NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported a good kokanee bite throughout the lake from the dam, Rose Island, Shipwreck Island, the spillway, Glory Hole Point, the Angels Creek arm, and above the Highway 49 Bridge at 22 to 26 feet before sunrise and dropping 10 more feet once the sun hits the water. Vance's Sockeye Slammers, UV Humdingers, Uncle Larry's in UV or orange and orange Glitterbug Hootchies tipped with corn/garlic scent, vanilla, Pro-Cure Carp Spit or plain Pautske's Fire Corn are all working behind Wild Thing or small Slingblade dodgers. Layne switches to the larger Vance's copper dodger or UV Sling Blade when the sun comes up. Rainbows can be taken with the same lures tipped with a piece of night crawler. Gary Burns of Take it to the Limit Guide Service switched to 12-inch dodgers and the Bechold and Son Daisy Chain flasher to entice strikes from reluctant kokanee on a recent trip. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods advised targeting the south side of the main lake at 20 to 40 feet with spoons or spinners. Ed Burlarley of Sierra Guide Service reported a good bite for brown trout on rolled shad at 50 to 70 feet near structure. Bank anglers are urged to head up the canyon to streams and creeks. Lewis reported great spotted bass fishing upriver with Oxblood plastics on a split-shot around rocky points from the banks to 25 feet with largemouth bass located at 15 to 30 feet in the mouths of coves in the main lake near wood. Catfishing continues to improve as the water warms using anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken livers or a ball of night crawlers from the banks. Crappie and bluegill remains best at night 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 high winds and subsequent heat wave have limited fishing at the main lake. A lot of anglers continue to park out under the bridge in the forebay with pile worms or jumbo minnows for barely-legal stripers. There are a few fish landed in the exit canal near Highway 33 in Santa Nella. Paul Jolly of Coyote Bait confirmed the slow bite, and said not much has changed in the past week. Call: Wind conditions (800) 805-4805; Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — A-I Bait in Snelling reported great trout action from the banks, with anglers timing their arrival to the plant trucks towards the end of the week. Bubble Gum Power Eggs or chartreuse Power Bait are working best from the brush pile or the handicapped docks, with the planted fish holding initially close to the banks. Limits of 2- to 4-pound fish have been taken. Trolling has been fair in the normal pattern from the dam to the floating restrooms with chrome Kastmasters, blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler at depths to 30 feet. Call: 378-2534
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service said the king salmon are very active off the A-frame and into Temperance Bay at 40 to 80 feet with rolled shad, glow hootchies or ExCel lures. Rainbows also are found at depths to 40 feet on the same offerings. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the topwater bite remains strong 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 greenpumpkin purple/copper flake (color 330) at depths from the banks to 20 feet. Drop-shotting with the Reaction Innovations Bad Shad Green is also effective. Live minnows continue to work for bank fishermen. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn said the Senko bite has turned on with watermelon or greenpumpkin in red/black flake working at depths from the banks to 20 feet. The Reaction Innovation Bad Shad Green or Yamamoto twin-tailed Hula Grubs in cinnamon/purple (color 221) on a half-ounce jig head at similar depths are also effective. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported continued outstanding action for mixed limits of rainbow and brown trout, kokanee and king salmon on three trips during the past week. He continues to fast-troll the Trucker T spoons on lead core or downriggers at depths to 70 feet for salmon with the trout found higher in the water column. All species are expected to drop with the recent hot weather. Fish are scattered throughout from the dam, Big Oak Island, Jenkins Hill and Fleming Bay, down to Ramos Creek. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service has been working from the surface to 60 feet on the west end of the lake near Jenkins Hill, the open water off Fleming Bay and Graveyard Bay. Small spinners, lures or hootchies tipped with a piece of night crawler are working for rainbows; Uncle Larry's spinners, Sockeye Slammers, small ExCel lures or Humdingers are working for kokanee with king salmon taken on rolled shad or anchovies on a Pro-Troll shad harness in addition to Wee Tads or Glo Hootchies behind a Hot Spot Flasher. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA/STOCKTON — The delta has moved into the predictable summer doldrums, with striped bass moving through quickly to the cooler waters. Recreational boating has taken over. Large tides and high winds raging through the Valley have also contributed to poor action and interest in the delta. Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said the wind finally stopped Sunday, and three sturgeon (54, 57 and 58 inches) were landed on one boat at buoy 2 on grass shrimp. Allison Shawnego at Hap's Bait in Rio Vista said overall fishing has been slow with the exception of catfish and bluegill in the back sloughs. Sunday's hot weather kept many fishermen off the banks and the boats. Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sport Fishing moved his Saturday trip to Sunday due to high winds. He reported a great bite on the South Fork of the Mokelumne with two limits to 5 pounds in the box by 7:30 a.m. on jumbo minnows. With an easing of the winds, he will be back to drifting bluegill or minnows unless a school of fish is available on Blade Runner spoons. His trips will be scheduled in the early morning or evenings due to decreased boat traffic and heat. Jay Graham of the Fresno Bass Club reported high winds to 35 knots Saturday dropped to 5 to 10 knots on tournament day, and the fish were tight to the banks in shady areas under debris. Randy Pringle confirmed the tough bite but predicted it will take off once the weather stabilizes. Pringle is offering a Kid's College class at Delta College in Stockton on Saturday for $40. Participants get a tackle package worth the cost of admission. 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 — With the bay churned up like an industrial washer machine with 1.6-foot minus tides and high winds, party boats went roaring out of the Golden Gate on Sunday, taking advantage of the rockfish opener. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker ran up Marin coast to work the small rocks off Duxbury for 35 limits, including two cabezon and a whopping 39 ling cod to 12 pounds. The fish started with a slow bite, but warmed up in a hurry, and Smith found some large pods of black rockfish ranging from 4 to 7 pounds. As a result, each sack was loaded with at least one or two of the big black rockfish. A combination of live anchovies and red shrimp flies were the top baits since the rockfish were stuffed with krill. Four Emeryville boats ran to the Farallons with 94 passengers for 886 rockfish and 13 ling cod to 10 pounds. The boats that remained in the bay were punished with less than a fish per rod, with the New Huck Finn and Talisman out of Emeryville posting 14 halibut to 14 pounds and three stripers to 7 pounds for 33 anglers. The Talisman also pulled crab pots for three limits. Captain Jim Cox of the Touch of Gray out of Loch Lomond Marina said the live bait has been best at the San Francisco receiver, and he drifted the Berkeley Flats and Paradise Cove for three halibut to 14-pounds in the muddy and windy conditions.
HALF MOON BAY — Since there have been almost no salmon the past few weeks, the rockfish opener was welcome. The local party boats ran north or south out of the harbor for an average of three-quarter limits of bottomfish in great weather conditions. "Captain Kelly Sponsellar on the New Gravy was happy to be back in local waters, and she fished from the Ritz south to Martin's Beach for 96 rockfish and four ling cod for 14 passengers on Sunday," reported Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing. "She fished at depths from 60 to 100 feet of water with the better quality and action found in the deeper water." The best bite occurred once the water warmed up in the afternoon. Private boaters took advantage of the great weather to fish as far south as Pigeon Point with limits of mixed rockfish found at 80 feet on high spots with swimbaits. Just north of Half Moon Bay, the striped bass have yet to make their move along the local beaches, with a few fish taken from the surf on a daily basis. "We haven't experienced anywhere near the action we had last year," said Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica. 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 — Todd Arcaleo at Chris' Landing said the Star of Monterey made it south to Point Sur on Sunday for 25 limits of rockfish with four ling cod with good counts of vermilion rockfish. They are scheduling rockfish trips daily, with trips to Big Sur planned for Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays — weather and interest permitting. Halibut have been found near the west side of Santa Cruz and near Capitola and the Cement Ship. Anglers out early hooked up on some striped bass in the sardine balls in the shallow water near Manressa and cement ship. 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 20:
- Madera County — Corrine Lake; Fish Creek; Granite Creek; Lewis Creek; lower Chiquito Creek; Upper Big Creek; west fork Chiquito Creek.
- Fresno County — Big Creek near Huntington; Dinkey Creek; Kings River below Pine Flat Reservoir; Rancheria Creek; San Joaquin River below Friant Dam; Tamarack Creek.