NORTH COAST RIVERS
North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFG’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is 707) 822-3164. For the Russian River and counties of Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin, call (707) 944-5533. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886. Many streams closed, and others change to artificial/barbless only on March 31 and others on April 25.
ROGUE RIVER, Lower, Ore.-There’s been an increase in the numbers of fall kings staging in the system and the number of anglers chasing them in the estuary, but the fish-to-boat ratio remains only fair, at about 20 kings per 80 boats. It will bust wide open soon, and you’ll want to be there when it does. Conditions need to be perfect for a good bite, but that can happen overnight. Some good days, but still more poor days than good. But be ready!!!
ROGUE RIVER, Central–Kings have reached the middle Rogue River, but angler success is poor, mostly because water temperatures are hitting the upper 60’s, which is not helping, Halfpounder action is starting to pick up.
ROGUE RIVER, Upper–Summer steelhead have been pretty dependable up here, and there’s still spring kings to find.
RUSSIAN RIVER-Some smallmouth bass chasing Rooster Tails and plastic grubs early and late, but then the river is literally over run with canoers and kayakers.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate-Trout fishing dropped off again, and this time it’s probably over for the rest of the summer.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Lots of salmon and steelhead have been entering the river and fishing has been very good for both species most days. Some Chinook are being caught by the mouth on spinners on tide changes, but the best fishing has been around Blue Creek where boondogging and drifting roe has been effective in good catches of several steelhead and salmon most days, with a few of each on days when fishing has been slower. Moss has been building up pretty heavily, so check your baits and lures frequently.
TRINITY RIVER, Junction City-Salmon fishing started out pretty good early in the week, but toward the weekend anglers were working hard for a couple of bites in a hard day’s fishing. The fall run should soon be starting, though, and steelhead entering the upper stretches in good numbers, too. The release at Lewiston Dam is now down to 450 cfs and will stay there until October.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek-Fishing was slow, and the canyon hot during the day, but some steelhead were being reported caught around Hoopa.
AMERICAN RIVER-Not much change from last week. Striped bass, mostly from 12 inches to 12 pounds are scattered throughout the length of the river, and anglers can have some decent fishing for them early and late before and after the sun and rafters hit the water. Flyfishing with Clouser streamers and poppers has been producing some hard strikes, while spin fishermen and bait casters are scoring on topwater lures, swimbaits, jumbo minnows, crawdads, and sardines.
FEATHER RIVER-The upper part of the Feather River below the salmon closure 1,000 feet below the Outlet Hole was giving up salmon only sporadically, and fishing pressure dropped off significantly from opening weekend. Downriver, fishing was better, with an average of around 1 per boat. Catches varied wildly, though. One day, it might be skunksville on a boat, the next day, there might be multiple hookups. It’s a question of being in the right place at the right time. The right place, as far as having the best odds of hooking a salmon has been from the mouth of the Yuba River to Shanghai rapids. Sardine-wrapped Kwikfish have been scoring the most hits by far. There also has been some decent striper fishing in the same area. They’re biting sardines and even occasionally chomping on a Kwikfish.
FOLSOM LAKE-Not much change, Fishing for bass continued to be “iffy.” Bass are hanging deep at the edges of drop-offs and submerged islands at around 20 feet, so to reach them it’s pretty much working Robo-Worms slow using drop-shot and Carolina-rig setups. Start out with darker or lighter patterns until you find what they are looking for.
MCCLOUD RIVER-The river is cold and trout are biting Mayfly and caddis patterns. The Nature Conservancy waters have been especially productive. There also has been a bit of dry fly activity in the evenings. Try elk hair caddis, EC caddis, or edible caddis on No. 14 hooks.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-The fishing pattern changed ever so slightly for the better last week. Yes, lots of annoying bait stealing stripers are being caught, but there were a few more reports of larger fish sprinkled in. A 22 pounder at Miller Park, some 8 to 10 pounders at the mouth of the American on topwater lures and swimbaits. Catfish are now keying on live bait like minnows and small bluegill rather than the usual cutbaits and stinkbaits. Bluegill are available just about anywhere the water slows down, like marinas, sloughs and ditches. And, some nice largemouth bass were caught in the Port of Sacramento last week.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Knight’s Landing-Not many reports, because most fishermen in the area were prospecting for salmon on the Feather River. However, the few anglers on the water were still catching lots of little striped bass for every keeper.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff-Fly fishing for the tailwater trout downstream of Keswick Dam continued to be very good last week, with jet boaters able to work the upper stretch above the Cypress Street Bridge which is impassible at high flows because of construction, and drift boaters fishing from Bonneview all the way down to Balls Ferry. Fly fishermen have been scoring on small nymphs under indicators, while spin fishermen have been drifting nightcrawlers and crickets.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir-Trout fishing has settled into a summer pattern with the lower section below Gibson warming up and fewer but larger fish being caught. The river is colder upstream, and fishing success better, but the size of the fish is smaller.
YUBA RIVER-Trout fishing continued to be pretty good for fly fishers drifting nymphs under indicators and dries like elk hair caddis, humpies and hopper imitations from Highway 20 on down.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-Algae in the mid-lake section cleared some and areas such as Rodman Slough, the western section of the Rattlesnake arm, the Anderson-Dollar Island area, Shag Rock, and Henderson Point had clearer water. The key was to start fishing early in the morning until about noon and to keep moving. Successful methods included crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms, Carolina rigs, and frogs. Fish in depths from 15 to 30 feet in the mid-lake section took crankbaits, worms, and Senkos. Another productive option has been catfishing in the evenings with crawdads.
LAKE BERRYESSA- Kokes are still in the main channel and anywhere from 40 to 68 feet deep and being caught on spinners, tubes and hoochies. A mixed bag of bass came from the north end in deeper water and working Blade Runner spoons in 1 1/4-ounce size. Carolina rigged Robo Worms pulled in a few on some shoreline structure.
UPPER BLUE LAKE-Trout fishing continued to be slow with no recent plants but DFG said they will be planting “soon.”
LAKE SONOMA-Landlocked steelhead to 21 inches and 2.7 pounds were caught but most of the fish are 15-18 inches. Steelies were 20-65 feet deep hitting nightcrawlers behind a gold dodger, a bikini Needlefish behind a RMT hyper plaid dodger, as well as an Apex. There is a 2-fish limit here now for them and the wardens are giving out tickets so be aware of the change for the 2010 season.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side-Stripers improved a bit, with baits drifted by running pumps or trolling with a 1 1/4-ounce Blade Runner spoon in Black Shad and also some key lime colors. Wind was an issue for both stripers and sturgeon. Sturgeon were in 20 to 35 feet of water and the outgoing tide has been the best option. Bait options continued to be a mix of eel, pile worms, and grass shrimp when it is available
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-Bass were the better bet and a steady bite was found inside and out of the weedlines with plastics in dark colors.
LAKE ALMANOR-Finesse fishing is still the way to go here. Troll in 40 to 60 feet, fish from 30 to 36 feet and scale down all your stuff. Use smaller hooks and garden worms. The Rec. 2 area and the A-Frame both produced trout. Bass were on the east side and taking crickets.
ANTELOPE LAKE -The trout fishing here continued to be stellar for anglers trolling Rapalas, a flasher/worm, or different colored Needlefish in 15 feet. Trolling was productive everywhere except in the warmer, shallow coves. Bass, catfish and panfish are also options here.
BAUM LAKE-Early morning has been getting the best reports, though the hatches in the evenings have been fairly good. Otherwise, the fish seem to be keeping to the shadows or deeper water during mid-day. As usual, Power Bait, Power Eggs and nightcrawlers were favorites. Fly fishermen reported red copper John’s or brown or olive woolly buggers were fooling a few fish. Lure fishermen are sticking with Panther Martins and Kastmasters.
BRITTON LAKE- Crappie are still biting, as are the smallmouth bass. Good bets are crappie jigs, crappie nibbles or crappie magnets in any color. Regulation changes now includes bluegill and perch in the 25-fish limit on crappie so be sure to count them in your total catch.
BURNEY CREEK-Caddis and callibaetis above the falls or attractor patterns work well here. Below the falls, try a pheasant tail, copper John, bird’s nest or hares ear.
CASSEL FOREBAY-The forebay continues to produce lots of pan-sized rainbows. Worms and eggs are working well and lots of limits were taken. The best time to fish was the morning in cooler temperatures. Some success fishing with spoons and spinners was also reported. Fly fishing in the morning and late evening improved over the previous week. Callibaetis nymphs, caddis and blood nymphs were all taking fish.
EAGLE LAKE-Fishing continues to be outstanding here. Trout are in their usual summer spots such as Miners Bay on the east side and Shrimp Island and Wildcat Point on the west side. The magic depths were 25 to 30 feet for bobber anglers but for trollers it was 8 to 30 feet deep due to minnow population that has exploded in those areas.
UPPER HAT CREEK-Fishing continued to be very good. The weekend was very busy with mid-week slightly less so. Once most kids return to school mid-August pressure will slow down a bit. Lots of fish were being caught with the occasional 3-5 pounder in the mix. Power Bait and worms seemed to be the best bet for taking more fish although some reported that crickets were the way to go to catch larger trout. DFG continues to plant twice a week. Based on reports, the majority of the plants at present are Eastern Brook Trout.
HAT CREEK (wild)-Fly fishing was good with stone fly imitations and caddis pupa triggering lots of strikes.
LEWISTON RESERVIOR-Trout fishing slowed but worms and orange Power Bait fished early or late in the day were the top baits. There are tons of midges here now so woolly buggers, black leeches, black midges and anything with olive green in it will work. Start at the dam in the morning and head to Coopers Gulch and Mary Smith campgrounds during the day where there is a little more shade. Fish were caught from the surface down to 15 feet.
MANZANITA LAKE–Surface activity has improved dramatically, especially in the mornings before large numbers of boaters hit this tiny lake. Some big browns are still being caught but reports indicate that matching the hatch has been difficult. Baetis, pheasant tails and callibaetis and ants all received a “thumbs up.” Remember to heed the special restrictions on this lake.
McCLOUD LAKE AND RIVER– The lake and river are in great shape and kicking out some nice trout. Trolling Sep’s dodgers with either grubs or worms was the way to go. In the river, back trolling small hotshots with worm trailers or bouncing baits was best. Flies produced some nice wild rainbows.
PIT RIVER-The Pit 3 reach access is closed until Labor Day weekend, then it closes again until October. The Labor Day holiday will be your last chance to fish this area before the flows are increased to unfishable levels for the rest of the year.
LAKE SHASTA-It’s been hot so the bass bite slowed. Try going up in lake arms where the water is cooler, in the 70s. Start off first with topwater and then switch to crankbaits and fish the mud lines. Trout are at 60 to 65 but not in main body, try the Pitt arm.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR-The bite was a little tougher, according to Mike Elster of Mike’s Fishing Guide Service. He had two limits with kokes between 13 and 16 inches. The bite was good from 6:30 to 8:30 and then from noon until 2:00 when he left. The afternoon bite was at the 299 Bridge where fish were schooling up in the heat of the day. Trolling depths were 50 to 65 feet down with Sling Blades and UV Apexs.
BERKELEY-The occasional spat of salmon kept things interesting, the New Easy Rider scoring 17 for 19, biggest 24 pounds, all caught between Muir Beach and Double Point. The best halibut action has been outside the bay, where the California Dawn tapped a bounty a few days last week. Things were looking rough on Monday, when the anglers on board finally found the fish at Seal Rock, putting 12 in the first drift, and finishing the day with 30 halibut, all caught from noon to 4 p.m.
BODEGA BAY- While the party boats focused on rockfish, there was a pretty consistent bite on king salmon that continued down off of Bird Rock. Private boaters with three to four anglers have consistently had their chances to score limits. Steve Jackson at King’s Sport and Tackle in Guerneville said the fish are on the bottom in 70 to 90 feet loading up on krill. “I’ve never seen them that fat! I fished Thursday and Friday and limited both days with fish 10 to 25 pounds.” Limits of rockfish were the rule on the charter boats, with the occasional lingcod. Captain Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler did have a couple combo trips that added a few kings to the fish box. “We’re going to focus on the salmon this week, and try mooching for them,” said Powers.
EMERYVILLE-Great mixed bag action all week, and this time, salmon were on the menu. The Superfish ran on Friday, finding five kings to 18 pounds targeting the waters near Duxbury Reef, and on Saturday, the New Huck Finn scored eight kings for 12 anglers, topped by a 27 pounder. The rest of the week, the fleet fished either the Farallones (rockfish limits plus lings), or the Marin Coast (mostly rockfish limits, the occasional ling and halibut). A few trips focused on halibut, finding up to two-plus fish around (the Aku Nui had 11 for four on Wednesday).
EUREKA-John Corbett at the Pro Sport Center had breaking news on Sunday, his roommate Tom Helberg was one of the few boats that went out for salmon in mildly sloppy conditions to find hot action on kings with limits the result. “They had two triple hookups, and I don’t know if it was big fish or not, but Tom caught a 30 pounder,” said Corbett. Redtail surfperch fishing slowed, as has the Pacific halibut action. California halibut in the bay have offered a spotty bite with one or two fish per boat for the anglers putting in time. Still live bait available at Woodley Island, $10 for a half scoop of anchovies.
FORT BRAGG-Salmon action faded out mid-week, then showed promise again on Friday for a hard working crew on the Telstar. That day, four boated three kings, topped by a 17 pounder up at 10-Mile Beach. The bottomfishing was more consistent, with limits of rockfish the norm, and a few nice lingcod bonus to the catch. The Telstar will run a dive trip on Aug. 13, focusing on free diving for abalone.
HALF MOON BAY-Bottomfishing picked up momentum with decent weather and generally better fishing conditions. “We’ve been fishing locally from Three Rocks to Tunitas for rockfish,” said Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat. “We’ve been catching Bolinas, copper, vermilion and a few china rockfish and just recently, some school fish are starting to bite the shrimp flies.” A few trips targeted Farallon Island action, with tougher conditions. “The anglers really had to work for their fish,” said Mattusch. Bonus lings to 22 pounds were the high side.
POINT SAN PABLO-Captain Frank Miller on the Fury had another solid action shark trip, this time scoring six sevengill cow sharks to 60 pounds, and bigger ones that got away. “Despite the big tides, we had a good day,” said Miller. The bite came at Yellow Bluff on squid bait.
SAN FRANCISCO- The salmon action was hit and miss, but actually picked up for the weekend with a solid bite on Sunday. On board the Wacky Jacky, the Yerba Buena Anglers Club scored kings to 20 pounds, and one angler had a 33-pound limit! The best halibut bite was outside the bay on the north or south bar. Captain Steve Talmadge on Flash Fishing reported a couple good days when his anglers caught 10 ‘buts to 15 one day, and nine to 18 the next. Both days produced jumbo token stripers, one 20 pounder and one 19 pounder.
SHELTER COVE-A top bet for bottomfish, Pacific halibut with even some salmon on the side. Tougher is getting a spot on a charter boat, since the Bite Me is booked through the season. Captain Trent Slate said the action has been great, weather permitting, with an exceptional lingcod bite the high spot lately.
BLUE LAKES-Both Upper and Lower Lakes are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. One family reported excellent success at Lower Blue this past week with easy limits for all while fishing from the shore with worms.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 74-percent capacity. Some big browns have been hitting for trollers. Holdover rainbows are hitting nightcrawlers and Kastmaster spoons fished off the dam and the left side of the dam along the creek channel. Heavy recreational boat traffic makes it hard on trollers during the day so be out early or late.
CAPLES LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. EID started releasing water and the lake will be down 2 1/2 feet by this weekend. Fishing has been fair for trollers. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Guide Service fished this past week and landed seven trout to 2 1/2 pounds on Sep’s new StrikeMaster dodger trailing a brown grub. The fish all came in the top 15 feet. Caples Lake Resort reported checking in one limit up to 19 inches that was caught on Power Bait drifted in Emigrant Cove. Shore anglers are catching some fish off the dam or a Wood’s Creek inlet.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)-West and East received 1800 pounds of trout from Alpine County late this past week. Fishing is excellent on the East Fork near the Carson River Resort on bait, lures and flies. Fish to 6 1/4 pounds were weighed in this past Sunday. The West Fork is running low and clear and anglers need to use stealth to be successful. Stay away from the bank, use light tackle and tread lightly.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Fishing Guide Service reported that trolling is still the best bet. When WON called on Sunday morning he was netting a fish taken on a No. 1 copper/red Dick Nite at 16 feet deep near the island. Fly fishing has shut off and shore fishing action is dead.
DONNER LAKE-The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Fishing has slowed way down since the last plant a month ago. Patient anglers are still picking up fish at the public piers on worms.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON-Caribou Crossroads Resort still selling lots of nightcrawlers and crickets to anglers working the deeper holes in the North Fork for trout and the East Branch for the occasional trout and smallmouth bass. The best trout are still coming out of the Caribou Powerhouse when the generators are running. The Bar Fire has not been a threat to the Resort.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 46-percent capacity. One local troller was doing well on 15- to 18-inch rainbows working a gold Thomas Buoyant at 12 feet deep at Lunker Point. Shore fishing is still okay at the dam.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-Upper Salmon Lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Most anglers are complaining about the heavy recreational traffic forcing them off the water and the small size of the fish that are being caught.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-The campgrounds are still closed for repaving. Woodfords Station had little to report on angling success. Small boaters or float tubers able to reach the channel between the dam and the boat ramp will have the best luck.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-Mountain Hardware and Sports reported good action for some browns to 6 pounds on Rapalas and for rainbows running 16 to 20 inches at the dam and up in the Yuba River arm on Needlefish and Dick Nites in red/silver.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Trolling along the south side is still holding up as is the shore fishing off the dam. Some smallmouth action reported up in the Narrows.
LAKE TAHOE-The bite has improved markedly since the previous week. Chuck Self at Chuck’s Fishing Charters limited out by 8:30 a.m. on Macks to 10 pounds this past week trolling Rapalas at 140 to 250 feet off Crystal Bay Point. Self said you have to try several rigs until you find the one that works that day. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners reported limit kokanee action for two grades of fish. Trolling at 45 to 65 feet deep over 300 to 400 feet of water with pink or orange hoochies behind chrome dodgers has been producing 12- to 14-inch kokes. The bigger fish, 15 to 19 inches, have moved into 60 to 70 feet of water and are suspended within ten feet of the bottom and are being caught on jigged 2 1/2-inch Buzz Bombs and 1-ounce Bomber Slab spoons. The bigger fish are mostly males that are just beginning to turn. Nielsen has also been doing well on Macks with limits of 4 to 6 pounders by 7:30 trolling at 170 to 200 feet deep. Nielsen landed a 27-to 29-pound Mack late Sunday afternoon on a 12-inch Castaic swimbait trolling 160 feet deep at the mouth of Emerald Bay.
LOON LAKE-The lake is at 78-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service fished here this past week and found fish all over the lake from the top to 30 feet deep. The bite was best in the early morning on a dodger/spinner-nightcrawler combo. The rainbows were running from 9 to 15 inches. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service recommended using a brown grub with no dodger after the sun hits the water.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Trollers are doing well on a big 8- to 10-inch dodger trailing a nightcrawler at the mouth of Prosser Creek at 20 feet for 12- to 18-inch rainbows.
PYRAMID LAKE-Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters has been doing very well on the Sacramento perch using red/white 1/8- and 1/4-ounce tube and marabou jigs at 25 to 40 feet deep at the Needles. His clients landed 24, 72, and 51 fish on his last three trips with fish running 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds.
RED LAKE-Big algae bloom has shut off the fishing. No reports of any success coming into Woodfords Station.
SILVER LAKE-The lake is at 88-percent capacity. Only one boat was seen on the lake this past week by Dale Daneman of Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service while returning from Caples Lake. Trolling should be better than bank fishing in the deeper sections of the lake.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 64-percent capacity. Still some nice kokanee being caught at 48 to 58 feet deep on Radical Glow Tubes in pink, red, and chartreuse. Some Reno anglers reported success on a dodger trailing a Berkley Leech in black or green. Some boaters have been jigging for the kokes near the bottom on isolated humps with Buzz Bombs, and Crippled Herring.
TRUCKEE RIVER-Fly fishing is good. Crawfish patterns are working for big brown as the craws are molting and are easy prey. Grasshoppers are hatching and hopper terrestrial patterns are working well. Cooler nights have brought on a good BWO hatch as well as caddis. A 13-pound brown was reportedly caught in the Verdi area and pictures are supposedly available on Truckee fishing chat sites.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 86-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle reported that the kokes are hitting pink prawn hoochies and pink-purple Wee Tads behind a watermelon Wild Thing dodger at 40 to 60 feet. The bite is best if you’re on the water before first light and stay away from all the other boats. Sunlight and boat traffic will definitely shut off the bite. The kokes are running 13 to 15 inches.
WEST WALKER RIVER-Both the Little Walker and West Walker are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Mono County is scheduled to make a plant of 3- to 4-pound Alpers trout and another plant of 1- to 1 1/2-pound Alpers this week also. Fishing has been excellent on bait, lures and flies with anglers catching all the fish they want, with some up to 4 pounds.
AMERICAN RIVER-Water flows are down to summer levels and the trout are bunched up in the deeper pools. Anglers hiking down into the Middle Fork are doing okay on some nice rainbows and browns.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Not much word from Emerald Cove Marina about the fishing. There should still be some small kokanee being caught up in the North Fork Yuba arm, and small spotted bass are all over the banks.
CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is at 68-percent capacity. Catfish action has been good for shore anglers using chicken livers at the campgrounds at night. North Shore Resort reported cats up to 5 pounds this past week. Only bass action reported has been for small largemouths. There’s heavy recreational boat activity here and lots of jet skiers.
COLLINS LAKE-The lake is down 13 feet from full. Catfish action has been very good with some fish to 11 pounds showing this past week. Night fishing off the docks, dam, and Elmer’s Cove has been best for cats using chicken livers, anchovies, and sardines. Trout are still hitting for anglers fishing near the dam or drifting bait along the east side at 20 to 30 feet deep. Some trolling action for trout, but bait fishing is more reliable. Some bass and redears are still being caught on worms and crawdads.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Trout action has improved for boaters drifting nightcrawlers and Power Bait in the river channel up near Buck’s Beach. The fish are a mix of rainbows and browns, 9 to 10 inches.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 76-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that trout action has been good here. The best action is very early in the morning for trollers using flasher or dodger/worm combos.
FULLER LAKE-Not much word on any success here since it hasn’t been planted by the DFG since early July.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that there were plenty of fish being caught, but didn’t have any specific info available.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 66-percent capacity. The fishing here is very slow with the lake level dropping so fast. Bass anglers are having some luck either early or late on topwater when the sun is off the water but daytime action is TOUGH!! Drop-shotters are scratching for 1 or 2 fish at 35 to 40 feet. There’s little to report on coho action either.
ROLLINS LAKE-Long Ravine Resort reported good action for bass and some trout around the marina on nightcrawlers. Trout action is pretty good for boaters drifting nightcrawlers at 30 feet inside the buoy line at the dam or up at the inlet of the Bear River. One boater reported doing well in Freeloaders Cove drifting nightcrawlers for bass and trout. No limits of trout are being reported though.
SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE-Fishing has been slow according to Scott’s Flat Lake Resort. The surface temp is up to 78-degrees and early mornings or late evenings are best in the coves for anglers drifting nightcrawlers for smallmouth bass and some trout.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-Action is best very early or late when the sun is off the water for anglers using Power Bait or worms along the steeper shores. The lake hasn’t been planted by the DFG since early July.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. There’s still good action for 12- to 14-inch rainbows for anglers heading up to the inlet of Pilot Creek, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station. Anglers are either casting spinners from a boat or from the shore.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-Bass bite is still good using frogs on hot days along the tules. The heavy water releases from Lake Oroville are keeping the water level high here, so the fish are up on the tule banks.