I have been on the Lower Sac trout and striper fishing this last week.
Fishing has been about as good as it gets. The upper stretch
down to Hwy 44 bridge closed as of April 1 and most guides have been up
there pretty steady so I had some of the floats below all to myself or
with only a boat or two. The egg bite on sucker spawn seemed to be the
best but fish ate rubber legs, march brown nymphs, PMD nymphs, and
caddis pupa patterns. I have had a hard time finding a constant bug
pattern that the trout would key on, seemed to be all over the place
really eating a variety of nymphs throughout the day with not one
specific pattern being a “must”. Best fishing has been between 8am and 2pm even though the most bugs activity seems to be during the afternoon.
Sac Striper fishing
Clarity and flows have been an issue as well
lower in the river say south of Butte City. Flows have stabilized and
clarity is good up through the chico area and with the warm weather this
week the resident stripers have been getting active. Largemouth and
smallmouth fishing has been turning on as well but the water temps are
still a bit cold for the Largemouth. With the higher water the sloughs
and back waters are full and there is some warmer water farther back if
you search it out. Carp fishing should be getting going as well as all
the flats are full with water and we hooked and landed our first carp of
the year last week.
Spring Steelhead on the
Feather has been good as flows are dropping from the pulse flows. Fish
are spread out through the high and low flow and swinging flies or
nymphing has been catching some nice spring half pounders and adults.
Open Dates: May 7 June 9, 10, 13, 17, 27, 28, July 6, 11, 13, 14, 25, 29, Aug 1-3, 5, 6, 9, 27
fishing is going to get going as well. Usually the first week of May is
when we get into catchable numbers of fish and the peak is usually
middle to late May.
Open Shad Evening Trips May 14, 17, 23, June 1, 9, 10