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.
Shaver kokanee bite rebounds, retiring iconic guide Dick Nichols reported. Kaweah bass and crappie fishing good, Sierra Sporting Goods said. Courtright trout action the best, Chuck Crane reported. San Francisco salmon, lingcod and striper bites good, Trent Slate said. New Melones kicking out quality trout, Monte Smith reported. McSwain trout plant spurs action, Dave Hurley said. Delta bass hitting, Alan Fong reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 2; Catfish 3
A few more fishermen are heading to the northern sections of the California Aqueduct above Manning Avenue armed with ripbaits, but there have been a number of vehicles vandalized with items stolen from inside the vehicle after a window was smashed. Anglers are advised not to leave valuables within sight. Punching the weeds or throwing frogs over the mats for largemouth bass in the Delta Mendota Canal continues to be a good option for area bass fishermen looking for a larger grade. In the south aqueduct in Kern and Kings counties, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported catfishing has been solid with Sonny’s Dip Bait, sardines or mackerel despite the hot and humid weather. The aqueduct is still on the mossy side, but there is a decent water flow.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 3; Catfish 3; Crappie 2
A kayak bass tournament will be held soon, and there is some interest in pre-fishing for this event, but bass fishing remains very slow. Catfish are the top species with chicken livers, sardines or anchovies with whiskerfish to 7 pounds reported. The lake dropped slightly to 70 percent capacity.
Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishing is on indefinite hold with the triple-digit heat, and the best action is for catfish in the evenings with chicken livers or cut baits. The lake is releasing water, dropping to 32 percent capacity.
Lake Don Pedro
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 1; Crappie 2
Water releases down the Tuolumne River may be contributing to a slower bass and trout bite at the lake. The best opportunities for largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are with purple or brown/purple jigs along with the Pro Worm 300 on the drop-shot at depths to 60 feet. Trout trolling has been slow with the vast amount of bait in the lake. Finding bait is the key to success for both species. The lake dropped to 88 percent capacity.
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 3; Crappie 3; Catfish 3; Bluegill 3
The best freshwater action in the area has been the upper Kern River above the Johnsondale Bridge with live crickets, nightcrawlers or salmon eggs in the deeper pools. The river is at an ideal level at 800 cfs. At Lake Isabella, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “There is a crappie bite on the lake by bank fishermen, but they aren’t revealing their location for success.” Catfishing remains solid with Sonny’s Dip Bait, frozen clams, sardines or mackerel. There hasn’t been any news on the bass front although one tournament will be held at the lake in September. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 2,570.70 in elevation and 42 percent capacity. With the heat, few fishermen are heading to the local lakes other than for carp with Wussy’s Dough Bait at night. Trout plants will not start for perhaps two more months in the local lakes given the hot water and weather.
Bass 3; Crappie 3; Trout 1; Catfish 2
The lake is dropping rapidly, receding another 9 feet to 593.59 in elevation and 9 percent capacity. The lowered pool has concentrated game fish with the bait fish, and Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported an excellent bass bite with plastics on the drop-shot, nightcrawlers, live minnows or crawdad. A 10-pound largemouth was caught and released Monday morning. Crappie and bluegill action is also good, and Sierra Sporting is selling lots of wax worms for bluegill and small minnows for the crappie. The water releases have ceased for now.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Triple-digit temperatures are keeping bass fishermen confined to the early mornings or late evenings. There is a very brief window for topwater lures in the mornings or evenings before targeting suspended bass with Senkos, crankbaits or plastics on the drop-shot. Water releases have increased, and the fish are suspending outside the shoreline. All campgrounds in the Tule River have been stocked with planted rainbows. In the upper tributaries, native rainbows and browns can be found on dry flies. Success has receded 6 feet to 624.19 in elevation and 41 percent capacity.
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Hot temperatures in the Valley have slowed the number of fishermen heading to the lake. Water temperatures continue to rise – to 84 degrees and higher. Working the bottom at depths from 25-60 feet with Berserk’s Purple Hornet or brown/purple jigs along with the Pro Worm 300 on a drop-shot are picking up a few bass. Anglers are advised to stick around in the same area once one fish has been landed. The topwater bite remains slow. There were no reports of trout, kokanee or salmon. The launch ramps at Barrett Cove, McClure Point, Bagby and Horseshoe Bend are open. The lake dropped 3 feet to 84 percent capacity.
A surprise trout plant of 1,500 pounds was released prior to Labor Day weekend. Shore fishermen are finding good action for the plants with trout dough bait, inflated nightcrawlers or gold Kastmasters from the brush pile, handicapped docks and the marina. The Merced Irrigation District annual fall trout derby is Oct. 7.
Call: McSwain Marina 209-378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 3; Striped bass 1; Shad 2; Bluegill 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The spotted bass bite has been the best in the area with topwaters lures in the first 45 minutes of safe light before dropping to the bottom with Senkos, spoons or Spy-rigs. There are a number of spotted bass suspending from 15-25 feet off of ledges, and there were at least four smallmouth bass to 2 pounds released this week.” There is a company removing the logs and trees along the shorelines in the upper river and in the logjam, and they are chipping the logs at Finegold. There were no striper reports. The lake dropped to 77 percent capacity. 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 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Trout 3; Kokanee 1
The big rainbow trout were back on the bite this week after a week of slower action, and although the bite isn’t hot or heavy, the quality of the rainbows more than makes up for the numbers. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing was on the lake twice this week, and he said, “It isn’t fast and furious, but when you get bit within the first 100 yards of setting out your gear, it was definitely better than last week. We put in eight rainbows to 4 pounds on Tuesday, and these are all good-looking fish to 4.12 pounds. We also lost another four trout on this day, and it is easy to lose these big ones. We hooked something huge Thursday, and it just buried the rod down when pulling the spoon out of the downrigger, and after I handed the rod to my client, it just took off burning line. We ended up with seven fish, losing the huge one in the process. I have found our best action at depths from 47-75 feet in the main lake with my custom spoons, and although I am marking fish from 80 to 90 feet, we haven’t been able to get them to go.” Gary Burns of Take It to the Limit Guide Service confirmed the good bite, saying, “The bows are going deeper with the hotter weather we have been trolling kokanee speeds 1.5 mph, and going down from 68-80 feet. Rocky Mountain Tackle Pink Moonshine Dodgers have put most of the bows in the boat this week towing pink and blue hoochies, spinners or Apex’s. We have been working deep waters near the bank and when you find the shad you find the bows. No kokanee, so far, this month.” John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service said, “There is an absolute abundance of small baitfish, shad, bluegill, sunfish, crappie and baby bass. Once hatched the small fish had plenty of cover to tuck away and hide from predators and provide fresh oxygenated water allow plankton to thrive. Now as these smaller fish are growing they are being pushed out of sheltered areas by falling water conditions and dying vegetation. The bass and larger predator fish are gorging themselves. On numerous occasions as we are landing a fish they will be spiting bait across the surface and onto the boat. Whenever this happens we will closely examine what size and color they are naturally feeding on and adjust our presentations accordingly. Many of the baitfish are very small and downsizing to a 2-inch worm has been a good option. Small crankbaits and swimbaits can be used with a cast and retrieve method to cover water. Once you have located an area that is holding fish, try switching to a small soft plastic fished on a dropshot to continue to catch them.” Catfishing continues to be good with cut baits, jumbo minnows or nightcrawlers from the banks in the evenings. The lake has dropped 3 feet to 1,056.03 in elevation and 85 percent capacity.
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Kokanee 1; Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The bass bite has slowed considerably with the receding water levels as the fish are suspending along vertical walls. A few fish can be found deep with spoons or Spy-rigs, but the majority of spotted bass are suspended. A 9-pound limit is possible, but most anglers are struggling at the present time. The bass are spitting up small bluegill in the river arm and feeding on crawdads in the main lake.” The lake dropped to 70 percent capacity this week. There are some locations on the lower Kings that are accessible for fishing, but caution is necessary with the 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.
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 2; Catfish 2; Bass 2; Crappie 2
Stripers are boiling on the surface near Dinosaur Point and the mouth of Portuguese Cove, and Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait and Tackle reported the bite is “on fire.” Clements said, “There is no tremendous size, but topwater Spooks, flukes on a scrounger head and ripbaits such as Lucky Craft 100’s or 128’s are working in the boils. There are a lot of shakers, and the majority of striped bass aren’t big, but the numbers are excellent in the boils. You have to get on the lake early as it shuts off when the sun in out.” For trolling, Clements said, “The fish have gone deeper between 60 and 80 feet with Lucky Craft 128’s in shad patterns. It has been hard to get the Lucky Crafts in with the past month. Minnow fishing has been slow as most fishermen are holding off with the excessive heat.” Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that he fished with a friend Thursday and that they lost count after releasing more than 35 fish, most in the 21- to 26-inch range. “We got lucky and found a school of feeding fish that we got trolling and using reaction baits that day,” George said. “There were boils in some areas, too –with mostly small fish breaking, but when we went back on Sunday the fishing had slowed way down in the wind and waves of the prefrontal system and we just got a few 22-25 inch schoolies. It seemed to shut the bite down to a few fish for everyone since then, and no one has reported any boils now. There is also a new crop of small fish showing up out of nowhere that are in the 10- to 16-inch range we are seeing. Note: Big lake dam security trucks are getting more aggressive about keeping anglers 500 feet away from the entire dam face – not just the pumps now! They are getting more serious it seems, threatening citations at times some guys have reported.” In the O’Neill Forebay, Clements reported an early morning topwater or ripbait bite along the rockwall at the launch ramp at South Beach. He said, “You have to be able to cast along the rockwall since the fish are holding tight to the rocks in the early mornings. The Twin Islands and Check 12 have also been kicking out small stripers with chicken liver, grass shrimp, or pile worms.” Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis confirmed the solid action at the big lake, but the number of keeper-sized fish is limited. San Luis has dropped to 90 percent capacity.
Bass 2; Trout 2
This lake remained in the fishing doldrums with intense boat traffic through the Labor Day holiday. As the water cools, bass fishermen will return to the lake in numbers in anticipation of a good topwater bite. Trout fishing remains limited to a fish or two for trollers near the dam. Webcams of the lake are available at basslakeca.com/. The lake was still at 100 percent capacity, but water releases were to start after Labor Day.
Brown trout 3; Trout 3
Florence Lake dropped rapidly to 2 percent capacity for dam maintenance, but Edison is producing quality rainbows and browns for shore fishermen with Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers. The lake is nearly filled at 90 percent capacity, and trollers are pulling blade/’crawler combinations or small Rapalas on leadcore. Lower elevation, but isolated, Mammoth Pool, at 77 percent capacity, is another good option for shore fishermen with trout dough bait, and the lake has a bonus population of freshwater crayfish.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 3; Trout 2; Smallmouth bass 3
Shaver Lake kokanee action rebounded within the past week, and this is very good news for the upcoming Kokanee Power Shaver Lake Derby, but the real big news in the region is the retirement of Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters on Friday, Sept. 8. Nichols is the founder and president of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project, and he has been guiding from 150-200 days per year for the last several years. He will be sorely missed on the lake with his dedication to weekly reporting even in the winter months, but he is going out on top of his game. Nichols said, “I was thinking on the boat today that 3,000 or so people have fished on my boat with me from all walks of life and all over the world. I enjoyed serving people, including daily lunches and coffee. A good guide is one that loves to watch people catch fish, make them happy and in many cases makes life long friends from most of them. I have been blessed by my increased friend book. I will miss the younger anglers who, thank God, I got to watch them catch their first fish and maybe just made them love the sport that I was born to do, FISH!” He added, “With exception of one day, we have managed a couple limits a day for about three weeks. This week is very little trout and 9-10 kokanee in the box most days while fishing from 37-40 feet deep in front of both marinas with orange or clear Apex lures tipped with corn and a Koke Buster two feet behind a Dick's Ball Troll. This week multiple limits were taken over the weekend by Ryan Jacobson, Bailey Degraw and Courtney Sorensen, of the Fresno area, with Courtney bagging a pre-spawn 17.5-inch kokanee.” Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters also is finding mixed limits with white hoochies tipped with corn behind a Captain Jack’s gold sling blade at depths from 25-35 feet or with a white hoochie behind a copper dodger at 4-5 colors of leadcore. He has found his best action from Road 2 to the island.a watermelon Apex tipped with corn on the downrigger at 30 feet.” Kokanee Power will be holding their final derby of the season at Shaver Lake on Saturday, Sept. 9, with a three-fish weigh-in for teams, and one fish for juniors. Registration is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, and the event is open to everyone. Information and registration is available through Jim Travis 240-6659. Shaver has dropped to 92 percent capacity. At Huntington Reservoir, bank fishermen continue to find rainbows near the mouth of Rancheria Creek with trout dough bait, Mice Tails or inflated nightcrawlers, but trolling remains slow. The majority of the lakes are nearly filled, but they will be dropping soon with water releases anticipated down the San Joaquin River watershed. Huntington is at 99 percent capacity.
Wishon trout 2; Courtright trout 3
While Wishon remains very slow for rainbow trout, Courtright remains the top option for trout in the central Sierra. Chuck Crane of Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Courtright is still very good all around the lake with shore fishermen picking up limits with various colors of trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers. The upper end of the lake has been best, but all of the shoreline has been productive. It has been extremely crowded with fishermen over the Labor Day Holiday with the good action, and trollers are scoring limits of quality fish on a slow troll with blade/’crawler combinations at 3-5 colors of leadcore. Most of our fishermen are picking up limits within a few hours.” Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis confirmed the good bite with one customer limiting out using trout dough bait within three hours near the dam. Wishon has not been so good as the trout action remains very slow. Crane said, “Most trollers are picking up one or two fish per boat at best after trolling all day long, and some are not getting anything for their efforts. Bank fishermen are picking up two or three trout at the upper end of the lake with trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers, but they have to stay all day for these fish. Fly fishing in the river above the lake is the best bet, and although the water in the river is dropping, there are rainbows holding in the pools.” Both reservoirs are fluctuating for power generation, but plenty of water remains.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 2; Albacore 2; Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat went out in flat seas on Sunday for albacore, and he wasn’t disappointed. Despite no viable temperature break, no remarkable bait, birds, or life in 65-degree water 33 miles from Pillar Point, they managed to get three albacore to the boat for their charter. The fish were found at 37’10/123’04, which is north of the 601. Private boats had a better shot at the fish, with the Sea Angel scoring 13 albies plus a bonus opah. Another private boat had over 10 fish as well. Mattusch said, ”We had a few albacore boil on our jigs but didn’t take them, and this is the strongest report in our area for the past three or four years.”Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete went bird watching over the weekend, but Thursday’s trip produced a salmon per rod for 17 anglers north of the harbor near Mussel Rock. Rockfish and ling cod action is best south of the harbor from Pescadero to Pigeon Point.
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Fishing Trips said, “Ling cod and rockfish action was good on Friday and Saturday, but the counts dropped on Sunday with a less-experienced group of anglers on board. The Check Mate and Caroline put in limits of ling cod and rockfish on Saturday, but the Check Mate returned with half limits of rockfish and 21 ling coast south of the harbor on Sunday.” They are full Wednesday and from Friday through Sunday of the coming week.
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 3; Rockfish 4; Leopard shark 3; Sturgeon 2; Salmon 2
Ling cod and rockfish action has been tremendous at Fanny Shoals with the California Dawn making the long run Friday for 30 limits of lings within two drifts and another 30 limits of rockfish. Rockfishing remains tremendous with the New Huck Finn putting in 31 limits of rockfish and 34 lings to 17 pounds, presumably at the Farallons. There were several boats out from Emeryville Sport Fishing on Monday with the Dragon, Sundance and Wet Spot combining for 22 salmon to 25 pounds for 16 anglers while the New Salmon Queen took out 18 fishermen for 11 salmon to 15 pounds. Three Sausalito boats stayed north from Buoy 1 to Double Point on Monday for 29 salmon to 26 pounds for a combined 46 anglers. The salmon counts have been best on the six-packs as the party boats scores have been dropping off over the weekend. You can’t judge this year by a couple of days since the bite may be back on again tomorrow or the next day. Captain Trent Slate of Bite Me Charters out of Loch Lomond Marina mooched up limits of salmon to 12 pounds Friday, once again demonstrating that mooching on a six-pack boat is a viable option without losing an excess of heavy metal. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “The weekend was mediocre for business, and if you were out on the water between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, you were exposed to 40 mph winds that made for a wet ride back to the harbor. It was blowing 15 before the winds ramped up, and it was blowing 15 again after the blow. Striper fishing remains good for both shoreline anglers and boaters with lures, pile worms, frozen baits and Loch Lomond anchovies. The water in the harbor has been too hot to keep live grass shrimp or shiners in the bait tanks as it is almost 80 degrees. It was cooking here Saturday with temperatures around 110 at the shop – that’s too hot for San Rafael.”
San Luis Obispo
Rockfishing remains outstanding out of the Morro Bay party boats, and the Endeavor and Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing put up great numbers Monday on half-day and three-quarter-day trips with a combined 54 limits of rockfish and 10 ling cod to 22 pounds including 160 vermilion, 30 copper, 30 Boccaccio and 320 assorted rockfish. Adam Groling of Clovis took the jackpot on the Avenger with a 22-pound ling and Sergei Mikuleskug of Fresno landing the jackpot ling on the Endeavor with a 6-pounder. Out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta took out 32 anglers Monday for limits composed of 220 assorted rockfish and 100 vermilion along with six lings to 8 pounds. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing at Port San Luis, the Patriot, Flying Fish and Phenix were out on Monday with a combined 78 fishermen for limits of rockfish and 21 ling cod to 9 pounds composed of 106 vermilion, 143 copper and 526 assorted rockfish. Euticio Farias of Fresno took the jackpot on the Patriot with an 8-pound, 1-ounce ling. Both harbors have a variety of trips running from half day through two-day trips in the upcoming weeks. Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported continued solid perch fishing with blood worms near San Simeon.
Bass 3; Striper 2; Sturgeon 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 4; Salmon 3
Salmon fishing has been good at times in lower Suisun Bay, but it is very scratchy from Rio Vista north to Freeport. Striped bass continue to move into the system, and sturgeon also are starting to pop up in Suisun Bay as they normally are found in September in the deep water off of Pittsburg. Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait in Freeport said, “A few salmon per day are coming into the shop with shore fishermen throwing Flying C spinners at the Minnow Hole near the Freeport Bridge and boaters spooning with Slammer Minnows. It’s not hot or heavy right now, but the action should improve once we get past this heat wave. Striper fishing is best around Liberty Island and in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel with jumbo minnows, fresh shad, or sardines coated with garlic spray. Smallmouth are holding near the rocks in Steamboat Slough, the Old Sacramento River, and near Walnut Grove with large minnows on a drop-shot rig. The fish are dropping deeper at 15-20 feet. “ Alan Fong of the Fisherman’s Warehouse was in Liberty Island earlier in the week, and he reported slow striped bass fishing with swimbaits so they switched over to targeting largemouth bass with frogs or flipping and pitching plastics. He said, “We changed after only landing one keeper striper, but we caught and released 30 largemouth bass with the best grade on the frogs.” Sylvia Viera of Viera’s Riverside Resort near Isleton said, “They are catching fish on a daily basis, but most of the salmon have been on the main river from Rio Vista up to the Deep Water Channel on the incoming tide. The water in the Old Sacramento has been 77 degrees, and it is too hot for the salmon to hold.” Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, had to settle for deep-diving lures on Monday, but he said, “We had a very good day with quality stripers to 10 pounds along the West Bank towards Collinsville. Everything came deep today, and the Yozuri Crystal Minnows in red head/white or pink were working best. I had two friends out in their boats, and one did well while the other one couldn’t catch a fish.” Mark Wilson was out trolling for striped bass twice this week, and he said, “I started out from Brannan Island and did my circuit from Decker Island to the West Bank, to the Dairy, and into the San Joaquin from the Antioch Bridge to the mouth of Three-Mile Slough, and we released 13 keepers to 8 pounds and 17 shakers on Tuesday with 18 keepers to 6 pounds and 12 shakers on Friday. Most of our fish were taken on deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows in red/white or rainbow trout at depths from 12 to 15 feet, although we did catch a few on shallow Rat-L-Traps at the West Bank and also inside of Decker Island.” Andy Doudna of Oakley, organizer of the Addathon Ironman Sturgeon Derbies in the fall and spring was in the Big Cut on Sunday for five sturgeon released so it is evident that the fish are here. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait and Tackle reported three steelhead were landed off First Street on Saturday, and one was kept by an angler with a Steelhead Report Card. Two more steelhead were released on Sunday. Salmon fishing has been good on some days with up to 11 salmon landed off of the Dillon Point State Park on Wednesday out of the estimated 120 shore fishermen, but the bite slowed to a crawl over the weekend with only one salmon reported. 9th Street has been the top location for striped bass as there are jack smelt in the area. Largemouth bass remain the top species in the San Joaquin River, and the arrival of Bass Fest on Sept. 9-10 out of Russo’s Marina will create opportunities for anglers who have never participated in a tournament to get their feet wet at a bargain price. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “I don’t fish on three-day weekends, but if I were out this past week, I would be fish around current in the major north/south thoroughfares in the south Delta. The water moves faster in the north/south thoroughfares, and the bass will be looking for cooler water as the temperature hasn’t been cooling down below 80 degrees in the evenings.” Pringle is also the tournament director for Bass Fest where a half-day competition will take place Saturday for a bargain fee of less than $100 per team. He said, “It is a three-fish limit, and the smaller limit opens up the tournament to everyone since there is an increased chance to win with less fish if you are able to get one big kicker.” Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley reported fishermen have been coming in to buy red worms for bluegill and then catching and keeping striped bass to 40 inches on the live bait. The Optimum AA Bubba Shad swimbait continues to work for schoolies while bass fishing is good with swimjigs, vibrating jigs, or wakebaits in bluegill patterns.
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 2; White bass 2; Striper 2; Catfish 3; Crappie 3
Lopez is solid for red ear perch, bluegill and crappie with a hot bluegill bite with meal worms, red worms, and mini crawlers. Bass fishing is fair with a reaction bite with topwater lures in the early mornings before switching to the bottom with medium-sized plastics or Brush Hogs. Recreational boating will slow now that Labor Day has passed. Lopez Lake Marina is open during its summer hours to 9 p.m. A webcam of the lake is available at http://805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Nacimiento, spotted bass are hitting small topwater lures in the early mornings before hitting the bottom with small flukes on an underspin or plastics on the drop-shot. The grade of spotted bass is getting larger with more 2-pound spots in the mix. White bass remain elusive. Recreational boating will slow down now that the summer boating season is over and school is back in session. The lake continues to release water slowly. A webcam of the lake is available at www.lakenacimientolive.com/.
- Sept. 8: Nacimiento, 101 Bass Nights
- Sept. 9: Delta /Russo’s Marina, Bass Fest; New Melones, Bass Anglers of Northern California; Pine Flat, Sportsman Warehouse; Shaver Lake, Kokanee Power Team Tournament; Isabella, Lake Isabella Bass Club
- Sept. 10: Eastman, Central Valley Kayak Fishermen; Kaweah, Success Bass Club; Success, Porterville Bass Club
- Sept. 13: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, Bass Pro Shops
- Sept. 16: Delta/Ladd’s, Sonora Bass Anglers; Delta/Russo’s Marina, FLW Outdoors; Delta/B and W Resort, Outlaw Bass Club/Taft Bass Club; Don Pedro, Tri Valley Bassmasters; McClure, Manteca Bassin’ Buddies; Millerton, New Jen Bass.com
- Sept. 17: Delta/B and W Resort, Fresno Bass Club; Delta/Russo’s Marina, Hook, Line, and Sinker; Pine Flat, Kings River Bass Club
- Sept. 23: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, Angler’s Press/Yak-A-Bass; Delta/Russo’s Marina, California Delta Team Trail; Tulloch, Christian Bass League; Pine Flat, Bakersfield Bass Club; Kaweah, Golden Empire Bass Club; Nacimiento, Kayak Bass Fishing
- Sept. 23-24: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, Sierra Bass Club
- Sept. 24: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, Riverbank Bass Anglers
- Sept. 30: Delta/Big Break Marina, Dan’s Delta Outdoors; Delta/Tracy Oasis, Tracy Bass Club
- Oct. 1: Delta/Wimpy’s Marina, Central Valley Anglers Salmon Derby; Kaweah, Success Bass Club
- Fresno County: Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam
- Mariposa County: McSwain Reservoir
- Merced County: Merced River, Section I
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Powerhouse Stream; Stanislaus River Clarks, Middle and South forks
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