FISHING TALK - February 5, 2020

By Boots Johnson


The word around town is about rain. We have had no sunshine and nothing but clouds which make people wonder about participation. Snow and rain is expected in the mountains but we who live in the Sacramento Valley are supposed to stay dry. We decided to contact our weather source for his prediction. He advised us to expect a dry February the first part of the month with storms dropping rain in the valley around president’s day.


We certainly hope the old guy is on the money because rain will improve the fishing, both in local reservoirs, the Delta and rivers, especially for sturgeon fishing.


Once again stripers are being caught in the Sacramento River from Knights Landing to Sacramento. The fish are hanging out next to shore.


The weather turned cold last weekend due to a cold front coming down from Alaska. This really slowed down the fishing in local reservoirs. Collins Lake reported some success with rainbow trout with some big fish caught. Apparently the cold weather did not slow the kokanee bite at Bullard’s Bar Reservoir. Fish were being caught up to 13 inches.


Folsom Lake has dropped and is on the low side for this time of year but there is still plenty of water for fishing. Reports tell us landlocked salmon and rainbow trout are hitting on spoons, spinners and small rapala lures.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife will be planting steelhead smolts (small minnows) this month in the Feather River which will bring up the striped bass from down below.


Kudos goes out to Yuba City Angler George Seekin for his 65 inch sturgeon. George was fishing with salmon roe when the big one hit while fishing near Honker Bay in the Sacramento Delta Region.


Closing thought: “Where would you be without encouragers?”