Prospects look very good on Northern California trout streams and lakes for tomorrow’s trout season opener.
The closest stream to Sonoma for decent trout action is the East Branch of the Russian River north of Lake Mendocino. It’s about a two-hour drive from here and the Department of Fish and Wildlife planted it with rainbow trout this week.
Although you can fish for trout (steelhead smelt) in Sonoma Creek above the Adobe Canyon Road Bridge, low water conditions limit your chances of success.
Rainbow trout were planted in Marin’s Bon Tempe Lake this week, and Lake Ralphine in Santa Rosa gets another load next week.
Fall River and Hat Creek are in excellent shape for fly fishers. Other northern streams like the Upper and Lower Sacramento, Yuba River, McCloud River, Klamath River and Pit River also offer great conditions for anglers.