AMERICAN RIVER—There wasn’t much change from a week ago, with a few stripers being caught in the lower end of the river, mostly on jumbo minnows and sardines. Flows have dropped again to 1,000 cfs. There are still some small steelhead present from Howe Avenue to the dam, but hardly anyone is fishing for them.
FOLSOM LAKE—Bass fishing continued to be great, and for anglers using live minnows over rock piles, 20-fish outings are possible. Drop-shotting Robo-Worms and jigging has also been effective, and some larger fish were being caught on weightless Senkos, swimbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits. There’s even a bit of a topwater bite early and late. Fishing has slowed for landlocked king salmon and holdover trout, though. Troll Speedy Shiners and hoochies behind dodgers between 40 and 50 feet deep for the kings, and flatline nightcrawlers behind flashers.
FEATHER RIVER—Thousands of salmon smolts were dumped into the Feather triggering a striped bass feeding frenzy. Anglers, even fly fishermen, were hooking a dozen or more fish an outing. Though most were schoolies, a few large stripers weighing over 20 pounds were also being hooked. Flows are very low, so boating is very difficult. A few small steelhead continued to be caught.
RANCHO SECO LAKE—The trout derby was a great success, and there are still quite a few trout left over from the heavy plants prior to the derby, but fishing has slowed a bit since then. A few very large bass continued to bite, including a 13 pounder, on Senkos, Robo-Worms, swimbaits, and jigs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento—The striped bass bite continued to be very strong, but, some larger female fish are now being seen among the smaller males. One weighing 41 pounds was caught on South River Road on a sardine. Fishing pressure, has also skyrocketed. The number of anglers trying for sturgeon has tapered off, but quite a few continue to be caught by anglers fishing for striped bass. Remember, barbless hooks only are allowed for sturgeon, and the angler must have a sturgeon tag.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa—Striped bass fishing continued to improve, although fish still are not in big concentrations, so it’s necessary to move around quite a bit. Minnows are now becoming the most effective bait. Fishing pressure has increased dramatically.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding– Trout fishing was excellent again last week, and water conditions were just about perfect. Both spin fishing and fly fishing were scoring fat rainbows between 12 and 20 inches.
YUBA RIVER—Trout fishing was very good, once again with trout taking nymphs under indicators, and there was even some dry fly action late in the day as the weather warmed.
BERKELEY—Howling winds forced cancellation of salmon trips. California Dawn and Bass Tub both made successful runs inside the Bay for sturgeon, striped bass and halibut. Happy Hooker begins running out of Berkeley this week.
BODEGA BAY—Jetty crabbers cast snares and managed to keep their dinner plate full of tasty Dungeness crabs. A few hardy souls braved the waves and local beached to haul in surf perch, but generally it was a slow week due to weather. Reel-lentless plans to be out as soon as the winds let up, as will the New Sea Angler. A couple of skiffs made it out. One caught 4 keeper salmon, the other caught 4 shakers.
DILLON’S BEACH—Boaters worked Tomales Bay for crabs and pier fishers managed some crabs as well. Clam diggers unearthed decent counts of horsenecks when minus tides allowed access to the best spots.
EMERYVILLE—Howling winds forced cancellations of salmon trips.
EUREKA/SHELTER COVE— Salmon anglers throughout the northwest California coast watched the weather at Shelter Cove where salmon season is on. Charter boat, Seahawk, made it out and found salmon, yet most waited for better weather. Crabbing inside Humboldt Bay remains very good near the Coast Guard station.
FORT BRAGG—High winds and seas prevented salmon fishing until Sunday when theTelstar made it out. Jetty fishing however promised good action on greenling and perch, plus the possibility of cabezon for those using the right bait.
HALF MOON BAY—The Coastside Fishing Club is holding and feeding 120,000 salmon smolts in their net pen, and then will release them when bigger and stronger. The Queen of Hearts fished salmon on Wednesday with some success. Striped bass invaded the beaches from below Half Moon Bay all the way up to Pacifica.
MARTINEZ—Sturgeon and striper fishing show no signs of letting up. Boaters are getting sturgeon on grass shrimp and stripers on pile worms. Shore anglers scored numerous 23 to 24 inch striped bass on pile worms.
PORT SONOMA—Private boaters found sturgeon fishing to be a bit slower in the rivers of upper San Pablo Bay. Very good striper fishing made up for any lack of action. Out on San Pablo Bay, salinity and water temps rose, creating ideal conditions for sharks and rays which are readily thieving baits and driving boaters nuts.
BULLARDS BAR—The lake is at 86-percent capacity. The bass bite should be great with the warm weather and fish moving up to spawn. Kokanee salmon should still be hitting dodger/hoochie or spinner combos at Dark Day.
CAMP FAR WEST—The lake is full. Bass fishing was good this past week. Monroe and Shirley Smith of West Sacramento caught limits of 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-pound bass. One angler got the surprise of his life when he landed a 30-pound catfish while trolling—they photographed the monster fish and released it.
COLLINS LAKE—Collins Lake Resort reported that the CIFFI Fishing Derby was a huge success with 170 anglers participating—it took almost 9 pounds to win. The lake received a private trophy trout plant that included tagged fish, plus two more pens were released for a total of almost 3000 pounds of new rainbows. Lots of pen-reared rainbows in the 2 1/2-pound range were caught this past week along with several 5 to 5 3/4 pounders. Larry and Sandra Wright of Marysville redeemed themselves after losing a stringer with a 7 pounder on it a couple of weeks ago by landing limits that included 5- and 5 3/4-pound rainbows. The biggest fish of the week was a 6 1/4-pound rainbow caught by Dana Sheldon of Antelope while using Power Bait at the dam. The bass fishing has really taken off with limits of spots to 3 pounds being caught by Dave Callison plus his grandson and great-grandson. One Sacramento group did very well on bass and redears using worms and minnows in Elmer’s Cove. They also landed a 6 3/4-pound catfish.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR—The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were picking up rainbows at the dam on Rapalas, and running dodger/Needlefish combos for rainbows and browns up above the “No-Ski” buoys.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR—The lake is at 50-percent capacity. The road was clear from Ralston Ridge Rd. to the south end of the dam.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 64-percent capacity. The road was plowed to the lake, but few reports were available about the fishing—mack trolling should be productive at the dam.
LAKE OROVILLE—The lake is at 87-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported that the bass bite was ‘white hot’. Bass could be found in all stages of the spawn—pre-spawn, on the beds, and post-spawn. Worms, jigs, tubes, Senkos, and drop-shotting were working best, while the reaction bite was sporadic using topwater, cranks, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and A-rigs. 50- to 100- fish days were the norm with lots of small males in the counts.
ROLLINS LAKE—The lake is 2-foot from full. Casey Reynolds of Auburn reported that shore fishermen were picking up 1 to 3 rainbow trout each at Long Ravine and Greenhorn using Power Bait and worms. Reynolds landed a 16-inch rainbow that weighed 1 3/4 pounds. Reynolds also said that one float tubers caught a limit of bass to 2 1/2 pounds on brown and green Git Zits at Long Ravine. A.J. Harris at Long Ravine Resort reported that trollers were picking up some nice rainbows at the dam earlier in the week before the strong winds kicked up by the weekend.
SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE—The lake is full and still producing rainbow trout for trollers working the dam and the area from the Cascade Shore boat ramp to Hensley. The smallmouth bass should be moving up into shallower water to spawn.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR—Shore anglers were still picking up holdover rainbows near the boat ramp on Power Bait. The campgrounds were scheduled to open for the season on April 26—call now for reservations.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR—The lake is full. The campgrounds are scheduled to open on April 19. Fishing was good trollers and fair for shore anglers catching holdover rainbows.