NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Monte Smith reported difficult conditions for kokanee with fish scattered throughout the lake. He found some at 43 feet in open water using Uncle Larry's Spinners behind Sling Blade dodgers. He tried all the regular spots such as Shipwreck Island, Glory Hole Point, the spillway, the dam and Rose Island without success. Danny Layne had been finding kokanee at 22 to 26 feet before daybreak using Vance's Sockeye Slammers, UV Humdingers and orange Glitterbug hootchies behind Wild Thing or small Slingblades at first light before switching to the larger Vance's copper or UV Slingblades. Layne said rainbows have been active all day, and advised tipping the lure with a small piece of night crawler. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods suggested the south side of the main lake at 20 to 40 feet with spoons or spinners. Bank anglers should head up the canyon to local streams and creeks. Lewis said spotted bass are biting great upriver with Oxblood plastics on a split-shot around rocky points to 25 feet with largemouth bass at 15 to 30 feet in the mouths of coves in the main lake near wood on jigs, 6-inch plastic worms or swimbaits. Mike Grabowski landed a 5-pound largemouth on a lizard. Catfishing is improving with either anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken livers or a ball of night crawlers from the banks. Nolan Small of Jamestown pulled up a 10.5-pound whiskerfish on night crawlers in the shallows on the south end of the lake. Crappie and bluegill remain best under lights with small or medium minnows or minijigs around submerged wood or rockpiles in Bear Cove, Mormon Creek or Carson Creek. 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 said the best spot is the Forebay before 5:30 a.m. with top-water lures, pearl flukes or RatLTraps for barely-legal stripers. The area around the 152 bridge and check 12 are best with catfish plentiful at check 12 on mackerel, frozen shad or clams. Paul Jolly of Coyote Bait confirmed the striper bite and added that pile worms and jumbo minnows are the best baits. He said largemouth bass have been pumped into the Forebay, and they're biting on RatLTraps. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Calaveras Trout Farm planted 1,000 pounds last week, and most bank anglers have been picking up 2 or 3 quality rainbows on Bubble Gum Power Eggs, various colors of Power Bait or night crawler/marshmallow combinations. Trout to 3.5-pounds have been taken on Purple Nymph or chartreuse Power Bait at the brush pile. Trollers are also picking up near-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. The lake level has been fluctuating during the day due to irrigation uses. Call: 378-2534.
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sport Fishing reported a slowdown in king salmon action in the past week, but he was able to boat a few fish over 4-pounds at 80 to 100 feet on Sockeye Slammers, Vance's Slim Fins, ExCel lures, Crystal Basin or Uncle Larry's Spinners. Bob Moore of Oakdale landed a 4.5-pound king while out with Hamby. The rainbow bite is very good with easy limits using the same lures at 25 to 35 feet in the main lake between McClure Point and the dam. A few kokanee in the 16 to 17-inch range are starting to show up. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a great top-water bite before sunrise with the Lucky Craft Gunfish in chartreuse/shad or Pop R's before switching over to Senkos or Yamamoto twin-tailed Hula Grubs in color 330 at 20 feet from the banks. Live minnows are still effective. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported easy limits this week for both king salmon and rainbow trout. Danny Layne fished for king salmon to 5-pounds off the west end out of Fleming Recreation Area in open water down to 60 feet with rolled shad or anchovies on a ProTroll harness. He also targeted kings in the open water into Graveyard Bay, Upper Bay and Woods Creek with rolled shad, Wee Tads or Glow hootchies behind a Hotspot Dodger. Jeff Boyle of the Bass Pro Shops in Manteca reported an extremely slow kokanee bite while fishing in the Kokanee Power Tournament, perhaps due to a much smaller release of fish in years past. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn reported an early morning top-water bite with Pop R's or Zara Spooks prior to sunrise. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA — Fishing is taking a back seat to recreational boating, but sturgeon are there to be caught in Suisun Bay with stripers still moving through the systems. Grass shrimp or pile worms have been the top baits. Schoolie stripers are biting blood or pile worms along the shorelines from the Benicia/Martinez Bridge to the State Park. Dockside Bait in Pittsburgh said things have been slow with few fishermen out despite good conditions. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service fished Friday through Sunday with good results. Fishing on the San Joaquin River near False River and the mouth of Three-Mile Slough, Sorensen found easy limits of stripers to 6-pounds on Friday and Saturday with slower action on Sunday. Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing has been running early morning or late evening trips to avoid the heat. Randy Pringle reported a few quality bass can be taken on top-water baits; in particular the IMA Big Stick. The south and central Delta is inundated with the tiny "Angel Hair" weeds which load up lures on each cast. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Salmon fishing is still extremely slow. Most party boats are waiting for this Sunday's rockfish opener. The New Seeker out of Emeryville went up the Marin looking for salmon Sunday before pulling the plug after spending half the day without a hookup. Captain Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley said two parties averaged a fish a rod with one angler landing a limit of halibut, one of them 18 pounds. The window for beach bass is getting ever smaller, and there are very few captains willing to back into the surf. In the central bay, Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing has switched from trolling to live bait for some decent halibut scores with 8 fish for 6 anglers Sunday, 10 halibut and 4 stripers on Friday and 12 stripers and 8 halibut Thursday.
HALF MOON BAY — Private boaters are reporting tough action for salmon south of the Farallons, but there are reports of lots of hard bait, krill and murres on the surface, but few salmon. Crabbing remains decent at 180 feet off of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Stripers are moving up and down the bay with shore anglers starting to toss top water lures, in addition to the standard hair raisers. Ly Tu reported an outstanding striper bite in the surf from the Golden Gate Bridge south to Mussel Rock with Daiwa Salt Pro 6-inch Lazer Minnow in Chartreuse Rainbow. 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 — Sonny Arcaleo at Chris's Landing in Monterey reported extremely slow salmon fishing, and their boats are concentrating on rockfish for the present time. He said, "This is typical for our area with the salmon venturing off to the north after early action in the season." They had two boats make it down to Little Sur on Sunday with the Checkmate coming back with limits of a decent grade of rockfish, and the Star of Monterey boating ¾ limits in the rough ocean conditions. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173, usafishing.com.
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of June 13:
- Fresno County — Big Creek near Huntington; Dinkey Creek; Kings River below Pine Flat Reservoir; Rancheria Creek; San Joaquin River below Friant Dam; Tamarack Creek; Wishon Reservoir.