Fishing Report (9/29/10)


NEW MELONES RESERVOIR -- Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said kokanee fishing is done for the year, with the fish going upriver to spawn. Trout fishing is best under lights at 20-30 feet near the dam, spillway or at the Highway 49 bridge, but this bite has also slowed. The best bet is to head to local creeks or small upstream reservoirs such as Spicer or Alpine. Lots of tiny bass are willing to bite, but quality fish are rare. The larger bass are hanging around submerged humps, with some suspended in the steep creek arms occasionally biting on Pro Guide jigs with a Zoom or Yamamoto twin-tail grub trailer. Carolina-rigged creature baits are also effective in green pumpkin. Catfishing is the top thing going, with Gregg Sherrow of Avery landing a 15-pound, 6-ounce cat at night with frozen shad in Angels Cove. Bluegill are biting on king mealworms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber in the backs of coves. Crappie action is fair, with live small or medium minnows or minijigs jigs top baits. 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 best fishing is in the Forebay for stripers to 26 inches using live mudsuckers. You've got to wade far into the water in the evenings. Topwater bite in the main lake from the access point at Highway 152 near San Luis Creek is hit or miss. Mickey Clements at Coyote Bait and Tackle in San Jose said trollers are pulling the new P-Line Angry Eye or 1.5-ounce Kastmasters in silver/blue near the trash racks or in Portuguese Cove. Catfishing is still slow. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.

McSWAIN RESERVOIR -- McSwain Marina reported half of the lake was inaccessible over the weekend due to the Turlock Radio Club annual event, but there were trout taken from the banks in the upper end of the lake with Power Bait in Bubble Gum or chartreuse. A-1 Bait in Snelling added that Power Eggs are working at the brush pile. Calaveras Trout Farm planted the lake last week, and there is a DFG plant scheduled for this week. Call: 378-2534.

McCLURE RESERVOIR -- Diana Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said a 7-pound largemouth was landed on a Robo Worm in Prism Shad, but live minnows or crawdads are working best for bass. Manny Basi at the Bait Barn in Waterford confirmed the overall slow bass bite, but he thought this week's heat wave will spur the topwater bite. He suggested the Lucky Craft Gunfish in chartreuse shad for topwater action. King salmon have been reported in deep water around the dam, but there have been few trout anglers working the lake because there's a much better bite at Don Pedro. Catfishing remains good around muddy sloping banks at depths to 20 feet. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.

LAKE DON PEDRO -- Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported outstanding action for rainbow trout, even under last week's full moon. He has been putting clients onto limits to 4 pounds at 25 to 38 feet with Vance's Slim Fins in Glitter Shad, Hammered Silver or Gold, Nasty Boy, or Glow Shad, ExCel lures, Little Cleo's, or Triple Teasers trolled at 1.5 mph around Big Oak Island into the Big Creek Arm. A few king salmon to 3 pounds have been found at 40-120 feet with rolled shad off Jenkins Hill into Fleming Bay, with the occasional kokanee in Graveyard Bay at 70-80 feet with Shasta Tackle UV Cripplures. Manny Basi was scratching his head over the slow bass bite, with the best action on shad-patterned plastics on the drop shot in the main body of the lake. The Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green is still a consistent color. The hot weather should turn on the topwater bite with the Lucky Craft Gunfish in chartreuse/shad. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.

DELTA -- Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait said nine salmon were landed off Dillon Point at the state park Sunday, with the Mepp's Flying C spinners being the top lure. The VZ spinner in green/white is also working. Striper fishing remains best near the Middle Grounds with live bullheads or splittail. Overall, the striper bite has slowed. Sergio Gonzalez brought in a 17-pound striper on ghost shrimp from Whidbey Island. A 54-inch sturgeon was taken from the banks off Sherman Island on shad. Bob Bradbury of Johnson's Bait in Yuba City went flyfishing for stripers on the San Joaquin River and in False River across from Frank's Tract with Clowser minnows for over 50 stripers on three rods, with all but 10 being keepers to 8 pounds. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said the striper schools are moving rapidly throughout the San Joaquin River system, and he has found the occasional fish on the IMA Big Stik in head/white body, the Ace in the Hole, or 1-ounce Roadrunners. The recent hot weather has turned on the frog bite for largemouth bass, and Pringle has been scoring in the open moving water near weeds and on top of the mats with Furbet in the Frog in the new shad or bluegill colors, particularly in flat calm conditions. 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 -- Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker went outside the Gate up the Marin coast Friday for 13 halibut, 13 ling cod, and half limits of rockfish for eight anglers. Emeryville sent out only the Captain Hook on Sunday, and the weather and big swell at the Farallons kept their numbers to half limits of rockfish (132) and a single 10-pound ling. Under better conditions Saturday, their six boats landed 118 limits of rockies and 22 lings to 15 pounds working the Farallons or Marin coast. The New Salmon Queen will be running albacore trips from Emeryville on today, Friday and Sunday. One private boater ran out to 37'32/123'10 Saturday for 8 hours of troll time in the 58- to 60-degree blue water. They ended up with an 18-pound bluefin tuna. The Morningstar reported a steady pick of halibut on both sides of Alcatraz Island.

HALF MOON BAY -- Peggy Beckett at Huck Finn Sport Fishing said the New Gravy, New Captain Pete and Connie O all had limits of rockfish Saturday. The New Gravy got 18 limits of hardheads in 70 feet in front of Pescadero, with seven cabezon to 13 pounds and four lings to 15 pounds. Twenty anglers on the New Captain Pete put in limits, plus a single cabezon and ling cod at the Ritz. The New Captain Pete will be running rockfish trips on weekends. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040.

MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ -- Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported good rock fishing near Natural Bridges with a few halibut caught near the Mile Buoy. Sea Bass fishing remains good near Lover's Point and in front of the Monterey Beach Hotel. The vermilion were on the bite Saturday near Natural Bridges at 70-100 feet, with some big halibut caught in front of the harbor near the Mile Buoy on dead squid. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173