For those of you not living in Northern California, we've had an El Niño year, which means a lot of precipitation. In the Sacramento region, that almost always means rain, which we've had off-and-on (mostly on) for months now. Last week, though, it hailed a couple of inches. For the Sierra Nevada, it means snow (hence the name "Sierra Nevada"), and remarkably low elevations for it, too.
Late April in sunny California...For fishermen, then, it means more waiting. Here it is May, and we are getting breezy to windy (40mph gusts) conditions, snow at 4,500 ft., and another storm slated for Monday.
I just want to catch some crappies, man.
My local marginal lands, the Barge Canal in West Sacramento, has some great spots for crappies and bluegills, two of the best-tasting species around, as well as striper runs. In the next few weeks, too, the shad are supposed to start pouring into the Sacramento River. And if the Sierra ever starts its runoff, the trout will become fishable.
But right now, everything is still sluggish. Sheesh.