Northern California Report
Brian Clemens reports 3.8.2016
Well it likes like the weather has finally come in, mainly the rain and the snow, but some wind as well, and it has been dumping a bunch all throughout Nor Cal. The reservoirs are filling up fast, and things are really looking up for this years water/fishing season. The tough part with all of this is the ever fluctuating river flows, river clarity and over all fishing conditions. It hasnt given us a big number of fishing days this year, but when it has been time to get out and fish, the fishing has been good. With these rains, comes the fish, really looking forward to April, May, June and the remaining season.
Currently flowing at
15k , and with more rain in the forecast, I think its only going to get
higher. Folsom is over 60% full, and with that, what ever flows in must
flow out. A law that was created over 30 years ago is still in place,
and once Folsom reaches 60% during winter months, the flood gates open
up to help with flood control. Right now this is not the place to be
fishing. However, with these flows, the Spring should be phenomenal for
steelhead, stripers and even shad. With that all said, I would really
look into booking trips for April, May and June for the species above,
and if the flows stay up, this should be one epic shad year.
blown and blown. Currently at 7k cfs and dropping fast, but was over
24k just a few days ago. Englebright is at 102% of full capacity, which
means anything flowing in, flows straight out and over the top of the
damn. With more rain in the forecast, the Yuba will be out of commission
for weeks to come. I was really looking forward to fishing it this
winter for the skwalas, early spring for the March Browns, but with the
big blow outs this year, it really scoured the river for all those big
bugs, only saw a handful of those stones in 2 months
of fishing it. I am really hoping that the March Browns show their
faces, only time will tell. Once these storms dissipate, look for this
place to start fishing good again. April is a great time to be on the
water, caddis start showing up, and the fish are still on the feed for
the big March Browns.
has been the go to place as of recent. Clarity has been good, and flows
very steady at 800cfs in the low flow. The big fish are not in yet, but
with this big rain, they are sure to come soon. We have been hooking a
good number of half-pounders ranging 12-20", with an occasional bigger
fish. Oroville is filling up fast, it holds 2.6 million a.f. and with it
currently at 2.1 million a.f. and on the rise, we should be seeing an
increase in flows soon, with that, comes the big spring run fish. Look
for this place to really turn on in the next few weeks and stay fishing
well for at least a few months. Dont forget about the stripers, bass and
salmon fishing during this time as well.
firing on all cylinders, and this is the place to be if you are truly
looking to get out. With all the rain that has come down, and in the
forecast, this is one river that will not blow out and this is where Ill
be doing a good amount of my trips over the next month. Big fish are on
the move, and being hooked on a daily basis, landing them is another
story. You can expect to hook fish ranging from 16 to 22" all day long,
with the opportunity to hook bigger fish, ones pushing 30" as well.
Number of fish are tough to predict on a daily basis, but this is the
time that good numbers of hooked fish happen. From now till mid May the
Lower Sac is on, and its got to be the best trout fishery on the west
coast. Book now for prime dates.
as much as I want to give you a great report, I cant. Its blown out,
and will continue to be for the next week. However, after that it should
be fishable, but dont know for how long. Fish came in early this year,
and the last big storm pushed up a large number of them, then the
fishing really slowed down. I still think there is one good big push of
fish to come, and this storm/blow out would be the one to pull of the
remain fish. Once it clears and drops, there will still be some fish in
the river, just have to work for them. The fly fishing only section
opens April 1st, this is one place worth giving a shot.
things clear up, about a week after this next heavy rain, and it will
be a pretty steelhead green and will be the place to get your wade on.
The fish are done spawning and its time to hit the creek once again.
Great place to hone your skills, and become a better angler all around,
and no better way to learn it that with an experienced guide. Putah
Creek is one hot spot during the spring.
the river flows drop a bit more, but mainly once the river clears up
this will be another hot spot as well. Right now flows are 1000cfs at
Floriston, 900cfs at boca, and 200cfs though town, give it a week to
recover, and the river should be a steelhead green and I would
definitely recommend hitting it. Just like Putah, another great place to
hone your skills, and no better way to learn it that with an experience
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