SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY Main lake levels are dropping steadily, and the stripers are moving toward the trash racks in the deeper parts of the lake. You can score on jumbo minnows at 60 to 80 feet or top-water lures in the early mornings. Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill reported decent action from the banks near the Visitor Center or Dinosaur Point with grass shrimp, anchovies or pile worms. In the forebay, catching stripers isn't a problem, but there are a lot of undersized fish. Soaking anchovies, pile worms, blood worms or small shad work best. Weeds are accumulating in the forebay. Catfish action has been very good, particularly at Check 12 when the water is pumping. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644, Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
DELTA The big news is the rush of striped bass into Rio Vista. Guide Mark Wilson found them concentrated around the West Bank and Decker Island on Sunday. He has been picking up a few from each troll before the fish scatter. The stripers are lurking in 12 to 16 feet and in the shallows. Wilson recommendsd red head/white Yozuris in deep water and clown or red head/white in the shallows. His clients caught and released 69 fish Sunday with 43 keepers to 9½ pounds following up Friday's 32 fish 24 keepers to 11 pounds day. Capt. Stan Koenigsberger took dads and teen-aged sons out Friday and Saturday, and they caught and released 50 stripers with four keepers to 19½ inches at the flats on the San Joaquin River along the north side of Webb Tract. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger/Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645; Mark Delnero (209) 367-4665.
HALF MOON BAY The best action is for rockfish along the coastline south of the harbor. High winds kept Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat away from the Farallons, so he ran south from San Gregorio to Pescadero for 24 limits of rockfish and several quality lings to 10 pounds. Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said he landed seven big slugs Saturday. Market-grade squid are so thick that party-boat anglers are hooking them while trolling for salmon. Usually, squid bring in sea bass, but they're missing in action. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.
MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing is hoping for a better salmon bite. Anglers on the Checkmate hooked but lost five big fish Sunday close to the harbor. The Caroline landed a salmon and had 10 halibut to boot. The salmon moved over to the Monterey side to feed on the baby Boccaccio rockfish. Rockfishing is excellent with all three Monterey boats targeting bottom fish Saturday for limits all around. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY Salmon schools appear to be moving closer to the Golden Gate. Roger Thomas on the Salty Lady out of Sausalito reported 10 big slugs for 12 anglers Monday with at least that many lost after a hookup. "Now is the time to land a quality salmon," he said. The three Sausalito boats scored nearly a fish per rod with 41 salmon to 21 pounds for 51 anglers last weekend. Action is focused from Muir Beach north to Duxbury.
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of Aug. 6:
Tuolumne Clarks, North, Middle and South forks Stanislaus River; Lyons Canal; Moccassin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; Middle, South forks of Tuolumne River.
Calaveras White Pine Lake
Fresno Dinkey Creek; Wishon Reservoir; Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir
Madera Rock Creek; Chiquito Creek
Mariposa McSwain Reservoir