> Choices were good for Bodega Bay boats and shore anglers. New Sea Angler made a combo trip to limit out on rockfish, 12 lingcod and then eight salmon for 25 people. Good salmon catches were made between Tomales Point and Abbott’s Lagoon. Halibut were a definite possibility for folks fishing near Hog Island inside Tomales Bay and stripers were also hitting inside the bay. Surf fishers had some great catches of surfperch to talk about, including red tail, barred surfperch and rainbow perch.
EMERYVILLE >> Tigerfish, C-Gull II and Sundance teamed up to catch a combined 68 salmon for 42 fisherfolk. Striper limits were achieved aboard New Huck Finn and there were rockfish and halibut that came along with them. Sea Wolf managed limits of both rockfish and lingcod, making it back to dock before 2:00 p.m.
FORT BRAGG >> Private boats made it out to warm water well offshore and boated decent counts of albacore. If visibility were not restricted the feeling is they would have been hauling in fish all day. Party boats like Sea Hawk targeted local rockfish and lingcod with limits coming easily for experienced crews. Shore fishing was generally good and Russian Gulch was a hotspot that produced kelp greenling and lingcod.
HALF MOON BAY >> Salmon fishing was good from below Half Moon Bay on up to Mussel Rock. New Capt. Pete easily broke the fish per rod mark with fish to 19 pounds and a 30.9-pound halibut. Rockfish and lingcod action was steady and dependable for Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts and Riptide. Striped bass foraged greedily along the beaches and bass tackle sold briskly.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Bass Tub ran the Golden Gate and pulled limits of salmon for multiple days, then on another day fished inside the bay to pull on halibut and striped bass. Flash ran shark and bass trips and Flash II worked on bass in the bay and rockfish/lingcod along the Marin Coast. Lovely Martha had a similar game plan and enjoyed good results on both salmon and bay potluck trips.