Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass 

Tactics: Float & Fly / Indicators

Typical Action: 20-50 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month 

Location: Sacramento River

Species: Shad 

Tactics: Swinging

Typical Action: 20-30 hookups +

Rods: 8 & 9 weights

​Prime Weeks: Last 3 weeks. Ask about short evening trips.

Classic Northern California experience.

JUNE

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass

Tactics: Float & Fly / Indicators

Typical Action: 20-40 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: Last 3 weeks. 

Both trophy hunting & high fish numbers. Grade A battles. Recommended for experienced anglers.

Location: Sacramento River

Species: Stripers 

Smallmouth & Largemouth 

Tactics: Streamers & Topwater

Typical Action: Trophy Hunting. Small Schoolies keep anyone occupied between nicer fish. Bass fishing can be great.

Rods: 8 & 9 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

Monster trout & Awesome fights. High fish numbers. Fun for beginners & experts alike.

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass 

Tactics: Topwater & Streamers on surface

Typical Action: 15-25 blowups & visual takes

Rods: 6 & 7 weights

​Prime Weeks: First half of month

Half Days or even less recomended. Talk to me if interested in a 2.5 hour trip.

Both trophy hunting & high fish numbers. Grade A battles. Recommended for experienced anglers.

I've done enough bouncing around from fishery to fishery these last 5 years to learn the prime few months/weeks for all species here in the North Valley.


While during certain times, as many as 5 of my 7 guiding options might be going great, I'm realizing I can't afford the time to cover every option I offer simply when the fish are biting. So my future goal (for my independent trips) is to focus my scouting time on no more than 2 waters at at time.


By scouting and recommending trips this way, I cover at least one water during it's absolute most prime time, 80% of each year.


I've come to conclude that there's several variables to determine which local waters are more prime to fish, and when. These variables include; a combination of highest fish numbers, best fish sizes, amount of solitude/fishing space, and tactics used... 


So this is the monthly equation I've come to for my independent trip recommendations.

Hire an Oroville local who knows the river just about as good as anyone...

Classic Northern California experience.

Location: Lower Sac

Species: Trout

Tactics: Nymphing

Typical Action: 20 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: Second half of month

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass 

Tactics: Float & Fly & Topwater

Typical Action: 20-30 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: Indicators/First half of month & Topwater/All month. 

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass 

Tactics: Float & Fly / Indicators

Typical Action: 15-30 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: Last 2 weeks of January & all February

Grade A topwater action.

Location: Lower Sac

Species: Trout

Tactics: Nymphing

Typical Action: 20 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

​Really fun for beginners and experts alike. Extremely high fish numbers.

​Really fun for beginners and experts alike. Extremely high fish numbers.

​Topwater & Indicators. Great fun for beginners and experts. High fish numbers.

Grade A topwater action.

NOVEMBER

MARCH

MID JANUARY - FEBRUARY

Location: Sacramento River

Species: Shad 

Tactics: Swinging

Typical Action: 20-30 hookups +

Rods: 8 & 9 weights

​Prime Weeks: First 2 weeks. Ask about short evening trips.

JULY

​Really fun for beginners and experts alike. Great fish numbers & big average bass.

Cold Weather.

​Really fun for beginners and experts alike. Extremely high fish numbers with big spotted bass.

Location: Feather River

Species: Steelhead 

Tactics: Nymphing

Typical Action: Varies with fishing pressure. Good days we'll get 10-15 hookups +

Rods: 6 & 7 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

Location: Sacramento River

Species: Rainbow Trout 

Tactics: Nymphing

Typical Action: 20-40 hookups

​Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: Last 3 weeks.

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass & Largemouth 

Tactics: Topwater & Streamers on surface

Typical Action: 15-25 blowups & visual takes

Rods: 6 & 7 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

Half Days or even less recomended. Talk to me if interested in a 2.5 hour trip.

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass 

Tactics: Float & Fly & Topwater

Typical Action: 20-30 hookups +

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month 

Location: Feather River

Species: Steelhead 

Tactics: Nymphing

Typical Action: Varies with fishing pressure. Good days we'll get 10-15 hookups +

Rods: 6 & 7 weights

​Prime Weeks: Last 3 weeks.

SEPTEMBER

Location: Sacramento River

Species: Rainbow Trout

Tactics: Nymphing

Typical Action: 20-40 hookups

​Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

Grade A topwater action.

Location: Clear Lake

Species: Largemouth Bass

Tactics: Streamers

Typical Action: Trophy Hunting.

Some days can feel like slow steelheading, other days we'll see around 50 hookups.

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

AUGUST

​Trophy hunting for more experienced anglers.

Swinging for high numbers. Good laid back fishing, with great fights. 

Swinging for ​extremely high numbers. Good laid back fishing, with great fights. 

Location: Clear Lake

Species: Largemouth Bass

Tactics: Streamers

Typical Action: Trophy Hunting.

Some days can feel like slow steelheading, other days we'll see around 50 hookups.

Rods: 6 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

Year round independent guide service. Feather River, Sacramento River, clear lake, & lake oroville

Location: Lake Oroville

Species: Spotted Bass & Largemouth 

Tactics: Topwater & Streamers on surface

Typical Action: 15-25 blowups & visual takes

Rods: 6 & 7 weights

​Prime Weeks: All month

Half Days or even less recomended. Talk to me if interested in a 2.5 hour trip.

APRIL

OCTOBER

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