NEW MELONES RESERVOIR -- Danny Layne reported rainbow trout are moving into open water at or near the surface. Top set-ups have been Vance's Slim Willies with a night crawler or Uncle Larry's Spinners, Vance's Slim Fins, Ex-Cels in shad patterns or rolled frozen shad. Layne recommends scenting with either Pro-Cure or Pautzke's prepared scents. He added that kokanee 12 to 15 inches are emerging near the Highway 49 Bridge or off of Black Bart Cove with orange Apex lures, pink Uncle Larry's or Sockeye Slammers at depths from 20 to 35 feet. Shoepeg corn scented with garlic has been the top producer. Trout fishing from the banks is slowing down as the fish are moving into open water. Bass fishing is improving as spinnerbaits continue to be the top producers along the banks in water as deep as 30 feet; numbers of bass can be caught by dragging a drop-shot-rigged or split-shot-rigged 4-inch shad-colored or oxblood worm on secondary points or submerged island tops. Catfishing continues to be slow. Crappie fishing is best at night under lights around submerged trees at depths from 10 to 30 feet with either small or medium minnows or crappie jigs in Bear, Mormon or Carson creeks. Glory Hole Sporting Goods' next seminar is Sunday at 3 p.m. with Layne on spring kokanee fishing. The lake is at 53 percent capacity at 978 feet elevation. 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 -- Ly Tu at Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said striper fishing has been slow in the main lake with bank anglers tossing Rebel Jumbo Minnows in bone color for fish to 24 inches. The fish are scattered with the lake levels over 60 percent. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno said a few stripers have been located by trollers in front of the Trash Racks. He added that plugs such as broken-back Rapalas or Bombers were working for night anglers at the Dam. Action has been slow in the Forebay, too. A few catfish have been taken at Check 12 on mackerel. The lake dropped to 454 feet elevation due to downstream releases. Call: (800) 805-4805 for wind conditions, Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644, Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
McSWAIN RESERVOIR -- McSwain Marina reported angler interest slowed, but should perk up after a 2,000-pound plant from Calaveras Trout Farm with another ton scheduled this week. Chunky Cheese Power Bait or night crawlers continue to work from the banks at the Brush Pile or Handicapped Docks. Trollers continue to work from the surface to 15 feet with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger from Floating Restrooms to the Dam. Call: 378-2534.
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DELTA MENDOTA CANAL -- Merritt Gilbert reported a 32-pound striper on a mudsucker on the California Aqueduct. The majority of fish range from undersized to 24 inches. They continue to sell Lucky Craft 127s or 128s in American shad or Ghost Minnow. Patrick Movey said Fisherman's Warehouse just got a shipment of Lucky Crafts, but Husky Jerks are also working. Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said the striper bite in the south continues to be strong with the best action in the evening as the water is moving.
McCLURE RESERVOIR -- Bass, Trout, King salmon, Kokanee, Brook trout, Crappie, Catfish. Trout fishing continues to be outstanding with Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing landing a mix of king salmon, rainbow and brook trout at depths from the surface to 45 feet. He had one rod set at 25 feet for kokanee but didn't find any takers. He switched over to trolling fast at 2 to 2½ mph with Ex-Cels behind a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade or Vance's Dodger at 15 to 25 feet in depth on the downrigger for good action. Brookies were the largest fish, up to 1.5 pounds. King salmon action continues to be inconsistent. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported an excellent bite for small fish, particularly with live bait. Big fish have been hard to find. Catfishing continues to be slow. The lake rose 11 feet to 41 percent capacity and 758 feet elevation. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222, Bub Tosh 404-0053
LAKE DON PEDRO -- Danny Layne reports improving bite for rainbows or brook trout near the surface near Graveyard, Fleming or Middle Bays with blade/crawler combinations, shad-patterned lures or spinners tipped with a piece of crawler. He has found king salmon in Fleming Bay with rolled shad or anchovies to 70 feet. Manny Basi said the bass bite has improved with the big fish on the beds. The new Roboworm EZ Fat Shad swimbait in rainbow trout colors on a half-ounce jig head are very productive. The lake has risen 2 feet to 771.26 feet in elevation and 68 percent capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY -- Halibut, Stripers, Leopard shark, Sturgeon. The large minus tides slowed down the halibut action. The only live bait in the bay are shiners from Loch Lomond, Leonard's or Mike's Bait with the commercial bait boats only being able to locate "pinhead" anchovies. They continue to look for larger bait, and the receivers should be filled soon. The Tigerfish out of Emeryville Sport Fishing landed seven halibut to 14 pounds, plus an 11-pound white sea bass, for 10 anglers Saturday. Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said halibut fishing in the south bay has been hit or miss. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait has his calendar marked for the last weekend in April with minus tides to 1.4 feet. Rockfish season outside the Golden Gate is June 13 - Oct. 31.
HALF MOON BAY -- The rockfish season below Pigeon Point opens May 1. Surf perch, crab and the occasional striped bass entertain anglers from the Pacifica Pier or beaches north and south of Half Moon Bay. Call: Roger Thomas (415) 674-3474, Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, California Dawn (510) 773-5511, Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.
DELTA/STOCKTON -- At the eastern end of the Delta, Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing ended his sturgeon season with matching pair of keepers at 54 inches on the morning outgoing tide in 34 feet at the top of the Mothball Fleet with ghost shrimp. Stripers have moved into the Carquinez area from Benicia to Vallejo. Up river, Hap's Bait in Rio Vista reported the best sturgeon fishing in a few months with six fish weighed in on one day from Decker Island to Cache Slough. Mark Wilson's Sport Fishing is trolling in earnest and reports having to work hard to find scattered fish from the Rio Vista Bridge up to the Deep Water Channel and into Miner Slough. He caught and released a 30-pound female on his first pass, but most fish are school-sized with a few to 10 pounds. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388, Randy Pringle 543-6260, Lucky Strike Fishing (707) 301-8050, Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Fin Addict Sport Fishing (209) 367-4665