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Feb 14, 2009
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EMERYVILLE--Good action on both the rockfish trips and the in-bay halibut and striper efforts, and in some cases, like on Saturday's trip on the New Huck Finn, a lot of both. The 16 anglers on board caught rockfish limits, striped bass limits, plus a lingcod and three halibut. For the most part, the stripers made up most of the catch.

CAPLES LAKE--Lake is at 98-percent capacity. DFG trout plant scheduled for this week. 8,000 half-pound brown and brook trout were planted last week. Some more of the big Nebraska rainbows have been caught, including a 10-pound 10-ouncer by Davis Fraser of Menlo Park and a 10 1/2 pounder by Bret Branderburger of Dayton, NV. Both were caught casting off the shore with Fraser's coming in on 6-pound test. Shore anglers are doing very well off the dams on Power Bait and worms. Trollers are getting them on flasher/worm combos and Jointed Rapalas.

DELTA, SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side-- The striper picked up, with some larger fish on tap at the Antioch Bridge and in the Big Break area. Shad or a half of a large sardine will be good choices as they are beginning to focus on the spawned out shad and new fry. Finding current will help find bass, although the bite has not been consistent. Topwater can be good when clouds are around. Crank chartreuse colored baits outside the weed lines where there are drop offs of 10 or 12 feet as they may be holding some bass. Bass averaged 2 1/2 pounds. Punching through the weed mats with a heavy jig may produce the larger fish with 40- to 65-pound braided line.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)--Lake is at 97-percent capacity. Two local kids caught an 8-pound brown off the bank near the marina on a worm last Friday and a Placerville angler followed up with a 7.4 pounder on Saturday from the same area. Smallmouth bass are hitting up river in the narrows near the Chimney Campground on plastics. The main lake is crowded with recreational boaters, avoid the traffic.

LAKE TAHOE--Kevin Simmons, fishing with Mickey Daniels, landed a 17-pound Mack on a J-Plug at 150 feet. Recent trips have produced 3 to 4 fish, 3 1/2 to 6 pounds on Sling Blades and minnows or Koke-a-Nuts down to 250 feet/



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--Wild kings can now be retained down here in the estuary, and trollers are getting maybe 1 fish a boat a day. Better numbers of fish will begin showing when the anchovies show up in the estuary around early August

RUSSIAN RIVER--Summer time, and the rafting is easy. No more shad, but plenty of water sports going on. Only action is a big of smallmouth fishing for those who work the quieter water stretches.


KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen--The big push of salmon reported a week ago "just died," and few new salmon and steelhead were observed in the lower end of the river last week. Big low tides coming up hopefully will bring in fresh runs of both species this week.

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate--The water has gotten too warm. Wait until fall.

TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City--Fishing pressure was back to "normal", namely low, and salmon fishing improved a bit. It still wasn't great, with most days producing 1 to 3 bright salmon from 8 to 13 pounds, but there were a few days when the score went as high as 5 for a few anglers. Fish sardine-wrapped Kwikfish at early light, then switch to roe. A good bit of news and a harbinger of a good steelhead run was the 9 pounder caught on a backtrolled Hot Shot around Junction City.

TRINITY RIVER, Falls Area--Not much change. Fishing for spring run salmon at Grays and Burnt Ranch Falls was producing a few salmon, but action was slow. The rocks are slippery and an angler drowned there a couple of weeks ago. Anglers fishing for steelhead in the lower river should stick with artificials for now because of the bait-stealing and hook-swallowing swarms of baby steelhead.


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