Fish Report (5/06/09)


New Melones Reservoir -- Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing put his clients on to quick limits of fat, chunky kokanee to 14-inches trolling pink hootchies or Uncle Larry's spinners behind a Sling Blade at depths from 28 to 45 feet. He marked fish deeper than this, but they were unwilling to bite. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service also had great kokanee action near the Highway 49 Bridge, Coyote Creek Arm, Rose Island and the Spillway with Vance's Gold Dodgers in front of an Uncle Larry's pink tiger spinner or a watermelon Sling Blade with a Glitterbug pink hootchie tipped with garlic scented corn. The recently released trout from the net pens are starting to show up at depths from 20 to 30 feet with Vance's Slim Willie/crawler combinations. Gary Burns of Take it to the Limit Guide Service boated a 3-pound rainbow near Rose Island. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported red-hot bass fishing with up to 80 fish caught and released. He and a client had three occasions of two fish landed on one lure, as the bass are chasing bait in the shallows on a very aggressive bite. The IMA Flit ripbait, OB Minnow and Berkley Gulp Minnow were all working. Catfishing is improving with anchovies, sardines or mackerel. Crappie fishing is still best at night under lights around submerged trees at depths from 10 to 30 feet with either small or medium minnows or crappie jigs in Bear, Mormon or Carson Creeks. The lake came up less than a foot at 53 percent of capacity and 978.54 feet in elevation. Layne also touted nearby Lake Tulloch for an excellent bite on rainbow trout to 3-pounds and an occasional kokanee to 2-pounds off the South Shore Ramp and in the channel to the mouth of Black Creek at depths from 10 to 25 feet with rolled shad, blade/crawler combinations, Sockeye Slammers or Uncle Larry's Spinners in Mad Irishman. Call: 736-4333, Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.

San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay -- Ly Tu at Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said the big lake has been slow with trollers only picking up a small keeper per rod. Bank anglers are tossing Rebel Jumbo Minnows in white, Lucky Craft 128's in Ghost Minnow or white Flukes at night for the occasional fish. The Forebay has also been slow with a few stripers in the 3 to 5-pound range taken on pile worms under the bridge. The lake dropped five feet to 446.94 in elevation due to releases. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.

Delta/Stockton -- Male stripers have flooded the system with the rains, and they are moving quickly up the rivers. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service and his friend caught and released four limits of stripers to 8-pounds with numerous shakers in the mix on fresh shad with the best bite at the end of the incoming tide on the Lower Santa Clara Shoals. The water in the San Joaquin is clear, but that should change as runoff down the Mokelumne hits the river soon. Bob Wright, of the Happy Hooker, runs a delta guide service, and reported catching and releasing 20 stripers to 7-pounds on the river during three hours on the outgoing tide by trolling to locate the fish and then drifting minnows back through the school. The numbers of striped bass is significantly down as evidenced by the 5th week of a tagging survey only trapping 304 legal bass. Randy Pringle said the largemouth bite is inconsistent with large fish found one day then only small fish the next. In Suisun Bay, sturgeon fishing has been slow with most fishermen targeting stripers. A few sturgeon were landed near the Pittsburg PG&E plant on ghost or grass shrimp. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Randy Pringle 543-6260; Kevin Yost, (707) 301-8050, Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665.

McSwain Reservoir -- Chuck Rowell of A-1 Bait in Snelling said Garlic and rainbow Power Bait, as well as white Power Eggs are consistent from the banks at the handicapped docks or brush pile. Trollers continue to pull Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler, blade/crawler combinations or Needlefish in rainbow trout in the regular pattern from the Marina to the 1st Fence Line at depths from the surface to 25 feet. Call: 378-2534

McClure Reservoir -- Chuck Rowell said there is an early morning top water bass bite with Zara Spooks and similar lures. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and brown/purple jigs are also working with a good number of fish still on beds. Plastics in shad or crawdad colors are also effective. The best locations have been either at the Houseboats at the Spillway or in Cottonwood, Piney and Temperance Creeks. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn recommend half-ouce Hula Grugs in color 330 or dart-heading with a ProWorm in color 300. Trout fishing continues to be very good for planters from Bagby to Barretts Cove in the river narrows at depths from the surface in the morning to 25 feet with blade/crawler combinations, Find king salmon at the mouth of Cottonwood Creek and from the Buoy Line to the dam at depths of 60 feet with rolled shad or anchovies. The lake rose 9 feet to 50 percent capacity and 775.94 feet elevation. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222, Bub Tosh 404-0053.

Lake Don Pedro -- King salmon and rainbow bites took off this week with Monte Smith landing kings to 4-pounds on rolling shad at depths to 80 feet. Rainbow trout action has also exploded with fish just under the surface at 4 to 6 feet. Smith scored limits with Vance's Slim Fin or Uncle Larry's spinners tipped with a crawler on a sideplaner or downrigger. Danny Layne confirmed the strong bite with kings found in Fleming Bay with rolled shad, anchovies or glow hootchies. He added that kokanee are showing up off of Jenkins Hill at depths from 20 to 40 feet with basic kokanee set-ups. Manny Basi said the bass are in 10 to 20 feet with brown/purple jigs with a smoke or cinnamon/brown trailer, ProWorms in color 300 on a dart-head or swimbaits such as ROF 12 Huddlestons in rainbow trout all working. The lake has risen five feet to 780.23 elevation and 72 percent of capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.