BLUE LAKES AREA, CALIF: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930): First decent weather weekend in quite a while and it was nice.
DAVIS LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Lake picked up something like another couple feet of snow from storms over the weekend, making the hike in from the east-side road a bit more of a struggle.
Anglers who have fished the ice report a fair amount of success. Jerry Dollard at Dollard's Sierra Market in Portola said the 6 Dillard brothers caught 14 rainbows fishing water 9 feet deep with worms and Power Bait. Other anglers have averaged 2 or 3 fish per day. All fish have been in the half-pound range.
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Wiggin's Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif. (530-993-4683): There is not much encouraging information to report on the conditions this past week. Open water is slowly appearing along the shoreline at the dam, but there is not enough to fish from. The ice is softening and ice fishing is no longer considered safe.
The road around the lake remains covered with snow.
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Fishing has been slow this past week. The ice is beginning to soften and crack in several places, but there is no open water visible yet. Ice fishing is not recommended at this time.
The ice at the dam is no longer safe and the road around the lake is not yet accessible.
FT. CHURCHILL COOLING PONDS (on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area): Elmer Bull of Yerington reported the bass fishing is doing pretty well as is the catfishing.
HINKSON SLOUGH, NEV: Elmer Bull reported that fishing is picking up for the bass. A shore fisherman caught some bass, up to 4 pounds, with a plastic worm.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR, CALIF: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930) reported The reservoir is now free of ice, and both the paved road and the dirt road are now open. The reservoir was planted with 1,000 pounds of fish on Wednesday and there were quite a few fishermen over the weekend.
Not a lot of limits, but they caught some nice fish including a 5-pounder. The fishermen were using mostly worms and Power Bait. Sunday was nice.
MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, NEV: Elmer Bull reported the bass fishing is picking up at Bass Pond. There were a couple of "Keepers" caught with a broken back Rapala lure.
OROVILLE LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Coho fishing is still wide open. Shore anglers are using Power Bait and live minnows. Boaters are trolling small spoons and Rapalas or mooching with Anchovy tails and minnows.
Some of the fish are running 14-16 inches.
Bass fishermen are working worms, jigs, spoons, and tubes down 25 to 30 feet for the majority of the bass. There are some pre-spawn fish in the shallows responding to crankbaits, depending on the temp.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Valerie at Crosby's Lodge at (775) 476-0400: Fishing has slowed down a little but they are still catching a lot in the slot limit, both from shore and boats. The biggest fish of the week was 12-pounds, 9-ounces. It was caught by Stephen Piscotty of Pleasanton, Calif. at Pelican Point with a green spoon.
We also had two 11-pounders, two 10-pounders and a 6-pounder turned in.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: George and Carla Molino of the Pyramid Lake Store at (775) 476-0555: Good weather and good fishing. A lot of fish being caught from shore and boats.
George (Cutthroat Charters) has been doing really good.
They have been catching and releasing 20-25 fish per trip, with some 7-8 pounders being turned loose. The customers are happy.
The fly fishermen have moved to Pelican and Wino Beach and we are selling a lot of "Woolies" and Beetles.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Chris and Jeri Grellman of Sparks of Hog Charters (358-5199): Went out in the new fishing boat. Chris and Jim Hartfiel did "pretty fair": They caught and released 20 fish in 4 hours.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Jim Hartfiel of Just Rite Fishing at Pyramid Lake at (775) 575-7850 (home) or (775) 813-3411 (Cell): I was out with Chris in his new boat yesterday (Sunday). We did our best on frog-pattern or white/red nose Apex lures. We trolled 30-37 feet deep in 60 feet of water.
The fly fishermen were doing well at Pelican Beach with Woolly Bugger flies. Quite a few 9-10 pounders were caught by both shore and boat fishermen. The water temp was 47 degrees.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Trout fishing continued to be excellent, and the Caddis hatch is beginning, so just about any small Caddis-imitating Nymph fished under an indicator has been good. Some bigger Stonefly Nymphs have been effective, too.
Waders have been having their best opportunity in years to catch the Sac's big rainbows because of the low water flows.
SHASTA LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Same as last week: Check out the Backbone Arm for salmon with Sling Blades and Matrix Paddle Tails or Koke-A-Nuts in 24-75 feet of water. For trout, head back to the Holiday Harbor area or try Squaw Creek, with Cripplures and Hum Dingers in brass reds or orange patterns from the surface down to 30 feet.
The bass action held steady on ripbait fish or just off the bottom.
LAKE TAHOE - North Shore: Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552): We are catching limits or close to limits on every trip. We have been trolling 60-220 feet deep. We locate the fish on the fish finder and then troll Dodgers and a live minnow in a "Figure Eight" pattern, bouncing the bottom. I've been fishing at Cal Neva and Dollar Points.
TOPAZ LAKE: Chuck and Linda Fields at the Topaz Lake Marina (775-266-3550): We have one boat out on the lake today (Tuesday) and it is breezy. We saw some nice fish (1-1.5 pounds) over the weekend, all from boats.
They have been trolling Rapalas, Needlefish and flashers with nightcrawlers.
One boat caught 8 fish in one hour on the east side with Needlefish lures.
WILDHORSE RESERVOIR, NEV: Dennis Dunn at the Wild Horse Resort (775) 758-6472: We have 2 feet of ice on the reservoir and 2 feet of snow.
on the ground and it is raining (Tuesday).