NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Jeff Boyle, of Manteca's Bass Pro Shops, reported limits of kokanee by 10:30 a.m. on his past four trips, fishing at 40-50 feet near the spillway. He suggests using Glitterbug hootchies or Uncle Larry's spinners in Copper Pop, white, pink/white/blue, behind a Shasta Tackle UV Sling Blade or Rocky Mountain Tackle Bahama Mama dodger. He said the key has been to switch your lures if you don't get bit within a few minutes. The fish are starting to hook their jaws, but they are still in good shape. Danny Layne reported a slowdown in the kokanee bite, with the best fishing at the dam pocket, the south corner of the spillway, and the structure off Glory Hole Point at 35-55 feet. The fish holding near Glory Hole Point are hugging the bottom. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said the best bet for trout is at night under submersible lights at 20-30 feet near the dam or under the Highway 49 bridge. Bank anglers should head to streams or the small lakes up Highway 4. For bass, Lewis recommends 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 afternoon. Catfishing is outstanding, using anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken liver or a ball of night crawlers. Ryan Lamberton of Oakland used night crawlers to subdue a 16-pound catfish under the Stevenot Bridge from a boat. For crappie, try fishing live small or medium minnows, or crappie jigs in red/white, black/chartreuse or purple/white. Bluegill are hitting king mealworms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber. 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 striped bass are coming to life in the main lake, chasing anchovies or sardines off the banks at Dinosaur Point or Basalt Recreation Area. Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait in San Jose confirmed the improved bite. Merritt Gilbert said an occasional lineside is taken on a Lucky Craft 128 in the early mornings. Under the Highway 33 bridge anglers are standing shoulder-to-shoulder at night and wading out to pick through the rocks for live mudsuckers to use for bait. A few catfish are found near check 12 with sardines, anchovies, or blood worms. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina said trout fishing has been strong from the banks and for trollers. A 7-year-old landed a 5-pound rainbow on green/yellow Power Bait Nuggets from the banks adjacent to the E-Loop. Darren Newell of Clayton brought in a limit of rainbows averaging 2 pounds at depths of 40 feet on Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler. The lake level remains high and stable. Call: 378-2534
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said there is a topwater bass bite in the mornings and evenings, but not much in between. Diana Mello of A-I Bait in Snelling reports crappie fishing is turning hot in Cottonwood Creek on minijigs, and the catfish are biting chicken livers or anchovies from the banks. Trout limits were reported up the river arm near Bagby on Needlefish or blade/crawler combinations. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Danny Layne reported great action for rainbow trout to 2 pounds, some nice kokanee, and a few small king salmon in Fleming Bay and the Rogers Creek arm at 35 feet. He was using small threadfin shad or shad-imitation lures such as ExCels, Vance's Slim Fins or Triple Teasers. Kings to 4 pounds have been found in Fleming or Middle bays at 150 feet with rolled shad or anchovies. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing plans to fast-troll Chucker T spoons at 35 feet for rainbow trout on his next trip. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said bass fishing has slowed with the best action on Zara Spooks or Super Spooks in the mornings or evenings. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301
STOCKTON — Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait said small stripers continue to be taken from the shoreline on bullheads or blood/pile worms. Lopez said the water has been like watching a "herd of sheep" with the whitecaps resembling the "North Atlantic" on the outgoing tide. Mark Wilson found small stripers to 8 pounds in every location from Isleton through the Deep Water Channel and down to both sides of Decker Island on the Sacramento River. The the larger fish are in shallow water. Randy Pringle reported an excellent largemouth bite with 50-70 fish caught and released Monday on PopNWalker or Ace in the Hole topwater lures. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — The party boats all went out the Golden Gate. Bob Wright, of the Happy Hooker, said the wind came up outside Sunday and conditions were a bit bouncy. They managed to get near limits for 19 anglers with three ling cod to 8 pounds; on their way back in, they took courtesy drift at Mel's Reef and produced the jackpot fish — a 9-pound striped bass. Saturday's trip had better weather, and produced 26 limits of rockfish, eight lings to 15 pounds, and three halibut to 14 pounds. Sunday, five large boats went to the Farallons for 123 limits of rockfish and 24 ling cod to 14 pounds. Private boats are picking up a few large salmon along the Marin coast, and the Talisman out of Emeryville caught five salmon to 22 pounds and 24 assorted rockfish for six anglers.
HALF MOON BAY — Everyone's talking about the white sea bass bite, and there were a reported 100 boats working a tiny area over the weekend. Market-grade squid have been thick, with commercial boats bringing up close to 20 tons, attracting the sea bass. The best bait has been fresh squid on the bottom with a drift sock slowing the speed at 100 to 80 feet the marker buoy or off the Ritz. Despite the heavy boat pressure, several boats hooked a fish or two. John Akina at Oyster Point said one commercial fisherman came back with more than $3,000 of white sea bass fillets, with a 77-pound bass to go with a few in the 50-pound range. Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said a few striped bass have been taken off the pier or the beaches. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040.
MONTEREY — Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz said salmon fishing has slowed, with a few reports of success in the Soquel Hole on the east side on the bottom at 250 feet. Rockfishing is good near Four Mile Beach with some smaller fish caught near South Rock. A few halibut have been caught near Natural Bridges and Five Mile beach. Surf perch fishing is picking up near Manresa and Rio Del Mar. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173, usafishing.com.
Reservoirs, lakes and streams that are being planted with trout during the week of Aug. 15:
- Merced — Yosemite Lake.
- Mariposa — McSwain Reservoir; Merced River downstream of Redbud Bridge.
- Tuolumne County — Beardsley Lake; Lyons Canal; Middle Fork Stanislaus River; Middle Fork Tuolumne River; Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; South Fork Stanislaus River; South Fork Tuolumne River; Clark Fork Stanislaus River.
- Fresno — Dinkey Creek; Hume Lake; Huntington Lake; Kings River below Pine Flat Reservoir; San Joaquin River below Friant Dam; Tenmile Creek; Ward Lake.
- Madera — Lower Chiquito Creek.