Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by local fishing expert Roger George, a former Olympic-class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake.
Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted.
Aqueduct stripers are getting more aggressive, Patrick Movey said. North Fork of the Tule River is pumping out numbers of rainbows, Chuck Stokke reported. Millerton bass action is best in the area, Merritt Gilbert said. Delta sturgeon and stripers bites are both good, Tony Lopez reported. Pine Flat Kokanee on tap, Jake Flohr said.
From an early age, it's always been a real struggle for me to keep my personal priorities straight during times of "fishing fever" -- especially in the spring when the weather is warming and the fish are biting. I remember one such conflict when I was on the Fresno State track team back in the '70s.
It was the start of May and the weather was gorgeous leading up to that weekend's West Coast Relays at Ratcliffe Stadium. I usually did quite a few events at the Relays, but this year, my coach, the legendary Dutch Warmerdam, had decided to enter me just in the competitive Open Pole Vault. Since I was a decathlete and the pole vault was just one of 10 events I normally practiced, the goal for me was just to make an opening height against all the specialists. I knew I wasn't going to be a factor, so when I heard that the bass fishing at Don Pedro was exploding and that my Grandpa Louis was going up there, I figured it wouldn't be a big deal to catch a few fish with him! The plan was to rest and recover (ha!), and jet back in time to compete. Great plan: Catch fish and pole vault, too! Even my fishing buddy Dave, a real pole vaulter, heard I was going and begged to go, too -- so off we headed for Don Pedro to stay in grandpa's trailer.
Fishing in an old 12-foot aluminum Valco powered by a small outboard, we got bass from the very first cast on topwater plugs. By noon, it was getting hot, but you couldn't have pried us off the water for a million bucks as bass attacked anything we threw. In fact, at one point we had 10 to 15 bass swimming right under our little boat as they tried to find shade as the air temperature pushed 90 degrees -- not that we noticed. It was like being in an aquarium and the fish were biting! We fished until dark and then drug ourselves back to the trailer to try to recover, even though we were more excited than ever. We planned to fish early the next morning until noon then head to the stadium for a 4 p.m. start. Yeah, we were writing checks our bodies could never cash.
We were up early the next day to some pretty good fishing, but we were both just about worn out from 11/2 days of "restful" fishing. As we hauled back to Fresno, neither of us really cared much about the pole vault anymore -- which was odd, because we were both pretty intense athletes. When we got to the jumping area, we both felt like we could barely run down the runway let alone vault. We were toast. As we waited our turns, all we could talk about was the incredible fishing. Pretty soon, there were about 25 vaulters from all over the country surrounding us and asking us about the action, and telling us how lucky we were to catch so many. I think that at least half of them would have left right then and there to go fishing with us if they could have. We got more attention than if we had made 18 feet!
Neither of us made the opening height of 15 feet, 6 inches but we didn't really care. However, when Dutch heard through the grapevine that we had been playing hookey, he casually asked us in his undertoned but direct way: "Did you catch any big ones?" Yikes! It was enough to let us know that he knew. But you know what? That "fishing fever" ... it's darned powerful stuff!
Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper * * * Catfish * *
Action heating up in local aqueducts and Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse said, "Sales of Lucky Craft LV 500s in American shad and flukes are on the rise for fishermen targeting striper along the headgates." Merritt Gilbert at Valley Rod and Gun confirmed increased action and Lucky Craft 110s or 127s in ghost minnow or American shad are producing schoolies to 22 inches in the Firebaugh and Mendota areas. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported larger fish are showing up and striper to 28 inches have been reported. Gitzits or similar tube baits are working best with bait fishermen sticking with blood worms, sand worms, sardines or anchovies.
Bass * * * Trout * * * Bluegill * * Catfish * * Crappie * *
Mark Inman of Six Star Tackle Box reported shallow jigs, Senkos, Baby Brush Hogs and drop-shotting working for bass with a good number in the 12- to 15-inch range. Merritt Gilbert said, "The bass bite remains steady with the fish moving up in the afternoons." Bank fishermen are picking up planted trout with Power Bait or mini night crawlers. The Lakeview Trail is open at its northern and southern ends to hiking, biking and equestrian use. The middle section is closed to provide a buffer around an active bald eagle nest. The area of the lake extending upstream from the Keep Out buoy line is closed to fishing and boating. Regulations specify that the area 1,000 feet south of the Raymond Bridge to the Corps Buoy Line near the Codorniz Boat Ramp will be open to recreational fishing annually from Aug. 1 through Nov. 30. Contact park headquarters, open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at (559) 689-3255 for questions. The lake is on the middle ramp on the Codorniz side and top ramp on the Chowchilla Day Use side. The lake held at 516 feet in elevation and 33% capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass * * * Trout * * * Crappie * * Catfish * * Bluegill * *
Heavy bass fishing pressure over the weekend. Merritt Gilbert thought the bite was better at Hensley than Eastman with one fisherman scoring 11 bass to 3.5 pounds. He confirmed the jig and Carolina-rig plastic bite with the fish moving up in the afternoon. Mark Inman of Six Star Tackle Box reported bass moved into the shallows and jigs, Senkos, Baby Brush Hogs or lizards are working for fish in the 12- to 15-inch range. Inman reported good action for trout trollers at 5 to 25 feet with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger for 14- to 18-inchers. The crappie bite is improving with more targeting the slabsides with Fin-S Fish, Crappie Stingers or minijigs in the submerged brush up the river arm. Catfish to 4 pounds taken from banks with sardines or anchovies. The lake rose a half foot 491 feet and 33%.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod Gun, Clovis 292-3474; Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151
Lake Don Pedro
Bass * * Trout * * * Crappie * * Kokanee * * King salmon * *
The trout bite continues with Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service saying, "The rainbows are the dominant fish and they are found from Big Oak Island south through Fleming Bay from the surface to 35 feet with ExCel spoons, Uncle Larry's spinners, watermelon Apex lures o a night crawler behind a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade. Limits are the norm and trout are averaging 14 to 16 inches." Kokanee action is off and on, but the fish are at 40 to 60 feet. Manny Basi at the Bait Barn in Waterford reported live bait from banks working for trout and bass with live minnows and crawlers working best. Big fish are taken on 8-inch Huddleston swimbaits in rainbow trout with a 12-foot Rate of Fall and fishermen continue to slow troll baits on the bottom. Jigs such as the Berserk Purple Hornet or TNT Special Ops on a half-ounce jig head are effective, in addition to drop-shotting shad-patterned plastic worms. The fish are moving up and Mani Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said, "Within the next two weeks you should be able to catch the bass on nearly everything you throw at them." The lake is at 775 feet in elevation and 69% capacity.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass * * Trout * * Crappie * * * Catfish * * * Bluegill * *
Bass fishing is coming on and largemouths to 6 pounds have been landed on swimbaits in the shallows. Recent winds kept many off the lake, but jigs, drop-shotting and Senkos remain consistent techniques at depths from the banks to 30 feet. Crappie action remains slow with the exception of those with access to the marinas. Catfishing is the most consistent game in town, but trout fishing is showing signs of life. Power Bait, Berkley Mice Tails or crawlers soaked from access areas along banks at the Auxiliary or Main Dam areas are producing quality rainbows. The lake is preparing for the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby on April 20-22 and registrations are arriving. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the schedule for the dam reconstruction to be completed by 2016. It is available at the Corps' webpage. The lake rose 1.5 feet to 2,543 feet in elevation and 15% capacity. Trout action remains best in the upper river due to recent plants and Cormier reported quality rainbows have been taken by fly fishermen using small nymphs or bait fishermen with salmon eggs, night crawlers or spinners. Trout plants are scheduled on the Kern River in sections 5 and 6 this week and sections 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 the following two weeks.
Call: Bobs Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass * * Crappie * * * Trout * * Catfish * *
Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club reported fair action for bass moving into shallower water. Swimbaits take the occasional large fish, but a variety of artificials are working. Crappie fishing solid with small minnows or crappie jigs in recently submerged portions. Horse Creek is being inundated, increasing opportunities for crappie fishing from the shoreline. The trout are between 30 and 40 feet or moving up the river arm toward colder water. The lake came up 5 feet to 630 feet in elevation and 25%.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5922
Bass * * Trout * * * * Catfish * * Crappie * *
The bass bite is hit or miss. Jerry Williams of the Success Bass Club landed a 4.5-pounder, but most of the fish were in the 12- to 14-inch range with split-shot and drop-shot plastics. A number of large fish were on beds, but they were unwilling to bite. He said, "The water is murky in certain areas." Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville reported good action with Lucky Craft jerkbaits, Umbrella rigs, Senkos, Brush Hogs or lizards. The lake rose 1 foot to 616 feet and 31%. All ramps operational. In the North Fork of the Tule River, Stokke and a partner found excellent trout action for over 100 rainbows using Pheasant Tail Flashbacks and stimulators. The river is running low and it will be extremely low by June.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; Lake Success 784-0215
Bass * * * Trout * * * King salmon * * Kokanee * * Crappie * * * Catfish * *
The bass bite is taking off with Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reporting a 19-pound limit as larger fish are moving to the shallows. Swimbaits such as 8-inch Huddlestons in rainbow trout with a 12-foot Rate of Fall are taking larger fish, and jigs on a half-ounce football head are effective, including the Berserk Purple Hornet or TNT Special Ops. Large minnows continue to produce limits from banks or boats. Crappie fishing improving with medium minnows around structure. King salmon showing up in deeper water near the dam and rainbow trout are near the dam or in the river arm with a variety of lures and blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger or blue/chrome Kastmasters. The lake rose 1.5 feet to 765 feet and 46%.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout * * *
Stephanie Powell of the McSwain Marina reported good action for trollers and bank fishermen. Trollers pulled Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger or Kastmasters from the Floating Restrooms to the Second Fence Line. Shore fishermen scoring with garlic or Chunky Cheese Power Bait, Kastmasters or Roostertails in pink or white with larger fish found off the Brush Pile. A Department of Fish and Wildlife trout plant is this week. The Merced Irrigation Trout Derby will be April 20-21 with entry forms at the Marina or Main Office. Entry fees are $12/fisherman or $28/family.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass * * * * Striper * Shad * Trout * *
Millerton remains outstanding for action with spotted bass to 4.5 pounds and largemouth bass to 7.39 pounds. Brush Hogs, Senkos or drop-shotting are producing with a few on top-water and reaction baits in early mornings. A few fish are holding on the beds and a number of bass in the 1.5- to 2-pound range located. The bass action has been the most consistent. No striper reports. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection to launch. The lake is releasing water and dropped 1.5 feet to 530 feet and 61%. In the lower San Joaquin, trout action is slow with most fishermen heading to the lower Kings. No trout plants scheduled.
Call: Fresno Fishermans Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass * * * Crappie * * * Catfish * * Trout * * Kokanee * * *
Kokanee showing up with Gary Burns of Take It To the Limit Guide Service reporting limits of fat and healthy kokanee from the surface to 65 feet pulling Glitterbug Tube Bugs, Uncle Larry's spinners or Micro Hootchies in pink or orange behind either Glitter Bug Tear Drop blades in chrome or Shasta Tackle's Sling Blades in blue. Burns used scented corn in garlic or root beer and the best action has been around Glory Hole Point or the main part of the lake near the dam. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service confirmed the good kokanee bite from north of the spillway to Black Bart Cove at 30 to 40 feet with Kokanee Killers, Marni Bugs, Glitter Bug Hootchies and Uncle Larry's spinners. Rolling shad has produced three large brown trout from 5.5 to 9.25 pounds for Burns' clients. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said, "Bank anglers struggled a bit with very few limits." Lewis reported good bass fishing with large fish showing up and with smaller bass eager to bite a variety of baits including jigs, plastic worms, Senkos, Brush Hogs, lizards and swimbaits. Local anglers Dennis Lee caught and released a 10.5-pound largemouth on a Mission Fish swimbait. Catfishing is improving. Crappie action is good and there have been slabsides in excess of 2 pounds. Crappie are in 15 to 40 feet of water in the backs of creek channels near submerged timber and they are biting live minnows or red worms under s slip float. The lake dropped a foot to 1,009 feet and 64%. Tulloch rose a foot to 502 feet and 85%. The annual Glory Hole Sporting Goods Seminar and Sale is Saturday.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Kokanee * * * Bass * * * Trout * * * King Salmon * * * Catfish * * Crappie * *
Kokanee emerging with anglers reporting good action at depths with hootchies, spinners or bugs tipped with shoepeg corn. Jake Flohr of the Fresno Chapter of Kokanee Power said, "There have been 166,156 smolts put into the lake the past 3 years with more to be planted in May." For king salmon, Merritt Gilbert said, "The bite continues to improve with rolling shad the top technique. We have had to order more shad to meet demand." A few in the 3.5- to 4-pound range reported with the best action from Lefevre Creek to the dam to 60 feet. Salmon are averaging 2 pounds. Fishing good for trout in the 13.5- to 14-inch range with Needlefish, Shasta Tackle's Humdingers or Rainbow Runners at 3 to 4 colors of lead core in the main channel from Trimmer to Big Creek. A few larger rainbows to 16 inches are showing up in the main lake from the Power Lines to Lombardo's at 20 to 25 feet with similar lures on downriggers. Gilbert said, "Fishermen have been putting in limits within 3 to 4 hours." The bass bite improving with Senkos a top technique. Spotted bass to 4.5 pounds have been taken on a Senko, but most quality fish are in the 1.5 to 2-pound range. Gilbert said, "There is a top-water/reaction bait bite in the early morning, but most are on jigs, drop-shotting or Senkos." A few fish are on the beds. The crappie bite that generally starts in the trees near Sycamore and Big creeks has yet to materialize. The lake rose 3 feet to 814 feet and 36%. Most river trout action taking place in the lower Kings and Merritt Gilbert reported slower action with a few taken on Power Bait or night crawlers. No trout plants scheduled.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; The I Forgot Store 787-3689
San Luis Reservoir and ONeill Forebay
Striper * * Catfish * * Bass * * Crappie * *
Roger George of Roger's Guide Service reported a very tough bite over the weekend with the pumps shut off and an incoming storm front, causing fish to suspend in the water column. He said, "The water temperature is up to 60 degrees and we found fish, but they were unwilling to bite, especially with the pumps off. It should turn back on again soon." Mickey Clements of Coyote and Tackle in Morgan Hill confirmed the overall slower action, but trollers are using Smithwick Deep Suspending Rattlin' Rogues in chrome/black/orange belly or chrome/blue at 20 to 50 feet from the front of the Trash Racks to the mouth of Lone Oak Bay. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported fishermen walking the banks at the big lake tossing Lucky Craft 128s for striper in the 16- to 22-inch range. He said, "It isn't red hot, but there is action." In the Forebay, Clements said, "Jumbo blood worms from Big Red Worm Company have been the top bait for bank anglers near Check 12 for striper ranging from undersized to barely legals." The main lake is at 64% capacity.
Note: All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes face a mandatory inspection for Quagga and Zebra mussels. Failure to allow inspection will result in the refusal to launch.
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711; Roger's Guide Service (559) 905-2954
Bass * * Trout * * * Kokanee * * *
Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service reported good action for kokanee pushing nearly 13 inches with Rocky Mountain Tackle's Assassin spinners in blue/chartreuse or spin at 12 to 18 feet. The Radical Glow Tubes are working and Wittwer advised fishing lower in the water column later in the day. Warmer than normal weather has contributed to the growth spurt for the kokanee. Although targeting kokanee, they are picking up a few trout on the kokanee gear. Rainbows to 3 pounds have been taken but the majority of trout range from 12 to 15 inches. Merritt Gilbert confirmed the good trout bite for planters from the surface to 3 colors with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger. The courtesy dock at the public launch ramp is in the water and all services are open on the lake. For bass, Wittwer reported the parking lot was full of bass boat trailers. Merritt Gilbert said, "There should be fish on the beds now and a few spots in the 2- to 2.5-pound range have been taken on Senkos at 15 to 20 feet."The lake rose to 67% capacity and an inch of rain fell over the past few days. A webcam is at BassLakeFishing.com. The Bass Lake Fishing Derby is May 4-5, applications are at basslakechamber.com.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200
Kaiser Pass is closed for the winter, but Jim Clements of Vermilion Valley Resort will start running ATV trips into Edison Lake starting April 27 with a three-day package that includes motel room and meals for $389/person. Their Quad Adventure Trips will begin May 3 and run every Friday until the road opens to the general public. The Mono Springs and Vermilion campgrounds are open and accessible by ATV for camping, and the store, cafe; and boat rentals are available.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee * * Trout * * *
At Shaver, Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters said, "After several weeks of slow fishing, the lake finally picked up with multiple limits possible." Nichols and Lee Gates of Shaver Lake caught and released over three limits of rainbows to 15 inches with the best action in the mid-morning with Trout Busters tipped with corn and a piece of crawler behind a Mountain Flasher at 20 feet near the island and point. Nichols was conducting research for his charter season that starts Thursday. They released a kokanee to 9 inches. The rainbows are fat and healthy with a beautiful color pattern. Bank fishermen are catching an occasional planted trophy trout near the Sierra Marina and Road 1. There are over 2,500 trophy rainbows the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project planted months ago, meaning anglers may hook a trophy trolling or bank fishing throughout the lake. Most bank fishermen are using Power Bait or crawlers. Some are casting lures such as Kastmasters, Fish Hawks and Panther Martin spinners. Donations for future plants can be sent to: SLTTP, P.O. Box 908, Shaver Lake, CA. 93664. Shaver rose slightly to 62% capacity with Huntington rising to 44%. Check the Sierra Marina webpage for a webcam and current conditions.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
Roads are closed for winter.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Striper * *
The salmon season is just around the corner and local party and private boats are gearing up for opening weekend. "All signs lead to a great opener," said Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat. The majority of boats will be heading southwest toward the Deep Reef. Out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, Captain Bob Ingles on the Queen of Hearts said "It sounds like there are fish out there in addition to the conditions we look for."
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Striper * *
Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey said, "There are two areas with mats of krill, one at Soquel Hole north of Moss Landing with the other at Point Pinos near our harbor." With most private boats heading for Soquel Hole, Chris' boats will focus on Point Pinos. The Moss Landing Public Ramp will be the scene of numerous private boats during the opening. The Fisherman's Warehouse in San Jose will be giving out a limited number of tackle bags with an estimated value of $50 at the Moss Landing ramp at 5 p.m. Friday.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut * * Striper * * * Leopard shark * * Sturgeon * * *
Salmon season opens Saturday and party boats from Emeryville, Berkeley and Sausalito will join the Half Moon Bay fleet. Traditionally, salmon are off the San Mateo County coastline from Half Moon Bay toward Pigeon Point, particularly at the Deep Reef. Inside the bay, halibut are in the south bay near Oyster Point with tray herring or anchovies. In San Pablo Bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle reported excellent action for striped bass and sturgeon with live or frozen mud shrimp. Ross Peterson of San Rafael caught and released 10 stripers to 18 pounds and two oversized sturgeon in the 130-pound range east of the Pumphouse in 11 feet of water. The target for the Leonard's Bait and Tackle third April Sturgeon/Striped Bass Derby will be 53.5 inches for sturgeon and 29.75 inches for striped bass.
San Luis Obispo
Virg's Landing in Morro Bay will start salmon trolling trips Saturday and the rockfish opener is May 1 with a 240-foot depth restriction. Their first two-day rockfish/ling cod trip is May 18-19th, and they have lowered their overnight trip price to $205/angler.
Call: Virg's Landing, (805) 772-1222, (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214
Bass * * * Striper * * * Sturgeon * * * Catfish * *
Sturgeon action steady around the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay with Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reporting anglers catching and releasing as many as 10 sturgeon per outing near Garnet Point on eel strips or grass/ghost shrimp combos. Schoolie striper
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass * * * White bass * * * Striper * * Catfish * * Crappie * *
At Nacimiento, Will Hesch of Central Coast Bass Fishing found great action for over 20 spotted bass using a Texas-rig or wacky-rigged Senko. Hesch said, "We had five fish pushing 2 pounds with almost all the action in the morning." J.D. Richey of Richey's Guide Service took a fun trip to Nacimiento and located white and spotted bass boiling on shad schools in the afternoon, leading to good action on top-water lures. Big limits the rule at Lopez as evidenced by Saturday's weights in the 101 Bass Tournament. At Santa Margarita, a lake record largemouth at 16.5 pounds was landed. Quagga mussel inspections required before boat launching. Nacimiento dropped slightly to 758 feet and 47% with San Antonio dropping a foot to 745 feet and 53% capacity.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina(805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
American Bass Association at McClure on March 20: 1, Isaac Adams/Kyle Manes, 18.73 pounds; 2, Bub Tosh/Russell Herring, 17.92; 3, Fred Lopez Sr./Lance Lopez, 16.74 (Big Fish, 6.16 pounds)
101 Bass at Lopez on March 30: 1, Nick Salvucci/Jared Littner, 26.46 pounds; 2, Joey Riggio/Jeff Hodges, 20.50; 3, Damon Meeks/Jay Short, 20.35
Thursday: Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, on Delta Bass Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
Friday-Sunday: 36th annual Central Valley Sportsmen's Boat, RV & Outdoor Show at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, info: calshows.com
Saturday: Glory Hole Sporting Goods Annual Seminar at New Melones
April 11: Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse on Rockfishing Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
April 18: Edd Allen of Lowrance Pro Staff on Lowrance Electronics, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
April 25: Roger George of Roger's Guide Service on San Luis Reservoir Striped Bass Fishing, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
Saturday: Kerman Bass Club at Tulloch; Best Bass Tournaments/
Modesto Elks Lodge No. 1282 at Don Pedro; Northern California Bass Federation at McClure; Orange County Bass Club at Santa Margarita; American Bass Association at Isabella
Saturday-Sunday: California Bass Federation at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Mid Valley Bass Club at Eastman
Sunday: California Bass Federation at Delta/Russo's Marina; Fresno Bass Club at Don Pedro; Angler's Choice at McClure
Tuesday: Mid Valley Agriculture at Don Pedro
April 10-12: California Bass Federation at Delta/Russo's Marina
April 13: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Best Bass Tournaments at Don Pedro; Angler's Choice at McClure; Christian Bass Anglers Association at Eastman; Visalia Bass Club at Success; Lake Isabella Bass Club at Isabella; Bakersfield Bass Club at San Antonio
April 14: Angler's Choice at Delta/Russo's Marina; Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Future Pro Tour at Don Pedro; Roosevelt High School Bass Club at Eastman, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com; California Bass Federation at Pine Flat; Kings VIII Bass Club at Bass Lake
April 19: California Correctional Peace Officers Association at Don Pedro
April 20: Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo's Marina; Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Kings River Bass Club at Tulloch; Riverbank Bass Anglers at New Melones; TriValley Bassmasters at Don Pedro; Mike Van Guilder Sr. Memorial Tournament at McClure; Fresno Sheet Metal Workers at Eastman; Kokanee Power Team Kokanee/King Salmon Tournament at Pine Flat; Kerman Bass Club at Bass Lake; American Bass Association at Success; Golden Empire Bass Club at Nacimiento; Kern County Bassmasters at San Antonio; Best Bass Tournaments at Santa Margarita; Taft Bass Club at Lopez
April 20-21: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Sierra Bass Club at Don Pedro; Merced Irrigation District Trout Derby at McSwain
April 20-22: Kern County Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby at Isabella
April 21: Kings River Bass Club at Don Pedro; Hanford High Bass Club at Bass Lake; Golden Empire Bass Club at Lopez; Success Bass Club at Success
April 26: California Correctional Peace Officers Association at Don Pedro
April 27: Best Bass Tournaments at Don Pedro; Future Pro Tour at McClure; New J Bass Club at Bass Lake; Western Outdoor News at Isabella; 101 Bass at Santa Margarita
April 27-28: Escalon Sportsmen's Club Striped Bass Derby at Delta/Bruno's Marina; Modesto Ambushers at Delta/Russo's Marina; Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort
April 28: Fresno Bass Club at Tulloch; Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort
May 19: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Delta/Russo's, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 15: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Eastman, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
July TBA: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 3: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Eastman, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Sept. 14: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 12: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Nov. 9: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 7: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Pine Flat, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Calaveras County: Tulloch Lake
Kern County: Cuddy Creek Pond; Kern River, Section 5
Mariposa County: Merced River, Section 1
Merced County: Merced River, Section 1
Santa Clara County: Sandywool Lake
Stanislaus County: Modesto Reservoir; Woodward Reservoir
Tulare County: Kern River, sections 5 & 6
Tuolumne County: Tulloch Lake
AM PM Minor Major Minor Major
q Today 12:02 6:12 12:26 6:40
Thursday 12:52 7:05 1:19 7:32
Friday 1:41 7:54 2:07 8:19
Saturday 2:26 8:38 2:50 9:03
Sunday 3:09 9:20 3:32 9:44
p Monday 3:51 10:02 4:14 10:26
p Tuesday 4:34 10:46 4:57 11:09
q = quarter moon; p = peak activity