No matter where you fish, you are going to need a new 2014 fishing license. Locally you can buy them at Brocco’s Old Barn on Arnold Drive. You can also buy them online at dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.
If you are heading north to Oregon, you can find them online at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website, outdoorcentral.net.
Steelhead and trout fishing is pretty good right now in the Klamath River, Rogue River and Trinity River. A little closer (only a three-hour drive) is the Sacramento River between Redding and Red Bluff, where the trout fishing has also been good.
The upper Klamath is producing excellent steelhead fishing, plus lots of half-pounders.
The best guide for drifting the Klamath and Rogue is Jim Andras, Andras Outfitters, 530-722-7992.
For the Trinity and Sacramento, I’d call the Fly Shop in Redding, 800-669-3474. Guide Kirk Portocarrero, 530-221-6151, also will take you on a Trinity River or Sacramento River drift for trout and steelhead.
The upper Sacramento River near Dunsmuir is also fair to good right now for trout, although it is cold in the mornings and fishes better later morning into the afternoon. Check with Bob Grace, at the Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir, 530-235-2969, for the latest conditions.
The best fishing near us is still off the Sonoma Coast where you can catch rockcod, lingcod and a limit of dungeness crab all on the same day trip out of Bodega Bay. Capt. Rick Powers, of Bodega Bay Sportfishing, is your best contact. Call him at 875-3344.
Bay fishing this week has been surprisingly good for sturgeon near the Pump House, reports Keith Fraser, at Loch Lomond Bait Shop. One guy caught and released a seven-and-a-half-foot monster this week. Keith books Bay party boats. Call him at 415-456-0321.
Fishing at Clear Lake, Berryessa and Lake Sonoma has been slow. Not many anglers or many reports.
This is a pretty good time to pick up some live bullheads or even frozen shrimp or anchovies and head over to the Napa River where you can fish off the bank and get lots of action on undersized striped bass, plus an occasional keeper. You also have the chance of tying into a big sturgeon. The Cuttings Wharf area has access.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking rainbow trout in Santa Rosa’s Lake Ralphine and Marin’s Bon Tempe Lake next week.
The annual Sportsmen’s Expo in Sacramento is less than a week away and runs from next Thursday, Jan. 9, to Sunday, Jan. 12. This huge event for outdoor folks takes place at the Cal Expo grounds and features hundreds of booths with fishing and hunting outfitters and guides; fishing tackle and gear; hunting products and gear; boats, motors and marine accessories; travel, vacations, lodges and resorts; RVs, campers, outdoor apparel and so much more. There is 20,000 square feet devoted to youth. To get more info, go to sportsexpos.com.