FRENCHMAN LAKE: Lake open and road is clear. The water is warm and fish are moving out to deeper areas. The midge and Calibaetis hatches are coming off in the late mornings, prompting a heavy feed until the wind comes up. As the water warms, it will be important to fish early and late. Main boat ramp is under repair, only dock is at Lunker Cove. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The river is in great shape. The flows are good and the water temperatures are excellent. In California, where the flows are lower, hopper dropper set-ups have been working well. Small Caddis and PMD nymphs fished under a big hopper or dry stone is the way to go. Caddis and Little Yellow Stones are still hatching in the evenings after the sun leaves the water. In Nevada, the flows are little higher and high-sticking or indicator nymphing has been working well. There are a lot of fish in the system now due to several stockings. You will find a few Golden Stone husks on some rocks and Caddis are still hatching in the evenings. Try using a Golden Stone nymph with a smaller bead head nymph dropper. Mornings, before the heat and the Bikini hatch, has been the best time. Evenings are also worth a try. Flows are: Town of Truckee 262 CFS, Boca Bridge 577 CFS, Farad 672 CFS, Reno 488 and Vista 418 CFS. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are at 94 CFS. Fishing has been good. Morning hatches of Micro Blue Wing Olives and midges have been coming off. Still getting a few PMDs mid-afternoon, but the hatch is fading fast. Mid-day, look to a hopper/dropper rig. Nymphing and hopper/dropper have been very successful, there are a few fish coming up and eating dries, but you have to search these fish out. A hopper midge is a good go-to for this time of year. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
EAST WALKER RIVER: Flows are 340 CFS. The river is in great shape and 340 cfs is the best flow we have seen this summer. It is fishable now. It is still a little warm during the day, so go early and fish until about lunch time. Not much going on in the way of hatches, but nymphing or swinging streamers has been effective. This is a great time of year to toss around a hopper dropper set up. Fish the seams and the slower water out of the main current. At 340 CFS there is still a lot of water for a small stream. Be careful crossing. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing. King salmon have begun to show in small pods this past week. The king salmon here are a mix of chrome bright adult king salmon and chrome bright small male Jack salmon. The best bets have been sardine-wrapped Brad’s Killer Fish plugs in the KF-16, KF-15 and KF-14 sizes. The better fishing is happening into the afternoon with a great bite later in the morning and early afternoon. These king salmon are moving through and not holding in any great numbers in any of the top salmon holding holes in the lower Sacramento River.
Better numbers of salmon are at the top below the Coleman Hatchery around the Barge Hole. Back-bouncing sardine-wrapped plugs and back bouncing roe tipped with a puffball are top techniques around the Barge Hole. Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River could get good in September and early October. The Sacramento River salmon fishing will remain open to king salmon fishing through Dec 16.
FEATHER RIVER: Salmon fishing. The best Sacramento River valley king salmon fishing can be found on the Feather River near Oroville, Calif. The king salmon are stacking up in the upper section of the Feather River near the Outlet Hole. Anglers looking for a peaceful and quiet salmon fishing experience need not to go to the Outlet Hole. Anglers ready to mix it up and fish extremely close to other boats and many bank anglers, this is the place for you. The Feather River Outlet Hole is stacking up with salmon and hundreds of anglers.
The bank fishermen are doing excellent casting hooks and beads for chrome bright king salmon. Other bank fishermen are also doing very good casting and retrieving blue fox spinners in the #6 size. The boat anglers are scoring on many king salmon in the white water of the Outlet Hole, yet anglers trying their luck downriver are scratching out a salmon or two at best. Look for salmon fishing to continue to build on the Feather River as river flows increase in the near future. Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. 530- 646-9110.
WILD HORSE RESERVOIR: With surface water temperatures well above 70 degrees, trout fishing is slowing down and anglers are having their best luck early in the morning before it gets too hot, or by fishing in deeper water. While fishing has been better for boaters, it is just fair for boaters and slow to fair for shore anglers. There is road construction on SR-225 between milepost 37 and Lone Mountain Station. During the week, drivers can expect up to a 30-minute delay, though on the weekends this shouldn’t be a problem. NDOW
ILLIPAH: While the water level is low, the lake isn’t losing any more water and the inflow appears to be keeping up with evaporation. The trout fishing has slowed as they move into the deeper, cooler water. The usual — worms, PowerBait or mealworms should all work. Small spinners and spoons should be good for spin fishermen. Black and olive wooly buggers, small chironomids, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs are good starting points for fly rodders. The trick is to get any of the presentations deep into the water column. NDOW
STAMPEDE: Lake is steady at 98 percent capacity and the flow going out has increased to 179 CFS. Fish will be difficult to find for the shore fisherman so have patience. With an aggressive stocking of Pilot Peak Strain Cutthroats over the next few years this lake will produce trophy-sized Cutties such as those in Pyramid. For now, those with boats have had success catching Rainbows and Cutthroats trolling the drop-offs throughout the inlets in depths of 15-35-feet of water. Kokanee action has been good this season and those having success are pulling in 13-16-inch Kokes suspended at 40-60 feet in deeper water.
Go light and bright UV colors such as pinks, oranges and chartreuse in the morning hours, then switch to darker colors such as blues, purple and greens in the late morning. Not much on the Macks here as the theory is the population was depleted by random die offs during the drought years. Smallmouth Bass fishing has picked up here. Fish structures. The only way to access campgrounds and boat launch is by taking 89 to Hobart Mills and then through Russel Valley via Dog Valley Road. Road is good and boat launch and campsites are open. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
CROWLEY LAKE: Fishermen landing some beautiful Bows and Browns to 22 inches. The area is in the height of the runoff. If you have never fished this stillwater, now is the time as it fishes best in the middle of the summer. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.