NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods reported excellent trout fishing from the banks, but trolling is starting to pick up. Maurice Bess of Madera landed a 4-pound brown trout while targeting crappie in Glory Hole Cove on a red/white crappie jig. Rainbow or chartreuse glitter Power Bait, Natural Scent Garlic, marshmallow/crawler combinations, yellow or rainbow trout RoosterTails, and gold or shad-patterned Kastmasters are all productive along Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove, Tuttletown and under the Highway 49 Bridge. Bass fishing continues to be slow, with numbers of fish located with drop- or split-shot 4-inch shad-colored plastics dragged along the bottom. Catfishing is slow in the cold water. Crappie fishing is showing signs of life with clear crappie jigs in six feet of water in Glory Hole Cove. The lake came up 788 acre-feet from upstream sources to 48% of capacity. Call: (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
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Trollers have been pulling fire tiger or chartreuse Yozuris along the Trash Racks at depths to 100 feet for stripers to 24-inches. The Forebay has been very slow with few reports. The lake has risen 6348 acre-feet from Delta sources to 30% of capacity. Buck Deaner of the Fishermen's Warehouse in Fresno reported Los Banos Creek Reservoir got tough over the weekend despite recent trout plants. In addition, there have been zero bass reports which isn't unusual as most locals keep this body of water quiet. Wind conditions: 800-805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
Diana Mello of A-I Bait in Snelling reported outstanding trout fishing due to heavy plants of brook trout in the past week. Trollers are working from the Dam to the Buoy Line with a variety of lures which are all working. Assorted Kastmasters, Wedding Rings, small spinner baits and blade/crawler combinations are all effective from the surface to 25 feet in depth. Bank anglers are scoring brookies to 2-pounds with chartreuse Power Bait, red or chartreuse Power Eggs, Kastmasters, or inflated crawlers at the Handicapped Docks, Brush Pile or the Boat Ramp. Call: (209) 378-2534.
Diana Mello of A-I Bait said bass fishing remains slow with most of the fish in the slot limit. Shad-colored or purple plastics in rockpiles to 25 feet are working, as well as live minnows or crawdads. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the best bass technique has been to toss Hologram Shad plastics or brown/purple or brown jigs from depths of 40 feet towards the shore and drag the lure back slowly to the boat. A few crappie have been caught incidentally on the live minnows intended for bass. Trout fishing remains on fire along the Buoy Line to the Dam and at the Boat Ramps at Barrett's or McClure Cove as the lake is heavily planted with brook trout to 2-pounds. Trollers are pulling trout-patterned lures, Wedding Rings or blade/crawler combinations from the surface to 25 feet. Catfishing is slow with the cooling water temperatures. The lake dropped 495 acre-feet, but actually rose this week to 25% of capacity. There are launch ramps open at McClure Point or Barretts Cove. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service (209) 604-8222, Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO
Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the overall bass bite is improving, but things are still tough with the best action on jigs or plastics from 10 to 40 feet. Drop-shotting with Hologram Shad or smaller profile jigs in brown or brown/purple have been effective. There have been a few quality fish on swimbaits. Trout fishing continues to be excellent with easy limits off the banks near the Marina and Fleming Meadows. RoosterTails in yellow or red/white, Kastmasters in blue/chrome or rainbow glitter Power Bait are all working. Trolling action for trout is also picking up near the shorelines. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383, Bait Barn (209) 874-301.
Merritt Gilbert reported a continued decent trout bite with gold/black or orange/gold Rapalas, Wedding Rings in red or chartreuse or Gulp Minnows from the surface to 15 feet. The fish are fat and chunky. Bass fishing is still very slow with the cold water temperatures. The ramp is clear with the courtesy dock is still out of the water. The lake has come up slightly to 52% of capacity. Call: 642-3141, Todd Wittwer 288-8100, 642-3633, 642-3737.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The New Salmon Queen took an aborted trip for giant squid southwest of the Farallons on Sunday, and they were only able to fish for a short time before the wind came up. The 18 anglers on board did not boat a squid in the brief window of opportunity. They will be booking their first sturgeon trips of the year this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said there are ten sturgeon landed for every striper with more sturgeon taken in the past two weeks than the previous two months. The best location has been east of the Pumphouse in 10 to 15 feet of water with ghost shrimp. The action was tough over the weekend with a steady east wind pushing against the tides. Party boats are scratching out a few sturgeon per trip. In the south bay, John Akina at Oyster Point Bait, Tackle and Deli in South San Francisco reported most boaters are heading over to the Oakland Airport for steady action on ghost or grass shrimp. There have been a few sturgeon taken off of either the Brisbane Pier or shoreline. Bank anglers continue to line up along the shores of Bay Farm Island for the occasional diamondback on ghost shrimp or herring.
HALF MOON BAY
Mike Aughney of Usafishing.com reported minimal activity with most private boaters pulling their crab pots for the season. The Humboldt squid have been MIA in the past two weeks. Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica reported large numbers of anglers on the pier working crab nets or snatchers for some decent numbers of Dungeness crab. Perch continue to be taken from the pier with pile or blood worms.
Call: Roger Thomas (415) 674-3474; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133,; California Dawn (510) 773-5511, Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.
Sonny Arcaleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey said the squid have disappeared from the deep water with no action on two consecutive trips. They are running combination trips for mackerel and sand dabs on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The ocean was flat calm and absolutely gorgeous over the holiday weekend. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173, usafishing.com.
The sturgeon and striper bite has been inconsistent despite water temperatures warming to over 50 degrees in a variety of locations. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker went out on Saturday in a variety of areas searching for stripers and sturgeon. He marked stripers in several locations but getting the linesides to bite was a different story. The previous day's trip produced four bass in the 10 to 12-pound range for four fishermen. Dockside Bait in Pittsburg weighed in five sturgeon over the weekend with the fish holding in deeper water areas at Buoy 33, the Firing Line and the PGE Plant. The top baits have been ghost or grass shrimp. There have been a few stripers in the 5 to 12-pound range landed on either shad or bullheads. Mark Wilson of Mark Wilson's Sport Fishing has been fishing on the anchor exclusively in the past week in the sloughs near Collinsville at depths from 12 to 25 feet with fresh shad for an average of 6 bites per tide. They have been working patiently for limits with the fish picking up the bait and dropping it after a very brief walkoff -- too short to call it a run. He said the fish are scattered in small schools and not moving from location to location so patience is a necessity, as you will have to wait for them to decide to bite. He said the water continues to be clean due to the lack of rain with the exception of last week's large tides making things dirty. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Kevin Yost, Lucky Strike Fishing (707) 301-8050, Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Fin Addict Sport Fishing (209) 367-4665.