LAKE OROVILLE — Perch bite remains decent for fine spotted bass with Bass Union Finesse Football jigs paired with a Yamamoto two-tailed grub or a Bass Union Weedless Darter Head with 4.5-inch Roboworms. Points in the 30 fish range are possible and the best action is around the bait balls. Fishing for king salmon has been good or bad, but there are still quality smelts that are caught by rolling anchovies or pulling imitation pond smelt up to 60 feet deep all along the main river channel. The area in front of the houseboats proved to be productive. The key uses an 8″ Green Tornado or TopCoat Flasher. The numbers are not the same as last year, but there are more kings. Loafer Creek is the best start, but the spillway is open again with 6-7 lanes and more parking. The Lime Saddle descent is another option as there are many entrances to the lake. The lake dropped slightly to 52 percent.
LAKE SHASTA – Perch bites have eased a bit with the change in weather but are still very good as solid numbers are still being caught near the dam, Little Backbone Creek or Big Backbone Inlet on a mix of lures including Whopper Ploppers, Choppos, Spooks or lipless wobblers fished right off the coastline. The fish are slightly less aggressive, fish slower and be patient. Trees in the Pit and Squaw continue to produce plastic or wave lures. The activity of salmon and kokanee has increased significantly. Productive areas were the Sacramento arm and Digger Bay or deep water near Bridge Bay, especially for salmon. Trout are caught in depths of 35 to 45 feet, and salmon weighing up to 8 pounds are caught in depths of up to 80 feet. Solo spoons, combo flashers, dodger/hoochie presentations, side gliders, divers and downriggers trolled at 2.0 to 2.2 mph. everyone is fishing. Trout and salmon chase bait and speed can be increased if they are not fishing at slower speeds. The lake level was kept at around 40 percent.
FEATHER RIVER – Shad bite is slow. The fish remain scattered throughout the river with small, large concentrations. The best action remains in the lower reaches of the river near Star Bend. Currents in Gridley are steady at 3760 feet per second.
Sacramento River, from Keswick Reservoir to Red Bluff – The trout below Highway 44 remain very good with the largest fish in the upper river between Redding and Red Bluff. Rubber feet, PMD and Caddis models continue to be produced.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, from Colusa to Tisdale – The stripper acts slowly, mainly resident fish and shakers. Smallmouth and largemouth fishing remains good on spinnerbaits or surface baits, and good catfish bites are observed on a bait with a bait. The flow of the river at the Colus Bridge decreased slightly to 3356 cubic feet per second.
SACREMENTO RIVER Metro Area – The stripper action is over, only a few shakers are reported. Some post-spawning fish are still upriver near Colusa, which may be moving downstream. Local action has shifted mainly to crappie and perch in shallow water. Flows in Verona dropped slightly to 7149 cubic feet per second.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek – The water condition in Lower Trinity is perfect and the river is reported to be full of traveling spring kings. The figures calculated at the Junction City weir show a very good return to date. As of Sunday, Hoopa’s gauge flow was 1,640 cubic feet per second. The spring chinook fishery on the Trinity River (upstream of the South Fork-Trinity River confluence) will open on July 1.
AMERICAN RIVER / Above Folsom – The river is now open for bait and the current is great for fishing as there were thunderstorms in the afternoon. Few anglers take advantage of the conditions and it is best to operate further away from hotspots. Anglers will have to walk around to find the best action. The river is now in good condition as the flow increased again from 1402 to 1641 fps at Chile Bar, but it will continue to fall during the summer months.
AMERICAN/Sacramento RIVER — The shad’s bite was successful, but with a lower concentration of fish. Boats operated in the lower river below Paradise Rapids, but increased flow may allow shallower boats to operate further upriver. Fishing from the shore was difficult. Models such as Lipstick, Firecracker or Green Weeny are best, or spinning fishing with shed darts, pink curly larvae with a light head, Sabiki Rigs or small baubles dressed in some kind of flash. Flows at Fair Oaks have risen from 1958 to 2182 cubic feet per second. due to emissions from Folsom Lake.