Meandering Angler: Fall is for fishing

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Thanks to the large amount of rain and snow last spring, followed by the relatively mild summer, the Sierra streams are perfect for fall fishing. If you like the Tahoe area, I suggest you consider the Truckee River. According to most reports, fishing is excellent in the river now.

You can also participate in the Truckee River Unlimited Trout Chapter and lend a hand on Saturday, September 21, while a group of volunteers pick up garbage from a section of the river near the Dr. Glenshire Bridge. It is a good opportunity to meet people who know a lot about the river, including the best places to fish.

If you do not want to drive to Truckee, the cleaning of the Russian river basin will also take place on September 21. In 2018, the cleaning of the Russian river basin had 242 volunteers who collectively removed 15,500 pounds of garbage from the Russian river basin. For more information, visit

Another beautiful little stream of Sierra that looks good this fall is the North Fork of the Yuba River, which runs through Sierra County, northeast of Marysville. The river is small and the trout are not huge, but you can still have a lot of fun fishing small rainbows and fighters in the pools and rifles of that river as it falls through the mountains along the picturesque highway 49.

Jack Trout (no kidding, that's what it's called) is a fly fishing guide for that stretch of the river. Call him at (530) 926-4540 or email him at [email protected]

There are some interesting little places to visit in that area, and I like the look of The Lure Resort as a place to stay. It was recently renovated and modernized by descendants of the original owners. The cabins are next to the river, so you can literally walk to the water and start fishing. I haven't stayed there yet, but I intend. Check out their website:

In the northern part of the state, there are a number of small fly fishing centers within a half-day drive from Sonoma that will house excellent fishing until November. Several are operated and managed by The Fly Shop in Redding ( These are "private water shelters", which means that access to streams and ponds are exclusive to guests.

I have fished in several, including Clear Creek, Hat Creek Ranch, Oasis Springs Lodge, Antelope Creek Lodge, Rock Creek, Sugar Creek and enjoyed everyone. Most have full-service accommodations and can add guide services if you wish. If you just start fly fishing and appreciate nice places, visit The Fly Shop's website and open its private waters section, I think you'll like what you see.

If temperatures stay mild, Lake Berryessa and Clear Lake should be good places for sea bass fishing this month and next. They are already producing actions for fishermen who know the waters and have boats to access them. I don't have recommendations for guides, but the website has good information.

For the recommendations of Lake Berryessa, I would consult Sweeney’s Sports in Napa,; or Off The Hook Fly fishing, also based in Napa,

Saltwater fishermen are seeing one of the best salmon seasons on our coast in years.

Call Captain Rick Powers at Bodega Bay Sportsfishing to book the trip, 875-3344.

Fishing is also great right now in San Francisco Bay. The fishing expert here is Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael. Call Keith at (415) 456-0321.


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