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 close, and others change to artificial/barbless only on, March 31 and others on April 25. Trouble identifying salmon or steelhead? Go to: http://www.swr.noaa.gov/fmd/identify.htm.

ROGUE RIVER, Lower, Ore.-Spring Chinook fishing has been slow over the last week, and it looks like the bulk of the spring run came in during the early high water flows. The flats below Elephant Rock have produced the occasional bite on a few days out of the last week. It’s been great weather, but that does not make for good springer fishing, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret’s Guide Service.

RUSSIAN RIVER-Memorial Day is generally the peak of the shad season here, and conditions are coming together to make it the best weekend of the season for trying, as water flows are dropping and the water is warming. Big water-using crowds during the heat of the day will put them down, so you’ll need to get out there early and come back out in the evening for the best times. Anglers have been scoring 10 to 30 a day, but the fish have been on the move big time with the high flows this year. The river was flowing 580 cfs on Friday, and still dropping, according to Steve Jackson of King’s Sport and Tackle.

UMPQUA RIVER: Elton, Ore.-Salmon action has picked up after a long week of things being on the slow side, according to WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secret’s Guide Service. “I have received a couple reports from local anglers telling me that KwickFish have been working well. The shad have shown up and even though the river is much higher than we are used to fishing during this time of year, I am getting reports from some anglers of catches as high as 25-plus fish over the course of a day. Not a bad way to spend the day and shad are some of the best crab bait.”

UMPQUA RIVER, North Fork: Roseburg, Oregon-“I spent two evenings this last week fishing for spring Chinook’s on this river with no pictures of salmon to show others,” said Palmer. “There have been a few salmon caught on just about every section of river on almost every day over the last week. Water temperatures are 54 degrees and emerald green color. The salmon are moving through the ladder at Winchester Dam in good numbers all day long. I am shocked that there aren’t more fish being caught with all the salmon in the viewing station.”

TRINITY/KLAMATH RIVERS

TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City- The release to the Trinity from Lewiston Dam was down again this week, to 3,000 cfs over the weekend, but the river is still far too high to fish. The flow at Cedar Flat was 5,500 cfs, and at Hoopa it was 11,000 cfs. Still not anywhere close to being fishable.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam-The release from Iron Gate Dam was 3,200 cfs over the weekend and 5,500 below Seiad Valley. At Klamath Glen, near Highway 101, the flow was 23,000 cfs and still flowing brown. Fishing was out of the question and will be for some time, but Steve Jackson of Kings Sport and Tackle said he’s fished it for spring salmon when it was 20,000 cfs before, and it’s nearing that stage, and there certainly should be springers in the system with all this water!

NORTHERN FOOTHILLS

AMERICAN RIVER-The Middle Fork near Georgetown is high but fishable and some locals have been making the hike down to try for nice rainbows and browns.

BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. A bass tournament held this past weekend was won with a big fish of 4.7 pounds. Dale Ball of Creston caught the spot on a swimbait fished 15 deep in the North Fork. Trollers are reporting action on trout and kokanee in the North Fork also.

CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is still full and spilling with much better water clarity. Bass and crappie are still the big draw for anglers. Live bait and artificial lures fished around the submerged brush all around the lake seems to be the best pattern, according to North Shore Resort staffers.

COLLINS LAKE-The lake is only down a foot from full. The lake received its last trout plant of the spring this past week. Shore anglers and trollers caught lots of limits of rainbows this past week. The dam was a popular spot due to the trout moving into deeper water with the warmer surface temp, 71-degrees. Catfish are showing up more often now with fish to 11 1/2 pounds weighed in this past week. Bass, bluegill, and crappie are being seen more often as the water warms also. Collins Lake Resort has released tagged fish that are worth prizes from ice cream cones to $100 cash.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 102-percent capacity and spilling. Trout action has been good for boaters heading up above Black’s Ravine. Try trolling flasher/worm combos or fish nightcrawlers on the bottom while tied to the shore. There will be a lot of recreational boat traffic on the lake for the Memorial weekend, so fishermen will need to get out very early or head up lake into the no-wake section.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. The road from Georgetown was open this past week and anglers were getting on the lake. Call the Foresthill Ranger Station for the latest word on campground availability and road conditions, 530-367-2224.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Boaters have been trolling for trout, macks, and kokanee with good results. The campgrounds may be open for the Memorial weekend. Check with the Georgetown Ranger Station, 530-333-4312.

LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. For the most part, the debris has made its way to the shore and boats can run faster, but always be on the lookout for a log floating on or just under the surface. The bass bite was red-hot this past week with some boaters reporting 75 fish days. The better fish were being caught on brown/green/purple jigs fished on steeper red banks in the “Slot” at 10 to 20 feet deep-lots of dinks up on the bank. Bruce Gibson of the Paradise Tackle Company weighed in a 4 1/2-pound largemouth and a 2 1/2-pound spot in a tournament this past weekend. Coho salmon were wearing the bass fishermen out hitting jigs, crankbaits and Senkos right up in shallow water. The coho ran from 8 to 10 inches up to 4 1/2 pounds.

ROLLINS LAKE-The lake is full and clearing. Trout action was reported up near the inlet by Long Ravine Resort. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn said that trollers were picking up some 14- to 16-inch browns with a Cop Car Needlefish on a Sep’s watermelon Half Fast dodger fished at the power lines in Greenhorn Creek.

SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE-The lake is full and clear. Trout action was picking up at the inlet of Deer Creek either trolling Rapalas or drifting Power Bait. One boater checked in with 3 rainbows to 18 inches. Smallmouth bass to 3 pounds were reported also.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The lake received a DFG trout plant this past week. Check with the Foresthill Ranger Station for campground availability, 530-367-2224.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is full, spilling, and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. The campgrounds are open. Trout action has been slow, but the plant this week should improve the bite for the Memorial weekend crowd.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake is at 83-percent capacity. So much water is being pumped through the impoundment for rice flooding that the colder temp has moved the largemouths off the bank. Wait until mid-June when the water warms back up and the frog bite starts up.

NORTH SALTWATER

BERKELEY-Weather hampered trips all week long, and tides weren’t much help on the potluck efforts, but the boats still found some halibut and striped bass. The Happy Hooker had a tough trip on Saturday with Boy Scout Troop 241 out of Lafayette on board struggling with big tides and windy conditions. For the 26 anglers on board, three halibut to 11 pounds, 5 bass to 8 pounds and one lemon sole hit the deck. On the California Dawn, 13 anglers on Sunday caught 11 halibut and 6 bass, one of the better weekend scores. The best news was the availability of live bait at this popular landing for private boats, and the quality of the anchovies this year is excellent, according to sources.

BODEGA BAY- Salmon fishing has been hit and miss, but the good news is that Captain Rick Powers and the New Sea Angler will be back in business this weekend, the boat’s new motors up and running. “We went out with a private group of friends to see how the boat trolled, but didn’t catch anything,” said Powers. A couple private boater efforts found fish earlier in the week, but the weather has been a factor much of the time.

EMERYVILLE-Despite fast full moon tides, the halibut are biting for anglers fishing on the Captain Hook, Talisman and New Huck Finn, and the latter two are also still offering crab combos. The Captain Hook showed strong on Friday’s trip with 10 halibut and 3 stripers for 9 anglers, well over one around. The boats are using live anchovies now, so that could be part of the count bump. Crab numbers haven’t been sinking the boats, but most trips produce 3 to 4 per angler.

EUREKA-The salmon bite turned on mid-week with “good ol’ days” style action, with Captain Gary Blasi of Full Throttle Sportfishing reporting a quad hookup that produced 3 fish in the box. A quick run back through produced another double. “It was salmon fishing the way it used to be,” said WON subscriber Lonnie Dollarhide of Eureka. He said for the early season, the action has been great, and should only improve. The weather hit the latter part of the week, limiting options for Humboldt anglers.

FORT BRAGG-Captain Randy Thornton took the Telstar out on their first bottomfishing trip, and the initial outlook for lingcod is great with 6 legal ones boated.

HALF MOON BAY-A tough week weather wise, but the Queen Of Hearts still managed some decent salmon action fishing south of the Deep Reef.

LOCH LOMOND-If you gave up on sturgeon fishing already, poor move: the Morning Star decided not to buck the tough bay conditions (if you’re a halibut angler) and target sturgeon instead. The action was wide open a mile east of the Pumphouse, with plenty of opportunities for the 10 anglers on board with 4 keepers landed, one oversized released, and 11 shakers released including five green sturgeon (a couple in the keeper slot) also released. “We had several misses, broken lines, one guy was almost spooled before he broke the line, it was unbelievable sturgeon action!” said Captain Gordon Hough.

SAUSALITO-The fleet is still hunting salmon, with reports of some fish showing up south of the Farallon Islands, but no hard bites to report or high scores to tout.

SHELTER COVE-Captain Trent Slate of Shelter Cove Sportfishing said that when the weather permits, the salmon fishing has fluctuated, but at times been excellent, and their first bottomfishing trips of the season were outstanding. Pacific halibut fishing has been good also when the weather allows the boats to fish the northern waters. “We had a great trip on Monday with 4 halibut up to 60 pounds boated,” said Slate. “We had 3 on at the same time!”

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

AMERICAN RIVER- The American River is still high, but anglers are starting to get some shad, and a few stripers topwater and with swimbaits, according to Yee Vang at Broadway Bait and Tackle. Shad are currently being caught from Watt Avenue all the way down to Discovery Park, and behind CalExpo. Action has been spotty due to cold water and high flows. One customer caught 6 on Sunday, Yang said. It’s still early.

FEATHER RIVER-This is still the striper hot spot, except for when all the fishermen show up and run up and down the river all day. River conditions are great and there’s lots of fish in the river, with limits the rule-generally! Lots of shakers in the mix, too, and some lunker females coming in on worms off the sandbars at night, but they’re all released. The Sac. came up and muddied, so many of the anglers came over here. Shad are beginning to get caught at Shanghai Bend, but it will go wide open when the river drops enough for the rapids to block the migration.

FOLSOM LAKE-Reaction baits are working well early and late on the bass, but when the sun hits the water you need to drop down, along with the bass, using Senkos, drop-shot worms, shakey-heads and Texas-rig. Trout are fair, and no reports on the salmon this week.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-According to Yee Vang at Broadway Bait and Gun, there’s been some shad showing from Discovery Park up to Verona, and considering river conditions, it’s been “pretty good.” Only a few stripers, though, since the storm brought the river up and murked it up more, slowing the bite, but sardines, pileworms and blood worms are still bringing in a few schoolies. There was one big sturgeon caught at Brite Beach, a 65-pound, 60-inch diamondback for Lorenzo Mejia of West Sacramento on pile worms.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Tisdale-The striper bite definitely slowed here when the river came up two feet and muddied up again, so most anglers headed over to the Feather. But, according to Bob Bradbury at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle, there is still some action a mile up and a mile down from Tisdale Weir for striper anglers dunking bait. The river is expected to clear soon, though.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-The river came up with increased releases from Keswick, and that brought the bigger trout up out of their hidey-holes and onto the flats, where they were feeding well and susceptible to anglers. Guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service has been boating 30 or more trout 2 to almost 4 pounds daily sidedrifting Glo-Bugs, crickets and nightcrawlers at the Posse Grounds and out of Bennyview Boat Ramp in south Redding. He’ll start combo trips for trout in the morning and shad in the afternoon, all in one day, beginning in June.

SIERRA LAKES/RIVERS

BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 88-percent capacity. Trollers and shore anglers have been picking up some nice rainbows and browns in the channel at the inlet early in the day. A fly caster even hooked a nice mack from the shore casting to the channel. Heavy inflows have attracted a lot of fish to this area. Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service stopped here on the way home from Stampede this past week and tried for browns in the afternoon with no success.

CAPLES LAKE-Still ice fishing for those who want to spend the day on a nice frozen lake. There’re two feet of ice and three feet of snow to dig through.

CARSON RIVER (East, West)-The river was muddy early in the week but clearer by the weekend. Anglers willing to hike the river and fish only eddies and current breaks were catching fish. Steve Duke of Turlock caught 12 fish, mostly 13 to 14 inchers, in three days topped by a 5.3 pounder. Duke caught all his fish on black Panther Martin and Mepp’s spinners along 4 miles of the East Fork. The West Fork was blown out.

DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported good trolling action this past week. His last trip produced a total of 15 trout landed, all 16 inchers, and 7 or 8 fish lost up to 18 inches. Dillard started out at 6 to 8 feet deep then moved out deeper as the bite slowed ending up at 15 to 20 feet. One troller he spoke to fished as deep as 25 feet looking for bigger fish. Firetiger Needlefish and Sockeye Slammers both produced very well. Shore fishing has been slow, but fly casters have been picking up good numbers of 14-inch rainbows on brown or cinnamon nymphs and woolly buggers under an indicator at Camp 5, Jenkins, and Mosquito Slough from a float tube.

DONNER LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. The mack fishing has been sporadic, but the planter rainbow action is consistent at both the west and east ends of the lake, either at the public piers near the ramp or at the State Park. Some big mackinaw should move into the shallows during low light periods to take advantage of newly planted rainbows-a big Rapala or spoon could draw a strike.

FEATHER RIVER CANYON-The river is still blown out due to runoff and high water releases. Butt Valley Reservoir was producing this past week according to Dick Mason at Dick’s Guide Service. Mason said two boats fished Butt this past week and picked up 14 trout between the two including two “big fish”-big ones here run 6 to 10 pounds. This is a trophy lake with a two fish limit. Call Dick Mason for more info at 530-256-3317.

FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 95-percent capacity. Trollers have been doing well using Tasmanian Devils and Dick Nite spoons. Shore fishing at the mouth of Galeppi Creek has been good with inflated nightcrawlers. Big browns were being caught in Last chance Creek below the dam. The Big Cove campground will be closed for upgrading. Cottonwood campground should open for the Memorial Weekend. Spring Creek and Frenchman campgrounds are open and have been busy.

GOLD LAKES BASIN-The roads have only been plowed into Sardine Lake and the Salmon Creek campgrounds so far. There won’t be much of any access for the Memorial Day holiday-late June maybe.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 51-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. According to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service, fishing has been slow. Late snows this past week may delay the opening of the campgrounds by Memorial Day.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Fishing here was slow early this past week due to unseasonably late snow. Windy weather has also hampered the fishing here. There are still plenty of big fish here from the Alpine County plants made this past fall and winter, so as the weather improves, so will the fishing.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-Unstable weather this past week kept most boaters off the lake. The most consistent action has been fishing for rainbows at the first dam or at the campgrounds on the peninsula on the backside of the lake by shore anglers using Power Bait.

LAKE TAHOE-Good action for macks was found on both ends of the lake this past week. Brown trout trolling tended to be hit-or-miss. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters and Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing both reported good action for macks running 2 to 8 pounds trolling 180 to 250 feet deep. Self spoke of a school of fish 45 feet thick located in 180 to 220 feet deep off Crystal Bay Point. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners said brown trout trolling has been good one day and then off for two. Mack fishing has been much more reliable either trolling or jigging. Williamson Vortex or Abyss jigs at 120 to 130 feet produced lots of 2 to 3 pounders while trolling Storm Thundersticks at 150 to 200 yielded limits of 4 to 5 pounders. The weather needs to stabilize before fish will return to predictable patterns of behavior.

PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 49-percent capacity. Trolling and shore fishing have both been productive at the dam, inlet and along some of the beaches. Rainbows running 17 to 18 inches were falling for Power Bait and nightcrawlers for shore anglers and flasher/worm combos and Rapalas for trollers. Smallmouth bass, 2 to 3 pounds, have been hitting spinners thrown for trout.

PYRAMID LAKE-Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters reported catching 1 to 2 dozen cutthroats per trip trolling frog U-20 FlatFish in 17 to 25 feet of water at Warrior Point and Hell’s Kitchen. The cutts run 17 to 24 inches. Fly fishing along the beaches is pretty much done. Successful fly casters have been fishing off steeper tufa rock banks with a dark beetle under an indicator.

RED LAKE-Still ice fishing here for those who choose to do so.

SILVER LAKE-Still ice fishing here but with so many lakes open, fewer and fewer are trying.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 92-percent capacity. The kokanee bite got a bit tougher due to unstable weather and heavy fishing pressure, but Rick Kennedy at Tight Lines Guide Service reported limit fishing for kokes at the mouth of Sagehen Creek and the Little Truckee on Sling Blades and Uncle Larry’s spinners or Pro-Trol UV Kokanee Killers tipped with red Pautzke’s Fire Corn. The kokes came from 10 to 20 feet deep and all ran a solid, fat 14 inches with one 15 incher. No macks or browns were caught after trolling early with Rapalas, Kazi Minnows, and P-Line Predators. Heavy boat traffic on the weekends slows the bite making trollers have to work harder for limits, but limits are still common.

TOPAZ LAKE-Unstable weather early this past week gave way to sunny warm conditions by the weekend, but no one was out fishing according to Linda Fields at the Topaz Landing Marina.

TRUCKEE RIVER-The section from Tahoe City to Truckee along Hwy 89 is fishable, while the stretch along Hwy 80 to the Nevada border was blown out. Along Hwy 89, green drake nymphs or olive wooly buggers were fishing well according to Tony Marotta at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee.

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 77-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. According to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service, the campgrounds on the back side of the lake at Wolf Creek would not be open for the Memorial Day weekend–reservations made for that weekend were cancelled by the Forest Service.

WEST WALKER RIVER-The river flows were down to 600 to 800 cfs this past week due to the cold weather and the river was marginally fishable. Some 1 1/2 to 2 pounders were caught by hard working anglers this past week. Concentrate on eddies and current breaks for any chance of success-stay away for the heavy current. It still looks like late June before the river is back in shape.

NORTH COAST LAKES

CLEAR LAKE- With fishing pressure still light overall the Memorial Day weekend will find a lot of open water for boats continuing to sight fish for bass. Areas such as the Konocti and Rattlesnake arms, using plastic worms have been the most productive. Rodman Slough also produced some fish.

LAKE BERRYESSA- Although the kokes are still scattered, and will be until it warms up a bit, it was good from the Ranch House to the Big Island. Target fish from the surface down to 33 feet, but the best depths were from 15 to 25 feet. Uncle Larry’s spinners in pink, blue or orange, Apex spoons in the same colors and a few hoochies worked also in purple and pink.

NORTHEASTERN AREA

LAKE ALMANOR-Fishing offshore 1000 yards off of the Almanor West shoreline produced limits of decent rainbow trout, all thick and around 2 pounds and some browns along with a few salmon. Try Rainbow Runners and Speedy Shiners, downrigged around 6 and 8 feet, and then dropping a little deeper later in the morning to about 14 to 16 feet. There were no reports from the east side.

BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR- There have been some attempts at access but no substantiated reports of the road being open as of this writing.

BAUM LAKE- There are some really big fish in Baum Lake and black woolly buggers, Kastmasters, nightcrawlers and Power Baits have been good here.

BRITTON LAKE-Vaughn’s Sporting Goods in Burney reported action heating up for crappie on jigs where water is coming into the lake. The fish do not seem to be particular yet about the colors of the jigs.

BURNEY CREEK–Lower Burney Creek in the state park area should be good, according to Vaughn’s Sporting Goods but otherwise, the water is muddy above the falls and this includes town and the upper Burney Creek.

CASSEL FOREBAY-Rim Rock Ranch reports picked up a bit and reported of some nice limits. Floating baits like Firebait or Power Bait, worms and lures did well in this section of the creek. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon fishing tended to be the most productive times of the day. This is popular area of the creek so expect to see lots of anglers, especially around the holidays. Fly fishing activity was slow but the bug hatches are picking up with some reports of fish taking pmd or callibaetis nymphs at the surface. Adams and mosquito patterns are good bets when the fish turn to dry flies.

EAGLE LAKE-Opening day is this Saturday, May 28 and promises to be a good bet with rising water and healthy fish. Concentrate on the west shoreline from Pelican Point down to Slough Point or on the east side along the Youth Camp shoreline area using Sep’s no. 2 grubs in watermelon, brown or amber colors and working them 2 feet off the bottom on downriggers. And remember, it’s a 2 fish per day limit here with a total of 4 in your possession and fishing hours are from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

FALL RIVER-Anglers have been mainly nymphing, but some BWO’s have been working with the cloudy weather.

IRON CANYON RESERVOIR-The reservoir has come up a little, but expect to find difficulty launching. Since the lake is low, launching motorized boats can be impossible, but the fishing’s been good.

UPPER HAT CREEK- Rim Rock Ranch reported lots of 3- to 5-pound fish still coming in, so it has been consistently good. Worms and Panther Martins seem to be the most productive with the current water conditions. The coming Memorial Weekend looks to be a good one as the weather appears to be warming and DFG should be planting two to three times before hand. Pressure has been very light mid-week and should continue to be fairly light until late June when schools have let out. Fish plants should be back on a twice-a-week schedule after Memorial Weekend. Fly fishing was slow with not much bug activity as of yet. Streamers and leech patterns were getting the most action.

HAT CREEK (wild trout section)–Nymphing was best with anglers doing okay on the stretch just below the Powerhouse. There were also some good results with pt’s and copper Johns. Salmon flies are starting to show in the riffle above the lake, but still not good, although stone nymphs are picking up a few fish.

KESWICK RESERVOIR–Water conditions are going to be too variable through the rest of May. Fishing will mostly be fair at best. You may want to wait until mid July.

MANZANITA LAKE-There hasn’t been enough warm weather yet to get the big fish very active. The smaller fish are feeding, though, especially in the deeper water adjacent to the weed beds. Streamer patterns are working well and some fish have begun nymphing at the surface in the evening. Size 18 to 22 brassies and the like tend to work well on nymph fish. Three to five days of sunny weather and temperatures in the high 50s or 60s should be enough to improve the bite. The park road won’t be open all the way through until sometime in June and this may also be true of most of the campgrounds, so plan accordingly. This is a catch and release lake with special regulations so be sure and check for specific restrictions.

LEWISTON RESERVIOR-The water conditions are good and fishing has been great on warm days but it’s been really cold up here. Look for cruising rainbows eating callibaetis duns along the edges of the lake.

PIT RIVER-Higher than normal water releases are preventing the truly good reports this river is famous for this time of year. That said, some anglers are finding fish by covering water and fishing deep with lots of splitshot.

McCLOUD RIVER-Heavy stonefly nymphs and rubber legs fished deep have been the most productive flies, but some fish are also taking Prince nymphs, bird’s nests, and caddis pupae. But you’ll still find turbulent, high, fast water conditions from snowmelt and excess water spilling out of the reservoir although the water remains clear and fishable. Access is extremely limited due to the high flows, but if you can find a slower pocket to make a cast into or deeper pools, the fish are here and hungry.

LAKE SHASTA-Trout are scattered and will continue to be for a while. The water is still chilly so anglers should fish where they find marks on the fishfinder. Stay where you find them and try Wiggle Hoochies in blue from 15 to 60 feet. Hard fishing produced a few fish. Stay in front of the dam for salmon with Wiggle Hoochies and Paddle-Tails from 60 to 80 feet. The McCloud had a bite for a few 2 pounders during short windows.

WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR-The kokanee fishing is good on the north side of the 299 Bridge, but mostly for 15 inchers on Wiggle Hoochies and Apexs trolled 25 to 45 deep.