New Melones Reservoir — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported an excellent late summer kokanee bite at depths from 35-70 feet off the spillway, the dam pocket, or the mouth of Mormon Creek with Uncle Larry's spinners or Glitterbug hootchies tipped with corn scented with garlic, vanilla, shrimp, or anise. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said the best bet for trout continues to be at night under submersible lights at depths from 20-30 feet near the dam or under the Highway 49 bridge. For bass, Lewis recommended tossing reaction baits to the banks, in between and over wood structure, particularly in the shade. Carolina-rigged creature baits, such as green pumpkin Zoom Baby Brush Hogs, cast into deeper water across main lake points, are effective in the heat of the afternoon. Catfishing is excellent with anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken liver or a ball of night crawlers. Crappie and bluegill is best at night under a submersible light around submerged trees in Bear Creek, Mormon Creek and Carson Creek, or upriver. Bluegill are hitting king mealworms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber. The lake has dropped to 56 percent of capacity. Call: 736-4333, Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay — Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait in San Jose said the best action for schoolie stripers or catfish remains in the forebay with sardines, anchovies, pile worms, or blood worms from check 12 or the Highway 33 bridge. In the main lake, there was a report of a limit of 20-pound stripers taken off Dinosaur Point on sardines. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
McSwain Reservoir — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said the bank trout bite has been slow despite the regular trout plants of 1,000 pounds from Calaveras Trout Farm prior to each weekend. However, trollers have been scoring limits at depths to 20 feet with a Wedding Ring tipped with a crawler, blade/crawler combinations, or small spoons in the normal pattern from the dam to the second fence line. The lake level remains high and stable.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs — Merritt Gilbert said local anglers continue to head north to the O'Neill Forebay, and sales of the larger 7-inch Magnum Flukes have been high the past week. In the south aqueduct, the water flows are very high, and striper action has slowed in the past week. The bait bite is still the best, with blood or sand worms with sardines and anchovies also working.
McClure Reservoir — Diana Mello of A-I Bait in Snelling said catfish have been on a tear with chicken livers or cut anchovies from the banks near the boat launch at McClure Point. Limits of trout, including brookies, have been taken up the river arm to Bagby at depths from 15-35 feet with Needlefish or blade/crawler combinations. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said bass fishing continues to be strong with Yamamoto Twin-Tail Hula Grubs in color 301 or 330 on a half jig head at depths to 20 feet. During daylight hours, use the Reaction Innovation Flirt in Bad Shad Green on the drop shot. Five-inch Senkos in watermelon/red or green pumpkin continue to be effective. There is a topwater bite in the early mornings or late evenings with PopR's, Zara Spooks, or Lunker Punkers. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
Lake Don Pedro — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported good action for rainbow trout to 3 pounds at depths to 35 feet off Jenkins Hill into the Rogers Creek Arm with ExCel lures or Vance's Slimfin spoons. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said bass action has been on and off. The best fishing continues with topwater lures such as PopR's, Zara Spooks, or the plastic-body rattling Lunker Punkers in the early mornings or late evenings. Five-inch Senkos in watermelon or green pumpkin or the new Berserk Mad Shad swimbait in green/blue or red shad colors on a quarter to half-ounce swimbait head worked along the bottom.
Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
San Francisco Bay — The most telling sign of the lack of action in the bay is the number of party boats leaving to fish the Farallons or along the coast. Skiffs are picking up some quality limits at depths from 45-60 feet on downriggers in less than 100 feet of water from the Towers to Double Point. Watermelon Apex lures, green Rotary Salmon Killers with herring or straight bait seem to be the best things going. Halibut fishing will not improve until the water clears. John Akina of Oyster Point Bait, Tackle, and Deli in South San Francisco said the majority of boaters have "salmon fever" and are heading up the Marin coast to Duxbury for salmon to 20-plus pounds.
Monterey — Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported "hit or miss" salmon fishing, with a few scores near the edge of the Soquel Hole and near the Pajaro Flats at 150-250 feet or 275-300 feet of water with straight herring or blue Kajikis. Sonny Arcaleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey said the local rockfish bite trumped the fishing at Point Sur over the weekend since the conditions aren't particularly good down south. The Checkmate put in 30 limits of a variety of blues, yellows, and vermilion rockfish on the local reefs Sunday, but the Star of Monterey struggled for half limits of a mixed grade of rockfish on Saturday at Point Sur. Striped bass fishing has picked up at Marina and Del Monte Beaches with limits taken in the early morning on topwater or swim baits. Whale watching continues to be spectacular. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173, usafishing.com.
San Luis Obispo — Patriot Sport Fishing in Avila Beach reported limits of rockfish and up to seven ling cod on trips during the past week. The Pacific Horizon was the highlighter, with 49 limits of rockfish and seven ling cod to 10 pounds Sunday. They are running long-range trips Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Patriot has given away 25 free trips for releasing ling cod over 10 pounds. Kids under 12 fish for half-price on Wednesday/Thursday half-day rockfish trips.
Call: Virg's Landing, (805) 772-1 222, (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214
Delta/Stockton — More and more stripers are moving into the Delta, but the continual high winds have kept fishing on the anchor difficult. Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait said some larger stripers are showing up along the shorelines with blood or pile worms. Larger stripers in the 20-pound range appear to be around Seal Island or the Middle Grounds with live splittail. Allison Shawnego of Hap's Bait in Rio Vista said the number of stripers is growing as the water continues to cool. Two stripers at 32 and 28 pounds were caught and kept at night near the Rio Vista Bridge on brined sardines sewed with open fillets.Stan Koenigsberger reported a hot troll bite near Decker Island with deep diving Rebels for non-stop action on stripers to 4 pounds Monday afternoon. Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento said punching the weeds with a Sweet Beaver weighed down by a 2.25-pound tungsten weight continues to be a very productive technique.
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.
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of Aug. 8:
- Tuolumne — Lyons Canal; Middle Fork Stanislaus River; Middle Fork Tuolumne River; Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; South Fork Stanislaus River; South Fork Tuolumne River; Stanislaus River Clark Fork.