TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek: The Willow Creek area should be fishable at least through Monday below the South Fork. The next storm is forecast to push flows above 6,000 cfs at Hoopa, which will likely turn the water dirty. The Lower Trinity closed to adult retention as of Nov. 1. Downstream of the Highway 299 Bridge at Cedar Flat to the Denny Road Bridge in Hawkins Bar is closed to fishing September 1 through December 31. As of Sunday, flows were nearing 2,850 cfs on the Hoopa gauge.
AMERICAN RIVER/Sacramento: Most water is being held behind Nimbus Dam, and the flows are holding at 581 cfs at Fair Oaks. The upper river from the Power Lines at Ancil Hoffman Park is closed, but the lower river is kicking out more salmon along with scattered reports of early steelhead.
AMERICAN RIVER/Above Folsom: The flows have backed off from a high of 1411 to 154 cfs at Chili Bar, and the river is clear and fishable. The American River watershed above Folsom Dam is closed to bait fishing on September 30 th with only catch/release with artificials on barbless hooks allowed until the week prior to Memorial Day.
FEATHER RIVER: The lower river near Yuba has started to clear, and if this next storm doesn’t drop too much rain, the river should fish well. The Outlet Hole down to the Live Oak boat ramp is now closed for the season. Half-pounders and resident trout starting to pick up, and there is a fresh push of salmon below Live Oak-Star Bend area. Water flows at Gridley are at 857cfs., and they have dropped to normal at Boyd’s Landing at 1644 cfs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Chico: The water levels at Red Bluff dropped back down to almost normal at 5221cfs with Colusa Bridge down to 5297cfs.The river has been dirty and muddy with guides switching over to the metropolitan Sacramento area.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Metro area: The river is still off-color but clearing and fishable. There has been a fresh push of chromers, and decent numbers being caught with plenty being marked. Brad’s Cut Plugs in Jack Pot or Black Jack behind the new 360 Evolution flasher has been the most effective. The river is running 11,910 cfs. at Freeport.
LAKE OROVILLE: The lake rose from 25 to 28 percent, and a few brave bass fishermen launched at the newly-opened ramp at the Spillway to find excellent action for both spotted and largemouth bass to 4 pounds tossing umbrella rigs. A troller attempted to find the king salmon in the main channel, but he lost a downrigger in the trees. It will take far more water to get out of the trees.
LAKE SHASTA: The bass bite has been solid and the stained water is having very little effect. John Boitano of JB’s Guide Service reported that the Hat, McCloud, Pit, and Squaw arms are all fishing well. There has been a very good crank bait bite using lipless cranks, underspins in a shad pattern or bright spinners. He recommends fishing tight up to the bank using Senko’s, Z Man TRD’s and green pumpkin Goby’s or weighted plastics in the clear water. There has been some ripbait action mid-day, fish taken have been big, but hard to catch. Be slow and cautious driving your boat. Most of the shallow spots are no marked on the map and there has been plenty of debris washed into the lake. The lake rose slightly to 23 percent of capacity, and Bridge Bay is one of the only launch ramps available.
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