By Boots Johnson
Lots of folks have headed up to Stampede Reservoir for some good kokanee fishing. The roads are both open and the ramp has been plowed. The fish are spread out all over the lake and are holding in 10 to 30 feet of water. Some kokanee are in the 15 inch range. There are lots of boats in the water. Stampede reservoir is considered one of the best lakes in the north state for the landlocked kokanee salmon.
Another hot spot is Shasta Lake up near Redding. All species of fish are in the spring to summer mode and have been giving anglers a thrill with lots of action. The trout are still near the surface and trolling is producing fish. As usual when the sun begins to warm the water the trout will move down to 50 or 60 feet.
Ice House Reservoir is now open with all roads cleared. The lake is down a bit around 14 feet with the launch ramp still in the water. Water temperature last week was in the 40’s.
Now is the time to go to Lake Tahoe for Mackinaw Lake Trout. The fish are on the move and just about every boat is scoring at this time.
Englebright Reservoir, above Marysville is still full of hungry trout. The bite, which was outstanding last week, is still happening.
The spotted bass at Lake Oroville are being caught next to the bank and so many fish are active it is not unusual to catch and release ten limits a day.
Up Eagle Lake way the fishing opens over Memorial Day weekend. Reports tell us there is fish to be caught and lots of boats will be in the water.
Striped Bass are still around in the Feather and Sacramento Rivers. Shad are here and are active in the early morning and late evening. Catfish are still being taken in all waters of the Sacramento Valley and foothills.
Catchable trout have been planted in the following waters. BUTTE COUNTY: Butte Creek; LASSEN COUNTY: Lower Goodrich Creek and the lower Susan river; PLUMAS COUNTY: Butte Valley Reservoir; TEHAMA COUNTY: South Fork of Battle Creek, Deer Creek and Gurnsey Creek.
Closing thought: “I can’t teach anything……….I can only make them think.” Socrates