Fishing Report: Week of Feb. 12

The Fresno BeeFebruary 11, 2014 

Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club president Corrie Williams, left, and Bryce Her, right, hold forth the bass they caught midway through the April Extravaganza bass fishing tournament at Eastman Lake Sunday morning, April 14, 2013.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA — THE FRESNO BEE Buy Photo

ROGER'S REMARKS

Most active anglers have been dealing with the low-water conditions for some time now, but as we approach the traditional boating season things could get very interesting as all the seasonal boaters hit the water for the first time this year. If we end up with lakes way below normal, there are several factors that could make this an especially nasty year.

First off, I think even if we get a good influx of water, the boat ramps will be a major issue to handle the increased traffic. In most cases, ramps are not designed for low water, and many use remnants of antiquated ramps for the final 50 feet or so. These are usually very narrow, full of potholes and can suddenly end with a 2-foot drop. On top of that, you have to back up quite a ways down before you even get to the water. These are troublesome places for boaters to get tied up, navigating the treacherous and narrow ramp. The Millerton ramp on the Madera County side gets this way at low water. But there are also some ramps that just go off into mud. Just imagine 10 or more boaters backed up waiting for the already anxious and sweating driver to back down his motor home pulling a big ski boat.

At some lakes, parking can be a real pain in low-water conditions and heavy traffic. I've been encountering this where there is limited space to park and you don't dare park off the concrete on the wet mud, so some just park the whole truck and trailer right in the middle of the turnaround area at the base of the ramp. In addition, I've seen late-arriving anglers park right across from these rigs on the other side of the two-lane ramp, effectively blocking anyone from being able to turn around and making them turn around first and then back down a good 80 to 100 yards to the water. You might have to start getting to your favorite water at sunrise — just to get parking!

Low water and lots of high-powered boats being driven by inexperienced drivers is a recipe for disaster. Not only do we have less surface area in the main lake for everyone to run around, but the channels can also get very narrow and have underwater obstacles popping up that the average boater is completely unaware of. Lots of folks seem to think that being in the middle of the channel guarantees the deepest water — not so now! Keep your head on a swivel at all times in those situations, or just plain avoid the narrows.

As for anglers, fishing skinny water has its challenges as well as the competition heats up. Consider this: Fishing a lake that's only at 30% capacity also means that you are probably only effectively fishing about 60% or less because lots of it may be too shallow. Also, everyone starts to crowd the same areas. This is where I think we need to be aware that common courtesy becomes paramount to a good fishing trip for all parties.

Giving other anglers enough room to fish, the right of way if they're fishing a stretch of water before you got there, not blasting off or coming to a full speed stop yards from another boat — or running full out within 50 yards of another boat — are just basic considerations we should extend to others in low-water conditions. Yes, we need more water, but we also need to conscientiously practice patience and courtesy on what water we do have left this year. Never give up!

Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at rogergeorge8000@sbcglobal.net

Best bets

Delta bass and striper bites are "on fire," Alan Fong said. Millerton spots are the best Valley bet, Merritt Gilbert reported. Aqueduct stripers are biting anything white, Patrick Movey said. Don Pedro trout are hitting, Monte Smith reported. New Melones bass bite is good, Mike Gomez 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.

Key:

• Try dynamite

• • Have to work hard

• • • Limits possible

• • • • Fish jumpin' in boat

VALLEY

Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs

Striper • • • Catfish • •

Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno said, "Striper fishing in the Aqueduct has gone crazy with anything white working for the linesides." Anglers are tossing white flukes or swimbaits in the moving waters at the head gates along the access areas around Firebaugh and beyond. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis confirmed the increased sales of white flukes over the past two weeks. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported good action for striper with blood worms, lug worms and sardines. Bob Raab of Bakersfield landed the big fish of the week at 11.5 pounds, but the majority of striper are undersized.

Eastman Lake

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

Pat Huddleston, Eastman Lake Camp Host, said, "Trout action is the best thing taking place, but a largemouth bass estimated at 5 pounds was landed on a RatLTrap this week." Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported jigs are working for bass to 2 pounds, but swimbait fish have been scarce despite the recent trout plants. Drop-shotting at 25 to 35 feet is a productive technique. Boaters are advised to take it slow with the low levels and unmarked hazards throughout the lake. Huddleston reminds fishermen that the river is closed and to "heed the white bobble head warnings to stay out," adding, "Boaters also need to be vigilant of the rock piles and other areas that lurk below the surface, as we try to keep them all marked, but runaway markers and missed spots happen, so be careful." Another trout plant is this week and this should improve the action from the banks with Power Bait coated with Lip Ripperz Hatchery Dust, night crawlers or Kastmasters. Trolling is difficult due to water conditions. The river arm is closed beyond the Keep Out Buoys 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 •

Action for planted trout has been decent with various color of Power Bait coated with Lip Ripperz Hatchery Dust or night crawlers. Another trout plant is this week. Bass and catfish action is slow. Launch ramps are closed while the lake dropped a quarter foot to 500 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 • • • Crappie • • Kokanee • King salmon •

Monte Smith of Gold County Sport Fishing found good action pulling heavy spoons on lead core line for a dozen rainbows. He said, "We found rainbows everywhere we looked, including the dam, the south end and the Power Lines. We saw fish jumping and working bait on the surface and a few of the rainbows were greater than planter size." The lake is clear with the water at 53 degrees. He expected the lake to remain clear despite the rainfall. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford touted drop-shotting or jigs at 25 to 60 feet. Shad-patterned plastics are working best and a light line in the 6-pound test range with a three-sixteenths drop-shot weight is advised. Live jumbo or extra-large minnows remain effective for those wishing to soak live bait. Boats over 20 feet are advised to launch at Fleming Meadows. The lake is at 734 feet in elevation and 51% capacity.

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 said, "Catfish are providing the best action for bank anglers with garlic-scented clam meat, shrimp or frozen shad." A few crappie and bluegill continue to be found in the French Gulch Marina and small minnows are working best for the slabsides. Trout action remained slow in spite of recent plants. Few bass fishermen target the lake as they need to launch from the dirt with the help of a 4WD tow vehicle. The Lake Isabella Trout Derby is April 12-14 and plants will be heavy leading up to it. The lake is at 2,535 feet and 10%. The upper Kern River will be planted this week in sections 4, 5 and 6, and the action should improve for planters heading to the deeper holes. The best fishing has been taking place from Democrat Dam and the Kernville Park to the Power House with night crawlers, live crickets, salmon eggs or Berkley Mice Tails. The action should improve with plants prior to this weekend's annual Whiskey Flat Days in Kernville. Cormier reported an improved trout bite at Buena Vista in response to plants. It is anticipated to be planted every third week. Chunky Cheese Power Bait with garlic, rainbow Power Bait or green nightcrawlers are working. Hart Park, Ming, Truxtun, the River Walk and Woollomes will be planted next week, and the action was good this week due to last week's plants. Chunky Cheese Power Bait with garlic continues to be the top bait. The Bakersfield Fire Fighters third annual Trout Derby is March 8 at the River Walk, and 25 tagged fish to $1,000 will be released along with a boat raffle, pancake breakfast and BBQ.

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

Lake Kaweah

Bass • • Crappie • Trout • • Catfish •

The bass bite is fair and swimbaits, jigs or drop-shotting produced the most fish during Saturday's Visalia Bass Club tournament. Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club said, "I didn't fish the event, but Larry Phillips landed a 15-pound largemouth the day before and he came up empty on Saturday." Planted trout are providing action from the second ramp, and the banks are filled with fishermen tossing Power Bait, night crawlers or Kastmasters. A trout plant is this week. The lake dropped three-quarters of a foot to 586 feet in elevation and 7% capacity.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

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

Bank interest for planted trout is the best thing going and shore anglers are lining the Rocky Hill side to throw out Power Bait, night crawlers or spinners. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville said, "Fly fishermen are scoring with a similar setup to those used at Lake Crowley with a couple of nymphs below an indicator while drifting near the shoreline from a boat. Copperjohns in red, salmon egg patterns, Hare's Ear or chromatids are working." Bass fishing is slow. Trout plants are at Success and Murry Park in Porterville this week. The only launch is on the Rocky Hill side. The lake is at 585 feet and 7%. In the Tule River, Stokke reported a very slow bite for rainbows and brown trout.

Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com

McClure Reservoir

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

Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported the best action during Saturday's Best Bass Tournament at 45 to 55 feet with jigs such as the brown/purple TNT or the Berserk Baits Purple Hornet, or with plastics such as the Pro Worm 124p on the dart-head or drop-shot. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, "There was a huge largemouth over 10 pounds landed earlier in the morning during the tournament and the angler was able to win the tourney despite weighing in only two more fish." This is a very large bass for the lake. A trout plant is this week, and should help the swimbait bite for bass and the bank action for planted trout. Trollers are finding decent action in the main lake near Temperance or the dam with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a crawler behind a dodger. Rainbow Power Bait is working from the banks at McClure Point for planters while those targeting bass are scoring with live minnows or crawdads. The lake rose a half foot to 681 feet in elevation and 21% capacity.

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

McSwain Reservoir

Trout • •

Victoria Sturdevant of the McSwain Marina reported a trout plant from the Department of Fish and Wildlife is Thursday or Friday, and this should help trout action since the last plant was Jan. 30. Trollers are scoring with purple PPK Tomahawk spinners, Rapalas or night crawlers behind silver flashers up the river arm. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported one boat found limits pulling a J5 broken backed Rapala in gold from Gilligan's Island to the second Fence Line. Bank action is around the Handicapped Docks with chartreuse/garlic Power Bait or white garlic Power Eggs. The eighth-ounce Pot O' Gold spoons continue to be very popular.

Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

Bass • • • Striper • Shad • Bluegill • •

Millerton continues to sport the best bass bite in the area according to Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, saying, "It is as good as we have here right now. I expect an 11-pound limit to be necessary to win next weekend's tournament since anglers are reporting easy limits in the 7.5-pound range." Working the bottom with Texas-rigged plastics or drop-shotting at 15 to 45 feet are producing, but there is a rip bait and spinnerbait bite in the afternoons. Gilbert added, "Anglers are picking up from 10 to 12 keepers per trip and, although Millerton is not a swimbait lake, there have been some fish taken on small swimbaits such as K-Techs." The lake is dropping and the launch is on the fifth ramp. No striper reported. The lake rose over a foot to 493 feet and 38%. All boats must fill a Quagga mussel self-inspection to launch. In the lower San Joaquin, no trout plants are scheduled for the next two weeks, and the action has slowed considerably. Plants are scheduled for the next three weeks at Woodward Park in Fresno and Sycamore Island Pond. Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse said, "Local families have been heading to Sycamore Island Pond for planters on Power Bait." 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. The San Joaquin River is closed to the take of salmon, which may not be targeted and must be released if caught.

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

New Melones/Tulloch

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

Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a wide open bass bite with drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics, jigs or swimbaits for spots. He continued to tout Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green or Pro Worms 124p as the top plastics on the drop-shot. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camps was less optimistic, reporting a fair bass bite with the fish scattered at various depths, but she did highly recommend California Reservoir Lures. John Liechty of Xperience Guide Service caught and released a 6.3-pound largemouth on a California Reservoir Lures jig with a twin trailer. Trout fishing remains good from the bank and by trolling with Lewis reporting the best action off Glory Hole Point and near the Tuttletown Launch Ramp with Power Bait, Gulp! Eggs or crawler/marshmallow combinations fished off the bottom as the rainbows are congregating in shallow water. Trollers continued to find their best action from the surface to 15 feet long-lining a small F5 or F7 Rapala at least 150 feet behind the boat. A threaded night crawler behind a tear drop dodger worked close to the shoreline with a side planer is another good trolling technique. Large brown trout continue to be landed on a weekly basis and Lewis continued to request that anglers release the brown trout since there is no possibility of the species being planted in the lake in the future. Catfishing continues to be slow with the fish moving toward the ledges and the deep water near the mouths of creeks. Rain should improve the action. Crappie and bluegill action is non-existent. New Melones is at 949 feet and 43% with Tulloch at 501 feet and 84%. A double trout plant is this week at Tulloch.

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 Reservoir/Kings River

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

The swimbait bite for bass that was solid a few weeks back has slowed to the occasional larger fish per week for those willing to toss the heavy baits. Merritt Gilbert said, "The best action is taking place with Texas-rigged plastics at 20 to 35 feet with a few bass on jigs." Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse said, "The drop-shot bite has slowed and more anglers are switching to shaky-head or dart-head presentations." Trout fishing is also fair with trollers picking up one or two of the planted or holdover rainbows at depths from 3 to 5 colors with Apex lures or Needlefish. Most area trout fishermen are heading to Bass Lake for the solid planter action with the occasional holdover rainbow. Bank fishermen are lining the shorelines near Deer Creek Marina for planted rainbows with Power Bait or night crawlers in response to last week's trout plant. The lake dropped a half foot 750 feet and 18%. Weekly plants continue in the lower Kings with stream fishermen congregating along the stretch below Pine Flat Dam. Plants for the next three weeks are at Avocado Lake. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fish Company in Springville reported the bite is back on with various nymphs in the color red, particularly those mimicking a salmon egg. There are 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 •

Alex Tran of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported the rainstorms limited numbers targeting striper in the main lake; however, drifting jumbo minnows along the bottom below 90 feet, trolling P-Line Predators, Smithwicks or broken backed Rebels on a downrigger or dropping 1.75- to 2-ounce spoons to the bottom still are producing linesides. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported a pair returned with limits to 23 inches drifting minnows in 90 feet of water near the Trash Racks. Roger George of Roger's Guide Service said, "The low pressure front and rain has scattered the fish even more, and with more suspended fish showing up, the striper are moving shallower. The early bite seems to have receded, but the mid-day bite is the best.The average angler is struggling to catch a few small fish now." He took out Tony Palermo of Fresno on Saturday to catch and release 20 striper to 24 inches- with a 27-inch, 8-pound kicker. In the Forebay, Movey touted white flukes or swimbaits for striper from the banks or boats. Alex Tran said, "We normally sell out of blood and pile worms by the end of the weekend, but with the storm this weekend, the demand dropped precipitously." The lake held at 30% with releases into California Aqueduct.

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

HIGH SIERRA

Bass Lake

Bass • • Trout • • • Kokanee •

Bass Lake has been solid for planted rainbows with Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reporting, "The bite is still good with spinners on lead core line trolled across from the launch ramp." Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis confirmed the solid bite at 10 to 15 feet with one boating a limit to 17 inches. For bass fishing, the bite has slowed with the water in the mid-40s. The rainbow trout swimbait bite is slow, but a few spots are taken on smaller swimbaits in the 3- to 4-inch range such as K-Tech in trout patterns. The inflow rose the lake levels, but the ramp is barely in the water. A webcam is at www.BassLakeFishing.com or www.BassLakeCA.com.

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 Kaiser Pass closed. Edison held at 4%, Florence held at 8% while Mammoth Pool dropped slightly to 13%.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee • Trout • • Smallmouth •

The weather is expected to move into the 60s this week and should bring the anglers back to Shaver after a week of cold and snowy weather. Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters said, "The only morning without precipitation in the past week was Friday and there were no boats observed on the lake." Earlier, bank anglers were finding decent action, but trolling has been slow. No trophy trout were weighed. "The lake had an abandoned look," Nichols said. For those willing to brave the elements, Nichols reported the dam area, Roads 1 and 2 and the Point may be the best bank spots and the same locations plus the Island may prove best for trollers." Power Bait or night crawlers are the top baits for bank anglers while blade/crawlers or Trout Busters are productive for trollers. The ramps are open despite recent snow. Launch conditions can be observed via webcam at www.sierraamarina.com. At Few reports out of Huntington. Snow will make access more problematic.

Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740

Wishon/Courtright

Trout • •

The McKinley Grove Road at Dinkey Creek gate is closed.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

OCEAN

Half Moon Bay

Striper • •

Sand dab/crab trips remained the only party boat activity, and this will continue until the salmon in April. Rough weather put whale watching on hold, but Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady plans on running whale watching trips for the Oceanic Society every weekend out of Half Moon Bay until the salmon opener. Contact the Oceanic Society or (415) 256-9604 for reservations. Thomas said, "By the second or third week of February, the whales will be traveling both directions up and down the coastline."

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 •

Todd Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey said, "We were out both Saturday and Sunday with limits of crab and loads of sand dabs. We also put in some blue mackerel."

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

San Francisco Bay

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

Out of the Golden Gate, Emeryville Sport Fishing hasn't had a trip out since the rockfish closure Dec. 31. Inside the bay, George Liu at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito reported herring spawns from the Richmond Pier, and anglers are tossing cast nets for coolers full of fresh bait. Most sturgeon fishermen have been heading to Suisun Bay. Tom Dudenhoeffer of Sweeney's Sports in Napa reported a good sturgeon bite in the Napa River as far north as the Highway 29 Bridge. Striper to over 30 inches have been taken by fly fishermen tossing Clouser Minnows in the clear waters of the river or bait. The water clarity is relatively good with the lack of rain, but Dudenhoeffer said, "The larger tides will murk up the water."

San Luis Obispo

The Rita G out of Virg's Landing in Morro Bay returned with 160 sand dabs and 29 Dungeness crab for eight clients on its Crab 'n' Dab Combination. 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

OTHERS

Delta/Stockton

Bass • • • Striper • • • Bluegill • • Sturgeon • • Catfish • • •

The first storms of 2014 were last weekend and the constant rainfall throughout the week limited the number of fishermen in the Delta. Those who braved the conditions were rewarded with diamondbacks in the box with the best action in lower Suisun Bay. In the Pittsburg area, James Nguyen of Dockide Bait reported few fishermen braved the weather over the weekend, but he expected improved sturgeon and striper fishing in this section of the river during the upcoming week due to the fresh water inflow. In the Liberty Island area, Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento reported the striper action is on fire with swimbaits or Fish Traps at 2 to 8 feet. He added, "The area is particularly dangerous at low tide and you have to know what you are doing when you go in there." Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento reported an excellent bite for largemouth bass in the south Delta from Mildred Island to Victoria Tract with rip baits or spinnerbaits in the shallows. Fong also said the striper bite is great in the Port of Sacramento as a big school has moved inside the protected waters. Dropping 1.75- to 2-ounce spoons are doing the trick. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, "The bite will be really good now that the streams and creeks are flushing new food sources into the Delta and I expected the fish to be pushing hard into the back sloughs and creeks," adding, "With the weather expected in the 60s and 70s, the bass will start to cruise toward the banks."

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 and Lopez continue to have enough water to fish, and the Best Bass Tournaments held a Coastal region tourney at Lopez on Saturday. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, is the director of the circuit, and said, "Drop-shotting or dragging worms or lizards was the top technique, but there were bass to 8 pounds landed on Umbrella rigs or small swimbaits." At Nacimiento, jigs or drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics at 15 to 35 feet along main lake points continued to produce spotted bass to 1.5 pounds, although the fish are long and thin. Nacimiento dropped again to 725.60 feet in elevation and 22% capacity while San Antonio held at 655.90 feet in elevation and 5% capacity. There are no launch ramps open at San Antonio.

Reminder: Consuming white bass, black bass, crappie, catfish or carp are subject to safe eating guidelines due to excessive mercury. There is a calendar of coastal lake tournaments available at /www.my.calendars.net/cctsched/d01/01/2012?display=M&style=B&positioning=A. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed.

Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina(805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557

EVENTS

Results

Angler's Choice/San Joaquin at Delta/Ladd's Marina on Feb. 8: 1, T.J. Alves/Randy Lopez, 16.37 pounds (Big Fish, 6.60 pounds); 2, Matt Leverich/Travis Tate, 16.35; 3, Ryan Brewer/Kevin Moore, 12.30

Best Bass Tournaments/Mother Lode at McClure on Feb. 8: 1, Nick Beck/Scott Smith, 12.18 pounds (Big Fish, 10.21 pounds); 2, Ryan Reynolds/Bob Hamaski, 8.45; 3, Adam French/Robert Wiggins, 7.86

Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah on Feb. 8: 1, Vince and Krandell Bryan, 14.09 pounds; 2, Josh and Isaac Adams, 13.11; 3, Lee Ochoa/Noe Sanchez, 9.68 (Big Fish, 5.39 pounds)

Best Bass Tournaments/Coastal at Lopez on Feb. 8: 1, Scott and Tim Mullins, 21.87 pounds; 2, Sal Rocha/Dustin Selck, 21.14 (Big Fish, 8.09 pounds); 3, Jay Short/Damon Meeks, 18.72

Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis on Feb. 9: 1, Harvey Pulliam/Jamond Andrews, 23.56 pounds; 2, Vincent Bernal/Scott Stevens, 23.10; 3, Jon Levenson/Dave Henry, 21.12 (Big Fish, 8.40 pounds)

Upcoming

Tournaments

Saturday: Western Outdoor News at Delta/Russo's Marina; Tri-Valley BassMasters at New Melones; American Bass Association at Don Pedro; Kerman Bass Club at McClure; Roosevelt High Bass Club at McClure (Barrett's South Launch), info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or rhsbassfishingclub@gmail.com; 100 Plus Bass Fishing at Millerton; Bakersfield Bass Club at Pine Flat; American Bass Association at Lopez

Sunday: Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Riverbank Bass Club at New Melones; Kings VIII Bass Club at McClure; Kings River Bass Club at Kaweah

Feb. 22: Mother Lode Bass Anglers at McClure; New J Bass Club at Eastman; Sierra Bass Club at Pine Flat; Kern County Bass Masters at Pine Flat; Dinuba High Bass Club at Kaweah, info: John Celum, 797-5793; 101 Bass at Lopez; Golden Empire Bass Club at Santa Margarita

Feb. 22-23: California Tournament Trail at New Melones

Feb. 23: Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo's Marina; Success Bass Club at Kaweah

March 1: American Bass Association at Delta/Russo's Marina; Mother Lode Bass Anglers at Tulloch; Angler's Choice at Don Pedro; Best Bass Tournaments at Pine Flat; San Luis Obispo County Bass Ambushers at Lopez; 101 Bass at Santa Margarita

March 2: Stockton Bass at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Western Outdoor News at Delta/Russo's Marina

March 8: 10th annual Sand Crab Surf Perch Derby at Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz, info: www.theletsgofishingradioshow.com or through Allen Bushnell at scruzfishing@yahoo.com; Roosevelt High Bass Club at Millerton (Day Use Launch), info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or rhsbassfishingclub@gmail.com

March 15: Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah

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

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

TROUT PLANTS

Calaveras County: Pardee Reservoir

Fresno County: Avocado Lake; Fresno City Woodward Park Lake; Kings River, Below Pine Flat Dam

Kern County: Cuddy Creek Pond; Kern River, sections 4 & 5

Madera County: Sycamore Island Pond

Mariposa County: McSwain Reservoir; Merced River, Section I

Merced County: Merced River, Section I

San Luis Obispo County: Barney Schwartz Park Lake

Stanislaus County: Modesto Reservoir; Woodward Reservoir

Tulare County: Del Lago Park Lake; Kaweah Reservoir; Kern River, sections 5 & 6; Murry Park Pond; Success Reservoir

SOLUNAR TABLE

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

Wednesday 2:41 8:52 3:04 9:15

> Thursday 3:23 9:34 3:45 9:56

> Friday 4:05 10:16 4:27 10:38

f Saturday 4:49 11:00 5:11 11:30

> Sunday 5:35 11:45 5:56 ----

> Monday 6:22 12:11 6:44 12:33

Tuesday 7:11 1:00 7:34 1:23

> = peak activity; f = full moon

The Fresno Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service