Fishing Report: 5/8/13

May 7, 2013 

VALLEY

• LAKE DON PEDRO — King salmon, kokanee and rainbow trout are all available. Guide Monte Smith said clients focused on king salmon and kokanee during a mid-week trip, and landed two kings in the 3-pound range and limits of fat kokanee to 15 inches. The kokes are scattered in small groupings, but can be found at 40 to 80 feet by using Uncle Larry's Sierra Spray Spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hootchies or Vance's Hootches behind a Vance's or RMT dodger. Guide Danny Layne confirmed the action with rainbows active in Fleming Bay on Slim Willies tipped with a night crawler, ExCel spoons or small Triple Teasers in silver at the surface and down to 30 feet. Smith found rainbows as deep as 80 feet on one trip with the king salmon in the 54-foot range. Layne has been working for kings at 80 to 120 feet with 3-inch glow hootchies, rolled shad or anchovies behind a ball troll off of School House Point or Hatch Creek. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford touted live bait such as minnows or night crawlers for bass and trout. The half-ounce Berserk Purple Hornet jig with a Yamamoto twin tail trailer in cinnamon purple is an option as well as top-water action with shad-patterned Rico's or similar small profile lures. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011

• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Small bass are dominating action, but a large fish over 7-pounds was landed near the dam on a Robo Worm in Hologram Shad. Since the slot limit has dropped to 12 inches, anglers are taking limits of smaller bass. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling encourages fishermen to release any largemouth bass, particularly bigger fish. Bass are biting on a variety of techniques, including Yamamoto twin-tail Hula Grubs, Keeper worms in 1001, live crawdads or live minnows. Horseshoe Bend, the Cottonwood Arm, the dam and McClure Point have all been productive. Trout fishing is solid for trollers pulling blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger, or Kastmasters down to 45 feet in Horseshoe Bend or the Cottonwood Arm. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053

• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — The marina reported good action for trollers on Wedding Rings tipped with garlic-dipped night crawlers up the river arm from Gilligan's Island to the chimney to 20 feet. A Calaveras Trout Farm planted nearly 1,000 pounds on May 1, and the shoreline was crowded over the past weekend. Limits have been taken by the campgrounds with chartreuse garlic Power Bait. Bank fishing is best near the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula near the marina with Power Bait, Power Eggs or night crawlers. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/LAKE TULLOCH — Kokanee action is exceptional with guide Bruce Hamby calling it "off the chart!" He has been scoring near the Highway 49 bridge and in Carson Cove with Uncle Larry's spinners or Glitter Bug hootchies with shoepeg corn scented with Pro Cure Bloody Tuna. Guide Danny Layne has been trolling in the main lake at 50 to 60 feet with similar lures scented with vanilla, garlic, shrimp or ginger for kokes in the 12- to 13-inch range. Rainbow action is solid down to 30 feet on Vance's Slim Willies paired with a night crawler or a 6-inch plastic root beer worm. Hamby has also been targeting German browns by rolling shad at 70 feet near the shore. Client Michael Moorman of Lodi released four browns rangingMoorman

from 3½ to 5¼ pounds. Trout fishing from the banks has fair with anglers picking up a few fish on Power Bait/marshmallow combinations. Lewis said the bass are completing their spawn and going into post-spawn mode. She advises looking in the shallows in the early morning and evening, though larger fish are in deeper water. The early morning top-water bite is good with Zara Spooks, Lucky Craft Sammies or River2Sea Rovers. Lewis implored anglers to catch and release during the spring months — especially any female largemouth bass. Catfishing has improved, and 11-year old Mark McCall landed a 7½-pound whiskerfish on a red crappie jig. Live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel or anchovies are all working on a sliding sinker rig. Lake Tulloch rose 2½ feet this week to 91 percent of capacity. Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing(209) 599-2023

• SAN LUIS RESERVOIR/O'NEILL FOREBAY — Heavy water releases continue with over 6,000 acre-feet pumped out of the main lake into the aqueduct this week. That has dramatically slowed the bite. Mickey Clements at Coyote and Tackle in Morgan Hill said most anglers are "struggling right now, and two of our guys went out on Friday and dropped minnows and spoons to 80 feet for no action." Trollers continue to drag Lucky Craft 128's, P-Line Predator Minnows, or Smithwick Deep Suspending Rattlin' Rogues for fair action at best around the mouth of Portuguese Cove to the trash racks. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711; Roger's Guide Service (559) 905-2954

• DELTA — Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported good action for sturgeon in the Big Cut with one father and getting two limits weighing 51 and 50 pounds. The tiny Dungeness crabs are out in full force, and fishermen on the shores are going through bait in a hurry. For largemouth bass, guide Randy Pringle reported good action with half-ounce Persuader spinnerbait with chartreuse/white Magnum willow blades in the dirty water from the high winds and big tides. He said the key is to cast beyond and go through the target, bumping rocks and weeds along the way. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164.

OCEAN

• MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ — Todd Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported excellent rockfishing with the Star of Monterey putting in 25 limits for 37 fishermen in Carmel Bay while the Checkmate returned with 30 limits. Salmon fishing remains very slow with the CheckMate only finding 2 for 15 anglers Saturday. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951

• HALF MOON BAY — Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said the front made it impossible to go out, but next week looks good. Capt. Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat is planning a trip Tuesday, going south to find salmon. He put in 11 salmon to 20 pounds for 20 fishermen Sunday. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas (415) 760-9362, Bait and Switch Sport Fishing (650) 726-7133 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin (510) 703-4148

• SAN FRANCISCO BAY — The Emeryville boats found good action Saturday with the C Gull II posting 20 limits to 22 pounds, the Seawolf boating 12 limits to 16 pounds and the New Salmon Queen with 17 limits to 24 pounds. Inside the bay, Capt. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker put in two solid days with five halibut, six stripers in the 8-pound range, and one 20-pound leopard shark.

Compiled by Dave Hurley and Roger George

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