FRENCHMAN LAKE: As the water temp gets into the 50s, fish get active. The fish average 14-18-inches and are pulling hard for their size. Both wading and float tubing are the ways to put fish in the net here. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
TRUCKEE RIVER: The fish numbers tapered off over the summer, but they should be on the bite again this fall. Try running streamers as the big fish are looking for some meat and potatoes to load up on, as most of the hatches of the smaller insects have waned. Some success using October Caddis patterns this time of year. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
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. Mid-day, look to a hopper/dropper rig. Nymphing and hopper/dropper have been successful, there are a few fish coming up and eating dries, but you have to search those fish out. A hopper midge is a good go-to for this time of year. Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, 775-742-1754.
PYRAMID LAKE: Opens for cutthroat trout fishing Oct 1. This world-class trophy fishery should be in excellent shape as it received a lot of water this spring and summer, due to all the runoff. All the fresh water brings the alkalinity rate down and helps the fish grow larger in a shorter time frame. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.
LAKE ALMANOR: Surface temps at 73 degrees. Clarity is still pretty good, about 15-18 feet, depending where you are. Some green algae particles developing, but water quality is excellent.
The bite is early and dropping off after 10 a.m. before returning strong after noon. Fishing has been good the last couple weeks. East Shore, The Dorado into Lake Cove, Bait fishermen suspending crawlers, mealworm or crickets, or working white Jigs, reporting some quality fish, while trollers seem to be working harder for less action on the east shore.Big Springs: This entire area is about 55 feet deep as lake levels are slowly coming down. Action can be hot early with medium salmon, with the bigger fish bite coming on after 8 am. The Almanor Fishing Association has a work party scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Hamilton Branch Powerhouse at 10 a.m. Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures, 530-258-6732.
SACRAMENTO RIVER: Salmon fishing. The Sacramento River is starting to see a few more salmon return, but the sizes are small most days, with kings 7-12 pounds in the Barge hole area. Anderson Balls Ferry has been top spot.
Over on the Feather River near Oroville, the salmon fishing has gotten better, averaging 12-20 salmon hook ups a day, with most salmon 15-30 pounds. The red hot salmon fishing should continue through October.
Drifting roe-tipped with a puffball and bait button has been the top technique, with back-trolling a sardine-wrapped flatfish style plug a close second. 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: Salmon fishing is red hot on the Feather River near Oroville, Calif. Many limits and there seems to be thousands of king salmon that have arrived to the upper reaches of the Feather River. With lots of cold water racing down the Feather River, king salmon are having no problem finding their way to the spawning grounds. Boats and bank anglers doing great. The great salmon fishing should last through October. Salmon are large, averaging 16-24 pounds with several kings over 30 pounds. Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. 530- 646-9110.
WILD HORSE RESERVOIR: Surface water temperatures are in the 60s and with overnight lows dropping into the 30s and even high 20s, expect the surface temperatures to drop. While the lake has lots of algae, expect it to die off with the colder temperatures. Fishing has been mostly fair, but should pick up as the water temperature drops. Shore fishing should start picking up here. Bait fishermen should use the usual, worms or PowerBait for trout. Fly-rodders should be trying hares ears, PTs, prince nymphs, copper Johns and wooly buggers. The campground and fish cleaning station are open and on a first-come, first-served basis. NDOW
ANGEL LAKE: Good shore access, though a float tube gives anglers better mobility and access to some of the better fishing spots. Bait anglers have seen fishing slow 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 to the level the fish are at. Spin anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way. Provided by NDOW
WILSON: Wilson has the best water quality of the larger reservoirs in eastern Nevada with little algae growth, though the water temperature was still around 70 degrees last week. Expect that to drop with the cooler weather. PowerBait or worms work well. Gold, green and yellow, or black and yellow spinners are still working. Fly-fishermen should be using chironomids, mayfly nymphs and emergers, or black crystal buggers for best results. Lots of small bass are being caught, but not a lot of keeper-sized fish. Expect bass numbers to go down with the cooler temperatures. NDOW
DONNER LAKE: Was stocked at least three times this summer. The lake level is at 95 percent capacity and holding steady. Boat launch is open and reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 60-90-feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around China Cove. Macks are ranging from 5-8-pounds and have been hitting small spoons such as Hum Dingers and Needlefish.
Kokanee fishing has been steady with the best spot being between China Cove North to Loch Leven Lodge. Kokes are ranging from 10-12 inches and can be found suspended at depths of 45-65 feet. Throw everything you have at the trout, Powerbait, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties. Mountain Hardware, Truckee 530-587-4844.
CROWLEY LAKE: Fishermen landing some beautiful Bows and Browns to 22 inches. If you have never fished this stillwater, now is the time. Chris Wharton, Stillwater Guide Service, 775-851-1558.