Fishing Report November 4, 2011
Steelhead are running on the Trinity, the Klamath and other Northern California and Oregon Rivers. Local fly fishers who want to learn the best way to catch steelhead are invited to attend a special class on Spey casting (two-handed) this Sunday, Nov. 6, at Leland Fly Fishing Ranch in Sonoma.
Bill Lowe, Leland's lead instructor, will be offering this basic casting seminar from nine to noon. The Spey technique as taught by Lowe, is not only good for distance, but extremely efficient and easy on the wrists, arms and shoulders. Rods, reels, line provided. Bring your own waders, boots and bag lunch. For more information or to register call 939-6910, or visit http://www.flyfishingoutfitters.com/p/s/viewitem.aspx?pid=edu-lel-scho-spe.
Striped Bass fishing is really good in local waters and in the Bay this week. Keith Fraser and Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael and Joel Sinkay at Leonard's Bait Shop at Port Sonoma. The best action for shore-based anglers is off China Camp and off the bank at Port Sonoma. Angles fishing the mouth of Sonoma Creek and along the Napa River are also catching bass. Live bullheads are the best bait choice, followed by live shiners and live shrimp.
Dungeness Crab sports fishing season opens Saturday off the Sonoma Coast and locals can go out with Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing on a combination crab and rock fish trip for $100. Rock and ling cod action has been excellent Rick says, and test surveys indicate that the crabs are big, fat and plentiful. Call Rick at 875-3344.
Fly fishing in the upper Sacramento River is fair to good says Bob Grace at the Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir. Look for this weekend's storms to change the fishing for the better (if it doesn't get too heavy).