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By Western Outdoor News

Posted: 10/19/17

FEATHER RIVER >> The Outlet Hole closed Sunday. Dropping water flows caused salmon fishing to slow last week between Yuba City and Verona. Fishing was good above Live Oak Dam last week before it closed, but river is still open below Live Oak Dam. Striper fishing has been slow.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff >> Salmon fishing is good at the Barge Hole, but the majority of the fish are jacks and small adults. Guides are getting four to six fish a day. Some kings are being caught in the canyon below the Barge Hole. FlatFish plugs with sardine wraps are working well at first light, while roe is working the rest of the day. Trout fishing is fair in the Redding area and should improve as salmon begin spawning.

COLLINS LAKE >> Cascade Fire caused evacuation and closure last week. Lake reopened Friday. Operation is back to normal and trout plants began this week. Between 1,800 and 2,000 pounds of rainbows were introduced to start the fall fishing season.

LAKE OROVILLE >> Lake is 36 percent of capacity and the water temperature has dropped into the mid-60s. Pick your method and you can catch bass. Topwater works in low-light conditions. Then it’s tubes, worms or crankbaits. The only ramp in operation is at Bidwell Canyon.

LAKE ALMANOR >> Fast troll using hardware, targeting rainbows in the top 20 feet of water, varying speeds between 2.4-3.0 mph. Red/gold seemed to be the color of lure choice. The smallmouth bass were feasting, but Friday was as bad as Thursday was good.

BAUM LAKE >> Trout fishing is fair following stocking from nearby hatchery.

BUCKS LAKE >> Marina is closed for season. Not much fishing action is reported.

EAGLE LAKE >> Good trout action is reported on fluorescent orange Power Baits and Kastmaster lures in the Eagle’s Nest area. Fish in the 3-pound range topping most catches.

FALL RIVER >> Some trout action reported on small Caddis flies.

HAT CREEK >> Caddis flies also working to take a few rainbows.

LEWISTON LAKE >> Trout fishing remains good near the marina for shore anglers and upriver for boat anglers. Lots of limits recorded on fish to 3 pounds.

PIT RIVER >> Area No. 3 remains the best bet for fly fishing to catch small rainbows.

SHASTA LAKE >> Trollers are still getting a few rainbows on lures and flashers trolled 60 to 70 feet deep. Bass fishing is slow to fair off the points on plastics and jigs. Crappie action remains fair off marina dock areas. Not much action reported for catfish and other species.

TRINITY LAKE >> Fishing remains slow with few anglers on the lake and most marinas are shut down for the winter. Lake water level is now down about 40 feet.

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE >> Kokanee salmon fishing has slowed as the fish move into tributaries for spawning. A few bass catches are made in brushy shoreline areas on jigs and crank baits.

AMERICAN RIVER >> Flows dropped from 2,500 cfs a week ago to 1,900 cfs over the weekend. Bank anglers are catching salmon on Flying C spinners. Lots of new kings arrived last week, according to Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports.

FOLSOM LAKE >> 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 rose slightly. Trout fishing remains good.

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, while drifting roe also is taking kings.

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 >> Trollers continue to catch bright king salmon from Miller Park to Garcia Bend. Pro Troll flashers combined with plug-cut lures are working best. Fishing is good when schools of salmon move through, as guides reported a few double hookups last week. 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.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp >> Salmon season is closed. Steelhead fishing has been good near Happy Camp, as spawning salmon have steelhead actively feeding. Small plugs and roe and yarn are working well, according to guide Mario Gomez of Ironhead Guide Service.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen >> The river is now closed to salmon fishing, but remains open to summer steelhead fishing. Steelhead fishing has been slow.

TRINITY RIVER >> The Trinity is now down to low, clear conditions as flows from Lewiston Dam have been cut back to 300 cfs. A few steelhead are being caught on plugs in the Junction City area. Big numbers of steelhead are holding in the Klamath River at the mouth of the Trinity, and also near the Willow Creek weir.

AMERICAN RIVER >> Trout can be caught from Rucky Chucky upstream on small Kastmasters or Panther Martins. “The river is clear so you have to use stealth,” said Craig Newton at Will Fish Tackle in Auburn.

CAMP FAR WEST >> Lake is approximately 35 percent of capacity. Boat dock was expected to come out this week. Launching can be done from a gravel ramp. Fishing is improving. A bank angler reported catching catfish to 5 pounds. Ron Franks from Folsom on Friday caught 18 bass — six from the shallows in Rock Creek and 12 from the main body in 25 to 30 feet. Hologram shad Senkos worked on the main lake. All the bass were sub-keepers. Water temp ranges from 62 to 67 degrees.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR >> Repair work has begun on Eleven Pines Road, the route to French Meadows and Hell Hole reservoirs. “Hopefully by next season the road will be open,” said Pete Robinson from the Georgetown Ranger Station.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR >> No reports last week but work has begun clearing the road to the reservoir.

STUMPY MEADOWS >> Campgrounds have closed. Boat launch is open, but there hasn’t been much activity here, said Pete Robinson from the Georgetown Ranger Station.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY >> Water is warming since less water is being run through here to draw salmon up the Feather River. An angler last week caught a pair of 5-pound largemouths using a top-water lure. Find bass near the warmer riprap and along the grass.

LAKE BERRYESSA >> Bass are being caught from the shallows to 30 feet deep. Some bass catches are still being made despite brush fires all around the lake, on drop-shot and shaky head jigs. Not much action has been reported on other species.

BLACK BUTTE LAKE >> Some bass action was posted on fish to near 4 pounds in the dam area on jigs and plastic worms. Not much action seen on other species.

CLEAR LAKE >> The Rattlesnake Island area has produced some decent bass action, as have a few deep rock piles. Areas 10 to 15 deep have been the most productive on jigs, jerk baits and drop-shot rigs. Some area fires kept angler pressure down.

LAKE MENDOCINO >> Few anglers have been out due to brush fires.

LAKE PILLSBURY >> Fishing remains on the slow side with a few crappie and bass caught.

LAKE SONOMA >> Best bass catches being reported on jigs, Texas-rigged Brush Hogs and drop-shot rigs. Angler pressure has been light due to fires in the area.

UPPER BLUE LAKES >> A few bass to 3 pounds are being caught, but lake still awaiting first trout plants of the fall.

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. >> The river is open to bobber fishing above the estuary. Some kings are being caught at Social Security Bar, and fishing should improve with this week’s expected rain. The weather service was predicting the Chetco rising to 900 cfs by the weekend. It was 108 cfs on Sunday. Salmon fishing has been good in the estuary, where local guides are catching two to six kings a day.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore. >> Salmon fishing has slowed in the Rogue Bay but is still fair. Lots of wild coho are being caught, which must be released, while a few kings also are showing up in the catch. Fishing for summer steelhead has been good near Agness. This week’s rains could end the bay trolling season if the river rises.

ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass, Ore. >> Steelhead fishing has been good for anglers using nightcrawlers, small pieces of roe, or Glo-Bugs. Best small plugs included K-9 plugs in pink and red or black and pink. Some salmon are being caught below Galice on Kwikfish with a sardine wrap or anglers back-bouncing roe. Lost Creek Lake trout fishing has been good as a recent plant was made of broodstock rainbows with most fish over 18 inches in length. Best catches have been on trolled Wedding Rings.

SMITH RIVER >> The Smith was flowing at 250 cfs at the Jed Smith gauge over the weekend, but could rise above 600 cfs this week if rains materialize. A big storm is expected Thursday, and could be enough for an opener above Rowdy Creek. Some salmon are being caught at the Sand Hole and at the mouth of the Smith. Lots of salmon also can be seen in the deeper holes in the closed section above Rowdy Creek. The DFW low flow hotline is (707) 822-3164.

ALPINE LAKE >> The 1,800-pound trout plant that went in here at the beginning of the month continues to provide quality fishing. Nightcrawlers or Power Bait work best.

BOCA RESERVOIR >> Toplining for rainbows continues to be productive here.

CAPLES LAKE >> Action fluctuates here with no rhyme or reason. Best action is from shore with nightcrawlers. Resort closes for the winter on Oct. 20.

CARSON RIVER >> A plant of 1,350 pounds of trout, most weighing 2 to 7 pounds, this week will go in to the East Fork. The West Fork will get 450 pounds.

DAVIS LAKE >> Trout bite slowed last week after decent action the previous week. Lake is 86 percent of capacity and the water temperatures are in the mid-50s. Fly fishers, bait dunkers and trollers scratch for a fish or two. No method is working better than others.

DONNER LAKE >> Small Macks are being caught from the shore as they move in to feed on minnows and planted rainbows. Guide Shaun Rainsbarger continues to get bright kokanee, although some are starting to show signs of turning to spawn. Mackinaw are stacked in China Cove and in various stages of spawn.

HEENAN LAKE >> Bite slowed from last Sunday and this Friday and Saturday.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR >> Use rainbow or chartreuse Power Bait or nightcrawlers to get rainbow trout. Trout are moving in and out of the shallows and have been biting.

JACKSON MEADOWS >> Despite recent plants, there has been little information coming out of this lake.

LAKE TAHOE >> Mackinaw bite is very good with steady action to 11 a.m. West shore has been putting out some of the larger fish, but there is action on the north and south sides, too. Macks are in various stages of spawn and are susceptible to jigs when you find a school.

PROSSER RESERVOIR >> Little change here. Slow bass bite. Fair trout bite near the mouth of Prosser Creek.

PYRAMID LAKE >> High winds made fishing very tough for the few who tried, and there were no big fish at all weighed in.

SLY PARK >> The lake has yet to turn over, but longer, cooler nights mean that may happen in the near future. For now, trout remain in deep water. Bass fishing has been so-so, said Denise Cole from Sly Park Resort. Nothing big has been reported recently.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR >> Kokanee are moving into the Little Truckee and brown trout are staging to spawn right behind them.

TOPAZ LAKE >> Lake closes to fishing on Sept. 30. It will reopen Jan. 1.

TRUCKEE RIVER >> The streamer action did not materialize as expected, said Miles Zimmerman from Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee. Some October caddis remain. Nymphing below the Boca Outlet and through the Nevada Stateline is worthwhile.

WEBBER LAKE >> Trout are in shallow and anglers are toplining with Needlefish and like trolling spoons for cutthroat, rainbows and brookies.

WEST WALKER RIVER >> Flies, spinners or nightcrawlers will get trout. Flows are very good and river has been well stocked.

BERKELEY >> El Dorado got 6 bass and 14 halibut to 18 pounds for 15 guys. Happy Hooker battled sea conditions but hammered the rockfish and lings at the Farallones. California Dawn hauled in loads of fish at the Farallones and also fished the bay for halibut, white seabass, striped bass, lings and rockfish. New El Dorado III and Sea Wolf also posted high scores at the islands. El Dorado fished salmon for 3 days, averaging a fish per rod working Duxbury.

BODEGA BAY >> Fort Ross to the north and Point Reyes to the south were desired destinations rockfish and lingcod for private and party boats such as New Sea Angler. However, foul weather precluded fishing trips in general. Out of Lawson’s Landing, boaters got mostly rockfish and a few lingcod off of Elephant Rock. Surf fishers caught various perch at Dillon’s Beach and Doran Beach.

EMERYVILLE >> Sea Wolf, Tigerfish and New Huck Finn targeted the rockfish and lingcod, filling some sacks with impressive catches. Some trips were to the Farallon islands for a bigger average fish and some trips were along the Marin Coast to maximize fishing time.

EUREKA >> Rough weather and seas kept Eureka boats inside Humboldt Bay, which turned out nicely for Reel Steel and other boats targeting California halibut and scoring limits of fish to 10 pounds on some trips. Jetty fishing was pretty good for catches of black rockfish and cabezon up to 8 pounds.

FORT BRAGG >> Fishing was good for lingcod to 21 pounds and sizable rockfish in limit quantities aboard Sea Hawk, even though the water was bumpy. Shore fishers holed up at Noyo Jetty and Dog Park when the seas were wild, but whenever they could, folks fished Old Mill and Mendocino Headlands for cabezon, rockfish and perch.

HALF MOON BAY >> Rockfish and lingcod fishing on Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts was excellent and some of their trips focused on the deeper spots before the new depth restrictions are in place. Returning pen-reared salmon were caught by skiff and kayak anglers near the entrance to Pillar Point Harbor and shore casters inside the Harbor got them with barbless spinners.

SAN FRANCISCO >> Bass Tub got out and boated salmon up to 25 pounds, besting the fish per rod mark at Duxbury. Wacky Jacky had limits of salmon one day and then less the next. Flash boats worked bass and sharks inside the Bay, but switched over to rockfish. Shore fishers caught stripers just outside the gate. Lovely Martha fished the Bay and took fish up to a 30-pound white seabass.

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