NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported continued "red-hot'" kokanee action from 40 to 60 feet with pink Marni bugs behind a Sling Blade, glow blue or pink Shasta Tackle PPK hootchies behind a Vance's dodger around Shipwreck Island, the dam, the south portion of the lake and near the Highway 49 bridge. They landed three limits in 1 hour, 15 minutes Saturday. Fish are 14 to 14.5 inches and growing fatter each week. Bank anglers should head to the local creeks with Power Bait or Pautske's Fire Eggs. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported large rainbows at 30 to 40 feet with Vance's Slim Fins or Shasta Tackle Wiggle Hootchies. An occasional brown trout can be landed on Countdown Rapalas or Trophy Sticks close to structure at 50 to 60 feet. Ben Gibney of Pioneer landed a 3½-pound rainbow on a purple Apex behind a blue dodger at a depth of 51feet near Rose Island. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole in Angels Camp reported the best bass action on topwater lures as fish to 6 pounds were taken on Zara Spooks, Pop-R's or buzz baits during Saturday's Future Pro Tour Tournament. 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 at 55 percent capacity. Call: 736-4333, Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR and O'NEILL FOREBAY — Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose reported cut anchovy fillets in the main lake are producing small stripers to 6 pounds at depths from 40 to 60 feet off Dinosaur Point. Majority of striper fishermen continue to head west to the beaches or San Francisco Bay for the hot bite. Catfish has been the top catches at Check 12 in the forebay with anchovies, mackerel or prepared baits. Lake dropped another nine vertical feet to 402.15. Call: Wind conditions (800) 805-4805; Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina reported good fishing with an excellent water level. Rainbow Power Bait is the big producer at the Brush Pile and handicapped docks with 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 working for trollers. Call: 378-2534
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported topwater lures are working early and late before anglers change over to dart-heading with small red ProWorms in color 300 or the Revenge Big Texan jig with an orange Huddlebug trailer. The fish are all small. Crappie fishing is decent at night under lights at depths to 40 feet near structure in Temperance and Cottonwood Creeks. Catfish action is showing signs of life with live minnows or crawdads, anchovies or sardines along muddy, sloping banks at depths from 15 to 20 feet. Trout fishing has slowed, with most anglers heading to Don Pedro or New Melones. Lake at 66 percent of capacity. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported a good kokanee bite around Jenkin's Hill, Big Oak Island or Graveyard Bay at depths from 45 to 65 feet with Uncle Larry's Spinners, Vance's Sockeye Slammers and Glitterbug hootchies in chartreuse tipped with shoepeg corn scented with anise or garlic. Rainbows are located around Fleming Bay at depths from 30 to 40 feet with blade/crawler combinations, rolled shad or ExCels. King salmon to 6-pounds are biting rolled shad or anchovies off of the face of the Dam into Mexican Gulch and from Schoolhouse Point to Jenkin's Hill in the river channel at depths from 70 to 120 feet. Manny Basi reported an improved bass bite with topwater lures working early and late before switching up to eighth-ounce Revenge Flipping Wacker jig heads on Senkos in watermelon/red or Revenge blue gill pattern jigs with a Reaction Innovation Sprayed Grass trailer at depths from the banks to 20feet. Night fishing good with dark-colored 10-inch worms in black or black/red. Lake at 87 percent of capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA/STOCKTON — The wind continues to limit fishermen in the unprotected locations in Suisun Bay, particularly on outgoing tides. Benicia Bait reported schoolie stripers have been the best thing going from the piers with anchovies, pile worms and grass shrimp. Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported windy conditions all weekend with a solitary sturgeon at buoy 2 Saturday on grass shrimp. There were only two trailers in the parking lot Friday. Mark Wilson has been continuing to troll with shallow-running Yozuris in lime/orange or chartreuse with black dots for five to six keeper stripers to 6 pounds on a daily basis. They are hooking several undersized stripers during the day, and he has had a double on each trip out. There are still males loaded with milt and females that haven't spawned in the mix. Wilson plans on trolling shallow until August, and he predicted some larger fish will be moving back into the central Delta in July. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service has been soaking fresh shad in the San Joaquin River, and he boated two limits of stripers to 14 pounds Sunday. They went through 6½ pounds of shad, as undersized stripers are accounting for the majority of the fish. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported a good largemouth bass bite on topwater lures in the overcast conditions. The water in the delta is still cool at 68 degrees. Bass are spitting up crayfish, and his best action has been around rocky structure that holds the baitfish and crawdads. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Kevin Yost (707) 301-8050; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665; Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Big news was the striper limits landed on the San Mateo County beaches over the weekend by Jim Smith and the Happy Hooker. There are few captains who are willing to back into the surf to fly-line for stripers, and Smith is one of the few with the experience and desire to make this outstanding bite happen. After several years of limited beach fishing, Smith put in 20 limits to 26 pounds to go with 50 stripers to 21 pounds with more than 30 fish breaking off Sunday. They added near-limits of rockfish on local pinnacles. Availability of live bait still a concern with the Berkeley receiver selling out before noon Saturday and Sunday. Rockfishing was spectacular, with all boats heading out to the Farallons in outstanding weather. Emeryville Sport Fishing had 149 anglers get limits of rockfish.
HALF MOON BAY — Mike Aughney reported the Huck Finn Sport Center had five boats out on a glassy calm ocean on Saturday's rockfish opener, with all boats working the local reefs south to Martin's Beach, San Gregorio and Bean Hollow. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica reported an excellent striper bite from the beaches, as anglers are "throwing the kitchen sink at them" with lures of many types. Crabbing is still decent from the the pier. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; California Dawn (510) 773-5511; Don Franklin (510) 703-4148.