By Boots Johnson

A check with all the activity down in the bay area, specifically around the Golden Gate, in regards to salmon fishing is true. Our source advised it appeared like every boat and angler from the western United States had appeared for the outstanding salmon bite. He further stated the wait time to launch his boat was over two hours and taking it out was not much faster.

Meanwhile, outside the Golden Gate still has salmon everywhere with all anglers putting fish in their boats. Limits of fish were the ticket last week from San Francisco, Sausalito, Berkeley and Emeryville. In fact, as our report stated, boats were limiting out and returning early. Average size was 12 to 25 pounds.

We hear from Lake Tahoe. The big Mackinaw lake trout are being caught at this time. Reports tell us some of the fish caught are in the 15 to 18 pound range. Now that is a huge trout by anyone’s standards!

The Auburn Rooster Tail Fishing Club is holding their Table Top Swap Meet Fishing Gear Sale at the Auburn Elks Lodge from 6:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. during their breakfast Business Meeting on August 18th. The optional buffet breakfast is $13.00. This is an opportunity to bring your unwanted fishing equipment, rent a table and keep the sale of any of your fishing items. Table cost is $25.00 per table and can be shared with others to cut down the cost. More info can be had by e-mail (Jim) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are told some of the holdover catfish, released for the last kid’s derby, are still being caught at Ellis Lake in Marysville. It appears the cats are on the bite anytime of the day or night with some in the two to three pound range. Largemouth black bass are also available. We have been advised not to eat any fish which is caught in Ellis Lake. Best bet is catch and release.

Closing thought: “To be old and wise you must first be young and stupid.”

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