Catching 3-pound rainbows at Eagle Lake, Calif.
November 26, 2008
BLUE LAKES AREA, CALIF: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930): The road is open and you can still drive to the lakes.
CAPLES LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby reported there are a few fishermen. One fisherman caught a nice 16-inch Mackinaw trout from shore with a worm.
DAVIS LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Lake producing well despite yo-yoing weather changes. Troll Fire Tiger Needlefish at 8 feet deep, north of Honker. Fly fishermen getting action north of Jenkins, but expect to change patterns often to find out what the ‘bows want.
EAGLE LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): The season’s winding down and will close on Dec. 31, but 3 and almost 4-pound trout continue to be taken. Those choosing to launch their boat can but call ahead to see which ramps are open. Shoreline anglers have been doing very well fishing off Rocky Point at the entrance to Bucks Bay. Toss out a nightcrawlers under a bobber or float a ‘crawler off the bottom. Many anglers have also been catching fish tossing out small jigs under a bobber and retrieving them slowly towards shore.
FEATHER RIVER, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Steelheading was fair, with fly fishers doing better than guys throwing bait. Most of the action was on Nymphs which imitate the Mayfly hatches, like a small beadhead flashback Pheasant Tail, or dark brown and black Rubberlegs with a small Nymph trailer. Drifted nightcrawlers and king mealworms were also producing a few adults to about 6 pounds and half-pounders.
FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Wiggin’s Trading Post at Chilcoot, Calif. (530-993-4683): Shore fishing has been very good at Lunkers Point and at the Frenchman Boat Launch. Fishermen have reported 1-2 pound rainbow trout and catching their limits. They are using nightcrawlers or rainbow glitter Power Bait and floating it off the bottom.
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FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Lake is down, but shore fishing continues to produce for most anglers. Both Lunker and Turkey Points have been the fishing spot for much of the action. Try nightcrawlers or Chartreuse Power Bait. Docks are out of the water now, but Frenchman Campground is still open for dry camping.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR, CALIF: Dave Kirby of the Woodfords Station (530-694-2930): It was planted last Friday with 800 pounds of catchables (palnters) and trophy-sized fish (8-9-10 pounds). Not a lot of limits being caught but everyone got 1-2 fish. The South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District is installing a new device to oxygenate the lake.
OROVILLE LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): Launching is still 4-wheel drive only, “launch-at-your-own-risk”, at the Spillway. Bass anglers getting out are doing well on drop-shot worms, jigs and tubes from 15 to 45 feet on main lake points with little water in the forks. McCabe’s Cove in the South Fork is completely dry. No word on coho or catfish but they should be biting, just not enough fishermen getting out with the launching situation.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Valerie at Crosby’s Lodge at (775) 476-0400: The biggest fish of the week was 9-pound, 8-ounces (28.5 inches) caught by John Bgordahl at Blockhouse with a TOR-P-DO lure. The next biggest was 6-pound, 9-ounces.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: George and Carla Molino and Karen of the Pyramid Lake Store at (775) 476-0555: The weather has been good and the fishing has been good, however the weather is supposed to change starting tomorrow (Tuesday). We have about a dozen fish on our board from 5 pounds to 11 pounds. They were caught by shore fishermen and boaters. The fly guys have been turning back the fish they catch. An 11-pound, 5-ounce cutthroat caught by Billy Melms of Reno with a lure from shore. An 8-pound, 2-ounce caught by Chad Forester of Sparks while trolling.
PYRAMID LAKE, NEV: Jim Hartfiel of Just Rite Fishing at Pyramid Lake at (775) 575-7850 (home) or (775) 813-3411 (Cell): Fishing picked up very well on the south end from Popcorn to Block House. A couple of boats reported more than 25 fish caught and released. They were trolling 28-30 feet deep in 80 feet of water with Apex and Flatfish lures.
RED LAKE, CALIF: Dave Kirby: Getting action from shore with worms with some limits of brookies. Sunday, a man and his son got a limit of trout, but nothing big.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): The Upper Sac is fishing fair. There are still a few October Caddis hatching in the afternoons and evenings, but not a lot of fish rising too them. The most productive methods for catching fish have been drifting big rubber leg Stones, Copper Johns, and PT’s under indicators in the deeper pools and runs. The best fishing has been from late morning into early evening, when the temperatures are a little warmer and the fish more active.
SHASTA LAKE, CALIF: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500): The McCloud Arm had a red hot trout bite with limits of fat fish from 15 to 20 inches being taken on Fire Tiger Cripplures and a few on Flee-Bittys.
LAKE TAHOE – North Shore: Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (530-544-6552): Same as last week: The weather is drop dead beautiful. It’s the best I’ve ever seen for this time of the year. Fishing has been slow to good. I’ve been fishing at Dollar Point, Cal-Neva Point an d Sugar Pine Point. Trolling 100–200 feet deep with large Dodger blades and minnows. Catching Macks 1-9 pounds.
LAKE TAHOE ” South Shore: Gene St. Denis: Same as last week: I’ve been fishing at the Ski Run Shelf. Trolling 100–200 feet deep with large Dodger blades and minnows. Catching Macks 1-9 pounds.
LAKE TAHOE ” East Shore: Gene St. Denis: Same as last week: Shore fishing at Cave Rock Landing is dead to slow. The Landing now has a locked gate, which is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., every day until May 1. When the gate is open, there is an inspector who inspects you boat to make sure that no mussels or snails are going into the lake. The boat launch at Sand Harbor is open only to car top boats, canoes and kayaks due to the low water level.