Fishing report: Week of May 28

The Fresno BeeMay 27, 2014 

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A man fishes on the San Joaquin River at the broken bridge below Friant Dam.

JOHN WALKER — THE FRESNO BEE Buy Photo

ROGER'S REMARKS

One of the fun things I do when I meet people who tell me they read my column is to turn things around and ask: "Are you a fisherman?" Many times I get an enthusiastic "You bet!" and I know they're a die-hard. I also get a range of responses from many who wish they had the time and others who confess with embarrassment that they've been meaning to take their child or a grandchild out for the day. I can see the grimace in their expressions that they really want -- and need -- to do it soon, especially if they're talking about their grandkids. All I can do is encourage them to do what they know is the right thing.

Many of these folks haven't fished, or it may have been when they were very small, and all they remember is the special time they had fishing with their parents or grandparents. What else can be so unique and mysteriously memorable than taking a fishing trip with your father or grandpa for the first time? In many cases, it's the one memory we cherish long after they are gone. When people tell me they want to take their kids fishing, many times I can feel the powerful and emotional response they are experiencing. I think it's because they instinctively know it's a memory that can be stamped indelibly in a child's mind forever. They want to be remembered that way, too.

For example: How many old-time pictures of dad or grandpa holding a big fish (with the kids!) have you seen that have been passed down for generations? You may not know he was a great banker way back then, but the important fact is he was remembered as a great fisherman! There he is in that old crumbled picture from 1921 holding the trophy catch next to his little girl (your now-old Aunt Mabel). I'll bet she's told the family she fondly remembers going out fishing with him as one of her childhood memories.

So why don't these folks go fishing? In my experience, it seems that they may just not feel comfortable doing something they haven't done for awhile, they are afraid it won't be a good trip, they don't have the equipment or know where to go and they might be embarrassed doing it all wrong. Not wanting to look like a failure in front of the kids can be a strong deterrent. I've had parents call me, desperate to give their child this special experience, but they don't know where to start. I do what I can, but it breaks my heart when this happens. One single mom called me who was determined to give her teenage son a first fishing trip whatever it took. I helped her get a list of what to buy, where to go and what to do -- and she carried it all off and her son caught several small bass. She was forever grateful, but I was the one who was touched by her sensitivity, tenacity and love for her son.

I've never regretted a day on the water spent with those I love -- and I constantly tell others they need to take the time and effort to pass on that same blessing. Our next generation depends on it. Never give up!

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

www.facebook.com/Rogergeorgeguideservice or @StriperWars on Twitter.

BEST BETS

San Francisco stripers are on a tear, Captain Jim Smith said. Shaver kokanee bite is on fire, Dick Nichols reported. The California Aqueduct is kicking out linesides, Merritt Gilbert said. Kaweah bass bite is solid, Dave Hurley reported. Wishon and Courtright rainbows are hitting, Chuck Crane said. Pine Flat trout are on a good bite, Patrick Movey reported.

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.

Key:

• Try dynamite

• • Have to work hard

• • • Limits possible

• • • • Fish jumpin' in boat

VALLEY

Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs

Striper • • • Catfish • •

The California Aqueduct and the Coalinga Canal below Firebaugh remained popular for fishermen walking the banks tossing white flukes on a 3/4-ounce jig head along the head gates in the moving water. Blood worms, pile worms, and anchovies have also been good options. Small stripers are the rule; however, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod & Gun in Clovis reported one angler has been finding stripers in the 30- to 32-inch range in the Coalinga Canal with white flukes, Lucky Craft 128s or K-Tech swimbaits. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, larger fish are showing up, and Ray Mendenhall of Bakersfield landed a 33-pound striped bass on a sardine. Bob's annual Striped Bass Derby will be held during the month of June. The south aqueduct near the Buena Vista Golf Course remained solid for striped bass with blood worms, pile worms, anchovies, sardines, tube baits or topwater lures in the early mornings. Anglers beware: carefully measure any fish close to the 18-inch legal limit.

Eastman Lake

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

Bass fishing remained fair along the edges of the dam with Senkos; the occasional fish can be taken on crank baits, jigs or dropshot plastics in shad patterns. Trout fishing is also fair at best in the rapidly warming water. Worms or small crappie jigs are working for bluegill or sun fish. Patrick Movey at the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno touted live crickets for blue gill. The lake continued to drop due to evaporation, and it is on the lowest ramp level on both sides of the reservoir. The river arm is closed beyond the Keep Out Buoys until Aug. 1. Bank fishing is also off limits in the area, and the fines are stiff -- yet boaters continue to venture upriver. The Lakeview Trail is closed for at least the next few months. The orange buoys show the numerous rockpiles and hazards along the surface, and they should be avoided. The Day use side and the Codorniz recreation side have active ramps. The lake is at 472.34 feet in elevation and 9% of capacity.

Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255

Hensley Lake

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

Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod & Gun in Clovis reported the best bass action continued to be along the face of the dam with lizards or Senkos for a few quality fish to 3.5 pounds. There have been trout to 16 inches taken from the banks on night crawlers as well as catfish to 1.5 pounds on sardines, mackerel or chicken livers. The catfish bite is best in the evenings. Live minnows are picking up a few crappie, but anglers will have to search for the right bush and be patient. The low water levels continue to require extreme caution when maneuvering a boat. The ramp at Hensley is still barely in the water. The lake held at 458.96 feet in elevation and 10% of capacity.

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

Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported the best bass action remained with large minnows or 5-inch, shad-patterned Senkos in colors such as Natural Shad or Green Weenie on the wacky-rig. The topwater and reaction bites have been very slow. For planted trout, bank anglers have been floating a night crawler under a bobber from the shore areas such as Fleming Meadows. Boat traffic was high over the holiday weekend, limiting the number of trollers working the lake. The Kokanee Power annual Phil Johnson Memorial Team Kokanee Derby is this weekend, and the fishermen will have to search for the scattered kokanee schools at depths from 60 to 100 feet. On the good side, the kokanee are fat and growing fast.

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

Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area

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

Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported a good bite for both bass and crappie with live minnows. Large minnows, Brush Hogs or jigs are best for bass while small to medium minnows or minijigs are working for the slabsides, particularly near Paradise Cove. Boaters can launch either at the Dam or Red's Marina as the lake continues a slow rise. Catfishing continued to be solid with garlic shrimp or prepared dip baits. Blue gill are biting jumbo red worms or wax worms. The lake rose over a half-foot to 2,540.64 in elevation and 14% of capacity. Trout plants continued on the lower Kern River, and the lower river has more water flow than the upper river. As a result, action has been better for the planted trout, catfish, or bass near Democrat Beach. Lake Ming is producing bass on plastic worms or Brush Hogs. A variety of species can be found at Buena Vista with anglers picking up a few crappie, bluegill, catfish or bass with a number of baits.

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

Lake Kaweah

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

The bass bite remained solid with plastics or night crawlers, and bluegill are moving into the shallows biting wax worms or jumbo red worms. Crappie action has slowed, and the trout have moved up the river arm past Slick Rock. Small catfish can be taken at night with chicken livers or anchovies. The lake rose 3 feet to 656.96 in elevation and 43% of capacity.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

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

Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fish Company reported fair to good bass action with dropshot plastics during the daytime or topwater lures in the evenings. The boat traffic was heavy over the holiday weekend despite the small water pool. The trout bite has disappeared with the planted rainbows running to the river in search of cooler water temperatures.The only launch available is on the Rocky Hill side. The lake rose slightly to 601.46 feet in elevation and 20% of capacity, and there will be water releases within the next few months. A fish die-off is a distinct possibility during the summer months due to low water and lack of oxygen. In the Tule River, Stokke reported higher-than-expected flows on the Middle and North forks of the river, making it harder to fish a dry fly. He has been scoring numbers of native browns with dry flies in caddis patterns and stimulators in black ant patterns with "easy 25- to 50-fish days" near Moses Gulch. The action and water flows have been slow at Peppermint Creek.

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

McClure Reservoir

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

The Merced Irrigation District says last week's report of summer recreational boat closures is incorrect; the lake will remain open for recreational boating this summer. Trout fishing has been solid in the deeper sections of the lake near the dam at depths to 70 feet with PPK Tomahawk spinners or blade/crawler combinations. Bass fishing is solid with shad-patterned plastics or live crawdads while catfish are also hitting chicken livers or live crawdads. The lake is at 717.05 feet in elevation and 30% of capacity. Both A-1 and the Bait Barn are stocked up with all sizes of minnows due to high demand.

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

McSwain Reservoir

Trout • • •

Bank anglers have been heading to the opposite side of the lake for limits of trout on a variety of Power Bait colors including Chunky Cheese, salmon peach, yellow garlic, chartreuse garlic and rainbow garlic. Trollers are scoring with night crawlers behind a Ford Fender flasher up the river arm past the Floating Restrooms.

Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

Bass • • • Striper • Shad • • Trout • • Bluegill • •

The water has stabilized between releases and inflow, and Merritt Gilbert reported experienced anglers can find limits ranging from 8.5 to 10 pounds with topwater lures in the mornings or evenings, rip baits, plastic worms on the dropshot, jigs or Senkos at depths from the bank to 25 feet. Vicente Garcia reported great fishing in spite of heavy traffic with a 13.34-pound, five-fish limit on jigs and dropshotting with a 5.22-pound big fish. American shad are moving up the river, and white Roostertails are working. Few reports of striped bass. Boat traffic was heavy over the weekend, and the traffic should remain throughout the summer with the relatively high water levels at the reservoir -- it's up to 527.00 feet in elevation and 58% of capacity. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, no trout plants are scheduled this week, and the fishing interest remains low with the lack of plants. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge only 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead are allowed with a total of 4 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 immediately released.

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

New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch

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

The kokanee action has been hot and remained "decent" despite heavy holiday weekend boat action, said Monte Smith of Gold County Sport Fishing. The water is discolored due to a combination of the rapid drawdown and heavy boat pressure. Smith found the best bite at depths from 35 to 60 feet in the main lake near Shipwreck Island with orange Rocky Mountain Tackle hootchies or Assassin spinners behind an RMT or Vance's orange dodger. The fish are in the 11- to 12-inch range -- much smaller than at nearby Don Pedro. Trout fishing remained slow. Night anglers have been having some success fishing under submersible lights. John Lietchy of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported fair bass action as the lake drops rapidly, with the majority of fish heading for deep water in post-spawn mode. Reaction baits are working in the mornings and evenings; other times, work the bottom with plastics or jigs in bluegill, shad, baby bass or crawdad patterns. Catfish action is very good with the whiskerfish moving into shallow water to feed. Glenn Mitchell and 12-year-old Parker Barrington landed five big catfish to 11.5 pounds on shad and chicken livers. Crappie fishing is slow. New Melones dropped 2 feet to 914.73 in elevation and 34% of capacity with the release of 2,466 acre-feet of water. Downstream reservoir Tulloch held at 508.09 feet in elevation and 94% of capacity.

Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish'n Dan's Guide Service (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023

Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River

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

Patrick Movey at the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reported a good trout bite from Island Park to the Power Lines at depths to 35 feet with hootchies, spinners or shad-patterned ExCel spoons as the rainbows are spitting up shad. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod & Gun in Clovis confirmed the decent trout action with Needlefish, Rainbow Runners or ExCels for the occasional rainbow to 17 inches. Gilbert said it takes about five hours to limit. The bass are also concentrating around the shad schools, and largemouth bass are found in the river arm from Trimmer to Big Creek with rip baits, crank baits and topwater lures prior to sunset. Saturday's 100 Plus Bass Tournament winner totaled 11.39 pounds, and most everyone caught fish, according to Gilbert. Movey touted shad-patterned plastics such as Robo Worms Hologram Shad or Pro Worms Pro Gold at depths from 10 to 20 feet. The boat traffic was heavy over the holiday weekend. The occasional crappie are found near the houseboats under lights with small minnows or minijigs. The lake rose 6 feet to 827.07 in elevation and 41% of capacity with 3,473 acre-feet of inflow due to snowmelt. Trout plants in the lower Kings continue on a weekly basis, but the trophy fish continue to be scarce in both the open sections and the catch-and-release sections of the lower Kings. Most trout fishermen are heading to the high country to take advantage of the brief window for stream fishing available this season. There are special regulations in both 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 • •

The O'Neill Forebay remained the top option at the San Luis complex with the striped bass schooling and busting the surface chasing bait in the early mornings. Anthony Flores of Coyote Bait and Tackle touted rip baits, spoons or swimbaits tossed from the access points around Check 12 and the Highway 152 Bridge. He advises anglers to find the shad schools and the stripers will be there. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod & Gun in Clovis reported white flukes on a 3/4-ounce jig head are another option. Pile worms have been effective with Coyote selling out of boxes of the bait in a single day. In the main lake, boaters have been limited by the consistent winds. Bank fishermen have landed stripers to 10 pounds soaking pile worms or anchovies near the Romero Visitor Center. The lake is at 43% capacity after 4,698 acre-feet was released.

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; Roger George Guide Service 905-2954

HIGH SIERRA

Bass Lake

Bass • • Trout • • Kokanee • •

Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service reported heavy boat traffic over the Memorial Day weekend left the water discolored. He put his clients onto a solitary kokanee to 18 inches this week, but these fish are few and far between. The absence of second-year kokanee is a major concern (Wittwer has only landed two). The big third-year fish are scarce, too -- but they put up an amazing fight when hooked with one jumping 15 times before being netted. Pink hootchies behind an RMT Hyperplaid dodger or a Father Murphy's bug in pink/purple behind an RMT Blue Ice Dodger at depths from 24 to 32 feet have worked for the occasional kokanee, and anglers have to be very careful with their downrigger weights as there are trees as shallow as 22 feet below the surface. Trout fishing is fair at depths from 15 to 30 feet, but the recently planted fish migrated into various locations within a few days of the plant. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod & Gun touted flatlining with night crawlers just below the surface. Wittwer thought it would take at least into the middle of the week in order for the lake to settle down after heavy boat traffic on the weekend. The Sheriff's Motor Fee is required on all boats starting Wednesday. Gilbert said most bass fishermen are avoiding the lake due to the enforcement of the motor fee, but a few 2.5-pound spotted bass have been landed on Senkos in 10 to 12 feet of water near the docks.

Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100, www.kokanee.net; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200

Webcams: www.basslakefishing.com, www.basslakeca.com

Edison/Florence/Mammoth Pool

Brown trout • • Trout • •

Kaiser Pass is open and Edison is at 14%, Florence rose to 62% while Mammoth Pool dropped to 33%. The reservoir is closed for fishing and boating through June 16 for the annual deer migration.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee • • • Trout • •

Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters said there was very heavy traffic this weekend but he put in multiple limits by 10 a.m. despite dodging other trollers. Most boats returned limits with kokanee to 14.75 inches and a few trophy-sized trout. Mark Carter and sons Lance and Scott from Madera landed four limits, keeping 30 mixed kokanee and trout on Saturday with Nichols. They were working the dam or around the Sierra Marina at depths to 55 feet with orange Apex lures tipped with corn behind a Captain Jack's CJ Dodger on the downriggers and Dick's Trout Busters tipped with corn and a night crawler behind a weighted Mountain Flasher at depths from 18 to 35 feet on the side poles. Bank fishermen are picking up a few trophies and catchables near Dorabella Cove on Power Bait or night crawlers. The SLTTP annual Sportsmen's Dinner is Aug. 9 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. The leading fish in the Fresno Ag Hardware /SLTTP season derby is a 16.2-pounder. At Huntington, the lake is low, and boats must be dragged to the lake's edge to be launched. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod & Gun said the largest brown this year is a paltry 22 inches. The mouth of Rancheria Creek continued to be the best location for bank fishermen soaking night crawlers or Power Bait for holdover rainbows. Huntington is at 55% capacity, Shaver 62%.

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 • • •

Recent trout plants have spurred on the bite at both Wishon and Courtright, and the lakes were loaded with campers and fishermen over the holiday weekend. Chuck Crane of Wishon Village RV Park and Store reported bank fishing has been excellent at Wishon near the mouth of Short Hair Creek and across from the dam with pink or rainbow Power Bait or inflated night crawlers. Trollers are scoring with blade/crawler combinations using a 2- to 3-foot leader, Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a flasher, Speedy Shiners in copper/red, or red dot frog Needlefish. The action at Courtright is similar with trollers loading up with similar lures or rigs at 2 to 4 colors of lead core. Shore anglers are soaking Power Bait, garlic salmon eggs or inflated night crawlers around the dam. The launch is on the concrete ramp at both lakes, but there is no courtesy dock at either lake. Stream fishermen are finding decent water levels and trout in the deep holes in Dinkey Creek -- but it'll probably all be dry by the Fourth of July.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

OCEAN

Half Moon Bay

Salmon • • Striper • •

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said before heavy winds slowed the action, his boat put in seven salmon for four anglers May 21 fishing west of the Shipping Lanes 11 to 12 miles west of the Pillar Point Harbor. The fish were on top at depths from 40 to 45 feet. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat returned May 22 with eight salmon to 22 pounds for seven anglers trolling 15 miles west of the harbor. Striped bass action is improving along the beaches. The local rockfish season opens June 1 from Pigeon Point to Point Arena. Further north in Pacifica, striped bass fishing has improved with hair raisers and metal spoons from the beach access areas both north and south of the Pacifica Pier. Crabbing remained decent; the season ends June 30. Perch fishing has been fair with blood worms, pile worms or grass shrimp.

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

Monterey/Santa Cruz

Rockfish • • • • Salmon • • Striper • • White Sea Bass •

Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported continued slow salmon fishing, but terrific rockfishing along both the local reefs and further south at Point Sur. The Check Mate returned with 25 limits of rockfish and 24 ling cod on Memorial Day.

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

San Francisco Bay

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

The winds outside the Golden Gate have kept the salmon boats tied up to the docks or seeking bass (terrific action) and halibut in the bay. Captain Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker posted some very impressive scores over the weekend with 45 stripers to 23 pounds and nine halibut to 22 pounds on Friday with a number of stripers in the 15- to 20-pound class. Monday, the Hooker brought home more than 50 fish, mostly striped bass with a 10-pound average. Smith is running all week long with a possible rockfish trip on opening day, June 1. The tides are creeping back up into the minuses throughout the week, and the bass and halibut action should slow.

San Luis Obispo

Salmon • Rock cod • • •

Bottom fishing for rockfish, ling cod and cabezon remained very good with the Princess out of Virg's Landing returning with near limits for 38 anglers on Monday. Both harbors are running a variety of trips, including the first two-day rockfish trip out of Morro Bay on June 7-8.

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 • • • Sturgeon • • Catfish • • Bluegill • • •

The hot bass action in San Francisco Bay has drawn regular Delta striper hunters, but there are still stripers moving through the Delta. Smaller stripers are the rule, but they are plentiful throughout the system. With the wind still affecting the Sacramento River, the best striped bass action remained in the more protected San Joaquin River. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported a few sturgeon, but overall interest in the diamondbacks is down. In the Antioch area of the river, Doug Chapman of Gotcha Bait reported small stripers have been the rule. Live bluegill caught at the spot has been a productive bait for the larger stripers. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, continued to find a great reaction bite in the wind with the ima Squarebill crankbait. There is some topwater action in the mornings, but the best topwater is in the early evenings. Try the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper Flat Dog in green pumpkin/gold flake rigged wacky-style or on a Zappu head with a Diachi Octopus hook thrown around the weeds or rocks. Further north, flows on the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers have increased, and Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento reported very good American shad action near Freeport and the mouth of the American.

Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger, Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030.

Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez

Bass • • • White Bass • • Striper • • Catfish • • Crappie • •

At Nacimiento, spotted bass are hitting plastics or creature baits with fish to 2 pounds possible. White bass were found from Las Tablas to the dam with small white spoons or Roostertails. Santa Margarita is producing catfish with a variety of baits; the bass remain shallow. The launch ramp is expected to be available for another month with the lake holding around 35% capacity. San Antonio is down to 654.00 feet in elevation and 4% capacity and is limited to kayaks, canoes or inflatables. Nacimiento dropped slightly to 724.10 feet in elevation and 21% capacity.

Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; www.CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557

EVENTS

Tournaments

May 31: Delta/Russo's Marina, American Bass Association; Don Pedro, Mother Lode Bass Anglers and Kokanee Power annual Phil Johnson Memorial Team Kokanee Derby; McClure, Angler's Choice; Pine Flat, Best Bass Tournaments

May 31-June 1: Delta/Tracy Oasis, Tracy Bass Club

June 7: McClure, Future Pro Tour/Kerman Bass Club

June 21: New Melones, Central Valley Anglers Mr. Kokanee Memorial (info: www.centralvalleyanglers.org/html/kokanee_derby.html)

Seminars/Shows

May 31: Ken Jones on Pier Fishing, Valley Rod & Gun in Clovis, 10 a.m.

June 12: Ken Jones on Pier Fishing, Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno, 6:15 p.m.

Results

Sierra Bass Club at Delta May 17: 1, Ryan Reynolds/Don Hodges, 13.28 pounds; 2, Gary Johnson/Eric Rivera, 12.98; 3, Pete and Ryan Hennecke, 11.98 (Big Fish 4.74).

100 Plus Bass at Pine Flat May 24: 1, Evan and Allen Sander, 11.39; 2, Ed Hinojosa/Sharif Zagsaw, 10.95 (Big Fish 4.66); 3, Kyle Manes/Jess Coulter, 10.58.

SOLUNAR TABLE

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

n May 28 5:03 11:16 5:29 11:41

n May 29 5:54 11:38 6:20 12:07

>May 30 6:47 12:35 7:12 1:00

>May 31 7:41 1:29 8:05 1:53

June 1 8:33 2:22 8:57 2:45

June 2 9:25 3:13 9:47 3:36

June 3 10:14 4:03 10:35 4:24

n new moon

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