Sunday, April 17, 2016
Northern Sierra Fishing Report ~ Truckee River ~ Lake Davis ~ Middle Fork Feather River ~ North Fork Yuba River
The Truckee River is fishing pretty good right now, and the flows are dropping into shape. The Glenshire stretch is at 404 cubes, and the upper canyon is running at 695 cfs, and a little higher down by Floriston running 830. With higher flows, fish the side water first before venturing out. All of the fish last week were in deeper slower water next to the main flow/seam. Flesh Juan worms, red Squiggly Worms, flashy baetis nymphs, and rubber leg stones are all producing. There is still plenty of snow on the crest and surrounding mountains, during spring runoff you'll have higher flows in the afternoon into the evening from runoff. Mornings will have the lowest flow of the day. Check the gauges before you hit the water and plan accordingly.
Lake Davis is in its usual early spring pattern with some fish still trying to spawn, and others that are in post spawn mode. During this time there's a lull in the action, and recent trips have had very slow action. There has been some bugs out including blood midges, and callibaetis mayflies, but very sparse. Water temperatures are 48 to 52 degrees in the main body of the lake, shallow coves could see higher temps. Indicator fishing is producing the best with Albino Wino midges, and pheasant tail flashback nymphs. Honker Cove and camp 5 boat ramps are usable but the dock at Camp 5 has still not been put in. The west side road is open with a little mud here and there on the access point roads. Bring a chainsaw if you have one, my buddy Pete removed a down tree on the Cow Creek access so he could get in. Look for conditions to improve with warmer weather and more hatches.
The Middle Fork Feather river is fishing slow, flows are down from the previous weeks but are still on the high side. Water temperatures dictate all on the Middle Fork with current temps in the low 50's. Once the water temperatures reach 56 the trout will take artificial flies more readily. Your best bet is to fish streamers in back sloughs or other areas that are away from the main flow of snow melt. Black bead head wooly buggers and baby rainbow patterns are the top producing streamers. May and June will be very good this year thanks to the increased flows and snowpack.
Runoff is well under way on the North Fork Yuba River and currently the flows at Goodyears Bar are 1,240 cfs. Big water for sure and not ideal for fishing yet, but if you kayak, it's great right now. I saw over a dozen people floating it today and it looked like a real hoot. The water is clear and cold with water temperatures from 42 to 49 degrees depending on your location in the watershed. This year is more typical with a decent snowpack with gradual melting. I don't think the river will produce for another month or so. The best time to fish the North Fork Yuba is June through September. With the weather so nice out, I'm chomping at the bit to get out there. It will be a while......