LAKE Shasta — The bass bite has cooled a bit with changing weather, but it is still very good with solid numbers still being taken near the dam, in Little Backbone Creek, or Big Backbone Inlet on a mix of lures including Whopper Ploppers, Choppos, Spooks, or lipless crankbaits fished right on the shoreline. The fish are a bit less aggressive, fish more slowly and be patient. The trees in the Pit and Squaw continue to produce on plastics or wake baits. Salmon and kokanee action has picked up significantly. Productive areas have been the Sacramento Arm and Digger Bay or the deep water near Bridge Bay, especially for salmon. Trout have been holding in the 35- to 45-foot range and salmon to 8 pounds have been taken as deep as 80 feet. Solo spoons, flasher combos, dodger/hoochie presentations, side planers, divers, and downriggers trolled at 2.0- to 2.2 mph. are all taking fish. The trout and salmon are chasing baits and speeds can be bumped up if they don’t hit at the slower speeds. The lake level held at 40 percent.
FEATHER RIVER — The shad bite is slow. The fish remain spread out throughout the river with few large concentrations. The best action remains on the lower river near Star Bend. The flows at Gridley are steady at 3760 cfs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Keswick Reservoir to Red Bluff — Trout action below Highway 44 remains very good with the largest fish in the upper river between Redding to Red Bluff. Rubber legs, PMD’s and Caddis patterns have continued to produce.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Colusa to Tisdale — Striper action is slow with mostly resident fish and shakers. Smallmouth and largemouth action remains good on spinnerbaits or topwater lures, and there has been a decent catfish bite on cut bait. River flow at Colusa Bridge dropped slightly to 3356 cfs.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Metro area — Striper action is over with only a few shakers reported. Some post-spawn fish still holding up-river near Colusa that may move down. Local action has shifted mostly to crappie and bass in the small water. The flows at Verona have dropped slightly to 7149 cfs.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek — Water conditions are perfect on the lower Trinity and the river is reportedly full of traveling spring kings. Numbers counted at the Junction City wear show a very healthy return to date. As of Sunday, flows were 1,640 cfs on the Hoopa gauge. The spring chinook salmon fishery on the Trinity (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River) will open July 1.
AMERICAN RIVER/Above Folsom — The river is now open for bait, and the flows are excellent for fishing as there have been some thunderstorms in the afternoons. Few angles are taking advantage of the conditions, and the best action is farther from the access points. Anglers will have to walk to find the best action. The river is in good shape right now as the flows rose again from 1402 to 1641 cfs at Chili Bar, but they will continue to drop throughout the summer months.
AMERICAN RIVER/Sacramento — The shad bite has been hit and miss with fewer concentrations of fish. Boats have been working the lower river below Paradise Rapids, but increased flows may allow shallow running boats to work further upriver. Bank fishing has been difficult. Patterns like the Lipstick, Firecracker, or Green Weeny, or spin fishing with shad darts, pink curly tail grubs with a light sink head, Sabiki Rigs, or small spinners dressed in some flash are the best bet. The flows at Fair Oaks have risen from 1,958 to 2,182 cfs. due to releases out of Folsom Lake.