Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former Olympic-class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake and who now guides in the greater Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted. Have a photo of a recent catch to share? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with “fish photo” in the subject line.
San Luis Forebay stripers providing action, Merritt Gilbert said. Kaweah bass hitting, Dave Hurley reported. Half Moon Bay crabbing and rockfishing good, Tom Mattusch said. New Melones kicking out big trout, John Liechty reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 3; Catfish 3
The California Aqueduct is starting to show signs of life after a few months of stagnation because of high water. Said Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis: “The sales of Lucky Craft Pointers and Duo Realis jerkbaits have increased in the past few weeks. While most of our striper fishermen are heading to the forebay, bait fishing for striped bass south of Manning Avenue has been decent.” Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics reported, “Anglers are having great success fishing at the aqueduct. Quantity seems to be the name of the game while the quality fish are few and far in between. Anglers throwing jerkbaits such as Speedlures, Duo Realis 120 or Lucky Craft Pointers continue to land stripers with an occasional keeper. Soaking baits is also working for anglers fishing near checkgates. Dip baits are working for anglers targeting catfish to 10 pounds. Water flow is unpredictable with flows shutting off and turning back on throughout the day.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait and Tackle in Bakersfield reported catfishing remains the top species with Sonny’s “Super Stinky” Channel Cat Bait, Terminator Catfish Bait, chicken livers, anchovies or frozen shad while striped bass are getting active with flukes, swimbaits, Lucky Craft Pointer 100’s, blood worms, sardines or anchovies. Fishermen are asked to leave the shoreline areas in the water impoundment areas free of trash and debris after fishing.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported, “Eastman is still producing a few decent largemouth bass with fishermen averaging from 5-7 fish per day in the 1.75- to 2.5-pound range working finesse techniques. The crankbait and spinnerbait bite has slowed down.” Eastman Lake has been designated as California's first Trophy Bass Fishery by the California Department of Fish and Game. Anglers may keep only one bass with a minimum length of 22 inches. The lake remains at 8 percent capacity and 468.59 feet in elevation.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Hensley is still the slowest of the area’s lakes with few fishermen heading to this body of water. Anglers are struggling for a few small bass using plastics in crawdad-patterns. The lake held at 19 percent and 475.21 feet in elevation.
Call: 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 3; Trout 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 2; Crappie 2
Minimal change, with spotted or largemouth bass dominating action. There is an early-morning topwater bite, but the most consistent action is with dark color patterns of plastics on a three-sixteenths- to quarter-ounce drop-shot weight to work depths from 25-50 feet. Trout and king salmon action has yet to emerge with the relatively warm surface temperatures for this time of year. The lake may be turning over beyond late November because of the warm fall. Monte Smith of Gold County Sport Fishing has been focusing upon the Sacramento River for salmon, but he will be returning to Don Pedro once the salmon have completed their run in the river. The lake remains the top bass lake in the Mother Lode, given good launch ramp conditions and high water. The lake rose close to 66 percent capacity and 768.03 feet in elevation. Twenty-one teams competed in the Christian Bass League tournament on Nov. 12, with 87 fished weighed in totaling 184.36 pounds (2.1 average). Most were caught in about 25 feet of water on small plastic baits using shaky heads and drop-shot techniques. The team of John Horton and Gavin Nelson took top honors with a total of 14.56 pounds including the big fish of 4.30 pounds. It was 12-year-old Gavin’s first bass tournament.
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 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2
Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported recent trout plants at the River Walk and Lake Ming have brought out a number of anglers to soak Berkley Mice Tails, Power Bait or nightcrawlers, but heavy pressure at the River Walk has led to slower action. Lake Ming is the best local option for the planted trout. Lake Isabella is still limited to catfishing in the deeper water near the dam with Sonny’s Stinky Bait, Katnip Beef Bait or Terminator Catfish Bait. The lake dropped slightly to 2543.93 feet in elevation and 16 percent capacity. Section 4 of the Kern River just above Isabella near Kernville will receive a trout plant this week. In the lower river, bass fishing remains best with small swimbaits or plastics on the drop-shot. The Taft Chamber of Commerce Annual Trout Derby will be Saturday at Lake Evans in the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Center; trout plants will be made prior to the derby. Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for children (13 and younger), with a grand prize of $1,000. All age categories receive prize payouts. Registration is available at 400 Kern St. in Taft or Bob’s Bait Bucket or Cope’s Tackle and Rod in Bakersfield. After the derby, the plants should continue on a biweekly basis. A trout plant is scheduled at Brite Valley Lake this week.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
The Visalia Bass Club held their top 10 Fish-Off over the weekend. Despite extremely low water levels, bass action is good with a variety of techniques including deep-diving crankbaits, plastics on the drop-shot or jigs. The shad haven’t balled up yet in the warmer water, but the bass are oriented toward the abundant shad.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishing remains fair with jigs with a trailer, crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Catfish remains an option with stink baits. The lake held at 582.40 feet in elevation and 6 percent capacity.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
The first gold-tagged rainbow out of five planted last spring was landed this week by Hank Van-Vuren of Escalon with a 21-inch rainbow weighing in at 3.5 pounds while targeting bass with his brother. The fish was worth $500 from the Merced Irrigation District Parks and Recreation, and there are four others in the lake worth $500 each. The water is starting to clear with minimal inflow this past week. The only issue to taking the abundant spotted and largemouth bass is access as the launch ramp requires a long back down at Barrett’s Cove South. The lake held at 38 percent capacity and 742.20 feet in elevation.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505
Some 1,800 pounds of rainbow trout were planted in the lake at the end of October, and with the slightly cooling temperatures, the action has improved from the normal shore locations of the brush pile, handicapped docks and marina with various colors of Power Bait along with inflated nightcrawlers or silver/blue Kastmasters. The holdovers from the previous plant in early October are migrating toward colder water up the river arm near the fence line.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 2; Striped bass 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 2
Millerton, Pine Flat, Eastman and Hensley continue the rollercoaster ride of decent action followed by a much tougher bite. Millerton is experiencing the best action during the tough times, but there are few tournaments scheduled. The California Tournament Trail is hosting a rare tournament Saturday at Millerton. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Millerton has been good, but the fish are moving around quite a bit. One angler went out on Monday and did well working the bottom with plastics or jigs, but on his trip Saturday, he struggled to pick up a few small bass using the same techniques. There is no reaction bite, and most everything is on the bottom at depths to 30 feet with finesse techniques.” There have been no striped bass reports. Millerton rose 6 feet to 46 percent of capacity and 507.68 in elevation with inflow from the high country. In the San Joaquin River, there is minimal change with a few bass fishermen trying from the banks around Sycamore Island while jet boats are launching and running up the lower river west of Highway 99. 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: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 3; Kokanee 1
Rainbow trout continue to reign supreme at New Melones with a number of quality ’bows to 5 pounds being taken by the few trollers working the lake. The bass bite is starting to improve, and this is the best time to target catfish with the combination of inflow into the lake’s creeks and relatively warm weather conditions. John Liechty of Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp reported, “The rainbow trout coming out of New Melones are extremely healthy and are weighing from 3-5 pounds. They have been holding in deep water and feeding on shad, but some are starting to move into shallower water and feeding on the surface. The best action is coming at depths from 80-100 feet in the main river channel, and spoons and Rapalas in bright color patterns are the top set ups. A faster troll is advised since this seems to be attracting more strikes. The time for running leadcore line near the surface is coming soon, and this will pick up some of the fish moving towards the surface. Bank fishing is also starting to improve with trout dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, or crawler/marshmallow combinations.” Scott Heliotes and Frank Curcuro landed three large rainbows to 4.65 pounds along with a kokanee using a Rapala in 80 feet of water. The bass bite has been picking up each week as fall progresses, and the cooling weather and dropping water temperatures have the fish feeding more aggressively and more often. The majority of bass are holding in deep water and feeding on schools of shad, but some fish have moved up into shallower water and hanging around standing timber or brush. A vertical presentation is necessary for the deep fish with either a drop-shot or a jigging spoon, but plastics in shad or crawdad patterns on a shakey head are working for the shallower fish. A Texas-rig with a brass’n glass setup is also an effective technique. The Glory Hole Sports Catfish Derby started at the beginning of the month, and Jim Mellinger claimed the $25 gasoline gift card for the first whiskerfish in excess of 8 pounds, weighing in a one at 8.37 pounds on chicken livers. This wasn’t the largest catfish of the week, however, with Matt Meek producing a 9.19-pounder on frozen shad. Glory Hole is giving away over $300 in raffle prizes plus a 100 percent payback to the top three anglers. Leichty said, “This is a great time to target the largest catfish in the lake, as they will move shallow and feed heavily in preparation for the colder winter months. Frozen fish is always a good choice and some big fish are caught on it each year.. A weightless approach often works best when fishing with frozen fish bait., and use enough bait to make a cast and let it fall slowly to the bottom. Many anglers will soak their bait with Mike's Lunker Lotion, Berkley Catfish Attractant or Pro Cure. The whiskerfish are found near standing timber, large rock piles, points, humps and creek channels, and you should try many different areas and depths until you locate a catfish hang out.” Overall, the crappie bite has slowed. The Glory Hole launch ramp remains on the dirt until the lake rises during the winter. A courtesy dock is available. Recent rains brought the lake up nearly a foot to 860.31 feet in elevation and 21 percent.
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
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Pine Flat is more of the same struggle with the bass scattering as the lake continues to rise. Merritt Gilbert added, “It has been a very tough bite at Pine Flat with the water coming up, and there were several of the 41 teams participating in Saturday’s Clovis Police Department Mounted Police fundraising tournament coming back without limits. The top weight was 10.86 pounds with a 4.38-pound big fish taken by. Richard Neal and Keith Lienau, and everything was on the bottom with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot or dart head as the fish are moving around following the bait. The 30-foot range seemed to be best as the bait hasn’t balled up yet with the warm water. There is no topwater bite.” Trout trollers are limited to a single fish per rod for many hours of work while a few quality catfish to 6 pounds are landed at Deer Creek with chicken livers. The lake has risen to 757.69 feet in elevation and 20 percent capacity. Trout plants are scheduled in the lower Kings River below the dam over the next three weeks so trout fishing should improve considerably with Roostertails, Panther Martins, various patterns of Power Bait, or nightcrawlers. Regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam set the season as running from the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 from Pine Flat Dam downstream to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road with a five-fish limit. The bridge is the first one west of the dam.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 3; Catfish 2; Bass 2; Crappie 2
San Luis Reservoir is now at 36 percent with heavy pumping of water out of the south Delta. Striped bass to 26 inches have been the rule out of the main lake with smaller keepers taken in the O’Neill Forebay. Paul Jolley of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported trollers are pulling Alabama rigs loaded with shad-patterned swimbaits without the benefit of downriggers up and down the shoreline near the Basalt Recreation Area as the fish are relatively shallow. Jumbo minnows are the top bait, and limits in the 4- to 6-pound range are the rule for those drifting minnows around the corner off of Goosehead Point out of the Basalt Area. There are a number of smaller fish around, but limits of schoolies are happening. There are also fishermen throwing lures from the Basalt shoreline, but this action has been much slower than drifting live bait. O’Neill Forebay remains solid for numbers of small striped bass, but limits to 23 inches are consistent. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Most of our customers are heading to the forebay with flukes, River2Sea Whopper Ploppers, Duo Realis jerkbaits, or Lucky Craft Pointers for stripers ranging from undersized to small, legal fish.” Jolley added, “Kayakers are drifting jumbo minnows in the forebay, but they have been culling through a number of small fish to locate limits of keepers. Small swimbaits, jerkbaits, and ripbaits are working, and the fish seem to have moved off of the weedlines.” The long period of low water in July and August may have contributed to the toxic algae bloom in the main lake, and the California Department of Water Resources has issued a warning to observe the Voluntary Statewide Guidance for Blue-Green Algae Blooms recommending no swimming. For fish caught in the reservoir, throw away the guts and clean fillets with tap water or bottled water before cooking.
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954; San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay Wind Conditions: 1 (800) 805-4805.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
Few reports from the lake as trout fishing continues to be extremely slow with few fishermen trying at the present time. Bass fishing is best with plastics on the drop-shot or dart head at depths from 30-40 feet. The lake continues to release water, dropping to 67 percent.
Call: Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
There have been few reports from the Kaiser Pass Lakes, with Edison at 48 percent of capacity and Florence at 16 percent. Mammoth Pool dropped to 54 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 1; Trout 2
The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will be planting their big fish during the spring. There has been minimal fishing interest at the lake or at nearby Huntington. Shaver remains high at 88 percent and Huntington held at 31 percent.
Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Todd Wittwer 288-8100
The Wishon Village RV Park and Store closed for the season Oct. 30, and the campgrounds also will be closed. Very few fishermen are heading to the lake. It is getting cold at Courtright, leading to even less interest in fishing.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 2; Crabs 3
Captains Tom Mattusch and Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat have been running crab-only or crab/rockfish combination trips over the weekend. The Coastside Fishing Club sponsored a Veterans Day trip, and they found some great action in deep water to 165 feet for their passengers. The Huli Cat went to the Farallons for 27 limits of rockfish with a pair of large lings, with Kelvin Woon from San Mateo scoring an 18-pounder on a shrimp fly and squid while Mel Springs picked up a 16-pounder on a sand dab. Farther north in Pacifica, Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook Bait and Tackle reported heavy interest in crabbing from the pier as they have sold over 400 custom crab snares since the opener. The surf has been rough because of the huge coastal swell, and snares are far more effective in the heavy surf than crab nets.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Captain Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040
Rockfish 3; Striper 2; Crab 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing in Monterey reported continued slow crabbing with the slower counts possibly because of the big swell. The Check Mate did put in 75 crab for 16 anglers along with rockfish limits and five ling cod while the Caroline only ended up with 12 Dungeness along with half limits of rockfish and a pair of ling cod Sunday. He said, “Crabbing has been tough as the swell has something to do with it, but it seems like there is a lack of crab out there.” They are busy throughout the week on the combination trips, but there are a few openings this coming Wednesday and Thursday. Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing and Surfcasting Guide Service reported, “Ocean swells went from big to huge this week before dropping down to merely big again.” Other conditions were pleasant, but fishing slowed markedly for most Monterey Bay anglers. This was especially true for anglers pulling pots for Dungeness crab. Dungeness season opened last Saturday. Todd Fraser from Bayside Marine reported, “The anglers who did quick soaks on the crab did not get many crabs.” Fraser noted crabbing got better as the week progressed especially for those working pots in 200 feet of water near the Soquel Hole. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife informed us of proposed changes to the recreational groundfish regulations for the 2017-2018 fishing season. The regulations are becoming more liberal in terms of legal fishing depth, but more constricted in terms of take. For the Central Management Area from Pigeon Point to Point Conception, the changes include opening rockfish, cabezon and greenling fishing (RCG Complex) out to 300 feet of water. Current regs allow RCG fishing to 240 feet. The bag limit on black rockfish drops from five fish to three fish per day and lingcod drops from three fish to only two. Bocaccio, currently limited to three per day, will be opened wide. We can keep up to 10 per day as opposed to the current limit of three. Perhaps most significant is the possible lifting the eight-year ban on canary rockfish. We can now keep one canary per day “since it has now been declared rebuilt,” according to the DFW. These are proposed changes only, but the DFW typically adheres to their projections.
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Striper 2; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 3; Sturgeon 2; Crab 2
The rockfish bite became better and better through the weekend as the swell backed off on a daily basis. Crab are definitely holding in deep water as shallow strings are not producing. The swell backed off by Sunday, and the rockfish bite much better with Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley put his 34 anglers onto limits of rockfish along with four lings to 15 pounds at the Farallons on Sunday. Captain Trent Slate of Shelter Cove Sport Fishing had 60 rockfish and six lings Saturday along with 46 Dungeness crab. He said, “The fishing was much better on Saturday than it was on Friday as we had to work hard for limits on Friday. The crabbing in deep water is best, and I am concerned about the number of crab out there.” He is running crab-only trips for $100 and rockfish/crab combination trips for $200. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle reported a number of shark and bat rays have moved into San Pablo Bay, but the tiny Dungeness crab seem to be absent which is at least one good sign. A Calico bass, yes the Southern California species, was reported to Fraser by a reliable source from the area around the Whaling Station in San Pablo Bay. Small striped bass are still around but not as numerous as in the past few months. Bass can be taken on the anchor, drifting or trolling, but most are in the 14- to 16-inch range. A 57-inch sturgeon was landed from the shoreline off China Camp, and Fraser really likes the minus tides over the next few days for sturgeon.
San Luis Obispo
The big ocean swell backed off Sunday, and the Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay found great action for their 21 anglers on a long range trip for 48 ling cod to 17.9 pounds, 87 vermilion rockfish, 39 copper rockfish and 84 assorted rockfish for limits. Jerry Green of Fresno took the jackpot with the big ling. The Rita G and Princess were out on shorter trips with 62 passengers for 12 lings to 9 pounds, 43 vermilion rockfish, 468 assorted rockfish, 24 copper rockfish and a cabezon. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, the Flying Fish and Patriot went out with a combined 56 anglers on Saturday for two ling cod, 116 assorted rockfish and three vermilion rockfish. The rockfish season ends Dec. 31.
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 3; Striper 3; Sturgeon 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
Salmon continue to move through the Delta as the latest school of bright fish has arrived through the Golden Gate. The Benicia shoreline has been producing 4-5 salmon per day for those throwing Vee-Zee or Flying C spinners. The Freeport area in the north Delta has been the other location for salmon, though the numbers have dropped since early in the season. The series of larger tides has created a slowdown for sturgeon as the majority of diamondbacks are holding in deep water in the Pittsburg area. Small stripers remain the rule, but there have been some larger linesides in the northern section of the Delta. A disturbing trend is the saltwater species of leopard shark and bat rays being landed at the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing concentrated on striped bass with live mudsuckers around Liberty Island over the weekend with the larger tides affecting the sturgeon bite. He said, “We took seven limits on Saturday to 14 pounds drifting mudsuckers, and we hooked a few larger fish that came unbuttoned. We are going through 8-10 shaker stripers for every keeper, and I am coming prepared with a dozen mudsuckers for each angler on board.” Mark Wilson, striper trolling expert, has also been focusing around the Liberty Island area with the new P-Line Predator Minnow, and the action has been more of the same with small stripers the rule. Wilson also snagged two sturgeon while trolling, and after a struggle for both man and fish, he was able to retrieve his lures while releasing the snagged fish. Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, had an excellent day in the Collinsville area on Monday with most action on the deep-troll with red head/white P-Line Predator Minnows for 17 legal striped bass to 12 pounds. He said, “We turned loose the big fish, but this was the best trip for size over the past few months with all quality stripers in the 6-pound range. Most everything came on the deep-troll, but we did pick up stripers on the red head Savage Gear lure on a shallow-troll. This sure beat the 21- to 22-inch fish we have been catching.” Lopes of Right Hook had been throwing haymakers at the sturgeon in the Delta with a legal sturgeon on Thursday along with a pair of slot-limit fish on Wednesday, but the bite slowed down in the deep water with the big tides. Gotcha Bait in Antioch reported decent sturgeon fishing of Sherman Island and Chain Island with ghost shrimp or lamprey eel. The small grade of striped bass continue to flood into the San Joaquin River and scoring a limit of keeper-sized fish is a challenge. There have been some larger striped bass in the San Joaquin-Delta, but the vast majority of linesides are miniscule, although plentiful. Christian Lauritizen of Lauritzen’s Yacht Harbor in Oakley said, “The striper bite has been ‘off the hook’ for the past several weeks out of our harbor, but the stripers are almost all small.” Alan Fong, manager of the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento, reported small striped bass remain the rule in the San Joaquin. Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service reported good action for schoolie stripers in the 2- to 5- pound range with intermediate-type three lines. He said, “Fish deep with your T-14 fast sinking line at depths from 8-15 feet using a fast strip to entice a strike. It is helpful to vary your strip with long and short strips as the fish are very aggressive with the water temperatures in the mid 60-degree range.”
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030; Captain Steve Mitchell – Hook’d Up Sport Fishing (707) 655-6736
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 2; White bass 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
At Lopez, the lake remains very low at 23 percent capacity, and the launch ramp remains out of the water. With the inability to launch private boats, bass fishing is limited to rental boats or working the shoreline. There is hope that the coming rains will bring the launch ramp back on the concrete. Catfishing is best with mackerel or nightcrawlers while bass fishermen are scoring with spinnerbaits or crankbaits on occasion. Working the bottom with jigs or plastics is the most consistent bass technique. At Nacimiento, the lake has risen slightly to 24 percent of capacity and 729.65 feet in elevation. Bass fishing is best with topwater lures in the early morning before dropping to the bottom with white flukes, plastics or jigs is producing numbers of smaller spotted bass. White bass are found on an intermittent basis near Las Tablas or the Narrows with white Kastmasters or Roostertails. At Santa Margarita, the lake is at 9 percent capacity; the launch ramp remains out of the water, leaving rental boats at the marina the only power option. Fishing pressure remains very light, but catfishing is the No. 1 species with anchovies, nightcrawlers, or mackerel. A few bass are taken on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastics or jigs. San Antonio Reservoir is closed indefinitely with the lake at 6 percent.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Hook, Line, and Sinker Tournament of Champions on Nov. 13 at Delta/Russo’s Marina: 1, Richard and Jeremy Hobbs 19.28 pounds; 2, Cody Remick/Jennifer Martin-Fuller 18.64; 3, Garrett Bradshaw/Josh Gonzalez 18.02
- Clovis Police Foundation, hosted by Bass 101, on Nov. 12 at Pine Flat: 1, Richard Neal/Keith Lienau 10.86 pounds (big fish 4.38); 2, Mark Corrente/John Albidrez 9.98; 3, Nathan Henson/Charles Manuel 9.81
- Christian Bass League on Nov. 12 at Lake Don Pedro: 1, John Horton & Gavin Nelson 14.56 pounds (big fish 4.30); 2, Paul Buccola & Steve O’Brien 14.04; 3, Ryan Voorhees & Jeff Farmer 13.78
- Friday-Sunday: Best Bass Tournaments Striped Bass Tournament at Delta/Russo’s Marina
- Saturday: Tracy Oasis Marina at Delta/Tracy Oasis; California Tournament Trail at Millerton
- Saturday-Sunday: California Hmong Bass Tournament at Lake Berryessa –
- Sunday: Fresno Bass Club at McClure
- Fresno County: Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam
q = quarter moon > = peak activity