SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: A few trophy-size stripers are being caught on swimbaits and glide baits in the Chico area. Fishing pressure has been light. Nice weather improved fishing last week. Salmon season is closed.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa to Verona: More sturgeon are being reported at Verona and Knights Landing. Fishing remains slow, but sturgeon are being seen rolling and splashing. Boaters are anchoring near Verona, while First Beach has been the best area for shore anglers. Eel and nightcrawlers are working best. A few stripers are being caught near Colusa on minnows.

TRINITY RIVER: Fly fishing guides reported good success with low, clear water conditions. Beads and indicators, stoneflies and rubber legs are all working well. Shore anglers are focusing on the Junction City area. Flows at Lewiston are 299 cfs, while flows at Douglas City area 382 cfs and flows at Junction City are 420 cfs. The lower flows have many guides using their rafts instead of drift boats. Flows at Hoopa are 2,470 cfs.

LAKE ALMANOR: Abnormally beautiful weather conditions have many anglers out to enjoy the sunshine and, like someone flipped a switch, the fish have gone on the bite. Boats are finding rainbows, browns, and salmon while switching from fast and slow trolling hardware, nightcrawlers, and various pond smelt imitations. Bank anglers have reported a majority of the fish have pulled away from shore in pursuit of their food source.

BULLARDS BAR RESERVOIR: Easy limits of smallish kokanee continued here for trollers working 40 to 60 feed own with orange spinners and hoochies near the buoy line and out in the Garden Point and Dark Day areas. The fish are mainly 10 to 11 inches with the occasional 13 incher in the mix.

BAUM LAKE: The Fly Shop reported that the fishing is incredible and anglers can catch quality fish on any trout method imaginable right now. For standard spinning gear a simple Cleo, Kastmaster, or nightcrawler will all catch fish. The top choices for fly anglers will be zebra midges, leeches, balanced leaches and damsels.

LEWISTON LAKE: Steelhead fishing on the lower river continues to draw a majority of fishing pressure for the area, but with the beautiful weather conditions more anglers are making their way to the lake in search of quality trout. The few anglers fishing report that fly fishing continues to dominate with a varied selection of custom tied midges and nymphs with the best action to be found north of the marina towards the upper dam and across the way at Lake View Terrace.



PIT RIVER: Always make sure to call in advance and check flows during the winter and spring months before attempting to drive up and fish, as it can change quickly despite the inclement weather due to rapid snowmelt. No recent fishing reports have come through but recent reports show improved conditions, as the flows have returned to normal. The Fly shop recommends using micro flies in dark brown and black color patterns. Dark Lord, Rubberlegs, midges, zebra midges, and small nymphs are top producing flies when conditions are amicable.

SHASTA LAKE: Trout anglers are catching a mix of browns, rainbows, and salmon on Optimizer spoons trolled from the surface down to 30 feet. The bass fishing remains steady and a good number of fish can be caught during an outing, but the weather, or lack thereof, continues to determine whether it will be finesse or reaction fishing.

TRINITY LAKE: There have been some quality smallmouth caught in deeper water off of main lake points that taper off into long flats with finesse tackle like a drop-shot rig, tube, or a Ned rig. The bite is far from red hot and the few anglers making the trip are finding a mix of both smallmouth and smaller largemouth during an outing.

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE: The spotted bass bite has been improving and on days with optimal conditions, anglers have reported a good reaction bite although many of the fish are smaller in size. Water clarity is extremely clear and with a lack of weather or even wind to break up light penetration and clarity the fish are extremely finicky.

AMERICAN RIVER: Steelhead fishing upstream of Ancil Hoffman Park has been slow, with mainly halfpounders and steelhead smolts being caught. Halfpounders and smolts also are being caught near Watt Avenue. The run is winding down. Flows at Fair Oaks are just under 1,900 cfs.

FEATHER RIVER: Striper fishing remains slow, but some fish are being caught below Yuba City on cut bait, minnows and artificial lures. Fishing is usually good in February as steelhead smolts are released form the hatchery.

FOLSOM LAKE: Fishing has been very good for landlocked king salmon. Anglers are trolling hoochies and dodgers in the North Fork 30 to 55 feet below the surface. Kings also are being caught near Mormon Island. Trout are biting Speedy Shiners. Bass fishing will improve soon as fish move shallow to nest. Folsom is at 413 feet elevation, down a foot from last week. It is 53 feet from full pool. The water temperature is 52 degrees. Folsom is 50-percent full, and 96-percent of its historic average for this time of year.

RANCHO SECO LAKE: Trout fishing is good after recent plants. Trout are being planted every other week.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir: Trout fishing is slow, with rapid changes in flows. Flows at Dunsmuir dropped to 550 cfs last week.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff: Trout fishing remains good from Keswick Dam to Anderson, with beads, Glo Bugs and roe producing native rainbows. The best action is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flows from Keswick dropped to 3,800 cfs.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: A few sturgeon has been reported near Freeport. Most anglers are headed to the delta and bay for stripers and sturgeon. A few small stripers are still being caught at Miller Park and the Airport Hole, but fishing is slow. Anglers are focusing on the Port of Sacramento are catching shaker-size stripers.

KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 980 cfs, perfect for driftboaters. Steelhead fishing has been very good, with guide Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service reporting steady action on adult and halfpounder steelhead.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Flows are back down to 1,800 cfs on the Middle Klamath. Steelhead fishing has been good, but pressure is very light.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen: Steelhead fishing has been good for the few anglers fishing the lower river. Roe and Corkies drifted in the riffles between Blue Creek and Klamath Glen are working well. Flows over the weekend were 10,300 cfs.

CAMP FAR WEST: Drifting live minnows in the creek channels in the coves has been accounting for a nice mixed bag of bass, catfish and a few crappie here lately. Fishing is definitely getting better!

COLLINS LAKE: Regular trout planting kicked off here again and that means the lake, barring weather, will get a fresh load of fish weekly though Memorial Day. Trout anglers scored best last week off the beach with yellow corn dough baits and worms. Trollers also found a few fish on Rapalas up by the power lines. Bass and crappie have been slow so far.

ENGLEBRIGHT RES: Good trout fishing on tap here for trollers working both up near the SF Yuba and also in and around the houseboats down by the marina. Worms and GVF spinners behind flashers from the surface down to 25 feet have been the tickets.

FRENCH MEADOWS RES: It’s not certain if one can get in here or not right now. With all the warm weather lately, it would seem that there’s a good chance of getting in but there’s always the possibility of a few big snow banks still across the road up there in some shady spots.

FULLER LAKE: It’s a crap shoot as to whether or not the gate to the lake is open. Sometimes it is…and sometimes not this time of year!

LAKE OROVILLE: The king bite tapered off here last week but trollers pulling Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs and hoochies in 40 to 70 feet of water in the main lake found a few salmon to 4 pounds. Bass were biting small tubes and drop shot worms in 15 to 25 feet of water.

SCOTTS FLAT LAKE: Trollers are still catching rainbows here by dragging flasher/worm combos 150 to 200 feet behind the boat up near the surface.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR: Reports have been hard to come by here lately. Presumably, there should be some fairly good rainbow and brown fishing but if that’s happening, nobody’s been checking in at local shops and talking about it.

SUGAR PINE RES: Planted recently and the trout fishing has been very good for 12-inch round tails for trollers using worms, spoons and Rapalas in the top 10 feet out in the main body of the lake. Check out the launch area, Forbes Creek and up by Shirttail Creek Campground.

LAKE BERRYESSA: Boats in search of trout have been struggling since the fish scattered and became difficult to locate, most are covering water with rods staggered at different depths while working around Putah and Pope Creek areas. Bass fishing is still tough but is still showing signs of improvement since the stable weather pattern arrived. Reports have been mixed, as some anglers find success out deep while others do the same up shallow. Regardless of where, there is still no reaction bite happing yet and the fish want down baits with a slow presentation.

BLACK BUTTE LAKE: Warming outside temperatures have felt like spring time the past week and the bass went on the chew. Anglers could find healthy-sized bass while fishing jigs when the bite slowed and spinnerbaits when they became aggressive. Although the lake level remains low, the overall conditions have improved since the wind has died down.

CLEAR LAKE: The bite has been tough for many but is showing signs of improvement again with the stabilizing weather. Fish are being caught on under-spins, Alabama rigs, swimbaits, soft plastics, jigs, and LV 500 lipless crankbaits still among the top producers but the best bite window has been later in the day. The annual crappie tournament is coming up on the 22nd and anglers are reporting that fish are moving up shallow since the weather has turned.

LAKE SONOMA: Bass fishermen report decent fishing along the main lake with jigs, drop-shot worms, and finesse tackle but the fish have moved off into deep water as they follow bait schools of large threadfin shad in 50 to 70 feet of water on long sweeping points with flooded timber to provide cover for ambush feeding.

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 DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is 707-822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is 831-649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call 707-822-3164 for Mendocino, 707-944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa.

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Steelhead fishing has been good all season, and guides continued to catch limits over the weekend. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said rain Saturday night brought in big numbers of fresh steelhead on Sunday. Only a few downrunners are being caught, an indicator of two to three weeks of good fishing remaining. Flows were 1,150 cfs on Sunday, up from 900 cfs late last week.

ELK RIVER, Port Orford, Ore.: The Elk is low, but steelhead fishing is good for anglers willing to drag their boats downriver.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Steelhead fishing has been fair to good between Gold Beach and Agness. Rain over the weekend gave flows a slight boost, while also drawing in fresh fish. There have been no confirmed reports of spring salmon, although bank anglers have said they have heard of a few springers already.

RUSSIAN RIVER: As of 2-17-20 conditions on the Russian are great for steelhead.  Most fish being caught from Mirabel down river to Monte Rio with flows at Hacienda around 600 cfs and 320 cfs in Healdsburg.  Every day fish have been caught using a variety of techniques from swing flies, back trolling plugs, drifting bait, bobber and jig or soft beads. I would expect hatchery runs to increase next couple of weeks, and into March. No rain in foreseeable 10 day outlook.

SMITH RIVER, Smith River: Few anglers were fishing last week, but those who were reported good action for steelhead. Sunday was nearly wide-open, said guide Mick Thomas of Lunker Fish Trips, with guides reporting four to six steelhead a boat. Expect a crowd for this week’s Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery Derby.

BOCA LAKE: The ice cleared from the dam so fish are moving around, but the lake is a bit off color and fishing is mainly slow. Try the dam or up by the inlet.

CAPLES LAKE: The ice and weather have been good for icefishing: but the fishing not so much. A few macks in the 1- to 6-pound range are on tap for jiggers working Kastmasters off the bottom in 30 to 40 feet of water.

CARSON RIVER, East Fork: Still mainly a nymphing show with small midges but there has been some dry fly activity coming off on the cloudy afternoons. Only in the fly-fishing catch-and-release section below Deadman’s Bridge, or course.

DAVIS LAKE: The ice is going fast and really probably isn’t safe anymore. Lots of open water to fish now, though. There are some trout on tap but the water is still pretty cold. Nightcrawlers and dough bait have been the way to go.

DONNER LAKE: Mack trollers found a very slow pick here last week while dragging big plugs. Guides are up in arms over a new ordinance that doesn’t allow commercial use of the boat ramp. Stay tuned for more on that one in upcoming issues.

FRENCHMAN LAKE: Decent trout bite with worms and small Woolly Buggers for shore anglers here. Ice fishing is a no-go, so stay off any you might see (it’s going fast!). The inlet area has been good.

GOLD LAKES BASIN: Your best bet for getting in here is a helicopter or snow machine. And quite honestly, the lakes are probably still solid anyway.

ICEHOUSE RESERVOIR: Last week was the best shot at accessing the lake in quite some time as the weather was nice, but it’s still not advisable due to the fact that the boat ramp is very steep and if it’s icy at all, you could lose your whole rig – or worse.

JENKINSON LAKE: Worthwhile trout fishing going on here for anglers casting Panther Martins and Kastmasters off the bank. The key is to move around until you find some fish. Trollers have been dragging spoons and worms and  the same principle applies: Hunt until you locate some willing biters and then hang with them.

JACKSON MEADOWS RESERVOIR: This has been a tricky one to get any information out of. We’re not sure if its inaccessible or that just nobody has been going up and fishing lately. More reports will likely come in as the weather continues to warm.

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw fishing remained good off the South Shore for boaters dragging FlatFish and live minnows down 120 to 180 feet off Ski Run and Baldwin Beach. Some browns also available for anglers trolling Rapalas near the shoreline.

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER: The water is super low and clear here and fishing has been pretty tough in the fly-fishing only catch-and-release section.  There are some rainbows and the occasional brown for the diligent angler fishing small midges.

PROSSER LAKE: The road last week was open all the way across the dam and most of the ice was quickly melting off the lake. Fishing was sporadic, but some trout to be had for bank anglers fishing worms or dough.

PYRAMID LAKE: A good week of trout fishing with plenty of double-digit cutts showing up. Fly anglers off the banks started seeing a few leech fish but it’s still mainly a midge under bobber show. Trollers dragging small spoons in the top 20 feet have seen some very good action as well working up north past Warrior Point. As usual, keep an eye on the weather as things can get funky here.

RED LAKE: The ice was fishable last week and the weather was nice. Unfortunately, the fishing wasn’t so hot. In fact, Red Lake has been mostly a bust for ice fishing all season for some reason.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR: Not super accessible yet and not really recommended at this point either. Give it some more time for the ice and snow to melt, which may be sooner than later given this spring like weather.

TOPAZ LAKE: A 7.9-pound brown was weighed in last week by an unidentified angler but in general the catch has been mostly rainbows to a couple pounds apiece. Bank anglers have been fishing the north and south ends with floating dough baits. Trollers have been towing a mix of Rapalas and flasher/worm rigs.

TRUCKEE RIVER: The water is low and clear and fishing okay for rainbows and browns in the stretch from Trout Creek down to the state line. PWO’s, Skwala Stones, midges and San Juan Worms have been best.

UNION VALLEY RES: Access is getting better but the cold, windy days late in the week slowed down any signs of life that were starting to show.

BERKELEY: Pacific Dream from Happy Hooker Sportfishing had a successful Bay trip for sturgeon, stripers and leopard shark. Private boaters slow-trolled frozen baits or jigged up smelt and used them for live bait to target halibut from Berkeley to the Alameda Rock Wall and across the Bay near Oyster Point and Coyote Point.

BODEGA BAY: The Dungeness population showed itself to be robust and healthy after trips on New Sea Angler and Reel Magic made easy work of hauling up limits of Dungeness for all onboard. Private boaters added sanddabs to the mix to bring home loads of fresh seafood. Jetty fishers caught kelp greenling, rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. Surf perch fishing was good at Doran Beach.

EMERYVILLE: Emeryville Flats and Alameda Rock Wall area held halibut, which drew boaters who were bounce-balling with frozen baits or drifting with live baits they were able to jig up. Perch fishing from shore for pogeys and rubberlip gave shore fishers a way to bring home a fresh meal. Boaters running down to South Bay found sturgeon off Oyster Point and Aptos and foraging off of streams flowing into the Bay.

EUREKA: The North and South jetties at the entrance to Humboldt Bay fished very well because people were able to venture farther out to prime spots, thanks to improved weather and seas. They caught lingcod with swimbaits and used squid or shrimp baits for cabezon, rockfish, kelp greenling and perch. Freshwater Lagoon hosted catches of trout and largemouth bass. Lots of North Coast anglers drove to Crescent City to catch some spawning herring to use as bait for the upcoming fishing seasons.

FORT BRAGG: Sea Hawk pulled quick limits of Dungeness crab for 8 people on a weekend trip. On recent trips, lots of California grey whales were spotted. Redtail surf perch bit very well at Westport and Ward Avenue beaches. Noyo Jetty had people casting snares for crab, or soaking squid and shrimp baits for cabezon, kelp greenling and rockfish. Nearby Dog Park was a good bet for catching surf perch with Gulp! Sandworms, sand crabs, pile worms and pieces of shrimp.

HALF MOON BAY: A couple of boats got out with passengers. One was Reel Screamer on a crab run and the other was Huli Cat on a crab and sanddab trip to 14 miles west of Pillar Point. Among the sanddabs taken was a 16-inch petrale sole. Jetty fishing was popular, with lots of folks casting snares for crab and some working 2-hook leaders baited with squid and shrimp for cabezon and rockfish. Local beaches were good for redtail and barred surfperch.

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SAN FRANCISCO: The Fisherman’s Wharf Fleet including Bass Tub, Flash and Lovely Martha were undergoing maintenance and readying for the rockfish, salmon and Bay fishing seasons ahead. Private boaters found halibut off Coyote Point and Oyster Point and across the Bay near Alameda Rock Wall. They also scored sturgeon off Oyster Point and down in the deep South Bay. Surf fishers from Mussel Rock to the Gate found plenty of redtail perch and barred surfperch biting.

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