Fishing Report (12/2/09)


NEW MELONES RESERVOIR / TULLOCH LAKE — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported "wide-open" trout fishing for holdover and planted rainbows to 3 pounds from the banks at Glory Hole Cove, Tuttletown and Angels Cove at 5 to 25 feet and it continues to improve from the banks near the mouths of Angels or Glory Hole coves with rainbow or chartreuse glitter Power Bait, Power Eggs or a crawler/marshmallow combination. Trolling is improving with shad-patterned or rainbow-trout Needlefish or ExCels or the smaller Countdown Rapalas from the surface to 30 feet deep in the mouths of coves. Ken Nickles of Atwater landed a 6-pound, 5-ounce brown trout on a shad-colored ExCel spoon near the dam spillway at 10 feet. Bass fishermen are targeting schools of small shad in the main lake around lake points or humps holding wood with Carolina-rigged creature baits in green pumpkin or similar crawdad imitation colors. Baby Brush Hogs or Reaction Innovation Sweet Beavers are also working at 30 to 40 feet. When the wind is up, swimbaits are taking the larger fish, particularly the Huddleton trout pattern in rate-of-fall 12 dragged along points. Numbers of smaller fish can be taken on 4-inch plastics on the drop shot. Catfish have moved into deep water, but there are fish to be found on anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken liver or a ball of night crawlers. Crappie and bluegill action continue to be slow with the best action at night under lights at 10-30 feet deep around submerged trees with live small or medium minnows, or jigs in red/white, black/chartreuse or purple/white in Bear, Carson or Mormon creeks. The lake came up to 46 percent capacity. Both Monte Smith of Gold Country Fishing and Danny Layne continue to target Tulloch for holdover and planted trout. Layne said 8-year-old Hank Kolpack of Sonora boated a 17.5-inch kokanee on a rolled shad. Kastmasters, Cripplures, Vance's Slim Fins in UV or silver from the surface to 15 feet are all working for rainbows, browns and an occasional kokanee. Smith said the water temperature is perfect at 56 degrees. 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 the high winds slowed striper fishing on the main lake to a crawl. When weather permits, boaters are soaking minnows for an occasional larger striper near Portuguese Cove or the trash racks. He added that largemouth bass have been landed in the extreme end of Portuguese Cove on top-water lures or 7-inch Senkos. In the Forebay, the winds also affected the ability to fish comfortably, and Tu said the best action has been under the bridge with anchovies, mackerel or sardines for 20- to 26-inch catfish. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods 408-629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle 408-463-0711.

McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Lake levels have returned to normal, and most anglers are working the banks from the brush pile or handicapped Docks with Sunrise Power Bait, orange/yellow Power Eggs, or marshmallow/night crawler combinations for possible limits. Trollers are scoring with red Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger at 10-12 feet deep in from Gilligan's Island to the floating restrooms. A Calaveras trout farm plant is scheduled for this week. Call: 378-2534.

McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn reported a tougher bass bite than in the past several weeks, perhaps due to the lake almost at the point of turnover. A few fish continue to be landed on Huddleston rainbow trout swimbaits, drop-shotting with Reaction Innovation plastic worms in Bad Shad Green, Pro Worm 300 small redflake or Senko in color 330. Live minnows or crawdads are producing bass from the banks along Barrett's Cove and McClure Point. Recent plants have sparked up trout fishing near the dam from the banks with lures or from drifting boats in Cottonwood Creek with Kastmasters in chrome or chrome/blue. Catfish have moved into deeper water. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service 604-8222; Bub Tosh 404-0053.

LAKE DON PEDRO — Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service said trout plants have turned on the bank action at Fleming and Blue Oaks recreation areas, as well as off Highway 132 with night crawler/marshmallow combinations, Power Bait or Pautske's salmon eggs for possible limits. Trollers are having success from the surface to 30 feet deep with Slim Willies tipped with a piece of crawler, ExCels, Shasta Tackle Cripplures or Vance's Slim Fins trolled at 2 mph or faster for rainbows to 2 pounds. An occasional king salmon is landed at depths of 20 to 40 feet. Monte Smith confirmed the improving trout bite with reports of limits in the top 15 feet with Needlefish or ExCels. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn said the bass bite continues to be slow with some quality fish taken on 8-inch Huddleston swimbaits in rainbow trout with Rate-of-Fall of 12. The lake is 69 percent capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.


STOCKTON — Good numbers of striped bass continue to hold near the Carquinez Straits, and the overall size of the fish are getting a bit larger, but stripers more than 15 pounds continue to be few and far in between. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport reported very slow sturgeon action in lower Suisun Bay. Benicia Bait reported the best striper action has been on the west end of the Fleet near the Glomar with the boats hiding closer to the banks to get out of the wind as much as possible. Jay Sorensen of Jolly Jay's Guide Service caught and released a 21-pound striper on fresh shad in the San Joaquin River near Eddo's Boat Harbor at the bottom of Sunday's outgoing tide on fresh shad. Swimbaits continue to score numbers of schoolie stripers to 9 pounds in the San Joaquin River system, particularly in the back sloughs of the south delta. There were some large stripers more than 20 pounds taken from the Port of Stockton on swimbaits near the old Union Ice Co. on the south side of the channel. This is highly likely as the wind and incoming tide would have pushed the bait into the terminal channel. Jeff Boyle of Bass Pro Shops in Manteca and Tony Lopes of Turlock found the school of stripers in the south delta with Berkley Hollow Belly swimbaits or live jumbo minnows. They found the fish boiling on the surface and they chased birds into the small coves in which the fish were chasing the bait. The caught and released up to 35 legal fish, keeping two limits between 7 and 9 pounds. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson 916-682-1630; Fin Addict Sport Fishing 367-4665; Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.


SAN FRANCISCO BAY — The New Seeker out of Emeryville Sport Fishing put in 25 limits of crab Sunday before heading back into the bay for an unsuccessful try at halibut. Longer soaks by private boaters have produced an average of 10 keeper crabs per pot with the better action and grade of crab at 120 feet off of the Marin coast. Fishing inside the bay has been slow. There hasn't been enough fresh water to start the sturgeon moving towards the south bay, but the first legal sturgeon of the year was taken on a boat from the Alameda Rockwall mid-week. There are several sturgeon reportedly marked in San Pablo Bay, but the wind has limited boaters from accessing the Sturgeon Triangle area. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait reported the best bank fishing continues in Sonoma Creek for stripers on bullheads. Sturgeon have been landed at the mouth of Sonoma Creek on grass shrimp on the anchor. Chris Seabourne of C Biscuits said the striper bite is starting to slow down in the Napa River with the better grade of fish found in the back sloughs. There were a couple of sturgeon landed on grass shrimp from the area around the 37 Bridge and at the Mare Island Bridge. Grass shrimp, bullheads and anchovies have been the top baits.