Fish Report (7/1/09)


New Melones Reservoir — Jeff Boyle of Bass Pro Shops in Manteca said that despite the heat fish are biting. The kokanee have dropped to 70 feet in the afternoon. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported a continued red-hot bite has made the lake the "talk of the Mother Lode." He recommended any area in the main lake for limits, with fish at 40 feet at first light before dropping to 70. He has been scoring with Sockeye Slammers, Shasta Tackle Humdingers, chartreuse ink Marni bugs or Uncle Larry's spinners behind a Vance's dodger or Sling Blade tipped with unscented corn or scented with anise, vanilla, or garlic. Rainbow trout to 5 pounds are holding at 30-40 feet and are hitting rolled shad, ExCels and blade/crawler combinations. Robert and Chelsea Muhlbeier landed a 4.07-pound rainbow during the Kokanee Power Tournament. An occasional brown trout can be landed on Countdown Rapalas or Trophy Sticks close to structure at 50-60 feet deep. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported an excellent spotted bass bite with the IMA Skimmer crankbait or with the Berkley Gulp Minnow in smelt on a one-eighth-ounce darthead on 6-pound fluorocarbon test. They were working in 15-45 feet. Catfishing is improving with anchovies, sardines or mackerel along sloping banks. Crappie are around submerged trees at 10-30 feet deep in Bear, Mormon or Carson creeks and hitting small minnows or red/white minijigs. Melvin Allen pulled in eight large crappie on minnows in Angels Cove. The lake dropped to 54 percent. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.

San Luis Reservoir / O'Neill Forebay — Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said most anglers have been avoiding the heat and heading to the Forebay at night under the bridge for small catfish or stripers on pile or blood worms. Fresh shad has been difficult to obtain. A few stripers have been taken on white flukes. Merritt Gilbert reported a few stripers to 8 pounds near the Dam at first light on jumbo minnows. The majority of striper anglers continue to hit the San Francisco Bay or the beaches for larger fish. The lake dropped another 12 feet to 380.68 elevation. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.

Delta/Stockton — A 14-pound striper was weighed in at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg on fresh shad; the first striper of this size landed in the past several weeks. Sturgeon fishing remains good, with few anglers targeting the diamondbacks. The Glomar west of the Mothball Fleet, the Horseshoe, Grizzly Bay, Montezuma Slough, Chain Island and Sturgeon Alley have been the top areas. Grass shrimp or eel have been the top baits with ghost shrimp difficult to obtain. Shoreline striper fishing is just starting to pick up on grass shrimp or anchovies. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported water temperatures in the main San Joaquin River are approaching 80 degrees, and anglers must slow down their presentations in order to entice strikes from the sluggish fish. Call: 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; Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.

McSwain Reservoir — McSwain Marina reported trout bite remains good for trollers working the regular pattern from the Second Fence Line to the Dam with blade/crawler combinations, red or chartreuse Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger or small spoons trolled at 35 feet deep. Bank action is steady at the Handicapped Docks or the Brush Pile with Power Bait in corn yellow, purple nymph or chartreuse. Call: 378-2534.

McClure Reservoir — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported a top-water bite in the morning in Cottonwood Creek with PopR's or Zara Spooks before switching to drop-shotting Pro Gold worms to 20 feet. Jigs have been slow, but some fish have been taken by dragging a watermelon/red Brush Hog. Live minnows or crawdads are effective. Catfish to 6 pounds are biting live minnows near the launch ramp at Barrett's Cove South. Bluegill are in Horseshoe Bend at 10-20 feet deep and hitting red worms. Anglers are targeting trout up the river narrows with Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler under a dodger or blade/crawler combinations at depths to 40 feet. No king salmon or kokanee reports. The lake is dropped to 65% capacity. 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 heavy recreational, but anglers working early or in the evenings are finding quality bass at depths from 20 feet to the banks with ProWorm Pro Gold plastics, brown/purple jigs with a Chigger Craw trailer in cinnamon/purple, Senkos in watermelon/red (208), greenpumpkin (330) or watermelon (194) on a ‹ or 1/16th ounce Revenge Flipping Wacker head. There is a top-water bite early or late with Zara Spooks or PopR's. Trout to 3 pounds can be found to 40 feet with shad-patterned lures or blade/crawler combinations, with kokanee to 14 inches hitting Sockeye Slammers, Humdingers or Wedding Rings tipped with shoepeg corn scented with anise or garlic at depths to 50 feet off of Jenkins Hill, Copper Mountain and Graveyard Bay. King salmon hitting in Fleming Bay at 70-120 feet deep on rolled shad or anchovies. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.


Bass Lake — Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said kokanee fishing is slow, with only one quality fish to 17 inches landed per eight boats. He has been taking trips in the evening trying to raise the fish off of the bottom, but he has been unsuccessful. Reason for severe drop-off is unknown, but Wittwer has postponed guiding until he is able to assure clients of a reasonable opportunity to land fish. Even the rainbow trout fishing has slowed. Heavy boat traffic is expected throughout the weekend, so anglers must get in and off the lake early. Bass fishing has been best for spots to 2 pounds on Senkos around docks in the early evenings. The lake is holding at 76% capacity. Call: (559) 642-3141; Todd Wittwer 288-8100, 642-3633, 642-3737; Mike Bieghy 642-3748.


San Francisco Bay — Emeryville Sport Fishing had three boats out at the Farallon Islands on Sunday for a total of 72 limits of rockfish and 25 lings to 14 pounds. The ling counts appear to be inching up, as they boated 15 lings to 20 pounds on Saturday to go with a few fish shy of 112 rockfish limits. The tides were in the midpoint of being too much for the halibut and not enough for the stripers, but as the tides progressively slow down, halibut counts will continue to climb. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker has been poking outside the Golden Gate to search for beach bass, and his clients were rewarded with six nice bass as part of 38 stripers to 15 pounds to go with six halibut to 30 pounds. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing reported great action despite the large tides with nine halibut to 32 pounds outside the Gate to go with a pair of stripers and three leopard shark inside the bay. John Akina at Oyster Point Bait, Tackle and Deli reported excellent fishing in the south bay with a mixed bag of halibut and stripers taken from the Bird Cage and Candlestick Point. A couple of boats reported limits of halibut at the Alameda Rockwall. Live shiners have been best, but trolling frozen anchovies is also working.

Half Moon Bay — Bob Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing reported 16 quick limits of quality browns, vermilions and olives in a short window Monday. The larger fish have been hitting bars or diamond jigs. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said the ocean has calmed and beach striper fishing is very good with hair raisers or top-water lures, but bait is also working at local beaches. Dungeness crab season ended Tuesday. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Don Franklin, Soleman Sport Fishing (510) 703-4148; Jay Lopes (916) 417-5670; Kevin Yost, (707) 301-8050; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133.