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North State Fishing Report

By Western Outdoor News

COLLINS LAKE >> Trout are 40 feet and deeper, but that didn’t stop a 7 1/2-pounder from being caught. Most of the action consists of catfish from the dam, bass near docks and crappie near brush. Surface temperature is 80 degrees.

GOLD LAKES BASIN >> Get out early and use black and yellow Panther Martins at Salmon Lake for plenty of 10-inch rainbows. Sardine Lake also is producing but requires a bit more effort. A 7-pound brown was caught last week at Gold Lake by a kayak angler using a Sierra Spoon near the island. Attract large browns and Macks with large Rapalas or Flatfish along the north shore.

FEATHER RIVER >> Flows are between 4,500 cfs and 5,000 cfs. There have been some salmon caught at the outlet, near the Fifth Street Bridge and at Boyd’s Pump. Warm water has slowed success. Striper fishing is slow. Shad are still being caught in the Yuba River.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa >> Salmon fishing remained slow last week, although some anglers reported catching kings on plugs last Wednesday as a school of kings moved through the river. Conditions are good near Red Bluff. Anglers are awaiting fresh fish to move in from the bay.

LAKE ALMANOR >> Bank fishermen, those on anchor, trollers and fly fishermen are all picking up a few fish, fishing their preferred baits and methods. Slow troll ‘crawlers in deeper water, fishing all of the popular areas. Big Springs, A-frame, Bailey, Dorado, East Shore and Rocky Point are all good places to start.

BAUM LAKE >> Good trout reported on planted rainbows from the nearby hatchery. Fly fishermen and bait anglers are all doing well.

BUCKS LAKE >> Trout fishing has been a little slow, but the kokanee are hitting well on most pink-colored lures in depths down to 30 feet. Most of the kokes are running 19 to 20 inches in size.

EAGLE LAKE >> Trout fishing is up and down with limits some days and few fish the next day.

FALL RIVER >> Good trout fishing reported for fly anglers fishing near the weed beds with flies and most trout lures and baits.

HAT CREEK >> Still lots of water running high and slowing the trout fishing.

LEWISTON LAKE >> Trout fishing has been very good with lots of limits taken by shore and boaters using purple Power Baits. Worms and silver, gold and orange-colored lures.

PIT RIVER >> Areas 3 and 4 are still tough fishing areas, but number 5 is still producing lots of action on black flies and lures.


SHASTA LAKE >> Bass fishing slowed a little this week with most fish going deeper, but early and late in the day there is some surface action. Trout are taken 25 to 30 feet deep with lures behind flashers. Kokanee slowed this week as they moved deeper. Crappie can be found in most dock areas.

TRINITY LAKE >> Bass fishing remains fair to good in north parts of the lake, with surface action early and late then Senkos and Gitzits during midday. Anglers after kokanee are getting good action in the dam area on wedding rings or pink-colored lures.

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE >> Whiskeytown Creek arm is producing good kokanee action on pink Hoochies with a pink RGT inside was the combo working really well.

AMERICAN RIVER >> Flows remained at 3,500 cfs over the weekend. Anglers have caught salmon trolling spinners near the mouth of the American. A few fish also were caught by anglers anchoring and running plugs. After good fishing the first two days of the season, there has been a lull in the salmon action.

FOLSOM LAKE >> 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 wood piles, where drop-shot rigs are working best.

RANCHO SECO LAKE >> Fishing is slow.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir >> The river is in prime shape. Trout fishing is 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. With slow fishing below Red Bluff, action is expected to be slow during the opener at the Barge Hole.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa >> Salmon fishing is slow at Verona, Tisdale and Colusa. Fishing for catfish has been very good at Knight’s Landing and fair to good at Verona. Striper fishing has slowed, but some keeper-size fish are still being caught at Verona, along with lots of shakers.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento >> After a good bite last Sunday and Monday near the mouth of the American, salmon fishing has slowed. Fish are still being caught on spinners trolled near Discovery Park. Anglers are awaiting new salmon to move in from the ocean, where king fishing has been wide open. Striper fishing is slow, but fish are still being caught at Bright Beach.

KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook >> Flows at Iron Gate Dam dropped to 980 cfs, perfect for summer steelhead and native rainbows. Fly anglers are doing well with caddis patterns. Bait anglers are running nightcrawlers behind divers or running 3.0 and 2.5 MagLip plugs.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp >> The river is in prime shape for trout fishing, although hot weather has limited effort to the early morning hours. Anglers now face smoky conditions from two forest fires in Siskiyou County.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen >> Flows are down to 5,170 cfs at Terwer, down from 5,800 cfs a week ago. Trolling spinners or Kastmasters in the estuary is producing a few kings a day. Side-drifting for salmon and steelhead upriver remains slow, but should improve as flows dip below 5,000 cfs. Fast, deep water has made fishing tough at the spit. The river is open to salmon fishing through Aug. 14.

TRINITY RIVER >> Guides running MagLip plugs or roe from driftboaters are now catching springers from Steel Bridge to Junction City. Bank fishing is still slow because of high water. Shore anglers generally do best between 400 and 600 cfs. The Trinity is open to salmon fishing through Aug. 31.

BULLARDS BAR >> A pair of anglers last week reported 30 kokanee between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The bite has been like this for a month.

CAMP FAR WEST >> Water temps are warm and boat traffic heavy. Bass anglers fish at night and campers fish from shore for catfish. Generally slow.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR >> Trout can be caught soaking bait or trolling. Panfish are plentiful in the coves.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR >> Trout bite remains good here for those trolling with Rapalas or spinners or using bait from shore.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR >> Kokanee to 15 inches are taking GVS spinner bugs. Kokes aren’t on any one color, but limits are being caught.

LAKE OROVILLE >> Spots in the 12- to 15-inch class attack topwater lures early and continue to bite tubes later in the morning. Salmon were caught last week by guide Brett Brady of Bare Bones Guide Service marking the first report of those fish this season.

ROLLINS LAKE >> Algae has died back and the lake has returned to an emerald green color. “It was crazy how fast it came on and then how fast it went away,” said Nevada Irrigation District supervisor Ryan Drake. A 4 1/2-pound brown was caught last week by a local using a nightcrawler. The bass bite is steady, but not spectacular. “They are hitting topwater, spinners to Nedheads. People can get four or five per day. They are all over the lake,” Drake said. There are crappie to a pound being caught by those jigging near the Greenhorn and Peninsula inlets.

SCOTTS FLAT >> A few trout were caught last week, the first reported this summer. Trout are caught trolling Rapalas between 40 and 50 feet deep near the dam. Most of the action is for bass. Find bass from Cascade all the way around the Marina area. Use Senkos or tubes.

STUMPY MEADOWS >> Shore anglers score three to four fish per outing with Power Bait or nightcrawlers. The rainbows are 10 to 14 inches. Trollers have similar results with flashers/nightcrawlers.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY >> Best chance at big bass occurs here. Largemouth to 6 pounds are being caught with Senkos near the grass or use crankbaits or wakebaits near the rocks or frogs on the grass.

LAKE BERRYESSA >> Bass fishing has been slow to fair with the better catches made on spoons in waters 20 to 40 feet deep. Some kokanee salmon are being taken on Apex lures fished about 40 feet deep. Lots of boating activity kept most anglers off the water on weekends.

BLACK BUTTE LAKE >> Fishing remains slow, with only a few crappie and bass catches reported.

CLEAR LAKE >> Bass fishing remains fairly good in most shoreline brushy area. Catches of fish mostly in the 2-pound range are being made, especially in the nighttime hours on frogs, plastic worms and some topwater lures. Crappie fishing is still fair in the Redbud area on jigs and minnows.

LAKE MENDOCINO >> Bass fishing has been fair in the area where the creek flows into the lake, with fish to 4 1/2 pounds recorded on weightless pink plastic worms for some anglers.

LAKE PILLSBURY >> Fishing remains slow here.

LAKE SONOMA >> Fishing has slowed a little here with the best action for small bass early and late in the day.

UPPER BLUE LAKES >> Fishing remains slow for trout, but some bass in the 4-pound range are being caught on nightcrawlers and plastic worms.

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. >> Salmon fishing is slow at the mouth of the Chetco. Anglers are catching jacksmelt from the jetties in Brookings.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. >> Salmon fishing is fair in the Rogue Bay, where local guides are averaging two kings a day for their boats. Redtail surfperch are thick near the sand spit, biting anchovies being trolled for salmon. The best salmon fishing last week was at first light, as well as during the afternoon tide. Steelhead fishing is still slow upriver.

RUSSIAN RIVER >> Summer schedule in play here now, with lots of tubers and water users during the day, so fishing is mostly early and late for mostly smallmouth bass and occasional stripers. Brian Nowlin did catch a 15-pound catfish near Odd Fellows crossing using a swimbait, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle. “Action seems best on weekdays when the crowds are at bay or during low light hours. Trying fishing tubes and crankbaits deep around structure. Water flows continue to hover around 160 cfs with temperatures in the mid 70s,” Heemstra said.

BLUE LAKES >> Fly fishers have reported fair action in the evening.

BOCA RESERVOIR >> Hit the water early to avoid the chaos of heavy boat traffic. Trout fishing has been fair.

CAPLES LAKE >> Slow fishing here. Best chance at action is near the Woods Creek Inlet. Boats troll outside the inlet. Nightcrawlers and spinners are effective from shore. Don’t expect limits.

CARSON RIVER >> East Carson is back in fishable shape and last week received its first plants of the summer in the form of deliveries from Alpine County Fish and Game and DFW. More trout plants are on the way. A lot of 3- and 4-pound trout are in the mix. West Carson is heavily fished, but the meadow has been productive.

DAVIS LAKE >> It’s possible to get trout by getting on the water early and trolling deep. Best action occurs 30 feet deep through the channel on the east side of the lake. A good outing results in one or two trout. There are bass and panfish at Camp Five and Lightning Tree. Surface temperatures are 74 to 76 degrees.

DONNER LAKE >> Mackinaw bite is viable for trollers. Shore anglers have been scoring rainbow trout from the docks using green Power Bait or salmon eggs.

FEATHER RIVER (MIDDLE FORK) >> River is getting low and warm. Fish the moving water at the top of pools with small spinners or nightcrawlers.

CRYSTAL BASIN >> Kokanee bite at Union Valley is very good. Do it early and expect fish to 15 inches. Loon Lake received a plant this week, but fishing has been slow. Ice House is giving up planted rainbows to those using Power Bait at the dam.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR >> Bite has slowed here. Worth a try at first and last light, but with so many trout being planted in the East and West Carson, why bother?

JACKSON MEADOWS >> Anglers pick a fish or two via boat. It’s been the second slow season in a row.

JENKINSON LAKE >> There’s an evening bass bite on the south side of the lake. Trout have gone deep and are hard to catch with all the boat traffic.

LAKE TAHOE >> Kokanee remain scarce and small. It is taking a lot more time to get Macks in the boat. There’s an early window and then charter boats have to travel to pick a fish here or there.

PROSSER RESERVOIR >> So-so for bass and trout.

PYRAMID LAKE >> Lake will open to cutthroat fishing on Oct. 1.

SILVER LAKE >> Very few catching trout here, according to reports from the Kit Carson Lodge.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR >> Difficult to find better fishing than the kokanee action going on here, according to guide James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service. There has been no sign of a slowdown as anglers pick through dozens of fish in a matter of hours to pick out a 5-fish limit. Kokes are in the 14- to 15-inch range.

TRUCKEE RIVER >> Fishing is best between Boca Reservoir outlet and Stateline. Golden Stones, PMDS are present. Caddis and little yellow stoneflies also come out. Expect to do a lot of high stick nymphing. Use splitshot to get your offering down quickly in the fast water.

WEST WALKER RIVER >> River has dropped into the best condition it has been in all summer and the fishing has picked up accordingly. River was planted last week and is receiving another plant this week to add fuel to the ongoing derby being run out of the Walker General Store. Derby ends July 31.

BERKELEY >> Limits of salmon came aboard El Dorado, New El Dorado III and New Huck Finn through the week. California Dawn, Happy Hooker, Ms. Marin, Sundance and Golden Eye 2000 all chased and caught halibut and striped bass. The minus tides were tough to fish, but otherwise the results were very good in Central Bay. Aboard California Dawn, crewmember Capt. Mike Verrone caught a 24-pound striper and Capt. Chris Smith got a 30-pound halibut.

BODEGA BAY >> The grade of rockfish was impressive on trips down to the Point Reyes area and some trips turned out to be combo trips with salmon adding substantially to the excitement aboard New Sea Angler and other boats. Salmon anglers on private boats did well out of Lawson’s Landing on days when the weather cooperated. Inside Tomales Bay the halibut bite slowed somewhat with the minus tides, but some were caught near Hog Island and southward.

EMERYVILLE >> Emeryville boats enjoyed successful fishing, sometimes within view of their marina on halibut and bass trips inside the Bay. New Huck Finn had a week worthy of note, mixing it up with good counts from inside the Bay and also full limits of salmon on multiple runs outside the Gate. On one of those trips they boated a 65-pound thresher shark.

EUREKA >> Weather and seas allowed trips offshore and boats scored on albacore. Reel Steel saw the first albie of the season and ended up her first day with 11 fish. There were scores ranging from zero to 20 fish among the fleet. The fantastic California halibut bite inside Humboldt Bay sizzled and SeaWeasle II continued her streak of limit fishing for a third straight week.

FORT BRAGG >> Partyboats, charter boats and private boaters fished off of Cleone and down toward Caspar for heavy sacks of rockfish and some lings in the teens. Shore fishers fared well at Glass Beach, MacKerricher and Cape Mendocino where the kelp greenling, cabezon and rockfish were extra hungry and minus tides allowed access to deeper spots.

HALF MOON BAY >> Limits of salmon came quickly with 6-pack boats like Que Sera Sera banging limits within 45 minutes of fishing. New Capt. Pete and Huli Cat got into the action and got limits for their passengers. Trips for rockfish and lingcod were run up to Deep Reef and also down to near Pigeon Point

SAN FRANCISCO >> Wacky Jacky and Lovely Martha splattered the decks with salmon to 26 pounds during a week of prime action. Bass Tub fished the bay for halibut and striped bass, scoring nicely. Flash and Flash II caught halibut and bass and sharks and bottomfish, mixing up the action for their passengers.


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