High water levels are causing difficult conditions on the Sacramento River

High water levels are causing difficult conditions on the Sacramento River

Lake Orville: Bass fishing remains the number one draw, and the first of 7 tournaments with 9 teams over 13 pounds was recently held. Precise techniques are key, and baitfish are best used at depths up to 30 feet with a variety of presentations. The overall bite has slowed since the storms, but anglers are still catching 10 or so fish per trip. It is the top draw as there are a total of 7 tournaments scheduled on the lake over the next month. There is optimism for next spring for salmon. The lake rose 7 feet in two weeks to 847.07 feet in elevation and 78 percent lower. The forks are muddy and there is debris on the surface.

Lake Shasta: Anglers fishing the Western Outdoor News Bass PRO-AM from January 31 to February 2 saw some impressive bag weights. Nick Wood won the pro side with a three-day cumulative weight of 47.42 pounds and Jake Etcheverry took AAA with a combined weight of 48.46 pounds. Jeff Goodwin reports that the trout action on Lake Shasta has been very good and he is taking fish to 5 pounds fishing Trinidad Optimizer size #3-#4 in rainbow and black and white. Brown trophy trout season is here, and March should be very good. The lake is in excellent condition and the water level is approximately 83 percent.

Trinity Tank: There are no current reports. Water levels remain below seasonal averages. We should start seeing some kokanee, but none have been reported yet.

American River/Above Folsom Lake: The water is very stained from the recent flow, especially in the middle fork due to the burn scar from the Mosquito fire. Flows decreased from 1,388 to 959 cfs at Chili Bar, but remain high. As a result, fishing in dirty waters is limited. The upper river is baited, artificial, and barbed hooks only until the end of May.

American River/Sacramento: Steelhead action is mixed but there is still a good bite below Nimbus on Little Cleo spoons, roe, soft beads, and double nymphs under a popper. Water levels rose about 2,570 cfs. But they change frequently with weather and releases from the dam. Nimbus Hatchery will host children’s tours of the hatchery on February 18. Things in the city are difficult due to the poor water condition.

Feathers River: There are no current reports. Conditions are good and steelhead should be present but are clearly widespread and in limited numbers. Water levels are variable. During the week of February 5-9, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released nearly half of the 445,000 Feather River brood of 2023 steelhead to spawn at the Boyd’s Pump boat ramp. The rest will be released during the week of February 13-16. There are approximately 4 fish/lb. All the fish have been clipped.

Sacramento River, Keswick Reservoir to Red Bluff: The Fly Shop in Redding reported that the river remains in relatively good condition above the Bonneville Bridge but is deteriorating below that. The flows currently contain about 16,000 cubic feet. It is suitable for drifting boats but is too high for wading. Yellow egg, can, boobah, zowings, and bubble back patterns all work.

Sacramento River, from Colusa to Tisdale: Difficult conditions due to high water.

Sacramento River, metro area: Difficult conditions due to high water. The California Salmon and Steelhead Coalition today expressed support for Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Salmon Strategy, released on January 30. The coalition, a partnership between California Trout, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited, noted that many elements of this plan have been vetted for years by coalition members and project partners and have proven effective in enhancing salmon habitat and recovery. “The Governor’s strategy includes several elements that we believe are effective for restoring salmon populations,” said Curtis Knight, executive director of California Trout. “Restoring habitats, removing barriers to fish passage, and investing in technology and science.”

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