By Boots Johnson


There were many people who took advantage of the free fishing day last Saturday with some trying their luck for the first time. It is hoped that the free days will give some folks a chance to see how enjoyable fishing really is and take up the sport full time.

Up Portola Way Lake Davis received a nice trout plant last week which should bring smiles to those who give this reservoir a try. Speaking of this Dam, I can recall fishing both big and little Grizzly creeks before the valley was flooded. My friend Bill Baggett and I spent many a morning fishing for the rainbow trout in these streams. Deer were abundant here and it was not unusual to spot a small herd of deer crossing the streams. The trout were always cooperative, feisty and excellent table fare with none over 13 inches.

Lake Oroville is putting out some nice landlocked king salmon at this time. Best bet is to fish near the green bridge (as usual).

Little Grass Valley Reservoir near La Porte is the place to go for brown trout, with some fish in the three to five pound range. This reservoir received a trout plant a week or so ago and we wonder if the smaller rainbows are responsible for the good brown bite at this time.

Fishing has picked up at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. The lake is full at this time and the trout are active and available.

Stampede Reservoir is a hot spot for kokanee salmon. Limits are a sure thing and it is recommended to fish the west side of the lake.

We are told that Collins Lake has gone to summer mode at this time. Trout will be found in the deeper parts of the lake mostly by lead line and downriggers.


Lake Tahoe fishing is still good for mackinaw lake trout with kokanee also available for those who fish for them. Rainbow trout are also being taken occasionally.

Closing thought: “The best gift you can give to others may be your time.”

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