The high winds starting Saturday and continuing through Monday made the Delta an unsafe place to fish on the anchor over the holiday weekend. Prior to the storms, Kevin Yost of Lucky Strike Fishing found legal fish on several trips to go with three oversized sturgeon requiring anchor pulling and chasing down during the week. His clients scored with a combination of ghost shrimp and eel with the Fish Tickle leader scented with anise to boat legal sturgeon to 61-inches fishing at depths from 16 to 51 feet, anchoring in deeper water on the softer, incoming tide. Friday's cold front dropped the water temperature to the 47 to 48 degree range. Benicia Bait and Tackle reported a few sturgeon from 50 to 60 inches were taken off of Buoy 9 and into Grizzly Bay with combinations of ghost and grass shrimp with the best action at the bottom of the tide. The Horseshoe area near the top of the Fleet has been the center of activity. The warmer storms Sunday and Monday leveled the overall range of daily temperatures from 30 to 10 degrees, having the effect of bringing stability. As a result of a tighter range of temperatures, the bass will become more active and seek to feed. 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.
LAKE DON PEDRO
Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported overall bass action has been difficult with the weekend's high winds. The lake is coming up, and the fish haven't established a pattern. Trout fishing from the banks has slowed as the lake hasn't been planted for a few weeks, but another plant is scheduled for next week.
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Call: Monte Smith 581-4734,
Danny Layne -Fishn' Dan 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
Mike Van Guilder Jr. of Fishwrangler's Bass Guide Service reported the new Berserk SG jig is producing from the bank to 35 feet in depth with fish becoming more active because of the recent inflow stirring up the lake's waters. Shad-patterned Berserk spinnerbaits are working near rocky bluffs. Spoons or drop-shotting over feeding fish around shad balls is also producing. The trout bite continues to be among the best of all the Mother Lode lakes. King salmon are few and far between, but a group of anglers will hold another "witch hunt" this Saturday. Crappie fishing is only fair with live minnows or minijigs as the fish are holding in the trees at depths of 40 feet in Barrett's Cove. Catfishing is still slow. The lake rose 1060 acre-feet to 29 percent of capacity. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
The water level has returned to normal, but the lake is murky from the fluctuation of water level and the recent inflow. As a result, the trout bite has slowed down for both bank and boat anglers. 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 with bank anglers working the Brush Pile or Handicapped Docks with various colors of Power Bait or inflated crawlers. A DFG trout plant scheduled for next week, along with stable water levels should return the bite to normal. Call: 378-2534
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR
Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said trout fishing seems to have slowed a bit, perhaps due to fewer anglers during the recent weather fronts. The majority of fish are planter or small holdovers with the best action from the banks or still-fishing from a boat. Rainbow, pink or chartreuse glitter Power Bait or a marshmallow/crawler combination off of the bottom in Angels or Glory Hole Coves, the Marina and Tuttletown are working for bank anglers. Silver/blue or silver/chartreuse Kastmasters or yellow or rainbow trout Roostertails have also been working. The Department of Fish and Game will plant the lake next week. Lake Tulloch as a hot area option with blade/crawlers or rolled shad at depths to 17 feet. The lake has risen to 77 percent of capacity.
Call: (209) 736-4333, Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR and O'NEILL FOREBAY
Merritt Gilbert at Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis has been selling out of Lucky Craft Pointer 112's or 128's in Ghost Minnow for the striper bite at the main lake or the Aqueduct. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno confirmed the sales with anglers purchasing up to four of the expensive lures at a time. Pao Moua of Fresno landed a 27-pound striper with the 128 from the bank on the main lake. Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said pile worms have been the top bait for schoolie stripers under the Bridge near Check 12 in the Forebay. Action on anchovies has been slow. One group of bank anglers landed 3 limits to 6-pounds within a ½ hour on pile worms while anchovies didn't produce a fish. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The combination of inflow and good tides in San Pablo Bay should put the sturgeon on the bite. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait at Port Sonoma said a few boaters have been hiding in the protected waters of the Petaluma River or under the bridge at Sonoma Creek for keeper sturgeon on grass shrimp.