NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/LAKE TULLOCH
Monte Smith of Gold Country and Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service have been working Lake Tulloch for rainbows to 4 pounds with rolled shad, blade/crawlers or Slim Willies coupled with an ExCel shad imitation lure at depths of 17 to 25 feet from the South Shore channel to Black Creek. Melones continues to be in the doldrums with cold weather needed to turn on the bite for trout and bass. Catfish have been the primary target, but they're starting to slow with the best action in shallow water. Bass fishing is tough. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan, 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing, 599-2023.
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Diana Mello of A-I Bait in Snelling reported excellent trout fishing after the heavy plants for the McSwain Marina Fall Trout Derby last weekend. Rainbow trout to 7.75 pounds were landed. Trollers are working the center of the lake from the dam to the second fence line with Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger or chrome/chartreuse Kastmaster at 25 feet. Bank anglers are using Red Power Egg/crawler combinations, rainbow Power Bait or inflated night crawlers at the brush pile or handicapped docks. Call: 378-2534.
Benicia Bait reported a hot shore striper bite off 14th Street in the evenings for fish from 24 to 29 inches on River2Sea large swimbaits in hot rod or striper. Kevin Yost of Lucky Strike Fishing out of Pittsburg reported a big improvement in the quality of sturgeon bite. The best bite has been on the afternoon incoming tide in 35 to 40 feet from Pittsburg to the Sherman Island Powerlines. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service continued to put on a butterflied shad clinic with three limits to 10 pounds Friday and four fish to 17 pounds Saturday near Decker Island on the Sacramento River. Jeff Boyle of Bass Pro Shops in Manteca trolled up a dozen stripers to 23 inches Sunday with the fish scattered in small pods. Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento caught and released a thin 51.5-inch, 45-pound striper taken out of a back end slough in the southeast Delta on an Al-E-Baby swimbait in a custom color. Randy Pringle, The Fishing Instructor, located a large school of stripers to 18 pounds early in the week, catching and releasing more than 40 fish to 18 pounds on green Hopkins three-quarter-ounce Smoothies. The water clarity improves the farther south you travel into the Delta. Call: Randy Pringle, 543-6260; Kevin Yost, Lucky Strike Fishing, 707-301-8050; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing, 916-682-1630; Fin Addict Sport Fishing, 367-4665.
Diana Mello of A-1 Bait reported a slow bass bite with the best action on live minnows and crawdads in Little Piney, Piney or Cottonwood Creeks. The fish are holding along rocky points near submerged trees at depths of 25 feet. Trout fishing has been slow with a few fish landed at 40 to 60 feet up the river narrows from Barretts Cove to Horseshoe Bend or from the dam to the first buoy line. Crappie fishing has slowed with the best action at night at 40 to 45 feet near submerged islands or trees. Catfishing is starting to slow. Call: A-1 Bait, 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service, 604-8222; Bub Tosh, 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO
Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the bass bite has been tough with the majority of anglers having difficulty. Successful anglers are using shad-colored plastics or half-ounce Revenge or Berserk jigs in brown/purple with a Yamamoto twin-tail trailer in color 221 (cinnamon/purple). Call: Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan, 586-2383; Bait Barn, 874-301.
OCEAN SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Rockfishing continues to be outstanding outside the Golden Gate at the Islands or up the Marin coast. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker ventured up the Marin coast Saturday for 16 limits of rockfish and three lings before coming back inside the bay for eight halibut to 18 pounds. Three Emeryville boats went to the Farallon Islands on Sunday for a combined 53 limits of rockfish and 48 lings to 14 pounds. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait at Port Sonoma reported selling more than 1,000 bullheads last weekend for bank and boat anglers targeting stripers throughout San Pablo Bay and the Delta. Stripers continue to be taken out of the feeder creeks in north San Pablo Bay or from the Point Pinole shoreline on live bullheads.
HALF MOON BAY
Mike Augney of Usafishing reported rockfishing remains good near shore and out at the Islands. The Tigerfish worked the main Farallon on Sunday for 20 limits of rockfish and six lings to 15 pounds. Dennis Baxter on the New Captain Pete took advantage of the calm weather and worked in tight off Pescadaro for a score of three fish shy of 27 limits, adding seven lings. The Ankeny Street had 18 limits of rockfish and five lings to 12 pounds fishing just south of the harbor and south to the Martin's Beach and the Ritz. Call: Roger Thomas, 415-674-3474; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center, 650-726-7133, Happy Hooker, 510-223-5588; California Dawn, 510-773-5511, Don Franklin, Soleman, 510-703-4148.
Todd Arcaleo of Chris' Landing reported limits of quality rockfish with a few lings on their weekend trips to Point Sur. The bonita that were near shore have scattered. They're running trips to Point Sur on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday with crab combo trips beginning Nov. 1. Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported Humboldt squid are showing up in the canyons with private boaters scoring from 8 to 15 squid. Rockfish and lingcod fishing remains consistent at Franklin Point and Davenport. No albacore reports. Call: Chris' Landing, 831-375-5951; Bayside Marine, 831-475-2173; usafishing.com.
SAN LUIS OBISPO
Virg's Landing in Morro Bay reported 349 anglers landed 22 ling cod, 1,204 vermilion and 2,040 assorted rockfish during the week for limits on all trips. The ling and vermilion counts were aided by the two-day trip to Lopez Point with 12 lings and 400 vermilions. Call: Virg's Landing, 805-772-1222; 800-762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing, 805-595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch, 805-595-7214.