SAN LUIS RESERVOIR/O'NEILL FOREBAY The hot striped bass bite at the trash racks cooled off just about the time it was warming up. Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill fished the lake Friday and said he landed five striped bass from 20 to 24 inches using 1¾-ounce Duh! Spoons in chartreuse/white or black shad with two fish taken on jumbo minnows. The magic depth was 80 feet, and they found fish on both bait balls they located. Roger George fished the big lake and found a much tougher bite, but got 10 fish at 60 to 80 feet. In the Forebay, smaller stripers in the 16- to 18-inch range can be found on top water lures or RatLTraps in chartreuse shad or black shad in the early mornings. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
DELTA Salmon fishing has been steady, but the hot weather is forcing the fish up the river. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported 16 salmon taken at the State Park with another six at 1st Street. Sturgeon fishing is picking up in the shallows of Honker Bay. Shoreline striper fishing is improving with bullheads or bloodworms. For largemouth bass, guide Randy Pringle said the clear water in the east and south Delta means you've got to wor the bottom. He has been scoring with the ima Flit ripbait in shad-imitation patterns, and the Olive Herring pattern. The "stop and start" technique is essential in enticing strikes in addition to accurate casting. Working the bottom with the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper in shad imitations on 8-pound test is also effective, and Pringle said. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030.
MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing reported good rockfishing at Point Sur for ¾ limits of rockfish and 20 ling cod for 30 anglers. The albacore have moved out to 50 miles, but private boats were reported to be putting in up to 15 fish early in the morning. The sea bass are still on the bite up the coast, according to Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz, and there were a few quality salmon taken at 70 to 90 feet near Pleasure Point. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173
HALF MOON BAY After a few windy days, the albacore action exploded again Thursday. Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete's scored big at the Gumdrop Seamount. Later the fish were only 25 miles from the harbor along the 123.02 line with fish to 40 pounds holding along the water break. A few boats have been willing to run north to Duxbury for salmon and bringing back a fish per rod to full limits. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362, Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133 and (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
SAN FRANCISCO BAY Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady found epic action with 51 albacore to 30 pounds for a dozen fishermen outside the Farallons above the Gumdrop, 43 miles out of the Gate. Salmon action is good around Duxbury. Inside the bay, Capt. Jim Smith put in 18 limits of stripers to 10-pounds in San Pablo Bay. Halibut fishing is producing ¾ fish per rod.
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout by the California Department of Fish and Game during the week of Oct. 7:
Fresno Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir; San Joaquin River below Friant Dam.
Madera Corrine Lake.