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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

Kokanee fishing derby at Whiskeytown
Photo courtesy of AC Guide Service. Kathy cox holds up a stringer of Kokanee salmon
By Jeff Goodwin
05/26/16 -- On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 Kokanee Power will be holding a Kokanee fishing derby on Whiskeytown Lake. This is a first time Kokanee fishing tournament on Whiskeytown Lake and is stirring a lot of interest...Full Story
CDFW seeks water conservation methods 05/26/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in collaboration with the Santa Cruz and San Mateo Resource Conservation Districts and the State Water Resources Control Board, will hold two public...  Full Story
State offers $200,000 in Habitat Grants
Habitate enhancement, photo courtesy of CDFW
05/25/16 -- California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is accepting grant proposals for projects that enhance wildlife habitat and environmental restoration. The funds come from OSPR’s Environmental Enhance... Full Story
​Lake Britton Crappie active By Gary Heffley
5/24/16 -- There are numerous reports of solid Crappie fishing at Lake Britton located just northeast of Burney. The beautiful lake located on the Pit River and joined by waters from Hat Creek is well known as a surprisingly good...  Full Story
Trout excitement at Collins Lake
man holding fish on Collins Lake
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
05/23/16 -- Funniest story this week by: Jeremy Stovall from Lincoln–who was fishing off the beach with a lure and hooked a trout which was being chased by a catfish who ate the trout! You guessed it, he brought in a trout and a catfish...Full Story
OR KMZ salmon season opens in one week
Man holding lingcod and halibut, photo by Larry Ellis
Written by Larry Ellis, Fishing Columnist 
05/21/16 -- The Oregon all-salmon-except-coho season will open exactly one week from today, Saturday, May 28 for ocean salmon anglers fishing in the Oregon Klamath Management Zone (KMZ). The Oregon KMZ in...Full Story
CDFW lifts Dungeness crab restrictions
Crabs in bin, courtesy of CDFW
05/20/16 -- The last remaining stretch of coast is open to the recreational fishery today and will open to the commercial fishery on May 26, after a seven day notice period. Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife...Full Story
Whiskeytown/Keswick fishing boom!
Jeff Goodwin with trout, by Jeff Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
05/19/16 -- The winter of 2016 has provided a re-birth of sorts to the lakes and reservoirs in NorCal, and especially to those bodies of water here in Shasta County. Whiskeytown Lake and Keswick Reservoir, among others, are teeming with...Full Story
Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 04/27/16 -- California’s recreational Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fishery season will open May 1. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 29,640 pounds. The open season dates...Full Story
Recreational Salmon Seasons Set
Boy with fish, photo courtesy of CDFW
04/27/16 -- The California Fish and Game Commission adopted recreational ocean and inland salmon season regulations as presented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on April 18. Ocean salmon season...Full Story
CDFW: Dungeness, Rock Crab schedule
Crab in pot, photo courtesy of CDFW
 04/23/16 -- Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72′ N Latitude at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor entrance) to...Full Story
Tagged Empire Lakes trout worth reporting
This tagged rainbow trout will be released into Empire Lakes, helping biologists understand harvest data. ODFW photo.
04/20/16 -- Empire Lakes anglers have a chance of taking home a $50 VISA gift card if they land a specially tagged rainbow trout. Empire Lakes is a popular coastal rainbow trout fishery, and ODFW biologists need anglers...Full Story
Nor Cal Kokanee Power Tournaments set By Gary Heffley
02/18/16 -- Dates for the popular series of Kokanee Power's Trout and Salmon Tournaments are set for 2016 with three of the events taking place in Northern California. Kokanee Power is one of the top organizations promoting not only the...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
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
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
Finding Fish from Discarded DNA
Bluegill, photo by FISHBIO
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
Commercial fishing boats dragging their fishing nets, CADFW
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
 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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