The Big Cut is the top location for sturgeon fishermen. 88 Department of Fish and Game plants this lake once or twice a year, beginning mostly in the spring. While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect; there are two days each year where anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license. Smallmouth fishing remains good in Steamboat Slough and near Walnut Grove with large minnows or Robo Worms on the drop-shot. California's free fishing days for 2018 are July 6, 2019 and August 31, 2019. There were about 10 people in the area this morning, 3 fishing, one reading and the others walking. It is also one of the most beautiful rivers in the west. South Branch Sutter Creek California fishing map and location information: South Branch Sutter Creek is a Stream in Amador County, California and can be found on the Pine Grove USGS topo map. Lake Tabeaud: Lake Tabeau (Tabeaud) is located on Tabeaud Road 5 miles south of Hwy. The fishing begins here in mid to late February with some heavy BWO (#18 - 20) hatches and Golden Stone flies (#12 - 14). These are wild fish with a lot of muscle. It's an interesting small lake and the view of the surrounding hills is … The trails are not marked so we asked and found there are two main trails on 2 sides of the lake. The 20 mile stretch of the upper Kings River above Pine Flat is special regulation trout water.