FISHING TALK - October 9, 2019

By Boots Johnson


The salmon run is finally here with success on both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. The experts tell us the run should be good to excellent for the rest of October. Reports tell us the Feather River is the best bet at this time with fish being caught from 7 to 25 pounds with a couple exceeding 30 pounds. Jacks are in the system along with the kings. The fish are both fresh and on the dark side. We figure the bite is better on the Feather River due to the water being a degree or more cooler which means the salmon coming up the Sacramento River will make a right turn at Verona  into the Feather. The usual lures and bait are the ticket with spinners also a good bet.


The Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival is scheduled for October 10th to the 13th. This event is the oldest bass derby in California and all are invited. This includes the kids. They are having some fantastic awards with big dollars up for grabs with the winner of the derby will take home $3000.00. For more information go to their website at www.bassfestival.com.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife planted French Meadows last week with a bunch of planters. The also dropped by and released a ton of fish in to Lake Berryessa.


We again hear from Collins Lake above Browns Valley.  This is about the third time this had been reported. It appears another record has hit the skids due to the fish not being weighed on officially. The monster catfish was said to weigh 27 pounds. The fish, which fell for anchovies, was caught by Chuck Clemensen who resides at Oregon House. The location in the reservoir was not disclosed. Kudos, Chuck!


Most of those who fish the reservoirs in Northern California are waiting for the changes in Autumn. The change is about to be complete which will bring better fishing for all.

Closing thought:  “When things change inside you, things change around you.”