NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — This remains the center of the kokanee universe. The Project Kokanee Team Derby is Saturday with the Central Valley Angler Tournament on July 30. Guide Danny Layne said as the weather heats up so does the bite. Anglers are taking limits off the Stevenot Bridge, Carson Cove, Tuttletown Ramp, Rose Island and south off Bear Cove. Layne advised trolling at 50 feet with Vance's orange hootchie or Uncle Larry's pink tiger or Mad Irishman spinners tipped with corned scented garlic, vanilla, Kokanee Special or anise. The fish are averaging 14.5-inches and 1.5-pounds. With the outstanding kokanee bite, few anglers are going for trout, a Fairfield angler landed a 6-pound, 13-ounce brownie while trolling a rainbow Rapala at 25 feet in Angels Cove. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp recommend targeting large trout at 35 to 45 feet over deepest water in the main lake with shad-patterned lures such as Excel, Apex, Needlefish or Rapala Countdowns splashed with Bang or ProCure threadfin shad scent. Night fishing under lights is also a productive as the light attracts plankton, which attracts baitfish which brings in the rainbows. A nightcrawler/Power Bait combo or a live minnow under the light will work once the baitfish move in. Lewis said bass fishing is only fair with top water lures working in the morning and evening. Catfish are moving into the coves and into shallower water and a sliding sinker rig with a ball of crawlers or a piece of anchovy is the best set up. Crappie are holding close to submerged trees where water and feed run into the lake. Call: (209) 736-4333, Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne (209) 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Consensus is that the main lake is far better than the Forebay with some large fish found off Dinosaur Point on anchovies or pile worms. There have been some stripers in the 30-pound range reported at night from the banks caught on 6-inch Magnum Flukes in white or pearl ice. With the water high in the main lake, the stripers are scattered. Try locating schools. Overall, the Forebay has been slow. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Stephanie Powell at the McSwain Marina reported outstanding trout action over the holiday weekend with trollers picking up rainbows to 5 pounds pulling ExCels, Needlefish or night crawlers behind a cowbell flasher near Exchequer Dam, the Chimney, or the second fence line. With the lake nearly full, there's lots of debris at the edges. Bank fishing has been excellent with green or dark brown Gulp! crickets, orange Power Eggs, gold Kastmasters or orange Power Bait from the handicapped docks, marina or brush pile for limits of trout including one that went 4.5-pounds. Calaveras Trout planted last week, with another plant scheduled for this week. Call: (209) 378-2534
McCLURE RESERVOIR — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported bass fishing remains good with a variety of techniques including live minnows, crank baits, Robo Worm Prism Shad or live night crawlers. McClure Point has been the top area for bait while the dropoff at Barrett's Cove has been good on the drop shot. Crappie are hitting small minnows in Horseshoe Bend and bluegill can be found in the same area. A mixed bag of kokanee and king salmon are hitting from 40 to 50 feet from the buoy line to the dam on rolled shad for kings and typical kokanee set ups for sockeyes. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — The holiday weekend boat traffic put a kibosh on bass fishing, but Manny Basis said a few anglers were on and off of the lake early in the mornings before the boaters took over. Basi said trout fishing from the banks has been excellent off Fleming Meadows with Power Bait, gold Kastmasters or night crawlers. Guide Danny Layne said prior to the holiday weekend there was little or no fishing pressure, but the action has been good for rainbows, large kokanee, and a few king salmon to 3 pounds. Layne said the best action has been near Graveyard Bay and west of Oat Hill at depths from 40 to 50 feet with kings and kokes at 70 feet. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734, Danny Layne (209) 586-2383, Bait Barn (209) 874-301.
DELTA — Stripers are moving downstream quickly from the upper Sacramento toward San Francisco Bay, improving action throughout the Delta. Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported a good striper bite for linesides to 18 pounds with one angler using frozen splittail off Roe Island. From the shorelines, legal stripers are biting on blood or pile worms. Several sturgeon were landed Saturday off Garnet Point on eel strips with ghost shrimp or pile worms. The sturgeon bite is good off the mothball fleet. Capt. Stan Koenigsberger spent Saturday and Sunday on the San Joaquin River soaking fresh or frozen shad with 5 legal stripers to 24-inches working off the mouth of Three Mile Slough and the pipes off Twitchell Island. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger (925) 570-530, Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645, Gary Vella (209) 652-7550.
MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ — Sonny Arcaleo at Chris's Landing said anglers got 13 limits of salmon to 30-pounds along the beach off of the Soldier's Club on Friday. The majority were in the 24/26-inch range, but there were at least a half-dozen of the 26 salmon up to 20 pounds. Saturday the big swell made it difficult to see the fish biting, but they put in 10 salmon and a 50-pound thresher shark in the same area. Arcaleo said, Another party boat reported 15 salmon working 6 miles away, so the fish are scattered. The commercial sardine season opened Friday, and the boats are "slaughtering" the sardines. There are huge mats of krill in Monterey Bay. The one missing bait has been anchovies. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — A few salmon were caught by private boaters, and one or two party boats continue to work the Duxbury area occasional luck, but heading out the Gate for salmon is still iffy. Best action is for rockfish. The SuperFish went up the Marin coast Sunday and put in 21 ling to 10 pounds and 150 rockfish for 23 anglers. With rough weather offshore, the boats stayed near the coast Saturday and Sunday. The New Seeker, Captain Hook and SuperFish were on the Marin coast Saturday for 417 rockfish and 81 lings for 82 anglers. Capt. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley Marina has been working the reefs north of the Gate for rockfish before coming back into the bay to drift for halibut and stripers.
HALF MOON BAY — There's a mass of bait off the coast just waiting for the salmon. Peggy Beckett at Huck Finn Sport Fishing said the Tigerfish has been pulling in limits daily and Sunday was no exception with 20 limits of rockfish and 5 ling cod off San Gregorio in rough weather. The weather was so rough Sunday the passengers on the Ankeny Street chose to return to harbor even though the fish were biting. 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.