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 email@example.com with “fish photo” in the subject line.
San Francisco Bay halibut hot with great tides this weekend, Captain Trent Slate said. Golden Gate salmon on the northside, Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady exclaimed. McClure spotted bass wide open, said Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn. Monterey rockfish and ling cod “wide open,” Chris Arcoleo reported. Millerton spotted bass abundant in advance of Saturday’s Father’s Day Open, Merritt Gilbert said. Delta stripers still active, J D Richey reported. Shaver kicking out big mixed limits, Dick Nichols said.
2-Have to work hard
4-Fish jumpin’ in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 2; Catfish 2
Fewer Fresno-area fishermen are heading south to the Taft area for that stretch of the aqueducts, but Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported continued interest on the part of Kern County anglers. He said, “There is a lot of moss showing up in the aqueduct now, but we are selling lots of blood worms, pile worms, and sardines.” The June Striper Derby is under way with an entry fee of $1.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
The bass bite continues to be very slow, with Merritt Gilbert reporting an Eastman regular working all day for a single fish. Catfish to 4 pounds can be had in the evenings with mackerel or sardines. The lake is releasing water, but remains high at 91 percent capacity.
Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
The bass bite has slowed, but catfish to 4 pounds are taken off the banks in the evenings with cut baits such as mackerel or sardines. Gilbert said, “A group of bass fishermen only landed three fish working from 4:30-11 p.m., and one of the fish was a 9-pound catfish on a spinnerbait.” The lake is releasing water, but it remains high at 76 percent capacity.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun, Clovis 292-3474; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151
Lake Don Pedro
Bass 2; Trout 3; Kokanee 2; King salmon 1; Crappie 2
Trout fishing is improving with anglers picking up limits including an occasional king salmon with custom spoons as deep as 60 feet. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing braved the rain Sunday for limits of rainbow trout for his clients. The lake is getting interest from kokanee anglers in preparation for the Kokanee Power Phil Johnson Memorial tournament June 24. Trollers are finding far more trout than kokanee, but the few kokanee landed are large. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a slowdown on the bass action, perhaps because of rising water levels and temperatures. Information on the kokanee tournament is available at kokaneepower.org. The lake rose 7 feet this week to 93 percent capacity and 818.00 feet in elevation, with all launch ramps open. Because of the Controlled Spillway Operation in February, Bonds Flat Road remains closed from Blue Oaks Campground to the DPRA Headquarters Visitor Center. Those going to Fleming Meadows or the Visitor Center you will need take Highway 132 through La Grange, drive 8 miles east and then turn left on Bonds Flat. Access to Moccasin Point via Highway 120 and Blue Oaks via J59/La Grange Road is not affected. Bonds Flat Road repairs are to begin this summer.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2
Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported fair trout fishing for the few fishermen heading up the hill. He said, “There haven’t been many fishermen going up to Isabella, and those that are going are not saying much. The water temperature is colder than normal, in the 60s and 70s. A few trout have been taken from the banks with Power Bait and there was a crappie bite a few weeks ago. Bass fishing remains slow but there are tournaments on the lake this week.” The upper and lower rivers are affected by the high flows, but areas are fishable for those who find slower water. The flows are in excess of 6,000 cfs in the upper river and 5,000 in the lower portion. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “The Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station is now booking fly-fishing trips into the Kern River, and the phone number is 542-2816.” Brite Lake in the Tehachapis is producing crappie, bass and planted rainbow trout with one angler limiting out on rainbows within a half-hour.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2
Kaweah jumped up again, this time by nearly 20 feet, and Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported continued good bass fishing although the fish have scattered out with the high water. Kaweah fluctuates more than any other lake in the state, and water releases will begin soon, drawing the lake back down. There is a tremendous amount of bait fish in the lake, and bass fishing should continue to be outstanding through the fall. Crappie are moving into the newly flooded structure. Kaweah rose 19 feet to 702.46 in elevation and 87 percent capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Success has risen to near capacity (99 percent) for the first time in memory and is at 652.12 feet in elevation. The lake was sandbagged to avoid a breach with the high water. The sandbag dam will be 14 feet wide at the base and 2 feet wide at the top. A cement slurry will be placed over the top and sides of the sandbags to prevent seepage. Boating near the spillway has been closed, and the area around the Highway 190 Bridge was also likely to close as the lake approached within a couple of feet of the bottom of the bridge. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. said, “The bass have been confused due to wild temperatures ranging from 60-90 degrees, and this has affected the bite. Swimbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures, and plastics are the best bets for bass. The Tule River remains closed due to snowmelt, and the flows will be higher with the 105-degree temperatures this weekend and further snowmelt. Balch Park was 35 degrees last Saturday and it received some snow on Sunday night.”
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported solid bass action with opportunities for quality spotted bass along with the occasional largemouth using Berserk’s Purple Hornet jigs or Pro Worms 300 on the drop-shot at depths from 25-45 feet. The fish have moved off shore and are actively feeding. Launch ramps at Barrett Cove and McClure Point are open. The lake rose 9 feet to 93 percent capacity and 853.75 feet in elevation.
Trout fishing is fair with garlic trout dough bait, inflated nightcrawlers or chrome or gold Kastmasters from the shore near the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula near the marina. Trollers are finding a few fish above the second fence line with Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of nightcrawler behind a dodger or blue/chrome Kastmasters.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 3; Striped bass 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Numbers of spotted bass are abundant at Pine Flat and Millerton but finding fish of any size remains a challenge. The crappie bite at both lakes has slowed considerably, leaving the docks at Deer Creek at Pine Flat or from Squaw Cove to the Sheriff’s Dock at Millerton the only viable options. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “I was on Millerton this week as I am preparing to fish the annual Bass 101 Father’s Day Open next week with my youngest son. There are a lot of fish in the 11-inch range, and out of 25 fish, there were only five or six that were 13 inches and above. Our largest fish weighed about 2.5 pounds, and we probably had a 7.5-pound limit. I went up the river arm, and there was solid wood three-quarters of a mile below Temperance Flat, where you have to zig 30 feet one way and then zag 80 feet another way to avoid the floating debris. The banks were loaded with wood 20 feet up the slopes. We landed most of our fish on plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig with a few fish in the morning on topwater lures. We arrived late at 7:30 a.m. so we missed the best window for topwater. There are a lot of fish to be caught, and I expect a limit around 9 or 10 pounds to take this weekend’s tournament.” Millerton has risen to 560.61 feet in elevation and 84 percent capacity. In the San Joaquin River, the Sycamore Island Pond is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and all state holidays. Passes, available online or at the bait shop on the property, are $9 daily and $85 for the season. Camp Pashayan, lnext to Highway 99 and Herndon, is open 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $6. Day passes for Camp Pashayan can be upgraded to a Sycamore Island pass that same day at the bait shop for $3. If you start at Sycamore Island and decide to visit Camp Pashayan, entrance is free with a valid pass from the same day. The two primitive boat launches at Camp Pashayan remain unusable by trailers with the current river flows. However they will be, once flows change as expected. Hand-launched boats are still able to use the ramps, with park hosts happy to assist. 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. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin present must be released immediately. The San Joaquin River is closed to the take of salmon; they may not be targeted and must be released immediately if inadvertently caught.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 3; Kokanee 2
The lake level at New Melones is as high as it has been in several years, with bass spread throughout. Quality largemouth and spotted bass are the rule once you locate them. Huge kokanee in excess of 2 pounds are possible, but they are few and far between while trout fishing has improved in the colder waters of the river arm. John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service said, “With the bass finishing their annual spawn and the water levels continually rising, finding areas where the fish are located has been a bit difficult. However, the quality of fish has been great. On most trips we are landing at least one fish over 4-pounds and backing that with a handful of 2-pound fish. Topwater lures such as Whopper Plopper 90’s, small swimbaits, and ring-tailed worms are working for bass to 8 pounds.” Bill Lewellan of Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp confirmed the unusual bass bite stating, “Well if there is one thing that is unpredictable this year, it's the pattern on New Melones. The bass fishing is good. Top water is working in the early morning and late afternoon. Fisherman have weighed fish in using everything from dark colored Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinner blades. With a little more warm weather, a true pattern will show. With the high water this year, it will make for some great habitat for this years' hatch, giving them a higher chance to make it to a safe size.” Trout fishing is best between Highway 49 and Parrott’s Ferry Bridges with kokanee gear such as pink Apexes or hoochies behind a pink/white fishscale dodger at depths from 25-70 feet in the cooler waters of the river channel. Gary Burns of Take It To The Limit Guide Service said, “The rainbow bite is hot, but It takes between 6 and 8 hours to put limits in the boat. I say is hot because they are all fat, healthy trout with our last 10-fish limit weighing in at over 22 pounds. We have been scoring with Rocky Mt. Tackle Assassin spinners in crystal watermelon or chrome behind a Green Moonshine Dodger tipped with garlic corn at depths from 35-42 feet at 1.5 mph on the GPS.” Catfish are moving into deeper water, but still are cruising the shore in the early mornings and late evenings with frozen shad to nightcrawlers working for the big whiskerfish. Crappie action has picked up along with crappie jigs along the shore and also under submersible lights at night with live minnows or minijigs. Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp is holding their Sizzling Summer Seminars June 17 with seminars from Burns, Cory Keller of Tasmanian Devil’s, local bass angler Josh Parris, Liechty, Vance Staplin of Vance’s Products and Nick Smith of the Informative Fisherman. The Angels Cove ramp and the main one on Glory Hole Point are open, with one ramp at Tuttletown. Floating debris remains on the main lake with the water level at 1,063.13 feet in elevation and 88 percent capacity.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
At Pine Flat, there is also a topwater bite early or late with the best action occurring in the main lake from Trimmer Marina to the dam with plastics on the drop-shot or dart head. The river arm is still loaded with debris above Trimmer, making it hard to throw reaction baits. Gilbert said, “Limits in the 7- to 10-pound range are possible.” Trout trolling remains relatively slow, with trollers picking up a few rainbows to 15 inches running Needlefish or Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler in the main lake at 6 colors of leadcore. Most trout fishermen are heading up the hill to Shaver Lake. A few rainbows are taken off the docks at Deer Creek on trout dough bait or nightcrawlers in the early mornings or evenings. Recreational boating traffic is heavy on both lakes on weekends, and with local schools out of session for the summer and 106-degree temperatures by the weekend, boat traffic is anticipated to ramp up on weekdays. The lake rose to 19 feet to 81 percent capacity and 917.77 in elevation this past week. 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 3; Crappie 2
San Luis Reservoir remains popular with Fresno-area fishermen walking the banks in the evenings for the chance at a trophy linesides. The Basalt Recreation Area or Dinosaur Point are the top locations for bank fishermen, who are arriving about 5:30 p.m. and fishing well into the evening. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Almost all of our striper fishermen are heading to the main lake, and they are buying packs of Magnum Flukes in white or white ice along with 4-inch Storm swimbaits in bluegill. Lucky Craft and Duo Realis jerkbaits remain popular as well, and our striper fishermen who were working the south aqueducts near Taft are now also heading north to the main lake. We must have sold 20 packs of flukes within the past week.” Chris Chung at Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said, “Striped bass in the 18- to 22-inch range are coming from the banks near Dinosaur Point with frozen shad, pile worms, or blood worms while a few anglers are also tossing out the extra-large minnows. There haven’t been many trollers within the past week, but I expect more and more to be on the main lake in the coming months as the winds settle down.” Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that the wind has been a real problem for trollers lately. “I just got back from vacation and guys are telling me that the wind has been problematic, but for those getting out there have been some decent days for schoolie-sized fish on the usual lures. I think we may have a few windows of calmer weather coming, however the forecasted temps are going to be high! “ George said. In the O’Neill Forebay, there is a jerkbait and Rat-L-Trap bite in the early morning, but the most consistent action at Check 12 has been with shad, blood worms or pile worms. The dam area is off limits for any fishing, day or night, and the Basalt side requires anglers to walk into the lake from the locked road gate just past the Basalt State Park Kiosk if you are night fishing past closing time. The water in the main lake has risen again to 95 percent. Nearby Los Banos Creek Reservoir continues to be outstanding with local fishermen finding great action for largemouth bass with ripbaits, crankbaits or spinnerbaits.
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 (800) 805-4805.
Bass 2; Trout 3
The trout bite has improved considerably with Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service reporting his partner Mike Beighey scored a pair of limits from the Eagle’s Nest to the dam within a few hours on a recent trip. The rainbows were quality in the 15- to 17-inch range, and they also lost several fish while trolling as deep as 43 feet. Wittwer said, “The bite should last for the next few weeks.” With the enforcement of the Sheriff’s Motor Fee, bass boats are staying off the lake until after Labor Day. Kokanee remain absent after the dam reconstruction, but a plant of 80,000 kokanee fingerlings is expected this year. Webcams of the lake are available at www.basslakeca.com/. The lake is at 99 percent capacity.
Call: Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Access to Edison and Florence Lakes is still limited by heavy snow remaining in Kaiser Pass, but there is an increased urgency to complete snowplow work and open the road. Edison rose to 78 percent capacity, Florence dropped slightly to 87 percent and Mammoth Pool is at 101 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 3; Trout 3; Smallmouth 2
Shaver Lake continues to kick out limited numbers of huge early-season kokanee to 17 inches as part of mixed limits with catchable rainbow trout; but a cold front that moved in Sunday made for miserable fishing conditions. The arrival of stable weather should allow the outstanding action to resume. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project released 600 trophy rainbows in the 3- to 7-pound range from Oregon; unfortunately, a die-off of 20 occurred during the plant. Bob Bernier, plant chairman for the organization, said, “We have been doing this for the last several years, and normally we only lose one or two fish, but the good news is the hatchery reimbursed our organization for the fish. We encourage catch and release of the trophies in order to give everyone an opportunity to land a true trophy trout.” Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “My clients landed three big kokanee to 16.3 inches along with limits of rainbow trout trolling at depths from 24-33 feet with pink Koke Busters tipped with corn behind a Captain Jack dodger on the downrigger along with Trout Busters behind a weighted Mountain Flasher on the side poles from the Island, Black Rock, and in front of the Boy Scout Cove. The rising water has slowed down a bit, but Sunday’s cold front made for difficult conditions and we ended our trip early after landing five kokanee and three rainbow trout.” Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service has been looking for the trophy trout along with the big kokanee. He put his clients onto a pair of trophy trout pulling pink Radical Glow Tubes behind a pink RMT Tsunami or Father Murphy’s willow-leaf dodgers at 32 feet in depth. Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters found solid action, with clients Sal and Sarah Rojas of Madera landing a pair of kokanee to 17 inches as part of limits of rainbows using white hoochies or pink Apex lures on the downrigger from 20-25 feet along with blade/’crawler combinations at four colors of leadcore line. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project raised more than $30,000 from community members for two plants; each fish costs $6.35 per pound (a 7-pounder costs about $50). Upstream reservoir Huntington Lake is nearly filled, and trollers are picking up small rainbows trout to 13.5 inches running Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler at two colors or long-lining Rapalas on the surface. The road is still closed on the Lakeshore side of the lake, and reconstruction is taking place. Both marinas are open at Shaver, and ramp conditions can be viewed at www.sierramarina.com.
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; Fish Box Charters 871-3937
Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “After a week of improved trout fishing, the bite slowed down within the past week. Bank fishermen are picking up a few rainbows while the best trolling has been with Speedy Shiners or Needlefish in red/copper at 3-4 colors. Custom trolling flies on the surface near the shorelines are the best producer. Leo and Carol Labbe have been consistently scoring limits running his custom hand-tied flies from the surface to 15 feet near the shorelines.” The lake is rising steadily from the snowmelt. The Wishon Village RV Park and Store is open for business. The road to Courtright is closed, with an estimated opening in a week to 10 days. With the snowmelt, all of the creeks are running very high and difficult to fish.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 3; Rockfish 3; Striper 2
The salmon have moved into range for the Half Moon Bay fleet, and along with rockfish, ling cod and Dungeness crab, there is plenty of opportunity out of this San Mateo County port. Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete was out Sunday with 16 anglers trolling for salmon close to N Buoy, and he put his clients onto 19 salmon to 16 pounds. He said, “I was up there with the city fleet, and there were also fish at S Buoy, but the better action was at N Buoy. These fish are just a hop, skip, and a jump at 15 miles from our harbor.” The previous day, Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat was out with Darrell Ticehurst and Paul Peoples on the Noosa Cat, and after a late start at 9 a.m., they stopped on birds and bait outside of the harbor to no avail. They ran north to W Buoy for two salmon with one on a red Rotary Salmon Killer at 40 feet and the other on a Blue Dancer behind a Sling Blade at 60 feet on the way home. The Coastside Fishing Club net pen salmon have yet to arrive in the bay, although Baxter predicts that they will start to emerge in short order. Rockfishing remains outstanding with Second Captain Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat putting his passengers onto ling cod to 11 pounds and vermilions to 5 pounds fishing south of the harbor. He also took a crab-only trip off of Martin’s Beach for quality Dungeness crab. Out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, the Queen of Hearts and Riptide have been focusing on rockfish and ling cod south of the harbor in the newly opened areas of the Deep Reef with scores of rockfish limits along with quality lings. Striped bass are found along the beaches from Ocean Beach in San Francisco to north of the Half Moon Bay harbor with Diawa’s SP Minnows. Miki’s or sand crabs.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Captain Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040
Rockfish 3; Striper 2; Salmon 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing Trips said, “We didn’t fish on Sunday due to the weather as it was rough out there, but ling cod and quality rockfish are the rule as the boats are jigging up live squid. We are getting into some quality rockfish with Bolinas cod to 5 pounds along with vermilions, coppers, and Boccaccios. The additional 10 fathoms makes a huge difference on the rockfish. We have room every day this week for rockfishing. The commercial salmon boats are finding some decent days with up to 30 fish, but the norm is closer to 8-20. There are two areas holding salmon – outside of Pacific Grove and near the Pajaro and Soquel Holes.” A few striped bass have been taken from the beaches off the Salinas River. The recreational ocean salmon season from Pigeon Point south to Point Sur is open until July 15, with the commercial season closing July 1.
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 3; Striper 2; Leopard shark 2; Sturgeon 2; Salmon 3
The weather was rough Sunday, but the action was hot with Captains Roger Thomas and Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito returning with 25 salmon to 28 pounds for 17 anglers. Davis said, “It was rough out there and we lost a number of fish, but we located them in a new spot up north, and it was really wide open in the afternoon. The fish were big with everything between 15 and 28 pounds.” Monday’s trip on the Salty Lady was also in rough and windy weather, but Davis reported eight salmon to 25 pounds for 9 anglers. The Salty Lady will be fishing for salmon on weekdays and also Sundays for the remainder of the season. Sunday inside the bay was rough according to some and not a problem according to others. Captain Chris Smith of the Happy Hooker thought the conditions were decent, and they put their 26 customers onto nearly a fish per rod with 11 halibut to 17 pounds along with 13 striped bass. Smith said, “There are more and more bass moving into the bay.” They have room throughout the week, and next weekend’s tides look really good for halibut. Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Berkeley had an amazing birthday for 11-year-old Maddie Ocheltree of Yuba City, landing a limit of halibut by herself at 30, 16, and 10 pounds. She wasn’t the only young Maddie to score a huge halibut this weekend, with Maddie Smith, granddaughter of Captain Jim Smith, scoring a 35-pounder by herself. Her father is pretty proud of his daughter, and between the two of them, they have landed two halibut for a total of 82 pounds this week.
San Luis Obispo
A fishing club from Fresno chartered the Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing on Saturday, and they scored easy limits of rockfish within 3 hours, fishing in 300 feet of water with lead heads, swimbaits and dead squid. Ling cod fishing was best with swimbaits, and Nick Xjool and Ideazle Vang tied for the jackpot fish at exactly 10.61 pounds. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing went out on a long-range trip Sunday, but they returned early because of weather conditions. Their 22 anglers totaled 22 ling cod to 15.5 pounds, 100 vermilion, 20 copper and 20 assorted rockfish. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing at Port San Luis, the Patriot and Phenix were out Sunday with 30 anglers for 53 vermilion, 34 copper, 189 assorted rockfish, 7 Boccaccio, 17 canaries, and 11 ling cod to 14.2 pounds, with Kenny Fry of Bakersfield taking the jackpot. Both harbors have a variety of trips running from half- through two-day trips in the upcoming weeks.
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 2; Striper 3; Shad 3; Sturgeon 3; Catfish 2; Bluegill 3
Downstream stripers are moving from the upper rivers as the spawn is finally coming to a close in the Feather, Yuba and Sacramento Rivers. There are still stripers holding in the high water in the upper river, but the linesides are progressively moving back towards San Francisco Bay. Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait in Freeport said, “There are a lot of stripers moving through, and bank fishermen are scoring with pile worms or sardines coated with garlic spray. A few shad are still around, and shoreline fishermen are congregated around the Freeport Bridge with shad darts on a one ounce egg sinker. The shad bite has been spotty, but it is much better in the upper rivers of the Yuba, Feather, Sacramento, and American. Bluegill are thick along the Delta Loop or any slough with red worms.” J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing found the stripers in the Old Sacramento near Viera’s Resort over the weekend, and they landed at least 70 schoolies using spoons. However, these fish moved out during the week, and they may be on their way down towards the bay. He said, “There were some long stretches of water without fish, but there should be more on their way to replace these fish.” Also out of Isleton, Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors said, “Smallmouth bass are hitting live minnows or plastics on the drop-shot while catfish are showing up with mackerel, sardines, or chicken livers. Near Walnut Grove, smallies are biting vibrating jigs or swimjigs.” Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported good striped bass fishing under the Benicia Bridge where apparently two fish over 50 pounds have been caught within the past few weeks. Sturgeon fishing remains good in the Carquinez Straits when the wind cooperates as well as in Montezuma Slough and the Cuts. Benicia had 15-20 pounds of grass shrimp in the shop this week for the first time in months. Few sturgeon fishermen are taking advantage of the good fishing, but the diamondbacks are there for the taking in lower Suisun Bay. Largemouth bass fishing remains a challenge, but those willing and able to find the combination are locating quality limits. The Wild West Trail took place Saturday and Sunday out of Big Break Marina in Oakley, and local bass professional Bobby Barrack brought home the winning limit with a two-day total of 53.55 pounds, buoyed by a big fish at 10.93 pounds landed Saturday on a spinnerbait. His big fish kept him 10 pounds ahead of the second-place finisher Nick Nourot, who came in with a two-day limit at 43.07 pounds. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said, “My wife, Sandra, just landed her first frog fish at 4.5 pounds, and the frog bite is starting along with chatterbaits, and Fat Sack swimjigs. The drop-shot bite remains phenomenal with Zoom Trick Worms or Robo Worms in 6 feet of water as 80 percent of the fish we are catching are still in pre-spawn mode. The best colors for us are bluegill or crawdad imitations such as West Coast craw or bluegill, but shad patterns are working where the water is clear as there are shad spawning in the weeds. The shad we have received in our shop were loaded with immature eggs within the past weeks, and they must be spawning right now. The BB3 Ghost Minnow has been a popular lure with the shad in the shallows. Anglers have to fish like it is late March instead of early June since the high and colder than normal water are keeping the largemouths off of their game. Better post spawn fish swallowing the Big Worm. Many are sticking Yamamoto Kut Tails and Yamamoto Senko’s paired with Tsuyoi Wacky Hooks, and we are seeing a more largemouths on three-quarter ounce jigs.” Mathisen added that Optimum’s Bubba Shad swimbaits, River2Sea SWavers, or hair jigs are working for schoolie stripers in Sherman Lake, Broad Slough, or the flats outside of Eddo’s Marina on the San Joaquin River. Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service said, “Delta fishing is mixed, but you can catch striped bass, smallmouths, largemouths, and panfish, but the wind has been the main culprit over the past few weeks. The Sacramento and the San Joaquin are providing extra current and cooler than normal water temperatures.” Restrictions along the San Joaquin River were modified May 22 and eased in many areas. Detailed information is available at www.sjgov.org/department/oes/current.
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 3; White bass 2; Striper 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2; Bluegill 3
At Lopez Lake, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported bluegill limits have been taken on wax worms or jumbo red worms. Crappie are coming on minijigs or small shad-patterned swimbaits. Bass fishing is fair, but there are some quality largemouths to be had with reaction baits. The Lopez Lake Marina is now open for their summer hours to 9 p.m. A webcam of the lake is available at http://805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Lake Nacimiento, spotted bass fishing remains fair with some topwater action in the early mornings or late evenings before working the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot or dart head. The warmer temperatures this weekend should turn on the white bass bite. A webcam of the lake is available at www.lakenacimientolive.com. At San Antonio, the water is clearing up as water releases have started. Fishing for largemouth, striped and smallmouth bass remains tough with the water still off color. Both marinas are now open. At Santa Margarita, catfish provide the best action as the bass bite is only fair. There is a reaction bite in the mornings and evenings, but the action is less than stellar. Repairs are occurring at the marina and White Oaks.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- 101 Bass on June 3 at Lopez: 1, Mike Maddux/Todd Reccord 15.36 pounds (big fish 7.45); 2, Greg and Mike Higgins 14.11; 3, Roger Haas/Randy Wilbur 13.95.
- Big Break Marina/Wild West Bass Trails on June 10-11 at Delta: 1, Bobby Barrack 53.55 pounds (big fish 10.93); 2, Nick Nourot 43.07; 3, Tai Au – 38.87
- Central Valley Anglers Mr. Kokanee Memorial Tournament (four-fish weigh-in) at Lake Pardee: 1, Jack/Gina Naves 5 pounds; 2, Gary Coe/Jack Schultz 4.92; 3, Team Jim Brittan 4.91
- Best Bass Tournaments on June 10 at Don Pedro: 1, Jr. Diaz 20.27 pounds; 2, Cole Daniel/Alyssabeth Melrose 18.98; 3, Brian Orange/Mike Martinez 17.37 (big fish 7.42)
- Fresno Bass Club on June 11 at Delta/B and W Resort: 1, Dan Marshall 15.86 pounds; 2, Mark Corrente 13.86; 3, Corey Squires 12.94; big fish, Morgan Swisher 5.30
- June 17: Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo’s Marina; American Bass Association/Valley Hawg Hunters at Delta/B and W Resort; Yak A’ Bass at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; U.S. Forest Service Trout Derby at Pinecrest; Sierra Bass Club at Eastman; Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah; Golden Empire Bass Club at Success; Best Bass Tournaments at Nacimiento
- June 18: Bass 101 Open Tournament at Millerton; Gold Old Boys at Santa Margarita
- June 21: Bass Pro Shops at Delta/Ladd’s
- June 24: California Delta Tournament Trails at Delta/B and W Resort; Angler’s Press at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Power Tournament at Don Pedro; New Jen at Eastman
- June 25: Porterville Bass Club at Success
- Fresno County: Dinkey Creek; Hume Lake; Huntington Lake; Shaver Lake; Tenmile Creek, Upper
- Madera County: Chiquito Creek West Fork; Chiquito Creek, Lower; Corrine Lake; Fish Creek; Manzanita Lake; Rock Creek; Willow Creek, South Fork
- Tulare County: Balch Park Lower and Upper; Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake); Peppermint Creek, Upper; Stony Creek; Tule River Middle Fork, North Fork (Middle Fork 1), South Fork (Middle Fork 2-3)
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; Stanislaus River, Middle and South Fork; Tuolumne River North Fork
q = quarter moon