Fishin' Talk

By boots Johnson

The recent storms and colder weather has changed many areas for fishing. The Sacramento River is running at 55 degrees at the time of this writing. Striped Bass are not on the bite and the sturgeon are also not cooperating. We need some warmer weather for the striper bite to take off. Water temperature in the Feather River is about the same with cold water.

We recommend a phone call in advance to any trip to the high country. Snow has closed some roads and made boat ramps inaccessible in some lakes and reservoirs. In addition, the big snowfall last week has actually closed some waters even from shore. If you have a snowmobile and warm clothing you will be able to reach that favorite high elevation lake or reservoir.

We hear from Bullard’s Bar Reservoir. The recent cold spell has really slowed down the bass bite. The boats on Collins Lake are few and far between and the lake is full of recently released rainbow trout. Englebright Reservoir is putting out some trout with trollers doing the best at this time. One thing about Englebright is it is an on again, off again situation. Some days produce limits, other days the fish are off the bite.

Up Tahoe way the mackinaw lake trout are hungry but the weather is very cold with snow on the ground right down next to the water. Lake Almanor has also had its share of snow with over 18 inches of snow falling last week. Boat ramps should be plowed by this time. Expect cold water conditions.

Our weather source advises to enjoy the sun and the warmer weather this week. By mid-week we are told the rains will return to the Sacramento Valley and more than likely snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Closing thought: “The most practical thing in the world is common sense and common humanity.”

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