The Outdoorsman: Stripers and albacore

By October 27, 2010

Bel Lange

Bel Lange

They just keep coming … more striped bass are showing in the bay and up both the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers.

The stretch on the Sacramento from Rio Vista to Discovery Park is producing well. The rains are a plus in keeping the linesides moving up the rivers but muddy waters may deter the bite for a few days. It should be bonanza action when the water clears.

You’ll find plenty of albacore fun if you want to drive up the coast to Ft. Bragg, Shelter Cove and as far as Eureka and then take a relatively short boat ride. The albies are eager to feed and you can catch all you want in a short time.

If easy trout fishing is to your liking head to Lake Amador near Ione. There are 5,000 pounds of trout released into the lake every week. Catching Donaldsons — many from 6 to 7 pounds — is easy.

There is also a heavy crappie bite at Amador. “Hand over fist,” described one angler, who walked away with a string of 25. Many of them are weighing 2 pounds.

There are steelhead showing in the American and Feather rivers. The steelies average about 2 pounds and it takes persistence to hook them. The Sunrise area has been one of the better successful locations.

Bassers at Lake Camanche east of Lodi are finding bass near the dam. Trollers pulling Needlefish lures are finding trout to their liking — most averaging 2 to 3 pounds.

Some trout and salmon are being caught at Folsom Lake. The best area is at the mouth of the south fork and out from Brown’s Ravine. Many small trout are being caught at Lake Almanor in Plumas County. The Department of Fish and Game recently planted the lake and the bigger fish are chasing the little guys. Rain should help the scene up there.

“Bobber” fishing is a good bet at Eagle Lake near Susanville

Guides at Lake Tahoe are reporting consistent action on 3 to 5 pound mackinaw at nearly 100 foot depths.

Bel Lange

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