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.
San Luis Forebay stripers eager, Merritt Gilbert said. Delta Mendota still kicking out stripers, Meng Xyong reported. Pismo surf perch fishing continues, Dave Hurley said. San Francisco stripers back on bite, Keith Fraser reported. Delta bass fishing “en fuego,” Randy Pringle said.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 3; Catfish 3
In the California Aqueduct, Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics reported, “Anglers soaking bait continue to catch fish near checkgates. Water flow is high in some areas making it hard to keep the bait in one spot. Fishermen throwing lures such as SpeedLures, Duo Realis or LuckCraft Pointers are also catching quality fish. The wind was a factor for some north ’duct anglers. Casting with the wind can help when using lures. Some anglers are having success using flukes jigged on the bottom. The water clarity is improving in some areas.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait reported fishermen are still picking up around 20 striped bass per trip, but most are undersized. The aqueduct is still mossy, but it is starting to dissipate slightly. Catfishing is a good option, and Bob’s has Sonny’s Dip Bait back in stock. Gary Perkins of Bakersfield remains the leader in the July Catfish Derby with a 22-pounder landed in the aqueduct. The tournament ends this weekend, and their annual carp derby will take place in August. Catfishing is best with garlic shrimp, nightcrawlers or stink baits.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The lake continues to drop, and the afternoon bite is best for the occasional largemouth bass to 4 pounds for those walking the dam with plastics, Brush Hogs, or jigs. Catfish are taken on mackerel, chicken livers, or sardines at night. Bluegill and crappie are slow.” The lake dropped nearly 4 feet this week to 19 percent capacity and 493.01 in elevation. The northeastern portion of the lake behind the buoy line is closed to all water recreation until Aug. 1 to protect nesting bald eagles.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Few fishermen are heading to Hensley with continued slow action for largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish or crappie.” The lake is expected to drop precipitously in the coming weeks to less than 10 percent capacity. The lake is at 31 percent this week, dropping 5 feet to 489.63 in elevation.
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 2; King salmon 2; Crappie 1
The kokanee bite has slowed considerably, leaving rainbow trout and king salmon to provide the best options for success. The king salmon are holding in the deepest parts of the lake for anchovies or shad on a harness rig. For bass, according to Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford, “Topwater lures such as the River2Sea Whopper Plopper or Rover are working in the early morning with spinnerbaits a good option in the wind. The fish move out into 35-40 feet in depth by midmorning, and plastics on the drop-shot such as Robo Worm’s Aaron’s Magic or Pro Worms Purple Death 124p are the best options.” All three launch ramps are open with the lake dropping more than 2 feet to 73 percent capacity and 782.92 feet in elevation.
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 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2
Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Catfish are the top species as the bass bite has been really slow. The winning weight in a recent tournament was only 7 pounds. Sonny’s Dip Bait, mackerel, and frozen clams are the best baits for the whiskerfish.” Crappie action is fair at best. The lake dropped slightly to 2,556.43 feet in elevation and 26 percent capacity. Because of warm water temperatures at the Kern Hatchery, the remaining trout have been released into the upper Kern River. Rutledge said, “These trout are 2 pounds or larger, and salmon eggs, live crickets, Roostertails, Kastmasters or nightcrawlers are all working.” In the lower Kern River, below the dam, the water level is low, and plastics or jigs are working for smallmouth and largemouth bass. With the triple-digit heat, fewer anglers are out during the day. Buena Vista is best for catfish and the occasional bass or bluegill. Fishing at the local lakes is limited to bluegill or the occasional largemouth bass.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
The lake is still dropping like a rock, receding more than 2 feet per day for the past week to 620.44 in elevation and 35 percent capacity. The bass are suspended off the shoreline and in deeper water as the level falls. Overall action is slow, but plastics on the drop-shot at depths from 20-35 feet are working for largemouths to 3 pounds. There are numerous small bass in the system. There is a topwater bite in the early mornings or late evenings, but the reaction bite overall is slow. Catfishing is best at night with live crawdads, sardines or anchovies. Bluegill and crappie can be taken, but hot temperatures have limited the numbers of anglers.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 1l Catfish 2l Crappie 2
Once again, the lake dropped more than a foot per day this past week. Bass fishing is slow, with the best opportunities occurring in the early mornings or late afternoons with reaction baits such as deep-diving crankbaits or small topwater lures. The lake dropped 8 feet to 619.98 in elevation and 35 percent capacity.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 3
The lake dropped to 53 percent capacity, falling nearly 4 feet to 781.04 in elevation. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported, “Spotted bass to 7.5 pounds have been reported this week. There is a window for River2Sea Whopper Ploppers or Rovers in the early morning before switching over to working the bottom with Berserk Baits Purple Hornet or Sprayed Grass jigs by 9 a.m. The Zoom Trick Worm in watermelon/black flake on a Texas-rig or drop-shot is another option.” Catfishing is best along muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, sardines or mackerel. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Minimal change with no trout plants since May. Few fishermen are heading to the lake.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 2; Striper 1; Shad 2; Bluegill 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The bass bite is slow with the lake starting to release water rapidly. The fish have moved into deeper water as the temperatures rise and the water recedes. The best action is in the late afternoons towards the evenings working finesse presentations on the bottom, but the size of the spotted bass remain small.” There were no striped bass reports. The lake dropped 7 feet this past week to 548.46 in elevation and 74 percent capacity. In the San Joaquin River, there was not much change with minimal fishing interest with the exception of a few bass fishermen downstream of Sycamore Island. 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. 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 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 2
Kokanee limits remain possible, and experienced trollers such as Kenny McDonald of Manteca are scoring big fish in the 17- to 18-inch range working at depths to 85 feet with pink or purple hoochies or spinners behind similar blades near the dam to the spillway and also around Rose Island. The trout bite is fair for trollers and non-existent for bank fishermen. The best bet from the banks is for catfish with sardines, mackerel or frozen shad, with the fish more active after the sun goes down. Crappie action is starting to show signs of life with minijigs or small minnows in submerged timber. The lake is releasing water on a daily basis, and the lake dropped 2 feet to 876.82 in elevation and 25 percent capacity. Glory Hole remains the only launch available on the lake with two lanes and a courtesy dock.
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
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The lake continues to drop rapidly, receding 28 feet in elevation over the past two weeks. The bass bite has slowed to a crawl with anglers pre-fishing for a night tournament only picking up a small fish or two. Trout are providing the best option for rainbows averaging 14 inches pulling shad-patterned lures such as Rainbow Runners, Apex lures or Needlefish at depths from 35-50 feet from the Powerlines to Lombardo’s Marina.” The lake dropped 13 feet for the week to 821.07 in elevation and 39 percent capacity. There remains minimal change in the lower Kings with high water from the releases and few trout fishermen are targeting rainbows in the swift water. Regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam set the season as running from the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 from Pine Flat Dam downstream to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road with a five-fish limit. The bridge is the first one west of the dam.
Call: 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
O’Neill Forebay remains the best option for Central Valley striper aficionados with the main San Luis Reservoir dropping to 10 percent capacity so early during the summer. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Three fishermen went out on Saturday for 71 striped bass in the 17- to 24-inch range tossing Speedlures, Duo Realis jerkbaits, or Lucky Craft Pointers with almost every fish a keeper. With the main lake so low and the aqueduct action slow, most of our striper fishermen are heading to the forebay.” Andrew Yeh of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill confirmed the good action in the forebay, stating, “We sold 40 dozen pile worms within a day for the forebay and the main lake as there have been no minnows or frozen shad available. Anchovies are another option for bank fishermen. The best bet has been with topwater lures or ripbaits in the early mornings with fishermen picking up between 10-15 small stripers per trip.” Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that the main lake fishing has been sporadic and that he fished with Dan McNamara, son Joseph and grandson Robbie for four fish in the 22-inch range trolling 50 feet of water. “The bite was dead in the heat and falling water but we managed a few fish anyway,” George said. “We struggled with launching the boat at Dino, but so far Dino has been the best ramp to launch off. It’s safest to follow the trench that runs from the dock area east for about three-quarters of a mile to get into deeper water. Basalt has a lot of sand on the ramp and the west wind rollers can be problem there if it comes up. They are also starting their 2-stroke engine noncompliance campaign Aug. 1, so if you have an older pre-2001 engine without at least a one Energy Star rating you will not be able to launch. They will be checking the engines during the Quagga check-in at every kiosk at the Park.”.
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
There are few fishermen with the heavy boat traffic on the lake during the peak of summer season. Best action has been for spotted bass with plastics on the drop-shot, split-shot or dart head in the early mornings or late afternoons along natural banks. The bass are not oriented to the docks. Trout fishing remains unproductive. The Sheriff’s Motor Fee is in effect, and most bass boats wait until the fee is lifted after Labor Day weekend. The lake is still high at 96 percent.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
At Edison, trout fishing is decent for those willing to make the jaunt over Kaiser Pass to the high-country lake. Rapalas, Flatfish or blade/’crawler combinations are picking up quality brown trout in the deepest portion of the lake. Edison dropped slightly to 67 percent capacity while Florence dropped to 57 percent, with Mammoth Pool dropping to 77 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 2; Trout 2
The Shaver Lake kokanee bite has come to a standstill during the past few weeks, and this one was no exception. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters out of Shaver Lake said, “Fishing is about as bad as I have seen in during my guiding career with some boats picking up one or two fish per trip. Up until the lake went on the rise, I felt it was a good year, but since then, it has been mostly downhill. We had one of those weeks with 4-5 kokanee per trip along with a few trips with even less fish. I have been focusing around the island and Eagle Point with the fish scattered widely at depths from 20-40 feet. Our best action has come at 33 feet in depth, and pink is still the top producing color. The trout bite has also remained slow, and this is a big contrast from last year when everyone was limiting out every day. We did pick up a few trophy trout this week, but until the action improves, my slogan will say, ‘A limit is possible.’ ” Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service is holding back on guiding until the bite improves as both guides on the lake didn’t land a single kokanee Sunday. His best action earlier in the week came on the RMT double pink hoochie in Cotton Candy behind a large RMT spinner. He said, “I have contacted my clients and asked them to wait for the bite to improve before we head out on the lake. The trout have also disappeared, and we aren’t marking many kokanee, only in one small area.” The Kokanee Power Shaver Lake Derby is scheduled for Sept. 10. At nearby Lake Huntington, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “Kokanee from 9-11 inches are possible trolling small spoons or spinners. Bank fishermen are picking up rainbows near Dam 2 with trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers.” Huntington is at 98 percent capacity with Shaver at 90 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
After experiencing tremendous action at the end of last season and the beginning of this season starting when the road opened in April, the trout bite has slowed to a crawl at both reservoirs on the Kings River watershed. Courtright remains the better option, though quality is replacing quantity at both lakes. Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store reported, “ At Wishon, the trout action remains very slow, and fishermen have to work hard for most of the day and be patient in order to have the possibility of scoring a limit. Blade/’crawler combinations at 3-4 colors of leadcore remain the best technique, and trollers have to go very slow in order to get bit. There is a 50/50 mixture of brown and rainbow trout, and there have been some quality browns in the 18- to 20-inch range landed on occasion. Bank fishing is also slow with the best action at the mouth of Short Hair Creek, the far side of the dam, and in the headwaters with trout dough bait in pink or orange. Salmon eggs are working best in the headwaters, but fishermen have to stay all day long in order to put together the possibility of a limit.” At Courtright, Crane added, “Most of the action at these two lakes has been at Courtright, and trollers are finding better action than at Wishon pulling Speedy Shiners in brass/red or blade/’crawler combinations on a slow troll at depths from 2-5 colors of leadcore. The fish are scattered all over the lake, and you have to work diligently in order to locate the schools. Bank fishing is slow with a few fish taken at the day-use area or the launch ramp with inflated nightcrawlers or trout dough bait.” Lake Edison on the San Joaquin watershed continued to be a good option for trollers pulling Flatfish, Rapalas, or Tasmanian Devils for brown trout to 20 inches working in the deepest portion of the lake near the dam. Lake Edison does not receive trout plants, so catch and release is advised.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 2; Rockfish 3; Striper 3
Rockfishing is the name of the game out of Pillar Point, and Captain Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat put Rick Berg of Saratoga onto a 14-pound ling on a swimbait along with vermilion rockfish to 4 pounds despite the groundswell. The beaches remain solid for striped bass with Andrew Yeh of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reporting SP Minnows or Pop’R’s in bone, mackerel or sardine working best at Ocean Beach, Pacifica and Rockaway Beach.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Rockfish 3; Striper 2; White Sea bass 2; Crab 2; Halibut 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing Trips reported continued solid ling cod action with the Check Mate returning with 23 limits of lings along with half limits of rockfish. The Caroline had a 15-person charter for 24 lings and half limits of rockfish. The rockfish are of the small variety, so they are concentrating on the lings with fresh squid. He said, “The water has been cold in the 50-degree range, and the rockfish are not biting. During the past three years of warmer water temperatures, the rockfish and ling cod bite was crazy, but the rockfish aren’t very motivated right now. In addition to the two salmon we released last week, one of Randy’s boats released a pair of large salmon over 20 pounds while rockfishing.” They have plenty of room for rockfish/ling cod trips this week. Stripers are still showing up from Rio Del Mar south to Manresa Beach with sand crabs or cut baits. Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing said, “Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing reported, “Carl Azevedo from Bocci Boy Bait Co. says there are more than 30 squid boats in the bay right now. The squid spawns attract big white sea bass to our area however, and we are seeing an increase in the number of tanker bass caught locally in the past couple weeks. White sea bass can weigh up to 60 pounds and are the most delicious table fare.” Live squid is also a killer bait for the increasing number of halibut getting hooked recently. Natural Bridges, the West Cliff kelp edges, the Mile Buoy area and Capitola, all in 60-70 feet of water are productive halibut hunting grounds these days. On a final note, Captain Tom Joseph with Fish On Sportfishing took an exploratory offshore albacore trip this week. He reported on Tuesday, “Today I went off shore to take a look to see if I could find some tuna. Weather conditions were not the best. I found good clean blue water and nice temp breaks, but no life and no tuna.”
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 3; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 3; Sturgeon 1; Salmon 2
The salmon bite was scratchy Monday, but second captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito saved the day with 12 salmon for 12 anglers as the fish started biting late in the afternoon. The salmon bite had slowed over the weekend with three Sausalito boats trolling from Muir Beach to Duxbury Buoy on Sunday with a combined 56 anglers for 30 salmon to 20 pounds. Rockfishing also was on the slow side, with limits next to impossible with the big groundswell. Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker reported heading south of the Gate on Saturday with a charter for half limits of rockfish along with 11 lings to 12 pounds before returning to the bay for 14 striped bass. He said, “There was a big groundswell south to Pedro Point, and the rockfish were hard to pull off of the rocks.” On Sunday, Wright went north to Duxbury, and he worked three pinnacles for a total of 165 rockfish along with 13 ling cod and 15 striped bass in the bay. Four boats out of Emeryville Sport Fishing went out with 84 anglers for 565 rockfish and 62 ling cod before returning to the bay for 61 striped bass. Half limits of rockfish seemed to be the rule for the day. The California Dawn will host the annual High Rollers Ling Cod tournament on Thursday. Inside the bay, the striped bass are back on the bite in the bay, and the New Salmon Queen out of Emeryville put in 16 limits of stripers Sunday. The grade of bass has shrank, and there are a number of ocean-fresh fish in the bay. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported great action for striped bass and halibut, but the size of the fish range from undersized to just legal. He said, “The Brothers are loaded with bass, and normally the average bass on these islands are in the 8-pound range, but this year’s bass are in the 17- to 22-inch category.” Small halibut are also the rule, and the bay is loaded with undersized halibut. Shark fishing has been outstanding in the south bay, and Loch Lomond is one of the only local baits shops with midshipmen for leopard shark.
San Luis Obispo
Rockfish 3; Surf Perch 3
Surf perch fishing continues to be outstanding from the beaches in San Luis Obispo County, and Pismo Beach and Oceano remain top locations. Lug worms, blood worms, Berkley Camo or Sand Worms, or sand crabs are all working for the quality perch. For rockfishing, out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Princess went on a half-day trip Sunday with 24 anglers for 96 vermilion rockfish, 140 assorted rockfish, a cabezon, a kelp greenling and 21 ling cod to 9 pounds. The Rita G also had a half-day with 25 anglers for 25 vermilion rockfish, 225 assorted rockfish and three lings. The Fiesta took a full day trip with 20 anglers Sunday for 43 ling cod to 13 pounds along with 56 vermilion rockfish, 98 copper rockfish, and 46 assorted rockfish. Virg’s next open two-day trip is Nov. 18-20, and these trips have been selling out quickly. The trips leave Friday night and return Sunday evening at $295 per angler for the boat, bait, and bunk on limited loads of 24 fishermen. Two limits are possible and generally the rule on these trips. The trip dates are available at virgslanding.com.
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 2; Sturgeon 1; Catfish 3; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
The high water on the Sacramento River keeps pushing a few salmon through the northern end at Freeport, and bank fishermen tossing heavy spinners or trollers pulling Silvertron spinners are picking up the occasional bright fish in the 5- to 20-pound range. Striped bass continue to trickle into the Delta, and the bulk of the fall run will start their journey upriver beginning in August. Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle said, “There are a few salmon being landed below the bridge, and most fish are in the 5- to 10-pound range with bank fishermen throwing Flying C’s while trollers are pulling Silverton spinners. With the cooler water temperatures, the stripers are moving into the river system. Smallmouth bass along the rocky banks remains good with deep-diving crankbaits or plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig.” In Suisun Bay, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait and Tackle said, “With the minus tides muddying up the water at First Street, there have been few fishermen trying for salmon. The minus tides have brought in patches of muddy water along the shorelines, and it is impossible to catch salmon in these conditions.” Largemouth bass and panfish are the most consistent species in the warm waters of the San Joaquin River, but there is evidence that the stripers are starting an early move into this side of the Delta. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “The Delta is en fuego for largemouth bass with topwater lures such as the Heli P’s or Little Stick in the mornings or on the high tide in the afternoons. The key is to let the lure sit, chug it, and let it sit again since the bass are holding tight to structure and not chasing. It is important to keep the bait in the strike zone. Multiple casts to the same area are necessary in order to get bit. Frogs are picking up better than average bass, and during the upcoming Snag Proof tournament, you will only have to catch three fish. There is a deep crankbait bite with the ima Pinjack or also with the Berkley Chigger Craw or Havoc Flat Dog. It is important to have a lot of flash on your lures right now in either bluegill or chartreuse. When the wind is up, the Persuader spinnerbait in half ounce is working best on the high tide as it will move quicker through the strike zone, but during the low tide, I switch to quarter-ounce spinnerbaits.” Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley reported stripers are starting to move into the San Joaquin River, perhaps because of cooler water from releases from Shasta, Oroville, and Folsom. For largemouth bass, the frog bite is picking up with any hollow-bodied frog, and Mathisen touts the Pro-Z or Vicious Frog in whites, brown, or black. Punching the weeds with the Missle D’Bomb in Toxic Grape behind a three-quarters to 1.5-ounce tungsten punch weight is still a solid technique as the fish desire a slower fall through the weeds. Dan’s Delta held at tournament Saturday, and Bill Spence and Craig Carabello took home the top weight at 19.11 pounds.
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; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Heavy recreation boating traffic occurs daily at Nacimiento,. Small profile topwater lures are working in the early mornings, and working the bottom with plastics on the split-shot or drop-shot are landing numbers of small spotted bass. White bass are schooling around the normal locations of Las Tablas, the Narrows, and Snake Creek, and white Roostertails or Kastmasters are picking off this species. At Lopez, finesse techniques on the bottom are the most consistent producers with jigs, plastics on the drop-shot or Brush Hogs working for a smaller grade of bass. There is a topwater bite early or late for the best grade of largemouth bass. Catfish are showing up on cut baits. At Santa Margarita, hot temperatures have limited the window of opportunity to the early mornings or late evenings. Red eared perch, bluegill, and crappie action is heating up with the usual offerings. Cut baits are producing some huge catfish. Launching a boat is not an option, but the marina has rentals available. San Antonio remains closed indefinitely as a result of extremely low water conditions at 4 percent capacity and high operating expenses
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- California Delta Team Trail on July 24 at Delta/B and W Resort: 1, Greg Leonard/Wade Goodwin 21.75; 2, Jason Austin/Ken Mah 21.64; 3, Richard Lopez/Randy Paculba 21.55 (big fish 7.38)
- July 30: American Bass Club at Delta/B and W Resort; American Bass Club at Isabella
- July 30-31: Angler’s Press at Delta/Russo’s Marina
- Aug. 2: Kokanee Power Monthly Meeting, Yosemite Falls Cafe in Granite Park
- Aug. 6: Golden Empire Bass Club at Nacimiento
- Aug. 6-7: Snag Proof Open at Delta/Russo’s Marina
- Aug. 13: Riverbank Bass Anglers at Amador; Delta Bass Club/Tri Valley Bass Club at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Modesto Ambassadors at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; American Bass Association at Isabella
- Aug. 14: California Delta Team Trail at Delta/B and W Resort; Fresno Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Aug. 19: Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle at Nacimiento
- Aug. 19-20: Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah
- Aug. 20: Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Bass Anglers of Northern California/Manteca Bassin’ Buddies at Delta/Ladd’s Marina;Taft Bass Club at Isabella
- Aug. 20-21: Kokanee Power Team Tournament at Pardee; Sierra Bass Club at Eastman; Success Bass Club at Success
- Sept. 10: Kokanee Power Shaver Lake Team Derby at Shaver, kokaneepower.org.
- Fresno County: Dinkey Creek; Mono Creek; Portal Forebay; San Joaquin River, South Fork
- Kern County: Kern River, sections 4-5
- Madera County: Chiquito Creek, Lower; Rock Creek; San Joaquin River, Middle Fork; Starkweather Lake
- Tulare County: Kern River, sections 5-6
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; Stanislaus River Middle Fork; Tuolumne River Middle Fork, South Fork
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