Berryessa is full right now. It’s been spilling for more than 50 days. This hasn’t happened in a decade. We are excited. You’re going to be able to fish places we haven’t fished in 10 years. There are old humps, canyons and canals where we haven’t had any water in ages. Now that they’ve been flooded fishing is going to be incredible. Ten years ago when this happened the trout and kokanee bite was phenomenal. Even in the drought the trout bite has been awesome. Now it’s just going to get better because there’s more oxygen in the water, which makes the trout more active.
The bite hasn’t exploded yet, but it’s on the verge. There’s been a lot of north wind lately and cold fronts, which has hurt the bite, but once pressure stabilizes it’s going to be game on. We are going to be able to catch Eagle Lake rainbows from the surface on down 45 feet and up to five pounds. We fished these rainbows through August last year so there’s a large window ahead of us. As soon as the weather stabilizes we are going to blow the ice chest off.
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It's Fishmas Time!
Opening day of the California trout fishing season is known by some as Fishmas — the most exciting day of the year for trout anglers. This is the day lakes and rivers, closed to fishing for the past several months, come alive with eager trout and ambitious anglers. Make sure you have your fishing license in hand before hitting the water.
2017 Trout Opener
The general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Given California's significant snowpack and associated run off, many rivers will be experiencing swift and cold water conditions which can be dangerous. CDFW reminds anglers to be cautious when fishing streams or rivers for the opener. Given the potential high water conditions, focusing on lakes and reservoirs may be the best bet for anglers. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions. Check the Regs before fishing.
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From a communication from Kyle Murphy, DFW Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), CDFW received 1 million Kokanee eggs from Washington State's Whatcom Fish Hatchery in mid-January. These eggs are located at the Silverado Fisheries Base (SFB) and under quarantine. Fish will remain at SFB and planted from there in May.