North state fishing report
By Western Outdoor News
Posted: 11/2/17, 2:02 PM PDT | Updated: 17 hrs ago
COLLINS LAKE >> Trout fishing is fair if you concentrate efforts in the cool water near the dam. Bass bite is slow and could also use cooler water to turn around prospects. A plant of 1,800 pounds was delivered this week and lake will be planted weekly through Thanksgiving.
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. Trollers are finding a few kings at Boyd’s Pump, where some stripers also are being caught.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff >> Flows from Keswick Dam remained around 8,000 cfs. Salmon fishing has slowed near the Barge Hole, as many of the kings have moved up Battle Creek. Most of the kings are jacks and small adults. FlatFish plugs are working at first light. Steelhead fishing has improved. To date, more than 2,500 steelhead have arrived at the hatchery, compared to 800 at the same time last year.
TRINITY RIVER >> Salmon fishing is closed. Steelhead fishing is good on the upper end, but few anglers are fishing. Guide Steve Huber said small MagLip plugs are tricking steelhead near Junction City, while fishing bait is difficult because of the recent steelhead smolt release at the hatchery. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston were 300 cfs. The Trinity is at its lowest flows of the year, as releases from Trinity Lake have been cut back. Flows at Douglas City were 343 cfs, while flows at Junction City were 404 cfs. Flows at Hoopa were 775 cfs.
ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Ore.>> Coho salmon are moving into this area and are being caught on spinners, plugs and jigs. Steelhead fishing remains good on imitation salmon eggs, Glo-Bugs, nightcrawlers, spoons and spinners. Boat anglers also score with side-drifted baits or back-trolled spoons and spinners. In Grants Pass, action is being posted at Griffin Park, Schroeder Park and the footbridge area. Shore anglers along the river should be reminded not to wade into spawning areas of the fish. Applegate Lake is producing trout action on wedding rings trolled behind flashers, and there’s still good trout action on Lost Creek Lake.
LAKE ALMANOR >> It was pretty tough fishing this past week. Rising water temps, 70-plus degree weather and not a ripple on the water made for enjoyable days, but with few fish.
BAUM LAKE >> Fair to good for 12- to 14-inch rainbows on Power Baits, while fly fishermen are scoring with leech and midge patterns.
BUCKS LAKE >> Marina shut down for the season, and few anglers have been on the lake.
EAGLE LAKE >> Trout fishing has been generally slow with very warm weather most days. A few trout up to 5 pounds have been caught with anglers tossing Kastmaster lures, worms and orange grubs.
FALL RIVER >> Fly anglers are getting fair action on tiny olive nymph patterns.
HAT CREEK >> Small nymphs producing some action for dry fly anglers.
LEWISTON LAKE >> Trout fishing remains good on sherbet and fluorescent orange Power Bait while fly anglers are scoring with caddis flies. Action is good in the marina area and also up near the dam. Most trout are ranging from 1/2 up to 2 pounds.
PIT RIVER >> Fly anglers are scoring trout here with streamers and red copper Johns.
SHASTA LAKE >> Action for bass and crappie was a little slow this week. A few bass are going for cranks, jerk baits and plastic worms in gold or bluegill colors. Some bass action also is seen on surface plugs. Trout anglers are dragging spoons behind flashers at about 75 feet deep this week. Catfish and crappie action was very slow this past week.
TRINITY LAKE >> There are still very few anglers turning out to fish the lake. A few bass and trout were caught at the south end of the lake.
WHISKEYTOWN LAKE >>Kokanee are still in the creeks for spawning and few anglers have been reported out. Bass fishing has also been slow.
AMERICAN RIVER >> Flows remained at 1,950 cfs over the weekend. Bank anglers are catching salmon on Flying C spinners and beads near Nimbus. Fishing was good last week. Driftboaters are catching kings downstream from Sunrise. Fishing has been slow near Discovery Park. A few stripers are being caught on the lower American.
FOLSOM LAKE >> Folsom Lake is at 424 feet, down 2 feet from a week ago. Full pool is 466 feet. The water temperature is 68 degrees. Brown’s Ravine, Rattlesnake Bar, Folsom Point and Granite Bay launches are open. Trout fishing is slow. Bass anglers are doing well from 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 >> Flows at the Delta gauge dropped to 236 cfs. Trout fishing remains fair. Warm weather last week sparked a few bug hatches.
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. Some big stripers are being caught upstream from Colusa on swimabits as well as nightcrawlers or cut bait.
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 Knight’s Landing and fair to good near Verona.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento >> The best salmon fishing on the Sacramento River has been in the mid-town area between Miller Park and Garcia Bend. Trollers are using Pro Troll flashers with Brad’s cut baits with good results. Boaters also are doing fair to good 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 anglers are reporting big numbers of salmon between I-5 and Iron Gate Dam. Steelhead fishing has been good for fly anglers and those drifting roe or running plugs. Flows over the weekend at Iron Gate 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. Guide Mario Gomez of Ironhead Guide Service reported several doubles over the weekend. Flows at Seiad Valley over the weekend were 1,540 cfs, while flows at Orleans were 2,200 cfs.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen >> The river is now closed to salmon fishing, but remains open to summer steelhead fishing. Flows were back down to 3,400 cfs over the weekend. Fishing has been slow, although steelhead are spread throughout the Klamath.
AMERICAN RIVER >> Middle Fork is worth trying with small spinners. The North Fork has been slow.
CAMP FAR WEST >> Bass remain hunkered down in deep water and bite is slow. Water temps are in the mid-60s. Boat docks are in the water but that is a day-to-day proposition.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR >> Trout have come toward the surface and trollers are toplining for rainbows, said Craig Newton at Will Fish Tackle in Auburn. Flashers/nightcrawlers or shad raps trolled in the shallows near drop-offs get trout. Some browns to 20 inches have been caught.
FULLER LAKE >> Lake this week was planted by DFW.
LAKE OROVILLE >> Lake has dropped to 34 percent of capacity. Surface temperature last week warmed to the mid-60s. Solid numbers of bass are being caught, up to 30 per trip by the clients of guide Ron Gandolfi. Most are 12 to 15 inches long but some 2 and 3 pounders are starting to show. A variety of tactics will get results. Pick your favorite.
ROLLINS LAKE >> Smallmouth bass bite in Long Ravine Cove remains solid using small shaky heads or jigs. Catfish are putting on a good bite. There is a lot of debris in the water, so use caution. “There isn’t a lot of big stuff in the water but there is a bunch of little stuff coming down,” said Ryan Drake of the Nevada Irrigation District.
SCOTTS FLAT >> Smallmouth bass bite is pretty good along the shore near the dam, said Jim Caldwell, Nevada Irrigation District supervisor. The rocks along the Cascade shore are worth exploring. A few small trout were caught by trollers.
SUGAR PINE >> DFW last week put in a load of trout.
THERMALITO AFTERBAY >> Swimbaits or spinnerbaits will attract largemouth bass from the rocks. A 7 1/2 pounder was caught last week and the same angler bagged a 5 1/2 pounder, too.
LAKE BERRYESSA >> The good news is you can still catch some pretty good bass when you find them. There is a pretty decent bite of all three species of bass with smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass, working 35 to 45 feet of water with spoons, jig and plastic worms. Trout in the 14- and 20-inch range have rewarded trollers pulling Needlefish, Humdingers and grubs from the hub at the narrows to the big island.
BLACK BUTTE LAKE >> Still not many anglers out and only a few bass and crappie are being caught.
CLEAR LAKE >> Someone flipped a switch and the bass started biting, but most are only 1 to 3 pounds with no lunkers reported. Most fish have come on Ned rigs, Carolina-rigged baby Brush Hog’s, wacky rigged Senko’s and drop-shot Robo worms in the MM color.
LAKE MENDOCINO >> Bass fishing has been very slow in numbers, but there was one 8 pounder reportedly taken on a jig.
LAKE PILLSBURY >> Fishing remains slow and there are not many anglers hitting the lake. A few bass and crappie are being in the cove near the dam.
LAKE SONOMA >> Bass fishing is generally slow, but some action has been posted in trees areas on jigs and plastic worms. Fish to 4 pounds were reported. Action remains slow on other species.
UPPER BLUE LAKES >> Trout fishing remains slow as the lake is still awaiting the first trout plants of the fall season.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. >> The river was up to 4,000 cfs a week ago and fishing well for king salmon, but dropped quickly and was down to 310 cfs over the weekend, said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Salmon fishing was very good early last week, with guides limiting on MagLip plugs. Fishing slowed mid-week, but bobber fishing was still good. Rain is expected this week and could have flows at good levels by the weekend.
ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore. >> The Elk crested at 4.2 feet a week ago, but on Sunday was down to 2.3 feet, way too low for fishing from a driftboat. A few kings were caught a week ago. This week’s forecasted rain could bring more salmon in. Call Elk River Hatchery, (541) 332-0405 for the latest river flows.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. >> Salmon fishing has been slow in the bay, with a few kings and a few wild silvers being caught. Most guides have put their sleds away for the year. Small summer steelhead are being caught on roe or nightcrawlers in the Agness area.
SMITH RIVER >> The Smith hit 4,000 cfs at the Jed Smith gauge a week ago and fished well before closing on Wednesday because of low flows. Another storm this week could have the river open by the weekend. Flows must reach 600 cfs at Jed Smith to open above Rowdy Creek. Call the DFW low flow hotline at (707) 822-3164 for the latest flows. MagLip plugs with sardine wraps worked best early last week, while anglers back-bouncing roe did well right before the closure.
SIXES RIVER>> The river was too low to fish most of last week, but could rise enough for driftboaters with this week’s expected storm. Some kings are being caught near the mouth of the river.
BLUE LAKES >> Very good trout fishing here. Some anglers have reported “a fish per cast” while fishing from the dam at Lower Blue Lake.
BOCA RESERVOIR >> Small rainbows are stacked near the mouth of Little Truckee. Flies under an indicator or Rapalas get action. Very few browns being caught.
CAPLES LAKE >> Boat ramps are expected to close soon, but it was open on Friday when WON staffer Bill Karr drove by while deer hunting. Lake is close to full but fishing has been hit-or-miss all year.
CARSON RIVER >> Both the East Fork and West Fork received plants of trout last week. East Fork is in ideal condition and the West Fork has pockets and pools holding fish. WON Staffer Bill Karr caught a 21-inch, 3 1/2-pound rainbow in the west Carson in clear water.
DAVIS LAKE >> Larger trout are making their presence felt. Fish to three pounds were weighed in last week at J&J’s Grizzly Store. Trout are in the shallows from Lightning Tree to Mosquito Slough, said Jeannie Graham from the store. Shore anglers using nightcrawlers or Power Bait get trout from Mallard Cove and Eagle Point. The bite is subtle so be alert. Trollers need to stay close to shore where the fish are. Fly fishers use woolly buggers in brown, black, rust or olive. Boat docks were pulled this week. Lake is 84% of full.
DONNER LAKE >> Trollers can get plenty of small rainbow trout, but the Mackinaw bite has been slow. “The Mackinaw are everywhere,” said guide Shaun Rainsbarger. “But you have to pick and scratch to catch them.” Shore anglers are catching rainbows with chartreuse Power Bait or silver spoons, like Kastmasters. Bite is best in the evening said Miles Zimmerman from Mountain Hardware & Sports in Truckee.
FRENCHMAN LAKE>> Trout are in the top five to seven feet and trollers are catching them north of the narrows on the east side of the lake. Turkey Point has been a steady producer for bank anglers.
HEENAN LAKE>> The short, special season ended Sunday on a high note. Anglers reported catching and releasing more than a dozen cutts to 24 inches.
LAKE TAHOE >> Warm weather with no wind brought ideal conditions and very good Mackinaw fishing to Lake Tahoe. Chuck Self of Chuck’s Chart Fishing landed 10 fish for his clients in just two hours on Sunday. “The whole week was awesome,” Self said on Sunday. “Yesterday it was all 2 to 6 pounders, and today they were 4 to 9 pounds. The bite is great off King Beach Flats.” Guide Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners has been trolling for limits of Macks along the south and west shores and landing fish weighing 3 to 5 pounds.
PYRAMID LAKE >> Algae is a nuisance but a winter storm this week may solve that problem. Cooler weather will draw fish closer to shore. The second 20-pound cutthroat of the season was caught last week from shore.
SLY PARK >> Water is cooling and the trout bite has picked up near the narrows and toward the middle of the lake. A few small macks were caught last week near the second dam.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR >> Toplining for trout has been productive here. Not big numbers, but big trout to 21 inches are being caught.
TOPAZ LAKE >> Lake closes to fishing on Sept. 30. It will re-open Jan. 1.
TRUCKEE RIVER >> The calendar says it’s time for big browns in the Little Truckee and main Truckee but that bite hasn’t materialized. Could be any day.
WEBBER LAKE >> Campground and launch ramp are closed for the season. Kayaks can be dragged to the lake.
WEST WALKER RIVER >> Fishing is very good. Expect to hop from pool to pool and get two to three trout per outing. Panther Martins and Rooster Tails are out-performing bait.
BERKELEY >> Berkeley served as a hub of fishing with boats like California Dawn and El Dorado going outside for rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones or along the Marin Coast. Jilly Sea fished South Bay for a thresher shark, striped bass and a keeper halibut, all caught by the same kid.
BODEGA BAY >> Even with relatively bumpy seas, New Sea Angler got out and fished both Russian River and Point Reyes, scoring sizable rockfish and lingcod in both areas. Smaller boats had some trouble fishing in the swells. Halibut in Tomales Bay got a case of lockjaw. On some days, surfperch fishing was the best option.
EMERYVILLE >> Tigerfish and Sea Wolf enjoyed a good week of solid action on rockfish and lingcod. Most trips were to the Farallon Islands and North Islands were the preferred spot within the spot for better grades of fish, including an impressive variety of rockfish species and roughly a lingcod per rod.
EUREKA >> A one-day weather window gave Reel Steel and a private buddy boat a chance to fish Cape Mendocino for rockfish and lingcod up to 15 pounds. The 15 pounder caught by WON field reporter Lonnie Dollarhide. Inside Humboldt Bay, the California halibut kept up the pressure on fisherfolk, with Sea Weasle II getting limits of the tasty flatties. On the jetties, shore anglers connected with rockfish, kelp greenling and cabezon.
FORT BRAGG >> Big swells made for lumpy water and boats didn’t get out much. Sea Hawk was the exception, making it out for good counts of rockfish and lingcod at local reef zones like off of Cleone. Many townsfolk were busily preparing for the crab opener, Saturday. Surf fishers were able to fish Noyo Jetty and Dog Park for rockfish, cabezon and perch.
HALF MOON BAY >> Party boats Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts, Riptide and New Capt. Pete fished rockfish at Deep Reef or down the coast at Ritz Carleton, Pescadero or Pigeon Point. Kayakers and shore fishers had fun using corkies and other small salmon gear to tempt strikes from returning pen-reared salmon.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Salmon were targets for Wacky Jacky, Flash, Lovely Martha and Argo which all spent time chasing the shiny fish with decent results on heavy late-season units. Flash and Lovely Martha also filled sacks with rockfish and lingcod and halibut. Argo fished the Bay for bass using live baits and lures.
The weekly fishing report, compiled by Western Outdoor News, highlights the best angling opportunities in the north state.