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.
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-The ocean “Bubble” fishery got off to a slow start, take-wise, although there were over a hundred boats outside the harbor opening day, only boating a few dozen fish up to 45 pounds, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild River’s Fishing. Weather was a big factor, with winds playing havoc, according to Martin. The last week of the ocean “Bubble” season usually produces the biggest fish as they gather at the mouth for the first big rain and “blow out” of the river.
COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Ore.–The salmon fishing for Chinooks is fair on most days, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer. The coho fishing is slightly better than fair, and reacting well to spinners being trolled above the Highway 101 bridge and below Rocky Point boat ramp. Rough surf during the end of the week were blamed for the lack of fresh salmon entering the river before the weekend. This river should have more good salmon fishing over the next couple weeks. Remember, that this is one of only a couple places in Oregon that harvesting a native coho is legal, Palmer said.
ROGUE RIVER estuary, Gold Beach, Ore.-Guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service gave us the bad news over the weekend, proving true what WON Field Reporter Dave Pitts forecast last week: What anglers thought was the start of good fishing for the mouth of the Rogue river, came to a halt in a week. On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Rogue Bay was back too having some fish jumping and rolling with very few being caught. Most of the few salmon that were caught over the last week were native coho salmon which cannot be retained at this time in the river.
RUSSIAN RIVER-Nothing but smallmouth bass here until rains blow it open.
SMITH RIVER-Guide Phil Desautel of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service is back, and he said that nobody is fishing the Smith due to dirty, low water. Even during the high tides, of a week ago, there were more fishermen than salmon at the mouth, but it’s closed now and into the low flow closure mode.
UMPQUA RIVER, Main Stem, Roseburg, Ore.–The river has come alive with bright coho at Forks River Park this last week. Anglers are doing very well fishing fresh cured roe and spinners. There are still a few Chinook salmon being caught in this area of the river as well, according to guide and WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Salmon fishing continued to be good for salmon, but the mouth was closed off for a few days so the best fishing was farther upstream around Blue Creek. Limits of adult and jack salmon were still common for the relatively few anglers who continued this area. The adult salmon continued to be large, with many weighing over 25 pounds.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate-Lots more salmon have arrived at the upper end of the Klamath than usual for this time of year. It’s not unusual to hook 10 or more fish in an outing. They are taking Kwikfish and roe. They are also in pretty good shape considering the long trip they have made.
TRINITY RIVER, Weitchpec-Salmon fishing was pretty good on the Indian Reservation stretch of the river, and the salmon counts for both Chinook and coho salmon were good.
TRINITY RIVER, Del Loma-Salmon fishing for fall run fish continued to be slow, but some salmon were starting to be caught. It was quite hot again last week, so it was important to fish early and late. Anglers are starting with back-trolled Kwikfish at first light, then switch to roe. Backtroll Brad’s Wigglers and swing or dead-drifted flies under indicators.
BERKELEY-Tough fishing on the weekend, with outside conditions less than favorable. Inside, fishing was tough, but there were some flatties caught. On the California Dawn, Captain James Smith reported a tough try outside along the Marin Coast, but a save after returning to the bay to put 15 halibut in the box, topped by a 21 pounder. The Happy Hooker found some stripers after running way up by the Carquinez Bridge, and had they arrived earlier, deck assistant Dave Marquardt said they would have caught limits. As it was, the first drift produced 9 hookups. .
BODEGA BAY- Only one trip out on the New Sea Angler on Saturday, with 26 limits of rockfish and 2 lings to 12 pounds. When angler interest is there, so is the bottomfish action. Also possible are tuna trips, if the water comes close enough.
EMERYVILLE-Craig Stone at Emeryville Sportfishing Center said all the fleet’s trips targeted waters around the Farallon Islands, and limits of rockfish were the result. “The ling counts haven’t been as high as they normally are this time of year,” said Craig Stone at the landing. “But the quality of the rockfish they are catching is superb.” The mix includes big vermilion, yellowtail, blue and the hardhead mix including coppers and china rockfish.”
EUREKA-Some of the boats went for tuna, finding from 6 to 19 fish, and some real heavyweights. By the weekend, the ocean was up and fishing out of the question in outer waters. California halibut are still showing up in the bay, with some anglers catching from 1 to 4 per trip.
FORT BRAGG-The smoke is still swirling over a three day bout of albacore action that brought tuna as close as 3 miles from the buoy, and although the action wasn’t long lived, the bite brought hordes of private boats into the harbor. Captain Randy Thornton reported his top score of 44 on the Telstar. On three trips, day one was high count, day two produced 24 fish, and day three only five. “On Friday night, there was a line of trailer boats coming into Fort Bragg that I couldn’t believe,” said Thornton.
HALF MOON BAY-Local rockfish were the target of Huli Cat anglers who caught a mixed bag of yellowtail, olive, blue, vermilion and gopher rockfish, some greenlings, and both legal and sublegal lings.
POINT SAN PABLO-Captain Frank Miller on the Fury didn’t report any trips this week, but said he has a deep water sevengill trip and two live bait trips on the schedule.
SAN FRANCISCO-While the boats stayed in due to inclement weather, there were some good halibut landed. The hot spot was close to home, with the San Francisco waterfront producing fish to 35 pounds.
SAN PABLO BAY-Some stripers are showing up, hitting for trollers using hair jigs and Predators, but the bite is off and on. Anglers catching the tide bites right can get a quick limit of schoolie stripers drifting live bait. Some are already fishing on the anchor with bullheads for bigger linesides.
SAUSALITO-The boats got in on some good halibut action, with fish to 31 pounds reported. The San Francisco waterfront (St. Francis Yacht Club, etc.) was one hot spot for the live bait drifters.
BLUE LAKES-Both Upper and Lower Blue are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Lots of deer hunters in the area.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 49-percent capacity. The cooler, wet weather that moved in over the weekend should improve the bite at the inlet for Mackinaws and trout. Farther out in the inlet arm, trollers are doing well along the 25- to 30-foot ledges for 18- to 20-plus-inch rainbows and browns. Some kokanee have already entered the river to spawn.
CAPLES LAKE-Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service visited the lake this past week and described the fishing as “like being at the trout farm”-his party landed 17 browns and rainbows in three hours. The top rigging was a Sep’s Strike Master dodger trailing a Sep’s brown grub from the top to 20 feet. Daneman said that other trollers were having success down to 30 feet deep on flashers and worms. The gate at the new EID launching facility will be opened at 7 a.m. every day until November 1 then it will be closed until spring. Caples Lake Resort closes at the end of October.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Both the East and West Carson are scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. Fishing was still excellent in the East Carson before the weekend, with one angler landing a 4-pound, 14-ounce rainbow on a Panther Martin. Over the weekend, the area saw heavy rain and thunderstorm activity that muddied up all the creeks and both Forks of the Carson. Weekend fishing activity was understandably slow. More weather is forecast through much of this week.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Those trolling from the island to the dam are still picking up limits of 14- to 18-inch rainbows on copper/red No.1 Dick Nites, pink sockeye Slammers, red dot frog Needlefish at 10 to 12 feet deep. Shore fishing has improved at Mallard and Fairview for anglers using Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers. Fly casters still picking up rainbows on nymphs under indicators along Westside weed beds.
DONNER LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week, which will make for limit-style fishing for shore anglers using Power Bait and worms at the boat ramp and the public piers. Keith Zenker from Mountain Hardware and Sports picked up a 10-pound Mack trolling a J-11 rainbow Rapala at the Donner Creek inlet at 55 feet deep over 120 feet of water. Jiggers should be able to pick up Macks in China Cove out of isolated schools of suspended fish.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON-The water level is coming back up at Butt Valley Lake and launching may be easier. The surface temp is at 63-degrees and needs to get down to 53-degrees before the bite really takes off. The North Fork at Caribou road is still very productive for anglers using bait and lures for planter rainbows to 16 inches, according to Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 40-percent capacity. Trollers are picking up some good quality rainbows from Frenchman’s ramp to the dam, Lunker Point and Crystal Point on rainbow trout or yellow watermelon Needlefish worked at 12 to 15 feet deep over 30 feet of water.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-Gold Lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Sardine Lake has been producing limits for trollers on mini-flasher/worm combos fished at 10 feet deep in the main body. Upper Salmon Lake has been kicking out rainbows on 1/4-ounce gold Kastmaster spoons off the docks and at the outlet to Lower Salmon. Packer Lake is fishing well for fly casters using a PT nymph or olive wooly bugger on a sink-tip line. Gold Lake is the slowest of the lakes, but the plant will boost action across from the ramp at Camps 16 to 20 on inflated nightcrawlers and marshmallows. Trollers can pick up an occasional Mack near the bottom on a big Les Davis flasher/nightcrawler rig.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 88-percent capacity. Since the DFG plant this past week, Ice House Resort reports that trolling and shore action is good. Shore fishing has been good at the Strawberry Point campground for rainbows and browns on Power Bait and nightcrawlers.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Not much happening here. Hopefully the weather that moved through the area this past week will cool off the water and give Alpine County a chance to make a plant of rainbows and browns.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-Good shore action at the dam for rainbows running 14 to 16 inches, according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Two guys picked up 12 trout for a morning’s fishing-that’s good action!!
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-Wet weather over the past weekend put a damper on fishing. The cooler weather should improve the fishing in the future as the surface temp drops.
LAKE TAHOE-Wet, cold weekend put the brakes on fishing action. Most guides just sat at home and enjoyed a couple of days off. Before the weather, fishing was hit-or-miss with limits for light loads and less than a fish around for full loads at Big Mack Charters. Macks are stacked up at 120 to 220 feet deep and getting ready to spawn.
LOON LAKE-The lake is at 59-percent capacity. The bite is wide open as the fall feeding frenzy kicks into gear. Trollers are using almost anything to pick up limits of nice rainbows.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 44-percent capacity. 12- to 16-inch rainbows are hitting all over the lake for trollers. Some smallmouths, 3 to 4 pounds, have been hitting marabou jigs at the dam.
PYRAMID LAKE-The cutthroat opener was great– trollers were catching 20 to 30 fish a day on frog or watermelon Apex and FlatFish plugs run at 20 to 40 feet deep. The Pyramid Lake $50,000 Challenge had a $10,000 winner in Dave Blake of Shingleton, by catching one of the five $10,000 tagged trout released before the derby. He caught his winning fish at Warrior Point on his first ever trip to the lake. Other anglers did well fishing at Hell’s Kitchen, the Pyramid, and the South Nets.
RED LAKE-The weather was very rough here over the weekend with heavy rain and thunderstorm activity. No one was out fishing, but the algae problem is gone so fishing for brookies and cutts should be improving.
SILVER LAKE-Heavy thunderstorm activity over the weekend kept most sane people out of the mountains this past weekend, other than deer hunters. Snow was predicted at 8000 feet, just above the lake.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 58-percent capacity. The kokanee egg collection was done on Oct. 6 by DFG and Kokanee Power volunteers. There are lots of rainbows, browns, and Macks stacked up in the inlets of the Little Truckee River, Davies and Sagehen Creeks. Early morning trolling should be good in all these inlets.
TRUCKEE RIVER-The cooling water temp will move the fish out of faster water, making them easier to catch. With the overcast weather and rain forecast for this week, it will be all about the BWO hatch, though crawfish and streamer patterns are all working on the bigger fish in the deeper pools and runs. Most action in the faster water is coming on large dark stones with a size 16 or 18 dark PT dropper
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 66-percent capacity. Not much word from here. The kokanee have all turned red and aren’t worth catching, but there are some Macks hitting.
WEST WALKER RIVER-The West Walker received a double plant of 1 1/2- to 2-pound Alpers trout from Mono County earlier this week-this will be the last Alpers plant of the season. Anglers are still catching easy limits of rainbows on bait, lures, and flies.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-The bass bite is just starting to improve. Just in time for major events for the next few weeks and weekend though. The reaction bite has started to perk up with clearing waters and an improved bait supply. Chatterbaits, rattlebaits, deep-diving crankbaits, and ripbaits are being reported as good choices by some anglers. Start at the north end for both. The panfish bite has also started to improve, and good catfishing continues.
LAKE BERRYESSA-The king salmon bite is picking up a little, with fish going from 13 to 17 inches this past week. They were caught off Skiers Cove and in the river channel on the main lake between 65 and 80 feet. RMT spoons and a big RMT hyper plaid dodger with a black marble grub were good set ups. The bass bite is slowly improving but the water’s still too warm. Anglers are finding a mix between a few spooned fish, and drop-shotting a Basstrix Flashtrix minnow.
UPPER BLUE LAKE-No change here, still waiting for the scheduled for a trout plant the week of October 11. Those who put their time in, down to 35 feet, found a few fish. Warm water also slowed the bass bite; they went out farther into deeper water.
LAKE ALMANOR-Surface fishing is the way to go, try Speedy Shiners, Needlefish or trolling flies. Trout and salmon are gaining weight and some nice fish are being caught throughout the lake 10 feet down in 25 to 35 feet of water.
BAUM LAKE- With cooler nights and mornings, mayfly hatches have been fairly good. Try stripping leeches or dead-drifting midge in the middle of the day. The overall bite is getting better with cooling conditions and some nice trout are being taken. Power Bait, Power Eggs and nightcrawlers have been favorites for trout here. Fly fishermen have been doing better with the cooler temperatures, too, and the
BRITTON LAKE-As the weather cools and bass start moving back into shallower waters and around structure look for a topwater bite to develop. As the waters cool though, the crappie will slow. Try crappie jigs, crappie nibbles and crappie magnets to pick up a few.
BURNEY CREEK-The bite has been consistent all summer and hasn’t changed, try caddis and callibaetis above the falls or attractor patterns. Below the falls a pheasant tail, copper John, bird’s nest or hares ear are working.
CASSEL FOREBAY-There are fewer anglers here now that summer is over, but the fish are hungry. Nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and lures were all working well. Fly fishermen did well on BWOs, callibaetis, and caddis while pt’s were favorites for nymph fishermen. Early morning and late evenings remain the best time.
EAGLE LAKE-Rain and cooler weather brought the fish back into the shallows. The best trolling areas included the Youth Camp shoreline, and on the west side from Pelican to Wildcat points with watermelon, pumpkin seed or brown colored grubs in waters 6 to 12 feet over structure. Bobber fishing was in 15 feet of water with a nightcrawler down five to eight feet at the Youth Camp.
UPPER HAT CREEK-Fly fishing is picking up with consistent cool nights bringing out the fall hatches including tricos, BWOs, PMDs, and small tan-colored caddis. Larger October caddis were migrating towards the banks and prime to begin hatching any day now in the freestone sections. The fishing hasn’t been consistently good yet, but there have been increasingly good reports. Worms were definitely been productive, with spinners also working well.
HAT CREEK (wild) -Nymph anglers continued to do best on hare’s ear, birds nest and pheasant tails. Callibaetis cripples also yielded some good results.
MANZANITA LAKE-Mid-day was the best time for topwater action as both mornings and evenings saw quick drops in temperatures. Streamers and buggers are starting to produce as larger fish begin their pre-winter feeding patterns. Remember to heed the special restrictions on this lake.
PIT RIVER-With consistently cooler nights the water temperatures have begun to drop and the fish are spreading out again. Road closures and the new high flow regime have made fishing and access tough in the Pit 3 stretches, but both Pit 4 and Pit 5 continue to fish very well, especially for big rainbows. Latest update shows test flows at Pit 4 and Pit 5 started October 4, and flows are being raised and lowered in increments for the testing, with flows as high as 1379 cfs, so be extremely careful if attempting to fish in this area during the test dates.
LAKE SHASTA-Salmon are 70 to 120 feet down, with trout at the top end. Dry Creek was good for both. Both trout and salmon were deep in the heat. Try topwater early and late, and then plastic worms and tubes fished deeper during the day for bass until it gets cooler.
AMERICAN RIVER-Not much changed since last week. Some stripers were being caught at the lower end of the river behind Cal Expo and Sac State trolling deep diving plugs, and drifting jumbo minnows. Persistent anglers were getting a couple of grabs by 14- to 20-inch steelhead every few morning and evening outings from River Bend Park to Sailor Bar. Fly fishers are either swinging steelhead streamers like burlaps and skunks on medium sinking shooting heads or drifting caddis nymph imitations, giving them occasional twitches. Spin fishermen drifted nightcrawlers and swung spinners. Flows were 1,500 cfs.
FEATHER RIVER-A couple of huge striped bass were caught at the Shanghai Rapids on trolled Bombers and steelhead from 14 inches to 6 pounds were caught on egg imitations in the Low Flow Section between the Highway 162 Bridge and Matthews Riffle. But, the biggest news is the rampant poaching going on at the Outlet Hole even during mid-day. DFG wardens are stretched thin, but the Outlet Hole is “rich target” for temptation because of the concentration of fish, but also “target rich” opportunities for law enforcement.
FOLSOM LAKE-Bass fishing hasn’t improved, but there’s a different wrinkle to fishing this weekend with the FLW Regional College Championship being held at Folsom Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Blast-offs will be at 7 a.m. at Folsom Lake Marina, and weigh-ins at Sac State Sacramento State Alumni Center, Lot 8. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday’s final weigh-in will begin at 5 p.m., Twenty college teams will be represented including colleges as far away as Washington and Arizona, but also nearby colleges including Sac State, UC Davis, Fresno State, Chico State, and Humboldt State. As for the fishing, most of the bass are still deep and the best fishing is expected to continue around the main body. Drop-shotted and Carolina-rigged Robo-Worms in Aaron’s Magic will likely produce some of the best action, although there might be a bit of a top water bite early. Still no word on trout, and there’s not likely to be until water temperatures cool, and some anglers return from more productive waters at higher elevations.
MCCLOUD RIVER-Trout fishing continued to be good. Swing soft hackle wet flies, and dead drift Mayfly and caddis nymph patterns under indicators.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-The first salmon fishing opener on the Sacramento River, which closed last Sunday, was better than expected, and so anglers are cautiously optimistic about the seasons opening this Saturday, Oct. 9. The Upper Sacramento River Zone season will run from Oct. 9 to Oct. 31 from the Deschutes Road Bridge near Anderson downstream to 500 feet above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. The Middle Sacramento River Zone season, targeting the late fall salmon run, will occur from Oct. 9 to Dec. 12 from 150 feet below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Highway 113 Bridge near Knight’s Landing. The take limit will be two fish daily and in possession.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa-Striper fishing continued to be slow with mostly shakers and a few keepers mixed in being caught on minnows and jigs. However, most of the fishing focus will be on salmon with the openers on tap on Saturday, October 9. The Upper Sacramento River Zone season will run from Oct. 9 to Oct. 31 from the Deschutes Road Bridge near Anderson downstream to 500 feet above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. The Middle Sacramento River Zone season, targeting the late fall salmon run, will occur from Oct. 9 to Dec. 12 from 150 feet below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Highway 113 Bridge near Knight’s Landing. The take limit will be two fish daily and in possession.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-Fly fishing for trout continued to be good from Redding to Red Bluff. Although nymphing under indicators produced most of the bites, there was still some dry fly action in the evenings. Two floats have been particularly popular: Bonneview down to Anderson, and Anderson to Balls Ferry.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir-No change. Trout fishing continued to get better with a time out on the weekend with the rain storm. But, it will perk up again in a couple of days as the weather and water continues to cool. For larger but fewer trout, fish the lower part of the river toward the lake. For more, but smaller rainbows, fish farther upstream you go. High stick or indicator fish pockets with Prince nymphs, rubberlegs, and Foxes’ Poopahs.
AMERICAN RIVER-Not much happening here according to the Georgetown Ranger Station. It was very hot most of this past week and most anglers opted to stay in under the air conditioner. Flows are low and clear, and the browns and rainbows are concentrated in the deeper pools.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 65-percent capacity. Fishermen are starting to show up more regularly now that the summer recreational crowd is gone. Spotted bass are showing around the docks at Emerald Cove. Kokanee are spawning up at the inlet of the Yuba River, so there should be some trout feeding on loose eggs. Trout trollers have not been seen on the main body of the lake-they’re up the Yuba River arm, according to Emerald Cove Marina.
CAMP FAR WEST-Bass fishing has been good up in the Rock Creek arm. Two anglers reported picking up 15 bass up to 4 pounds on plastics. Catfish action has been good for anglers staying out all night. North Shore Resort has new off-season hours-7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun-Thur and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri- Sat.
COLLINS LAKE-Bass, trout, and catfish are all being caught, just not in limit numbers. Biggest trout and catfish of the week were both 7 1/2 pounders. Trout are hitting for trollers and bait drifters at 30 to 35 feet. Catfish are hitting at the dam. Trout plants should resume in a couple of weeks after the water cools off a bit more-it was over 100-degrees most of this past week!
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Trout are still hitting in the marina for trollers and bait fishermen. Troll 10 feet deep with a flasher/worm combo in the lanes between the houseboats. Houseboaters have been doing well soaking worms off the backs of their boats at 10 to 15 feet deep.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Not much word on any fishing activity here. Seems that more outdoorsmen are interested in deer hunting and going elsewhere since this lake is in the middle of a State Game Refuge. Browns should be staging at the inlet of the American River for trollers using Rapalas in the early morning.
FULLER LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Fishing should be good off the dam for anglers using Power Bait and worms. Small boaters should do well with flasher/worm combos and small spoons, like a Needlefish or Kastmaster.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 75-percent capacity. According to the Georgetown Ranger Station, nothing is happening here for fishermen. There are plenty of hunters in the area looking for deer and bear. Browns should be staging at the Rubicon River inlet for trollers.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 50-percent capacity. The main boat ramps at Bidwell, Lime Saddle and the Spillway are all still in operation-just Loafer Creek is out of water. Fishing for bass has been tough. One boat with two lake veterans reported picking up 11 small spots after fishing all day. They tried everything, but caught all their fish on drop-shot worms in the North Fork. No word on any coho action.
ROLLINS LAKE-Long Ravine Resort hostess, Dee Wolffe, reported that there were lots of shore anglers fishing this past week and some were picking up some small trout and catfish. There are a lot more fishermen on the lake now that the summer crowd is gone and things are more peaceful. Wolffe suggested heading up to the Bear River inlet for the best chance at success.
SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE-The Scott’s Flat Lake Resort marina is now closed, but open “on-call” by checking in at the office for people needing fuel or boat rentals. Fishing has been lackluster, with only a few smallmouth bass being reported. Brown trout should be heading toward the inlet area to stage for the spawn, and there are some big ones in this lake.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-Slow, with little to report here with no DFG plants since July.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-Still some rainbows being caught up at the Pilot Creek inlet on the East end of the lake by trollers and those casting spinners.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-HOT weather of last week had bass hitting frogs and Senkos, but there is a cool down forecast for this week. The tule banks are the place to probe for largemouths running up to 5 or 6 pounds.