Tackle & Equipment
Tackle: Generally the same rods and reels as is used for largemouth bass but with finer line, i.e. 6-7 foot light to medium action rod with 6 to 8 lb monofilament line.
Lure & Bait
Also possible to use crawdads, nightcrawlers, hellgrammites, plastic worms, crankbaits, spinners and spinnerbaits. Try to match local food supply.
Hooks: 3/0 down to 4
Best spots include Shasta and Trinity Lakes in February and March. Other good lakes include Almanor, Black Butte, Collins, Folsom, Oroville and Pardee. Try river fishing at the Lower Feather River (from Thermolito Afterbay to mouth at Verona), or Russian River (between Brown’s Pool and Mirabel).