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Region-by-region guide to 2015 Trout Opener
Feature 1
by TIM GOODE / Nor Cal Fish Reports
There are no surprises awaiting anglers at this year’s trout opener. Saturday marks the traditional opening of the season throughout Northern California and the Eastern Sierra and all mountain passes except for Tioga Pass are open. That is the best
(More...) (Monday, April 20, 2015)
Trout Plants: April 20 through April 24
Feature 2
by DFW RELEASE
The following lakes, rivers, streams and ponds this week will receive plants of catchable trout from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife: ALAMEDA                               Shadow Cliffs ReservoirALPINE                            
(More...) (Sunday, April 19, 2015)
Photo of the Day
Photo of the Day!
Submitted by J. HOULIHAN
Today's Photo of the Day!  Stay tuned to find out who wins the weekly prize.
(More...) (Thursday, April 16, 2015)
Best Bites: April 16 through April 22
Opening Day ling cod aboard the Sea Wolf (Emeryville)
by TIM GOODE / Nor Cal Fish Reports
Salmon season is on, rock cod season is on and trout season opens next week. It’s a good time to be an angler. Plenty of choices with the promise of success are waiting. Here are this week’s Best Bites.   OCEAN rockfish:
(More...) (Wednesday, April 15, 2015)
Upper Sac above Highway 44 closed to fishing
Feature 5
by DFW RELEASE
Recommendations by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to provide dual areas of protection to Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon were approved by the state Fish and Game Commission on April 17. An emergency regulation closing 5.5 miles
(More...) (Friday, April 17, 2015)
Biggest fish of the week highlighted
Kenneth Turturici with a 10.9 pound largemouth from San Pablo Reservoir
by TIM GOODE / Nor Cal Fish Reports
It’s not only big trout coming in recently, but catfish and bass are starting to make their presence felt in Northern California lakes. Soon we should also see larger salmon from outside the Golden Gate. Here is this week’s Big
(More...) (Thursday, April 16, 2015)
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NorCal Fishing Reports
Shasta-Trinity
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Upper Sac in ideal shape
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Upper Sacramento River

River flows are at 398cfs. Conditions are great for wading. The fishing has been good this week with good hatches... [ Read More ]
Cold squashes Trinity bass bite
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Trinity Lake

Cold front that moved through this week put the kibosh on the bass bite. Morning lows in the 20s have... [ Read More ]
No quit in Shasta bass bite
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Shasta Lake

Lake is 72 feet from full. Water temps are getting into the high 50s. Surface temps hit 62 on warm... [ Read More ]
Dirty water foils Lewiston trout action
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lewiston Lake

Water is still murky and fishing is poor. Pine Cove Marina (530) 778-3878 Tom... [ Read More ]
Lassen-Plumas
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Lower Sac in midst of spring fling
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lower Sacramento River

River is fishing great. The rainbows are chowing on small black patterns like Dark Lords, Peaches & Cream. Add a... [ Read More ]
Spring steelies biting in Feather
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Feather River

Dry flies (caddis) will get spring steelhead on the Feather in the flats above Highway 70. Also look for steelies... [ Read More ]
Davis trout bite shows life
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Davis Lake

Trout bite is picking up. Red dot frog Needlefish are attracting trout 12 feet below the surface near the island.... [ Read More ]
Big spots at Bullards Bar
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Bullards Bar Reservoir

Spots in the 6 to 8 pounds are being caught near the shoreline in 25 to 35 feet of water.... [ Read More ]
Steady trout bite at Baum
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Baum Lake

Weather conditions have been mostly stable and that almost always produces a steady trout bite. If it's windy, the... [ Read More ]
Saltwater
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Lovely Martha Fish Update
4-18-2015, Mike Rescino - Lovely Martha Sportfishing

Today, Lovely Martha did a half day trip in the Bay, with 12 anglers catching full limits or 24... [ Read More ]
lovely Martha Fish Update
4-17-2015, Mike Rescino - Lovely Martha Sportfishing

Today Lovely Martha, had a half day charter in the Bay. They had 13 anglers catching 19 Striped Bass... [ Read More ]
Suisun sturgeon active
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

turgeon continue to be caught from the Martinez Pier. Boaters go to Ozol and use eel for a steady sturgeon... [ Read More ]
San Pablo Bay striper bite continues strong
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

Bass fishing continuing to be excellent. Halibut bite has slowed because of poor tides. Bass bite is good all over.... [ Read More ]
South Bay anglers hook stripers
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

Coyote and Sierra points are the best place for striped bass. Best bite is on the incoming tide with hairraisers... [ Read More ]
Dead whale fouls Pacifica beach
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

Dead whale at Mori Point is blocking beach access and causing quite a stink. Some stripers were caught near the... [ Read More ]
Fort Bragg salmon action promising
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

Boats haven’t been getting out because of the weather. Weekend bite was good, especially Saturday. Most boats caught one salmon... [ Read More ]
Capitola salmon slow, rock cod ticking upward
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

Salmon bite remains slow but a few are getting fish from deep water. Mackerel are being caught from the Capitola... [ Read More ]
Bay shoreline anglers hook halibut, stripers
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

Paradise Pier anglers are getting halibut. Striper anglers at Point Pinole also are getting halibut. Striper bite is very good... [ Read More ]
Benicia action continues hot
4-15-2015, Tim Goode

San Pablo Bay potluck is very good. Striper, sturgeon, sand sharks, leopard sharks all are being caught. Sturgeon bite continues... [ Read More ]
Lovely Martha Fish Update
4-15-2015, Mike Rescino - Lovely Martha Sportfishing

Today Lovely Martha had a small private charter fishing in the San Fransisco Bay, they caught 12 Striped Bass for... [ Read More ]
Lovely Martha Fish Update
4-13-2015, Mike Rescino - Lovely Martha Sportfishing

Today Lovely Martha did a half day trip in the San Fransisco Bay, with 8 anglers catching 16 Stripped Bass... [ Read More ]
Central Sierra
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Tahoe producing browns, macks
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lake Tahoe

Brown trout continue to be on the chew on Tahoe falling to well-presented Shadow Raps. Most trips are yielding 4... [ Read More ]
Stampede less than one-third full
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Stampede Reservoir

Lake is at 27% of capacity and looks like there will be no launching this coming spring. Road is clear,... [ Read More ]
Pyramid spawn causes slower bite
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Pyramid Lake, NV

Biggest was a 16.15 cutt caught from a boat near Pelican by Jim Green. Five other 10 pound plus cutts... [ Read More ]
No good news at Prosser
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Prosser Reservoir

Lake is 17% of capacity. Banks are muddy. (530) 587-4844... [ Read More ]
Strong bite at Jackson Meadow
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Jackson Meadow Reservoir

Shore anglers are reporting good results using bait near the dam. Road is clear. (530) 587-4844 ... [ Read More ]
Donner macks on the prowl
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Donner Lake

Mackinaw fishing is fair for those putting in the time. No kokanee yet. Trout bite has been consistent for shore... [ Read More ]
Caples macks waking up
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Caples Lake

Mackinaw fishing has been quite good for those trolling the shoreline. Same goes at neighboring Silver Lake (209) 258-8888... [ Read More ]
Delta
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Grant Line Canal producing both bass
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

Schoolie stripers make up most of the catch. Very few keepers. Black bass bite continues to be very good. Chatter... [ Read More ]
Stockton gets striper visit
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

A few keeper stripers have been caught off March Lane, Brookside Road, Bacon Island and Inland Drive. Bigger striper are... [ Read More ]
Bait, trolling gets Rio Vista stripers
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

West bank and Decker Island are attracting striped bass trollers. Bait fishing is good near the Rio Vista Bridge and... [ Read More ]
Pittsburg wind shuts down fishing
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

Windy weather has kept anglers on shore since last week. Dockside Bait (925) 252-0151 ... [ Read More ]
Night trollers get Freeport linesides
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

Striper fishing is solid through Freeport and up to Miller Park. Bait is working best. Trollers get stripers weighing 5... [ Read More ]
Black bass, striped bass surging in Franks Tract
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

Quality black bass are being caught. The frog bite is just starting but larger fish are taken via punching or... [ Read More ]
Black bass spawning in Disco Bay
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Discovery Bay

Black bass are spawning in the Kellogg Creek arm. Use jigs, crawdad imitations. Striper are small and scattered. Hook, Line... [ Read More ]
Antioch anglers busy with stripers
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento Delta

Wind has been whipping for better than a week. Anglers continue to get stripers from the Antioch Pier. Most keepers... [ Read More ]
Sierra Foothills
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Bankl action turns on at Pardee
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Pardee Reservoir

Bank anglers are enjoying a red hot trout bite. Chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait, Kastmaster and fly/bubble combination are getting... [ Read More ]
Numbers good, size improving at Oroville
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Oroville Reservoir

Bass bite continues to be good for numbers but a few larger bass are being caught. A 6 pound largemouth... [ Read More ]
Bass, catfish get top billing at Melones
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - New Melones Reservoir

Most of the trout are schooling in deeper/cooler water. They will hold near the main river channel and the major... [ Read More ]
Big trout plant sparks McSwain action
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - McSwain Reservoir

Trout bite has been good since last weekend’s derby. Two tons of trout were planted for the event and most... [ Read More ]
Evening bass bite good at Don Pedro
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Don Pedro Reservoir

Bass bite is best in the evening using five-inch ProWorms and reaction worms. A 10.9 pound bass was caught-and-released west... [ Read More ]
Collins big fish parade continues
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Collins Lake

Collins Lake continues to plant monster trout. Most of these huge trout are picked up by trollers using Kastmasters, Rapalas,... [ Read More ]
Camanche trollers score trout
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lake Camanche

Trolling with Rapalas near the dam is the ticket to trout. Bass bite has been solid. Don’t expect large fish... [ Read More ]
New Melones Reservoir Fish Report
4-13-2015, Glory Hole Sports Staff - New Melones Reservoir

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 536,196 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet... [ Read More ]
Bay Area
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Uvas bass bite decent
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Uvas Reservoir

Bass are being caught along the dam on nightcrawlers, minnows or Senkos. Bite is fair. A few crappie are being... [ Read More ]
Shadow Cliffsopens boat ramp
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Shadow Cliffs Reservoir

Boat ramp is open and launching is possible. An 800 pound trout plant from Mount Lassen went in last week... [ Read More ]
Weekly trout plants continue at San Pablo
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - San Pablo Reservoir

A plant of 1,200 pounds of trout went in Tuesday. Water temperature is 66 degrees. Lake will be receiving water... [ Read More ]
Big fish frequent at Quarry Lakes
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Quarry Lake

Trout bite has gotten better and big fish are being caught more frequently. Biggest trout last week was a 12.8... [ Read More ]
Bon Tempe gets bonus plant
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Bon Tempe Reservoir

Bon Tempe on Friday received a bonus plant of trout weighing 1 to 3 pounds from Rainbow Farms in Idaho.... [ Read More ]
Wind at LV spoils the fun
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Los Vaqueros Reservoir

It’s been windy and that’s kept the boats tied to the docks. A ton of trout have been planted between... [ Read More ]
Steady trout action at Lafayette
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lafayette Reservoir

Trout fishing has been consistent. Trolling with Kastmasters and Needlefish is the best way to catch large trout. ... [ Read More ]
Del Valle trout good, striper fair
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Del Valle Lake

Trout bite is good, especially at the Narrows. Stripers bite is improving. Best action is near the dam. Use anchovies.... [ Read More ]
Tough bite at Coyote
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Coyote Lake

Lake is open for boating but bite has been slow. Drop-shots, Senkos, crank baits and small swim baits are worth... [ Read More ]
Chesbro not worthy
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Chesbro Reservoir

Slow here. Lake hasn’t rebounded from low water winter/spring. (408) 358-3741, Coyote Bait & Tackle (408) 463-0711 ... [ Read More ]
Slow bite at Chabot
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lake Chabot

Trout and bass bite both are slow. Water is clearing from recent murkiness. Biggest fish of the week was caught... [ Read More ]
Fair crappie at Calero
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Calero Lake

A few crappie are being caught near the dock and in Cherry Cove with small minnows or crappie jigs. Bass... [ Read More ]
Berryessa bass back at it
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lake Berryessa

Bass bite is picking up again. Trout bite is wildly inconsistent and numbers are hard to achieve. A few kings... [ Read More ]
Anderson opens to boating
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Anderson Reservoir

Lake is open to boating and that will make good bass fishing even better. Bankies had been getting largemouth and... [ Read More ]
San Pablo Fish Report
4-12-2015, San Pablo Reservoir - San Pablo Reservoir

Trout Fishing : Fishing for trout is at Sandy Point and the Main Rec I have also seen a... [ Read More ]
Central California
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Bite slows at Shaver Lake
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Shaver Lake

Catching fish at Shaver Lake has become much harder over the past few weeks, said Dick Nichols, of Dick's Fishing... [ Read More ]
Hot bass bite at Santa Margarita
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Santa Margarita Lake

Bass bite has turned on and catfish action is solid. Spinner baits or jigs get bass from the shoreline to... [ Read More ]
Mooching minnows get San Luis stripers
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - San Luis Reservoir

Main lake is better than forebay. Jumbo minnows mooched in Portuguese Cove or trolling with Rapalas can get stripers in... [ Read More ]
Lopez Lake panfish hitting
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lopez Lake

Bluegill and crappie bite are improving and a handful of one-pound plus fish are being caught near the F Dock,... [ Read More ]
Santa Margarita Fish Report
4-12-2015, Santa Margarita Lake Staff - Santa Margarita Lake

The small cold front that came through last week had slowed the action some, but by the end of the... [ Read More ]
Eastern Sierra
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Looking Good!
4-17-2015, Chad Woods - Grant Lake

Today I did a little pre-opener scouting at Grant Lake in the June Lake Loop. The water level is... [ Read More ]
East Walker producing trout
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - East Walker River

We had a few decent reports from the river this week. It's still running at about 20 cfs but if... [ Read More ]
Topaz smallmouth on the charge
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Topaz Lake

Smallmouth bass bite is very good. A good number of 3 to 4 pounders are being caught-and-released. Action is on... [ Read More ]
West Walker River Fish Report
4-13-2015, Jim Reid - West Walker River

Haven't heard much from the West lately, if I was going to head up there I'd probably be fishing some... [ Read More ]
East Walker River Fish Report
4-13-2015, Jim Reid - East Walker River

We had a few decent reports from the river this week. It's still running at about 20 cfs but if... [ Read More ]
Wine Country North
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There's life for Russian River steelhead anglers
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Russian River

Steelhead continue to be caught. Eight fish were caught Tuesday at Johnson’s Beach. Most are spent but look in excellent... [ Read More ]
Napa River striper bite holding steady
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Napa River

Little change here. A few large stripers take live bait but a lot of shakers are taking cut baits. Trollers... [ Read More ]
Sonoma bass bite a challenge
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lake Sonoma

There is stained water in the main lake but better visibility in the arms. Temps range from 58 to 61... [ Read More ]
Mendo smallmouth in shallows
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Lake Mendocino

Smallmouth bass are chasing bait in the shallows. Bait is plentiful and some are scooping bait with nets and fly... [ Read More ]
Sight fishing time at Clear Lake
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Clear Lake

Spawn is on. There is a morning window for reaction baits. It’s sight fishing after that. On sunny days target... [ Read More ]
Central Valley Rivers
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Great dry fly action on Yuba
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Yuba River

The Yuba above the Highway 20 Bridge and downstream to Sycamore Park. March browns, PMDs and caddis are producing a... [ Read More ]
Few stripers, some shad near Chico
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento River

There are reports of shad around Scotty’s Landing. It’s the front end. Don’t expect much. Very few stripers have moved... [ Read More ]
Marauding stripers in Colusa
4-15-2015, Tim Goode - Sacramento River

Striper bite is good below the Colusa Bridge. Water is shallow higher up the river. Verona and Tisdale also are... [ Read More ]
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