New Melones Reservoir — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing and Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported continued outstanding kokanee fishing for fish to 15 inches. The fish are holding at 40 feet deep near Carson Cove, Shipwreck and Rose islands at first light before moving down to 50-62 feet in depth. Pink Marni bugs behind a nickel/silver/pink Vance's dodger, Uncle Larry's Blue Tiger spinners, glow blue or pink Shasta Tackle PPK hootchies behind a Vance's dodger tipped with corn scented with vanilla, anise or garlic are the most productive set-ups. Smith said there are schools of kokanee throughout the lake. Rainbow trout to 5 pounds are holding at 30 to 40 feet deep and are hitting rolled shad, ExCels and blade/crawler combinations. An occasional brown trout can be landed on Countdown Rapalas or Trophy Sticks close to structure at 50-60 feet deep. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported a good bass bite with top-water action at dawn or dusk with Zara Spooks, Pop-Rs or buzz baits. Once the sun is up, Senkos, jigs, Carolina-rigged 6-inch plastics, or Zoom Baby Brush Hogs are all working. Catfishing is improving with nightcrawlers, chicken livers or mackerel. Crappie can be found around submerged trees at 10 to 30 feet deep in Bear, Mormon or Carson creeks with small minnows or red/white minijigs. The lake dropped one-half vertical foot to 982.98 feet in elevation and 55 percent 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/O'Neill Forebay — Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said the wind blew most of the week, and boaters stayed away from the main lake. A few boaters went out during calm periods with cut anchovy fillets for hit or miss action at depths off Dinosaur Point. The best action has been for catfish in the Forebay around Check 12 with clams or mackerel. A few stripers have been taken on white flukes. The lake dropped another 10 vertical feet to 392.40 feet in elevation. Wind condition (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSwain Reservoir — McSwain Marina reported good trout action with rainbow, spring green or chartreuse Power Bait at the Brush Pile. Trollers are pulling blade/crawler combinations, red or chartreuse Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger or small spoons trolled to 30 feet deep along the normal pattern from Gilligan's Island to the Second Fence Line working for trollers.Call: (209) 378-2534.
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Pine Flat Reservoir — Merritt Gilbert said there have been several bass in the 2½- to 3-pound range taken on watermelon/red Hula grubs. The bite has been hit or miss with anglers working up and down the banks for no action, then hitting four quality fish on one bank. Trout fishing should remain decent as long as the cool weather pattern holds. The lake dropped six vertical feet to 65 percent capacity and 885.23 feet in elevation. Experienced anglers continue to work planted trout limits on the lower Kings with Power Bait, night crawlers, salmon eggs or lures. Call: 787-2387, 225-1838, 292-3474.
McClure Reservoir — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said there is a top-water bite early and late with dart-heading with the ‹-ounce Revenge Flipper Wacker with Senkos in color 330 from the banks to 20 feet deep. Live crawdads and minnows continue to work. The bass are small. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said trout fishing is good at 30 to 40 feet deep in the river narrows from Barretts Cove to Bagby with blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a flasher or small spoons. Crappie fishing is improving, with the best action at night under lights at depths to 40 feet near structure in Temperance and Cottonwood Creeks. Catfish action is improving with live minnows or crawdads, anchovies or sardines along muddy, sloping banks at 15 to 20 feet deep. No king salmon or kokanee reports. The lake dropped a vertical foot to 809.64 feet in elevation and 66 percent capacity. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service (209) 604-8222; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
Lake Don Pedro — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service said rainbow trout to 3 pounds continue to be on a good bite at 30 to 40 feet deep with shad-patterned lures or blade/crawler combinations. Kokanee to 14 inches are hitting Sockeye Slammers, Humdingers or Wedding Rings tipped with shoepeg corn scented with anise or garlic at depths to 50 feet off of Jenkins Hill, Copper Mountain and Graveyard Bay. King salmon are biting rolled shad or anchovies in Fleming Bay at 70 to 120 feet deep. Manny Basi reported bass fishing is improving with 5-inch Senkos in watermelon/red or greenpumpkin/pepper on a one-eighth-ounce Revenge Flipper Wacker head from the bank to 15 feet deep. There is a dawn and dusk top-water bite with Zara Spooks or PopRs. There is no swimbait bite. The lake is holding at 808.88 feet in elevation and 87 percent capacity. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne — Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
Stockton — Once again, the combination of wind and big tides have turned the water muddy, making trolling difficult. A few sturgeon have been taken in the Pittsburg area at the Firing Line and Garnet Point with grass or ghost shrimp. Most anglers are holing up in either Montezuma Slough and the Big or Little Cuts. Shaker stripers dominate catches, with a few legal fish to 6 pounds taken by trollers up in Steamboat or Miner sloughs or soaking bait around Decker Island. The best action has been on the incoming tide with shallow-running Yozuris in chartreuse or red head/white body. 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.
Bass Lake — Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said a few rainbow to 2½ pounds are biting, but kokanee action continues to be slow. There are few active groups of fish in the lake, with most holding tight to the bottom. A group will rise to 30 feet in depth in the middle of the lake, but they haven't been biting and appear to be in the 14- to 16-inch range. He thought warmer weather is needed to improve the bite. Bass fishing has been best for spots to 2 pounds on Senkos around docks in the early evenings. The lake is holding at 76 percent capacity. Call: 642-3141; Todd Wittwer 288-8100, 642-3633, 642-3737; Rich Bieghy 642-3748.