STOCKTON - The wind continued to plague Delta anglers the majority of the week. It has been next to impossible to fish the open water of the Sacramento River on the large outgoing tide due to the wind and the tide working against each other. Most anglers in this area are launching in Montezuma Slough and staying in the protected waters. Kevin Yost of Lucky Strike Fishing out of Pittsburg said the sturgeon bite has been as good as it has been all year long, with several oversized fish in Montezuma Slough and the Big and Little Cuts. Curtis Hayes at Benicia Bait and Tackle said they experienced a quiet weekend despite the good sturgeon tides. A 65¾-inch, 88-pound sturgeon was landed at the mouth of Montezuma Slough on grass shrimp. Striper fishing from the banks has been very slow. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service had an outstanding day midweek with 14 legal stripers to 12 pounds on fresh shad in the San Joaquin River near Twitchell Island. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported a good topwater bite with Pop'N Furbet the Frog, his prototype IMA "Big Stick," and the 7-inch OB Minnow in bluegill patterns early in the mornings. He has been switching over the IMA Shaker crankbait in bluegill or the Berkley Heavyweight or Hand Pour worms on a Zappu Head on the outside of the weed lines. The best plastic patterns have been with a purplish line or green iridescence to imitate bluegills. There were 340 participants at the Berkley Big Bass Challenge, with Tony Ragone of Tracy driving away with the new 2010 Toyota Tundra truck.Call: 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, Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported "red hot" kokanee action at depths from 40 to 60 feet for fish ranging from 13½ to 14½ inches. He wasn't able to get a third rod out before getting a hit on a recent trip. He was using pink Marni bugs behind a Sling Blade, glow green Marni Bugs or glow blue Shasta Tackle PPK hootchies around Shipwreck Island. He came in with limits before 11 a.m. with doubles and triples the rule in the morning. Bank trout anglers should head to the local creeks with Power Bait or Pautske's Fire Eggs. Trollers are using shad or rainbow trout-patterned lures such as Needlefish, Kastmasters, ExCel spoons or blade/crawler combinations at depths from 20 to 30 feet over deep water in the main river channel. An occasional brown trout can be landed on Countdown Rapalas or Trophy Sticks close to structure in 50 to 60 feet in depth. Robert Muhlbeier of Sonora landed a 4¼-pound rainbow on a pink hootchie near Carson Cove in deep water. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported good bass action with an early and late topwater bite with Zara Spooks, Pop-R's or buzz baits. Once the sun has risen, Senkos, jigs, Carolina-rigged 6-inch plastics, ripbaits, spinnerbaits are all working around submerged wood. Barry Franks landed a 5½-pound largemouth on a jerkbait near the Marina. Catfishing is improving on muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, night crawlers, sardines, chicken livers or mackerel. Chris Limas of -- brought a 13-pound whiskerfish to the scales on night crawlers. Crappie fishing is fair to good from 10 to 30 feet with small minnows or minijigs in red/white, black/chartreuse or purple/white in Bear, Mormon or Carson Creeks. The lake is holding at 55 percent capacity. Call: (209) 736-4333, Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishin' Dan (209) 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023.
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SAN LUIS RESERVOIR/O'NEILL FOREBAY - Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose reported boat anglers are mooching anchovy fillets for stripers to 8 pounds with most of the fish in the barely-legal range in the big lake at depths to 80 feet. The majority of area striper fishermen have been heading west to the beaches to take advantage of the hot bite. There are loads of shaker stripers in the Forebay with a few legal fish taken near the Bridge and at Check 12. Anglers are scratching up small bullheads under the rocks or plugging bone Rebel Jumbo Minnows for the small stripers. Catfishing has improved with mackerel or clams at Check 12. The lake dropped to 411.91 feet in elevation. Call: Wind conditions (800) 805-4805; Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR - McSwain Marina said there were plenty of trout taken during the Lion's Club Trout Derby over the weekend, but another plant by Calaveras Trout Farm is scheduled this week. Blade/crawler combinations, red or chartreuse Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger or small spoons trolled to 30 feet in depth along the normal pattern from the dam to the second fence line has been the top technique. Lemon-lime Power Bait, white Power Eggs or inflated crawlers are all working at the Brush Pile or the Handicapped Docks. Call: (209) 378-2534.
LAKE DON PEDRO - Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported the king salmon bite toughened up with no hits despite two rods targeting salmon at depths to 125 feet. He said the kokanee were reluctant to bite early in the day, but things picked up after 11 a.m. on the pink Marni bug or pink Apex lure behind a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade at depths from 45 to 70 feet in the open water from Big Oak Island and Jenkins Hill to Fleming Bay for fish from 11½ to 13 inches. Trout are found from 20 to 45 feet from the dam to Big Creek with Shasta Tackle's pearl PPK hootchies, Vance's Slim Fins or ExCel lures. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported an early-morning ripbait or topwater bite before switching over to bottomfishing with dart-heading Pro Worms in color 300 or with greenpumpkin or brown jigs with a similarly colored trailer. The best action has been from the banks to 40 feet with most of the fish found in the deeper water. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383, Bait Barn (209) 874-301.
PINE FLAT RESERVOIR - Merritt Gilbert said bass fishing continues to be very slow for primarily small fish. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse said anglers can scrape up a limit of trout, but the fish are scattered in a variety of locations. Deer Creek, the Power Lines and upriver are good for a few quality rainbows on red Wedding Rings or shad ExCels. The lake dropped to 72 percent capacity. The lower Kings below the Dam continues to receive weekly trout plants, including this week. Experienced anglers continue to work limits with Power Bait, night crawlers, salmon eggs or lures. Call: 787-2387, 225-1838, 292-3474.
BASS LAKE - Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service has been marking kokanee near the bottom from the dam to Fawn Point with a few fish in front of Indian Cove. Wittwer has scored kokanee with the Rocky Mountain Tackle blue Radical Glo Tube behind a Hyperglo Blade, Father Murphy's Bug behind a large GoldStar dodger with a pink stripe or the RMT cotton candy hootchie behind a pink UV dodger at depths from 35 to 45 feet. He also has jigged up a kokanee off of the bottom. Although the quantity has been limited, the quality has been outstanding with fish to 17¾ inches. The water temperature is still at 70 degrees, and the lake hasn't developed a distinct thermocline. Trout fishing has been fair at depths to 20 feet with the best action early in the morning prior to recreational boaters hitting the lake. Bass fishing has been slow with bass anglers vacating the lake with the motor charge during the summer months. The lake is holding at 76 percent capacity. Call: 642-3141, Todd Wittwer 288-8100, 642-3633, 642-3737
SAN FRANCISCO BAY - The stripers have roared into the bay, and the hard-biting and fighting fish are located from the South bay near Oyster Point, the Berkeley Flats and Southampton and at the rockpiles in the Central Bay. James Smith on the California Dawn had a knock-up weekend putting his clients into big counts, as he found the bass on the rockpiles Saturday for 41 stripers to 17 pounds and 30 halibut to 15 pounds. He added another 15 limits of stripers and 15 halibut and a leopard shark Sunday.