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Foothill Lakes Fishing Report

-Camanche Reservoir fishing report-
Camanche Reservoir tops the chart this month for the best trout fishing in the Northern California area. Most fish are weighing in at a healthy 2-4 pounds with a good amount of 6-8 pounders in the mix. Limits are fairly regular.

Most boat based anglers are toplining orange or white 2 inch grubs with a ball bearing swivel and a splitshot or 2. Small keel weights from 1/16 to 1/4 oz. may be a good alternative to the swivel and pinch weight. F5 and F8 Rapala's in bright colors are also a sure bet.

Shore based anglers are doing well on power bait, crawlers, etc. as well as casting from shore with small Cast Masters, spinners, and spoons. Most of the fish are in the top 5 feet of water.

-Folsom Lake fishing report-
Folsom has been kicking out some very nice rainbow trout with a few king salmon in the mix for some lucky anglers. The trout are very impressive this year with reports coming in of numerous fish being caught in the 3-4 pound range.

Boat based anglers have been doing very well with spoons, F5 and F8 rapala's, flies, streamers, and apex's. Trolling in the top 15 feet of water for the trout and up to 35 feet deep for the salmon. The kings have been hit and miss but the ones that we have seen came on spoons and rolled shad.

Shore based anglers have scored good numbers with some reporting limits. Crawlers, power bait and minnows seem to be the bait of choice.

Don't forget that only 1 launch ramp is open at Folsom lake right now which is the Granite Bay launch ramp. There is a 5 mph. speed limit on the entire lake.

-Union Valley Reservoir fishing report-
Well, Union Valley is a tricky place to fish. If you are looking for a challenge this is the place right now. We have heard of very few limits being caught at UVR. Small mackinaw are very common ranging from 1-4 pounds but very few large fish have been caught up there this year.

Most boat based anglers are running the typical trout setup consisting of a flasher/dodger and a spoon or crawler for a few trout and small mackinaw. The larger mac's are far and few between and are best caught on rolled herring or stick bait type lures such as Rapala, AC plug, etc using downriggers to reach their comfort zone. We haven't recieved any reports of Brown trout being caught at UVR this year.

Don't forget the only launch ramp open right now is the one by the dam at the west end of the lake. Check the local road conditions before visiting this lake.

-Ice House Reservoir fishing report-
Ice house has been okay this season with some nice brown trout being caught and plenty of rainbows to keep anglers busy. Most of the fish are small but some lucky anglers have caught very nice bows to 2 pounds and some browns between 1-3 pounds with the occasional 5 pounder.

Boat based anglers are running the typical flasher/dodger followed with a spoon or crawler for the rainbow trout and rapala's for the browns. Most of the fish seem to be in the top 10 feet but the larger trout are running a bit deeper.

Shore based anglers are doing well on crawlers and power bait or tossing spoons and spinners with the occasional mixed rainbow/brown trout limit. Conditions are very unpredictable at this elevation. Check the local road conditions before visiting this lake.

-Bear River Reservoir fishing report-
The launch ramp is closed at bear but shore based anglers have been scoring some fiesty rainbows and browns. Reports are hit and miss at Bear but if you want to see some beautiful winter conditions this is the place to be. Check the local road conditions before visiting this lake.

-Stumpy Meadows Reservoir fishing report-
Stumpy Meadows Reservoir reports have shown a fair amount of rainbows and browns being caught. We have not seen any big trout out of Stumpy this year but 1-3 pounders are not hard to come by.

Boat based anglers seem to be doing well on flasher/dodger and a crawler. Needle fish and similar spoons also work at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. Most browns are being caught on Rapala's. Shore based anglers have caught browns, rainbows, bass, and catfish on crawlers. Numbers are not impressive at stumpy but it's always a nice place to fish. They do not plow the road to the lake so check the local road conditions before visiting this lake.

-Sly Park Lake / Jenkinson Reservoir fishing report-
Sly park is very slow right now as usual. There are some small Mackinaw and browns being caught as well as some decent rainbows but it's tough.

-Lake Tahoe fishing report-
Tahoe is still as good as ever when it comes to small Mackinaw and we have gotten some reports of big Mac's this season. Some nice rainbows and browns have also been pulled out of Tahoe recently but it's kind of hit and miss on quality fish.

Boat based anglers are Toplining with AC plugs, Rapala, bomber, etc. for the lunker Mackinaw lurking in the shallows but if your looking for steady action you need to run deep with dodger/minnow combow or a stick bait such as AC plug, Cisco Kid Lures, bomber, rapala, etc. Most action has been in the usual spots such as dollar point, homewood shelf, sand harbor, cave rock, and some structure fishing around south shore. Bumping the bottom in 150-200 feet of water is your best bet for a limit of macs in the 3-8 pound range.

More reports to come as we get them in. Please feel free to send in your fishing reports.

 

August 7th 2009 - Lake Tahoe
The bite has been great on Lake Tahoe. There have been a lot of nice Mackinaw caught this year. The southeast part of the lake, over in the Round Hill area, have been producing more of the bigger fish. The bite has picked up strong on the North Shore as well. The Tavern Hole has been doing fairly good. The highest concentrations of stacked fish have been found in and around the 140 foot mark. Broken back Rapalas, Rebels, and Cisco Kid Wranglers trolled slow, keeping them at about 15 feet off of the bottom has been the best bet.

 


August 6th. 2009 - Lake Almanor
Almanor Fishing Adventures
Fishing Report and Lake Status.
Surface temp. @ 75.4 degrees
Clarity: 16ft.

Surface temps are holding, and actually dropping a little, as cooler weather has moves into the basin. After noon breezes have stirred up the lake and water clarity has dropped to 16ft. visibility.
The trolling bite has been fair, and most of the big fish have come very early in the morning. After the sun gets up the bite activity slows.

There are giant clouds of bait fish all over the lake and fish are active early, especially with all this moon light. The bigger browns feed early, and we have been picking up big ones from 3.8 lbs. and up to 6.8 lbs. trolling 38 to 43 ft. from Rec. Area#1 to the A-frame, in 52 ft. of water.

Thick cloud cover this morning has blocked out the moonlight and the fish could not feed as well last night, the bite should go longer this morning. I expect his out going moon phase will begin to prolong feeding times as we go through the week.

Rec. Area #2 is full of bait, and fish are in there thick. As the bait runs for it lives many fish lose contact with them, and linger here all morning, and looking to eat. Try a cricket and mealworm combo.

The Big Springs Salmon bite has slowed also. Most of the fish are all under 18 inches, however even a 18 incher puts up a good battle. Anchovy tails with Herring Gel always seems to get the most attention. We have been fishing these baits about 5 ft. off the bottom. I fully expect this Salmon bite to return, and will be checking it out later this morning.
The Lake Cove Area on the east shore has some hungry Rainbows around. Trolling 8 to 10 ft. off the bottom has produced several clean bright fish up to 4 lbs, but most have been around 3 lbs.
Hamilton Branch is the best bank fishing around this lake, and it was proved again yesterday with a couple fellas coming out with nice limits of Rainbows, floating crawlers in the slow current. Now that's good old fashion fishing.
We heard there's a little action beginning over at the Spar Buoy, and its about time,. but we haven't confirmed anything yet.

July 26th. 2009 - Lake Almanor

Almanor Fishing Adventures
Fishing Report and Lake Status.

Surface temp. @ 74.4 degrees
Clarity: 24ft.
The East Basin has excellent water clarity, and that has the fish happy and active. Pond Smelt fry are thick along the west side, from Prattville to Almanor West. There are millions of fry moving around and the Trout and Salmon are feeding on the fry as bug activity slows. Trolling top water close to shore is a good bet early, however the fish will be moving down to deeper water was the sun climbs higher. With water clarity so good fish are seeing lures and bait over a greater distance, and more hits are possible throughout the entire morning and into the afternoon.
Good water clarity has allowed many boats to run smaller lures than usual, like gold or silver Kastmasters #2 Silver Prism Needle fish, and Seps Pro Secrets in Gold W/ red space tape. Best trolling scents have been Pro-Cures Carp Spit, blended with Trophy Trout in equal amounts.
We have been running Seps Gold 04 Dodgers with a piece of a crawler 18 to 24" back and have been picking up some terrific Browns to 26 " and well over 6 lbs. about 10 ft. off the bottom.
The trolling bite has been holding strong from Rec. area # 1 to the A-frame, Browns, Rainbows, and those great King Salmon are in that slot ,and we have been getting a few big fish here every day this week.
Hamilton Branch to Big Springs has been another top producing trolling slot, with a few nice Rainbows going in nets, but its been Salmon that are the most abundant, but hey have all been on the small side averaging about 17" And its the same along the east shore to the Dam.
Best lures reported were, Rainbow Runners in Orange,W/ silver tape,
gold dodgers with a half crawler, Frog w/red dot, #3 Needlefish, and the 1/4 oz, RGSS.
Trolling flies, crawlers and spoons have been effective also, but bait fishing is the top producing application.
The Salmon bite continues at Big Springs, some days it red hot and the next Luke warm. Anchovy tail on a # 8 hook,and Pro-Cures Herring Super Gel, or Krill Super Gel scents are the top producers.
The east shore has been active as well, try trolling from Lake Cove and down to the Dorado Inn, Several boats reported bright clean Rainbows over 3 lbs.
The bottom line is....Fishing is very good right now, and if your coming up here to fish in the next couple of weeks , bring a camera, and get a better net. Big fish are being caught all over the east half of Almanor this past week.

If you need to use a public boat ramp, check out the USFS ramp on the west shore. Its now has a 2nd. ramp, with dock, and improved parking.

All ramps operational.

 

May 7, 2009 - Lake Almanor

Surface temp. @ 52 degrees
Clarity: 8 ft.

Rain soaked the basin this past week, plenty of wind too, that's all passed through,and sunshine is forecasted throughout the week.

May is the best month to fish Lake Almanor. The bite is good, and getting better. Heres the latest.

Bug Hatches  along the east shore and Almanor West are happening. Most of the fish we cleaned were packed with bugs. I have fished the East Shore 5 of the last 6 days from the Branch to Lake Cove and Back. Mixed limits of Bows, Browns, and Salmon have been the norm. Rainbows to 3.4 lbs. and Browns to 3.2 , but the Salmon all have been small nothing over 17 inches.

Dodgers with a Wooly Bugger, off shore in Deeper water is a good rig right now as the fish have really taken notice off all the bugs.

Closer to shore, a Threaded crawler and a good swivel is hard to beat. A couple of friends were dragging crawlers along the east shore, and I saw the net go out a couple of times so they were picking up some fish.

Yesterday we shot over toward  Almanor West and put in at the USFS ramp (still Closed, under repair).

We only went 200 yards and hooked up our first Rainbow, 1/8 RGSS, and gold Pro Secrets were all we needed to run.

Trophy Trout and Carp spit mixed did the job..man that carp spit is some gooy stuff!

Most hits came off the shallow rods that we had stacked at  6 and 8 ft. However we did get a couple fish off the deeper rods that were running at 12 and 16 ft., in 32 to 36 ft. of water well off shore, about 300 yd. out.

What made yesterday so special, besides being the first day in a week with sunshine, was all the energy these Rainbows displayed. its all that bug protein. As we get these strong fish close to the boat its a good idea to back off on the drag a little.

We had fish 180 ft. behind the boat jumping, and tail walking across the surface. Classic stuff. That's how it went all the way to the net.

All of our Rainbow ranged from 2.8 to 3.4 lbs. and were clean, bright,and full of fight.

Bug hatches beginning in the mid morning and into the afternoon, have the best bite coming on later, and going on longer. We got more hits after 9:00 am that before 9:00am

Canyon Dam public ramp:  both sides open.

Plumas Pines ramp, closed. crews are working to open soon.

Knotty Pine, open

Big Cove,Open

USFS ramp, closed, during improvements.

Improvements include, A new wider ramp, and a big increase in parking.

Wilson's Camp Prattville, still closed as of today, but crews are busy preparing to open soon.

Hamilton Branch,open.LACC, Rec. Area  # 1, open

LACC, Rec. Area  # 2, open

Almanor West, open, with dock.

 

April 19, 2009 - Lake Almanor
Almanor Fishing Adventures Fishing Report and Lake Status 

Surface temp. @ morning 46 degrees, and rising to 54 afternoons
Clarity:  about  9.5  ft. and improving.
Currently: Warm, 69 degrees @ 3:00 P.M.

Water surface temps are on the rise, so is the fishing pressure as weekend warriors launch from Canyon Dam and head to their preferred spots.

Water clarity is really improving. and its just going to continue to improve.

Heres some reports from around the lake.

Rec. area #1 on the east side of the peninsula has tons of bait fish and lot of inciting sonar marks, but just a few reports fish actually being caught.

The best reports over here have been trolling from Rec.# 1, all the way to the A-frame. This is best trolled early, and then the bite shuts down around 9:00 am. However there's a minor bite returning after 11:00 am..

Prattville is now kicking out some fish, as these surface temps continue to rise fish will be moving in and in larger numbers, and become more active.We worked from the jetties to Almanor West and  picked up some quality fish to 3.2 lbs. All Rainbows. and lost a few after a brief struggle.

Lake Cove to the Dorado Inn on the east shore is , and has been, the hot ticket for trolling this week..lots of marks as the Green Midge hatch is beginning to bloom..Its more like a Bloom, with a boom! as the bite has exploded in this area.

Anybody who knows Almanor, and owns a boat is over there. Chunky Browns, filled with smelt are now focusing on the bug action, Also Salmon are picking up on the bug attraction action, with kings to 3.2 lbs. but most have been smaller, about 1.8 to 2.2

The bite was soft this morning but its just gonna build..sharpen your hooks Leroy, and pass the scent!  Best scent is Pro-Cure Garlic, Get some if your coming to Almanor. Garlic is a great scent,, and add a little Trophy Trout as the day moves along.

My best fish here was a Rainbow, came in at 4.9lbs, and 3.3 lbs, with several 2.0 to 2.6lb., thick fat Browns mixed in. 

Pictured is, Doug Neal of, Almanor Fishing Adventures,  with a 4.9 lb. Rainbow Trout caught trolling, and downrigged to 18 ft. and pulling a Red and Gold Speedy Shiner, covered in Garlic Scent.

Shore bound bank fishermen are also in on the action as fish are still, and as always close to structure. the Smelt spawn appears to winding down but there's still some quality fish being landed at Geritol Cove ,The Fox Farm, and the rocky point near Skinny Dip Beach, and of course Hamilton Branch.

Fish are going to turn their attention entirely to bugs, starting now..as you read this, bugs are hatching.

Canyon Dam public ramp:  both sides open.
Plumas Pines ramp, closed.
Knotty Pine, open
Big Cove,Open
USFS ramp, closed, during improvements..that appear to have stalled..forget it, till further notice.
Wilson's Camp Prattville, still closed as of today, but crews are busy preparing to open soon.
Hamilton Branch,open.LACC, Rec. Area  # 1, open
LACC, Rec. Area  # 2, open
Almanor West, open, with dock.

 

March 26th, 2009
Lake Almanor
by Almanor Fishing Adventures

Surface temp. @ 42.5 degrees
Clarity:  about  5.5 ft.
Currently: Lake wind Advisory.

Lake Almanor is like a keg of Dynamite and the fuse is lit!

With a warming trend forecasted for the Almanor Basin, surface temps will continue to rise.

Lake Levels are on the rise also, however the lake is still low, watch for hazards.

The trolling bite has been slow in all the usual areas. Most boats reported very few hits, and just a few fish caught over the past couple of days.

When I say usual areas, I mean most boat we observed were working out off shore, 50 to 100 yards or more, trolling top water, and some were rigged down deep.

The best bite has been working right along the shoreline. Lots of 15 to 18 inch Browns, and some bigger Rainbows, over 4 lbs, have been feeding in close to shore.

Most fish that we have caught have been in tight, holding in close to shore, and packed with smelt.

This is the time of year, and temperature, that pond smelt begin spawn activity. They will spawn close to shore in the shallows, their eggs look very similar to frog eggs, a gooy mass that sticks to structure in shallow areas.

So look for actively feeding fish in closer to shore, because that's where the food is.

This rising lake also helps the smelt successfully reproduce, where  falling lake levels, would wipe out the smelt eggs.

This spawn activity is typical, and will continue as the temperature range rises from 42 to 49 degrees.

Crawlers, Rapalas or any pond smelt pattern, on a side planer, is a good way to get in close without alerting the fish. 

Seps Pro Fishing makes a good, affordable planer board, and that's what I use here.

Jigging close to shore with white tube jigs, or slinging silver spinner lures have been simple, and fun ways to catch fish close to shore.

 The bug activity wanted to start last week, but 8 inches of snow and cold northern air but the brakes on the that, but its going to be warming a little every day now, and all that activity is just a week away from busting loose, and then you can start moving out away from shore and return to all the usual places.

This is going to be a great year here at Lake Almanor, the smelt are looking good, the lake has lots of water coming in, and a fairly good snow pack means good fishing this season.

Fishing pressure is light, but on the upswing.

Hamilton Branch is running cleaner.

The North Fork of the Feather is flowing strong and clean.

Bailey Creek ,Benner, Last Chance, and Stover Creeks are flowing.

Launch conditions around Lake Almanor
Canyon Dam public ramp:  both sides open.
Plumas Pines ramp, closed.
Knotty Pine, closed still under repair/ upgrades.
USFS ramp, closed. should open next week.
Wilson's Camp Prattville closed.
Hamilton Branch,open
LACC, Rec. Area  # 1, open
LACC, Rec. Area  # 2, open
Almanor West, open, no dock yet.

 

November 17th, 2008

McCloud Reservoir
11-17-08
The dock has been removed from the boat ramp.You will have to beach your boat. Now the important things. The rainbows are on top. For the bank fisherman night crawlers and eggs.
The guy who has a boat silver and green spoons, kastmaster gold, Thomas Buoyant lures in brass or copper. My favorite has been the Silver Streak silver and chartruse edges off planner boards.

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Lake Shastina
11-17-08
Lake Shastina is so low you can not launch a boat. The average depth is just about 2'. . Down by the dam you might find 12' of water.

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Lake Siskiyou
11-17-08
The lake has started to come back up. The rainbow are all up on top. Best lures Thomas Buoyant, Kastmasters. Silver Streak spoons in hammered silver, Firetiger Rapala.For the Browns trol about 5 feet off the shore with Grand Slam Bucktails , Silver Streak spoons hammered silver, Rapala's Firetiger,Gold/white

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Shasta Lake
11-17-08
Shasta Lake is coming back up and thats a good thing. Now the rainbow are in the upper 25' of water. Use Mulatto color spoon and lures, shad replica lures. The browns are holding tight in the 55 to 58 degree water best lure choice is Grand Slam Bucktails black/herring 4" , and Rapalas

September 13th, 2008

Lake Almanor
Provided by Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures

Surface @ 66 degrees
Water clarity : improved to 11 ft.
Bait fishing is the way to go this past week. There's always good trolling at Lake Almanor, but the bait bite has been just terrific! Observations and reports from other boats, all are the same, The trolling bite is a grind at best, you can get your fish, but plan on making a day of it. The best fish have been coming early morning from suspended baits 3 to 5 cranks off the bottom, using the big mealworms or crickets alone, or combined.
Its a great way to fish, and a very relaxing break from all the trolling we have done this summer. Fish are active all over the north east side of Lake Almanor, from the East shore the Hamilton Branch and over to Big Springs We have been catching everything this lake has in it! Smallmouth,Browns,Rainbows, Salmon,even Catfish all in the same place during the same morning.. The trolling bite is not totally dead, We got several solid limits the past week trolling red and gold Humdingers, Speedy Shiner's and Needle fish, Especially in bikini and Cop Car patterns. The down side is, heres allot of planted juvenile Salmon in these areas and the can become a nuisance, mostly because the are too small to pop the release and its possible to drag these little guys for miles and not know it.
We cleaned a few Brown Trout hens this week and egg development is rather advanced. we could see a earlier Brown Trout spawn this year. Hens should be released when ever possible and Avoid the using the net. Always take just enough for a dinner and release some too.
A-Frame The good old A-Frame is been a good spot to drown some cricket or crawlers, Several fish over 4 lbs. and under this past week. And several limits
Canyon Dam : Bait lots of bait, Trolling has been the method of choice. Several Rainbows over 3 lbs. from the Dam to the Snag and back. Dodger crawlers, flashers and Berkley power bait 2" Smelt, rolled and rigged deep is great!
Rec. 1 : Browns and Rainbows 60 yards out in front of the Osprey nest in 38ft.of water. Try mealworms/cricket, crawlers,Salmon eggs. find out what they want and make the switch!
Hamilton Branch:Bait Fishing just outside the mouth has been getting Rainbows most are on the small side running 15 to 17 inches, these fish are early season plants, however there are a few over 3 lbs. in the mix too.
Take all the usual stuff, crickets, mealworms, crawlers and even power bait..jig if fish are rolling.
We got several rainbows trolling UV Humdingers and gold Cripple lures 8ft. off the bottom, fast @ 3.3 mph
East Shore:Trolling Lake Cove is still productive, but slow, the fish are on the small side 16 to 19 inches.
Try any of the following lures, 1/4 oz. RGSS, Silver Humdingers or A gold Z-Ray W/red dots..
Add to the lures or bait some Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and Garlic scents blended together.
Spar Buoy: My pick of the week for quality fish. Jigging has been great! Bait fishing has been getting clean Rainbows and perfect Brown trout, most about 2.2 lbs and up.
Big Springs: Big Springs The spring fed cove in the back of Big Springs is drawing a lot of fishing pressure because there are so many fish holding in there. But all that pressure has given the fish a big case of lock jaw. You better get there early for the best spots, and be quite going in. Also this area has produced the best trolling action, with RGSS and Humdingers getting wacked often.
Rec.2 Slow but steady action, If you stick it out you will get hits.Try Jigging white or yellow jigs.
.Fish are packed in there right now, but so are the Smelt, so there's lots on food.. Bait fish off the bottom, or Jig.
Our best fish went for a threaded crawler with Pro-Cure Trophy Trout super gel and Balls o Fire Salmon eggs, mealworms and crickets, three cranks off the bottom.
Fresh Water Whopper Report.
Jack Nora of Lake Almanor with a 5.5 lbs Hookjaw Brown Trout that went for the mealwormcricket combo just off the bottom, near Rec.Area#1 along the Almanor penisula.

August 31, 2008

Lake Almanor
Lake Almanor Fishing Reports Provided by Doug Neal, of " Almanor Fishing Adventures"

Surface temp.@70 degrrees
Water clarity : Good to 12 ft.

The East half of Almanor is the place to be right now, water clarity is good to almost 12 ft.Compared to the west side which is a mess right now with floating grass, murkey water,and a warmer surface temp. The bait fish, pond Smelt, are everywhere from the Dam to Prattville and north to Big Springs and along the pennisula. Giant clouds of smelt are on the move as feeding fish push them all over the place.

Rec. 1 : Nice Rainbows all around 3 lbs. about 400 yards out in front of Rec.#1, about 51 ft. of water. Troll 1/4 oz. RGSS or silver and blue Humdingers. 6 ft. off the bottom @ 2.9 mph.

Bait fish in front of the Osprey nest for Browns that are active from fisrt light till 11:00 am. Try mealworms/cricket, crawlers,Salmon eggs. find out what they want and make the switch!

Hamilton Branch:Bait Fishing just outside the mouth has been the hot spot. Several reports of Rainbows limits, fast and early.
Take all the usual stuff, crickets, mealworms, crawlers and even power bait..

East Shore:Trolling Lake Cove is still productive, but the fish are on the small side 16 to 19 inches.
Try any of the following lures, 1/4 oz. RGSS, Silver Humdingers or A gold Z-Ray W/red dots.. Run these 4 to 8 ft. off the bottom 2.8 to 2.9 mph. We fished about 600 yds out in 48 to 55 ft. of water, however there were several boats working in closer. Add to the lures or bait some Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and Garlic scents blended together.

Spar Bouy: One day its hot, and the next day it not!, mostly Browns. crickets and mealworms,or double crickets off the bottom. This bite can go off early. I had 18 hits there in 5 hrs. and put 9 in the box, best fish was 4.8 lbs.

If theres fish rolling on top, try white or yellow jigs when the sun hits the water and into the afternoon can produce some solid strikes.
Theres not as much bait fish moving in and out of there this past couple of days, if its slow, you better go..

Big Springs:Big Springs Its still your best bet for the Salmon. Premium Anchovy tails with Pro-Cures Krill Scent, or Smelly Jellys Koknaee Feast 3 to 5 cranks off the bottom. Crawlers are good to have down there too. The trolling bite has been good as well, most all our hits came on Berkley 2" Power minnows in smelt. 14" behind a Seps 04 Silver Prsim Dodger. 30ft. down.

Rec.2 Try Jigging white or yellow jigs, we managed a couple of fish there the past week, Browns to 3.0 lbs, and some smaller. Fish are packed in there right now, but so are the Smelt, so theres lots on food.. Bait fish off the bottom, or Jig.

Our best fish went for a threaded crawler with Pro-Cure Trpphy Trout super gel and Balls o Fire Salmon eggs, three cranks off the bottom.
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his weeks fishing tip: If You like trolling deep,start looking into lures and dodgers that feature ultra violet thin film. Fish can see light in that spectrum and are attrached to the flash..... Try UV scents by Pro-Cure on your own lures.....Go UV it works!

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August 23, 2008

Lake Britten
Lake Britten is still full that's the good news. Crappie & bass fishing has slowed down some , Check with Vauhn's sporting goods in Burney to see what there hitting on this week

Lake Shastina
The water is real low , you will not get a boat in. Bank fishing for bass, crappie & catfish is fair in the evening.

Lake Siskiyou
The lake is hold it's own on water level, Plenty of stocked rainbows being caught in the 12 to 14 " range. Think gold lures with a good shine . Booktrout are still hitting Bluefox lures where wagon creek dumps into the lake. The Browns are down and holding tight. With the full moon I am sure there feeding all night. The small mouth bass fisherman are killing them, just about any rocky point or brush pile will give you a fish.

McCloud Reservoir
The lake is dropping fast, Feeding Shasta Lake with water. The Rainbows are hitting crickets on 6lb test, where the McCloud river dumps into the lake. Top line is only producing fish at day light and 1/2 hour before dark. Fish are ranging between 12" to a couple pounds. The Browns are holding tight to the bottom , and it's a little hard to get them to play . The few being hooked are in the 2 and 3 lb range. Stick baits have been the best bet and some spoons lime and green.

Southern Oregon Area Lakes
AREA LAKES. Both Whitaker and Bradbury said that with the warm weather, the fish in area lakes were getting wormy but still are being caught.
Applegate Lake and Lost Creek still are producing smallmouth bass, Whitaker said and suggested Senkos to help bring them in.
Whitaker added that plenty of big fish were still being caught in Diamond Lake.

 

August 22, 2008

Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake Landlocked Salmon and Trout - Shasta Lake salmon and trout fishing has slowed with the low water and onslaught of wakeboarders and alcohol fueled power boats. The constant agitation of the water has washed in clay from the banks, seriously degrading water clarity. We are still picking up trout and salmon, but it's not the gimmee that it was for the last 8 weeks. Post Labor Day, the lake will calm down and the salmon and trout fishing should return to normal. The lake has stratified and the the salmon and larger trout have moved into deeper water. Seps #3 and #4 watermelon or glow dodgers followed by Seps Secret lures or slow rolled shad are producing fish. Small planter trout are scattered along the surface while larger hold over trout and king salmon are holding 80 - 120 feet deep. Take advantage of our summer specials and fish Shasta's prolific fishery at a price that will make you forget about gas prices.
Current Shasta Conditions -
The lake is at 128 ft. below full pool and dropping. The main Centimudi launch ramp is closed and the dock is out of the water. We are launching off of the low water launch on the island next to the ramp. Dirt road to paved launch ramp, but no dock available. New islands and structures are appearing every day, so keep a sharp eye on the water especially if you are running a prop. Antlers and Bailey Cove launch ramps are closed. There is limited access at all of the ramps. Thank you to Bill Divens for this report.

Bill Divens - Owner and Guide
Salmon King Lodge of Red Bluff
bill@salmonkinglodge.com
www.salmonkinglodge.com
toll free 866-877-8354


Lake Almanor

Surface temp.@70 degrrees
Water clarity : Excellent: to 15 ft.

Fishing pressure has been light during the week and gets heaveier during the weekends. The bait fish, pond Smelt, are everywhere in Lake Almanor right now. Giant clouds of smelt are on the move as feeding fish push them all over the place.

Rec. 1 : Very good right now! Pond Smelt are are just outside the log boom in front of the ospry nest. Browns are activtly feed from fisrt light till 11:00 am, and possibly longer if the boat traffic dosent shut down the bite.

Prattville: There were lots of fish between Prattville and Rec area 2. but the smelt are moving, and the fish are moving with them. If you find them let me know.

East Shore: Trolling Lake Cove is still productive, but the fish are on the small side 16 to 19 inches.

Try any of the following lures, 1/4 oz. RGSS, Silver Humdingers or A gold Cripple lure. Run these 4 to 8 ft. off the bottom 2.8 to 2.9 mph. We fished about 600 yds out in 48 to 55 ft. of water, however there were several boats working in closer. Add to the lures or bait some Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and Garlic scents blended together.

The Dorado hole on the East shore has been giving up some fish to Crickets up off the bottom.

Spar Bouy: Good Action, mostly Browns, we had limits before 10:00 am yesterday. Best fish was a Brown @ 4.9 lbs that took a Large threaded crawler with Pro-Cure Trophy Trout gel. Crickets and mealworms,or double crickets off the bottom. This bite can go off early but, after 7:15 am when the sun hits the water it can really go off. Several bigger Browns from 4 to 7+ lbs have come out of this area the past month.

White or yellow jigs when the sun hits the water and into the afternoon can produce some solid strikes too.

Theres tons of bait fish moving in and out and there can be delays between bites, but if you stick it out it can really pay off.

The only negative are all the Skiers and Wakeboard boats in the late morning and early afternoon, but you should be done by then any way., the bite is that good!

Big Springs Big Springs Its still your best bet for the Salmon. Premium Anchovy tails with Pro-Cures Krill Scent, or Smelly Jellys Koknaee Feast 4 to 8 cranks off the bottom. Crawlers are good to have down there too. Expect some Browns to be in there as well. Reports have been a mix of Browns and Rainbows, with a occasional Salmon.

Rec.2 Hot and Cold, we managed a couple of fish there the past week, Rainbows to 3.9 lbs, and some smaller browns about 18 inches.Fish are packed in there right now, but so are the Smelt, so theres lots on food.. Bait fish off the bottom, or Jig. Our best fish went for Balls o Fire Salmon eggs, three cranks off the bottom.

This weeks fishing tip: If you use Downriggers, get a stacker clip and learn to use it above ball flashers in deep water.

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August 9th 2008

Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake Landlocked Salmon and Trout 9 Aug 2008 -Shasta Lake continues to pump out quality trout and salmon. Dry Creek cove, our favorite landlocked salmon spot is open again. We are catching lots of landlocked King Salmon and rainbow trout to 22". Average day with 4 downriggers in the water is 20 - 25 downrigger releases, 14 - 20 solid hook ups and 7-16 to the boat. Average size fish is 15" - 18". The lake has stratified and the salmon and larger trout have moved into deeper water. Seps #3 and #4 Gold Starlite, UV Fruit Salad or glow dodgers followed by Seps Secret lures or slow rolled shad are producing fish. Small planter trout are scattered along the surface while larger hold over trout and king salmon are holding 80 - 120 feet deep.

Current Shasta Conditions - The lake is dropping fast and will continue to draining quickly until Reclamation drops the river flows in Sept and Oct. The Centimudi launch ramp is just above the falling water line, and the dock will probably be removed next week. We will soon be launching off of the low water launch on the island. New islands and structures are appearing every day, so keep a sharp eye on the water especially if you are running a prop. There is limited access at all of the ramps. www.salmonkinglodge.com

 

August 8, 2008

Whiskeytown Lake
Report provided by Mike Elster of Mike's Fishing Guide Service. I fished Whiskeytown Lake yesterday with TC Thorpe (in the picture) and the Kokanee bite remains excellent.  We started fishing at the bridge in 40' to 50' depth range, using a UV Pink Apex with about a 20" leader behind a copper/silver sling blade and the new UV Nickel/Pink Cripplure about 15" behind a UV Fishscale pattern sling blade.  We're trolling these combo's between 1.6 and 2 mph.  We had our first limit (at the bridge) by 9am so we then trolled the curtain (same combo's) and quickly picked up a few more fish.  We decided to try in front of the dam and fish deeper (85') in hopes of larger fish.  The bigger fish are definitely out there but we're still picking up the 10" - 13" range.  We finished our limits in front of the dam (10:15 am) going between 60' to 85'.  We're marking fish almost everywhere on the lake and sharp S trolling patterns seem to entice them to bite. 

Lake Almanor
Surface temp.@72 degrrees
Water clarity:Excellent: to 17 ft.
Air Quality: Improving.

Prevaling Afternoon west winds will increase smoke concentrations, but its really improving. Fishing pressure has been light during the week , and gets heaveier during the weekends. The bait fish, pond Smelt, are everywhere in Lake Almanor right now. Giant clouds of smelt are on the move as feeding fish push them all over the place.

Wheres the hot spot? Thats what all anglers want to know. My first pick would be Spar Bouy area north of Big Cove, thats where I will be fishing today and for the next week.

Prattville:
Lots of fish between Prattville and Rec area 2. these fish are holding in the thermocline, that being 28 and 38 ft down. Seps Silver Prsim 04 size dodgers and a threaded Crawler trolled at 25 ft. will bring these fish up.

East Shore:
Trolling Lake Cove is still productive, but the fish are on the small side 16 to 19 inches. Try any of the following lures, 1/4 oz. RGSS, Silver Humdingers or A gold Cripple lure. Run these 4 to 8 ft. off the bottom 2.8 to 2.9 mph. We fished about 600 yds out in 48 to 55 ft. of water, however there were several boats working in closer. Add to the lures or bait some Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and Garlic scents blended together.

The Dorado hole on the East shore has been giving up some fish to Crickets up off the bottom.

Spar Bouy:
Very good this past week. Crickets and mealworms,or double crickets off the bottom. This bite can go off early but, after 7:15 am when the sun hits the water it can really go off. Several bigger Browns from 4 to 7+ lbs have come out of this area the past week. White or yellow jigs when the sun hits the water and into the afternoon can produce some solid strikes too.

There's tons of bait fish moving in and out and there can be delays between bites, but if you stick it out it can really pay off. The only negative are all the Skiers and Wakeboard boats in the late morning and early afternoon and they always seem to get too close and baits need to be checked often because of all the wave action... wheres my rocket launcher?Big Springs

We fished Big Springs last Saturday morning and managed 1 fish in 1.5 hrs. not good.. Along with 10 other boats and we saw just 2 other nets go out. But Its still your best bet for the Salmon. Premium Anchovy tails with Pro-Cures Krill Scent, or Smelly Jellys Koknaee Feast 4 to 8 cranks off the bottom. Crawlers are good to have down there too.Canyon Dam:

Bait fishermen are set up along the Dams East side fishing right in front of Red Banks with cricket /giant mealworm combos off the bottom 3 to 6 cranks. Most guys are trolling from the dam to the Snag and back working in tight along the shoreline and later the deeper water.

Reports have been a mix of Browns and Rainbows, with a occasional Salmon.

Rec.2 Fish are packed in there right now, but so are the Smelt, so theres lots on food.. Bait fish off the bottom, or Jig.This weeks fishing tip: Always use some kind of scent. its masks human oders and helps fish find the bait in deeper,darker water. Got a Question? We got answers. www.almanorfishingadventures.com AKA , "Almanor King" VHF CHL. 69

 

July 23, 2008

Lake Almanor

Surface temp.@72 degrees. Water clarity:Excellent: to 17 ft. Air Quality: poor, Local fires are now out, Trinity fires smoke is the problem now.
Prevaling Afternoon west winds will increase smoke concentrations. Fishing pressure has been light.

Prattville:
Goose Islands east side of the flag still has fish in there feeding on smelt. A 6 lb. Brown came out of there yerserday by a guy trolling a naked, threaded crawler on top.

East Shore:
Lake Cove is still holding some biting fish all about 16 to 19 inches. However we managed to bag one Buck Rainbow over 4 lbs. @ 22.5 inches, Clean and bright. And a couple @ 2.5 lbs, and some coco pods. Needle Fish in Cop Car got most of the hits the past two days but that slowed, so we changed to Gold Cripple lures and 1/4 oz.RGSS and got three fish to the boat in the next 20 minutes.Troling these lures at 2.6 to 2.9 mph. in 55 ft. of water. and 5 ft. off the bottom with Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and Garlic scents blended worked best. A couple of boats were bait fishing in front of the last houses at Lake Coves south end. I saw a net go out several times so fish are still going for the bait off the bottom fishing too.

Spar Bouy
Theres fish moving into that small spring fed spot, so we know its flowing This is a good spot for Browns, and will be a good place to be fishing any time now.

Big Springs
Not much news comming out of Big Springs, but Its still your best bet for the Salmon and Browns. Premium Anchovy tails with Pro-Cures Krill Scent, or Smelly Jellys Koknaee Feast 4 to 8 cranks off the bottom. Crawlers are good to have down there too.

Canyon Dam:
Bait fishermen are set up along the Dams East side fishing right in front of Red Banks with cricket /giant mealworm combos off the bottom 3 to 6 cranks.Most guys are trolling from the dam to the Snag and back working in tight along the shoreline and later the deeper water. Reports have been a mix of Browns and Rainbows, with a occasional Salmon.

Rec.2 Fish are packed in there right now! Bait fish off the bottom, or Jig.

This weeks fishing tip: If your trolling with downriggers, get a stacker clip and learn how to use it.

Got a Question? We got answers. www.almanorfishingadventures.com

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July 17, 2008

Del Valle
- Trolling for trout has slowed down. But limits are still possible bait fishing by the dam with Power Bait.

- The striper bite is picking up. Bait fishing the narrows and the dam are your best bet. Use anchovies and chicken livers for stripers.

- With the water warming, the catfish bite will soon be in full swing. They planted a 1,000 pounds of catchfsh this week and the south side of the lake is a good place to bag a limit of catfish using chicken livers for bait.


New Melones
- Kokanee limits are easy this week. Finding fish bigger than 10-13 inches is the hard part. Fish are being caught anywhere from 50'-110' OTW. UV pink and green hoochies and spinners behind sling blades or silver/green dodgers are doing the trick. Target the spillway, dam and main lake areas. Troll deeper for bigger fish and don't forget your corn. Best scent this week has been garlic, but kokanee special and krill have also produced fish.

- Bank fishing for trout is pretty much over. There are some catchable trout in the Angels creek and Murphy's creek. Some reports have some in of trout being caught at night under submersable lights by the spillway. Anchored in 20' of water using power bait and nightcrawlers.

- Bass fishing has been good. Target main points on the lake using senko's or brush hogs in green pumpkin and watermelon colors. Also, deep diving crank baits and spinner baits. There is a great top water bite at dawn and dusk using Zara spooks.

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July 10, 2008

Lake Britten
Crappie bite is great, Just about any color jig is working from a boat. Shore fishing for crappie is far and few.
Bluegill night crawlers and meal worms under a bobber is getting buckets of fish
Some catfish on night crawlers of shore just a day brake

Lake Siskiyou
Dodgers with nightcrawler, Thomas Buoyant lures , Little Jake gold & red dots for rainbows and browns. The brooktrout are hitting blue fox, up the wagon creek arm of the lake. Most of the fish are being caught in the top 30' of water

McCloud Reservoir
Dodgers with night crawlers also another hot item is the Thomas Buoyant Lures.
you could even do a crickett under a bobber few browns are being picked up this way
All trout in the top 30'

Medicine Lake
The rainbow are hitting just about any trout lure you have. Blue, gold have been the colors even dodger and night crawler.
The brookies are hitting bluefox lures
The bugs are back so be ready to get bit as well

Shasta Lake
Kings are hitting grand slam bucktails in green and herring and blue and herring and stright herring behide white opti 8" dodgers at 65' to 85' best trolling speed has been 2.3 to 2.7 mph. fish in and around the bait balls.

Rainbows are holding around 65' to surface in early am. So far apex blue & white , watermelon and black & pearl. Castermaster gold & pink dots. and the little Jake gold & red dots. A number of fish are hitting dodger and night crawler combo

Crappie are hard to find this year. But the few that are being caught have been grubs and minnows under a bobber.

Don't forget the sun screen

Whiskey Town Lake
Think pink. Kokanee are all cookie cutter size , 14" to 16 " . Best has been hot spot APEX uv pink, the Rocky Mountain pink Assassin and the squids in pink. Vance's Sockeye Slammer # 2 pink best troll speed 1.8 to 2.2 mph.
fish are down 45' 55'

The kings are hitting a number of spoons in blue & green , Grandslam Bucktails blue& herring also the green and herring with white opti dodgers.best trolling speed 2.3 mph fish are down to 55' 65'

At the west end of the lake some brookies are hitting the blue fox from shore.

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March 31, 2008
This updated provided by Forum Member Chartreuse Moose

SHASTA LAKE

The hot bite is the spotted Bass, use grubs on a leadhead, crankbait & white spinner bait. Work the primary and secondary points. You have a great chance at a limit. Rainbows and Brown trout are on the move. King Salmon are in the 30' to 120' range just starting to pick up. Off the banks use minnows and Night Crawlers picking up spotted bass and a few rainbows
Water temp. is running between 50-54 degrees

Lake Siskiyou
Small Mouth Bass are there but far and few between
Rainbows and Brown Trout is picking up

McCloud Lake
Fisherman are picking up their limits with no problem

Whiskey Town Lake
Kokanee are still not playing as of yet

Lake Britten
Crappie are very slow to pick up now, water has turned a coffee and milk color. Give it a few days

January 26, 2008
Check out the beautiful 14 Pound Brown Trout caught today at Noon by team Lunker Hunter. Read all about it in our Fishing Forum. It can be found under the Brown Trout Forum, under the title " Oh the smell of sweet SUCCESS!!!! "

CONGRATULATIONS to Matt Wallace for catching and releasing this 14 Pound Female Brown. Good job on the release, she was full of eggs, and that definitely helps us all to ensure that the future of fishing can be as successful as today was for you.

January 13, 2008
-Lake Amador - Hit Lake Amador today and there weren't all that many people there. We tried a couple of the regular techniques from the power mouse to rapala's. We had a couple strikes slow trollin but we were just enjoying some long needed sunshine and didn't pick up any fish. It was a C&R trip anyway, so no loss. We did talk to the Owners at the clubhouse cafe and they were kind enough to let us leave some lunkerhunter fliers by the register. All in all it was a nice day at Amador and we'll be going back soon when the bite is back on. The thing about that place is it doesn't stay down long. It could be red hot tomorrow. The bank guys seemed to be doing well on Power bait about 2-3 feet under a bobber. Go get em.

01-09-2008 : Delta White Surgeon Hunt By Forum Member Zack
View Report in our Articles Section

01-09-08
Though the highest of mountain lakes have given in into the freezing tempuratures, experienced anglers are plucking large browns and rainbows from the ones that have not froozen over yet.

-Although difficult to get to, Hell Hole and French Meadows are a sure thing for catching cold water winter browns. Just drag the usual AC plugs, Rapala's, Trophy Sticks, Rebels, etc. Close to shore 2.5-4mph.Hell hole has an amazing fishery with a wide variety of fish to catch. You can have a potuck of trout species in one trip to Hell Hole.

-Union Valley Reservoir is still slow with small amounts of Browns and a few Bows being caught. With enough patience you might be able to entise a finiky Mackinaw. This lake takes alot of work to figure out. While the fishing may be slow here sometimes it is a beautiful lake and worth the trip up there always.

-Stumpy Meadows will almost always bring a few small browns in the winter or you can always throw on some flashers or a dodger and catch a few rainbows.

-Sly Park is slow like always but has definately improved from years past. The Macs are a litte more active than they used to be with some anglers catching them from shore using Spinners, Cast Masters and Swimbaits. The boaters can troll the shore line or jig the bottom where fish may be stacked up. The rainbows are a little difficult to trick and the Browns are even harder to catch making it very rewarding to catch quality fish here.

-Sacramento River Delta and surrounding waterways have slowed a little after a hot Sturgeon bite a few weeks ago. Reports have ranged from banner days of Striper limits and A keeper sturgeon to a couple small stripers to nada for most. Recently Joey (aka STURIPER), a Lunker Hunter Forum Member, Made a trip out to his honey hole in the delta with his son and  friend where they caught a nice keeper striper and 2 oversize sturgeon. I guess that's why he has the title Sturgeon Master.

- Lake Tahoe is a good choice for those who don't mind braving the elements. It is very winterlike up there right now but the fishing continues to be good. The big Mackinaws are lurking the shallows seeking an easy meal and the Browns and Bows are right there with them. Some reports have shown anglers catching Mackinaw limits and a few healthy rainbows to top it off.

-Lake Amador is a must every winter. You can catch large planter "cutbows" here almost every trip. It's not difficult to bag a lmit most of the time up to 5 pounds and sometimes end up with a hog tipping th scales well over 5 pounds. Hard fighting fish are fun to catch whether they came out of a truck or not.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE UP TO DATE FISHING REPORTS, CHAT WITH OTHER REAL FISHERMAN OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR SITE VISIT OUR FORUM. CLICK TALK FISHING OR FISHING FORUM AND SIGN UP. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR AREA AND IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE OR TWO.

11-25-07 - Silver Lake Fishing Report
I went solo to Silver Lake today. Toplined the shore line for 3 Browns to 3 pounds. I switched over to Flashers and a worm at about 10:00 and caught a whole bunch of little rainbows. It was very cold up there. Ice has been forming on the rocks around the lake.

11-23-07 - Slab Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
2 friends of mine headed up to Silver today only to get blown off the lake by 50 mph gusts so they went to Slab Creek res. They picked up 7 rainbows the biggest going 19 inches. They trolled flashers and a worm.

11-23-07 - Caples Lake Fishing Report
Talked to a fly fishing buddy of mine today who hit Caples this morning. He caught 11 fish total. 4 of which were browns. They biggest was 20 inches and about 3 pounds. The water was cold but the fish were very active. I'm not sure what flies worked but I'm sure you could catch some hogs toplinin there right now.

11-18-07 - Lake Tahoe Mackinaw Fishing Report
Some friends of mine tried Toplinin near Emerald bay for Nada while their traps were soakin. they picked the minnows up and headed for Homewood where they picked up a couple little guys runnin the wire down about 120 ft. they then headed a little more north and got into some better quality fish. They ended the day with limits for 3 guys the biggest was 7 pounds.

11-10-07- Delta Fishing Report
Trolled yozuri's and BBR's today for 11 Stripers to 6 pounds and 4 shakers. Zoom worm trailer behind the lure of coarse. We didn't do any bait soakin today but the trollin was descent.

10-20-07 - Delta Fishing Report
Delta Stripers are a little slow but with enough patience you can pick up some good fish. We managed 5 stripers to 8 pounds and a shaker sturgeon. All fish came from the power lines to Chain Island on fresh shsd and ghost shrimp. Not even a bump on pile worms today.

10-3-07 - Stumpy Meadows, Hell Hole Reservoir, French Meadows Weekend Fishing Report.
Headed up the hill for some fall Brownie Trollin. Toplined all 3 lakes. Rippin Rapalas seemed to do the trick. We caught many Browns but nothing real big. 3.5 pounds was the biggest fish measuring 23 inches. Stumpy was a little warm still but we managed 4 fish in about 2 hours then headed for Hell Hole. We did pretty good there on Saturday. Hit French Meadows for a couple hours sunday for a few descent browns to 2 pounds then made the long drive home. All fish were released.

9-15-07-Silver Lake and Caples Lake Fishing Report
My dad and I hit Silver Lake today for 5 browns to 3 pounds. Toplinin Rapalas. Then after the light was on the water we switched to Watermelon dodgers and picked up about 20 small rainbows. Checked out Caples which looked very good but we didn't fish it. We saw a boat landing a descent fish then as soon as they netted it the other guys rod went off and they picked up another. Looked Very tempting but we had to get home.

April 21, 2007- Lake Tahoe Fishing Report - - Rainbow Trout action has slowed down quite a bit. The Mackinaw bite is steadily picking up with the majority of the fish being at or near the bottom. There are a few big mackinaw's being picked up in the sixty to ninety feet range. The best bet would be a big silver and blue flatfish fished in the sixty to ninety feet range. For the Mackinaws on the bottom you should be using a twelve inch silver or white dodger with a minnow. There are two ways to get it down that deep with the first method being a downrigger, and the second method being a six or eight ounce lead ball weight. For both methods drop them all the way to the bottom, and then reel up about a foot. You want to be right on the bottom, with the lure actually hitting the bottom now and again to attract them lunker Mackinaw.

Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake is located at the base of the Sierra foothills. The lake offers fishing, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water skiing, and boating. The types of fish that are in the lake are trout, catfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, and carp.

Lake Amador

Lake Amador is located about one hour above Sacramento. The lake is not huge on size, but it is huge on fish. The lake is closed to waterskiing and jet ski's. The lake offers campgrounds, boat rentals, excellent fishing, store with fishing supplies and bait, and even a small cafe. They stock their own fish with their own raised Donaldson Trout. Donaldson Trout matrure in two years and weigh in at 10 pounds, where a natural trout will mature in four years and weigh in at 1.5 pounds.

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is in the Sierra Nevada mountains located along the border between California and Nevada. The lake is known for it's clear blue water, and beautiful panorama of moutains that surrounds the lake on all sides. Lake tahoe is famous for it's large Brown Trout and large Mackinaw that can be caught most of the year.

Click Here for our Lake Tahoe fishing report and other information about the area.

Crystal basin, Ice house area 4-26
The fishing at Ice house is good right now with decent bows and some large brown being pulled out with sore lips. Trolling continues to be the way to go but you Bankees can find some good action with an air injected crawler near the dam.

Union Valley is slow right now. Big macs are being caught by the regulars up there but it's tough right now. My only "skunk" this year was at UVR. The macs are about 75-90 feet deep and can be caught on the normal stuff such as dodgers or flashers on the wire. Dont be scared to give it a shot just be prepared to work for them.

Loon Lake is still an Frozen but will be a good choice for Browns and Bows when it thaws. Tight lines!!

Silver Lake 5-26-2007
I took the family to silver lake yesterday to try and get the kids on some fish. We managed to stick 5 rainbows and landed 4. They were all small except one. I got this 5.8 pounder fast trolling a rapala. We picked up one small brown. Silver lake is full and littered with hazards right now. We were very lucky not to have bumped a rock with my fishing style. Posted By Fishon in the Fishing Forum.

Sac River Delta report 4-26-2007
The Sacramento River is Hot right now. In the past 6 weeks the big stripers have flooded the river systems. While bait fishing is still a good technique trolling seems to be the ticket to landing the Lunkers and keeps the "diaper stripers" off your line. Fast trolling with Yozur's, Rapala's, Rebels ect. We have averaged about 10 fish per day over 18in. The biggest so far was 22lbs. Our best day was 23 fish to 13lbs. Most fish have been caught in shallow water, less than 15ft. deep at 3.5 mph. Almost all fish were released to make babies. Good Luck and tight lines!

Rockfishing
June 03, 2007

Rockfishing remains good at the Farallon Islands but the lingcod must still be holding out in the deeper water. Even the rockfishing bite is slow and many captains are reporting they have to work for their limits because the fish are not biting very aggressively. Out of the Emeryville Sport Center the Huck Finn, Seeker, Salmon Queen and the Wetspot reported a combined 683 rockfish and 76 lings to 18 pounds. Out of Berkeley the Cal Dawn reported 31 limits of rockfish, a couple of halibut and a handful of stripers on the Berkeley flats on the way in.

 

 

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