NEW MELONES RESERVOIR / TULLOCH — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said trout fishing remains good for rainbows to 2 pounds at Glory Hole or Tuttletown Launch Ramps with Berkley chartreuse or green glitter Power Bait, Power Eggs or a crawler/marshmallow combination. The fish are moving into the shallows at 5-20 feet. Boaters are fishing on the anchor with similar baits in the same areas as well as Carson or Mormon coves. Small silver/blue Kastmasters and shad or rainbow trout imitation lures such as a Countdown Rapala are also working. Trolling works for an occasional large fish, such as the 5.5-pound brown taken by Dennis Young on a Needlefish on the surface at the mouth of Carson Creek. Lewis said spotted bass are being landed in large numbers close to wood near steep flats or drop-offs with brown/purple jigs with a trailer, watermelon/redflake or green pumpkin Zoom Baby Brush Hogs or other creature baits on a Carolina-rig or shaky head. Best numbers are taken on 4-inch shad-colored plastics. A few larger fish are taken on Huddleston ROF 12 swimbaits in any trout pattern along windy points at 20-50 feet deep. A few quality crappie continue to be landed on small or medium minnows or crappie jigs at 30-45 feet deep around submerged trees or structure. The lake rose to 50 percent capacity. At Tulloch, an excellent trout bite has been reported on white Power Eggs, Power Bait or night crawlers under a bobber in the running water up the river arm past the Power Lines. 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 heavy inflow from surface creeks and pumping from the Delta in addition to the high winds, have slowed the striper fishing in both the main lake and the Forebay. Regular anglers have been tossing top-water plugs or soaking frozen bait for minimal results. Eventually, the inflow from the rains should improve the striper bite by turning over the lake and bringing in nutrients. Merritt Gilbert of Clovis reported a big increase in the sales of Lucky Craft 128s in American shad, royal blue and ghost minnow with local anglers heading up to the big lake for top-water action for 18- to 25-inch stripers. The lake rose seven feet. Wind conditions: (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Inflow has muddied up the water, and bank anglers have the advantage over trollers. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said various colors of Power Bait and Power Eggs have been working for near limits from the Handicapped Docks or Brush Pile areas. Trolling slow until water clears. Call: 378-2534.
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn said bass fishing has been slow, with small limits to 10 pounds winning Saturday's tournament and an 8-pound limit winning Sunday's tournament entered by 70 boats. Drop-shotting with Reaction Innovations Bad Shad Green or the Flirt at 20-50 feet deep is the best technique for numbers. The water is muddy from the inflow, and there is floating debris on the lake. Diana Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said bank anglers are scoring with live minnows from Barrett's or McClure Point. She added that the trout bite is good near Bagby with Needlefish or other shad-imitation spoons at 7-15 feet deep on lead core line. Regular crappie fishing families are starting to show up to purchase the live minnows, so there must be an increase in action for the slabsides. The lake came up to 43 percent capacity. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222; Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn reported continued slow bass fishing with the water turning muddy at the inlets from the quick rise in lake levels. Best bite still the Reaction Innovation Bad Shad Green or Flit on the drop-shot as well as small profile brown jigs with a forked brown trailer at 20-50 feet deep. Due to the heavy inflow, the fish have no consistent pattern, and they can be located from the shallows to deeper water. Bank fishing for planted trout is fair with rainbow glitter Power Bait or gold Kastmasters throughout access areas. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing advised finding clearer water in the center of the lake, but there should also be trout holding near the mud lines along the banks. He advised scent lures with vibration to attract trout. Lake rose to 73 percent capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
STOCKTON — Heavy inflow from Sacramento River tributaries has reached the central Delta from the Rio Vista to the Carquinez bridges, and sturgeon have started to react to the warmer and muddied water with an improved bite. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker boated a 57-inch sturgeon and a legal bass Friday and a sturgeon at 46.5 inches and a legal bass Saturday. "There were plenty of fish on the meter, and I know of fish taken out of the Big Cut, Little Cut and Seal Island on Saturday," Smith said. Do Nguyen of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported several sturgeon to 53 inches landed Saturday around Chain Island, Buoy 33 and the PG&E Plant. "Ghost shrimp has been the top bait in our section of the river, and conditions were ideal over the weekend," Nguyen said. In the upper Delta, Allison Shawnego of Hap's Bait in Rio Vista said, "I just weighed in a 61-inch sturgeon taken from the banks on ghost shrimp in Cache Slough by a first-time angler." An occasional striped bass has been landed from the banks on pile worms or sardines, but the main river is muddy and loaded with logs and debris. In the San Joaquin, fishing remains slow with an occasional sturgeon or striped bass being the exception. Rich Costa of H and R Bait in Stockton said, "There were a few sturgeon taken by Light 11 on the San Joaquin River in addition to a 10-pound striper, and a sturgeon was lost in the Deep Water Channel in Stockton from the dock at the Stockton Rod and Gun Club; but other than these isolated reports, fishing has been slow. Boaters advised that more debris is expected with this week's high tides. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630; Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665; Jolly Jay 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Few, if any, boats went out for crab due to big swell and high winds. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait in San Rafael reported slow action due to cold, rainy and windy weather. A 55-inch sturgeon was caught and released at the Pumphouse on Saturday on a grass/ghost shrimp combination. There is a lot of floating debris in the bay from Oyster Point up to San Pablo Bay. John Akina of Oyster Point Bait said there still hasn't been any sturgeon landed off of the pier, but undersized leopard sharks are keeping anglers busy. Perch fishing remains steady with pile worms or grass shrimp.