The Fishing Report: Week of Jan. 22

The Fresno BeeJanuary 21, 2014 


BW___ Kim Strickler of Fresno with her personal best 42-inch, 33.5-pound striper from San Luis Reservoir on Saturday, January 18, 2014. It was only the third time she and her husband Byron have fished San Luis.


I've had the pleasure of meeting quite a few good anglers recently and I've come away trying to identify some of the attitudes and strategies of these elite anglers. What makes them different from the average angler? One of the biggest similarities they all seem to share is how they approach every trip determined to squeeze every bit of knowledge they can from their time on the water. This is not a casual thing, but a definite plan of action and thinking.

For example, how do you respond when the fish are biting — or when they aren't? Do you look at each situation as a learning experience, an opportunity to improve, or do you just keep on doing the same things as last time? What's your game plan to improve?

For most, the opportunity to catch as many fish as possible is the ultimate goal, but I've watched great anglers use that same hot bite to try new strategies and lures as if they were in a laboratory environment. They explain that once you've determined that the fish are biting, the real variables are the lure and technique you're using. There may be other tactics and lures that are far better, but it's hard to use something you have no confidence in. However, when you know you have a steady bite going, it may be a good time to find out if the new lure or idea is viable at all or even far better than what you are currently using. No, great anglers don't do this every time, but it's a tactic that they use to unstick current habits, hone their skills and build confidence with new tools.

On the other hand, what do the great ones do during a lousy bite that average anglers don't? Some of the biggest breakthroughs can come during the worst bites, because when regular things don't work, you're forced to think through it. I've watched good anglers consciously use this time to experiment with techniques, lures or tactics they would not normally use as they look for a new kind of solution. Do you look at a terrible bite as a failure or as a chance to find different ways to catch fish in this situation? Do you leave disgusted — or do you stay, on purpose, to solve the problem? My biggest fishing improvements have come during terrible bites when I've had to figure out some new insights and breakthroughs. I love tough bites now because it separates anglers out pretty quickly and I now have the confidence to fish when it's supposedly bad.

Another trait I have observed is that these super anglers are usually pretty humble but always confident and — no matter how well they do — they are the first to ask questions and listen intently. No detail is too small. They know they don't have every answer and can't try everything, so they are constantly trying to find solutions they may have missed.

I recently fished a very slow bite, and a guy told me his group had caught about twice as many fish as I had. Not a big catch but better than I did, so I asked what they were using. He pulled out an old-time plug and swore that this was it. My ego said: "What does he know?" The truth? He did better than me, so I found a relic plug — and it worked like a charm! That lure opened the door to some new insights and some big fish later for me.

It's easy to get caught up in the ego and personal bragging rights of fishing (I resemble that remark!), but truly looking at each trip and situation as a learning opportunity, while striving to become a better sportsman, is the higher road that leads to excellence. Never give up!

Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at

Best bets

Huge, lake record rainbows top Shaver action, Dick Nichols said. Don Pedro and McClure live bait bass bites are hot, Manny Basi said. Millerton bass bite has improved, Adam Moore said. New Melones is giving up trout limits, Gary Burns said. Pine Flat is kicking out big bass, Michael Her said.


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 • •

Heavy pumping out of San Luis is contributing to full or close to capacity flows in the California Aqueduct, but few anglers are stopping at the canals on their way to San Luis or the O'Neill Forebay. Anglers need to be very cautious on slick and icy concrete banks in the early morning. The best canal action is in Kern County, and Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield touted lug worms, blood worms, sardines or anchovies for sublegal to occasional legal striper.

Eastman Lake

Bass • • Trout • • Bluegill • • Catfish • • Crappie •

A trout plant this week should help action from the banks with Power Bait, night crawlers or Kastmasters. The swimbait bite has yet to emerge despite the plants, and bass fishing remains slow. The river arm beyond the Keep Out Buoys is closed until Aug. 1. The Day Use and Codorniz sides 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

Hensley Lake

Bass • • Trout • • Crappie • Catfish • • Bluegill • •

Not much change with ramps closed and water at 6% and 449 feet. Trout fishing in the best thing with a plant last week and one next week. Power Bait with garlic is the top offering.

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 •

Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported an awesome bite with live jumbo or extra-large minnows for quality fish. 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, but by far the best action is coming on live bait. The Bait Barn is going through dozens of minnows each week. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing found good action for planted rainbows fast-trolling heavy spoons from 3 to 5 colors of lead core. He had pre-fished and found trout busting on the surface, but they were unwilling to hit the spoons. So he came prepared with side planers and night crawlers, but they weren't necessary since planters were willing to bite this time. "The best accumulation of bait is down at 90 feet," Smith said, "and I think the larger rainbows are holding down there." Boats over 20 feet are advised to launch at Fleming Meadows. A trout plant is this week.

Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011

Isabella/Bakersfield area

Bass • • Trout • • Crappie • • Catfish • • Bluegill • •

At Isabella, Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said, "There should be a killer bass bite up there with jigs, jerkbaits or crankbaits in the shallows, but few bass fishermen are willing to launch their boats in the low water conditions without the benefit of a courtesy dock." He reported that a few crappie and bluegill are found in the marinas with small minnows or red worms and the catfish bite is decent with garlic-scented clam meat, frozen shad or night crawlers. Trout fishing is fair from the banks near the Auxiliary Dam. The lake is at 2,535 feet and 10%. The upper Kern River is producing planted rainbows in the deep holes with night crawlers, live crickets, salmon eggs or Power Bait. The Kern River Ranger District (KRRD) will hold a public meeting at the Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA, at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss trash, camping and resource issues along the Upper Kern. Forest Service District Ranger Watson said, "We hope to improve the quality of the recreation experience and ensure the long-term protection of this wild and scenic river, and we can do it with your help and support." For info, contact Tricia Maki at or at (760) 376-3781, ext. 630. The small impoundments continued to be a top draw with decent action for planted trout, primarily with Chunky Cheese Power Bait. The River Walk, Hart Park, Ming, Truxtun and Woollomes are to be planted this week. Trout fishing at Buena Vista was slow.

Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812

Lake Kaweah

Bass • • Crappie • • Trout • • Catfish • •

Trout patterned swimbaits finding the intermittent big fish continued at Kaweah with two bass to 8.59 pounds weighed in during the Success Bass Club tournament on Saturday. Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club said, "There were a lot of fish caught and we used plastics on the drop-shot at depths to 50 feet for a fifth-place finish at 9.21 pounds. The shad are stacked up on the bottom and this time the bass were biting." Silver Buddy spoons on a vertical jigging technique also are producing. Crappie are found in the marina with small minnows or minijigs. Another trout plant is next week and Power Bait is working best with action on Kastmasters from the banks. The lake is at 585 feet in elevation and 6%.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

Bass • • Trout • • Catfish • • Crappie •

Bass fishing is showing life, and Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville said, "There are far more bass boats on the lake this week and anglers are targeting the fish in the depths with Sonars or crank baits using braided line." With recent trout plants, rainbow trout-patterned swimbaits will work for the occasional quality bass for anglers willing to stick to throwing the heavy lure. Trout fishing from the shore remains popular on the Rocky Hill side and Power Bait, night crawlers or spinners are top offerings. A few of the trophy trout planted several weeks ago are landed weekly. Another plant is next week with Murry Park in Porterville also scheduled. The only launch is on the Rocky Hill side but it takes some skill to get the boat in the water without getting wet. The lake is at 584 feet and 7%. In the Tule River, Stokke reported decent water levels, but trout action totally shut off.

Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626,

McClure Reservoir

Bass • • • • Trout • • • King salmon • Kokanee • Crappie • • • Catfish • •

The live minnow bite provided the best action for bass with Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford saying, "It is an awesome bite right now as we are selling dozens of extra-large and jumbo minnows." Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling confirmed the interest in live minnows with a high demand for medium minnows for those seeking crappie. The occasional large fish is taken on trout-patterned swimbaits, but the top artificial remains shad-patterned worms on the drop-shot working the bottom with a slow presentation. Trout fishing has improved with trollers picking up limits in the Cottonwood arm with Kastmasters tipped with a crawler through the shade line from the trees or with blade/crawler combos. The banks at Barrett's Cove produced limits with garlic Power Eggs in orange or yellow. A trout plant is this week as well as a plant at Yosemite Lake. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 684 feet and 22%.

Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053

McSwain Reservoir

Trout • • •

Victoria Sturdevant of McSwain Marina reported vastly improved action with two trout plants. The Department of Fish and Game and Calaveras Trout Farm dumped about 1,000 pounds each within a few days of each other. Bank fishermen are scoring with Power Bait in chartreuse or rainbow, white garlic Power Bait balls or crawlers. A 6.5-pound rainbow was landed from the point to the right of the Marina on Power Bait. Trolling improved with the warming water and action continues above the Floating Restrooms with silver/blue Kastmasters, Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger or crawlers behind a cowbell flasher. Still-fishing with rainbow or chartreuse garlic Power Bait also produced limits of rainbows.

Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

Bass • • • Striper • Shad • Trout • •

Water temps are up to the low 50's and the reaction bite has taken off. Adam Moore of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported drop-shotting or jigs are a good technique at 40 to 60 feet, but the fish are moving up in the afternoon and rip baits are effective. The action is primarily in the main lake with fish in the river arm mostly under 13 inches. The lake dropped 3 feet to 498 feet and 40%. Boats must fill a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, trout plants continue on a weekly basis on both sides of the river, but there has been far more interest in the lower Kings for the planted trout. Power Bait or crawlers are 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 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 must be released immediately. The San Joaquin River is closed to the take of salmon. Salmon may not be targeted and must be released if inadvertently caught. In addition to the river, trout plants are set at Sycamore Island Park and Woodward Park for the next two weeks. The Roosevelt High Bass Club will be conducting a two-day Clean-a-thon at Sycamore Island this weekend.

Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New Melones/Tulloch

Bass • • Crappie • Catfish • • Trout • • • Kokanee •

Trout are taking the top spot at the lake and Gary Burns of Take It to the Limit Guide Service said, "We have been putting limits in the boat every time we go out and we are finding our best action from the banks in the backs of coves with garlic or salmon egg Power Bait. We have been fishing in the far south of the lake and around Mormon Creek." Burns advised using a 30-inch sinker with a sliding sinker and leaving a little slack in the line to allow the trout to swim off with the bait. Gold Kastmasters have been effective. 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 continued plants from the Department of Fish and Game. Bank anglers are catching limits of Glory Hole Point and near the Tuttletown Launch Ramp with floating Power Bait or Gulp Eggs of the bottom and garlic scents have been particularly effective." Trollers are advised to work from 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 shoreline. A trout plant is this week. Bass fishing has improved with anglers starting to land chunky spotted bass in the 2- to 4-pound range. Xperience Fishing guide John Liechty caught and released two giant largemouth bass with rainbow trout-patterned swimbaits. Lewis said, "He landed both of the big fish on back-to-back casts. There is a large population of fish that are schooling up in deep water from 30 to 50 feet while some fish are moving up fairly shallow throughout the day in order to feed." She advised using electronics to locate shad schools since bass will be holding there. Vertical jigging with spoons, drop-shotting or dropping half- to three-quarter-ounce California Reservoir jigs are good techniques. Catfishing is slow. Crappie and bluegill action is non-existent. New Melones is at 949 feet and 43%. Tulloch is at 500 feet in elevation and 82% 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 •

Swimbaits producing the occasional huge largemouth or spotted bass with Michael Her of the New J Bass Club reporting, "There were some huge bass brought to the scale during Saturday's club tournament with the team of Colin DeGough and Kevin Lee landing a 9.08-pounder with George Rosales weighing a 7.08 -pound spotted bass. For action, slow dragging jigs, Texas-rigged worms or drop-shotting are working best." Adam Moore at Valley Rod and Gun reported slow rainbow action with the full moon. Dave Dungy of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project confirmed the drop in trout action, saying, "We caught only two 14-inch rainbows between Deer Creek and the dam long-lining Apex lures or night crawlers 100 feet behind the boat. These were the only bites in 4 hours." The lake is at 749 feet and 17%. Weekly trout plants in the lower Kings continue with stream fishermen congregating below Pine Flat Dam. Plants are set for Avocado Lake for the next two weeks. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fish Company in Springville continued to find good action for quality rainbows in the catch-and-release section of the river, saying, "Nymphing remains the top technique for fly fishermen." 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 •

Coyote Bait and Tackle reported the striper are scattered but holding in the deeper sections. The full moon had fish feeding at night, and Roger George of Roger's Guide Service said, "The bite windows are small and I've seen them turn off and on more quickly than I can ever remember. The general bite has been tough, about a 2 rating in the big lake, but there have been a few lunkers for experienced anglers willing to work hard." George took out Fresno anglers Ron Mayebo and Don Purcell for 14 released striper in the 18- to 22-inch range, but he was able to put Mayebo onto a trophy lineside at 25 pounds. "Mayebo is a renowned Valley fishermen and this was his first trip back to San Luis for 10 years. We went back Sunday, but we only got a few small fish, which is how it's been going," George said. He also said that Byron and Kim Strickler of Fresno told him they fished the big lake Saturday and Kim hooked a huge personal best 42-inch, 33.5-pound striper on a Rapala in the dam area on only their third trip to the lake. Byron, who is a well known local Brown trout specialist, said that they tried to revive the fish for a half hour, but the hard fight overcame it. Patrick Movey of the Fishermen's Warehouse in Fresno confirmed that trolling lures and drifting jumbo minnows are producing a few large fish. Water temps are around 51.5 degrees. In the Forebay, Adam Moore at Valley Rod and Gun reported a hot bite with white swimbaits, white flukes or rip baits. The lake held at 31% capacity with an import of 1,954 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. Failure to allow inspection will result in the refusal to launch.

Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711; Roger George of Roger's Guide Service (559) 905-2954


Bass Lake

Bass • • Trout • • • Kokanee • •

Richard Walters of Bass Lake Water Sports reported an up-and-down trolling bite with excellent action on one trip with Paul Kalaman pulling blue Shasta Tackle Humdingers, gold Kastmasters or Rapalas on a long-line far behind the boat. Their action took place between the Eagle's Nest and the Sheriff's Tower. He found slower action on a subsequent trip with the same lures, but they did catch and release a 7-pound rainbow. Adam Moore at Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported kokanee are showing up a few months early and he touted pulling Wedding Rings, Apex lures or Needlefish for rainbows. The low water at 48% is a disincentive to launching an expensive bass boat without the benefit of a courtesy doc. A webcam is at or

Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200

Edison/Florence/Mammoth Pool

Brown trout • • Trout • •

Minimal interest with the road set to be closed due to snow. Edison was 4%, Florence 8% and Mammoth 14%.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000


Kokanee • Trout • • • Smallmouth •

As if on cue after the planting of trophy trout, a unofficial lake record of 31 inches and 16.2 pounds and then a second rainbow of 15 pounds, 13 ounces were landed. Scott McAvoy of Madera was trolling near the dam with an Apex lure for the 16.2-pounder, and Robert Martin of Clovis landed the 15-pounder on a blade/crawler combo between the Point and the dam. Mike O'Connell of Tollhouse was trolling on the same day and reported marking 200 and 300 trophy-sized trout near the Sierra Marina. Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters said, "Bank anglers are picking up trophy rainbows near the Point along with planter-sized rainbows. Bank fishermen may be finding better action than trollers." He advised trolling anglers to try different depths, lures or baits to locate a school with action near the Point, in front of the Sierra Marina, Roads 1 and 2, or the island. With the warmer daytime temperatures, the fish may have dropped in the water column with trollers working too shallow. Drifting a night crawler or Power Bait from a boat has been productive. The Sierra Marina ramp is open with no restrictions. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project has planted approximately 2,500 rainbows from 2.5 to 8 pounds. Donations can be sent to the SLTTP at P.O. Box 908, Shaver Lake, CA, 93664. The SLTTP is a non-profit. A letter of appreciation will be sent to donors. Few reports from Huntington, but you can bet there are experienced fishermen launching small boats in search of trophy browns with large plugs. Shaver held at 59% with Huntington at 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 • •

Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat said, "The Mavericks Surfing Festival and Competition didn't happen this weekend since the swell backed off, but we were able to get out Saturday on a sand dab/crab combination trip for 15 limits of Dungeness crab, 180 sand dabs and numerous kingfish." 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

Monterey/Santa Cruz

Striper • •

Sand dab/crab combination trips and whale watching dominate until the start of the 2014 salmon season. Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey reported plenty of sand dabs and six limits of crab on the Check Mate on Monday, and they have been returning with limits of crab on several trips to include 21 limits of crab Saturday. Gray whales continue to make for great viewing on the Star of Monterey.

Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173;

San Francisco Bay

Halibut • Striper • • Leopard shark • • • Sturgeon • •

There is minimum interest in running 45 minutes to the Gate only to have a longer ride to fish for sand dabs. Emeryville Sport Fishing hasn't had a trip out since the rockfish closure on Dec. 31. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait in San Rafael said, "The occasional bass and sturgeon are taken in the clear water, but we need the tides to stir things up." There haven't been any recent herring spawns, but Fraser said, "They may appear any day now." Around half of the commercial herring quota has been reached.

San Luis Obispo

Out of Virg's Landing in Morro Bay, the Rita G will take sand dab/halibut trips on Sunday and Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m for $59/angler. The Fiesta is taking whale watching trips and spotted 14 gray whales -- two pods of seven -- on Monday. Both harbors are offering whale watching and nature trips through the winter. Rockfish season starts May 1.

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 • • •

Sturgeon appear to be moving back into Suisun Bay after a push of diamondbacks migrated into San Pablo Bay in response to massive herring spawns around the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Captain Chris Smith of the Captain Hook found great action in Grizzly Bay on Saturday for a 57-inch sturgeon on the outgoing tide and released a 42-inch diamondback on the incoming tide. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait and Tackle said, "They are tearing them up out there" in Suisun Bay. He added, "Lamprey eel and grass shrimp combinations have been very effective and salmon roe is also continuing to work." Do Doung at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported overall slow striped bass fishing with sturgeon near the Pittsburg PG&E Plant providing the most action. Gotcha Bait in Antioch reported an improved sturgeon bite with action in the deeper sections of Broad Slough, Montezuma Slough and in upper Suisun Bay with salmon roe, grass shrimp or ghost shrimp. The Eighth Annual Diamond Classic Catch and Release Sturgeon Derby is Saturday out of Martinez Marina. In the far north, sturgeon are showing up near the Green Bridge in Freeport in spite of the low water flows and this appears to be the upper end of sturgeon action with few fish migrating past Sacramento. J.D. Richey of Richey's Sport Fishing has found solid action for schoolie striper in the San Joaquin River system tossing swimbaits. Despite cold water, Richey has been scoring in the early morning with shad-patterned swimbaits. Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento confirmed the resurgent striper bite, touting the stretch from Three-Mile Slough toward Sherman Island with Fish Traps or swimbaits. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported the waters of the San Joaquin are crystal clear; and with the recent warming trend, the largemouth bass are more active in mid-January as opposed to the end of February during a normal year. He said, "The bite is changing quickly and the ima Rock'N Vibe, a rattling bait and the 10-inch Berkley Power Worm are working for better than average fish due to the warming water conditions."

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 is the most viable of the coastal lakes, and drop-shotting and with plastics on a shaky head remain top techniques for landing the spotted bass. The fish are abundant but finding larger than normal spots are a challenge. The team of Jim Keeney and Tom Ryan weighed in a winning limit at 9.53 pounds during Saturday's Best Bass Tournament Open for a near 2-pound average. There has been some discussion of closing the coastal lakes to tournament fishing due to low water conditions. Nacimiento is at 727 feet and 22%; San Antonio is 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 (805) 466-6557



Best Bass Tournaments at Nacimiento on Jan. 11: 1, Jeremy Gearhart/Jason Martin, 8.35 pounds (Big Fish, 3.16 pounds); 2, Dylan Waldrop/Will Duncan, 8.27; 3, Martin and Eric Zillig, 7.94

Angler's Choice at McClure on Jan. 18: 1, Randy and Glen Pierson, 13.18 pounds (Big Fish, 6.36 pounds); 2, Kenny Shepard/Don Longton, 8.18; 3, Jim Moulton/Harry Markarian, 8.17

New J Bass Club at Pine Flat on Jan. 18: 1, Colin DeGough/Kevin Lee, 13.91 pounds (Big Fish, 9.08 pounds); 2, Danny Woods/Joe Alanis, 12.61; 3, Tim and Reece Wells, 9.78

Success Bass Club Dave Davis Memorial at Kaweah on Jan. 19: 1, Josh Housey/Jesse Rodriquez, 15.39 pounds (Big Fish, 8.59 pounds); 2, George Rosales/Newt Price, 12.46; 3, Mark Abler/Ray Gauerke, 9.98



Saturday: Eighth Annual Diamond Classic Catch and Release Derby at Delta/Martinez Marina, info:; 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. 1-2: The Original Sturgeon Derby, aka the Super Bowl Sturgeon Derby, at Delta/McAvoy's Boat Harbor, info:

Feb. 2: California Bass Federation at McClure, info: 284-2768 Mark Corrente

Feb. 15: Roosevelt High Bass Club at McClure (Barrett's South Launch), info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or

Feb. 22: Dinuba High Bass Club at Kaweah, info: John Celum, 797-5793

March 8: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Millerton (Day Use Launch), info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or

April 5: Roosevelt High Bass Club at Eastman (Campground Side), info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or

May 18: Student Angler Federation's California State Championship at Delta/Russo's, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or


Calaveras County: Camanche Reservoir; New Melones Reservoir

Fresno County: Avocado Lake; Woodward Park Lake; Kings River below Pine Flat Dam

Kern County: Brite Valley Reservoir; Cat Fish Lake; Hart Park Lake; Ming Lake; River Walk Lake; Truxtun Lake; Woollomes Lake

Madera County: Bass Lake; Eastman Lake; Sycamore Island Pond

Mariposa County: Eastman Lake; McClure Reservoir

Monterey County: El Estero Lake

San Joaquin County: Camanche Reservoir

Tulare County: Murry Park Pond

Tuolumne County: Don Pedro Reservoir; New Melones Reservoir



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Wednesday 9:25 3:14 9:48 3:37

q Thursday 10:15 4:03 10:39 4:27

Friday 11:06 4:53 11:31 5:19

Saturday 11:57 5:43 ---- 6:11

Sunday 12:21 6:35 12:50 7:04

Monday 1:13 7:28 1:43 7:58

Tuesday 2:07 8:23 2:38 8:53

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