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Lake Almanor - Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said one fly fisherman, on the regulated section of the Truckee near Farad, caught a nice 20-inch brown. Nylund himself fished the river toward Stateline and caught a 20-inch rainbow on a little rubber-legged bug. He said small black nymphs size 18 to 22 will work. For a little dry-fly action he recommended the Little Truckee, but warned it is very tedious fishing, requiring tiny little nymphs and near-perfect casts. 

American River - About the only changes since last week are that flows have dropped even farther, down to 800 cfs, and more steelhead spawning on redds, easily visible and vulnerable. A few half-pounders and fewer fresh adults have been working their way upriver, but fishing is slow except for those unethical anglers who have been targeting spawning steelhead.
Carson River - East Carson getting some attention by a few anglers fishing the restricted winter fishing section from Hangman's Bridge to the state line, but only a handful at best.
Boca Lake - Ice fishing by the dam has been decent for anglers using nightcrawlers, eggs or little white jigs. Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said jigs have been working best and anglers have been catching kokanee, browns and rainbows. Fish have been hitting under the ice in water 6 to 10 feet deep.
Feather River - A batch of fresh, adult steelhead appears to have moved upriver with fish to 5 or 6 pounds moving into the Low Flow Section and below the Outlet. Most were being caught on nightcrawlers.
Davis Lake - Ice here has increased in thickness from 5 inches to 9 inches, according to Jerry Dollard at Dollard's Sierra Market in Portola. He said continued good weather has increased fishing pressure. But, while all those people have been having a nice social time on the ice, the fish haven't been coming to the party. Hopefully, the bite turns back on quickly
Little Truckee - The flows are perfect at 141 cfs but snow has shut down access by car. The road only gets plowed to the Boca dam and its 4 or 5 miles in from there. Cross country skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles are really the only way in right now.
Donner Lake - Lake producing some good Mackinaw weighing 10 to 15 pounds. Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said one fisherman has been doing well trolling big #13 FlatFish in the deep channel out in front of the boat ramp. Otherwise, bank fishing has been slow, he said.
Sacramento River - Reports were skimpy last week, but some nice striped bass weighing up to 8 pounds were caught trolling deep-diving Rebel/jig combos in the Port of Sacramento. (See other reports here at MyOutdoorBuddy)
Truckee NV - A few warmer days in the past week has sparked the fishing on the Nevada side of the Truckee. Slow stripping streamers in slower water and nymphing with winter stones and a small bead head dropper has been working well. The flows are low on the river and the fish are spooky because of the lower flows. The water is also crystal clear right now. A stealthy approach is a must when approaching runs and holes. The fish are hanging out in slower runs and tail outs right now.
Frenchman’s - Lake conditions in constant change, with ice forming, then melting. There is still open water at the west end, as well as the east end, but the only way to reach either is by snowshoes or snowmobile. Road is plowed to the dam, but icy in spots. For latest conditions call Wiggin's Trading Post in Chilcoot, 530-993-4683.
Walker River Ca - Flows are 21 CFS. With overnight lows commonly in the single digits in the Bridgeport area, anchor ice is forming and making fishing close to impossible right now. This is common for this time of year on the East Walker. Wait for higher flows or warmer air temps to try the East Walker.
Prosser - Ice fishing good here. Brian Nylund at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Truckee said inlets to creek bed areas have been good. The Prosser Creek arm has been fishing pretty well and he recommended the creek bed area closer to Hobart Mills. The dam area has also been good and he advised staying close to the rocks where fish are coming in close to the rocks feeding on minnows under the ice.
Pyramid - Cutthroat fishing has slowed some, as water temperatures hover around 40 degrees. George Molino with Cutthroat Charters in Sutcliffe said some nice fish 9 pounds and over have been caught, but fish numbers are down quite a bit and they are deeper. On a recent charter, Molino got 9 strikes and landed 5 fish at 75 to 90 feet deep. He was using watermelon Apexes and red frog lures. Biggest fish of the week, an 11-pound, 2-ounce cutthroat, was checked in at Crosby Lodge in Sutcliffe by Bay Area fisherman Rod Bailey.
Rye Patch - Rye Patch is completely frozen over. Ice is now two to three inches thick.
Stampede - Still pretty heavily snowed in. Brian Nylund said big 4x4 vehicles possibly could make it in to the lake. He said the lake should be iced over and condition of the ice is unknown.
Tahoe - Mackinaw have been hitting shallow early in the morning most days, then heading out to depths of 200 to 300 feet deep once the sun gets up. Following that pattern, using spoons, big plugs or minnows, anglers have been catching macks from 2 to 9 pounds.
Topaz – (See special report here at MyOutdoorBuddy) Fishing here has settled down some since the opening few weeks' frenzy. Fish checked in at both Topaz Landing Marina and the Topaz Lodge are still weighing up to 3 3/4 pounds. Trollers have been doing well trolling silver and gold Needlefish and spoons. Bright colors like chartreuse and orange will also work. All fish are rainbows and the biggest of the week was a 3-pound, 12 ounce beauty caught by Debbie Roberts from Yerington. She was fishing green Power Bait along the East Shore.
Mason Valley - Closed September 30. Season opens the second Saturday in February.

Walker Lake - The Walker Lake boat launch appears to be fixed. So State Parks currently has adequate 4X4 boat launching. Fishing is still slow at best. Shore anglers have been catching a few fish very close to shore.

Fishing Reports

Fishing Derby October 2 at Cooper Creek 09/28/16 -- The second annual Trout 4 Treven Fishing Derby is set for Sunday, October 2 at Cooper Creek Reservoir in Sutherlin. The derby raises funds for the Treven Anspach Memorial Scholarship in honor of Treven who was...Full Story
ODFW to limit commercial anchovy fishing 09/28/16 -- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers will restrict commercial anchovy fishing in the Columbia River Oct. 3 due to uncertainty around the impacts the anchovy catch has on salmon and...Full Story
Salmon is Spotty above Happy Camp
By Scott Caldwell
09/25/16 -- Salmon fishing on the Klamath river above Happy Camp is spotty. We are seeing Salmon move up the river from Klamath Glen but getting them to bite has been tough. The Klamath is very clear and on the low side some...Full Story
Chetco Ocean Bubble Season Opens
lingcod, by Larry Ellis
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
09/24/16 -- The second to the last ocean salmon season, what ODFW calls the “2016 Chetco River Fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Area Season” will open exactly one week from today on Saturday, October 1. This year’s season will...Full Story
CDFW Reintroduces Rare Trout to McCloud
McCloud River Red-band trout, courtesy of CDFE
09/22/16 --The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Northern Region Inland Fisheries Program and Heritage and Wild Trout Program staff will soon reintroduce a small population of rare rescued trout to their native...Full Story
Pacific Halibut Closes Friday
Man with 65 lb halibut, courtesy of Tim Klassen/Reel Steel Sport Fishing
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
09/22/16 -- North Coast offshore adventures will be limited to just rockfish come Saturday morning as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on Wednesday the closing of the recreational Pacific halibut fishery on Saturday...Full Story
​Hike For Fall Trout
fish with hook in mouth, by John Higley
Article and photos by John Higley
09/21/16 -- Last Sunday morning I hiked into the Thousand Lakes Wilderness, which is located off Highway 89 in the Lassen National Forest roughly between Old Station and Burney. Along for the adventure was my buddy...Full Story
Sacramento River salmon run appears!
Bill Matsen from Redding, Ca. with his 17 lb. King salmon, Jeff Goodwin Guide Service
By Jeff Goodwin
09/21/16 -- I've been on again, off again on our 2016 Sacramento River salmon season, but it appears as though the fish I've been waiting on since mid-August have finally arrived in descent numbers. Salmon fishing from Hamilton City to...Full Story
GGSA Red Bluff Salmon Derby Winner
Dan Hofbauer with his 16.88lb winning salmon, by GGSA
09/20/16 -- Fisherman Dan Hofbauer won the $1000 first prize for the biggest salmon in last Saturday’s annual Golden Gate Salmon Association Red Bluff Salmon Derby held at the Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff. Hofbauer’s king weighed...Full Story
All-depth groundfish fishery reopens Oct. 1
Rockfish, CDFW
09/15/16 -- The increased use of descending devices by halibut anglers was a key factor in contributing to the decision by fish managers to reopen the all-depth groundfish fishery on Oct. 1. The recreational groundfish season on the Oregon...Full Story
​Getting out of the North Valley heat By Gary Heffley 
9/13/16 -- The Redding area has been hot both in temperature and the fishing. Nothing can beat the outstanding trout fishing on the Sacramento River in Redding, the Kokanee fishing of Whiskeytown or the trout trolling successes enjoyed by...Full Story
Poachers fined for illegal abalone
CDFW patrol boat Thresher, courtesy of CDFW
09/13/16 -- Two Southern California men have been convicted and fined for abalone poaching and other resource crimes, stemming from a September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) enforcement case...Full Story
Run4Salmon traces salmon's journey
Photo of Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe (Dan Bacher
09/07/16 -- The Run4Salmon event is a 300-mile trek that will follow the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening...Full Story
CDFW Makes Buying a License Easier
Location map, by CDFW
09/03/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making life easier for anglers when it comes to purchasing a license and checking your local fishing regulations. CDFW has made the online license...Full Story
Military Vets Fish Salmon Out the Gate
Pictured above are 12 military vets that fished with Captain Roger Thomas and crew of the Salty Lady and GGSA officials on Monday, August 29. From left to right: Terry Kid, Richard Porter, David Porter, Alfred Carrasco, Ben Santos, Dave Emory, Christian Valenti, Levi Andrews, Dustin Bergen, Shawn James, Dennis James, and Buck Anderson
09/01/16 -- Twelve military veterans experienced a day of salmon fishing aboard the charter boat Salty Lady Monday, September 26 on a trip out of Sausalito. Nine salmon decided to go for the ultimate boat ride and made...Full Story
Buoy 10 Chinook season goes to Sept. 14 09/01/16 -- Recreational anglers will get an additional nine days to harvest Chinook salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River under a season extension approved today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington...Full Story
Sea Otter Shootings in Santa Cruz County
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08/29/16 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are looking for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of...Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge,
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story


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