NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said trout fishing continues to be best from the banks or still fishing from a boat, but trollers are starting to locate fish. The lake is scheduled to be planted the week of Feb. 22. Bank anglers and boats on the anchor are working close to shore with rainbow, pink or chartreuse glitter Power Bait or a marshmallow/crawler combination. Lures such as gold, silver/blue or silver/chartreuse Kastmasters, or Roostertails in rainbow trout or yellow have also been effective. Angels or Glory Hole Coves, the Marina and Tuttletown have been the best areas from the bank. The trout are chasing shad in the creek arms. Kokanee fishing should begin in March or April, although an occasional kokanee has been landed. Bass fishing is fair with numbers landed by vertical jigging Hopkins spoons under the bait balls, but the larger fish are difficult to locate. The best big fish bite has been with spinnerbaits dragged across banks up to 20-feet deep or with jigs on island tops at depths to 80 feet.
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 of Ly's Fishing Goods said striper action in the main lake has been slow, but bank anglers are tossing anchovies from under the Forebay Bridge for schoolie fish. Merritt Gilbert said local anglers have been purchasing pearl flukes for the lakes in the past week, but there are still no reports of landing fish. The lake has no inflow and remains at 35 percent of capacity. Finally a report from Los Banos Creek Reservoir, but the news isn't promising. The recent rains have turned the water into chocolate milk, shutting down the trolling bite for planter trout. The lake needs a couple of weeks of dry weather to clear.
Wind conditions: 800-805-4805.
Call: Ly's Fishing Goods 408-629-9644;
Coyote Bait and Tackle 408-463-0711.
McSwain Marina reported the water levels have returned to fill the lake after last week's draw down, but the lake remains murky from the fluctuating water. Fishing is returning to normal with limits taken at the BrushPile on Sierra Sandwiches -- a marshmallow/salmon egg combination or Power Bait. Trollers continue to pull a variety of lures, Wedding Rings and night crawlers from the surface to 20 feet from the 2nd Fence Line to the Dam. There have been no additional trout plants since Jan. 15, but there are still good numbers of fish in the lake. Call: 378-2534.
DELTA MENDOTA CANAL AND SLOUGHS
Ly Tu said the Delta Mendota Canal near Highway 33 has produced stripers from 9 to 15 pounds on gold Krocodile spoons or AC Plugs. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno said anglers are purchasing all of the baits: anchovies, hair raisers and flukes, but no one is talking.
The trout bite continues to be nothing short of phenomenal with anglers reporting catching 30 fish in an hour trolling blade/flasher combinations with a 1-ounce inline weight near the Houseboats or Horseshoe Bend. Diana Mello of A- 1 Bait in Snelling reported excellent fishing from the surface to 35 feet with Wedding Rings or Kastmasters from the 1st Buoy Line to the Dam into Cottonwood Creek and also in the River Narrows past Barrett's Cove. Kokanee are starting to show up after being all but absent last year. They are found under the trout schools at depths from 25 to 40 feet with Kokanee Killers or Rocky Mountain Assassins tipped with a night crawler or corn from the Buoy Line to the Dam. King salmon are few and far between, but a group of anglers will hold another "witch hunt" on Feb. 21. 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 reported the swimbait bite has turned on with 8-inch Huddlestons in rainbow trout with a 12 rate-of-fall producing some quality fish. Half-ounce brown/purple Revenge or Berserk jigs with a cinnamon/purple No. 221 Yamamoto 5-inch double-tailed grub at 10 to 20 feet in depth is also productive, as well as drop-shotting or dart-heading shad patterned plastics. Basi said the Reaction Innovation Bad Shad Green has been a top color. Trout fishing from the banks has slowed as the lake hasn't been planted for a few weeks, but patient anglers can locate limits by either tossing lures or Power Bait from the banks or trolling near the shorelines. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan 586-2383,
Bait Barn 874-3011.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The sturgeon bite in the bay and Delta experienced a severe slow down over the weekend, perhaps because of the series of fronts and heavy boat pressure. Craig Stone of Emeryville Sport Fishing said they didn't have any trips out this weekend for bay sturgeon because of insufficient interest. They are scheduling sturgeon trips on the upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Grass, ghost or mud shrimp have been the hot baits. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait reported miserable, windy and cold conditions kept most anglers off of the water Sunday with a few sturgeon taken in San Pablo Bay the previous day. A few skiffs are bringing in multiple fish, but the majority are experiencing skunks. He expected things to really heat up as the sturgeon return from the closed herring spawn area. The Department of Fish and Game Herring Hot Line reported a large school of anchovies from Alcatraz Island to Pier 45 in the City, moving south to Treasure Island. There have also been schools of anchovies along the San Francisco shoreline from AT&T Park to the PG&E Plant.
The Delta sturgeon bite also was slow over the weekend despite the big outgoing tide. The tides will slow down by the end of this week, opening the window for fishing deep water for a longer period of time. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing defied the conditions by landing a 55-inch sturgeon on ghost shrimp in the Big Cut on the incoming tide Sunday. The heavy winds kept most boats sitting sideways even through most of the outgoing tide. The good news is several undersized sturgeon have been released based on reports from Martinez to Pittsburg. Call: Happy Hooker 510-223-5388;
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.