NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing landed four rainbows to 2 pounds and six kokanee to 13 inches, with several fish coming unbuttoned trolling from Glory Hole Point to the dam at 10 to 20 feet with pink Uncle Larry's Spinners or hootchies behind a Vance's Dodger or Shasta Tackle Sling Blade with shoepeg corn brined in Pautske's Krill Powder. The krill scent brought in the trout. The Kokanee power net pens are scheduled to be opened next month. Trout fishing from the banks is slow, but trolling has improved with Jack Wilkinson of Stockton landing a 4.5-pound brown trout on a Needlefish at 30 feet near the spillway. Scott Hancock still-fished upriver past Parrott's Ferry Bridge, and caught a few nice trout while throwing a trout-pattern Daiwa SC Shiner. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said bass fishing is providing plenty of action along the main lake points. The bass are found around the bait schools. Carolina-rigged crawdad-colored creature baits such as the Zoom Baby Brush Hog or Yamamoto Creature at 20-30 feet deep or shaky-head plastics are effective, but the larger fish are found deeper on brown/purple jigs or larger creature baits. Swimbaits continue to produce a few large fish, particularly on windy days. Rich Knigge of Sonora caught and safely released a 9-pound, 10-ounce largemouth, while throwing a brown jig with a cinnamon/purple flake Yamamoto trailer. Catfishing is improving with anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken livers or a ball of night crawlers from the banks. Crappie and bluegill bites remain best at night under lights with small or medium minnows or minijigs in Bear Cove, Mormon Creek or Carson Creek. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service touted Lake Tulloch for rainbows to 16 inches on Vance's Slim Willies tipped with a night crawler, ExCels, Vance's Slim Fins, Cripplures or Uncle Larry's Spinners at 5-30 feet deep off the Resort, in Black Creek or at the dam. 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 said quick limits of stripers to 8 pounds were taken by drifting extra-large minnows in the forebay. The main lake has been slow, with a few fish found in the early morning on PopR's, but the high water has the fish scattered. Mickey Clements at Coyote Bait said the bait bite has been best with pile or blood worms in the Forebay near Check 12 for stripers to 20 inches. A few catfish continue to be found around Check 12 on cut baits. Wind conditions: (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Power Eggs in Bubble Gum, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Power Bait continue to be effective from the banks at the handicapped docks or brush pile. Blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings or small spoons from the surface in the mornings to depths of 20 feet on the normal trolling path have been productive. The Merced Irrigation Tournament is scheduled for April 17-18 with prizes to $3,000 for tagged fish. Call: 378-2534.
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait reported good catfish and crappie bites in the evenings with minnows from the banks. Bass fishing has been best in the Narrows, Horseshoe Bend or Barrett's Cove with minnows or crawdads. There is an early top-water bite in the Narrows with PopR's. Manny Basi said the top artificials have been jigs or Senkos in greenpumpkin/purple copperflake No. 330. Trout fishing is fair with the majority of fish still working from the surface to 45 feet with ExCel lures, Needlefish or similar spoons. The top areas have been from McClure Point to the A-Frame through the Dam to Temperance Cove. A few king salmon have been located near the dam on rolled shad. The lake rose 3 feet this week. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Danny Layne reported a continued good bite for rainbows in the open water of Fleming and Middle Bay at 10-25 feet with rainbow ExCels, red head Slim Fins, Shasta Tackle UV Humdingers or Uncle Larry's Power Bait Spinners. Kokanee to 14 inches have been found off Jenkins Hill or Big Oak Island at depths to 30 feet with typical kokanee gear behind a Vance's Dodger or Shasta Tackle Sling Blade. King salmon to 3 pounds are holding near Mexican Gulch, Fleming Bay, and off of either Copper Mountain or Hatch Creek at 40-100 feet deep on rolled shad or anchovies. The majority of salmon have been in the 1.75-pound range, and the big kings haven't shown up yet. Manny Basi said the best bite continues on greenpumpkin or brown jigs with a Berserk Brawler trailer in watermelon/candy or greenpumpkin/ candy from the banks to 30 feet deep. Carolina-rigged lizards in watermelon/red or watermelon/purple glitter are effective, as is the Berserk Insane Shakerz shaky head plastic in watermelon/candy. The lake is at 82 percent capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
STOCKTON — Most of the attention has switched to striped bass, but there still are a few sturgeon anglers working Suisun Bay. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said things were very slow with few anglers out due to the wild weather. In addition, grass and ghost shrimp have been hard to keep in the shop. Barry Canevaro of Fishhookers Sport Fishing reported a hot bite for school-sized stripers to 8-pounds in the Sacramento River near Decker Island along the rockwall on the north side of the island, behind the Island in Horseshoe Bend and at the Old Dairy with shallow-running P-Line Angry Eyes in red/white or chartreuse. Canevaro also said there are fish on the San Joaquin River near Eddo's Boat Harbor or the Barges. Captain Mike Gravert braved the high winds in the northeast Delta, and he put Mike Raycer of Discovery Bay onto a 20.5-pound striper on live jumbo minnows. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said there has been bass trying to move up into the water column, but the infrequent cold fronts continue to push them back into deeper water. Once the water gets warm, the bite should explode, he said. Pringle advised using crank baits, ripbaits or spinnerbaits in the early morning before switching over to finesse techniques "dead sticking" smaller plastic worms on a Zappu head or the Chigger Craw Crazy Legs in oxblood or green pumpkin Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Boats out of the Golden Gate continue to struggle to find the concentrations of salmon with the high winds and swell. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker used his live shiners to his advantage Saturday with the top halibut score of the year: 14 to 18 pounds for 18 anglers. He said the fish were primarily females loaded with eggs. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing has been working both the south and north bay, and has found halibut in every location. Lopes thought this week's bigger tides will push the bait and halibut into the Flats, and he is expecting great things out of the next smaller series of tides that start April 20. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait in Port Sonoma said the best action has been in the Petaluma River for striped bass on ghost shrimp. Grass shrimp has been difficult to obtain.
HALF MOON BAY — Captain Kelly Sponseller of Huck Finn Sport Fishing is anticipating finding salmon once the weather flattens. In Pacifica, Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook said anglers are crabbing off of the pier in the early morning with snares. Perch fishing is decent along the beaches with blood or pile worms, and surf anglers are starting to pick up a few stripers. 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 — Todd Arcaleo at Chris' Landing said their boats averaged 12 to 14 fish apiece, with several in the 15- to 20-pound range. Jay Graham, charter master from Herb Bauer's Sporting Goods, landed a huge jackpot fish of 26 pounds. said big swell and wind chop have pushed out all of the salmon signs. Rockfishing begins May 1. Ly Tu said perch fishing has been slow. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com.