North State fishing report for week of August 30

The remarkably resilient kokanee bite is showing signs of coming to an end – the fish are starting to turn for the spawn. It’s still possible to load up with a limit of 14-inch fish for now. The kokanee have moved towards the Yuba, and it’s best to start fishing at Garden Point or farther up the lake toward the inlet.

It’s a great time to visit on a weekday, as boat and camping traffic is light and the bass and trout are biting. The dam has been a hotspot for bass. The surface water temperature is very warm at 80 degrees. For the most part, trout are holding below a thermocline. Most anglers are targeting them using downriggers at 35 feet, but those who prefer leadcore can get there at 7 to 8 colors. Some anglers are catching trout from shore, typically at steeper shorelines like near the dam or the dam itself. Garlic Power Bait accounted for a limit backstopped by a 4.5 pounder in that area.

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