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OUTDOORS

Cold, wet and windy

By: Kirby Desha/Guest Columist for The News Messenger
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Cold, wet and windy sounds like an old country song, doesn’t it? Well, that pretty much describes the fishing conditions right now.

The good news is that we should have a righteous springtime once it warms up a little and the local lakes are open again. Still, there is some action going on for the intrepid anglers, some pretty good stuff if you know where to look.

Sturgeon action has picked up in the delta thanks to the muddy water and the six-pack charter guys are scoring big fish on eel. Striped bass fishing is slower due to the cold water, best action coming on the anchor with anchovies or frozen shad.

The low water ramp is open at Folsom and Browns Ravine will open soon. Guys are catching bass, but the dirty water makes it tough going.

Some steelhead have showed up in the American and Feather rivers. The best action for steelhead remains in the southern Oregon rivers.

A few oversized sturgeon have been caught on the Sacramento near Knights Landing. Ghost shrimp, pile worm, nightcrawlers, eel and roe will get bites.

Some nice holdover trout are being caught at Donner Lake from shore and top lining large plugs for mackinaw is pretty good too.

Right now the best, local trout fishing is at Lake Camanche. Collins Lake has been cold and muddy; not much going on there, but still some fish being caught both trolling and from shore.

Bass fishing is decent at both Bullards Bar and Camp Far West. The Dark Day ramp is open at Bullards and there is no problem launching at Camp Far West.

Rollins and Englebright lakes reported very little pressure with the bad weather. Oroville is open to 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Make plans to visit the International Sportsman’s Expo Jan. 21-24 at Cal Expo. Over 600 companies will be there covering everything from fishing, hunting, boating and travel destinations. If you are at all interested in any outdoors recreation, it’s a must-see event.