NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, went to Melones for "lights out" bass fishing with an average of 80 fish ranging from dinks to 2.5 pounds. The best action came on the 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnows in smelt or Berkeley hand poured worms on a drop shot at depths of 5 to 25 feet. Early mornings saw a topwater bite with PopNWalkers, PopR's or the IMA Shaker. He said patience is necessary for a hit on topwater lures. Brittany Smithers caught a 7-pound, 4-ounce largemouth while fishing upriver past the Parrott's Ferry Bridge. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported a "wide open" kokanee bite near the Highway 49 bridge, Carson Cove and the spillway at 25 to 43 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners, Wedding Rings, Shasta Tackle Wriggle Hootchies or Vance's Sockeye Slammers. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said the trout are biting despite the full moon at 20 to 40 feet in the main river channel with shad or rainbow patterned Apex lures, ExCels, Cripplures or Rapala Countdowns behind a gold or copper dodger in the stained water. Bank anglers should still head up the hill to local streams and creeks with Power Bait, night crawlers or small spinners. Catfishing is improving in warming water, with a 13-pounder landed on chicken livers. For crappie, try live small or medium minnows, or crappie jigs in red/white, black/chartreuse or purple/white. 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 in San Jose said largemouth bass are biting topwater lures around the Basalt Recreational Area. One fisherman noticed stripers boiling on the surface, and he ran out to the boils on a jet ski to toss anchovy fillets into the action for a limit. Best action remains in the Forebay in the moving water from the pumping. There are heavy weeds, but moving water pushes down the growth. Try pile worms, blood worms or anchovies under the Highway 152 bridge, Highway 33 bridge or check 12. Lots of anglers working the banks at these spots. Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait said the pumping has spurred the bite in the Forebay and around the trash racks. Call: Wind conditions (800) 805-4805; Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina reported Calaveras Trout Farm planted 1,000 pounds prior to last weekend. The planters were biting on various colors of Power Bait or green/white Power Eggs from the banks at the handicapped docks, the boat docks and brush pile. Trollers run the normal pattern from the dam to the floating restrooms down the main river channel, but the fish have dropped in the water column to around 30 feet. Call: 378-2534
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Danny Layne reported a good bite for rainbow trout, king salmon and kokanee at 20 to 60 feet from the A-frame cabin into Temperance Cove and along the face of the dam. He has been using Vance's Slim Fins, ExCel lures or Shasta Tackle Cripplures in Cop Car or UV colors for trout. Kokanee have hit Uncle Larry's Pinkie Pink or Pink Tiger spinners tipped with Pautske's Fire Corn scented with a touch of garlic at 17 to 40 feet. King salmon to 5 pounds are in the open water with rolled shad or anchovies at 25 to 60 feet. Diana Mello at A-I Bait in Snelling said crappie fishing is picking up with medium minnows near Bagby. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said a top water bite with PopR's is best in the early morning or evenings with similar lures to Don Pedro all working after the sun hits the water at 20 feet. 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, particularly in the early hours prior to sun hitting the water, for fish to 16 inches. He has been scoring limits at depths from 50 to 60 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners in Glow Too Hot Tiger or Pinky Pink behind a gold Vance's Dodger. Monday, after getting a late start, his clients landed eight kokanee on a very hot day. Ed Burlarley of Sierra Guide Service got on the water at daybreak and caught king salmon to 6.25 pounds on pink or orange ExCel lures or spinners at 100 feet. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA/STOCKTON — Sturgeon made a resurgence on the big tides. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said Montezuma Slough had a hot bite Sunday and so has the deep water off Ninth Street on ghost shrimp, pile worms or eel. Allison Shawnego at Hap's Bait in Rio Vista said bank fishermen are starting to pick up a few stripers, particularly in the early morning or in the evenings on frozen shad up the Old Sacramento River near Isleton or the Rio Vista Bridge. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, recommended tossing topwater baits in the early morning before the sun hits the water for largemouths. With temperatures hitting triple-digits, the bass are taking cover in the weed beds. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630 and Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — There was a little flurry of salmon action off the Marin coast Saturday with the New Rayann out of Sausalito reporting 19 fish for 12 anglers off Duxbury Buoy. They used over 150 salmon weights after catching and releasing 70 silver salmon. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker took a look around in the bay, but didn't like what he saw with the muddy water. After a few drifts for halibut outside the Gate in Diablo Cove, he headed up the Marin coast to work the rocks. He said they ended up with near limits of big rockfish and 7 ling cod to 16 pounds. Don Franklin of Soleman fishing out of Pier 45 in San Francisco was also at Duxbury for five limits of rockfish. Jim Smith said there were 16 stripers landed off Rockaway on Monday night, with another two Tuesday. Shark fishing has been very good in the south bay, and Franklin's boat landed six leopard sharks to 57-inches and a 20-pound Seven-Gill. An 84-inch Seven-Gill shark weighing 87-pounds was landed in the main channel near the San Bruno Shoals on Saturday. 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 to be planted this week:
- Fresno County: Big Creek near Huntington, Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Rancheria Creek, Tamarack Creek.
- Madera County: Corrine Lake, Fish Creek, Lewis Creek, lower Chiquito Creek, North Fork of Willow Creek, Upper Big Creek, West Fork Chiquito Creek.