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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

Eagle Lake: As good as it gets!
Eagle Lake, Bryan Roccucci, Big Daddy's Guide Service
By Bryan Roccucci
10/21/14 -- The last several weeks have seen some outstanding fishing at Eagle Lake. Most mornings have us releasing quite a few fish and keeping the cream of the crop for the limits. Twenty to 25 fish mornings have been... Full Story
Swimming in a radioactive sea
Photo courtesy of FISHBIO, radiated seas, Erin Laury
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
10/21/14 -- More than three and a half years have passed since a tsunami severely damaged Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in March 2011, but some concern and confusion still persist... Full Story
Scoring kings in Oregon's lower tidewaters
 Jarod Perdue from Salem (left) and his brother Jacob from Medford caught these salmon at Social Security Bar on the Chetco River while fishing with guide David Castellanos.
On the Water by Larry Ellis
10/20/14 -- Warning! The fish mentioned in this article may appear larger than they actually are. Cabezon season — opened or closed? Quota available or attained? Those are the questions that are being asked by the fishing... Full Story
Red hot day on Upper Klamath
Denise Arnold with one of her largest caught today. By Scott Caldwell
By Scott Caldwell
10/20/14 -- Team Burkus put on a Salmon show yesterday hooking up so many times we lost count. Rods bent all day -- a double hook up for Margi and Miles and Joe still counting his salmon as the biggest ever... Full Story
Bass go wild at Berryessa
Lake Berryessa 5+ poumd bass, Sid Silberberg
By Sid Silberberg
10/20/14 -- Friday, I went out with Bob, and boy what a great time we had! At first we were catching small bass but it was a lot of fun. Almost every cast brought a fish in. We were using P & K lures and they were great...Full Story
Sacramento River still king for kings
Guide Dave Jacobs and angler Howard Bowles of Brentwood with this week's top salmon, a massive 35 pound Sacramento River king salmon caught below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.
In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
10/19/14 -- The Sacramento river continues to be one of Northern California's premiere fishing destinations for king salmon, wild bows and the occasional steelhead. With the river loading up with king salmon for the past 90...Full Story
Lower temps improve trout catch at Collins
Article and photos by Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
10/19/14 -- Our lake has finally hit ideal temperatures for trout catching. Summer didn’t want to end, as last weekend's Fish Sniffer Tournament of Champions entrants would agree, as it was still up in the 90s.! With... Full Story
Pyramid Lake producing large cutthroats
tim zahniser holding Lahontan Cutthroat, Photo courtesy of Crosby Lodge
By Mike Mogler 
10/19/14 -- Crosby Lodge located in Sutcliffe NV. reports great fishing for large Lahontan Cutts. Since the opener on October 1, 2014, anglers targeting these large cutthroat trout that inhabit Pyramid Lake have had great success...Full Story
Best bets for Southern Oregon fishing
Man holding fish, Upper Rogue , Jason Halep
By Jason Haley
10/16/14 -- After a long, dry summer, drought has taken its toll on Southern Oregon fishing destinations. Popular spots like Hyatt Lake, Howard Prairie and Emigrant are essentially puddles. I exaggerate, of course,...Full Story
Coastal rivers full of late fall kings
fishing the north coast by keeny priest, author badge for myoutdoorbuddy.com
My favorite time of the year is finally here. The season’s first storms are peppering the North Coast, and rivers like the Eel, Smith, and Checto are beginning to fill with much-needed water. The late... Full Story
Lewiston Lake on fire for trout anglers By Gary Heffley
10/15/14 -- While most North State anglers are enjoying the very good salmon fishing on the Sacramento River, one of Northern California’s gems is getting little attention. Lewiston Lake, which is one of my...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
Atlantic salmon can take the heat
Little fish in the ocean, Photo by Steenstra E. Peter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
By Erin Laury, FISHBIO
10/12/14 -- As global temperatures continue to rise, and the Pacific Coast endures its third consecutive year of record drought, discussions of how warming temperatures and low water levels will affect fish are... Full Story
River2Sea Open comes to Delta Nov. 1/2
River2Sea tournament, poster, vince harris
By Vince Harris
10/09/14 -- The official countdown to one of the most fun events of the season continues as the last wave of anglers looking to qualify for the 2nd annual Coors Light Delta Open Teams Series Championship next spring... Full Story
Crunch time for halibut By Tom Marking, CA Sports Representative to the PFMC 
10/03/14 -- Bottom line, California is about to be taken to the woodshed by the PFMC for eating too many halibut cookies, again! From their perspective we have been errant children who need to be disciplined...Full Story
Data-poor model threatens rockfish seasons
China Rockfish, Wikipedia, Tom Marking, Poor-data modeling threatens rockfish seasons
By Tom Marking
09/24/14 -- The Pacific States have over 100+ species of fish, about 50+ of which have Commercial and Recreational interest. These include flatfish, roundfish , bottomfish, pelagics, migratory species and forage fish...Full Story
Wishin' you were fishin' & relaxin’?
Fennell, Slim (last name not provided) of Australia and Gary Gamble took these beautiful salmon while fishing with Guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide Service, Shasta Lake Properties
By Frank Galusha
09/24/14 -- Early morning comes and what do these lumbermen, two from Australia and one from Reno (none other than the Lumberman of the World and former Snark of the Universe) have planned? A day of fishing, of course...Full Story
Aftermath: Eiler Fire
Aftermath, Eiler Fire, Thousand Lakes Wilderness, 2014, John Higley
Article and photos by John Higley
09/23/14 -- It had to happen someday. On my many visits to the Thousand Lakes Wilderness on the Lassen National Forest, I always thought of how much fuel there was should a fire ever start there. The trails were...Full Story
The Salmon Mega-Model
baby salmon, FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO 
09/22/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Fisheries scientists often get called on to make assessments or predictions about the current or future state of fish populations. But short of a crystal ball, the most powerful tools...Full Story
Drought and salmon-egg injection
salmon spawning in Battle Creek, Tributary to Sacramento River, Anderson California, Mike Mogler
By Mike Mogler
09/20/14 -- I was drinking coffee at a local coffee shop in Shingletown. While talking with other patrons about the "goings and comings" in our neighborhood I noticed an article in the Redding Record Searchlight written by Damon Arthur... Full Story
Groundfish make a sustainable rebound
3 species of fish displayed in containers, FISHBIO, groundfish
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO 
09/15/14 -- Conscientious chefs, shoppers, and restaurant goers in search of sustainable seafood just got a heap of new options to choose from. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's highly regarded Seafood Watch program...  Full Story
ODFW seeks funding for unique species 09/15/14 -- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists with the Native Fish Investigations Program (NFIP) are trying something new in Oregon to support lesser known fish. Crowd-sourced funding...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
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, myoutdoorbuddy.com
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
Creating healthier wetlands, water & fish
Floating Island West used plastic bottle created bio friendly islands floating in small lake, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
08/15/14 -- Last month a post at Maven’s Notebook (mavensnotebook.com) caught my eye. It was about algae in Clear Lake. “A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency...Full Story
Predators on the chew
10 pound bull trout, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
07/26/14 --Targeting inland lake predators is challenging and sometimes sends you home with a vile, black-and-white kitty rather than a fish. But with arduous challenges come handsome rewards. “Go big or go home” is a...Full Story
The Myths and Realities of El Niño
Ocean Nino Index - ONI
By Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story
Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
By Frank Galusha
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...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
First Light
Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... 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
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & CafĂ© near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
DFW photo Harry Morse
01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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