NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported the trout are feeding heavily on threadfin shad throughout the lake. Rainbows are moving up on the water column as water cools. Small minnows under a bobber or small silver spoons are good options. Trollers are advised to work from the surface to 50 feet with shad-patterned lures such as Needlefish, ExCels and smaller Rapala Countdowns. Sep's Trolling Grubs trailing the lure has been a good choice. Brown trout anglers are trolling Trophy Sticks or Countdown Rapalas at depths from 20 to 40 feet near structure. Bass bite improving but few solid bites. There is a good topwater bite with Zara Spooks, buzzbaits or PopR's in low light conditions. Carolina-rigged Creature baits such as a Zoom Baby Brush Hogs, Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver or Jeff's Arkie Crawlin' Grub worked deep over main lake points at depths from 30 to 40 feet. The larger bass tend to eat crawdads, so creature baits or jigs are effective. Tom Blue caught and released a 10-pound largemouth on a swimbait with John Chiarpotti of Bassin' 1A Guide Service. Catfishing is slowing with the fish moving into deeper water. The lake dropped a foot to 957.39 and 46 percent capacity. Danny Layne touted nearby Lake Tulloch for rainbows to three-pounds on Midge Wobblers, ExCels or Triple Teasers pulled at 2 mph and above in the Green Springs Arm at depths from 8 to 25 feet. Call: 736-4333, Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said the lake is slowly rising with water pumped in, and the striper bite has been consistent on extra-large minnows or frozen shad drifted along the trash racks at 40 to 60 feet. The bank bite has been hit or miss with one angler landing a limit of 37 and 27-inchers from the banks at Romero Visitor Center on frozen shad. Top water lures such as Zara Spooks, Rebel Jumbo Minnows or Yozuris are working on the main lake by anglers who are chasing the diving birds and the shad boils. The Forebay has been getting heavy interest, particularly at night. Some fishermen have been donning waders and plugging mudsuckers for fish to 24-inches. Catfish to 9-pounds have been taken at night on anchovies fished under the Bridge. Wind conditions: 800-805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina reported continued limit fishing at the brush pile or handicapped docks with night crawlers. Power Bait in various colors is also working, but there has been a big run on night crawlers. Trollers have been picking up limits in the early morning with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings in the regular pattern from the Dam to the 2nd fence line and back. There is a trout plant from Calaveras Trout Farm scheduled for this Friday. Call: 378-2534
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn said the bass bite continues to be strong with top water PopR's in the mornings before switching to drop shotting with the Reaction Innovation worm in Bad Shad Green or small profile jig head with a Yamamoto Hula Grub in color 330. Trout fishing has been slow, but things will improve with the trout plants starting within the next month. Catfishing is starting to slow down with the best action on chicken livers, crawdads or anchovies along muddy, sloping banks. The lake is at 41 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 said the trout bite is stable with some nice rainbows to four-pounds hanging around the face of the Dam, off of Jenkins Hill and Graveyard Bay from the surface to 35 feet with Kastmasters. Needlefish, small ExCels and Vance's Slim Willies tipped with a night crawler. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said there are large schools of king salmon holding at 100 feet in depth near Raymos Creek or Schoolhouse Point, and these fish should move up in the water column in response to the shad moving towards the surface. He added that there have been fish located near the surface, breaking water. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn reported an improved bass bite with the Reaction Innovation plastics in Bad Shad Green, brown jigs or Brush Hogs in greenpumpkin/redflake at depths from the surface to 30 feet. The 4-inch double-tailed Hula Grub in watermelon red is also effective. Basi added that there is an early topwater bite with PopR's. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
Stockton Area — Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker put together a light load of regular customers and crew for a shot at stripers Saturday with the last of the live sardines out of the Berkeley bait receiver. They put together 10 limits of bass to 10-pounds on live bullheads or anchovies. The best fishing was on the incoming tide near the Carquinez Bridge. Majority of stripers appear to be congregated around the Carquinez Straits and into Suisun Bay, but overall action was slow throughout the weekend, particularly farther upstream. Curtis Hayes at Benicia Bait reported numerous sturgeon around Chain Island and into the channel, and he expects these fish to move down into the Big Cut, Little Cut and around Buoy 9 within the next couple of weeks. He said there have been several big fish marked in deep water in the main channel at 80 feet into San Pablo Bay, but the water was too deep to fish for the skiffs that marked the fish. He added that stripers to 20-pounds have been taken on live bullheads around Buoy 23 and the Firing Line. Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported good striper action in front of the harbor in deep water for limits to 18-pounds. Bullheads, mudsuckers and fresh shad have been the top baits. Mark Delnero of Fin Addict Sport Fishing reported a slower bite upriver from Pittsburg, but he was able to put his clients onto two limits of stripers to 7-pounds Saturday near Chain Island on fresh shad. Kevin Yost of Lucky Strike Fishing found his best action for sturgeon on the evening outgoing tide with ghost shrimp for legal sturgeon of 53 and 48-inches with a 67-inch oversized and numerous shakers released over three nights in the Pittsburg area. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service has been consistently limiting out on schoolie stripers in the San Joaquin River at the Lower Shoals and in False River. The bait bite slowed with the smaller tides. Mark Wilson of Mark Wilson's Sport Fishing said the trolling bite was picking up particularly at the change of the tides. He has found the fish in from Decker Island down to Broad Slough on deep-diving Yozuris and the prototype P-Line Predator. Randy Pringle has been jigging with Hopkins spoons from ½ to 2 oz., depending upon the depth, in addition to tossing the IMA Big Stick Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
San Francisco Bay — The Captain Hook out of Emeryville went up the Marin coast Sunday for 280 rockfish and 10 lings to 10-pounds for 31 passengers. Yesterday's trips to the Farallons and the Marin coast and in the bay by the New Seeker, New Salmon Queen, New Huck Finn, Captain Hook and C Gull II produced ¾ limits with 712 rockfish, 5 lings to 12-pounds, 5 halibut to 12-pounds and a five-pound striper. Rockfishing north of Pigeon Point ends Saturday. The Wet Spot and the New Huck Finn out of Emeryville fishing inside the bay with 13 anglers today for over a fish a rod with 15 halibut to 15-pounds, 3 bass to 5-pounds and a 25-pound leopard shark. A 28-inch halibut was taken at the Corregidor in San Pablo Bay by a kayak anglers with a 32-inch flattie at the Petaluma River Train Trestle on grass shrimp.
This week's Department of Fish & Game trout plants:
- Stanislaus County: Modesto Reservoir, Woodward Reservoir.
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal, Fork Stanislaus River; Moccasin Creek Powerhouse Stream.