NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH
Monte Smith of Gold Country said Lake Tulloch on the Stanislaus River is the best area option for trout action with rainbows to 4 pounds possible on rolled shad, blade/crawlers or Slim Willies coupled with an ExCel shad imitation lure at depths from 17 to 25 feet from the South Shore channel to Black Creek. The lake is expected to drop in the next few weeks. Trout fishing at Melones is slow with a few fish found at 40 to 60 feet in the main river channel. There have been a few of next year's kokanee to 12 inches in the main lake at 60 to 80 feet. Bass fishing has been tough with the majority of fish on the small side, which is typical for this time of year. Catfish remain the best option. Crappie and bluegill are slowing. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan, 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing, 599-2023.
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Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Martinez had a banner day with 17 limits of stripers to 10 pounds on live anchovies in Suisun Bay from Benicia to Pittsburg. The larger grade of bass are coming out of the sloughs feeding into Suisun Bay. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing out of Martinez put in a couple of keeper sturgeon in the 50-inch range to go with five shakers released in shallower water Sunday in response to the large tides. Live bullheads are working for stripers in the 8- to 13-pound range near Pittsburg. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service in Stockton landed limits of stripers to 10.5 pounds and a 50-inch sturgeon on butterflied shad on consecutive days last weekend near Decker Island. The Sacramento River near Sherman Island and Montezuma Slough has been productive with live bullheads, mudsuckers or shad. Most trollers struggled, but Mark Wilson of Mark Wilson Sport Fishing was able to find 17 keeper stripers from 8 to 12 pounds before the larger tides. 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-I Bait in Snelling reported very good trout fishing for fish to 4 pounds for bank anglers and trollers. Bankies are dropping Power Bait in Salmon Peach or Rainbow or night crawlers with rainbow or chartreuse Power Eggs at the brush pile and handicapped docks. Trollers are pulling blade/crawlers or Cop Car Needlefish at 20 to 25 feet in the center of the lake from the dam to the second fence line. Call: 378-2534.
Diana Mello reported a continued slow bass bite with the only perceptible action in Piney Creek with live minnows or crawdads. The fish are holding around main lake points with deep-water access, but they'll come up on the banks in the late afternoon. Trout and crappie fishing are slow, and catfishing is slowing. Call: A-1 Bait, 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service, 604-8222; Bub Tosh, 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO
Mike Van Guilder Jr. of Fishwrangler's Bass Guide Service said the swimbait bite is starting to kick in. The Berserk Don Pedro Special is working for fish to 3 pounds around points, and Berserk jigs in browns and greens on deeper rocky points. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford confirmed the improved swim bait bite with L.A. Sliders in rainbow trout. There is an early top-water bite with consistent action on shad-patterned plastics at 30 to 50 feet. Call: Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan, 586-2383.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Rockfishing continues to be the top story with live bait potluck and rockfish/ling cod trips focusing on the Farallon Islands. The New Huck Finn, Wet Spot and New Salmon Queen out of Emeryville Sport Fishing traveled to the Farallons and inside the bay Sunday for 31 limits of rockfish, 11 lings to 14 pounds and 18 halibut to 13 pounds. Frozen herring or anchovies and live shiners work for halibut to 20 pounds from the Bird Cage up to the A Crane in the South Bay. Demand for live bullheads is high with stripers found in San Pablo Bay throughout the river system. Feeder creeks such as the Petaluma and Napa Rivers and Sonoma Creek are hot spots for stripers. The larger tides this week should improve sturgeon fishing in the Sturgeon Triangle. Crab combo trips start Saturday on the California Dawn out of Berkeley Marina or several boats out of Emeryville.
HALF MOON BAY
Mike Aughney of Usafishing reported continued strong rockfish action near shore and at the Farallons. The Tigerfish went to the Islands on Sunday for 30 lings to 12 pounds and rockfish limits. There is great anticipation for Saturday's Dungeness crab opener with a number of crab nets and crab snatchers sold. 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.
Party and private boats are still running a few trips down to Point Sur, where most are finding limits of mixed rockfish and a few scattered lings. Rockfishing inside the bay has been spotty. There are better numbers of rockfish and lings being reported south of Pigeon Point and Ano Nuevo in the open areas, but few anglers have changed their habits and there are far fewer boat owners willing to burn the extra fuel if there isn't a good chance of better quality and quantity in the cards. Even tougher crabbing than last year is expected in these waters, the far southern range of Dungeness crabs. Chris' Landing will run crab combos. There have been Humboldt squid found at 600 feet off of Cypress Point. Chris' Landing will run squid trips in November. Call: Chris' Landing, 831-375-5951; Bayside Marine, 831-475-2173; usafishing.com.
SAN LUIS OBISPO
Virg's Landing in Morro Bay reported 236 anglers landed 14 lingcod to 13 pounds, 343 vermilion and 1,152 assorted rockfish during the week for near limits on all trips. There are two multiple day trips remaining this season: Nov. 29-30. Call: Virg's Landing, 805-772-1222; 800-762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing, 805-595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch, 805-595-7214.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR/O'NEILL FOREBAY
Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose reported outstanding striper fishing for boaters in the main lake with jumbo minnows or anchovy fillets. One boat put in five limits from 3 to 6 pounds on minnows at 40 to 50 feet off of Romero Point. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said anglers have tossed RatLTraps, Spooks or Pencil Poppers in the big lake for schoolie stripers to 28 inches. Buck Deaner of Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno said trollers are pulling jumbo minnows behind a 0 or 0/0 dodger for fish to 12 pounds with the bite on and off. Ly's is carrying jumbo minnows in response to demand for San Luis. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods, 408-629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle, 408-463-0711; wind conditions, 800-805-4805.