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.

COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Ore.-This river is only 20 minutes from the Coquille, and if one isn’t producing, the other most likely will be, so it’s a decision that can make or break your day, according to guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret’s Guide Service. It’s only the beginning of the season, so stay tuned!

COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Ore.-Salmon fishing here for kings and coho has been good as the fish pass through on their way upriver, and one of Curtis Palmer’s clients caught one 42.25 inches long and 28.5 inches wide this week. “It’s not on fire yet,” Palmer, of River Secrets Guide Service said. But it has produced steady action.

ROGUE RIVER estuary, Gold Beach, Ore.-Still a disappointment to the local guides, who normally are “filling their freezers” with these bright early fall fish that stage in the estuary. They are there, sometimes boiling the surface, but they’re just not biting. Some still find a salmon or two if they’re lucky. Guide Curtis Palmer said it best; “As long as the bay continues to have these large numbers of salmon swimming in it, there is a chance that we will get to have some days when almost every boat has a few salmon tagged.”

RUSSIAN RIVER-Broken record here: heavy water sport crowd in the form of kayakers, rafters and swimmers and fishermen are left a few hours early or late for smallmouth bass.

UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Ore.-“The water should be boiling, as hot as the fishing has been over the last five days,” was the report from WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service. He said that for about two weeks every year the fishing here “can’t be matched anywhere on the Oregon coast,” and apparently now’s the time. Some guides getting seven salmon in an hour! Two drawbacks: crowds, and the run is short-lived, so by the time you get there it might be back to “normal”.

TRINITY-KLAMATH RIVERS

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Fishing for adult salmon slowed in the lower Klamath last week, but anglers were catching a few adults, some jacks and good numbers of large wild and hatchery steelhead. Most fishing effort has been between Klamath Glen and Blue Creek. Some fishermen were trolling spinners in the estuary on tide swings.

KLAMATH RIVER, Weitchpec-Fishing was slow at the mouth of the Trinity River. Fall run Chinook have yet to show in the lower river. The water and air temperatures are very warm and fishing is not likely to pick up until both cool down somewhat. Check your regulations for season openers and closures on lower sections of the Trinity effective Sept. 1

TRINITY RIVER, Junction City-Anglers were catching from two to five salmon a day, a mix of darker fish and newly arrived salmon. A few more steelies were showing, as well. Backtroll Kwikfish early then switch to roe.

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER-The Middle Fork below the dam at French Meadows Reservoir is kicking out nice limits of rainbows for anglers willing to hike down to the river and fish the deeper pools.

BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Fishing has been slow in general for bass, trout and kokanee according to Emerald Cove Marina. A few kokanee are still hitting for trollers up river in the Garden Point area. On the bright side, recreational boat traffic is starting to slow down now that some schools are in session.

CAMP FAR WEST-Slow fishing for bass and catfish according to North Shore Resort. One angler reported fishing all night for just two cats, described as “pan-sized”. South Shore Resort will be closing after the Labor Day holiday weekend.

COLLINS LAKE-The lake is now 17 feet from full. Fishing has been fair with a few limits of trout taken by anglers who put their time in either trolling or drifting Power Bait by the dam or in the middle of the lake. Catfish up to 10 pounds were weighed in this past week along with a few bass and redears. Trout action is best at a depth of 25 to 30 feet. Catfish action is best at night with chicken livers and crawdads.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. PG&E made another plant of 10- to 12-inch rainbows this past Friday and trollers have been having a field in the marina running a flasher/worm combo in the lanes between the houseboats. Houseboaters are doing well off the back of their boats with worms. The previous week’s trout plant has dispersed up the lake toward Keystone Cove. Fishing is best during the week due to the heavy recreational boat traffic on weekends.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-Still some good action on browns at the inlet using F-7 and F-9 Rapalas, trolled at 2.5- to 3-mph 120 to 150 feet behind the boat, according to Will Fish Tackle in Auburn.

FULLER LAKE-According to Will Fish Tackle in Auburn, the DFG planted the lake heavily this past week with both rainbows and browns. Anglers at the dam said the water was full of fish and limits were easy to catch on worms and salmon eggs. Trollers in kayaks and canoes were doing well trolling F-5 and F-7 Rapalas for 10- to 12-inch rainbows and 12- to 14-inch browns.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-Boaters working the inlet of the Rubicon River are catching nice stringers of rainbows and browns. Trollers are picking up a few Mackinaw to 10 pounds at the dam on frog pattern Lyman lures and No. 18 vampire Rapalas at 80 feet deep. Work the lures slowly 120 feet behind the boat for the macks. Kokanee action has slowed.

LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is down to 62-percent capacity. Bass fishing is TOUGH due to the rapidly falling water level, which has a tendency to suspend the fish out in deep water. Mike Hanson from Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that last Tuesday evening’s turkey shoot produced three fish for 42 anglers-the big fish measured 16 1/2 inches. Drop-shotting is the best bet. No word on any coho action.

ROLLINS LAKE-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Lots of trout, rainbows and browns, and smallmouth bass are coming off the docks in Long Ravine Resort on nightcrawlers. Still heavy recreational boat traffic on the weekends.

SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE-The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Slow for bass and trout according to Scott’s Flat Resort. High water levels have increased recreational boat traffic all summer.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-Rainbows still being caught off the steeper banks near the dam on Power Bait and worms.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Still good catches of 12- to 14-inch planter rainbows coming from the inlet of Pilot Creek.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-Some topwater action for bass along the tules, but most anglers have switched over to salmon fishing below the Outlet.

NORTH SALTWATER

BERKELEY-Halibut counts were high early in the week, but the bite tapered off for the weekend. Captain Brian Chan ran the California Dawn on a special shark trip on Saturday, scoring 31 leopards, 10 sevengills and a lunker 80-pound soupfin shark. The Happy Hooker focused on rockfish, finding near limits on Saturday plus nine lings to 10 pounds. Fishing was tougher on Sunday, the anglers on board finding half limits of rockfish and no lings.

BODEGA BAY- Captain Bob Monckton on Reel-lentless ran a trip up the coast for rockfish, finding limits of cod. Combo trips on the New Sea Angler found a couple salmon to 20 pounds on Friday, but the weekend trips focused on rockfish, with limits the result, and plenty of big vermilion, copper and Bolinas rockfish.

EMERYVILLE-Good mixed action all week at the Farallon Islands, along the Marin Coast and in the bay. A few surprises in a 40-pound salmon caught on the Captain Hook, a 43-pound Pacific halibut caught on the New Huck Finn, and a 44-pound one caught on the C Gull II. Most of the boats scored rockfish limits, with a few lings, and a few halibut.

EUREKA-Good ocean conditions until the weekend, when the wind picked up. Prior, Captain Tim Klassen on Reel Steel ran five straight days of trips to Cape Mendocino, finding rockfish limits, a few lingcod, and on three days, Pacific halibut. Salmon are still possible, but most of the fish are out deep. Captain Phil Glenn on Shellback netted four kings on Thursday weighing from the teens to 26 pounds. By the weekend, warm tuna currents were about 40 to 50 miles out.

FORT BRAGG-While bottomfishing closed for boat anglers, salmon are still an option. Abalone is open until Nov. 30. Some of the charter boats are looking to albacore and Pacific halibut to fill out the season.

HALF MOON BAY-The fleet did great on bottomfishing trips through the week until the weather lumped up on the weekend. Great variety in the catch, with rockfish, lingcod and cabezon mixing up the catch. The white seabass action tapered off as squid left the area.

OYSTER POINT-Captain Jack Chapman on Lovely Linda II reported his best action drifting the waters near Duxbury for a mixed catch dominated by halibut, but with some bonus rockfish in the catch. “Each drift along a rocky ridge a couple miles above the Duxbury can produced both halibut and rockfish,” said Chapman. A stop off in the bay finished the day with a leopard shark.

SAN FRANCISCO-Captain Steve Talmadge on Flash Fishing found some good action on halibut and a surprise soupfin shark on his live bait trips. The ‘but action came from the North Bar, but the soupfin hit inside the bay at Angel Island. Later in the week, one of his anglers caught a 47-pound white seabass at the North Bar. Captain Jacky Douglas on the Wacky Jacky reported the same spotty salmon fishing, most trips scoring under one around, but all big smokers.

SANTA CRUZ– WON writer Ray Rychnovsky fished with Captain Ken Stagnaro between Davenport and Pigeon Point on the large sports fishing boat, Velocity, out of Santa Cruz. The seas were relatively calm and everyone caught mixed limits including big copper rockfish and vermillion. Deckhand Kris Victorino say it was exciting to see so many large fish. Several lingcod shorter than the legal limit had to be released. See his report on this trip in the next issue of WON.

SAUSALITO-The New Rayann was on fire for lunker kings, accounting for three over 30 pounds, all from the Marin Coast from spots like Duxbury and the Towers.

SHELTER COVE-Great bottomfishing until the weather came up on the weekend, then the boats had a tougher time. This year has been great for lings, with limits on many boats. Salmon fishing has been hit and miss, but a few kings are showing up for anglers spending the time to target them. Pacific halibut fishing has been much slower this year. “We had 124 Pacific halibut last year, and so far only about 24 this year,” said Captain Trent Slate of Shelter Cove Sportfishing. “Weather was a huge factor.” No recent albacore reports.

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

AMERICAN RIVER–Good steelhead fishermen were enjoying some decent steelhead fishing, and smaller striped bass continued to be caught as well. Dead-drift caddis larvae and caddis pupa imitations in the series of riffles downstream of the bike bridge on both sides of the river, Glen Hall Park, and Watt Avenue. Keep moving to find concentrations of fish. Prince nymphs, Birds nest’s, Foxes pupa, even egg patterns have been productive. Spin fishermen were getting bites on drifted nightcrawlers and spinners. Some stripers, mostly small ones, were also being caught on Clouser streamers soft plastic swimbaits, Pencil Poppers and jerkbaits. For the best shot at a big striper, soak a soft shell crawdad in a deep pool below a rapid. Flows on the American River were ideal at 2,000 cfs and headed for 1,750 cfs.

FEATHER RIVER-Salmon fishing was pretty good around Boyd’s Pump and above Shanghai Rapids last week. The catch per boat ranged from 1 to 3, plus the occasional skunk. Most anglers are anchoring up in a good travel lane with sardine-wrapped Kwikfish or Silvertron spinners. Fishing in the upper section open to salmon fishing 1,000 feet below the Outlet Hole to Gridley continued to be poor.

FOLSOM LAKE-No change. Lots of boat traffic on weekends, and not much of a bite or a pattern. Submerged islands, and sunken edges of river channels between 20 and 30 feet deep seem to be where most bass are being found these days. Drop-shot Robo-Worms in light shad patterns, or darker oranges and browns.

MCCLOUD RIVER-Dead-drift Mayfly and caddis nymph patterns during the day, and switch to dries in the evening elk hair caddis, EC caddis, or edible caddis on No. 14 hooks.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-It’s small striped bass, panfish, and catfish in sloughs and ditches. The Port of Sacramento is also producing some catfish to 10 pounds and panfish which are taking mealworms and redworms. People are gearing up for the start of salmon season on the Lower Sacramento River from Sept. 4 to Oct. 3 from the Highway 113 Bridge near Knights Landing to the Carquinez Bridge, although prospects are less than promising.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff-Fly fishing for trout continued to be very good in the Posse Ground area of Redding (boats cannot pass under the Cypress Street Bridge under current flows), and from Bonneview down to Balls Ferry. Dead drift small caddis nymphs under indicators and drift nightcrawlers and crickets.

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir-Trout fishing was a little slower last week as flows continued to drop and the river warmed a bit more. Fish pocket water with indicators– Prince nymphs and rubberlegs with smaller nymphs underneath.

YUBA RIVER-Trout fishing continued to be very good especially on larger hopper-imitating dries like Stimulators. The Highway 20 Bridge access is one of the better starting points. Driftboaters are floating to Sycamore Ranch above the Daguerre Dam. It’s private and a fee is required to take out there.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BLUE LAKES-Campgrounds have been overrun with bears that are harassing the campers in their relentless search for an easy meal. Not much word on the fishing according to Woodfords Station Store.

BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 74-percent capacity. The early morning bite is best for rainbows at the inlet and there is a sporadic bite for browns at the dam, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports.

CAPLES LAKE-Early mornings are best for both shore anglers and trollers. Shore anglers are doing well at the spillway, dam and Wood’s Creek with Power Bait and worms. Trollers have been working the middle of the lake and Emigrant Cove at 25 feet with flasher/worm combos and Rapalas. Very windy and cold this past weekend.

CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Both East and West are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Some big fish were taken from both the East and West as a result of the plants made by Alpine County this past week, according to Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort. Jake Andronico of Fairfax landed an 8 pounder on the West Fork using a nightcrawler. Stew Wilkinson and son Cody of Elk Grove picked up a 2-pound brown, a 3-pound rainbow and a 5 1/2-pound rainbow while fishing the East Fork with nightcrawlers.

DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Not much change; Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Fishing Guide Service is still picking up rainbows from 15 to 21 inches on the silver/red Dick Nite and yellow watermelon Needlefish at 16 feet near the island. One day he only had four fish but they were all big-a 17-inch, two 18 inchers, and a 3 1/2-pound, 21 incher.

DONNER LAKE-The lake is at 96-percent capacity. Slow bite for most anglers. Locals who are very familiar with the lake are still picking up some rainbows. Local experts have been jigging up some nice macks out of deep water with Buzz Bombs and Gibbs Minnows.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON-All the fires are out along the Hwy 70 corridor. Butt Valley Reservoir kicked out a 27-inch brown for Jim Livingston of Manton on a Hex fly while float tubing at the dam. Smallmouth action has been good also at Butt Valley. River action has been hit-and-miss. The Caribou Powerhouse is a consistent producer when the generators are running.

FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 43-percent capacity. Trolling is still good in the Lunker Point area at 10 feet using a gold Thomas Buoyant. Drop down to 25 feet in the deeper water in the middle of the lake for rainbows running 15 to 18 inches.

GOLD LAKES BASIN-Gold, Packer, Lower Sardine, and Upper Salmon are all scheduled to receive DFG trout plants this week.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Action has been reported to be slow. Most of the fish being caught are small DFG planters, running 8 to 10 inches.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Water temps are too warm for any trout plants. Campgrounds are supposed to open by Wednesday of this week, but fishing will be poor unless you can get over the deep water in the channel that runs from the boat ramp to the dam in a float tube or kayak/canoe.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-The lake is at 89-percent capacity and scheduled to receive a DFG trout plant this week. Trolling at the rocky point across from the boat ramp and along the steeper banks up in the river arm is producing mostly holdover rainbows running 13 to 16 inches on standard rigging. Try flasher/worm combos, Uncle Larry’s spinners, threaded nightcrawlers, Humdingers, and Needlefish.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Campers have been picking up some planter rainbows at the Chimney Campground on Power Bait. No trolling success reported this week.

LAKE TAHOE-Thunderstorms and windy weather blew boaters off the lake for most of this past week. John Shearer at Tahoe Sportfishing reported that his boats did well when they could get out on kokanee fishing the Camp Rich and Cascade areas at 50 to 80 feet with flasher/Kokanee Pro combos tipped with corn. Shearer’s boats picked up early limits of 3- to 6-pound Macks at Dollar Point using flasher/minnow rigs at 120 to 160 feet. Macks to 14 pounds were landed running below the kokanee schools. Kokanee and small Macks are showing signs of having been attacked by some much larger fish (bite marks and torn fins). Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported early limits at Crystal Bay Point at 180 feet on Rapalas and Coyote spoons. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners put a client on a 15 pounder this past week trolling 150 feet deep with a Thunder Stick. Nielsen has also been jigging for both Macks and kokes on the SW end of the lake from 75 to 200 feet deep.

LOON LAKE-The lake is at 72-percent capacity. The bite has slowed according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle, but trollers can still pick up some fish getting out early and toplining a flasher/worm combo. Neeser said a friend of his had two limits of 9- to 13-inch rainbows by noon this past week.

PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 69-percent capacity. There’s a sporadic smallmouth bite at the dam in the evenings. Trout bite has been excellent since the DFG plant this past week but fish should disperse by this week and then the Hobart Mills ramp and inlet area should be good in the morning.

PYRAMID LAKE-Cold water currents moving into the Needles and Hell’s Kitchen areas have slowed the Sacramento bite, according to Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters. He did say that his clients caught over 50 cutthroats on jigs while they were after perch. The trout were all released, but provided a great day of fishing.

RED LAKE-Still covered with algae making fishing tough.

SILVER LAKE-The lake is scheduled to receive a DFG trout plant this week. Plasses Resort reported that the fishing has been very slow–even the locals haven’t been doing very well. Hopefully the DFG plant will improve the bite.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported good action on kokanee this past weekend with limits for two clients by 10 a.m. Kennedy used a UV Glow Sling Blade with a Green Measles Pee Wee and a Shattered Eye Sling Blade with an Uncle Larry’s Tropical Tiger all tipped with red Pautzke’s Fire Corn trolled behind a Chrome Shark cannonball at 60 to 70 feet. The bite is still early, from first light until 10 a.m., straight out from the ramp toward the island.

TRUCKEE RIVER-The River is fishing well for fly casters. Use heavily weighted big stones with a Size 16 or 18 PT or Copper John on a dropper during the day. Evenings will produce on dries in caddis, PED, and little sulphur patterns. The flows are up in the Little Truckee and midges, Copper Johns, PT’s, San Juan’s, and PMD’s are all working.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 82-percent capacity. Slow for kokanee, though some Macks can be caught trolling a flasher/herring at 80 to 100 feet.

WEST WALKER RIVER-The West Walker and Little Walker are both scheduled to receive DFG trout plants this week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported that the fishing is “PHENOMENAL” with fish so thick that some fly casters have been able to catch over 200 fish in three days. Most of the rainbows are DFG planters running 12 inches, but there are still a few of the big Alpers trout left. Another Alpers trout plant will be made by Mono County just before the Labor Day weekend.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE-Go deeper for bass. Deep diving crankbaits in shad and craw colors, jig combinations that mimic craws and bluegill, and dark colored worms all fished around some sort of rock have been producing consistent bites for anglers who can take advantage of the light midweek fishing pressure. Another option has been for catfish on a bite in Henderson, the State Park area, and Dollar Island. Find them with nightcrawlers, live crawdads, and cut mackerel in water 10 to 20 feet deep on areas with rocks.

LAKE BERRYESSA-Kokes should be biting for another three weeks or so in deeper waters on the east side. Try short leaders, a lot of scent and a trolling speed of 1.4 to 1.6 mph and you can make your limits. The bass bite was on and off but a spoon bite is developing. Meanwhile try Carolina rigged Robo Worms in Aarons Magic color in 20 to 30 feet of water.

UPPER BLUE LAKE-Warm water and weather has trout deeper and the bite slow. Trout fishing continued to be slow with no recent plants.

LAKE SONOMA-Steelies have been between 45 and 60 feet and an Apex in silver or purple worked great paired with RMT’s UV Tiger dodger and their hyper plaid dodgers. Most fish were by the dam. 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.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

LAKE ALMANOR-A bite is developing for rainbow, browns and salmon but with no concentration yet. There were a few in the Hamilton area and Big Springs but scattered east and west from the Dorado Inn on the east side where there was a decent bite. There was also still a bite at the A-frame. Try trolling a naked worm at 35 feet.

ANTELOPE LAKE-An excellent trout bite continues here for as many fish as you want, but just keep five, of course. Trolling Rapalas, a flasher/worm, or different colored Needlefish in 15 feet produced a lot of trout. Bass, catfish and panfish are also options here.

BUCKS LAKE–The Mill Creek arm has been the best area to target both rainbow and brook trout. Live baits such as nightcrawlers or crickets were their preferred choices.

BAUM LAKE- Fish are still keeping to the deeper waters during mid-day. As usual, Power Bait, Power Eggs and nightcrawlers were favorites. Red copper john’s or brown or olive colored wooly buggers, Panther Martins and Kastmasters were productive as well.

BRITTON LAKE-Crappie are still biting, as well as a few smallmouth bass. Good bets continue to be crappie jigs, crappie nibbles and crappie magnets. Color does not seem to be an issue. Regulation change now includes bluegill and perch in the 25 fish limit on crappie, so be sure to count them in your total catch.

BURNEY CREEK-The bit here has been consistent on the usual, caddis and callibaetis above the falls or attractor patterns. Below the falls try a pheasant tail, copper john, bird’s nest or hares ear.

CASSEL FOREBAY- The fore bay is still putting out lots of limits of rainbows and brookies. Some hefty 15- to 18-inch fish are not uncommon. Worms are working the best but spinners and salmon eggs are taking fish as well. The pressure has also eased here so the fishing should continue to be good in the weeks to come. Fly fishing in the morning continues to be the best with very little action in the evening. Callibaetis and midges were working well.

EAGLE LAKE-Wind and cooler nights moved the trout. By Sunday fish were on the east side off Miner’s Bay and there was a good trolling bite at 18 to 25 feet in 50 to 60 feet of water. We’re close to transition time again, if the nights continue to get cooler, fish will start moving back to the north and shallower waters. Best baits were Sep’s No. 2 watermelon or brown grubs or nightcrawlers.

UPPER HAT CREEK- The kids have mostly gone back to school and mid week fishing pressure definitely reflected this. Anglers caught lots of brookies with a few rainbows in the mix. Worms and spinners were the preferred bait as most plants were brook trout. Not much action on some of the larger fish in the creek but stories of the big one that got away still persists. More of the big brooder trout will likely be planted prior to Labor Day.

HAT CREEK (wild) -Copper Johns and psycho princes drifted under a dry stimulator worked well.

LEWISTON RESERVIOR-Worms and orange Power Bait fished early or late in the day can be productive here. Start at the dam in the morning and the head over to Coopers Gulch or 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 continues both early and late. Zebra midges patterns in sizes 18 and smaller continue to take more fish. Waterboatmen were also working well when stripped quickly. This lake produces some be fish when the temperatures cool down in the fall so don’t overlook this body of water for a chance at some trophy fish. Remember to heed the special restrictions on this lake.

McCLOUD LAKE AND RIVER-SC Guide Service reported good action on the lake directly out from the dock, around the first corner heading south and towards the dam. Reports from The Fly Shop in Redding showed river flows and clarity have been good and so has the fishing. Nymphing under strike indicators, swinging streamers, or fishing dries in the evenings have all produced fish. Super Floss rubber legs still seems to be the top producer and dropping a smaller nymph behind it will pick up some nice fish as well.

PIT RIVER-Downsize your flies and target the faster white water. The fish push up into those areas because there is more oxygen for them. Adding another split shot or two is a good idea and will help you get down to the fish. The road to Pit No. 3 is closed until the fall, leaving only the bottom end of Pit 4 and Pit 5 to fish.

LAKE SHASTA-Trout have been from 40 to 65 feet down and on the move. Limits are possible but take a little longer as you have to find them. Salmon were a little deeper but by the dam. Start off first with topwater and then switch to crank baits and fish the mud lines for bass. Try going up in lake arms where the water is cooler for bass.