New Melones Reservoir — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said the kokanee action is fantastic, particularly in the morning. The fish are schooling up throughout the lake, but he has been working the south end from Rose to South islands at 50-70 feet deep with Marni bugs, Uncle Larry's Spinners or Apex lures behind a Vance's Dodger or Sling Blade. "These fish aren't picky," said Smith, who has been using more greens in his arsenal. Smith said the fish are getting into a consistent pattern, but the dropping water may scatter the schools. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods said bank trout fishing is over and she recommended anglers head up Highway 4 to Spicer or Lake Alpine. Trollers are finding a few trout about 10 feet above the kokanee schools. Bass fishing continues to be good with a top-water bite in the mornings or evenings before moving to Carolina-rigged 6-inch worms, Zoom Baby Brush Hogs or Senkos along the mud lines off of main lake points, particularly on the shaded sides of coves and against steep drop-offs or cliff faces. Catfish continues to improve and Chris Limas of Stockton landed a 5¾-pounder on a night crawler while still fishing from a boat. Night fishing for crappie is fair to good at 10-30 feet deep in Bear, Mormon or Carson creeks with small minnows or minijigs. The lake dropped to 53% capacity. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne — Fishn' Dan 586 2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
San Luis Reservoir/O'Neill Forebay — Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said boaters are picking up 3- to 5-pound stripers in 60 feet of water on anchovy fillets off of Dinosaur Point. The low water levels are concentrating the fish. A few stripers have been taken with top-water lures off of the Basalt Recreation Area in the mornings or evenings. In the Forebay, pile worms or mackerel are picking up the occasional catfish or schoolie striper at Check 12 or under the bridge. Anglers are plugging in the mornings or evenings. Angling pressure has been heavy in the Forebay, particularly on the weekends. The lake dropped to 376.47 feet. Wind conditions (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSwain Reservoir — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait reported a good rainbow bite on Chunky Cheese or corn yellow Power Bait as well as a combination of green Captain America Power Bait and a night crawler at the Handicapped Docks. Trolling has been a bit slower, with the best action on a crawler behind hammered Ford Fender dodgers from the Dam to the Second Fence Line at 30 feet deep. Call: 378-2534.
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McClure Reservoir — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported a very good bass bite with large minnows or plastics at the end of Cottonwood Creek. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford added that one-eighth-ounce dartheads with a ProGold Pro Worm from the banks to 20 feet deep are producing, as is the top-water morning bite with PopR's or Zara Spooks. Action has picked up for catfish to 5 pounds on live jumbo minnows or anchovies near the launch ramp at Barrett's Cove South. No king salmon, trout or kokanee reports. Monte Smith said due to the quality of fish planted in the lake this past year the trout bite should be excellent in the fall once the water cools. The lake dropped to 63 percent 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 a good bass bite by dragging Brush Hogs or 7- to 10-inch plastic worms in shad patterns with red or purple flake or watermelon/red from the banks to 20 feet deep. There is no top-water bite. Limits are averaging 10 pounds. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said there are fish to be taken, but area trout and kokanee anglers continue to hit nearby New Melones for the red-hot bite. Don Pedro is at 86 percent capacity. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne — Fishn' Dan 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
Bass Lake — Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said intense boat traffic has churning up the lake, muddying up the water. He is still searching for active kokanee, and he has a plan to try different areas in order to locate fish. He has postponed guiding until the fishing improves. Rainbow trout fishing continues to be slow. There has been some decent bass action with Senkos along natural banks or deep docks in the middle portion of the lake. The lake is holding at 76 percent capacity. Call: 642-3141; Todd Wittwer 288-8100, 642-3633, 642-3737; Mike Bieghy 642-3748.
San Francisco Bay — Rockfish limits at the Farallon Islands are the rule with the Emeryville boats scoring mixed sacks of blues, blacks, yellows and vermilion to go with 11 lings to 20 pounds and 11 halibut to 18. The Emeryville boats routinely make a few drifts at the edge of the Gate or inside the bay for bonus halibut on their rockfish trips. The halibut counts have been solid from Seal Rocks outside the Gate and from Treasure Island north to Angel Island. Striped bass are holding in all of the central bay rock piles. Live bait continues to be a day-to-day proposition with the receivers running low or out of bait by midmorning, particularly on weekends. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker said the tides are beautiful and he plans to search the beaches for the larger stripers late in the week. John Akina at Oyster Point Bait, Tackle and Deli reported good local fishing with a pair of 20-pound stripers taken off of Candlestick Point. Brisbane, Candlestick and Hunter's Point are producing smaller halibut, but several boats have been heading outside the Gate for the larger halibut on the South Bar. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait said a few halibut have been taken near the Sisters Islands in San Pablo Bay as well as Red Rock. Schoolie stripers continue to be landed from the bait shop dock as well as along the marina shoreline.
Half Moon Bay — Mike Aughney of Usafishing.com reported rockfishing remains easy with limits being reported by party and private boats working the usual haunts from Montara to Martin's Beach and south to Bean Hollow and Franklin's Point. There several private boats out after albacore on Sunday, and scores were mixed with the best action farther south near Monterey. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica reported a continued good striper bite along all the beaches from Ocean Beach south to Montara. There are lots of sardines and mackerel showing up along the pier. Shore anglers are tossing sardines and sand crabs, in addition to Bombers, hair raisers, Super Strikers, Miki's and Fish Traps. Blood and pile worms are still working for surf perch. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; California Dawn (510) 773-5511; Don Franklin — Soleman (510) 703-4148.
Monterey — Mike Aughney said offshore private boats are into good to incredible albacore action from the Pioneer Canyon to the Guide with the hot action on Saturday being reported farther out at the Gumdrop. There were five or six boats at the Gumdrop on Saturday with scores of 32 and up to nearly 50 per boat. Tuna clones in Zucchini or Mexican Flag have been the top lures on the troll. Todd Arcaleo of Chris' Landing reported continued outstanding bottomfishing at Point Sur with limits of of vermilion, yellow and school rockfish to go with several lings on the boat. Diamond bars and jigs are producing the larger rockfish and most of the lings. Local reefs are producing limits, but the quality is much smaller. The beach striper action is still in play from New Brighton Beach in Santa Cruz County south to the Monterey Beach Hotel. Ly Tu reported one angler tossing a Big Hammer swim bait landed a 29-inch white sea bass and a 28-pound halibut from the shoreline at New Brighton. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com.