12/16/2021

Great to have some rain and snow in the last month to help with the snow pack and runoff needed to fill our rivers and reservoirs. We still need more rain and snow to get us out of drought conditions.  We are in the winter fishing pattern as river salmon season has ended and upper elevations lakes inaccessible. Winter striper fishing in the upper Sacramento and Feather Rivers has been producing large resident stripers. The Delta continues to be great for Sturgeon and the striper bait bite has picked up.

FOLSOM LAKE: With the increased lake levels the 5 mph speed limits should be lifted as you read this. Fishing for rainbows and kings has been tough. Those who have tried are catching more bass on the troll than trout or salmon.

OROVILLE LAKE: Spillway and Bidwell ramps are open. No reports of Kings yet but the bass fishermen are doing well on spots with 30 fish days on tap. A potential state record rainbow was landed and released at the Oroville Dam afterbay last week. Measured 41" in length, 27" around.

ENGLEBRIGHT: The water quality is good and fishing for hold over rainbows is a good option.  Dodger worm combos has been the go to.

FRENCH MEADOWS/HELL HOLE: Was good until the latest snow closed access down.

DELTA: Striped Bass fishing has been slow with bait fishing producing better than trolling. Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent. Delta Fishing Charters has been have great success landing multiple fish per trip.

SACRAMENTO METRO: Salmon were their way through the Metro though the end of the season. Trolling flasher/cut plugs was the most productive with some fish taking plugs backtrolled on anchor in the Knights Landing area.

PYRAMID LAKE: By all reports the lake continues to produce lots of fish and great quality. South end of the lake has been the most productive for larger fish. Many fish over 10 pounds and fish over 15 pounds are not uncommon. Trolling GVF Draggins and 4" Lyman Lures at 20-30 feet on the wire was to go-to for many successful anglers. Once bait and fish were located, jigging P-line lazer minnows and similar spoons is still working. If you are looking to experience one of the best fisheries in the country, Pyramid Lake is the place to go.

COLLINS LAKE: The lake has been planted with trophy rainbows and the fishing has been great. Trolling rapalas and kastmasters has been productive and bank anglers have taken fish on powerbait and floating worms.

Submitted by Craig Newton Will Fish Tackle in Auburn