High winds to 30 mph slowed things down. Most party boats canceled trips for Sunday, but there were three quality sturgeon taken at the second annual Deaf Sturgeon Angler's Derby out of the Martinez Marina on Saturday. Trolling for stripers is clearly on the rise, with Mark Wilson of Mark Wilson's Sport Fishing reporting catching and releasing 30 fish on Monday with 10 of the fish being keepers to 6 pounds. A huge female striper at nearly 38 pounds was kept by Chris Cross of Lodi on a jumbo minnow in Hog Slough in the Mokelumne River. On the largemouth bass front, big limits over 30 pounds were found during the weekend's WON Bass tournament.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Kevin Yost, Lucky Strike Fishing (707) 301-8050, Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665.
DELTA MENDOTA CANAL/SLOUGHS
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Merritt Gilbert and Patrick Movey didn't have much information on the canals, but local anglers continue to buy out shipments of Lucky Craft 127's or 128 in Ghost Minnow in stock. They continue to sell out as fast as they arrive. Anglers are purchasing the same lures in American or Tennessee Shad. These quality lures must be producing stripers from the white water near the head gates. Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported the striper bite in the south aqueduct continues for fish to 23 inches with the large 1 oz. RatLTraps or LVR's 10 or 15's in American Shad. Topwater action has slowed down. Blood or sand worms and anchovies are still effective.
LAKE DON PEDRO
Mike Van Guilder of Fishwrangler's Bass Guide Service said water temperatures are rising with some fish on beds, but some waiting for warmer water. A 13-pound largemouth was caught by Jim Moulton on a swimbait during the Nor-Cal Bass tournament. He said Berserk jigs in browns, green or black/green are working with numbers found on plastics from the banks to 30 feet. Manny Basi reported the up and down weather fronts made for a difficult bass bite. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH
Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods said the big news has been the quality brown trout that have been landed, with Rod Teaney hauling in an 8-pound, 11-ounce brown trolling an orange Apex at 35 feet near the dam. Tom Lea landed a 7.5-pound brown on a rainbow trout patterned Rapala at the same depth near the dam. Another 3.75-pound brown was caught in Angels Cove on a blade/crawler combination at 20 feet. The appearance of the quality browns is attributed to the Kokanee Power Net Pens. Bank fishing has slowed, but shore anglers should fish locations along shaded shores with steep drops off, as overall bank fishing has slowed. There have been several quality rainbows taken upriver and in major creek arms adjacent to the moving water. Kokanee action should start within the next couple of weeks once the water and weather warm. Bass fishing continues to improve, with the largest fish taken on spinnerbaits along the banks in water as deep as 30 feet.
Chuck Rowell of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported continued excellent action for brook trout for trollers pulling blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger from Floating Restrooms to the Dam at depths to 30 feet. Bankies are working the Brush Pile or up river towards the dam with inflate.
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported outstanding trout fishing for hard-fighting brook trout, rainbows and king salmon. He said the water temperature is 60 degrees and conditions perfect. Kokanee to 16.5 inches have been reported. Crappie fishing has improved. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The halibut bite has turned on anglers in the south bay and Paradise areas of the bay. Most fishermen have forgotten what a sturgeon looks like, and they have switched to trolling for halibut with frozen anchovies or herring.