Dan Bacher, Fish Sniffer Editor, landed these two rainbows and two others, along with two bonus crappie, on a trip to Berryessa with Les Fernandes of Fish On Charters.

Open Water Trout And Crappie At Berryessa

The line came off the downrigger clip as Les Fernandes of Fish On Charters and I trolled in the morning ...
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Young Drew Bundy showcased his fishing skills at French Meadows Reservoir this May when he trolled up several trout including this rainbow and brown.

Trout Fishing In The High Sierras: French Meadows Reservoir!

It’s no secret that I love the High Sierra. The rugged snow mantled granite peaks, the dark timber, rushing streams ...
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Big halibut like this one are the reward for anglers drifting live bait on San Francisco Bay. Photo courtesy of the Bass Tub, San Francisco.

Halibut Boom In Recent Decades Is Result Of Efforts By Anglers

Anglers have experienced excellent fishing this season for the prized California halibut in San Francisco Bay, but few know the ...
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This woman successfully battled this big Chinook salmon while trolling outside the Golden Gate with the New Easy Rider.

Salmon, Lingcod, Halibut And Sturgeon Offer Exciting Action

If you like to fish saltwater in northern and Central California, you can take your pick of salmon, lingcod, halibut ...
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Sergey Voznyuk of Sacramento displays a hefty shad that he landed at Harrington’s Access on the American River this May.

Unveiling The Mysteries of American River Shad

One of the most popular – and least understood fish – that anglers pursue on California’s Central Valley rivers in ...
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Richard Cummings tempted this husky Feather River female striper with a minnow, while fishing with Captain Manny of MSJ Guide Service and Cal Kellogg of The Fish Sniffer on May 5. The fish was released after the photo.

Fish Sniffer Readers Smack Feather River Stripers!

The Minn Kota was keeping the boat almost stationary below the falls on the Feather River. Using the term “falls” ...
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Salmon Fishing Redlines For East Bay Trollers

Wind out of the northwest is a mixed blessing for Golden Gate salmon anglers. On one hand, several days of ...
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Late Spring Macks Offer Excellent Action

South Lake Tahoe- Mackinaw fishing is going strong for anglers that venture onto the water of Lake Tahoe. “The macks ...
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Big black crappie like this are the reward for anglers fishing docks and other structure on Clear Lake.

Clear Lake Crappie On Big Spring Bite

Clear Lake in Lake County, the largest natural lake found entirely within California, is known as the “Bass Capital of ...
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The adult winners of day two of the SMUD Rancho Seco Trout Derby pose with their trophies.

SMUD Rancho Seco Spring Trout Derby Yields Lots of Big Rainbows

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Rancho Seco Reservoir, a scenic 160-acre year round recreational facility nestled in the rolling countryside ...
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Matt VanSickle took the top spot in the adult division during the April 8 NTAC tournament at Collins Lake. He the winning rainbow on an orange Kastmaster tossed off the bank.

Fourth Annual Collins Lake Spring NTAC Trout Tourney Features Solid Fishing Despite Wind And Rain!

It’s been a familiar story this spring: a small window of fair warm weather punctuated by days of wind, rain ...
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Jason Pandolfi shows off this 5.56 lb. rainbow trout that won him third place in the Lake Amador NTAC event.

Lake Amador Delivers 6 Rainbows Over 5 Pounds During NTAC

Beautiful Lake Amador, located in the Mother Lode foothills on Jackson Creek near Ione, lived up to its a reputation ...
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Ken Lagudas of Salinas won first place in the men’s barred surfperch division of the Sand Crab Classic with this 3.14 lb. fish caught while fishing a bloodworm at the mouth of the Salinas River on March 11.

Surf Anglers Catch Biggest Barred Perch & Biggest ‘Exotic’ Fish In Sand Crab Classic History

Three hundred people from throughout the Monterey Bay area and beyond participated in the 13th Annual Sand Crab Classic Surf ...
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John used a Rapala minnow plug trolled quickly to fool this big Almanor brown on March 27. The fish was successfully release after the photo.

Trout North And South

Guess what? It’s raining again and the wind is coming in stiff gusts. I can see the pines and oaks ...
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This angler hit the West Delta with Captain Anthony Langes this March and was rewarded with this dandy sturgeon.

Early Spring Delta Report

San Joaquin River Inundated With Striped And Largemouth Bass Upon Spring’s Arrival (Stockton) The anticipated break out for the largemouth ...
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Fish Sniffer field editor Jack Naves rounded up this limit of stripers during a mid-March trolling adventure in the West Delta.

Prospecting Time For Spring Stripers

Spring fever strikes early when you’re a striper angler. By the end of February, the thoughts start running through your ...
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Nick Dulleck of San Jose caught and released this pending world record 11 lb. 4 oz. spotted bass at Bullards Bar Reservoir on February 12.

San Jose Angler Lands Potential World Record 11 lb. 4 oz. Spotted Bass At Bullards Bar

On February 12, Nick Dulleck of San Jose caught and released a potential world record spotted bass weighing 11 pounds, ...
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Lake Trout Report

Lake Almanor Spring Trout Action Starts (Chester) “Slowly but surely the spring trout bite is getting underway here at Lake ...
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The heavily eroded Oroville Dam spillway after flows over the spillway stopped. Photo courtesy of DWR.

The Feather below Oroville Dam: A Tale of Two Rivers

There couldn’t be more of a contrast between the Feather River last fall during the salmon season and the same ...
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Ryan Jones pulled this beautiful 8 lb largemouth out of muddy waters of Lake Amador on February 25 while working a Baby Brush Hog.

Mother Lode Roundup

Amador (Ione)  Bass fishing has picked back up in the last couple of weeks and lots of people are also ...
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