NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service, said the kokanee are maturing and moving into their spawning cycle. That means you find them large schools in deeper water, likely around Glory Hole Point, Rose Island and in front of the dam. He suggests Uncle Larry's spinners in Pink Tiger or Pink Passion, Vance's Sockeye Slammers in pink or blue and Glitterbug Hootchies in UV Pink or Hot Pink behind a Wildthing Dodger, Vance's Dodger or small Shasta Tackle Sling Blades from 35 to 80 feet. Layne has been using pink Pautske's Fire Corn or shoepeg corn scented with garlic, vanilla, anise or freshwater shrimp. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said trout fishing is strictly for trollers or for those fishing at night under lights. Bank anglers should head to streams or the small lakes up Highway 4. Trollers need a downrigger to get to 30 to 50 feet where the fish are holding. Try the main river channel past the Stevenot Bridge. Night fishing has produced limits off the spillway, the mouth of Angels Creek, and near the houseboat buoys in Glory Hole Cove at 25 feet on Power Bait, night crawlers or live minnows. For bass, Lewis says creature baits such as Zoom Baby Brush Hogs, or oxblood worms on a shakey-head are working from the bank. Largemouths are being caught at 5 to 20 feet at the mouths of coves on Senkos, 6-inch worms or jigs. There is a strong topwater bite early and late when the sun is off the water. Lewis reported catfishing is outstanding on night crawlers, anchovies, mackerel or sardines. Crappie and bluegill fishing continues to be best at night under a submersible light. For crappie, try live 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 pile worms are producing a few stripers in the 22- to 23-inch range near the Basalt launch ramp in the mornings or evenings. Also in the main lake, Patrick Movey reported a 20-pound striper taken on a Mag Fluke near the dam at around 2 a.m. Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait said an occasional striper to 12-pounds can be found in the main lake by trolling X-Raps or broken backed Rebels. The most consistent action remains in the Forebay with freshwater shrimp or mudsuckers under the bridge. Interest remains high at night under the bridge. Call: 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 Friday, spurring a trout bite through the weekend with a variety of Power Bait colors from the handicapped docks. Trollers are working the normal pattern from the floating restrooms to the dam with blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler, or blue/silver Kastmasters. Trout plants will continue Thursdays or Fridays. Call: 378-2534
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McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported good action for spotted bass with top-water lures in the mornings and evenings before switching over to plastics to 20 feet. The Yamamoto Twin-Tail Hula Grub color 330 on a ½-jig head is working, as well as the Reaction Innovation Flirt in bad shad green on the drop shot. Five-inch Senkos in watermelon/red or green pumpkin are effective. Trout action is slow, but catfishing is decent with anchovies off the house boats. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported a very good rainbow trout bite with Ex-Cels, Vance's Slim Fins, Shasta Tackle Cripplure spoons, or rolling frozen threadfin shad off Jenkins Hill, the Rogers Creek Arm, and Middle Bay at 30 to 45 feet. He said the same lures or rolled shad will pick up king salmon to 3 pounds at 70 feet. A few late-season kokanee are biting on the south end of Jenkins Hill at 45 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners. Manny Basi recommended topwater lures such as PopR's, Zara Spooks or plastic-body rattling Lunker Punkers in the early mornings or late evenings. There are reports of spotted bass up to 12 inches invading the lake — probably introduced illegally. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA — Striped bass are starting to trickle in to the Delta. The striped bass normally follow the migration of the salmon, and the salmon season will open Sept. 4. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said persistent winds have kept boats from anchoring in the main river on the outgoing tide. Randy Pringle said the largemouth action is similar to last week with the Berkley Chigger Craw or Thump Worm in greens or black/red working in cool water in the mornings. He has been scoring with the IMA Big Stick, the Ace in the Hole or PopN'Walker, but the key has been letting it sit on the surface for awhile. There are huge schools of stripers in the 10 to 14-inch range boiling on the surface in the east Delta, chasing 1.5-inch shad. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — A cornucopia of big fish are sitting outside the Golden Gate, said Capt. Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker. He called Saturday an epic day with 15 stripers to 33-pounds, 15 halibut, and a 60-pound white sea bass. Smith was looking for coastal rockfish, but saw the pelicans diving off the Marin coast. "There were tangles all over the boat," when the bass hit said Smith. They also released five salmon. The California Dawn was also on the Marin coast Sunday, and got in on a hot striper bite in the morning. They hung onto 3 stripers in the 18 to 22-pound range, but the fishermen lost 10 more bass during this initial flurry. Smith also put in 21 halibut, 6 ling cod and 60 rockfish for 27 anglers. They also released two salmon. In addition to the several salmon released by party boats, private skiffs have been picking up a few big salmon in the midst of the big bait balls off of Muir Beach at 50 feet. One boat landed seven salmon to 25 pounds, a 25-pound striper, rockfish, a halibut and a white sea bass off Muir.
HALF MOON BAY — Peggy Beckett at Huck Finn Sport Fishing said the New Captain Pete went south Sunday to the Bean Hollow/Pebble Beach area for 17 limits of rockfish, including gophers, black and yellows, china, and five cabezon to go with two lingcod. Saturday, the New Gravy boated 16 limits of rockfish, including a cabezon and a vermilion while fishing from San Gregorio to Pescadero. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica has been selling a lot of blood and pile worms for surf perch with the occasional striper. There was a report of a small salmon landed off of the end of the pier, but there is still only a small number of bait fish around. The salmon will only come in once the bait arrives.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 — Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported salmon fishing was good Sunday for anyone working near Pajaro with a few fish caught at the edge of the Hole by mooching at 190 to 220 feet. The halibut bite was slower Sunday, but there were still scores of 1 to 4 fish for anglers who put in the time. The area around the Cement Ship in Capitola produced live sardines with Sabiki rigs, and anglers then fished near the Mile Buoy for up to 2 halibut. Thresher sharks have been active with a few landed. Todd Arcaleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported all their boats were out whale watching Sunday in response to the blue whales holding in Monterey Harbor. The whales have drawn huge crowds on weekends. 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 Aug. 3:
- Tuolumne — Herring Creek; Lyons Canal; Middle Fork Stanislaus River; Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; South Fork Stanislaus River; Stanislaus River Clark Fork.