It all started with a simple email from a friend two months ago about Greg Myerson, who holds the all-tackle world record for a striper at 81.88 pounds caught two years ago off the Connecticut coast.
I had heard about the record fish but assumed it had been a lucky catch. After looking into it, however, I was shocked to find out he held four striped bass IGFA world records, including the new catch-and-release category for a 56-incher. Outdoor Life called the 45-year-old Myerson the "greatest living striper angler on the planet" and voted his 81.88-pound world record as the No. 1 greatest single catch of all time — any species. In a world where all fishing results are questioned ad nauseam, his catches had consistently been verified as being in a class by themselves. In competition, he has crushed all comers on the striper-crazed East Coast and earned a third "Angler of the Year" award in 2013 with a 74-pounder in the mix. What in the heck was he doing?
Intrigued, I called for info on his lures and I got Myerson himself on the line! We ended up talking quite a bit and he eventually asked when I was going to come out and fish with him. Three weeks later I landed in Connecticut — fulfilling a more-than-a-bucket list dream trip. I was there to learn all I could from the best in history — or die trying!
I flew all day, grabbed a quick three hours of sleep then headed out at 3 a.m. onto the Atlantic Ocean in pitch black for one of Myerson's key spots. It's dark, I don't know where I am, I'm tired, we're at least 8 miles off the coast and we're fishing with slimy 16-inch eels in rough seas on his 18-foot boat — absolutely one of the most fun things I've ever done! We ended up fishing for four days straight with intermittent periods of sleep and food. We got battered every day by the waves, but we were still catching a few stripers to 22 pounds and lots of bluefish to 15 pounds. Myerson even had a big striper hit and it started shaking its head — the way big ones do — when it popped loose. Ouch!
So what did I learn from fishing side by side alone with the best for almost a week and picking his brain all the while? Here are a few of my observations:
A burning passion to be the best might be an overused phrase, but when you see someone who lives that way, it takes on real meaning. Myerson told me he caught his first 50-pound striper at 12 and after years of fishing almost daily that he has conservatively caught more than 30,000 stripers while returning around 98% of them to the water. Going out when others wouldn't think of it and fishing hard all the time on purpose are aspects I can respect and admire in his work ethic. In fact, I asked him about scouting out the fish and he told me "scouting is for amateurs." Whoa! Calm confident expectations of great success are ingrained in his fishing, and it's catching. He doesn't fish to set records — he fishes because he loves to.
Myerson's system is based on his observation that stripers prefer lobsters over any other food. He experimented with a 200-gallon tank at home with lobsters and reasoned that the carapace on lobsters makes a noise when the lobster moves — one that stripers can home in on. An electrician by trade, he figured out a combination of metals that creates the same frequency the crustaceans' armor does, a low frequency rattle sound. Out of this, he developed a rattling sinker that he uses to draw in stripers looking for a meal.
"Most anglers," he told me, "have no idea about the price I've paid!" Amen to that. He is passionate about anglers releasing fish and thinks most are just not in tune with how valuable our big fish — and their gene pools — are to our future.
Yes, I'm already planning my return tour, ready for the next lesson!
Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at email@example.com
Delta bass fishing is good, Randy Pringle said. Kaweah bass are hitting lures, Sierra Sporting Goods reported. Success largemouths are on a tear, Larry Kerns said. McClure trout and king salmon scores have improved, Diana Mello said. Millerton spots are providing action, Merritt Gilbert said.
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.
* Try dynamite
** Have to work hard
*** Limits possible
**** Fish jumpin' in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper *** Catfish ** There is more interest in the Fresno-area canals and Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported anglers have been fishing in Fresno Slough off West Whitesbridge Road with anchovies or chicken livers. Striper fishermen continue to O'Neill Forebay and San Luis Reservoir. The best action for striped bass in the canals remains in the California Aqueduct in Kern County with Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reporting fishermen catching plenty of striper on live minnows, blood worms, Gitzits or anchovies. He added, "The majority of linesides are sublegal, but you can pick up a limit to 22 inches if you wade through the smaller fish." Fishermen have not complained about moss in the California Aqueduct. Catfish can be found with live minnows, chicken livers, anchovies or mackerel.
Bass ** Trout * Bluegill ** Catfish ** Crappie * Bass fishermen have been working hard for three to seven fish per day, but Merritt Gilbert said, "There usually is at least one to 3.75 pounds in the mix." Drop-shotting or jigs at 20 to 25 feet remain top techniques and bass to 9 pounds have been reported. David Burrow at the Fisherman's Warehouse touted 6-inch shad-patterned worms, jigs or crankbaits for the larger fish. Boaters have to be very careful as even running at 5 mph can be problematic with the bottom lurking just under the surface. Water releases have stopped with the lake at 472 feet in elevation and 9% capacity. Catfishing remains decent with anchovies, chicken livers or sardines. The area from area 1,000 feet south of the Raymond Bridge to the Corps Buoy Line near the Codorniz Boat Ramp is opened 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 ** Catfishing from the banks is the only game at this lake and David Burrow of the Fisherman's Warehouse reported a good bite with anchovies, mackerel or chicken livers with the best action in the evening. The lake held at 447 feet and 5%. All boat ramps are out of commission for the the season.
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 ** Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported challenging trout and salmon during his past two trips, with fish unwilling to bite until they drop from 40 to 65 feet by mid-morning. He worked hard for mixed limits of rainbows, salmon and spotted bass with four spots hitting simultaneously at 80 feet. Bass, salmon and trout are keying on shad schools, bringing Smith to comment, "I remember it being tough at this time last year before the water temperatures cooled enough for the shad schools to completely form, bringing the rainbows toward the surface." Bass fishing is still tough with Manny Basi at the Bait Barn in Waterford reporting live minnows are working best, but there is a small window for top-water lures such as small River2Sea Whopper Ploppers or PopRs before heading to the bottom with shad-imitation plastics. The Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green, Robo Worms Hologram Shad or Pro Worms Pro Gold are good choices for drop-shotting.
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 conditions rule as Isabella dropped almost a foot to 2,534 feet and 10% and will be lowered to 5%, but the catfish bite remains good with garlic-scented clam meat, anchovies, chicken livers or frozen shad from the banks. The bass bite has slowed, but anglers are launching small boats for crappie in the main river channel close to the marina in the submerged trees. Small minnows or minjigs are working for slabsides. A boat is essential to get to the panfish and the only launch available is the ramp on the South Fork, but there is no dock. n the Kern River system, water levels remain very low with Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reporting only 130 cfs coming into the lake with an outflow of 200 cfs. In the upper river, rainbows are holding in deeper pools. In the lower river, smallmouth fishing is fair with plastic worms, night crawlers, live crickets or crawdad-patterned crank baits. Cormier said, "Most local fishermen are waiting for the trout plants to start in the small reservoirs."
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass *** Crappie ** Trout * Catfish *** Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported good catfish action in the lowered pool with the big whiskerfish hitting anchovies or chicken livers. The best action is in the evening. Crappie fishermen are working under submerged lights at night near the Houseboats with small minnows or minijigs for fair action. Bass fishing has been good with spots and largemouths keying on shad schools. A 14-pounder was landed on a crank bait and there have been several in the 4- to 5-pound range. Crank baits, drop-shotting shad-imitation plastics or jigs all work. The launch is on the second ramp. The lake dropped 2 feet to 589 feet and 8%.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass *** Trout ** Catfish ** Crappie ** Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville is offering free fly fishing lessons 9 a.m. Saturday at his shop with all equipment provided. At the lake, Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club won Saturday's tournament with a 17.00-pound limit, taking two in the 7-pound range on shad-patterned crank baits. Dart-heading 6-inch shad-patterned worms are effective with bass congregating near shad schools. Stokke touted swimbaits, crankbaits or umbrella rigs. The lake dropped nearly a foot to 582 feet and 6%. In the Tule River, Stokke said, "The brown trout on the North and Middle Forks are in the process of spawning, and the spawning window over the next three weeks should bring great action." He landed several quality browns nymphing with salmon egg or hare's ears in olive or with dry flies.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; Lake Success 784-0215
Bass ** Trout *** King salmon *** Kokanee ** Crappie ** Catfish ** Trout and king salmon trolling has improved with Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reporting Rocky Mountain Assassin spinners, hootchies, Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler or ExCel's in green or rainbow trout are working at 40 to 80 feet in Cottonwood Creek or near the dam. A few kokanee are showing in the same areas and generally McClure sports a late season kokanee bite. Bass fishing is fair with limited top-water action in the early morning with River2Sea Whopper Ploppers or Zara Spooks, but the most consistent action has been drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics. The lake dropped 5 feet to 715 feet in elevation and 30% capacity.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout ** The Merced Irrigation Trout Derby is Saturday-Sunday, and planted trout will be tagged with a grand prize of $3,000 and a second prize of $1,000 with 48 additional prizes. Heavy trout plants from Calaveras Trout Farm will occur.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass *** Striper * Shad * Trout ** Millerton remains the best bass lake in the area, according to Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, and he anticipates a limit over 10 pounds possible. "There is better action in the main lake than up the river arm and there is a morning bite with buzz baits, top-water lures and spinnerbaits before anglers drop to the bottom with plastic worms or brass n' glass," Gilbert said. "An occasional spotted bass to 2.75 pounds is landed." Striped bass action has been limited to a few boils in the narrows area. Bluegill are found on red worms on a split-shot worked in the brush above Finegold. The river is very low above Finegold and the lake rose 4 feet to 530 feet and 61% due to heavy upstream releases out of Huntington. All boats must fill a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, the majority of fishing action for rainbow trout is around the Broken Bridge, especially on weekends; however, action remains slow for most anglers soaking Power Bait or night crawlers. The two-fish limit on the river has limited the number of fishermen. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin and from Friant Dam 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 must be released.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
Bass ** Crappie ** Catfish *** Trout **** Kokanee ** Gary Burns of Take It to the Limit Guide Service reported excellent trout fishing with rainbows to 20 inches taken on ExCel spoons in blue glitter or blue/chrome trolled at 50 to 80 feet near the dam, the main lake in front of the dam or the spillway. Burns has been coating his lures with Pro Cure's Bloody Tuna, saying, "Earlier in the week, we caught fish at 50 to 65 feet, but later in the week we went above the Highway 49 Bridge and went down between 65 and 80 feet since the shad balls were at this depth." He cautioned anglers to watch out for submerged trees and humps with levels dropping. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported slow kokanee fishing with few anglers targeting the species. The fish have worked up the river arm toward the Parrott's Ferry Bridge and the best action is between the Highway 49 and Parrott's Ferry bridges at 70 to 100 feet. Lewis advised using Apex lures in pinks, greens or orange behind a large dodger. Bass fishing is fair and Lewis said, "The action has been tough for most, but some fish are moving into the shallows in the early morning and evening to feed." Crawdad patterned jigs are working in the shallows. Bass are suspended and holding along offshore structure and vertically jigging half-ounce or three-quarter-ounce P-Line Laser Minnows, or Hopkins spoons are working when schools of bass are on the meter. Suspending rip baits such as Lucky Craft Staycees or Pointer Minnows are effective. Glory Hole Sports employee John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Service caught and released a 9-pound, 6-ounce largemouth on swimbait off a main lake point. Catfish action continues to be outstanding with most landing multiple whiskerfish per trip with anchovies, frozen shad, mackerel or chicken livers. Crappie fishing remains very slow with the best action under submersible lights at night with small minnows or red/white crappie jigs. The fish have moved out into deeper water with the lake dropping 1 foot to 949 feet and 43%. Tulloch dropped a foot to 505 feet in elevation and 91% 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/Kings River
Kokanee ** Bass ** Trout ** King salmon ** Catfish *** Crappie * Bass fishing is the best thing at the lake, but Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, "It really depends on who you talk to. A 7.5- to 8-pound limit is possible with anglers working for two to three good fish per day." Anglers have been prefishing for the Roosevelt High School Bass tournament this weekend and most high school students will be riding with volunteer boaters. Participants are coming from as far away as Lompoc. Gilbert said, "There are 40 entrants expected with 16 to 18 students representing Roosevelt High School." There is a small window for spinnerbaits in the early morning before dropping to the bottom with drop-shot plastics for the occasional bass to 14 inches. The spotted bass have gone very deep with trout trollers hooking up with spots in the 3- to 4-pound range to 80 feet. The water temperature has dropped a few degrees and the bass have followed the shad schools from 25 feet and below. Trout, kokanee and salmon action have become very slow all of a sudden. Catfish to 2 pounds are around old Lombardo's with anchovies. The lake dropped slightly to 740 feet and 15% with the ending of releases. In the lower Kings, recent trout plants and sufficient water levels have brought out more fishermen and they are scoring with Power Bait or spinners such as Joe's Flies or Roostertails in white/black or Grasshopper. There are special regulations in the Kings River 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 excellent top-water action at O'Neill with white flukes on a half-ounce jig head, Umbrella-rigs, lipless crank baits, top-water lures or rip baits such as Lucky Craft 68s, 78s and 100s, or Pointer Staycees in Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad or American Shad as the striper are breaking the surface in the early morning. He said, "The best action is from the time the gates open around 6:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. before the action dies off until dusk. Clements said, "Any shad-imitation lure is working and one fisherman loaded up with a white Roostertail." Merritt Gilbert reported excellent action with bank anglers catching freshwater shrimp in an adjacent canal and using the shrimp for striper to 23 inches. Numbers aren't a problem as anglers have landed as many as 20 striper in short order, but catching legal fish is a concern since the largest lineside has been around 24 inches. In the main lake, boaters continue to mooch live extra-large or jumbo minnows around Trash Racks or troll around and between Buoy Markers with Smithwick's, P-Line Predators or broken backed Rebels at 40 to 60 feet. Silver/blue or silver/black lures have been working best. Bait shops have a supply of jumbo and extra-large minnows. Most boats are launching at Basalt Recreational Area with the ramp at Dinosaur Point remaining via a dirt road. San Luis continues to pump through heavy amounts of water and it was at 25% capacity by week's end.
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
Bass ** Trout ** Kokanee ** Few are targeting kokanee with spoons or trolling as the bite has slowed significantly. Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said, "You really have to be on top of the small schools." Water temperatures dropped 5 degrees to 67 degrees and trout trolling with night crawler or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler are starting to produce. The annual general fish survey will be completed Wednesday, which should give an indication of the number of fish remaining. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported bass fishermen have been drop-shotting for spotted bass to 2 pounds and action will improve once evenings of cold have strung together. A webcam is at www.BassLakeFishing.com or www.BassLakeCA.com. The lake dropped slightly to 71%.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200
Brown trout ** Trout ** At Edison, Merritt Gilbert reported a small brown trout have been taken from the banks by deer hunters camping in the area; and while Mammoth Pool has dropped to 4% capacity, brown trout to 16 inches have been landed from the shoreline on spinners, Power Bait or night crawlers. Fishing pressure continues to be minimal with the low water levels at all lakes. Edison held at 4% and Florence held at 8%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee ** Trout *** Smallmouth ** The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project's Sportsmen's Dinner was Saturday and event chairperson Debby Dixon said, "It was a smashing success." Auctioned items included a helicopter ride provided by Fresno Co. Sheriff Margaret Mims and a full-size gun safe provided by Trophy Club members Dick and Bonnie Schultz. Captain Jack Yandell presented the SLTTP's award to the winner of the Summer Derby to Virgil Smith of Fresno with a 6.5-pounder. Future programs involving special needs kids and wounded veterans will be implemented next year. Cold weather, some fog and mid-morning wind gust prevailed on the lake during the past week, but Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters said action was good. "Our clients ended up with anywhere from over a limit to three limits," he said. Nichols has had to search on a daily basis for schools of kokanee as they are moving around from Tunnel Creek, Stevenson Creek, Eagle Point and Dorabella Cove with Trout Busters behind mini-Mountain Flashers. Paul Kalpakoff of Central Sierra Outfitters said, "Art Carlson and Russ Doylan of Fresno picked up a limit of a combination of trout and kokanee using Shasta Tackle UV silver sling blade in front of a PPK pink Tomahawk tipped with a night crawler at 25 feet in front of Stevenson Creek." At Huntington, the Southern California Edison Company continues with its rapid drawdown due to contractual water obligations. The lake is 42%. A few rainbows can be found on Power Bait in Rancheria Cove. Fishermen can check www.sierramarinawebcam.com for conditions. Shaver is at 62%.
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 said the water level at Wishon is receding and trollers have to work very hard for limits coming at 2 to 4 colors of lead core with blade/crawler combinations, Speedy Shiners or Needlefish. Levels are expected to drop below the concrete launch ramp in short order. Crane said, "Start at 2 colors in the morning and drop down to 4 colors later in the day." Shore fishing is slow with a few fish taken near the headwaters with pink or orange Power Bait. At Courtright, cold weather has kept fishermen from heading up to the 8,000-foot level and trolling action is also slow with a few fish per rod taken on blade/crawler combos, Needlefish or ExCel spoons at 2 to 4 colors of lead core. Shore fishing is slow with the best action near the dam on Power Bait.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Albacore *** Rockfish *** Salmon ** Striper * Rockfish are the most consistent species as warmer tuna water has moved far offshore. Most private boats seeking albacore returned unfulfilled, but one private boat ran out 50 miles to 37/56/123'14 for five longfins. Mattusch reported a few salmon taken on the bottom between the Red Can Buoy to the Ritz Carleton with private boaters finding from zero to four fish. The Dungeness crab opener is Nov. 2 and party boats are taking reservations for crab/rockfish combination trips.
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 * Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey reported very good rockfish action with 13 limits of rockfish and 21 ling cod for 18 on the Check Mate.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Albacore *** Halibut ** Striper *** Rockfish *** Leopard shark *** Salmon ** Sturgeon * Salmon action slowed after good action. Roger Thomas on the Salty Lady said party boat scores ranged from four to 10 fish per boat. The fleet has been fishing northwest of the Channel buoys and up to Duxbury. Rockfishing remains great at the Islands and along the Marin coast. Thomas is hoping for another shot for albacore. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker proved again why he is known as "Mr. Bass," putting his 25 passengers onto to limits of striped bass to 13 pounds for a total of 54. In the south bay, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported one boat caught and released 25 leopard shark, nine seven-gills and loads of bat rays using frozen squid.
San Luis Obispo
Salmon * Rock cod *** Rockfishing remains outstanding . Virg's Landing in Morro Bay has a ling cod count that rose 144 to 2,888.
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 ** Bluegill ** Salmon *** The salmon action from the shoreline went crazy with Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait, saying, "There were over 20 fish caught Saturday with at least 15 lost while Sunday brought another 20 salmon and nine more lost hookups." Shoreline striper action remains good with bullheads. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported a fantastic day Friday with over 30 striper caught and released within 3 hours. The Rio Vista Bass Festival is the largest continuous fishing derby in all of California and runs Oct. 11-13. The cost for an adult derby ticket is $40. Go to www.bassfestival.org. For largemouth bass, the mornings are getting cooler and cooler as the Delta transitions into the fall season, and Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, "The largemouth bass are hitting everything. Spinnerbaits, flipping and punching the weeds are all working as it is an open-ended bite." However, the larger bass remain scarce. Pringle said, "With the water clarity being good, the perch or crawdad patterns are working best as it is still early for the shad to appear in numbers." Temps need to cool to bring shad into shallows. Pringle will be at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno on Thursday to speak about fall striped bass and largemouth techniques.
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 * Low conditions continue to plague San Antonio — which dropped 3 feet to 663 feet and 6% — meaning the Tournament of Champions Day One event has been moved to Nacimiento. At Nacimiento — which dropped 2 feet to 737 feet but is at 29% — the cooler water in the coming month should bring out the best in the lake, particularly if lake levels remain somewhat stable.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina(805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Fresno Bass Club at Delta/B and W Resort on Sept. 22: 1, Roger Lockhart, 13.27 (Big Fish, 6.84); 2, Nathan Harbison, 13.13; 3, Walt Austin, 13.13
Sierra Bass Club at Delta/B and W Resort on Sept. 28-29: 1, Hoot Gibson/Ryan Hennecke, 22.09 pounds; 2, Gary Johnson/Don Hodges, 19.61; 3, Craig Gong/Steve Smith, 18.24; Big Fish, Ryan Reynolds, 5.15 pounds
Visalia Bass Club at Success on Sept. 28: 1, Larry Kerns/Richard Block, 17.00 pounds (Big Fish, 7.69); 2, Cody O'Connor/Tray Williams, 13.98; 3, John and Keith Sharp, 12.90
Thursday: Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, on Big Bass Techniques for Fall Fishing, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
Saturday: No Sales Tax Parking Lot Sale at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
Oct. 31: Professional Bass Angler Ish Monroe on Techniques for the River2Sea Tournament, 6 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Manteca
Saturday: Rotary Club of Fresno Central California SAF Open at Pine Flat, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Angler's Choice at Delta/Russo's Marina; Kerman Bass Club at Delta/Russo's Marina; Future Pro Tour at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Badge Packers at Don Pedro
Sunday: Christian Bass Anglers at McClure; Fresno Open at Pine Flat, info: Mark Corrente, 284-2768
Oct. 11-13: 65th annual Rio Vista Striped Bass Derby at Rio Vista, info: www.bassfestival.org
Oct. 12: Bass Anglers of Northern California at Delta/Russo's Marina; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; New J Bass Club at Pine Flat; Lake Isabella Bass Club at Isabella; Golden Empire Bass Club at Santa Margarita
Oct. 12-13: SLO County Bass Ambushers at Nacimiento; Perris Valley Bass Club at Lopez
Oct. 13: Modesto Ambassadors at New Hogan; Kings VIII Bass Club at Eastman
Nov. TBA: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Calaveras County: Tulloch Lake; White Pines Lake
Fresno County: Kings River, Below Pine Flat Dam
Kern County: Kern River, sections 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Madera County: Corrine Lake
Merced County: Yosemite Lake
Stanislaus County: Modesto Reservoir; Turlock Reservoir; Woodward Reservoir
Tulare County: Kern River, sections 5 & 6; Tule River North Fork, Middle Fork #1; Tule River South Fork, Middle Fork #2 & #3
Tuolumne County: Moccasin Creek; Stanislaus River Middle Fork; Tulloch Lake
Minor Major Minor Major
Wednesday 3:11 9:22 3:33 9:44
>Thursday 3:52 10:03 4:15 10:26
f Friday 4:36 10:48 5:00 11:12
>Saturday 5:24 11:37 5:49 12:02
>Sunday 6:17 12:04 6:44 12:31
>Monday 7:15 1:02 7:43 1:29
Tuesday 8:17 2:03 8:46 2:32
> = peak activity; f = full moon