Silence! It's the one thing catching a really big fish seems to require, according to several big fish hunters I've talked to recently. They confided it's also the one rule that just about all anglers break — and the main reason most never get a shot at a record catch. A strategy to reduce all noise by any means possible is key to getting close enough to catch them.
There are exceptions, and everyone has heard of someone catching a big fish amid chaos or done it themselves. But even if that fish is taken, all the noise-sensitive fish are still out there — making it just that much harder now to get a bigger one.
Running up to a good spot at 50-60 mph — and doing a full stop, while literally tossing out the trolling motor in one movement — all just 40 feet from the target is something I've seen a lot. Arriving quickly is one thing, but expecting to stop right atop a good area while pushing a huge wave isn't how the good big fish guys go about their business. Smaller fish aren't nearly as sensitive, so being sloppy can work for them.
I recently got a lesson about sound from an accomplished record-setting angler. First, he explained, most all of your great big fish feed at night when it's still and quiet. A big striper or bass, for example has a huge array of lateral lines running down their body, allowing them to "hear" stuff in the dark and quiet and giving them a huge feeding and stealth advantage while detecting the slightest noise at dusk. Avoiding day traffic is something they learn, especially since nighttime gives them big advantages. He said that sound is the primary sense these fish use, giving them feedback from a huge area. It's their first line of defense, and in the dark you are fishing in their home where they know the slightest sounds and whether they are appropriate. Sight and smell usually are way down the scale since the fish has to be much closer to use these senses.
Knowing how sensitive big fish are, and realizing that the bigger they are the greater the chance they can "hear" you, gives you a working knowledge of how to approach fishing for them. We forget that water transmits sounds far better than air, causing us to let our guard down and think a minor scrape is nothing. For example, he told me that he doesn't wear shoes in the boat because they can really make noise when you touch the interior. Carpet in the boat also helps.
Next he suggested that I turn off the depthfinder, if possible, because he found that big fish are tuned into the noise of the transducer. He particularly warned about using the very powerful sidefinding units. I had heard that some record-setting anglers never turned on their units near a key spot, especially at night. Every little thing in dead quiet is an alarm to them.
Another big factor was to avoid using the electric motor, or at least to use it on the lowest setting. Most electric motors have play in the frame and squeak a little or a lot, plus prop noise is louder than you think underwater. Drifting in is another effective stealth tactic, along with no walking around the boat.
Lastly, he advised carrying three fully rigged rods loaded with exactly what you were planning to use since replacing tackle in the dark is tricky at best. Keeping the boat's floor clear of obstacles helps, too. Record-size fish are apex predators and tend to hunt at night using all their heightened senses to decide if what they're hunting is real, or if it's hunting them. Remember, you're in their environment where they have the upper hand.
He confided that there are far more big fish out there than many imagine, but they never get touched by normal anglers making more noise than they know, So, shh …!
Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaweah bass fishing "on fire," Larry Kerns said. Albacore in frenzy along coast, Roger Thomas said. Don Pedro bass hitting, Manny Basi reported. Success bass bite good, Chuck Stokke said. Millerton spotted bass strong for numbers, Merritt Gilbert said. Delta bass fishing exceptional, Randy Pringle reported.
THE FISHING REPORT
Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former Olympic- class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake who now guides in the greater Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted.
** Have to work hard
*** Limits possible
**** Fish jumpin' in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper ** Catfish ** With the resurgence of striper fishing in the O'Neill Forebay, few Fresno area fishermen are heading to the Delta-Mendota Canal or California Aqueduct. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier reported a few mossy areas, but anglers can find locations without the tackle-cloggers. Striper to 22 inches can be found with blood or pile worms while Gitzits have been the top lure. Cormier said, "We have some quality blood worms in the shop right now." In areas with moss, Cormier advised fishing weightless and walking the bank with the current.
Bass *** Trout * Bluegill ** Catfish ** Crappie ** The lake held at 472 feet and 9% capacity, but the levels are low and hazardous to boating. Even running at 5 mph can be problematic. When boats can make it to deeper water up to 48 feet near the dam, Carolina-rigged Brush Hogs or lizards or jigs are working to 25 feet. There are bass in the 4- to 5-pound range and there is a window for rip baits or crank baits in the morning. Catfishing remains decent with anchovies, chicken livers or sardines. The area from 1,000 feet south of the Raymond Bridge down to the Corps Buoy Line near the Codorniz Boat Ramp is open through Nov. 30, but low levels have limited access.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass ** Trout * Crappie ** Catfish ** Bluegill ** The lake held at 5% and 447 feet as releases have stopped for the season, but all ramps are out of commission. A few fishermen are sitting on banks in the evening for catfish with sardines, anchovies, frozen shad or mackerel.
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 ** Rainbow trout fishing is heating up as shad are schooling and temperatures are dropping. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported very good action on one trip but slower action on a subsequent venture. The rainbows are working shad on the surface, but the action is found at 40 to 60 feet with fast-trolled spoons in shad-patterns. Spotted bass are keying on shad and Smith reported a quadruple hookup of spots while trolling through a bait ball. He said, "The fish on the surface aren't biting and our key has been to locate the shad schools with electronics and the rainbows are found around the bait." The kokanee are very scarce, as they are preparing to spawn. For bass, Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported good action with top-water lures such as the small River2Sea Whopper Plopper with lesser action on Zara Spooks. After the sun hits the water, drop-shotting with shad-patterned plastics such as Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green or Robo Worm's Hologram Shad are working on the bottom. Another option is Senkos in green pumpkin/copper flake or natural shad. Live minnows or night crawler continue to be effective from the banks.
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 ** Low water levels are a disincentive to boating at Isabella, which dropped a half foot to 2,535 feet and 10%, but those willing to launch small vessels near the main dam are finding action for catfish or crappie. The whiskerfish are biting garlic-scented clam meat, anchovies, sardines, chicken livers or mackerel in the deeper water while crappie can be found around structure with live minnows or minijigs. Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported difficult bass fishing. One experienced fishermen landed only two bass to 2 pounds. In the Kern River system, the best action is found in the lower river for smallmouth bass with plastic worms, night crawlers, live crickets or crawdad-patterned crank baits. In the upper river, trout action is very slow with few anglers working the deep holes. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville reported excellent trout action in the high country at the forks of the Kern in Sequoia National Forest with Crystal Fur Woolley Buggers.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass **** Crappie ** Trout * Catfish *** Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club said, "Bass fishing is on fire" as he landed a limit in excess of 20 pounds with a 9.98-pound kicker prefishing for the New J Bass Club tournament. "The shad schools are thick and there are a number of 3- and 4-pound bass working the shad schools," he said. Crank baits, jigs or drop-shotting are top techniques. Catfish are biting live crawdads, anchovies, night crawlers or chicken livers. The launch is on the second ramp as the lake dropped a foot to 595 feet in elevation and 9%.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass *** Trout *** Catfish ** Crappie ** The lake has stabilized at 584 feet and 7% with releases stopped after the necessary repairs were made at a bridge over the Tule River in Porterville. Bass fishing continues to be good, and G Money jigs in various colors made by local fisherman Trey Williams have been very effective. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company said, "These jigs are producing and with the temperatures in the lake starting to drop, umbrella rigs, swimbaits and crank baits will be effective as the bass key on the bait balls." In the Tule River, Stokke continues to find excellent fishing for rainbows with caddis patterns. He said, "The water levels continue to be surprisingly good at higher elevations and I caught and released over 40 trout to 14 inches in a few hours over the weekend."
Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; Lake Success 784-0215
Bass *** Trout *** King salmon ** Kokanee ** Crappie ** Catfish ** Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported bass have moved out into deeper water as the lake continues to recede — it fell 3.5 feet to 727 feet and 33% — and trout trollers are picking up bass while targeting rainbows. Limits of trout and the occasional king salmon are found in deeper water near the dam with shad-patterned spoons, and Mello said, "One boat took limits using a Cop Car Needlefish." Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said, "Top-water action is picking up and the River2Sea Whopper Plopper has been effective in the early morning." After the sun hits the water, fishermen are advised to switch to shad-patterned plastics or jigs. Live minnows or crawdads are working for bass and catfish. A 6-pound catfish and a 14-inch spotted bass were landed on live crawdads. Live minnows have been difficult to keep alive.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout *** Trollers continue to find good action in deeper sections between the Floating Restrooms and Second Fence Line with chartreuse PPK spinners, Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler or blade/crawler combos. Boats have been anchoring in deep holes and soaking Original Garlic Dough Bait or fluorescent yellow garlic eggs for limits of planted rainbows. From the banks, Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported lemon lime garlic Power Bait is working from the Handicapped Docks.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass *** Striper * Shad * Trout ** Bass action at Millerton is strong for numbers with every fourth fish landed in the 13-inch range. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, "There is a buzz bait and rip bait bite in the morning; but after the sun hits, everyone is dropping to the bottom with jigs, drop-shot plastics or brass n' glass at 30 to 35 feet." Bass are shallower in the early morning to 20 feet. Striper action is non-existent. Bluegill are found on red worms on a split-shot worked in brush above Finegold. The river is very low above Finegold, but the lake rose over a foot to 526 feet and 58% due to heavy releases out of Huntington Lake. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, most are heading to the lower Kings River, but a few anglers are tossing Power Bait near Lost Lake. The two-fish limit has limited interest. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge: Only two hatchery trout and two hatchery steelhead are allowed. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin present must be released.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
Bass *** Crappie ** Catfish *** Trout ** Kokanee ** Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said, "The highlight of the weekend was a pair of large bass with Graham Ward of San Andreas releasing a 9-pound, 3-ounce largemouth on Saturday on a watermelon/black Senko near standing timber and Josh Parris of San Andreas releasing a 10-pound largemouth on Sunday on a half-ounce brown/purple jig." Bass feeding on schools of 2-inch shad has led to improved fishing in the cooler weather, and most are found on plastics on the drop-shot, Carolina rig, Texas rig or dart-head. Lewis said, "There are many baits on the market that resemble small baitfish on a drop-shot rig, and the Robo Worm Alive Shad, Zoon Tiny Flukes or the Skinny Bear Shad Eye Minnows are great little baits that produce fish." Trout fishing is fair as temps cooled. Shad schools are moving toward the mouths of major creek arms, and Lewis advised trolling with shad-patterned lures such as ExCel spoons, Needlefish or Speedy Shiners in deep water near the dam, spillway or Rose Island. Night fishing remains good under submersible lights. Bank fishing for trout is slow. Kokanee fishing has slowed with the best action between the Highway 49 and Parrott's Ferry bridges at 70 to 100 feet. The fish turning red and developing a hooked jaw. Lewis advised using Apex lures in pinks, greens or orange behind a large dodger and scenting shoepeg corn with Garlic, Anise, Kokanee Special or Bloody Tuna. Catfish action continues to be outstanding with most landing multiple whiskerfish with anchovies, frozen shad, mackerel or chicken livers. Kracker Morris of Arnold landed seven, including big fish at 13.25, 14.5 and 15.0 pounds during night trips. Crappie fishing remains very slow with the best action under submersible lights at night. New Melones dropped a foot to 951 feet and 44% with Tulloch at 508 feet and 96%.
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/Kings River
Kokanee ** Bass ** Trout ** King salmon ** Catfish ** Crappie Bass action is so-so with limits at 7.5 to 8.5 pounds for experienced anglers. Merritt Gilbert said, "There is a top-water bite in the early morning before fishermen have to drop to the bottom with jigs, brass n' glass or drop-shot plastics in shad-patterns. The best action is in the main lake with few boats able to make it past Windy Gap to Trimmer." Trout fishing remains very slow with few trollers. Less than limits are taken pulling Apex lures, Rainbow Runners or Needlefish at 40 to 80 feet on the downrigger or 6 to 7 colors of lead core. Catfish to 4 pounds are found on anchovies in front of Driftwood Cove near Windy Gap in the deep holes. The Pine Flat Lake Marina and Deer Creek launch ramps are in the water with the Island Park ramp inaccessible. Gilbert advised calling to find out which ramps are open. The lake held at 740 feet and 15%. In the lower Kings, there is increased interest in trout fishing and fishermen are scoring with Joe's Flies or Roostertails in white/black or Grasshopper. There are special regulations in the Kings above and below Pine Flat Dam.
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 Bait in Morgan Hill reported good action in the Forebay for striped bass despite heavy weed growth along the shore. The best fishing is with small rip baits such as Lucky Craft 68s, 78s and 100s or Pointer Staycees in Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad or American Shad. The key has been to boat around the twin islands or along the rockwall to avoid weeds. Bass are busting the surface in the evening and small top-water lures are working for striper in the 18- to 22-inch range. Clements said, "Two of our employees caught and released 40 striper." Roger George of Roger's Guide Service said, "In the main lake, the water is going down after a month of rising. Hopefully they will not draw it down too much for the fall fishing. This usually shuts down the bite we had in front of the racks for now." Bank fishing has been best around Dinosaur Point and a few anglers are driving to the shoreline to avoid the long walk. The sales of blood and pile worms dropped off, perhaps due to the difficulty of shore fishing with weed growth in the Forebay. Most boats are launching at Basalt Recreational Area with the ramp at Dinosaur Point remaining via a dirt road. San Luis Reservoir held at 25%.
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 George's Guide Service (559) 905-2954
Bass ** Trout ** Kokanee *** Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service reported, "Trolling for kokanee is productive for the first hour of light and after this, jigging is favored. Only a couple of small schools have formed and fishing can be fun when you stay on them." Some kokanee have turned into spawning colors while others are starting to show color. He has been scoring with pink Radical Glow Tubes, pink hootchies and Father Murphy's bugs in Black/Glow or Glow Baby behind a RMT Double Glow Mai Tai dodger from 36 to 46 feet at Indian Cove to the dam. Trout fishing has slowed, but rainbows from 12 to 18 inches are possible using Power Bait or inflated crawlers from the Pines docks or near the Sheriff's Tower. Trollers are picking up rainbows at 24 to 36 feet from the Pines to Marina View. There have only been around 30 2-year-old kokanee reported this year. Wittwer asks a photo and measurement of kokanee between 8 and 12 inches be sent to Todd@Wittwer.net. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported good jigging action near the dam with half-ounce P-Line Kokanators, half-ounce P-Line Laser Minnows or half-ounce Kastmasters in pink orange or red at 30 to 50 feet. Bass fishing is improving and Gilbert predicts action will take off once there are three or four consecutive cool nights. Drop-shotting plastics, jigs or crank baits are working for bass at 1.25 to 1.75 pounds with eight possible per trip. A webcam is at www.BassLakeFishing.com or www.BassLakeCA.com. The lake held at 74%.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200
Brown trout ** Trout *** Merritt Gilbert reported trout action at Edison is better than it has been for some time, but small fish are the rule. Pressure is minimal with low levels at all lakes. Edison dropped to 4%, Florence to 8%. Mammoth Pool rose to 6%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/ Huntington Lake
Kokanee ** Trout ** Smallmouth ** Kokanee action at Shaver continues to be up and down, with Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters saying, "One day it is chicken, the next day feathers." There is an early morning bite, but by mid-morning action slows to one here and there. The area east of Eagle Point has been the most productive from 20 to 35 feet, and Dave Dungy of Shaver Lake went out with two partners for three mixed limits of kokanee and rainbow trout, releasing three more using Trout Busters. Bank fishing has slowed with the lack of plants with a few rainbows possible on Power Bait or night crawlers around Roads 1 and 2, the Point and near Shaver Lake Marina. Boaters continue to anchor with Power Bait in the Tunnel Creek area for planters. Smallmouth bass are biting live crickets or small plastics near rocky structure. A 6.5-pound rainbow won the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Derby, and the winner will receive prizes during the third-annual Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Dinner at 5 p.m., Sept. 28 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. Proceeds are used to purchase approximately 3,000 trophy trout. Tickets can be purchased at Shaver Lake Sports or through Debby Dixon at 559-841-2740. At Huntington, the Southern California Edison Company continues with the rapid drawdown of the lake due to contractual water obligations. The lake dropped nearly a fifth of its pool within the past week to 78%. Fishermen can check www.sierramarinawebcam.com. Shaver rose to 64% capacity.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
Trout ** Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park reported the large plant of brooder rainbows is paying dividends with trollers finding several trophies. The lake has risen to where a small boat can be launched off the concrete ramp. Edzin Cantu of Hanford landed a 23.5-inch rainbow on a night crawler behind small flashers from his kayak, and Mike McClain of Exeter landed a 21-incher. Shore fishing is fair near the dam, and anglers can land a quality rainbow on Power Bait or crawlers. At Courtright, the lake is close to capacity and Crane reported one troller scored limits to 18 inches running a #10 brown Woolley Bugger behind a bubble. Blade/crawler combos are working while shore fishing has been slow with the best action near the dam with orange or pink Power Bait. Crane anticipates improved action once temps drop. The local creeks are barely a trickle with the lack of snowpack.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish **Salmon ** Striper ** Albacore *** Big albacore scores are offshore along the 123 line. Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat returned with 47 longfins for nine anglers. Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete went to 37'50/123'30 for 66 albacore and an opah for eight party boat captains from Lake Tahoe. Rockfishing remains strong. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook reported fair action for striped bass, surf perch and the occasional shark.
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
Rockfish *** Salmon ** Striper ** White sea bass * Albacore ** Chris Arcoleo at Chris' Landing in Monterey reported solid rockfishing . The harbor continues to be lined with salmon fishermen and Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz said, "The harbor salmon went on the bite near the west side jetty on Sunday morning. A few went home with limits on pink Mad River worms." Halibut fishing is fair in 50 to 70 feet of water along Pajaro and Capitola. The wind kept tuna boats from heading to the ground on Sunday.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut ** Striper ** Salmon ** Rockfish *** Leopard shark *** Sturgeon ** Albacore *** Albacore fishing exploded with party boats returning with over 100 longfins. Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady in Sausalito got 72 big longfins to 35 pounds using live bait. The fish have been holding around Fanny Shoals. Rockfishing remains consistent. Salmon fishing picked up with anglers averaging a fish per rod. Captain James Smith of the California Dawn, has been working the deep water near the Golden Gate Bridge for cow and seven-gill sharks to nearly 200 pounds on his special trips.
San Luis Obispo Salmon ** Rock cod *** Rockfishing remains outstanding. Patriot's boats have scored 1952 ling cod this season.
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 ** Salmon fishing in the Benicia area is slow. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported good action for striped bass from the shore. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported striper fishing has been very good with bullheads or shad in the shallows. The third-annual Lauritzen's Yacht Harbor Catch and Release Derby is Saturday and Sunday. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported excellent action for numbers with a variety of techniques. He has been tossing the ima Big Stick throughout the day for intermittent action while more consistent strikes are found on rip baits such as the ima Flit in Misty Shad or Olive Herring. When the wind is blowing, Pringle said, "You can find fish on reaction baits such as the half-ounce Persuader spinnerbait. The key is staying close to weedlines in areas with moving water." There is solid action with hand-poured worms on a Zappu Head along the weedlines.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger, Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; 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 ** San Antonio dropped another 3 feet to 669 feet and 8%, and it may drop another 10 feet for valve repairs. The Tournament of Champions Day One event was moved from San Antonio to Nacimiento. Bass fishing at Nacimiento, which dropped 2 feet to 741 feet and 32%, is improving with Super Spooks on the surface or drop-shotting or Texas-rigged plastics on the bottom.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina(805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Thursday: Ken Jones on Surf Perch Fishing Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno; Professional Bass Angler Ish Monroe on Frog Fishing Techniques, 6 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Manteca
Sept. 28: Rio Vista Striped Bass Derby Seminars, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 204 First St. in Isleton, info: (707) 374-2700
Oct. 31: Professional Bass Angler Ish Monroe on Techniques for the River2Sea Tournament, 6 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Manteca
Saturday: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; New J Bass Club at Kaweah; Angler's Choice at Isabella; Bakersfield Bass Club at Lopez
Saturday-Sunday: Third-annual Catch and Release RatLTrap Striper Derby at Delta/Lauritzen's Yacht Harbor in Oakley, info: www.lauritzens.com or (925) 757-1916; Roosevelt High Bass Club on the Delta, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Sunday: Fresno Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo's Marina
Sept. 28: Western Outdoor News at Delta/Russo's Marina; Visalia Bass Club at Success; Lake Isabella Bass Club at Isabella; Santa Barbara Bass Club at San Antonio
Sept. 28-29: Sierra Bass Club at Delta/Russo's Marina
Sept. 29: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis
Oct. 5: Rotary Club of Fresno Central California SAF Open at Pine Flat, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 11-13: 65th-annual Rio Vista Striped Bass Derby at Rio Vista, info: www.bassfestival.org
Nov. TBA: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Fresno County: Kings River, Below Pine Flat Dam; San Joaquin River, below Friant Dam
Madera County: Corrine Lake; San Joaquin River, below Friant Dam
Minor Major Minor Major
>Wednesday 4:16 10:28 4:41 10:54
>Thursday 5:05 11:17 5:30 11:42
f Friday 5:56 —— 6:21 12:08
>Saturday 6:49 12:37 7:14 1:02
>Sunday 7:44 1:32 8:09 1:56
Monday 8:39 2:27 9:04 2:52
Tuesday 9:34 3:22 9:59 3:46
> = peak activity; f = full moon