North state fishing report for week of Oct. 8


LAKE OROVILLE: The launch ramp at the Spillway remains closed as the lake continued to hold at 22 percent. The launch may reopen if the lake continues to drop as the slope will flatten out. It’s all about bank fishing right now, and there are some small spotted bass taken with plastics from the shorelines. The launch ramp may not open once again until the lake rises in the event of precipitation in the coming months.

TRINITY LAKE: Reports have been inconsistent due to recent fire closures. Despite the conditions, the bass bite is good. Continue to fish swim baits slow and down to about 30 feet and plastics up to 6-inch worms fished in the 6– to 8-foot range. The lake dropped once again from 30 to 29 percent. Boaters are advised to launch at the Trinity Center public boat launch.

AMERICAN RIVER/Sacramento: The American is running at a very low level of 653 cfs at Fair Oaks, and all launch ramps are closed with the exception of Discovery Park at the confluence with the Sacramento River. The mouth of the river at Discovery Bay is starting to produce more salmon, and there are reports of salmon running upriver to the base of Nimbus Dam.

AMERICAN RIVER/Above Folsom: The flows are very low, and few fishermen are working the deep pools for the holdover trout.

FEATHER RIVER: Slow- only a fish or two at the Outlet, Boyd’s Pump, or Gridley. Many of the fish are already cooked due to the long run in the shallow warm water. The Outlet Hole is only accessible from the upper boat launch. Drift boats and shallow runners are currently the only boats fishing. The water flows at Gridley are steady at 1200 cfs..

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Salmon numbers high, most boats with limits. The quality of salmon is good, but there are some older fish in the mix. The water levels at the Colusa Bridge are currently 4704 cfs.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: The salmon fishing has kicked off from Freeport to the mouth of the American and recently the fish have spread throughout the American as well. Sand Cove and the Sherwood Marina have been busy with plenty of anglers as well as salmon in the mix. The boats that have been trolling Flatfish or drifting roe have been doing better than those anchored. Spinners such as Flying-C’s have been working from the bank. The flows dropped from 10,815 to 9395 cfs at Freeport.

LAKE SHASTA: John Boitano of JB’s Guide Service reported that the bass bite is still good, there are plenty of fish, but the fish being caught are a bit “snaky”, long but skinny. Smaller swim baits have been working, glide baits have been producing but in lower numbers. Some topwater action early using Spooks, spinners, or cranks. Keitech swimbaits and Mother’s Finest worms have been top producers. Boat launch facilities are limited, and anglers are watching the water levels closely in anticipation of the Shasta Cascade and the Fall Classic bass tournaments. There are only three operable boats ramps. Bridge Bay is down to a single lane 4 wheel-drive track, Jones Valley resort is now a dirt ramp only with no dock. Centimudi still has 2 paved lanes and is workable for 2-wheel drive. The lake has dropped from 24 to 23 percent, and there are unmarked hazards throughout the lake.


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