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.
Pacific herring coming soon
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
02/06/16 -- Be on the lookout for Pacific herring. The lingcod-killing baitfish are expected to make their annual pilgrimage to Crescent City Harbor sometime this month, and if Mother Nature has anything to say about it, they will be ...Full Story
Green rivers on the horizon
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
02/04/16 -- It finally looks like steelhead-green rivers will be found somewhere other than the Smith and Chetco. After a very wet January, we’ll see a break from the rain beginning this weekend that may stick around for up to... Full Story
Abalone Advisory Comm seeks nominees
02/04/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is requesting nominations to fill two vacant representative positions on the Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee (RAAC). The purpose of the RAAC is... Full Story
Dwindling smelt numbers mount up
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
02/03/16 -- The good news is we were wrong last summer. The Threatened Delta smelt isn't extinct, or at least it wasn't in mid-January when the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found some in the western Sacramento...Full Story
Lake Orovilleâ€¦I can feel it
By Chuck Giles
02/02/16 -- I can feel it. If you are an angler, you feel it. We actually may be heading toward a “normal” fishing season. Rainfall is cooperating, and more importantly, the snow is cooperating. It just feels good, doesn’t it...Full Story
GGSA reacts to dismal salmon numbers
02/02/16 --Below are quotes from Golden Gate Salmon Association executive director John McManus reacting to an announcement from the National Marine Fisheries Service today that only three percent of the winter run salmon...Full Story
Shasta Lake bass bite remains steady
By Jeff Goodwin
02/01/16 -- Winter weather continues to soak the north state, and Shasta Lake continues to be on the rise. As of January 28th, the lake level stands at 96.5' feet below full pool. Since it is still relatively early in the winter season...Full Story
Funds available for CV fish restoration
02/01/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be expanding its Fisheries Restoration Grants Program into the Central Valley in 2016 to support the recovery of the Central Valley’s winter-run and spring...Full Story
Trinity River Fishing Report
By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
02/01/16 -- And the rains keep coming, Januarys rainfall was over 12 inches. When you combine December and Januarys rainfall together it amounts to almost twice the normal rainfall for this time of year. December and January... Full Story
Columbia spring Chinook seasons set
01/29/16 -- Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing in Vancouver, Wash.
The recreational springer season on the Columbia...Full Story
Storms likely to blow out Smith, Chetco
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
01/28/16 -- Mother Nature provided just enough time in between big storms to drop the Smith and Chetco rivers back into pristine shape. The break, however, was short-lived. Another wet storm is on the way, which is forecasted to... Full Story
To Migrate or Not to Migrate?
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
01/26/16 -- The fish species Oncorhynchus mykiss possesses the ability to express two different life histories (migrating to the ocean or remaining in freshwater), making it one of the most interesting yet difficult species of fish to manage...Full Story
Twin Tunnels project legislation
01/26/16 -- Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman announced today that she is introducing legislation to block the Governor’s controversial Twin Tunnels project unless it is approved by the voters of California on a statewide...Full Story
Lake Oroville 2016: Rain and youth prevail
By Jason Haley
01/24/16 -- The first leg of the 2016 California Tournament Trail (CTT) pro-am circuit wrapped up January 16-17 at Lake Oroville. After four years of drought, we’re finally having a real winter trying to fill the lake all at once. As the newly...Full Story
2016 sport fishing licenses now online
01/07/16 -- January is the perfect month to purchase a 2016 sport fishing license. Purchasing a license now allows anglers to take advantage of a full year of access to great fishing found up and down the state. In addition, sport fishing...Full Story
â€‹â€˜Get Paid for Fishingâ€™ at Topaz Lake
By Mike Mogler
12/27/15 -- Topaz Lodge and Casino will launch its annual “Get Paid for Fishing” trout derby January 1 at beautiful Topaz Lake, which is located on the California/Nevada border 75 miles south of Reno. Anglers will be competing...Full Story
Trout of historic rugged wildness
12/13/15 -- Northwestern Yosemite is rarely visited in contrast to the
nearly four million people who enter the park each year. And, of all
these visitors, only a fraction of one percent, are anglers who venture
off the beaten path... Full Story
PFMC looks at salmon management requests
11/30/15 -- The PFMC had a few
proposals brought to them in the November meeting that should be of
interest to us in the Klamath Management Zone Area (KMZ). The first
request is from the Salmon Commercial Sector and the second... Full Story
Groundfish â€“ A look forward to 2016
11/26/15 -- The 2015 season has
come to a close and now begins the task of constructing the groundfish
regulations not only for 2016, but for the 2017/18 next biennial spex
process. The 2016 season should be essentially the same... Full Story
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
Recreational Spiny Lobster season opens
10/02/15 -- Thousands of lobster fishermen are eagerly awaiting the
start of the sport season for California’s spiny lobster, which opens
Saturday, Oct. 3 and continues through March 16, 2016.There is currently a strong El NiÃ±o event occurring... Full Story
Letâ€™s check out the Upper Sac
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
Finding Fish from Discarded DNA
By Erin Loury
06/22/15 -- To round out our series on environmental
DNA (eDNA), in which we've described the basic concepts of this
technique* in aquatic research, as well as its challenges and
limitations**, here we highlight... 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
Agencies halt commercial sardine fishing
04/30/15 -- All large-volume commercial sardine fishing in state and
federal waters off California has been prohibited as of Tuesday, April
28, 2015. The closing will remain in effect until at least July 2016.
“This may be an end of... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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