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BODEGA BAY-- Captain Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler reported more limit trips for bottomfish, this time trying out the bite up off of Fort Ross again on Saturday with 43 anglers catching a wide variety of rockfish including some less common like rosies, black and yellows. He was looking for higher lingcod counts, but didn't find the lings, only one about 12 pounds. Some of the Bodega skiffs got in on the tuna action, finding counts in the double digits. Captain Bob Monckton on Reel-lentless said he was planning tuna trips, trip dates to be announced.

LAKE BERRYESSA--The kokes are 45 to 60 feet down now and have moved to the upper end of the lake. They are biting now, and now measure between 15 and 18 inches. This past week the standard was a Chrome Starlite Dodger with a pink or purple Rocky Mountain spinner or Uncle Larry's copper pop spinner. Bass anglers will find fair fishing with some early and late topwater action. Drop-shotting Chug Bugs and other popper type surface lures from the outside of week edges down 25 or 35 feet will be good through fall.

NEW MELONES RESERVOIR--Kokanee were still the main draw with limits the norm, despite a slowdown during the full moon. The key is starting early to tap the best activity, then if you don't have a limit, sticking it out; the bite improves later after a lull in the mid-morning. The fish were down between 45 and 65 feet, but a few hookups came from 70 feet and deeper. The fish have scattered out, but just about anywhere in the main lake will produce a fish. "Some of the females we are catching have very developed eggs," said guide Monte Smith at Gold Country Sportfishing. Catfish are another good bet, with fish to 8 pounds weighed in at Glory Hole Sports.

BOCA LAKE--Planted last week for the first time due to the completion of the DFG's biological survey for the Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog. Power Bait and nightcrawlers catching limits near the boat ramp up to the inlet. Remember to avoid areas with current flow at the inlet or fish with barbless hooks.

PROSSER LAKE--Planted last week for the first time this season. Fishing is good from the boat ramp up into Prosser Creek on Power Bait, nightcrawlers and small spinners early and late in the day. Smallmouth are active in Alder and Prosser Creek on Rapalas and small dart-headed plastic worms.



North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFG's Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is 707) 822-3164. For the Russian River and counties of Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin, call (707) 944-5533. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886. Many streams closed, and others change to artificial/barbless only on March 31 and others on April 25.

ROGUE RIVER, Lower--Very later for springers, but there's a few still coming through and being caught, and at the same time, there's a few early fall-run kings being caught in the estuary, but that was considered more of an accident than the beginning of the run.

RUSSIAN RIVER--The 4th of July is "play in the river" weekend for thousands, and if there were any fish, they would have buried their heads in the gravel. Look for smallmouth bass to bite early and late after the turmoil calms down.


KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen--A big push of fresh salmon was observed in the lower end of the river last weekend, and indications are that it's the vanguard of the fall run. There were very few anglers out, but they were catching fish in the 12-pound class on CV-7 spinners in the two-tone green/chartreuse pattern. Quite a few fish were seen rolling, as well.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate--The water temperature has gone into the low 70's, and has gotten quite warm for good trout fishing. The salmon fly hatch ended, too.

TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City--Fishing pressure was heavy from Junction City to Lewiston, and salmon fishing was being called "average" with anglers happy to score 1 to 3 salmon per boat. Pressure farther downstream around Del Loma was lower, and fishing success similar. Most of the Chinook were being caught on roe, with an occasional fish grabbing Kwikfish at early light.


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