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.
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-The first run of salmon that came in with the rain are already spawning upstream big time, but there’s still a lot of fish waiting to move in with the next rain. Guide Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company and his clients caught 3 adults and 4 jacks on Saturday, but the river is undriftable as of Sunday. Rain is expected on Wednesday, which will bring in the next batch of kings.
Elk RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.–The mouth of the river is still crowded with fly fishermen on one side and conventional anglers on the other side. The Chinook salmon are running into the river with the tide on most days and sources are telling me that they haven’t had this much fun in several years, said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service, with mixed weights of salmon ranging from 15 pounds on the small size and up to the mid 20-pound size over the last week. Until this river gets some much needed rain, the drift boats will not be able to float from the hatchery down to Iron Head take out.
ROGUE RIVER, Lower, Ore.-Salmon are over, but the steelhead fishing is just beginning.
ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass-Some old salmon are still swimming around up here, but it’s mostly a waiting game for the winter steelhead to build in numbers.
RUSSIAN RIVER-River is down in flows, but fishing is up. According to Kings Sport & Tackle a 7-pound steelies just came from Johnson Beach on a Little Cleo, and there are reports of quite a few bigger steelies, and good numbers of hatchery fish. Fishing is mostly from Steelhead Beach downriver, as the dam is still up at Wohler. Another angler caught and released 7 adult steelies one day!
SILTCOOS LAKE, Florence, Ore.—The Coho fishing across this coastal lake is fair to good depending on which arm or cove anglers decide to fish. The anglers that are trolling spinners seem to be catching more of these fun fish. Some of the salmon being caught are dark red in color, said WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. Other anglers are reporting catching fresh fish as bright as a old fashion chrome bumper. Unfortunately, a pair of sea lions have made there way into the lake and they are getting more than their share of the fish as well.
SIXES RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.–There hasn’t been anyone drifting this river since Monday, Nov. 7 and most likely there will not be anyone drifting the river until there is a rainstorm. Fortunately this small river rises very quickly and one good day of rain can have anglers pulling plugs for holiday king salmon. A couple fly fishermen have been walking into the Orchard Hole a mile above the takeout at Hughes House near the mouth of the river. They said it is more of a exercise in patience, and it allows them to enjoy themselves while breathing fresh air, according to Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service.
SMITH RIVER-Low and clear and barely driftable on Sunday but lots and lots of fresh fish are waiting in the tidewater holes and lower river, being flossed by the “dental hygienists” from shore, according to guides Harvey Young of Fishawk River Company and Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. There are some legitimate fish caught by trollers at first light with glow Kastmasters and anchovies. The next rain will move the fish into the rising river, and action should be excellent if the forecast rain on Wednesday materializes.
TAHKENITCH LAKE, Gardener, Ore.–The coho fishing is usually fabulous by this time year on the lake, but due to an extended period of very little rain the lake levels are low. We need a few days of heavy coastal rains before the lake levels will even start to rise high enough for the water to begin pouring over the berm and letting the coho run into Tahkenitch Lake. Report by WON Field Reporter, Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City-Steelhead fishing was pretty good considering the low, clear water conditions. Guides running the river in drift boats and rafts had the advantage, however. Backtrolling plugs and drifting Glo-Bugs have been the two best methods. The highest concentration of fish seemed to be between Lewiston and Junction City, with some being caught around Del Loma–although that could rapidly change with some weather to bring more fish upstream. Salmon are about done, and the few that are left alive are well past their prime.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek-The South Fork is open to fishing until the end of the year, and a few guides are drifting it. These are big and wild steelhead and all must be released. Steelhead fishing around Hoopa has been slow, also a function of the lack of rain.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam-Steelhead fishing has really picked up. It’s possible to catch upwards of 20 fish a day, a mix of trout, small steelhead, and some adults to around 5 pounds. Just about any method is taking them-flies on the swing or under indicators, drifted nightcrawlers and roe, and backtrolled plugs.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-There’s no lack of water at the lower end of the Klamath, but rain is needed to attract more steelhead into the river. A few steelhead were caught around Blue Creek and Johnson’s Riffle.
BERKELEY-Crab combos are getting rockfish and crab limits, reported Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Sportfishing. On board the Happy Hooker, Saturday’s trip with 37 anglers scored 237 rockfish, 1 lingcod, and limits of quality Dungeness crabs.
BODEGA BAY- Off-the-hook crabbing with “humongous” crabs on tap, the pots producing 25 to 30 crabs per, quick limits for the smaller loads of anglers on sportfishing boats. On the New Sea Angler, Captain Rick Powers reported full limits of crabs and rockfish on every trip but one, Wednesday’s trip with 42 anglers not quite getting all the rockfish they needed. “We had crab limits for 13 guys and only pulled 4 pots on Sunday,” said Powers.
CROCKETT-Striped bass continued to rip baits for anglers on the Morning Star, with the seventh trip in a row with bass limits on Saturday. “The fish were bigger on the average this time again,” said Captain Gordon Hough. “The jackpot fish was 15 pounds, but all 8 to 10 pounds and up.” In addition to 30 bass, his 15 anglers caught a leopard shark. All the fish came on bullheads, said Hough, while fishing the edge of the deep water channel in San Pablo Bay.
EMERYVILLE-Crab combos went well through the week, with only a little hitch because of the weather on some days. “We haven’t missed limits of crabs yet,” said Frank Salazar at Emeryville Sportfishing Center. On Sunday, the lingcod count jumped for 30 anglers on the New Huck Finn who caught rockfish and crab limits, plus 12 lings to 10 pounds. The other option for the crab combos beside rockfish are striped bass, and the New Seeker hit them hard on Sunday with 30 linesides plus crab limits for 24 anglers, and they were still fishing when that report came in.
EUREKA-Crabbers reported easy limits of quality crabs. WON field reporter Lonnie Dollarhide said Reel Steel only had to pull three pots on Friday for 60 crabs. A private boater pulled limits from the Table Bluff area with just a couple hours soak time. Dollarhide ran with Captain Phil Glenn on Shellback and they only had to pull three pots for 7 limits (70 crabs). A commercial sampling showed 19 percent fill out on the Dungeness, but the sport guys are able to drop the light ones and fill sacks with heavy males.
FORT BRAGG-Some good crabbing going on, with Captain Randy Thornton on the Telstar running a trip on Tuesday with 25 anglers who caught limits (250 crabs). On Thursday, the ocean was super cooperative, and that made it a simple thing to pull just eight pots for 60 crabs, limits for the light load on board.
HALF MOON BAY-Crab combos produced limits of crabs and usually limits of rockfish, although winter-like storms are starting to affect the fish counts. When the ocean is bumpy, the bite is tougher, but when it lays down, limits are the rule.
MARTINEZ-Sturgeon are starting to show up on Martinez Bait and Tackle’s scales, with an 89 pounder and a 52 pounder weighed. “The stripers are running,” said Lisa Rezentes at the shop. “My daughter just caught and released two in a matter of minutes fishing near the Ozol with shrimp,” she said on Sunday afternoon.
POINT SAN PABLO-Sharks or stripers, both offered great action on the Fury, with Saturday’s trip targeting big sevengills producing a couple 100 pounders, and a giant 245 (estimated) pounder that was released. On Sunday, Captain Frank Miller said his six anglers picked away at the stripers while drifting live bait, ending with limits of schoolie sized fish, weighing up to about 6 pounds.
AMERICAN RIVER-Lots of anglers have been jamming shoulder to shoulder in Nimbus Basin, and many are hooking salmon, but almost all are dark and well past their prime. Fishing has slowed greatly downstream of the now-closed salmon spawning area demarcation at the power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park, and those that are being caught are also mostly dark. Steelhead fishing continued to be slow.
FEATHER RIVER- Salmon fishing continued to be very slow in the main stem of the Feather River due to the very low water conditions, and the boat ramp at Yuba City is closed. However steelhead fishing in the Low Flow Section was good for anglers drifting Glo-Bugs on the riffles around Palm Ave.
FOLSOM LAKE-Trout fishing was good for some anglers last week. Some nice landlocked king salmon were being caught, too. They are being caught 35 to 45 feet deep on the main body with the area near Beals Point producing best. However, fish concentrations are dependent on bait concentrations which vary. Use electronics and a sharp eye for birds to find the bait-and then the trout-or bass. Hoochies and Needlefish tipped with corn have been doing best. Bass fishing was still challenging, but is picking up as the water level has started to stabilize and fish are becoming more comfortable. Fish are still tend to suspend over the edges of underwater channels wherever they find concentrations of bait.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento–Salmon fishing slowed greatly with anglers working hard for a bite or two, mostly on jigs around Garcia Bend. Some striped bass were being caught in the Deep Water Channel, and a few sturgeon are starting to show.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Chico-Salmon fishing was good early in the week but slowed toward the weekend. However, a new batch of fish showed around Knight’s Landing. But, “here today, gone tomorrow” was never more true. It’s chancy fishing, but the quality of these kings are the best of the season. It’s exclusively a plug bite.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-Trout fishing continued to be very good for fly fishers and spin fishermen drifting Glo-Bugs and egg patterns behind spawning salmon.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER- Trout fishing continued to be very good both on bait lures and flies in the stretch of river running through the town of Dunsmuir, as well as in the lower river as trout come out of Lake Shasta to feed. Drift Mayfly, caddis, and prince nymphs under indicators.
YUBA RIVER-Steelhead fishing continued to be good downriver near Marysville, while both trout and steelhead were being caught up to the point the river is closed to fishing at the Highway 20 Bridge. Dead-drifting caddis and Mayfly nymphs, as well as rubber legs under indicators has been effective on both trout and steelhead, while swinging streamer patterns has been attracting hard hits from steelhead.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 60-percent capacity. The inlet was still the best bet this past week for rainbows, browns and some nice macks. It’s cold up here, so dress appropriately!
CAPLES LAKE-The lake is at 87-percent capacity. With no more launching facilities, it’s shore fishing only from the dam or spillway. Lots of snow on the ground.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 76-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported that trolling is almost over for the season-there’s only one lane open at Honker Cove ramp, the other is covered with snow. The courtesy dock will be pulled out of the water by the end of this week. Shore fishing has been good at Fairview on Power Bait. Fly fishermen using olive or rust nymphs and J. Fair Wiggletails were doing well for 16-inch rainbows at Cow Creek, Jenkins Cove and Fairview-the trout were feeding on small crawdads in green and orange, according to Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden.
DONNER LAKE-The lake is at 40-percent capacity. Fishing has been pretty sporadic for just about everything-trout, macks, and kokanee. Trout fishing was still best in the shallower water at the State Park. Some small kokes still being caught by trollers, but they are “next year” fish under 12 inches.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 79-percent capacity. The road to the lake has snow and ice patches especially in areas that see little sun. Once there, the fishing has been good according to Wiggins Trading Post. Trollers did well with flasher/worm combos at the dam. Shore anglers did well at the Frenchman’s boat ramp, Big Cove, and the east end of the dam on Power Bait and nightcrawlers.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-According to Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden, the Basin lakes are snowed in and access is difficult except by snowshoe or snowmobile.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 68-percent capacity. Very cold here with little fishing pressure according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-With the clear weather, access is good. According to Todd Sodaro at Carson River Resort, Alpine County will plant 1800 pounds of trophy trout here by the end of the month.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Snowed in–check local road conditions before making a trip here. Call Mountain Hardware and Sports at 530-587-4844.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The lake is at 80-percent capacity. The recent DFG plants stirred up the Mackinaws. “Anthony” of Camino picked up three macks to 5 pounds trolling a Rapala behind a dodger out from the boat ramp 30 feet deep over 60 feet of water. Miller also picked up a couple 16-inch rainbows to finish out his limit. Bill Edwards of Placerville caught three macks from 16 to 19 inches trolling a Needlefish 60 feet deep in the channel between the island and the second dam. Shore fishing was good at the first dam for planters-they seemed to come in two sizes, 8 to 10 inches and 12 to 16 inches.
LAKE TAHOE-Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported good fishing for macks running 3 1/2 to 7 pounds. Daniels said the early bite was for fish found at 80 to 140 feet deep then switching deeper as the sun rose to pick up macks suspended 240 to 300 feet deep over 400 feet of water. Sling Blade/Koke-a-nut or minnow combos work consistently for Daniels.
LOON LAKE-The lake is at 60-percent capacity. According to the Georgetown Ranger Station, there’s snow all around the lake and on the road to the lake. If you insist on coming up here, be sure you’re driving a 4-wheel drive truck with a good heater.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 32-percent capacity. The best fishing is still at the dam. Cast spoons or try an inflated nightcrawler for some nice rainbows.
PYRAMID LAKE-Strong winds most of this past week kept most boaters off the lake. There were a few brave souls who fished at the south end of the lake in Pelican Cove-one angler reported catching 12 fish. Shore anglers were seeing an improved bite developing as the water temp drops into the 40’s-it was 49-degrees at press time. As the winds calm, trolling should pick right back up according to Joe Mendes at Eagle Eye Charters. Frog FlatFish trolled 15 to 25 feet deep have been consistent producers. Shore fishing should really pick up by Thanksgiving according to Mendes. As the water temp drops, the bigger fish move up into shallower water and become much more accessible to fly fishermen and spoon caters at Wino Beach, Sand Hole, Rawhide, Indian Head, and Block House.
RED LAKE-Very little pressure here, so reports were hard to come by according to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Carson River Resort.
SILVER LAKE-The lake is at 25-percent capacity. Lots of snow here and with the ramp pretty much unusable, shore fishing is the only option. Very cold-dress warm.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 88-percent capacity. There should still be some rainbows hitting bait near the ramp. The macks are cruising the dam-try a big spoon or Rapala. The next snows could eliminate access.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 58-percent capacity. Little fishing pressure here according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle. Some big macks should be prowling the top of the ledges in 80 to 120 feet of water. Call the Pacific Ranger Station for the latest access info-530-647-5400.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-Most of the action seems to be coming from the south end, whether you are fishing during the day or at night. During the day, it’s all about live bait fished deep on structure or shallow around docks and all arms of the lake have been productive. At night try a D&M piranha swimjig, Brush Hog, or 10-inch Berkley Power worm on the south end in 5 to 20 feet around rock.
LAKE BERRYESSA- Find the shad balled up in 25 to 40 feet of water and you’ll find plenty of bass and trout. Spooning, drop-shotting and throwing swimbaits caught both, just find the bait.
LAKE SONOMA-It’s a good time to go bass fishing here, no pressure at all. Colder water and dying grass have pushed bass to structure. A good bet is to cover water with a Pointer 100 American shad, and flip a jig creature to standing timber in the 15 to 25 feet of water on creek channel edges. Drop-shot and Senkos are also sure bets but slow down. The landlocked steelhead are all over the surface, keep a spoon handy and cast to the boils for trout to 18 inches. Top line trollers are doing well with trolling flies and shad imitation hardware.
AMADOR LAKE–Lake keeps on kicking out good numbers of steelhead-cross and cuttbow trout. Heavy plants are being made daily and solid action is the result. Fish up to 7 pounds being planted now, with 8 to 10 pounders coming next month.
CAMANCHE LAKE–Rainbow action continues here, with weekly plants keeping the bite going strong. Fish in the 2- to 3-pound range have been showing up on stringers regularly and the best of the bunch was a 5.02 pounder caught on Power Bait from shore at the Causeway.
DON PEDRO RESERVOIR–Trout action has been good for those who work at it. Monte Smith with Gold Country Sportfishing said water temperatures have been running 62 to 64 degrees and there has been no fishing pressure at all. He’s been using a fast troll with lead-core line and spoons in brass and silver with black and orange spots.
LAKE MCCLURE–Plenty of variety for anglers here. Diana Mello at A-1 Bait Shop in Snelling said salmon are being caught at around 20-feet deep on Wedding Rings with a ‘crawler. Fishermen have been having a good time catching limits of trout past the dam at McClure Point, using Kastmasters. Mello said bass have been hitting crawdads and plastics, with one fisherman reporting catching 15 bass at 30-feet deep on shad-pattern worms at Barrett Cove.
LAKE MCSWAIN–Bait fishermen have been getting limits of trout at the brush pile on Power Bait in chartreuse and cheese colors, as well as ‘mallow/’crawler combos. Trollers have been picking up limits pulling ‘crawler/flasher rigs, also Wedding Rings.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR–Limits of rainbows fairly common now, with some coming in like the 2-plus pounders caught from shore by Angels Camp angler William Lease. At least one nice brown, 4 pounds, 12 ounces was caught on a rainbow Kastmaster by Ray Gibbs from Acampo. John Liechty at Glory Hole Sports said more of the larger holdover planter trout are starting to come up as current fish plants are being made. He said water temps have been dropping 2 to 3 degrees a week.
LAKE PARDEE–Closed for the season.
TULLOCH RESERVOIR–Morning action here has been slow at times, with a better bite starting around 1 p.m. Monte Smith with Gold Country Sportfishing scouted the lake and found cold water temperatures from 48 to 53 degrees. He said he and his dad, Don, fished the green-springs area of the lake and also got into some great action up the river arm. Blue spoons worked best on lead-core line and they hooked 15 rainbows, being able to boat only 6 of them.
SACRAMENTO RIVER side-Many have switched to striper and/or sturgeon fishing and with good reason. The bite has been picking up, while the salmon fishing is slowing down. Most of the salmon reported were dark, but there were also reports of bright fish still.
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side- Some very large stripers are being landed in Suisun Bay as well as here in the river. The Chain Islands were also good for stripers. Sturgeon action slowed a bit, just as the action was starting to heat up as several areas including the Pittsburg area.
LAKE ALMANOR-When anglers can get out they have been doing very well along the west shore by the USFS ramp near Prattville. Other good areas included Bailey Springs, Rec.2 and the Spar Buoy areas, Geritol Cove at Canyon Dam, and from the Prattville Towers west to the jetties where the brown trout are spawning and the big rainbows lurk.
BAUM LAKE-Vaughn’s Sporting Goods in Burney reports fly fishermen are having great days on midges and BWO’s. Nightcrawlers and floating baits are still doing well, as are lures. Nymphs of choice have been copper Johns in red or pt’s.
BRITTON LAKE-According to Vaughn’s Sporting Goods, the weather has definitely put the bite down and fishing is about over for this year.
BURNEY CREEK-Now closed from Burney Creek Falls downstream to Lake Britton.
CASSEL FOREBAY-Closed on November 15.
EAGLE LAKE-A cooling trend now has the better bite generally at the north end in shallower waters. Here, trolling or fly fishing will be the most productive. Trout from 2 1/2 pounds to 5 pounds were taken this past week.
FALL RIVER- Closed on November 15.
UPPER HAT CREEK- Closed on November 15.
HAT CREEK (wild trout section)- Closed on November 15.
McCLOUD RIVER- Closed on November 15.
PIT RIVER-Starting on Nov. 16 it’s catch and release area only until April 28th. There is still road work along the Pit River with road closures of two plus hours possible between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
SHASTA LAKE-Gary Miralles of Shasta Tackle reports a good bite for trout. The trout continue to feed on the abundant shad schools. Look for surface activity mostly around the shallow points and troll the top 10 feet of water 200 feet back. Cripplures and Humdingers in silver or UV are doing the trick. Trout are averaging 2 pounds with an occasional 3 to 4 pounder. Best areas are the Ski Island to Jones Valley cove on the Pit Arm and Hirtz Bay to Holiday Harbor on the McCloud arm.
AMERICAN RIVER-Regulations changed to artificial barbless lures and catch-and-release fishing only beginning November 16.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 55-percent capacity. Not much happening here according to Emerald Cove Marina-very few fishermen out.
CAMP FAR WEST-The lake is at 57-percent capacity. Anglers are mostly bass fishing with an occasional striper showing up. Bass fishing has been best up in the Rock Creek arm according to North shore Resort staff.
COLLINS LAKE-Though trout fishing was pretty good this past week, big catfish landed the most attention. Several cats weighing 8 to 12 1/2 pounds were caught off the docks by Doug Clark and Jimmy Trejo on stink bait. Jim Moorehead of Martinez topped the catfish board with a 13 1/4 pounder. Shore anglers were still catching limits of rainbows-culling smaller fish and keeping the 1 to 1 1/2 pounders. A 3-pound rainbow was the biggest trout of the week.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina finished building four 12’x12’x8′ pens and they will be stocked this week with 1000 pounds of 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-pound rainbows for release next spring as 3 to 4 pounders. Trout fishing has been good all over the lake for trollers and bait drifters-smaller fish down by the dam/marina and bigger rainbows and browns up at Dixon Hill at the 5 mph buoys. Dillon Davis at Skippers Cove Marina caught rainbows to 14 inches and browns to 17 inches on worms from Black’s Ravine up to Dixon Hill.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 54-percent capacity. Not much to report here according to the Foresthill Ranger Station, with equipment still being moved out of the construction site at the dam. Some snow and icy conditions at the boat ramp could make launching a problem. It’s getting close to the end of the season for the high elevation lakes.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 70-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that there was 3 to 4 inches of snow on the road to the lake and that anyone thinking about heading up here should be in a 4-wheeler. Snowy/icy ramp conditions could make launching a problem. It’s about time to take this lake off your list until spring!
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 81-perecent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported good action for spotted bass on the main points and adjacent walls-sound familiar? This pattern should hold up all winter. Paradise Tackle Company finesse jigs in brown/purple, brown/green pumpkin, or brown/blue were all working from the top to 35 feet deep on the points-move the jig a few inches and let it sit for minute (a long time) and set on pressure (they aren’t hitting the jig hard, just sucking it up). Topwater was catching some better quality fish early or in shady areas. The reaction bite was good also on ripbaits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. With the clear water conditions drop down to 8-pound test for the jigs and 4- or 6-pound test for drop-shotting Aaron’s Magic, warmouth, and holographic shad Roboworms. The recently planted coho have been hitting spinnerbaits and anything “shiny”.
ROLLINS LAKE-The lake is at 59-percent capacity. Casey Reynolds at Long Ravine Resort reported good action on rainbow trout, 14 to 16 inches, while fishing with nightcrawlers at the dam and the inlet. Try fishing with a bobber/4-foot leader, inflated up off the bottom, or on the bottom until you locate the activity zone for the day. Reynolds said that 2- to 5-pound catfish were still hitting at night in the marina on nightcrawlers.
SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE-The lake is at 77-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at SFL Resort reported good trout action at the inlet for boaters casting Rapalas or soaking worms on the bottom. Two anglers reported catching eight rainbows from 14 to 20 inches; the 20 incher weighed 2 1/2 pounds. Caldwell caught rainbows running 12 to 14 inches from the shore near the monument on worms.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-Not much to report from here according to the Foresthill Ranger Station. No snow here, so access is good for someone wanting to try for the holdover rainbows.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 90-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported good action for the several boaters on the lake this past weekend. Limits of planter rainbows were taken on flasher/worm combos and small Rapalas.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake is at 70-percent capacity-132.9-foot elevation at press time. With the water up in the tules at this elevation, the bass should be hitting Senkos and jigs pitched into the tule banks if they’re tight to the cover. Try a swimbait or spinnerbait along the outside edge if the bass are chasing.