NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Target the main lake and upriver at 20-40 feet with lures in shad or rainbow trout patterns or a crawler/spinner combo. Most trollers are getting limits of kokanee with an occasional rainbow. Sharron Tussy caught a 3-pound rainbow while trolling a Glitterbug pink Hootchie at 50-feet near Rose Island. Richard Kowski caught a limit of 2- to 3-pound rainbows on a crawler/spinner combo trolled at 20-40 feet in the main lake. Bank anglers should try local streams and creeks with Berkeley Select Scented Power Bait, Pautski's Green Label Eggs, crawlers, or small spinners such as Mepps or Panther Martins. Great kokanee fishing, with most getting limits to 16 inches. The dam/spillway and around Rose Island have been the hot spots, but there have been some big limits upriver between the bridges. Kokanee can be found at 40-55 feet. If the wind kicks up, try fishing closer to shore. Hootchies behind Slingblade dodgers continue to be the best set-up for kokanee. Use small Glitterbugs micro hootchies in orange or pink trolled behind chartreuse, green or silver dodgers or Slingblades. Remember to tip your lure in shoepeg corn or Berkley maggots and use Pro-Cure scent. Anise/krill, garlic, or Kokanee Special are good choices. Danny Layne says Carp Spit scent is starting to work. Bass fishing is great for keeper-sized spots upriver from the bank to 25 feet. Largemouths are being caught 15 to 30 feet at the mouths of coves near wood, on jigs, worms or swimbaits. Catfish are picking up. Use anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken liver or a ball of nightcrawlers. Leave your bail open so the cats can pick the bait up and swim with it. For crappie, try fishing live small or medium minnows, or crappie jigs in red/white, black/chartreuse or purple/white. Bluegill are hitting king mealworms or a piece of nightcrawler under a bobber. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383, Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Ly Tu said the bites in both the upper and lower lakes are fair, but the shoreline is packed with anglers. Most fish are in the 20-inch range and taking bait. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina reported that a plant had provided a very good bite, but it faded in the wind over the weekend. Power Bait and nightcrawlers are working for limits. Trollers finding success in the main channel. Call: 378-2534.
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi said the bass are on a tear on 1½-ounce Yamamoto Hula double-tailed grubs in green pumpkin with a copper or purple flake. Senkos in shad or the green pumpkin motif are also working for lots of action. Mike Van Guider said the top-water bite is a key to the bigger limits if you can get them to really commit. Throw a spook type of bait or even the smaller Lunker Punkers in the small cuts with grass next to the steep walls. Most of the bass are largemouth, and be sure to walk it as slowly as you can, too. Another hot bait is a Yo-Zuri ripbait in a hitch color for shad. A Berserk brown jig that has a trailer with some red or orange in it is good, such as the Green Pumpkin/Fire baby brawler by Berserk. Danny Layne said there's a good bite on landlocked king salmon. Trolling off McClure point into Temperance Bay at 40-80 feet will be rewarded with some kings to 4.5 pounds. Rainbows to 2 pounds are active from the surface down to 30 feet and are chasing Ex-Cel, Slim Fins or Cripplures. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Manny Basi said Senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon are bringing in good numbers of bass. Ripbaits in chartreuse-shad colors like the Ghost Minnow are also good choices. The water is coming up, and the bigger fish are hard to find. Danny Layne said kokanee are showing off Jenkins Hill into Graveyard Bay at around 40-feet. Uncle Larry's spinners, Sockeye Slammers are doing the trick. Favorite scent is garlic-flavored pink Pautzke's Fire Corn. Rainbows to 2 pounds are scattered throughout from the surface down to 30 feet. King salmon are active early at 100 feet. Fleming Bay, Upper Bay and Woods Creek arm, rolling shad or glow hoochies for kings to 5 pounds. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
DELTA/STOCKTON — Windy, cold weather has made it slow in the delta. Striped bass are moving through fast. Soaking bait is better than trolling, with the fish hungry on their way back down the bays. Mark Wilson said the striper bite has slowed dramatically. He had a 14-fish day a week ago, but only two on his last two trips. He has been working from Decker Island to above Walnut Grove with little success. With so few big fish being seen, he's concerned for the future of the fishery. But he's considering running smallmouth bass trips, since he's been seeing smallies to 4 pounds biting on quarter-ounce Speed Traps near the rocks or plugging with the same lures or RatLTraps. The smallies are holding in the smaller rivers. 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 — Forget about salmon outside the Golden Gate. But with big minus tides beginning this weekend, striped bass are expected to flush into the bays in search of anchovies after a long spring spawn. The rock piles such as Shag, Arch and Blossom Rock should be producing some big bass within the week. Meanwhile those going for halibut are getting about a fish per rod, and striper counts are climbing. Tigerfish and New Huck Finn out of Emeryville Sport Fishing landed over a fish per rod Saturday with 29 halibut to 14-pounds and 10 stripers to 7-pounds for 28 anglers. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing confirmed the grind with a concern for slow action. Smaller tides make him optimistic.
HALF MOON BAY — Rough conditions kept private and party boats from getting out of the harbor last week, but a break in the weather allowed Captain Bob Ingles on the Queen of Hearts to make it to the Deep Reef on Friday. Twenty anglers landed 11 keeper salmon to 26-pounds with at least another 8 fish lost and three salmon just under the 24-inch limit. Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing said Captain Kelly Sponsellar on the New Gravy will fish salmon or rockfish below Pigeon Point until June 13th.
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.
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of June 1:
- Tuolumne County — Lyons Canal, Middle Fork Stanislaus River, Moccasin Creek, Pinecrest Lake, Powerhouse Stream, South Fork Stanislaus River, Clark Fork Stanislaus River.
- Madera County — Corrine Lake, Fish Creek, Lewis Creek, lower Chiquito Creek, Upper Big Creek, West Fork Chiquito Creek.