NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Gary Burns, of Take It to the Limit Guide Service, said patience is the key to landing limits of kokanee above Parrott's Ferry Bridge or into Coyote Creek with Glitterbug small pink/orange hootchies, Shasta Tackle Wriggle Hootchies, Humdingers in red/gold or pink PeeWee Hootchies behind a 6-inch Shasta Tackle Sling Blade in blue with a red eye at 37-40 feet. Burns has been tipping his lures with shoepeg corn scented with garlic. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp recommended bank anglers should head up the canyon to the streams and creeks. An occasional trout has been taken off of the bank. Trollers are advised to target the main lake and upriver at 20-40 feet with shad- or rainbow trout-patterned lures or spinners tipped with a crawler. Lewis said bass fishing has been excellent around steep, rocky points with small 4-inch plastics on the drop shot. Catfishing continues to improve. Crappie and bluegill remains best at night under lights with small or medium minnows or minijigs in Bear Cove, Mormon Creek or Carson Creek. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586 2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Most striper anglers are heading to the Forebay for the more consistent action, and the banks are lined under the Bridge or near Check 12 in the evenings and on weekends. Pile worms, mudsuckers, anchovies or frozen shad are working. Trollers have been working the Forebay with Lucky Craft 128's, broken-backed Rebels or P-Line Predators for a few keeper stripers. Small stripers have been found around the Basalt Launch Ramp with anchovies or pile worms and by trollers in Portuguese or Lone Oak coves. Wind conditions: (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Diana Mello at A-I Bait in Snelling said heavy plants for the Mariposa County Trout Derby over the weekend have spurred the bite for trollers pulling Needlefish tipped with a crawler, blade/crawler combinations, or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler from the surface to 25 feet from Gilligan's Island to the Dam and back. Bank fishing is steady with Sunrise or Bubble Gum Power Eggs or small Kastmasters at the Brushpile or the Handicapped Docks. Call: (209) 378-2534.
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sport Fishing said salmon action is picking up with the kings moving into deeper water around McClure Point. He has been scoring with Vance's Slim Fins in shad-patterns, Uncle Larry's squid bodies or slow-trolled shad injected with Pro Cure at 70-100 feet deep. Brent Balswick of Turlock fished with Hamby, catching a limit of kings to just under 4-pounds. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said bass fishing continues to be strong with the five-eighths-ounce shaky head plastics in Temperance or Horseshoe Bend. Live large minnows are still very effective from the banks in Barretts Cove or McClure Point. Catfishing is starting to pick up with large minnows working in Cottonwood Cove. Crappie fishing is on the slow side . Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported limit fishing for mixed bags of kokanee, king salmon and rainbow trout. He has been fast-trolling homemade spoons at 5-18 feet deep from the Dam to Big Oak Island on lead core lines for the rainbows before targeting salmon at 50-100 feet deep in front of Big Oak Island or Jenkins Hill with rolled shad. The single kokanee was a surprise, being landed on shad at a depth of 80 feet. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn said drop-shotting Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green or Pro Worms will produce a lot of bass, just like last week. Large minnows continue to provide unlimited bass action from the banks, and there have been good numbers of crappie taken on medium/small minnows near structure. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.
DELTA/STOCKTON — School-sized striped bass have flooded into the upper stretches of the Delta system, particularly on the Sacramento River side due to the higher water flows. In the lower Delta, Curtis Hayes at Benicia Bait said there are some schoolie stripers holding near the shoreline for blood worms or tossing Storm swimbaits. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said there were a few sturgeon in the 60-plus inch range landed on grass shrimp. Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods reported a hot bite in the Clifton Court Forebay with top-water lures or white Fish Traps for stripers to 30 pounds. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said the best action for largemouth bass is with a dead-stick presentation with the Strike King Pure Poison with a 4-inch Double Diamond trailer in black/blue or bluegill colors. 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 — There have been no salmon trips out of the Golden Gate for the past couple of weekends, but the slower tides were beneficial in the bay. Halibut counts are ticking up and a few bass are trickling back into the bay. The Paradise Park Pier has been hot with a 37-inch halibut, two stripers and a pair of leopard sharks taken off the pier by a total of eight anglers on Sunday. Joel Sinkay at Leonard's Bait at Port Sonoma said there has been a good sturgeon bite in the Napa River from Marker 7 up to the Highway 29 Bridge with grass shrimp, ghost shrimp or eel.
HALF MOON BAY — Captain Kelly Sponseller of the New Gravy made it south of Pigeon Point and nine anglers ended up with around four rockfish per round of quality reds, browns and gophers to go with a 28-inch ling and an 8-pound cabezon. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said striper fishing is on the upswing with the first fish of the season landed off of the Pacifica Pier. Perch fishing is also picking up with blood worms from the beaches. Crabs are still keeping pier anglers happy, particularly at the end of the pier. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040, Don Franklin (510) 703-4148.
MONTEREY — Water temperatures have dropped to the unheard of 48.4 degrees inside Monterey Bay. Striped bass fishing from the shoreline remains solid with white Fish Traps at Marina Beach. Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz said salmon fishing was good when the winds stayed down on the west edge of the Soquel Hole in 240-310 feet of water. Halibut action has picked up in 80 feet of water near the Lighthouse. With live bait showing up near the shore, striped bass should start to bite in the mornings and evenings. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173, usafishing.com.
Reservoirs, lakes and streams that will be planted with trout during the week of May 16:
- Fresno — Hume Lake, Kings River below Pine Flat Reservoir; San Joaquin River below Friant Dam.
- Kern — Kern River from Powerhouse No. 3 to Riverside Park, Kernville.