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.
Pine Flat trout and bass bites are good, Merritt Gilbert said. Delta sturgeon, striper and bass bites are awesome, Randy Pringle reported. Half Moon Bay salmon opener was good, Dennis Baxter said. Don Pedro rainbows are whacking lures, Monte Smith reported. Millerton spotted bass bite is "hot," Patrick Movey said.
Over the past few weeks, I've seen some decent anglers casually ignore advice from some pretty accomplished anglers that left me puzzled. It got me thinking: Why is it human nature to not want to change even when it can lead to spectacular results and improvements -- if they would only listen?
I had my first encounter with this phenomenon when I moved down to UCLA to train for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team in the decathlon with Carl Lewis' coach, the legendary Tom Tellez. He had trained more Olympians to gold medals than most other countries could claim in their entire history! When he agreed to coach me, I decided I would take it on faith to do anything he told me even if I didn't understand it at the time. I wanted results.
A few weeks after I moved, I was on the UCLA track when a new 7-foot-plus high jumper arrived from the East Coast to work with Coach. He was excited and told me he had come out to California to learn from the master. I told him I thought he had certainly done the right thing, that there was no better high jump technician in the world than Tellez -- and off he went to his first practice intent on conquering the world!
About a week later, I was on the track when the new high jumper approached. I asked how training was going, expecting a great response. But with a glum expression, the previously excited athlete just said: "It doesn't work for me." What doesn't work, I asked incredulously. "Well," he explained, "you don't understand. I tried to do it his way for two practices and I just don't think it works for me. I'm going to go back to my way."
I later asked coach what had happened. He said he explained to the high jumper that he would have to unlearn some bad habits in order to take the next step and asked if he was willing to take the time to learn the right habits. But the high jumper was hung up on how much he already knew and the ideas Coach Tellez promoted didn't make sense to him. He was so sure he was right and Coach's techniques were wrong that he never even tried out the training suggestions to see if they would produce results. Not surprisingly, I never saw or heard of him again after that.
All the Olympians I have known have several things in common: 1) They listen carefully to their successful peers and coaches; 2) They are willing to change and unlearn bad habits to ultimately make the progress they are seeking; 3) They are especially careful to avoid getting any coaching or ideas from anyone but their proven coach/mentor, staying on a strict plan of action.
Maybe as an angler you're not shooting for a world-record catch, but who are you really listening to and learning from? Nowadays, there is more out there to learn -- and get confused about -- than ever before. As I've heard it said, when the student is ready, the teacher appears!
Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at email@example.com
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper * * * Catfish * *
Sales of Zoom Super Flukes and Lucky Craft 128s have increased and anglers are walking the banks tossing the lures for striper from undersized to barely-legal. The Lucky Craft 110s or 127s in ghost minnow or American shad are the primary patterns along with flukes in pearl white or ice. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jason Rutledge of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said, "They are catching a lot of fish, but most are undersized. However, striper to 29 inches have been reported." Gitzits in Root Beer/Green Flake or Root Beer/Black Flake are working as are blood and sand worms.
Bass * * * Trout * * Bluegill * * * Catfish * * Crappie * *
Mark Inman of Six Star Tackle Box said, "The bass are in shallow water at depths from 3 to 15 feet, and Senkos, jigs, Baby Brush Hogs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits work for bass to 3 pounds. Water temperature has to 63 degrees, yet trout fishing from the banks remains decent with Power Bait or mini night crawlers. There are few trollers. The action during Sunday's Mid Valley Bass Club tournament was slow due to pressure on the bass in the shallows. There is little sight fishing for bass on the beds due to poor water clarity. 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 extending upstream from the Keep Out buoy line is closed. New regulations specify that the area 1,000 feet south of the Raymond Bridge downstream to the Corp Buoy Line near the Codorniz Boat Ramp will be open to recreational fishing annually from Aug. 1 to Nov. 30. Contact park headquarters, open from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, at (559) 689-3255 for info. The lake is on the middle ramp on the Codorniz side and the top ramp on the Chowchilla Day Use side. The lake rose slightly to 516 feet in elevation and 33% capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass * * * Trout * * * Catfish * * Bluegill * * * Crappie * * *
Mark Inman of Six Star Tackle Box had a similar report for Hensley with the bass in shallow water with Senkos, Baby Brush Hogs, jigs, crankbaits or spinnerbaits for fish in the 13- to 15-inch range. Inman landed a 6-pound bass on a Senko and a 6.5-pounder on a crankbait. Merritt Gilbert said, "It is tough to bed fish due to water clarity, but there is a good spinnerbait bite when wind is blowing on the banks." Dennis Hamman landed bass at 5.5 and 3.5 pounds on spinnerbaits. Inman said, "The lake could catch fire with some larger bass in coming weeks." Bank anglers are scoring planted trout with Power Bait or mini night crawlers while trollers are pulling blade/crawler combinations for fish from 14 to 17 inches. Crappie action improved with anglers picking up six to 10 slabsides on Crappie Stingers, Fin-S-Shad, tubes or Crappie Niblets in submerged brush toward the river. A few catfish are taken at night on sardines or anchovies. Boat traffic has been heavy on the weekend. Water temps are in the 63- to 65-degree range. The lake rose nearly a foot to 492 feet in elevation and 34% capacity.
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 * * *
Trout fishing is excellent, and kokanee and king salmon are climbing on the lines. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing put four clients onto limits of 19 rainbows found at 30 to 60 feet with fast-trolled spoons and a 2-pound king salmon. He focused on kokanee and kings on a subsequent trip and they limited out with Rocky Mountain Tackle Hootchies or Uncle Larry's Spinners behind RMT or Vance's dodgers tipped with shoepeg corn at 45 to 80 feet with kings holding between 80 and 85 feet on rolled shad. Smith said, "Even the rainbows and kokanee were hitting the shad." Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service found great action in the Fleming Bay area trolling from Blank Peak to the south end of Jenkins Hill for Modesto and Escalon residents Rudy and Mike Berbena. He said, "The rainbows weren't picky and they were hitting hootchies, Uncle Larry's spinners, ExCel spoons or night crawlers behind a Sling Blade on a 12-inch leader around the 25-foot depth range." A trout plant is this week. For bass, Kevin Cheek, tournament director for the Central Division of Best Bass Tournaments, reported the best action on Texas-rigged plastics along steep walls with trees and large rock at depths to 25 feet in the main lake, as the drop-shot and dart-head bite were off during Saturday's tournament.
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 * * *
Crappie fishing is taking shape with the slabsides moving into the shallows to begin the spawning process. Males are digging out the beds and females will be close behind. With temperatures moving toward the ideal spawning range, slabsides over 2 pounds have been taken on small to medium minnows or small jigs from the banks to 15 feet. Boaters have the advantage over bank fishermen for crappie, but shore fishing will improve in coming weeks. Bass fishing improves with the warming conditions and jigs, drop-shotting and Senkos are the most consistent techniques from the banks to 30 feet. Catfishing is the most consistent game in town, but trout fishing is showing life. Trout action is fair, and a plant is next week. Power Bait, Berkley Mice Tails or crawlers soaked from the access areas along the banks at the Auxiliary or Main Dam areas are top techniques. In the Kern River, trout action remains best in the upper river with salmon eggs or night crawlers. The lower river remains very slow due to minimal flow. Trout plants are on Kern River sections 0, 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in each of the next three weeks, and section 2 this week and the week of April 21.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass * * * Crappie * * * Trout * * Catfish * *
Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported heavy fishing pressure over the weekend with great interest in crappie or bass with medium or large minnows. They sold out of live bait. Bass fishing is improving with the fish coming to the banks, looking to spawn. Brush Hogs, lizards or Senkos are the top baits. Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club reported a good bass bite on everything with George Rosales of Visalia catching and releasing a 13-pound largemouth on a rip bait. Crappie fishermen are heading down from Fresno and finding good action at night under submerged lights on boats. Catfishing is improving with chicken livers, sardines or anchovies. The trout are either deep between 30 and 40 feet or moving up the river arm toward colder water. The third-annual VoxPops Influentials Magazine Lake Kaweah Trout Derby is May 18-19. A trout plant is this week. The lake continues to rise quickly and came up 5 feet to 635 feet in elevation and 28% capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass * * * Trout * * * Catfish * * Crappie * *
Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club reported good action for bass with lizards and Brush Hogs prefishing for Saturday's Visalia Club tournament. He said, "The bite is hit or miss, but the fish can be taken on a variety of presentations." The bass are spawning or already in postspawn. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville said, "Lucky Craft Slender jerkbaits, Senkos, Brush Hogs, crankbaits are working, but the fish are moving into postspawn." The lake rose nearly 2 feet to 618 feet and 33%. All launch ramps are operational. Stokke found excellent action for brown trout in the Middle Fork of the Tule River and for native rainbows in the North Fork, saying, "Right now the rivers and creeks are in perfect shape and the fish are particular regarding presentation with all varieties of dry flies or nymphs working." The river is running low and it will be extremely low as early as June.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; Lake Success 784-0215
Bass * * * Trout * * * King salmon * * Kokanee * * Crappie * * *
The bass bite remains good with live minnows or plastics with Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reporting limits have been taken on 6-inch Keeper 082 red at 5 to 20 feet in Temperance Cove while large minnows have been effective from the banks. Crappie fishing is taking off with small minnows or mini jigs in the Cottonwood Creek Arm. Limits of rainbows were found near the dam with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler at 20 to 40 feet. Few king salmon reports. The lake rose 3 feet to 768 feet and 47%.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout * * *
Trout plants from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Calaveras Trout Farm had improved action for trollers and bank fishermen prior to Monday's high winds. Trollers are scoring with Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger or PPK Tomahawk spinners behind a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade from the Floating Restrooms to the Second Fence Line. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait said, "Trollers have the upper hand right now and limits in the 16- to 18-inch range have been reported on crawlers behind a small Watermelon dodger near Gilligan's Island." Garlic or Chunky Cheese Power Bait, crawlers or Kastmasters are working for a few trout per fisherman from bank access areas of the Brush Pile or the Handicapped Docks. A DFW plant is this week. The Merced Irrigation Trout Derby will be April 20-21 with forms at the Marina or Main Office, or lakemcclure.com. Fees are $12/fisherman or $28/family. The event is limited to the first 200 boats or 500 entrants.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass * * * * Striper * * Shad * Trout * *
Millerton is wide open for numbers with bass anglers reporting 25 to 30 per trip averaging 1.25 to 1.5 pounds. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, "A few spotted bass in the 3- to 3.25-pound range are being caught on occasion and the fish are on the banks with some bed fish." Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse confirmed the hot action and touted drop-shotting or dart-heading plastics in the main lake. Gilbert advised working the main lake for a better cut of fish, although numbers of smaller fish can be found up the river arm. Wacky rigged Senkos in natural shad, bluegill (214) or watermelon black/red (208) are working with a few taken on rip baits. A few fish are holding on the beds. No striper reports. Boats must fill a Quagga mussel self-inspection before launching. The lake is releasing water and it dropped a half foot to 530 feet and 60%. In the lower San Joaquin, trout action still slow, but plants are the next two weeks and also at Sycamore Island Park this week.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass * * * Crappie * * * Catfish * * Trout * * * Kokanee * * *
Kokanee action is heating up with Gary Burns of Take It To the Limit Guide Service saying, "The kokes are fat and healthy and most are fighting as hard as heck." He scored limits at 38 to 42 feet in the morning before dropping to 65 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners in pink or orange, Glitter Bug mini or tube hootchies or Angler's Market Kokanee Bites in similar colors. He has been finding salmon all over and said, "There are slow times and there are times when they start biting and you can put easy limits in the boat. I feel we will be seeing bigger kokanee this year than last and it has been a great start to 2013." Trout fishing is good with limits of rainbows taken in the main lake over the river channel and near the dam/spillway area with Uncle Larry's spinners, Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of night crawler or blade/crawler combinations. Rolling shad from 30 to 50 feet continues to be productive for some lunker browns. Serene Scruggs caught and released a beautiful 6-pound, 13-ounce brown and Steve Olson caught and released a hefty 7-pound, 5-ounce brown fishing with guide Gary Burns. Both large browns were taken on rolled shad in the main lake. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported continued good bass action with big ones still showing up with jigs, plastic worms, Senkos, Brush Hogs, lizards and swimbaits. Local angler John Martin caught and released a 7-pound, 1-ounce spotted bass. Catfishing is improving and Austin Kane landed a 13-pound lunker cat on chicken liver. Crappie action is good and there have been slabsides in excess of 2 pounds caught this week. The crappie are in 15 to 40 feet of water in the backs of creek channels near submerged timber. The lake held at 1,009 feet and 64%. At Tulloch during the Kerman Bass Club tournament on Saturday, 10 limits were weighed in by 22 anglers. Lake Tulloch rose slightly to 501.83 feet and 86% capacity.
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
Bass * * * * Trout * * * King salmon * * * Catfish * * Kokanee * *
The Central Sierra Anglers Fishing Club from Fresno held its third-annual Camping and Fishing Outing to Pine Flat, and Paul Kalpakoff Central Sierra Outfitters said, "Gene and Patty Biglione shined with two nice limits of trout ranging from 16 to 18 inches and Gene said that they were off the mouth of Flume Cove in about 130 feet of water from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. trolling from the surface to about 10 feet with anything red tipped with a crawler." Kalpakoff reported other members scored in 80 feet of water between the first set of Power Lines to Windy Gap, and an examination of the trouts' stomach contents revealed they are feeding heavily on shad. Merritt Gilbert reported a few kokanee are showing up in the river arm with trout fishermen picking up one or two of the landlocked sockeyes in the 11- to 13-inch range. The best trout action remains from Trimmer upriver and interest in king salmon has increased to the point that frozen shad has been hard to keep in the shop. Kings from 2.25 to 4 pounds have been taken on shad at 40 to 60 feet near Lefevre Creek and from the Power Lines to the dam. Bass fishing is wide open with Senkos in natural shad, bluegill or watermelon black/red as the fish are close to the banks. Anglers are averaging 15 to 18 fish per trip and largemouths to 6.5 pounds have been reported. Gilbert said, "The average fish is around 1.5 pounds and the better fish are coming on Senkos or on the banks in the afternoons on windy days." Drop-shotting or jigs still working and a few quality bass are taken on crankbaits, rip baits or spinnerbaits in the afternoon. A few crappie are taken from the docks at Deer Creek Marina at night on small minnows or minijigs. The lake rose 2.5 feet to 817 feet and 37%. Most river trout action has been taking place in the lower Kings and a DFW trout plant is scheduled for the river this week as well as in Avocado Lake.
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 O'Neill Forebay
Striper * * Catfish * * Bass * * Crappie * *
Mickey Clements of Coyote and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported a slowdown in striper action with most still trolling plugs such as Smithwick Deep Suspending Rattlin' Rogues, P-Line Predators, broken backed Rebels or Yozuris at 60 to 80 feet at the Trash Racks in the morning. Roger George of Roger's Guide service said the unsettled weather front caused the fish to suspend and shutoff, but the bite should resume quickly with warming weather. He reported that the lake has been releasing water, shutting off the trash racks pumping bite and scattering the fish. Surface water temps are up to 61 degrees. If the action is slow at the Trash Racks, fishermen are moving over to the mouth of Portuguese Cove. Some are dropping jumbo minnows once striper are located. Clements said sales of blood worms and pile worms have dropped with bank anglers preferring live minnows. A few are walking banks with Lucky Craft 128s or flukes for striper in the 16- to 22-inch range. In the Forebay, the main action remains around Check 12, but fishermen will have to go through four to five to land a keeper. Small sardines have been the top bait in the Forebay. The main lake dropped slightly to 63%.
Important note: All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes must undergo 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 * *
Trout bite remains good as Merritt Gilbert reported limits on Wedding Rings or blade/crawler combinations from the surface to 3 to 4 colors of lead core. Richard Walter of Bass Lake Water Sports said, "There have been few boats trolling from north of Miller's Landing to Bass Lake Water Sports and the rains kept fishermen off the water over the weekend." Bass fishing has had limits in the 12- to 14-pound range one day before slowing to next to nothing the following days. Merritt Gilbert said, "There are some fish on beds." The courtesy dock at the public launch ramp is in the water and all services are open on the lake. The lake rose to 69% capacity and an inch of rain fell in the area. A webcam is at BassLakeFishing.com or BassLakeCA.com. The Bass Lake Fishing Derby is May 4-5 with forms at basslakechamber.com.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200
Kaiser Pass Road is closed, but Jim Clements of Vermilion Valley Resort will start running ATV trips into Edison Lake on April 27, with the three-day package including 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 or Vermilion campgrounds are open and accessible by ATV for camping and the store, café and boat rentals are available.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee * * Trout * * *
At Shaver Lake, Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters reported good fishing after a long period of slow action. Clients Rob and his 6-year-old son, Liam, from Santa Cruz limited out quickly with Trout Busters behind a Mountain Flasher at 20 feet near the Island. Shaver resident Dave Dungy and Larry Jonneson of Sanger scored easy limits with similar setups near the Point and Road 2. Nichols added, "Second-year kokanee also are hitting and fishermen are reminded to gently release small fish averaging 9 inches by leaving them in the water and lightly shaking them off without touching the fish." Bank anglers are landing from two to four rainbows per rod working around the Sierra Marina or Road 1 with night crawlers or Power Bait. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project meeting is the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Tiffany Pines meeting room just east of the village. Donations for future plants can be sent to the SLTTP at P.O. Box 908, Shaver Lake, CA 93664. Shaver held at 62% capacity with Huntington rising to 46%. Check for current conditions at sierramarinawebcam.com.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
The roads to Courtright and Wishon should open sometime in April.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon * * * Striper * *
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete produced 23 limits to 15 pounds trolling near 37/15 -- 122/30 at 48 to 49 fathoms which is around 14 to 15 miles south of the Pillar Point Harbor. He said, "There were a lot of humpback whales in the area, krill on the lines and the fish climbed on. There are fish all the way up the line and most party boats came through with limits." The fish were ruby red and filled with a mixture of krill, baby sand dabs and baby pompano. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat came back with 13 limits of salmon. Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica reported fishermen are picking up a few more striper from the beaches and on the pier along with surf perch. Crabbing remains fair.
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
Salmon * * Striper * *
Despite high hopes, opening weekend in Monterey Bay was underwhelming. Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Fishing Trips reported, "There was slow action with most boats scoring from one to three salmon. The Checkmate found one for 22 anglers, the Star of Monterey had one and the Caroline had five salmon for 19 pounds. There were boats out of Santa Cruz at the Soquel Hole, but only spots of krill and no anchovies. Everyone struggled."
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut * * Striper * * * Leopard shark * * Salmon * * Sturgeon * * *
Salmon season opened with Bay Area party boats running south down the San Mateo Coast below Half Moon Bay. The Emeryville Sport Fishing boats had one of the best combined scores of the day with 80 salmon to 15 pounds for 59 anglers. The Berkeley Marina fleet totaled 116 salmon to 25 pounds for 72 fishermen. All boats are trolling and the fish were coming in gangs typical of a krill bite. Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait and Tackle in Port Sonoma liked Petaluma River for the best action for striper and sturgeon with grass and ghost shrimp. The Napa River has produced striper at night from the shorelines with pile worms, grass shrimp or ghost shrimp. Perch season inside the bay closed April 1, but jack smelt is in abundance with pile worms from bank access areas.
San Luis Obispo
Salmon * *
Salmon fishing from party boats was slow with the Fiesta out of Virg's Landing scoring a pair of salmon in the 10-pound range on Saturday's opener with a number of fish under the 24-inch minimum released. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse has heard of better scores from private boats, but the consensus is one or two fish at the most with a number of boats going home empty handed.
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 * *
Striper fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal with linesides reported from Suisun Bay all the way through the system to the mouth of the Feather River. Sturgeon action has been good for some and Captain James Smith on the California Dawn out of Martinez reported excellent sturgeon action on Saturday with legal fish at 59, 59 and 49 inches, releasing oversized diamondbacks at 72 and 75 inches to go with an estimated 60-incher breaking off within sight of the net. Smith said, "Salmon roe, eel, grass shrimp and ghost shrimp were all working." James Nguyen of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said the striper and sturgeon bite remains strong in the area." Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento filmed a show for the Future Pro Tour with the episode airing April 28 on Comcast. He was able to land a 33-pound limit using Yamamoto Senkos. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported terrific bass action for numbers on three trips with the most consistent action found on the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper in Junebug on a Texas-rig. The fish are on the bed with males cruising all over and Pringle wouldn't be surprised to see the male bass guarding the fry within the next week. They caught and released 45, 45 and 35 bass on consecutive days with larger fish taken on either ima Skimmer on the surface, the ima Pinjack crankbait in bluegill or crawdad patterns. The overcast conditions within the past week have allowed for a reaction bite throughout the day.
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 continues to find spotted bass on a variety of techniques including plastics on the drop-shot, Texas-rig, split-shot or pea-head with a reaction bite with spinnerbaits, spoons and Lucky Craft Sammies or Pointers catching over 40 fish to 2.5 pounds. Lopez continues to kick out large fish with plastics, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boat launching is allowed. Nacimiento dropped slightly to757 feet and 47% with San Antonio dropping a foot to 743 feet and 51%.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina(805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Kerman Bass Club at Tulloch on April 6: 1, Jon Smith, 14.75 pounds (Big Fish, 4.51); 2, Jordan Smith, 12.11; 3, Ross Aoki, 11.38
Best Bass Tournaments at Don Pedro on April 6: 1, Mario Ramirez/Brian Orange, 15.06 pounds (Big Fish, 7.38); 2, Lee and James Miller, 14.60; 3, Don Hendrix/Roger Cummings, 14.04
Thursday: 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
Today-Friday: California Bass Federation at Delta/Russo's Marina
Saturday: 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
Sunday: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, info: lakemcclure.com
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 4-5: Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge at Delta/Russo's Marina
May 18-19: VoxPops Influentials Magazine Trout Derby at Kaweah, info: lakekaweahtroutderby.com
May 19: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Delta/Russo's, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
June 15: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Eastman, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July TBA: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Aug. 3: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Eastman, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 14: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Oct. 12: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 9: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Dec. 7: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Pine Flat, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresno County: Avocado Lake; Kings River, Below Pine Flat Dam; San Joaquin River, below Friant Dam
Kern County: Kern River, sections 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Madera County: San Joaquin River, below Friant Dam; Sycamore Island Pond
Mariposa County: McClure Reservoir; McSwain Reservoir
Merced County: Yosemite Lake
Stanislaus County: Turlock Reservoir
Tulare County: Kaweah Reservoir; Kern River, section 5 and 6
Tuolumne County: Don Pedro Reservoir; New Melones Reservoir