The sturgeon and stripers are eager to feed if you are fishing with ghost shrimp for bait in the Pittsburg and Antioch area — or even farther up the Sacramento River as far as Sherman Island.
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Shore anglers in the Freeport area are also finding stripers ready to feed. Most linesides are small in the 7- to 10-pound range, with a few above that. The Sacramento deep water channel also produced some stripers for trollers using live bait.
It’s the year of the crab … the prized Dungeness. Up and down the coast, charter boat skippers and private boaters are boasting, “One great year,” and “the best we’ve ever seen.”
Limits come easy when the weather permits. From Eureka to Monterey and all spots in between, it’s been a fabulous crabbing season to date. Many skippers have to wait less than an hour before pulling the pots and finding them full. Two Dungeness per day is the limit for each crabber aboard.
The recent rains and snows have placed a damper on fisher folks who enjoy lake fishing. Access roads and closed launch ramps are a deterrent.
Just before 2 feet of snow fell at Lake Almanor in Plumas County an angler landed a 14-pound brown trout off the Rec 2 area. It appears the ramp at Canyon Dam will be the only open ramp the remainder of the winter. The west shore has been producing both rainbows and browns for those trolling with Speedy Shiner lures.
Back in the foothills, Lake Camanche has been a good locale. A 9-pound rainbow was checked in and trollers are doing well pulling lures and nightcrawlers near Hat Island. Shoresters are doing well with PowerBait at the north shore day-use area.
Crappie fishing has slowed at Lake Amador but trouters, even some who braved wind and rain, did well fishing along the dam. PowerBait or lures like Rooster Tails attracted the trout to feed even during the storms. Further south at New Melones near Angels Camp the trout action continues.
According to Melanie at Glory Hole Sports, shore anglers are finding success on trout by tossing Kastmaster lures. The fish are in the top 10 feet of water. Trollers are using Needlefish lures and toplining around 5 to 6 feet.
There has been some bass activity at Folsom Lake but due to fluctuation in the water level it’s not consistent. A trip to Clear Lake out of Kelseyville in Lake County will get you some bass if you use minnows.
Finally, the baffler: What do cowboys call the “poke-it-to-you brush?” Chararral.