Rainbow planters, 8-15 pounds, in South Lake near Bishop, Calif.
BISHOP CREEK AREA, CALIF:
Gary Olson of the Bishop Creek Resorts (760-873-4484) sent in this report:
Intake No. 2: Lots of fish coming out with nightcrawlers or rainbow Power Bait.
North Lake: Slowed down a little this week with anglers reporting having to work for limits but still getting them. Using white Trout Traps, Lemon Twist Power Bait or green-bodied Mosquito flies.
South Lake: Trolling is starting to pick up by the Rock Slide or in the middle, going pretty deep. Leadcore line with a 15-foot leader and a red dot/frog Needlefish lure has been bringing in tons of fish.
Cow Bells and trailing a threaded nightcrawler are catching nice limits.
Shore fishing is good with Trout Traps, Stingers or Power Bait.
Tim Alpers of Alpers Hatchery, near Mammoth, called and said that he will be stocking Alpers Trophy Rainbow Trout, this week, in the 8-15 pound range.
DF&G is stocking weekly with nice planters.
Weir Pond: Has been great with olive Matuka or red-head Woolly Bugger flies.
Bishop Creek: A 4-pound, 12-ounce rainbow on a Bird’s Nest, a 3-pound, 11-ounce rainbow on nightcrawlers and a 1-pound, 11-ounce rainbow for 5-year-old Dylan Bradford of Barstow, Calif.
BISHOP CREEK AREA, CALIF:
Sabrina Lake: Patti Apted of the Lake Sabrina Boat Landing (760-873-7425): Trolling Woolly Bugger flies, worms or red/gold lures is working.
Working the inlets with Power Bait, Salmon eggs or worms produced many a limit.
The lake is stocked on a regular basis by DF&G, who stocked on Friday, July 23rd with pan-size rainbows along with 25 trophy-size trout.
No word yet on the stocking permit from the DFG to be able to stock from Alper’s Hatchery but if all goes well, we should have Alpers trout this week..
The mosquitoes are starting to drop off – finally!
BLUE LAKES, CALIF. AREA:
Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930) said both lakes were pretty good over the weekend, but Lower Blue was better.
They are working on the spillway at Upper Blue.
Go prepared with repellent for mosquitoes, it is “Buggy!”
Meadow Lake (just past Twin Lake which is just past Lower Blue): Some fishermen got their limits of brookies using worms off the bottom.
BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR, CALIF: Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods Store (760-932-7707) said, “It has slowed down a little bit, but we had a 6.5 pounder and a 4.5 pounder caught in the last few days. They put in a whole bunch of Alpers rainbows last week.
BURNSIDE LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby said that Calif. F&G will not plant the lake this year. A young couple checked in and said that they caught some brookies and rainbows using small Kastmaster and Panther/Martin lures.
EAST CARSON RIVER AREA, CALIF: Brad Davis at the Carson River Resort (877-694-2229) reported the fishing has been doing real good and the fish got hit real hard, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Herb Bochatzer of Mantica, Calif. caught 5 fish on either Salmon eggs or a Panther/Martin lure. One of the fish was a 7.4 pound rainbow.
There have been some German browns planted and Kevin Huber of Salinas caught a 4 pounder on a nightcrawler.
Gwendolin Marks got a 4.4 pound rainbow on Salmon eggs.
WEST CARSON RIVER AREA, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported: It was pretty quiet this weekend. The water is low and clear which is challenging to the fishermen.
The fish that were caught were taken mostly on Salmon eggs with a few on worms.
Not a lot of limits.
CATNIP RESERVOIR IN NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY: Will open Sept. 1.
CONVICT LAKE, CALIF: Susie Greilich at Kittridge Sporting Goods Store in Mammoth at (760) 934-7566 said to troll with flashers and nightcrawlers.
CROWLEY LAKE, CALIF: Susie Greilich said the algae bloom is fading out. Hilton Bay is good.
Special regs. begin on Aug. 1: No bait, check the regs.
DAVIS LAKE, CALIF: Sara at the Grizzly Store and Resort (530-832-0270): Trolling is fair.
The shore fishing has been good since the Fourth of July at Mallard Cove with Power Bait or worms.
Trolling is fair. Best action is in front of Mallard Cove or in the main channel from boat ramp to island. Troll 15-25 feet deep with Needlefish lures.
Shore fishing is fair, best in a.m., slow in p.m. at Mallard Cove, Honker Cove or south of the boat ramp.
Water temp is 69-73 degrees at surface.
FEATHER RIVER AT OROVILLE, CALIF: Kirk Portocarrero reported 6,500 CFS is the water release on the Feather.
Fishing last week was slow but Sunday was good with 5 King Salmon by 10 a.m.
When caught, chrome king salmon are bright fish, 12-25 lbs., occasional 30 pounder.
Back-trolling Flatfish lures, green & gold, T-50’s.
Starting to catch a few on roe.
Fishing between Oroville and Gridley.
GREEN CREEK, CALIF: Jim Reid said that it is good for both Mosquitos and a mix of mostly brookies, some planted rainbows and a few browns.
HEENAN LAKE, CALIF: Will open Sept. 3.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR. CALIF: The algae is blooming, the fishing has slowed down, the water is getting warmer and the fish are deep.
Dave Kirby said a couple of fishermen caught some rainbows (nothing big) on Saturday night after the sun went down. They were fishing from float tubes with worms.
JUNE LAKE LOOP AREA, CALIF: Susie Greilich said
Grant Lake: Float tube the inlet with Woolly Bugger flies.
Gull Lake: Green Power Bait, nightcrawlers or Hornberg flies the best.
June Lake: A lot of cutthroat. Using flashers and nightcrawlers or Power Bait, 60′ deep.
Silver Lake: A lot of limits on Power Bait or worms.
Rush Creek: Nightcrawlers are catching some browns.
LAHONTAN RESERVOIR, NEV: Missy Swain at Burke’s Market at Silver Springs (775-577-2750): Fishing has not been too bad, it is OK.
There are lots of boaters and jet skis.
The lake level is going down due to irrigation in Fallon.
I would recommend to fish in the Narrows or at the Dam for Walleye.
A guy brought in a White Catfish that weighed 3.5 pounds. It was caught at Beach No. 6 with worms.
MAMMOTH LAKES AREA, CALIF: Susie Greilich said:
George Lake: A 4.75 pounder caught on Turbo Dough.
Mamie Lake: Use rainbow Power Bait or Thomas Buoyant lures.
Mary Lake: Power Worms or Power Bait.
Twin Lakes: Use Mosquito flies, Salmon eggs or Power Bait.
Mammoth Creek: 3-pound Alpers Trophy Rainbow Trout on Salmon eggs.
OWENS RIVER, CALIF: Susie Greilich said:
Upstream: Use Pheasant Tails or Copper Johns.
Downstream: No report.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Is closed to cutthroat trout fishing until Oct. 1.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, CALIF: Kirk Portocarrero of Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing, Redding, Calif. (800-670-4448) sent in this report:
Redding to Anderson: Water flow is 15,000 CFS.
Fishing for rainbow trout is still great with 15-30 fish days. Catching and releasing wild, trophy rainbows, up to 6 pounds. Using Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Caddis patterns and egg patterns.
Red Bluff: Fishing for King Salmon has been very slow. The fish are coming up, in low numbers now and not sticking around to be caught. Don’t despair, as this should pick up as more salmon make their way into the area. Watch for fishing to improve as the weeks pass. Aug. 1 will mark the opening of the Balls Ferry area, also known as the Barge Hole, below Anderson.
STAR LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported that a grandfather and his grandson hiked into the lake and spend two days there. They each caught and released more than 50 brook trout. The brookies are “stunted” with large heads and small bodies. The fishermen were using virtually everything with barbless hooks.
LAKE TAHOE – North Shore:
Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters (800-877-1462) said: “We’ve been catching our Mackinaw trout early in the morning and I’ve been tagging and releasing the smaller ones.
The fishing has been very consistent, but nothing super big.
I troll 250-550 feet deep in the deep-water area in front of Carnelian Bay and King’s Beach.
We are using silver, Herring Dodger flasher blades with live minnows or large Apex lures.”
Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters and Tahoe Trophy Trout at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552) said he is trolling with a short leader, Herring Dodger flasher blades and live minnows at 150-300 feet deep in the Dollar Point, Cal Neva Point and Tahoe City areas.
LAKE TAHOE – South Shore:
Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters and Tahoe Trophy Trout at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552) said he is trolling in the Camp Richardson and Baldwin Beach areas with a short leader, Herring Dodger flasher blades and live minnows at 160-280 feet deep.
LAKE TAHOE – East Shore:
Gene St. Denis said that Cave Rock Shelf has been producing mostly smaller Macks.
Jiggers are doing the best.
The Macks are running 1-3 pounds with nothing over 5 pounds.
TOPAZ LAKE: Chuck Fields of the Topaz Lake Marina (775-266-3550): Fishing is just dead. No one is catching any fish. About all we have out here are water skiers and jet skis. The lake level is still dropping. I figure that by the first of August, we’ll be out of action at the boat launch.
TWIN LAKES, CALIF. AREA:
Lower Twin: Carey at the Twin Lakes Resort (760-932-7751) reported:
The big fish award goes to 18-year-old Justin Willingham of Ramona, Calif.
He caught his first-ever brown and it was the biggest of the season, so far.
It weighed 11 pounds and was 28 inches long.
Justin was s trolling with his grandfather’s pole and Rapala lure.
Fishing is pretty good, everyone is catching fish. Most of them are in the 1 pound range.
Hot Shots, nightcrawlers, Thomas Buoyants and Sierra Gold are the best choices.
A 4-pound, 9-ounce rainbow on Sierra Gold, a 4-pound, 7-ounce rainbow on a Krocodile lure and a 3-pound, 11-ounce rainbow with a Hot Shot.
Upper Twin: Mono Village (760-932-7071) reported:
A 4-pound, 11-ounce rainbow on a Krocodile lure and a 4-pound, 6-ounce rainbow on an olive Woolly Bugger fly.
Robinson Creek: No report.
VIRGINIA LAKES, CALIF. AREA: Carolyn Webb at the Virginia Lakes Resort reported the warm weather has sent the fish deep into cooler water.
Inflated nightcrawlers or live grasshoppers have been the better way to go for brookies in the 12-15 inch range.
Kastmaster, Hot Shot, Super Duper and some Rapala lures have also done well.
East Walker (Calif.): Jim Reid said that the weeds have really grown, it is not red hot now and the water is warmer.
West Walker (Calif.): Jim Reid said it is still doing real well, with anglers using bait or small spinners or flies.
Little Walker (Calif.): Good for small rainbows and brookies on worms or Salmon eggs in the Willow Flat area.
WILDHORSE RESERVOIR NEV: Dennis Dunn at the Wild Horse Resort (775) 758-6472 said, “The weather is beautiful, right now.
We had about a 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday (Sunday).
The fishing is pretty good for browns, rainbows and catfish, especially at night.
They are doing real good on Channel Catfish in the 14-24 inch class, which are the best eating. They are catching them in the bays at night.
Fly fishing is good, right at daybreak and late in the evening with olive, green or brown Woolly Bugger flies.
They are still working on the highway and will be for the rest of the summer.”
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AREA, CALIF: Susie Greilich said:
Saddlebag Lake: Troll 5 colors of leadcore with Bubblegum or Frog Needlefish lures.
Lee Vining Creek: Use Salmon eggs or drift worms.