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OUTDOORS

KIRBY'S KATCH

Local outdoor roundup
By: Kirby Desha for The News Messenger
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Before we get to the fishing report, my condolences go out to anyone who has suffered loss from these terrible fires in our area. I lived in California for over 30 years and, while we have had some bad fire seasons before, I’ve never witnessed anything like this.

So here is a shout out to the first responders and fire crews who have been working round the clock. These folks are real heroes.

Now here’s the local fishing news.

Salmon continue to move through the area and anglers are picking up some nice fish on both the Sacramento and American rivers. The Outlet Hole on the Feather River up near Oroville will close soon and a lot of those fish are spawned out, but fresh fish are still available below Live Oak.

Some folks have had success drifting roe under a bobber on the American River near Sunrise. Bank fishing is decent for those throwing Flying Cs. Trolling is good between Miller Park and Garcia Bend.

Trout fishing is starting to pick up as the water cools. Fish are moving up from the depths, although it’s still not there yet. We tried for a few hours this weekend at Collins and had no hits, from the surface down to 30 feet. 

A lake record rainbow was caught recently at New Melones. The 8-pound-4-ounce fish was landed on a Cripplure at 55 feet. Farther north, at places such as lakes Almanor and Lewiston, trollers are now catching fish in the top 20 feet.

Bass are hitting at most lakes as the cool weather is bringing them up and they are feeding to get ready for the winter. I’ve been catching decent numbers at Camp Far West and Collins.

After striking out on trout in the morning at Collins this weekend, my daughter Raina and I switched to bass and had a good day drop shotting or slow cranking shad imitation soft plastics. Anglers fishing in the delta are getting good numbers of bass along with small stripers.

Smaller fish are plentiful at Lake Oroville, using top water plugs in the morning and senkos and tubes later in the day. The only ramp open now is at Bidwell Marina.

Party boats and six-packs are still having good days with salmon on the ocean outside of the Golden Gate Bridge. Limits of rockfish and lings are being caught from Half Moon Bay to Fort Bragg. Inside San Francisco Bay, boats are getting limits of stripers.