Valley and coastal fishing report - Nov. 12



Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service in Stockton continued his shad fishing clinic with two limits at 5, 9, 10 and 24 pounds Friday near Decker Island. JD Richey of Richey's Guide Service has been tossing Fish Traps and top-water lures in the central Delta and reported landing nine stripers to 9 pounds in overcast conditions. Trollers have continued to take advantage of the window between the tides to land good numbers of stripers from Collinsville upriver into Steamboat Slough. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, had two spectacular days with more than 100 stripers and largemouth combined. They've scored on overcast days with the new prototype top-water lure -- IMA Big Stick for stripers or the IMA Flit for stripers and bass. The shad schools are thick and keeping the stripers in the central Delta. Call: Happy Hooker, 510-223-5588; 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.


Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service and Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing agreed Lake Tulloch is the best area trout option with the 59-degree water temperature from the bottom of New Melones. Rainbows to 4 pounds and limits are possible with Slim Willies tipped with a crawler, Shasta Tackle Matrix Paddletails, Uncle Larry's Power Bait Spinners or slow-rolled shad from the surface to 15 feet. The best areas have been off the face of the Dam, the mouth of Black Creek and up the river arm to the Buoy Lines. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported bank trout fishing is on the rise with the cooler water temperature. DFG has planted the lake the past three weeks. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne, Fishn' Dan, 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing, 599-2023.


Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said there is a small top-water bite with PopRs or subsurface with small RatLTraps for fish to 2 pounds. Shad-patterned plastics are picking up small fish in deep water. Live minnows or crawdads are still consistent producers around main lake points with deep water access. Trout fishing is slow with experienced fishermen only landing a couple in the 12 to 15-inch range at depths from 35 to 50 feet up the river narrows from Barretts Cove to Horseshoe Bend or from the Dam to the first buoy line. Crappie fishing is slow and catfishing slowing. A trout plant is scheduled for this week. Call: A-1 Bait, 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service, 604-8222; Bub Tosh, 404-0053.


Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a continued tough bass bite with a few quality fish taken on Spro or MegaBait LA Slider swimbaits in rainbow trout colors. Shad-patterned worms in deeper water are good for smaller fish. Trout and king salmon fishing have been slow, but last weekend's storm, colder water temperature and DFG trout plants should help. Call: Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne -Fishn' Dan, 586-2383; Bait Barn, 874-3011.



On Saturday, three boats went out to the islands on rockfish/ling cod trips for a combined 103 limits of rockfish and crab to go with 13 lings to 10 pounds. The New Huck Finn was on a rockfish/ling cod trip with 28 limits of rockfish and 19 lings to 12 pounds at the Farallons. They plan to run the combination trips every day this week. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait in San Rafael said halibut continue to be found with some skiffs landing a couple of fish a rod with Loch Lomond shiners at Paradise, South Hampton Shoals or on the Berkeley Flats from the Barges to Brooks Island. Bass fishing off the China Camp shoreline has been great with live bullheads with fish to 19 pounds and limits possible. He said this week's tides are better each day and great by the weekend. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait at Port Sonoma said stripers continue to be taken off the shoreline with live bullheads. Sturgeon have been landed on ghost shrimp or pile worms near Marker 9 in the Napa River. HALF MOON BAY

Saturday's trips out of Huck Finn Sport Fishing yielded limits of crabs and rockfish. The commercial fleet will set up it gear late this week, and crab counts will drop dramatically after the thousands of pots can be pulled Saturday. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said there has been much interest in crabbing off the pier, but the water has been rough and crab counts fairly slow. A few jack smelt have been landed off the pier. 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.


Sonny Arcaleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey reported trips to Pt. Sur are still producing limits of quality rockfish and a few lings. They picked up a dozen Humboldt squid on a recent trip to Cypress Point. Crab combos are producing a few crab per anglers to go with limits of rockfish. They'll continue to run crab combos on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through the end of November with trips to Point Sur on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call: Chris' Landing, 831-375-5951; Bayside Marine, 831-475-2173; usafishing.com.

SAN LUIS OBISPOVirg's Landing in Morro Bay has one two-day trip remaining in the rockfish season: Nov. 29-30. Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis reported trips ranged from half limits to limits of rockfish with the better fish counts continuing on the ling cod specials at Pt. Purisma. A recent ling cod special on the Pacific Horizon put in limits of rockfish to go with 30 lings to 22 pounds. Call: Virg's Landing, 805-772-1222; 800-762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing, 805-595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch, 805-595-7214.