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Fishing Report

Captain Patrick MacKenzie 6/14 Fishing Report: Bay Area, Napa, and Sonoma

MacKenzie on the Fly

San Francisco Bay & San Pablo
San Pablo Bay has been fishing great — when the wind has been down, there have been plenty of stripers to be caught. There are lots of jacksmelt around and the stripers and halibut are on the chew. The salinity line is down low in the central bay this summer so there will be excellent fishing in July & August.
 
The same goes for the central bay. On the right tides, the fishing has been excellent. Water clarity varies greatly on wind conditions and tidal conditions. 
Napa River
The Napa River hasn’t turned on yet. There is some bait around and a few fish to be caught, but the water clarity makes fly fishing difficult. It’s a matter of weeks before the summer bite starts, so stay tuned. All we need is the water to clear up. 

 

Lake Sonoma 
The top water smallmouth bite is still happening, but the windows for good fishing are dusk and dawn. Water temps are nearing 80 degrees on the surface, so most of the bass have gone deep during the day when the sun is high. 
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Evan Praskin Reports 05/29/24: Central California Surf

Evan Praskin Reports 05/29/24: Central California Surf

 

Central California Coast:

The surf is HOT! ... I repeat the surf is HOT!

Hello all you fellow surf chargers and suds club members. If you haven’t caught on yet, the stripers are out and hungry all along our central California coastline. Good numbers of fish are being caught all along the beaches south of the gate and down to the corner on Monterey bay. Not only are we catching the spunky stripers, but good sized perch are taking the same size clousers as the bass.

May/June are my absolute favorite months for hitting the surf. We usually have good tides/swells and low AM winds. Top of the incoming tides are producing as well as the drop off falling tide. One thing we always say is fish a changing tide either incoming or outgoing, this gets the fish active and moving. Go to flies would be a 3-4 inch clouser in chartreuse/white, black/cinnamon, or red/red. These will all catch bass and perch.

Keep hunting that different looking water, holes and shelf’s that are reachable and closer to shore. The fishing should continue to be good through the summer months into September. As the summer winds down we tend to see less numbers, but much larger fish. The good news is some very nice sized fish are already showing up in the 27+ inch range!

Please remember to Catch and release the big mammas when you can, watch your back casts, and wade cautiously! Hope to see y’all on the beach, live the stoke! 

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Bryce Tedford Reports 05/29/24: California Delta

California Delta:
Been a great Spring Striper season on CA Delta with mild weather & plenty of solid fish over the last past few months. Some days we have to really work for them & grind it out but it’s been good Spring overall. Spring Striper season is winding down & I’ll turn my focus to Summer fishing for Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass.
1/2 day Summer fishing for Largemouth & Smallmouth is just around the corner(June-Sept.). For Largemouth we use 7-8wt rods, floating lines & large poppers or Gurglers. For Smallmouth we use 4-5wt rods, small poppers & jig flies if they don’t eat Topwater. These trips are a great way to get novice anglers into the sport of Fly Fishing or seasoned anglers into the fun of Topwater Bass!
Finally, come Fall(Sept-Dec), I return my attention to Stripers to close out the season. I still have plenty of openings this Summer for 1/2 day Bass trips as well as Full day Fall trips for Stripers on the CA Delta. 
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Hogan Brown Reports 05/29/24: Lower Sacramento River Striper

Lower Sacramento River Striper Fishing – Fishing has been fair to good. Flows dropped this Sunday with the latest “pulse flow” and there was a bit of a weird cold front that moved through Saturday. Even with those issues fishing has been fair to good. There is a mix of fresh migratory fish, spawned-out migratory fish, and resident fish in the mix so lots of fish in the system.
 
Fish have been podded up a bit still, so it is not a steady bite as the fish move around, and finding fish is the key to stringing a day together. Most fish are in 2-8’ of water and type 7 or 5 shooting heads as clarity has improved drastically over the last 2 days are the ticket.
 
The long-term forecast shows weather in the low to high 90s and this should really stabilize fishing and conditions. That said the pulse flows can mess with the fish a bit as with this last one the river dropped between 1.5 -2’ in about 24 hours – pushing fish out of the water they were in and changing things overnight literally. The flow change does not mess with the stripers as much as it does the trout higher in the watershed but it does move them and that means finding them again.
 
June through July though should be great fishing with a phenomenal migratory run of fish and plenty of water to keep both the holdover migratory fish and resident fish happy.
June Open Dates 13, 14

Capt. Hogan Brown 

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report, Yuba, Sac Stripers, Feather River

Ben Thompson Reports on 5.9.2024

River Stripers- Fish are spread throughout the rivers with the majority around Colusa. It can get crowded until the end of May when most of the conventional boats thin out. The pre-front bite last had some quality fish on the chew and we were fortunate to land some of them. Standard Adachi style rattle clousers have been the go to lately. I still have availability in June and July to chase linesiders.

Northern California Striper Fishing
 
Lower Feather River- The low flow section is at 592cfs, with the high flow around 10,000cfs. Fish have been primarily eating caddis with some on worms and baetis. Good time of year to swing birds nest or leeches, high flow not recommended for bank anglers.
 
Northern California Trout Fishing
 
Lower Yuba River- 5,670 cfs as of today, not recommended for wade anglers and only seriously proficient rowers. At these higher flows, fish will sit in the soft edges. Big attention getters like rubberlegs and large caddis are a go to in big water. When the flows come down a bit we look forward to a good hopper season throughout this summer!

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California Delta Stripers and Summertime Bass

 

Capt. Bryce Tedford Reports on 5.8.2024

 
It's been a great Spring Striper season on CA Delta with mild weather & plenty of solid fish in the mix! Some days we have to really work for them & grind it out but it’s been good fishing overall. My Spring Striper season is all but booked up, but  I will soon turn my focus to Summer fishing for Largemouth & Smallmouth on the Fly. 
 
Delta Striper Fishing
 
Half-day excursions and prime Summer fishing for Largemouth & Smallmouth is just around the corner (June-Sept.). For Largemouth we use 7-8wt rods, floating lines & large poppers or Gurglers. For Smallmouth we use 4-5wt rods, small poppers & jig flies if they don’t eat topwater. These trips are a great way to get new people into the sport or just fun in the sun for seasoned anglers to chase topwater Bass!
 
Delta Striper Fishing
 
Finally, come Fall (Sept-Dec), I turn my attention back to Stripers to finish the year. I still have plenty of openings in the Summer for 1/2 day Bass trips as well as Full day trips in the Fall for Stripers! 
 
Delta Striper Fishing
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Central Coast Surf Madness!

Central Coast Surf Madness!

Central Coast Surf Fishing

This season has been a record one for the number of fish we have been seeing/ hearing about on the Central California Coast Line. Striper are being caught throughout Seaside and up into Half Moon bay. 

Many more fish in the "Shaker" category have been found but many other "keeper" sized fish are in the mix as well. No monsters reported as of late, but that is to be expected post Striper Spawn.

Evan Praskin Reports:

The striper run this year is off to a crazy good start with nice fish already mixed in with the Diaper stripers.

 

I have the feeling this year will be one of those magical Surf Stripers years like we have been waiting for. Bass are being caught from Santa Cruz county all the way to the corner in Seaside with many fish in the 20-24” class and chunky.

 

These fish will remain in our system throughout the summer and get nice and fat on the baitfish that hold in Monterey bay. We should be seeing some mega Bass throughout the summer months.

 

Perch fishing has also been great for many anglers with some nice sized Barred beauties in the 15” range. If you head out, I’d be fishing 3-5” clouser patterns like the Adachi which should produce both species. Of course my go to Trench Bomb will be landing fish all season.

 

Can’t forget to mention that halibut are also in the mix right now with some legal length fish being landed on flatter sections of the coastline. You just never know what you will hook out here this time of year!

 

Be safe, watch your back casts, and I’ll see you on the beach!

 

 LCO Surf Clinics are in full swing! Join in this Spring/ Summer for a great event that welcomes you into the surf. We aim to help you develop a foundation that is based in understanding the surf, the equipment and the fish that we may run into out on the water.

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