By Boots Johnson
The best fishing at this time is in the San Francisco Bay area. Rockfish are being taken on a regular basis with limits common at this time. The best area for these feisty fish is the Farallon Islands with a few lingcod for good measure caught in the mix.
Now is the time to get ready for sturgeon fishing? These monsters usually come up rivers after the rains muddy up the water but we have reports of some fish being caught at this time. Look for a good year for sturgeon when winter finally comes.
In regards to the weather we asked our weather guy for a prediction. He advised to expect rain by midweek in the valley and foothills with snow above three thousand feet. He said the snow will be light in the foothills with more in the high country above five thousand feet in elevation. In regard to the rain he predicts heavy rain at times with a possibility of two inches of rain. We asked him about the temperature and he said to get ready for a daytime drop in temperature of over 20 degrees with night time temps possibly dropping into the high twenties and middle thirties.
We hear the Department of fish and Wildlife dumped a bunch of trout into Scotts Flat Reservoir last week. This water is located above Nevada City. Turn right off of State Route 20 from Nevada City at the Five Mile House to the recreation area.
Local anglers are in the spotlight. Congratulations goes out to Marysville’s Michael Brown on his 8 ½ pound rainbow trout which was caught at Collins Lake near the dam fishing with night crawlers and to Yuba City angler Jerry Kendrick’s on his 58.5 pound sturgeon. Jerry was fishing at the Sacramento/Delta when the fish hit his salmon roe. Kudos also goes out to Chandler Chan, who lives in Grass Valley. Chandler landed a 7.25 pound rainbow trout while fishing at Collins Lake near the power lines.
Closing thought: “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business cards and how you leave others feeling after they meet you is your trademark.”