NEW MELONES RESERVOIRS / LAKE TULLOCH — Danny Layne said the lake was stained due to inflow, so he ran up the river arm to the Highway 49 Bridge and the Coyote Creek area for six kokanee to 14 inches trolling copper spinners with white Berkley maggots behind copper dodgers the first thing in the morning at 34-38 feet. He also had success with the Shasta Tackle Peewee Hootchie or small pink/orange hootchies behind an orange Sling Blade. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said fishing for trout from the bank was better after the release of the Kokanee Power net pens last week. The banks near Black Bart Day and Tuttletown Launch Ramp have been the best, but the fish should move into open water soon. Other than this spurt, Lewis advised shore anglers to head to streams and creeks with Berkley-scented Power Bait, Pautske's Green Label Eggs, night crawlers or small spinners. Trollers are advised to target the main lake with at 20-40 feet deep with shad or rainbow trout patterned lures of blade/crawler combinations. Lewis said there is plenty of action for smaller spotted bass upriver, with nice largemouth found primarily in the main lake. Wacky-rigged Senkos, Carolina-rigged Creature baits such as a Zoom Baby Brush Hog or Yamamoto Creature or shaky head Zoom Trick Worms at 10 to 20 feet are effective, but the larger fish are deeper and biting brown/purple jigs or larger creature baits. Catfish are biting on anchovies, sardines, chicken livers or night crawlers. The lake came up 1.5 feet. Layne said there's an excellent trout bite at Lake Tulloch with lures, spinners or rolled shad in the Green Spring Arm, Black Creek or the channel off of the South Shore Ramp from the surface to 30 feet deep. Call: 736-4333; and Monte Smith 581-4734; Laye 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Forebay still the top spot with pile worms working for small legal stripers under the bridge or check 12. Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods said anglers changing their bait every 15 minutes are getting strikes while others are just soaking bait. Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait said mudsuckers, blood worms, anchovies or threadfin shad are also working in the same areas with some action on the top water in dawn or dusk. Trolling in the Forebay with the new P-Line Predator or jointed Rebels is also working. Mooching jumbo minnows at 40-100 feet and trolling with downriggers is picking up a few fish in the main lake. The main lake is releasing water, but pumping from the Delta has kept the lake level stable. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Diana Mello at A-I Bait said trolling action has been solid, with limits on night crawlers behind a Ford Fender dodger at depths to 25 feet along the normal trolling pattern. Bank action was slower, but Sunrise or Bubble Gum Power Eggs are producing at the brush pile and handicapped docks. The Mariposa County Fish and Game Trout Derby is this weekend. Details: 966-3365. Call: 378-2534.
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Danny Layne reported that king salmon over 3 pounds are biting at 40-80 feet off the dam, McClure Point or in Piney Creek with rolled threadfin shad or anchovies, Radical Glow Tubes or Apex lures. Rainbow trout to 2 pounds are scattered throughout the lake, and in particular up above Horseshoe Bend from the surface to 20 feet. Best action on blade/crawler combinations. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a continued strong bass bite with the Hag's Tornado in watermelon/candy, Reaction Innovation Bad Shad Green, Senkos in color 330 greenpumpkin/copper/purple flake or Yamamoto Hula Grubs color 330 on a half-ounce jig head at 10-20 feet near structure. Catfishing is picking up with large minnows working in Cottonwood Cove. Crappie fishing has slowed. The lake rose six feet. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported a slow, steady mixture of rainbow trout to 2.5 and king salmon to 2. He was fishing at 50 to 100 feet near Jenkins Hill and Big Oak Island with rolled shad or anchovies. Smith predicted the kokanee will bite as the weather warms. Basi reported a continued great bass bite with the new Hag's Tornado plastic in watermelon/candy on a Shaky head dragged along the bottom while 5-inch plastics in watermelon/purple flake or Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green are also working at 10-20 feet. The lake is only 20 feet from spilling. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
LAKE CAMANCHE — Trout fishing has been strong with many limits last week, mainly on PowerBait. Bass are spawning, and some are hitting on Senko's and dart heads upriver. Saturday, Mike Burns caught a limit fishing in the lake using a watermelon worm. Call: North Shore 763-5166 or South Shore 763-5915.
DELTA — Big minus tides and big winds put the striper bite on hold. But a few sturgeon have been caught near the Mothball Fleet or off 9th Street near the Buoy Marker in Benicia on ghost shrimp. Grass shrimp has been in very short supply, so anglers have switched to ghost shrimp, pile worms or eel. Jason Legnau landed a 60-incher and three shakers off of 9th Street before releasing all of them. A 24-pound striper was caught off of 9th Street by trolling a RatLTrap. There were big whitecaps on the Sacramento River on Sunday. Milder weather should bring the bait fish back to the surface. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — With poor salmon counts from Point Reyes to Santa Cruz, few boats will go outside the Gate until June 13 when the rockfish season opens. The best halibut action is in the south bay.
HALF MOON BAY — Wind kept the party boats from making it below Pigeon Point. Huck Finn Sport Fishing and Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing will be taking the trip south, weather and interest permitting until the rockfish season opens June 13. 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.
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of May 2:
- TUOLUMNE — Lyons Canal; Middle Fork Stanislaus RIver; Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; South Fork Stanislaus River; Clark Fork Stanislaus River.