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 sturgeon striper and bass action is good, Jay Lopes reported. California Aqueduct is still kicking out stripers, Meng Xiong said. Shaver trout are cold but eager, Dick Nichols reported. New Melones bass bite continues, John Liechty said. Millerton spotted bass bite is good, Merritt Gilbert reported.
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4-Fish jumpin’ in boat
Delta Mendota Canal
The California Aqueduct has slowed a bit, but Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said most local striper anglers are heading to the aqueduct in the stretch from Manning Avenue to Kettleman City. There is a concern over the amount of trash left along the aqueduct in a number of locations, and all are requested to assist by packing out all of their trash. Meng Xyong of the FishAholics out of Fresno reported the aqueduct has gone awry: “In the past week, we’ve seen two lineside striped bass pulled out of the aqueduct in the 40-inch range. A 42-incher by Teng Her of Fresno and a 26.5-pound striper by Earnie Devis of Bakersfield. To top it off, two DFW officers were present to confirm a 17-inch steelhead caught by Legend Yang of Fresno as he pulled the fish out from the same water system. Not sure if it’s El Nino at work, but anglers who aren’t catching linesides or uncommon game fish are still having good results with lures such as SpeedLures, Duo Realis or Lucky Craft ripbaits. The bite has slowed down as the fish adjust to the changing weather system. Stripers in the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay are relating deeper in the water column, so I would assume fish in the aqueduct system are doing the same as well. Anglers fishing in the north ducts are having more success with artificial lures. Anglers fishing the central and south ducts have better luck using baits. There seems to be more interest in the Delta-Mendota Canal as water is being pumped into the system. Anglers are having success fishing the headgates with water stirring up the bottom. Many irrigation pipes along the waterway are pumping into the system as well making for great locations to find fish.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield confirmed the big fish landed by Devis on a BBZ 1 Swimbait, and he caught the fish near the confluence of Highway 166 and Old River. Stripers to 8 pounds and largemouth bass to 7 pounds have also been landed on topwater lures in the same areas. There are closed sections of the aqueduct due to vandalism and theft of equipment from the companies working on maintenance of the head gates. Catfish action has been slow.
Bass 2 Trout 1 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2
The bass bite has been very slow as the lake has been plagued by an algae bloom on the surface. Fresno-area fishermen are heading north to McClure or Don Pedro in search of more fertile grounds. The catfish action has slowed with the colder temperatures with the occasional whiskerfish taken on anchovies, mackerel or stink baits. The lake is at 466.63 feet in elevation and 7 percent capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 3 Trout 1 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2
Float tubers are finding good action for bass using finesse techniques of drop-shotting or dart-heading in the deeper portions of the lake. The lake is limited to kayaks, canoes, float tubes or walking the banks although the water level has risen slightly. The lake is very low at 5 percent capacity and 447.29 feet in elevation, and the boat launch remains closed..
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 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 1 King salmon 2 Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported Fresno-area fishermen are heading up to the lake in search of more fertile grounds, and they have been rewarded with a decent bite for numbers of small bass with jigs, plastics on the drop-shot or spoons. Harold Hass of Fresno Bass Club reported fair fishing during Sunday’s club Tournament of Champions with the best action on plastics at depths from 20 to 50 feet with limited action on spinnerbaits or vertical jigs. Ron Red won the year-end tournament with a quality mixed limit of largemouth and spotted bass. The fish are into a wintertime mode, migrating into deep water. Finesse techniques and a slow presentation are necessary. No trout reports although the lake should have turned over with the recent cold spell. The lake rose to 675.05 feet in elevation and 32 percent 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
Bass 2 Trout 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 3 Bluegill 2
At Lake Isabella, catfishing is starting to perk up with Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reporting Clyde Eddington of Bakersfield landed catfish at 11 and 12 pounds along with a number of smaller fish using store-purchased Atlantic salmon at Engineer’s Point. Crappie are limited to a few slabs found inside of the marinas. Only a few bass fishermen are heading to the lake due to low water conditions. The launch ramp is on the dirt, and a four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to put a boat into the lake. The lake dropped slightly to 2,522.48 feet in elevation and 5 percent capacity. Rutledge added there have been some largemouth bass found in the lower Kern River with live minnows. The upper river was last planted in July. Fishermen are heading to Buena Vista in search of crappie with small to medium minnows, and it is the only local lake planting trout currently.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 3 Crappie 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “We have had a number of fishermen head south to Kaweah within the past two weeks, and they are throwing ice jigs from the shorelines for numbers of small bass. There hasn’t been anything huge, but the numbers are good.” With the cooler temperatures, catfish action has slowed. The lake rose 1.5 feet to 603.35 feet in elevation and 13 percent capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville said there has been less interest in bass fishing this week; however, a few anglers are still hooking the occasional bass using deep-diving crankbaits. The bite has slowed due to cooler water temperatures with the best fishing in the middle of the day as the water warms up slightly. Jigs and spinnerbaits are also picking up a few bass. The lake rose to 579.56 feet in elevation and 5 percent capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke said bigger native trout can be taken on Panther Martins, nightcrawlers, or meal worms with the best fly fishing action in mid day on dry flies, especially caddis patterns with an Ono bead head dropper.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3 Trout 2 King salmon 1 Kokanee 1 Crappie 1 Catfish 2
Merritt Gilbert said Fresno-area fishermen are heading to McClure tolaunch float tubes from the shoreline for the abundant small spotted bass with plastics on the drop-shot or dart-head. Terry Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling added a few catfish have been landed from the banks on live crawdads. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 587.05 feet in elevation and 6 percent capacity. The North Ramp at Barrett Cove may be used at boater’s risks by hand-launched craft, such as kayaks and canoes. The Barrett Cove South Ramp, as well as Lake McClure ramps at Bagby, Horseshoe Bend and McClure Point remain closed.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
There is minimal change at the lake, but there are reports of trout plants in the near future. As many catfish and bass are taken as holdover rainbows as the warm water species have washed down from upstream Lake McClure. The Lake McSwain Marina and launch ramp remain open, but the store is closed Monday through Wednesday. Campfires are once again allowed at McSwain’s campgrounds. The Merced River is closed to fishing until Jan. 1 between the Crocker-Huffman Bridge to G Street in Snelling due to warm water conditions.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
San Joaquin River
Bass 3 Striper 2 Shad 1 Bluegill 2 Trout 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said there is a good bite for spotted bass from 1.25 to 2 pounds from the banks to 40 feet in depths with plastics on the drop-shot or vertical jigs at depths to 50 feet. The fish are moving into the shallows in the afternoons on occasion, and they are susceptible to spinnerbaits or crankbaits during these periods. A 17-pound striped bass was landed on the Madera side by Yoshi Yang of Fresno on a white ice fluke on a one-fourth-ounce jig head. The lake held at 480.38 feet in elevation and 31 percent capacity.There are only a few anglers working the lower San Joaquin, and Sycamore Island has closed for the winter before reopening on Feb. 1. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge only two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead are allowed with a total of four hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead in possession. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin must be released immediately.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
Bass 3 Crappie 2 Catfish 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 1
At New Melones, bass fishing continues to take center stage with more and more boats launching into the lake in search of the abundant spotted bass. John Liechty of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said the water level has remained stable for the last few weeks, and it looks like it is rising slowly. The fish are holding at depths from 35 to 50 feet in the 56-degree water, and they are all healthy from feeding through the fall months. The most important aspect is to slow way down and work the bottom with shad-patterned plastics on the shakey head or with jigs. Few trout fishermen are targeting the lake. A few bank fishermen are working the areas around Glory Hole Point and the Highway 49 Bridge as access to deep water is necessary. Normally at this time of year, the rainbows traditionally move into the shallows. Catfish action has slowed with the colder temperatures, and the crappie bite has never started to perk up, although an occasional large slabside has been landed. The launch ramp at Glory Hole Point is on packed gravel with no courtesy dock. A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to launch. The lake rose to 798.97 feet in elevation and 11 percent capacity. Tulloch dropped to 498.51 feet in elevation and 80 percent 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/
Kokanee 0 Bass 2 Trout 2 King salmon 1 Catfish 2 Crappie 2
The bass action continues to be extremely slow, and experienced fishermen pre-fishing for upcoming tournaments are having difficulty picking up more than a few bass per rod. The fish are not holding on any pattern, and they can be found either in the shallows or deep water. The swimbait bite should be improving as the water continues to cool down. The majority of bass are small. Bass 101 will be holding a New Year’s Day tournament on Jan. 1, and anglers are expected to be pre-fishing for the event over the coming weeks. Trout fishing remains very slow with few fishermen even attempting. The lake rose to 730.38 feet in elevation and 13 percent capacity.
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 3 Catfish 2 Bass 1 Crappie 1
San Luis Reservoir, the O’Neill Forebay and the California Aqueduct are all solid options for striped bass with the largest of the species coming out of the main lake on either jumbo minnows or lures on the downrigger. Roger George of Roger’s Guide Service took old fishing friends Bret and Garrett Phillips of Fresno out on Saturday, and Garrett bested his previous personal best of 16 pounds with a beefy 28-plus pounder caught and released in front of the Trash Racks on a large plug on the downrigger. George said, “Garrett thought he had hooked the bottom, but the bottom started moving. We landed over a dozen more fish to 24 inches in the cooling 56-57 degree water. There are a lot of suspended fish telling me they’re adjusting now.” Jason Coslovich of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported the most consistent action is with jumbo minnows at depths from 20 feet in the mornings, dropping to 60 feet later in the day, but Lucky Craft Pointer 100’s, Crystal Minnows, and P-Line Predator Minnows are also effective at similar depths on downriggers. In the O’Neill Forebay, Coslovich reported good action for trollers pulling similar lures in the middle of the lake while float tubers are casting 4-inch paddletail swimbaits or jerkbaits. There is also a topwater bite as the stripers rise to the surface in the middle of the lake with anglers biding their time between boils by dropping spoons. The main lake dropped to 19 percent capacity.
Call: Coyote Bait andTackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 1
There is minimal, if any, change at the lake with only a few boats willing to launch in the low water conditions. The lake hasn’t risen for the past several weeks despite the inflow. Bass fishing is limited to three to four fish with as many largemouth bass as spotted bass to 1.5 pounds. Shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig and jigs are the top lures while the swimbait bite should pick up as the water continues to cool. No trout reports. The Sheriff’s Motor Fee is no longer in effect. The lake held at 47 percent capacity.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748
Brown trout 2 Trout 2
The high country along Kaiser Pass continues to receive snow, and access to the area is limited. The lakes are still very low with Edison at 4 percent and Florence at 6 percent capacity. The lower elevation Mammoth Pool held this week at 17 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Kokanee 1 Trout 3
The overall cold weather has limited the number of boats heading to Shaver Lake, but the few hardy trollers are still finding action due to heavy plants during the summertime from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters has ceased operations for the season, but he reported boats are working the island, Eagle Point and Black Rock for one to two limits per boats at depths from the surface to 15 feet with blade/crawler combinations. “It can be a hit-or-miss bite depending upon where you are fishing, and I suggest Stevenson Bay as a good area for this time of year as the yearling fish congregate in this area of the lake,” he said. Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters said, “Fishing is still good for the few trollers on the lake working from the marina to the island at depths from the surface to 20 feet with blade/crawler combinations on a setback of 75 behind the boat on monofilament line or at three colors of lead core.” Shore fishing remained hit or miss with the best action near Roads 1 and 2 or the Sierra Marina with fishermen landing only a fish or two using trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers. Anglers are advised to bring chains for their vehicles as highway conditions could change rapidly. The launch ramp at the Sierra Marina is expected to remain open throughout the winter months with the lake still at 56 percent capacity. The next meeting of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project is on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Edison’s Tiffany Pines Room. The public is invited. The 2015 Herb Bauer’s/Shaver Lake Visitor Bureau’s annual Shaver Lake derby ends Dec. 31. The winner will be announced in the first Bee fishing report in January. There is still time to get out there and beat the 10-pound, 13-ounce rainbow caught in the spring. Herb Bauer’s is donating a $200 gift certificate to the winner, among other items. At Huntington, snow has fallen in the area, and few fishermen have been willing to work the banks in the snow. There have been no reports from the secretive brown trout fishermen. Shaver has dropped slightly to 55 percent capacity and Huntington at 46 percent.
Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Fish Box Charters 871-3937
The road to both lakes has closed for the season at Dinkey Creek. The rainbows will be holding over until the road opens once again during the springtime.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3 Striper 2
The Huli Cat went out Saturday to target rockfish south of the harbor at Martin’s Beach, and second Captain Michael Cabanas found biting school fish despite the big swell left over from the storms. There were a few ling cod landed, but nothing of any sizable proportions. This week’s storms should limit the ability to make it to the rockfish grounds. Despite recent optimism, the Dungeness crab season remains closed due to high levels of domoic acid in most samples from the coast north of Point Reyes and out of San Francisco Bay.
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
Rockfish 4 Striper 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing reported continued outstanding ling cod action with the Star of Monterey staying local Sunday due to several no-shows. They didn’t have enough to head south to Point Sur, so they “settled” for 48 ling cod for 16 limits within the first hour along with 96 rockfish. The Check Mate put in 14 limits of lings along with half-limits of rockfish. For surf perch, Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing said feeding perch can usually be found in deeper pockets or troughs near sand bars.
Call: Chris’ Landing(831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2 Striper 2 Rockfish 3 Sturgeon 3
It was rough, rough, and rough outside the Gate on Saturday, and the boats stayed tied up on Sunday due to miserable ocean conditions. The California Dawn went up to Point Reyes on Saturday for 200 rockfish along with 53 ling cod for 23 anglers. They avoided the worst of the southeast winds by hugging the coastline. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael is gearing up for the Final, Final, Did I say Final, Sturgeon Seminar at the Marin Rod and Gun Club on Jan. 16, but he was ecstatic to report the sturgeon have shown up in San Pablo Bay with skiffs reporting scores from one to three legal sturgeon with most of the diamondbacks released fishing on the anchor in the China Camp to Pumphouse area. He added, “There were only a few bass over the weekend, but the fishing has been pretty darn good so far.” Tickets are on sale for the “Sturgeon Fishing In Bay Area Waters” seminar on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:15 p.m. at San Rafael’s Marin Rod and Gun Club. Sturgeon guru Keith Fraser will give valuable tips on how you can improve your angling success when you fish for the elusive diamondbacks. Fraser will give his list of the 10 dumbest things a sturgeon angler can do. Chef Mike McNair will clean a sturgeon and reveal his cooking secrets. Tickets may be obtained by sending a check for $7 each and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Loch Lomond Bait, 110 Loch Lomond Dr., San Rafael, CA 94901. This 38th seminar will be the final, final seminar and will feature the largest discount prices ever. It is highly recommended that you get tickets in advance.
San Luis Obispo
Rock fish 3
A big swell is expected for the remainder of the week, and The John Rowley Ling Cod Tournament out of Virg’s Landing on Saturday along with a Papa’s Jigs tournament on Friday is in jeopardy due to the power of the incoming storm. When boats are able to head out of both ports, rockfishnig remains very good. At Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, the final ling cod contest of the season ends on Dec. 31, and Abdul Samaan currently leads the overall competition for $1,000.00 with a 23-pounder.
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 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 3 Salmon 2
The sturgeon bite took off over the weekend with some great action from the Sacramento Deep Water Channel west to Suisun Bay. Salmon are still moving through the system, and a number of bright fish have been taken by hard-core fishermen below the Freeport Bridge. Striped bass remain consistent with some good days for plug casters, live bait drifters and trollers. Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing had a great day out of Pittsburg on Sunday with four slot-limit sturgeon ranging from 41 to 49 inches, keeping only three of the legal fish. He said, “The water temperature has risen slightly, and I have switched from salmon roe to lamprey eel as a result.” Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley reported a solid sturgeon bite on the Sacramento River around Chain Island, Collinsville, Broad Slough, the Pittsburg PGE Plant, and down to the Mothball Fleet with lamprey eel or salmon roe. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing has been alternating between striper and sturgeon trips, and he confirmed the winter time finesse bite for stripers with slower action in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel and around Liberty Island at the end of the week. He said, “The bite was tough overall, and we had to work all day for four limits out of the 11 keepers that we caught drifting live mudsuckers.” Mark Wilson, striper trolling expert, switched over to bait fishing for linesides within the past week, and he reported slower action for legal fish to 6 pounds along with many shakers soaking shad in Broad Slough and Montezuma Slough. Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, found better action on Friday working the Collinsville area for quality stripers from 6 to 9 pounds on deep-diving P-Line Predators or Yozuri Crystal Minnows in firetiger. He said, “All but two of our fish came deep, and the two in the shallows came on either a Savage Lure or a Rat-L-Trap.” Further upriver, Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported good action for striped bass near Liberty Island and Prospect Slough with large glidebaits. There are still salmon moving through and both Fong and Johnny Tran of Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport confirmed the action. Tran said, “A few diehard salmon fishermen are still out there jigging, and there continue to be bright fish brought to the shop.” Sturgeon fishing has been best in the Hood and Courtland areas with eel/nightcrawler or eel/pile worm combinations along with diamondbacks in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel, Cache Slough, Prospect Slough and the Sherman Island Power Lines. The metropolitan Stockton area launch ramps are closed with the exception of Paradise Point off of Eight Mile Road. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, was able to find 50 fish days for striped bass in the San Joaquin within the past week by spooning with P-Line Laser Minnows or tossing Optima’s Double AA or Bubba Shad swimbaits in chartreuse tail or shad-patterns. He said, “The bite slowed down at the beginning of this week, and the stripers are not jumping into the boat as you have to hunt around for them. We have been on search mode, finding schools of fish one day, but they are gone the next as the fish are moving. If you see seagulls or terns on the San Joaquin River, it is a clear sign that something is happening.” For largemouth bass, Pringle has been tossing the ima Flit ripbaits in shad patterns with a bit of flash in the clear water on 12-pound test Trilene fluorocarbon line. He added, “The best technique is a dead-stick presentation at depths from 5 to 8 feet in depth.” The Havoc Flat Dog is also working on a Zappu head for largemouth bass. Alan Fong of the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported good action for largemouth bass with small swimbaits on an umbrella rig. Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service reported on Lost Coast Outfitters, “The Delta waters are cold, but the action is very good, especially for double-digit stripers. Water temps are right at 50 degrees, and the stripers are feasting on threadfin shad.” Maintenance at the Three Mile Slough Bridge on Highway 160 has the bridge down to one-lane until July, and there are traffic backups of up to five miles from the bridge to the base of the Antioch Bridge. The construction is going on 24 hours per day, so visitors to the Delta need to plan for extra time for the delay. The Delta Cross Channel Gates has been opening and closing on a regular basis. They may be closed on short notice for fishery protection. Information on the current status of the gates is available at the Army Corps of Engineers Central Valley Operations office at (916) 979-2194 or (916) 979-2683.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger – Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Bass 2 White bass 2 Striper 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2
Nacimiento and Lopez remain the only coastal lakes where boats can be launched from a ramp. At Nacimiento, there has been little change with fair action for spotted bass with plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig along with various reaction baits. White bass remains slow. The launch ramp at Lopez is anticipated to remain open for the remainder of the season as the lake is holding at 33 percent capacity. The bass bite is variable with no specific pattern for the fish. Most fishermen are using finesse techniques of plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig along with weightless Senkos. Panfish can be found in the shallows around structure with wax worms or red worms. Santa Margarita is less than 15 percent capacity, but the marina store is open for supplies and rental vessels. Cold water temperatures have limited action. San Antonio remains closed due to extremely low water levels.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
- American Bass Association at Delta/Russo’s Marina on Dec. 5: 1, Clint Groenwald/Obedie Williams, 23.14 pounds; 2, Jason Cordiale/Ken Phillips, 21.51 (Big Fish, 7.17); 3, Brent Potter/Michael Farmer, 18.32.
- Kerman Bass Club at Millerton Lake on Dec. 5: 1, Vince Garcia – 9.10 pounds (Big Fish, 5.60); 2, John Albidrez, 8.57; 3, Butch Farmer, 8.55.
- Fresno Bass Club Tournament of Champions at Lake Don Pedro on Dec. 6: 1, Ron Red, 9.65 pounds; 2, Walt Austin, 8:73 (Big Fish, 2.50); 3, Joe Alanis, 8.48.
- Dec. 12-13: Sierra Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Dec. 13: Kings VIII Bass Club at Pine Flat; Hook, Line, and Sinker at Delta/Russo’s Marina
- Jan. 16: Final, Final Sturgeon Seminar by Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle, 7:15 p.m. at Marin Rod and Gun Club in San Rafael, (415) 456-0321
n = new moon > = peak activity