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Butte County area fishing reports

MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Chuck Giles, Paradise Lake, fishing, Kids day, Butte County

By Chuck Giles
05/23/13 -- Memorial Day is fast approaching. Many of you will be spending the time fishing on your favorite waters. I have decided to compile a list of some possible angling destinations in and around the Butte County area.

My time spent at Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) in Paradise affords me the pleasure of talking with a ton of outdoors people during the week. Many are very good fishermen and I am grateful they provide me with current reports on local waters.

Lake Oroville
This lake, this time of year, offers phenomenal bass fishing and anglers report having days where 30-50 fish are boated.

If you are an early riser and can get on the water before the sun has a chance to brighten up the lake, throw top water offerings. Zara Spooks, Pop Rs and even frogs. You need not focus on the shoreline with these baits. Even open water can produce a surprise taker.

As the day progresses, locate mud lines and toss spinner baits parallel to the shoreline. Lucky Craft pointers or shallow diving Rapalas can be irresistible to a bass as well in murky water.

MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Chuck Giles, Lake Oroville, fishing, outdoor recreation, Butte County
Choice spot for bass on Lake Oroville, photo by author.

As usual, Senkos, either wacky-rigged or dart-headed, can be deadly all over the lake. Seek out rock walls, bridge pilings and points with cover and structure. Remember, when fishing with Senkos just a small twitch of the rod is sufficient to entice a spotted bass to investigate. Keep an eye on your line as it is sinking and watch for any little twitch or change of direction; that is a fish, set the hook!

I finally received some credible reports on the coho fishing at Lake Oroville this week. Several trollers have bagged some very nice, fat salmon down at the 30 foot depth. Use a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade trailed with a threaded night crawler or white hootchie. The North Fork and between the dam and the green bridge at the south end have produced well.

Philbrook Lake
This mountain impoundment is a jewel requiring somewhat of a drive, but well worth the fishing and the scenery. Philbrook was recently planted; however, there are some year-round brown and rainbow trout that are going after PowerBait and night crawlers with a vengeance. Boats of all sizes are allowed here as well, so you don’t have to stay on shore. All the snow has poured off into the mountain creeks and streams, so it is possible to access the lake in a two wheel drive vehicle.

Philbrook is located above the mountain community of Innskip. Just follow the Skyway through Paradise, Magalia, Stirling City and Innskip. When you reach the fork on the paved road, bear right and follow the signs. You do have a short stretch of unpaved highway to negotiate, but it has been recently graded.

MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Chuck Giles, Paradise Lake, fishing, Kids day, Butte County
A common scene at Paradise Lake. Photo by author.

Paradise Lake
Just prior to the Kid’s Fishing Day in April, Paradise Lake was stocked with some trophy rainbows and Eagle Lake hybrids. Since the official opening a few weeks back, and an additional plant, there has been steady action from both the shore and boats.

Shore anglers thread on night crawlers with a floating marshmallow held on the bottom with a quarter ounce sliding sinker. Rainbow PowerBait is a perennial favorite here also. Use a small treble hook to really hold the doughy concoction securely.

Kastmasters are on the list of fish catchers here and can be fished from both shore and trolled slowly behind your boat. Combination blue and silver along with all gold seem to be the best options.

Remember there are no gas-powered vessels permitted on Paradise Lake, so all you kayakers and canoe aficionados can have a ball here.

After a drive through Paradise on The Skyway, take a right on Coutelenc Road and follow the signs.

DeSabla Reservoir
This small PG&E owned body of water is located right along The Skyway just outside of Magalia. Just recently and regularly planted, DeSabla provides some outstanding trout fishing for the shore angler. Most use PowerBait, but many are convinced a live cricket does better to tempt the rainbows found here. The bonus brown trout occasionally ends up on a stringer, or released to fight again by the fly anglers in their float tubes.

Deer Creek
I am speaking of the Deer Creek area along Highway 32 between Chico and Chester. There are a few restrictions along this waterway, but above the falls, it is open and reports of quick limits of rainbows to 14 inches have been reported.

A single salmon egg on a gold hook drifted down stream has been working very well. This bite did seem to diminish after 11:00 a.m.

Sacramento River
The striped bass run, at least for the bigger fish, has never really materialized so far this spring. That does not mean, however, that “schoolie-sized” stripers are not available to those drifting live jumbo minnows below Colusa.

Fluctuating water levels due to irrigation allotments have caused some issues recently, but seems to have improved, depending if you are a rice farmer or angler.

Several FFF customers have come in to purchase shad darts telling tales that the little rocket ships have arrived on the river in the Chico area. Every angler should have the pleasure of experiencing the fight these fish provide on ultra-light tackle. Find some riffles in the river, anchor well above them, throw your baits out and hang on. The drag setting on your reel will be tested a few times before you can net these fish.

As you can see, fishing is good pretty much everywhere in our area. Get out and wet a line, take a kid and sometime during the holiday, remind yourself of the real meaning of the holiday.

For other destinations in this area, check out the Butte County Page in MyOutdoorBuddy. You will undoubtedly find an interesting way to spend a day or two.


Fishing Reports

Wild steelhead on the Sacramento River
Keith Kerrigan submitted this photo of Mike Ruth holding a beautiful Sacramento River Steelhead caught and released near the Barge Hole on September 12. Photo by author
By Keith Kerrigan
09/29/14 -- I am the one who uploaded the picture of Mike Ruth with that nice native steelhead (see ‘Steelhead on the Sacramento River” under the Share Your Photo button). I am like a second Dad to Mike...Full Story
Chetco bubble season opens Wednesday
Larry Ellis, On the Water, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
On the Water, by Larry Ellis
09/28/14 -- The countdown has begun. Salmon anglers aching to troll an anchovy in the ocean outside the Port of Brookings will have one last chance to hook a Chinook this coming Wednesday when the Chetco Ocean...Full Story
Rain slows Sac River salmon fishing
Rain slows Sacramento River salmon fishing, Dave Jacobs, In-River Fishing News, Walt Ferguson
In-River Fishing News article and photo by Dave Jacobs
09/28/14 -- With the arrival of much needed rain to Northern California, the Sacramento River salmon fishing has slowed with many older salmon moving up the river and even up into Battle Creek. The fast and furious fishing at...Full Story
Mt. Shasta glacier break affecting McCloud By Gary Heffley
09/26/14 -- News agencies have reported a portion of a glacier on Mt Shasta has broken loose causing mud and debris flows along with melting water to flow down into the Ash, Pilgrim and Mud Creek drainages...Full Story
Input sought on red abalone fishery
Red abalone, University of California, Santa Cruz
09/25/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is inviting the public to attend a series of workshops kicking off the Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan development process. CDFW specifically seeks...Full Story
How to fish the lobster opener?
California Spiny Lobster, Derek Stein
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
09/25/14 -- Question: I know that lobster season opens at 12:00:01 Sept. 27, 2014. If the hoop wet time is a maximum two hours, can I drop my hoops at 10:15 p.m. Sept. 26, 2014 and pull them after midnight? (George G).... Full Story
Trinity salmon best bet for weekend
Marc Schmidt of Coastline Charters, two of the 24 albacore tuna fishing, Eureka.
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
09/24/14 -- If I were a betting man, I’d probably lay down a few bucks on the Trinity River being the salmon hotspot this weekend as all signs point towards this coastal gem busting wide-open. The second water release of the...Full Story
Manteca outdoor tackle swap is Oct. 4 By Vince Harris
09/24/14 -- Saturday, October 4th marks the Outdoorsman's Expo at Cabral Jeep in Manteca. The event is an all-day affair starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m..In addition to all of the great seminars, free BBQ,..Full Story
Bass along weed lines at Lake Berryessa
small bass
Article and photo by Sid Silberberg
09/24/14 -- What a difference a week makes! Two weeks ago on a Saturday I was at the vineyards with Judge and Marcus fishing by the stumps with bass jumping all around us. This past Saturday we went back...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
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
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
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
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
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
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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