Central Valley Fly Fishing Report
Summer fishing is here by all means and there is so much to do right now it can be hard to decide. Personally, I spend nearly all my summer chasing river stripers around Nor Cal and fishing for these brutes is really starting to get going. As Shad runs move up river and spawn, rivers warm, and weather stabilizes these fish get on a very predictable pattern and fishing gets good. Not to say we don't have tough or slow days but June - October is prime time for these fish.
June 12, , 25, 26, 27, 29
July 1, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
Aug 5, 22,
Valley Striper fishing has been getting better every week it seems and as long as the wind is not blowing 20-30mph like it has been a few days last week and this weekend fishing is good. Fish are spread out in all the water sheds and all our rivers offer a HUGE variety of styles of fishing so it is hard to decide where to go and how to fish for them this time of year. We have started to see some larger fish but most fish are still in the 6-15lb range that we are seeing come to the fly but it is only a matter of time before the big ones get shallow and start eating regularly.
Lower Yuba River Trout Fishing is fair with the summer flow "drop" settling the river at 1300-1400cfs. This is a great flow and keeps the fish happy I think as there is enough deep slots and holes to move in and out of feeding lanes and not get to spooky. I have not been on the river in the last few weeks but June is traditionally a great month for fishing on the Yuba until the scorching heat of July and August show up.
Valley Reservoir Bass and Carp fishing has been good as bass are well into their post spawn mood and holding in catchable depths with streamers, float n fly, and even some top water fishing has been working. Carp are up in the shallows in a lot of spots on the reservoirs and for the stealthy angler there can be some good shots at fish.
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