Fishing Report: Week of June 11

The Fresno BeeJune 10, 2014 

Mike Moore of Fresno, right, shows off a 14.2-pound, 29-inch trout he caught Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Shaver Lake.



Like everyone else who fishes, I'm watching what the drought means to us and the potential impact this year -- and next -- at our lakes, rivers and ponds.

I've already heard about a lot of foothill ponds that have been around for many years drying up, killing all the big bass, crappie and catfish that took decades to grow to trophy sizes. Many of these ponds have held the biggest bass in the area and now some of them could be gone by the end of summer. Getting reports of ponds becoming dried-up mud holes lined with the carcasses of dead and dying fish makes me sick. Losing this resource and heritage could take decades to restore. Unfortunately, unlike Shaver where the lake was restored in two seasons with the plants of hatchery fish as well as big brooders, I think these ponds would have to pretty much start from scratch with small fish -- if they are able to get the water they need -- to be viable again.

A question I haven't been able to get an answer to is: Just how low will the lakes be allowed to go if things get bad? Is there a low point that's the final level, and is that level enough to maintain the fishery in some manner? Of course, we have the issue of weather and how hot it could get and for how long. If we get a combination of a consistently hot period and unusually shallow water levels, there could easily be a fish die-off with rapidly rising temps heating the water to a fatal level. I'm pinning my hopes on having a mild summer, allowing us to get into next season with the chance of a wet winter holding us over another year.

I hate to say it, but it's possible things could get ugly for the next couple years unless we get a deluge next season. We could see a lot more anglers fishing fewer and smaller waters than ever before, and the damage could dog us for many years.

On a hopeful note, I also believe fisheries can rebound pretty quickly if they have enough water. When a lake starts over, it seems like there is a biological explosion from fewer fish in the water, fewer trash fish and more food fueling the growth. If we see a die-off disaster this year at one of our main lakes, I can only hope we can get that lake back on track for the near future.

I would like to think our fisheries people have considered the worst possible scenarios this season and prepared a plan to mitigate a disaster or set some minimum parameters that would give our fisheries some degree of safety and a chance to survive. Am I advocating fish over consumers, farmers or any other group? No, but I am advocating using common sense to try to preserve a valuable recreational and economic resource.

I'm frustrated by the lack of serious water conservation as well as any new stringent regulations clamping down on water wasters. It seems like very little is being done now -- besides talk. I feel a lot more could have been done the past two to three years, but it seems you have to hit folks in the pocketbook before they'll change their behavior.

I remain hopeful about the future of angling, but we may have to be prepared to make some painful changes in how we approach our sport if we have a bad year. I saw a big sign on a cotton trailer on Highway 152 near Los Banos that read "Pray for rain!" Well, that pretty much says it all. Never give up!

Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at, at and @StriperWars on Twitter.


Delta bass fishing is good, Randy Pringle said. Shaver Lake fishing is great, Dick Nichols reported. The trout bite is on at Don Pedro, Monte Smith said. McClure trout are hitting, Diana Mello reported. Eastman bass bite is good, Ranger Myers 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 the 559 calling area unless noted.


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Delta Mendota Canal and sloughs

Striper ••• Catfish •••

The California Aqueduct and Delta Mendota Canal remain top locations for area striper fishermen. With the extremely hot temperatures, bait fishing has been the best technique. Frozen shad, sardines or anchovies are working in the moving water. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Clay Rutledge of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported an improved catfish bite, with whiskerfish in the 8- to 12-pound range hitting frozen shad, garlic-scented clam meat, garlic shrimp or garlic-salted anchovies. Numbers are down, but the size impressive. Striper fishing is best with sardines, blood worms or lug worms. A 2.61-pound lineside leads Bob's annual Striped Bass Derby. Entry is $1, with the pot at $252. Anglers should carefully measure fish close to the 18-inch limit to remain legal.

Eastman Lake

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

Ranger Myers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Station reported an excellent bass bite on crank baits, jigs, or drop-shot plastics in shad-patterns. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported a solid bite, with the best action at night with Carolina-rigged lizards or drop-shot plastics. There is a topwater bite in the early mornings or just before dark. Stinkbaits or night crawlers are working for catfish. Crappie, bluegill and sunfish are biting worms or small crappie jigs, with the best action in the early mornings. Be aware that submerged rocks and trees and other hazards are present throughout the lake. Don't hesitate to tell a ranger or call the station if a hazard requires a marker buoy. The area extending upstream from the "Keep Out" buoy line is closed to fishing and boating. Lakeview Trail is also temporarily closed. Both closures are to protect nesting bald eagles, with reopening set for Aug. 1. The day-use and Codorniz recreation sides have active ramps. The lake is at 472 feet in elevation and 9% capacity.

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

Hensley Lake

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

Catfish to 6 pounds remained the top species on anchovies, mackerel or stink baits. For bass, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, "The numbers are better at Hensley, but the overall grade of bass has been smaller this week." The face of the dam was still the top area, with lizards or Senkos. Finding the right submerged tree or bush is key to putting together a few small crappie on minnows or minijigs. Anglers have to search and be patient. Extreme caution is still required when maneuvering a boat because of the low water. The ramp at Hensley is barely in the water. The lake held at 458.75 feet in elevation and 10% of capacity.

Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod Gun, Clovis 292-3474; Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151

Lake Don Pedro

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

Hot weather didn't slow the action, with Monte Smith of Gold County Sport Fishing reporting good action for rainbow trout despite the 111-degree broiler Monday. They started trolling for kokanee at depths from 70-85 feet with Rocky Mountain Tackle's Cotton Candy hootchies behind a 5.5-inch Fire 'N' Ice dodger or an Uncle Larry's Mad Crush spinner behind an RMT purple/watermelon Tsunami dodger for a total of four fish before switching to targeting rainbows with heavy spoons. Smith said, "I couldn't get my second rod out before the first one had a fish on, and at one time, we had three of four rods hooked up." Danny Layne of Fish'n Dan's Guide Service advised fishing midweek to avoid heavy boat traffic. He has been scoring rainbows to 2 pounds with ExCel, Needlefish, or Sockeye Slammers behind a small Sling Blade at depths from 50-70 feet. Kokanee to 15 inches are scattered over the deep river channel in Middle Bay, seeking cooler temperatures at depths from 75-86 feet, but attracted by Micro Hootchies or pink glow Marni Bugs tipped with Pautske's Fire Corn behind a 4/0 dodger. Stacy Ridenour of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported bass fishing has been best with Yamamoto Senkos in Green Weenie or combinations of browns/greens on a wacky-rig; topwater Vixens or River2 Sea Whopper Ploppers are working in the early mornings. There is a 5-mph limit from the ramp at Blue Oaks Recreation Area to the buoy line at the mouth of Fleming Bay. The lake is at 52% capacity.

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

Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area

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

Catfish are providing the best action, and Clay Rutledge of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported solid action with clams or frozen shad. Crappie fishing has been best from a float tube or a small boat as the slabsides are seeking cooler water away from the shore. Small minnows or minijigs are working for the occasional crappie. Bass fishing has improved, with increasingly larger fish taken on jigs or crank baits. Trout and bluegill action remained slow. Boaters can launch at the dam or Red's Marina as the lake rises slowly. Bluegill are biting jumbo red worms or wax worms. The lake rose a half-foot to 2541.73 in elevation and 14% capacity. Trout fishing has been solid in the upper river with live crickets, salmon eggs or Blue Fox spinners. Flows in the lower river are minimal, and bass and catfish action has improved as a result.

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

Lake Kaweah

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

Bass fishing remained good, fishing with jigs or Senkos, with topwater lures working early morning or late afternoon. Lake levels are dropping, but bluegill have moved into the shallows, biting wax worms or jumbo red worms. Rainbow trout fishing is very slow, with the fish moving up the river arm past Slick Rock. Catfish can be found at night with chicken livers or anchovies. The lake dropped 4 feet to 655.40 in elevation and 42% capacity.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

Bass •• Trout • Catfish •• Crappie ••

Bass are moving deeper and action is fair with drop-shot plastics, Senkos, Brush Hogs, or deep-diving crank baits. An occasional bass is taken on topwater lures in the morning or at night. The trout bite has disappeared, with planted rainbows running to the river in search of cooler water. The only launch available is on the Rocky Hill side. The lake fell slightly to 600.71 feet in elevation and 16% capacity.

Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626,

McClure Reservoir

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

Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said trout trollers were finding limits of rainbows in the Horseshoe with Apex lures or black/white PPK Tomahawk spinners at depths from 20-25 feet. At Saturday's Kerman Bass Club tourney, seven limits from nine anglers were weighed in. There was a 16-pound limit with an 8-pound kicker weighed in at the Future Pro Tour event the same day. Bass also have been landed from the banks near the South Ramp with Senkos; large minnows and crawdads remain effective. Catfishing is improving with live crawdads, sardines, or anchovies along muddy, sloping banks. The lake dropped 2 feet to 715.51 in elevation and 30% capacity. A-1 and the Bait Barn are stocked with all sizes of minnows with the high demand.

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

McSwain Reservoir

Trout ••

McSwain Marina reported trout plants on June 3 and 5, with 1,000 pounds from Calaveras Trout Farm and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Best action has been in the early mornings near the brush pile with Power Bait in rainbow garlic or yellow corn. Kastmasters in gold or chrome/blue also are effective. Trolling has been best near the Floating Restrooms with chartreuse or pink PPK Tomahawk spinners behind a crescent-shaped flasher at depths to 25 feet.

Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

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

Spotted bass action remained good for numbers, with anglers picking up 15-20 small fish to put together a limit in the 7- to 7.5-pound range. Topwater lures are working in the mornings and nights, while plastic worms on the drop-shot, jigs or Senkos from the bank to 25 feet in depth are producing the best numbers. White Roostertails are effective for American shad to 1.5 pounds when anglers find roaming schools in the river arm. The lake dropped 2 feet to 530.96 in elevation and 61% capacity with 2,641 acre-feet of inflow. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, fishing interest remains low with the lack of plants. Regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge set a limit of two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead allowed and a total of four in possession.

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

New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch

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

Kokanee fishing has been solid, and Gary Burns of Take It to the Limit Guide Service has been putting in limits on every trip in the midmorning at depths from 38-50 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners, Glitter Bugs Micro Hootchies, and Simon Baby Wobblers in pinks or orange behind a RMT Pink Thunder or Glitter Bug chrome teardrop hootchie. Burns said, "Scent your corn with garlic or shrimp/krill and add a slight bend to your dodgers." Ospreys have become more aggressive in trying to steal fish, so anglers are advised to keep their eyes open when reeling in their catch. John Lietchy of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported fair trout action, the best at night under submersible lights with night crawlers or Power Bait. Trolling has been fair, with the best action in cooler water of the main river channel at depths from 30-50 feet. Shad are schooled up, and shad-imitation lures are working best. Bank fishing remained extremely slow, with anglers advised to work lakes or streams in higher elevations. Bass fishing is fair, with the fish done with the spawn and moving deeper for the summer. Carolina-rigged lizards or Brush Hogs are working as well as Texas-rigged plastics with a "brass 'n' glass" weight and bead in the slightly stained water. A few bass are found on topwater lures in the early mornings. Catfishing remained very good, with the whiskerfish in the shallows and feeding heavily. Frozen shad or a ball of night crawlers have been most effective, particularly doused with scent. Crappie fishing remains very slow, the best action at night under submersible lights. New Melones fell 3-plus feet to 909.01 in elevation and 32% capacity with a release of 3,018 acre-feet.

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

Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River

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

The lake is dropping about 10 inches per day, and bass fishing has become tougher as the fish are suspending in 12-15 feet of water. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun fished the lake again in the past week and reported larger bass have been absent. They put in a 7-pound limit after a 12-pound limit the previous week. Fish have moved off the banks, and although they landed good numbers, the largest fish was 1.5 pounds. Drop-shotting with plastics or Senkos were top techniques. There is a good night bite for spots to 3 pounds with black spinner baits. Trout action has slowed, with trollers picking up a few rainbows to 14 inches per rod pulling blade/crawler combos, Wedding Rings, Needlefish, or hootchies at four colors of lead core from Deer Creek past Zebe Creek to the power Lines and back. An occasional crappie is taken on minnows or minijigs from the end of the dock at Deer Creek. The lake dropped 1 foot to 831.86 in elevation and 43% capacity, and it is expected to recede more during the next 30 days. Trout plants in the lower Kings continue on a weekly basis, but trophy fish are scarce in the open and catch-and-release sections of the lower Kings. Brook trout have been planted near Winton Park, and this has spurred action with Kastmasters or Roostertails. The majority of river trout action has taken place on the Kings below Pine Flat. There are special regulations in the river above and below the dam. The season is open through Nov. 15 from Pine Flat downstream to the Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road, with a five-fish limit.

Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626; The I Forgot Store 787-3689.

San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay

Striper •• Catfish •• Bass •• Crappie •

Bait fishing is the top option, with striped bass in the 18- to 27-inch range taken from the shore in the main lake and Forebay. Pile worms, blood worms or anchovies are working best. With the heat, most fishermen are arriving in the early evening to hang out under the Highway 152 Bridge in the Forebay or near Romero Visitor Center in the main lake. Roger George of Roger's Guide Service said that the wind has been very unpredictable on the big lake -- and the bite sporadic. The occasional catfish has been taken in the Forebay on the same baits. Merritt Gilbert reported a few anglers are tossing white flukes or Lucky Craft 128's. Trolling or drifting minnows remained slow in the main lake. Jumbo and extra-large minnows have been basically absent from area bait shops with the bait fish spawning at present, so fishermen have to settle for large minnows. The lake is at 39% capacity after releasing 7,237 acre-feet the past week. All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes must undergo a mandatory inspection for Quagga and Zebra mussels. Failure to do so will result in the refusal to launch.

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


Bass Lake

Bass •• Trout •• Kokanee ••

Todd Wittwer of Guide Service reported kokanee to 18.5 inches were landed over the weekend. There were more than dozen Saturday and nine Sunday. "These fish are hard to hang onto, as the big brutes are making bulldog runs or jumping out of the water up to nine times." Double pink Rocky Mountain Tackle Assassin spinners behind a Hyperplaid dodger or Father Murphy's Bugs in pink/purple behind a Blue Ice dodger were the top setups at depths from 26-32 feet from the Eagle's Nest to the boat launch. He landed two more juvenile kokanee to 14 inches within the past week, bringing the total of second-year fish to four for the year. Trout fishing is best at depths from 22-28 feet with blade/crawler combinations, spinners behind a dodger or hootchies. The Berkley Gulp! night crawler is working better than live night crawlers for trollers, and Wittwer has also been scoring larger rainbows with the 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Shad minnow. Trout fishing is best from Indian Cove, across from the boat ramp and south of the Sheriff's Tower to Willow Cove. The Sheriff's Motor Fee is required on all boats for the summer months, and Merritt Gilbert reported bass fishermen are picking up spots to 2.25-pounds around docks with water using Senkos or drop-shot plastics. The weeds are growing on the bottom and are found at depths to 30 feet. The lake is at 62% capacity.

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

Edison/Florence/Mammoth Pool

Brown trout •• Trout ••

Kaiser Pass lakes are open, but Edison is still low at 16%. Florence rose to 81%. Mammoth Pool is at 27%, but 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 •••

Kokanee and trophy action remained outstanding, with Dr. Eric Hanson, Mike Beers, Greg Mellor, and Bryan Mellor loading up with four limits fishing with Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charter over the weekend. Nichols said, "The bite has been consistent, but you have to be on the lake early." The other big news at the lake was Mike Moore of Fresno landing a 14.2-pound trophy rainbow from shore. Best action has been around the island, Black Rock, the Point, and Eagle Point with orange Apex lures or Dick's Trout Busters tipped with corn and a crawler behind a C.J. Dodger at depths of 50-60 feet on the downrigger. Side poles at 20 feet have been effective for the occasional brown, rainbow, or kokanee. Bank anglers are scoring with Power Bait or inflated night crawlers near the dam, Edison Camp, and Roads 1 and 2. Randy Murdock boated a 4.6-pounder while trolling. Nichols added, "The fishing is simply the hottest I have seen in awhile, and I think it will hold up if the approaching full moon doesn't affect the action." The SLTTP Sportsmen's Dinner is Aug. 9 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. At Huntington, boaters continue to drag aluminums to the shore for kokanee from 8-11 inches and the occasional rainbow trout to 17, flatlining Rapalas or running Needlefish at 2-4 colors of lead core on 8-pound test. The occasional rainbow is taken from shore near Rancheria Creek with Power Bait or night crawlers. Shaver is at 63% capacity; Huntington is at 51%.

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


Trout ••

Trolling action has slowed down, and Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, "You have to work hard to get limits." Blade/crawler combinations at 3-4 colors are the top setup, but Needlefish or ExCel spoons in frog patterns are also working. Shore fishing is best in Wood Chuck Creek or across from the dam with Power Bait or inflated night crawlers. Daniel Brieske of Clovis landed a 24-inch rainbow on rainbow Power Bait across from the dam. The water is low, but the ramp is still on the concrete. At Courtright, trolling is fair with Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a flasher at 2-4 colors near the dam. Shore action is decent around the dam with Power Bait in orange or rainbow and inflated night crawlers. For stream fishermen, water levels are decent right now, and there are trout in the deep holes in Dinkey Creek. The streams will be all but over by July with the lack of snowpack remaining in the Sierra.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361


Half Moon Bay

Rockfish ••• Salmon •• Striper ••

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete switched to rockfishing last weekend for 18 limits of rockfish and 11 ling cod to 18 pounds. "The shiners worked great for the lings, and my son, Braden, landed five lings to 18 pounds on Sunday after landing four on the Ankeny Street on Saturday."

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 ••

Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey reported 24 limits of rockfish and six ling cod on the Check Mate on Sunday; the Star of Monterey went to Point Sur on Saturday for 22 ling cod and 36 limits of rockfish. Salmon fishing remained very slow. There remains a tremendous amount of bait in Monterey Bay; whales are hanging around in front of Moss Landing, lapping up all of the bait. Chris' is running rockfish trips all week, but next Saturday is sold out.

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

San Francisco Bay

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

Weekend salmon action was extremely slow. Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito told of a tough day trolling for salmon. Rockfishing remains the top draw. Inside the bays, Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker put in 25 striped bass to 12 pounds, seven halibut to 18 pounds and seven ling cod to 9 pounds drifting live anchovies around Angel Island and Alcatraz on Monday.

San Luis Obispo

Salmon • Rock cod •••

It's all about bottom fish out of both San Luis Obispo County ports, and the Fiesta out of Virg's Landing Morro Bay put in 23 limits of rockfish and four ling cod to 9 pounds Monday.

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 ••

Striped bass are moving rapidly through the Delta, and the transition into the slower summer pattern of catfish and bluegill is in full swing. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, "Few fishermen are trying for sturgeon, but they should be as there have been a number of diamondbacks holding in the Big Cut." Striper anglers are working the Benicia shore with grass shrimp, anchovies, blood worms, or pile worms. The best spot has been under the Benicia/Martinez Bridge. On the Sacramento River, Doug Chapman touted the shallows near Collinsville or off Highway 160 near Decker Island as productive areas. In the Antioch area, Chapman reported shaker stripers are still abundant, but more and more legal fish to 30 inches have been taken on mudsuckers, bullheads, or frozen shad. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported great action for numbers of bass to 5 pounds using the Berkley Havoc Flat Dog in green/copper or green tones on a Zappu head to mimic the abundant green ear perch and bluegill holding on the outside weed line. With the heat, Pringle is getting on and off the water early; water clarity is very good. Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento reported good bass action in Disappointment Slough with topwater Poppers or frogs, but the grade of fish has been on the small side.

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, former NFL quarterback Joe Ferguson and his friend Bob Loretelli went fishing with Will Hesch of Central Coast Bass Fishing. Said Hesch, "We hammered the whites and spots on spinner baits, topwater lures, cranks, drop-shotting, and Texas-rigs, but 90% of the fish came on spinnerbaits." At Santa Margarita, the trailer launch will remain open as long as conditions allow. San Antonio is limited to kayaks, canoes, or inflatables with the low water. Nacimiento fell a half-foot to 653.40 in elevation and 20% capacity. San Antonio fell to 653.40 and 4%.

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



Kerman Bass Club at Don Pedro on June 7: 1, Rusty Baron/Dale Ashcraft 16.52 (big fish 8.74); 2, Jeff and Butch Farmer 10.26; 3, Walt Lee/David McEwen 9.90

Sierra Bass Club at McClure on June 7: 1, Craig Gong 7.33; 2, Bill Rowles 6.58; 3, Gary Johnson 6.04 (big fish 2.22)

Best Bass Tournaments at Nacimiento on June 7: 1, Scott and Tim Mullins 8.26; 2, Grant Byers/Benji Hiler 8.21; 3, Matt Clausen/Troy Tidwell 8.13

Fresno Bass Club at Delta/B and W Resort on June 8: 1, Mark Corrente 17.43 (big fish 4.71); 2, Larry Hodge 12.46; 3, Roger Lockhart 12.31

Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo's Marina on June 8: 1, Chad Smith/Steve Melander 15.92; 2, Ed Babb/Kevin Morrison 14.55; 3, Rick Perez/Ron Hunnewell 14.38



Thursday: Ken Jones on pier fishing, Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday: Future Pro Tour at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Mid Valley Bass Club at New Melones; American Bass Association at Kaweah; American Bass Association at Isabella; Taft Bass Club at Lopez

Sunday: Angler's Choice at Delta; Modesto Ambassadors at Delta/Russo's Marina; Bass 101 Father's Day Open Tournament at Pine Flat (Mark Corrente, 284-2768).

June 21: Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Central Valley Anglers "Mr. Kokanee" Memorial Kokanee Tournament at New Melones,; Best Bass Tournaments at Pine Flat; Fresno Scottish Rite Trout Derby at Shaver Lake; Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah; Kern County Bassmasters at Success; Golden Empire Bass Club at Isabella; Tri Valley Bass Club at Nacimiento; San Luis Obispo Bass Ambushers at Lopez; Santa Barbara Bass Club at Santa Margarita

June 21-22: Angler's Press Delta Open Teams Invitational Championship at Delta/Sugar Barge Marina

June 22: Success Bass Club at Success

June 28-29: Future Pro Tour at Delta/Ladd's Marina

June 29: Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo's Marina


Fresno County: Big Creek, Huntington; Dinkey Creek; Hume Lake; Mono Creek; Portal Forebay; Rancheria Creek; San Joaquin River, South Fork; Shaver Lake; Tamarack Creek; Tenmile Creek, Upper; Ward Lake

Kern County: Kern River, Sections 4-5

Madera County: Chiquito Creek West Fork; Chiquito Creek, Lower; Fish Creek; Lewis Creek; Manzanita Lake; Nelder Creek; Rock Creek; San Joaquin River, Middle Fork; Starkweather Lake; Willow Creek North Fork

Mariposa County: Big Creek, Madera

Tulare County: Balch Park Lake Lower; Balch Park Lake Upper; Big Meadows Creek; Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake); Kern River, Sections 5-6; Stony Creek


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>Thursday 4:38 10:53 5:07 11:22

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>Saturday 6:39 12:24 7:09 12:54

>Sunday 7:43, 1:29 8:13 1:58

Monday 8:48 2:33 9:16 3:02

Tuesday 9:49 3:36 10:17 4:03

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