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.
Delta sturgeon and striper bites good, Alan Fong said. Don Pedro trout fishing solid, Monte Smith reported. San Francisco salmon bite hot, Salty Lady skipper said. Lake Kaweah bass hitting, Sierra Sporting Goods said. Shaver Kokanee fishing rebounding, Dick Nichols reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 2; Catfish 2
The main San Luis Reservoir is still the best location at night for bank fishermen. But in the south aqueduct, in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “The triple-digit temperatures are leading to fishermen going to the aqueduct in the early-morning hours or late afternoons to avoid the heat off of the Buena Vista Golf Course, Highway 166/Old River and Tupman Road. There is moss accumulating in the aqueduct with the warmer temperatures. Sardines, blood worms and lug worms remain the top baits for striped bass while catfish are taken on Sonny’s Stink Bait or Katnip Beef Bait.” The June Striper Derby has an entry fee of $1.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
The Sierra Bass Club had a tournament Saturday, with the winning four-fish limit weighed in at 12.36 pounds by Cesar Gonzalez. But the bass bite remains a struggle. Although California regulations have changed to allow access to the river arm, as the bald eagle closure is no longer deemed necessary, it remains closed until at least Aug. 1 while federal regulations are adopted. The lake has dropped 2 feet to 577.34 in elevation and 89 percent capacity.
Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
The bass bite continues to be slow, with hot weather bringing out heavy recreational boating. A few catfish can be taken at night with cut baits from the banks. The lake has dropped 3.5 feet to 73 percent capacity and 523.00 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 2; Trout 3; King salmon 1; Crappie 2
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said, “Trout fishing continues to be solid with custom spoons at depths from 30-50 feet.” Copepods are starting to show up on the rainbows. Kokanee fishing is limited to the occasional large fish to 17 inches, but numbers of the landlocked salmon are absent. The Phil Johnson Memorial Team Kokanee Tournament is this weekend. Information is available at kokaneepower.org. The bass bite has slowed with the absence of a topwater bite as the fish are hugging the bottom at depths to 45 feet. The lake has risen to 95 percent capacity and 822.19 feet in elevation. 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 center must take Highway 132 through La Grange, drive 8 miles east, then turn left on Bonds Flat Road. Access to Moccasin Point via Highway 120 and Blue Oaks via J59/La Grange Road is not affected. Bonds Flat Road repairs are scheduled to commence 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
Access to Lake Isabella was limited beginning Sunday because of a fire. Highway 178 had reopened, at least partially, but containment was only 20 percent at middway Tuesday. Black Gulch Campground North and South were closed and evacuations were in place. Prior to the fire, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “One of our customers has been scoring crappie with minijigs out of his float tube, and I am sure the bass fishing is picking up, but there have been few reports.” The lake rose to 62 percent capacity and 2584.49 feet in elevation. Both the upper and lower rivers are affected by the high flows; a trout plant in the upper river was postponed becuase of the high flow of 6,600 cfs at Kernville. Smallmouth bass and the occasional rainbow trout can be taken in the slower waters of the lower river near locations such as Democrat Flat. In the upper Kern, Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “The guided fishing trips at the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station are filling up quickly, and it looks like it is going to be an awesome year on the Kern as soon as the water slows down. Information on the pack station is available at 542-2816.”
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 4; Crappie 3; Trout 2; Catfish 2
Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported excellent bass fishing with live bait such as live minnows or crawdads. The fish remain in the shallows and are feeding heavily. Plastic worms, Brush Hogs and lizards also are good options. Crappie are the other major species, and they are taken around structure with small minnows or minijigs near Horse Creek. The removal of the female bass from the lake will contribute to the decline of the number of large fish available. Catch and release of the larger female bass is recommended to retain the trophy possibilities for this lake. Kaweah rose to 705.04 feet in elevation and 89 percent capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 3; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville said, “With the hot temperatures, early morning and evening fishing is best with swimbaits, crankbaits, and plastics. Success is now completely full at 100 percent and 652.62 feet in elevation. Stokke added, “The tributaries to the Tule and Kern Rivers are fishing excellent with dry flies and nymphs.”
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 3; Catfish 2
The crappie bite has improved considerably, with fishermen using minijigs or small minnows around structure. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford said, “Bass action remains very good with Pro Worm’s 300 or Berserk Baits Green Craw jigs at depths from 25-45 feet as the fish are feeding. There is an early-morning topwater bite with the River2Sea SWaver.” Launch ramps at Barrett Cove and McClure Point are open. The lake, remaining as full as it has been in several years, rose to 94 percent capacity and 857.94 feet in elevation.
Triple-digit temperatures have limited bank action to the early-morning or lat- evening hours at the normal locations of the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula near the marina with trout dough bait, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. With the warm weather, the fish are scattering deeper in the lake up the river arm. Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of nightcrawler behind a dodger or blue/chrome Kastmasters are picking up a few planters above the second fence line.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 3; Striped bass 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Millerton Reservoir is loaded with numbers of small spotted bass, and anglers will have to run through several fish before boating a keeper. The lake is dropping a foot per day with heavy flows running down the Friant-Kern Canal and the San Joaquin River. Recreational boating has exploded on the weekends with the triple-digit heat wave arriving in the Central Valley. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “I will be fishing the Bass 101 Father’s Day Open with my youngest son, and the reports this week have been plenty of small spots but locating the better fish is tough. You have to go through 8-10 undersized spots to find a keeper, and the best cut has been taken on ripbaits, spinnerbaits or plastics on the drop-shot or dart head. The topwater bite has slowed down this week, but even with the water dropping so much, the fish are still biting. Mitchell Moles and Hunter Fisk took first place in the 30-boat tournament with 13.05 pounds with a big fish at 3.36. The upstream reservoirs are running water out as fast as possible, and the lower San Joaquin is full to the brim as well as the canal. The best fishing has been in the main lake with heavy floating logs and debris starting three-fourths of a mile below Temperance.” The dropping water levels will lead to more timber collecting along the banks. There were no striper reports. A few crappie are still found at Winchell, Squaw and Little Squaw Coves. Recreational boating traffic has become increasingly heavy with the triple-digit temperatures gripping the region. Millerton is at 83 percent capacity. In the San Joaquin River, a bass tournament is Saturday at Sycamore Island with free entry and a number of prizes. They will have two-person canoes for rent at the trout pond for $30 for the entire event. Cash or credit will be accepted for payment, but renters must have a valid ID and credit card. 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.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 2
New Melones remains a top location for multiple species, but the unpredictable weather has made for a wide variance in fishing success. Last Sunday was highlighted with a massive thunder and hailstorm while at the end of the week the temperatures rose to in excess of 100 degrees. Randy Pringle, the fishing instructor, went to Melones midweek to avoid slow action on the Delta, but he arrived during a day of an extremely tough bite. Pringle threw a variety of lures including the topwater ima Popper and Little Stick in the morning before switching to the new General Max Power Scent work on weedless presentation and finally with a shad-patterned Bottom Hopper on a dart head. He said, “For some reason, the bass bite was off with no topwater action and numerous short bites from small spotted bass. John Hennecke Jr. caught and released the big fish of the day with a 2.75-pound largemouth bass on a Bottom Hopper in the river arm, and despite observing schools of shad on the meter, the bass were reluctant to commit. Every boat we spoke with reported very tough fishing.” John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service said, “With the high water, the fish are very spread out. Covering water seems to be the best approach. In very likely areas, a soft plastic presentation will catch the fish that are not willing to chase. When choosing a lure color or soft plastic color, keep in mind the sunfish, shad and baby bass are their primary forage for the next month or so. Various shades of green will be a good selection along with some shad patterns. If you find an area that the bait is holding you can be sure there are bass nearby. Once the conditions stabilize the fish will become predictable and will be easier to locate. The summer months are a great time to get out and do some early morning fishing or fish late afternoon and evening.” Trout trollers are focusing between the two bridges up the river arm at depths to 70 feet while those targeting kokanee are hanging around near the spillway and dam. Trout are far more abundant than kokanee, but the few kokanee landed are large. Catfishing is best in the evenings with cut baits or balls of nightcrawlers coated with scent as the whiskerfish are moving closer to shore with moving water in the evenings. Crappie fishing is best near the abundant timber submerged along the shorelines. Floating logs remain in the main lake, and boaters have to be alert. Recreational boating is ramping up on the weekends and also during weekdays with the summer closures of local schools. Those fishing under submersible lights at night are scoring a variety of crappie, rainbow trout and catfish. All launch ramps are open, and the lake has risen to 89 percent capacity and 1,064.44 feet in elevation.
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 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Spotted bass in the 1.75 to 3-pound range are possible with crankbaits, ripbaits, or topwater lures in the main lake. The topwater bite has been best from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The fish are found from the banks to 20 feet. Once the sun comes up, the bass will be hugging the bottom. With the triple-digit temperatures, trout trollers are heading for the high county, and recreational boating is taking over the main lake. The river arm above Trimmer remains slow for all species. The lake is at 95 percent capacity and 942.27 feet in elevation. In the lower Kings, the river is closed because of the extreme danger posed by high-water flows. 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 2; Catfish 2; Bass 1; Crappie 1
San Luis Reservoir is still the top location for a larger grade of striped bass for Central Valley anglers; numbers of small stripers are abundant in O’Neill Forebay. The wind has been a limiting factor for trollers and bait drifters working the main lake, but the winds have slowed during the recent triple-digit heat wave. The temperatures have limited the number of boats and bank anglers out during the day, but JKings Lures 130mm ripbait in purple/chartreuse are working for schoolie stripers to 8 pounds. KC Wilson of Hollister landed a quality lineside using the ripbait as shallow as 20 feet with a long setback behind the boat. Most of the stripers are hanging around in front of the dam at depths from 10-50 feet while American shad are also found in the surface in the same locations. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “With the hot weather, there have been fewer fishermen at the main lake, but there are still a few anglers out walking the banks in the evenings with Magnum Flukes in white or white ice.” Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that he had two trips in the past week, with the bite sporadic. “I took out Howard Yamagima and his son Stephen from Easton and we got 10 fish to over 24 inches working lures in the 50-foot range. I took out Harry Fawcett of Los Banos a few days later and we got over 10 fish to 24 inches again. The heat is tough, but the early-morning bite is working before the real heat hits. If we had fished longer we could have gotten close to 20 – but we left early . ” George said. Paul Jolley of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill reported trollers are working deeper and deeper as the lake temperatures are heating up. He said, “Trollers are running between 80 and 90 feet for striped bass as the shad has dropped in the water column during the daytime hours. The American shad are also in the main lake, and the stripers are feeding on the larger shad.” In the Forebay, Jolley said,”Anchovies are still the best option for stripers off of Check 12, and more fishermen are hunkering down under the Highway 152 Bridge with the hot weather. Largemouth bass can be found with jigs near the pylons in the early morning hours.” The water in the main lake has risen again to 97 percent capacity. Nearby Los Banos Creek Reservoir continues to be outstanding for largemouth bass with a variety of techniques including ripbaits.
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 2; Kokanee 1
Between the Sheriff’s Motor Fee and the heavy recreational boat traffic after 8 a.m., most bass fishermen have given up. There still are a few trout to be had in the early morning or evenings. Webcams are available at http://basslakeca.com/. The lake is at 99 percent capacity. Kokanee remain absent after the dam reconstruction, but a plant of 80,000 kokanee fingerlings is expected this year.
Call: Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2; Trout2
Kaiser Pass Road is open after the wet winter and a number of fishermen reached Edison and Florence Lakes over the weekend. Edison rose to 87 percent capacity and Florence to 91 percent as a result of snowmelt.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 3; Trout 2
Shaver Lake has been consistent for mixed limits of kokanee and rainbow trout for experienced trollers. The bite has been “up and down” so far this season with some periods of excellent action, but the stable weather pattern has contributed to exceptional action. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “The bite is much improved from the midweek slowdown following the weekend storm. The rainbows are loaded with insects, and they are still feasting with bugs coming off of the shorelines as the water continues to rise. We should even see a better trout bite once the water crests from the snowmelt. Pat Fitzpatrick and Nina Nagel picked up their limits on Friday with six kokanee and four rainbows, and we put in three limits by 8:15 a.m. The Department of Fish and Wildlife planted 2,000 pounds of catchables before the weekend, and this amounts to around 4,000 rainbows. With the water rising and the insects, the bite should be good through the next few months. We have been running Trout Busters 100 feet behind the boat on the downrigger at 20 feet for rainbows and Koke Busters behind a CJ Dodger for kokanee. Scott Stava of Fresno and his friend Ben Gray of Austin, Texas put in two limits with me using similar techniques on Monday.” Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters took out Reagan and Riley Ball along with their father, Darin, and grandfathers Don Ball and Ron Dressier of Clovis for a pair of 16-inch kokanee along with a number of rainbow trout running pink Apex lures or white hoochies tipped with corn in the 20- to 30-foot depth on the downrigger. He said, “We also scored with blade/’crawler combinations at 4 colors of leadcore.” Both marinas are open at Shaver, and ramp conditions can be viewed at www.sierramarina.com. Shaver is at 84 percent capacity. Upstream reservoir Huntington Lake is producing small kokanee in the 9- to 10-inch range with small spoons or Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of nightcrawler, while bank anglers are picking up a few rainbows at the mouth of Rancheria Creek. Huntington is near capacity at 99 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; Fish Box Charters 871-3937
Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Wishon is spilling over, and the lake is full to capacity right now. The rainbows have plenty of natural food to fill up on right now, and fishing has been generally slow. Trollers are finding their best action with #2 Speedy Shiners or Needlefish in brass/red or copper/red at 2-4 colors, and Leo and Carolyn Labbe continue to catch and release limits of planted rainbows running custom trolling flies from 10-20 feet in depth along the shorelines.”The Wishon Village RV Park and Store is open for business. The road to Courtright remains closed.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 2; Crabs 3
Captains Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete and Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat went to the Deep Reef on Sunday for rockfish. Mattusch said, “the wind and swell came down and that resulted in a great day fishing at the Deep Reef on Father’s Day. The day started seeing a killer whale just after exiting the jaws at the harbor. Folks caught a lot of Lingcod, and big Coppers were also plentiful. It was nice to put big Canaries in anglers’ sacks. Catch of the day included a nice Ugly Stick with a big Newell reel that had been down for years!” Dungeness Crab are still strong. Said Baxter: “It was nice at the Deep Reef today, and coppers were our No. 1 rockfish with shrimp flies or lead heads tipped with squid. There was dark water starting at S Buoy.”
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Captain Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing Trips reported a bit slower action Sunday with three-quarter limits of rockfish and 16 ling cod for 21 anglers on the Check Mate while the Caroline posted limits of lings and three-quarters limits of rockfish. Saturday’s trips were more productive on the ling counts with 20 limits of both lings and rockfish on the Check Mate while the Caroline posted 16 limits of lings and three-quarter limits of rockfish. They have room throughout the week on rockfish trips. 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; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 2; Sturgeon 2; Salmon 4
Sizzling hot salmon action continues outside the Golden Gate. Captain Jared on the Salty Lady reports the better action moved a tad offshore Sunday, with the party boat fleet trolling between W and N buoy and all boats returning with limits. The Salty Lady had 21 limits to an incredible size of 31 pounds. The big fish bounced the scale to the longest it has stretched and was landed by James McLaughlin of Mill Valley. They had several other high in the high teens to the mid 20-pound class. This is the BEST salmon action on the entire California coast at this time. Halibut fishing remains outstanding in the bay, and the striped bass are showing up in numbers. Captain James Smith on the California Dawn had a great score Saturday with 30 striped bass and 14 halibut plus a leopard shark while Sunday’s trip was more of the same with 11 halibut to 20 pounds and 19 striped bass to 10 pounds. There have been more and more striped bass arriving back from the Delta, and the barges near Treasure Island and Southhampton Shoals have been the top locations for stripers. Captain Chris Smith of the Happy Hooker was out with sons Jonathan and Joseph on Father’s Day, and they put their 31 anglers onto 26 halibut and a striped bass, obviously focusing upon the halibut for the clients. Captain Trent Slate of Bite Me Charters was out with his father and Uncle Chris on Sunday, and they put in seven halibut to 18 pounds and eight striped bass for six people onboard. He was fishing in new area in the north bay.
San Luis Obispo
The San Luis County ports are all about rockfish, and there have been more and more limits coming out of the harbors. Out of Morro Bay Landing, the Endeavor and Avenger took out 41 anglers on Monday for 340 vermilion rockfish, 10 assorted, 10 coppers and four ling cod to 14 pounds. Out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta and Rita G put in limits for 53 anglers on Sunday with 240 vermilion and 290 assorted rockfish along with 11 ling cod. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing at Port San Luis, the Patriot and Phenix went out Monday with 32 anglers for limits of rockfish composed of 20 vermilion, two copper, 50 Bolina, 248 assorted rockfish and 16 ling cod to 10 pounds. 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; Sturgeon 3; Catfish 2; Bluegill 3
There hasn’t been much change in the Sacramento River-Delta, as triple-digit temperatures combined with periods of high winds have been keeping anglers away. Recreational boating has ramped up, especially during the recent heat wave. Most of the action is in the San Joaquin side of the Delta with largemouth bass starting to become active. There are still a number of striped bass holding in the cooler waters of the upper river. There are sturgeon to be found, and grass shrimp is once again available in area shops, but few boats continue to target sturgeon – opting for the cooler waters at the coast. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley reported smallmouth bass are becoming active in the north Delta around Isleton and Walnut Grove with crawdad-patterned plastics or small crankbaits. Spinnerbaits and Swim jigs are working in the Hogback and Steamboat Slough region. Catfishing is best in the evening hours with mackerel, sardines, or chicken livers in Three-Mile Slough or the main Sacramento River near the Sherman Island Power Lines. He said, “Trolling with Savage Prey or P-Line’s Angry Eyes are working for striped bass along the West Bank.” In the west Delta, Mathisen said, “The striped bass bite is tough, but those willing to stick with it are finding small keepers on occasion from Honker Bay to Broad Slough with sardines or anchovies. A few sturgeon are taken on the outgoing tide with pile worms, eel, or salmon roe around Broad Slough, Buoy 1, and the Pittsburg PGE Plant. The bite is not great by any means, but it is a good way to spend an evening on a hot summer night.” The huge king tides this coming weekend should perk up the sturgeon bite. Steffan Masters of Lost Anchor Bait and Tackle at McAvoy’s Boat Harbor said, “We are getting grass shrimp in our shop, and although the shrimp is small, it is flying out of the shop. I expect this fall to be excellent at the shrimp continue to grow. There is still a good sturgeon and striped bass bite from our shop toward the Carquinez Straits, but there haven’t been many anglers trying as everyone is heading to the bay. Eric Birkland of Antioch is one of our regular customers, and he scored a limit of striped bass to 15 pounds along with a 55-inch sturgeon on a recent trip with our grass shrimp. We also have been able to obtain live mudsuckers within the past week.” Bluegill action remains solid from the Delta Loop and environs with jumbo red or wax worms. In lower Suisun Bay, Benicia Bait reported good striped bass fishing along the shore from First Street west to the Dillon Point State Park with pile worms, blood worms or anchovies. Sturgeon are still showing up in the Carquinez Straits, but the winds remain a limiting factor. Benicia has grass shrimp, pile worms, blood worms and ghost shrimp in the shop. Largemouth bass continue to take center stage on the San Joaquin side of the Delta, but fishing has been challenging at best. The recent triple-digit weather will require bass to seek cooler water around current and under shade. The Best Bass Tournaments drew over 100 boats Saturday. Although four-fifths of the participants weighed in fish, 22 came up empty, emphasizing the difficulty of finding quality fish on the Delta at the present time. The top three places weighed in at more than 17 pounds. John Garrett and Tony Vaughn were first at 17.82, with a big fish at 9 pounds. The action for bass has been hit and miss, but there have been some impressive weights located with a variety of techniques. The triple-digit weather that arrived this week should bring on the frog bite and send the bass seeking cover and current. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors said, “Current and shade are the keys for locating the bass as I expect the frog bite to be taking off this week. We have been consistently catching largemouth bass to 4 pounds on the Pro Z or Snag Proof Frogs, but there are a number of excellent frog manufacturers out there right now. The River2Sea and Pro Z have some of the best hook up ratios, and the new Doomsday Frog with a 6/0 wide-gap hook is outstanding for targeting bass inside weed lines where a subtle presentation is necessary. There are shad, bluegill, and bass in the shallows, and any of these colors will produce fish. Drop-shotting or split-shotting with purple and/or red worms are another good possibility, and there are those punching the weeds over hydrilla for good scores.” For striped bass, Mathisen reported good action for those throwing hair raisers or swimbaits in Sherman Lake and around Big Break for linesides to 32 inches. He said, “I am surprised with the stripers, but people have been sending me pictures of stripers within the past week including a box with 24-inch linesides in it.” Vince Borges of Vince Borges Outdoors and Phenix Rods was out on the Delta this week out of Tracy Oasis for a memorial tournament for Steve Sapp. Borges said, “It was a one-fish weigh-in, and we couldn’t do better than 4.5 pounds with the winning fish at 7.5 pounds. The frog bite still hasn’t taken off, but with the very hot weather over the next 10 days, I expect this to change. The water temperature has risen from 66 degrees on Monday to 71.8 in the same area on Thursday, and we found water as warm as 73 degrees in the afternoons. I have been punching and flipping for consistent limits over 25 pounds within the week, and with the bass feeding on crawdads, I have been using a Sweet Beaver in orange/red/green which is a good match for the crawdads. I try and stay as light as possible on the punch weights from 1-1.5 ounces depending upon the depth and current.” Alan Fong of the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento found slow action early in the week, but he noticed a bullfrog on the mats chasing after a lure. He said, “We caught fish, but nothing over 2 pounds. After we saw the bullfrog, we put on Senkos and landed 25 of the frogs for frog’s legs.” Neil Simpson of Lodi has been finding his best largemouth action flipping and pitching as the frog bite has been slow. He expects this to change in the coming week. Getting on and off the water early is the key during this heat wave.
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
Nacimiento was the host of the Best Bass Tournaments on Saturday, and the winning limit came in with greater than a 2-pound average . There is a topwater bite early and late before dropping to the bottom with plastics, Brush Hogs, or lizards. The white bass have yet to make a major showing, but the hot weather should bring them to the surface and boiling on the abundant shad schools. A webcam of the lake is available at http://www.lakenacimientolive.com/. At Lopez Lake, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported excellent bluegill action with red, wax or meal worms. For largemouth bass, there is a topwater bite in the early morning before dropping to the bottom with Senkos on a wacky-rig or plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig. 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 San Antonio, the lake is dropping, and striped bass are taken in the shallows at 25 feet in depth with a variety of shad-patterned spoons or plugs. Largemouth bass fishing is slow but there are large schools of shad in the lake. The stripers and largemouth bass should be boiling on the surface with the hot weather. At Santa Margarita, largemouth bass to 5 pounds can be found on swimbaits, crankbaits or chatterbaits, but the finesse bite has been slow. Crappie are found with minijigs or prepared crappie bait. There are repairs occurring at both the marina and White Oaks on the weekdays. Reminder: consuming white bass, black bass, crappie, catfish, or carp are subject to safe eating guidelines due to excessive mercury. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Best Bass Tournaments on June 17 at Delta/Russo’s Marina: 1, John Garrett/Tony Vaughn 17.82 pounds (big fish 9.00); 2, Mark Howard/Larry Lubner Jr. 17.24; 3, Billy Hume/Mike Kuhlman 17.14
- Best Bass Tournaments on June 17 at Nacimiento: 1, Jason and Geno Lazzerini 11.10 pounds (big fish 3.39); 2, Dustin Barker/Bobby Doss 10.94; 3, Graham Grove/Brandon Columbo 9.33
- Bass 101 Father’s Day Open on June 18 at Millerton: 1, Mitchell Moles/Hunter Fisk 13.05 pounds (big fish 3.36); 2, Timmy and Reece Wells 10.07; 3, Ralph and Denise Encizo 8.56
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- 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: Bearskin Creek; Big Creek, Huntington; Dinkey Creek; Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam; Rancheria Creek; Tamarack Creek; Tenmile Creek, upper; Wishon Reservoir
- Kern County: Alder Creek; Cedar Creek; Kern River, sections 4-5
- Madera County: Lewis Creek; Willow Creek North Fork
- Mariposa County: Big Creek, Madera
- Tulare County: Big Meadows Creek; Deer Creek; Kaweah Reservoir; Kern River, sections 5-6; Stony Creek; White River
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Lyons Reservoir; Moccasin Creek; Powerhouse Stream
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