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New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass ** Crappie * Catfish *** Trout * Kokanee *
Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said, "The trout bite is starting to pick up with the best action at night under submersible lights. Trollers are picking up the occasional fish at depths from 50 to 60 feet in the deepest water over the river channels in the main lake or creek channels with shad-patterned spoons. Bank anglers should head to local creeks like Angels Creek, although we have the occasional trout caught by bank anglers in Angels Cove. William Heinle of Arnold, George Lindsey of Murphys, and Ben Baier and John Glick of Sonora all brought in nice limits of trout this week. The kokanee bite continues to be slow with the only action found close to structure such as submerged humps and points at depths from 70 to 120 feet near the Dam or Spillway. Larger lures are a necessity as well as spraying Bang Crawdad scent on lures since crawdads feed heavily on kokanee eggs. Bass fishing remains only fair, and with the stained water conditions, noisemaking baits such as Lucky Craft LV500s, Luhr Jensen Speed Traps or a Strike King Red Eye Shad tossed close to the banks, outside the mudlines are the best techniques. By mid-morning, the fish moved out to 30 to 50 feet in depth with crawdad-patterned jigs on a half-ounce football head. Catfishing remains outstanding, as the fish are holding in the shallow water of the coves. Lewis advised catfish anglers to move their bait often, even dragging it along the bottom and bouncing it into rocky nooks and crannies, rather than letting it sit still. Fishing for cats is best at night, but there is limited action during the daytime. Steve Olley of Sonora landed an 11-pound, 14-ounce catfish while soaking night crawlers from the bank at the Tuttletown Launch Ramp. Crappie are holding close to submerged trees in creek arms such as Bear Cove, Coyote Creek or up the river arm. Night fishing under a light with small or medium minnows, Beetle-Spins or red/white minijigs is the best method for crappie in the summer months. The lake dropped 3 feet to 1,067.75 feet in elevation and 90% capacity.
Call: (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass ** Trout * Crappie * Catfish **** Bluegill **
Catfishing is still far and away the best thing going throughout the lake with great numbers of whiskerfish to 7 pounds taken on small or medium minnows, frozen shad, anchovies or chicken livers. For bass, there is a top-water bite in the mornings before dropping to the bottom at depths to 20 feet with big plastic worms or Senkos. Crappie fishing is dependent on finding the right submerged tree holding the slabsides, and a boat is a necessity. A few trout have been taken near the Wofford Heights Cemetery, but the best trout action remains in the upper Kern River. The lake dropped 2 feet to 2,578.48 feet in elevation and 53% as the seasonal water releases have begun. Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said, "The best trout action is the upper Kern River with live crickets, Gulp! Power Eggs, Power Bait, night crawlers or Blue Fox spinners for large planted rainbows or brook trout. Most anglers start around the Johnsondale Bridge and work their way down through the larger pools. The flows are picking up to nearly 2,000 cubic feet per second, but the occasional catfish, bass or trout are taken out of the deeper pools. In the Bakersfield area, Cormier touted the crappie action at Buena Vista Lake with small minnows or minijigs. Bluegill continue to be the only thing going in the small, local lakes with wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. An 8-pound carp leads Bob's Bait's August Carp Derby.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
Stripers ** Catfish ** Bass * Crappie *
The weeds are choking up the Forebay, but determined fishermen are working top-water lures such as chartreuse/white Super Spooks to stay out of the grass. Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods said, "Anglers are catching the fresh water mudsuckers and wading far out into the lake to avoid the weeds for schoolie stripers." Merritt Gilbert said local anglers prefer the Forebay over the main lake, and sales of Lucky Crafts went through the roof this past week in response to the interest. In the main lake, Tu reported bank anglers are scoring skinny stripers to 9 pounds from the banks at Basalt Recreation Area with Diawa Jumbo Minnows in white in the early morning hours before sunrise. Local fishermen continue to head to Los Vaqueros near Brentwood for a healthier grade of stripers. The lake continues to decrease, and it is currently at 76% capacity.
Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
Bass ** Bluegill ** Catfish *** Crappie *
Bass fishing is fair, but the best action is on Brush Hogs or Senkos at depths to 20 feet throughout the lake. Deep-diving crank baits such as the Norman DD-22 also are picking up the occasional quality largemouth. Catfish provide the most consistent action with chicken livers, stink baits, mackerel or anchovies. The Wildcat and Codorniz Recreation Areas are open to the public, which means boaters have the option of launching from the Chowchilla or Codorniz ramps. There are new 50-amp RV sites in the Codorniz campground, and campers are advised to book now for the Labor Day weekend at recreation.gov. The Lakeview Trail has re-opened between the Codorniz Recreation Area and Raymond Bridge, but the area of the lake extending upstream along the Chowchilla River is still closed beyond the Buoy Line. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 574.40 feet in elevation and 86% capacity.
Bass * Catfish *** Crappie **
Most bass fishermen are waiting for better things to happen, and catfishing is still the best thing happening with sardines, mackerel, stink baits or chicken livers. Few anglers are targeting crappie, but bluegill can be found with red worms, wax worms or meal worms around submerged brush. The lake dropped 2 feet to 501.25 vertical feet and 44% capacity.
Call: 225-1838; 292-3474; 673-5151
Stephanie Powell of the McSwain Marina said Calaveras Trout Farm plant is paying dividends for bank anglers and trollers. Big fish from 4 to 8 pounds were taken off the Handicapped Docks and the Brush Pile with garlic Power Bait or inflated night crawlers. Trollers are working blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger in the deeper portions of the lake between the Floating Restrooms to the Chimney for numerous rainbows in the 2- to 4-pound range. A Department of Fish and Game plant is scheduled this week.
Call: (209) 378-2534
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers ** Catfish **
Merritt Gilbert said the catfish bite at Mendota Slough has been outstanding with prepared stink baits, anchovies or mackerel, and the Little Stinker Catfish Bait Tubes are a hot item to enhance cut baits. Small stripers to 24 inches can be taken on Lucky Craft Pointer 78s, Sammy 100s or Pointer 128s in Gunmetal, ghost minnow, American shad, Chartreuse shad and Sexy Shad. In the south aqueduct in Kern county, there continues to be little change in the striper and catfish bite from all of the access areas. Blood and sand worms, white flukes or sculpin-patterned Gitzits remain the top baits with the best bite early in the mornings or in the evenings. Even with the cooler temperatures, the action slows down during daylight hours. The record volume of water pumped out of the Delta has kept the moss from accumulating on the inside of canals, but anglers are encouraged to be cautious along the slippery sides of the aqueducts.
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass ** Stripers **
The bass bite has been dominated by small fish and weighing in a limit to 7.5-pounds is an accomplishment. There is a top-water bite in the morning with Ricos, PopRs or Zara Spooks, and there is a bit of a buzz bait bite, but all of this dies early with the fish moving toward the bottom at depths to 30 feet. Drop-shotting or dart-heading with shad-patterned plastics or jigs are the way to go by mid-morning. Locating keeper-sized fish is the challenge. An 8-pound striper was landed on a crankbait by an angler fishing for spotted bass near Finegold, and trollers are picking up the occasional fish above Finegold. The lake dropped 4 feet to 562.16 feet in elevation and 86% capacity. The lower San Joaquin River continues to receive regular trout plants, including this week, and planters are found on night crawlers, Power Bait or spinners along the regular access areas at the Broken Bridge or Lost Lake. Angler pressure has been high on the weekends.
Call: 225-1838; 292-3474
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Bass ** Trout ** King salmon * Catfish **
The lake is dropping, and anglers are keeping quiet regarding their success with an upcoming tournament on the horizon. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said small fish in the 11- to 12-inch range are the rule, but there are fish to 2.25 pounds out there for the taking. There is a top-water bite in the mornings with PopRs, Ricos or Zara Spooks before the fish drop to the bottom at depths from 25 to 30 feet with Senkos, drop-shotting, dart-heading or jigs. Patrick Movey advised dragging a Pro Gold, Green Weenie, or any plastic with a purple blood line. With the high water this year, there was a very successful largemouth bass spawn, and a number of the fish are in the 11- to 12-inch range. Trout fishing remains best around the Dam and Lombardo's at depths from three to five colors of lead core with blade/crawler combinations for rainbows from 14 to 17 inches. Small king salmon in the 6- to 8-inch range are getting hooked at depths from 45 to 50 feet near the Power Lines, and anglers have to check their lines every 3 to 4 minutes to keep from drowning these tiny, but aggressive fish. Gilbert said, "Anglers are reporting the tiny salmon are thick in the main lake." There was a report of a 3-pound king salmon landed near Windy Gap on an Apex lure. Catfish to 3 pounds are taken on mackerel near Lombardo's, and with the high water levels, the normal holes up the river arm haven't been exposed as of yet. The lake dropped 8 feet to 911.25 feet in elevation and 78% capacity. The flows on the lower Kings River are up, but trout fishing remains good with salmon eggs, night crawlers or spinners in the slower water. Another trout plant is scheduled for this week.
Call: 787-2387; 225-1838; 292-3474
Bass ** Crappie ** Catfish **
Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported bass are suspended with the dropping water levels, and they are holding as deep as 30 feet. Drop-shotting with shad-patterned plastics are working near the bottom, but the smaller fish can be taken on nearly any technique. Crappie are found around structure in the deeper water, and anglers need to have a boat to find them with small minnows or minijigs. Catfishing remains slow. The lake dropped 15 feet to 656.05 feet in elevation and 42% capacity.
Bass ** Catfish **
The Army Corp of Engineers Ranger Station reported the lake levels have finally started to drop, and the fish will move out of the submerged trees towards the open water structure. Bass action is slow with the fish suspended with the changing lake levels. The lake dropped 4 feet to 624.44 feet in elevation and 41% capacity.
Bass ** Trout ** King salmon * Kokanee * Crappie ** Catfish ***
Trout fishing is picking up, particularly under lights at night at the Dam at depths from 30 to 50 feet with small minnows, night crawlers or Power Bait. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said, "A number of limits are coming out of the lake at night." Bass fishing has been very good with live crawdads worked off the deep drop-offs at McClure Point, and drop-shotting with the Robo Worm Prism Shad also has been effective. There is a top-water bite in the mornings and evenings with the Heddon Super Spook, white/clear River2Sea Rover, white PopRs or the white Heddon Super Spook. Once the sun hits the water, the fish drop to 20 to 30 feet in depth, and drop-shotting or jigs remain the best techniques. Catfishing remains excellent with cut baits, stink baits or chicken livers near McClure Point. The lake dropped 3 feet to 851.25 feet in elevation and 90%.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Lake Don Pedro
Bass *** Trout *** Kokanee * King salmon **
Trout fishing is outstanding with the fish chasing bait toward the surface. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing had a great trip Saturday with three early limits by 9 a.m. With fish holding at depths to 35 feet, Smith fast-trolled his heavy Chucker T heavy spoons with the key being finding the bait balls. "The rainbows are spitting up the tiny shad, and they are fat and healthy in the 2- to 3-pound range," Smith said. "We could have taken them on lead core since they were pushing bait up toward the surface, but I stuck with the downriggers." The kokanee are turning, and anglers are having to work hard for the occasional fish. For bass, top water is providing excellent action in the mornings and evenings with the River2Sea white Rover or white Heddon Super Spook; but once the sun hits the water, fish are found with Yamamoto double-tailed Hula Grubs on a half-ounce jig head in cinnamon/purple or watermelon/red at depths from 20 to 30 feet. Drop-shotting Pro Worms Pro Gold color 300 small red flake also are effective. The lake is releasing water.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Bass * Trout ** Kokanee ***
Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net said, "There are groups of kokanee beginning to school up, and a few fishermen are finding them by jigging at either 8 a.m. or 7 p.m. I expect the schools to get thicker as the days go on." Wittwer is anticipating good jigging action in the next few weeks before the bite dies off. He has been trolling in the mornings at depths from 29 to 50 feet with pearl white hootchie behind the larger 5.5-inch UV Pink Hyper dodger, the red Radical Glow Tube behind the Red Ice Dodger, the pink Assassin spinner behind the Pink Ice dodger or the blue RGT behind the Hyperplaid dodger. The fish are turning, but trolling is producing the brighter quality fish. Boat traffic remains light until 11 a.m., then the lake is inundated with recreational boaters. Boat traffic should die off after Labor Day. Wittwer has been picking up a few rainbows to 16 inches in the middle of the morning off the point in Indian Cove. Bass fishermen are working the docks in the evenings with Senkos or plastics on the drop shot for spotted bass to 2 pounds. There is a scheduled blast 3:30 p.m. Thursday. A schedule is available at cranevalleydam.org . The lake is holding at 76%.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee ** Trout ** Smallmouth bass ***
At Shaver Lake, bank fishing has been very good with Power Bait in the coves around the Sierra Marina. Shore fishing should continue to improve as the lake level drops precipitously, beginning after the Labor Day holiday. Kokanee fishing has slowed for trollers with the fish starting to show signs of turning with loose scales, pink colors and the beginnings of a hooked jaw. Changing depths, presentations, trolling speed or gear is key to a successful trip. The best action remains on Trout Busters behind a Mountain Flasher or with Captain Jack's orange Super Hootchie at depths from 25 to 40 feet. Crickets or small spinners are working for the abundant smallmouth bass around rocky structure. Anglers are advised to get their fishing in now before the lake becomes inaccessible by late September. At Huntington, bank fishing for rainbow trout is good with orange Power Bait or night crawlers near the Auxiliary Dam. Shaver dropped to 81%, and Huntington crept up to 99% capacity.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Young's Sporting Goods 841-8271, 841-2522, 841-2740
Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park said Wishon is starting to drop, but the best trout fishing remains at the Headwaters of the lake with orange Power Bait from the shoreline. He said, "The fish are plentiful with lots of limits ranging from 10 to 14 inches, but there aren't many large fish." Trollers are scoring with Needlefish or Speedy Shiners in a variety of colors worked at two to three colors in the mornings before dropping to three to four colors. At Courtright, few anglers are flat-lining Rapalas far behind the boat or trolling lures at depths from two to four colors. The lake is full, and shore anglers are scoring near the Dam with inflated night crawlers or Power Bait. Dennis Beard of the Dinkey Creek Inn said, "The high water has pulled out the browns from the recesses of the creek, and fishing is as good as we have seen in years." Anglers are catching combinations of browns, rainbows and fat brook trout which have been planted into the creek. With the high water levels, there are still riffles throughout the creek, allowing anglers to work a wide variety of areas instead of the deep pools. He said, "Fly fishing is outstanding, and plants will continue through the Labor Day weekend."
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Brown trout ** Trout **
Small No. 9 Rapalas ran solo on a long set-back are very effective at both Edison and Florence lakes. With the high water levels, fly anglers are scoring with caddis patterns in Jackass Creek near Florence Lake or other creeks. Limits of planted trout can be found at Portal Forebay. All of the lakes are starting to release water with Edison dropping to 91%, Florence to 81%, Mammoth Pool to 79% and Redinger to 96%.
San Francisco Bay
Halibut * Stripers ** Rockfish **** Leopard shark **** Salmon **
Salmon action clearly slowed down over the weekend, although Captain R.J. Waldron on the Sundance started the weekend with eight limits to 21 pounds Friday. The action slowed to a fish per rod Saturday, and he went on a coastal rockfish trip Sunday, boating 40 rockfish, eight lings to 8 pounds, and eight halibut to a whopping 30 pounds north of the Gate. The four Emeryville boats landed 37 salmon to 28 pounds Sunday for 79 anglers for a half fish per rod, but they added a 25 pound striper and two thresher shark to 35 pounds while trolling along the Marin coast to the Main Shipping Channel. The New Rayanne and Hog Heaven out of Sausalito went out with 38 fishermen and came home with 13 salmon to 15 pounds trolling a wide selection of the coast from Pedro Point south of the Gate through the Channel Buoys to Slide Ranch north of the Gate. The C Gull II, Captain Hook and New Huck Finn went to the Farallons on Sunday for 89 limits of rockfish, 127 ling cod to 19 pounds and 130 sand dab. Their big ling count must have been bolstered by the addition of live sand dab on the way to the Islands. Second captain Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker went to the Farallons on Saturday for 35 limits of big rockfish and 14 ling cod to 8 pounds within 1.5 hours of dropping their first lines. He said, "The rockfish were all nice quality, and they bit as soon as we hit bottom. There was a bit of a southwest wind outside the Gate, but once we hit the deeper water past the Light Bucket, the ocean turned flat, and we saw blue whales, humpback whales and albatrosses in a spectacular display all the way to the Farallons." Wright stopped on the South Bar on Sunday on their way home from rockfish limits down below, and they landed 10 big halibut ranging from 10 to 16 pounds. Very few party boats worked inside the bay with the small tides throughout the weekend, but Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait in San Rafael touted the salmon bite at California City, saying, "Things were better inside the bay than outside on Sunday with multiple scores on skiffs working the top of the tide through the first hour of the outgo." He added that Captain Jim Cox of the Touch of Gray out of Loch Lomond will be running 4- to 5-hour "California City" specials for $75. This would be a good way to get an introduction to salmon fishing at Cal City. Fraser touted shoreline striper action with live bullheads or pile worms as the top baits, but the crabs can be somewhat problematic. In response, anglers are floating bait under a bobber, particularly from McNear's Pier. The stripers from the banks are school-sized, but there is an occasional lineside in the teen's. Fraser said, "This weekend's tides were too small, but things will be improving day-by-day, and I expect things to be good by the middle of the week, and there are sturgeon tides by the weekend." Joel Sinkay of Leonard's Bait in Port Sonoma said a group of anglers has been fishing Dutchman Slough near Highway 37 on the Napa River for stripers in the 22- to 28-inch range on bullheads, and the crabs are much less prevalent in this area.The Wet Spot out of Emeryville Sport Fishing went sharking on Saturday, and they returned with five leopards to 15 pounds for four anglers.
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish **** Salmon **
Rockfish, salmon, white sea bass, halibut and albacore all kept anglers busy over the weekend, as it was one of those rare weekends when anything was possible from this harbor's cornucopia of species. The salmon action broke out from Pedro Point to Egg Rock at the start of the weekend, but the limit scores dropped precipitously by Sunday. The Golden Gate salmon party boats, which had been fishing north of the Gate for the previous two weeks straight, came down from Mussel Rock to Pedro Point for mixed scores. Captain R.J. Waldron on the Sundance out of Emeryville Sport Fishing put in eight limits to 15 pounds Friday, but the bite slowed Saturday with only a fish per rod and to far less than a fish a rod Sunday for the estimated 60 boats around Pedro Point. Captain Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker was in the Pedro Point area on Sunday, working the high spots for 17 limits of rockfish and eight lings to 10 pounds before moving up to the South Bar, and he said, "There were at least 60 boats out there salmon fishing, but they were gone in a couple of hours as a clear indicator of the lack of bite. We didn't see a net fly all morning." Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing said, "The commercial squid boats came from all over last week, but the squid schools have thinned out, taking any sea bass that were hanging around with them." The other big news was albacore taken far, far out of the harbor Sunday. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat ran 78 miles outside the harbor to 20 miles west of the Gumdrop in flat, calm conditions for seven albacore, losing another seven in the process. The approximate numbers were 37 26 & 124 00, and Mattusch landed fish on both the troll and with live bait. He was pretty stoked about the possibilities for this year's albacore action if the ocean cooperates. The sure thing is rockfish with all boats reporting limits south of the harbor. Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing had the New Captain Pete and Tigerfish at Martin's Beach on Sunday, and they returned with a combined 30 limits of rockfish and 11 lings. The Ankeny Street fished its shortened Sunday Special from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the Buoys in shallow water from 20 to 50 feet, and its clients returned with 14 limits of rockfish, three cabezon to 9 pounds and four lings to 12 pounds. Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said the water calmed down Sunday, and there were plenty of anglers working the end of the pier with anchovies under a bobber. She said, "They are all finding bobbers in the dark recesses of their garages, as salmon fishing hasn't been this good for many years." Pile or blood worms are working for striped bass from the beaches or the pier, and they were able to pick up a supply of blood worms after difficulty obtaining this bait last week.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Rockfish **** Salmon *
A sure sign that the salmon bite has slowed is that all of Chris' boats went rockfishing Sunday. The hot salmon and white sea bass bite came to a halt through the weekend, and Todd Arcaleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey said the Star of Monterey and the Checkmate went south Sunday in the great weather conditions. The Star came home with rockfish limits and some ling cod from Point Lobos with the Checkmate heading further south, also for 21 limits of quality rockfish at Point Sur. They will be focusing on rockfish until the next spurt of salmon or white sea bass.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Luis Obispo
Rock cod ****
Rockfishing is outstanding with boats from Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis posting limits on all three-quarter- and full-day trips. The Pacific Horizon and Patriot came back with a total of 99 limits of rockfish Saturday to go with 52 limits and 30 lings to 15.4 pounds. On Monday, the Patriot returned to port with 16 rockfish limits and four lings to 8 pounds. Top local anglers were Harold Ogan of Bakersfield with a 15.4-pound ling, Marty Malon of Tulare with a 12.4-pound ling, and Kevin Varine of Taft with a 12-pound ling. Virg's Landing in Morro Bay reported limits of rockfish and three lings to 5 pounds were sacked by 27 anglers Monday, and nearly half the rockfish were vermilions.
Call: Virg's Landing, (805) 772-1222, (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass ** White bass * Stripers ** Catfish ** Crappie **
South valley anglers are heading to Lopez Lake armed with crickets, wax worms or meal worms for the abundant red-eared perch or bluegill. Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said, "Anglers are purchasing huge quantities of bait to drive over the hill to Lopez." The spotted bass bite at Nacimiento remains strong with Texas-rigged Reaction Innovation's Flirts in Bad Shad Green worked along the ledges. The high water has created an excellent largemouth spawn, and there are more largemouth in the lake than in recent years. Santa Margarita is the target lake for large fish, and anglers are flipping Sweet Beavers in crawdad imitation patterns or punching the weeds across from White Oaks with the red/black Berkley Havoc under a 1.5-ounce tungsten weight for largemouth to 8 pounds. The striper bite remains consistent at San Antonio with the best action with top-water lures, swimbaits or fresh shad in the early mornings or just before dark. The coastal lakes are dropping steadily with Nacimiento at 82%, San Antonio at 76%, Santa Margarita at 90% and Lopez at 92.3%.
Call: (805) 238-1056 ext. 3, (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Bass *** Salmon * Stripers * Sturgeon * Catfish ***
The salmon bite took off again on Sunday with Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait stating, "They are tearing them up out there!" referring to the action off both the State Park and First Street. The State Park produced at least 20 salmon with the Mepps Flying C in multi-color with green, yellow and orange or the VZ lure in similar colors. The bite broke out for the first time at First Street with over 10 salmon taken Sunday. The action takes place at the top of the tide through the first hour of outgo, as the water starts to mud up on the incoming tide. They are selling lots of blood worms, pile worms and bullheads for striped bass off 12th Street, and a 13.5-pounder was landed this week on a blood worm. James Nguyen of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported the heavy winds kept most anglers off the water over the weekend, but there has been a small window on the incoming tide where the tide and wind are moving in concert. Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures out of Bethel Harbor has been using ultra-light gear for stripers, and they caught and released over 70 linesides Sunday on frozen shad in the San Joaquin River off Twitchell Island or at the mouth of Three-Mile Slough. Alan Fong of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno reported a very good largemouth bass bite for numerous fish to 4 pounds in the Delta with three-eighths-ounce Revenge spinnerbaits in chartreuse/white worked in the sparse grass in the current. The punch bite remains excellent with Sweet Beavers under a 2-ounce weight in the tall, 18-inch weed mats with the best action on the low tide in the afternoons. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, confirmed the good bite for numbers, but the finding fish with size has been a challenge. He has been scoring with lures that remain in the strike zone. Surface plugs such as the Ace in the Hole, the ima Big Stick are effective, and there is a bit of action on buzzbaits. "Normally the buzzbait bite is very good at this time of year, but the action has been sporadic," Pringle said. He touted Pure Poison vibrating jigs or Persuader spinnerbaits in red/black as good options for the occasional quality fish, but more consistent action is found on the Timber Tiger DC 4s or 8s in red Craw, depending upon the tide level. Worm anglers are advised to use Creature Baits such as the Chigger Craw in red/black to match the abundant crawdads in the Delta.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger/Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303, Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030; Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645
Mid Valley Bass Club at Eastman on Aug. 8: 1, Evan, Allan and Terry Sanders, 12.61 pounds; 2, Jonathon Myers/Moses Mixx, 12.13; 3, Chuck Richardson, Josh Von Allman and Travis Laird 10.98
New J Bass Club at Pine Flat on Aug. 20: 1, Craig Gong/Eric Rivera - 8.74, pounds (big fish 5.02); 2, Ge and Tony Yang, 7.97; 3, Michael and Anthony Her, 7.47
Angler's Choise Western Rookie League at Delta/Russo's Marina on Aug. 20: 1, Shawn Taylor/Ravin Persaud, 19.28 pounds; 2, Bryant Smith/David Pearl, 18.75; 3, Clay Sutterfield/Cory Woodruff, 18.62 (big fish 7.71)
Fresno Bass Club at Pine Flat on Aug. 21: 1, John Albidrez, 5.68 pounds (big fish 3.72); 2, Nick Beck, 3.50; 3, Roger Lockhart, 2.99
Thursday: Larry Hodge on Beginning Bass Fishing Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse; Bill Ferrero of Mokelumne River Outfitters on Fly Fishing for Steelhead and Trout, 6 p.m. at Manteca Fisherman's Warehouse
Friday: Top Stick Tour at Santa Margarita; Do Poe Men at Don Pedro
Saturday: Fresno Bass Club at Pine Flat; Tri Valley Bass Club at Lopez; Taft Bass Club at Isabella
Sept. 3: Jim's Pro Bass Tackle at Santa Margarita
Sept. 6: Kokanee Power Monthly Meeting, Old Spaghetti Factory on Shaw, no-host dinner from 5-7 p.m., guest speaker Gerald Hatler of the Department of Fish and Game regarding restoration of the San Joaquin River
Sept. 9: Jim's Pro Bass Tackle at Nacimiento
Sept. 10: American Bass Association at Isabella; Wasco Bass Club at San Antonio; Sonora Bass Club at New Melones; Kokanee Power Team Tournament at Shaver Lake
Sept. 15: Steve "Bub" Tosh on Top-Water Bass Techniques, 6 p.m. at Manteca Fisherman's Warehouse
Sept. 17: Tri-Valley Bass Masters at Don Pedro; Tri-Valley Bass Club at Santa Margarita; Inland Empire Bass Club at Nacimiento
Sept. 18: Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo's
Fresno County: Dinkey Creek; Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir; San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam; Ward Lake
Kern County: Kern River from Powerhouse No. 3 to Riverside Park, Kernville
Madera County: lower Chiquito Creek; Rock Creek
Mariposa County: McSwain Reservoir; Mariposa Merced River downstream of Redbud Bridge
Tulare County: Balch Park eastern lake; Balch Park western lake; Hedrick Campground pond; Kern River from Brush Creek to Fairview Dam; Kern River from Fairview Dam to Falling Waters Lodge; North Fork of Middle Fork Tule River at Wishon Campground; Peppermint Creek; South Fork of Middle Fork Tule River at Camp Nelson; South Fork of Middle Fork Tule River at Ceder Slopes
Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal; Lyons Reservoir; Middle Fork Stanislaus River; Middle Fork Tuolumne River; Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; South Fork Stanislaus River; South Fork Tuolumne River; Stanislaus River Clark Fork