Note: The Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show comes to the Cow Palace on Feb.14-18. Tickets for all five days are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
RIVERS AND STREAMS
Trinity: Fresh wild and hatchery fish are moving into the system, and there is almost no angling pressure. Plenty of downers can be seen milling about in the deeper holes and spawning in the shallow tailouts, but the steelhead that bite from Lewiston all the way down to the North Fork are bright and chrome-colored. The season looks like it might last into early March after a bone-dry January delayed winter-run fish. Jack Trout (530) 926-4540, Trinity Fly Shop (530) 623-6757, Brady's Sport Shop (530) 623-3121.
Upper Sacramento: Mornings are slow following cold nights, but the (very) few anglers testing the waters do fairly well once the sun breaks. There have also been some nice Baetis hatches coming off in the afternoons. Jack Trout (530) 926-4540, The Fly Shop (530) 222-3555, Ron Rabun Flyfishing (800) 359-3746, San Jose Fly Shop (408) 377-3132.
Klamath: Recent dry weather has made conditions good on the upper river from Iron Gate Dam down to Interstate-5. It can get chilly up there, but once the sun comes out, angling for adult steelhead and decent numbers of half-pounders is a pleasant way to pass the day. Marble Mountain Ranch (800) 552-6284.
Lower Sacramento: Angling for rainbow trout and steelhead has been good this week from Redding to Anderson, with trout averaging 1-3 pounds and steelhead as big as 10. Side-drifting small Globugs in various colors tipped with a small piece of roe has been the best bet from a drift boat or jet boat. Back-trolling small #50 Hot Shots in various color combinations has also produced good hook-ups. Current releases from Keswick Dam flow at 5,000 cubic feet per second, with no scheduled changes. Rain is expected this week, so call ahead for updated conditions. Jack Trout (530) 926-4540, Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing (800) 670-4448, San Jose Fly Shop (408) 377-3132, T-N-T Sportfishing (530) 244-6204.
Note: The public workshop scheduled for 6-9 tonight to discuss the Department of Fish and Game's pike eradication project has been moved to Veterans Memorial Hall at 442 West Sierra in Portola. For more information, call the DFG at (916)653-6420.
Trout plants: The following waters are scheduled to be restocked in coming weeks with catchable-size trout from Department of Fish and Game hatcheries: DFG (707) 944-5581, online: www.dfg.ca.gov/ fishplant/index.html.
Davis: The weather is good, ice conditions are good, access is good and fish quality is, well, good. Anglers catch a trout per rod to 3 1/2 pounds in 8-10 feet of water at Fairview, Long Point, Mallard Cove and Coot Bay. The current weapon of choice is a nightcrawler combined with Powerbait. Dollard's Sierra Market (530) 832-5251.
San Luis Reservoir/O'Neill Forebay: Weekend anglers had to go over 200 feet deep with Hairraisers to catch striped bass to 14 pounds. Fish weren't touching bait and would not come up to shallow waters. Officials are pumping water into the forebay, which should stir things up, improving the action. Ly's Sporting & Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644.
McAlpine: Trout bite on worms and Powerbait. The lake is scheduled to be restocked with 1,200 pounds of fish in advance of the trout derby Saturday. (831) 623-4263.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Calero: Anglers catch largemouth black bass spooning, drop-shotting or jigging near rocky points.
Uvas: A few crappie bite on medium minnows. Bass can be caught throwing some drop shot.
Anderson: Anglers drop-shotting at main points or finesse fishing with dartheads and jigs do fairly well for black bass.
Coyote Discount Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Reed's Sport Shop (408) 926-3020, Ly's Sporting & Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644, Fisherman's Warehouse (408) 873-0113, Mel Cotton's (408) 287-5994. Fly-fishing only: San Jose Fly Shop (408) 377-3132.
BAY & DELTA
Isleton: Boat anglers catch good numbers of sturgeon on ghost shrimp, pile worms and eel in the mouths of Steamboat and Cache sloughs. Striped-bass action has gone cold. Riverside Bait (916) 777-6662.
Benicia: The Mothball Fleet is consistently the best spot in the area for sturgeon. The tides determine which end will be more productive. Grass shrimp and ghost shrimp are a must around these parts, but eel, pile worms and roe are not bad substitutes. Benicia Bait and Tackle (707) 745-4921.
San Pablo Bay: Action is slow with the current low tides and windy conditions, but that is slated for a change this weekend with the arrival of rain that should stir up the water enough to get the fish biting again. Look for stripers in the Delta and sturgeon in the triangle between the Pumphouse, China Camp and Buoy 5. Loch Lomond Bait Shop (415) 456-0321.
San Francisco Bay: Anglers had a solid week as good numbers of sturgeon were caught from boats working off the southern end of the Oakland Airport. One angler reeled in a 51-incher Tuesday at that spot. Grass shrimp and herring are the baits of choice. Emeryville Sportfishing (510) 654-6040, Berkeley Marina Sportfishing (510) 849-3333, Bass Tub (415) 456-9055, Miss Farallones (925) 689-0900, Oyster Point Bait & Tackle Marina (650) 589-3474.
San Francisco: Recent trips to Cordell Banks returned with strong numbers of giant Humboldt squid. More trips are available Friday through Sunday. Sturgeon trips are also planned for this weekend. Call for details. Emeryville Sportfishing (510) 654-6040, Berkeley Marina Sportfishing (510) 849-3333.
Pacifica: The angling warmed up considerably this week. Rainbow and walleye perch 2-2 1/2 pounds bite on pile worms, blood worms and prawns off the pier, as do redtail to 10 1/2 inches. The strong perch bite has led to scaled-down crab action, but there are crab in the water to be caught. Rusty Hook (650) 355-8303.
Half Moon Bay: The weather has been very fine, and giant Humboldt squid trips have been just the same. Boats carry anglers 25 miles southwest of the harbor, where they catch all they can handle before heading in for some productive crab hunting off Montara. Sand dab trips are available depending on demand. Huck Finn Sportfishing (650) 726-7133, Huli Cat Sportfishing (650) 726-2926.
Santa Cruz: Whale watching is the thing until the opening of salmon season, whenever that may be. Call ahead for boat availability. Santa Cruz Sportfishing (831) 426-4690, Stagnero's (831) 427-0230.
Monterey: Sand dab/mackerel/crab combo boats do very well, but angler interest is on the decline as usual during the winter. Those who make the trek catch 30-40 fish per rod. Giant squid trips off Carmel are available most weekends. Chris' Fishing Trips (831) 375-5951, Randy's Fishing Trips (831) 372-7440.
- MERCURY NEWS STAFF