Sonoma fly-fisher Beth Aaron had the best two days of trout fishing of her life over the Thanksgiving holiday, while her husband, Joe, and friends Tom and Deb Engel, did pretty darn good as well, pulling lots of 14-to-16-inch rainbow trout from the chilly waters of Lewiston Lake.
Their Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated at a cabin right on the Trinity River, of which Lewiston Lake is a part. Joe said the river water was so low that they chose not to do their usual drift of the Trinity for steelhead, and instead fished for trout on Lewiston Lake.
Their guide was Kit Carson (yes, that’s his name) owner of the Trinity Fly Shop.
Just a few yards from their lake boat launch, they found a large pod of rainbows feeding in gin-clear water that was less than four feet deep. Using bead-head nymphs stripped rapidly through the water, they had almost nonstop action through the morning.
Beth caught more trout than anybody.
They were so tired after the first morning’s fishing that they actually needed to slow down and rest in the afternoon. While the pods of trout were scattered from one end of the lake to the other, Joe said the largest (and most difficult to catch) were near the dam.
The next day, with absolutely no wind and clear, still water, the action was not as hot as the first day, but once again, Beth caught the most, and one of her fish was over 18 inches long.
You know you are a dedicated fly-fisher, when that is how you spend your Thanksgiving.
“Dottie, do you think that next year we could …?”
Closer to Sonoma, Ronny Jacobsen sent me a couple of photos of some very nice striped bass he caught last weekend in the Napa River near Cuttings Wharf. Using anchovies for bait, Ronny brought in a 14-pound, 25-incher, and another that was 21 inches long. Stripers are in the river and in the north waters right now.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted trout in Lake Ralphine this week. Ralphine is part of Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa and has many public access points. The lake also has bass and bluegill. It is an easy place to take children to fish.
Keith Fraser, of Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael, said this week that bass fishing near the Pump House was excellent. With lots of stripers caught by anglers using mud suckers and bullheads. Some anglers were using live shrimp and catching bass as well as some sturgeon.
Off the Sonoma Coast, the rock and lingcod action has been red hot for clients of Capt. Rick Powers, of Bodega Bay Sportfishing. In addition, every angler is usually bringing home full limits of Dungeness crab. Depending on the weather, now is an excellent time to go.
Bass fishing at Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa has been fair to good, depending on the weather. Anglers who know those waters manage to find fish.
Low water conditions have made the steelhead and salmon action on the Northern California and Southern Oregon rivers hit and miss. The Klamath is probably offering the best shot. Although, if you want good trout fishing, the Trinity at Lewiston Lake will provide it now.
If you want to go further north this month, I’d call Jim Andras, Andras Outfitters, 530-722-7992, to arrange a guided trip on either the Rogue or Klamath, or whatever river Jim says is best right now.
Fly-fishers are finding some fair to good trout fishing on the upper Sacramento River above Lake Shasta, and in the area of the lower Sac between Redding and Red Bluff.