FRENCHMAN LAKE: Fishing reports are mixed. Some say it is good near the dam, others say it is better to fish far away from the dam. As the weather cools and water temperature drops, fishing should improve. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
LAKE DAVIS: It snowed last week. Best fishing is from Lightning Tree to Fairview, in shallow water, 10 feet or less. Try Wooly’s in black, brown, rust and olive. J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 530-832-0270.
TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are dropping, the water is clear. With the cooler weather, any hatches will be starting later so don’t be afraid to put in your time on the river at mid-day. If you can get a cloudy or breezy day or a combo of both, then go to the streamer. Otherwise, throw some October Caddis dries and pupas, Crawfish and Mayfly imitations. Fish the pocket water and seams during mid-day and the little slower water in the lower light. This is the time on the river if you want to try to target the wild trophy Browns. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: Flows are 72 CFS. These are great flows. Fishing has been good. Late morning hatches include Micro Blue Wing Olives, Midges and Mahogany Duns. Mid-day, look to a hopper/dropper rig. Nymphing and hopper/dropper have been successful. There have been some October Caddis sightings and swinging an October Caddis pupa or even a Dry can be effective. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
PYRAMID LAKE: Opened for cutthroat trout fishing Oct 1. The lake still has a lot of closed areas and beaches. The road to the north end of the lake is still not fixed. Everything north of Warrior Point remains closed.
Float tubes are a must to access the deeper water. Water temperature is 62 degrees. Start in the morning at 12-14 feet, then move out into 15-25-feet as the sun gets on the water. Fast No. 6 sink rate lines are a must. A depth finder is important to have on your float craft to take the guess work out of how deep you are. There are a lot of Tui Chub and Sacramento Perch fry in the shallows, which bodes well for some large fish this season. Flies getting grabs have been baitfish imitations in whites and olives, Balanced Minnows Bunny Buggers. Prime time will start here the beginning of November. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
EAST WALKER RIVER: Flows are 204 CFS. These are great flows for the fall. There are still plenty of hoppers around despite the low overnight temperatures. Fishing big dries in the seams and slower water has been getting the attention of some pretty big fish. Hopper-dropper rigs fished in the same water also working well. At 204 CFS, most of the fish are out of the main current and closer to banks. The river is perfect and worth the drive. Just about any normal East Walker techniques are worth some time. Renoflyfishingoutfitters.com 775-742-1754.
LAKE ALMANOR: Surface temps at 58 degrees and dropping. Clarity is poor, about 4.5 feet. Because of the wind, fishing pressure has been light and not too many reports coming in. Clarity is the issue. If they cant see it, they can’t bite it. The lake has started to turn over. Upwellings from lake temperature changes has added to the clarity issue. Generally, fall fishing here can be pretty good. Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures, 530-258-6732.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing. There has also been some decent salmon fishing happening upriver below the hatchery in the Barge hole. The Sacramento River rainbow trout fishing is spectacular, as it is every October as the king salmon come in and begin to spawn from Redding through Anderson. The Sacramento River salmon fishing will remain open to king salmon fishing through Dec 16. Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service, 530-646-9110.
FEATHER RIVER: Has continued to fish very well for king salmon up to 35 pounds. Salmon fishing has shifted to a roe/puffball bite. The best fishing has been from Gridley, upriver to the Oroville outlet hole. The river flows have dropped from 7,000 cfs to 3,000 cfs. Only experienced boaters are navigating the river safely. The great salmon fishing should last through October. Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. 530- 646-9110.
WILD HORSE RESERVOIR: Surface water temperatures are in the low 50s. Fishing has been good from shore near the state park boat ramp. Anglers report good fishing for trout in the Hendrick’s Arm on both sides of the highway. Fish were averaging 14-16-inches with one fish over 20 inches. Bait fishermen should use the usual, worms or PowerBait for trout. Fly-rodders should be trying the standard fall reservoir patterns: scuds, leaches, damselfly nymphs, and blood midges. NDOW
ANGEL LAKE: Fishing is good with the trout trying to fatten up for the long winter under the ice. The fall has some of the best fishing at Angel Lake, especially for fly-fishermen, though there is some ice on the water in the morning. Dress in layers as the lake is at 8,400 feet of elevation with cold mornings and warm sunny afternoons. Fishing is slow for bait anglers as trout are keying on aquatic insects. Fly rodders have had success using small elk hair caddis, hopper or yellow stimulator with an olive or peacock soft hackle dropper below, though any dropper fly with green or peacock herl will work. Small spinners and rooster tails should also be effective, just give them enough time to sink. Spin anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck. Provided by NDOW
BOCA: At 78 percent capacity and fishermen will find most of the fish at the north end of the lake to the last riffle of the Little Truckee River (special regs exist here so read up on the rules). Some anglers always have success at the dam too. Great fishing for the Cutthroat and Rainbows from shore with the occasional Brown.
With increased flows coming out of the LT, this has caused Kokanee to start up the system to spawn. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
LAKE SABRINA: (Bishop, Calif.). Fishing season closes Nov. 15. Lake Sabrina Boat Landing will re-open April 28.