Pick your spot, there's still good fishing to be had

By: George deVilbiss
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The second major holiday of the summer season has come and gone. That only means that some of the busy weekend activities have decreased.


But the summer heat has definitely set in. Temperatures in the lower elevations at night are totally bearable and it doesn’t cool down that dramatically at night in the high country.


So, it is that time of year when you just have to pick your target carefully if it’s fresh fish you hope to put on the table.


Ocean Waters: Salmon is an iffy proposition. There are days when it can be limits or near limits on the boats, either mooching or trolling. Rocky Point, Duxbury and around Point Reyes have been producing fairly well. For the most part, it’s less than a fish per rod for the San Francisco Bay fleet and those out of Bodega and even less, for the most part, out of Fort Bragg.

You’ll stand a much better chance of bringing fish home if you go bottom fishing. Action there is good.


Delta: Hundreds and hundreds of miles of water comprise the delta. Some of it isn’t reachable without a boat, but you can drive to a lot of it and just park on the side of the road, and then take the small little walk down to the waterside and be in business fishing in no time.

This time of year, the catfishing is absolutely outstanding and I’ve found clams will just about outfish any other bait. Just be sure to have plenty of mosquito dope on hand, too. The pesky critters really come out once the sun goes down.


S.F. Bay: Halibut remains a top bet though less than ideal tides affected the bite. The “butts” roam their usual haunts – Crissy Field, Angel Island, throughout the Berkeley Flats, and Paradise Beach and nearby Red Rock. Stripers also appear to be getting started. In another couple weeks, you can limit quickly when the bite really turns on.


Lake Camanche: Trout are still available but you’re going to need a downrigger to get down to them. They're running 40-plus feet down now. Most of the action will be the old river channel and in front of the dam. With warming temperatures and waters, bass are lethargic. Hit the rocky points in 15-30 feet of water with Senkos or PowerWorms in green pumpkin, purple or shad working well.

If you’re camping, throw a line out from the camper’s cove. There’s a good chance of nailing a catfish. While there’s always the pansize kittyfish, there has also been the lunker hitting over six pounds.

Clams, crawlers, anchovy and chicken livers all work well. If you go for just a quickie, try the big cove just to the side of the launch ramp at North Shore. Once the sun drops over the horizon, the cats start moving in and you can do really well in that cove.


Bucks Lake: They’re finally out of the snow and a downright hot bite is being found. You can easily get a full limit mix of rainbows, German browns, kokanee and mackinaw. Work the region around Rocky Point.


Eagle Lake: The good news is there isn’t a whole lot of fishing pressure on the lake. Limits are the rule if and only if you get out on the water literally at the crack of dawn. Bobber fishing is one of the best ways right now, with the crawler under a bobber about 6-7 feet under the bobber with a slip bobber rig. Top areas have been Wildcat Point, the east side of the channel off the Youth Camp, and around Shrimp Island.


Caples Lake: Snows have melted and the launching ramp is fully open. The resort is open, which means if you don’t have a boat to haul up there and launch, they’ll rent you one.

Catching has only been so-so but with 4,000 pounds of trout being added, look for that to immediately change. You can easily get a mix of ‘bows and browns on Power Bait or worms. Look for Wood’s Creek inlet to be a good spot.


Prosser Lake: You don’t need a boat to get into a trout bite. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Trout are school fish and when a school cruises by, the bite can be downright hot and furious as long as they’re there. Power Bait, eggs and night crawlers are all working. Get them now before the bite tapers off as the water warms up too much and it’s mainly a bass bite.


Folsom Lake: It’s a tough, tough bite, but there’s a few trout hanging up in the South Fork looking for the cooler water coming in. Bass are even a tad lethargic. You might get into a topwater bite before the sun hits the water. Otherwise, it’s working water 20-30 feet deep by drop shotting RoboWorms. Work the flooded trees and you should get bit.


Rollins Lake: If it’s fishing you want, don’t go on a weekend when there are way too many water recreationists. During the week, however, for those trolling around the dam or up in the Bear River, the trout have been biting.


Any questions, comments or concerns, contact George at GeorgesColumn@AOL.COM.