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Places to Fish

PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:12 pm
by rsetina
Now that Nov. 15th is here, most of the waters I fish are closed until the end of April. Normally we'll fish the local waters here in So Cal or make the trip to the Kern or Owens River, but I'd really like to fish more in Northern California. My question is, are there any streams open all year in Northern California? Any info would be great.

Re: Places to Fish

PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:09 am
by jburge
Rick,

American River, North Fork, Middle Fork (North Fork of the Middle Fork), South Fork and their tributaries--all within Placer, Eldorado, Amador and Alpine counties--are open November 16 to the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April, as long as you're using artificial and barbless.

The water's definitely cold. I was up on the South Fork last week and the water temp was 42. Still managed 4 takes and one LDR on my Tenkara ;-)

You could also look at the East Fork of the Carson, from Hangman's bridge down to the Nevada state line. It can get pretty chilly up there too. Good luck.

John

Re: Places to Fish

PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:22 am
by rsetina
Thanks John. I didn't think about the cold. I was on the Owens a couple of years ago with my wife and 3 other friends and we only managed one fish. The farther north I go the colder it will get so maybe it's not a great plan after all. We'll see. Thanks for the info.

Re: Places to Fish

PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:40 pm
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
Hi Rich,
I just checked the regs for the Tuolumne area the other day and it's the same thing, barbless hooks/ artificial after Nov 15th.

John, thanks for the info on the American. I was actually fishing there today (near Placerville), water is cold, but it started warming up a bit and getting active at around 12pm, got some rises on the usual Elk hair caddis, hooked two but lost them.

Both American and Tuolumne are relatively low elevation so should be fine year-round.

Re: Places to Fish

PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:15 am
by jburge
Daniel,

How funny. I fished the South Fork just up the hill from Placerville. And yep, my success also came with elk hair caddis. I saw a few mayflies and got a couple of rises to an adams, but nothing to the net.

Rick, one place I also forgot to mention was the Silver Fork. It's a little bit further up the hill, but even at around 4,000 feet shouldn't see the quite the cold they have in Tahoe.

John