Fishing Report January 13, 2012
Best fishing is in north state
Anglers should head north to the Sacramento River near Redding, the Trinity, the Klamath and even the Pit River for good trout and steelhead fishing this week. The waters are low, but the fish are in, and the action has been good for most anglers.
Bob Grace at the Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir says the upper Sac is also fishing fair to good and the water remains low.
Slightly closer to Sonoma is the lower Yuba River just east of Marysville, which has a large and healthy population of native rainbow trout. The fishing there has been fair to good recently and it is a great place for a day trip from Sonoma.
If tasty seafood delights are why you go fishing, then consider Capt. Rick Powers combo trips out of Bodega Bay for Dungeness crab and sand dabs. Sand dabs are a relative of halibut and sole and they are delicious. Rick says that there are no limits on them. Crab catches are still high. Rick's "Crab and Dab" combo trip is $100 for the day. He is also planning some giant Humboldt squid and crab combo trips this month for the same price.
Call him at 875-3344.
Joey Sinkay at Leonard's Bait Shop at Port Sonoma said sturgeon fishing in the north bay east of the Pump House has been good this week for anglers using his live shrimp for bait.
He also had one customer who brought in a 37-inch striped bass caught on live pile worms this week.
Keith Fraser says while sturgeon fishing has been OK, the tides get much better next week and fishing should improve. He added that rain would also help the fishing.
If you've always wondered about fishing for these prehistoric monster fish, Keith is holding his annual seminar "Sturgeon Fishing in Bay Area Waters," on Saturday, February 4 at the Marin Rod and Gun Club. Tickets are only $5 and the speakers include Keith and culinary expert Mike McNair. The event starts at 7:15 p.m. Call Keith at (415)456-0321.
The big International Sportsmen's Expo begins next Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds in Sacramento and runs through Sunday, Jan. 22.
This is a fabulous way to spend a winter's day. Tickets are $15, and free for youths and children 15 and under. There are hundreds of exhibitors for fishing and hunting, travel and vacations, RVs and campers, all kinds of fishing tackle, hunting gear, outfitters offering trips, people representing fishing and hunting lodges, and lots of seminars. There is a National Dock Dogs Contest, raffles, a sporting dog arena, California Sportsmen Theater, fly-fishing theater, trophy deer displays, predator hunting seminars, and much more. To get more info go to www.sportsexpos.com and then click on Sacramento.
Department of Fish and Game will plant rainbow trout in Santa Rosa's Lake Ralphine and Marin's Bon Tempe Lake and Napa's Lake Berryessa next week.