NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Danny Layne said rainbows and kokanee are available. Trout to 2 pounds are active off the Spillway, Rose and South Islands and in the south lake off of Bear Cove from just under the surface to 40 feet deep with ExCels, Needlefish or Shasta Tackle Humdingers. Kokanee have been located off of Glory Hole Point near Shipwreck Island on kokanee gear tipped with corn at depths to 30 feet. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods said the bank fishing for trout is basically over, but bass fishing is providing plenty of action along the main lake points for small spots. Zoom Trick Worms or Senkos are consistent with Carolina-rigged crawdad-colored creature baits such as the Zoom Baby Brush Hog or Yamamoto Creature at 20-30 feet deep. Swimbaits are producing a few large fish, particularly on windy days. Catfishing is improving with anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken livers or a ball of night crawlers from the banks. Crappie and bluegill remains best at night under lights with small or medium minnows or minijigs in Bear Cove, Mormon Creek or Carson Creek. The lake dropped a vertical foot to 975.70 elevation and 52 percent capacity. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 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 a few boaters have been working the main lake with anchovy fillets for stripers to 9 pounds, but overall fishing has been slow. Trollers are pulling large plugs near Lone Oak Bay in the main lake. The top area for drifting minnows has been Portuguese Cove. Best action remains at the Forebay near the 152 Bridge with pile worms or mudsuckers or by trolling X-Raps at depths to 20 feet. A few catfish found around Check 12 on cut baits. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Calaveras Trout Farm planted 1,000 pounds of rainbows on April 1 and trout fishing was excellent the following day. The weather has slowed the action, but Power Eggs in Bubble Gum, salmon eggs, night crawlers or various colors of Power Bait were effective from the banks at the handicapped docks or brush pile. Trollers have been pulling blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings or small spoons from the surface in the mornings to 20 feet deep back and forth from the Dam to the Chimney. The Merced Irrigation Tournament will be April 17-18 with prizes to $3,000 for tagged fish. Call: 378-2534.
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Danny Layne said warmer water temperatures have turned on the king salmon and rainbow bite. Rainbows to 2 pounds are found from Barretts Cove to the Dam at depths from just below the surface to 25 feet deep with blade/crawler combinations, small ExCels, Slim Fins or Sockeye Slammers or Uncle Larry's Spinners. King salmon to 4 pounds can be located at 40-70 feet deep off of the A-Frame and along McClure Point with rolled shad or anchovies. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the 4-inch ProWorm Shaken Paddle Tail is working on a Carolina-rig or drop shot at various depths. Diana Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling confirmed the action on live minnows near the Horseshoe with a few catfish taken on anchovies or chicken livers. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported an outstanding king salmon and rainbow bite Friday that slowed to a crawl by Saturday. He was trolling large spoons on lead core line at 3 mph with the trout holding from the surface to 15 feet. King salmon to 1.25 pounds have been hitting brined shad or anchovies at 50-70 feet deep trolled to 1.5 mph. Smith said the new Daisy Chain and vertical flashers from Bechold and Sons has led to vastly improved action. Water temperatures have been in the 58 to 59 degree range. Danny Layne reported good action for trout to 3 pounds with Vance's Slim Willies tipped with a night crawler, ExCels or Uncle Larry's Spinners from the surface to 30 feet deep throughout Fleming Bay in open water. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
DELTA — Wild weather and the opening of salmon season limited the number of fishermen targeting sturgeon, but they're still holding near Buoy 9 at the Mothball Fleet and into Big Cut. Striper fishing has turned in favor of trollers with both shallow-running or deep-diving lures. Jeff Boyle of Bass Pro Shops in Manteca has been trolling the San Joaquin River, and reported fish in every area, but they are mostly shakers with a few legal ones to 4 pounds. They caught and released 20 fish Saturday with most of the action on redhead/white body deep-diving models of the new P-Line Predator. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said the water temperature has dropped from a month ago thought it should be rising. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630; Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — The salmon opener arrived with 20-foot waves breaking over the South Bar, and only the largest boats made it outside the Gate. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker said conditions were far from ideal, but they came home to Berkeley with two salmon to 14 pounds. Craig Stone of Emeryville Sport Fishing said the New Huck Finn was their high boat with seven salmon to 13 pounds for 26 anglers.
HALF MOON BAY — Conditions were far from ideal, and Peggy Beckett at Huck Finn Sport Fishing said party boats ran offshore and worked the 40-50 fathom curve from the Deep Reef to the Islands on the salmon opener with the first and only HMB salmon of the season taken on the New Captain Pete trolling 20 miles west of the harbor. The rockfish opener below Pigeon Point is May 1. Perch fishing has been best from the beaches. 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.
MONTEREY — Salmon bite improving every day since the opener with limits taken on the two party boats operated by Chris' Landing at the Old Fisherman's Wharf on Monday. After landing more than a fish per rod Sunday, the Star of Monterey boated 15 limits with the Checkmate bringing in another 18 by 11:30 a.m. Todd Arcaleo Jr. said the fish ranged from 8 pounds to 20 pounds. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com.