NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported a "wide-open" spotted bass bite. He and a client landed more than 100 fish Monday using the PopNWalker top-water lures in the morning before switching to the Persuader Buzz Bait and 4- to 6-inch Berkley Hand Poured Power Worms in oxblood. His best action was with the 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnows in smelt once the sun hit the water. The spotted bass are found around rocky structure. They also landed channel catfish to 4-pounds on the Gulp! baits. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said floating debris and unmarked island tops are hazards on the lake at the present time, and boaters should be cautious until the lake level stabilizes and the water clears up. Trollers should target the main lake at 20-40 feet deep with shad- or trout-pattern Apex lures, Rapalas, Needlefish or ExCel lures tipped with a piece of night crawler. Bank anglers are recommended to head up the canyon to local streams and creeks. Easy limits of kokanee to 16 inches can be found at depths from 20 feet in the early morning to 45 feet in the afternoons, with the best action on the side of the river channel or island humps where the wind is pushing the plankton blooms. Lewis advised using higher-profile lures in the stained water such as bright-colored Apex, Uncle Larry's spinners, Humdingers, R and K Hootchies or Glitterbug Hootchies behind a larger Vance's dodger in copper or pink working better in the afternoons. Crappie and bluegill fishing continues to be best for anglers fishing at night under a submersible light, but some anglers are scoring during the day around submerged trees in Bear Creek, Mormon Creek and Carson Creek, or upriver. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586 2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR AND O'NEILL FOREBAY
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Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods says the best bite is in the Forebay is prior to sunset when the water is being pumped. Once the water starts to move, pile worms or frozen sardines are working for numerous fish in the 3- to 4-pound range. Anchovies are virtually impossible to obtain in any bait shop in the state. After the water stops, the bite dies. The Forebay is still the center of action near the Highway 152 Bridge, the Highway 33 Bridge or Check 12. There is heavy bank fishing pressure at these spots. The action in the main lake continues to be slow with a few small fish found on early morning top water plugs or large minnows.
Call: Wind conditions (800) 805-4805; Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSwain Marina reported good trout action from the banks at the Handicapped Docks, the boat docks, and Brush Pile in response to last weekend's Calaveras Trout Plant. There are numerous anglers on the weekends, but the weekdays have little pressure. Trollers have been picking up limits with fire tiger or perch Rapalas in the normal trolling pattern from the Dam to the Floating Restrooms. A 4.5-pound rainbow was caught in the Mill Pond below McSwain on Power Bait. Bubble Gum Power Eggs or chartreuse Power Bait are still the best bets from the banks. Call: (209) 378-2534.
Diana Mello at A-I Bait in Snelling said bass fishing is solid for numbers on the bottom with drop-shotting or dart-heading, with a better cut of fish found on spinner or swim baits. The Cottonwood area and McClure Point have been producing. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford advised using topwater baits in the early morning before switching to the bottom with Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green at depths to 20 feet. King salmon continue to be found near the Dam or A-Frame at 40-80 feet deep with rolled shad, glow hootchies or ExCel lures with rainbow trout found higher in the water column at 30-35 feet with watermelon Apex or similar lures.
Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported an excellent kokanee bite at 39-53 feet deep with Uncle Larry's spinners in Pink Tiger or pink hootchies behind a Vance's Dodger. On Monday, his clients put in three limits of kokanee to 16 inches by 9:15 a.m. Smith said the fish are in very good shape — an improvement from past years. They also landed a single king salmon on the kokanee gear. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
A few boats have hit the Marin coast for rockfish when the weather allowed with the Captain Hook out of Emeryville Sport Fishing putting in an impressive ling count at 31 fish to 12 pounds to go with nearly-half limits of rockfish for 28 anglers on Saturday with the The New Seeker landing 70 rockfish and 10 lings to 11-pounds for 12 passengers on Sunday. Inside the bay, it was a tale of two different days over the weekend. The private and party boats had a tough time on Saturday with the high winds, but the halibut went on the chomp on Sunday for a couple of party boats. Highlining the fleet was Captain Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker and Captain James Smith on the California Dawn. After working hard for 15 halibut and a striper on Saturday, Papa Jim Smith found the halibut biting with 41 halibut to 28.7 pounds and seven more striped bass for a total of 48 fish. Smith was working the central bay hotspots around SouthHampton Shoals. The jackpot was won by Paul Ronderis of Stockton with 28.7 pounds. Emeryville Sport Fishing had seven boats out in the bay on Saturday with 93 passengers for 38 halibut to 15-pounds and 22 striped bass to 11-pounds for less than a fish per rod, but things went on the rebound on Sunday with the C Gull II and Captain Hook producing 32 halibut to 15 pounds for 36 anglers.
HALF MOON BAY
Peggy Beckett at Huck Finn Sport Fishing said the Ankeny Street was on their way back to the harbor on Sunday afternoon with 62 rockfish for 10 anglers working both the deep and shallow water at Martin's Beach. The winds came up and kept them from putting in limits. Captain Kelly Sponsellar on the New Gravy put in 12 limits of rockfish in the steep swell with the best action on shrimp flies or squid in 175 feet of water off of Martin's Beach or 100 feet of water off of the Ritz with some quality browns and coppers in the sacks. The Ankeny Street found the fish on Saturday with 20 limits of a mixed grade and size in 170-180 feet of water off of Martin's Beach. There were some salmon found off of the Deep Reef on Friday with Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat going out in very rough water conditions for 11 salmon to 17 pounds.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040, Don Franklin (510) 703-4148.
Chris' Landing in Monterey said the wind kept the boats closer to the harbor Sunday with both the Checkmate and the Star of Monterey putting in 20 limits apiece at Cypress Point. On Saturday, the Checkmate was able to make it down to Point Sur for 20 limits of quality rockfish composed of vermilion, yellowtails, and boccaccios. They are scheduling rockfish trips every day and will be traveling south to Point Sur on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and any day there are enough passengers to make the trip in cooperative weather. Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported inshore fishing was good for anglers working the local reefs and sandy spots at depths from 20- 55 feet deep. Halibut fishing was good for some boats with other reporting slow action.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com.
The Delta is fully engaged in the summer doldrums, and the high winds over the past week have limited the number of anglers on the water. Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported a couple of sturgeon came in Sunday. The fish bit ghost shrimp since grass shrimp has been very hard to get in this part of the Delta. Striper fishing remains slow with only a few small fish biting ghost shrimp, pile worms or frozen shad. Hap's Bait in Rio Vista reported a small, but legal, striper was brought into the shop Saturday, but overall striper fishing has been slow. The best action has been in the late afternoon from 5 p.m. on once the river cools off. 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.
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