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Sierra Fishing Report -- Compiled by Sportsman’s Warehouse, Reno

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

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
Hat Creek fishing after Labor Day
marian, trout fishing Hat Creek, Shasta County
Article and photos by Mike Mogler
09/21/14 -- It was 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 a very late start for me to go fishing but I was determined to do so. My destination was Hat Creek specifically Old Station to fish a little and talk with other anglers fishing the... Full Story
Chetco and Rogue Bay picking up On the Water by Larry Ellis
09/21/14 -- Don’t give up on tuna just yet. Last week, Brookings anglers who towed their boats up to the ports of Bandon and Charleston hauled in limits or near limits of albacore in the 8- to 10-pound arena, what tuna aficionados...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
Fall-run salmon hit the ‘Gravel Bar’
Sacramento River steelhead landed by Christy Coleman. Photo by Neil Amundson
By Gary Heffley
09/19/14 -- What a difference a day makes. Salmon arrived this week with a vengeance at the “Gravel Bar” on the Sacramento River in great number. In the first four hours Wednesday morning 32 salmon were landed by anglers...Full Story
Battle Creek Restoration Program continues 09/19/14 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has scheduled a public meeting to gather comments on a draft license amendment application for its Battle Creek hydroelectric system. The public meeting will...Full Story
Trinity water influx to hold off disease
 Riley Schnieder of Eureka with Mike Coopman holding large salmon
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest 
09/17/14 -- Though nothing is official, it sure looks like the number of adult salmon returning to the Klamath River should easily exceed the preseason predictions. How high the returns will go is anyone’s guess...Full Story
Emergency water released to Trinity River By E.B. Duggan
09/16/14 -- In response to the discovery of a parasite infection (Ich) in Chinook salmon in the Lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation began today to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir. On Monday...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
Mendocino ab poacher goes to prison 09/12/14 -- A previously convicted abalone poacher is facing a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to new poaching charges. Dung Van Nguyen, 41, of Sacramento was charged with poaching abalone... Full Story
Triton owners coming to Clear Lake By Kathy Priester
09/11/14 -- After a short summer lull, some bigger bass tournaments are about to descend upon Clear Lake, again. Pre-registration is currently open for the 8th-Annual Triton Owners Tournament West. If you or someone...Full Story
Rollin on the River!
steamship casino boat by Martin
By Vince Harris
09/11/14 -- The Final event of the Future Pro Tour "Delta Swing" series is fast approaching. “Crunch Time” is officially here, and you can best believe that Future Pro Tour anglers are preparing in earnest for the final...Full Story
Sacramento River double header
Sitting in boat on Sacramento River, Shane Anderson of Fair Oaks with typical Sacramento River rainbow trout. Sundial Bridge in background, photo by Jeff Goodwin
Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin
09/07/14 -- Early last week, I received a call from a couple of guys who had a few days left at the tail end of their vacation, and they wanted to go fishing. They would be coming from the bay area and chose to fish the Sacramento...Full Story
Slam’n Salmon Ocean Derby draws 500+
picture of man holding large $6,000 check to Chadwick Poole of Crescent City, Lorissa Soriano
Article and photos by Lorissa Soriano
09/05/14 -- Hundreds of fishermen/women from all over the State of Oregon and beyond flocked to the Port of Brookings Harbor in Curry County, Oregon, this past Labor Day weekend to participate in the 2014 Slam’n Salmon...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
Trout Angler’s Challenge set for Collins
Fish Sniffer, Vince Harris
By Vince Harris
09/03/14 -- It's September everyone, and that means that we are just about a month away from the biggest trout championship event in the west - the 2014 Norcal Trout Angler's Challenge - Tournament of Champions...Full Story
GGSA: Sac River too warm for spawning 09/03/14 -- The Golden Gate Salmon Association and a coalition of salmon stakeholders are calling on state and federal fish agencies to save this year’s fall-run salmon from deadly effects of drought. Joining GGSA...Full Story
Fish-rights groups seek ban on tagging
A well organized group of people marching, Frank Galusha
Article and photos by Frank Galusha
09/01/14 -- Two groups representing the rights of fish are seeking a ban on the use of fin-clipping, embedding nose chips and several other fish marking and tagging practices. The groups say these cruel methods are causing...Full Story
Dunsmuir plants Upper Sac with $100 fish By Phil “Flip” Akers
08/30/14 -- For the fourth consecutive year the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Dunsmuir Big Fish Program on the Upper Sacramento River. This year, in addition to normal DFW trout plants...Full Story
Klamath River to get more cold water 08/29/14 -- Cold water is now flowing down the Trinity River in an attempt to stave off a potential salmon die-off the Lower Klamath where the water is too warm, according to Steve Cannata, Environmental Scientist... Full Story
Winners and Losers in Warm, Dry Times
close up of fingers holding up a very small fish by the dorsal fin, Erin Loury, FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
08/26/14 -- This third, continuous dry year in California highlights that droughts are not only stressful for people, they are also concerning for fish and wildlife - at least, for the native species. However, one group poised...Full Story
FPT season finale at Oroville to re-locate By Vince Harris, Future Pro Tour 
08/23/14 -- We have been notified by the water agencies at Lake Oroville, that all ramps will be closed on Aug 20th due to rapidly falling water levels. Therefore, the FPT tournament competition committee has decided...Full Story
PFMC announces 2015 harvest levels By Tom Marking
08/22/14 -- Back in March we got our hopes up that we would see an increase in time on the water for all the CA coastline. We all got excited and sent in letters of the proposed three options as presented at the April Council...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
​Mackerel for dinner…but where?
A load of Mackerel, photo by Frank Galusha for myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Frank Galusha
08/18/14 -- Most ocean anglers have caught greenback mackerel using all types of gear. Normally these fish can be found near the surface so it is best have your presentation near the top. When the mackerel...  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
Future Pro Tour aims at Delta
Colton Boykin holds large bass, Future Pro Tours
By Vince Harris 
08/10/14 -- Rollin on the River with the Future Pro Tour, the final event of the FPT’s “Delta Swing" series is fast approaching. It’s “Crunch Time” and you can best believe all Future Pro Tour anglers are preparing in earnest... Full Story
Is a Floating Island in your future?
Is a Floating Island in your future?, myoutdoorbuddy.com, frank galusha, outdoor news, microbes, ponds, water quality, algae, sustainability, filtration, filters, pond filters, wetlands habitat, bait fish, pathogens, New Zealand, Singapore, Lake Rotorua, Biofilm Engineering, Montana State, bio-mimicking
By Frank Galusha
08/06/14 --- Most anglers are acutely aware of what can happen to their favorite relatively shallow lake or private fishing pond as spring turns to summer and the water warms. The quality of the water declines rapidly and that... Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
08/02/14 -- 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
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
Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup
Trinidad Harbor, Tom Marking, Eureka-Trinidad Summer Fishing roundup
By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...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
Saving Yelloweyes
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus). Photo by Retired Fish and Game Warden Larry Bruckenstein
By Steven T. Callan
04/24/14 -- Imagine you’re fishing somewhere off the California coast and you hook into a big one. You finally hoist the monster to the deck and discover it’s nearly three feet long, brilliant red-orange in color, with bright yellow... 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 & Café 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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