Fishing Report: Week of July 9

The Fresno BeeJuly 8, 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 — Fresno Bee Staff Photo Buy Photo

ROGER'S REMARKS

Whenever I get into my 2011 fiberglass 21-foot Starcraft, powered by a Mercury 250 HP Pro XS, I can't help but think back to the many boats I grew up fishing out of. I really thought that each was the best thing since apple pie at the time, and I can still feel the way they rode, smelled and felt -- along with all their unique glitches. To say the least, they made every trip memorable in some way.

As most young anglers do, I began with a 12-foot aluminum boat, a small outboard and a gas can. Throwing it in a pickup and heading for the river, pond or lake was life at its best for an excited and imaginative fisherman. Plugging up water leaks (where the rivets weren't doing their job) with chewing gum worked pretty well to keep me dry. Making sure you had enough gas and a good paddle ensured a good trip, as long as you could pull the boat far enough to get it into the water by yourself!

The next step up came with me getting to use my grandfather Louis' 16-foot Valco Aluminum with a nice 30-HP outboard and a custom center console with a steering wheel -- on a light trailer. I was in high cotton because I could now get up and down any of our local lakes in less than 40 minutes! The rig screamed along at about 25 mph and I imagined I was reaching hyperspeed as the slim boat cut through the water. One time I ran out of gas upriver at Millerton and all I had was a piece of plywood about 11/2-feet wide and deep. Getting up on the front of the boat on my chest, I "pulled" the light boat more than a mile to some anchored sailboats that helped us. I was in pretty good shape then. It was otherwise a solid setup that gave me few problems and sometimes I wish my Dad hadn't sold it. It was perfect.

I was about 18 when my failing grandfather once again came to my rescue, suggesting I "borrow" his blue 18-6 Tri-Hull Fiberform "beast" powered by a Merc 115. I was ecstatic and promptly began fishing in the heavy boat all over the place! It became apparent for a starving student that pulling and running this weighty boat would be expensive! In addition, I didn't realize that the older engine had some finicky traits that usually showed up at the worst times.

Early on, I found out that I needed to always have a hammer with me to tap on the carburetor to unstick the float -- or I wasn't going to be making it home anytime soon. I also learned about getting maddeningly little leaks in an old gas line and how tough they can be to find -- so you can wrap them temporarily with electrical tape! I also learned about having a trailer with rollers, instead of the usual carpet covered runners most boats sit on. After coming within a whisker of dumping the whole boat off the trailer halfway down the Fresno ramp -- in front of a large crowd -- I decided it was best to unhook this rig at the last moment at the water's edge from now on. I also came close to destroying it and me in a stupid stunt -- trying to go through some heavy current in a very small space surrounded by big rocks that would have chewed us up! I got crazy lucky.

My last "learning" boat was my Dad's 18-foot fiberglass Tri-hull Caravelle mounted with a 4.3-liter I/O Mercruiser that put out 195 horses. This rig could get up to the low 40s and was pretty stable. I wore it out to the point where the whole floor had to be replaced. I can still smell its special blend of plastic, oil and fish. I loved it.

Being a little fanatical then, I used to think, "If my car can just make it to the lake -- my engine starts, and I get to fish -- it doesn't matter if I have problems coming home!" True! Never give up!

Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at rogergeorge8000@sbcglobal.net, at www.facebook.com/Rogergeorgeguideservice and @StriperWars on Twitter.

BEST BETS

Delta bass action very good, Alan Fong said. Wishon and Courtright trout on the prowl, Chuck Crane reported. Eastman bass bite improved, Merritt Gilbert said. Isabella catfish bite breaks loose, Chris McKinney reported. Aqueduct striper and catfish action heats up, Jacob Rutledge said. New Melones Kokanee hitting, John Lietchy 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 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 •••

Triple-digit temperatures slowed interest in the California Aqueduct and Delta Mendota Canals, but small striped bass and catfish are available for anglers willing to wait until cooler weather at night. The catfish bite has improved with anchovies or sardines near the moving water at the headgates. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, action remains solid for striped bass and catfish. Bob's Catfish Derby continues through July. Entry is $1.

Eastman Lake

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

Ranger Myers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Station said, "The trends of the past few weeks continue with bass being taken on various shad-patterned colors of crank baits, jigs, or plastic worms on the drop-shot with crappie, bluegill and sunfish hitting small red worms or crappie jigs." There are carp throughout the shallows. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported an improved bass bite at night with anglers walking the banks with spinnerbaits or crank baits in dark colors. There is anticipation for good action during the next full moon. Launch ramps on both sides of the lake are on the lowest level. Unmarked hazards, including submerged rocks and trees, are present throughout the lake. The area extending upstream from the "Keep Out" buoy line is closed to fishing and boating as is Lakeview Trail -- both closures in place to protect nesting Bald Eagles. The areas will reopen Aug. 1. The lake is at 471.32 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 ••

Low water and high temperatures limited interest. Catfishing remained the top option with anchovies or sardines, particularly at night. Bass fishing remained very slow, particularly during the day. Low water levels continue to require extreme caution when maneuvering a boat and anglers should call ahead before launching to confirm the viability of the ramps. The lake dropped 3 feet to 449.84 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 •• Kokanee •• King salmon • Crappie ••

Kokanee have scattered throughout the lake. Most of the Mother Lode kokanee fishermen are heading to New Melones. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said, "This is one of the first lakes for the kokanee to disappear, but there are quality rainbows still to be had." He will be searching for rainbows with heavy spoons on a fast troll, covering as much water as possible to find the schools. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported heavy recreational boating over the weekend slowed fishing action, but bank anglers are tossing live minnows for rainbows and bass. Live minnows have been difficult to obtain, and Basi is working hard to keep his tanks stocked. He added that rainbow glitter Power Bait has been a good option for planted trout at downstream Turlock Reservoir. There is a 5-mph speed limit from the ramp at Blue Oaks Recreation Area to the buoy line at the mouth of Fleming Bay.

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 catfish bite has busted open, and Chris McKinney of Bob's Bait Bucket in Bakersfield reported solid action for whiskerfish on crappie jigs, chicken livers or garlic shrimp. She brought in 13 crappie and 20 catfish on a recent trip drifting in front of the dam at depths of 4-20 feet. There is an algae bloom on the water, particularly after 10 a.m., and the water has a green hue. With the stained water, bass fishing is best with rattling lures such as spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. Brush Hogs or Senkos were working best prior to the arrival of the algae bloom. Launch ramps in the South Fork and near the dam remain open, and care is necessary when launching a vessel. The lake dropped nearly a foot to 2,538.70 in elevation and 12% capacity. In the upper Kern River, McKinney reported good trout action in deeper holes with live crickets, salmon eggs or spinners. In the lower river, smallmouth bass are found near the SCE plant on Borel Road. Triple-digit temperatures have limited Buena Vista to catfish or bluegill; local lakes are limited to bluegill or carp.

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

Lake Kaweah

Bass •• Crappie •• Trout • Catfish ••

Bluegill and carp are providing the best action with jumbo red worms, wax worms or live crickets working for the panfish. Doughbaits are sucking up carp. Bass fishing is fair with live crawdads, night crawlers or large minnows. Catfishing at night with chicken livers, anchovies or frozen shad is solid; best is action along the banks at the right side of the marina. The lake dropped 5 feet to 626.37 in elevation and 23% capacity.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

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

Bass fishing is limited to a window for crankbaits in the early morning or evenings with the best action near the dam. Recreational boating has taken over with the full arrival of summer. The only launch available is on the Rocky Hill side, and the lake dropped slightly to 598.59 feet in elevation and 15% capacity. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville reported very good rainbow trout fishing on the Tule River with dry flies such as caddis, ants, grass hoppers or stimulators. Nymphs such as Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Flashbacks, or Psycho Mercers also are effective. The campground at Balch Park has been heavily planted, and Power Bait, salmon eggs, or night crawlers are working for planters. The remaining campgrounds have been slow due to the lack of plants.

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

McClure Reservoir

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

Low water levels have affected interest, but a few trout are taken at depths to 60 feet near the dam with Apex lures or PPK Tomahawk spinners. Bass fishing is fair with Brush Hogs or Keeper Worms from the banks. Live bait has been a good option for bass with crawdads or large minnows. The lake dropped 4 feet to 700.30 in elevation and 26% capacity. 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

McSwain Reservoir

Trout ••

Victoria Sturdivant of McSwain Marina reported a 1,000-pound plant from Calaveras Trout Farm occurred July 2, but the triple-digit temperatures have limited the number of fishermen sitting on the banks or launching boats. The normal locations of the two points near the marina, the handicapped docks and the brush pile are producing a few planters. Action is limited to the early morning before 7 a.m. Gold or chrome Kastmasters have been effective as well as Sunrise orange Power Eggs or night crawlers. Trolling has slowed considerably with the hot weather, but a few fish are taken with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a flasher past the floating restrooms toward the Chimney at depths to 25 feet.

Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

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

Recreational boat pressure was high over the holiday, but small limits of bass in the 6.5- to 8-pound range remained possible with spinnerbaits on windy banks in the afternoon or drop-shotting or dart heading shad-patterned plastics at depths of 25-30 feet during the day. Merritt Gilbert reported a few stripers to 18 pounds taken by trollers pulling broken backed Rebels. The lake is releasing water, and it dropped 3 feet in the past week to 530.63 in elevation and 61% capacity, with 2,068 acre-feet of ouflow. Roger George of Roger's Guide Service said the Temperance Flats Area is a minefield of rocks that are coming up. "I had one boat hit a rock and almost bounce out of the water right in front of me," he said. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, trout fishermen are finding success in the lower river near the Fresno Sportsman's Club.

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

New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch

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

Kokanee remained the top species in the lake, with trollers finding success in slightly deeper water from 40-60 feet for fish in the 11- to 13-inch range. John Lietchy of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said, "A few kokanee are approaching 14-16 inches, and a variety of colors are producing limits with darker colors in deeper water." He advised using high-profile lures such as Rocky Mountain Tackle's Super Squids or Apex lures, and modifying dodgers with a slightly larger bend to create more action. Trout fishing is best, with the greatest action at night under submersible lights. Trout in the 2 to 3-pound range remain possible at night with night crawlers or Power Bait loaded with scent; trolling is still best with a fast troll of 2.5-3 mph near the surface in the mornings before dropping to 40-60 feet in depth in the main river channel. Rainbows are feeding on 2-to 4-inch shad, so Shad Raps, Scatter Raps, RatLTraps, or jointed Shad Raps are working coated with Pro Cure's Shad Gel. Bass fishing remained fair with the fish hitting reaction baits early before switching to a slow presentation with soft plastics with a Carolina or Texas-rig. Catfishing is good, with the larger whiskerfish moving into the shallows. Live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel or anchovies are good baits on a sliding sinker rig with a bead in the stained water to create a clicking noise as the bait is moving. Crappie fishing remained very slow. New Melones fell 4 feet to 895.64 in elevation and 29% capacity, with a release of 2,931 acre-feet. The Tuttletown Launch Ramp is closed; the Glory Hole and Angels Cove ramps remain open. Launching over the weekends has required extreme patience. `

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 remained very difficult during the day. Fishermen are gearing up for night action with black spinnerbaits or plastics during the next full moon phase. Lake levels continued to drop, and the fish are suspended off the shore at depths from 25-30 feet. There is a small window for topwater lures in the mornings or evenings, but the fish move off the banks quickly to the bottom. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, "Scratching up a small limit has been a challenge." Trout fishing is limited to the early-morning hours, and Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse touted shad-patterned Shasta Tackle Co. Cripplures as the top option at depths to 40 feet near the power lines. Most trout fishermen are getting off the water by 10 a.m. Catfishing has improved with anchovies near the docks. The lake dropped 14 feet to 798.25 in elevation and 31% capacity with 8,140 acre-feet of outflow. Trout plants in the lower Kings continue, and Gilbert reported fair action with Roostertails, Super Dupers, or Mepp's in the rapidly moving water due to heavy upstream releases.

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 ••

Catfish action has improved considerably in the Forebay, with anglers working the moving water near Check 12 with night crawlers, chicken livers or anchovies. Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported the current has been key to finding the whiskerfish, as they are feeding heavily. Blood worms, pile worms or grass shrimp have been the top baits for small stripers ranging from undersized to barely-legal linesides. Small swimbaits or spoons cast from a boat are another option. Striper fishing in the big lake remained slow, but the overall size is larger than the Forebay. Pile worms and blood worms are the top baits while there is a topwater bite in the early mornings and evenings. Bank fishermen are primarily near the Romero Visitor Center in the main lake; boaters are working the shady coves. Extra-large and jumbo minnows are still nearly impossible to find in bait shops throughout Northern California. The lake fell to 30% capacity after releasing 7,215 acre-feet during the past week. All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes must undergo inspection for Quagga and Zebra mussels.

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

HIGH SIERRA

Bass Lake

Bass •• Trout •• Kokanee ••

The lake was filled with all sorts of floating craft over the holiday weekend and lower water levels created more beach area for revelers. Fishing was on the back burner to power boating, but Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service is ready to head back on the lake starting Tuesday, stating, "The water became stained over the weekend, and there were only a few large kokanee and the occasional rainbow taken in the past week." He plans on trolling pearl white RMT hootchies behind a Rocky Mountain Tackle white dodger or the double pink Rocky Mountain Tackle Assassin spinner behind a Hyperplaid dodger at depths from 30-40 feet for kokanee and Berkeley Gulp! Minnow or Wedding Rings tipped with a Gulp! crawler at depths from 25-30 feet. The Sheriff's Motor Fee is required on all boats this summer. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported a decent topwater bite in the mornings; Senkos worked along the docks also are producing spotted bass. The lake dropped slightly to 61% 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 there have been few reports. Edison remains low at 11%. with Florence holding at 62% and Mammoth Pool at 13%.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee •• Trout ••

Action was back to normal Monday after a very busy Independence Day weekend. Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters put together two limits for his clients Monday after stating, "A limit or two is quite possible, but the bite is hit or miss with trollers frequently coming up a fish or two short." He has been averaging two limits per day with orange or pink Apex lures tipped with corn behind a dodger at depths from 60-62 feet near the Island, Black Rock, and Eagle Point areas, adding, "Our side poles have had around the same success as the downriggers after 8 a.m., but the overall action slows after this time as it is very important to get on the lake early." The past weekend brought heavy boat traffic, with Shaver remaining one of the only viable bodies of water with over 50% capacity in the area. The annual Fireworks Show on Saturday night also contributed to weekend crowds. Bank fishing is fair with Power Bait or night crawlers near the dam or Roads 1 and 2, and there have been more trophies mixed in with the planters for bank anglers and trollers. The SLTTP's annual Sportsmen's Dinner is Aug. 9 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. Tickets are available at Shaver Lake Sports, Ken's Market, the Wahtoke Bar and Grille, and Young's Sporting Goods in Shaver Lake or via PayPal at www.Shaverlaketrophytroutproject.com. The event is expected to sell out. The leading fish in the Fresno Ag Hardware/SLTTP season derby is a 16.2-pounder. Weigh-in stations are Shaver Lake Sports, Young's Sporting Goods, and Ken's Market. At Huntington, trout action is fair near the inlets at Rancheria Creek and similar creeks. Some fishermen are finding solid action while others have been struggling. Power Bait, salmon eggs, or night crawlers remain the top baits. A few trollers are dragging small boats to the side of the lake for kokanee in the 9- to 11-inch range at a depth of 10 feet below the surface. Rainbows are found on small Rapalas or frog-patterned Flatfish. Shaver is at 63% capacity; Huntington dropped to 46%.

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 Kiwanis Division 5 Trout Derby is Saturday, and the lake is expected to be lined with anglers. The lake level at Wishon has risen and the launch ramp is back on the concrete. Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, "It is easy launching right now with the lake up." Trollers are scoring with blade/crawler combos with the dodger at 24-30 inches in front of the bait or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger at depths from 3-4 colors of lead core, but first-time angler, 8-year old Brady Traverso of Santa Clarita, landed a 17-inch rainbow on a Rapala near the surface. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun touted frog-patterned Needlefish or Flatfish as well as gold or bronze Thomas Buoyants. Shore fishing has been slow, but Crane reported good action on the far side of the dam at the confluence of dirt and dam material due to the presence of a large submerged hole. The planted rainbows are holding in the hole, and anglers are picking them up with Power Bait in orange or rainbow. The mouth of Wood Chuck Creek is another solid option for shore anglers with access to a boat. At Courtright, a plant of larger rainbows to 17 inches occurred this week, and trollers are finding good action in the dam area with inflated night crawlers or Power Bait in pink or orange. Trollers are pulling Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, or blade/crawler combinations at 3-4 colors of lead core. The ramp is in good shape with easy launching via the courtesy dock. Local creeks are limited to deep pools such as one below the Dinkey Creek Bridge.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

OCEAN

Half Moon Bay

Rockfish ••• Salmon •• Striper ••

Rockfishing is the only realistic option for consistent action. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat put in 24 limits of rockfish and eight ling cod working reefs from San Gregorio to Pescadero on Sunday at depths from 56-140 feet. Former San Francisco 49er George Visger was onboard with celebrity deckhand Braden Baxter. Mattusch said, "Salmon are still scarce, and one boat went searching for tuna, only to experience rough conditions offshore and zero hooks." There is a warm bubble of water 70 miles offshore.

Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-71333; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148

Monterey/Santa Cruz

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

Chris Arcoleo at Chris' Landing in Monterey reported optimism for the reappearance of salmon, with good action for commercial fishermen off Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County at the start of the week. Salmon fishing in Monterey Bay remained slow, but he was aware of a few small fish taken off the Pajaro River. Large halibut to 30 pounds have been taken on the Santa Cruz side of the bay near the Mile Reef in Capitola with live mackerel.

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

San Francisco Bay

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

Rockfishing also dominates action in this section of the coast, with regular salmon-only party boats switching to bottom fishing in the past two weeks. Captain James Smith on the California Dawn put his clients onto 58 ling cod to 24 pounds and three-quarters limits of rockfish during Monday's "Penn University" charter to Point Reyes. Smith stayed in the bay July 5 for 28 big striped bass to 15 pounds for 17 anglers, with a number of fish lost after hooking up. Halibut and bass are showing up on the outside beaches, and James Smith put in three halibut and four bass on Saturday's trip and four halibut off Seal Rocks on Monday. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, "We saw more halibut today than in the recent past in these very slow tides."

San Luis Obispo

Salmon • Rock cod •••

A solid sprinkling of ling cod are mixed into each bottomfish trip, with the Patriot and Sea Angler out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis returning with 12 ling cod, three cabezon, 29 vermilion rockfish and 552 assorted rockfish for 93 anglers on Saturday's three-quarters and half-day trips. Patriot's ling count for the season is 1,351 with 178 this week. Virg's has started John Rowley's Biggest, Baddest Ling Cod Contest, with $1 from each fare for 30 weeks placed in a pool for the Grand Finale for the top 30 anglers on Dec. 6. The Fiesta is featuring half-off Lady's Day trips Wednesdays.

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 ••

Tackle shops, guides, private boaters and bank fishermen await the July 16 river salmon opener on the Sacramento River. Diamondbacks can be found for patient anglers, while striped bass fishermen are releasing numerous undersized linesides. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported very slow action in the area. Johnny Tran at Freeport Bait reported plenty of shaker stripers are in the Sacramento River, but there are some larger fish holding, with sardines being the top bait. Striper action has been best in the western portion of the San Joaquin River. Alan Fong of Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento confirmed the excellent bass bite in the east Delta, but he is using a punching technique in the floating mats with Missile Tackle's D-Bombs on weights ranging from 1.5-3 ounces. Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci's Fly Fishing Guide Service said, "The top water action for largemouth bass continued to be solid, and the smallmouth topwater bite is just getting started in the north Delta."

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, action for white and spotted bass has slowed, but the whites are boiling on occasions at various locations . White Roostertails or spoons are working for white bass while drop-shotting or dart heading plastic worms are working for smallmouth, spots, and largemouth bass. At Santa Margarita, the concrete ramp is entirely out of the water, and there is a gravel ramp only. A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to launch. Chatter baits are working for largemouth bass averaging 2 pounds, and crappie action has heated up with crappie jigs. At San Antonio, bank anglers are tossing swimbaits at night for striped bass. Catfishing has improved with the hot weather. San Antonio is limited to kayaks, canoes, or inflatables in the low water. Lopez is kicking out a few largemouth bass on crankbaits or live night crawlers. Nacimiento dropped to 721.75 in elevation and 19% capacity. San Antonio dropped to 652.50 and 4%.

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

EVENTS

Upcoming

Tournaments

Friday: Poe Man's at Don Pedro

Friday-Saturday: Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah

Saturday: Kiwanis Division 5 Trout Derby at Wishon; Bakersfield Bass Club at Isabella; Taft Bass Club at Nacimiento

Saturday-Sunday: Riverbank Bass Club at New Melones; Sierra Bass Club at Don Pedro; Fresno Bass Club at McClure; Success Bass Club at Success; Kern County Bassmasters at Lopez

Sunday: Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina

July 19: Angler's Choice/Tri Valley Bass Masters at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Mid Valley Bass Club at Don Pedro; Bass Classics of Santa Clara at McClure; Kings River Bass Club at Eastman; American Bass Association at Isabella; Santa Barbara Bass Club at Lopez

July 19-20: Kokanee Power Team Kokanee Derby at New Melones; California Bass Federation at McClure

July 25: Poe Man's at Don Pedro

July 26: Angler's Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Golden Empire Bass Club at Isabella; San Luis Obispo Bass Ambushers at Nacimiento; Tri Valley Bass Club at Lopez

TROUT PLANTS

Fresno County: Bearskin Creek; Big Creek, Huntington; Courtright Reservoir; Huntington Lake; Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam; Mono Creek; Portal Forebay; Rancheria Creek; San Joaquin River, South Fork; Shaver Lake; Ward Lake; Wishon Reservoir

Madera County: Chiquito Creek West Fork; Chiquito Creek, Lower; Lewis Creek; Nelder Creek; Rock Creek; Willow Creek North Fork

Mariposa County: Big Creek, Madera

Tulare County: Balch Park Lake Lower; Balch Park Lake Upper; Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake); Stony Creek

SOLUNAR TABLE

AM PM Minor Major Minor Major

Today 2:32 8:46 3:01 9:15

>-Thursday 3:24 9:39 3:54 10:09

>-Friday 4:19 10:35 4:50 11:05

f-Saturday 5:18 11:33 5:48 ----

>-Sunday 6:20 12:05 6:49 12:34

>-Monday 7:22 1:08 7:51 1:37

Tuesday 8:25 2:11 8:52 2:38

>-peak indicator; f = full moon

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