NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sport Fishing said kokanee are still showing up in good numbers in Coyote Creek with easy limits from 25 to 50 feet with R and K pink hootchies, Sockeye Slammers, Uncle Larry's copper pop spinners and Crystal Basin wiggle hootchies tipped with corn. He has been using an Uncle Larry's copper flasher and silver Slim Willies attached to his downrigger weights. Guide Gary Burns has also been working Coyote Creek from 37 to 48 feet with Glitterbug hootchies with shoepeg corn scented with garlic behind a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp recommends that bank anglers head up the canyon to local streams and creeks. Trollers are advised to target the main lake from 20 to 40 feet with shad or rainbow trout patterned lures or blade/crawler combinations. Kathy Styre of Sonora landed a 5.75-pound rainbow on corn yellow Power Bait while still fishing up the river arm. Jigs, 6-inch plastics or swimbaits when the winds are up are all working for the largemouth. Catfishing is improving with either anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken livers or a ball of night crawlers from the banks. The lake is holding at 978.58 feet in elevation and 53 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 said the Forebay remains the top location, particularly for catfish on mackerel or clams near check 12. Schoolie stripers can be taken on pile worms, small rip baits such as Lucky Craft Pointer 100s, hair raisers or small flukes, either weighed or weightless under the 152 bridge in the forebay. High winds have kept most boaters off of the main lake, and fishing is still slow for trollers. The majority of the fish are in the 1 to 5-pound range. The main lake continues to drop, and it is at 73 percent of capacity. Wind conditions: 800-805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711;
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Trout fishing is solid from boats or the banks with quick limits. Bubble Gum Power Eggs, various colors of Power Bait or night crawler/marshmallow combinations are working from the banks at the brush pile or the handicapped docks. There have been a few limits taken, and trout plants are scheduled on a regular basis. Trollers are scoring near-limits to limits on chrome Kastmasters, blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler at depths to 30 feet along the regular pattern to the Dam. Call: 378-2534
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sport Fishing said high winds have made the trout and salmon bites more challenging this week. But both can be found off McClure Point on the main lake or Temperance Bay with rainbows to 15-inches holding at depths from 15 to 30 feet with salmon ranging from 2 to 4.5-pounds at 35 to 80 feet. Ed and Kevin Lewis caught and released over 50 fish on a recent donated trip for the Make A Wish Foundation. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said weather has also hurt the bass fishing, but dragging greenpumpkin worms in red or purple flake, or drop shotting with the Reaction Innovation Bad Shad Green or Pro Gold Pro Worm in redflake are the best techniques at 10 to 20 feet. There is a small window for top water action in the morning. The lake was up 5.5 feet to 72 percent capacity with a water temperature at 68 degrees. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reports great king salmon and rainbow fishing this week. He has been fast-trolling the Trucker T heavy spoons on lead core lines for trout to 2.5-pounds before switching over to kings using rolled shad or herring at 40 to 100 feet. He also found action for rainbows at 25 to 52 feet on the downrigger with the same lures. Walt Lee of the Kerman Bass Club reported 13 limits for 32 anglers during the club's weekend derby. Manny Basi said the bass bite has slowed with up-and-down weather, but the best fishing remains drop shotting Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green or Pro Worms in ProGold/redflake at 10 to 20 feet. The lake is nearly full, and the water at the Blue Oaks Launch Ramp is near its highest ramp, so launching out of Fleming Meadows might be a better choice. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA — Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait said several sturgeon were brought into the shop since the weekend, with most of the action near the Green Buoy off of 9th Street. Pile worms or grass shrimp are working for stripers to 25-inches off of 9th Street. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said the wind has been keeping the parking lot empty, the freezers full of bait and no fishermen on the river. Trollers are still scoring stripers in the Old Sacramento near Isleton, and a few stripers to 29-inches have been landed off of the banks in Cache Slough on frozen shad. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said there was a great bite on the Persuader buzzbaits or spinnerbait until the water turned cold. The most consistent action has been on the Berkley Chigger Craw in colors of black/red, black/blue or brown/purple with the dark colors used in darker water conditions. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Since last week's solid salmon action, things have once again slowed to a crawl with the Bay Area salmon fleet averaging 0 to 2 fish per boat Saturday. Sunday's conditions were too rough to make it outside the Golden Gate. High winds made the bay difficult to fish, and most party boats went south to Oyster Point. Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker came back to the Berkeley Marina with 19 fish, including 9 halibut to 18-pounds and 11 bass on Sunday. Saturday, the Happy Hooker launched with 25 passengers for 29 fish, including 20 bass and 9 halibut to 16-pounds.
Most of the action has been off the main channel from out in front of the Oyster Point Pier down to Brisbane.
HALF MOON BAY — Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing said high winds kept the boats in port Sunday, but the Ankeny Street went to the Deep Reef for 6 salmon for 7 rods with the fish at 40 feet biting on anchovies. The fish are stuffed with krill, but they bit the hard bait. When the surf is fishable, a few stripers have been coming from the regular spots: Linda Mar, Rockaway, Mori's Point, Mussel Rock or the RV Park. Crabbing remains steady from the pier.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040, Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.
MONTEREY BAY — Todd Arcaleo at Chris's Landing said the weather and rough ocean conditions shut out the salmon anglers on Sunday. A few fishermen on a rockfish trip scratched out limits in rough conditions, but most anglers scored than less than 10 fish per rod. Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz said salmon fishing is slow due to the wind. There are small schools of sardines in the Santa Cruz harbor and out near the Capitola wharf. Rock fishing and lingcod fishing is improving as bait fish move in slowly. There has been a few striped bass caught near the Capitola Cement Ship.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173, usafishing.com.