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Best Bites: Nov. 19 through Nov. 25
Smith River salmon bite is wide open. Photo courtesy of Mike Coopman's Guide Service
by TIM GOODE / Nor Cal Fish Reports
There is still salmon action if you want to take the ride north to the Smith River or give a try on the Sacramento River at Knights Landing. Striper bite is quite good on the Napa River and back on
(More...) (Wednesday, November 18, 2015)
Fishing the North Coast with Kenny Priest
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by KENNY PRIEST / Fishing the North Coast
Finally some rain!   Both the Chetco and Smith saw sizable rises on Wednesday and should fish well for the next few days. But if you want in on the action, you’ll need to act quickly. The forecast for the next few
(More...) (Thursday, November 19, 2015)
Trout Plants: Nov. 16 through Nov. 20
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The following lakes, rivers, streams and ponds this week will receive plants of trout from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife:   ALAMEDA          Shadow CliffsMARIN              Bon TempeMARIN              LagunitasNAPA                Lake Berryessa   The following East Bay lakes this
(More...) (Monday, November 16, 2015)
Crab toxin problem may run deeper
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TIBURON, Calif. (KGO) --  By now, we know that the Dungeness crab season has been delayed and we know the reason a toxic acid produced by algae in warmer, El Nino waters. One of the world's foremost experts on algae
(More...) (Wednesday, November 11, 2015)
Sturgeon tags wanted
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed its annual sturgeon tagging program, catching and releasing nearly 400 sturgeon in Bay Area waters.  Many of the tags are eligible for a reward if returned to CDFW by anglers.     The
(More...) (Thursday, November 12, 2015)
Vets reminded of license discounts
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) offer reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses to both resident and nonresident disabled veterans. CDFW also offers several special hunting opportunities for eligible veterans. Any honorably discharged, disabled veteran with a 50 percent or
(More...) (Thursday, November 12, 2015)
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NorCal Fishing Reports
North Coast
Report Title, Date, Author
Salmon still Biting
11-21-2015, Mike Coopman's Guide Service - Smith River

Here is a still shot of Seth and his dandy and also Mike and a hard fighting darker fish, that... [ Read More ]
Smith River Rising
11-19-2015, Mike Coopman's Guide Service - Smith River

We got a nice rise on the river today. It was much more than was expected. The weather was great... [ Read More ]
Smith salmon bite wide open
11-19-2015, Smith River

River is in good shape and should stay open through the weekend, plus there is more rain on the way.... [ Read More ]
Upper Klamath steelhead biting
11-19-2015, Klamath River

The last couple weeks fishing for Winter Steelhead on the Klamath river have been excellent. Steelhead in the 1/2 to... [ Read More ]
Eel still closed
11-19-2015, Eel River

River is closed to fishing because of low flow. Tidal section is open to catch-and-release. Grundmans Sporting Goods (707) 764-5744... [ Read More ]
Smith River Update
11-17-2015, Phil Desautels - Smith River

Hey Fisherheads, We are in Desperate need of rain! So far the forecasts have been wrong. There are... [ Read More ]
Klamath River Fishing Report
11-17-2015, Scott Caldwell - Klamath River

40 F Temperature. Fishing: Excellent The last couple weeks fishing for Winter Steelhead on the Klamath river have been excellent. Steelhead... [ Read More ]
Klamath River is HOT!
11-15-2015, Scott Caldwell - Klamath River

What a great Grandpa Grandson weekend, all kinds of crazy weather (Sun to Snow), crazy Steely Trout catching (44 caught... [ Read More ]
Report Title, Date, Author
Smallmouth is the story
11-21-2015, Tim Brady - Trinity Lake

The lake is down 90 some feet which means launching a boat can be a little tough. The Minersville ramp... [ Read More ]
Lewiston is looking Good
11-21-2015, Tim Brady - Lewiston Lake

Lewiston Lake is your best bet if you are looking for a lot of action off the bank or from... [ Read More ]
Salmon Slow Steelhead Good
11-21-2015, Tim Brady - Trinity River

Well our fall salmon run didn't turn out to be much. I guess they over estimated the run numbers again.... [ Read More ]
Trinity River Steelhead Report
11-21-2015, Dave Jacobs - Trinity River

The steelhead fishing the Trinity River has been good this past week below Junction City. Flows are very low... [ Read More ]
Upper Trinity Fish Report
11-19-2015, Kenny Priest - Trinity River

Not much rain has fallen in the Trinity area, and it remains low and clear reports Steve Huber of Steve... [ Read More ]
Steelhead hitting on Trinity
11-19-2015, Trinity River

Steelhead action remains very solid. Drift boaters are getting consistent action. A bit of rain is needed to bring more... [ Read More ]
Bass action varied at Shasta
11-19-2015, Shasta Lake

Pressure is light. Most are trying mid-morning. Bass action has been varied due to changing weather conditions. Phil’s Propeller 1-800-462-3917... [ Read More ]
Report Title, Date, Author
Salmon low, steelhead high on Feather
11-19-2015, Feather River

A few salmon continue to be caught. Most are concentrating efforts from the Fifth Street Bridge in Yuba City on... [ Read More ]
Eagle Lake trout a challenge
11-19-2015, Eagle Lake

Water temps are 52 to 54 degrees and dropping. NOAA predicts some stormy weather patterns this week. Wind... [ Read More ]
Slow and cold at Davis
11-19-2015, Davis Lake

Trout bite continues to be slow. Bite is better in the afternoon after 1 p.m. There is ice forming at... [ Read More ]
Little traffic at Bullards Bar
11-19-2015, Bullards Bar Reservoir

Water temp is 59 degrees. Bass conditions are favorable, but few are getting out on the water. Emerald Cove... [ Read More ]
Report Title, Date, Author
Good Fishing Today
11-21-2015, Randy's Staff - Randy's Fishing Trips

A Morning of Rock Cod Fishing aboard the 'Chubasco' turned out very well as the 22 Anglers Got Limits(220) +... [ Read More ]
Farrallon Islands is Hot!
11-21-2015, Mike Rescino - Lovely Martha Sportfishing

Captain Mike Rescino called up with an audio report from the Lovely Martha out of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.... [ Read More ]
Limits of Rockfish!
11-19-2015, Randy's Staff - Randy's Fishing Trips

The fishing in the Monterey Bay has been very good. On Thursday, November 19th we scored limits for our... [ Read More ]
Halibut, stripers in San Pablo Bay

Wind died down and bay became calm by mid-week. Red Rocks is the striped bass hot spots. A lot of... [ Read More ]
A few stripers, perch in Pacifica

Stripers are being caught with sand crabs, shrimp and blood or pile worms. Perch also can be caught. (650) 355-8303,... [ Read More ]
No slowing Monterey cod bite

Rock cod and ling cod action has been great. Live bait trips get ling cod in the 8 to... [ Read More ]
Stripers biting, few salmon in Benicia

Salmon bite has dropped to 1 or 2 per day. Three sturgeon were caught last week from the First Street... [ Read More ]
San Francisco Bay Halibt / Striped Bass Report
11-15-2015, Mike Rescino - Lovely Martha Sportfishing

Captain Mike Rescino called in a report today from the Lovely Martha out of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Today... [ Read More ]
Central Sierra
Report Title, Date, Author
Fish are spread out!
11-21-2015, Matt Koles - Little Truckee River

The Little Truckee River has been good. Fish are very spread out so you might want to try somewhere besides... [ Read More ]
Winter Fishing Pattern
11-21-2015, Matt Koles - Truckee River

The Truckee River is still the same at 80 cfs here in the Hirsch, and 100 cfs down below. We... [ Read More ]
Pyramid bite fair
11-19-2015, Pyramid Lake, NV

Bite remains decent, but far from great. Best fish last week was a 19.3 pounder caught from the shore at... [ Read More ]
Report Title, Date, Author
Middle, Old River hold striper
11-19-2015, Sacramento Delta

Middle River and Old River are good spots for striped bass for anglers using mudsuckers or shad. Bass between 6... [ Read More ]
Rio Vista striper bite decent
11-19-2015, Sacramento Delta

Stripers are being caught from the Rio Vista Bridge down to the Power Lines. Largest of the week was a... [ Read More ]
Pittsburg anglers getting bass
11-19-2015, Sacramento Delta

A lot of striper coming from Broad Slough, Collinsville and Sherman Lake. Bait is best. A few sturgeon in the... [ Read More ]
Bass numbers solid in Franks Tract
11-19-2015, Sacramento Delta

Large black bass are hard to come by but small fish in the 1 to 2 pound range are plentiful.... [ Read More ]
Big bass landed in Disco Bay
11-19-2015, Discovery Bay

Two double-digit bass – just under 11 pounds - were caught from Disco Bay. One was caught S-Waver and the... [ Read More ]
Stripers near Antioch
11-19-2015, Sacramento Delta

Striper bite remains good, especially in Broad Slough and West Island. Most are 4 to 6 pound bass. Some are... [ Read More ]
Sierra Foothills
Report Title, Date, Author
Oroville bass biting
11-19-2015, Lake Oroville

Bass bite remains solid. Top water lures, jigs and drop-shotting all get action. Bass Tackle Depot (530) 533-4990 ... [ Read More ]
Bass best at New Melones
11-19-2015, Glory Hole Sports - New Melones Reservoir

The water clarity is fairly clear in most of the lake and stained in some of the creek arms. The... [ Read More ]
Collins trout biting
11-19-2015, Collins Lake

Both shore anglers and trollers are catching trout. Another plant of 2,000 pounds went in last Friday. The dam has... [ Read More ]
Trout coming on at Camanche
11-19-2015, Lake Camanche

South shore pond has been producing very well. Rainbow Power Bait has been a popular choice. Bass tourney on the... [ Read More ]
Lake Camanche Fishing Report
11-17-2015, Lake Camanche Staff - Lake Camanche

I hit the water at Camanche with Josh Paris at about 6:45 from the north shore ramp. There are pretty... [ Read More ]
Glory Hole Fishing Report
11-16-2015, Glory Hole Sports Staff - New Melones Reservoir

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 265,774 acre-feet of water. The lake level remained stable this... [ Read More ]
Bay Area
Report Title, Date, Author
Trout biting at Quarry Lakes
11-19-2015, Quarry Lakes

Trout bite is improving. Lake is filling and water is cooling. Conditions are greatly improving. A plant of 1,200 pound... [ Read More ]
Both Mt. Tam lakes planted
11-19-2015, Bon Tempe Reservoir

Both Bon Tempe and Lagunitas were planted Tuesday. Bon Tempe received 1,000 pounds and Lagunitas got 500 pounds of trout... [ Read More ]
LV stuffed with trout
11-19-2015, Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Lake has received 9,000 pounds of trout in six weeks and limits are common in Howden Cove and Oak Point.... [ Read More ]
Lafayette trout willing
11-19-2015, Lafayette Reservoir

Last week DFW planted 1,200 pounds. This week 1,000 pounds are being delivered by Mount Lassen. Bite has been solid... [ Read More ]
Trout bite emerging at Del Valle
11-19-2015, Del Valle Lake

Water temp is still right around 60 degrees and the mornings are getting quite chilly. Trout bite is starting... [ Read More ]
Crank at Coyote
11-19-2015, Coyote Lake

Crank baits will work from boats in depths of 15 to 20 feet. It’s also worth dragging a black, purple... [ Read More ]
Bass prospects fair at Chesbro
11-19-2015, Chesbro Reservoir

Bass are being caught with jigs offered near the dam. A lot are in the two pound range. (408) 358-3741,... [ Read More ]
Trout action starting at Chabot
11-19-2015, Lake Chabot

Trout limits are starting to happen. Bass continue to bite and the catfish action has diminished. Best trout action has... [ Read More ]
Turnover wait is on at Berryessa
11-19-2015, Lake Berryessa

Generally slow here. A good bass bite has tapered back. Brush hogs, jigs, spoons can get action but the wait... [ Read More ]
Anderson challenging but worthy
11-19-2015, Anderson Reservoir

This is very low but there is still some early top water action. Coyote Bait & Tackle (408) 463-0711 ... [ Read More ]
Lake Berryessa Fishing Report
11-17-2015, RB Bass - Lake Berryessa

Fishing keeps changing at Lake Berryessa, but quality fish can be had. Reaction baits such as Alabama Rigs and LV-500’s... [ Read More ]
Lake Chabot Fishing Report
11-15-2015, Lake Chabot Marina - Lake Chabot

GENERAL CONDITIONS | Bass fishing continues to keep anglers busy with a lot bass reported getting caught. Trout action is... [ Read More ]
Central California
Report Title, Date, Author
Some crappie at Santa Margarita
11-19-2015, Santa Margarita Lake

Bass bite is very challenging. There is some crappie action near Mackey Point and Tule Island. Water temp is 55... [ Read More ]
San Luis Forebay hot
11-19-2015, San Luis Reservoir

The forebay has been a good producer of stripers. Check 12 has been a productive spot to throw rip baits.... [ Read More ]
Slow at Lopez
11-19-2015, Lopez Lake

Action is slow. Some catfish are being caught in Cottonwood Cove. (805) 489-1006 ... [ Read More ]
Santa Margarita Fishing Report
11-15-2015, Santa Margarita Lake Staff - Santa Margarita Lake

Not much has changed here since last week, most bass are suspended about 20’ down in the water column, and... [ Read More ]
Eastern Sierra
Report Title, Date, Author
Friday 3/4 Day Yellowfin
11-20-2015, Seaforth Staff - Seaforth Sportfishing

11/20/1985 - Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released. 11/20/2015 11:45am - The San Diego calls in from their 3/4 Day trip with... [ Read More ]
Thursday Yellowfin Fishing
11-19-2015, Seaforth Staff - Seaforth Sportfishing

11-19-15 1:00pm - The San Diego just updated their 3/4 Day offshore count, and they are up to 125+ yellowfin... [ Read More ]
3/4 Day Yellowfin
11-19-2015, Seaforth Staff - Seaforth Sportfishing

11/19/15 9:45am - The San Diego just called in from their offshore 3/4 Day trip with 80+ yellowfin on the... [ Read More ]
East Walker River Fish Report
11-15-2015, Jim Reid - East Walker River

The East is running at around 20 cfs still, there hasn't been a lot of traffic down there lately and... [ Read More ]
Bridgeport Reservoir Fishing Report
11-15-2015, Jim Reid - Bridgeport Reservoir

The weather is starting to get very wintery today, hopefully we'll start getting some good snow for next year! During... [ Read More ]
Kirman Lake Report
11-15-2015, Jim Reid - Kirman Lake

We spoke with several people who went up to Kirman this past week and it sounds like it was pretty... [ Read More ]
Twin Lakes Report
11-15-2015, Jim Reid - Twin Lakes (Bridgeport)

The Twins were a little tough this last week of the season though we did have a couple fish reported... [ Read More ]
West Walker River Report
11-15-2015, Jim Reid - West Walker River

The West closed up the season by being pretty tough as well, the water is of course very low and... [ Read More ]
Virginia Lakes Report
11-15-2015, Jim Reid - Virginia Lakes

From the reports we've had from the Virginias this past week it sounds like it froze up a bit early... [ Read More ]
Wine Country North
Report Title, Date, Author
Napa striper bite hot
11-19-2015, Napa River

Striper bite is very good, even better than weeks past. Trolling, bank fishing all get action on decent sized fish.... [ Read More ]
Clear Lake pausing
11-19-2015, Clear Lake

Bite has slowed due to wind since Sunday. Water temps are hitting 58 in the morning. Try shallow and deep... [ Read More ]
Central Valley Rivers
Report Title, Date, Author
Fall King Salmon Update!
11-21-2015, Dave Jacobs - Sacramento River

The Fall king salmon fishing has finally slowed with most of the Fall run spawning at this time. The trout... [ Read More ]
Winter run salmon hooked in Knights Landing
11-19-2015, Sacramento River

Large winter run salmon are being caught near Knight’s Landing. Fish are big and bright. Not too many guide boats,... [ Read More ]
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