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.
Delta bass on a tear, Randy Pringle reported, Courtright trout hitting, Chuck Crane said. Shaver Kokanee active, Dick Nichols reported. Don Pedro trout bite solid, Monte Smith said. McClure bass continue bite, Mike Gomez reported. Edison kicking out quality browns, Dave Hurley reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 2; Catfish 2
The California Aqueduct remains slow in the northern sections above Kettleman City, with most of the information coming from the south in Kern and Kings counties. Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported a number of undersized stripers out of the aqueduct near Taft; moss is starting to take over the waterway. Keepers are available but hard to come by. Bait fishing is best with sardines, blood worms or lug worms in early-morning or late-afternoon hours. The best locations remain around the Buena Vista Golf Course, Highway 166/Old River, and Tupman Road areas.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishing is fair at best with deep-diving crankbaits, jigs or plastics over submerged rockpiles, and anglers can expect to pick up about 7-10 largemouth bass to 2.5 pounds. The river arm remains off limits until Aug. 1. The lake is releasing water.
Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Crappie, catfish and bluegill are the top species, with few bass reports. The lake is releasing water, and most anglers are heading for Pine Flat or Millerton. A few catfish to 4 pounds can be taken from the banks near the launch ramp with sardines, anchovies or mackerel in the evenings.
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; Kokanee 2; King salmon 2; Crappie 2
Rainbow trout remain a solid possibility. Experienced anglers are picking up bright, fresh rainbows to 4 pounds in the main lake. Patience and persistence are necessary to put together a limit as the bite changes from day to day. Heavy recreational boating already was a factor at the lake on the weekends and now so, too, on weekdays. The opening of Bonds Flat Road has improved access to the popular Flemings Meadow launch ramp. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said, “On our trip this week, we had to work for two limits of rainbows to 4 pounds, finishing by 1:30 p.m. Every day can’t be great, and it was a different bite that took some looking around and picking away at the fish before we finished up. We hooked a fish immediately, but after losing it, I saw a fish at 60 feet so we dropped the downrigger down to 55 feet, and the trout hit right away. After catching this fish, the bite died, and we moved a few miles over to Middle Bay for slow action before returning to our previous spot. We picked away at them for the next few hours for limits to 4 pounds using my custom spoons, and the best depth was 26 feet. After catching several fish at this depth, I changed the lure to see if it was the lure or the depth, and the new lure was also catching fish so despite the 80 degree surface temperature, there is a band of cold water just below the surface.” King salmon and kokanee remain scarce. For largemouth bass, Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford said, “The topwater bite has started up with the River2 Sea Rover along with jigs such as Berserk’s Purple Hornet or Pro Worm’s 300 on the drop-shot at depths to 40 feet. The skiers have been coming out around 11 a.m. and the lake is crowded after this time. The key is to get on the water very early and fish until the recreational flotilla arrives. Bank fishermen are also cashing in on planted rainbows with trout dough bait or nightcrawlers.”
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
At Isabella, cooler water is leading to planted trout still coming from the shore with nightcrawlers, trout dough bait or Mice Tails around the auxiliary dam, main dam and French Gulch Marina. Catfishing remains best in the South Fork with frozen shad, Sonny’s Stink Bait or mackerel. Crappie fishing still hasn’t taken off as in normal years. Both sections of the fast-moving Kern River are nearly unfishable, though there are some slower lower stretches. In the upper Kern, guided fishing trips at the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station are filling up quickly; it looks like it is going to be an awesome year on the river as soon as the water slows. Information on the pack station is available at 542-2816. The local Bakersfield lakes have been excellent for carp with dough baits.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2
Heavy recreational boating over the holiday weekend put a damper on bass fishing. The only time to get on the lake is very early in the mornings. Live bait such as minnows or crawdads continue to be productive. Crappie are the other major species, and they are taken around structure with small minnows or minijigs near Horse Creek.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “The bite has been slow this week due to heat and recreational boaters. Anglers have been hitting the water in the early morning and evenings with plastics, deep-diving crankbaits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures.” Stokke added, “The Balch Park, Belknap, and Wishon campgrounds are stocked with trout, and the campgrounds are filled with everyone trying to beat the heat in the Valley. The Tule remains closed. All higher elevation tributaries are awesome on dry flies and are fishing excellent.”
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Recreational boating has taken over the lake, but Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a solid bass bite in the early mornings or evenings with the topwater River2Sea Popper or with Pro Worm’s 300 or Berserk Baits Purple Hornet jigs at depths from 25 to 45 feet. The launch ramps at Barrett Cove and McClure Point are open. The lake is as full as it has been in several years.
There haven’t been any additional trout plants since May, but there a trickling of rainbows remains in deeper sections of the lake. A few fish can be taken in the early-morning or late-evening hours at the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula near the marina with trout dough bait, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 3; Striped bass 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 1; Crappie 2
Numbers of spotted bass remain good, but the bite has slowed a bit from its heyday a few weeks ago. There is a topwater bite early and late, with a few ripbait fish also around. Plastics on the drop-shot, dart head or Texas-rigs at depths to 20 feet are the top techniques. Recreational boating has been heavy on the weekends, and was expected to be extremely intense throughout the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend. The crappie bite also has slowed. There is floating debris throughout the lake and boaters need to be cautious. 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, and they may not be targeted by fishermen and must be released immediately if inadvertently caught.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 2
Kokanee fishing remains slow with the occasional large fish taken on pink hoochies close to the dam, spillway, or in the south end along Rose Island. The trout are deep in the main river channel, and shad-patterned spoons, plugs, or spinners are producing some rainbows. Recreational boating is overwhelming the huge reservoir after mid-morning. Bass fishing is best with plastics or jigs near the shorelines while a few big largemouth bass are found on topwater lures in the early mornings or evenings. Catfish are holding near submerged rocks that heat up during the day. Fishing under lights is the best option for crappie and rainbow trout.
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
Parking for boats have been limited to about 40 spaces between the four launch ramps; fewer and fewer bass fishermen are heading to the lake. The high water has flooded the pay station and bathrooms at Deer Creek along with the Pine Flat campground. There is a decent bass bite for the few fishermen throwing chatterbaits or topwater lures in the shade of trees. Trout to 19 inches are still found in the main lake with Needlefish or Thomas Buoyants in gold/silver. The crappie bite has slowed. Recreational boaters are taking over by mid-morning. 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 the 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 2; Crappie 2
There are historically high levels in this transitional reservoir holding water from the San Joaquin- Delta on its way to Southern California agricultural and domestic uses, but state officials have issued a warning for people not to swim or eat fish from there. The Department of Water Resources upgraded the advisory Friday after testing for the presence of blue-green algae near the Basalt Recreational Area boat launch. Exposure can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea and cold and flu-like symptoms. There is a similar advisory for San Antonio Reservoir on the Salinas River watershed. The advisory does not apply to nearby O'Neill Forebay, and Alex Lopez of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported striped bass from below the 18-inch minimum size to 24 inches are taken on blood worms, pile worms and anchovies while there is a topwater bite when the fish are boiling in the mornings and evenings. Swimbaits also are effective. Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that the bite has been slow for trollers, with the wind the main problem most days . “ Some of the better trollers are getting a few fish per boat trolling at 40-70 feet-but overall the bite has been slow with the pumps turned off . “ George said. In the main lake, in spite of the health advisory, bank fishermen continue to toss Magnum Flukes in white ice or white from the banks from 5 p.m. to midnight for striped bass to 15 pounds. Trollers are pulling large shad patterned plugs at depths to 50 feet while extra-large minnows remain popular for boaters drifting near the trash racks or at the mouth of Portuguese Cove.
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
Getting on the lake very early is the key to trolling for trout as once the horn sounds at 8 a.m., the recreational flotilla takes over. Trolling behind the 5 mph buoys near the dam is the only option after 8 a.m., and small trout to 12 inches have been the rule. Bass fishing is limited to a few locals working the shaded docks with Senkos or plastics. With the enforcement of the Sheriff’s Motor Fee, bass boats are staying off the lake until after Labor Day. A few bass fishermen are walking the banks or working the docks in the evenings. Webcams of the lake are available at basslakeca.com/.
Call: Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 3; Trout 3
The Fourth of July holiday was a busy time on the high-elevation lakes. At Edison, bank fishermen have been scoring quality browns and rainbows with inflated nightcrawlers or trout dough bait. Edison is at 96 percent capacity, Florence at 87 percent, and Mammoth Pool at 101 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 3; Trout 2
Shaver Lake has been the most consistent reservoir for kokanee in the central Sierra, and there continue to be fish to 17 inches landed by experienced trollers. Those less familiar with the lake are struggling. High water levels have led to a plethora of floating insects in the lake, contributing to a slowdown in the trout bite. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “There is a slower bite right now for trout as the fish are packed with insects from the rising water. There have been brown trout to 13 inches landed. The kokanee bite is mainly in the early morning, but we have raised some quality kokanee by midmorning. We are averaging two limits of mixed fish with more kokanee on the stringers in the past week. The Island, Black Rock and in front of Shaver Marina have been best locations with depths from 35-40 feet in the early morning and actually moving up in the water column between 25 and 35 feet by midmorning. Dick’s Trout Busters in ruby red or pink are the top lures tipped with shoepeg corn for kokanee with an intermittent rainbows found from 29-40 feet. Fred Mahoney of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project landed the largest kokanee of the year at 18.75 inches on the 3rd on a Trout Buster.” Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters took out Marty Clevenger of Fresno for a quality limit of kokanee with orange Apex lures tipped with scented corn at 35 feet. On a previous trip, Sal Agredano of Firebaugh and Lance Lindenfelter of Sanger posted limits of rainbows with a 16-inch kokanee landed from 30-35 feet with watermelon Apex lures or pink hoochies tipped with corn along with blade/’crawler combinations at five colors of leadcore. Bank fishing is limited to an occasional rainbow near Roads 1 or 2 with trout dough bait or nightcrawlers. At Huntington, trout fishing from the banks continues to improve with rainbows to 16 inches located at the mouth of Deer Creek with trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers. Trollers are working for small kokanee to 11 inches with small spoons or spinners. The road in the back of the lake is now repaired, and trout fishermen are able to access the Auxiliary Dam. Shaver is at 83 percent capacity with Huntington at 98 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
After weeks of anticipation, high-elevation Courtright Reservoir is now accessible, and the trout action has been solid for bank anglers and trollers at the full reservoir. Wishon has been open for several weeks, and it is also at full capacity with water rushing down the inlet creeks. Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Early limits from the shoreline at Courtright has been the rule with action along both sides of the boat launch as well as the dam with pink or red trout dough bait. The best action has been either early in the morning or in the early evening, but bank fishermen are also catching a few fish in the middle of the day. Trollers are working deep with Speedy Shiners in brass or rainbows along with blade/’crawler combinations at 3 to 6 colors of leadcore. Most of the fish are rainbows, but there are a few browns in the mix. Since the lake opened up this week, the reservoir has been crowded with fishermen.” At Wishon, Crane reported a fair trout bite with shore fishermen soaking trout dough bait in pink near the mouth of Short Hair Creek or the Helms parking lot. He said, “Short Hair Creek is running high, and a few fly fishermen heading up the creek only to find too much water. Once the creek slows down, the fly fishing should be good. Trollers are scoring with Speedy Shiners or Needlefish in rainbow or brass at 4-6 colors.” There are loads of floating insects on the surface in both lakes. In the high-elevation creeks, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported high water has limited accessibility.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 3; Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete found great salmon action at Pedro Point and Mussel Rock on the weekend, with 32 salmon to 22 pounds for 20 anglers on Saturday and 20 salmon on Sunday with a number of fish lost. He said, “The nasty south wind beat us up today, and we were throwing lead at them without a lot of return on our investment as there were a number of hit and runs.” The south wind finally shut down the bite on Monday with Baxter picking up four salmon before heading down to the outside Red Buoy 2 outside of the harbor where the private boats have been picking up 2-3 limits per boat. Baxter added, “There has been a trickle of fish in a number of locations including Pedro Point, Double Point, and Muir Beach, and with the anchovies moving in – I think I will start off of Martin’s Beach on Tuesday.” Huli Cat Skipper Tom Mattusch said, “Rock fishing continues to be excellent off Half Moon Bay. Sunday saw anglers with 17 Lingcod fishing the Deep Reef. There was a nice mixture of different species as well". To mix things up, Capt Tom & Capt Mike are targeting salmon Monday and Tuesday. A few fish were caught Sunday in front of the Harbor, bigger numbers off Mussel Rock, the weather being less favorable off Pacifica.” Mattusch was up in 70 feet of water off of Mussel Rock on Monday, and he put a few clients onto salmon, including Stan Chin of Pleasanton with this 14-pound salmon.
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’s Fishing in Monterey reported improved salmon fishing in the region, and they will be taking salmon mooching trips on Wednesday and Thursday. He put in a 20-pounder Sunday working the bottom off of Point Pinos. The Check Mate and Caroline went rockfishing Monday with the Check Mate running south to Twin Rocks. The Caroline put in eight lings and three-quarter limits of rockfish, while the Check Mate scored 25 limits of rockfish, 22 ling cod and 42 horse mackerel. The recreational ocean salmon season from Pigeon Point south to Point Sur is open until July 15, with the commercial season currently closed.
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 3; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 2; Sturgeon 2; Crab 3; Salmon 2
The hot salmon bite dried up more than a bit Monday, with the Salty Lady out of Sausalito being the highliner with 22 salmon to 26 pounds for 20 anglers. Tom Sornichsa of Petaluma picked up the jackpot fish. They were off Pacifica. Mike Aughney said, “The southside is notorious for slowing, and I predict the fish will be showing up along the Marin coast in locations like Slide Ranch, the Channel Buoys, Muir Beach, and Duxbury within the next three days.” Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing had a great day Sunday with 10 salmon for six passengers with a number of fish lost, but it was an entirely different story Monday with a single salmon along with a shaker released by late afternoon. He said, “We started out off of Pacifica, but we moved up to Stinson Beach by the afternoon since the bite was super slow for everyone.” Three Sausalito boats went out with 60 angler Monday for 19 salmon to 25 pounds trolling from Pedro Point to Double Point and all points in between. The Sea Wolf out of Emeryville Sport Fishing loaded up with 28 limits of rockfish and 18 lings to 11 pounds on Sunday. Inside the bay, The New Huck Finn out of Emeryville Sport Fishing went live bait potluck fishing on Sunday for 32 limits of striped bass, five halibut to 13 pounds, five ling cod to 9 pounds and 80 rockfish. These potluck trips are producing with the California Dawn also loading the decks with carnage. Sunday’s trip on the California Dawn produced 29 limits of stripers to 15 pounds, 10 halibut to 40 pounds, three lings and 90 rockfish. Vince Borges of Phenix Rods said, “It's that time of year, the trip everyone asks about. Well, there are about 12 spots left for the Phenix Rods/Optimum Baits SWIMBAITS ONLY Lingcod trip on the California Dawn on July 17. They won't last long at all. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “It is merely horrible out here today with the wind as it was downright god awful on Sunday. There haven’t been many boats out, and those that head out are returning within a half hour. Bank fishermen have been making up most of our customers. We do have plenty of bait in the shop including ghost and grass shrimp.”
San Luis Obispo
The San Luis County ports continue to be solid for rockfish with the Endeavor and Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing putting in 658 vermilion, 20 Boccaccio, 56 copper, 56 assorted rockfish, and 62 ling cod to 11 pounds for 79 anglers Monday. Steve Souza of Tulare took the jackpot with the big ling. Out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta and Rita G went out with 60 anglers for 145 vermilion, 10 Boccaccio, 145 assorted rockfish and 23 ling cod to 10.5 pounds. Jaime Bermudez of Bakersfield landed a jackpot ling. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing at Port San Luis, four boats went out Monday with 271 anglers for 43 vermilion, 148 Bolina, 776 assorted rockfish, one Boccaccio, 29 copper, three kelp greenling and 28 ling cod to 16 pounds. Both harbors have a variety of trips running from half-day through two-day trips in the coming 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 3; Striper 3; Sturgeon 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 3
Striped bass are quickly moving from the upper river into the cooler waters of San Francisco Bay, and few fishermen are working the central and west Delta for the linesides. Smallmouth bass are emerging in the sloughs of the north Delta while sturgeon fishermen are few and far between. The Delta is in full summer doldrums mode with recreational boaters taking over the waters. Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait in Freeport said, “There are a lot of small stripers in the system, but bank and boat fishermen are using sardines coated with garlic spray or pile worms for the occasional lineside to 20 pounds. Catfish can be found in the Port of Sacramento or in the Deep Water Channel with chicken livers, frozen shad, or sardines. Smallmouth bass are holding around the rocky structure in the sloughs, and deep-diving crankbaits, plastics on the drop-shot, or Senkos are working for the smallies. Crawdad patterns are the best bet. Bluegill are thick in the slow waters along the Delta Loop with red worms, wax worms, or meal worms.” In Suisun Bay, Andy Doudna, organizer of the Addathon IronMan Sturgeon Derbies, spent a night on the anchor in Montezuma Slough for a single 80-inch sturgeon released on lamprey eel. He said, “There are very few fish in the system right now.” Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported continued excellent action for experienced anglers soaking splittail near the Mothball Fleet for striped bass to 25 pounds and larger. He said, “Oversized sturgeon have also been hooked on the live splittail, but the wind in front of McAvoy’s has been steady and it is making for difficult conditions. Under the Benicia/Martinez Bridge or at the State Park has been good for stripers with anchovies, pile worms, or grass shrimp, and we now have plenty of grass shrimp in the shop now.” Largemouth bass remain the top species on the San Joaquin side of the Delta as striped bass have mostly vacated for cooler waters. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported a phenomenal largemouth bite on the Delta with over 60 bass per day on Wednesday and Thursday. He said, “It was a bit cool on Wednesday morning, and the topwater bite was non-existent, but the topwater bite took off on this week with the ima Finesse Popper. We had to wait until mid-tide from the low to the high with the weeds disappeared from 6 inches to a foot below the water level. Once the weeds were submerged, we were able to work the ima Rock N’ Vibe Suspending in bluegill or crawdad patterns. The bite took off within 45 minutes of each other on the two days as once the water covered the vegetation, we were able to tick the tops of the submerged weeds with the Rock N’ Vibe. We tried the ima Squarebill, but you couldn’t pause it without floating to the surface. Chatterbaits weren’t effective as they got hung up on the weeds, but the suspending Rock N’ Vibe was able to be paused and stay right over the tops of the weeds. My client, Doug Filgen of San Miguel, caught one of the largest greeneared perch that I have ever seen. The coolness of the water from the breeze has oxygenated the water, and you could catch fish by slowing down with the Chigger Craw and the Havoc Bottom Hopper in the mornings, but you have to wait for the coolness to subside before the reaction bite starts.” Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley has been giving instructional session on using frogs in preparation for the upcoming Snag Proof Open out of Russo’s Marina, and he has been finding action by customizing the Pro Z frog. Alan Fong of the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento confirmed the topwater bite with the bass holding in the weeds, and he said, “The punch bite should be coming soon.” Neil Simpson of Lodi said, “We’ve been catching bass on just about everything, but there haven’t been any large fish. The best I have landed recently are two 4 pounders with one on a River2Sea Whopper Plopper and one punching a Sweet Beaver. The water temperature is back down in the mid-70s after rising into the upper 80’s in a lot of places from the recent heat water. There are loads of recreational boaters on the water during the holiday weekend.” H and R Bait in Stockton reported decent striper fishing from the banks along Inland Drive, Eight Mile Road and Whiskey Slough with frozen shad or anchovies. Bluegill fishing is decent with red worms in the sloughs. Fresh shad is not available.
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
At Nacimiento, spots are pushing shad up to the surface in the early mornings and evenings and there is a limited topwater bite with shad-patterned lures at first light. Recreational boating mostly took over the lake throughout the holiday weekend, leaving the ealry morning or late afternoon into evenings as the only time to fish. A webcam of the lake is available at www.lakenacimientolive.com/. Lopez is producing the largest bass of all the coastal lakes with topwater lures in the early mornings or evenings along with crankbaits and spinnerabaits. Lopez Lake Marina is now open for their summer hours to 9 p.m., with a webcam available at 805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. San Antonio has been issued a health warning for toxic blue-green algae, and anglers are advised not to eat fish from the lake at the present time. Santa Margarita has been best for catfish with anchovies, sardines or mackerel while bass fishing is only fair at best. There are repairs occurring at the marina and White Oaks on the weekdays.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Power Tournament on June 24 at Don Pedro: 1, Jack Schultz/Carol Voris/Alan Traynor 53.10 ounces; 2, Robbie and Kim Dunham 37.4 ounces; 3, John Lico/Gary Coe 32.85 ounces
- New Jen Bass Tournament on June 24 at Eastman: 1, Mark Morales/Fernie Macias 15.08 pounds; 2, Dan Moreno/Gary Wasson 12.81; 3, John Albidrez/Mark Corrente 10.17
- July 7: Kaweah, Visalia Bass Club; Santa Margarita, 101 Bass Nights
- July 8: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, Best Bass Tournaments; Delta/B and W Resort, American Bass Association; Salt Springs, Manteca Bassin’ Buddies; Amador, Modesto Ambassadors; Don Pedro, Fresno Bass Club/Riverbank Bass Anglers; Eastman, Bakersfield Bass Club; Kaweah, Success Bass Club; Success, Porterville Bass Club; Isabella, American Bass Association; Nacimiento, San Luis Obispo County Bass Ambushers
- July 9: Santa Margarita, Good Old Boys
- July 12: Delta/Ladd’s, Bass Pro Shops
- July 15: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, Bass N’ Tubes; Delta/Big Break Marina, Dan’s Delta Outdoors; Eastman, Kings River Bass Club; Wishon, Kiwani’s Special Olympics Trout Derby; Kaweah, New Jen Bass Tournaments; Lopez, Kern County Bassmasters; Santa Margarita, 101 Bass
- July 16: Delta/Big Break Marina, Yak A’ Bass; Delta/Russo’s Marina, Cooch’s Fishing
- July 21-22: Pine Flat, Sierra Bass Club Night tournament
- July 22: Delta/B and W Resort, Mid Valley Bass Club; Don Pedro, Valley Hawg Hunters; Eastman, Pheng Tommy Vang Bass; Isabella, Lake Isabella Bass Club/Taft Bass Club; Santa Margarita, Best Bass Tournaments
- July 29: Delta/Russo’s Marina, Angler’s Press; Pine Flat, Bass 101 Open Tournament; Isabella, American Bass Association; Lopez, Golden Empire Bass Club
- Kern County: Kern River, sections 4-5
- Madera County: Corrine Lake; Manzanita Lake; Nelder Creek; Willow Creek North Fork
- Tulare County: Kern River, sections 5-6
- Tuolumne County: Beaver Creek; Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Powerhouse Stream; Stanislaus River Middle, North and South forks; Tuolumne River North Fork
f = full moon > = peak activity