At one point last weekend, on Father's Day, I really thought I had lost it. Thinking that I might be able to somehow fish Millerton that evening after everyone else had left, I decided to drive up to the lake and try launching on the Madera County side. Hoping to possibly slip my boat in amongst the crowd, I gasped as I drove down the ramp and saw tons of boats filled with people coming in to unload.
"Don't I know better?" I said to myself under my breath.
It all started with my wife going back East on a short trip, leaving me to conjure up all kinds of ways to utilize my free time. "Why not try to get in some late-day fishing after the crowds have left?" I theorized. At least that's the way I hoped it would play out as I tried to find a way to back my boat into the water between a crowd of at least 15 people standing right in front of the ramp. Slow, regular breathing exercises helped as I asked the crowd if I could use the area to launch. Just as they moved, another pontoon came in and took the side of the dock I had been working to use for the past five minutes. No!
But this is when some great things happened that I wasn't expecting. After asking the guy driving the pontoon that was blocking my launch if I could use the ramp and quickly get out of his way, he immediately and cheerfully agreed -- and asked if he could help! "Thanks, but I'm OK," I answered, pleased that there was a nice person in this melee. As I backed down, another crowd was getting off a big fully loaded pontoon on the other side of the ramp. As I reached the water, two guys in the group came up and asked to help me launch the boat and keep it off the rocking dock. Awesome!
Holding the leash rope, they carefully guided the boat back and did a great job of not letting it hit the hard dock. They even stayed until I parked the truck. As I walked back from parking the truck, I got to the dock and heard a guy yell out, "Hey Roger!" Turned out to be an old high school buddy I hadn't seen in 40 years and the guys helping me with the boat were his son and relatives. This was turning out to be a fun encounter. After a few minutes of recollections, I took off, thanking them for all their help.
After a few hours of fishing, I headed back to the dock in the dark. The wind was blowing pretty hard, making docking by myself tough. As I approached, I saw a large cabin cruiser sitting on its backed-down trailer getting ready to be pulled out -- or so I thought. As I got near the lunging platform, I watched the guy in the boat jump out and come over to help me. I threw him the rope, and he kept my boat away from the lurching dock and helped me get out in the dark conditions. This guy had seen my predicament, dropped what he was doing, and came over to make sure I was OK. I really appreciated his unsolicited help in less-than-good conditions. Turns out that his boat's lower unit wouldn't come up and he could have just as easily kept working on his problem. I have to thank Kris and Betsy Souza of Raymond for their help -- in spite of their own bigger issues. Funny, but later it turned out that Betsy told me she reads my report, too -- yeah!
Yes, it was a poor decision to try to fish a holiday. No fish, but it turned out that I had a great time meeting some nice folks. It again proved to me that having even just a few people with great attitudes who are willing to serve others can change the whole dynamic for everyone.
Attitudes are contagious. Be the difference maker! Never give up!
Delta bass fishing is good, Alan Fong reported. Don Pedro trout and kokanee bites are solid, Danny Layne said. Shaver kokanee bite remains very good, Dick Nichols reported. San Luis stripers are hitting, Merritt Gilbert said. New Melones kokanee are on great bite, Gary Burns reported.
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 the 559 calling area unless noted.
• Try dynamite
•• Have to work hard
••• Limits possible
•••• Fish jumpin' in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and sloughs
Striper •• Catfish ••
Striped bass action in the San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay has improved, but there are still linesides to be caught in the California Aqueduct and Delta Mendota Canal. Best action is on anchovies drifted in the moving water near the headgates. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported striper action holding up with sardines, blood worms, or lug worms. A 4.60-pound lineside leads Bob's annual Striped Bass Derby held in June. Entry is $1. Catfish action is fair with frozen shad, frozen clams, garlic shrimp, or garlic-scented clam meat. Anglers should carefully measure any fish close to the 18-inch limit in order to remain legal.
Bass •• Trout •• Bluegill •• Catfish •• Crappie ••
Ranger Myers of the US Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Station said, "Not much has changed this past week as far as the fishing is concerned, as the high temperatures early in the week seemed to slow the bite a bit. But it is picking back up, and morning seems to be the most productive time of day." Bass have been caught on most colors of crank bait or jigs, and drop-shot plastics that resemble shad or shiners such as silver, white, purple, green with red flake, and glittered clear or smoke have all been reported as catching fish, as well as sparkly offerings. The trout bite is good using Power Bait or night crawlers. Catfish are taking shad, chicken livers and night crawlers, but not as heavily in the heat of the day. Crappie, bluegill and sunfish are hitting worms or small crappie jigs. Myers added, "The lake has an abundance of large carp, and these fish put up a very strong fight when line caught, but they may also be taken by spear or bow fishing." Canned sweet corn is proven carp bait. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported a "tough" bass bite, with one angler landing only three fish from 11.5-13 inches during the week. Catfishing is providing the best action. Watch out for unmarked hazards, including submerged rocks and trees. Don't hesitate to alert a ranger or to call the station if you see a hazard that needs a buoy. The area extending upstream from the "Keep Out" buoy line is closed to fishing and boating. Lakeview Trail also is temporarily closed. Both are to protect nesting bald eagles and set to reopen Aug. 1. The day-use and Codorniz recreation side have active ramps.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass •• Trout • Catfish ••• Bluegill •• Crappie ••
Catfish remained the top species at the lake, lured by anchovies, mackerel, or stink baits. Lake levels are low, and most bass fishermen are avoiding the lake at present. A few bass can be scratched out with lizards or Senkos along the face of the dam. Few anglers are targeting crappie, and patience is a must to find the elusive slabsides. Low water levels continue to demand extreme caution when maneuvering a boat. The ramp at Hensley is still barely in the water.
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 ••
Danny Layne of Fish'n Dan's Guide Service reported a solid kokanee and rainbow bite despite the full moon. The rainbows are cruising in the top 40 feet of the surface with salmon and kokanee at depths of 80-120 feet at Copper Hill, Oat Hill or Hatch Creek. Father and son Nathan and Ethan Wells of San Martin and Joe Wells of Modesto boated mixed limits of kokanee, king salmon, and rainbows Saturday with Layne. Ethan, 9, landed a 4-pound king and Joe a 3.5-pound rainbow. Kokanee were on the bite off the rockpile in Middle Bay. Layne said, "Our lures of choice this week were Marni Bugs, Glitter Bug Hootchies, Uncle Larry's spinners and the Shasta Tackles Koke-a-Nut scented with Pautzke's Fire Corn." Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported weekend anglers were scoring with jumbo minnows, and they have a supply of the hard-to-obtain live bait. Drop-shotting with Reaction Innovation's Bass Shad Green or similar shad-patterned plastics or dragging Zoom lizards in watermelon red on a Carolina-rig are also effective. Basi said, "The fish are found at depths to 30 feet, but they are scattered." 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 ••
The Shirley Fire had grown to 2,200 acres and was at 50% containment as of press time. Most recreational opportunities in the Kern River Ranger District and vicinity are unaffected and remain open. Visitors are advised to contact the Sequoia National Forest for visitor information and trip planning at 784-1500. The fire information number is (925) 519-6314. Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported there hasn't been much going on at the lake, with the exception of catfish taken on garlic-scented clam meat and anchovies, garlic shrimp, frozen clams, and night crawlers. Bass fishing is best with plastic worms, and a few crappie are taken with small minnows or minijigs from a float tube or a small boat as the slabsides are seeking cooler water away from shore. Trout and bluegill action remain 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 upper and lower Kern River are very low and fishing limited to deep pools on the upper river. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville recently fly-fished on the Little Kern and caught and released dozens of golden trout. of which two were 13 inches.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass ••• Crappie •• Trout •• Catfish ••
Bass fishing remained good for anglers using jigs or Senkos, with topwater lures working in the early mornings or late afternoons. Lake levels are dropping, but bluegill have moved into the shallows, biting wax worms or jumbo reds. Rainbow trout fishing is very slow, with fish moving up the river arm past Slick Rock. Catfish can be found at night with chicken livers or anchovies.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass •• Trout ••• Catfish •• Crappie ••
With the water low and temperatures high, the lake has formed a green algae bloom. Bass fishing has slowed, but plastic worms on the drop-shot, Brush Hogs and Senkos are all working. The trout have disappeared up the river arm in search of cooler water. The only launch available is on the Rocky Hill side, and rising water is making it easier to launch. On the Tule River, Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, "The campgrounds are all stocked with trout, and salmon eggs, night crawlers, and Panther Martin spinners are working, and Balch Park is full of stockers." Native trout are aggressive on caddis, stimulators, carpenter ants, hoppers, Psycho Mercers nymphs, and Hare's Ear nymphs. The water level is starting to recede.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
Bass ••• Trout ••• King salmon • Kokanee • Crappie •• Catfish •••
Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported bass to 4.25 pounds taken on red Keeper 082 plastics from the small coves from the Barrett's Cove launch ramp. Live minnows remain popular for weekend anglers as well as live crawdads. The reaction bite has slowed in the past week. Trout trollers still find limits up the river arm with Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler at depths from 20-25 feet. Catfishing is improving with live crawdads, sardines, or anchovies along muddy, sloping banks. The lake fell 2 feet to 713.50 in elevation and 29% capacity. Both A-1 and the Bait Barn are stocked with all sizes of minnows due to high demand.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Victoria Sturdivant of the McSwain Marina reported Calaveras Trout Farm planted 1,000 pounds June 13, and the best action has occurred in the early mornings from the two points around the marina, the brush pile and the handicapped docks with night crawlers or rainbow glitter or corn yellow Power Bait. Hot daytime temperatures have limited the numbers of shore anglers. Windy conditions on the lake have plagued trollers, but most boaters are working above the floating restrooms or the deep hole across from the handicapped docks at depths to 25 feet.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass ••• Striper • Shad •• Bluegill •• Trout ••
Spotted bass of the small variety are still willing to bite drop-shot plastics, Senkos, or jigs at depths of 18-20 feet, and a 7- to 7.5-pound limit is possible during the weekdays. There is a good spinnerbait bite when the wind is blowing, and topwater lures such as Zara Spooks are effective in the early mornings. No reports of American shad or striped bass up the river arm in the past week. The lake rose 1 foot to 532.05 in elevation and 62% capacity with 1,819 acre-feet of inflow. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, interest for trout remains low with the lack of plants. Patrick Movey of Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reported decent action for bass at Sycamore Island with Senkos, jigs or topwater lures. A few trout can be taken at Sycamore Island with Power Bait, Super Dupers, or Mepps spinners. New regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge, allow only two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead with 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 •••
Gary Burns of Take It to the Limit Guide Service reported excellent kokanee fishing, with limits on every trip in the past week. He said, "The spillway produced most of the fish with some quality rainbows mixed in, and they are found at depths from 30-50 feet with Uncle Larry's Splatter spinners in pink, Simon Baby Wobblers in pink or gold, or Glitter Bug's pink hootchies behind a blue dodgers. John Lietchy of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp advised using scent when fishing in water with less visibility, stating, "Add a scent chamber/chain swivel to ensure your setup will have plenty of scent, and Pro Cure's garlic, Bloody Tuna, Anise, or Kokanee Special will work." Trout fishing remained fair at best; the best action is at night under submersible lights with night crawlers or Power Bait. Lietchy said, "The trout will school in deeper water during the hot summer months and move to shallower water at night to feed." Trolling has been fair, with the best action in cooler water of the main river channel at depths from 30-50 feet. Kita Till of Lodi landed a 7.75-pound brown trout trolling a hootchie targeting kokanee. Bank fishing continued to be extremely slow, with anglers advised to work lakes or streams at higher elevations. Bass fishing is fair, with the fish completed with the spawn and moving deeper for summer. Lietchy, who also operates Xperience Guide Service, found good action on main lake points for spots to 5 pounds tossing jigs and soft plastics. 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. They also found topwater action in the early morning with the moon still out. Catfishing remained very good, with the whiskerfish in the shallows and feeding heavily. Teresa Carnesecca of Angels Camp landed a 12-pound catfish on chicken livers near Glory Hole Point. Crappie fishing remained very slow. Lietchy advised using a live minnow in tandem with a minijigs, and with the water warming, fish will suspend in the middle of main lake creek channels at depths of 25-40 feet around submerged trees and flooded timber. New Melones dropped over 3 feet to 906.19 in elevation and 32% capacity with a release of 2,913 acre-feet of water.
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 bass bite got tough over the weekend, with smaller limits weighed in during the 24-boat Bass 101 Father's Day tournament. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun participated with one of his sons and reported the reaction bite had shut off. Best action was on the bottom with plastics on the Texas-rig or dart head. There is a solid night bite, and anglers have been working black spinner baits for 25-35 fish with spots to 4 pounds. Trout action has slowed considerably, with most trollers heading for the high country for cooler temperatures. A few rainbows to 14 inches can be found pulling blade/crawler combinations, Wedding Rings, Needlefish, or hootchies at four colors of lead core from Trimmer to the dam. The occasional crappie is taken on minnows or minijigs from the end of the dock at Deer Creek. The lake dropped to 42% capacity and is expected to recede over the next few weeks. Trout plants in the lower Kings continue on a weekly basis, but trophy fish are scarce both in the open and catch-and-release sections. The flows on the lower Kings have increased in the past week. The majority of river trout action has been on the Kings below Pine Flat Dam. There are special regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat.
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 •
Merritt Gilbert at Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported striped bass to 40 pounds have been taken at night from boaters tossing Storm swimbaits in bluegill or pearl in the main lake. There has been more interest in Lucky Craft rip baits and flukes during the full moon period. Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill confirmed the good rip bait action with Lucky Craft 100 SP's or Staycee 90 SP's in Ghost Minnow or Chartreuse Shad. In the main lake, larger fish are holding in deeper water while schoolies are roaming the flats. Live bait remains popular in the Forebay and main lake with pile worms, blood worms or anchovies. Heavy wind conditions have been a major problem in the past week for boaters in the big lake. Most fishermen are arriving in the early evening to hang out under the Highway 152 Bridge in the Forebay or near the Romero Visitor Center in the main lake. The occasional catfish has been taken in the Forebay on the same baits. Trolling or drifting minnows remained slow in the main lake. Jumbo and extra-large minnows have been basically absent from area bait shops, with bait fish spawning at present. Fishermen have to settle for large minnows. The lake is at 37% capacity after releasing 2,549 acre-feet during the past week. 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
Bass •• Trout •• Kokanee ••
Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said, "There are a few very small groups of the large kokanee left in the lake, and we were able to land a 19.5-incher on Saturday, which is a substantial early-season kokanee." Second-year kokanee are still scarce, and there have only been four of these fish reported during the current season. Double pink hootchies, pink Rocky Mountain Tackle's Assassin spinners, or pink Radical Glow Tubes behind a Hyperplaid dodger are working for the occasional large kokanee at depths from 28-32 feet from Fawn Point to the dam. The big kokanee are elusive and moving on a daily basis. Boat traffic has ramped up on weekdays with the end of the school year, and Wittwer has been getting on the water by 5:15 a.m. and getting off by 7:30 a.m. Trout fishing is solid. Bank anglers at the Sheriff's Tower, the Pines or the channel along the Sheriff's Tower are picking up the occasional trophy trout on Power Bait or night crawlers. Trollers are scoring with Berkley Gulp! night crawlers behind a dodger or the 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Shad minnow 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. Merritt Gilbert reported bass fishermen are picking up spots to 1.75 pounds walking the banks with crank baits or Senkos. A few anglers are fishing off the docks with water in the evenings with drop-shot plastics or Senkos. The weeds are growing rapidly along the bottom. The lake is at 62% capacity.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200
Brown trout •• Trout ••
Mammoth Pool reopened Monday, and there have been several boats making the long drive to troll for rainbows and browns. Kaiser Pass lakes are open, and with Florence at 82% capacity, it is expected to draw interest from boaters and bank anglers before it is drawn down for summer repairs. No reports from Edison, which held at 16%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee ••• Trout ••
The full moon has contributed to a slower kokanee bite this week, but the action remained solid. Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters was still finding limits for his clients. He said, "It hasn't been as good as the multiple 20-plus fish last week with some of the hottest action in recent memory, but it is still good fishing." He has had to move his search to more areas than last week, but he has found plenty of fish in two locations producing best results at different times in the mornings. From 6-8 a.m., the Island has been the top location. Eagle Point is the spot about 9:30 a.m. after a mid-morning lull. Orange Apex lures tipped with corn behind a Captain Jack's CJ Dodger at 60 feet in depth on the downrigger has been a solid rig while working Dick's Trout Busters tipped with a night crawler and corn behind a weighted Mountain Flasher at depths to 20 feet on side poles have started to come alive again. Nichols advised, 'If you are not hooking up, try moving to another location and changing depths." Bank anglers are finding planters at the dam, Roads 1 and 2, and in Dorabella Cove with Power Bait or inflated night crawlers. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project's fourth annual Sportsmen's Dinner is Aug. 9 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. All proceeds go to purchase more trophy trout for Shaver. The order for next year's trophies will include rainbows to over 8 pounds. Contact SLTTP Treasurer Bob Bernier at 360-7185 for more information. At Huntington, Merritt Gilbert reported solid kokanee action for fish in the 10- to 11-inch range. Trout average 14 inches, with the occasional 17-incher for anglers flat-lining Rapalas on the surface at least 100 feet behind the boat. Small boats can be launched from the sand, but it takes effort. Bank fishermen are picking up rainbows at Rancheria Creek, Dam 1 and Dam 2 with Power Bait or night crawlers. Shaver is at 63%; Huntington fell to 49%.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
The water level at Wishon has dropped to the point where the concrete ramp is barely exposed, but boats are still able to launch with care. Trollers are having to work hard for limits at Wishon, and Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store advised, "Blade/crawler combinations, Needlefish in frog or bikini, or Speedy Shiners in frog are all working at 3-4 colors of lead core." Shore fishing has been fair at best, and Crane reported some boaters motoring to Woodchuck Cove to fish from the banks for the best action. Power Bait in rainbow or orange remain the top baits. Courtright is nearly filled, and the courtesy docks are in the water to assist in launching. Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger, blade/crawler combinations, or Needlefish in bikini or frog are working at 3-4 colors of lead core. Best action is around the dam. Bank fishing is fair with various colors of Power Bait or inflated night crawlers. For stream fishermen, the water level continued to drop, and the only available trout are in the deeper holes in the larger creeks such as Dinkey, Tamarack, or Kaiser. 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 •••
Rough weather offshore kept party boats hugging the coast for rockfish, but local anglers have been generally pleased with the bottom fish results. Salmon remain absent from the area. Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete stated, "With the absence of salmon in the area, (the focus is) upon coastal rockfish until another shot of salmon enters our section of the coast." Further north in Pacifica, striped bass continue to pile up on the beaches. Anglers have scored with Super Strikers, Diawa SP Minnows, hair raisers or metal spoons. Crabbing from the pier is fair, but the season closes June 30.
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
Rockfish ••• Salmon •• Striper ••
Chris Arcoleo at Chris' Landing in Monterey reported salmon have moved back into the area, and they landed nine to 33.9 pounds Monday. All but one ranged upward from 18 pounds. They lost several, as the fish were "big and wild." Arcoleo said, "These are our type of fish, averaging 12-20 pounds." Rockfishing remains solid.
Call: Chris' Landing(831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut •• Striper ••• Rockfish ••• Leopard shark •• Salmon •• Sturgeon ••
With winds blowing 15-25 knots over the outer waters, most party boats opted for the sure bet of Marin coast rockfish this past weekend. Once the winds lay down, the captains will be looking around the Islands, Point Reyes and N buoy for salmon. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker has been finding tremendous striper action, having the rock piles to himself for 17 limits of bass including a limit for 100-year-old Rudy Thompson of Grass Valley.
San Luis Obispo
Salmon • Rock cod •••
Rockfishing remains solid with both San Luis Obispo ports loading up with bottom fish and ling cod. Both harbors are running a variety of trips. The next two-day trip out of Virg's is this weekend.
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 •••
Minus tides, persistent wind, and increased recreational boating put a damper on angling on the Sacramento side of the Delta. Lost Anchor Bait at McAvoy's Boat Harbor in Bay Point reported a 28-pound striped bass was caught and kept from the Firing Line on a live splittail, and there have been a few large bass in the 20-pound range landed in the past week. Jim Pickens of the Fishermen's Friend in Lodi added Montezuma Slough and the Mothball Fleet are producing a few sturgeon. James Nguyen of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg confirmed the overall slow bite for stripers and sturgeon, but he advised seeking stripers in shallow water with grass shrimp, using a dropper weight instead of a sliding sinker. Largemouth bass have been the top species, with Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento finding solid action with topwater lures in the sloughs off the main San Joaquin River such as White or Disappointment Slough.
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, smallmouth, spotted, and largemouth bass are all hitting plastics from Las Tablas to the dam at depths to 25 feet. An 11.4-pound largemouth bass, a potential lake record, was landed by Morgan Oliver of King City on a Robo Worm on 8-pound test during the past week. White bass are found with white Roostertails or Kastmasters in the Narrows, Oak Shores and along the mouth of Las Tablas. At San Antonio, the marina remains closed. Santa Margarita and Lopez remain good for bass on topwater lures early and late before dropping to the bottom to 25 feet with plastics by midmorning. San Antonio is limited to kayaks, canoes or inflatables with the low water level, Nacimiento is at 722.45 feet in elevation and 20% capacity. San Antonio fell to 653.05 feet in elevation and 4% capacity.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina(805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Angler's Choice at Delta/Ladd's Marina on June 15: 1, Mark Mendez/Isaac Budeselich 20.00; 2, James Nevels/David Moen 19.40; 3, Greg and Blake Leonard 13.98
Bass 101 at Pine Flat on June 15: 1, Tim and Reece Wells 8.35; 2, Corey and Steve Squires 8.25; 3, Mark, Hunter, Randy, and Logan Corrente 7.58. Timmy Wells (big fish 2.85)
Saturday: Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Central Valley Anglers "Mr. Kokanee" Memorial Kokanee Tournament at New Melones, http://centralvalleyanglers.org/html/kokanee_derby.html; 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
Saturday-Sunday: Angler's Press Delta Open Teams Invitational Championship at Delta/Sugar Barge Marina
Sunday: 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: Bearskin Creek; Big Creek, Huntington; Courtright Reservoir; Dinkey Creek; Huntington Lake; Mono Creek; Portal Forebay; Rancheria Creek; San Joaquin River, South Fork; Shaver Lake; Tamarack Creek; Tenmile Creek, Upper; Ward Lake; Wishon Reservoir
Kern County: Alder Creek; Cedar Creek; Kern River, Sections 1-5
Madera County: Chiquito Creek West Fork; Chiquito Creek, Lower; Fish Creek; Lewis Creek; 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; Bone Creek; Deer Creek; Dry Meadow Creek; Freeman Creek; Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake); Kern River, Sections 5-6; Nobe Young Creek; Peppermint Creek, Lower; Peppermint Creek, Upper; Stony Creek; Tule River Middle Fork; Tule River North Fork, Middle Fork No. 1; Tule River South Fork, Middle Fork Nos. 2-3; White River
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Today 10:48 4:35 11:14 5:01
Thursday 11:41 5:29 ---- 5:54
q-Friday 12:06 6:19 12:31 6:44
Saturday 12:53 7:05 1:18 7:30
Sunday 1:38 7:50 2:03 8:15
Monday 2:22 8:34 2:47 8:59
Tuesday 3:06 9:19 3:31 9:44