Fishing Report: 5/15/13

May 14, 2013 

VALLEY

• Lake Don Pedro — Danny Layne of Fishn's Dan's Guide Service confirmed the excellent trout bite with Robert Erk of Copperopolis and his son Robert Jr. from Pennsylvania catching and releasing easy limits on blade/crawler combinations, ExCel spoons, or small silver lures of any type in the main river channel off of School House Point and Big Oak Island. King salmon are found in Fleming Bay, Jenkins Hill, or Hatch Creek at depths from 65 to 100 feet in depth with glow hootchies, Uncle Larry's UV spinners, or cured rolled shad. Jerry Calhoun from Jamestown put in multiple hookups with Layne this week for kings to 16-inches in Fleming Bay on rolled shad. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford continued to tout live medium to large minnows for bass from the shorelines while half-ounce Berserk Purple Hornet jig with a Yamamoto twin tail trailer in cinnamon purple or TNT's Special Ops are also working. There is a top water bite in the early mornings with PopR's, Spooks, Rovers, and there is a buzzbait bite along the shorelines on windy days. Senkos in color 306 (natural shad) is another good option. 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 — The Best Bass Tournament produced a big fish of 8-pounds on a River2Sea SWaver swimbait. Numbers of small fish was the rule with spinnerbaits, drop shotting shad-patterned plastics such as Robo Worms Hologram Shad, Gitzit tubes, or top water lures. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford touted jigs such as the ½ - ounce Berserk Purple Hornet jig with a Yamamoto twin tail trailer in cinnamon purple or TNT's Special Ops. There is a top water bite in the early mornings with PopR's, Spooks, Rovers, and there is a buzzbait bite along the shorelines on windy days. Trout fishing continues to be solid for trollers pulling blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger, or Kastmasters at depths to 45 feet in Horseshoe Bend, the dam, or in the Cottonwood Arm. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053

McSwain Reservoir — Jason Mello of A-I Bait in Snelling received multiple reports of trout limits from both the banks and boats. Trollers have been scoring from Gilligan's Island to the 2nd Fence Line with Triple Teasers, chrome Kastmasters, or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger. Bank action is also solid with yellow, pink, or white garlic-scented Power Bait or garlic Power Eggs around 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/Tulloch — The kokanee bite continues to be outstanding. The fish are found throughout the lake at depths from 50 to 70 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners or Glitter Bug hootchies with shoepeg corn scented with Pro Cure Bloody Tuna. Trout fishing is fair with the rainbows found in the main lake or the mouths of major coves as the fish are chasing the abundant schools of shad. Trollers are advised to locate the shad schools and work shad-patterned Needlefish, ExCel spoons, or Rapalas at depths from 30 to 50 feet. Bank trout fishing is fair with anglers picking up a few fish on Power Bait/marshmallow combinations. Bass fishing is fair on early morning top water baits, with Lucky Craft Sammies, River2Sea Rovers, or Zara Spooks; and when the top water bite dies, Brush Hogs on a Carolina rig or wacky-rigged Senkos are working on main lake structure. Catfishing continues to improve, and wildlife photographer Michi Watanabe of Jackson landed a 10.5-pounder while trolling a Wedding Ring. Live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies are all working on a sliding sinker rig. Crappie fishing is also good with small minnows under slip-float bobber around standing timber or brush. Night fishing is improving with submerged lights in the backs of coves. Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing(209) 599-2023

San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay — The heavy water releases continue to slow the action on the main lake for boaters, and slow-trolling jumbo minnows near the Trash Racks or the mouth of Portuguese Cove remain the top techniques. Dropping spoons has slowed down, but trollers continue to pull Lucky Craft 128's, P-Line Predator Minnows, or Smithwick Deep Suspending Rattlin' Rogues for fair action in the same areas. Bank fishermen are tossing threaded grass shrimp eight to a hook — off of Goosehead Point — or tossing white flukes, particularly when the wind is blowing at night. In the Forebay, the weed growth is getting heavy, and the majority of fishing interest remains around Check 12 with big blood worms or pile worms. Anglers have to arrive early in order to get a spot. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711 Roger's Guide Service (559) 905-2954

Delta/Stockton — Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported good sturgeon action off of Ozol with diamondbacks at 55 and 30-pounds weighed in. Striper fishing is fair from the shoreline. 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.

OCEAN

• Half Moon Bay — The salmon action has ranged from limits to far less than a fish per rod. With the inconsistent salmon bite over the weekend, the Queen of Hearts and RipTide ran south of Pigeon Point for rockfish putting in a combined 436 rockfish, 3 cabezon, and 13 ling cod for 49 anglers. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362, Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.

Monterey/Santa Cruz — Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported 'terrific rockfishing' with limits but Salmon fishing remains slow. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com

San Francisco Bay — The salmon bite has been 'on and off' . Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker had 7 anglers, for 6 striped bass and a halibut for a fish per rod.

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