This time of year triggers a lot of freezing memories for me of nighttime fishing trips back in the late 1970s with my Dad for trout and crappie -- for him, the colder the better it seemed. I'm not a cold-weather person, so these frigid outings were usually nightmares, but Dad's enthusiasm always convinced me each time it wouldn't be so bad this trip (not!).
One time in the heart of winter, Dad was itching to do some nighttime crappie fishing under lights at New Melones and he was working on me to go. He knew I had frozen my tail off on the last trip when the temps had fallen below freezing. We had gotten a few fish, but I had been miserable sitting there all night shivering. I had vowed not to do it again, but Dad could be persuasive. So, once again, I found myself with him on a cold day at New Melones waiting until dark, when we would set up the lights and use minnows as bait for whatever was attracted by them.
We were catching a few nice trout in the twilight when a massive fog bank rolled over the top of a nearby hill and then over us. It was so thick, you could see only about 10 yards. We knew where we were for about 10 minutes, but soon a realization set in with the darkness that we didn't know east from west anymore. At that point, Dad decided to head in a single direction until we hit shoreline. About 15 minutes later, I made out some trees in the water and -- terra firma! Maybe this was where we could tie up and fish, but we had no idea where we were. We had a depthfinder but GPS wasn't around yet, so we were wherever we were.
As we pulled up to the trees , I happened to look at the depthfinder and it had all kinds of marks showing up all over just below us. Were those tree limbs or could they be fish? We tied up and got two lanterns fired up. I let the first minnow down about 10 feet, when it just kept going -- swallowed by a big crappie that I fought to the surface. Maybe there were a bunch of fish below us after all!
For the rest of the night, Dad and I pulled in either a 16- to 20-inch trout or a huge crappie. It got so ridiculous that I would try to take a bite of an orange, but before I could swallow my bite a fish would be bending the rod tip over the side of the boat. We started culling and must have released 20 or more nice ones. Back then, we did catch and release for bass, but we kept crappie and rainbows -- and nothing went to waste if Dad caught it. At one point, I was fighting a fish when I heard a "swoosh, swoosh, swoosh" overhead. Confused, I looked up just in time to have a confused seagull land right on my head! I guess he was lost in the pea soup fog, too.
Yes, it was freezing cold, but for some reason I really don't remember that part of the trip. Could it be that there is some kind of selective memory mechanism that kicks in when the fish are biting? I can tell you, whatever it is, it's powerful stuff! Wanna go catch some cold fish?
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Don Pedro trout bite is good, Monte Smith said. Delta sturgeon are on the move, Tony Lopez said. McSwain trout action is steady, McSwain Marina reported. New Melones trout are hitting, Melanie Lewis said. Bass Lake rainbow bite is attracting anglers, Patrick Movey said. Pine Flat trout plant picks up the bite, Merritt Gilbert said.
THE FISHING REPORT
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.
* Try dynamite
** Have to work hard
*** Limits possible
**** Fish jumpin' in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper ** Catfish **
Small stripers continue to be the rule with anchovies, pile worms, blood worms, or sardines in the water conveyance systems. Heavy pumping out of San Luis Reservoir is contributing to a rapid current, and fishermen need to be very cautious on the slick and icy concrete banks in the early mornings. Large weights are necessary to keep baits on the bottom. In the California Aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said, "An occasional striped bass to 5 pounds is landed, but most stripers are in the sublegal to barely-legal size range." Sand worms, blood worms and jumbo minnows continue to be the top baits.
Bass ** Trout *** Bluegill ** Catfish ** Crappie *
Pat Huddleston, camp host, reported good action from the banks for trout with a number in the 3- to 4-pound range landed on Power Bait near the Swim Beach area on the day-use side. Bass fishing remains slow, but the swimbait bite should emerge due to trout plants. Most area bass anglers are concentrating on Pine Flat. Water temperature is in the upper 40s and most responsible for the slowdown in bass, crappie, and bluegill. The river arm is closed beyond the Keep Out buoys and will not reopen until Aug. 1. The day-use and Codorniz recreation sides have active ramps. The lake held at 471.17 feet in elevation and 9% capacity with no releases this week.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass ** Trout *** Catfish ** Bluegill * Crappie *
Planted trout are the top draw with last week's plant. The catfish bite has slowed to a crawl in the cold water. Various colors of Power Bait, night crawlers, or Kastmasters should be effective for planted rainbows. Launch ramps remain closed although the lake rose slightly to 448.49 feet in elevation and 6% 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 *** Kokanee * King salmon * Crappie **
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported continued outstanding trout action for planted rainbows, putting his clients onto limits of rainbows to 1.75 pounds fast-trolling heavy spoons at 3-4 colors of lead core line. He said, "We limited out within three hours staying right near the dam," adding, "I also marked fish at 25 feet in depth, and we used the downrigger to pick up some fish at this depth." The water temperature is in the 52- to 53-degree range, normal for this time. Heavy plants have brought out the bite. Bass fishing remains very slow, but swimbaits should be working soon as a result of the heavy trout plants. Small Senkos or plastics in shad-patterns on a slow presentation at depths from 20-60 feet are working for the occasional spotted bass. The lake held at 732.15 feet in elevation and 51% capacity.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish'n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass ** Trout *** Crappie * Catfish *** Bluegill **
Isabella remains a "dead sea" for bass fishermen who are reluctant to launch expensive bass boats in the shallow lake without courtesy docks. Trout fishing from the banks near the Auxiliary Dam is the top choice, and Power Bait, night crawlers, Kastmasters and spinners are all effective. Catfishing remains good with garlic-scented clam meat, frozen shad, or sardines from the banks with deep water access. The lake rose a half-foot to 2535.02 feet in elevation and 10% capacity with increased inflow from the upper river. The upper Kern River around Kernville has slowed without the benefit of recent plants, and the lower river is limited to a few deep holes. The local reservoirs have been the best thing going with planted rainbows at River Walk, Truxton, Hart Part and Ming, on Chunky Cheese Power Bait coated with Lip Ripperz Hatchery Dust or Berkley Power Dust. Buena Vista is producing only a few crappie or small planted rainbows.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass ** Crappie * Trout ** Catfish *
Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club reported slow bass fishing prior to Wednesday's New Year's Day club tournament, and he managed only two keepers out of five prefishing over the weekend. He said, "Drop-shotting on a slow presentation at depths between 35 and 40 feet worked best for me," adding, "There were a number of fish in the 55-foot range, but we couldn't get them to go." The banks are lined with fishermen targeting rainbow trout with Power Bait, night crawlers, Kastmasters, or Roostertails. The lake rose 1 foot to 582.66 in elevation and 6% capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass ** Trout *** Catfish ** Crappie *
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville reported bank fishermen are lining up along the Rocky Hill side of the lake with Power Bait, spinners, or night crawlers in search of the larger brooder fish. A number of the brooders have been taken in addition to planter rainbows. Bass fishing remains slow, with the occasional fish taken on drop-shotting or jigs in the deep water on slow presentation. The only launch available is on the Rocky Hill side of the lake, but it takes some skill to get the boat in the water without getting wet. The lake rose three-quarters of a foot to 582.21 in elevation and 6% capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke reported nymphing remains good as well as Blue Wing Olives in size 16 on the North Fork. A variety of nymphs are effective.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, www:sequoiafishingcompany.com.
Bass ** Trout *** King salmon * Kokanee * Crappie ** Catfish **
Bass fishing continues to be very slow with the best action on live crawdads while 3- to 4.5-inch shad-patterned plastic worms on the drop-shot or small Senkos on a slow presentation are working at depths to 60 feet. The swimbait bite hasn't emerged as of yet, but recent trout plants should spur this on shortly. The trout plants have created a much-improved bite for planters from the banks at McClure Point or Barrett's Cove with Power Bait or night crawlers as the fish are moving toward the shoreline. Trollers should work the coves and close to the shorelines for the planted rainbows. The lake dropped slightly to 687.71 feet in elevation and 23% capacity.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
McSwain Marina reported a continued good bite for rainbows from the shoreline near the Brush Pile or Handicapped Docks with garlic-scented Power Eggs, various colors of garlic-scented Power Bait, or tossing Kastmasters. Trollers are scoring with night crawlers behind a hammered nickel cowbell, Trout Busters, or PPK Tomahawk spinners in chartreuse between the Floating Restrooms and the 2nd Fence Line.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass ** Striper * Shad * Bluegill ** Trout **
Bass fishing remains decent with limits in the 9- to 10-pound range possible. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, "The fish are holding at 25 to 30 feet in depth in the morning before moving up to 15 to 20 feet in the afternoons on sunny days, and drop-shotting small shad-patterned plastics remains the top technique." Most fishermen are targeting nearby Pine Flat because of upcoming tournaments, but the bass action has been consistent. Gilbert said, "There are big balls of shad in the lake with the spots holding near the shad, but no stripers have been reported, even as hitchhikers on a spotted bass." The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 503.37 in elevation and 43% capacity. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. The action has picked up due to weekly plants in the lower San Joaquin, and Power Bait or night crawlers are the top offerings, with the best action near the Broken Bridge or Lost Lake. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge -- only two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead are allowed with a total of four hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead in possession. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin present must be released immediately.
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 reported very good trout action with bank fishermen scoring some nice limits of planters and holdover rainbows. She said, "The fish have moved from the main lake toward the coves and creek channels, and most fish are being caught in fairly shallow water." Bank anglers are doing very well off Glory Hole Point and near the Tuttletown boat launch ramp with the standard set-up with floating Power Bait in rainbow, chartreuse, salmon egg, or pink scented with garlic. Krocodiles or Kastmasters also are effective for casting from the shorelines as well as a mini jig under a slip float bobber. The big fish of the week weighed in at 3.7 pounds and was taken by Makenna Tutthill of Murphys on Power Bait off Glory Hole Point. Trollers are scoring in the shallows using Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, or ExCel spoons on a side planer to get close to the shoreline. Long-lining blade/crawler combinations from 150 to 200 feet behind the boat have also been effective. She advises to carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish. Huge browns to 30 inches were caught and released in the past week between the Parrott's Ferry and Highway 49 Bridges using a J9 Gold Fluorescent Red Rapala scented with garlic. Bass fishing remains fair, but the bite appears to improving for most fishermen. The spotted bass are fat and chunky, and there are several in the 2- to 4-pound range. The fish are schooling in deep water from 40-70 feet in the morning before moving up in the afternoons. Vertically jigging spoons, drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics on light fluorocarbon line, or three-quarters-ounce football head jigs with a crawdad-colored twin tailed grub, Brush Hog, or Sweet Beaver trailer are the top techniques. A slow presentation is absolutely necessary. With the colder water, catfishing is slow with the fish moving toward the ledges and the deep water near the mouths of creeks in response. Crappie and bluegill action is non-existent. New Melones held at 948.95 feet in elevation and 43% capacity; Tulloch rose nearly 2 feet to 500.76 in elevation and 84% capacity.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish'n Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing(209) 599-2023
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Kokanee * Bass ** Trout ** King salmon * Catfish ** Crappie *
Trout action has picked up with the recent plants, and Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported, "A big load of trout was dumped in at Deer Creek, and anglers are lining the banks with either Power Bait or night crawlers for the planters while trollers are flat-lining Needlefish, Apex lures, or blade/crawler combinations or releasing them down to three colors of lead core." Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno said, "One boat trolled throughout the lake for nothing before finding success near the Deer Creek Marina." The swimbait bite for bass has yet to emerge, but there was a reported 13-pound largemouth landed during the past week. Gilbert thought it would take a good weight of more than 10 pounds to win the New Year's Day tournament, with the possibility of a big fish taken on a rainbow trout-patterned swimbait. Drop-shotting, jigs, or spoons should produce a limit in the 8- to 9-pound range. The water temperature is 54 degrees in the morning, warming to 57 in the afternoon. Gilbert said, "The water temperature is normally in the 51-degree range at this time of year." The lake rose a half-foot to 748.51 in elevation and 17% capacity. Weekly trout plants in the lower Kings continue, with stream fishermen congregating along the stretch below Pine Flat Dam. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fish Co. in Springville continues to find great action for planters and brooders with nymphs such as red copperjohns, Hare's Ears, Prince Nymphs, and Pheasant Tail Flashbacks. He added, "There is a hatch of Blue Wing Olives from noon to 3 p.m., and the BWO's are working well," adding, "Small sizes of dry flies in the 22 to 24 range are also an option." There are special regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam. The season is open from the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 from Pine Flat Dam downstream to U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road with a five-fish limit.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474, Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, The I Forgot Store 787-3689
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
Striper ** Catfish ** Bass ** Crappie *
Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said the striped bass have gone deep in the 70- to 100-foot range in front of the Trash Racks, Portuguese Cove and the island, and jumbo minnows are still working best. He added, "Fishing has been poor to only fair for most anglers with minnows working best." The pumping is occurring at night, and the lack of daytime pumping has slowed down the bite. Roger George of Roger's Guide Service continues to find success for larger fish trolling plugs -- releasing a 15-pounder Friday before putting Tom Frudden of Fresno and Skip Ecken of Monterey onto 13 stripers to 23 inches Saturday. Frudden also had an estimated 20-pounder on for 5 minutes before it became unbuttoned. George continued to fish after his clients left, releasing fish to 25 inches along with another released 19.5-pound lineside. George added, "Most guys aren't doing very well -- catching a few small fish -- but the pattern for anything bigger changes by the hour. The bite windows are very definite and short and you have to work hard to stay on top of it. At times the fish seem to almost go into a suspended state and won't bite. Water temps are now in the 52-degree range." In the Forebay, Clements said, "There is a topwater lure, rip bait, and swimbait bite in the early morning for schoolie stripers as well as flukes on Scrounger heads for linesides in the 16- to 22-inch range with the best action near the Telephone Poles or Check 12." Jumbo minnows are also working from the shore. The lake rose to 29% capacity, with an import of 6,761 acre-feet of Delta water. Important note: All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes must undergo a mandatory inspection for Quagga and Zebra mussels. These invasive species threaten recreational opportunities, the water delivery infrastructure of California and the aquatic habitat of San Luis Reservoir. Failure to allow inspection will result in the refusal to launch.
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
Bass ** Trout *** Kokanee *
Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reported good trout fishing for trollers near the dam with floating F11 Rapalas. Heavy plants have contributed, and the majority of fish are of catchable size. Shore anglers are concentrating around the launch ramp near the dam or the Sheriff's Tower with various colors of Power Bait or night crawlers. With the low launch levels and no courtesy docks, bass fishermen have been avoiding the lake. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, "Bass fishermen will start tossing swimbaits after the first of the year as the trout plants should turn on the swimbait bite." A webcam is available at www: BassLakeFishing.com or BassLakeCA.com. The lake held at 48% capacitity.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748, Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200.
Brown trout ** Trout **
Minimal interest at the Kaiser Pass Lakes, particularly with the road scheduled to be closed due to snow levels in the high country. Edison held at 4% and Florence 8% while Mammoth Pool rose slightly to 13%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee * Trout ** Smallmouth *
Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reported a number of Valley fishermen have been heading to Shaver Lake for the opportunity for a trophy trout. He said, "Trollers have been scoring with floating Rapalas such as an F 11 while shore fishermen have been soaking Power Bait or night crawlers for the occasional trophy." A plant of large fish recently occurred, and the unseasonably good weather has contributed to the number of fishermen getting in on the action. Dave Dungy of Shaver Lake caught and released an 18-inch native rainbow on a Trout Buster during the past week. Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters said, "2013, following the rebirth of the lake after the lowering of the lake for maintenance on the dam, was very productive with many of the trophy trout planted by the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project and Southern California Edison ending up on the end of angler's terminal tackle." He added, "Much of the credit for Shaver's improved fishery goes to Southern California Edison for their thoughtful restoration of the lake." They were also responsible for the planting of 40,000 brown trout fingerlings a few years ago, and the browns are now healthy, beautiful fish in the 14-inch range. In addition, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the Kokanee Power group have provided Shaver with an abundance of kokanee and continue planting fingerling kokanee each year. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project has planted to date about 7,500 trophy sized rainbows. Captain Jack Yandell, vice president of the SLTTP, says that it is the project's plan to continue planting trophy trout for years to come. But he adds, "The donations and the proceeds from the SLTTP's annual Sportsmen's Dinner need to continue." All donations can be sent to SLTTP, P.O. box 908, Shaver Lake 93664. At Huntington, hard-core brown trout fishermen continue to launch small aluminum boats, but obtaining reports from this elite group of fishermen is nearly impossible. Shaver held at 60% capacity while Huntington dropped slightly to 28%.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
The gates are closed on McKinley Grove Road at Dinkey Creek, and Wishon and Courtright are inaccessible for the remainder of the winter months.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat came back with 19 limits of rockfish and four crab per angler Saturday with four crab/angler for nine fishermen on a crab-only trip Sunday. He said, "The weather has been unbelievable with gray whales starting their southern migration only 4 to 6 miles offshore where they are usually out at least 14 miles," adding, "There are some humpbacks also in the mix." He will finish the rockfish season tomorrow. Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady said, "We couldn't have had a better first day of the gray whale season, coming across a 'whale highway,' of breaching whales."
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362, Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Striper ** White sea bass *
Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing reported continued fantastic ling cod counts despite the disappearance of the market-grade squid from the bay. "With the lack of snow in the mountains, every hotel in the area has a high occupancy rate over the holiday weeks, and our rockfish trips have been sold out until the closure." Starting Monday, they will be running sand dab/crab combination trips, and limits of crab are highly likely since the loads will be smaller on these trips.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; or usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut * Striper ** Leopard shark *** Sturgeon ***
Party boats are still posting some impressive crab counts and rockfishing remains great with limits to be found at the Islands and the Marin coast. On Monday, Captain James Smith on the Cal Dawn out of Berkeley Marina ran his last trips of the season. He reported 30 limits of both rockfish and crabs. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported good sturgeon fishing Saturday with some boats landing 2-3 fish, adding, "Not every boat had this, but there were some good scores." Overall, striped bass action has been slow in the cold water. In the south bay, John Akina Jr. of Oyster Point Bait, Tackle, and Deli in South San Francisco reported a few jack smelt are starting to show up in the south bay, and he thought this was unusual for this time of year. Anglers on the pier are still trying for sturgeon without success, but sharks are keeping them busy.
San Luis Obispo
The rockfish season ends today until May 2014, and action continued to be excellent out of both San Luis Obispo County ports. Nature trips and whale watching will fill the bill until the anticipated salmon opener in April.
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 **
With the bass heading for the warmer climates of the back sloughs in the north and south Delta, most Sacramento River bait anglers are targeting sturgeon in a number of locations. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait confirmed the good action in the Big Cut with salmon roe, and he said, "Sturgeon have been coming in from several spots as the fish are on the move." Flounder continue to be taken from the shoreline with pile worms, but the large striped bass have moved out of the area. Do Doung at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported a few sturgeon were weighed in on over the weekend with the best action near the Pittsburg PGE Plant or Chain Island in deep water to 50 feet. Further upriver, Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento said, "There is plenty of bait in the north Delta, but the stripers just aren't there yet," adding, "I was able to catch and release a single large striper on an umbrella rig in Snodgrass Slough, but overall the stripers haven't arrived." In the San Joaquin River, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, found a school of stripers in the 3- to 9-pound range Monday, but he said, "They are moving fast," adding, "We beat on them for a while with the ima Big Stick or the Double AA swimbaits in the morning before they moved out and we couldn't find them again." For largemouth bass, Pringle continues to slow down and use smaller versions of Berkley Power Worms with crawdad or shad scents on a Zappu head or drop-shot. "An absolute dead-stick presentation is necessary," said Pringle. Doug Chapman at Gotcha Bait in Antioch said, "Most of the stripers have been in the 18 to 20-inch range with few shakers and also few fish larger than this," adding, "With the slow striper bite, most fishermen are targeting sturgeon on the Sacramento River."
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
Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass ** White Bass * Striper ** Catfish ** Crappie *
Low water conditions continue to plague the coastal lakes, but with the most water at 25%, Nacimiento remains the best option for small spotted bass on plastics or jigs on a slow presentation. Will and Kathy Hesch of Central Coast Bass Fishing took their 7-year-old granddaughter Katie out on Monday, and he reported a good worm bite, but he added, "You have to move them slow as a dead-stick works great." A New Year's Day tournament has created interest at Nacimiento, and the Best Bass Tournament circuit will be making their inaugural tourney of the year the following weekend. At San Antonio, there are no rental boats or launch ramps available, but there are continued reports of stripers biting plugs or cut bait in the lowered water pool. Nacimiento dropped over 3 feet to 728.20 in elevation and 23% capacity. San Antonio rose nearly three-quarters of a foot to 656.65 in elevation and 6% capacity.
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 Pine Flat on Dec. 21: 1, Cory Kerber 15.26 pounds (big fish 9.78); 2, John Horton 7.74; 3, Mike Pickering 7.53.
Today: Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; New Year's Day Open at Pine Flat, Mark Corrente 284-2768; Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah; Bakersfield Bass Club Nacimiento
Saturday: American Bass Association at Delta/Russo's Marina; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Best Bass Tournaments/Christian Bass League at McClure; American Bass Association at Kaweah; American Bass Association at Nacimiento
Sunday: The Bass Federation at Pine Flat, Mark Corrente 284-2768
Jan. 9-12: International Sportsman's Exposition, Cal Expo in Sacramento, www:sportsexpos.com
Fresno County: Avocado Lake, Fresno City Woodward Park Lake, Kings River Below Pine Flat Dam
Kern County: Brite Valley Reservoir
Madera County: Sycamore Island Pond
AM PM Minor Major Minor Major
N Today 4:18 10:34 4:49 11:05
>Thursday 5:21 11:02 5:51 ----
>Friday 6:25 12:10 6:53 12:39
Saturday 7:27 1:14 7:55 1:41
Sunday 8:28 2:15 8:54 2:41
Monday 9:24 3:12 9:49 3:37
Tuesday 10:17 4:05 10:41 4:29
N = new moon; > = peak activity