Fish Report (7/15/09)


New Melones Reservoir — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported continued "red-hot" kokanee fishing in the main part of the lake at 45-60 feet with Glitterbug Hootchies or Uncle Larry's spinners scented with anise or vanilla Shoepeg corn. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing added that the fish are starting to drop to 70 feet in response to 80-degree surface temperatures. Melanie Lewis at Glory Hole Sporting Goods said bank trout fishing is over, and she recommended heading up Highway 4 to Spicer or Lake Alpine. Trollers are finding a few trout about 10 feet above the kokanee schools. She said the bass bite continues good with top-water lures early or late before switching to crawdad or shad-colored Carolina-rigged 6-inch plastics, ripbaits, spinnerbaits, Zoom Baby Brush Hogs or Senkos. The bass are holding along the main lake points in the strong mud line or on the shaded sides of coves and against steep drop-offs or cliff faces. Catfishing continues to improve, and Rod Wnorowski caught a 12-pounder at night on chicken liver at Glory Hole Point. Night fishing for crappie is fair to good at 10-30 feet in Bear, Mormon or Carson creeks with small minnows or minijigs. The lake dropped to 50 percent. 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 of Ly's Fishing Goods in San Jose said blood and pile worms have been the top bait for the bank anglers in the Forebay; also, some are picking up catfish at Check 12 to go with undersized stripers. White flukes are bringing in the occasional striper to 22-inches. There is great interest in fishing under the Forebay Bridge at night, particularly on the weekends. In the big lake, anchovy fillets are working for stripers to 5 pounds at 60 feet. The majority of area striper fishermen have been heading to the beaches for the best action in the past five years from Monterey to San Francisco. The lake level continues to drop, and the low water is concentrating the fish. Wind conditions: (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.

McSwain Reservoir — McSwain Marina reported good action from the banks with rainbow, Chunky Cheese or corn yellow Power Bait at the Brush Pile or Handicapped Docks. The lake level is stable, and the cool water contributes to a steady trout bite. Trollers have been working hard for a few fish with night crawlers behind hammered Ford Fender dodgers from the Dam to the Second Fence Line at depths to 30 feet. Call: 378-2534.

McClure Reservoir — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said that a one-fourth-ounce dart-head or drop-shot with 4- to 6-inch plastics in shad-patterned with a red or purple flake at depths, Hula Grubs on a one-half-ounce jig head in color 330 or Baby Brush Hogs from the banks to 20 feet in depth are the best options. There is a decent top-water bite early or late with PopR's or Zara Spooks. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said catfishing continues to improve on live jumbo minnows or anchovies near muddy, sloping banks in 15-20 feet of water. Crappie fishing is fair at night near the Houseboats in Barrett's Cove. The trout have dropped to 30 feet deep and the only bite is before the sun rises with the standard trolling gear. No king salmon, or kokanee reports. The lake is at 39 percent capacity. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222; Bub Tosh 404-0053.

Lake Don Pedro — Manny Basi reported an inconsistent bass bite, with 4- to 6-inch shad-patterned plastics working on the drop shot or dart head in depths from the banks to 30 feet with the majority of the fish holding around 20 feet. Brush Hogs or 7- to 10-inch worms in watermelon/red, greenpumpkin or watermelon candy are also working. The top-water bite is only fair at best. Danny Layne said there is a fairly good king salmon bite for fish to 3 pounds in the Woods Creek arm on rolled shad or anchovies at 50-56 feet deep. The lake dropped to 61 percent. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.


Stockton — Deep in summertime mode, slow striper action has been dominated by undersized fish in the Delta. A few larger fish are starting to trickle back into the system, with huge stripers to 55 pounds taken far upriver near Colusa. In lower Suisun Bay, Benicia Bait and Tackle said the shoreline action is starting improve with stripers taken on anchovy fillets or grass shrimp. The San Joaquin River features either undersized stripers or catfish. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Kevin Yost (707) 301-8050; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630; Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665; Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.


Bass Lake — Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said anglers have to work hard for fish, but up to six 14- to 18-inch kokanee were landed at depths to 35 feet with the pink Radical Glow Tube behind a watermelon dodger or the blue RGT behind a pink or blue Hyperglo dodger. Rainbow trout can be located at 22-30 feet deep on blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings or small spoons tipped with a piece of crawler. Spotted bass are chasing the fry in the shallows in the early mornings. Boat traffic is heavy by mid-morning. The lake has dropped slightly to 75% capacity. Call: (559) 642-3141; Todd Wittwer (559) 288-8100; Mike Bieghy (559) 642-3748.


San Francisco Bay — There have been some huge scores of bass and halibut both inside and outside the Golden Gate. Tides are backing off, and halibut counts are expected to rise with striper scores dropping unless you're on a boat willing to work outside the Gate. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker went outside the Gate Sunday for 17 limits of stripers to 14 pounds and 19 halibut to more than 30 pounds. They also hooked another large white sea bass at 20 pounds after landing a 65-pound trophy white sea bass on the beach the previous day. Smith has put in limits of stripers on four consecutive trips. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing also saw tremendous action outside the Gate Sunday with three white sea bass to 40 pounds to go with 13 halibut to 25 pounds with four of the flatties being over 20 pounds. The larger sardines and live mackerel have been the top baits, but the anglers will need to be patient to allow the fish to swallow the bait. Emeryville Sport Fishing was able to send a boat out to the Farallons on both Friday and Saturday for limits of rockfish and a few lings per trip to 14 pounds. Toward San Pablo Bay, fishing continues to be very good with "lots of bass" taken off of the Brothers, Whaling Station and Red Rock, according to Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael.Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin--Soleman (510) 703-4148.