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.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.—The spring king run is about over and action has been very slow in the lower 20 miles of the river, according to WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secret’s Guide Service. Warm waters have stalled upstream movement of fish. Next up? Boats trolling the estuary for staging and feeding early fall fish and late springers.
ROGUE RIVER, Shady Grove: Ore.—Shady Cove downstream to Grants Pass is having some good springer fishing. “I have noticed several very nice looking salmon that have been caught over the last week–pictures of the fish had been posted on the internet,” said guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets. “The cooler water of the upper river have the salmon being a little more aggressive than angler’s have been use to in recent past years.”
RUSSIAN RIVER—The river has been taken over by swimmers, kayakers and float tubers and the shad bite has “slowed down the last few days.” That was all we could get out of King’s Sport and Tackle in Guerneville on Sunday.
UMPQUA RIVER, Elkton: Ore.–The Umpqua River is still kicking out late spring Chinook’s for those who are willing to put in the time on the water waiting for that action of a salmon to hit your gear. You will be busy if you are fishing this river and that is for sure. While waiting for a salmon to battle with, you will be cleaning the moss off of your tackle every couple minutes. Shad fishing is doing much better this last week. With water temperatures being around 66 degree’s the shad fishing should improve more over the next week and stay good for another two weeks before slacking off.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH FORK: Glide, Ore.–Fishing for spring Chinook’s in the Glide area of the N. Umpqua River is good, but some angler’s are reporting the fishing is much better than good. There are lots of salmon jumping in the pool in the evening after the sun leaves the water. Winchester Dam has been full of springer’s moving threw the ladder. Fishing below the Winchester Dam was very good last Wednesday, but quickly turned off as the water temperature warmed 6 degree’s in two days. Over the weekend the fishing for springer’s below the Dam was poor, even with all the salmon moving up river.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen—Salmon fishing picked up last week as new runs of fish made their way into the estuary and moved quickly upstream. Try CV-7 spinners in brass or green and chartreuse. The lower river around Klamath Glen has been the better spot to fish, but remember, this is not fast fishing. Expect one to four bites an outing.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam—The river was still too cold for the salmon fly hatch to get going with any steam. Keep your eyes open, and be ready to head north, because it will go from slow to full on very quickly. Check in with Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service for current conditions.
TRINITY RIVER–The river continued to drop, and should be fishable, albeit still high by this weekend. It will be dropping into prime shape by late June.
AMERICAN RIVER—Shad fishing is shaping up to be the best in years, according to anglers scoring as many as two dozen shad an evening. Mike Powers of American Fly Fishing said the best action has been from Sailor Bar to Sunrise, but shad fishing is very good all the way down to Grist Mill. Fly fishing has been excellent, but so has spin-fishing with a float, according to Yee Vang of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun. As usual, the hot colors, whether in flies or mini-jigs have been pink and champagne. Fishing for juvenile steelhead from 8 to 14 inches long also has been good, in the ideal flows. Please release these fish as they will return as adult steelhead, some weighing more than 10 pounds. Striper fishing hasn’t taken off yet, but a 33 pounder was caught around Cal Expo on a jumbo minnow.
FEATHER RIVER—It’s all shad, and some are being caught as far upstream as the Outlet. The highest concentration has been at the mouth of the Yuba River, though. Anglers can catch a dozen or more fish an evening on mini-jigs with a 1.5- or 2-inch curly tail grub in champagne or chartreuse.
FOLSOM LAKE— Bass have largely moved off the beds, but some good fishing continued to be around submerged brush and trees with the lake still full, and some were being taken on topwater and crankbaits early in the morning before the recreational boaters take over the lake. Dartheading or drop-shotting deeper water has been effective for post-spawn bass.
RANCHO SECO LAKE—A few bass were being caught on crankbaits, ripbaits, swimbaits and Senkos, and even topwater early and late, but redeared sunfish were providing the best action on worms under bobbers. Trout fishing has slowed nearly to a stop, though.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento—Striped bass fishing perked up around Verona, Tisdale and Grimes. They were being caught on anchovies and minnows, and pressure was light. Shad fishing was good, especially at Discovery Park, but a few were being caught at Miller Park, too. Catfish in the 2- to 3-pound range were being caught in Lisbon Slough Deep Water Channel, and off of Jefferson Blvd.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding—Trout fishing was exceptional last week with spin fishermen scoring on monster native trout to 6 pounds on everything from Glo-Bugs to crickets and tiny FlatFish, while fly fishers were dead-drifting small brown and gray nymphs under floats. The release from Keswick was still 10,000 cfs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir—The river is dropping but still high and swift, so there’s not much wading. But, it is fishable and anglers are getting grabs by high sticking along seam edges with rubber legs, Prince nymphs, and hare’s ears.
YUBA RIVER—Shad fishing continued to be very good with waders going in at Walnut Ave. while anglers in jetboats were heading up to the dump.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE—The north end of the lake was better than the south end and the bait of choice that has been the wacky rigged 5-inch Senko in watermelon and green pumpkin color worked from the bank out to eight feet. Several other techniques are working now including the drop-shot, jigs and some limited topwater action with spooks, frog’s and buzzbaits.
LAKE BERRYESSA—Donald Paganelli said bass fishing was very good for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass up to 4 pounds. Most fish were caught in the main body working points from 5 to 20 feet deep. Drop-shot and Carolina rigged Roboworms proving to be the best technique. The topwater bite was very slow but that should change soon. With a drop in the water level, the koke bite dropped as well.
LAKE ALMANOR—Almanor Fishing Adventure reports the best trolling lanes, producing the most action, have been Almanor West, trolling north to big water, the Dorado Inn area and the entire east peninsula. A place to watch, that is generally good fishing and is overdue, is Prattville to the USFS ramp. On the East shore, west peninsula and Almanor West, insect hatches are still happening; in some areas it’s amazing.
BATTLE CREEK RESERVOIR—According to Rim Rock Ranch, fishing continues to be very good and pressure is very light. Fish the rocky shore out of the campground or along the west shore closer to the dam for better fishing. Both rainbows and browns have been coming in and limits are common. Kastmasters and floating baits have been the hot baits. Fly fishermen have been doing well trolling streamers and crystal buggers. Not a lot of surface activity as of yet but this should change as temperatures climb.
LAKE BRITTON—Crappie in the 10- to 12-inch size and smallmouth bass fishing was still good here.
BAUM LAKE—Crowds put the pressure on here, but the water is in good shape and the fishing was fair with the best action happening mid day.
CASSEL FOREBAY–Closed until further notice for repairs. All water has been drained into the natural creek channel that flows into Baum Lake in order to work on structure repairs in the canal. Up-stream from the Cassel Bridge is fishing well and the pressure has lightened up quite a bit. Some nice fish are taken each week and surface activity is increasing for the fly fishermen.
EAGLE LAKE—Launching at the south end marina has been facilitated by a recently installed low water ramp. Water levels at the lake are down but the quality of fishing experience continues to be very good. As the season gets going, quality fishing will continue to be enjoyed.
FALL RIVER—River conditions are low but insects such as PMDs and BWOs are coming off in flurries so the fishing can be good one second and cold the next.
MANZANITA LAKE–Some afternoon hatches are happening and should increase as temperatures are on the rise. Some hefty fish are being caught, especially around structure and along the shoreline. Now is the time to hit the water and get in some good fishing. Prince nymphs, baetis and black midges should all work well. This lake has special restrictions so be sure and read the regulations. Lassen Park has not opened all the way over the summit as yet.
MCCLOUD RIVER—Water conditions are great and the fishing has been good, with the dry fly action good for anglers mid-day and into the afternoons when the hatches go off.
PIT RIVER—Fishing has been good and a lot of different fly patterns have been working throughout the day.
SHASTA LAKE—Fishing here has been good for everything. Try a Sling Blade and hoochie for salmon and trout. For numbers of small bass, toss a drop-shot worm in oxblood and green weenie at 10 to 20 feet deep on main body banks with no mudline.
UPPER HAT CREEK—Warmer temperatures have increased runoff and water levels are very high right now. The good news is that water clarity is still very clear, so fishing has been challenging but good. Pressure on the creek is light right now but will slowly pick up as area schools are scheduled to let out this week for the summer. There are lots of holdover fish in the creek and more plants are scheduled weekly. Worms are working best at present but multiple baits work consistently in this creek. Holdover fish are in great shape and a fair number of trophy fish are still coming in. Fly fishing on the upper creek continues to be excellent and ants have been working well as June historically is the time that flying black ants show themselves.
WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR—Not a lot going on here except for rainbows, this year so far the majority of the kokes have been dinks.
BLUE LAKES—Dave Foley at Caples Lake Resort reported that fishing was good at both Upper and Lower Blue for anglers using worms and Power Bait. Bill Karr, WON Editor, went there again late week and said there’s a major ant hatch and tons of small fry in lower Blue, making the bite a bit tough, but the early morning bite at Upper Blue Lake is still very good up until about 10 a.m. for quality holdover rainbows.
BOCA LAKE—The lake is at 71-percent capacity. According to Mountain Hardware and Sports, there wasn’t much happening here. Lots of water flowing into the lake should be attracting fish to the inlet.
CAPLES LAKE—Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported good action at the dam, spillway, and the inlet at Wood’s Creek. Dave Foley at Caples Lake Resort reported that rainbow fishing was slow with a few fish being caught at the dam, spillway, and the Wood’s Creek inlet. A 10-pound Mackinaw was caught by “Jason” trolling a green/gold Rooster Tail in front of Wood’s Creek. Jim Foley of Ukiah caught a 1-pound rainbow trolling a worm at Emigrant Bay.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)—Tahoe Fly fishing Outfitters reported good action on the East Carson for cutthroats to 18 inches and 2- to 4-pound rainbows on nymphs and streamers. The West Carson was fishing well with dries and nymphs for rainbows running 2 to 4 pounds—the cutthroats were fewer and farther between and smaller than on the East.
DAVIS LAKE—The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported good trolling action this past week. His Saturday trip netted 25 rainbows from 16 1/2 to 18 inches and lost 7 more on red-dot frog Needlefish, firetiger Sockeye Slammers, and copper/red head Dick Nite spoons fished 10 feet deep at Lightning Tree. Shore fishing was still good at Eagle Point according to J&J’s Grizzly Store. Dillard’s buddies were doing well fly fishing at Cow Creek with nymph/indicator set-ups.
DONNER LAKE—Mountain Hardware and Sports reported that 12- to 13-inch kokanee were hitting “anything, in any color” that’s been thrown at them by trollers working 40 to 60 feet deep. Some bigger macks were hitting for trollers running big hard swimbaits at 90 to 100 feet deep.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON—WON Staffer Pat Young fished Butt Valley Lake for smallmouth bass this past week and found the action slow, though there were lots of nice bass seen on beds located near tree stumps. Caribou Crossroads Resort reported that bait fishing for rainbow was still good on the North Fork despite higher flows coming out of the Caribou Powerhouse.
FRENCHMAN LAKE—The lake is at 79-percent capacity. According to Wiggins Trading Post, trollers were catching 14- to 19-inch rainbows on flasher/worm combos at Lunker Point. Shore anglers were still doing well at Salmon Egg Shoals on Power Bait for smaller rainbows.
GOLD LAKES BASIN—All the lakes are open and accessible. Gold Lake trollers were picking up some macks. Trout fishing was okay at Salmon, Packer, and Sardine for anglers using worms, according to Bassetts Station.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 91-percent capacity. Some trout were still being caught here on dodger/grub or worm combos in the top 20 feet.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR—Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that trout action was slow here–it’s been a long time since the lake was planted last and lots of trout have been caught. To answer a fisherman’s prayer, Alpine County is going to plant the lake this week in time for a kids fishing day on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. sponsored by Alpine Kids, the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission, and the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce. Kids need to bring their own rods but terminal tackle and bait will be provided along with a hot dog/chips/soda lunch at the end of the event. Call Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort for more info at 530-694-2229. The DFG will be making another cutthroat trout plant into both the West and East Carson this week, also.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR—Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were catching limits of 12- to 14-inch rainbows and a few browns to 16 inches in the arm SE of the ramp at the dam. The rainbows were hitting a bikini Needlefish behind a watermelon Sep’s dodger and the browns were taken toplining Rapalas in the early morning.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)—Sly Park Resort reported that the fishing for DFG planters was still very good at the boat ramp and the first dam. Shore anglers were catching limits in less than two hours on worms and Power Bait. No word on the smallmouth bass fishing, but it should be good in the Narrows for anglers throwing worms and jigs.
LAKE TAHOE—The big winner at the 19th Annual Jake’s on the Lake Charity Derby was local Al Younger who took the first place Mackinaw with a beautiful 26 1/3 pounder, and first in the brown trout category with a 4 3/4 pounder for a total of $1500 in prize money. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners fished the derby but only managed 6 browns from 1 to 2 1/2 pounds and two 2-pound rainbows trolling Storm ThunderSticks from Cave Rock to Emerald Bay. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters’ clients caught nine macks to 6 pounds trolling 300 to 325 feet deep off Carnelian Bay with Sting Kings and Sling Blade/Koke-a-nut combos.
LOON LAKE—The lake is at 86-percent capacity. The Placerville Ranger Station reported that the boat ramp was open, but the campgrounds were NOT open yet!
PROSSER LAKE—The lake is at 73-percent capacity. The trout fishing was fair early and late at the inlet and the dam according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. Smallmouth bass fishing should be picking up for anglers throwing tube jigs and grubs near the dam.
PYRAMID LAKE—Carla Molino at the Pyramid Lake Store reported that boaters were catching from 12 to 50 fish per day trolling Apex and FlatFish 20 to 30 feet deep on the north end from Pelican to Warrior Point and on the east side at Hell’s Kitchen. The cutthroats were running 17 to 28 inches. Shore fishing was best for anglers casting chartreuse spoons and jigs on the deeper drop-offs at Block House and Spider Point. The trout season closes on June 30.
RED LAKE—Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that fishing was better at the inlet on the upper end of the lake than at the dam. Anglers will need a boat or float tube to fish here for some nice brookies.
SILVER LAKE—Dave Foley at Caples Lake Resort reported that trout fishing was slow here.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Still the best fishing spot in the Truckee area according to Mountain Hardware and Sports. The 13- to 14-inch kokanee were starting to move deeper around the islands and creek mouths, 20 to 40 feet, but were still hitting dodger/orange hoochie combos. Trout fishing was good all around the lake on worms and Power Bait.
TOPAZ LAKE—Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported that trout action was good while trolling 15 to 20 feet deep with Rapalas and flasher/worm combos in the middle of the lake. Shore fishing was slow due to the fact that the fish had moved out to deeper water away from the bank. Bass fishing was good on the north end of the lake for 2- to 3-pound smallmouths. Boaters were catching-and-releasing 15 to 20 fish per day on crankbaits.
TRUCKEE RIVER—Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported that the best action on the main river was still above the Boca outlet in the Glenshire area on green drake nymphs, golden stones, caddis pupas, and Copper Johns. The cooler weather in the forecast for this week could trigger the green drake hatch according to Mountain Hardware and Sports.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR—The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported kokanee trolling was producing 3 to 5 fish per day running 14 to 17 inches on dodger/hoochies at 17 to 20 feet deep. Macks were starting to get active and Mathis was picking up 1 or 2 fish per trip to 22 pounds. On his last trip, he netted a 12 pounder for Marilyn Phelps of Pollock Pines. The mack hit a dodger/herring combo at 60 feet deep over 100 feet of water.
WEST WALKER RIVER—The Little Walker and West Walker are both scheduled for DFG trout plants this week. The river was still running high and few anglers were seen this past week. The flows were at 450 cfs and should be dropping daily according to Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel. Foster said that the river should be in fly fishing conditions—200 cfs—within 7 to 10 days. Call ahead for the latest flow conditions at 530-495-2281.
AMERICAN RIVER—The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that fishing in the Middle Fork was good for some nice rainbows and browns in the deeper pools.
BULLARDS BAR—The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported that trollers were picking up some limits of 12-inch kokanee at the dam on dodger/hoochie combos at 30 feet deep. Bass fishermen were catching large numbers of small spots on worms and jigs.
CAMP FAR WEST—The lake is still full but releases will begin soon. North Shore Resort reported that boaters were still catching lots of small bass. One angler said he caught a dozen 1- to 1 1/2-pound bass in 15 to 20 feet of water on baby bass Senkos. Catfishing should be good at night on sardines and chicken livers.
COLLINS LAKE—The lake is 4-foot from full. The warmer weather seen after the Memorial Day weekend pushed the trout into deeper water making trolling and bait drifting more productive than shore fishing. Shore fishing for trout was best at the dam and the bridge where deeper water was more accessible. Trolling Sling Blade/threaded nightcrawlers, dodger/hoochies, and Rapalas produced lots of rainbows to 2-pounds, 6-ounces. Bass, crappie, redear sunfish, and catfish were all more active with the warmer weather. Little Anthony Richards picked up a 1 1/4-pound redear on worms. Two guys from Sutter caught a dozen crappie on mini-jigs in Elmer’s Cove. 5- and 8-pound catfish that made it to the scales this past week were caught off the dam on nightcrawlers and minnows.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR—Trolling for trout was excellent from the marina to Black’s Ravine at 15 feet deep on watermelon dodger/worm combos for fish running 9 inches to 4 pounds. Boaters running to the upper end of the lake were catching lots of 9 to 10 inchers fishing Power Bait off the shallower banks above Point Defiance. Chris Hall of Grass Valley caught a 5-pound rainbow at Rocky Bluff on a dodger/Koke-a-nut tipped with Power Bait. 2-to 3-pound bass were hitting plastic worms for kids fishing in the marina, and bluegill were spawning and easily caught from the shore with worms.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR—The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that trollers were doing well at the inlet of the creek to the right of the dam on dodger/Needlefish combos for 12- to 14-inch rainbows. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that all the campgrounds were open. There is still some construction going on at the dam and there could periodically be some one-way traffic with controls on the road over the dam.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 86-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that all the campgrounds were open and the water systems were working. Will Fish Tackle said that trollers were picking up 12- to 14-inch kokanee on green Wedding Ring with brass blade/4-inch dodger combos at 30 feet deep at the dam and the powerhouse. Some browns were take toplining Rapalas in the early morning at the inlet. The camp host reported 75 boats on the lake each day over the Memorial Day weekend—that’s a bunch of boats!
LAKE OROVILLE—The lake is at 99-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi said that the number and size of the bass being caught was down from the previous week due mostly in part to the full moon and the higher water temp—74 to 75 degrees. Anglers were catching 30 to 50 small spots on dart-headed worms, grubs, tubes, and Senkos from 5 to 20 feet deep, with the larger fish mostly down at 20 feet on walls and deeper points. There can be a good topwater bite in the early morning on the walls, but be on the lookout for fish boiling on bait over deep water. The fish were moving up and down on the structure to feed so be ready to adjust.
ROLLINS LAKE—The lake is still full. Casey Reynolds reported that fishing was good at the mouth of the inlet for 14- to 16-inch rainbows, and 1- to 2 1/2-pound bass. The trout were hitting Gulp! Neon worms, while the bass were caught on Rapalas. One angler did catch a 3-pound bass from the shore in front of the Outrigger Grill at Long Ravine Resort.
SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE—Jim Caldwell at Scott’s Flat Lake Resort reported that the DFG had planted 25,000 fingerling kokanee this past week which appeared to spur the trout bite. 2- to 4-pound browns were hitting black/silver Rapalas in the early morning at the inlet and along Cascade Shores. 12- to 14-inch rainbows were hitting Power Bait from the shore on the point to the right of the marina going toward the dam.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR—The Foresthill Ranger Station reported that all the day-use facilities and campgrounds were open. The DFG planted the lake this past week, so fishing should be good for shore anglers and trollers.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR—The lake is still full. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that shore anglers were catching limits of 12- to 14-inch rainbows on spinners tipped with worms or salmon eggs in the early morning or late afternoon.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY—The lake was at 129.5-foot elevation at press time—55-percent capacity. At this water level, the tule banks are either out of the water or too shallow to fish. Try for bass on the steeper rock banks and in the channels with worms, jigs, and Senkos.
BERKELEY— Capt. James Smith of the California Dawn reported full limits of rockfish and 9 ling cod to 14 pounds off the Marin coast mid-week, then late in the week inside the Bay, halibut turned on with 12 flatties plus 2 stripers for 7 anglers. Live bait availability plus an influx of baitfish in the Bay prodded predator fish into feeding mode. Other Berkeley boats found similar success inside the Bay and good success on salmon below the Farallons. The Happy Hooker fished Duxbury Reef over the weekend and reported limits plus nearly one lingcod per rod.
BODEGA BAY— Salmon fishing really picked up, with better than a fish per rod to early limits this week reported by Capt. Bob Moncton on the Reel-lentless. Most fish were 12 to 15 pounds with fish up to 20 pounds. On Sunday, the boat had limits for all by 9:00a.m.
EMERYVILLE—Salmon fishing counts hover around an attractive 1 fish per rod when conditions are comfortable and then drop below that mark whenever strong winds blow. Over the weekend, fishing improved and boats were back on top of their game. Live bait potluck Bay fishing was wild with plenty of halibut and a decent count of post-spawn stripers. Rockfish and lingcod provided action at half limits to full limits pace for boats fishing outside of the Bay.
EUREKA—Local old timers are talking and professional skippers are nodding in agreement with a statement whispered in reverent tones, “This is the best salmon season ever!” Catching limits and being back to dock by mid-morning is almost like clockwork. Also on the list of options are rockfish, crabs and Pacific Halibut.
FORT BRAGG—Salmon fishing seemed quick, easy, and close-by early in the week before the big winds. Many boats found it unnecessary to venture out of sight of Noyo Harbor to find plentiful action on fish averaging between 15 to 20 pounds. Menacing winds subsided by the weekend and boaters ran back out to find the fish again. Rockfishing was just as easy when the weather allowed. Limits of lings became commonplace along with easy limits of rockfish.
HALF MOON BAY—The Huli Cat ran salmon and crab combo trips with good success. Half Moon Bay Sportfishing boats ran salmon trips early in the week and added rockfish trips after the June 1st opener. Salmon fishing proved generally successful however rockfishing was just fair (under half limits) due to water temps below 50 degrees between Pigeon Point and Half Moon Bay.
MARTINEZ—Local boaters enjoyed good sturgeon and striper fishing, with much of the action coming from near Buoy 2. Grass shrimp proved to be the most effective bait, drawing bites from foraging sturgeon as well as hungry post-spawn striped bass. Pier action was slow overall.
SAN FRANCISCO—Huge baitballs invaded the Bay early in the week and by mid-week fish reacted by going on a feeding binge. Halibut, striped bass and sharks bit willingly for anglers aboard the Flash, with halibut to 14 pounds and post spawn striped bass that looked like they were heading out of the Bay to entertain surf fishers all along the coast.
SAN RAPHAEL—Halibut went on the bite in San Pablo Bay, with live shiners and anchovies providing the best hook adornments. The Morning Star scored 14 halibut to 18 pounds for 11 people. Sturgeon and striped bass continue to provide good fishing action for private boaters armed with live baits.
SHELTER COVE— Limits of rockfish, lingcod and crab highlight the action out of Shelter Cove aboard the Bite Me with Capt. Trent Slate. Salmon fishing changed with the weather and as soon as a period of calm water allows searching, expectations are high for great salmon fishing.