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.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper ** Catfish **
In the California Aqueduct, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported, “Anglers have been putting more and more miles on their vehicles driving up and down the levees looking for boils while most of the action has been south of Kettleman City into Kern County.” They continue to run through a few Duo Realis jerkbaits and Lucky Craft Pointers on a daily basis, but the frenzy for the lures has slowed. In the south aqueduct, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Striper fishing has been on and off in the past week, but there is still great interest in tossing Lucky Craft Sammies, Pointers, or Duo Realis jerkbaits.” Largemouth bass to 6 pounds have been attracting fishermen, and drop-shotting plastic worms has been the top technique. Catfish provide consistent action with salted sardines, blood worms and lug worms. Van Hall of Bakersfield landed a 16.4-pound whiskerfish on an anchovy in the aqueduct. Cormier added that there have been crappie taken out of a dirt canal near Alpaugh on small minnows.
Bass ** Trout ** Bluegill ** Catfish ** Crappie **
Improved action for planted trout from the shore near the day-use area with trout dough bait or nightcrawlers has been reported. With the dearth of upcoming tournaments, most Fresno-area bass fishermen are heading to Pine Flat or Millerton. The area of the lake extending from the buoy line near the Cordoniz Launch is closed to accommodate nesting bald eagles. There are unmarked hazards throughout the lake due to low water conditions. The lake is at 469.63 feet in elevation and 8% capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass ** Trout ** Catfish ** Bluegill ** Crappie **
Bass fishing remained very slow, with anglers reporting one or two fish for seven hours of work in the cold and murky water. The annual Kid’s Fishing Derby is April 11, with fishing tutorials and water safety instruction. The launch is accessible for larger boats. Trout fishing from the shore remained slow. Boaters should contact the Ranger Station at the Corps of Engineers office for updated conditions. The lake rose a half foot to 451.35 in elevation and 7% capacity..
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; 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 ** Trout ** Kokanee ** King salmon ** Crappie **
Early reports of kokanee are starting at Don Pedro, and these are the earliest for the landlocked salmon this year in Northern California with the exception of Whiskeytown Reservoir. Monte Smith of Gold County Sport Fishing said, “I received a report of a boat landing 3-4 kokanee and a king salmon in the 2- to 3-pound range while trolling right on the surface within the past week. It is certainly within the realm of possibility since the surface temperature has been in the 53- to 54-degree range throughout the winter. They weren’t specifically targeting kokanee, as it is very early for the salmon to show up, but it is always a possibility.” Bass fishing is improving with Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford stating, “We have seen photos of at least four large bass landed on swimbaits within the past week, and the key is rolling the swimbait on the bottom on a slow presentation with the Huddleston Rate of Fall 12 in light trout or the 68 Special being the top bait while others are using the Reaction Innovation’s Skinny Dipper in Bad Shad Green on a quarter-ounce jig head.” The minnow bite has slowed in the past few weeks. The most consistent action for numbers has been on the bottom with shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot or darthead at depths to 50 feet, but those willing to toss the larger baits can be rewarded with a big fish. The reaction bite was off during Saturday’s Kerman Bass Club event, with the winning limit just over 9 pounds, but there was a 5.50-pounder brought to the scales. The Fleming Meadows Launch is open with one lane open, but the Blue Oaks ramp remains closed. The lake rose nearly 2 feet to 705.69 in elevation and 41% capacity.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass ** Trout ** Crappie ** Catfish *** Bluegill **
Catfish continue to be the top species at Lake Isabella with garlic shrimp, anchovies, sardines, or mackerel. Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “There are still crappie found at the marina with mini jigs, but the bass bite continued to be slow.” Few bass fishermen are targeting the lake, with the launch requiring a four-wheel-drive tow vehicle and the difficulty in putting a boat in the water. There were no trout reports despite an earlier plant in the lake, but the 26th annual Lake Isabella Fishing Derby will be March 28-30, and a payout of $18,500 for the longest trout from 1st to 10th place is guaranteed. Fees are $30 per individual or $65 per family. For additional information, call (760) 379-5236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration is available at www.kernrivervalley.com. Heavy trout plants will occur prior to the derby. The lake is at 2529.94 feet in elevation and 8% capacity. In the Kern River, the upper portion remained slow for trout fishing, and trout action continued to be best in the lower part around the plant zones of Hobo Gulch or Sandy Flats with spinners or salmon eggs. Smallmouth bass and catfish are also available in the lower river. Buena Vista is producing a few catfish and trout, but the crappie and largemouth bass bite has been slow. The local lakes are producing planted trout, and there are two upcoming tournaments at the River Walk in the coming weeks. Chunky Cheese or rainbow garlic Power Bait continued to be the hot sellers for the local lakes. A few crappie have been found in Truxton.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass ** Crappie ** Trout ** Catfish ***
Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported the lake is rising steadily, and the water has covered up several trees near Horse Creek. Crappie are coming out of the structure near Horse Creek with small minnows or mini jigs. Bass fishing has been best with live minnows, crawdads or nightcrawlers, but there have been some larger fish taken on rainbow trout-patterned swimbaits. The trout bite has been very slow, as the lake has only been planted a single time this season. Catfishing is solid in the unseasonably warm weather with anchovies or chicken livers. The launch ramp is open. The lake rose more than 5 feet and is at 614.49 in elevation and 17% capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass *** Trout *** Catfish ** Crappie **
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “Lake Success is showing more interest in bass and far less interest in trout fishing with the lake of plants occurring during the winter months.” Bass are taken on squarebill crankbaits, Senkos, Brush Hogs, and rubber lizards. He added, “This is very early and unusual for the month of February, and if the weather continues to warm up, the bass spawn could arrive earlier than expected.” The lake rose nearly a foot to 584.65 in elevation and 7% capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke reported excellent action with dry flies as the native trout don’t seem to be too picky on various patterns. The local ponds have been excellent for bass with Brush Hogs or jigs while crappie and bluegill can be taken on the fly with Woolley Buggers.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass ** Trout ** King salmon * Kokanee * Crappie ** Catfish **
The lake actually rose in elevation for the first time in several months, but the only access for boats remains from the shore for small vessels such as kayaks or canoes. Bass tournaments scheduled for McClure are being switched to neighboring reservoirs such as Don Pedro for the spring.
The lake rose over two feet to 588.87 feet in elevation and 6% of capacity..
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout plants have been occurring on a monthly basis, with another 500-pound plant from Calaveras Trout Farm taking place at the end of January. The previous plant occurred in December. In the off-colored water, because of continued releases from Lake McClure, bank action has been best around the handicapped docks, brush pile or the points near the marina with garlic-scented trout dough bait, yellow power eggs or garlic power eggs. Trolling remained slow in the limited water clarity.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass *** Striper * Shad * Bluegill**
Numbers of small spotted bass are available with drop-shot plastics at depths from 25-30 feet. Limits in the 7.5 to 7.75-pound range are possible, and the numbers are much better than nearby Pine Flat. The overall size of the bass is smaller. There were no striper reports. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching, and a low-emissions sticker is necessary on all motorized craft. Millerton is rising slowly and is at 490.07 feet in elevation and 36% capacity. In the lower San Joaquin, minimal action or interest remains the story. 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: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass *** Crappie ** Catfish ** Trout *** Kokanee *
Huge largemouth bass continued to be the story out of New Melones, led by Alex Niapas’s 15.73-pound kicker as part of a 28.93-pound limit with partner Jerry Harvey during the past weekend’s Bass 100 Plus tournament. This wasn’t the only large fish brought to the scale, as Joe Bruce arrived at the weigh-in with a fish that under normal circumstances would have taken big-fish honors at 9.89 pounds. Tournament director Tim Torres reported, “We only had eight boats during the event, but we still paid out $850 for first place and big fish for the event, and we are trying to build up participation as big payouts are our primary focus. The big fish was taken on a wakebait in the shallows, and Niapas said that he put in over 40 pounds the previous day while pre-fishing.” John Lietchy of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported a solid bass bite with the water holding in the 52- to 55-degree range. He said, “The lake is full of 1- to 3-pound spotted bass, and the fish will follow the balls of shad from deep into shallow and back into deep water. Small shad-patterned spoons vertically jigged over the shad balls on light fluorocarbon line have been effective as well as jigs on a football head. The big bait bite is few and far between, but when you hook into one, it could be the fish of a lifetime.” Glory Hole Sports is holding the Big Bass Tournament on Feb. 21, with 100% payback and a big fish pot for largemouth and spotted bass. Trout fishing remains solid with regular plants from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Lietchy added, “Trout action has been good, but we are hoping it gets even better in the next couple of weeks. It is usually on fire during the winter months, but due to warmer weather and a lack of rain, we have not seen the bite bust wide open.” Bank anglers are using a variety of methods including casting bright spoons or soaking garlic-scented trout dough bait or night crawlers from the shorelines near Glory Hole Point or the Highway 49 Bridge. Trollers are scoring from the surface to 20 feet in depth with small spoons in either a combination of bright-colored or shad patterns on a long setback of 150-200 feet behind the boat. Catfishing has been fair, and Lietchy added, “We have had reports from quite a few anglers hooking into some quality catfish as they generally move into deep water near rockpiles and ledges. A large ball of crawlers is hard to beat, particularly when heavily scented.” The concrete ramp at Glory Hole Point is open with two lanes and a dock, but the Tuttletown Launch Ramp remains closed. The lake rose 2.5 feet to 870.72 in elevation and 24% capacity.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Kokanee * Bass** Trout ** King salmon * Catfish ** Crappie **
Pine Flat was the host for the 36-boat Best Bass Tournament over the past weekend, and the steady rain and high winds contributed to an overall tough bite throughout the day. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The bass action has gotten progressively tougher as the lake is experiencing heavy pressure with a tournament or two occurring nearly every weekend as it is the ‘only game in town’ down here. Where boats were coming in with 20-30 keepers a few weeks back, they are working hard for 6-7 fish over 13 inches within the past week with over 30 boats prefishing during the week.” The best bite continued to be on the bottom with shad-patterned plastics at depths from 25-50 feet. Kevin Cheek, tournament director for the Best Bass Tournaments, confirmed the tough bite, but the winning limit was nearly 13 pounds. He said, “The wind and rain made it difficult, but the top three places were taken by working depths between 25-30 feet over drop-offs with jigs. A few tried to throw swimbaits in search of large fish, but the only strikes occurred on the smaller swimbaits.” The lake rose over 2 feet this week to 734.04 in elevation and 14% capacity. In the lower Kings River, a trophy trout plant will occur in the coming weeks in the catch-and-release section and plants of catchables will continue throughout the lower river. Various colors of Power Bait or nightcrawlers have been effective in the low flows, and fly fishermen are targeting the rainbows in the catch-and-release section with nymphs. There are special regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam. The season is open from the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 from Pine Flat Dam downstream to U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road with a five-fish limit. The Army Corps of Engineers bridge is the first one west of the dam.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626; The I Forgot Store 787-3689
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper ** Catfish ** Bass ** Crappie*
The main reservoir continued to rise rapidly at a pace of nearly 1 foot per day and is currently at 56% capacity. Roger George of Roger’s Guide Service out of Fresno, one of the only guides working the lake, reported, “Since the water is continuing to rise quickly, the fish are moving around to different structure as they try and settle into a pattern. A few experienced anglers are doing well, but they are finding active schools of fish in unusual areas. The overall bite should pick up again this week with the passing of the storm and warming weather again.” The major change arrived over the weekend in the form of heavy rainfall and wind, limiting the number of boats on the water. Said George: “I’ve had one report of some good reaction fishing, as well as several poor minnow fishing reports from good anglers this week just before the storm hit. Covering lots of ground over productive new structure seems to be the best strategy in the 52-degree water.” Chris Chung of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said, “Jumbo minnows on the bottom are still working, but most of the fish are in the 18- to 24-inch range.” In the O’Neill Forebay, Chung reported decent largemouth action in the 1- to 2-pound range with jigs or drop-shot plastics. Undersized stripers have been landed on Lucky Craft Pointer 100’s or lipless crankbaits.
Call: Coyote Bait andTackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass ** Trout *** Kokanee *
Richard Walter reported the bite broke out, after he and two friend had several recent trips for trout that produced more than 20 fish a trip using a dodger in front of a single hook with a half worm. They also used lead-core line and a dodger in front of a needlefish tipped with a half worm for good results. They did their best on the north shore just east of the eagles nest near the cove opposite Millers Landing. The water temperature is in the high 40s in the main lake and will rise to 52 in the cuts. The best bass action is on drop-shot plastics, jigs, Texas-rigged plastics, ripbaits or small swimbaits at depths from 15-20 feet. Trout fishing continued to improve with Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler or blade/crawler combinations. The lake has risen to the point where a larger boat can be launched from the public dock. The lake rose to 50% capacity.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748
Brown trout ** Trout **
The Kaiser Pass Lakes are done for the winter with the exception of snowmobile trips planned for early spring. At Mammoth Pool, few fishermen are taking the long drive to the lake, but trout fishing continues to be decent from the shore with Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Mammoth Pool rose slightly to 17%, with Edison at 4% and Florence 7%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee * Trout **
The weekend featured wind and rain, and only a few boats ventured out. Prior to the storms, a limit of rainbows per boat was the general result, with the best action for trollers taking place at depths from 20-25 feet near Black Rock, the Fishermen’s Club, or the island with beaded spinners in chartreuse, orange, ruby red, or yellow. Nichols said, “The action experienced a slowdown during February last year before rebounding in March.” The lake is 14% lower than this period last season, and it is currently at 48%. Shore fishing remained slow from the normal locations. Kokanee expert and tackle maker Captain Jack Yandell and veteran Shaver fishing guide Dick Nichols will be featured at Herb Bauer’s Shaver Lake fishing seminar at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Herb Bauer store on Blackstone just north of Bullard. Last year’s statistics, this year’s best tips on where they are, what to use and the overall 2015 report on Shaver will be featured. The upcoming trophy trout plant also will be discussed. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will be introducing a hybrid strain of rainbows 3-8 pounds this spring. Donations to help offset the program’s increased costs are tax deductible. Send checks to SLTTP, P.O. Box 908, Shaver Lake 93664. There were no reports at Huntington, which also rose slightly to 31%.
Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
Access to both lakes is over for the winter with the closure of the gate at Dinkey Creek. The trout will now hold over until the road reopens in late spring.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Inclement weather placed the combination sand dab/Dungeness crab trips on hold during the month’s first weekend. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat is the only party boat running the combination trips out of Pillar Point Harbor, and he said, “We will resume our trips once the weather is more cooperative.” He will be running combination trips, crab-only trips, whale watching trips, and rockfish research trips for the next few months prior to the anticipated salmon opener in April. The 11th annual Sand Crab Surf Perch Derby will be held out of Santa Cruz on March 14, but anglers can venture far up the coastline in search of surf perch during the event. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Monterey Bay Salmon and Steelhead Project. Information is available at theletsgofishingradioshow.com. Many of the participants head up the San Mateo County coast in their quest for a huge barred surf perch. Jack Harrison of Fish the Rip reported, “Red-tail surfperch, barred surfperch, walleye, and the occasional schoolie striper have been on my catch list of late. The swell has been too big to fish most days, and the long-range forecast is looking grim — showing 8- to 10-foot surf on our local beaches for the rest of the month. The fish are there, the structure is great (and improving with every swell). Fishing the surf with these large swells can be rewarding for the anglers that have no problems casting long distances and wading aggressively.”
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Landing in Monterey reported light rains of less than a half-inch fell in Monterey, while a heavier storm pounded the Big Sur coastline to the south and also north in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They went out Saturday for 12 limits of Dungeness crab and loads of sand dabs. On Thursday, they had a small group seeking mackerel and smashed it along with plenty of sand dabs and limits of Dungeness crab for eight anglers. Out of Santa Cruz, surf perch action is heating up, just in time for the Sand Crab Perch Derby.
Call: Chris’ Landing(831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut * Striper ** Leopard shark ** Sturgeon ***
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “Few fishermen were out over the past weekend with the constant wind and rain, but this week’s weather looks much better. The tides are starting to get good around Thursday and are excellent for sturgeon over the coming weekend.” Fraser prefers the large outgoing tides for sturgeon fishing in San Pablo Bay. With the inflow coming down from the Sacramento River, the sturgeon should be on the move up the river and back into San Pablo Bay after spending the past month dining on the abundant herring spawns that have occurred in the central bay. Fraser’s sixth edition of “Guide to Sturgeon Fishing” is available in many area bait shops or via mail. Get it for $7, plus $2 for shipping, from Loch Lomond Live Bait, Loch Lomond Marina, San Rafael 94901.
San Luis Obispo
Perch fishing continued to be outstanding from the San Luis Obispo County beaches, with Chris and Katie Oneida, owners of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store, finding great action near Morro Rock for both barred perch and jack smelt with 2-inch motor oil grubs or Berkley Gulp San Worms. The San Luis Obispo County ports are limited to sand dab/crab, whale watching, or nature cruises until the April salmon opener. Patriot Sport Fishing out of Port San Luis will be offering sand dab/crab combination trips on Wednesdays and Saturdays for $60.00 adults and $50.00 children 12 and under. They are selling season passes for the 2015 rockfish season for $1000.00. Whale watching and nature cruises will be held out of both Morro Bay Landing and Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay for the next several months. Virg’s Landing is planning a two-day trip on the Black Pearl for February 2nd through March 2nd for the open rockfish season and bonus white sea bass for $355.00/angler – food included.
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 *** Striper *** Sturgeon *** Catfish ** Bluegill ***
Heavy wind and rain limited action on the Sacramento River during the past weekend, and a wall of muddy water will reach the upper Delta within a few days. Alan Fong of the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento said, “Sturgeon fishing remained solid in the north Delta sloughs of Cache, Prospect, and Liberty with lamprey eel, and our sturgeon fishermen have been waiting for this rain as more and more sturgeon will now push up the river.” Rio Vista Bait and Tackle reported solid sturgeon fishing near the Ryer Island Ferry into the upper river in Cache Slough. Stripers to 15 pounds are showing up, even from the Rio Vista shoreline. A 57-inch sturgeon was landed from the banks along River Road north of town. Prior to the weekend’s storms, Clyde Wand, shallow trolling expert, said, “It’s trolling time.” He found a clearer pocket of water on the outgoing tide on during the week without hyacinth, and they landed stripers to 8 pounds along with dropping another large fish. Farther downstream, James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported a 32-pound striped bass was caught and kept near Roe/Ryer Islands on a bullhead while the weekend was limited to few boats with the high winds. Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing stated, “The fish have been very active, biting on both tides, and we have been working in both Suisun Bay and in the sloughs.” Steve Talmadge of Flash Sport Fishing out of Martinez said, “We have been experiencing some very good sturgeon fishing, but the trick is to wait for the correct time. The last three hours of the incoming tide have been the most productive, and we landed nine sturgeon in a short period of time as the bite went off. I was able to get in on the action with a 78-inch sturgeon released on my new custom rod presented during the Catch and Release Derby. Our best action has been in the deep water near the Benicia/Martinez Bridge with lamprey eel using a custom leader by Steve Gutierrez.” Largemouth bass fishing has improved considerably in the sloughs and the main river of the San Joaquin, leading Fong to state, “The bass bite turned on in the Delta as it took limits between 24 and 26 pounds for the top three places out of B and W Resort over the weekend. I went during the week and landed largemouths to 7 pounds with several other quality fish using black jigs or Senkos. The San Joaquin River is good, but there is a lot of dead and live hyacinth out there. It was difficult to fish a jig due to the debris, so I switched over to a Brush Hog for a smaller profile bait, but the fish will eat anything if you let it sit there and wait for them to run off with it.” Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, was on the Delta on during the week, and he thought there might be a reaction bite in the 52- to 53-degree water. He found out quickly that the reaction bite was not present, so he “knuckled down” and switched to using 8-pound test with the Flat Dog in copper/blue flake or black/blue in order to find success. They landed 20-plus bass, missing a similar number of fish. He said, “The key is keeping the bait in the strike zone, keep it there, don’t move it, but you can rock it.” The darker colors of baits are working in the slightly off-color water, and if the lighter line is difficult, Pringle advised using 17-pound test on a flipping stick.” Jim Pickens of the Fishermen’s Friend in Lodi confirmed the improved striped bass action in the San Joaquin, stating, “Striper fishing has taken off on the San Joaquin from Eddo’s up through Santa Clara and San Andreas to the Mokelumne River. There is still an issue with the water hyacinth and debris, but both the San Joaquin and Mokelumne are fishable. Black bass anglers are working Franks Tract, the Duck Pond and numerous sloughs like Disappointment, Fourteen Mile and White.” In the south Delta, Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service reported, “Delta fishing is really improving as good fishing is happening throughout the Delta and just not in select locations. Unprecedented weather conditions are pushing the water temps up to the mid-50-degree range, which is generating increased feeding activity.”
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger – Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass** White bass ** Striper** Catfish** Crappie**
Upcoming tournaments at the coastal lakes will be confined to Lopez or Nacimiento because of low water conditions at San Antonio and Santa Margarita. Lopez was host to the second Best Bass Tournament of the year on a rainy Sunday, and the fish moved into the shallows in response to the weather. Big limits in excess of 21 pounds including a 9.10-pound largemouth were brought to the scales, with jigs or weightless worms such as a Berkley Back Slide at depths from 80 feet to as shallow as 5 feet in use. At Nacimiento, the Heritage Launch has reopened. Small limits of spotted bass continued to be the rule with shad-patterned plastics on a shaky head in deep water working best. Santa Margarita is open for rental boats. The marina store is open again seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Quagga mussel inspections are required before launching.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Angler’s Choice at Delta/B and W Resort on Feb. 7: 1, Bub Tosh/Russell Herring 25.27 pounds; 2, Brent Potter/Michael Farmer 24.39; 3, Timothy Venkus/Rodney Brown 24.12 (big fish 9.77)
Bass 100 Plus at New Melones on Feb. 7: 1, Alex/Niapas/Jerry Harvey 29.93 pounds (big fish 15.73); 2, Colin and Jace Dugough 17.37
Kerman Bass Club at Don Pedro on Feb. 7: 1, John Albidrez 9.31 pounds; 2, George Espino 9.29; 3, Justin Horton 8.51. Big fish — Ron Orbaker 5.50.
Best Bass Tournaments at Pine Flat on Feb. 7: 1, Dean Miller/Darrel Masterson Jr. 12.86 pounds (big fish 3.86); 2, Rod Burns/Denny Bowlin 11.20; 3, Pete Rodriguez/Carlos Araiza 10.53
Best Bass Tournaments at Lopez on Feb. 8: 1, Danny Conatser/Don Dostal -21.51 – pounds (Big Fish – 7.28); 2nd –Charlie and Dan Barrios– 19.30; 3rd- James Keeney/Tom Ryan– 18.51.
Saturday:Best Bass Tournaments at New Melones; American Bass Association at Nacimiento
Sunday: Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd’s Marina
Feb. 21: Delta Bass Club at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Angler’s Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Delta Bass Busters at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; Glory Hole Sporting Goods at New Melones; Manteca Bassin’ Buddies at Tulloch; Kerman Bass Club at Don Pedro; Sierra Bass Club at Pine Flat; Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah; Kern County Bassmasters/Tri-Valley Bass Club at Nacimiento
Feb. 22: Tracy Bass Club at Delta /Tracy Oasis; California Bass Federation at New Melones; Fresno Bass Club at Don Pedro; Kings VIII Bass Club/101 Bass at Pine Flat; Success Bass Club at Kaweah
Feb. 26: Captain Jack Yandell and Dick Nichol’s of Dick’s Fishing Charters on “Shaver Lake Techniques,” 6 p.m. at Herb Bauer’s Sporting Goods in Fresno
Feb. 28: Christian Bass League at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; NorCal Trout Angler’s Challenge at New Melones, www.anglerspress.com; Angler’s Choice at Don Pedro; Bakersfield Bass Club at Pine Flat; American Bass Association at Kaweah; 101 Bass at Lopez
March 1: California Bass Federation at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; California Bass Federation at Don Pedro
March 14: 11th annual Sand Crab Classic Surf Perch Derby, weigh-in at Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz, www.theletsgofishingradioshow.com
Fresno County: Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam
Kern County: Kern River, sections 1-5;
Madera County: Hensley Lake; Manzanita Lake; Bass Lake; Corrine Lake
Tulare County: Kern River, sections 5-6; Del Lago Park Lake
Tuolumne County: Don Pedro Reservoir; New Melones Reservoir; Tulloch Lake