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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Trout, Steelhead, Bass, Shad - To Many Choices Report!

I am still shaking my head in disbelieft of how great the fishing was this spring and how this warm weather continues to put out great fishing in the valley. I hope that you were one of the lucky few that got to experience this springs epic trips. Here is the good news - The fishing is holding strong and there are lots of opportunities to do more fishing in the upcoming months. If you are into trout, bass, shad, or steelhead then we can find a trip for you. Check out my email to see what the next 8 weeks is going to hold. Dont miss out on some awesome early summer fishing. Openings: May 28-30 June 2, 3-5, 7, 10-12, 16, 17-18, 26, 28-30 July 1, 4-7,8-9, 11-12, 15-25, 29-31 Shad Dates June 2, 3-5, 7, 10-12, 17-18 Lower Sac: Currently the Lower Sac is fishing really solid. Most days right now we are hooking 40-50 fish. The higher flows have really made the fish happy. Currently the river is holding at 12,000 cfs. This is perfect for fishing the lower river from Barge Hole down to Bend. This is one of my favorite times of year as we get to fish the Swirls, the Rocks, Clay Ledges, and all kinds of other weird water. Watch out because as the flows increase the lower river is going to go off. Want to get off the standard Posse Grounds to Anderson float then the summertime is for you. The big fish on the upper river are still an option but its a blast to fish the lower river. Currently the best fishing is from 10AM - 3PM and the hot flies have been eng things, sucker spawn, tan birds nest, etc. Feather: The Feather still has plenty of fish in it. I would say this year the Feather is going to be fishable all the way till the early parts of June. This last week I was having some great luck hooking 15-20 fish per day. Not to often do you get to fish in 90 degree weather and do some steelhead fishing. I have been focusing my efforts on the Low Flow as it seems most of the fish are in the upper parts of the system now. Hot flies have been caddis, caddis, and caddis. Literally anything tan should catch them. I only have a few more days open before the Feather season is going to be over. Bass: I know that most of you don't get excited about bass fishing. You think of the typical angler at the Bass Master Classic decked out in all kind of sponsor patches and holding up two big bucketmouths. Well lets say that fly fishing for bass is nothing like that. I have quickly gained the ability to take you to some incredible bass fishing spots whether that is private water or on the Sacramento River itself. This is seriously one of my favorite game fish to chase with a fly rod locally. The top water fishing is insane and if you want to sight fish then we have that opportunity as well. Come give it a try this summer and see if you don't leave wanting more! I have started guiding Luk Lake. For those of you who dont know about Luk Lake it is the best topwater bass fishing that I have ever seen. Come on out and do and evening topwater trip to check out this special place. Luk Lake space is Limited. Shad: The Shad are making their way up the Sacramento River as we speak. Typically this run is very short every year. There is about 5 prime weeks of shad fishing near Chico. So if you want to catch a bunch of fish in a very short period of time then this is the trip for you. This is the perfect half day trip. Meet in Chico at 4PM and fish till dark for $250. Reserve your spot ASAP for the migration as last year was epic. If this year is half the run of last year then I will be one happy guide. Hope all of you are well and getting some fishing. Thanks for the support over the last several years. I am lucky to be able to take people out on the water and show them the ins and outs of fishing in the north valley. Email me with questions or to inquire about availabilities. Tight Lines. Ryan Johnston