A simple fishing trip — why is it that something so mundane can carry so many memories that people remember and cherish forever? There's just something special about the time we spend on the water fishing that can help us transcend our worries, disappointments and daily failures.
It was the 1980 U.S Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., and I was one of 20 decathletes who had made the standard to compete for a place — top three go! — on the U.S. Team going to the Summer Games in Moscow. The decathlon is grueling, with its 10 events held over two days of competition, and the Olympic winner is considered the greatest athlete in the world. All of us had spent the past four years or more training daily for this singular event that would determine whether we would represent the U.S. Everything was on the line. In the previous Olympics, in '76, Bruce Jenner of the U.S. won the decathlon and catapulted the event into the mainstream limelight. Of course, this set the stage for the next Olympic champion, and we all had hopes of glory and victory, especially since Jenner was now retired. I had even moved to Eugene for two years to train.
There was, however, one major problem for all of us U.S. hopefuls — the threat of a boycott of the Olympics by the U.S. over the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Leading up to the trials, we were torn about the political issues, but we also felt that letting us compete in Moscow would be the right thing to do since we had sacrificed so much to get there. We were all waiting for the final decision.
During the second day of the decathlon trials, I was sitting on the track's infield with several others waiting to pole vault when we heard that it had finally been decided: The U.S. was going to boycott. No! Everyone was just sick. Three of my friends ended up taking the top spots and earning their places on the U.S. Team (I got injured), but they were totally depressed and discouraged to come so far and be denied the dream they had given up everything to achieve. I could understand their hurt, since I had been an alternate for the 1976 Olympic Team, which meant I stayed home unless someone got hurt (no one did — so close!). What do you do now?
As I talked with the three distraught Olympians, an idea suddenly came to me: "Hey, if you're hanging around for a couple days, would you guys like to go trout fishing? I know a good place." Almost as one, they enthusiastically thought it was a great idea! For a moment, I watched the deep disappointment roll off them as they turned their thoughts to doing some fun fishing on a quiet stream. Two days later, I picked them up and we headed out for a beautiful trout stream in a private backwoods setting. Each of us took a pole and headed out for a different spot. Wading in our pants in the cold water, we fished salmon eggs and crawlers on the drift. My three friends weren't the best anglers, but they were as happy as clams catching the small rainbows that bit like crazy — and seeing the smiles come back to their faces did my heart good. When we finished, I could see they were revitalized and happy; it was a miracle. My hunch had been right.
Here's the funny part: Whenever we see each other, they always tell me that our fishing trip was the best part of the 1980 trials! That's the miracle — a little fishing trip transformed a dream gone bad into one we still celebrate and cherish as friends to this day. It was magic!
Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Melones trout bite is good, Melanie Lewis said. Millerton bass action remains steady, Merritt Gilbert reported. Trophy trout plants the big news at Shaver Lake, Dick Nichols reported. Don Pedro bass and trout bites are worth fishing, Manny Basi 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 • •
Most reports continue to come out of the southern part of the Valley with Fresno-area anglers focusing upon San Luis Reservoir for striped bass. Canals are running high and fast with increased pumping from the Delta and heavy pumping out of San Luis is creating a rapid current. Anglers need to be very cautious on the slick and icy concrete banks in the early morning. The best canal action is in Kern County with Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield saying, "The aqueduct has been one of the highlights down here with blood worms or jumbo minnows." Blood and pile worms have been hard to obtain with the freezing weather on the East Coast.
Bass • • Trout • • Bluegill • • Catfish • • Crappie •
The best action is for planted trout, but Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno said, "Overall the action from the banks has been slow, but the occasional 3- to 4-pound trophy has been landed on Power Bait." A trout plant is scheduled for next week. Bass fishing remains slow in the low and cold water and the swimbait bite hasn't turned on. Most area bass fishermen have been focusing upon Pine Flat with the plethora of recent tournaments. The river arm is closed beyond the Keep Out Buoys until Aug. 1. The Day Use side and the Codorniz Recreation side have active ramps. The lake is holding at 471 feet in elevation and 9% capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass • • Trout • • Crappie • Catfish • • Bluegill • •
Similar to Eastman, the trout bite is the best thing going, but action is limited to the occasional trophy trout to 4 pounds on Power Bait. Garlic scents have been working best. A trout plant is this week and the week of Jan. 26, which should improve action with Power Bait, crawlers or Kastmasters. Launch ramps remain closed with the lake at 449 feet in elevation and 6%.
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 •
Bass fishing continues to be best with live bait, and Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported an awesome bite with live jumbo or extra-large minnows. Drop-shotting with shad-imitation plastics such as Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green, Robo Worm's Hologram Shad or Pro Worm's Pro Gold are working on a slow presentation in deep water. Trout fishing continues to be good from the banks with night crawler/marshmallow combinations. Trollers are scoring near the surface along the shorelines with heavy spoons, Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler or blade/crawler combo. A trout plant is next week with a plant at Yosemite Lake the week of Jan. 26. Swimbait action continues to be slow, but the larger bass can be taken with this manner for those willing to work hard all day, tossing the heavy lures.
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 • •
At Isabella, Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield touted the local small impoundments as the top draw with decent action for planted trout primarily with Power Bait. The new Chunky Cheese Power Bait with egg oil, Chunky Cheese with garlic or Green Grass continued to be popular, particularly when coated with Lip Ripperz Hatchery Dust. The River Walk, Hart Park, Ming, Truxtun and Woollomes are set to be planted next week. Cormier added, "Buena Vista is even showing signs of life." Action at Lake Isabella remained slow with the low water levels, as bass fishermen are reluctant to launch boats due to ramp conditions. A few crappie and bluegill are taken in the marinas on small minnows or red worms, and an occasional catfish is landed in deeper water with frozen shad or garlic-scented clam meat. Trout fishing is fair from the banks near the Auxiliary Dam with various colors of Power Bait, night crawlers, Kastmasters or spinners. The upper Kern River around Kernville continues to kick out planted rainbows in the deep holes with live crickets, crawlers, salmon eggs or Roostertails.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass • • Crappie • • • Trout • • Catfish •
Small bass remained the story with plastics on the drop-shot or with jigs at 30 to 40 feet. Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported a good crappie bite in the marina and along the left side of the first Launch Ramp with small minnows. A trout plant is this week, and Power Bait is working best with action on Kastmasters from the banks. Another plant is the week of Jan. 26 at Kaweah, which rose a foot to 584 feet and 6%. Murry Park in Porterville is set for a plant next week.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass • • Trout • • Catfish • • Crappie •
Bass fishing remains slow with trout taking center stage during the winter. If an angler is willing to toss large baits such as umbrella rigs, rainbow trout patterned swimbaits or large crankbaits, there remains the opportunity for a large fish. Trout fishing is only fair with Power Bait, spinners or night crawlers from the Rocky Hill side. A few trophy trout planted weeks ago are being landed. Another plant is the week of Jan. 26. The only launch available is on the Rocky Hill side. The lake rose nearly a foot to 584 feet and 6% capacity.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass • • • Trout • • King salmon • Kokanee • Crappie • • Catfish • •
Bass fishing has been best with live crawdads or minnows as Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling and Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford touted live bait. Mello said, "One boat found very good action for bass with live crawdads, but overall the bite has been hit or miss." Basi reported live minnows are working for bass from the banks and both shops have a supply of minnows with A-1 loaded with live crawdads. Crappie fishing is picking up with several landed on minijigs in the Cottonwood Arm. Trout fishing from the banks at McClure Point remained solid with garlic Power Bait in orange or lemon-lime. Trollers have been scoring with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a flasher near the shoreline. A trout plant is next week. The lake dropped 1.5 feet 685 feet and 22%.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout • •
Victoria Sturdevant of McSwain Marina reported generally slow action with the lack of plants. The Department of Fish and Game will plant this week, which should turn on the trout action for trollers and shore anglers. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling confirmed the slower action, but said, "Trollers say they are marking plenty of fish above the Floating Restrooms, but they aren't getting them to bite."
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass • • • Striper • Shad • Bluegill • • Trout • •
The bass bite is holding up with Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reporting 8- to 8.5-pound limits using techniques from drop-shotting, dart-heading and Texas-rigged plastics at depths from the banks to 50 feet. There is a jig bite and action is primarily in the main lake with the fish in the river arm mostly under 13 inches. The lake dropped 2 feet to 501 feet and 42%. All boats must fill a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, weekly trout plants continue. Power Bait or crawlers are the top offerings with action near the Broken Bridge or Lost Lake. On the lower San Joaquin and from Friant Dam down to the Highway 140 Bridge, only two hatchery trout and two hatchery steelhead are allowed in possession. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin present must be released. The San Joaquin is closed to the take of salmon -- they may not be targeted and must be released if inadvertently caught. Plants are set for the next three weeks at Sycamore Island Park and Woodward Park. The Roosevelt High Bass Fishing Club will hold a CleanAThon at Sycamore Island on the weekend of Jan. 25-26.
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 trout are still biting and they should continue for the next couple of months with most fishermen landing a combination of holdovers along with planters." The rainbows are concentrated near the surface in shallow bays and creek channels. Bank fishermen are scoring off Glory Hole Point or Tuttletown boat launch with rainbow, chartreuse, salmon eggs or pink floating Power Bait or Gulp! Eggs, particularly when scented with garlic. Bank fishermen with a two-rod stamp are casting with Krocodiles or Kastmasters with one rod while soaking Power Bait on the other. Trollers are focusing efforts near the surface to 15 feet with Speedy Shiners, Needlefish or ExCels on a long-line to 200 feet or with a sideplaner to get close to the shore. A trout plant is set for next week. Pete Cameron of Galt caught a chunky, 3.44-pound brown trout trolling a broken back Rapala. Trevor Stewart caught and released a handful of nice rainbows while fly fishing and casting lures with Xperience Fishing Guide John Liechty. The quality of spotted bass has been excellent with the fish fat and healthy in the 2- to 4-pound range, but Lewis said action was fair. Fish are schooling at 40 to 70 feet in the morning before moving up in the afternoon. A slow presentation on light line is necessary and vertically jigging spoons, drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics on light fluorocarbon line or three-quarter-ounce football head jigs with a crawdad-colored twin-tailed grub, Brush Hog or Sweet Beaver trailer are top techniques. Catfishing is slow with the fish moving toward the ledges and the deep water near the mouths of creeks in response to the plummeting water temps. Crappie and bluegill action is non-existent. New Melones held at 949 feet and 43% capacity. Tulloch was at 499 feet and 81%.
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
Bass • • Trout • • Crappie • King salmon • Catfish • •
There were several tournaments at the lake over the weekend and a small cadre of anglers continued to seek the larger bass by tossing rainbow-trout patterned swimbaits throughout the day. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, "There is a good swimbait bite if you know where to go and you are willing to work all day for a quality fish." Jay Graham of the Fresno Bass Club said, "Drop-shotting with small shad imitation plastics landed most of our fish on Sunday, but swimbaits were not effective. We marked plenty of fish but getting them to bite was tough." Gilbert added small plastics on the dart-head or Texas-rig at 30 to 45 feet are a good option. The trout bite is holding up due to recent plants with trollers flat-lining Needlefish, Apex lures or blade/crawler combinations or releasing them down to 3 colors of lead core near Deer Creek Marina, Lefevre Creek or Zebe Creek. The lake held at 749 feet and 17%. Graham added that the 15 members of the Fresno Bass Club, nine members of the Sierra Bass, two members of the Kerman Bass Club and 11 members of the Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club packed 77 cages with portions of Christmas trees and anchored them below the normal water levels in an effort to improve fish habitat. Weekly trout plants in the lower Kings continue with stream fishermen congregating along the stretch of the river below Pine Flat Dam. Plants are set for Avocado Lake for the next three weeks. There are special regulations in the Kings above and below Pine Flat.
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 •
Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reported the best striper action has been by trolling with downriggers at 50 to 100 feet with large plugs such as P-Line Predator Minnows, Yozuri Crystal Minnows, Smithwicks or broken-backed Rebels. Coyote Bait and Tackle confirmed the troll bite but added that drifting jumbo minnows in the normal locations of the Track Racks, Portuguese Cove and the island continues to produce fish. Roger George of Roger's Guide Service took out a small group of Roosevelt High Bass Fishing Club members as a reward for their work in the community and classroom this semester, and John Her caught and released a 12-pound striped bass. All caught fish, measuring and releasing each. "The bite windows are very defined and can turn on or off very quickly. For most fishing has been pretty slow in the flat, calm conditions, and they are only pumping a little at night. I would rate it slow to decent now." The lake rose to 31% with an import of 1954 acre-feet of Delta water. Water temps are at about 51 degrees. In the Forebay, action remains slow and bank anglers are tossing jumbo minnows or blood worms for the chance at a legal striper.
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 •
A few anglers have been trolling, but Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod reported slow action with one boat of three landing only four rainbows to 17 inches using Rapalas or Wedding Rings. The water temp is holding at 42 degrees. Bank anglers are picking up a few fish near the launch ramp or the Sheriff's Tower with Power Bait, night crawlers or Kastmasters. A trout plant is next week. Once the water warms up a bit, bass fishermen will start to focus on larger spots and largemouths with rainbow trout patterned swimbaits in response to the heavy trout plants. Bass fishing has been slow in the cold with most reluctant to launch their expensive boats without a courtesy dock and with the ramp near the end of the concrete. A webcam is at www.BassLakeFishing.com or www.BassLakeCA.com. The lake held at 48% capacity.
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 set to be closed. Edison was at 4%, Florence 8% and Mammoth Pool 14%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Kokanee • Trout • • Smallmouth •
The big news was the planting of trophy rainbow trout into Shaver Lake by the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project. Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters and President of the SLTTP said, "Our club has spent $28,000 raised through donations to plant the approximately 2,500 rainbow trout ranging from 2.5 to 8 pounds. Each trophy trout planted represents a major expenditure since they are very costly to raise to trophy size in hatcheries." The spring-like weather has brought a number of fishermen to Shaver Lake and the lure of trophy trout should account for more fishermen. The planted trophies have scattered and they can be found in various locations in the lake. Dick Nichols said, "A strain of Eagle Lake trout was introduced into the lake. These fish have grown to nearly 18 inches and are reported to be in spawning mode." Anglers are able to land a variety of trout, including the Southern California Edison planted brown trout that have grown to 14 inches, Department of Fish and Wildlife planters, and the SLTTP trophy-sized rainbows. Trollers are working the top 10 feet with Rapalas, blade/crawler combinations or Trout Busters tipped with a crawler. Nichols said, "You will have to seek out the schools of trout since they have moved several times in the past week. The dam, Island and Point are the top areas for trollers, but the Eagle Point and Black Rock areas are also good options." Bank anglers are picking up a few fish around Roads 1 and 2 and near the dam with rainbow, chartreuse or orange Power Bait. Drifting a night crawler from a boat is a good option for locating a trophy. The SLTTP meets every third Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Shaver Lake Hotel. The public is invited. Donations can be sent to the SLTTP at PO Box 908, Shaver Lake, CA. 93664. The SLTTP is a non-profit organization. At Huntington, there have been few reports at the high elevation lake, and reports are difficult to obtain from hard-core brown trout fishermen who frequent the lake during this time of the year. Shaver dropped slightly to 59%; Huntington rose slightly to 29%.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
Trout • •
The gates are closed on McKinley Grove Road at Dinkey Creek, and Wishon and Courtright are inaccessible.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Striper • •
Sand dab/crab trips are the story in the coming months and Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat is one of the few boats running for the tasty flatfish and crustaceans. He said, "The crab counts have really fallen off and you have to keep pulling pots to put together limits since there are a number of females showing up in the mostly empty pots." Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady will be running whale watching trips for the Oceanic Society every weekend out of Half Moon Bay with reservations available at the Oceanic Society or (415) 256-9604.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Striper • •
Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey reported plenty of sand dabs and 18 limits of crab on the Caroline while the Check Mate loaded up with 21 limits of crab and bucketloads of sand dabs on Sunday. Whale watching remains good for California gray whales on their migration south, but the humpback whales have moved out. Anchovies are showing up in the Bay, and commercial boats are working the anchovy schools. The squid have vacated the bay for the time being.
Call: Chris's Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Striper • • Leopard shark • • • Sturgeon • • •
The best action has been in San Pablo Bay for sturgeon. John Badger of Barbarian Sport Fishing put in four limits Friday on the eastern end of San Pablo Bay near the Mare Island Rockwall with diamondbacks of 59, 56, 51 and 49 inches on salmon roe. In the south bay, John Akina of Oyster Point Bait, Tackle and Deli in South San Francisco reported the herring spawns near Coyote Point have stopped, but sturgeon fishing has been decent with two diamondbacks brought to the shop on Saturday for a total of four this week. The best action remains from boats on the anchor near Coyote Point with herring as bait. A reminder: Sturgeon may not be taken in the following described area between Jan. 1 and March 15 -- a line from Point Chauncy (National Marine Fisheries Laboratory) to Point Richmond, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and a line between Point Lobos and Point Bonita.
San Luis Obispo
There is still fishing from the San Luis Obispo ports despite the rockfish closure until May 1. Virg's Landing in Morro Bay will be offering sand dab/halibut combination trips on the Rita G for $59/angler from 8 a.m.2 p.m. starting Friday. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, crab/sand dab combination trips will be offered every Friday and Saturday through the month of January in addition to whale watching. Both harbors are offering whale watching and nature trips.
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 • • Bluegill • • • Sturgeon • • Catfish • •
The herring spawns in San Pablo and San Francisco Bay have sucked a number of the Delta's sturgeon into the bays in order to gorge on herring roe and herring, but there are a number of diamondbacks holding near the Mothball Fleet. This is prime time for Delta sturgeon with two large derbies within the month. The eighth annual Diamond Classic Catch and Release Sturgeon Derby is Jan. 25 out of Martinez Marina. Information and registration is available at www.diamondclassic.org. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, "The fleet has been the top area for striper and Mike Molleson of Benicia landed a 19-pound striper on a grass/ghost shrimp combination near Buoy 2 by the Benicia/Martinez Bridge. Do Doung at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported few sturgeon have been landed in this section of the Sacramento River, but striped bass in the 5- to 12-pound range have been brought to the shop from Chain Island or Broad Slough on frozen shad or mudsuckers.
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 •
Nacimiento hosted the Best Bass Tournament Open and 46 boats participated with the first circuit tournament this weekend. Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club worked hard for a 6.53-pound limit drop-shotting and with plastics on a shaky head. He said, "Catching fish was no problem since we landed plenty of fish, but finding size is another story with a 15-inch fish weighing only 1.5 pounds." The big fish was just over 3 pounds as part of a winning 8-pound limit. There has been some discussion of closing the coastal lakes to tournament fishing due to low water conditions. Nacimiento was at 727 feet and 22%; San Antonio was at 656 feet in elevation and 5% capacity.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Best Bass Tournaments at McClure on Jan. 11: 1, Tom Richards/John Walker, 8.98 pounds; 2, Bill and Mike Goodman, 7.73; 3, Timmy Wells/Travis Mathews, 7.62
Kerman Bass Club at Pine Flat on Jan. 11: 1, Jeff Farmer, 10.57 pounds (Big Fish, 3.58 pounds); 2, Dennis Graham, 7.79; 3, George Espino, 7.18
American Bass Association at Pine Flat on Jan. 11: 1, Matt Davidian/Matt Chase, 14.77 pounds (Big Fish, 7.57 pounds); 2, Jon Ramos/Ray Nilmeier, 11.23; 3, Tim and Reece Wells, 10.57
Golden Empire Bass Club at Nacimiento on Jan. 11: 1, Jerry Williams/Roger Hoss, 8.70 pounds (Big Fish, 3.27 pounds); 2, David Coy/Jackson Griggs, 8.61; 3, Jim Grady, 8.47
Fresno Bass Club at Pine Flat on Jan. 12: 1, Mark Corrente, 8.38 pounds (Big Fish, 2.00 pounds); 2, Vincent Garcia, 6.72; 3, Rick White, 6.41
Roosevelt High Bass Fishing Club Striper Derby at San Luis on Jan. 9: 1, John Her, 32 inches (12 pounds); 2, Tony Vang, 22.5 inches, 3, Touleng Thao, 20 inches
Saturday: Mother Lode Bass Anglers at Don Pedro; Angler's Choice/Tri-Valley BassMasters at McClure; New J Bass Club at Pine Flat; Best Bass Tournaments at Nacimiento
Sunday: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Kings River Bass Club at Pine Flat
Jan. 25: Eighth Annual Diamond Classic Catch and Release Derby at Delta/Martinez Marina, info: www.diamondclassic.org; Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Bass N' Tubes at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Contra Costa Bass Club at New Melones; Angler's Choice at McClure; San Luis Obispo Bass Ambushers/Kern County Bass Masters at Nacimiento
Feb. 1: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; American Bass Association at Delta/Russo's Marina; Best Bass Tournaments at McClure; American Bass Association at Pine Flat; 101 Bass at Nacimiento
Feb. 2: California Federation Open at Don Pedro has been cancelled, info: 284-2768 Mark Corrente
Fresno County: Avocado Lake; Fresno City Woodward Park Lake; Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam
Kern County: Cuddy Creek Pond
Madera County: Hensley Lake; Sycamore Island Pond
Mariposa County: McSwain Reservoir; Merced River, Section I
Merced County: Merced River, Section I
Monterey County: El Estero Lake
San Luis Obispo County: Barney Schwartz Park Lake
Tulare County: Kaweah Reservoir; Success Reservoir
Minor Major Minor Major
> Wednesday 3:52 10:04 4:15 10:27
f Thursday 4:38 10:49 5:01 11:12
>Friday 5:25 11:36 5:47 ----
>Saturday 6:12 12:01 6:34 12:23
Sunday 7:00 12:49 7:21 1:10
Monday 7:48 1:37 8:09 1:59
Tuesday 8:36 2:25 8:58 2:47
> = peak activity; f = full moon