Striper action is hot now |

Striper action is hot now

The striper bite has finally taken off on the Sacramento River.

For the past week, limits have been the rule for anglers fishing the Colusa area. More anglers are heading up river than down from Colusa, but Garret at Kittles Outdoor in Colusa says “that it doesn’t matter which direction you go.” The most productive method has been live minnows. But trolling plugs, casting soft plastic worms and fishing cut bait are all producing limits.

The water temps are in the low 60s and there was a bit of spawning activity with the full moon last weekend. Best guess is that the bite will last through the full moon in mid June.

Meanwhile, back on the Feather River, the best striper fishing in recent memory continues. Last week the mouth of the Yuba continued to be one of the hottest spots. The water temps are near the 60 degree mark and there was some spawning taking place in the Feather last week. But this is the best and most long lasting striper run on the Feather since either the mid 80s or back to the hey days of the 1960s depending on who you ask. It is not that there is an abundance of stripers in the north state, rather it is that much of the run ended up in the Feather.

If you have not gone you should make the time to go. These are destined to be “the good old days” we speak of in years to come.

Up river near Oroville, there are salmon, sturgeon and shad in the Afterbay Hole. The problem is the amount of water coming over the Afterbay Dam. The flows are 13,400 cfs which results in heavy white water across the surface of the hole to the opposite bank. Some boaters have braved the flows, but it is hazardous. Bank fishing is also difficult. Watch the flows on the internet and if the flows decline the fishing will be good. There has been little movement of the fish up into the low flow section where conditions are 600 cfs.

Up on Lake Oroville, the bass fishing last weekend continued to be excellent. The full moon on Saturday marked a peak in the spring spawn. I expect the catching to taper off with a post spawn bite. The water surface temp has reached 73 degrees, so expect lots of water skiing pressure on weekends.

I fished Rollins one evening last week. the bass were up against the bank and willing to bite. The largest fish of the trip was a crappie. Look for the crappie in the numerous flooded brush piles. At sundown, we were near the You Bet Road access. After the sun was off the water there were a lot of fish rising. They turned out to be brown trout. I suspect there was a recent plant of browns because they were all between 8 and 10 inches. We took fish with shallow running small lures. A fly presentation would have been the ticket if we had been properly equipped. This does bode well for the future of brown trout fishing here in the cold weather months.

As of last week, Bowman Lake Road located off Highway 20 is dry pavement as far as the turn off to the boat launch ramp at Fuller Lake. The ramp is still snowed in. Near the dam the snow has melted of . I have not been able to get any reports, but it should be warm enough soon.

Up in the Truckee area, Stampede has been producing well for the kokanee fishermen. Last week the fish were up close to the surface. As fast as the lower elevation lakes have been warming, I expect the fish to be moving deeper in the near future.

The best trout fishing report I have had is from Bridgeport Reservoir 2 hours south of Reno on U.S. 395, outside of Bridgeport. The trout have been consistently weighing in between 3 to 4 pounds. A boat has been a must to get good access.


Denis Peirce writes a weekly column for The Union and is host of “The KNCO Fishing & Outdoor Report,” which airs 6-7 p.m. Fridays and 5-6 a.m. Saturdays on 830-AM radio. He may be reached via e-mail at

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