Anglers are scoring consistently on trout by tossing PowerBait at the north shore of Lake Camanche. It’s much the same story at the South Shore Pond where they are finding rainbows up to 2 pounds.
Trollers at Camanche are also doing well pulling lures like Rapalas or small Bikinis near the surface.
Folsom Lake is showing an upturn for both bassers and trouters but the bass are small and trout anglers are having here-and-there success.
Meanwhile, trout fishing continues to be outstanding at Collins Lake east of Marysville. Regular plantings have helped shoresters and trollers net their limits.
Flashers and nightcrawlers make the right combo for trollers while shore folks are using PowerBait. Most fish are checking at nearly 2 pounds with an occasional on in the 3- to 4-pound size.
Mackinaw are showing up at Jenkinson Lake south of Pollock Pines — not in big numbers yet but a 9-pounder was weighed in recently by a troller using a Rapala lure.
Storms moving through have slowed traffic on most lakes. The on and off inclement weather will continue for awhile.
Some of the mountain lakes are providing good action. When the wind is down, Eagle Lake in Lassen County is seeing top action late into the afternoon. The fish are in shallow waters above 10 feet and in the 2- to 3-pound range. A couple of 4-pounders were also reported.
The action has moved to the dam area at Lake Almanor near Chester where rainbows and browns are hitting. One deterrent is the wind that shows up frequently this time of year. Launch ramps will soon be scarce with only private ramps open in the winter.
Rollins Lake near Colfax is producing brown trout up to 4 pounds on the Bear River arm of the lake. Bassers have also been successful along the Long Ravine campground. There’s very little traffic on the lake.
To the ocean: Crabbers are leaping for joy — full pots are the norm. Dropping pots and pulling them up 30 minutes later is the routine for boats out of Eureka. Boats out of Ft. Bragg, Emeryville, Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Santa Cruz are also finding outstanding crabbing.
“It’s the best crabbing I’ve ever seen and the crabs are large,” one skipper noted.
Finally, the baffler: What is the word “angler” derived from? From the ancient Aryan word “Ank,” which means bend or hook.