05/17/22

Summer weather sneaking is upon us. Fortunately we received some late spring rains and sierra snow that should extend the runoff and help top off some of the reservoir. Black bass are in their spawn post spawn activity at local lakes. Water temperatures are on the rise, turning on   the bite for trout and landlock salmon. Get out and enjoy the water now while as ramps are in the water.

FOLSOM LAKE: King and Trout action has picked up the last few weeks with kings up to 8lbs coming in. Schools of pond smelt are being reported in the main body and off points in the river arms. Kings and rainbows are being caught trolling speedy shiner at the dam and up the north fork. Dodgers and pearl hoochies tipped with a chunk of anchovy and rolled anchovy fillets are working as well. Bass action is heating up as Folsom fish are protecting beds and feeding after the spawn.

OROVILLE LAKE:  Bass fishermen continue to do well on spots with 30 fish days common. There are sparse reports of Kings being caught on the slow troll of dodger/hoochie combos. Most ramps are open for launching.

ENGLEBRIGHT: The planting has started and the fishing is good at Englebright. Dodger worm combos and long line rapalas working well early and late. The water quality is good and fishing for hold over rainbows is a good option. Some Kokanee are being caught as well. Kokanee that make their way down from Bullards Bar do very well in Englebright

DELTA: Striped Bass fishing has picked up with trollers getting multiple hook ups on deep diving yo-zuri crystal minnows. Fishing either side of the high/low the tide is critical to your success. The bait bite has been consistent with shad and sardines. Sturgeon Fishing continues to be good with many boats reporting multiple fish days..

SACRAMENTO METRO: Stripers fishing has slowed from Tisdale down to Verona as low flows and high water temps have resulted in a quick spawn. Power drifting live minnows and cut bait have been the best presentations.

PYRAMID LAKE: As the end of the season approaches the south end of the lake continues to be the most productive. Fishing has slowed and the number of fish taken has come down but the quality remains high. Many fish over 10 pounds and fish over 15 pounds are not uncommon.

COLLINS LAKE: The lake continues to be  planted with trophy rainbows and the fishing has been good. Trolling continues to be productive as the water quality improves. Bank anglers soaking powerbait are doing as well also. Bass and Crappie bite is on the upswing if warm water species are to your liking.

BULLARDS BAR: Dark Day and the ramp at the dam are open. Kokanee are being caught at 30 to 45 feet on the wire. Mill Creek and Willow Creek areas are producing along with School House and Garden Point. Simple presentations of pink and orange dodger/hoochie or spinner combos is doing the trick. Limits are the rule for those who find the fish.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY: The bay has been producing good numbers of keeper halibut. As live bait is not currently available in the bay, trolling frozen herring behind a flasher has been the ticket. South bay near oyster point and well and the Oakland airport are the places to give it a go.

HELLHOLE: Great fishing for browns and mackinaw has been the rule. With access reopening after the late snows, the fishing has been outstanding. Roads from Foresthill and Georgetown are open and passable.

FRENCH MEADOWS: Now is the time to give this mountain lake a try. releases are down as they maintain the powerhouse and the lake is coming up. Troll gold and red lures along the shoreline early in the day for browns and rainbows.