Fishing Report March 1,2017 - February 22, 2017
March 1, 2017
LET'S GO FISHING
The Delta waterways are rain swollen and the Delta levees are in serious condition. You are advised to show some consideration and common sense, and stay off the water. If you feel the urge to wet a line, drive to an area that is safe and fish from the shoreline or if trailering a boat launch it further west such as the Pittsburg area to avoid causing a breach in the levee system caused by the wake of your vessel. In fact the only fish going on is the sturgeon bite in Suisun bay and San Pablo Bay. Another option is to drive over to the Antioch Public Fishing Pier and toss shad or mud suckers for an occasional striped bass in the 20 to 22 inch category.
SAN PABLO BAY
Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Live Bait in San Rafael reports the bite is damn good for sturgeon. The water conditions resemble chocolate milk and waters are void of the bait stealing sharks rays, kingfish and midget crabs. Keith stated “we are the only bait shop carrying live mud and ghost shrimp”. The bay is loaded with sturgeon showing the best numbers in years.The sturgeon are holding in fairly shallow water throughout the bay with both the incoming and outgoing tides providing plenty of action.The best baits include herring filets, salmon roe, pile worms, ghost and mud shrimp and lamprey eel strips. The striped bass fishing has been pretty good for fish in the 3 to 8 pound category mainly on shrimp baits and mudsuckers. For more information call Keith Fraser at (415)456-0321.
LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR
The water clarity is fair and allows some good bait dunking for trout, striped bass and catfish. With weekly stocking of quality rainbow trout, the bite along the south side above and below the marina is best.
You are advised to call ahead to check if both boat launch ing ramps are working. The most reliable is the north Shore facility. trollers connect with rainbows to 5 pounds by dragging Cripple Lures and Speedy Shiners in the top 10 feet of water. Because of so much floatingg debris, the more successful trollers are using down riggers which allows the wire line to catch the debris . The lake’s water level is now at 93 percent of capacity.
Pardee Lake opened on Friday, february 17 for the long season that extends to november 5. Recent trout plants total 12,400 pounds of trout averaging 1 1/2 pounds per fish. Shoreline anglers doing the best at launch ramp area tossing Power Worms, Power bait, along with blue and silver Kastmaster lures. Concessionaires plan on at least 3,000 pounds of trout per week through early June.
TAKE TIME TO GO OUT AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. TO STAY SAFE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY BE SURE TO CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE VENTURING OUT INTO THE BIG WATERS . UNTIL NEXT TIDE .
JAY’S BEST BETS
West Delta - sturgeon
San Pablo Bay - sturgeon
Bodega Bay - sand dabs, Dungeness crab
Lake Camanche - trout, bass, crappie
Amador Lake - trout
Los Vaqueros Reservoir - trout, striped bass, channel catfish
Amador Lake - 2,400 pounds of rainbow trout - including 100 reward tags into the impoundment that is brim full and spilling. The trout weighed about 1 1/2 pounds apiece with 10 percent of the fish being trophy-sized to 12 pounds.
Pardee Lake - For the first time in years the lake is brim full with the lake spilling and there is lots of trout in the impoundment. Recent plants total 12,400 pounds of rainbow trout averaging 2 pounds apiece.Most of the action is coming off the shoreline tossing Power Bait and nightcrawlers. To enjoy Pardee Lake the entry fee is $10 per vehicle or $17 if you are towing a boat. Daily fishing permits cost $6 for anglers 16 years or older. Access is off either Highway88 via Jackson Valley Road or Highway 12 at Valley Springs. Information: (209)772-1472; (209)772-8108 (marina).
SACRAMENTO BOAT SHOW
March 9 - 12, 2017, 2017 - At Sacramento’s Cal Expo. Doors open at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Sunday. For more information go to sacramentoboatshow.com
or call (916)371-4239.
SANTA ROSA FISHING TACKLE AND DUCK DECOY SHOW
March 10-11, 2017 - This is the place to go for antiques. Collectibles, new and used fishing tackle and much more.
This annual event takes place at 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa, ca. For more information call (707) 539-3662
RENO BOAT SHOW AND RECREATION EXPO
March 17, 18,19, 2017 - Every outdoor sports and recreation enthusiast will appreciate the Reno Boat and Recreation
Expo. This show boasts the latest outdoor gear and accessories, adventure and travel, boats, RVs, camp trailers and
much more. The expo will be held at the Reno Convention Center. For more information call: (775) 885-2222
HUMBOLDT STEELHEAD FISHING CONTEST RUNS THROUGH MARCH 31
The Humboldt Steelhead Days is a three month long celebration designed to bring awareness to the iconic steelhead thriving in the waters of Humboldt County. This event is held during the peak of the run from January 1 to March 1 when Humboldt Steelhead Days bring anglers from across the nation to compete for a chance to catch the legendary fish of a thousand casts, with a prize pool of more than $10,000! All of the proceeds go toward building community awareness, protection, and river restoration on three major watersheds: the Eel, Trinity and Mad Rivers.
Humboldt steelhead days features 3 months of angling events spawning and river restoration tours, expos and seminars, brewery tours, discount lodging and more. Humboldt Steelhead Days sponsors include the Mad River Alliance, Mad River Brewing Company Pacific Outfitters, Stillwater Sciences, Green Diamond Resource company, north coast regional Land Trust, Salty’s Supply Company, Bait,Tackle, Surf, The Pacific Watershed Associates and California Trout. For more information go to: HumboldtSteelheadDays.com.
UPCOMING FUTURE PRO BASS TOURNAMENTS
March 25, 2017 - Lake Berryessa. Information: Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
April 8, 2017 - Don Pedro Reservoir. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
ROCK COD FISHING SEASON OPENER
The ocean rock cod fishing season opener takes place on Saturday, April 15, 2017 with relaxed rules allowing for fishing deeper water this year, as far down as 240 feet. That means the Cordell Banks will be fishable for the first time in years.
April 22, 2017 - Folsom Lake. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
PINE FLAT RESERVOIR TEAM DERBY
April 22, 2017 - Pine Flat Reservoir Team Derby sponsored by Kokanee Power offers participants some awesome prizes that will be up for grabs. For more information please call Gary Coe: (916) 985-4943.
May 6, 2017 - Camanche Lake. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
May 13, 2017 - Clearlake. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938