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This week in Northern California fishing:

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This Week's Trout Plants

The general trout season opens this Saturday, April 26th, and there's a whole lotta stocking goin' on in preparation.

Here are all the waters getting trout plants this week:

  • Alpine County - Alpine Lake; Carson River, East & West Forks; Markleeville Creek
  • Butte County - Big Butte Creek
  • Calaveras County - Angels Creek; Stanislaus River, North Fork; White Pines Lake
  • Colusa County - Letts Lake
  • Fresno County - Big Creek, Huntington; Dinkey Creek; Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam; Tamarack Creek; Wishon Reservoir
  • Inyo County - Baker Creek; Big Pine Creek; Bishop Creek, Lower, Middle & South Forks; Cottonwood Creek; Diaz Lake; Georges Creek; Goodale Creek; Independence Creek; Lone Pine Creek; North Lake; Owens River, below Tinnemaha; Owens River, Section 2; Pleasant Valley Reservoir; Shepherd Creek; Taboose Creek; Tinnemaha Creek; Tuttle Creek
  • Kern County - Alder Creek; Cedar Creek; Kern River, Sections 1-5
  • Lake County - Blue Lake, Upper
  • Lassen County - Ash Creek, Upper; Bailey Reservoir; Eagle Lake; Susan River, Lower & Upper; West Valley Reservoir
  • Madera County - Big Creek, Madera; Chiquito Creek, West Fork; Chiquito Creek, Lower; Corrine Lake; Fish Creek; Lewis Creek; Manzanita Lake; Nelder Creek; Rock Creek; Willow Creek, North Fork
  • Marin County - Bon Tempe Lake
  • Mariposa County - Big Creek, Madera; Merced River, Section II
  • Mendocino County - Russian River, East Branch
  • Modoc County - Annie Lake; Briles Reservoir; Pine Creek Reservoir; Reservoir "F"; Stough Reservoir; West Valley Reservoir
  • Mono County - Bridgeport Reservoir; Buckeye Creek; Convict Creek; Convict Lake; Deadman Creek; Glass Creek; Grant Lake; Gull Lake; June Lake; Lee Vining Creek; Little Walker River; Lundy Lake; Mammonth Creek; Mcgee Creek; Mill Creek; Molybdenite Creek; Robinson Creek; Rock Creek, Sections 1 & 2; Rush Creek; Sherwin Creek; Silver Lake; Upper & Lower Twin Lake, Bridgeport; Virginia Creek; West Walker River, Sections 2 & 3
  • Monterey County - Nacimiento River, Upper
  • Nevada County - Prosser Reservoir
  • Placer County - French Meadows Reservoir; Lake Valley Reservoir
  • Plumas County - Little Grass Valley Reservoir
  • Shasta County - Baum Lake; Burnery Creek, Lower, Middle & Upper; Clark Creek, Lower; Cow Creek North (Little Cow Creek); Fall River Lake; Hat Creek, Middle & Upper; Hatchet Creek; Iron Canyon Reservoir; McCloud Reservoir; Montgomery Creek; Rock Creek, below Britton; Sacramento River; Whiskeytown Lake
  • Siskiyou County - Antelope Creek; Bass Lake; Butte Creek; Cold Creek; Eden Ponds; Juanita Lake; Kangaroo Lake; Kidder Creek, Orchard Camp; McCloud River, Fowlers, Lower Falls; Orr Lake; Sacramento River; Sacramento River, South Fork; Siskiyou Lake; Wagon Creek
  • Tehama County - Battle Creek, South Fork; Deer Creek; Gurnsey Creek
  • Trinity County - Carrville Pond; Coffee Creek; Trinity River, East Fork, Stuart Fork, & above Clair Engle Lake
  • Tulare County - Balch Park Lake, Lower & Upper; Bone Creek; Deer Creek; Dry Meadow Creek; Freeman Creek; Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake); Kaweah Reservoir; Kern River, Sections 5 & 6; Murry Park Pond; Nobe Young Creek; Peppermint Creek, Lower & Upper; Tule River, Middle Fork; Tule River North Fork, Middle Fork #1; Tule River South Fork, Middle Fork #2 & #3; White River
  • Tuolomne County - Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Lyons Reservoir; Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Stanislaus River, Clarks Fork, Middle Fork, North Fork & South Fork; Tuolomne River, North Fork, Middle Fork & South Fork
  • Yuba County - Collins Lake



Bass Bite Picking Up Again At Clear Lake

After some cooler temps the last week of March and first couple days of this month, the water - and the bite - is starting to warm up at Clear Lake.

We're hearing reports that the water is clearing up after recent storms, and bass are starting to move up into the shallows. 

Mobber Thomas Ostrand fished Clear Lake on Sunday and sent us his report:

The bite is picking up they haven't fully moved up yet but seems like they are on the verge of doing so.

...On a hitch hudd just dragging it on the bottom on a 7' to 13' ledge, grabbed coming down the ledge.

Thanks for the report, Thomas!

Things should only get better with the warm weather in the forecast, and everything we're hearing points to a great bite for the rest of the month pretty much no matter what you use.

If you head out to Clear Lake, we'd love to hear your report! Email us at, post your report to our Facebook page, or call and leave a message on the RodMob hotline: 855-ROD-MOB-1.


Badass Bass Attack on the Delta!

Today, our Badass Bass Attack podcast giveaway winners hit the Delta with Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sportfishing. We had an EPIC day!

The weather was perfect and the bite was ON. Captain Jay put us on the fish big time. We absolutely hammered the stripers trolling shallow at the West Bank and Old Dairy.

We hooked a ton of linesides and limited out by lunchtime.

Our thanks to Captain Jay and our winners Mike, James and Kevin for a truly "badass" day on the Delta!

Check out more pictures from today on Flickr. And stay tuned to our Facebook page, we'll be posting some cool GoPro footage there soon.


RodMob Roundup: This Week In Mobber Reports

We've had tons of fishing reports from the RodMob community this week from before and after: Lots of stripers, some sturgeon, Collins Lake trout, and even some halibut in the Bay!

We share each and every report on our weekly podcast, and post many of them on our Facebook page...but we also wanted to put together a roundup here on our blog so you can see all the reports in one place.

A huge thank you to all of you who contributed your updates this week. We really appreciate your willingness to share your catch, reports, and tips with the rest of the RodMob community!

Here's what the RodMob's been reporting:

On the Delta

James Sanchez posted this shot on our Facebook page after fishing Rio Vista today.

James Elkins caught this nice striper trolling near Isleton last week.

Jonathon Polites had an exciting trip out on the Legal Limit Sportfishing on Monday in Rio Vista: ...We hooked into seven linesides trolling in the shallows including this Big Girl. Then we had lightning strike down so close to us that we thought we all got struck! Mother Nature's way of telling us it's time to go home..! Still another great day on the Delta.

Alejandro Contreras fished Montezuma Slough last weekend, and this 4 lb 21 inch striper hit within 5 minutes of throwing swim bait. Alejandro says he also did some dino hunting: Hooked into three, one had to be over 7ft...other two never got to see, all spit the barbless hooks.

Meanwhile, Mario Cendejas found some action in Stockton.

Bobby Hightower got this keeper at Discovery on Sunday using sardine. 

Landon Gonzales sent us this picture of a 41 inch sturgeon he caught and released in Montezuma Slough.

And Ashley Walker-Goudy posted a catch and a great story this week, from a birthday fishing trip with her dad a couple of weeks ago. Here's her report:

My dad and his friend took me out trolling on my birthday. I've never really been too fond of trolling for stripers...Well, my dad and his friend both had their fancy line counter reels, and me just a regular abu garcia level wind. (Never really knowing how much line I had out) I ended up outfishing them both. My dad was skunked, and his friend only 1 keeper. I caught 4 that day! 2 keepers, and 2 small ones! 

The Bay 

Mobber Colton Smith caught this striper at the pumphouse on San Pablo Bay, using ghost shrimp. 

And Stelo415 shared this great video with us, trolling for halibut at the Alameda Rock Wall.

Collins Lake

Scott Sellers was out at Collins Lake on Wednesday and reported the trout bite had slowed down some after the rain. Here's Scott's full report:

Fished 12-7pm yesterday for two. Decent size both around 16". One on green power bait and one on a silver/blue rapala trolling. Looks like action on top is early and late then move to fishing just off bottom in the afternoon till around 5. Had several missed boys on brown trout rapala as well.

Gave them to my friend, 17 3/4". and 16 1/2". Both healthy thickness so i guess there were both about 2lb class. Makes me glad to know I UNDERestimate fishes size.

Thanks everyone!


PODCAST: Shark Fin Soup is Out, Salmon is In

In the news this week, a judge upholds the ban on shark fin soup, agribusiness tries for a Delta water grab, and a kayaker gets towed 12 miles by a shark.

Listen in for all the details:

We're just days away from salmon. Bass are on the bite at Clear Lake, Lake Oroville, and others. Kenny Priest joins us with a North Coast update, and Matt Heron calls in from the Truckee area with a fly fishing report. 

Plus we've got all the latest reports from the RodMob community!

Catch of the Week

Our catch of the week comes from Cody Gardner, who caught a huge hen fishing the Smith River. Thanks for posting Cody!

Thanks for listening and supporting the RodMob!